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Don’t EVER Do This On Your Job Application

Deciding what to do on your job application can be just as important as deciding what NOT to do on your application.

 

We’ve seen great applications and we’ve seen applications that could use a little work.

 

We’ve seen incomplete applications and we’ve seen applications that went a little overboard.

 

In this article, we’ll talk about some of the things that you should consider NOT doing in your application.

 

Writing An Application? Don’t Do These Things

 

1. Complain about or blame a previous employer.

If you left a job where you were unhappy, it can be tempting to talk about all of the bad characteristics of that job that made you want to leave. Our advice? Leave that out of your application. Don’t blame previous employers or coworkers or complain about anyone; it can make you look like a poor team player.

 

2. Leave out legal issues on your record

Many people want to hide or minimize criminal activity that is on their record. Most employers screen employees and will discover any criminal activity. Oftentimes having something on your record won’t disqualify you from a job, but hiding it makes you look dishonest and will likely make employers wonder if you can be trusted.

 

3. Rush your application

Speeding through your application usually creates mistakes and incorrect grammar. If you really want the job, take your time and get your application right.

 

4. Forget to Tell Your References You’re Listing Them

When you list your references on your job application, it’s always a good idea to contact them and let them know you’ve listed them. That way they can be prepared when a recruiter calls and they aren’t caught off guard.

 

5. List The Wrong Contact Info

It happens more times than you’d think. If you get a new phone number, update your resume. Make sure your phone, email, and address are up to date if you hope to get contacted by an employer.

 

6. Exaggerate Your Experience

If you worked at an employer for 3 years and got a promotion in the last 6 months, make sure not to exaggerate and say that you had the higher position for the whole 3 years. Employers will often call your previous place of work to verify your information so make sure to be completely accurate.

 

When In Doubt…

 

If you’re not sure what to put on your application, keep it simple. Be honest, take your time, and make sure that your application materials are all up to date.

 

If you’d like to apply for a job at Drylock, check out our openings here.

Drylock is “Essential”. What Does that Mean For Job Seekers?

As a manufacturers of hygiene products, Drylock has been deemed an Essential Business by the Wisconsin Governor, meaning we never closed during this COVID-19 pandemic. We have adapted our work practices to follow all CDC guidance so that our teams can safely work around the clock to provide our customers with quality personal care products.

 

Is Drylock Still Hiring?

Yes! Even during this pandemic Drylock has hired Production Operators and Logistics Coordinators. To see a full list of openings visit our openings here.

 

How Is Drylock Assuring a Safe Hiring Process?

For the health and safety of all involved, we have modified our hiring process so that it can be done safely without contact.

 

What Is It Like Working At Drylock?

Drylock is a family-owned global manufacturing company. We invest in our people in a wide variety of ways. We offer a robust benefits package, including onsite perks such as an onsite cafeteria and wellness center.

We offer growth tracks which puts employees in charge of their skill development, advancement and pay.

 

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Are you looking for a career change? Visit our jobs page to view our openings and apply for a job today. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.

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Here’s What to Expect Weeks 1 Through 52 of a New Job

Starting a new job is either exciting or terrifying.

 

It marks the beginning of a new opportunity and a path to financial security. But a new job also means learning complex processes and equipment.

 

For several weeks, or months, new hires are among the least experienced and least knowledgeable on the team which can be stressful.

 

In this post, we’re simplifying what to expect in week 1 through 52. When you know what to expect, the learning process is easier and you can be confident of the path you’re on and the time it will take to get comfortable on your new team.

 

The weeks listed below are what you may be able to loosely expect, but every job will be different.

 

Weeks 1-4: Training

 

Every employer has a different approach to training.

 

Some jobs start with several weeks of classroom training.  Others will throw you right onto the equipment and train you on the fly.  Still others have a hybrid training program where classroom training is mixed with hands-on training.

 

During your training period you may find an employer that pays your full wage while you’re getting trained. On the other hand, there are also employers who pay a reduced wage during the training period.

 

At Drylock, for example, we have a 4 week training plan that combines classroom learning with hands-on training.  During the entire 4 weeks, employees get paid 100% of their hourly wage.

 

Weeks 5 – 17: Learn One Part Of The Process

 

Employers vary widely on the actual equipment you’ll be operating.

 

There may be one main machine that you’ll be working on or you may have to learn different parts of several complex machines.

 

The training period, above, is only a few weeks, but getting a deeper understanding of the machines and processes you’ll be working on takes more time.

 

Be patient with yourself and your employer as you learn different pieces of equipment that you’ll be responsible for operating.

 

Weeks 18-30: Learning Another Part Of The Process

 

Now that you’re comfortable on different machines, or parts of a machine, you’re able to work more independently.

 

You’ll likely be on a team, so you probably aren’t working completely independently. But now you no longer need a supervisor watching every move because you’ve developed the skills you need to succeed.

 

Since you’ve learned all of the steps, now you’re becoming faster and more accurate. You’re catching up with your teammates and they count on you to contribute to production goals.

 

Weeks 31-43: Machine Operation

 

As you get closer to having 1 year of experience under your belt, you may be given more responsibility within your job description.

 

You may be asked to run an entire machine, where in the past you just worked on one part of that machine. Or you may be asked to help at a higher level with training employees who are newer than you now that you are starting to be more experienced. Your teammates may also expect you to be more proactive in troubleshooting day to day situations.

 

All of these things are a sign that you are becoming more experienced and trusted in your current role.

 

1-2 Years: Begin To Lead A Team

 

Many people will stay in production positions for a long time. They pay well, and may be less stressful than coordinator or supervisor positions.

 

If you are interested in advancement, however, you may want to get a year of experience with the company and then start asking about opportunities.

 

Depending on the structure of your employer, there may be gradual advancement steps you can take. For example, you may find an opportunity to lead a small team of 3-5 employees and after you gain experience in that role, there may be higher level positions where you could supervise more people and oversee more pieces of equipment.

 

Higher roles pay more, but they also come with greater responsibility and potentially greater stress.

 

Think about your goals, your skillset, and your job interests as you consider the growth plan you hope to achieve. Be patient and take the time to learn how to do your job well before asking for a promotion. Hard work and a positive attitude will get noticed and may open you up to advancement opportunities.

 

High Tech vs. Low Tech Manufacturing Jobs: What To Look For

As technology is rapidly transforming, so are manufacturers, equipment and machine operator jobs.
 
Across the board, there is still a wide variety of manufacturing jobs that range from high tech to low tech. In this blog post, we discuss the differences in job descriptions, job satisfaction, and pay when comparing high tech vs. low tech.
 
Should you target high tech or low tech manufacturing jobs?
 
Here is where to start:
 
Pay Difference: Wages in manufacturing have a large variety. While there isn’t a hard and fast rule for high tech vs. low tech production operator jobs, you can expect to see an average of about $1-$3/hour difference with high tech jobs generally paying higher than low tech jobs. For more information on manufacturing wages in the Eau Claire area, view our blog post.
 
Job Satisfaction: When it comes to job satisfaction, every person and their preferences are going to be different. Some people prefer to have a simple job that doesn’t require a lot of thinking out of routine tasks and they tend to prefer low tech jobs. Others want to be challenged, learn new skills, and engage in regular problem-solving. For those people, high tech jobs are a faster paced and more engaging option.
 
Training & Advancement: If you’re looking for an employer to invest in you, train you, and teach you new skills that set you up for career advancement and higher marketability, high tech jobs will be a better fit for you. By nature, high tech jobs require more training. Some positions may require technical degrees but others are willing to offer several weeks of on-the-job training to get you up to speed. Be sure to ask your potential employer if this training is paid at the full compensation rate. While Drylock offers full-pay training, not everyone does.
 
Career Growth Opportunities: While the simplicity of low tech jobs is attractive to some people, these jobs may cause some employees to get left behind in manufacturing jobs. When looking for a new job or if your employer has layoffs, future employers will look at your job experience and skills you’ve learned in previous roles. If you don’t have high tech experience, it may be hard to make yourself marketable and catch up to the faster moving high tech manufacturing positions.
 
Bottom Line: Find a job that fits your lifestyle and develops work skills and life skills that help you achieve your goals. In job interviews, ask to take a facility tour. Equipment and technology play a big role in job satisfaction, wages, and career opportunities.

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How Do I Apply To Drylock?

So, you’ve gone online and researched Drylock:

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You’ve seen how we offer a competitive benefits package:

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You’re ready for an employer to start investing in YOU:

check.

You want in:

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So…. how do you actually apply?

 

We’re glad you asked!

 

Before we get into how to apply, let’s talk about what information you’ll want to have on hand prior to applying.

 

Information you’ll want to have ready

Here is some of the information you’ll want to have ready so you can quickly apply and see if a new job at Drylock is in your future.

Contact Info: Name, address, phone number, email.
Employment history: Where have you worked, what did you do there, how long were you employed, what were your reasons for leaving? You will also need contact information for your previous employers.
References: People who know your work and can tell us more about you. It’s best if your references are past supervisors or managers.
Education background: Did you graduate high school? Have a technical degree? We’d love to know about it.

 

How to Apply for an Open Position

There are numerous ways to apply for one of our open positions. The most common way to apply is by going to workatdrylock.com. Once on the jobs page you can click on which open position you would like to apply for. In addition, we post our openings on some of the job boards, such as Indeed. Indeed will then prompt you to apply on our company site.

How to Apply When There Aren’t Any Openings
When we don’t have any open positions, you can still apply at workatdrylock.com You do this by clicking on the Application for Employment hyperlink. When you submit an application it will be entered into our database. Whenever we start hiring again your application will be one of the first applications we’ll look at. If your skills and experience appear to be a match, we’ll contact you.

 

Still Need Convincing? Here’s Why You’ll Love Drylock:

  1. Health and wellness center: Built with you in mind we have an on-site clinic, physical therapy, and fitness center. We’ll bring wellness to the workplace to save you and your family time and money.
  2. Skills without bills: We invest in you. On the job training and real life experience.
  3. Growth tracks: You’re good at what you do. We’ll reward your expertise with opportunities to grow with us through several tracks. You decide your training pace and path.
  4. A secure future: Get comfortable. Support a family. Grow with a secure company and retire strong.
  5. Built in balance: Less is more. Work half the days in a year and spend more time with your family. Have fun and hit your hobbies hard.
  6. Top level benefits: We offer a full benefit package including health insurance, dental insurance, vision insurance, paid vacation, 401(k) retirement savings and so much more

 

Ready to apply? Submit your application today.

How To Choose An Employer That Is Unlikely To Have Layoffs

Getting a job offer is one of the best feelings.

 

A new job means a paycheck, benefits that will take care of your family, and an exciting opportunity to grow with a company.

 

But the high of a new job wears off pretty quickly when your name is called for layoffs.

 

While most layoffs are unexpected…

 

…there are some hints that will indicate whether or not a potential employer may experience layoffs.

 

Here is what to look for:

 

1. Does this business have a slow season?

Many businesses have work that is seasonal. It could be because their business and production schedule is busier during certain seasons like construction, or warm weather months. Or maybe they are busy during the school year but slow during the summer, or always produce a lot of product at the beginning of the calendar year but it slows down as the year progresses.

If an employer has seasons every year where their business slows down (like the summer or the winter), then they might be more likely to experience seasonal layoffs. On one hand, you probably expect them to get busier when the season changes, but most people can’t afford to not have consistent work all year long.

Either do a little research on the industry you’re applying for or ask the recruiter in the interview if there are busy and slow seasons that affect production.

 

2. Have they had layoffs in the past?

Another indicator of future layoffs is past layoffs. If a manufacturing employer has had a history of laying off employees, they are more likely to have future layoffs than a company that has never had layoffs and has weathered the ups and downs of business without turning employees away.

Past layoffs may indicate that an employer has had business problems in the past. It’s important to ask questions, however, about the layoffs because the layoffs could have simply been a structural change in the organization or it could have meant that they didn’t have enough business to pay employees or keep them busy throughout the year. If you can learn a little about an employer’s history, you may get an idea of if they’re likely or unlikely to have future layoffs.

 

3. Do they have a history of growth?

Look around when you’re at your interview. Does it look like the business has had any expansions? Is machinery well maintained and new looking? Are there any construction or growth projects in progress?

If you do see any signs of business growth, expansion, or increase in production capability, it may mean that the business is doing well financially and that business is trending upward and they’re needing more resources and employees to keep up with the high demand they’re experiencing.

 

Layoffs happen…

… but if you think through your job options and consider a few of these things, you may be able to avoid it.

Interested in being a part of Drylock’s growing business? Take a look at our current job openings here.

How to Create a Manufacturing Resume in 8 Minutes

One of the tedious parts of applying for jobs is filling out resumes.

 

They can take a long time to complete and feel repetitive.

 

But if you want a great job, you need to make sure you get your resume in front of the employers you want to work for.

 

Here’s how to put together a GREAT resume in 8 minutes or less.

 

The 8 Minute Resume Recipe

Step 1: Start with a blank document.

Use this to put your background information in one place. When submitting resumes on Indeed or company websites, it’ll be a lot faster to copy and paste.

 

Step 2: List your contact info.

List your email, phone number, and mailing address for quick copying and pasting.

 

Step 3: Go look up information about your past employers.

This is the section that slows people down. Get your phone out, Google your past employer’s contact information, and push through this section. If you are unsure of your dates of employment, reach out to them. You only have to look them up one time if you make sure to add them to your document from step 1.

 

Step 4: Write 2-3 sentences about each job.

What were your essential job duties? What skills did you develop? What were your reasons for leaving? Virtually every application will ask these questions. Save time by copying and pasting them.

 

Step 5: List the name, phone, and email of 3 references.

Some employers will ask, and some won’t. But if you’re excited about a new job and want to submit an application quickly, you’ll get caught up if you don’t have references ready to enter.

 

PRO TIP: Make sure you’ve asked your references if you can list them so they aren’t surprised when they get a phone call from someone asking about you.

 

Step 6: Use a very simple resume format.

This way you can upload your resume if an employer asks for a PDF, or you can copy and paste it into a website if an employer is using an online form.

 

Make sure to periodically update the information on your resume. If your contact information has changed, you’ll want to update the information in step 2. If you take on new job duties or gain new skills at your current employer, update the information in step four.

 

Submitting Your Application

Prior to submitting your application, make sure you double check your resume for grammar and accuracy. Silly mistakes can make you look sloppy and might cause you to miss out on an interview. When you’ve double checked it, submit your application and make a follow up phone call in one to two weeks to show that you’re interested.

 

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