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The #1 Thing People Miss That Can Get You Into Your Dream Job

With several manufacturing companies headquartered right here in the Chippewa Valley, there are many job opportunities available throughout Eau Claire, Chippewa Falls, and Menomonie.

The best positions with the best employers, however, are often highly competitive.

Use a Reference to Get the Job

The references you list can convince potential employers that you have the skills and experience necessary to excel at the job – they can also give you an edge over other applicants. If you have a connection within the company that you are applying to, utilizing him or her as a reference can have a huge impact on the application.

Here are some things to keep in mind when utilizing references to secure your dream job:

The Difference Between Personal and Professional References

Firstly, it’s important to know the difference between a personal and a professional reference. If your reference is someone who has been your manager, coworker, or direct report, they can provide a professional reference.

If you have not worked with your reference before, he or she may be able to provide a personal reference. A friend can still be a good reference, and can often speak to your reliability, responsibility, work ethic, and character. However, most employers prefer to speak to a professional reference.

The #1 Thing: How to Ask a Friend for an Internal Reference

An internal reference is someone that you know personally or professionally that works at the company you are applying to. Remember to always make sure to ask a potential reference for permission.

Let them know that you are interested in working for the company they are currently at and ask to use them as a reference. Asking for permission is both considerate and smart – you want to ensure your friend is ready and prepared to describe you positively.

Consider sharing the job description with your friend so they know what the qualifications are, and can review your skills and accomplishments and how they pertain to the job.

Internal References Give You a Competitive Edge

No one knows a company, its environment, and what qualities it takes to succeed within it better than a current employee. An internal reference can have a huge impact on the hiring process, and can help you score the job.

In fact, referrals from current employees are one of the top sources of hires.

Many manufacturing jobs also offer employee referral programs, making it a win-win for you and your friend.

Have a friend at Drylock? Check out our current openings in Eau Claire, and be sure to utilize your friend as an internal reference!

The 4 Most Important Employee Benefits You’re Missing Out On

Nearly all manufacturing companies advertise the same benefits.

And it goes something like this…

“Now hiring!  We offer competitive pay and benefits”

But does that really mean that all jobs claiming to offer competitive pay and benefits are about the same

Not exactly.

About 30% of your total compensation usually comes from those added benefits. But it doesn’t end there.  Employers can offer a very wide range of what they mean by “competitive benefits” so you should make sure you getting your full 30% (or more if you’re smart).


Here are 4 employee benefits that most employees miss out on:


  1. Physical Therapy: Manufacturing jobs are hard work and it’s important to pay attention to any injuries you have because working injured can cause bigger problems (and biggers costs) later on.  But physical therapy is expensive. Some employers are actually now offering on-site physical therapy and this can save you a lot of time and money and prevent you from losing any work time with injuries in the future.  It can be hard to find an employer who offers on-site physical therapy, but job seekers who find these jobs will be rewarded.
  2. On-site Doctor Visits: This is a new trend in employee benefits.  You used to simply expect an employer to offer health insurance but now employees are looking for employers to actually bring doctor visits right to the workplace.  If your employer doesn’t offer this, you and your family may be spending too much time and money on your healthcare. If you’re looking for a new job, now is a great time to look for an employer who has a wellness center with on-site doctor visits.
  3. ‘Earn-As-You-Learn’ Training:  Are you starting to see a trend here? These new employer benefits are all about saving you more time and money in the real world.  You don’t need to be spending large amounts of time and money on outside schooling. Since you’re investing in your employer by working for them, you should also look for your employer to offer skills training programs that invest in you as well.  The best training programs offer a clear and predictable path to advancement where you can earn more as you complete more training tracks.
  4. Retirement Package: While we’re seeing these new benefits becoming more important to job seekers, it’s also important to not forget about the traditional benefits that add a lot of value to your benefit package.  Retirement may be a long way away, but employers incentivize their employees to stay with their company by making significant investments into their retirement accounts and you don’t want to miss out on that free money.  When you’re comparing wages between different employers, make sure you’re also comparing their retirement packages as well so you don’t take a small raise while losing out on a generous retirement package that you’ll regret later on.


Other things to ask a potential employer about:

  • What holidays are paid?
  • How flexible is the work schedule?
  • Are breaks paid or unpaid?
  • Health & wellness extras (such as a gym or wellness incentives)
  • Miscellaneous perks (review social media accounts for employee activities like giveaways, appreciations events, etc.)

Interested in learning about working for Drylock Technologies? See what makes us different here.

Top reasons to consider a job in manufacturing

Job growth opportunity, benefits, and other reasons that will make you reconsider the value of working for a high-tech manufacturer. 


#1: Make something you can see.

Most jobs involve computers, paperwork, and intangible outcomes. That means at the end of each day of work, you’ve been busy… but you’re not really sure what you accomplished. But when you work in high-tech manufacturing, you can literally see what you made: hold it, touch it, use it. When you put in a shift, you can count the items you made, watch them get shipped and put into use out in the real world. And trust us, that’s a pretty good feeling. 

#2: Unmatched Opportunity to Move Up in the Company. 

With more and more baby boomers retiring, the opportunity to grow within a manufacturing company is more real than ever. Many manufacturers like us here at Drylock Technologies allow you to work your way up into management over time, providing paid training as you go to help you level up your skills. You’ll be more and more valuable over time as you learn more and do more within the company. 

#3: Work with Cutting Edge Technology. 

Manufacturers are always on the lookout for better ways to crank out the products we make. That means we’ll try new things and that includes advanced technology. For example, here at Drylock Technologies we use a robot that takes boxes off the production line and puts them on the appropriate pallets for shipping. It’s pretty cool to watch but even more fun to operate. 

#4: Get Good pay and Incredibly Good Benefits.

Even at a starting wage, manufacturers are well-known for offering good pay and that’s no different here at Drylock. However, where many manufacturers outshine other industries is in their suite of benefits. For Drylock, those include 401k matching, onsite physical therapy and fitness center, and cafeteria. 

#5: Job Security

Getting a job in manufacturing means you’ll never worry about losing your job. That especially rings true for the folks here at Drylock. We’ve never had a layoff and are constantly growing. Think about it: if you’re making diapers, are there ever going to be less people who need them? 

#6: Extremely Safe Work Environment

Forget the days of scary work environments. Modern manufacturing like Drylock offer a safe place to work and doesn’t even come close to the hazards you can encounter with other jobs such as construction and landscaping, truck driving, and farming. Here at Drylock, every person on the team has safety training every few months. There are also layers of safety precautions to prevent injuries. Above all, we want our team to be safe so they can enjoy their work and have fun with their loved ones at home.

#7: Stay Active, Stay Fit

High-tech manufacturing gives you the chance to be moving all day, which is of course fantastic for your health. Rather than feeling fatigued at the end of a day of sitting (which is terrible for your health), you’ll have more energy by having been part of a team of experts solving problems and moving around all over the production floor. If you track your steps, manufacturing jobs give you the opportunity to stay fit. 

#8: Make a Difference in the World.

When you work in manufacturing, people are depending on you for the stuff you make. For example, over 16% of men and women in the US have incontinence. That’s over 1 in 7 people. Drylock makes products that helps them live their daily life without being held back by incontinence. Whether it’s diapers and incontinence products like us here at Drylock, pharmaceuticals, or engine parts, manufacturing makes the world a better place. We love that our products help folks all over the world. 


If you want a fresh start for your career, try manufacturing. You’ll work alongside a great team of positive people and be able to see the tangible difference you made at the end of every shift.


Drylock Technologies is hiring. We’re a high-tech manufacturer in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, serving the entire globe. Check out our open positions here.