General labor work is lucrative, will keep you in shape, and will provide you with a sense of satisfaction in knowing that you're helping other people's building dreams come true. Here are a few things that you can do to increase your chances of landing a general labor job that will pay you well:
Get Geared Up
One thing you can do to set yourself apart from your competition when looking for a general labor job is to get yourself geared up with your own boots, tools, and accessories. If you already have your own tape measure, level, hammer, nails, and so on, employers will see that as a benefit because they won't have to provide you with the basic tools you'll need to do your job. This can make them more likely to hire you.
Make a list of basic clothing items like steel-toed boots that should be added to your current construction tool arsenal and then check things off the list once you acquire it. By the time your list has been exhausted, you should be working and you'll have more of an idea of what you can add to your arsenal as time goes on and you want to continue to stay ahead of the competition.
Start Promoting Yourself
It's never too early to start promoting your services. Doing so will help draw attention to your skills and create some brand recognition for your name. When someone needs some work done on their home, they'll remember hearing or reading about you and likely give you a call to make a service appointment.
To get started with this, get some business cards printed and hand them out at your local hardware stores. Where allowed, you can hang them on community boards located in front of places like grocery stores and libraries. You can also take a photo of your business card and use the photo to promote yourself on social media websites. And consider having a magnetic sign made with your name and phone number on it to put on your vehicle.
Work With a Temp Agency
An excellent way to get your foot in the door of the construction industry is to get some general labor jobs through a temporary agency in your area. You won't have to worry about going on a ton of job interviews before landing a job. Just interview with the temporary agency and they'll do all the legwork of finding work for you to do.
Working temporary jobs will give you an opportunity to explore a variety of different types of work within the construction industry so you can learn what you enjoy doing the most. The work you get through the temporary agency could very well turn in to full-time work once you prove your commitment and capabilities to the employer.
Keep these things in mind when you are looking for general labor jobs.