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Tips On Landing A Woodworking Job July 18, 2011
So you want to move beyond hobbyist when it comes to your love for woodwork? Although an admirable persuit, it may not always be the most prudent decision. But if you are determined to turn your hobby into a profession, follow these tips to make your road a little easier.
- Network, Network, Network
When it comes to finding a job working with wood, the old adage it's not what you know, it's who you know, rings true more than ever. Look for a local woodcraft group on meetup.com or on craigslist. Join an online forum such as LumberJocks, or WoodNet. These communities are filled with friendly people who are willing to offere advice and guidance. Do not underestimate the power of these online resources.
- Focus On Your Strengths
Whether you are looking online or in the newspaper, do not apply to every position that you come across. You must focus your efforts on the jobs that you are suited for and more importantly the ones you would be excited to accept. Do not waste your time on jobs that you won't accept anyway, instead use this time to network!
- Hone Your Skills
Do some reading, practice some techniques, get yourself ready. You want to be prepared when the time comes to show someone what kind of a woodworker you are. You want to be knowledgeable, confident, and efficient. A cabinet or furniture maker wants to know that you'll be able to handle the pressure and get the job done with accuracy and style.
- Get Your Gallery Ready
Woodworking is very much an artistic endeavor and is the reason why personalized pieces are so highly sought after. Along with precision and efficiency, a potential employer will also desire a natural ability to produce beautiful works, so get some examples ready. If you haven't completed many inspiring pieces, you should hit the drawing board and let your artistic side take over.
Although these jobs are somewhat hard to find, they are out there. All that is needed is some persistance, skill, and networking. Good luck!