Labor skills are character traits and abilities that allow an individual to be productive in a highly physical job. Labor positions are common in industries such as construction, manufacturing and forestry. These are based on physical abilities such as the ability to stand for long periods, lift, bend, twist, squat, reach and grasp. Labor skills include a number of personal skills such as reading, verbal communication and cooperation. Industry and technical skills applicable to a job are also valued by employers as is a willingness to learn and a track record of reliability. The following are common labor skills that may be useful for resumes and job descriptions.
Ability To Work in Heights, Confined Spaces, Inclement Weather, Dust, Noise etc...
Ability to Climb & Descend (e.g. ladders)
Ability to Follow Directions
Cleaning & Janitorial
Familiarity With Materials
Flexibility (e.g. different shifts)
Following Safety Rules
Knowledge of Building Codes
Physical Strength (e.g. ability to lift 50 lbs)
Reading Documents & Specifications
Repair & Maintenance
Standards & Best Practices
Standing for Long Hours
Tools & Power Tools
Understanding Blueprints & Technical Drawings
Vehicle Operation (e.g. forklift)
Willingness to Learn
Willingness to Work Overtime
Work to Schedule
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