Applicants may bring a portfolio to the interview. Suggested items: cover letter, resume, letters of recommendation, industry certifications, military documents, and photos of projects. The interview committee will return the portfolio items to the applicant at the conclusion of the interview. Unclaimed items will be recycled.
Volunteerism shows your commitment to the community and your ability to work alongside others with tools. This is a great way to build the “hands-on” section of your resume if you do not have prior trade-related experience. Document your hours and request a letter of recommendation if you feel you have earned one.
Below is a list of organizations that perform construction-related volunteer work.
Many industry-related classes are available at local community colleges. Click here for suggestions.
Pre-Apprenticeships expose students to all the building trades and help students to become familiar with terminology, hand and power tool use, construction safety, and more. Click here for a list of adult and youth pre-apprenticeships that are approved by the Oregon State Apprenticeship and Training Council.
Click here for information about the Electrical Training Alliance Pre-Apprenticeship Program.
Documentation of Hobbies
Do you like to build and fix things? Do projects around the house? If so, take photos of your work, and add captions describing the work performed. Before and after photos are great.
You can get project ideas from these websites, or websites that are similar:
Most communities have tool libraries that allow you to check out tools. An internet search will yield some results. You can also check out localtools.org, although this site does not list all tool libraries.