How to Find a Day Labor Job


Day labor is a type of temporary employment that is not guaranteed beyond the day that the work is performed. The worker receives payment one day at a time. While some day laborers receive payment through an employment agency's payroll system, others are paid in cash. Common professions that hire day laborers include warehouse, assembly, manufacturing, construction and other physical work.

Things You'll Need

  • Resume/work history
  • Contact phone

Finding a Day Labor Job

  • Prepare or update your resume or master job application containing all of your work, education and other experience. Keep this information with you at all times so you are prepared to fill out necessary paperwork. This will be very helpful if you are speaking to multiple day labor employers.

  • Locate your employment-related documents, including your driver's license/state ID and Social Security card. Any agencies that pay you through their payroll system will need this information to open your file.

  • Research local temporary employment agencies that hire day laborers. Check for lists at your local workforce center or library, look through a telephone book or complete an Internet search. If you know people who have worked day labor jobs, ask them who might be hiring and find out what the application process is.

  • Start applying. Many agencies that hire day laborers will accept your application but will not guarantee positions. You must physically go to the agency each day that you are available and wait to see if they can assign you to a job that day. This can be a tiring process, as jobs are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • Be creative. If you are open to working day labor positions for cash, speak to others in your community who can tell you where to locate this type of work. In this case, workers meet at well-known locations in the community and physically wait for an employer (such as a construction foreman) to stop by and offer them a position for cash.

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