Working as a laborer can teach you valuable skills. Conveying your experience to a prospective employer when applying for a new job may be difficult, especially if you are changing fields. Whether your experience is in construction, landscaping, general labor or another industry, you can apply what you know to a new position. Don't dismiss the knowledge, skills and abilities that you learned as any type of laborer. It can help you gain the job that you always wanted.
Place your name and contact information at the top center of your paper. Underneath the heading, at the left margin, write a sentence about the job that you desire, which should match the opening for which you are applying.
Write your résumé in a functional format, which is used if you are changing industries and positions. It highlights your skills and abilities rather than the positions that you held. This is different than the more common type, which is a chronological format that lists your experience in order of the most recent to the earliest jobs that you have held. It is used for those who are moving in the same career path. If it works best for you, use a combination of emphasizing your skills and listing your past employment.
Title a heading about your skills. Call it "Summary of Skills" or "Valuable Experience." Instead of describing your previous employment first, detail what you learned while performing your job duties. Highlight the skills that transfer to the position for which you are applying.
Describe how you read or listen to your work assignments and organize your duties to ensure that the priority tasks are completed each day.
List the equipment that you have used, such as tractors or hand tools, under your general skills heading. Explain if you have made minor repairs on any small engines or other equipment.
Give the amount of weight that you are able to lift. Describe the types of items that you have loaded or unloaded.
Give details of any trades, such as cement, plumbing, landscaping or carpentry, in which you have gained experience while on the job or in training courses.
Highlight interpersonal and communication skills. Explain when you have had to work in a group or with a team to complete a project. Write down any positions that you have held that required lead work in directing others.
Create another heading for your laborer experience and list the names of your employers, the dates you worked there and the positions you held. In a functional résumé, you do not have to list your job duties, as you have already described the important ones in the category above.
Make your last heading the one for any education, training or coursework that you have completed. For example, if you have taken classes for your laborer positions, such as horticulture, list it here.