New woodworking job

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by Michaelgurrado posted 08-12-2014 10:00 PM 2012 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently just lost my day job for a woodworking company that made high end custom frames. I was working there for a while and business had begun to slow down and because I was the low man on the totem pole my hours were reduced and then ultimately they cut me loose. This was extremely upsetting and disappointing for me. I liked the company and I liked the work I did, my coworkers were not all that bad either.

That being said I started looking for a new job doing anything, but I knew I wanted another woodworking job at heart. I ended up going to a local company that I heard of and just walked in with my resume and asked if they were hiring. Luckily enough they were hiring and they said they would let me know. I just received a call asking me to come in tomorrow to start working. He told me I would be doing various things at first like fixing things around the building and sweeping up the shop and throwing out the trash. Now I’m fine with doing the work, but I have to say I’m a bit disappointed having to do the grunt work like cleaning the shop and taking out trash. I am not an apprentice nor do I lack experience in a professional woodworking environment. I need the job and the money so I don’t want to sound like I’m complaining. I am happy I found a job in a woodshop I just hope they can see me for what I’m worth instead of just a shop errand boy.

I am both excited and nervous as anyone would be with a new job I just hope things go much better with this place than the last place. A lot depend on me working I am soon to be married and need all the money and stability I can get.

Wish me luck everyone!!!!

9 comments so far

View bigfred's profile


7 posts in 3173 days

#1 posted 08-12-2014 10:21 PM

Your foot is in the door. you will have the opportunity to show what you can do

-- fred, Kentucky,

View whitebeast88's profile


4128 posts in 3354 days

#2 posted 08-12-2014 10:29 PM

hope everything goes well with your new job.they might be just testing you on cleaning up and repairs to see how bad you want a job.congrats also on the upcoming nuptuals.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

View longgone's profile


5688 posts in 4472 days

#3 posted 08-12-2014 11:30 PM

I am the low man on the totem pole and also the top man on the totem pole…

It’s all about attitude and perspective. I have been self employed my entire life and I fix everything around the shop, clean up, take out the trash and do absolutely everything including all the woodworking.

I would never give this up to be working for someone else…

View AnonymousRequest's profile


861 posts in 2713 days

#4 posted 08-12-2014 11:30 PM

Good luck. Talk’s cheap, show them what you got when the opportunity comes along. Everyone in the shop probably started doing grunt work. Grunt work is a good way to see one’s work ethic and ability to follow directions.

View Mean_Dean's profile


7057 posts in 4311 days

#5 posted 08-13-2014 12:18 AM

Good luck with your new job! You’ve got your foot in the door—show ‘em what you’re made of, and I’ll bet it won’t be long before you’re making sawdust again!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

View NormG's profile


6507 posts in 4168 days

#6 posted 08-13-2014 01:05 AM

Congrats, keep a great attitude, that is the most important item, the rest will come along

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8901 posts in 5263 days

#7 posted 08-13-2014 03:04 AM

No doubt they have brought you in based on your resume’, but they will check you out on the job to see if you really can do what you say.

You gotta realize, employers get all kinds of people applying for jobs making all kinds of claims. I know the shops and contractors get that here where I live all the time and I doubt it is different anywhere else.

All of this is to say, be encouraged, you have a new opportunity and will learn new things in a new environment. I have no doubt you will do your best and will prove yourself worthy of keeping.

Good Luck!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

View Michaelgurrado's profile


96 posts in 2747 days

#8 posted 08-13-2014 03:23 AM

Yeah, don’t get me wrong I don’t mind doing clean up work I always make sure I have a clean and tidy work environment. I just don’t want it to be an all the time thing. I have done janitorial work in the past and I have never been more miserable in my life doing so. I even separated my shoulder doing it which made my not like that type of work even more.

Thank you everyone for all the feed back I really appreciate it!

View realcowtown_eric's profile


638 posts in 3101 days

#9 posted 08-13-2014 03:32 AM

Chillaxe a bit. Boss gotta know how you fit in, get along wit other guys/gals, willing to pitch in , do the nasty jobs etc. knpw yer way around the plant,etc

Pay attention to the world around you. Learn while you earn, even if yu feel under-employed-happened to us all old buggers

As a boss aI’ve hired folks on their stated experience and lived to regret it and ended up paying for my mistake. Accept the fact that yu have to prove yerself in yer new job. Engage in it and see what happens, you can always pull the plug, but not too soon a(don’t look good on the resume)

In other words. think positive and give it a chance to grow on you.

And never forget, the more you know, the more you find out what you don’t know!!! EG: I never sweep, as all it does is put dust in the air. Vacuum!!!

And if you want to maintain a positive attitude, just ask yerself at the end of the day “did I learn anything today?” Even if it’s how other folks like their coffee, who hates sanding, who is clumsy…it all counts to maintain your equilibrium and the world….in balance.

Although no matter how smart u are, there’s a thousand folks smarter than you and moreover who will work cheaper and harder than you. Working harder is one working smarter is a useful adjunct, and continuing education (even if it’s watchg YouTube about your job) also sends a message if you communicated/discuss it.

The one in a million perspective on American or Canadian Cabinetmaker matters not compared to the population of Asia

Feeling underemployed…watch this

Eric in Calgary

-- Real_cowtown_eric

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics