Job Seeker Resources

Job seeker resources to help employees with a new job working for the Top Wood or forest products company. Here are some recommendations when working with Top Wood Jobs to find you an Awesome Job. These are only recommendations and will not guarantee you an interview or a job through Top Wood Jobs.  There are many online articles about this along with books that can futher your understanding of job hunting. One of my favorite books is "What Color Is Your Parachute" by Dick Bolles.


  1. A typical resume should not be more than three pages and should have:

  • MS Word format, not a PDF. Make sure to do spell check.

  • Your name and contact information. Include your LinkedIn profile link if you have one.

  • Cover letter as part of the resume and this should address the job you are applying for. What are the top 6 things this employer would like to know about you such as process experience (plywood, lumber, etc.)? Are they looking for someone that has listed years of experience, specific technical skills such as Lean Manufacturing? What do they want in a candidate?

  • Most Recent Employer first:

    • Name of Company – City, State – Starting Date to Ending Date

    • Products manufactured/supplied

    • Your title and, if more than one, the dates for each title

    • Paragraph with about three sentences to describe your work and duties for each title

    • 3 to 8 bullet points of specific duties and achievements for each title

    • Previous employers, same information and same format as above

  • Education/Training

  • Specific skills related to the job you are applying for

  • Three references with their names, companies, titles and phone numbers from your most recent supervisors/managers or at least from others you have worked for. If you use LinkedIn, using three of the recommendations managers have given you is very valuable.

Social Media:

  1. Employers and I will review your LinkedIn and Facebook profiles along with other sites such as Twitter.

  2. Make sure to keep your LinkedIn profile professional and be careful what you put on your Facebook page.

  3. Just because I am not a Friend on Facebook or a Connection in LinkedIn does not stop me from finding your profiles in Google. In fact, Google yourself to see if there are things posted you don’t want others to see.

LinkedIn Profile:

  • Make sure you have a LinkedIn account and connect with me to see what a profile should include.

  • At the top include the title you have or desire, such as “Plant Manager”. If you are unemployed add – “Looking for Next Career Change”.

  • Include each company you worked for and title you had along with dates and a three sentence introduction to what was produced at the company and what you did.

  • Gain at least three Recommendations from other contacts in LinkedIn that you reported to or were peers and supply them a LinkedIn recommendation and ask them to give you one too. If they are not sure how to do that, you should Google “How do I get LinkedIn Recommendations” and send them an email or LinkedIn message. Make sure you review what they give you for typos and what you would like them to say about yourself.

  • Having a LinkedIn recommendation from someone working for a company you want to work for in LinkedIn and on your resume will help you land a job there.

    • Here is what Google says: Recommend someone from their profile:

      • Go to the profile of the 1st-degree connection you'd like to recommend.

      • Move your cursor over the Down arrow next to the button in the top section of the profile. The button name may vary.

      • Select Recommend.

      • Follow the steps to write the recommendation.

      • Click Send.

  • Gain as many connections as you can from people you respect that respect you. Check for people you know by searching for them in LinkedIn, go to Company pages looking for people and get signed up to Groups you should join looking for others.

  • Join Groups associated with the industry you work in and follow companies you are interested in.

  • Get Skills listed based on what jobs you like to do and include any skills you may have such as 6 Sigma, Continuous Process Improvement, Microsoft Office, etc. Do this for others and request they do the same for you. You want your skills to be well balanced. If you have too many in one area, that will be what employers will think you have the most skills in.

  • Include hobbies etc., but be careful what you put here. What do you want employers to think you do in your spare time?

Facebook Profile:

  • Be very careful what you put on Facebook. Employers can find your profile even if you do not have them as a friend or block them.

  • Keep a good Profile Picture.

  • Be careful of links, favorites, groups, pictures and comments to others.

  • Your Facebook profile gives employers insight into your private lives.

  • Include your resume as you have in LinkedIn.

  • Do not post anything that you would not want either your current or prospective employer to see.

Interview Preparation: 

  1. Research the company and industry you have applied to. What can you find on their website or LinkedIn about the company?

  2. Read the job description. Do you have all that is required and preferred?

  3. Be prepared to discuss each item.

  4. If you don’t, what might you have for experience or education that is relevant?

  5. If you do not know about something in the job description Google it to find out so you can talk about it at least.

  6. Contact others that might know about the company, but be careful as you don’t want to give the job away.

  7. See if you can find out who is the hiring manager for the job you are applying for. Use LinkedIn or ask me.

  8. Review the interview links on my site for interview tips right before your interview, especially generic questions and why they are asked. How would you reply?

  9. Do you have Skype on your computer? If not, you should install it, as often employers like to use Skype to do the "Phone interview". Make sure you practice using it with someone else before your interview.

  10. Prepare a short list of questions for the end of the phone and the personal face to face interviews. 

  11. Be prepared to provide at least three references including current contact information and best from people you reported to. You may need to provide these prior a face to face interview.

Phone Interview:  

  1. Do all the research I discussed earlier

  2. Have your resume and job description with you to refer to

  3. Schedule a time that you will not be interrupted for the phone interview, preferably on a land line phone not a cell phone that can cut out, and away from other noise and interruptions.

  4. Have a list of questions for the phone interview including when they will get back to you, the wages and basic benefits.

  5. Be on time for your phone interview. Miss it and you could miss the job opportunity.

  6. Make sure you write down the person’s name and ask them to spell it if you need to.

  7. Have a note pad and pen and take notes.

  8. Note the phone number they called from.

  9. Think about each question and answer it first as briefly as possible and only expand on it if they need more details. Ask them if you are not sure, “Did I answer your question?” 

  10. Employers do not always give us reasons why candidates have not been accepted and can take a couple weeks or more to get back to us.
  11. If you have a non-compete or owe an employer relocation fees, always read those over and send us a copy before any face to face interview.

Face to Face Interview

  1. For upper level positions you may be required to interview as many as 3 times.

  2. Get plenty of sleep before an interview.

  3. Don't travel without two credit cards. You will need one for a rental car or motel. One card could fail to work. You should be reimbursed for all travel.

  4. Dress appropriately for the job. Look neat and tidy. If this is a plant job, wear appropriate clothes (work boots) and bring your own safety gear if you have it.

  5. Bring 6 resumes to hand out if needed.

  6. Bring a portfolio of related work in case you need to show them what you have accomplished. Keep this simple and visual.

  7. Be prompt. Plan ahead so you can get there 5 to 10 minutes early.

  8. Remain calm and confident.

  9. Ask for business cards or at least names that you can write down. Some managers may not feel comfortable with giving you their business card but is fair to know who you are talking to.

  10. Relax and maintain eye contact with the interviewer(s).

  11. Shut off your cell phone before the interview.

  12. Show your interest, listen to questions and answer appropriately in a way that shows your skills and what you can contribute to the job without building them a watch.

  13. At the end ask appropriate questions about the job and the company. This shows your interest.

  14. If you were not able to answer a question, ask if you could get back to them on that which opens the avenue to email them later. Do NOT abuse emailing or texting them.

  15. If the face to face interview has gone well, make sure with the list of questions you have that you ask what the job would pay and about the benefits. If they are interested in you, they should be willing to discuss this at the end of the interview. I would like you to walk away from the interview with everything you need to know to make a decision about an offer.

  16. Some employers require employment application forms be filled out either prior any phone or face to face interivew. Be prepared to have what you need to complete these forms. Some times they may require past wages and dates. Some states will not allow wage information to be asked. If you do not want to disclose that information or any other information you tell me, let me know.

  17. Follow up with a short thank-you note and a brief statement that you are interested in the job and that you can contribute positively to the organization. Mailed cards are best, rather than email.

  18. My clients are required to pay for your interview costs per my contract with them. Make sure you get from them what you need to do to submit your cost before you leave the interview. It is your responsibility to get reimbursed not mine.

  19. Make sure the employer pays for flights up front for interviews, and they will reimburse you for traveling cost. You will need to supply them your Social Security number, birthdate and full name so they can purchase the ticket(s). For your spouse too if they will go with you.

  20. Travel reimbursement at the US Federal Government rate if you drive your own car. All your interview travel expenses will be reimbursed.

  21. They will not pay you for loss of wages for the interview. 

  22. Last but not least, thank the interviewer(s) for taking time from their work schedule to meet with you.


  1. Upon receiving an offer, we should talk on the phone about it before you make a final decision. I can help negotiate the offer.

  2. You should be ready to accept an offer within two to three days.

  3. The employer is supposed to call you to confirm on the phone if the offer is acceptable. By now you should have discussed this in the phone interview and at least the end of the face to face interview.

  4. After an offer acceptance you should be prepared to start work within 2- 3 weeks. The sooner the better.

  5. Your current employer is not being contacted without your and my approval. This should not happen until you have given notice to them.

  6. Keep me abreast of any other current job interviews or offers.

  7. I recommend you get legal advice on any non-disclosures or non-competes if they are issued you.

  8. Employers could check for verification of education, previous employment, criminal background, felonies, DUIs, motor vehicle record and credit checks.

  9. If you have had a DUI in the past 10 years you may not be able to work in Canada. Check with your lawyer.

Working with Top Wood Jobs: 

  1. Keep me abreast of all conversations you have with the employer prior to employment. Copy me on emails and let me know how your phone calls go with them.

  2. I will check back in with you for up to two months after a start date. I expect you to reply.

  3. Keep the jobs I discussed confidential. I realize you need to discuss with others about the company I have applied you to for your due diligence. Just be careful so we don’t both lose the job opportunity.

  4. At any time, you want to back out on a job I have submitted you to, please let me know as soon as possible.

Benefits and Wages

  • All Wood Products and Forest Industry

  • Biomass Energy

  • Flooring

  • Hardboard

  • I-Joist

  • Laminating

  • LVL

  • Pulp & Paper

  • OSB

  • OSL

  • MDF

  • Particleboard

  • Plywood

  • Sawmills and Lumber

  • Wood Pellets

  • WPC - Wood Plastic Composites