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Experience, Skills, and Personality Traits

An apprenticeship, if available, is probably the best way to gain experience since it assures that you will be able to practice all the skills necessary for a well-rounded carpenter. For example, making accurate measurements requires you to be detail oriented and good at math. Using hand tools means you must have eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity. Lifting heavy tools and materials requires physical strength.  Making adjustments to assure that a door is hung properly requires problem-solving skills. Lifting tools and wood while standing, climbing, bending or kneeling for long periods requires stamina. Employers want carpenters who are dependable, cooperative, independent, analytical thinkers, who work well both as individuals and as part of a team.

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