Job hunters currently face big challenges when looking for jobs in the construction industry. Markets in A / E / C (construction, architecture and engineering) for recruitment have been very slow, and at some point have reached more than 20% of unemployment, making this industry one of the most difficult markets to work on. However, the good news is, even in the toughest markets, there are still 80% of the people in this industry employed. There are many ways to get a construction job interview, but some are more effective than others. Job interviews are obtained from various sources, many of which are offline but many are now online. When looking for work in the A / E / C industry. Job candidates must remain focused on their network of contacts within the industry, and on the niche of advertising construction work resources.
Below are the top 6 ways to get a construction job interview. Job seekers must focus on using all methods simultaneously in today’s difficult work environment.
1. Opening of Private or Non-Advertised Construction Works
About three out of four construction management employees, including those handled by construction search companies, are carried out through private construction jobs or not advertised (vacancies unknown to the public). This construction work is the most secretive and hard to find, but has the greatest potential for job flexibility and getting a salary and compensation for extraordinary construction.
Personal openings are often rarely managed with more than a few interview candidates before recruitment takes place. You must be one of them.
Even when there are no opportunities for construction work currently available, employers can often make construction vacancies when the right candidates come, even at the worst times. Some entrepreneurs will want to update their weak links as the turns go down, while others want to expand and capture market share while their competitors refrain.
You need to “join” before the construction job opening is open to the public. That’s where the network comes in. Recommendations from influential referrals foster trust and respect directly from potential employers, and can give you care as a candidate of choice.
2. Private Network
At Rolodex or your contact manager, check your main contact list. Also see your industry association membership directory, and contact everyone you know who has a job in your field that might be willing to help you with job prospects. In many cases, your close friends and business partners will be the best source for job prospects and referrals. They also tend to respect your confidentiality and offer their sincere help. In addition, they may even be able to refer you to construction recruiters or other construction work resources.
They may also be a good reference and source for ideas about what is happening in your market, who is recruiting and what the company is doing well.
3. Direct Application
Another good way to get a construction job interview is to directly ask the chosen construction entrepreneur. Industry research and identify six to ten main targets for your search.
In these target companies, identify the direct construction recruitment authority (the construction manager directly from the construction position you are looking for) and contact him directly. Try to get a private meeting by stating the interests of your construction work. You can email them, send faxes, send letters to them by postal mail or call them. Contacting a subcontractor or supplier to see who can give you an introduction is also a good idea.
Another approach is to find out where supervisors often visit such as industry trade associations, or other facilities that will encourage accidental meetings. Of course, the most ineffective and risky way to contact a supervisor is by mail. However, if you intend to send something by mail, use express mail to get the right attention. Direct calls risk exposure and may not be the best approach if you care about confidentiality. Even if you ask your employer to respect your privacy, you are still vulnerable, unless you are unemployed and don’t care about who might intercept your letter.
4. Construction Recruiters
For private or public openings, construction executive recruiters and construction headhunters are experts in penetrating their specific industries and finding leading construction companies with attractive opportunities. Construction recruiters can introduce you to opportunities for well-designed construction jobs with little or no effort on your part. They will keep it a secret. To find a construction recruiter in your specialty, try to get references from a colleague, a local construction trade association, or your competitor’s Human Resources department. Some other good sources are the Kennedy Publication Executive Recruiters Directory, or the Recruiters Online Network at http://www.recruitersonline.com
Be sure to find construction executive recruiters who are highly recommended for professionalism, performance and ethics. From the start, emphasize to your construction recruiters that your name and credentials must remain anonymous to prospective employers unless you allow the release. Ask the construction recruiters to contact you only at home, or in your personal office, and only with construction opportunities that fit your construction career plan. Executive recruiters who can both work on these requirements and can even arrange construction interviews without submitting your construction resume.
Like other brokers, construction recruiters work hard for candidates who can help them close sales. The candidate has a marketable background, is clear about what they want, and is likely to receive a fair offer (usually a salary increase of 10 to 15%). An unwillingness to move immediately, or an unwillingness to accept a fair offer, will prevent recruiters from working with you.
Remember that construction recruiters work for client construction companies, so you may need to wait for the right opportunity. Make sure you know two or three pros, and keep using it.
5. Construction of Classified Ads or Assistance Wanted
Adopted construction openings are generally the most ineffective way to get a construction job interview. For entrepreneurs, using inefficient, expensive and time-consuming advertisements is usually a last resort. So, when you come to the attention of the employer through this route, you are associated with an unpleasant process and with a bunch of candidates that the construction company must pass.
Sending a construction resume is completely ineffective. A recent survey from the Department of Labor reported that only 5 out of 100 office holders in America obtained their positions through newspaper advertisements. Other surveys show that the number is close to 2 out of 100. Most resume readers need less than 5 seconds per resume to decide whether the construction resume will look higher or pushed into a rejection stack.
Responding to advertisements also risks damaging your reputation and confidentiality. Your construction resume can fall into the hands of a junior level administrator, or be included in a company data bank (read by anyone who has access to Human Resources files). This scenario is unlikely to lead to the right offer.
If you choose to market yourself through the advertised opening, see every opportunity for construction work through your network before contacting the company. Try to find out why construction vacancies are not filled in privately, how long the search has lasted, and what problems affect the company and incumbents holding the construction position.
In pursuing the advertised opening, you can increase your chances by writing effective cover letters and by responding to advertising for construction jobs in the first four days. Try sending a construction resume only after talking to the construction recruitment authority and concluding that both parties believe you are the “right” candidate. Interviews only with authorities who can offer construction work to you. Cutting off people who have been given imperfect assignments to advertise and filter construction positions (usually the Human Resources Department, office manager, assistant, or secretary) greatly increases your chances of getting a construction interview. Good sources for construction positions advertised are building journals and construction magazines, local construction newspapers, and online work boards and blogs.
6. Internet Construction Classifieds
Internet construction ads are generally no more effective than print ads when it comes to getting construction interviews. However, they are usually more abundant, easier to find, and easier to ask. To increase the chances of success, focus on your search by searching for construction work databases that specialize in your specific industry such as online blogs, company directories and work boards such as ConstructionExecutive (dotcom) and TradeJobsOnline (dotcom).
Author Frederick Hornberger from Hornberger Management Company (Wilmington, Delaware). HMC is a construction executive search firm dedicated to recruiting corporate board members and senior executives for the construction industry. As a construction recruiter, we found the Board of Directors, Chair, President, CEO, COO, CFO and senior officials reporting to them. In addition, we find outside company directors and contract executives for consulting or temporary assignments. Focusing on construction work, a niche in the specialization of construction, allows us to exclusively spend time building relationships with executives at the top of the industry. Our focus provides faster results that cannot be duplicated by a wider company.