I have a pretty great career. All these craftsmen come in to apply for jobs, and I can’t help but be amazed by them. Craftsmen are true talent. They’ve got skills the world needs. They have skills even I need! They pave the roads I drive on, the build the apartment I live in. Just another reason I love working with craftsmen! It’s especially rewarding when we’re able to form long term relationships over the course of their career.
I guess that’s why I work at Madden.
Talented craftsmen candidates have the ability now more than ever to create their own dream job, and get work based on their own talents, needs, and schedule. Here are some trends that are making it easier than ever for craftsmen to find exactly the kind of work you want.
The cover letter is a small part of the job search process in the grand scheme of things, and it always seems to cause confusion for candidates, like how to formulate it and when to send it. Many positions are now applied to online, so traditional cover letter etiquette seems to be up in the air.
A good rule of thumb to keep in mind when responding to a job position via email is take out the important parts of the cover letter and integrate them into the body of the email instead of separately attaching the letter itself. Think of it this way; if you were an HR manager and had to sift through hundreds of candidate emails, would you want to take the extra step to download and view extra documents? Streamlining your email’s accessibility by highlighting the important parts of your cover letter in your email allows for a concise but lasting impression that will give HR all the information they need without the hassle.
Military veterans often find it difficult to transition into the civilian workforce. A recent study showed that 74% of post-9/11 Veterans believe that it will be harder for them to find work than non-military civilians with the same experience! While military work and life can indeed be very different, military skills are transferrable. If you’re a veteran, here are some ways that you can highlight your experience to a potential interviewer or recruiter and show how they make you qualified for the civilian job you’re applying for:
Many construction workers start their careers working as general laborers, but it is possible to work towards a higher position by implementing appropriate technology. The construction industry has withstood economic hardships through the test of time because of the constant necessity for growth, but technological advances have already begun an unparalleled transformation of the industry. However, simply adopting new technological equipment because of the hype is not enough; understanding the impact and function of such machinery is equally important.
Here are some ways to incorporate technology into your construction career.