It’s no secret, the pool of available construction laborers is shrinking, and it has been for some time. As our country’s education policies favor college preparation to job skills training, fewer students are considering careers in construction. The Great Recession forced many companies and contractors to lay off workers and reduce their hiring, making the career path unfavorable to many newcomers. And as the baby boomers start retiring, the staffing shortages are just getting worse.
Now that the economy is improving and construction projects are on the rise, finding qualified workers to fill this new need is becoming increasingly difficult. Fortunately, the team at Madden Industrial Craftsman can help.
READ ARTICLE “Overcome the Skilled Labor Shortage Through Staffing”
Before your next employer ever meets you, they’re going to get to know you online. What you say and how you present yourself on social media can make the difference between never getting an interview and getting placed at the top of the candidate pile.
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A little fear is a good thing. You want employees who perform their best, and fear of underperforming is a great motivator. But too much fear can do more harm than good. You don’t have time to hold your employees’ hands through every task, or constantly be telling them what to do next.
The job of leadership is to create a work site where employees are confident in their abilities, take initiative, and trust their own instinct — but are also comfortable coming to you when they have questions. So how do you foster that type of work environment?
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When your grandfather took his first job in construction, he probably knew a lot about ranch houses, dark paneling, and shag carpets. These days, even mentioning those things will get you laughed out of any respectable job interview. Trends change and being up on what’s current (and what’s not) will make you stand out amongst other candidates.
The trouble is, the trends you learned about five years ago probably aren’t the trends people are interested in today. Before your next interview, make sure you know what’s popular right now.
READ ARTICLE “What Trends Do You Need to Know in Construction as a Job Candidate?”
If you’re thinking about a job in construction management, or you’ve worked in construction for many years and are ready to take the next step, you may want to consider a career as a general contractor.
General contractors oversee every detail of a construction project. They plan, budget and coordinate everything from scheduling the crew to arranging for the delivery of material to consulting with local experts. The general contractor works closely with the site owner to find a way to make his or her vision a reality—or pare that vision down to a more practical reality when necessary.
If you’re considering a career as a general contractor, you have two paths to obtaining the necessary requirements.
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We’ve all worked a job where safety was a four-letter word. People cut corners, because saving time was more important than staying safe. Co-workers laughed if you ran back to the truck to grab a pair of safety goggles. Someone told you a harness isn’t necessary if you won’t be on the ladder for very long.
It’s not uncommon for safety measures to be seen as time-consuming hassles, especially when you’re constantly pressured to get things done as quickly as possible. But every time one of your employees takes a safety shortcut, they not only put themselves at risk, they put the job and the entire company at risk too.
READ ARTICLE “Management Can Get the Entire Team to Buy into Safety”
The job market is highly competitive, and that means you need to do everything you can to make yourself stand out from the crowd. One of the most important resources you need to have in your job-hunting arsenal is a resume that makes recruiters want to stop and take notice.
The best way to do that is to ditch the traditional resume format in favor of a skills-based resume.
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When it comes to winning new projects, it’s not enough to work hard, do things right and come in under budget. Those things will all help, but only if you have the communications skills to get that message across to prospective clients.
Don’t worry. You don’t have to take a master’s class on writing to communicate with clients. In fact, if you’re not comfortable writing, you can communicate in person or over the phone. It’s not how you communicate, but what you communicate.
READ ARTICLE “Win More Construction Projects with Improved Communication”
You’ve heard plenty of gimmicks for getting your resume noticed: insist on handing it directly to the boss, use brightly colored paper, send a box of chocolates…and a million other tactics that not only don’t work, but will probably get your resume thrown in the trash.
The fact is, gimmicks don’t work, because recruiters get paid to find the best applicants, not the most obnoxious. When it comes to making sure your resume stands out from the crowd, it’s all about saying the right things in the right way.
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You can’t predict an OSHA inspection. OSHA doesn’t work on a site-by-site list to plan its inspection cycles. Instead, they perform random inspections and respond to incidents or complaints.
That means instead of planning for a set inspection time, you need to make sure your site is prepared for an inspection at all times. Here’s how to be ready if OSHA shows up at your doorstep.
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