All kinds of new technology are affecting the industry, giving all kinds of new efficiencies to your company that allow you to scale and grow at a faster rate. Here are some of the more exciting things happening right now:
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.
There was probably a time when you got down to the final two or three candidates, and you had a hard time choosing between them. Each of them had admirable – but very different – qualities that they brought to the table, and you just couldn’t figure out how to weigh your options. Here are some guidelines that, as we’ve seen, will make a huge difference in the satisfaction of your decision, long after you’ve made the hire.
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.
Due to cutbacks in the recession from 8-10 years ago, many craftsmen still haven’t returned to the job market. On top of that, a smaller pool of workers are entering field now. Some reports show that there are as many as 10 craftsmen retiring for every new one entering the field! And it’s having a big impact on the industry. A HomeAdvisor survey from last year showed that 93% of construction companies responded that they predict significantly slower growth in their business because of this shortage.
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.
There’s a lot of stereotypes and misunderstandings when it comes to the skills and experience of a Military veteran. This may cause underlying fears from a hiring manager, even if they recognize the skills that a Military Veterans candidate can offer. Here are some common misconceptions that recruiters and hiring managers should reconsider:
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:
The “spend money to make more money” business technique may be applicable in some industries, but the construction industry thrives on streamlining techniques. Managing the construction process and ensuring that each step runs efficiently is an incredibly important aspect of keeping costs down and maintaining timeliness.
Keep these things in mind when implementing lean construction methods:
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.