It is a well-known fact in the construction industry that the first steps of tackling a new project set the tone for the success of the project itself. Even if the planning is impeccable and safety precautions are put into place, if the relationship with the client and project manager is not amicable, the project is already off to a shaky start. It is true that what really makes projects move along is the quality of the labor itself, but there is an undeniable ‘human’ element to all projects that can make or break the overall success.
Any construction worker knows there are inherent risks in the industry, as day-to-day tasks require rigorous safety precautions to minimize hazardous working conditions. Part of the job is operating or being around heavy machinery, dangerous tools, and the constant risk of falling or being hit with various materials onsite. Construction managers are designated the task of keeping workers safe by planning out project execution step by step, but it is also the worker’s right to take their safety into their own hands and implement additional safety precautions.
The overbearing entity of the economy and its success inevitably boils down to the workers who put their efforts and resources into it; so it’s no surprise that the lack of workers, specifically in the construction industry, has an impact on the larger economic picture. Not only are companies struggling to find workers, but project completion is delayed largely because of the shortage in labor.
Looking for a new job is a universally challenging process, especially today when thousands of resumes can be sent online in a blink of an eye, and the candidate pool is widening every day. Sometimes your job leads run dry, or you simply lose the motivation to find what you’re looking for. While it may feel like you’ve exhausted all options, it is important to take a step back and consider what can be done to create more opportunities for you. Keep in mind that while you need a job that satisfies many aspects of your life, employers need a valuable and multifaceted employee, so don’t be discouraged when you’re not finding the right job—you just need to expand your horizons!
It’s no secret that the construction industry took an economic hit during the Great Recession. Many key industries to the American economy are still fighting to recover, and as a result, there are a variety of cost-effective initiatives established to guarantee the financial welfare of a post-recession company. However, risk taking is always an important part in any company’s growth, therefore cutting costs and taking the normal route can sometimes impair financial growth. After all, successful companies did not emerge by following the same guidelines their counterparts did.
Recruiters are not hard to come by, but like any other industry professionals, some are better than others. Every day the job market becomes more selective, so it is important to find a talented recruiter to guide you along the daunting task of finding a great job. It takes a certain skill set to be a successful recruiter, but there are certain characteristics that set the great ones ahead of the decent ones:
Portland is considered one of the economic hotspots of the Northwest, so it comes as no surprise that young professionals are making their way out to the scenic coastal region of Oregon. However, the demand of housing in the area has caused there to be a shortage of over 20,000 affordable housing options in the Portland area, an issue that is affecting mainly younger individuals because of their limited financial means.
It is one thing to disregard your health if you have a desk job, but it can really affect your job performance if you rely on your physical capabilities to get you through the day. Construction accidents aren’t uncommon, so taking extra measures to ensure your own safety are more than worthwhile. It’s tempting to turn off ‘work mode’ when you return home for the day, but keeping your job in mind when you are unwinding can have surprisingly impactful results. Here are three important health tips to keep in mind when returning home from work.
The Pacific Northwest has a long history of being a coveted place to live, what with boasting affordable living and exciting culture, but as of the past year states like Oregon, Washington and Alaska have seen a population increase due to the surge in the job market. After all, to be able to afford to live in such beautiful states, newcomers need jobs to support themselves. These jobs aren’t just coming from local coffee shops or corner stores — the construction industry has met record highs in many northwestern states.
Even if you happen to be a seasoned industry professional with a notable job history, you might have difficulties taking the next step in your career if your contact list is a little sparse. With the new year approaching, it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate your career goals and what needs to be done to achieve them. Networking is an important part of furthering one’s career, and everyone can benefit from it, no matter if you are new to your profession or an industry veteran. Here are a few ways to pad your contact list and make valuable acquaintances in the industry: