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.
READ ARTICLE “You Can Become a General Contractor”
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.
READ ARTICLE “How Do I Create a Skills-Based Resume?”
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.
READ ARTICLE “Get Your Cover Letter to the Top of the Pile”
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.
READ ARTICLE “Is Your Site Ready for an OSHA Inspection?”
Some people are cut out for desk jobs; however, chances are if you’re reading this post, you’re not one of them. Don’t feel bad. Turns out, you’re probably a lot happier than those desk jockeys — and I’m not just saying that. The desk jockeys at TINYpulse created an Industry Ranking report that proves it.
So why are construction workers so much happier?
READ ARTICLE “Want to Be Happy at Work? Take a Job in Construction”
You’ve built a successful business. You’ve worked long, hard hours creating relationships with your clients and delivering above and beyond their expectations. You’re a recognized name in your industry. Now the truly hard work begins.
Once you’re established, how do you continue to make your business grow year after year? There are plenty of buzzwords that get thrown around: innovation, leadership, branding, smarketing (yeah, it’s a thing!). But when it comes right down to it, all that stuff is secondary to the people you put in front of your clients every day.
READ ARTICLE “Improve Your Recruiting in 2016”
Facts about the Labor Market in King and Snohomish Counties
- 2015 brings the tightest labor market in over 7 years; and will continue to become more challenging for employers to hire and retain quality workers. National Labor information released Friday September 4, 2015 reported lowest unemployment nationally since 2008 at 5.1%.
- The July 2015 unemployment rate in King County was 4.0%, and 4.3% in Snohomish County. The Federal Reserve (2015) puts Full Employment somewhere in the unemployment range of 5.0% and 5.3%. We are a full percentage point below what is defined as full employment.
READ ARTICLE “The Case for Direct Hire Staffing”