Having so much information at the tip of your fingers is what makes the internet such a valuable asset, especially when you are looking to learn more about the job market or a specific profession. There are countless articles to read, newsletters to peruse and live videos to stream in your spare time, but podcasts have seen a spike in popularity in recent years. Recent studies have shown that nearly 40 million Americans tune into podcasts every month, and it is undeniable that there is something unique about podcasts that sets them apart from their counterparts. Podcasts provide more of a personal and mobile way to digest information and learn something new, instead of spending time staring at a computer screen, rifling through blog articles and websites.
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.
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.
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:
It’s no secret that Oregon took a big hit during the recession in 2009. Jobs were scarce, and the economy hadn’t been hit so hard in nearly thirty years. Portland was one of the cities hit hardest by the Great Recession, due to dependence on the real estate market which plummeted in the following years. However, Oregon has slowly but surely seen improvement, and last year they even managed to beat Washington regarding economic growth rate, something they rarely manage to do even though Washington and Oregon share several similarities. The city of Portland is seeing the greatest comeback, specifically in the housing market, which has beaten out several other epicenters in the nation.
The augmented reality craze that swept the nation with millions of users might seem to some like a simple game, at most an interactive way to pass the time, but it’s not just a gimmicky phone app. There is a reason why so many people find Pokémon Go to be highly addicting, minus the fact that it’s fun to catch Pokémon around your city; this is where the idea of augmented reality comes into the picture.
Signing a construction contract comes with numerous risks involved, as does anything with your signature attached. Taking the extra time to fine-tune contract details will save everyone involved time and money, because nothing deters a project more than miscommunication or contract errors. Negotiations aren’t everyone’s natural strong suit, listed below are a few things to keep in mind to avoid conflict before closing a deal and breaking ground.