You’ve polished your resume. You’ve brushed up on the latest trends in your industry. Your cover letter is succinct and tailored for each employer. You’re ready to start the job hunt in earnest. There’s just one problem. When was the last time you talked with your references?
If it’s been a long time since you’ve been in touch with your references, you’ll need to reach out to them before you start putting their names on your application forms. No one likes to be surprised, and if you don’t let your references know you’re looking for work, they might feel unprepared to respond to questions. And that won’t look good for you.
Contacting someone just to ask a favor can be uncomfortable, but following these tips will help you make the best impression.
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When thinking about automation and improving processes, the construction industry probably isn’t the first job that comes to mind. However, it is an industry that will benefit from efficiency and improved technologies. We’re a far cry from having robots take over the construction of entire buildings, but chances are the day will come when robots are able to do much of the repetitive work where humans traditionally would be required. What will that mean for construction companies and workers?
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Small talk isn’t just something you do with your in-laws and your hair dresser. It’s one of the most powerful tools at your disposal when it comes to finding a job. Having the right skills is only half the equation. Next, you need to make connections with the people who are looking for those skills. That means networking, and—you guessed it—making small talk.
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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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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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