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.
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?
Summer is almost here, and temperatures are already beginning to rise. The warmer weather is a welcome change, but it can also create a new danger on the worksite. The heat can exhaust your team, the sun can burn, and hard physical labor makes everyone prone to dehydration.
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?
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.
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.
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.