Be reliable, research the type of role you want and create a thoughtful network to get ahead. Getting the right construction job takes skill and know-how. Follow these five easy tips on how to get the attention of the right people to help you land the right job for you.
Research what area of construction is right for you
From masonry to carpentry there are numerous jobs within the construction industry. With hundreds and thousands of square feet being developed across New York City, the real estate industry is active, which means the job market in construction is booming. Research sites that are looking for workers with your skill-set and read the real estate news to stay abreast on new developments and job openings.
Update resume and send a follow-up email
Make sure your resume is updated with your most recent contact information, references, and a list of current training, licenses and certifications required for constructions jobs. In addition, if you haven’t heard back, send a follow-up email reminding them of your interest in the position.
Be prepared for the interview
If you were called in for an interview, make sure you do your due diligence and prepare for the meeting. It is crucial to research the company and site you are applying for, therefore, make sure you are well-informed and knowledgeable about the industry and company. Always have a positive attitude. Never speak ill will of your previous employer. Additionally, jot down a list of questions to ask such as: What is a typical work day like?; What qualities are you looking for in a worker?; What certifications are needed for this role?; What are the healthcare benefits for me and my family?; Is there room for professional growth?
Build a good reputation
If you work in construction, it is critical to build a reliable reputation among employers, supervisors and colleagues. It’s important to be early every day, follow safety protocol, and be a team player.
Building a thoughtful network is an essential component of any successful job search. Attending job fairs and professional development events may lead to learning about a new role or other work-related opportunities. If you meet a developer, site manager, carpenter or mason make sure to follow up with an email or phone call. In addition, building an online presence through professional sites like LinkedIn can help you make organic connections with future employers.
If you are looking for work in the construction industry and are based in New York City, please complete a Building Skills NY (BSNY) application here and one of our staff members will contact you upon receipt of your application. View our open job opportunities here.