When looking for a job in the construction industry, it can be difficult to know where to start. There are countless websites dedicated to construction jobs, job offers on recruiting websites, and posts highlighting open positions on social media. However, with online applications, resumes can be easily lost in the shuffle or overlooked by hiring managers. One of the best and most proven ways to find a new job is to attend a job fair where you are certain to be able to speak with professionals in the field, get real word-advice and make important contacts.
Whether it’s your first time attending a job fair or your 21st, there are a few tips and tricks that you can employ to maximize the experience and make sure you’re getting everything you need.
First, what are job fairs and why are they important?
Job fairs are a gathering – whether virtually, which was the norm during the pandemic, or in person – held to connect employers with jobseekers. Attendees are given information on each participating company and can speak one-on-one with potential employers. Various developers and companies in the construction industry will attend in the hopes of attracting and hiring the top talent. This helps take the guesswork out of the application process, because the companies that participate – generally speaking – are definitely looking to hire.
Beyond looking for a job, these events present the opportunity for you to connect with fellow workers in the construction industry and exchange information. By sharing experiences, you might find new methods of approach in your job search and while on site after you’re hired.
Job fairs are being held with increasing frequency now that the pandemic is waning, and companies are experiencing a labor shortage – especially in construction – and looking to fill positions as quickly as possible to facilitate a strong economic recovery.
How should I prepare to attend a job fair?
Before attending a job fair, consider doing research on the companies you’re interested in. These events are a learning experience, but it’s always helpful to come prepared. Showcasing your knowledge demonstrates to hiring managers your genuine interest in the industry and highlights your skills, which can give you a competitive edge over your peers.
Attend the job fair ready to talk about your work experience and history. Consider preparing a resume, which highlights your relevant skills and previous jobs held – if applicable. The key is to be able to advocate for yourself and explain why you are the best applicant for a particular position.
Remember to arrive with an open mind. You might be looking for a particular job, but unaware of other opportunities that exist in the construction space. Talk to a wide range of potential employers and listen to what they have to say. Accept any materials they might be handing out and take the time to review them at home. You might be surprised by what you learn – and perhaps end up taking a new career path that you hadn’t previously considered.
Members of the Building Skills New York team have been attending in-person job fairs around the five boroughs now that things are opening up. Stop by and say hello if you happen to see us out and about! We’re always happy to help.