Spring is here, signaling a pick-up in construction activity across the five boroughs. During the winter months, hazardous weather conditions and a slight uptick in COVID-19 infection rates made performing exterior work difficult. Now that the warmer weather is here, new construction job postings are starting to come online. It’s important that you’re ready to take advantage of these opportunities.
There are a few steps you can take to ensure that you’re prepared to jump into the construction employment pool, or maybe move into a different job if you’re already employed. You also have a chance to help others who might be looking for work by letting them know about the good-paying positions available at jobsites across the five boroughs.
Check Job Boards & Spread the Word
First, make sure you’re keeping tabs on job postings in your area to get an overview of what’s out there. If you’re a first-time job seeker, navigating the process can be challenging. Remember that Building Skills is a great resource if you need help navigating your job search. Senior recruiters can help pinpoint open jobsites in your area that match your unique skillsets. Once you get an understanding of the jobs available, take the time to spread the word! Encourage others to pursue new opportunities in the field – or even encourage someone new to start a career in construction.
Refine Your Skills
It’s important that your skills align with the responsibilities listed for the job you intend to pursue. Anticipate that warmer weather calls for more exterior construction work. Consider skills such as masonry, roofing, surveying, and framing when you’re thinking about additional training and experience to stand out from the crowd of applicants.
Refresh Your Resume
Your resume is your professional calling card. It presents the opportunity to make a good first impression on a hiring manager. It doesn’t need to be fancy, but it does need to be well written, concise and, most of all, accurate. And, of course, be sure to showcase your construction skills and experience if you have them. Take the time now to update your resume and tailor it to the jobs for which you might apply, and be sure to list all your current training, licenses, and certifications. If you have online access, there are several free or low-cost websites that offer resume templates. Check them out to get some ideas about how to put one together for the first time or spruce up an existing version.
Also, keep in mind that Building Skills is a resource. Let us help you with advice and support so you can enter the construction field or make that next step in your career. We’re here to help.