Regardless of the industry, if you want to get hired for your dream job, it’s as much about doing well in your current position as it is about putting your best foot forward into the next. It’s important to remember that your reputation will precede you throughout your career. That’s why candidates are advised to concentrate on some of the basics when they want to get hired in the construction industry.
Be a Team Player
The key to being a team player is to avoid competing with others in your organization. Instead, concentrate on competing with yourself, and avoid taking the credit for everything. Don’t hesitate to applaud the achievements of your coworkers to prove that you’re not just trying to surpass everyone else in the organization. Team players maintain open minds regarding how things need to be done. Then, it’s all about being generous, kind, and honest.
Communicate with clarity to avoid being vague or ambiguous. It’s all about establishing and maintaining an effective rapport with colleagues, clients, and vendors. Remember, sometimes it’s more about how you say something, rather than what you say. If you want to build trust with those around you, concentrate on being as honest as possible. Don’t be afraid to admit when you’re unsure of something instead of faking that you know what you’re talking about.
Focus on Quality and Safety
Construction workers can be exposed to an array of hazardous conditions. If you have a record of helping to prevent workplace accidents, then it will become much easier to get hired. From gaining more awareness and training to having the proper equipment and supervision, there are a variety of things that can be done to focus on quality and safety on the job site.
Never underestimate the power of networking. From current and former coworkers to your friends and family, you never know who might have a lead to a great career opportunity. But, building a network of professional contacts is only the first step to success. You also have to put just as much effort into growing and maintaining your network.
Although some people are more natural at networking than others, becoming an expert takes time, especially for those who are naturally introverts. There are several obvious places to expand your network such as professional meetings, conferences, and job fairs; but construction recruiters encourage you to have a succinct elevator pitch ready for some of the more unorthodox places you’ll meet people, like sporting events, coffee shops and even the dog park.
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