Warmer weather tends to cause a boom in the construction industry, obviously more so for jobs that take place outdoors. If you are just starting out in the construction industry, or looking to change careers to this field, start looking for jobs using keywords like construction or general labor. Start building experience with side jobs where you can show accomplishment, and once you have the skills, seek special certifications and training that can make you even more employable.
Many people consider construction work to be dirty, sweaty and very physical, and at times it definitely is; but for those who enjoy this hands on work, the payoff is usually quick gratification. As soon as a task is done, the effects are viewable. Things are created and you see them, or things are fixed and they now work. Depending on the field of construction you are in, it is not all just grunt labor either. In order to be good at certain jobs, you need the education and skills to work things out.
The average hourly pay (as reported at www.bls.gov) is:
- Electricians: $22.3
- Plumbers: $21.29
- Maintenance: $16.50
- Construction: $13.71
While the economy is bad now, and job losses are still high, the field of construction is one of those fields that will continue to be a necessity. Companies are still growing, and they still have problems that need fixed. Networking is important because some jobs come about quickly and may not get advertised because the replacement need is so quick. Knowing people on the inside may be the quickest way to land a position.
If you have experience, here are some tips one construction organization shared on how to sell your skills without seeming to brag about yourself:
Become a storyteller: Giving examples of your strengths is the most powerful method for communicating your skills. Additionally it also helps your listener envision YOU working for THEM. Here is an example: One of my greatest strengths is pioneering long term strategic growth plans. As an example, in my previous position our company was struggling to achieve a global presence. I did A, B and C and within 24 months we had achieved our marketing goals and increased our revenue by $33 million.
Share ALL your relevant skills: It’s normal to downplay the brilliance of all you do - when it comes to unearthing and communicating all your relevant skills. Let’s say for instance you have a keen ability resolving internal company disputes. You can turn this into a powerful testimonial by simply thinking back to the last time you used this skill. What was the problem? What happened? Did you encourage someone not to quit, mentor someone to a higher quality of work or resolve an inner office dispute that was affecting workplace morale? By putting it in story form you will help your listener.
Use a template to communicate clearly every time: Here’s an easy to use template for communicating your skills. Simply identify the following: the problem or challenge, what you did, and finally, what the result was. When you share your results try to quantify with $ or % if you can.
Construction jobs exist, they just have to sometimes be looked for deeper than usual. Hopefully having some of these tips under your belt with further help your chances to land that desired position.
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