When you combine the fact that construction is booming with the nationwide candidate shortage, right now is the perfect time to land your dream construction job. While you may already be employed with a company you genuinely enjoy working for and with, if they can’t offer you the growth or area of specialty you truly desire, now is the time to contact a construction recruiter.

Timing Is Everything

Recruiters are busier than ever filling the executive and mid-level construction job openings that nationwide firms are struggling to fill. Candidates who partner with a specialized construction recruiter with a track record of success have the highest odds of landing the job they have always dreamed of. Make sure the recruiter you pick will never release your information without your knowledge. With over 50 years as an executive recruiter, The Birmingham Group is that firm!

Preparing Your Resume

As your recruiter, TBG will offer suggestions and insights on updating your resume or LinkedIn profile. However, here are a few tips to get you heading in the right direction:

  • Include a detailed project list of your greatest achievements. Don’t worry if this makes your resume longer than 1 page; just make sure it is no longer than 2
  • Use bullet points to highlight your measurable and specific achievements, awards, accolades, and ways in which you add value.
  • Don’t waste space by including dated information that no longer needs to be included on a resume—such as an ‘Objective’ or line stating, “Will Provide References Upon Request.”
  • Run spell check and have someone with strong written communication skills edit your resume before applying for a desired

Interview Preparation

You may be the ideal candidate for the construction job you are applying to, but you still must win over the hiring manager during your live interview. Remember, it’s not just them interviewing you—you are interviewing them too. Here are some tips to remember:

  • Research both the company and the hiring manager prior to your interview. While your construction recruiter will tell you about the firm before your interview, you must show you are prepared—and that you can speak to how why they are a good fit for you.
  • Arrive no more than 15 minutes early, and no less than 5 minutes early. If you arrive earlier, head to a coffee shop—or simply wait in your car before heading inside. Turn your cell phone off. Not on silent, but off.
  • Be prepared to share at least three 60-second long responses on why you are a good fit, and what you can bring to the table. Your response should provide quantifiable examples of the skills they are searching for, and why you stand out from the competition.
  • Leave the construction salary conversation to your recruiter. Simply state something along the lines of, “If this is a good fit for both of us, I’m sure you will extend a reasonable offer on my behalf to TBG.” If they ask about your salary and bonuses, share it with them honestly—as your recruiter has likely provided it to them anyway.

Finally, when you receive an offer for your dream construction job, provide your employer with ample notice. Depending on your project load, this should be no less than 2 weeks—and up to 4 weeks. Make sure you provide notice in writing. Thank your employer for the growth opportunity, and provide a clear and specific end date.

Ready To Land Your Dream Construction Job?

If you are a candidate searching for your dream job in construction, reach out to The Birmingham Group today to discuss your career path.