5 Tips to Advance Your Career in the Construction Industry

//5 Tips to Advance Your Career in the Construction Industry

5 Tips to Advance Your Career in the Construction Industry

Construction is an exciting industry that has many opportunities for advancement. Despite the many advantages the construction industry comes with, you won’t succeed unless you have the right attitude, set achievable goals, and take active measures. Here are five tips to advance your construction career.

1. Develop Your Skill Set

Different positions require different skills, so unless you develop new skills you will likely stay static. If you want to advance in your career, you have to expand your skill set. Find a mentor, take courses, and learn from the people around you. The most successful people are lifelong learners and jump at every opportunity to improve themselves.

2. Build Your Network

Having an expansive network will open many possibilities you wouldn’t have otherwise. Build relationships with contractors, architects, and other construction professionals, and make sure you maintain and foster those relationships. It helps to stay organized. When you meet someone new in the industry, write down their contact information, as well as other important info, such as professional interests, the name of their kids/spouse, hobbies, and any other thing that can help you build up a relationship.

3. Show Initiative

The professionals who are going to advance are the ones who consistently show initiative. Companies look for employees who are assertive and innovative. The last thing you want is to become complacent or to get stuck in old ways. If you have a take-charge attitude and adapt to new technologies and procedures quickly, you’ll stand out when it comes time to give promotions.

4. Establish Goals

One of the keys to career success is effective goal-setting. You can’t succeed if you don’t know what success actually looks like to you. What job do you ultimately want? Once you have a long-term goal, you can set short-term milestones that will be your path to your career advancement. You want goals to strive for and a timeline to complete them. This will give you clear endpoints and the drive you need to meet them.

5. Prioritize Quality

Quality is extremely important in the construction industry. Some people take shortcuts to try to make themselves look impressive. But what is really impressive is having the ability to deliver high-quality projects on time and on budget without taking shortcuts. If you can achieve this, you will make yourself the natural choice for promotions.

Progressing in the construction industry often seems easier on paper than it does in reality. There is no easy route to career advancement. Setting clear goals, building a strong network, showing initiative, and developing your skills and abilities will help you maximize your chances of moving up in the industry.

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By | 2019-03-04T19:06:10-04:00 March 14th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

The Birmingham Group has been serving the construction industry since 1967. Brian Binke took over the firm in 1995 and since that time, he has personally placed over 1200 construction managers and senior leaders, with company revenues ranging from $10 million dollars to the largest ENR 400 companies in the industry. Brian is an industry innovator, with a specialized skillset in construction. His keen understanding of business, the construction industry, and ability to effectively match and recruit top leaders has led to many accolades. He was ranked the #1 International Billing Owner in the construction industry for his own personal production and has been consistently recognized as one of the Top 10 International Billing Owners out of 800 owners worldwide. This includes owners across every industry. In 2013, Brian was awarded the #1 International Billing Owner within the entire network. For over two decades, Brian has been considered one of the most influential thought leaders in the construction industry. His business and construction knowledge are used as a resource for some of the nation’s most prominent publications. In the past year alone, Brian has been quoted in or authored articles for The Wall Street Journal, CBS News, MoneyWatch, Construction Today, ConstructionDive, United Rentals, Fast Company, Entrepreneur Magazine, American Express, Builder Magazine, and Human Resource Executive, among others. "I believe companies are a lot like sports teams. The team with the best players usually wins. It is my passion to deliver the absolute best talent to my client companies – the market’s top performers, the talent that every company wants to hire but which seldom seems available. To put it simply, I thrive on helping my clients build their Dream Team." - Brian Binke, The Birmingham Group

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