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Spotlight on Concrete Construction

Construction recruiting firms around the nation are always looking for skilled concrete laborers and finishers. From pouring parking structures and parking lots to roads and building foundations, concrete construction is essential to the conveniences of daily life. Concrete construction falls into two categories – flat work and structural. Structural concrete projects include pour-in-place, tilt-up, and formwork. Concrete finishers are responsible for a variety of different tasks that typically include setting the forms that that hold concrete and spreading/leveling the cement before it dries. Once a concrete project is cured, then [...]

By | 2018-04-10T15:31:13+00:00 April 19th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Spotlight on Concrete Construction

How to Access Top Talent in This Highly Competitive Market

When you’re planning future construction projects as you have probably already learned, a company can’t just post ads and expect the quality candidates to come flowing in. No doubt, you’ve gone this route and wound up with numerous unqualified candidates, lost time, and a lot of disappointment. With the current labor shortage of qualified construction talent, companies have to take stock of their hiring strategy and make the necessary adjustments. Skilled Labor Shortage The market is at over full employment. Everyone who was seeking work has already found it and [...]

By | 2018-04-10T15:17:32+00:00 April 17th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on How to Access Top Talent in This Highly Competitive Market

The Secrets of a Successful Company Culture

There is little worse than a company wrought with corporate politics and unsure leadership where there’s a poor working atmosphere and its every person for themselves. Companies should find ways to build a reputation as “the” place to work. Having a positive company culture goes a long way toward reaching that goal. A healthy company culture is dynamic and characterized by an atmosphere of teamwork and encourages employee engagement. There are a number of steps that will help build the positive company culture will attract the best talent. Leadership Always [...]

By | 2018-04-10T15:19:46+00:00 April 12th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Secrets of a Successful Company Culture

What’s Wrong with Your Hiring Strategy?

When you’re planning on hiring construction talent, it’s important to move to the top of the game quickly. The problem is that the market is already more than at full employment. So how do you ensure you can retain the talent you need to grow and meet your sales goals? Traditional Methods There are three ways that companies tend to utilize when hiring commercial construction talent: Advertisements Subcontractor recommendations Employee referrals While these methods may have worked in the past, a labor shortage is an indicator that you’re going to [...]

By | 2018-04-02T11:21:33+00:00 April 5th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on What’s Wrong with Your Hiring Strategy?

What Issues Stand in the Way of Solving the Labor Shortage?

There are numerous factors that contribute to the ongoing skilled labor crisis in construction including the lingering impact of the recession, the difficulty in attracting younger workers, and the restrictions placed on employment of those with felony convictions. Although there may not be a singular solution for the labor shortage, there are some promising changes that could help to ease the scarcity of skilled workers. For instance, a growing number of commercial construction recruiters are encouraging more employers to “ban the box” on job applications that inquire about conviction his-tory [...]

By | 2018-04-02T10:55:52+00:00 April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on What Issues Stand in the Way of Solving the Labor Shortage?

Awkward Job Interviews

Despite the fact that a majority of interviews may go off without a hitch, there are those times when things turn awkward. Yet it’s still important for candidates and hiring managers to remain as professional as possible throughout the entire process even when they encounter those difficult situations. If you’re searching for a construction job, and you receive an invitation to an interview, plan ahead so things don’t get weird. Stay Calm The interview process is a stressful event for many candidates and it’s certainly not uncommon to feel anxious [...]

By | 2018-03-26T16:32:04+00:00 March 27th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Awkward Job Interviews

Why Are Candidates Still Taking Counteroffers?

Ask any experienced construction recruiter and they will tell you that accepting a counteroffer is a common mistake made by many candidates in the hiring process. They can be very tempting to consider. Although a typical counteroffer will probably include some sort of financial incentive; it's often little more than an employment maneuver that benefits the employer more than the employee. There's also very little compromise involved with this tactic. Counteroffer = Career Suicide Stating that a counteroffer is the equivalent of career suicide might seem like an exaggeration to [...]

By | 2018-03-16T15:51:36+00:00 March 22nd, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Why Are Candidates Still Taking Counteroffers?

The Value of Trade Schools

Emphasizing the value of trade schools to current and future generations could very well be the key to solving the skilled labor shortage that is impacting the construction industry in America. Since a growing number of U.S. high schools are eliminating vocational training opportunities due to budget cuts, fewer students are gaining the skills that they could use for construction jobs upon graduating. Yet another obstacle that the country has to overcome is the idea that students require expensive bachelor's degrees in order to be successful. However, there are millions [...]

By | 2018-03-16T15:31:17+00:00 March 20th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on The Value of Trade Schools

Spotlight on Federal & Military Construction

Construction companies with experience in federal construction continue to build, maintain, and renovate America's federal and military properties. From upgrading military buildings to conform with antiterrorism standards, to cleaning up and recycling hurricane debris and helping protect threatened wildlife worldwide, there have been a variety of exciting projects in this space recently. Federal Construction New Jersey Beach Project In an effort to improve resiliency and reduce coastal storm risk to the shoreline, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York District recently began the world's biggest beach-fill project on the [...]

By | 2018-03-12T13:36:32+00:00 March 15th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Spotlight on Federal & Military Construction

A Unique Projects and Issues in Construction

Although the demand for specific projects, like data centers, is on the rise, so is the call for other distinct building ventures around the nation. Construction recruiters are looking for the best candidates to erect everything from information warehouses to underground transportation tunnels. New Data Centers Facebook, Apple, Google and Oracle are just a few of the companies that are investing significant sums of money toward the construction of new data centers. Facebook - Social media giant Facebook will build a $1 billion data center in Henrico County, VA, according [...]

By | 2018-03-16T15:58:32+00:00 March 13th, 2018|Categories: Construction Blog|Tags: , , |Comments Off on A Unique Projects and Issues in Construction
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