As construction recruiters, we see that the construction firms having the most success in recruiting top talent are the ones that are going the distance to attract construction talent. They know there is a shortage of commercial construction labor and they are taking the steps necessary to not only shore up their organization’s culture, but also fine-tuning their hiring process, working more with industry-specific recruiters, and offering great salaries, benefits, and perks to attract the best passive candidates. Today’s workers are looking for career advancement and learning opportunities in addition to a stable job with good pay. Is your firm going the distance? Here are some steps that you can take to ensure that your firm is going the distance to land the best talent on the market.

Build a Positive Company Culture

From improving employee retention to higher job satisfaction, there are plenty of advantages associated with having a positive company culture. It’s important to make your firm’s vision and values public and make sure personify those goals on a daily basis. This builds trust with your team and gets everyone on the same page. Having an open-door policy is also critical. Team members need to know they can come to leadership with any questions or concerns they have.

Build Your Firm’s Reputation in the Community

Our profession revolves around reputation. If you’re struggling to attract talent, then you might already be suffering from a tarnished reputation. The good news is that it’s never too late to improve your standing in this field. You can boost your reputation in a variety of different ways like making contributions to your community, valuing your employees and promoting growth in this industry. Treat your employees with respect, and it won’t take long for the word to spread to others that might be considering your construction careers.

Incentives and Perks

The demand for great construction estimators and project managers is growing and it takes the right strategy to recruit them. You might have to offer them some incentives that other firms don’t, like tuition reimbursement, a sabbatical after a certain period of employment, profit sharing, etc. Don’t hesitate to think outside of the box when it comes to rewarding your talent. Employees will feel more appreciated when you give them tickets to sporting events or concerts, have lunch catered in and provide liberal vacation policies. Performance based-bonuses are very helpful. You can also build a team of loyal employees by helping them to meet their long-term career objectives through consistent career development.

Research Construction Salary Trends

You don’t want to be known as the firm with the lowest wages in your region. When a great candidate is being recruited by multiple firms including yours, then you have to be ready to present them with a competitive offer in a timely manner. We know that it’s a job-seeker’s market right now, so researching the construction salary trends in your state is imperative to attracting talent.

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