How Successful People Make the Most of Career Changes

//How Successful People Make the Most of Career Changes

How Successful People Make the Most of Career Changes

Making a career change in construction can be intimidating, especially if you have a stable job. Many people don’t want to risk their livelihood. Yet, sometimes people need to take risks to find a career that brings them the satisfaction they want. When you do make a career change, it’s important to make the most of it. Here’s how successful people make the most of their career changes.

Cultural Fit

First, they look for a cultural fit. To be successful you need to feel like the culture resonates with you, click with the construction leadership, and feel the chemistry. If you don’t fit in with the culture, you aren’t likely to succeed there. It’s important to feel energized at your company. Figuring this out often means trusting your gut. Most people can tell if it is the right fit by listening to their intuition. Research also helps. Look at the organization’s LinkedIn profile, talk to employees, and ask about corporate culture during the interview phase. Also, think about the skills you have. Do they fit with the job you’re looking to have, or do you need to acquire new ones? You want all the different pieces to line up.

Ask Great Questions

Another way to ensure your career change is successful is to ask great questions. You want to ask pointed questions that will give you a complete understanding of what the company has to offer. Get to know what it will be like to work for the company next week, but also 2-4 years from now. An example of a good question is: “Right now I take a lot of pride in being the expert/go-to guy in xyz. What would I need to do in the next x years for you to say, “wow – this guy’s a great hire?’” You want to understand what your chances are of succeeding with the company and what types of actions you will need to do to set and reach goals. This type of question also sells you as a candidate at the same time. It shows that you value success and want to do what it takes to succeed. Don’t ask things like “How long will it take for me to get a promotion?” You want to show them you have drive, but also that you’re willing to put in the work.

Look for Stability in a Career Change

You also want to ask questions that tell you what kind of stability you might have at the firm. For example, you could ask “If I make a change, I am looking for stability. Where do you see me in 5 years?” or “If I’m successful, what kind of growth can I have?” You won’t be happy with a career change if you won’t have opportunities to grow or the new career doesn’t provide you with a stable income. So, try to find a job you feel confident will give you the stability you need.

To make the most of a construction career change, you should find a company culture that fits with your personal and professional values, ask questions that allow you to understand your potential to succeed with the company, and ask questions that allow you to understand what kind of job stability you can expect.


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By | 2019-09-03T08:56:55-04:00 September 5th, 2019|Construction Blog|

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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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