One of the most common mistakes construction employers make is assume that all recruiters are the same. Although recruiters can share some similarities regarding how they’ll represent their clients, if you want to find the most talented construction leadership, then you should be focusing more effort on properly vetting your recruiter to ensure that they have a comprehensive understanding of the industry. Here’s a list of questions to consider when researching recruiters.

Who are they?

Visit their website to learn more about their respective mission, values, and other services they provide. Some recruiters might only specialize in working with small, residential construction companies versus larger, commercial construction firms. Once you confirm that they work with clients similar to your firm, then it’s time to establish a personal connection with them. It’s important that you are working with someone you feel comfortable with.

What are they doing in the industry?

Research what employers they’re currently working with, and whether they’ve recently placed any candidates on noteworthy projects. Most companies will include testimonials on their page to showcase the impact they are making in the industry.

Do they have the experience to make a difference? 

Some of the most renowned recruiting agencies are steeped in industry experience. The best in the market are well known in the field, and they have often been published by trade organizations and magazines. Some may have authored books or given talks on industry topics. These top performers talk to 10-20 people per day in the industry and maintain a big picture view of what’s going on in that industry. They can consult at a higher level, rather than just focus on a singular hire. These recruiters understand business and can provide you with invaluable industry insight and knowledge. They can often help companies with growth strategies, division expansion, and counsel on what’s in demand in the marketplace.

Are they the right fit for you? 

Tenure isn’t always a black or white issue. Don’t overlook up-and-coming recruiters who are looking to make a name for themselves in the industry because focusing on you could be their main priority. The potential downfall of working with a seasoned veteran is that they can be spread very thin working with too many clients. But, it’s recommended to opt for tenured recruiters if you’re looking for more industry knowledge and guidance on growth strategies. The point is to dig a little deeper and get a feel for who you will be working with on your critical hiring issues.

Due to an ongoing labor shortage, the talent market remains extremely competitive. Companies are doing what they can to keep their best managers engaged. The majority of active job seekers are either unemployed or miserable working for their current company. In most cases, these candidates do not come close to representing the top talent in the industry. Construction firms are encouraged to partner with a construction recruiter to land the best talent because closing candidates in this market is very challenging.

How can we help you?

Searching for an opportunity in the construction industry? Contact The Birmingham Group’s team of seasoned commercial construction recruiters today to discuss your career path or browse our open positions.

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