Even with the skilled labor crisis, those searching for construction careers have to put their best foot forward if they want to land a job. Whether you want construction estimator jobs, construction leadership roles, or other positions, there are some mistakes you should avoid.


Avoid Not Using Technology During Your Job Hunt

With the rise of technology, you need to look for job listings online to find all of the available options and opportunities. Look at job forums, both those that are general and those specific to the construction industry.

You may even want to supplement this by working with a construction recruiting company. Recruiters can be particularly helpful when it comes to finding jobs in a specific career, including construction.


Avoid Including Too Much on Your Resume

Whether you want to apply to a construction executive search or talk to a construction recruiter about an entry-level position, over-sharing on your resume does more harm than good. You don’t need to list every relevant job and skill from your entire life. Stick to the information that is relevant to the role in question. Remember that most construction recruiting teams will use a checklist of requirements to weed through the first round of applicants. As long as you meet those requirements, you are fine. You can share extra information in the interview if it is relevant.


Avoid Applying to the Wrong Jobs

There is a great deal of variety in construction. Someone searching for an executive or leadership role should not apply for a job as commercial construction estimators. This would waste your time.


Failing to Research the Company

Before applying for a construction job, you should always research the company. This serves several purposes. To start, it lets you confirm that you would want to work for them. Good construction leadership typically requires a good fit within the company, and researching the company enables you to verify that you are a good fit. Researching the company also lets you show your interviewers your commitment to the role. They will see that you take the initiative and understand what it takes to go above and beyond. This will improve their view of you during the interview, increasing your chances of landing the job.


Not Having References

All savvy employers will check references before hiring someone. This lets them confirm your work ethic and other traits. If you fail to get references, you will put yourself at a disadvantage. It would be best if you also remembered to ask them ahead of time. Do not just assume that someone will be your reference.

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