Myths About the Construction Industry

//Myths About the Construction Industry

Myths About the Construction Industry

There are many different stereotypes about the construction industry out there that impact the number of people who choose to enter the field. Here are some of the most common myths about construction from both companies and job-seekers, along with the plain truth about these misconceptions.

Candidates

  • Automation will take all of the jobs. A growing number of job seekers are concerned that if they choose construction careers they will be replaced by some form of automation in the future. From 3D printers to robot-powered heavy equipment, the use of automation is on the rise in many professions across the country, including this one. But the construction industry will always require professional humans to operate and oversee these automated systems, along with skilled laborers to build and maintain the structures needed all over the world.
  • It’s a dead-end job. Construction is a multi-billion-dollar industry. The current administration has even called for a $1.5 trillion infrastructure spending package. This translates to an abundance of entry-level positions plus plenty of opportunities for workers already in the field to advance in their construction careers. From project managers and estimators, to superintendents and project directors, there are many opportunities to succeed and earn a lucrative living in construction.
  • I’m already happy where I’m working. Also known as passive candidates, these are the people who already working in the field and are not currently in the job market. While they may be happy where they are, most don’t know what’s really out there if they’ve been working for the same firm for a long time. There is no risk in consulting with a construction recruiter even when you consider yourself happily employed. There are more opportunities for advancement than ever.
  • It’s all manual labor. Even though there are plenty of opportunities to get your hands dirty as a skilled tradesman, there are also plenty of white-collar construction leadership jobs that require degrees. The demand for project managers and construction estimators continues to grow across the nation.
  • The pay is not good. In reality, the pay for construction careers is exceptional compared to many other professions. And if you are driven and persistent, you can readily earn six figures in construction.
  • Construction is easy (or hard). Make no mistake, this industry is for those people who want to earn a good and stable living. Albeit, some jobs are more challenging than others, it is still one of the most rewarding professions out there. The point is, there are a wide range of opportunities in construction ranging from working on-site to working in a back-office.

Construction Firms

  • I already know how to hire good employees. The hiring process most firms use is designed to attract the most desperate people – those who are unemployed or unhappy. And then they ask you to put together a resume for a position they know very little about. Most firms have a hiring process that does not attract high-performing passive candidates.
  • I need candidates who have tons of experience with the exact type of projects our firm does. The reality is, that you need to be open to candidates with a great work ethic who have similar experience and the ability to learn. Oftentimes it’s more effective to hire based on potential and drive. Candidates who are motivated, outgoing, and fit the culture might be a better fit than those with more experience.

 

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By | 2019-04-08T17:32:26-04:00 April 9th, 2019|Construction Blog|

About the Author:

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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