You may need to hire more construction project managers as your construction company grows. These professionals handle projects from start to finish. They are responsible for the following aspects of projects:

  • Planning
  • Negotiating
  • Collaborating
  • Identifyingresources
  • Permitting
  • Supervising
  • Executing

Learning the most effective way to recruit for this role will help you find the ideal candidates for your construction company.

Define the Required Skills for Construction Project Managers

Before you even start recruiting, list the specific skills that construction project managers need in your company. Knowing your specific requirements for the role will enable you to assess your applicants better. It will also help you select the right person for the job.

List Crucial Behavioral Traits

In addition to the technical skills, list ideal behavioral traits for your project manager. For example, this construction leadership role requires organization, precision, and the ability to stay composed under pressure.

Account for (and Avoid) Hiring Biases

Despite your efforts, you likely have some biases when hiring for any construction role. Whether conscious or not of these biases, you need to learn to be more objective. Objective measures will enable you to assess your candidates and put aside your biases.

Best Way to Recruit Candidates to Apply

Once you know what you are looking for in a construction project manager, you need to attract the right candidates. The following are some helpful ways to attract the talent you need.

Boost Your Brand as an Employer

Your brand as an employer is crucial to attracting any type of construction talent, including project managers. You will get more candidates if your company is seen as a positive workplace. Use language that resonates with construction talent. Offer competitive salaries and benefits.

If you aren’t sure how to improve your brand, consult a recruiter. They can help you decide what it is about your brand to highlight.

Ask for Referrals 

Getting referrals from current employees is always a worthwhile strategy. This will maximize the chance that your new construction project manager fits your company’s culture. You can even ask for referrals from past employees who left on good terms.

Recruit From Within 

Another worthwhile option is to look within your construction company for a qualified project manager. Has someone performed above and beyond their existing role? Has someone previously served as an assistant project manager?

This does more than just ensure a proper fit within your company. It also motivates people to work for you, as they will see opportunities for advancement.


Before you recruit a construction project manager, clearly define what you expect from the role. Then, work on making your company attractive to candidates. You can potentially benefit from working with a recruiter.

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