You have made the decision to search for a new position in the construction industry. Now it is time to begin preparing for your job search.
So where do you begin? There are two important steps to complete prior to embarking on a job search. The first, and perhaps the most challenging, is to know why you want to make a move now.
It is estimated that more than 60% of people are happy in their current roles, but 80% are open to new opportunities. In the current hiring market, active and passive candidates have huge leverage across a range of industries, including construction. Since embarking on a job search can feel like a second full-time obligation, preparation is imperative. Being organized and strategic in your search will set you up for success.
The next important step is preparing for the actual search. To capitalize on the existing talent shortage, you need to be prepared to entertain inquiries from hiring managers and recruiters at any time. Here are the steps to prepare:
- Update your resume to include any new skills and achievements
- Clean up all of your social media accounts, removing any photos or posts that may turn off potential employers
- Write a few templated cover letters that can be easily modified to the job posting you are responding to
- Review openings in your current or desired field
- Set up alerts on reputable job search sites, such as Indeed or LinkedIn
Once you have completed these steps, tap into your network. Ideally you have continued to remain in touch with your contacts from previous positions. If not, this is a great opportunity to rekindle relationships. One way to do this is to ask your connections for recommendations or any leads they may have.
Begin researching employers that you are interested in. Your research may uncover mutual connections that can help you identify hidden positions or put you directly in contact with the hiring managers.
Embarking on a job search is not difficult if you are organized and prepared, in fact it can be an exciting and energizing experience. Following the steps outlined and engaging with your network will allow you to capitalize on the current talent shortage and find the next position or career in the construction industry.