Why You Should Interview Your Employers

It’s no secret that construction companies are experiencing shortages in labor.  

With those shortages comes an increasing awareness at companies across the nation that they must step up their offerings to compete for top talent.  Whether you’re looking for a new construction career, you’re just starting, or if you’re thinking about moving to a new company, construction offers opportunities for workers at many different stages in their careers.

It’s important to remember that you have the power to make sure that your future is right for you. And staying on top of new industry trends and companies should always be on your radar.  You wouldn’t settle for mediocre in any other aspect of your life, so why would you risk mediocre when it comes to your career?  

Developing a successful career comes by putting yourself out there. It is about knowing what your end game looks like and doing the research to find employers and jobs that help you align your goals to your desired career path. Getting prepared to speak to your potential or current employer about what you need for a safe, happy, and lucrative career can make a big difference in your success!

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This post will walk you through some essential elements to consider when meeting with employers.

Do Your Research and Discover What Benefits Other Construction Companies Offer

Employee benefits and perks vary significantly in the industry – so much so it can make or break the decision on whether to pursue job opportunities at certain companies.

There are three ways to begin researching what is out there:

  1. Visit the websites of construction companies you know. Look for their career section (if they have one) and check out the benefits for the positions that are available.  Sometimes this info can be found on the company’s social media pages as well.

  2. Google ‘Construction careers in [insert location]’ to get a general idea of what other companies in your area are offering. While it is essential to keep up with industry trends, pay close attention to opportunities in your area as well because benefits and perks can vary by region.

  3. Completely new to the industry? Attend a job fair. This can be especially helpful if you are graduating soon. You’ll be able to gain an understanding of what skill sets are in demand and what is being offered to entice recruits into a career in construction.

After uncovering the range of benefits available in your area, you will want to identify what your ‘must have’ benefits are as opposed to your ‘nice to have’ benefits.  

For example, for some people, health, dental, and vision top the list, while a flexible schedule is nice to have. Look for any additional perks that may be appealing such as revenue sharing plans, continuing education, and the company’s stance on technology and safety.

Although many people do not think about the size of the company they want to work for, this may play into benefits packages.

For example, in 2015, 10 percent of construction workers at small businesses participated in retirement plans, whereas 49 percent of workers at large companies took part in these plans.

Take the time to prioritize your desired benefit list for today and the future. That way when you meet with your potential or current employer, you are prepared, confident, and ready to discuss what is essential in your career.

How to Advance in Your Construction Career

Hopefully, at this point, you have confirmed that there is a future with the company or with the position you’re interested in! Now it’s time to discuss how your employer will help you get there.

Ask your potential or current employer the following questions:

  1. Are there employer-supported plans for continuing education?  Or, is there a training program available to help me advance within the company?
  2. If there is a training program available, what does this look like? Are there various tracks I can take based on my interests or skill sets? When are new employees eligible to begin this program?
  3. Is there career coaching available?  If so, what does this look like? How often will I be able to meet with a career coach to ensure I’m on the right track?
  4. Is there anything else you offer employees to ensure preparation for the next steps in our careers?

By showing that you’re excited, passionate, and interested in mastering your craft, you’ll not only become more skilled, but you’ll be on your way to becoming a key employee.

With the right training programs and coaching, you can become a trusted leader and, if you desire, help mentor new hires to ensure the company has a robust and capable team backing them up.

When opening these dialogs with employers, come prepared with knowledge about what companies are offering — you don’t want to tell an employer that a ‘must have’ benefit is something that no other company is offering.

Demonstrate your desire for a long career with the company by asking about training, coaching, and opportunities for upward mobility.  With job opportunities on the rise, and benefits to match, your construction career could turn from just a paycheck to a real career in an industry that will continue to propel you forward in ways you never thought possible.

What else do you take into consideration when thinking about your future in construction?

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Josh Munns
Joshua Munns grew up in the construction industry differently than most, his Mom, Mary Davis, started a window company as a single mom when he was just 4 years old in 1983. Having a mom who was starting a business in the construction industry at only 23 years old made for some very interesting days. Fast forward 24 years to 2007 I took over the family business just in time for the Recession which hit my business extremely hard. I spent the next 11 years rebuilding the business, rebuilding my workforce and completely reshaping the company. In 2018 I sold the business to focus my energy on my passion, building careers in construction. In 2018 I founded Ground Up Careers to help business owners and employees build careers together. The career does not exist with the employer and the employer does not exist without the career. When employees and employers work together the end result is amazing. By building a strong company culture, offering great benefits and career paths for my employees I was able to build the business back stronger than ever. I did it and I want to help other owners take that step to take their business to the next level. It is an amazing feeling and a great privilege to be able to provide people with great careers.

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