It is no secret that the Covid-19 pandemic has caused significant disruption for business across the construction industry. Many sites have had to cut down thousands of jobs in order to comply with social distancing measures. However, following Boris Johnson’s long-awaited roadmap out of lockdown construction sites are now beginning their preparations for re-opening and urgently need to start building their workforce back up. This allowing for many openings within the construction job market.
Millions of people throughout the globe have had their careers affected by the covid-19 pandemic and so the competition for jobs will be heating up, particularly during the recovery phase. From entry to senior level, there are many positions available throughout the construction industry. Here are some tips to help you carry out a successful search for jobs within the construction industry post pandemic.
- Refine Your Search
The construction industry is extremely varied and constantly evolving. With this in mind it really does offer something for everyone. The wide range of different roles and projects available means that there are many opportunities to develop and progress within the industry. Start to research each field within the construction industry so you get a better idea of which area would suit you best. Many people submit to dozens of job openings each week, hoping that they get calls for at least a one or two interviews. Narrowing down your search to a specific sector will be more productive and ensures your application won’t get lost in the many vacancies you applied for.
- Use Keywords
Choose specific keywords based on that industry. Use words, skills and certifications that are applicable to your field. Detailing your CV to a specific sector is more likely to be successful than just a general CV. A general CV sent to everyone may end up being ignored, a CV with specific skills and more detail is more likely to be considered for the role.
- Be Knowledgeable
Physical safety is considered a main priority within the construction industry, even more so with the pandemic. Being knowledgeable about the health and safety measures that will be needed in the job you apply for will not only help keep you and your team safe, should you get the position, but also demonstrates to the hiring manager that you are forward thinking.
It may also be useful to make a list of best companies in the area you’re willing to work in. Do your research on these companies and learn more about their potential jobs. This will make sure you stand out in the pile of CV’s an employer may receive.
- Be specific
Your CV should become your marketing tool. If you are offering too much, it may become too confusing and your CV may end up left on the side. A recruiter will screen your resume for certain keywords. Detail your CV to be specific to the role you are applying for and only include relevant skills and information. If you are applying for a Heavy machinery operator, employers won’t need to know about your paper-round! Keeping your CV specific will stop your CV from getting lost in the pile of others that all have basic information. You need to make sure your CV stands out!
- Follow Up on Promising Leads
After your interview, if the job looks promising, be sure to send a thank you note or email to the interviewer. This not only leaves a good impression, but it can keep you fresh in the minds of the interviewer and employer should future positions become available.
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