The construction industry, like many others, have seen some gloomy days in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Many of the careers events that young talents would usually attend were cancelled, causing a halt in many employment journeys. However, things are beginning to look up for 2021.
With the government already looking at making the construction industry a priority sector and the launch of the new playbook looking to help the industry recover from the coronavirus pandemic, we keep our fingers crossed that this will be a good year for the construction industry!
Many are desperately looking for job vacancies and employers are receiving more CVs than ever from people trying to break into the sector. However, employers must now air on the side of caution, conducting interviews online and using online video platforms rather than face to face interviews.
With more caution allows for a more rigorous recruitment process than seen in previous years and more cutthroat decisions with companies unable to get to know candidates and take a chance on a newbie. Universities are seeing an increase of students applying for positions hoping to break through to their chosen profession. Some choosing more hands-on courses such as productivity and construction courses, something we welcome with open arms as we hope to kickstart growth and level up construction industry careers.
The construction industry is a unique sector with its own special challenges and as the demand for jobs is growing, here are some of Plant Planet Careers’ top tips on best practises to look out for as an employer when looking to recruit:
- Have an engaging, search friendly job posting.
A good job posting will help an employer attract the right employee. Format your job posting in a short, punchy fashion – use bullet points to make it more readable and include crucial information that the candidate would want to know. For example:
- the job role and its specified duties, training opportunities, company benefits and opening hours
2. Position Yourself
To entice people to come work for you, you need to find them and take the message to them. While careers and job fayres may still be on hold, the world has turned to online resources to carry out their job search. Make the most of these online resources and post your vacancies on Job boards like Indeed as well as over other social media such as LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. These can be particularly effective for construction firms to find and connect with passive talent.
3. Ensure diversity throughout your recruitment process
A diverse workforce attracts workers with a wider talent pool and this can lead to better ideas due to different experiences and perspectives, also allowing for you to expand your market. You can always offer apprenticeships and other training opportunities as well to ensure you don’t scare off any newbies who are just as willing to work but may be a lacking confidence of their own skills and experience.
4. Finally, don’t rush the process!!
When recruiting it is important to remember to not rush. Rushing the recruitment process and having a bad hire will have a much more adverse effect than just taking your time
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