Construction Jobs Search Tips
While the construction industry seems to be going strong, more people are out of work and looking for jobs and this isn't the time to back down! Get in there and compete for the job you want - it may be only a step away.
Go where the jobs are. In a down economy, general contractors who work mostly in residential areas have trouble finding work, because fewer people have the money for home repairs and upgrades. But you may find luck if you go to a new shopping or industrial district, because landowners may be looking for contractors to build their next project.
Make yourself available. Family and friends can be your greatest source for construction jobs. Let everyone know that you're looking for work, and be available to do odd jobs here and there. You never know when these little jobs will lead to a larger project.
Use Craigslist. Often called a giant online garage sale, Craiglist.com has become a fantastic resource for construction jobs. Individuals and organizations who have small or medium-sized projects often post them on Craigslist in an effort to find general contractors. Be cautious in your business with strangers, though - it's important to set the expectations (project goals, timeline, and pay agreement) up front.
Read the paper. Many construction jobs appear in the classifieds section of your local and regional newspapers. Although you really can't afford to neglect online search engines, the local newspaper sometimes includes jobs that don't appear online.
Last Updated: 08/11/2012