How To Find Construction Jobs
Hiring for construction jobs goes in cycles. When the local economy is strong, land owners and real estate developers hire independent contractors for projects large and small. When the local economy is weak, civil and governmental projects hire more construction workers than private interests. So if you're out of work right now, don't despair - you might have better luck in the next business cycle. In the meantime, here are some ideas to help you find a construction job sooner!
Take advantage of every tool. Your local and regional newspapers are a great place to start - sit down with them at least once a week. Also, no job search is complete without online job boards. The web offers some great construction-specific job search engines that allow you to browse jobs by location, job type, industry, and company. With some sites, you can even sign up for email job alerts.
Pick up a new skill. People who specialize usually earn more than unskilled laborers. In addition to better pay, specialists will have more opportunities to find work in a bad economy.
Use an employment agency. Professional recruiters will look over your skill set and match you up with a construction job that fits your qualifications and needs. These headhunters often have contacts within the construction industry and may know of unadvertised job opportunities. You can also find jobs through temporary agencies, but they generally won't lead to full time work, don't pay as well, and lack benefits such as medical, dental and vision insurance.
Last Updated: 08/11/2012