Some people assume that the construction industry is in decline. It’s no secret that many people have lost their jobs during the global economic downturn. But, the news isn’t so gloomy these days as growth in the industry is strong once again.
Are you thinking about forging a career in construction? If so, now is as good a time as any to get started. The only question is, how can you land your dream job in the industry? Let’s face it; you don’t want to spend your life being a labourer or not learning a particular skill! Today’s handy guide will show you what you need to do:
Make sure you know the theory
If you want to land a top job in the construction industry, it’s crucial you know about it inside out! So, how do you become a construction guru? Well, the answer is simple: learn the theory!
There is a plethora of further education courses you can enrol on to get started. Many people find that civil engineering degrees are also a practical way to get their foot in the door, as it were. In general, the higher-paid jobs in construction go to those that have qualifications.
The first thing you should do is think about which niche you want to enter. That way, you can consider courses applicable to that area of construction.
Get some industry experience
Most people in the top-paying construction jobs work their way up the ladder. It’s likely that you will need to do the same thing too, and so you should set your sights lower (for now). Bide your time and get some industry experience to complement your qualifications.
The other day I was looking at the career section of the macsaustralia.com.au website. Employers like these are looking for people that have a rich blend of skills and experience. Not one or the other!
Well, not in a literal sense as such. But, the one thing you need to do is make yourself a viable option for any future employer. You first need to start working on your CV or “resume.” In short, it’s a document that details your skills, experience and gives a short bio of yourself.
As you can appreciate, construction companies receive plenty of CVs on a daily basis. What they won’t tell you is that for the most part, people’s CVs get filed under “bin”! Of course, you don’t want that to happen with your resume.
You need to make sure that it stands out and grabs their attention. You want them to read it and give you a call to invite you in for an interview! Here are some quick tips to fine-tune your CV:
- Turn your skills and strengths into short but detailed bullet points;
- List your employment in chronological order; and
- Make your name and contact details visible at the top of the first page.
Now you know how to land your dream construction job, it’s time to get busy!