Many cities in US are currently undergoing through rapid development and as a result the construction is booming. Consequently, there are plenty of job openings available for construction workers. As the majority of those jobs doesn’t require specific education and selection is based on experience and know-how, these jobs are attracting a good number of immigrants, too. Whether it is repair, installation or building, the positions always attract a good number of applicants. The variety of opportunities and the chance to start from entry-level positions give you the change to be accepted in the company and progress within. However, one should be always aware that lack of specific education and the lower requirements naturally mean more competition for every single open position. Sometimes immigrants face even more challenges in finding a good construction job than the US residents.
First and foremost, one should get a good grasp of the general requirements for these jobs. These include the ability to work outside and do heavy-duty, manual labor; good comprehension of the assignments and of course, willingness to learn new things. Basically, these are the same requirements for construction workers all over the world.
Here are a few tips that will help you stand head and shoulders over the mediocre lazy competitors.
Tip #1: BE FLEXIBLE
The construction industry is often bound with tight deadlines and different site locations. The schedule often changes with a short or no notice. Sometimes companies need to send some of their workers to a distant location in an effort to complete the project within the deadlines and up to the client’s requirements. Being flexible and able to change your schedule and location is a huge plus to workers.
If you can also combine your flexibility with the willingness to work overtime when needed to complete the project on time, will definitely help your career in this company.
Tip #2: SAFETY ABOVE ALL
Construction sites are quite dangerous. Personal protection and safety regulations are a must in this industry. Supervisors and managers often struggle to get the workers wear the necessary protective equipment at all times. Owning your personal protective equipment and showing on the very first day at the site wearing it, will be noticed immediately and is a huge plus (and will also keep you well protected).
Common PPE (personal protective equipment) on the construction sites includes hard hat, ear muffs, face masks/shields or goggles, gloves, heavy duty work boots and high visibility clothing.
Some companies provide part of the protective gear, and the rest is supplied by the worker. You should always consult your supervisor about what you are supposed to source yourself. No matter what your future company’s policy is, I would strongly advise you to invest in a good pair of work boots. Select them carefully according to your specific needs. Make sure to only choose the characteristics you actually need (steel caps, waterproofness, insulation). Here are two articles guide to choosing comfortable work boots and another one with general recommendations for buying work boots. Make sure you read them before you decide to invest. Remember, the boots are on your feet every day, all day long. Don’t compromise.
Tip # 3 PUNCTUALITY
Few things are more irritating than worker that always shows up late. Get up a bit earlier and make sure you are always on time. Make it a priority to never miss a meeting and the start of the shift. As most construction workers are paid by the hour, showing up late hides the risk of being paid lower than your coworkers.
Tip #4 PRO-ACTIVE, CAN-DO ATTITUDE
Ability to work with others and find solutions of the small day to day problems is highly appreciated. As many prefer to do the minimum required from them, employers will be more willing to take on the pro-active workers. Moreover, it is always a pleasure to deal with friendly and initiative people than with grumpy slackers.
Tip # 5 NEVER STOP LEARNING
Take every opportunity to learn something new, that will definitely help you get a raise and receive bonuses. Don’t bay at the safe harbor of what you already know. Also by learning the basics and the practical knowledge of the job you want to pursue in future will help you get such a job. Remember, to always ask for references of your ex-employer where the specifics of such trainings are mentioned.
So, what are you waiting for? Check the job listings around you and apply for a job today! With the help of the tips above your career in the construction will be long and prosperous.