Are you looking to get into the construction industry or want to change your career within the industry? Following 6 steps can fetch your desired job and lead towards a higher and better job prospects.
- Get CSCS Card
There are various CSCS cards according to the work you wish to do on construction site. For example, CSCS Green card is for basic labour/operative jobs (also for traffic marshal, fire marshal, manual work), while blue card is for skilled workers like electricians, plumbers etc. If you are already in labour job you can get some other certification and widen your job opportunities or find job opportunities which are more convenient and have higher wage rates.
- Use Your Network
According to studies 85% of jobs are filled through existing employee or any other network referrals. So it is very important to be part of a network to access the job pools which are not advertised on the company websites. Seek any entry level job in construction industry and then you are able to widen your network by meeting new people. There you may have a chance to request a coffee or lurch meeting. Sometime networking events are organised in local areas where you can participate easily. Participate in networks through discussion, sharing news and volunteering, this way you will be an integral part of the network and better placed to find new job opportunities.
- Get a Certificate
There are a lot of small trainings available which can help you enter into construction industry. For example, Traffic Marshal, Fire Marshal, Manual Handling, Asbestos Awareness etc. Most of these tarinings are just one day or even half day long. These short trainings can get better job prospects for you than more laborious labour jobs.
- Have an Apprenticeship
Many organisations are offering apprenticeship opportunities to prospective skilled employees where you earn while you study. Apprenticeships come into a wide range of varieties from basic up to degree levels.
- Get Your Diploma Or Degree
If you wish to have a higher level job like project manager, architect, quantity surveyor or engineer then it is good idea to have traditional study program. This will lead to get a diploma or degree for you and provide a lot of job opportunities in construction industry.
- Search Online Job Sites
It is a good idea to search jobs on job websites. There are a lot jobs posted on Gunmtree, indeed, fusionpeople, reed, totaljobs, and jobsite websites. But the key is to apply as quickly as possible as there may be too many applicants applying at the same time. That can reduce your chances of get that job.