Who Should I Work For: The Guide to Choosing a Construction Company

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If you work in the construction industry, or want to, then it's important that you know how to pick the right company. There are many factors that need to be taken into consideration when choosing a job: pay, culture, benefits, schedule flexibility and more. We've put together this guide as a value add for those of you who don't have any experience with working in construction, and also for seasoned pros who want to brush up on a few tips to pick the ideal company to meet your career goals.

You should first figure out what your goals are; do you want stability or flexibility? Is money most important? Do you prefer work that's indoors or outdoors? Once these questions have been answered the next step would be finding companies by reading their website, reviewing their social presence online and talking with them on the phone. Your local resources like Craigslist or Yelp also come in handy here, as do word of mouth.

The next step is to do some research- this includes potentially talking with former coworkers, reading reviews online and getting a sense for the culture of the company. Finally, you should schedule an interview at one of their offices if possible or talk over the phone so that it's easier to judge how you would fit on their team.

An important part of interviewing with a company is getting a sense for their culture and how it may differ from your ideal culture, as well as determine if you can work in that environment or not. Some companies have cultures where employees are expected to be happy all day long while others may be more relaxed. You want to make sure that the culture of the company you choose will allow for your well-being and happiness.

To finish off strong...

Here are 3 tips to successfully complete your interview:

1) Prepare questions to ask your interviewer and research the company beforehand. This will show that you care about what they do, which is always important in any job search.

2) Dress appropriately for the interview, incorporating business casual attire with a professional style.

3) Arrive early so you have plenty of time to get into the building and find parking. This will also show that you are serious about potentially working there if they agree to interview you.

And finally, here are 3 questions to ask the person who is interviewing you when you have "no questions":

1) What does a successful first year in this role look like? In other words, what ideal outcomes do you desire for your company by an A player in this role?

2) How does this position fit into the broader scope of what you do here?

3) What are the opportunities for growth at your company?

Showing up prepared will give you the best shot to dominate the interview. Just like in sports, you can't win 'em all so we must focus on controlling the controllable by showing up with our best foot forward for each and every opportunity.

If you are looking to find your next career move in the construction industry, reach out to matt@bigleaguetalentco.com with your resume and a brief snippet of your career goals so we can help point you in the right direction of companies that can meet or exceed your career goals!

Wishing you immense success throughout your job hunt.

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