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How to Hire the Best Employees for Your Construction Business
December 04, 2018

How to Hire the Best Employees for Your Construction Business

As a construction business owner, you know that having enough employees can make or break your operations. Further, it’s crucial that the people that you hire have previous construction experience, comply with safety laws, and are hard-working. Due to this, you should ensure that you’re utilizing hiring tactics that enable you to connect with the best candidates. After all, your employees are a reflection of your business!

In this post, we’ll review six ways that you can recruit construction workers for your team. Before you know it, you’ll have a great team that’s ready to build an exciting future.

6 Ways to Recruit Construction Employees

1. Hire a Recruiter

If you don’t have time to focus on hiring, a recruiter can be a valuable tool for your company. We suggest hiring a recruiter who specializes in the construction industry, because they’ll have the right connections and should know how to attract qualified employees who fit your open positions.

The downside of using a recruiter is that it’ll cost you more of a financial investment than other hiring methods. Still, the cost of using a recruiter will be well worth it if you’re looking for someone with a specialized skill set or significant amount of experience.

2. Post on Construction Industry Sites

Specialized job boards allow employers to connect with qualified candidates.  It’s important to use boards that focus on roles in the construction industry so that your posts won’t get lost in a sea of general job postings.

Below, you’ll find a few construction-focused job boards that you should consider posting job descriptions on:

3. Ask for Referrals

If you already have valuable employees that you know and trust, they can be a valuable source of information when it comes to hiring more qualified workers. That’s why you should create a referral program for your current employees, which will offer some incentives for them to reach out to their own network.

Provide a simple form where they can give you the potential employee’s information. Then, if you hire their referral, provide the existing employee with some kind of reward. For example, you might give them a cash bonus, extra vacation day, or a gift card.

4. Visit Job Fairs

Trade schools frequently host job fairs for soon to be graduates. Attending these events can be a great opportunity to meet students who are interested in breaking into the construction industry.

When individuals attend construction-specific job fairs, they’re seeking opportunities prepared to apply for the types of jobs you’re offering. That greatly improves your odds of meeting the right type of people for your company. Get in touch with schools that offer construction-related programs and ask about upcoming events that you can attend as a small business owner.

5. Use Social Media

If you’re not already posting about your job opening on social media, now is the time to start. One statistic from Inc. revealed that 79 percent of job seekers use social media to help them find their next job.

To start, we suggest creating a post that describes your open position. You can publish this on your business’s page, in addition to your personal profiles. Encourage your employees and colleagues to share the post as well, so that it can get in front of even more candidates.

In addition, we suggest joining construction industry groups on Facebook and LinkedIn. This way, you can easily get in front of other professionals in the construction industry, who might be looking for a new job!

6. Post at Brick and Mortar Stores

If the positions that you’re looking to fill are manual labor roles that don’t require a specialized skill set, consider how you can reach these types of professionals. Make posters advertising your job openings and post them at local brick and mortar locations. Sharing these flyers at places like Home Depot and Lowes could help you catch the attention of people who have general construction experience.

Start Recruiting the Best Construction Employees!

Although it can be challenging to hire employees in the construction industry, if you utilize different recruiting methods, it’ll be easier to hire the best possible workers for your company.

If you have other suggestions for construction business owners that want to hire more employees, share them with us in the comment section below!

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