How to Prepare Yourself For Employment in the Building and Construction Industry

The New Zealand government predicts that the building and construction industry will enjoy consistent growth up to 2023. A direct result of this is that the sector is expected to generate more jobs for Kiwis at least until 2026.

In short, the building and construction industry is set for some exciting times ahead. If you want to become part of this thriving industry in the near future, or perhaps looking for a career change, here are some things you need to keep in mind:

Get Certified

Most jobs in the industry usually require training and certification. After all, construction worksites are full of machines and hazards that can injure people and destroy property. Some positions also require familiarity with building codes and standards, structural principles, and other relevant concepts.

When it comes to training and certifications, some of the most common and useful ones include the following:

Whether or not you’re applying for a job that requires certifications, it’s a good idea to acquire them if you can. Doing so can give you an edge over your competitors. In addition, it prepares you for certain eventualities once you do get hired.

Get an Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships are designed to teach you a specific trade. They cover a wide range of fields and practices, including building, construction, engineering, sports, and even tourism. The goal here is to learn from an employer so that you can acquire practical skills.

Most of the time, training such as those mentioned above are already included in the apprenticeship program. However, there may also be additional courses that you may be required to take in order to complete the apprenticeships. In addition, there are also written assessments that you need to take.

Mind Your Health

Not all jobs in the construction industry are out in the field. There are also desk jobs and support roles that don’t require heavy machinery operation or physical labour. Nevertheless, it’s also true that many positions in building and construction are physically demanding.

Simply put, you need to take care of your health if you want to be employed in the industry. Some of the aspects of your health that you need to pay special attention to include strength and stamina, dexterity, visual acuity, and hand-eye coordination.

Build a Network

Having a professional network is an important element of job hunting no matter the industry. Do note that it’s not absolutely necessary. Still, having a strong network is another thing that can give you an edge.

One of the most effective ways to build a professional network is to attend industry events. Many potential employers attend these gatherings, hoping to spot rising stars in the industry. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself and make a lasting impression.

You can also engage with a labour-hire company to not only help get you in touch with various companies but also help find the best-suited job for you. Try looking for official construction-related associations in your area as well. They can help both with networking as well as in looking for learning opportunities.

No matter which method you choose for building your professional network, remember to conduct yourself with professionalism.

Prepare for the Interview

The interview is a crucial stage in the hiring process. This is when the employer can truly gauge if you’re a good fit for the company and a time for you to prove yourself. Luckily, there are many ways you can prepare for a job interview.

The first is to study the company, the company culture, and the job you’re applying for. The latter is particularly important since it can help you anticipate possible questions. It also enables you to determine if you truly have what it takes to fulfil the role.

Then, you should consider how to answer common interview questions. These include things like:

  • Why did you choose to apply to our company?
  • What would you do if…? (The interviewer then presents a situational example.)
  • What are your greatest strengths?

Don’t get caught up in the details, however. The important thing is that you orient yourself about these familiar questions and plan “elevator pitch” style answers.

You should also prepare for potential construction-related interview questions, such as the following:

  • What is your favourite building or construction project in Auckland?
  • How will you define sustainable development?

When it comes to these types of questions, it’s best to be honest. These types of questions will test your knowledge about the industry so you have to be able to substantiate your answers.

Update Your Resume and Social Media Profiles

This is general advice for any industry, but it bears repeating: make sure that you always update your resume and social media profiles when you’re looking for a job.

When writing your resume and cover letter, it pays to do research about the company and the position you’re applying for. This can help you create a tailor-fit application, which can help show your genuine interest.

In addition, you should also keep your social media profiles updated. Take particular care of your LinkedIn profile, since this is a job-focused platform. Include your most recent and most relevant job experiences and skills.

Meanwhile, for the more social-oriented platforms, it’s in your best interest to not post anything you wouldn’t want a potential employer to see. It all boils down to putting your best foot forward.

Job-hunting can be a challenge, particularly in a booming industry like construction. Still, with ample preparation, you can make the journey easier. Take note of these tips and you can hopefully land your dream building and construction industry job.

Good luck with your application!

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