Before starting your career in the construction industry, you should carefully craft a resume, cover letter and prepare some talking points for the job interview.
For entry level positions, construction contractors are most interested in someone who shows initiative and is not afraid of physical work, rather than those with relevant experience or technical training.
You may be surprised how far these traits can take you in construction, and if you show aptitude, you will quickly learn skills and knowledge on the job that will lead to increased responsibility and eventually promotion.
You may well be able to walk into a contractor’s site or regional office, fill out an app and get hired!
Possible interviewer questions:
What is your biggest strength/what is your biggest weakness?
Highlight any relevant classes, projects, internships or apprenticeships. When asked about weaknesses, describe how you plan to overcome them and ask if there are training opportunities within the company. Also, this may be an opportune time to bring up any personal projects.
What do you know about our company/why do you want to work for us?
Familiarize yourself with the company and the projects they’ve worked on. Interviewers want to see that you’re genuinely invested in them. Make sure to ask questions.
Can you provide an example of when you used creative problem solving?
This is an opportunity to impress the interviewer. Tell them about a time you used unconventional methods to overcome a conventional challenge.
What do you know about OSHA and safety?
OSHA is the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and they’re charged with safety and health legislation in the workplace. You should be familiar with basic workplace safety protocols. For more info on OSHA, check the agency’s website.
HELPFUL HINTS FOR A CAREER IN THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY:
The On-the-Job Training (OJT) Program is designed to increase the number of minorities and females on federal and state funded road building contracts. To accomplish this goal FDOT and it’s industry partners provide assistance to unemployed adults and high school students who are preparing to graduate to secure jobs with prime contractors.