Career Outlook: Construction Mangers in 2016

If you’re a construction manager, you know no matter how dedicated and enterprising you are, the whims of the market can catch you off guard sometimes. Keeping up on the current construction industry employment outlook is one way to make sure you’re ready for what comes.

construction leadsBright Prospects for Managers

Between 2006 and 2016, the employment of construction managers was projected to grow by a remarkable 16 percent. Considering the average employment prospects for all fields, the outlook for construction managers was above average.

Because the construction industry is expected to cool down somewhat in the near future, the growth of opportunities for managers is likely to slow. For the period between 2014 to 2024, employment for construction managers is projected to grow by 5 percent. That’s around the average employment growth for all jobs. Even though jobs may not be as abundant as they were in recent years, you’ll still find plenty of opportunities with residential, non-residential, and specialty trade contractor businesses.

One reason for the on-going increase in demand for construction managers is the increasing complexity of today’s projects. Your skills are needed to guide companies in using advanced construction technology as well as to navigate an ever-growing number of laws and regulations. Knowledge of multipurpose and energy-efficient buildings is also highly sought after.

Secure Your Future

The skill and knowledge it takes to manage modern construction projects means managers with a bachelor’s degree or higher and practical experience in construction will be preferred in the coming years. A degree in construction management, construction science or civil engineering will pay off well. Those who’ve completed internships also have an edge in finding construction industry employment.

As in the past, starting your own firm is one of the most accessible ways to achieve success as a construction manager. In fact, over the past decade, more than half of all construction managers were self-employed. This route is most promising for those with many years of experience in construction.

For an easy way to stay up to date on construction industry employment and construction leads, contact us at Construction Monitor.

Top Tips for Hiring Top-Notch Construction Workers

Your workers are the backbone of your business, so the investment you make in attracting skilled laborers and craftspeople will pay off big. For the best results in your construction worker recruitment and training, go in with a plan.

construction leadsExpand Your Recruiting Reach

Look beyond the construction industry for potential employees. Transportation, manufacturing, agriculture and many other industries all attract people who could be an asset to your company. Focus on attitude and personality over construction experience. You want a self-starter with a positive attitude and a determination to benefit your company. Find someone like this and providing training will be a breeze. In fact, many construction companies offer internships and apprenticeships to attract future employees.

Your current employees can help with construction worker recruitment and training. To encourage them to recommend quality candidates, establish an employee referral program. Offer rewards such as cash bonuses, public recognition or travel vouchers to those who bring in the best potential employees, whether or not those candidates are hired. Recruiting this way has benefits beyond cost savings. Workers who come through referrals often fit the company culture better and stay longer than those recruited in other ways.

Spend Time Screening

Before you invite a job candidate for an in-person interview, hold a brief telephone interview. This gives you a time-efficient way to go over the candidate’s resume with them, discuss their career objectives, and get a general sense of their personality.

Take advantage of pre-employment assessment tests. The results of these tests help you evaluate the candidate’s proficiency with basic skills and spot personality traits that could cause friction in the workplace.

Do your due diligence when checking references. It may seem time consuming or even excessive, but talking with candidates’ former bosses can reveal unexpected issues that could change your mind about hiring them. In addition to the references listed on the resume, take the extra step to seek out foremen and supervisors who worked with the candidate.

For more tips on improving your construction worker recruitment and training strategies, contact the construction leads experts at Construction Monitor.