It can be difficult for a small construction business to find the right people to employ. The amount of money and time available to spend on the recruitment process can be limited. If you are in this position with your business, you need to balance finding the right people with making the best use of resources.
One way of doing this is to work with professionals such as Advanced Group Services who can find the people that you need. They have a database of qualified construction professionals who are looking to find employment. They can also deal with the recruitment process for you. If you prefer to look for the right people independently, there are certain actions that you should take.
Knowing what you are looking for
You will not find the ideal construction professional to join your team if you do not know what you are looking for in your new employee. It’s important to compile a list of the skills and attributes that an ideal candidate should have.
- What specific tasks should they be able to complete?
- What qualifications do they need to have?
- What level of education do they need?
- What licenses do they need to have?
When you are thinking about these aspects, you should also start to put together a job description. Remember to make it specific and relevant so that you are sure to attract interest from the right people.
Creating a job description for the role
When you are creating the job description, you need to consider all aspects of the role.
- What skills are required?
- What tasks are related to the role?
- What behaviours are necessary?
- What attributes are required for a person to be a good fit within the company?
The job description you create should attract construction professionals who have the right skills, qualifications and values to be a good fit for your business.
Who should you recruit?
Once you have advertised a job with your construction firm, and people have applied, you need to work out who you should recruit. The first thing that you need to do is sift the applications and weed out any applicants who do not fit your criteria.
Depending on how many applicants are left, you may decide to carry out phone interviews first or simply proceed to face to face interviews. You may also want to use competency and personality tests to work out which applicant is the best person for the job. Do not forget that you need to consider how the person will fit into the team that is already in place, as well as considering their qualifications, skills and experience. For instance, an applicant with safety measures training will stand out. Let’s say he or she has undergone OSHA 30 training; this will make them stand out more in the team. This training is extensive for all in the construction industry and will ensure that the applicant will be compliant with all OSHA safety requirements.
Recruiting in the construction industry is not easy as there is only a limited pool of licensed professionals to choose from. It’s important that you take time to get the recruitment process right, or speak to professionals about doing the work for you.