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Tips on Growing your Career in Construction
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Tim Forestell
January 18, 2022

Tips on Growing your Career in Construction

The construction industry is projected to grow yearly, as they are always looking for labor. There are a ton of jobs available for construction companies like project managers, construction managers, and equipment operators. If you are looking for tips on growing your career in the construction industry then continue to read on below. 

Tips for Growing Construction Career

1. Job Training

Whether starting a new job in construction work, or even working within the field for a while there is always more to learn. With technology, construction projects, and contracts to perform constantly changing there is always an area to improve. You should take part in job training sessions, watch any online learning courses in order to show that you are capable of working in an area needed. 

2. Be a Leader at Work 

Establish yourself at work as someone who can be trusted to get the job done right and efficiently. This will help co-workers count on you, and this will be an added advantage as you will be respected and also expected to help others exceed their expectations. Being a leader involves volunteering to help others, suggesting innovative ideas for construction of buildings, and having a positive attitude at work. 

3. Provide Quality Work

Working as a general contractor you are expected to provide work that is quality. Do not skip steps, or take shortcuts because this will be noticed. Managing a business can be tough, but if you provide work that you are proud of, the client will notice. This is crucial for growing your career in construction because this can relate to word of mouth marketing not only for you, but your company as well. Word of mouth marketing allows businesses to succeed because customers and employers will refer you for other jobs to complete giving you the recognition that you deserve. 

4. Expand your Responsibility

Expand your horizons at work, and take on responsibilities that may not be within your comfort zone. This shows employers and clients alike that you are willing to go that extra mile to get the job done. If you are not an expert at the job you are taking on, do research! There are plenty of resources available to help you succeed in the new field. 

5. Safety First

Safety is of the utmost importance in the construction industry so do not do anything that could put you in harm's way. Supervisors look for an employee who cares about safety and respects one that follows the rules. You need to understand and honor the rules set in place and do not do anything that could result in you hurting yourself. By showing that you are safety-obsessed this can demonstrate to co-workers the importance of safety on the site as well. 

6. Do What it Takes to get the Job Done

Employees look for someone that is excited for work and does not constantly wonder how long the job will take. Things you can do to impress the employer are showing up early and ready for work, and staying later if needed. Not only does this impress the employer but it also benefits you as you are showing that you are committed to your work and doing a good job. 

This also requires having a motivated attitude while working. Not everything is going to be easy while building commercial buildings, homes, or other structures but do not let this phase you. By being motivated this shows your team that you are willing to do whatever it takes to get the job done and you are happy with your work. 

7. Stay within Timeframe and Budget 

Another thing to maintain your career in construction is to stay within your budget and timeframe. This could be a challenge as there are a lot of things that are uncontrollable such as the weather, but trying to stay within these limits holds yourself to high standards. Construction jobs take a lot of time and money but hold yourself accountable and set goals that you want to meet to complete the job and not overspend. 

8. Be Innovative

With different projects come different ways to complete them. To be a successful construction worker you have to think of unique, innovative ways that can help finish the task. This could involve ideas such as using one piece of equipment over another, or using more labor in a certain area to be more efficient. In order to be innovative, planning the project well in advance and the best actions to take will be tremendously important. 

Your Career in Construction

Ultimately it is up to you how you want to work in the construction industry and how you feel like you are able to help fully. Following some of these tips should help you grow as a professional and a person while still working in the career field that you love.

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Tim Forestell
Tim Forestell is one of DOZR’s co-founders and CCO. Tim got started in the industry as VP Operations for Forestell Landscaping before founding DOZR with Kevin and Erin. Aside from the amazing team at DOZR, his favourite thing about DOZR are the customers. Working with DOZR renters every day gives him a peek at the evolution of different projects and hearing stories about projects being developed from start to finish.
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