Concrete work is an essential and in-demand skill in the construction industry, but it can be challenging to stand out and get hired by a quality company.
Whether you've just entered the field or you’re an experienced professional looking to enhance your career in the construction industry, it's crucial to showcase your skills and expertise in a way that catches the attention of potential employers.
Here at A-1 Concrete Leveling, we’ve been hiring both seasoned and entry-level concrete workers to join our team for over 30 years, and during this time, we’ve seen exactly the kind of things that set some applicants apart from the rest.
In this article, we'll explore some practical tips on how you can stand out and get hired as a concrete worker from the perspective of America’s largest concrete leveling company.
The most important part of the hiring process is your job application. Everything begins with what you input into the forms on the application page.
Because your job application is the first step in the process, it’s also the first impression you’ll make on the hiring staff. Providing as much information as possible, filling out the required fields accurately, thoroughly answering all questions, and making sure your resume is free of errors can help you stand out from other applicants who don’t take the time to do so.
Correct Information is Key
It’s also crucial to double-check that the information you supply, like your address, phone number, and email address, is up-to-date and correct, especially if you use autofill to input information on your computer or phone.
Employers won’t be able to contact you if your application contains errors, so even if you’re a great fit for the company, you may not even make it to the interview stage if you don’t spend time ensuring that all the information you provide is complete and accurate.
If you’ve submitted a stellar application and wowed the hiring staff, they’re going to want to get in contact with you.
It’s crucial that after submitting your application you answer any phone calls or emails you receive from the company. Not only does this show you’re interested in the position, but it also helps move the hiring process along quickly and efficiently so you can get started sooner.
Calling Back & Voicemail Messages
Employers know that you won’t be able to answer the phone all the time, and that’s why it’s essential to make sure your voicemail isn’t full. This way, they’ll be able to leave a message and you can call them back when you’re available to talk.
If you do have to call the hiring staff back, make sure to do it at a time when you’re not busy and can fully focus on the phone call. You can always schedule a time to talk if you aren’t available immediately.
When leaving a return message for the hiring staff, make sure to say your name and why you’re calling, and do it in a place where they’ll be able to clearly hear you without excessive background noise.
Once you’re on the phone with hiring staff or in an in-person interview, you can really show more of who you are as a potential employee.
Something that makes applicants truly stand out from the rest is when they have obviously spent time researching and getting to know about the company where they’re applying.
Learn About the Company's Specific Services
Not all concrete construction companies are the same, and almost every business in the industry provides different services for their customers.
For example, concrete leveling is a very different process from concrete pouring, concrete finishing, or general concrete labor. A-1 Concrete Leveling doesn’t install, finish or pour new concrete and being aware of that, and what the concrete leveling process entails, is a huge plus right off the bat.
If you can show, during the initial phone call and interview, that you know about the services the company offers, how they do the job, and a little bit of background about the company itself, it’s a huge green flag for the hiring staff.
Read and Watch Company Content
It’s especially great if you’ve watched any educational videos or read any written content that the company produces. Some companies have a learning center dedicated to content specifically aimed to inform and educate potential employees about the company and job, like A-1’s Careers Learning Hub.
Being upfront, open, and communicating all relevant information with the hiring team before accepting your job offer is crucial for not only standing out as a potential employee, but also making sure your employment with the company goes smoothly afterward.
It’s certainly always better to be upfront initially than to have something come out later in the process, especially as background checks may be required.
It’s also vital to be honest about the qualifications that make you eligible to do the job at hand, like having a valid driver's license if the position requires it.
At the end of the day, being honest and communicating openly with the hiring staff during this process shows that you’ll be able to communicate well with management and other team members after being hired.
Explain Job History & Weaknesses
When trying to stand out against other candidates, it also helps to be willing and open to talking about oddities in your job history, your weaknesses as an employee, or ways that you think the company or job can help you improve.
Share Your Career Goals
In addition to these things, you should also communicate any career goals or things you would like to get out of a job, which can help the company get to know how they can set you up for success and set you apart from other candidates.
Now that you’ve learned about four tips that can help you stand out and get hired as a concrete worker, you’re ready to advance or kickstart your career in the concrete construction industry.
By keeping these tips in mind when applying for the job and navigating through the hiring process, you’ll be one step ahead of the other applicants who don’t put in the time or effort to stand out.
As we mentioned earlier, researching the company and being aware of what the job entails is a big green flag for hiring staff. For that reason, we’ve made our job-related content easy for you to find and enjoy here on the A-1 website.
Check out all the resources in the Careers Learning Hub, or pick one of the related topics below to keep learning!
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