Don’t give up! Better days are coming – I can feel it.
Let me tell you how the construction jobs market looks from my perspective…. There are jobs out there. But the game has changed.
Most companies are not growing right now. So if a position opens up, it’s not a new job: someone got complacent. Now their employer is looking to upgrade – because he can. It is an employer’s market. Owners and managers are demanding more for their dollar.
And here’s some hard news.. there are no more “entry level” positions. The reason for this is that there are a whole bunch of folks with lots and lots of experience (and used to making a lot of money) that are willing to dig ditches by hand just to put food on their table.
If you made $12 an hour in 2008 as a helper, today you are not only competing with everyone of your own caliber, you are also competing with a lot of folks that used to make $15 or $16. As I said when I started this post – I am not saying that you should get discouraged. I am saying that you might need to step up your game.
If you don’t give us enough to sell you properly, our service will be a waste of your time.
We are a “referral” service. Rarely (if ever) do we have the authority to actually hire you. All that we can do is go out there every day – the same as you – and try to SELL you to prospective employers. When we interview, we generally do not “accept or reject” you. We simply catalog you. When a job opening comes in, we go to our catalog and first attempt to find the best match for that employers criteria. Then we make that recommendation. But that’s just the beginning. Our job is to get you noticed, your job is to sell yourself.
So when you come to see me I will ask you questions like, “Where do you bring the most value to your potential employer”? I need to know this answer. My client company wants a specialist. He wants value. Yes, he wants a “deal”. And you’re going to have to give it to him. Once you prove yourself to him, you can up the ante. But in the beginning, its his table.
So read the post Composing your objective statement and then …..Let’s Talk.