4 Tips to Hire the Best Construction Workers This Summer

May 04, 2018

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In the world of construction, the demand for skilled workers often outweighs the available supply. As such, many projects are estimated to take more time, which places businesses under strain. To help meet deadlines this summer, construction firms need to re-evaluate their hiring practices in order to attract the most skilled tradespeople. 

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Here are four tips to hire the best construction workers this summer.

1. Write a Great Job Description

No matter what your chosen industry or what kind of employees you’re looking to attract, the hiring process always begins with a well-written job description

An easy way to make sure you hire the best candidates for any role is to start with an attractive and informative job description. What many employers don’t realize is that the job description is a job seeker’s first exposure to their company culture. 

If you take the time to describe your unique company culture and go into detail about how the position plays a vital role in the business, you elevate your job posting and appeal to motivated candidates who are drawn in by your brand. 

When it comes to construction, listing the requisite skills and experience may not be enough. If you outline the work environment and the overall company vision, you’ll increase your chances of attracting workers who have a genuine interest in your construction business and who will potentially thrive in your workplace.

2. Interview Smarter

No matter what role you may be interviewing candidates for, asking the right interview questions is a great way to make sure you hire the best talent. Whether it’s a pre-screening interview or an in-person follow-up, the interview provides the best opportunity to gauge the skill level and experience of potential candidates. 

Especially in the trades, relevant construction experience and aptitude are critical, so be sure to assess their problem-solving skills and check all references. If you interview smarter you’ll be able to filter out unqualified candidates and hire only the best construction workers.

3. Evaluate Fit

Candidate fit is also important to consider when hiring for any role. Although finding skilled workers is essential, employers must also assess whether or not the candidate fits their company culture. This is especially crucial in the construction business, where the workers often operate in small teams and personality clashes could be harmful to the overall project. 

While it’s easy to catch up workers on skills through job training, personality and temperament are more complex factors to consider. 

“Fit” can also be applied to a candidate’s career goals and whether or not they are right for the job. For example, a previous foreman may not be suited for a general labour role or vice versa. Take into considering the worker’s career path and see where it aligns with the company vision.

4. Prioritize Workplace Safety

Workplace safety should always be a priority for employers, especially during the hot summer months. As such, a good way to attract talented construction workers during the summer months is to create a workplace that provides shelter from extreme heat and makes safety a priority. 

In fact, the Government of Canada classifies heat stress as a workplace hazard, especially when combined with manual labour. If you’re looking to hire the best construction workers this summer, make sure your job site is well-prepared to deal with this summertime challenge.

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Nicola Malcolm

Nicola Malcolm

Nicola has over 20 years of staffing industry experience with global, international, and Canadian firms. She has a broad knowledge base from having worked at a temporary recruitment desk, as an on-site manager in a global warehouse and manufacturing company, and in marketing, IT and operations. In addition, Nicola managed a portfolio of MSP/VMS accounts for a global MSP, and currently manages the staffing supply of 10+ Canadian MSP/VMS programs. In her spare time, Nicola uses her recruiting background to help her family, friends, and personal network find meaningful work opportunities. She also enjoys applying her operational skills to plan family trips abroad as often as possible.

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