9 Oct

Construction Companies: Finding the Right Fit When You're Starting Out

Posted by George Hoadley

Finding the right people for a business is always a challenging prospect, no matter how long you’ve been in the game. Newer companies have an even larger challenge ahead of them when it comes to finding the right fit. Not only are you learning what makes a good employee, you’re also learning about your industry and even about your own company culture!

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For construction companies like yours, however, it’s important to get the right fit each and every time. The good news? It’s easier than you think.


Think about Company Culture

Mangers in new construction companies have a lot to learn. Even if you’ve been involved in the industry, you’re likely still finding your feet. You’re also learning about who you are as a company.

Since company culture plays an important part in finding the right fit, this learning curve makes it more difficult to locate the right people. How do you know who will fit and who won’t when you’re not even sure about your company culture yourself?

Every company should have some core values statements. Not only do these make it easier to identify your company, both to yourself and to potential hires, they also give the company some guidance about who you are and what you’re doing. Then you can begin looking for people whose values align with your own.


Search High and Low

Many newer construction companies are under pressure to get positions filled as quickly as possible. Business might be booming, and you need all hands on deck. You may need to expand your workforce in order to meet the project deadlines.

In these situations, you might think hiring sooner is better than waiting for the “right” candidate to happen along. Unfortunately, haste makes waste as the old saying goes—hiring just anyone can cause problems. In a young company, those headaches are amplified, so you want to be sure you’re hiring the right person every time.

One way to do this is to expand your search. Instead of looking at your “usual” places, think about where else you might post your job ad. While LinkedIn might be great for getting the word out to a wide audience, are the candidates you’re looking for there? Are there other places they’ll be more likely to see your ad?


Get a Helping Hand

Filling roles in new construction companies can be challenging. You may have gone through the hiring process many times, but perhaps you’re adding roles for professionals you’ve never worked with before. Maybe you don’t know what exactly they’ll do or what skills they really need.

Working with a technical recruiter can be a lifesaver in these situations. Technical recruiters have experience and expertise, both in hiring and in construction. They’ve been around the industry long enough to work with many different companies, hiring for many different roles. They can guide you not only on the applicants you decide to interview, but even on how you advertise the job and how you write the job description!


Accept Mistakes

No matter what you do, you’re bound to have the occasional hiring misstep. It’s expected for construction companies just starting out. The goal should be to hire the right fit as often as possible, but you’ll still need to accept you’re occasionally going to have a bad hire.

Following these steps can help you reduce the number of times this happens, though. If you’ve been struggling to find the right people, your goal should be to make finding the right fit easier. Adopt some of these methods today to work toward that goal.


Topics: Hiring

George Hoadley

George brings 11 years of experience in management to his role as the Branch Manager of Design Group Staffing in Vancouver. With a LinkedIn Recruiter Certification, his areas of expertise are construction management, engineering, project management, estimating, and operations. He has experience in both contact placement and direct recruitment for top Canadian and international firms. George’s unique and diverse background allows him to assist and provide superior service to companies and prospects alike. Monday to Friday, George is a boardroom warrior who leaves no stone unturned in hunting down the top talent in the Western Canadian construction and engineering markets. On the weekend, though, he trades his oxfords in for trail shoes and travels throughout Canada and the U.S. competing in the Spartan Race OCR series.

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