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How to Get a Job in the Construction Industry Without Experience

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You don’t have to have construction experience to get a job doing construction. Employers in many fields recognize that not every job seeker will come to them with a great deal of experience, and the construction industry offers many entry-level jobs for laborers. If you have no experience in construction, the laborer position is the one you will most likely be hired for initially.

Prepare a resume. If you have never worked in any capacity before, highlight your personal skills that show you will be a good worker. Write key phrases such as, “good organizational skills” and “excellent time management skills.” Add “attentive to details,” and “fast learner.”

Document any work experience that you have, even if it is unrelated to construction. If you worked in your neighborhood mowing lawns or delivering newspapers, the skills you learned can transfer to other jobs. It’s not necessary to document that you pushed the lawnmower or that you ride your bike quickly. What you can point out, though, is that you were able to service multiple clients and meet tight deadlines. You can highlight the organizational skills you learned from any other job.

Visit potential employers to ask for a position. General contractors are typically self-employed and work in either residential or commercial construction. You have the best chance at a successful job search with a general contractor. Personal contact in the construction industry is more effective than mailing a resume. It shows the hiring manager that you are industrious and eager to get out and work. There’s also a chance that the contractor may need you immediately if you’re actually at the job site and ready to work. Be careful, though -- the contractor may not have the time to discuss your job search with you if you meet him on the job. Offer to leave your resume or mail it. Making that initial contact is critical, though. It shows initiative. Be sure to get his name and a contact phone number.

Contact the contractor in a week or so if you haven’t heard back from her. Again, this shows initiative. At worst, she may tell you she can’t hire you right now. But she can’t say "yes" to you if you don’t ask. If you don’t follow up, assume the answer is "no."

About the Author

Dana Mial McMahon's writing career began in 1999 while working for a major pharmaceutical company in Cambridge, Mass., where she wrote technical guides and cross-functional instructional guides. She is publishing a children's book series called "Lemonade, Marmalade and Jam." She has also written for Lovey Girl Designs. McMahon holds a Bachelor of Science in natural science from Worcester State College.

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