4 easy steps to land your next construction job

Posted by Oliver Hogue on 02/01/2020
construction jobs, resume, trade

You simply need to look up in Sydney these days to notice cranes popping up all over the place. This is a great sign that the construction boom is well underway. In fact, the same can be said for many parts of Australia, not just here in Sydney, but also in Adelaide, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Have you got a trade qualification and are interested in working in construction? If so, now’s the time to get involved. 

There’s always demand for trades and plenty of work for labourers, but especially in today’s thriving market. Plus, the type of work available in the construction industry offers lots of variety ranging from small residential jobs, to large scale commercial projects in all the major cities across Australia. 

Want to get a piece of the action? Here are four simple steps to help you land your next construction or trade job.

Step 1: Get a white card and your Personal Protection Equipment (PPE)

A white card (or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to work on any construction site in New South Wales. 

To get a white card you must first complete general construction induction training with a Registered Training Organisation (RTO). SafeWork NSW has a list of white card trainers where you can do this training and get your white card. Click here for more information. 

If you’re working in another state of Australia, your construction induction card issued in your state may still be valid in NSW. See here for more information and check if your card is valid here. 

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is also required to enter any construction site in Australia. Compulsory PPE to get on any construction site includes steel toe cap boots, hard hats, and a high visibility (hi-vis) shirt. Additional PPE that might be required on certain sites include gloves, glasses and goggles. Make sure you have all the essential items so you’re ready to go when the right opportunity pops up. 

Some construction jobs and roles in Australia require you to have specific construction tickets and licenses. These tickets or licenses prove that you have the necessary skills and training to be allowed to work in certain environments as a skilled labourer or tradesperson, e.g. working at heights.

Step 2: Create a strong resume

The days of getting a job in the construction industry without a resume are almost over. A professional and relevant resume is important as it shows the employer your strengths and a brief overview of your work history. Positive references also help to reinforce your previous work history and give an insight into your character and work ethic. 

If you have no experience creating a resume, it can seem daunting at first. However, at Bluegum Resumes it’s our speciality. We have experts in construction and trade resumes who work with you to create a top tier resume that suits your individual needs. Contact us today for a free resume review and quote to get your resume ready.

Step 3: The job search

Now that you’ve got your updated resume, you’re ready to begin your job search. 

There are many ways to search for jobs these days, however due to the technological world we live in, a strong majority can be found online. This can be either through Seek or LinkedIn or on company websites. All major construction companies advertise jobs on their websites, which is a great place to start looking at what’s available. 

Asking around your network of friends and work colleagues in the industry is another great way to find work as some job openings aren’t advertised. Plus, getting recommended through a friend or colleague can boost your credibility and sometimes fast-track the process.  

Step 4: The application process

This is your chance to impress! Coupled with a great resume, the way you present yourself during the application process is important because it’s your first contact with the prospective employer. It’s important to be enthusiastic and show them that you’re interested in working for them. 

Application processes can vary from job to job. They can include face to face meetings or phone calls with the prospective employers or could even just take place online.

Here are some tips for the application process:

It’s important you have read up on the company and job description and come ready with some questions about the specific job you’re applying for. Highlighting that you’re hardworking, reliable and punctual is important as these are attributes required for all construction sites. Outlining your previous relevant experience is also essential. You want them to believe they need to hire you as you’ll be a great fit and invaluable to their team. It’s also important to know the date when you can start your new job.

Extra tips

Labour hire companies and recruiters can be an easy way of finding construction and trade work hassle free, as they are often flexible to suit your needs and availability.

If you’re from overseas and have a trade then you may need to do a conversion course to allow you to practice your trade fully licensed in Australia. More details on this can be found on the official Australian trade recognition site. https://www.tradesrecognitionaustralia.gov.au/

It’s an exciting time to work in the construction industry and the opportunities are endless. If you follow these four simple steps, you’ll be one step closer to getting the job you want and deserve. 

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