While most of us know that guy whose uncle can get you a job at his brother-in-law’s construction company, plenty of other job-seeking resources are available.
Obviously, don’t discount the value of your connections. Keep your ear to the ground and be ready to act on any leads on jobs you might receive from family and friends. But don't expect the perfect job to fall into your lap — prepare yourself to put in some time searching for open positions that fit your skill sets.
High schools, trade schools, colleges — The institution at which you receive your training has a vested interest in you, and your future employment. Check bulletin boards, watch for, and participate in, career fairs, and visit with your instructors regarding job openings that have come to their attention.
Job Service Montana offices — These offices, coordinated by the Montana Department of Labor and Industry, serve as one-stop centers for workforce development. In addition to providing job listings, employees at these offices coordinate training opportunities and more. http://jobservices.dli.mt.gov/
Apprenticeships — Through the Montana Registered Apprenticeship program, job-seekers can receive assistance connecting with businesses participating in the state’s apprenticeship program. This is a great way to earn money while learning a trade. http://apprenticeship.mt.gov/
Online job searches — Online job boards like Indeed.com, ConstructionJobs.com, Monster.com and more are gaining popularity with many construction companies. This is due to the ease by which job seekers can search and apply for jobs, and the rapid response employers get to their ads.
MCA — Check the MCA’s Job Bank to find open positions with association members.
If you’re at this point in the process, the human resources officer thinks you look good on paper. Now, you need to make sure you look great in person!
According to Shawn Coffin, human resources director for Oftedal Construction, job candidates should use their discretion when it comes to appropriate attire for a job interview. For example, candidates for management positions should wear business attire, while laborers can be a little less formal. However, everyone’s appearance should be clean and well-groomed.
Here are some interview tips from Coffin:
“For all of our positions, we want people who confidently accept challenges, interact professionally, are willing to mentor others, are self-assured and consistently endeavor to do the right thing. It’s important to us that our employees have personal initiative, encourage positive change and manage conflict well.”