Construction Recruitment - Should my business hire an apprentice?

Why employers should be looking to recruit construction apprentices in 2020 – 2021

Our construction recruitment agency has become aware of an age-old question within the Construction industry over the years – and that is, do we employee an apprentice / trainee or not?

And while there may be some convincing arguments for the latter, the pros will always outweigh the cons identified in this conundrum.

  1. Apprenticeships are a way to upskill current workers

In the past, many Construction Industry businesses have hired new employees to commence Apprenticeships but there is now a shift within the industry for businesses to upskill current employees through an apprenticeship.

Upskilling is a process that businesses should undertake with competent and loyal employees but unfortunately at times training costs can be exorbitant. Allowing current employees to undertake an apprenticeship that is tailored for their industry will ensure that the apprentice undertakes several training courses with no costly price tag to the company.

This process of upskilling provides a well-trained and technically equipped work force to undertake your company operations with the highest regard to quality, safety and the environment.

  • Government Incentives are always a bonus

As an employer of an Australian Apprentice you may be eligible for financial assistance from both the Australian Government and individual state governments / organisations to help with hiring and training an apprentice.

These incentives range from wage subsidies, commencement, recommencement and completion incentives, Additional Identified Skills Shortage payment, Rural and Regional Skills Shortage incentive, payment Support for Adult Australian Apprentices, Mature Aged Worker incentives and Australian School-based Apprenticeship incentives.

The subsidies and incentives provided by these government organisations allows your business to grow your workforce with trained personnel at a fraction of the price it would normally cost. And by providing an individual with a workplace training apprenticeship you are contributing to strengthening not only your business but the Construction Industry overall.

  • The Employer sets the standard

As a Construction Company there is a standard that is set by your business which reflects the work performed by your employees and the end result you deliver to your Clients. This standard is created by an immeasurable amount of time and effort normally from within management and is then set as a requirement for all future employees.

Hiring an apprentice and training them in your company standards of behaviour, professionalism and technical competence ensures that your business will always maintain its high-level reputation and assist in preventing issues of employee non-compliance in the future.   

  • Apprentices allow senior staff to focus on their trade tasks

As an employer there is always deadlines to meet and allowing your senior staff / tradesman to be freed up from the non-technical tasks ensures the work program is not compromised. Using apprentices within your business to perform the long list of generic tasks is an efficient way to save both time and money on your projects. And by freeing up the time of your tradies, it then allows them extra time to spend teaching and mentoring your apprentices

So the next time you are looking to grow and strengthen your employee group, spending the time considering the benefits of an apprenticeship within your business may be well worth it.

Get in touch with our construction recruitment agency based in Brisbane to find out more.

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How to write an effective Job Advertisement in 2020?

There is nothing worse than a job advertisement that kind of communicates what a role is really about! As a construction recruitment agency, we know what it takes to attract the right candidate for your business.

If you are looking for the perfect candidate to enhance your business, you need to attract them with all the perks you have to offer.

Your goal should be to entice them to apply before they have even finished reading your ad.

  1. Create an eye-grabbing title

The job advertisement title is the first thing they will read from your ad and normally this is also the key words they will type into their google or career site searches. Why not use the role title followed by some amazing reasons (in one or two words) they should work for you!

  1. Show them who you are and what your about

Candidates are always wanting to know more – in a sentence or two highlight your business; what you stand for, your values and why you are a desired place of employment. The type of candidate you are trying to attract to fit into your business will resonate with your words and it will intrigue them to read on.

Advertise proudly what you are going to offer them in return for their services; its not always the money that sells a role. There are more people these days  searching for alternatives to monetary compensation; be it gym memberships, free parking, in-house day care, extra paid days off, working from home or varied work rosters, there are a number of ways you can reel in new employees.

  1. Be very specific

In regard to any requirements of the role be it training, experience, location, qualifications or specific job tasks; be as specific as you can be. Candidates appreciate honesty and knowing exactly where they stand from the start will not waste their time or yours.

If you highlight and be very specific with the non-negotiables that are required for the role, candidates can automatically determine whether or not they fit the bill. Make sure you lay out your specific non-negotiables using bullet points and feel free to make the most important aspect stand out by making the text bold.

Listing an application closure date on the job advertisement informs potential candidates of when they can expect to hear from you, eliminating some of that extra follow up they may undertake while you are trying to process applicants.

  1. Advertise the $$$$$$$

The salary or salary range is one of the primary aspects of whether an applicant will apply or not apply for your role. They want to know how much is on offer to determine whether it is worth their time and effort to actually apply.

A salary range is a great way to show flexibility and commitment from your business and maybe attract a candidate that may not have applied with just a one figure salary listed.

  1. Don’t be afraid to put it out there

Using you job advertisement to state what you are NOT requiring in a candidate is perfectly fine and finalises to the applicant whether or not they are suited to apply. A statement at the end of the ad like – “We will only accept and progress applications from personnel who meet the above role requirements” ensures that you are not left dealing with a large number of unsuitable candidates.

This may not always deter the unsuitable candidates, but it should assist with saving you time in processing the number of qualified applicants.

 

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What Candidates in the Civil Construction Industry are saying!!

Our civil construction recruitment agency recently interviewed one of our Project Manager Candidates Paul, who is seeking a Project Manager role in either the Civil Construction or Infrastructure Industries.

  1. What type of role are you looking for at the moment?

My existing role of Project Manager was made redundant by the COVID-19 pandemic. Currently I am searching for a Project Manager role either at home or FIFO where possible. My experience has mainly been in large scale Civil Construction and Infrastructure Projects, throughout all states of Australia, over 17 years.

  1. How long have you been looking for a role?

I have been in the open Civil Construction and Infrastructure job market since May 2020. I used June and July to undertake minor renovations around the home, but since August I have scaled up my job seeking, with no prevail yet.

  1. How has COVID-19 affected your job seeking experience compared to previous times?

For the first time in a very long time, I have had to go looking for a new role. I have been fortunate enough in the past, with both my experience and qualifications to continually move from Project to Project, with little down time, and much ease to be honest.

Several Civil Construction and Infrastructure Projects were put on hold (in the earlier half of the year) and with the Industry still recovering, as well as the economy, it could be a while before we see a number of roles up for grabs.

  1. When looking for a role what are you looking for in both the job itself and the employer?

When I am looking for a role, I am looking for a good balance between work roster, salary and Project Time. I have also in the past sacrificed on all those three aspects just to undertake a project that has never been done before to add some firsts to my employment resume.

Regarding an employer, I always research to see what their employee benefits are and what they stand for as a company in terms of values and their standing in the marketplace.

  1. Is there anything about the current employment sector you see as a negative

Currently I have noticed that there has been several roles advertised via Labour Hire that would normally be advertised and hired to be a permanent role.

As a candidate, in a management role, I have never been on Labour Hire books and would honestly prefer to not be given the choice.

I understand that some companies are going down the Labour Hire role to reduce their costs and commitment to personnel they bring onboard, due to the unprecedented and volatile markets. I believe that with the number of employment contracts that can be used (even on a project basis) that would be a more positive experience for all.

  1. If there were one thing advertising employers could do different, what would that be for you?

As a candidate looking for work, I believe one thing that advertising employers could do different is that they could ensure that they always get back to people who have applied. There have been several roles that I have applied for where I have heard nothing back at all. Even if it’s a NO most people would like to know, so they know where they stand.

How to improve your chance of employment in 202021, by a construction recruitment agency in Brisbane.

A construction recruitment agency’s guide to increasing your chances of employment in 2021

As the country and our economy begin to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, so do the chances of obtaining new employment. As a construction recruitment agency primarily servicing clients in Brisbane, we encounter a lot of job applicants on a daily basis, the following are things you can do as a candidate that will separate you from the pack in any industry.

And there is no time like the present to improve your employability; so that when the time is right you will be placed as one of the top 3 contenders, applying for a new position.

1. Training, Training and More Training

Learning new things is not only beneficial to your work life but your life in general. No matter what your profession, there are many training courses both online and in person that assist in developing new skills and enhancing existing skills. Many Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s) have modified their training plans to accommodate the changes imposed by COVID-19 and to ensure their courses are delivered anywhere at any time.

Many Industry Funded Groups across Australia also offer subsidies for personnel to undertake these courses at a reduced rate for professional development or even for new starters to enter an Industry. Reach out to your industry-based RTO for more information on subsided and tailored training programs for your profession.

2. Update and enhance your LinkedIn Profile

If you are not already on LinkedIn – you should be!!

LinkedIn is a professional networking site, designed to help people make business connections, share their experiences and resumes, and find jobs. LinkedIn allows you to showcase your professional self to potential employers and industry professionals.

LinkedIn also has a function that advertises new roles directly from companies and allows you as a candidate to apply through that platform using your profile. Ensuring your LinkedIn profile is current with all of your past employment, qualifications, skills and interests will put you in good stead for both recruitment personnel and HR Managers, who browse LinkedIn for potential new employees.

Asking your professional connections / peers to endorse both your skills and attributes within the employment realm will also build credibility and strength to your LinkedIn profile.

3. Use your networks to your advantages

Throughout your working career you would have come across Managers / Supervisors / Company Owners that you had a positive relationship with. These unprecedented times call for unprecedented actions. Either give them a call or send them an email, highlighting your previous relationship with them and reaching out to see if they have any openings or know of anyone with your industry that does.

The power of Word of Mouth is extraordinary and if you have left a positive impact on a previous employer, who could be surprised what they may do for you in regards to helping you find a new role.

4. Join Facebook Jobs Groups

There are hundreds of Job Groups Available on Facebook that are specific to both your industry and the area in which you live or want to work. These groups are ran by members of the public and by both liking and following any of these groups, you will receive updates on roles as soon as they become available. Many smaller companies will only advertise on Social Media as it is a more viable option of advertising as opposed to Job Sites.

Implement all or only some of the above suggestions, and we are sure you will start to see the benefits as 2021 comes around.

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Is Relocation the new trend in Construction Recruitment for 2020?

Three and a half years ago I relocated from Victoria to Queensland for work.

And after the latest COVID-19 lockdowns in Victoria over the last 6 months, relocation is also starting to look like a very viable option for many southerners.

So, lets take a look at why relocation is becoming the new trend in Construction Recruitment in 2020 / 2021 and why it just might make sense to consider it.

  1. Relaxed COVID restrictions in Northern State

Many Australian residents, in particular Victorians, have been living in isolation without a place of employment and reliable income. As the months have dragged on, residents are questioning their lifestyles and how they can better their situation, and watching their Northern Countrymen living lives that are quiet close to normal has created an urge for them to make the move North.

The uncertainty of what Victoria is still yet to face in this pandemic and whether the restrictions will continue to ease also puts another tick in the pro’s column for relocation.

  1. Construction, Mining and Infrastructure Industries are ramping up

As Queensland, New South Wales and the Northern Territory recovers from the pandemic, the Construction, Mining and Infrastructure Industries are ramping up. All three states are recording job growth with many more projects ready to kick off in 2021.

Prior to COVID-19, many states relied on a specialised workforce within these industries which required employees sourced from every part of the country. Border Closures automatically stopped many of these FIFO employees being able to access their normal place of employment, forcing companies to either re-hire within their own state or give employees the chance to permanently relocate to the state of their employment.

With Border Closures not looking to ease anytime soon, relocation packages on offer (varying between companies paying 50% up to even 100% of the costs), have been well received by many employees.

  1. Wider Candidate Pool for Companies to access

Prior to COVID-19, many potential candidates were restricted to their City / Town and State of residence for employment opportunities. But unprecedented times have called for unprecedented actions and companies are taking full opportunity of this where they can.

Some Companies are advertising for a local role throughout the country; putting the feelers out there to see if any candidate who meets their requirements (no matter their location) is interested in a sea change, to further their career. Offering an enticing relocation package allows the candidate to strongly consider these interstate roles; knowing the cost of relocation (which is usually the main concern of candidates) is taken care of.

  1. JobKeeper is coming to an end

The Federal Government is making changes to JobKeeper as September 2020 comes to an end. Some employees will continue to be covered but many might find themselves either without a place of employment or a lowered government supported income, which will limit their ability to cover their financial responsibilities.

At a time when many are re-assessing their employment and living situations, Australians are going to be looking for a more viable option to survive out the remainder of the pandemic and recover from the damage it has created. And with stronger economies and industries bouncing back in neighbouring states, relocation may not be as far fetched as it once was.

As a potential candidate / employee you need to do what you have to do to survive and provide financial stability for your personal situation and, relocation just may be the answer to your problems.

As an employer there is amazing pool of candidates that may not have ever previously been on offer as an option to benefit your business – why not put it out there nationally to see what interest comes your way.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Construction Recruitment

Interview with our Business Support Manager – Erika Anquetil (Construction Recruitment Specialist)

This week we decided to Interview our Business Support Manager here at Linked Industries – Erika Anquetil Construction Recruitment Specialist.

How long have you been working with Linked Industries? How would you describe your experience working for Linked Industries?

I have been working with Linked industries for just over 2 years now; I am really enjoying working in Construction Recruitment with Linked Industries.

I love the Linked Industries “No bullshit” approach to recruitment. This kind of approach is just what the Construction Industry needs. It is refreshing working with a company that looks after its clients, candidates and staff and genuinely has everyone’s best interests at heart.

Give us a little background on your own personal work history

I started working in the Construction Industry in New Zealand in 1998 in an Administration Position. In 2004 I started studying WHS within the Construction Industry and moved into a Health and Safety Coordinator role implementing a WHS system for a Construction Company of over 150 people. I was also involved in the Recruitment of staff and assisting with all HR functions.

In 2008 I made the move to Australia where I took an Office Manager role for a Civil Construction company. For the last 2 or so years I have been working with Linked Industries supporting the business with all aspects of Recruitment.

What do you like the most about working in the Recruitment Industry?

I like helping people finding great roles with good companies!! We are lucky enough to work with some great clients and finding them the perfect candidates is always exciting and very rewarding.

Give us one very interesting fact about you

I am petrified of heights, I don’t even like buildings with balconies!!

For all our candidates out there, what advice would you give for being successful in an interview?

Be yourself, be honest and don’t be afraid to pause and think about the question before you answer. When the time comes ask as many questions as you need to; you also need to be sure that the company is the one you want to work with and that you fit their culture.

What is a big mistake most people make on their resumes?

Working with Linked Industries, I have seen 1000’s of resumes and the biggest mistake I see is Candidate’s making their resume over detailed. Remember, employers or Recruitment Agencies get 100’s of applications they need to review. So keep it simple and straight to the point. Make sure you emphasize your recent roles more and keep the older stuff brief, unless it is really relevant to the position you are applying for.

What do you believe employers could do better in their search for the perfect candidate?

I think employers need to be a bit more open minded and ask questions before making judgments on candidates. We see a lot of this in the Civil Construction Industry with people who have done a majority of project work. Their resume can look like they have had many roles and some employers look at this, as they might move on quickly, where as the candidate might be looking for something more permanent and closer to home.

We also see this in Civil Engineering where Engineers have worked for a lot for Tier 1 Construction Companies and they want to move to a smaller Construction Company for a change in experience

Do you believe Cover Letters still have a purpose in Construction Recruitment?

Absolutely, this is your opportunity to brag about yourself and make the employer want to meet you!!

Whether it be an actual cover letter you attach with your application or an introduction on an email, this should include a brief introduction about yourself and what interests you about the advertised role.

You should also make sure you address the advertised selection criteria, for example if the ad states you need to have 5 year experience in Civil Engineering, you can address this by outlining your experience in Civil Engineering. Once you have covered the selection criteria and how you meet their requirements, it’s good to finish it off with a paragraph on why you are perfect for the role.

Remember the person hiring you would have read at least 10 other cover letters, so try and be a little creative and stand out from the others. Keep it brief and don’t over think it.

Give one piece of advice to Candidates looking for Construction Industry work right now

2020 has been one hell of a year with many being stood down, jobs lost and unemployment at a record high. However, there are still roles out there; people are still recruiting, and the Construction Industry is still going ahead.

My advice would be to make your resume and cover letter relevant to the roles you are applying for; review your resume before just sending it. The person reading your cover letter and resume are looking to see how your skills and experience meet their requirements.

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What does Construction Recruitment look like following COVID-19?

Using external recruitment companies has always been considered as a “luxury” to many Construction companies.

And if the consequences of COVID-19 have taught us anything it is that luxuries are the first to go!!

So what does recruitment now look like?

  1. Constructions Companies are tightening their spending belts

Prior to COVID-19, Many companies used external recruitment companies to save them the time of conducting the recruitment process themselves. They outsourced the hours of work including advertising, interviewing, resume reviewing and reference checking to allow them to continue operating their business.

The cost of recruiting was never really a concern to them as their businesses were thriving, there was continuous work on the horizon and who in their right mind would have guessed that a pandemic could bring the world and its economies to its knees.

But now we are seeing many companies within the Construction, Civil Engineering and Infrastructure industries, taking on recruitment internally when it is still needed. Although saving them the money, businesses owners and managers now have the added stress of conducting this process on top of everyday operations.

  1. Candidates are not wanting to change roles or companies

A trend we have also started to notice is that many candidates when approached are far more hesitant on moving on, either in career or company. The Federal Government introducing the Job Keeper package has given many employees the stability they need through to March 2021 in a very uncertain time.

Candidates know that if they make move now, there is no back-up of Job Keeper at the new company and if the role is not a fit, they could be left without employment at all.

  1. Hiring permanent staff is currently not preferred

There has been a major trend in companies using Labour Hire solutions where possible in the last two months and companies are very reluctant to put new permanent staff on at all.

There are a few reasons for this; some companies just don’t have the continuity of work for the foreseeable future, they are unsure if they can sustain the overheads of permanent staff or they can make do with their current staffing arrangements with some Labour Hire Staff used to fill some gaps, at a much lower cost.

  1. Business Uncertainty

With outbreaks of COVID-19 happening throughout several states of Australia, and State Governments changing their minds and restrictions constantly, many businesses are unsure of what the future means for their business.

Most Industry Business Owners are watching with bated breath before they make any move on large spending, and unfortunately the majority of recruitment agencies are within that category.

But these times will not last forever and recruitment will always be required when companies are overrun with work or require specialised assistance in the employment area of their business .

The Construction, Engineering and Infrastructure industries will bounce back; they have always been the backbone of this country and as it thrives again so will the professional services, like Recruitment Agencies, that continue to support them.

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5 Steps To The Perfect Cover Letter For Civil Construction In 2020!

A great first impression is everything and that is exactly what you want to convey with your cover letter.

Your cover letter is a way for you to introduce yourself professionally and demonstrate the way you can bring value to the position and company.

There are 5 simple steps you should follow when creating your perfect cover letter:

Step 1 – Let your personality shine through

Your cover letter should reflect your personality and your professional passions. Let them shine through. Take pride in who you are and what you’ve done within the civil construction industry. The reader is looking for a human being, a person who knows what he or she can offer in the civil construction industry and can express it well.

Step 2 – Grab their attention from the start

Make sure you use the first couple of sentences to grab the employer’s attention; give the employer the reasons you are qualified for the position.

Step 3 – Research the company

Most job ads will NOT give you the name of the Hiring Manager – so go find it. Research their website, their company on LinkedIn and Twitter. Addressing the Hiring Manager directly shows that you went to the effort to find them and respect them as the person reviewing your application.

Step 4 – Highlight why you are the best fit

Highlight the fact that you’ve got the specific skills this company is looking for. This section is your opportunity to connect the dots between what the reader requires and what you can deliver.

Step 5 – Spelling, Grammar and Grammatical Correctness

Simple mistakes can land your cover letter in the trash bin! Ensure you check and double check your cover letter for spelling and grammatical mistakes. Even have a family member or friend read over it for you!!

Use our Cover Letter template for perfecting your pitch to potential employers.

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