Recruiting for a construction position takes diligence and careful selection. A good candidate should demonstrate a strong work ethic and ability to follow safety protocols. Many candidates have misperceptions about the construction industry and may be unaware of above-average earning potentials, career advancement opportunities, skills development, etc.
To find good candidates, post jobs on a variety of job boards that focus on the industry (such as ConstructionJobs, iHireConstruction, Roadtechs). General job board websites like Indeed and Monster can also be used to advertise your open positions.
When screening candidates, call references and speak with supervisors to gauge an applicant's level of skill and adherence to safety protocols. Also, pay close attention to how an applicant answers your questions and how they communicate with you on the phone to get a feel for their personality.
Consider having candidates participate in a job trial day, so you can assess their skills in the field and determine how well they fit in with your team. If a candidate is successful in the trial period, offer them the job! Ensure their success and integration into your company by providing them with a structured onboarding process.
Encourage your current employees to recommend skilled workers for open roles with a referral program. This will increase the number of qualified candidates and can help you attract candidates who know your company and its culture. This strategy is especially effective if you implement an employee referral rewards program, where you reward your employees for successfully referring candidates.