How To Find a Construction Administration Job in a Down Economy
Even in “down economies” there is opportunity.
We haven't been able to turn on the news the last five years without reading about troubled economies.
It seems every country in the world has faced difficult economic situations since 2008.
While it's true that there have been difficulties, the truth is the world economy in general is still moving forward. People are pushing forward to create new products and services that make life better for other people all over the world.
The basic human instinct to improve along with the growth in technology is leading us all into an age of growth for all economies.
If you're willing to grow as an individual there are plenty of opportunities especially in the construction industry.
That's right. The construction industry continues to see growth even after taking a few hits over the last few years.
If you're looking to grow in your professional life with a construction administration job then you have an opportunity to do so.
Here is how to get your dream construction administration job in today's “down economy”.
Lessons From Down Economies
Historians have looked back on economy history for centuries. They've looked into economies throughout the world. One thing that's been consistent throughout history no matter where you are in the world is that economies go through periods of change.
The biggest change in recent memory was the financial market issues of 2008. Some countries were affected more than others, but everybody seemed to feel the downward pressure.
The construction industry, for example, saw pressure to reduce spending. Construction companies found themselves in a difficult position as prospective clients put projects on hold as they waited to see how the world economy would handle the pressure.
But if there's one thing we've learned from all down economies in history is that eventually things turn around. Humans seem to be naturally programmed to keep progressing. We continue to invent, innovate and improve for the benefit or ourselves and those that come after us.
Down economies seem to be nature's way of making corrections. For some, these corrections are incredibly painful, but for those that persevere and look to the future it can be an opportunity to correct previous imbalances and improve.
For those in the construction industry, the correction of 2008 has led to great improvements. The best construction companies throughout the world are thriving. They've found better ways to serve customers both in residential and commercial construction.
Down Economies Create Unique Situations For Employers
Economic corrections are nature's way of improving life for the long-term.
Any correction is a nasty wake-up call for some and an opportunity for others.
When corrections occur, companies have two choices.
The first choice is to sit back and complain. Companies that do this try to preserve the ways things have been. They're used to doing business a certain way and they're afraid of the inevitable change. In most cases, these companies will fail at worst and will flounder in a flat-line situation at best.
The second choice is to assess the change in the marketplace and formulate a way to take advantage of the new opportunity.
Just because an economy changes doesn't mean that people don't stop needing products and services. The good thing about the construction industry is people will always need shelter. It's a basic need for all humans and businesses too need a place for operations.
Additionally, businesses also find themselves in a position to seek out the best employees in the industry.
When the economy goes into a correction some businesses will ultimately fail. Some choose option one as mentioned above and some simply lose control of the company and things kind of go south. It's a risk all businesses take and it's another aspect of nature that maybe isn't too appealing even if it has long-term positive effects.
When companies falter, it provides other companies the opportunity to hire some of the best people in the industry. At Design & Construct, we've often seen the smartest people in the construction industry actively participate during down economies.
These people know that successful businesses rely on the best people. The difficult thing is that the best people are almost always already employed. After all, they are the best of the best.
If you've been part of a company that has gone through difficult economy situations you know the pain it can create. But if you're optimistic you can sit back and see the opportunity in the situation.
As a person in construction administration you could find yourself being pursued by the best companies in the construction industry. You might even end up in a better position than you were before.
The trick is to understand when change is happening and make you as appealing as possible to potential employers.
What Companies Want From Employees
When change occurs in the construction economy it means that the best companies can grow their workforce, but it also means they will be critical with the people they hire.
This means you have to be on the top of your game.
There is opportunity for getting a better job, but there will also be others available that want the same positions. The best person won't always get the position. Often, the person that presents themselves the best will get the position at least in the short-term.
Step #1: The first step to making yourself appealing to potential employers in a down economy is to keep a running log of your accomplishments. You can start at any time with what you're doing right now, but you can also go back into your work history to create a backlog of case studies.
Focus on things that have helped your company improve. Think in terms of the person that might be hiring you and what they would want to see from a prospective employee.
You don't necessarily have to be an amazing salesperson. Companies have needs for employees at all levels and in all positions. Show what you've accomplished in a measured way as it relates to your position and the company will see that you can be a valuable asset to their company today and in the future.
Employers want someone that succeeds and improves. Show it to them with case studies.
Step #2: Employers want consistency. In fact, people in general want consistency. As humans, we like to know what's going to happen next. We can't predict everything (or anything really) so if you make yourself consistent you can be very appealing to a prospective employer.
Consistency is built over time. You do it by showing up to work on time every day. You do it by performing your various job tasks to a certain level of effectiveness.
Employers want to see that you're always improving and while failure is okay, they don't want to see huge steps in the wrong direction.
It's like in sports, the most coveted athletes are often the ones that come to work every day and perform at a high level all the time without high peaks and valleys. Those that are erratically good and bad are often too much of a risk.
It works the same in the construction industry.
Step #3: Employers want to trust you. Like consistency, trust happens over time. It's something you develop with each person you meet including your current and past employers.
Every relationship, including professional relationships, begins with a few important moments. When you first interact with a new potential employer you have to understand when these moments are happening.
Trust could begin with being on time and prepared for a first phone call. It could be providing information on time and in a complete manner.
Earn the trust of your potential employers by doing what is expected and going beyond those expectations. When people trust you they feel more comfortable hiring you.
How To Make Yourself Irreplaceable
The final step in this post to finding a construction administration job in a down economy deserves its own section. If you take anything from this post take note of this information.
For a moment, sit in the chair of your boss (or potential boss). If you where them would you feel it makes sense to keep you on the staff?
This is a difficult question. Your boss needs to feel that you are irreplaceable. They need to know that they can't find anyone like you out there in the workforce because if they feel they can they will often not hesitate to do so.
When corrections happen in an economy this is the decision every boss faces on different levels. Companies staring down layoffs have to eliminate people that don't add enough to the company.
But companies that want to improve ask themselves who they need to grow. This is where your opportunity comes in.
To make yourself irreplaceable do the things listed above, but also keep an ongoing personal assessment of the value you bring to your company. Make sure it's measureable.
Down economies are scary for employees and employers.
But if we've learned anything from history it's that economic corrections eventually result in progress. The best of the best rise to the top and continue moving humanity forward.
The best construction companies use down economies to hire the best employees. Make sure you're part of those irreplaceable employees and you could find yourself in a better job in the future.
It's an opportunity you can't afford to overlook.