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How to take advantage of the skills shortage

Construction firms are under a great deal of pressure at present. Projects are moving forward quickly and a great deal of investment has been made available to ‘build back better’. As much as the boom is welcomed, it’s not without its challenges. Materials shortages are resulting in rising costs and project delays. But that isn’t construction’s biggest headache. With the expansion of projects, there’s not enough skilled expertise to meet demand.

While this may be very bad news for companies, it is very good news for skilled professionals in construction. If you’re open to exploring new opportunities this could be the ideal time to expand your expertise and experience. Here are three ways to prepare and take advantage of the current situation.

Have a Critical Career Conversation

There’s little point in considering a career move if you don’t know what your personal career progression looks like.  Have a candid discussion with yourself, making notes that highlight key skills, interests, accolades and ambitions. Getting really clear on what you want will help immensely when presented with new opportunities. A career move that is beneficial is never just about money, so understanding what’s important to you will help you identify the best opportunities to pursue.

Update your CV and LinkedIn Profile

In the world of hiring, things can move quickly so it’s best to be prepared. Even if you’re not unhappy in your current role or actively looking to move, if you’re genuinely open to opportunities you need to be able to respond quickly. Having an up-to-date CV and LinkedIn profile means that when you hear of an opportunity you can respond right away. This’ll reflect well on you professionally and help you be at the front of the list of candidates applying for the role.

Be Decisive

Don’t embark on the process of sending CV’s or going for interviews unless you’re serious about making a career move. Be open and honest with yourself and if you’re uncertain rather don’t apply as you’ll just frustrate the hiring process by declining at the last stage. Be decisive, know what value you can bring to a company, what you want and why you want it. Armed with that knowledge you’re more likely to make a better decision regarding a career move and what your progression in the construction industry could and should look like.