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How Technology Has Changed the Job Market in the Construction and Building Products Industries

Both the construction and building products industries continue to be on the rise during 2018. Over the course of the next decade, employment for workers in the industries is expected to grow roughly 12 percent overall, which is faster than the American average. But as more and more people search for work in these industries, how they find those jobs keeps changing in larger part thanks to technology.

The development and use of technology over the past decade has dramatically affected the way members of construction and building products industries offer and obtain jobs. The hiring process continues to evolve year after year, and companies are placing more value on convenience and efficiency than procedure and thoroughness. They want to discover the best available people as quickly as possible, and they utilize different forms of technology as tools to help them achieve that goal.

So how exactly has technology changed the job market in the construction and building products industries? Read on to learn four major ways that recent tech trends and advancements have shifted the hiring process.

Candidates Are Expected to Be More Tech-Savvy

Before candidates even begin to search for a position in the construction or building products industry, they need to make sure that they familiarize themselves with the latest tech tools that workers use on the job.

Employees need more than physical strength and mental fortitude. They need to be flexible and open-minded. They must be willing to embrace the new software and devices that are now available in their respective fields, gaining more and more experience until they feel like qualified experts.

Depending on which position a candidate seeks, he or she could be tasked with using construction management software, such as BIM, or other industry tools, including CAD (Computer Aided Design), blueprint apps, and drones.

More Jobs Are Being Posted on Social Media

While many people view social media solely as a place to connect and keep in touch with family and friends, it’s also become a major source for job openings.

Obviously, LinkedIn remains the most well-known and “professional” of these social media sites. However, in recent years, businesses have been utilizing both Twitter and Facebook to share vacancies within their companies.

With Twitter, there’s an ease and quickness to distributing job information, as people can easily reply, retweet, or like the post. Meanwhile, Facebook Ads has become the main method for how jobs are shared on that site.

With employers having an increased presence on both Twitter and Facebook, providing key job information through both platforms, candidates should have social media profiles on the two sites so that they can access these postings. If they do not, they need to accept this technological shift and create accounts.

Rise of Skype Interviews

The fast-paced, efficient-focused businesses of today’s job market are not only prioritizing quickness and convenience when it comes to posting job openings. They are also extending this strategy to how they interview candidates.

Time has become a precious commodity. In some cases, in an effort to save time, employers are streamlining the interview process by conducting day-long series of interviews, eliminating the typical weeks-long process.

Additionally, an even more common practice in this tech-reliant age is video interviews through Skype. Skype allows for virtual, face-to-face interaction between candidates and hiring managers, mimicking the feel of a real-life interview feel while also cutting out the cost and time of unnecessary travel and scheduling.

Access to Job Reviews

In recent years, employer-review sites, such as Glassdoor and Kununu, have impacted how individuals search for jobs not just in the construction and building products industries but all major fields.

Thanks to the global reach of the internet, workers in the construction and building products industries do not have to solely rely on word of mouth from colleagues in their field about a particular company. Now they can read through actual feedback from a business’ employees before determining if the workplace is right for them.

And just how significant are these employer reviews to potential new hires? 37 percent of job seekers say that employer reviews are what’s important to them when they research a potential company to work for. Furthermore, one in three workers will turn down a job offer if the business receives poor reviews.

Going Forward

Whether you are an employer or a candidate, be sure to keep these important factors in mind as you hire new employees or search for a new position.

You either want the best person possible for the opening you have or you are hoping to be that best person to fill the job. Either way, remembering how these recent technological shifts continue to affect the hiring process will benefit you greatly.

Do you have any other questions or concerns about the construction or building products industry that we can address? If so, please contact us so we can help!

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