Finding jobs online can be a time-consuming business. Which websites do you search on? How do you filter your options? What’s the best way of using social media?
Building and construction might be a hands-on industry, but sharpening your online skills is a major part of becoming successful. Whether you’re looking for a new role or hoping to catch the eye of a potential client, check out these four simple methods to find construction jobs online.
Working in construction is about using the right tools. And without a doubt, one of the most effective tools is the Internet. But like every tool, you need to know how to properly wield it to find success, or in this case, a job.
The easiest and most popular way to search for building and construction jobs online is by using keywords. This allows you to shape your job search, giving you greater control of the results.
In Google or any other search engine, try searching by job title, location, qualifications, salary or sector. For better results, combine keywords and phrases to create a more precise search.
Using social media isn’t just a great way to find a job, it’s also a great way to promote your skills and services. If you’re not making the most of what social media has to offer, then you risk falling behind, missing out on opportunities, or getting lost in the competition.
So where do you begin? Your first step is to update your profiles. This is particularly important for LinkedIn, which is one of the best online sites for connecting with other professionals, finding jobs and getting your name out there.
Make sure the relevant sections of your profile are current and engagingly written. Include your work experience, any building and construction courses you’ve studied, and testimonials from previous employers. Words, not your strong suit? Then find a friend or copywriter to help you out.
On platforms such as LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, it’s also important to follow relevant company pages, job sites and industry groups. Keeping your finger on the pulse means you’ll be the first to know when an opportunity comes along.
To boost your credibility online and make you appear more employable, it’s worth creating a company page (if you own your own small business) – especially on Facebook and LinkedIn. You can show your expertise by sharing relevant content, advice and photos of your recent jobs. Plus, it gives you a platform to start conversations with potential employers or clients.
If you have the budget, consider paid advertising across social media. For small businesses, this can be an effective way to reach new audiences, promote your services and catch the eye of employers.
Whether you’ve just finished an apprenticeship, building and construction course, or you’re simply looking for a change, the first thing you might do is jump online and sift through online job boards, such as Indeed.com, CareerBuilder.com and Glassdoor.com.
Granted, all of these sites are fantastic resources for finding building and construction jobs. You can filter your preferences by keywords and location, upload your CV to boost your chances of employers finding you, and even sign up for job alerts.
But if you want to take it up a notch, try searching on sites dedicated to the building and construction industry, such as CareersInConstruction.com and ConstructionJobs.com.
By now, you’ve likely heard of Search Engine Optimisation (SEO). If you want to improve your chances of finding building and construction jobs online, you need to make yourself seen.
What does this involve? It could mean optimising your social media profiles by using relevant keywords, adjusting the photos, creating engaging content and making sure they are 100% completed. Or, it could mean joining Facebook and LinkedIn groups and interacting with industry leaders and influencers.
If you have a business website, similar rules apply. But you could take it a step further and sign up to local directories such as Yelp, Gumtree, True Local or hipages to become more visible and promote your services.
Start your search today
When it comes to building a career in the construction industry, finding a job or clients is half the battle. But with the job search becoming more digitised by the day, employment opportunities are often just a click away.
However, it’s a crowded arena out there. So to help you navigate it, simply use the above tips to narrow down your options and find the kind of work that suits you best.
Jacqui Martin works for Builders Academy Australia, she is passionate about providing learning opportunities for building and construction workers and students.
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