Whichever type of construction job you’re in, you’re probably looking to advance your career at some point. And to advance your career, you need to be sure that your skills are in top-notch shape. Since technical skills can change from job to job, it’s best to focus on your soft skills. From oral communication to problem-solving, these five skills will help you get ahead in your construction career.
Communication is vital for construction and really for any industry. You have to be able to convey and exchange information verbally as that’s how most of your interactions will happen. You’ll have to negotiate on a daily basis with all the different pieces of a team who might be involved on a project. You can develop this skill by explaining something you know a lot about to someone who knows very little about it. If you do it right, they won’t need to ask many clarifying questions.
You need to be able to solve problems and resolve issues in a practical, timely manner on a construction site. You’ll hit unexpected roadblocks and setbacks every day, so the ability to come up with solutions to challenges is an important skill. You need to be able to minimize costs while keeping the project on schedule.
All construction projects operate on the crux of teamwork. You need to be able to work well with co-workers you know really well and coordinate with subcontractors you don’t to get the job done. You need to be able to lead a team and take a backseat and follow directions from time to time.
Every member of a successful team needs to be able to manage their time. Construction projects require a lot of organization and planning, so each individual task needs to be properly scheduled and deadlines need to be met. Show you can manage time by describing an instance when you completed of a project successfully while handling the pressure of a major deadline. Demonstrate your punctuality and make sure all your tasks are completed on time.
Passion and enthusiasm
Okay, passion’s not exactly a skill, but it is important for success. You need to be committed to the industry and genuinely interested in the sector, so you can put in more effort. Greater effort will yield more engagement and better results, meaning you’ll be more fruitful, with better contacts and more confidence. Show you’re proactive and that you keep up to date with industry trends and issues by reading trade publications.
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