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10 Resume Tips for Professionals in the Construction Industry

November 8, 2018

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Preparing a resume that is organized, succinct, and eye-catching is one of the best ways for construction professionals to launch a fruitful job search. Eye-catching resumes typically feature highly desired skill sets, relevant certifications, and impressive projects that were completed ahead of schedule and within budget. Below are ten simple resume writing tips that everyone in the construction industry should follow.

1) Tailor your resume to the type of position you are seeking. Employers are often searching for candidates with a specific set of skills. Review commonly required skills for the type of position that you are seeking and be sure to include references to your skills in those areas. Examples of specific skills that are frequently sought in the construction industry include:

Expertise in construction law
Incorporation of sustainable design strategies
Equal Employment Opportunity Employment expertise

2) Include the number of people you managed. It is particularly important to mention work experience that involved supervision of multiple teams of people or a large number of workers. Hiring managers recognize that there is usually a big difference between a candidate who has managed a team of 15 laborers and a candidate who has overseen 150 laborers.

3) Highlight relevant certifications. Industry certifications set professionally trained candidates apart from the pack and often instill confidence in recruiters and hiring managers. Examples of key certifications to consider including are as follows:

Certified Construction Manager (CCM)
Construction Safety Certification
OSHA Hazardous Waste Operations & Emergency Response (HAZWOPER)
Any CPR or First Aid related certifications

4) Highlight three or four of your most notable projects. Be sure to reference the budgets associated with each project to provide hiring executives with an idea of the magnitude of the ventures that you have overseen. You can also showcase your flexibility and breadth of experience by including a diverse collection of projects within the public, commercial, and residential construction arenas.

5) Showcase successful projects that were completed ahead of time or under budget. Continued construction labor shortages are leading to an increase in project delays and overspending. Completing projects ahead of time or under budget is more impressive now than ever, so construction professionals should not be shy about highlighting their ability to exceed client expectations.

6) Reference familiarity with special tools or software. Remaining competitive in the construction industry requires a commitment to learning the latest cutting-edge

Building Information Modeling (BIM) software
Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software
Familiarity with 3D visualization and architectural animation

7) Prepare an impressive portfolio of references. Include people who can provide feedback regarding your skills and aptitudes. Additionally, if a specific skill is required for a position you are actively pursuing, be sure to include references who can discuss your achievements in that area. For instance, if a position requires a candidate with a history of supervising 100+ workers, make sure that the references you include can speak about your ability to oversee multiple teams of workers.

8) Include your LinkedIn URL. A growing number of hiring managers and recruiters are looking at LinkedIn profiles to confirm candidates’ legitimacy and industry connections. Make sure that your profile is up to date and that there are not any consistencies between information on your LinkedIn profile and your resume.

9) Reference any awards or special recognition you have received. Awards that are relevant to the company or position for which you are applying are especially helpful. Examples of relevant awards include the following:

Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc (ABC) awards for excellence in construction
Construction Industry Safety Excellence (CISE) awards for safety improvements
Any local or state awards received for outstanding achievements in the construction industry

10) Seek the input of an expert staffing professional. Enlisting the assistance of a staffing agency is one of the best ways to ensure that your resume is professional and complete. A dedicated agency representative can also provide assistance with career coaching and other job-related activities. Ideally, the agency you choose should have decades of experience providing guidance to professionals within the construction industry.

The role of a well-organized resume should not be understated. By following the tips above, construction professionals can enhance their chances of grabbing the attention of hiring managers.

Getting a Job/Moving Careers

November 8, 2018

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If you search Google, you will probably find several articles on ‘having a fulfilling career’ or ‘a satisfying career’. These words are very commonly used, but one needs to understand the very definition of ‘fulfilment’ or ‘satisfaction’ in one’s professional life. The question you would then ask yourself is, whether this is really your expectation of a successful career. Does it give you the fulfilment you were looking for? Could it have been different, still? For many people, after having been through the past so many years in their current career, they wonder if they are indeed getting the inner fulfilment or inner success that they really wanted.

Consider the following questions:

Do you love and enjoy doing what you do at work?
What are those 3 things that you like most about your current job or career?
What are those 3 things that you dislike the most? What could have been different?
If there was one thing that you would like to change in your career, what would that be?
Do you feel there is something better for you out there?
Assuming you had all the skills and the right beliefs to make changes in your career, then what would your career look like?
Are you in a situation where you want to make a career shift, but do not know what to do?
If yes, then what is holding you back from making that shift?
Have you set any short-term and long-term goals for yourself that you wanted to achieve, and by when? If yes, are you facing any challenges?

These are some powerful questions that you might ask yourself, and you would have noticed that the focus of these questions was more on the inner-self, i.e. what do ‘you’ really want. Could this make your career more enjoyable, rewarding, and fulfilling?

If you said “yes”, then a Career and Performance Coach can help you. Read on to find out how…

So, who is a Career and Performance Coach?

There are people who have their jobs but certainly not the dream careers they desired, and wish to transition, while some people are in the process of getting into the right career of their choice. Then, there are others who are doing well in their present careers but want to raise their level of performance. Often, people face roadblocks as they move forward, and there could be psychological, behavioral, or emotional issues that come in the way of their progress. This is where a Career and Performance Coach could help you. A certified Coach supports you in making informed decision about you career development and trajectory. Through an interactive process of inquiry and dialog, the Coach provides you with a deeper insight into yourself, delving into your thoughts and beliefs, understands your motivational triggers, and helps you discover your true potential. The outcome is to make you realise what you really want to do, chart out a clear roadmap, identify and eliminate the limiting beliefs that come in the way of your progress, and guide you towards achieving your goal.

Midlife Career Changes Can Happen

November 8, 2018

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It is not uncommon to find yourself in your 50’s and wondering what you are going to do with the rest of your life. Let’s face it, we are all living longer so you could easily jump ship from that dead-end job or take the mandatory lay-off at 55 and move on. The problem is that in a world that is moving so fast with technology, will you be able to catch up?

As it turns out, mature workers – those aged 45 and over – are in high demand in today’s marketplace. Even if you can’t believe you do, you possess several skills that employers are now looking for in order to keep their businesses on track and connected to the world it is operating within. But how is that possible if you don’t even own a cellphone?

Mature workers have “been there, done that” to the point where they are the most valuable people on the planet. That means you have tons to offer a new employer. Here’s a short list of the qualities they are looking for from mature workers:

1 – Leadership

Oddly enough, if your midlife career change puts you at the bottom of the ladder in a new job, expect to move up quickly. That’s because you have leadership skills from your years of experience. This puts you in the perfect position to mentor younger staff on such things as work ethic, respect and punctuality. Your value to your new employer just went up!

2 – Health

Sure, you’re in your 50’s and you aren’t about to take on the young bucks in a game of hoops after work but your health is still better. When the number of sick days was compared for employees 45 and older to all of them younger than 45, the mature workers took less days because they got sick fewer times. Again, your stock has taken a spike!

3 – Loyalty

Mature workers are the most loyal of all employees. That’s because they are not climbing the ladder early in their career to get somewhere. They’ve done that. Some have owned their own businesses and are looking to just do something to stay busy. Regardless of why you are still working into your 50’s, it won’t be because you’re trying to impress someone.

4 – Entrepreneurship

Here’s the most interesting thing about mature workers. Those who start their own business in their 50’s are more successful that someone in their 20’s or 30’s doing the same thing. Any idea why that is? They’ve made all their mistakes already and will do whatever it takes to avoid making them again. Does that sound familiar to you at all?

The Rest of The Story

So, if you think you will be working well into your 50’s because you have to instead of because you want to, you will be wrong. You have more value than you think and now is the time to leverage that into a nice little job or business to exercise all those talents you’ve been keeping hidden away just for this opportunity. A new career signals a new start – regardless of your age!

An Impact of Technology on Recruitment Business

November 6, 2018

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Technology is very vital these days, every business needs technology to communicate with people. Technology has become humongous that we need a tech-savvy person in all fields. It is necessary to interact with your customers quickly and when we say quick reaction two words come to our mind, Social Media. Social media creating its impact in the whole world, everyone becomes techno-savvy whether they are an individual, company, organization or an entrepreneur. We all need technology at one point in time to scattered our ways, to reach out larger audience, and to boost conversion. If we talk about one particular industry which is growing on social media platforms is Recruitment Industry.This is one of the industry who is using technology to its own advantage.

A medium of Technology:-

Social media becomes the turning point in recruitment business nowadays, Recruiter can use the various social media platform to reach out a huge number of candidates on LinkedIn and Facebook. LinkedIn has become the best source of professionals to connect with recruiters and helps employees to find a suitable job. LinkedIn is social media enigma, that creates more impact on recruitment business and helps companies and employees to reach right person or platform. In short, it is a platform to connect the world’s users (recruiters and candidates) in a short span of time and provides the best opportunities as per their talent and requirement. Nowadays, LinkedIn giving tough competition to Jobs portal. Now let’s talk about YouTube. It is the great way to enhance your presence in the market and promote your video in different- different social media platform. From YouTube, you can get huge traffic on your website and reach out people from different geographical location, country, region, and state.

A benefit of the medium:-

As Technology enlightened our work and provides new ways to accomplish our task. Technology is also cost-effective for business owners, allowing them to invest in different areas of their business.

Benefits of Technology:-

To interact with job seekers in a less time and get access to the wider database.
Reach out the maximum numbers of candidates of a different field.
Analyse their CV online before approaching a right candidate.
Reach out to different companies, learn about the brand and work culture before applying.
Provide maximum information about the brand through companies blogs and make a candidate more aware of the profile and work culture.

So, Technology has been cost effective and HR can leverage technology to reduce the cost of a recruitment process.

A smart recruiter will always use technology for their company’s benefit. It is always interesting to find out different mediums to reach to the right candidates whether it is via blogging, video content or providing interview content to the recruiters and candidates.

Will Robots Take Our Jobs?

November 6, 2018

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The degree to which robots will take our jobs will largely depend on whether robots can effectively substitute or augment our work.

There are various scenarios at play here that will determine whether robots will take over our jobs:

1. We allow robots to voluntarily substitute our jobs because we are no longer prepared to do the work ourselves. In fact, we are happy for robots to take over our jobs. Examples include military service, car production and manufacturing, space exploration, underwater exploration, duct cleaning, crime fighting, fixing oil spills, investigating hazardous environments, and commercialized agriculture.

2. Robots can be more efficient and effective than humans in doing manual, repetitive, boring, and dangerous tasks. As such, we are involuntarily substituted by robots even when we are still able to work in our jobs. Examples include truck driving, parcel delivery, inventory stocking, and floor cleaning.

3. Robots can be deployed in industries where there are acute labor shortages. There’s no choice but for robots to perform jobs that we don’t have enough qualified people to do the work. This problem will grow exponentially when larger numbers of Baby Boomers retire over the next decade or two. Robots will fill jobs that this generation is abandoning.

4. Robots are deployed in industries where labor cost pressures will dictate the decision to automate. If labor becomes too expensive, then organizations will have no choice but to use lower-cost robots to substitute human labor.

5. We co-develop robots with developers that will augment our work and free us up to do higher value work. This includes decision-making, conceptualizing and analyzing. Instead, robots will co-exist with us in workplaces and transform our jobs into new ones.

6. Robots will not take over our jobs because we cannot teach or program machines effectively to analyze or conceptualize things, be creative and innovative, and be interactive with humans naturally. These are human tasks that cannot be done by robots, yet. Robots cannot look you in the eye, consider peoples’ feelings, moods and behaviors, feel emotional, empathy and sympathy, make a person feel taken care of or loved, establish trust and respect, be an independent critical thinker, and make sense of complicated concepts and the complicated world we live in.

7. We can learn and acquire new skills and change our jobs well before robots take over our jobs. By anticipating these changes and future-proofing our jobs early, we can be future-ready ourselves when robots do eventually come and appear at our door-step. What’s important is to have the skills that can fill an employment vacancy and remain employable.

Let’s stop and think about this for a minute.

Millennials and Gen Z’ers are already changing the job market. They are more motivated by purpose than a paycheck.

Businesses can’t simply throw money at them particularly if they are trying to control costs and maintain profitability levels. It’s no surprise that industries like hospitality, retail and consumer-products are now facing a significant strain in recruiting.

To solve this problem, many countries like the U.S. and Japan are turning to robots to fill many jobs when labor supply falls short. It’s a matter of supply and demand of labor.

Simply put, robots will perform many jobs that people don’t want to do for various reasons. There’s no choice but to rely on robots to replace our jobs.

We voluntary allow robots to replace our jobs.

I can relate to this with my own children. Asking them to clean or mop the floor, or just sweeping the garden can end up in the war of words and regrets later on.

I wish I had a domestic robot to do all these chores!

Let’s take some industry examples.

There’s a growing shortage of truck drivers in the U.S. The trucking industry needs to find and hire over 900,000 new drivers to meet increasing demand. It’s a goal that seems increasingly unachievable given how younger workers are approaching their careers.

That’s why technology companies like Uber are heavily investing in self-driving vehicles. This is critical when there’s a pressing need to transport almost 50 million tons of freight trucked across the country each year.

With the current job climate, robots don’t represent a replacement risk for workers. Drivers will work alongside robots until all human drivers are replaced someday by driverless trucks.

Robots are becoming absolutely critical for solving labor shortages in some industries.

In the restaurant industry, robots are taking over less-desirable tasks like washing dishes and cleaning floors. This has paved the way for employees to develop more technical skills around robot maintenance and fleet management – the high-level stuff.

Robots are, therefore, transforming lower level jobs to higher level jobs.

While old jobs are lost, new jobs are also created.

The net effect of job losses and job creation will depend on where you live, which country and industry you currently work in, your occupation, your level of skills and experience, and your employer’s capability and capacity to automate using robots.

In construction, another industry facing a significant labor shortage, robots are filling the gap in roles like welding. Not coincidentally, construction companies are recruiting for new types of job positions that specifically oversee cutting edge hardware.

U.S. investment bank Goldman Sachs employed over 600 stock traders at its peak. Thanks to machine-learning algorithms capable of making complex trades, these 600 traders have been reduced to just two. Instead, about one-third of its workforce is now employed as computer engineers.

At the individual level, robots will take our jobs if we have not adequately future-proofed ourselves and proactively planned for the inevitable presence of robots in the workplace.

Here’s the problem.

We have embraced technology in our lives that we are so thirsty for more. That same thirst for technology will also impact our job security. It’s a two-edged sword that we need to manage.

It is a fact that there is high employment in some industries and there will be high unemployment in other industries.

Our thirst for technology has effectively “re-balancing” or transformed jobs across many organizations, occupations, industries, and countries.

The ease by which labor can freely move across country borders and organizational boundaries can mitigate the impact of job losses if we are prepared to move and stay elsewhere or do different things.

Using the example given above, rather than looking for welders or people with welding skills, construction companies are now looking for people with technical skills and experience to operate high-tech cutting-edge hardware for automated welding.

There will be complexity involved in operating these cutting-edge machines. There will be higher level training needed to up-skill operators to competently operate such machines.

It’s assumed that people with welding skills are now expected to be retrained and to acquire new competencies about automated welding machines if they still want to remain in their occupation.

These welders must be mentally and intellectually capable to absorb new high tech learning. If they cannot “take in” new information and knowledge, then robots will certainly replace their jobs and they will be out of work.

In this scenario, the speed by which career welders have to acquire new skills can be very fast. If they cannot up-skill within a short period of time, then their jobs will definitely be lost to robots or to other people who can acquire new skills faster than them.

The rate of absorption of new skills and knowledge is therefore critical to protect our jobs from robots.

The bottom line is that complacency will kill jobs.

A head-in-the-sand mentality will not help any worker who is faced with the prospect of robots taking over their jobs.

It’s not a question of if, but when.

It’s inevitable; robots are coming for our jobs!

Be prepared for it.

Starting a Great Career in Business Analytics

November 6, 2018

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There are many things to consider before choosing a career path. In most cases, a career starts with a desire to work in a given field. Then it is necessary to start out on that path. Anyone can decide to pursue an analytics career, whether they are undergraduate students or established professionals who want to make a career shift.

Starting out

There are many things to think about when you want to pursue a career in this field. Before you even consider taking this career path, you should consider the reasons why you should build such a career in the first place. The main advantage is that this is an industry which will grow exponentially. Data is now readily available in digital form in large quantities for every industry (Big Data) and there is a great need for qualified professionals to analyze the data and provide smarter data-based recommendations.

Reports indicate that there is a lack of qualified professionals with the necessary analytical skills to analyze this data. This means that the industry has great potential for employment with many opportunities for those interested in the field. Analysis of the data to provide information necessary for decision making requires analysts who can manipulate Big Data and make it meaningful.

Why it is hard to find out exactly where to start

It is clear that analytics are important, but there are some reasons why many people don’t know exactly where to start.

· The industry is still emerging and so there are no pioneers that can offer the much-needed guidance to the newbies.

· Business analytics is a term that is somewhat loosely used and this makes it a bit difficult for some to appreciate and understand the role that it plays in decision making.

· There aren’t many paths laid out that can be followed so as to start out in the field.

Two approaches to use

It is important to think of business analytics just like any other career. There are two approaches that you can consider. The approaches are:

Be hired by a company that has already been established

The company can train you on all the skills that you need. This is something that can take a lot of time, especially in cases where the company does not have a structured training option. You also need to choose a company that is already dealing with analytics. Another option that you may consider is to get an internship into such companies. You may need a few months so as to learn as much as you can about business analytics.

Get certification in the field

This is a great way to get the technical skills that you need. Even though they can’t compare to experience, there are many great training options available and some are even offered online. This is an option that anyone can take advantage of regardless of whether they are students or are already in the job market. When you are certified, you stand a better chance of getting hired into big companies.

You also need to increase your personal awareness. You should read extensively on the subject via blogs or interact with online communities. If there are forums being conducted, plan to attend so as to get better insight.

6 Practical Benefits of a Summer Job

November 6, 2018

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Working during the summer can be very valuable experience for those looking to enter an area of the job market that is competitive. Beyond the normal college education, students will find the experience of a summer job to be a valuable quality when it comes to preparing a resume. Let’s take a look at a few of the main benefits of taking on a summer job:

Discover new skills

A summer job is a great way to keep learning with new skills and the ability to increase your confidence. Every part of the job can be used to gain new experience. Even the interview stage can have its practical benefits. If you are able to successfully complete a few job interviews, you will be less nervous when it comes to the real thing later in life. Also, it will take you outside your normal comfort zone and encourage you try new activities.

Work ethic

Taking on a summer job can be very useful for those looking to build a work ethic. This can have a very big impact on your character and likely to stay with you for life.

Meet people

When you are able to leave behind your natural environment and social groups, you will start to meet new people and gain friends. Additionally, this can be a great time to improve on your people skills and start to network with employers, managers and co-workers. It is a lot easier to network when able to impress people with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and a great work ethic. A summer job can easily become a long-term position if the employer is suitably impressed.

Communication skills

The time spent working can be used to polish and develop your in-person, electronic and written communication skills. Also, this can be a useful time to see how well you get on and interact with others.

Part-time roles

A summer job doesn’t need to take up all of your time. There are plenty of options to take on a part-time role that will still leave time to be with friends and travel. Even if you do work part-time, there should still be enough time to make a great impression and learn new skills.

Boost Your Resume

The ability to show past experience in a real-life work environment on your resume will show you are motivated, determined and responsible. The past experience from a summer job will be particularly helpful if it relates to the same industry you intend to work. Anything on your resume that shows past experience in a chosen field is likely to increase the likelihood of getting hired after finishing college.

Java for a Great Career

November 6, 2018

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About JAVA

Java is an object-oriented computer programming language released by Sun Microsystems IN 1995. Mobile phones to scientific supercomputers, most of the devices employ the usage of Java applications. Java programming derives most of its syntax from C and C++. It is one of the fastest, simplest and reliable platforms as it is one of the most widely used programming languages due to its simplified coding and dynamic functioning.

Variety of certification courses are available for various IT professionals who aspire to gain expertise in Java development and programming. Java programming has 50 JVM languages. A complete java training program incorporates practical knowledge and hands-on experience of object-oriented concepts. Apart from this, there are many other topics covered in the course. The course would ask for some prerequisites in the trainee i.e. for instance, as a learner one is expected to have worked on a programming language (C/C++); basic concepts of HTML, database, and SQL syntax etc. The salary and perks offered to a Java developer is an added advantage which in turn add to brighter career scenarios.

How does Java work?

A Java application is compiled to Java bytecode which is the instruction set for Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

Java compiler does not translate Java codes directly to machine code instead it first translates the Java program to BYTECODE which is essentially an object file for a virtual machine that uses the extension.class This byte-code is created for a virtual platform known as the Java Virtual Machine or JVM.

The bytecode verifier in the JVM then checks the bytecode after which the JVM converts the bytecode to a machine-friendly code. To be more specific it is the Just In Time (JIT) compiler of the JVM which is responsible for this conversion. It also keeps the track of the frequently repeated byte-codes so as not to repeat the compilation of same codes again and again.

This is how Java functions. As the JVM converts the bytecode to a machine specific code, therefore we have different JVMs for different Java platforms because JVMs are not platform independent, the platform independence that Java shows is a layer of abstraction, under which dependence on the platform actually exists.

Some advantages of JAVA:
It is an open source programming language, so does not require heavy license fees each year.
It is Platform independent.
Java API’s can easily be accessed by the Java developers.
Java always allocates the objects on the stack.
Java embraces the concept of exception and specifications.
Incorporated with multi-platform support language as well as web-services support.
Promotes the development of dynamic web applications.
Java programming allows the creation of modular programs and reusable codes.
Enables secure and high-performance software development.

Java programmers are in demand all over the world. Experienced professionals with Java certification earn higher packages. The job roles one can apply for after completing certification course is that of a Web developer, Software Developer, Application Developer and more. The career prospects in Java Programming are very bright and promise a long term career opportunities by helping them to acquire their dream jobs in the respective field.
Students who are keen to understand programming languages, and want to master the skills, must necessarily opt for Java training course.
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