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Unlocking the Secrets of Construction Hiring: Insights from a Veteran Recruiter

In the ever-evolving world of the construction industry, the search for true "construction champions" is a constant challenge. According to Roxxann Sczepanik, an experienced executive recruiter at Joseph Chris Partners, the key trait that sets these champions apart is their resilience.

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"What I really look for in particular is resiliency. And I think that just feeds across many different industries. How do you overcome things? What is your personality that allows you to overcome said thing, even if that's in the work environment, if that's the actual work itself, if that's in your home life?"

Roxxann Sczepanik emphasizes that resilience is a critical soft skill that transcends industry boundaries. It's not just about technical expertise, but the ability to adapt, overcome obstacles, and thrive in the face of adversity.

Bridging the Gap: Recruiting from High Schools and the Military

Recognizing the immense potential within high school students and military veterans, Roxxann Sczepanik offers insights on how construction companies can proactively build their talent pipeline.

Engaging High School Students

Roxxann Sczepanik suggests that parents and companies should foster curiosity and exploration in high school students, encouraging them to pursue certifications, programs, and hands-on experiences that align with the construction industry. She emphasizes the importance of construction companies taking a long-term approach to recruitment, actively engaging with local high schools to showcase the value and opportunities available in skilled trades.

Tapping into the Military Talent Pool

For military veterans, Roxxann Sczepanik acknowledges the challenges they face in translating their skills and experiences into civilian resumes. She recommends that construction companies take a more active role in the transition process, reaching out to veterans and having open conversations to understand how their military background can translate to the construction industry.

"If you do have a heart to hire veterans in particular, call and speak to him, about all of the acronyms that he just put on his resume, the years in service, his awards that put on there. And every unit that he was with, call, ask him how it translates, say, you know, this is I need a logistics skill List the skills, say, how does this fit what you said on your resume?"

By taking the time to understand and appreciate the unique skills and experiences of military veterans, construction companies can unlock a wealth of untapped talent and build a loyal, resilient workforce.

The Importance of Culture Fit in Hiring

Roxxann Sczepanik emphasizes that in the construction industry, the search for the right candidate goes beyond just technical skills and experience. Culture fit has become a crucial factor for both companies and candidates.

"The biggest thing I'm seeing right now as request from both ends that are matching. So, the companies are looking for people that fit what their culture is."

Companies are actively seeking individuals who not only possess the necessary qualifications but also align with the company's values, work environment, and work-life balance. Candidates, in turn, are prioritizing finding organizations that foster a collaborative, supportive, and empowering culture.

Roxxann Sczepanik suggests that construction companies should be proactive in fostering a positive work culture, mentoring programs, and open communication channels to attract and retain top talent.

Actionable Tips for Job Seekers

Roxxann Sczepanik offers three key tips for job seekers in the construction industry:

  1. Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile: Ensure your LinkedIn profile showcases your unique story, skills, and "why" behind your career choices. Provide detailed and relevant job descriptions to help recruiters understand your capabilities.

  2. Answer the Phone: When a recruiter calls, be sure to answer the phone. This demonstrates your interest and availability, making it easier for them to discuss potential opportunities.

  3. Prepare a Polished Resume: Even if your resume isn't perfect, have it ready to share with recruiters. They can provide guidance and help you highlight your strengths and experiences.

By following these actionable steps, job seekers can position themselves as attractive candidates and increase their chances of connecting with the right construction opportunities.

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In the dynamic world of construction, the search for "construction champions" requires a multifaceted approach. Roxxann Sczepanik's insights emphasize the importance of resilience, culture fit, and proactive recruitment strategies to build a thriving, loyal, and skilled workforce. By embracing these principles, construction companies and job seekers can navigate the industry's challenges and unlock new levels of success.

Unlocking the Secrets of Construction Hiring: Insights from a Veteran Recruiter


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