In todays construction market chances are you are getting a few calls a week from eager recruiters anxious to place you in the next great opportunity across their desk. If you get a little annoyed with us you’ll have to give us a bit of a pass…there’s just a lot of great opportunities out there right now.
Now let’s get to all you well employed construction professionals out there! In todays market if you decide to put your resume out there with a recruiter chances are very high that they will be able to get you multiple interviews at a fairly rapid pace. That’s why before we put our candidates out on interviews we spend a lot of time explaining exactly what will happen next.
Take Stock in Your Current Situation
Maybe you’ve been with the same company for 7 years and you are wondering is there a better paying job in the market for you. Maybe you’ve been fed up with the fact that despite the great benefits at your company that you haven’t received a bonus for 4 years despite being the most productive worker in your group.
Those are all viable reasons to get curious about the market. What I tell people is to also look at what you HAVE currently that might lose in the process of a career change. Do you leave early two nights a week to bring your kids to baseball? Can you work from home one day a week? Are you due a bonus in 3 months?
Those are all things I tell people to consider before looking at new options. If you’re current employer gives you something that can’t be replaced and you feel you can’t give up….then my advice is to stay tight.
Gearing Up For The Ride
Lets look at the life cycle of a job move in todays market. Friday at work a recruiter calls you and pitches what seems to be a pretty tasty opportunity with a rival company.
Sunday night after speaking with your significant other you’ve decided to submit your resume to the recruiter regarding what sounds like a pretty good opportunity.
Monday the recruiter calls you and gets a handle on your salary range and career aspirations. You give them the ok to send your resume to the client and then you get back to your day to day.
Monday at 1pm you get an email from the recruiter…could you possibly go in for an interview on Tuesday at 3pm? Wow…that was fast but you decide to go for it and book the interview. You tell your boss you’ve got a doctors appointment that day and take a half day.
Tuesday comes and after lunch you head home and get dressed for the interview. Armed with your resume and some confidence you head into the interview and meet the hiring manager. The meeting goes great and the position feels like a good fit for you career goals down the road.
Wednesday you open your email after coffee and find an urgent email from the recruiter…”Please Call Me ASAP!”. You jump outside for a few minutes and call the recruiter who informs you that there will be an offer in your inbox within the hour! This is great news the recruiter tells you!
11am - The offer comes in to your inbox and they’ve made you a good offer with great benefits….but you can’t help but feel a little off about the whole thing. After all you’ve been at your company 5 years…and your boss has treated you well. You decide to talk to your significant other and discuss it over dinner.
Ok…so I think you see where I am going with this. The market moves VERY fast these days. Many companies are eager to snatch up talent as fast as they can and it can be very jarring for the candidate. Friday you were pretty happy at your company before a recruiter called you and here you are Wednesday with a job offer!! What the hell happened in 5 days????
The purpose of this blog is to educate you on what to expect out there and to help you moderate the process and not have it feel like the process is taking over and you’re being carried down the river without a paddle.
First off we almost ALWAYS work to schedule a 2nd interview for our candidates and get any final questions answered. If you find yourself working with a recruiter and they’re bulldozing you into making a snap decision then stop and ask them for a second meeting. There’s no harm in that and this is a life changing move. Getting that second interview will allow you to ask all the final questions you may have and take the process back a bit so that you get to thoroughly vet the opportunity. Even if the company has made you the offer it is completely normal to want a few more questions answered.
Also ask around if you can. This is construction and you probably work with some of the same Subcontractors and Architects. Find out their reputation from the people you trust. This could help put you at ease or make it clear to run in the other direction.
My final parting advice on this topic is to REALLY spend time thinking if you are truly ready to make a move. Take time and fully break down your full package from benefits to base salary in order to know exactly what your full compensation is. This allows you to educate your recruiter on exactly what your financial snapshot is.
Spend time speaking with those close to you and really identify if this is a good time for you to explore another opportunity. Things like pre planned vacations can be worked around but bigger issues like maturity of vesting should be really looked at.
If you do decide to make that move and look at the market then hold on tight! There are awesome opportunities out there these days and its a great time to position your career on the track to high level success.