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Construction career planning: What's your fit?

Posted by Rowan O'Grady, Hays Canada President, on Friday, Apr 29, 2016

Construction Fit mismatchAre you prioritizing the right job factors in your career planning? I see lots of job seekers talk about compensation, benefits, location and other "dealbreakers" - but at the end of the day what makes a job or hire successful seems to be about personality fit.

What do you need to consider before accepting a job offer?

According to our new "Fit" series report on Fit and Recruitment, 46% of construction candidates say social behaviour mis-match is the main reason for leaving a job that's a poor fit. "Social behaviour" is about how you communicate, interact and take actions within an organization.

Get a copy of the report

Assess "fit" before you start job hunting
The report offers an exercise to determine what matters most to you in a role, which can help guide your applications, and make sure you ask the right questions in interviews.

Which type of company will suit you best?
You have many options when you're looking for a new role, but some sectors and types of company will suit you better. Once you've done your "fit" assessment, consider which type of company will offer you the best fit. Large general contractor, or small specialty firm? The bustle of downtown, or the space in the suburbs?

What matters more than compensation?
Over many years in recruiting I know that most people are most concerned with base salary when considering a job offer. However, our research over the years shows that the combination of company culture, career progression, and benefits can be more important for work satisfaction. Don't assume that a higher salary will offset things like poor personality fit or a lack of career growth opportunities.

Looking for your fit? Search the latest opportunities, or view the featured jobs below: 

Job Title
LocationJob ID
Project SupervisorOttawa1046616
Senior ICI Site SuperintendentToronto1044799
Mechanical EstimatorOttawa1045778
Senior EstimatorEdmonton1034473
Project ManagerCalgary1046516

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