How to Find Workers for Your Project Fast: 5 Essential Tips

by Joseph

The construction industry is huge, employing over 7 million people across the nation. That’s about 5% of the total US workforce and a lot of construction workers. 

Are you struggling to find workers for your construction projects? If so, then you are probably familiar with the frustration of projects that take way too long to finish. 

On top of that, understaffed projects can lose money and frustrate clients, jeopardizing your ability to get future projects. 

It’s time to change the way you find labor workers. There are much more efficient solutions available today, allowing you to find enough skilled workers when you need them. 

Wondering where the best place to find workers is? Wondering how to hire to make it easier for you and your team to start and finish projects? Keep reading for the 5 best tips that your hiring staff needs to know. 

  1. Utilize Specific Job Boards

When you are looking to make a new hire, it can be tempting to post your job positions on any and every job board. Most job boards don’t specialize in construction companies. 

On general job boards, people are likely going to look at an open position they aren’t skilled in and apply anyways. Instead, focus on job boards that specialize in construction workers. Some of these job boards may even offer an app for finding workers. 

Job-seekers on the right sites already have many of the skills required for success on a job site. Training someone who has never worked on a job site before can take too much time, which isn’t ideal when you are in a pinch. 

  1. Work With Reliable Staffing Agencies

Working with construction-specific staffing agencies can be one of the most effective methods of expanding your team in a hurry. Staffing agencies find the candidates, interview them, and ensure they are equipped for work on a job site. 

When you work with an agency, they are going to have workers ready to go. They will also be more easily able to find new workers than you are, given their extensive network in your area. 

  1. Incentivize Current Employees

Everyone on your team knows at least one person that would be a good addition to their team. Give them a reason to scout for you by providing a referral bonus to your employees who refer new hires. 

Make sure not to pay out bonuses until after the new person has worked for a certain period of time, such as 30 or 60 days. Want to hire people quickly? Make it a competition amongst your team and see new applicants  

  1. Keep In Touch With Former Employees

Just because someone left your company for a new opportunity doesn’t mean they wouldn’t come back. A large percentage of laborers end up going back to former employers who pay better or manage their company more responsibly. 

Send them an email or call them whenever you have positions open to let them know that you would be willing to hire them back if they were interested. 

  1. Job Fairs and Trade Schools

Finally, you can also recruit new hires at job fairs. People who attend fairs are highly motivated to find work. 

You could also build relationships with trade schools in your area to offer students work after completing their education, giving you motivated new hires with practical skills. 

It’s Not as Hard as You Think to Find Workers 

Regardless of what you may be hearing, there are always more than enough workers available. People are looking for work in every city. You can always find workers if you simply get good at meeting them where they are at. 

Looking for additional hiring and business tips? Be sure to check out our blog today. 

Also published on Medium.

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