Victoria’s construction market continues to remain active in both the commercial and residential sectors and as a result, construction professionals at all levels are in high demand.
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In addition to experience and technical skills, employers are increasingly on the look out for candidates who possess strong communication, problem solving and decision making soft skills. As these skills are sometimes harder to teach, employers want to know that you already have the skills that will enable you to be successful in the workplace.
Showcasing your soft skills on your resume and articulating them in your cover letter can help employers quickly understand how you might be of value to their team. We’ve provided some tips for presenting your soft skills on your resume here, and be sure to have examples of how you have demonstrated these skills in the workplace and the outcome they helped achieve. These will come in handy at your interview too.
Given the pace of the industry, we’ve also seen a strong trend for other attributes including adaptability, resilience and proactive behaviour.
Employers are now competing for candidates who can handle the pace of a rapidly changing workplace. So think about how adept you are to change and keep record of how you have illustrated this.
Change in construction can mean anything from the technology used, to the types and number of projects on at any one time.
We live in an age of technology that means employees are rarely ‘off’ and the requirements of the workplace are in our pockets outside the office. So the ability to manage that pressure and work effectively is essential and the resilience to be able to push forward a must.
Being proactive is one of the strongest skills of value to an employer as it shows you have leadership and team player qualities, and can add value to the organisation. Illustrate these with examples of gaps you’ve identified and upskilled in, or solutions found that have helped add greater strategic value to your employer.
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