Are you searching for Built Environment jobs? Here are handy tips for bulldozing your way through.As competition for construction, civils and surveying jobs ratchets up, one of the best ways to stand out from a pool of rookies and graduates, is to equip yourself with industry-related work experience-apart from obviously having a good head for figures and a commercial nous.
It goes without saying that you should aim to get as much work experience as you possibly can, with a variety of employers to find out what is best for you, in addition to picking up a broad base of skills and getting a wider range of conversation matter for your interviews. Really selling your previous experience – showing what you’ve learned about yourself and the skills you’ve developed – will help to give you the crucial edge in applications and interviews. Being able to compare and contrast different situations you have been in looks (and sounds) really good!
Now, the question is, how do you get started?
Apply to the appropriate companies: don’t limit yourself, but don’t spam either
As we’ve mentioned earlier, graduate jobs are highly competitive so it is worth remaining open-minded about whom you could work for – consider both consultancies and contractors – while making an effort to search out the best jobs for you. Applicants should try not to limit themselves to just one or two employers when applying.
But remember not to spread yourself too thinly. You should aim to give yourself the best chance in this competitive environment without over-stretching: well-considered, well-researched applications are key. Make sure that you are answering the employer’s specific questions – don’t copy and paste. You can improve your chances by choosing the right environment for you, playing to your strengths and highlighting your suitability for the particular company. If you feel it is right for you, your application should come more naturally.
Anticipate graduate interview questions on yourself and the economy
It’s possible you’ll get an unexpected question or two but for the most part it’s possible to anticipate the sorts of things interviewers will ask you about. You are likely to get questions on why you want to work for the company and why you want to work within the Built Environment discipline. They also might try to test your knowledge of the industry, for instance, your opinions on the current economic conditions and how they are affecting the industry. You should also be prepared to discuss anything you’ve mentioned in your CV.
Remember your transferable skills
Employers across all industries want well-rounded individuals who can perform well in all aspects of their job. Think about the skills you have that could prove useful and how you can demonstrate these. They won’t all be directly related to the most obvious features of the job description, for instance, knowing how to use a computer often allows you to get work done in a more organized, efficient and timely manner.
And if you’re still struggling to secure yourself a job, you can try applying for work-shadowing at smaller companies. Any industry work experience you’re able to find will be valuable!