Tips for Finding a Career in the Canadian Construction Industry

Construction in Canada is booming. If you love working with your hands, or in a career that centers around building/fixing physical structures, then there is no reason to wait and ponder your next steps. Get started now!

With unemployment at an all time low and media outlets proclaiming the severe shortage of skilled trades people in the construction industry, it can be frustrating and overwhelming for some people who still can’t find a position, or don’t know where to start. We’re here to help!

If you have the skills and experience (a journeyman or equivalent) in a specific field, but still can’t find a position in your area, it might mean that you may have to start looking elsewhere in your province for a well paying job (use our search function on workintrades.ca to help find jobs in your area). There are positions out there for you! You might just have to start expanding your geographical search.

If you’re starting from scratch, the all important first step is to get a sense for what kind of trade or skill you would most enjoy doing on a daily basis. Or conversely, you can look at the salary averages for common construction jobs, or current job openings in the area you want to live (although these things fluctuate). One way to get a sense of the day to day of a specific construction career is to read more of our featured career’s of the week, or to reach out to someone in the career you’re considering and ask about the pros and cons of their job.

Usually people who are passionate about their work are keen to share their experience, and people in the career that you’re interested in can save you a lot of time, energy and money by giving you advice.

After you’ve narrowed down your search into the specific field or trade that you’re interested in, we recommend researching about Government programs that are there to help you through your education and apprenticeships. The Canadian Government is very keen on helping people find jobs in the construction and skilled trades fields, so be sure to take advantage of these if they apply to you. Find out more here.

 

The next step is either to begin basic safety training and certificates such as WHMIS, diver training (if applicable) and other basic workplace safety training. More information on construction safety standards can be found here, and here.

Once basic safety training is completed, someone interested in looking for a position in the construction industry can either begin in classroom training and the formal apprenticeship process if something specific interested you, or if you’re still not sure about which skill you want to pursue then we would recommend pursuing a labourer position or something equivalent to begin the workplace experience.

Nothing will truly prepare you for what it’s like on a work site other than working on one daily. This will give you a first-hand look at the different trades and what kind of work they do. It will also help you get your foot in the door in the industry and gain experience that will help you if you decide to pursue another skilled trade. But above all, it will get you working and on your way to a successful career in construction!

As always, make sure to check in on workintrades.ca for the latest careers in your area!

 

What did we miss? Get in touch at hello@workintrades.ca to share your experience!

How to Create an Effective Job Post in Construction, Project Management or Engineering.

Qualified skilled applicants are hard to come by these days. To attract the right people to your job openings, you need to differentiate yourself from all the rest by writing a job posting that makes people want to work for you.

Here are some tips to make your listing stand out:

  1. Be descriptive.

When people go on to your post, they want to know what is involved in the job, what specifically they will be working on and what the expectations of a successful applicant looks like. Don’t skimp on the details, as it looks unprofessional and will drive people away.

Things to include: what a typical work day looks like, what the benefits of working there are and maybe even some reviews and feedback from current employees in similar positions. Again, people want to know what they’re getting into.

Qualified applicants will have many choices when it comes to employment, so this is an opportunity to differentiate the position and company. Always include more detail than less.

2. Include all qualifications and location constraints

This might seem obvious, but you’d be surprised about how many people do not include all qualifications necessary and any locational restrictions that might apply.

Be sure to include all of these, as it is a pain when applicants find out that they do not qualify as a result of misinformation on a job post. It also makes your job as an employer increasingly difficult when you get a flood of applicants that do not meet the specific criteria of the job.

Save yourself the trouble and be clear on what qualifications/certificates/training is necessary to successful hiring

3. Include something about company culture and mission

On Work in Trades, we have a specific section where companies can fill out company information/goals and mission statement. Make sure to include this information. Again, this is the place to convince applicants that your company is where they should work.

Things to mention: That your company is an equal opportunity employer, that you offer perks of benefits, if you strive for a healthy and safe work environment or are certified in safety conditions requirements for a state/province. All of that good stuff that are no brainers for quality company management, be sure to include.

If you really want to hire quality employees in this sector, especially a career that requires years of experience, you will have to offer something that other companies won’t. Give your potential new hire a reason to come to a potentially new province or part of the country in order to work for you.

Are you in a unique location that offers a number of amenities or activities? Mention that. Are you in a location that has cheaper housing? Definitely include that.

Also, at Work in Trades we have a “highlight your job” section where you can differentiate yourself from the crowd by highlighting your job in yellow! This has been proven effective for bringing more traffic to your posts.

And there you have it! With these tips more people will be attracted to your post, and you will have better success in your hiring process!

Ready to post? You can do so here.

Welcome to Work In Trades

Canada’s #1 source for finding and listing quality jobs in Skilled trades, Project Management and Engineering.

Hello!

First and foremost — thanks for being here! We wanted to give everyone an idea of why we’ve created Work In Trades, and how we plan on creating value for our users.

Hiring for the jobs in the skilled trades, engineering and project management in Canada is hard. Often these gigs are filled through word of mouth or existing connections, and that’s great! However, sometimes that’s just not enough. Finding jobs online is the modern way, and the current job boards in Canada have underserved these industries profoundly.

 

Filling these positions is expensive, time consuming and you never really know what you’re going to get. One of our co-founders is an owner/operator of a construction firm in Western Canada, and he has told me of his struggles to find great workers online. Yes, there is a shortage of workers in Canada’s booming skilled trades sectors; however, there also is a shortage of decent online platforms that are specific to these industries. So we wanted to fill the void!

No more relying on Facebook ads, or paying exorbitant amounts for a place on a major catch-all job board. Work in Trades is specific to skilled trades, project management and engineering. When you post on our site, you know that you’re reaching the people that you want to reach!

Also, all new jobs are sent out to our subscriber lists and shared on social media as a part of the flat rate. We cut out the ambiguity of using larger job boards, or paying for a recruiter.

 

We also want to provide some valuable resources to people looking to get into these industries. These are high paying, available jobs and we want to promote them in any way we can. We’re planning to promote partnerships, government programs and trades training. We want to offer everything we can to help people find their next job, and employers to find their next amazing employee!

We will keep things simple. A flat rate for each post. You can choose to a highlight to differentiate yourself and your job. Looking for a job? Great! we direct you to the email or the site to apply directly. We are soon going to be launching a subscription based service so that people looking for jobs in certain sectors can get weekly updates. Keep an eye out for it : -) And yes, this is a free service.

Ultimately we can’t promise your jobs get filled, but we will do everything in our power to make sure that happens. Have a question? Reach out to us directly at hello@workintrades.ca!

Thanks so much for being here. We’re excited to build Work in Trades and help connect great companies with great people.