READY TO LAUNCH YOUR ROAD CONSTRUCTION
CAREER? FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO GET STARTED.
COMPLETING THE APPLICATION
If you’ve decided a career in road construction is for you, the next step is to apply! In today’s world, almost every highway contractor has an online application. While this makes applying easy, it’s important to keep the following
Complete the entire application and provide as much information as you can.
Answer each question honestly.
Some of the most common questions you will find are:
Do you have reliable transportation? In highway construction, jobsites and hours vary so it’s important to answer this question truthfully. Ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft are not acceptable or feasible options. In addition, you will have to provide a valid driver’s license as a part of the application process.
Provide accurate previous employment information, including dates and salary. Be sure to describe all relevant experience. Even if you have never worked in highway construction, let the contractor know about any experience or courses you’ve taken that will help you perform a road construction job.
PREPARING FOR THE INTERVIEW
This is your chance to make a great impression! Follow these tips to increase your chance of landing the perfect job.
Attire. Dress appropriately for the job for which you are applying. You can wear slacks or nice jeans that are clean and have no holes. A shirt with a collar and sleeves will make you stand out. Women should not wear any clothing that is inappropriate for work. Work boots or shoes should also be clean and in good shape.
Prepare. Before the interview, think about why you want this job and be ready to discuss previous work responsibilities and your relevant skillset. When talking with the recruiter, be sure to make eye contact.
Arrive on Time. As with any job, being on time is important so don’t be late to your interview – arrive a few minutes early if you can.
Ask the interviewer about next steps and when they plan to make a decision. It is fine to follow up with the employer if you haven’t heard back from them within the timeframe communicated, but do not call or email them every day.
All highway contractors require a post-offer drug screen, so if you can’t pass a drug screen you will not get the job.