Granger HR expert provides tips for college grads
Spring is approaching and if you’re about to be new college graduate then you probably fall into one of two camps: You already have an internship or a job secured to start the summer, or, you are scrambling to line one up. If you are in the latter group, do not fear; there is still time.
At Granger, we see hundreds of applicants each year which affords me with a unique perspective on the best approaches to get an employer’s attention. With that in mind, I would like to offer these four tips for landing your first post-college job in the construction industry.
- Get an internship
At Granger, we prefer to hire candidates that have had some prior experience, even for an entry-level position. An internship is a great way to enhance your classroom knowledge and gain real-world experience in the process. In addition, many employers — like Granger — identify full-time hires out of college through their internship programs, so getting involved with the right employer early can be a great strategy.
- Network, network, network
That term may sound intimidating, but really, networking is simply about meeting others that are part of the industry. This is important, because the people you meet and form a connection with are the same people that can mention your name, pass on a resume, or even advocate on your behalf when someone at their company or organization is involved in filling an open position.
- Prepare for the interview
If you’ve secured an interview, you should take some time to brainstorm the types of questions you are likely to be asked and prepare thoughtful responses. I also recommend researching the company thoroughly and preparing to discuss how you are a great fit for position there. I am always impressed when a candidate has clearly done their homework on Granger, even beyond what is simply listed on our website. And don’t forget to send a thank you note or email after the interview concludes.
- Consider an alternate path
Just because you have completed a 4-year degree, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t consider a job in the skilled trades as an option. This is especially true for candidates that might not have a construction or engineering degree or have limited experience. As a starting point, check out available online resources like Michigan Construction Careers and Michigan Construction.
To all those graduating this spring, congratulations and good luck! View available opportunities with Granger Construction.