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.

Matt Bozung, human resources director, Granger Construction Company
  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

  1. 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.

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