In this five-part article series, the South FL contractor lawyers at Cotney Construction Law are discussing ways military veterans can begin a lucrative career in construction. Although many veterans may not be aware, construction jobs offer competitive pay and consistent opportunities to work on projects. In the first part of this series, we covered many of the challenges veterans face when looking for work. In this section, we will discuss why veterans miss out on opportunities in the construction sector and a solution to this issue.
Recruitment and Applicancy
The greatest challenge of connecting veterans with construction jobs involves a flawed recruitment process. Here are some of the issues with the recruitment process:
Misguided: Veterans can easily become lost in the process of searching for “the right fit” when offered guidance by the wrong recruiters or organizations. The veteran’s unique skill set may not be understood by the agency that is endorsing them, so they aren’t being recommended for construction positions in which they would excel.
Applicancy: Many veterans do not have experience with the traditional application process. This includes everything from creating and submitting a resume to the interview process.
Unaware: Many veterans aren’t aware of the lucrative work opportunities in construction because they were not recruited for these opportunities. Unfortunately, construction jobs often have a negative connotation, but this type of work aligns well with the qualifications of a veteran.
Resolving the Skills Gap
Construction work is a solution for those military veterans who are having issues with finding a reliable job:
Education: Many veterans lack an education beyond high school; however, the majority of construction professionals don’t have a four-year degree. Beginning a career in construction can provide veterans with an opportunity to immediately make a competitive salary with the opportunity for growth. Many veterans also elect to earn a degree from a construction project management school to further their education and construction career.
Developing Skills: With limited experience in career-oriented civilian jobs, veterans can easily become lost when searching for a career path. Fortunately, the construction industry offers onsite training and workforce development programs that can take hardworking entry level candidates and cultivate those workers into skilled, long-term professionals in the industry.
Qualifying Traits: Many veterans struggle with job interviews and adapting to corporate cultures, but when hiring an applicant in construction, project managers want somebody that is hardworking, disciplined, and experienced in operating equipment. Veterans meet these qualifications, have comparable training, and can adapt to the work.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.