What does a good candidate look like?

We look for candidates with stable employment history, the right qualifications, verifiable experience and good references.

Is it better to target my resume specifically to the position I am going after?

Absolutely. You should tailor your resume to the position you are seeking. If there is a position for a Project Manager to oversee construction of a 1-mile bridge, your resume should highlight your relevant work experience in bridge-building. If you were the Assistant Project Manager on a bridge project in Tulsa, and also oversaw the construction of an Art Museum in Phoenix, the Tulsa experience is more relevant. Emphasize your strengths.

Why do recruiters call me with opportunities that may not be an exact fit for my career?

The best recruiters and professional networkers are always looking to connect with solid construction professionals. A good recruiter will often inform you about all open positions in your area, even the ones that don’t pertain to you, because you may know someone who would be perfect for one of these openings.

How important is a cover letter?

It’s very important, but it’s only effective if it speaks directly to the position you are seeking. Avoid general phrases such as, “I have experience in a variety of disciplines in the construction industry.” Instead, say something like, “I oversaw and managed the construction of a $23 million municipal building in Boston with limited site access.”

Very important. But it’ll only be effective if it speaks directly to the position you’re seeking. Avoid general phrases such as, “I have experience in a variety of disciplines in the construction industry.” Instead, say something like, “I oversaw and managed the construction of a $23 million municipal building in Boston with limited site access.”

What do you mean by “candidate packet?”

Our job is to provide clients with a succinct overview of who you are and what you do. You should be prepared and have the following information on hand.

  • Current one-page resume
  • Project list containing:

a)     Description of the project (e.g., 40-story building, slurry walls, post tension concrete parking garage)

b)    Project location

c)     Dollar value and size

d)    Your role

e)     Length of project time

  • List of any published articles or awards you have received
  • Clear definition of what you’re looking for in your next opportunity (e.g., location, salary, career goals, training potential, commute, etc.)
  • Three (3) references

How can I help you better determine what position is right for me?

Nobody can tell their life story in a 1-page resume. To help us get to know you better, we ask that you include a one page write-up about yourself. Write it like you talk; let your personality shine through. Tell us about your hobbies, passions, family, travel, goals, and anything you feel is important. Tell us what you don’t like. The more you tell us, the more confidently we can talk to our clients about you. Ride a Harley or coach Little League? That stuff is helpful.

How does SSI view HR mumbo jumbo?

You mean like, “my goal is to leverage my multi-disciplinary value added personal assets to advance the goals of my employers?” We don’t talk like that. Neither does anyone we know.

Rather than write your “objective statement,” we prefer that you come up with a short professional profile. This is less about who you are, and more about what you bring to the table. Help clients quickly understand how you can bring them value. Ensure you are not repeating the content of your resume here.

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