Are you killing your construction career?

February 10, 2012 · 6 Comments


It is amazing to think that 4 years into a recession with many analysts calling this economy a depression only surpassed by the Great Depression that so many people are sabotaging their construction careers.  Remember folks, if you are not getting the job done in times this lean, there are plenty of people willing and eager to take your place.  Here are a few behaviors that could be stifling or even killing your career.

Showing up late or no-showing an appointment:  

If you are blowing off an appointment or job site meeting then you are being disrespectful to everyone involved. You are loudly proclaiming that you and your time are way more important than everyone else.  Even if you think that this is true, it is still rude and disrespectful.  Don’t show up with a laundry list of excuses, no one cares.  Be on time and be respectful, it will only help your career.


Do you want to be the problem or do you want to be the solution?  Complaining doesn’t solve anything. It just makes you and everyone around you feel bad.  If there is a problem, look at it with an analytical eye and see what the possible solutions are. Do you see a possible issue with the plumbing, HVAC or sheet metal design?  Once you have done your analysis, then you should speak up.  Now, when you voice your observations you are seen as the “solution” not the “problem”.  It’s the people who are problem solvers that get ahead in life and in work.

Forgetting your manners:

This may sound like something your Mom or your 1st grade teacher might say… but manners are important.  Remember to say “Thank You” when someone has helped you out.  Nothing says “I respect myself and you” more than good manners.  People want to form strategic partnerships with nice people not jerks.  It is through strategic partnerships between General Contractors, Engineers, Construction Managers and subs like HVAC, Electrical and Plumbing Contractors that help everyone be successful in lean times. Which one do you want to be?

Doing the Bare minimum:  

The bare minimum approach to work may have worked when you were 10 years old and your Mom sent you to clean your room, but it doesn’t work in the real world.  You are now being paid a salary to get the job done.  Do you want to be the one who puts in the least effort or do you want to be the one who impresses the boss?There is no doubt who the boss will keep if there is a lay off situation.  Sometimes it is the bid with the best presentation and long with an accurate price that wins the bid.  That detailed estimator is the one who will get promoted and will stay a valuable team member.

Not returning emails or phone calls:  

We are all super busy and we get “it”.  It only takes a quick note to acknowledge an email.  If a call and email comes through for you, simply shoot back a quick note telling them you got the information and that you are reviewing it and will be back with them shortly.  It is an easy thing to do and it will reduce a lot of concern in the person who is contacting you.  You want to be seen as the competent person in the company not the one hiding from the world.

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