Career Advice: Starting A Job In Construction Safety

How to start a career in construction safety: education, training, experience and certification requirements and where to find employment with a construction company.

Getting a job in construction safety begins with evaluating your experience and expertise in the field of construction. Make a list of your job experience in the field of construction, and then list the experience you gained at each job. After you make this expanded list, go through it and abstract categories of experience such as: quality control, measurement accuracy, learned about handling hazardous material, learned heat safety, etc. Also include in this list your certification and special training. With this list you will be able to construct a resume and cover letter that you can send out to hiring companies.

There are several avenues you can take to secure employment. First you can go to an employment agency that specializes in construction type positions. Here you will go through an application and testing processes that will evaluate your abilities and experience, and recommend you to companies that are hiring. You can also send out your resume blindly to construction and architectural firms to see if anyone is hiring. Finally you can search the Internet. Try being creative with your search. Try construction safety company sites such as the Construction Safety Council. They may have job bulletin boards, or may even be hiring themselves. Additionally you can try using a search engine using keywords like: construction safety jobs, construction jobs, safety inspection jobs, etc. If you are looking to gain employment in a specific area precede the above keywords with the name of the area you are interested in. Finally you can search web-based employment boards like: thingamajob.com, monster.com, constructionjobs.com, constructionworks.com, and salary.com. Once you are at these sites you can enter the job description or name that you are looking for: construction safety manager, inspector, construction, etc.

If you do not want to take these avenues, you may want to consider working for yourself, and hire out as a contractor. There are several ways you can drum up contract work. First you can create a flyer, or brochure, that lists your training and experience, and also provides an outline of services that you plan to offer and the price for your service. You may want to put a median price for your services and then next to it put "price is negotiable." Send these flyers or brochures out to local construction and architectural firms. Make sure you read the newspaper everyday, and search the Legal section for "Requests for Proposals" for construction projects. Another area is, of course, the classified ads. You may also consider taking out a newspaper advertisement that introduces your services to your community. If you are still having trouble drumming up business try networking agencies, like the McGraw Hill Construction Network. Here you can make connections with companies with building projects that need a construction safety manager. Check online and in the phone book for local network organizations and small business organizations. These types of associations are valuable resources for mining leads.



In order to provide information about your services you may also want to set up a website that lists the same information you provided in your brochure: experience, training, certification, services that you provide, and a price list. Also include contact information like: phone, email, fax, mobile phone number, pager number, etc, and when you can be reached.

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