Maybe your company is brand new or it’s already established. Either way, there comes a time in every business owner’s life where you need to start the process of hiring new crew members. Whether you need to start from scratch, or you’re looking to hire just a few new workers, here are some important things to consider when looking for crew members:

How your company stands out among others

Before beginning the process of building your crew, it’s important to understand that your company needs to be appealing for people to work with you. Consider these questions when looking to hire new people:

  • What do we have to offer that other companies don’t? Think about how much you’ll pay, benefits you provide, and room for growth.
  • What will happen during the slow season? Layoffs are a concern in the construction industry. Consider what you’ll have to offer for your employees if there is no work available.
  • What do we stand for as a company? Make sure to discuss your values, and let potential employees know what steps you’ll take to show you care about them.

Which kinds of skills you will need to have a balanced crew

Think about what types of projects your company does, and figure out what kinds of skills would be beneficial for the success of your company. Perhaps you need more people with specific skill sets, or perhaps you’re looking for someone with experience in multiple trades. Determine what you need from your crew members, and how many people you think would benefit your business.

Take your budget into consideration when making these determinations. It may be better for you to hire someone with less experience at a lower rate, as long as you’re willing to teach them how you want things done. Conversely, hiring someone with more experience at a higher rate can increase your productivity if you can leave them alone at a job site while you work elsewhere. Ultimately, you want to make sure you have enough crew members to even out the workload and pay everyone fairly.

Who you want working for your company

Come up with a list of qualities you want your workers to have. It’s important to keep this in mind when you’re interviewing someone. For example, you might consider looking for these traits:

  • Strong communication skills
  • Organized
  • Good reasoning skills
  • Works well with others
  • Willingness to learn
  • Hardworking Aside from these personality traits, it’s important to remember that tradeswork requires a basic skill set for any crew member to begin working. Keep this in mind when hiring someone with little to no previous construction experience.

Where to look for possible hires

When you feel ready to begin your search, type up a job ad and remember to include:

  • Information about the company
  • A job description that details what daily duties are
  • A rough estimate of working hours and locations
  • A request for references

While online ads are a great place to start, it’s not the only way you can find potential crew members:

  • If you have a social media page, share the listing there as well
  • Reach out to trustworthy people you know in your field, or current employees, and ask if they know anyone looking for work
  • Be on the lookout for any events in your area that would attract tradeworkers looking for jobs

Make sure you research any potential candidates, call their references, and conduct background checks if you wish. Remember that these crew members will represent your company on a job site. Taking the time to go through potential hires, interview them in person, and having a process to vet new employees will be worth it, and will ensure that you hire the quality workers your company is looking for.