Conley Smith, Sr. Business Writer
Your next great construction estimator may already be looking at your website. Many estimators begin testing the waters just to see what’s out there months before taking the leap. On average, job seekers begin searching six months prior to being hired, according to Indeed.com.
Let’s say you’re a walls and ceiling contractor looking to add new estimating talent, it’s important to know the best places to look for top talent. Nearly half—49%—of job seekers will visit an online hiring site. Of those, 47% are looking at online job boards and 46% will visit a company’s website for careers.
Where to Promote Your Estimator Job Opening
OK, you’re ready to post your job description. But where to begin? Our How to Hire a Great Estimator guide recommends a multi-prong attack. Even though it may seem old-school, it never hurts to email your industry contacts. Whether you’re a drywall or concrete contractor, it’s also helpful to use social media channels like LinkedIn to cast an even wider net for quality job candidates.
Don’t feel overwhelmed—it’s easier than you think. First, choose a limited number of sites to start posting and then expand as needed. Here’s a cheat sheet of 10 great places to post your construction estimator job description:
Don’t Forget These 3 Networks
As mentioned earlier, social media sites are a great place to share the news that you’re hiring construction estimators. It may be hard to believe that the same websites that host funny cat videos are a great place to look for a new estimator for your construction business. But it’s important to remember that of those searching for new jobs, a Jobvite national study found:
- 67% use Facebook
- 40% use Twitter
- 40% use LinkedIn
Ramp Up Your Process
Ask any doors and hardware contractor and they’ll tell you that today’s hiring market makes it tough to attract, find, and retain great estimators. It’s not getting any easier after Indeed named chief estimator as the No. 9 Best Job in the U.S. and construction estimating as No. 12 in its annual Top 25 ranking.
Ready to beef up your hiring process? Go ahead and download our seven-step guide, How to Hire a Great Estimator, now. It’s an easy step-by-step checklist to build a repeatable hiring process for your construction business.
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*FrontRunners® for Construction Estimating, June 2018
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