Competent on the Job Site

Webster’s defines competency as: “Sufficient resources fore a comfortable existence”. We will agree to that and add a few things to that definition so that you will understand just what it takes to go above and beyond and stay safe and keep the job-site safe and the co-workers as well. First of all please take a moment to look at the list below so that you can hit the ground running right off the bat with safety training.

Competent Worker

  • Trained and capable of identifying existing and predictable hazards which are unsanitary, hazardous, or dangerous.
  • Responsible for performing proper walk-outs before and after the job is initiated.
  • Has the will and authority to correct a dangerously-perceived situation and do so without hesitation.

Those are only a few of the characteristics of a competent and highly-perceptive worker. There are so many more but we will not bore you with the details as if you are a competent person and worker you already know most of these work-day characteristics.

OSHA 30 Hour Course

We take safety and smarts very seriously and feel that safety is everyone’s responsibility. With this we will now lead you into the world of safety training and hope that you find safety as exciting as we do at least while on the job. We understand that we live, eat and breath safety but that is the way every OSHA compliant safety training resource should be is it not? We are like that Cuckoo cartoon-bird spokes animal for that chocolaty-good cereal, Cocoa Puffs, and we say we are Cuckoo for Safety and Health Training!

OSHA 10 Hour Training

Please head on over to our site and have a look at all of the great OSHA safety training courses that are made available to all of you soon-to-be wonderful safety and health experts!

Engineering Jobs Faster

Know About the Jobs

Before you can truly canvas the companies for engineering jobs, you have to know about your options. What kind of engineering can you do? Electrical engineering is different from mechanical engineering – and there are specializations within each of these. Be specific as to what you can do and find out if there are any other positions beyond “engineer” that you can do with your skills.

The more jobs you qualify for, the easier it will be to locate engineering jobs – and the faster you can become hired. Don’t assume that there is only one position that you qualify for – go out on a limb periodically and you may be rewarded.

Enhance Your Resume

Your resume needs to be the best that it can possibly be. When you are applying for engineering jobs, the HR department is going to be looking at three main topics:

  • Experience
  • Education
  • Skills

This means that you need to have a significant amount of content in all three of these areas. When you list experience, be sure to not leave gaps in employment. Even if there is an actual gap, be sure to fill it in with something – did you do any kind of consulting? Did you go back to school? When you explain gaps, it can lead to a faster way of getting hired.

When you list your education and skills, think of anything as it pertains to engineering jobs. If you attended seminars, received certification in cabling or did anything out of the usual, make sure you include it on your resume.

Work with a Recruiter

A recruiter can help you make quick work of finding engineering jobs. What are they going to do? They are going to match your resume to a job that they need to fill – and get you in the door with a company that is hiring. They are trying to fill a variety of positions for different companies and they are going to see if you are a perfect match for any.

Since recruiters are working for the HR department of different companies, it can be beneficial to work with a recruiter over anyone else. In some instances, a recruiter can get you a job by the end of your first week – which can be an incredible opportunity.

Benefits of Working a Live-In Job

Comfortable accommodation

Live-in accommodation is generally of a high quality, which ranges from your own bedroom and bathroom, to separate houses which are usually furnished to a high standard. You can also expect accommodation to include a television and internet access, which will help to make you feel at home. You will also find that much of the housing is also on large estates, meaning you’ll be able to enjoy beautiful grounds during your period of employment.

Top locations

Live-in staff are often placed in safe, family environments, which gives a sense of security while working. Also, if you’re willing to move abroad, you can also experience a variety of different destinations across the world, ranging anywhere from Cyprus to Africa.

Live with your partner

If you and your partner both have a household skill, a number of households look to hire couples, meaning you will be able to live and benefit from the above together. You may even be provided with a building to yourselves, such as an apartment, and some positions are filled with the hopes that you will stay for periods of over five years, providing you both with security for the future.

Fewer outgoings

As your accommodation will be provided by your employer, your overheads will be much smaller than if you were living from your own home. You will not have to worry about everyday costs such as travel, food and utilities, meaning that what you earn can be spent or saved as you wish. It may also be included in your agreement that you can use the family car out of hours, so you can still travel around while enjoying your free time, but for a much lower cost.

Effective Read a Job Posting Description

Job seekers get frustrated in there search because they don’t know what to look for.

Too many professionals read job postings, but don’t know what the hiring manager is truly seeking in a candidate. Many times the job seeker doesn’t receive the response they want from hiring managers because they lack the knowledge, skills, education, or experience.

Before you apply for another position, you need to ask yourself the following questions:

  • Do I have the experience that this position requires? – Job postings will have the minimum years of experience the candidate must have. If the employer asks for 5 years of experience and you are a recent college grad, or have 3 years of experience, then you will not meet the requirements of that particular job, and you will waste of your time and effort to applying for the role.
  • Do I have the education or training the position is asking the candidate to have? – The job description will indicate the education level the company would like you to have (i.e. high school diploma, some college, bachelors’ degree). If you did not graduate from a university or college and this is the minimum requirement, then your chances of getting an interview are slim to none.
  • Are you qualified? – Job postings will have the required qualifications that will be considered for the position. Some postings will list 3 or 4 required skills while others may list 10+. Read this section carefully. This area of the posting will provide keywords to include in your resume, and will also provide you with the list of responsibilities that you will be expected to complete if you are hired. Your resume should highlight achievements in most of these areas. If not, then the hiring manager will not consider you the right candidate for that role.

Accurately reading a job description is imperative. If you don’t then you won’t get an interview. Don’t waste your time applying to positions when your skills, education, and/or experience do not meet what the posting is asking candidates to have.

Benefits of a Summer Job

Discover new skills

A summer job is a great way to keep learning with new skills and the ability to increase your confidence. Every part of the job can be used to gain new experience. Even the interview stage can have its practical benefits. If you are able to successfully complete a few job interviews, you will be less nervous when it comes to the real thing later in life. Also, it will take you outside your normal comfort zone and encourage you try new activities.

Work ethic

Taking on a summer job can be very useful for those looking to build a work ethic. This can have a very big impact on your character and likely to stay with you for life.

Meet people

When you are able to leave behind your natural environment and social groups, you will start to meet new people and gain friends. Additionally, this can be a great time to improve on your people skills and start to network with employers, managers and co-workers. It is a lot easier to network when able to impress people with a positive attitude, a willingness to learn and a great work ethic. A summer job can easily become a long-term position if the employer is suitably impressed.

Communication skills

The time spent working can be used to polish and develop your in-person, electronic and written communication skills. Also, this can be a useful time to see how well you get on and interact with others.

Part-time roles

A summer job doesn’t need to take up all of your time. There are plenty of options to take on a part-time role that will still leave time to be with friends and travel. Even if you do work part-time, there should still be enough time to make a great impression and learn new skills.

Navigate the Job Marketplace

Build Your Network

From the first time you set foot on a job site or in a professional venue where you have the opportunity to interact with construction workers, engineers, subcontractors, and others within your field, you need to focus on building your network. Develop potential connections. Get to know people. Whether you’re just starting out or you know you’re going to be changing jobs soon, building your network is the key to knowing what positions are open and getting your foot in the door.

  • Carry business cards. This may seem like a cliche, but it’s one of the best ways to literally get your name in the right hands.
  • Visit trade shows and talk people there.
  • Get to know the people who are coming to your job sites. You never know when one of them will be ready to offer you your next job.
  • Volunteer. Whether you’re just starting out in construction or you’ve been working in a specialized position for years, there are jobs out there that need to be done. Check out Habitat for Humanity in your community, donate your time to a local school that’s trying to get a building repaired, or work with local churches as they handle building mission trips. Contractors in your community are working there, too–and they’ll take note of your presence and the quality of your work.

Try to Leave on Good Terms

You know that your current job isn’t working out. Your superintendent has a bad attitude, your hours keep you away from your family when you most need to be with them, and the terms of the contract you signed aren’t being adhered to. No matter how bad it is, however, you want to make sure that you leave your current job on good terms. Give appropriate notice, try not to leave in the middle of a project, and keep your work ethic strong even in the last days of your employment instead of trying to “go out with a bang.” The construction and engineering communities in your city are relatively small, and burning your bridges with one company may make it harder for you to get your next job.

Build Your Skills

Both the construction and the engineering industries are experiencing a shortage of qualified individuals to take those open positions. That means that the more skills you have, the more positions are open for you. Taking the time to develop specialized skills will make it far easier for you to acquire a job in the future. Any time you’re on a job site, ask questions. While you shouldn’t walk away from your own work to watch or help someone else, being available and willing to learn new skills is the mark of a great construction worker–and those skills can be of immense benefit to you later.

Work with a Staffing Company

Staffing companies that are specifically dedicated to construction or engineering are a great first step, especially if you’ve been struggling to get a job or are afraid that you’ve left a bad impression on a previous employer that might be impacting your future employment opportunities. A staffing company can help get you a temporary or long-term position that could eventually turn into permanent employment, especially if you take advantage of that position to improve your network and reach out to other potential employers.

Navigating the job market can be frustrating, but it’s not impossible! By following these key steps, you’ll find the right job for you and improve your chances of being hired at the company of your choice. While it might not happen overnight, there’s a job opening with your name on it. You just have to find it!

On The Job Training

Resolving people problems

All managers are faced with problem people from time to time. Counseling and training are always the first considerations in these cases but they do not always result in success and sometimes more radical action is required. This is covered in the Problem People and Positive Discipline modules.

Maintaining group standards

The management of people both as individuals and groups is a dynamic process as nothing remains static – problems are always arising. A good manager must be aware of this and be constantly ready to use counseling and training to maintain standards.

To achieve continuous improvement

The best way to avoid problems is to keep ahead of them by being proactive. You must have a plan for each individual in your group and for the group as a whole. In particular new and inexperienced group members need special treatment so that they can meet required levels of performance.

Counseling and training share many of the same skills and in many cases they are used together to achieve your results.

The following are typical signs of change to look for then you must decide to initiate the counseling or training (or both) initiatives.

TYPICAL SIGNS OF NEED FOR HELP

  • Avoids difficult work
  • No co-operation
  • Lack of interest
  • No initiative
  • Complaining
  • Making mistakes
  • Avoiding contact
  • No communication
  • Depressed
  • Poor quality
  • Argumentative
  • Unsafe working
  • Poor productivity
  • Delegating to others
  • Laziness
  • Absenteeism
  • Irritability
  • Blaming others

The most important sign to look for is a change in behavior or performance. For example, if a an employee who has always been well behaved, with a pleasant disposition suddenly becomes aggressive you can bet on him having some problem that needs counseling.

Counseling

On-the-job counseling is a process of talking about things that affect the performance of the work. It involves sitting down in some quiet place and getting job problems out in the open without hurting each other.

It’s all about talking, listening, and trying to understand the other person’s point of view. All supervisors are counselors whether they realize it or not. Sometimes a long heart-to-heart talk is needed to clear the air or a quick exchange will clear up a misunderstanding. Perhaps the supervisor does most of the talking; the next time it may be the other way around. However, counseling is more than a casual discussion resulting from an accidental encounter.

Counseling is a very effective management tool to increase productivity by solving problems and strengthening or repairing working relationships. Other kinds of problems of a personal or psychological nature should be avoided and left to professionals in that field.

On the Job training

Training is almost a natural human instinct. We all train our children without even thinking about it but when we have the job of training someone at work we find problems.

On the job training is often a one to one situation, usually involving the supervisor and one of the group. The supervisor uses the actual work as the training location, and works with the trainee to improve skills or introduce new tasks. This process is also referred to as coaching.

Advantages of on the job training

  • It is cost effective
  • It strengthens relationship within the group
  • Feedback and support is easy

Nearly all the problems associated with on the job training are very simple to overcome. Like so many other parts of our work they require us to take a more systematic approach to the situation.

Most workers usually take pride in learning a new skill. The new skills gained are to our mutual benefit as it’s good for the worker to improve his future employment value and for us to have new capability in our groups. In addition, by making learning possible, you earn their respect and build enduring relationships.

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Land A Job Salary

As per the latest stats, physicians, lawyers, IT professionals, product managers, design managers, tax managers and architects are among the highest paying jobs. The median base salary for these positions ranges between $100,000 and $200,000. Hence, we find most people hankering for these positions.

However, it could be a major mistake. You could land a top job salary, but you might not be meant for the job or you might not be interested in the field you choose. The way to get a satisfying, high paying job is to prepare yourself for one, in your area of liking.

  • Upgrade your education
    An additional degree on your resume could be what you need to get your dream job. A bachelor’s degree is the minimum qualification to have if you want a decent job and salary. A master’s degree or Ph.D further raises your chances of securing a top job salary.

You can continue to educate yourself even as you work fulltime. There are many colleges offering online courses and part-time programs for working students. Also, enquire if your current employer has an incentive program in place to pay for at least half your education.

  • Expand your skill set
    With everything moving towards an interdisciplinary approach, cross-training is an asset. In addition to being trained in your area of specialization, you should acquire skills for tasks that are outside the parameters of your job. Why do companies prefer such individuals? Because such individuals are capable of taking up broader responsibilities and serve as backup too.
  • Develop soft skills
    Soft skills is an umbrella term for personality traits, personal habits, social etiquette and interpersonal skills. Educational qualifications and technical expertise alone will not get you the top job salary; you need to have the right soft skills.

Developing your soft skills makes your more visible among the crowd. You can work on your verbal and non-verbal communication, leadership skills, team management and listening skills.

  • Networking
    Getting a top job salary is also about working your way up the ladder through social contacts. Hence, you need to build a resourceful network both online and offline. You should attend conferences, job fairs and trade associations where you gain a lot of job insight and also get to meet the bigwigs of your industry. You can set up a blog and share your expertise there. Promote yourself by distributing a business card.
  • Gain experience
    In the bid to get a better salary, many switch jobs in a short span of time. It does not reflect good on your resume as it says a lot about your poor staying power. What employers are looking for are individuals who will be able to contribute to the overall growth of the company.

Should Take Up an Engineering Job

Engineering is a diverse field

Engineering jobs tend to branch out in much more defined areas, and therefore, you as an engineer have widespread opportunities to explore. There are different types of engineering which you can pursue. These include-computer science, civil, mechanical, chemical, electronics, electrical, biotechnology amongst others. Technological advancements and new challenges in the corporate field has given birth to new potential engineering disciplines such as automobile, biochemical, nanotechnology, Mechatronics, medical electronics to name a few. In a nutshell, diversity in engineering implies whatever is your area of interest, there is probably a place for you in engineering.

Profession of immense repute

Whatever work engineers take up, they tend to benefit the society. This aspect directly or indirectly gives engineers a sense of reputation and prestige in the society. Being associated with a profession that supports national and global competitiveness, cutting edge domain, elevating living standards automatically boosts your confidence on both the platforms-social and personal. Engineers enjoy a respectable position in the society, as more and more people get to know about their hard work and challenging roles they perform on day to day job life.

Galore of opportunities

Professionals have an outspread scope and future prospects would always remain rich. You have an ample number of choices to scout for your perfect job. Industries which are the typical employers of the engineers include information technology, information technology enabled services, infrastructure, chemical, telecom, automobile, finance, retail amongst others.

Engineers achieve great things

An engineering career will develop your acumen to think rationally and you inculcate the right skill-set which will aid you to carve a niche in the business world. As an engineer, you get an opportunity to develop, design and implement new technologies like you may be involved in developing and delivering better and sustainable infrastructures or may be involved in finding out the cure to some of the dangerous diseases of the time. They work towards the betterment of the society by coining new technology and pouring in the ideas to make the human life more convenient.

Money and exposure

Individuals working in this field get a lot of exposure. With an engineering degree in hand, you get a ticket to unlock plethora of opportunities both in India and foreign countries. Engineering jobs are ranked amongst the highest paid services in the world. You may be required to work on-site which shall bring in additional rewards and opportunities, giving a fair chance to give your career a level up.

Search Next Job Online and Offline

Online Job Search Websites

If you go online, you’ll find a large variety of websites, all designed to help you find job listings. Many of those sites allow you to post your resume free of charge, but there are others which charge you for uploading your resume. The kind of site you may use for getting a job will most likely be decided by the field you are working in, and the level at which you want to work now.

How Are People Looking for Jobs?

It is estimated that, these days, ten percent of people find their next job through the Internet. The reasons for that could be that they scan job search websites of the kind of Craigslist.com and Monster.com, or they found an opening on the company’s website. Though that percentage is high, the fact remains that ninety percent of people fail to find jobs using the net. That means people to find additional ways of finding jobs.

A majority of job seekers looking for jobs in the mid-range are spending half of their time looking for jobs online and mailing their applications. Now, that’s not a bad proposition, but the problem is that frequently job search websites don’t contain the latest available jobs, and many of the listed jobs you may apply for might have already been filled. Certainly, there are more efficient ways of utilizing your time by putting a slightly more effort on your part in your job searches.

What Are the Other Ways to Finding Jobs?

Apart from making use of job search websites, you should also spend time networking with people who can be helpful in finding you a job. That’s not a difficult thing to do, with social networking sites like LinkedIn and Facebook to help you out. Of course, it demands more of your time and effort, but you’ll appreciate that the quality of job openings that you come to know of this way is most often much better than what you get informed through job search websites.

How to increase your chances?

Are you aware that about eighty percent of employers would do a search for you while they are processing applications received for any job? That’s because they find it a convenient way of ignoring people with any clear issues. That means it is time that you looked through your personal Google results. Simply, Google your own name and view the results! If you observe plenty of doubtful or unhelpful information, you need to spend time and work upon improving your online reputation before you start searching job websites.