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Cold Calling for Construction Jobs

January 25th, 2013 8:58 am

Cold calling involves actively seeking out potential places to work and either call or go in to see if they are hiring. It’s a technique sales associates often use when they seek out potential customers, but you can easily use the same logic behind this approach to help you land your next big construction job.

Make a Big List – Chances are, you’re going to be shot down a lot when you start cold calling, so make your list big. The more places you call or visit, the more likely you’ll get a “yes”. Write down a list of every single construction firm in your area and be prepared to call on every one of them. List them in order of which you would most like to work for to least, and call on the few you care about least, first. This way you can practice your cold calling skills and potentially land a job, or you can build the skills you need to woo the boss at your top pick.

Do Your Research – Don’t just walk into your cold call blindly. Take a few minutes to research each company on your list. Learn as much as you can about their mission, specialty and history. Being familiar with the company will better prepare them for your call. Incorporate your knowledge into your pitch. For example, if the company recently built a high-profile building in your city, let them know you want to work for them specifically because you admired the work they did on that building. It will help you stand out and will impress the manager that you are familiar with their work.

Ask for a Hiring Manager
– Cold calling won’t help if you aren’t talking to the right person. Ask for the hiring manager straight away and don’t begin your hiring pitch until you’re speaking with them.

Get Your Paperwork Together – Have your resume, cover letter and credentials with you every time you pick up the phone or call in person. When on the phone, use it as notes to essentially sell yourself to the hiring manager by phone. Let them know previous big construction jobs you have worked and what formal training you may have. When in person, be sure to leave the manager with a copy of your resume and cover letter.

Be Engaging – Don’t just make it about you. Engage the hiring manager with specific questions relevant to their company. Be friendly yet professional. Show them that your personality would fit well in their business.

Home Design Floor Plan

July 6th, 2012 11:15 am

Regardless of whether you are building a new home, adding to an existing home, or remodeling your current home; you will need to have a home design plan. If you have experience in architectural design, you can easily design your home design floor plan. However, if you are like most, you will need to hire an architect to plan your home design or purchase home design floor plans from a reputable organization.

Home design plans are available in hundreds of designs. You can find everything from Beach House plans to Victorian House plans. Homes range in size from 900 square feet to more than 10,000 square feet and most plans can be customized to further suit your needs.

Some companies offer full-service packages, which include home design floor plans, cost estimating services, and referral service to quality home builders in your area. Other companies provide discount services or bundle packages, which allow you to purchase a set of three or more home design plans at a reduced rate.

When purchasing home design plans, make certain they are designed by professional architects who are NCARB certified. Home design floor plans need to meet nationally recognized building codes and should include the following elements:

1) Exterior elevations of the front, rear, and sides of the house

2) Interior elevations showing details of fireplaces, cabinets, built-in units, and other special interior features.

3) Detailed floor plans showing the placement of interior walls and dimensions for rooms, doors, windows and stairways.

4) Cross section detail, which show construction details of the home, insulation, flooring and roofing.

5) Roof plans showing details of the layout.

6) Foundation drawings for a crawlspace or basement.

7) Schematic electrical layouts showing the detail of light fixtures, outlets, and switches.