In a recent survey, construction industry jobs came top of the poll of the most sought after roles, which may be no surprise for some job seekers who have experienced what a competitive marketplace there is for construction sales jobs.
The research, which looked at job applications for the first 6 months of 2017, found that construction, administration and engineering had the most applications over that period according to .
For employers, this is both a benefit and a burden – great if the level of applicants fits the roles and experience they are looking for, but not so great if they’re having to wade through endless unsuitable CVs. This is why many top employers in construction sales tend to work with specialist recruitment firms such as SRS, to help pair the right people to the right gaps from the outset to streamline these processes.
For jobseekers, this means you need to work hard on making sure that your eventual application stands out from the crowd. You’re selling your entire career in a relatively short space (or time), so it’s key you place importance on what really matters, playing up your strengths and being mindful of areas of weakness. In a crowded marketplace, unique points of difference, strong pre-established relationships and strong product knowledge will all stand you in good stead for progressing into a new role.
However if this is to be your first role in sales within construction, think about why you wanted to make this move in the first place. If it’s a more junior role where the above factors are considered so important yet, demonstrating why you, above the many other applicants, want to work for this company and industry, may be just enough to stand you head and shoulders above the crowd.