Finding Construction Jobs Off the Beaten Path

By: Astute

Construction professionals of all experience levels need to think about their long term career goals when they look for the right employer. Construction jobs with commercial firms and manufacturers offer the greatest job security but may lack the daily challenges needed by creative professionals. The growth of construction job sites and other online resources has made it all too easy to find construction jobs in traditional fields. Applicants looking for something off the beaten path can look at a few growth industries in the UK and Europe as they continue their job hunt.

The green construction field offers abundant opportunities for electrical engineers, project managers and construction workers. Green construction requires the use of sustainable and environmentally-friendly methods to build residential and commercial structures. Carpenters, machine operators and other construction workers can spend hours on the job building a home for a young family while protecting the Earth from harm. These construction jobs are on the rise and professionals with a social conscience should investigate green construction work.

In a similar vein to green construction, there are a number of architectural firms and contractors work in the micro-home industry. This niche industry within the architectural field uses a miniaturised version of a regular house as well as local suppliers to decrease the ecological footprints left by excessive building and transportation. Construction workers and project managers interested in micro-home work need to be flexible on job sites though this field has grown rapidly in recent years in Western Europe.

Construction workers looking for unique building opportunities can work with custom home builders instead of large international firms. Custom home builders stray away from formulaic construction to provide interior and exterior designs desired by discerning home owners. These positions are ideal for carpenters and masons that want to stretch their creativity and work with an eclectic group of home owners. The main issue in working with a custom home builder is the volume of work which varies from season to season. This option is best for young construction professionals looking for jobs to bolster their CV.

The limited publication of job opportunities like those mentioned above make persistence a necessity for construction professionals. Unique construction jobs are difficult to come by but a worker that uses a diverse range of resources to land his dream job. An oft-overlooked resource for construction workers is past employers and colleagues that are familiar with specialised areas of construction in the region.

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