8 Rules When Surviving Your First Week Working in Home Construction

Written by
Rebecca Smith

Oct 16, 2018

Oct 16, 2018 • by Rebecca Smith

The job market for construction workers and laborers is supposed to grow by twelve percent in the next eight years according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That means that many new people will start working in construction as cities and towns across the nation expand to house our growing population.

While many of these positions will be entry-level, there are still a few things that you need to know before you're ready for your first day on the job. Check out this list to make sure you make the most of this new lucrative opportunity.

1. Don't be Late!

While this is true for every job, in construction if you're late it can mean losing your job. This is because often responsibilities are divided up for the day first thing in the morning. That means that if you aren't there, there won't be anything for you to do.

In addition, many construction jobs require you to travel to another location to perform the work. If the van is leaving, it will surely leave without you.

Another problem with being late is that contracts typically have very strict deadlines and you've been accounted for. If you don't show up, the project will fall behind and that will reflect badly on your manager. They also will not be able to bill the client for your lost hours.

It's best that you just show up on time ready to work. Don't test the limits, in this industry, if you're entry-level, you're easily replaceable.

2. Bring a Healthy Lunch

When you are working on a construction site, you might have the opportunity to leave for lunch and come back. But most often, you will be given thirty minutes to eat lunch and asked to return to work.

It's not a bad thing since typically construction workers won't work as long after lunch than people in other professions. But it is something you need to plan for.

Make sure that you pack yourself filling and healthy lunches complete with snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day.

In addition, you should find out whether water will be provided on-site or if you're expected to bring your own jug. Many construction workers like to bring gallon containers with them on the job so they remember to consume enough water. If it's not empty by the end of the day, they finish it.

3. Wear the Right Outfit

If you show up to work without work boots on, then you might as well leave. Construction sites have strict safety requirements when it comes to what workers wear.

You should pair your boots with a heavy duty pair of jeans and a light-weight t-shirt. This will ensure you stay cool and protected throughout the day.

In addition, you should consider wearing a healthy layer of sunscreen while you're on the job. Your skin will be exposed all day long and can easily become damaged. By wearing SPF 30 or higher every day, you will be protected.

4. Don't Bring Your Phone

When you're on a construction site, there will be many things going on around you. It's important that you don't have any distractions. Leave your phone in the car for the day.

Not only will it be nice to get away from everything else and absorb yourself in your manual work, but it will also help you focus on doing your best work.

5. Pay Attention!

While phones are a major distraction, there are many other things that can draw a construction worker's attention while they are on the job. Make sure that you stay vigilant and pay attention to what is going on around you.

Construction sites are dangerous places full of the potential for serious injury. Make sure that you navigate with care and wear the proper safety equipment at all times. If you don't, you won't last long in your position. Your boss doesn't want a workers compensation claim on their hands.

6. Build Relationships from the Start

Whenever you start a new job, it's important to get to know your coworkers and boss. These are the people that you're going to be stuck with for the duration of your contract, so make sure that you're nice.

7. Be Humble and Willing to Learn

Once you've established relationships with the other workers around you, they may begin to offer you advice. While it may be frustrating at first, try to see their advice as for your benefit.

No one likes to be corrected, but if you're willing to learn people will notice and begin to teach you more. The more you learn, the more skills you will have, and the more construction jobs you will be eligible for in the future.

Humble yourself and recognize that there are many people around you who can help you grow and develop in the direction you want. Take the time to see those people out.

8. Know the Expectations of Working in Construction

Besides the basics like being on time and not being a jerk, there are certain expectations construction managers have for their employees. Typically they vary by company, but they also can differ by what kind of property you are working on.

If you are working on an affordable housing project, for example, then you will need to understand how to work under different constraints than if the customer has an unlimited budget. Discover more about the need for affordable housing here.

Other times, you might be working for a company that specialized in sustainable development. If that's the case then you will need to learn special practices to build for those needs.

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Working in construction is a rewarding and potentially lucrative career. With these tips, you're ready for your first day on the job!

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