Working in construction means that over the course of your career, you’re likely to work for quite a few different foremen as you finish and move on from various construction jobs. If you’re just starting out, moving from job to job can be a little intimidating as you work with different crews and bosses. However, if you stick to some general rules, it will become easier over time to walk onto a job site and impress your foreman on your first day.
General Ways to Give a Good Impression
First impressions are everything, and if you start on the wrong foot on your first day, it may be hard to change your foreman’s opinion of you going forward. Even if you successfully complete the project you are on, your boss may always have a negative opinion of you in the back of their mind. While it may not be fair, people talk and it could tarnish your reputation in the industry.
You want to do everything possible to have a good first day on the job and these tips can help:
- Get enough sleep the night before. It is also helpful to have a few days off in-between jobs to clear your mind and start fresh.
- Know where the job site is located and give yourself plenty of time to get there. Be sure not to be late on your first day and it is usually a good idea to arrive a few minutes early.
- Keep the name and phone number of your contact on the job site handy in case you are delayed or can’t locate them once you arrive on site.
- Bring a pen and notebook to take notes and write down any questions you may have.
- Don’t be afraid to ask questions!
- Keep an open mind and don’t act like a know-it-all. Make sure to listen to your foreman and other crew members and think before offering your opinion or an alternate way of doing something.
Important Tips to Remember for Construction Workers
- Ask beforehand if there are special tools or clothing that you will need and make sure you have them ready to go for the morning.
- Check your tools before your first day to make sure everything you will need is in working order and replace any that are broken.
- Make sure your tools are clean and organized.
- It’s good to be prepared, but that does not mean bringing every tool you own. Try to keep it to what you know you will need or might need on the job site.
- Be aware of and follow all safety procedures that are specific to the job you are working on and our general procedure for all construction jobs.
- Take initiative and ask what to do next after you complete each task.
By following these guidelines, you can be successful in impressing your foreman on the first day, which will help you obtain future construction jobs.