Why the Construction Industry Should be Hiring Millennials

October 27, 2014

The construction industry is far different today than it was even 10 or 20 years ago. While the same basic premise of building quality structures exists, the way that contractors go about getting the job done is far different than ever before.

Technology is always changing, but over the past few years the changes have been so dramatic that many who have been in the industry for a couple of decades can become lost—if they don’t take pro-active measures to stay up to date with what is happening.

Today, if you are hiring for a construction job, you have to look at more than just on-the-job experience. Experience with the technology used at the workplace is just as important. This is one reason why many contractors are looking at millennials for many job openings.

If you’re doing some hiring in the near future, consider these five important reasons why you may want to give millennials a second look.

The Tech Connection

As mentioned before, technology is changing. Millennials have grown up with computers, technology and internet at their disposal and are better able to keep up with the newest trends

Millennials Have Experience

While they may seem young at first, consider than many millennials have been in the workforce for several years now. They have more experience than you may think.

Millennials Are Focused On Getting Ahead

On the other hand, since they are young, these millennials are looking to get ahead in the industry. You may be able to find workers who don’t mind the long days and hard work that is necessary to get further in construction.

Affordable Workforce

An experienced millennial may be more affordable than a worker who has spent 30 years on the job. If cost is a concern, this can be a good way to recruit the best workers for the lowest cost.

They Don’t Mind Learning

Younger workers are less likely to mind continuing their education—both on and off the job. You may be able to find construction workers who don’t mind taking classes and doing whatever it takes to be their best.

While hiring millennials can sometimes be the ideal solution, it is certainly not the only solution. Spend more time looking at a candidate’s experience and knowledge rather than how old or young he or she is. By doing this, you’ll be most likely to wind up with an employ that will not only fit in on the job site but will be able to get the job done right.