Looking for work? Contractors are desperate for quality workers | Sponsored
When business is booming like it is in the northwest of the country, almost everyone can feel the effects. Job seekers often seem to have the upper hand because there are more jobs available than employees. And employers have to be on their A-game to attract and retain top talent. Despite the recent volatility in the global economy, the economy in and around Spokane remains one of the strongest in the nation.
Just to illustrate how hot the job market is right now, a local painter has tried to hire several hourly workers. He says with an unemployment rate of around 3.9 percent in Washington state – and 2.9 percent in Idaho – he’s struggling to find skilled workers.
“I have work in line. The customers are there for me, ”said Ken Watkins, Owner of Inland Coating Specialist. “I just need people who want to work! You don’t even have to be an experienced painter to get started – this can evolve over time. “
Watkins struggle as an entrepreneur is an opportunity for people seeking work. Here are three things job seekers can do to find work in the domestic services and construction industries.
1. Create a resume with key keywords to demonstrate your talents and skills. They build things, paint things, and fix things. You probably didn’t choose the construction to write a book about. When creating your resume, be sure to include the keywords that are relevant to the job you want to do. Here are some examples of resumes. Most of all (thanks, Monster.com for the advice), get someone researched before you send them off to a prospective employer. Even the most knowledgeable English teacher needs a proofreader!
2. Climb down the ladder from the bottom. Everyone has to start somewhere. If you are new to the industry you should start out as what the Bureau of Labor Statistics calls construction workers. Workers and helpers usually do much of the heavy lifting that allows the artisans to do their magic. With a little training and a good helping of hard work – whether you’re an assistant painter or a member of the cleaning crew – you can work your way up to a skilled position that requires better pay and exciting opportunities for growth.
3. Get all of the education without the student loan debt. Business schools and apprenticeship programs are great options for people looking to make a living without going into debt for an expensive college degree. For example, Spokane Community College offers 19 training programs – from painting to plumbing and everything in between. SCC works with local employers to train workers over a period of one to five years. And best of all, on-the-job training – you get paid to learn!
Whether it’s painting homes and commercial structures with Watkins at Inland Coating Specialists, or learning how to frame homes with a local home builder, there are plenty of options in the greater Spokane area. According to a recent article published in the Spokesman Review, the region created more than 4,600 jobs in 2019. Economists say similar growth will continue in the future to provide plenty of growth opportunities for local employers and to give workers all the opportunities they want.
This content is sponsored by Specialist for inland coatings. ICS is a licensed Washington and Idaho contractor specializing in residential and commercial painting. For more information or to apply to ICS, contact Ken Watkins at [email protected] or call him directly at 208-219-2727.