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We recently chatted with Brad Martin, Recruiter on the Architecture, Engineering and Construction, team in Chicago. During our conversation, we delved into what led him to pursue a career in recruiting, what he finds most rewarding about his work, how he stays updated on industry trends, advice for candidates, and goals he and his team have set.
What led you to pursue a career in Architecture, Engineering, and Construction recruiting and what do you find most rewarding about your work?
I started my career as an Account Manager working for an I.T. Solutions and Services company where I experienced burnout and wanted an opportunity where I could make a difference. I like the idea of sales so being in recruitment is the perfect opportunity because 90% of the time candidates want to talk to you and take your advice to take the next step in their career. What I find the most rewarding is the fulfilment of seeing someone take that next step in their career while empowering them to do so. Seeing candidates build their career is the most rewarding.
How do you stay updated on industry trends and changes in the industry that may impact recruiting?
We follow the news and construction websites that inform us on what projects are getting built in the market in which I cover, which is the Greater Atlanta area. We also talk to candidates of all levels on the trends they have noticed, we do this so we can pick their brains as to what’s going on in the markets we serve. Currently, our clients are still hiring so that’s a positive compared to what we’ve been seeing on platforms like LinkedIn in terms of companies not hiring or closing their doors.
What advice would you give to someone who is entering the construction industry?
From the candidate’s perspective, I would say be open-minded to both the size of the company and the work they do. Understand the expectations of employees, the company culture, and growth opportunities.
What qualities do you look for in candidates?
I look for transparency/honesty, someone whose shown that they are looking for an opportunity to be at a company for the long-term. I also look at their work ethic, how responsive they are during the interviewing and hiring process.
As the third quarter approaches, what goals do you have set for you and your team?
We want to continue to be a great resource to both candidates and clients. We look forward to maintaining our current relationships and making new ones.