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“Treat the company like you own it" - Insider advice for construction pros

Posted by James Hawley, Hays EVP, on Friday, May 6, 2016

Blog: DNA of Construction Jack Brown quoteThe entrepreneurial nature of the construction profession rewards hard work and proactive problem solving, with opportunities for every skill set.

What do you need to reach the next level of your career?

The construction industry is one of the strongest in the country and has numerous opportunities for ambitious professionals to reach senior levels. There's no single path to the top, but our new DNA of a VP of Construction report looks at the similarities

There are many ways to reach senior management and the C-suite, but every career path has similarities. Those aiming for an executive position will be expected to display technical expertise and knowledge, and while they may not need to be experts in every function, they must display a business understanding of how various functions interact and impact the company.

“Treat the company like you own it. Not from an ego perspective, but in terms of being invested in the results and performance of the company," says Jack Brown, Senior Vice President, CBG Building Company.

"No one works harder than the business’s owner. Be the first one in and the last one out. And it can’t just be about optics – sitting at your desk until 8pm doesn’t count if you’re not being productive."

Beyond the technical this is very much a relationship-driven industry, both internally managing projects and teams, and externally competing for bids, working with contractors, and making hiring decisions.

A construction professional’s network and reputation are both crucial for success and those assessing their career options should ensure they are investing the time and effort necessary into building relationships and their personal brand. 

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TitleLocationJob ID
Pre-construction ManagerChicago1009546
Assistant SuperintendentNew York1008582
Civil Project ManagerDallas1009784
Assistant Facilities ManagerAustin1009786
SuperintendentHouston1009167
Construction ManagerWashington DC1009286
   

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