How Should One Apply for Construction Manager Jobs?


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Apply for construction manager positions by preparing and mailing a cover letter and resume to the Hiring Manager of construction management firms in the desired location and market niche. The resume should include relevant work history, project experience, education, certifications and references. Follow with a phone call after five days.

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The project experience section of the resume should include the project name, the project owner indicating whether it is a public or private entity, the role fulfilled on the project, the value of the project, the specifics of the project (such as building frame type, number of floors, square footage), and any special attributes of the project (such as Gold LEED certified, located in an urban environment,= or tight deadline).

If applicable, also list agencies that were coordinated parties to the project (such as city building inspector, utilities companies and county permitting department), the number of workers supervised on the project and any computer programs utilized.

Construction management firms target specialized markets and vary substantially by company size, the preferences of type of project they bid on and location. For example, there are firms that specialize by project ownership (public versus private), type of project (infrastructure, residential, commercial, renovation or new building), and geographical area (local or worldwide). The applicant can search online to determine which construction management firms best fit the profile preferred by the potential employer and, based on the results, submit cover letters and resumes to the most favorable matches.

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