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Construction Trades Students Hear about Job Opportunities in the Construction Field
Thursday, February 25, 2016
Chuck Cefalu, owner of Saratoga Construction Group, and Paula Fidalgo the Human Resources manager for the company, talked to the construction trades students at both Career and Technical Education centers about different career paths in the workforce, along with internship and employment opportunities.
Mr. Cefalu said, "Construction is the backbone of America. Everything needs to be built. Nothing happens without people like yourself. No matter what you hear, there are a huge number of jobs out there. We just can't find qualified people, people who want to show up for work. Half the battle is showing up."
Mr. Cefalu went over some do's and don'ts for getting hired. "The first impression is the lasting impression," he noted. He told the students to impress a future employer it was important to be prepared. Have a resume, cover letter, and references. Make sure to dress the part and research the company. "Pick up relevant experience," he advised.
The work day at Saratoga Construction Group is from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. The company, which started in 2013, does mandatory drug testing and promotes safety above all else. Mr. Cefalu told the construction trades students to be familiar with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. "Go online and get OSHA certified," suggested Mr. Cefalu.
He's also looking for employees who have a driver's license and reliable transportation. He wants to help local Career and Technical Education Centers expand the opportunities for students to learn 21st century work readiness skills and gain knowledge directly related to their career interests and strengths. They offer job training as well as specialized training in JamesHardie fiber cement siding to students.
Mrs. Fidalgo added, "You can make as much money as you want. Be excited when you're being interviewed and get as much hands-on experience as you can to set you apart from other interviewees."
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