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November 23, 2022

This week is Thanksgiving an important season where we are encouraged to slow down, take stock of our lives and be thankful for our blessings. Research shows that gratitude is important to both our mental and physical health. Today, we are going to explore the nature of gratitude, why it is important and how we may integrate being more thankful into our daily lives.

What is Gratitude?

Gratitude is much more than saying thank you. It’s a practice that requires acknowledging others actions towards us and the things happening in our lives. Gratitude involves recognizing both the events and the outcomes. Learning to appreciate the moment can lead to a much greater appreciation of the final outcome.

“The real gift of gratitude is that the more grateful you are, the more present you become.”
– Robert Holden

Why is Gratitude Important?

Research suggests that people who consciously count their blessings tend to be happier and less depressed. Feeling grateful boosts positive emotions like joy and compassion while encouraging us to look for and connect with what’s good in life. Research indicates that just a single thoughtful appreciation leads to an immediate 10 percent increase in happiness and a 35 percent reduction in depressive symptoms. When gratitude becomes a habit, it can help prevent anxiety and depression. 

Gratitude is important in the workplace as well. Researchers at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania found that workers were 50 percent more efficient when they had managers who actively expressed gratitude.

We think too much about what goes wrong and not enough about what goes right in our lives. Of course, sometimes it makes sense to analyze bad events so that we can learn from them and avoid them in the future. However, people tend to spend more time thinking about what is bad in life than is helpful. Worse, this focus on negative events sets us up for anxiety and depression. One way to keep this from happening is to get better at thinking about and savoring what went well.

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How to Be More Grateful

Being grateful requires us to be intentional in our actions and our thoughts. Here are a few small steps we can take to become more thankful for the people and events in our lives:

  • Each day, think of three things you’re thankful for
  • Start a gratitude journal
  • Thank someone new every week
  • Meditate
  • Focus more on others’ intentions, visualize their wiliness to help you and make you feel happy

At Condustrial, we are grateful to all of the people that contribute to our ability to connect great people with great companies. We wish all of you a great Thanksgiving season and appreciate the opportunities given to us to serve all of our partners.

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November 17, 2022

An experienced Pipe Utility Foreman can earn up to $70,000 – $90,000 a year, in fact, Condustrial currently has an opening for a Pipe Utility Foreman opportunity. While the money paid for this position is highly attractive, this position requires years of experience and if you are just starting your career, there may be questions as to how one may progress into this lucrative position.

Pipe Foreman Career Paths

As you start your career, it is important to take time to plan and evaluate your goals within your selected profession. If one of your goals is to earn higher pay and status, it is important to start taking on more job responsibilities and gradually move into positions that will help you attain your career goals.

Most Pipe Utility Foreman have at least a high school diploma, have experience and proficiency working with hand tools, knowledge of OSHA standards and can operate heavy equipment. Here are a few positions that will give you the experience companies are looking for to become a Pipe Utility Foreman:

  • Pipe Fitter
  • General Foreman
  • Pipe Welder Foreman
  • Journeyman
  • Welder
  • Pipefitter And Foreman
  • Superintendent

Most Pipe Utility Foreman are around 40 years old. The reason? Attaining this type of position takes time. Time to learn the skills they need by spending years on the job site and dealing with their co-workers. But like most things, hard work and effort is rewarded in higher pay and greater job security.

What Does a Pipe Utility Foreman Do?

A pipe foreman works for manufacturing companies and supervises the assembly and installation of piping systems. Pipe systems are vital in maintaining a municipality’s water, sewage, and energy systems, so a pipe foreman needs to be careful not to make any mistakes. They supervise work crews installing pipes and make sure that they are complying with safety standards and the blueprint. A pipe foreman also handles the logistics of a construction project, such as the budget. They are also expected to use hand tools and heavy equipment to assist in a construction project.

Pipe Utility Foreman Job Requirements

  • Previous experience as a Pipe Foreman.
  • Must be able to understand work directions and communicate effectively with management, fellow employees, and the Owner.
  • Minimum of three (3) to five (5) years’ experience required.
  • Supervise and manage pipe/utility crews.
  • Read plans and have a working knowledge of standards and specifications.
  • Able to organize, plan and schedule work.Ability to communicate with employees, vendors, inspectors, owners’ reps

Pipe Utility Foreman Duties

  • Coordinates and supervises daily activities of a 2 – 7 person crew.
  • Utilizes heavy equipment to excavate, install and backfill waterline, storm sewer, and sanitary sewer.
  • Sequences pipe installation to reduce inference with other project activities and the public.
  • Continually inspects work site, surveying for potential hazards or safety concerns.
  • Responsible for crew safety. Establishes a safe work environment that complies with the Company safety program.
  • Observes assigned equipment to detect machinery malfunctions. Assures the proper operation and maintenance of equipment.
  • Analyzes job cost reports to ensure production is within budget.
  • Reviews and approves employee time reporting.
  • Maintains a professional relationship with the Owner and co-workers.
  • The Pipe Foreman must be able to climb on and off heavy mobile equipment safely.
  • Coordinates/assists the Project Management Team.
  • Must be willing to perform all related tasks to support projects.
  • Knowledgeable of material and equipment requirements.
  • Complete all required paperwork promptly

Whether you are a seasoned professional or just starting your career, Condustrial has job opportunities for all levels. Our specialized career planners help job-searchers locate not just a job, but a whole new career. Whether you’re looking for work in manufacturing, construction, forklift operation, or you’re interested in other industrial job openings, we have the perfect fit for you.

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November 7, 2022

The holidays can be tough. For many in the workforce, this means a much busier time of the year, higher quotas, longer hours, and more. Couple that with family visiting, holiday shopping, and cooking and you can easily start to feel the stress weighing heavy. In order to not feel the burnout of the holiday season, you’ll need some tools and tips to help you manage your stress. So, here are a few of our favorites ways to reduce stress and help you get through this holiday season:

  • Do Something For Yourself
    Start the day or work week off on the right foot by treating yourself to a nice cup of coffee from your favorite place or a special breakfast on your way in when you’d know it’ll be a stressful day. This will bring you into work feeling good and can help break up the tension for the rest of the day. When you have a stressful morning you can often set yourself up for failure through the rest of the day, so try to make it a positive morning.
  • Try To Focus on Organization
    Organization, whether it’s of your tasks or the papers on your desk and helps you feel more put together and can ease stress. Knowing exactly where something is can not only make your job easier but can also diminish the panic of searching for something when you need it right away. A plus to mail ting organizations is that it can often lead to high productivity and efficiency levels.
  • Take Some Walks
    If you have some extra time during your lunch or another break try taking a walk inside, since it’s likely cold, or outside for some fresh air if the weather permits. Sometimes just changing up the pace of your normal day-to-day can alleviate stress and physical exercise is known to be a stress reliever. This is especially beneficial if you have an office job so that you can truly give yourself a true break. Try not to think about work while you’re walking; who knows, you may come up with your best idea when you have a clear mind. Exercise has been proven to reduce the effects stress has on the body while greatly improving your mood.
  • Listen to Music
    A good jam session with your favorite playlist is always a good idea when you’re feeling stressed so try to turn it on during breaks, free time, or during your commute when letting off some steam. In fact, Researchers at Stanford University have said that “listening to music seems to be able to change brain functioning to the same extent as medication.” If you’re able you can even listen to calming music, such as classical, while completing your task as well since classical music is known to aid in focus as well as stress relief.

Overall, it’s easy to feel stress in the workplace, but being able to acknowledge it and take action using the methods above will best help you conquer those feelings of stress and burnout and will help you get through this holiday season.

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October 28, 2022

Construction projects in North America are forecast to grow 2.4% in 2022, reaching $1.94 trillion, up from $1.89 trillion in 2021. Despite rising material cost and labor challenges, the construction industry remains strong and continues to grow.

A mid-year update consensus survey of the American Institute of Architects projects construction spending to rise 9% in 2022 and 6% in 2023

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With the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, the North American construction sector is expected to grow by 3.7% in 2023. Here are a few trends to watch for in 2023 as the construction sector continues to roll along.

Modular Design

When utilizing Modular Design, buildings are constructed offsite and then put together on-site. This process allows for a shorter construction schedule, a greener building process, and smarter design.

Green Building

The construction industry is rapidly shifting its focus towards sustainability and eco-friendly practices. These practices include minimizing material waste resulting from demolitions, switching to eco-friendly building materials, and choosing locally-sourced building products.

New Technologies Continue to Gain Traction

The remote workplace that grew out of the 2020 pandemic will continue to be integrated into the construction industry. Technologies like Building Information Modeling are being utilized to allow firms to visualize the construction design and production process before it even begins. These type of advancements offer significant savings in project time and money and will be an integral part of the construction process going forward.

Labor Challenges Will Continue

As the construction industry remains strong, an aging workforce and persistent labor shortages will combine to drive up costs, wages and the overall price of building in the United States. Currently, here are roughly 25% more unfilled construction positions than hires; magnifying the need to find and retain good workers.

Twenty percent of workers are 55 and older, and 61 is the average retirement age — meaning a fifth of the industry is at risk of leaving within the next six years.

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2023 promises to offer great opportunities and challenges to those in the construction sector. At Condustrial, we work hand-in-hand with our partners to help them find and retain the workforce that is vital to our client’s success.

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October 19, 2022

Recruiting is an immediate set of actions to address an immediate issue whereas retention is a series of longer term actions. In our “microwave” world, we tend to focus on the short term issue/actions. This webinar shares insights on how to better recruit talented personnel to your firm and gives tips for retaining the people that are fundamental to your company’s success.

Panelist include Kim Mann from the SC Dept. of Commerce.

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October 17, 2022

During the job hunt, you will probably see truck driving positions requiring a “CDL”, or Commercial Drivers License, a type of license that allows you to operate heavy, large, and placarded (hazardous) loads. These are typically required for truck drivers transporting certain size loads or those carrying certain materials. And while you may be interested in this type of position, maybe you don’t know how to go about obtaining a CDL. That’s why we’ve put together the information below offering the best way to obtain your CDL.

The current shortage of truck drivers in the United States stands at around 50,000. That number is expected to grow to 174,000 drivers by 2026.

So what requirements are needed to obtain a CDL?

In conjunction with standard motor vehicle licensing requirements, you must also meet the following criteria to obtain a CDL:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older (some exclusions allow for 18 and older)
  • You must submit your state’s application and pay the appropriate fee
  • Provide proof of identity through your Social Security Number and any other information that your state may require
  • Must provide proof of residency
  • Must pass a vision test
  • Must pass knowledge exam/written test
  • Must have a medical evaluation completed and submit the proper Medical Examination Certificate
  • Upon passing the knowledge test, you must obtain a Commercial Learning Permit (CLP) and wait a minimum of 14 days to schedule your CDL drivers test
  • Pass pre-trip inspection
  • Pass the road skills driving test (typically you must bring your own vehicle)
  • Pay any necessary CDL fees (varies by state)

In addition to the above requirements, some states may require additional information, so be sure to check your state and local CDL requirements before pursuing. You should also check for a full list of documents and forms needed to obtain CDL.

Once a standard CDL is obtained, some positions may require that you have special licensing endorsements to be able to drive certain load types, like hazmat, air brakes, tankers, or passenger vehicles. Each endorsement comes with its own requirements on how to obtain, for example, to obtain a hazmat endorsement you must have completed a written skill test and must have a threat evaluation completed by the Transportation Security Administration.

If you’ve never driven a truck before, but want to learn, you’ll typically be able to find a driving school in your area, the cost of these schools can often run $5,000-$10,000 but, they do often provide you with a vehicle to take the road skills test with as well as providing you with a vehicle to obtain any state or job required training hours. There are also online resources that can assist you with obtaining a CDL and inline practice examinations to practice written versions of the test. Additionally, most states provide a free digital version of their CDL examination book for studying purposes to obtain.

There are many benefits to obtaining a CDL and even if you go to a training school for more experience, your potential to earn in this field is often pretty decent and should allow you to pay back a loan quickly.

If you’re interested in obtaining a CDL and will be looking for a job, or if you’re already certified and are seeking an opportunity visit our job postings to find available positions in your area today!

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October 10, 2022

As we enter into the last few months of the year, we enter into a busy season for many employers. With the holidays coming up, many companies are hiring for extra seasonal help which means you can get hired and start as soon as this week!

While seasonal may sound temporary, many seasonal workers take the opportunity to show their skills in hopes of possibly getting hired permanently. While that’s not the case for everyone, there are other reasons you may want to consider seeking a seasonal position.

  • Entry Level: Many of these positions are often entry-level and may not require you to already be familiar with a certain skill set.
  • Learn New Skills: Seasonal work is also a great opportunity to learn new skills or improve upon existing skills.
  • Extra Income: Many use seasonal work to make some extra money while keeping your existing position.
  • Resume Gaps: Explaining a gap in your resume is never easy, but taking a seasonal job helps you fill the gap if you are currently unemployed and looking for full-time work. It also shows potential employers that you are willing to work and explore opportunities instead of passively waiting for work to fall in your lap.

Whether you’re looking for some extra cash or some industry experience, seasonal positions are a great way to get your foot in the door and sometimes they lead to full-time positions later on. If you’re looking for a position now, apply early and keep your schedule clear for the best chances of getting hired.

Interested in starting your next rewarding career? Apply online today by visiting: condustrial.com/job-listings

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September 29, 2022

Construction jobs continue to be in demand in 2022 with many professions experiencing labor shortages. In fact, estimates now indicate that the construction industry will need to recruit 216,800 new workers by 2025 in order to meet demand for skilled professionals. For construction workers, however, this figure highlights the opportunities available, if you have the right skills.

These Construction Jobs Are Seeing the Highest Demand

Craft professionals are most in-demand construction jobs in America, and the hardest positions to fill are carpenters, sheet metal installers, and concrete workers.

Carpenter

Carpenters have a wide range of responsibilities on the job site. Here are the primary task given to carpenters in the workplace:

  • Measuring, cutting or shaping wood, drywall, plastic, fiberglass and other materials
  • Checking accuracy using rulers, framing squares, levels and other items
  • Installing fixtures and structures such as doors, cabinets or windows
  • Interpreting and reading blueprints
  • Constructing and repairing structures and frameworks such as floors, doors, walls, furniture, cabinets, shelves, windows, stairways and roofs
  • Determining necessary project materials and estimating the cost of projects
  • Operating a variety of hand tools including power saws, drills and chisels
  • Assisting supervisors with planning, structural design and layout

The path to employment for carpenters usually includes these steps:

  • Obtain a high school diploma: Entry into an apprenticeship program typically requires some form of basic education. Most prospective carpenters choose to get a high school diploma or a GED.
  • Complete an apprenticeship: Apprenticeships are often offered through commercial and industrial employers or construction unions. These programs last about three to four years under the supervision of experienced carpenters and other construction workers. Once you complete an apprenticeship, you can further advance your carpentry skills by obtaining certification, enrolling in trade school or pursuing other vocational or carpenter schooling.
  • Develop Complementary Skills: Consider specializing in renovation, infrastructure, cabinets or roofs. These additional skills will give you a niche that you can use to market yourself effectively in the workplace and pursue higher pay.

Sheet Metal Installer

Sheet metal workers fabricate or install products that are made from thin metal sheets. The path to employment for a Sheet metal workers employed in construction typically involves training through an apprenticeship. Those employed in manufacturing typically learn on the job or at a technical school. There are about 12,300 openings for sheet metal workers are projected each year, on average, over the next decade.

Concrete Worker

To work with concrete, you will need physical stamina. Advanced education is not necessary, although most workers have a high school diploma. Most training is done on the job and certification is not essential, but you can acquire it from the American Concrete Institute (ACI). Pursuing apprenticeship with a construction firm is the best method of acquiring skills suitable for a concrete worker. Pay for concrete workers rises as you gain experience and projections call for roughly 23,300 openings for masonry workers over the next decade.

The most common degree for concrete workers is high school diploma 57% of concrete workers earning that degree.

If you are looking for a new career, construction jobs are in demand and project to remain highly sought after by employers going forward. If you are interested in finding a new job opportunity, please check out our listing of available construction jobs or complete the form below and let us know how we can help you find the job that suits your skills.

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September 21, 2022

There is a lot of discussion regarding a possible recession affecting the American economy in the last quarter of 2022. Whether this recession takes place and how long it persist in still being debated. However one sector of the economy seems well positioned to weather an economic downturn; construction. Here are three reasons construction careers may be a good choice for those concerned about the economy.

Infrastructure Projects Have Already Been Funded

In the United States, 1 in 5 miles of highways and major roads, and 45,000 bridges, are in poor condition. The recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will reauthorize surface transportation programs for five years and invest $110 billion in additional funding to repair our roads and bridges and support major, transformational projects. These investments will add, on average, around 2 million jobs per year over the course of the decade.

Construction Worker Shortage May Get Worse

As outlays from the infrastructure bill increase, construction spending will expand, widening the distance between supply and demand for labor.  

There are roughly 25% more unfilled construction positions than hires in the United States. This shortage of workers will likely lead to quite a bit of wage growth resulting from high demand for construction services and so few employees. While this scenario represents higher cost for employers, skilled workers will be in high demand and can potentially command higher wages.

An Aging Workforce Creates Opportunites for Younger Workers

There are roughly half a million job openings in the industry, per April projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, higher than the previous high of 438,000 in April 2019. But that need is unlikely to be met by a rapidly aging workforce.

Since the end of 2008, the number of construction workers aged 25-54 has dropped 8%, while the number of those 55 and over has risen. In fact, twenty percent of workers are 55 and older, and 61 is the average retirement age — meaning a fifth of the current construction workforce is at risk of leaving within the next six years. This means that younger workers are in an unique position to find readily available opportunities in the construction sector.

While the next few months may present challenges to many in the American economy, construction workers appear to be well positioned to enjoy continued employment and rising wages.

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September 8, 2022

Dozens of companies in the industrial, construction, and similar fields are looking for qualified candidates along the East Coast, and we want to help you be matched with a position that best fits your needs. As an award-winning recruiting company, we at Condustrial solve employment needs for both employees and employers alike. Our number one goal is to get the best candidates into a position that best first their needs, and we want to help you! If you’re searching for a new job in the constriction, industrial, or similar fields in NC, SC, GA, MD, and VA, here’s a list of some open positions you may be interested in:

The above positions are just a snapshot of positions that we are currently hiring for across the Southeast. At varying schedules, experience levels, and pay-scales we are sure you’ll find something that fits your needs with Condustrial. Visit our Jobs Page to find your perfect fit today!

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