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Construction Management Advisor

The assigned advisor for Construction Management is:

Dolores A. Kelley

Assist. Professor/Coordinator

Construction Management Program

Direct:  (253) 964-6452

dkelley@pierce.ctc.edu

Absher Construction Company – Superintendent Job (Pasco)

A new position of “Superintendent” in “Pasco, WA” has been posted to our company website.

At Absher, we care about people, and each of our successes is a result of a team effort. Project Management, Estimators, Safety Officers, IT Technicians, Carpenters, Laborers, Virtual Construction Specialists and Administrative staff all collaborate and contribute.

We build our team by looking for talented people who do things right and do right things.

We are seeking a Superintendent to join our team in Eastern Washington!

Summary of Position:
Responsible for field operations on the project assigned in order to achieve timely and profitable completion of each project. The Superintendent directly supervises field labor force, including laborers/craft workers. This position must demonstrate strong leadership, organizational and time management skills, as well as have strong communication and client service skills. Position will ensure that work progresses according to schedule and that material and equipment are delivered to the work site on time. Assist in bidding opportunities and preconstruction services by performing constructability reviews and providing input on costs, scheduling and pre-planning. Responsible for communication to Project Mangers, internal and external clients and labor force. Manage CPM schedules, including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensuring all activities take place on or ahead of schedule. Prepare and submit reports, attend project meetings and coordinate site testing and inspection efforts. Monitor project costs, including labor time and material. Code and approve invoices and assist in review of pay requests with Project Manager.

Click Here to Apply

Absher Construction Company – Superintendent Job (Puyallup)

A new position of “Superintendent” in Puyallup, WA has been posted to our company website.

At Absher, we care about people, and each of our successes is a result of a team effort. Project Management, Estimators, Safety Officers, IT Technicians, Carpenters, Laborers, Virtual Construction Specialists and Administrative staff all collaborate and contribute.

We build our team by looking for talented people who do things right and do right things.

Summary of Position:
Responsible for field operations on the project assigned in order to achieve timely and profitable completion of each project. The Superintendent directly supervises field labor force, including laborers/craft workers. This position must demonstrate strong leadership, organizational and time management skills, as well as have strong communication and client service skills. Position will ensure that work progresses according to schedule and that material and equipment are delivered to the work site on time. Assist in bidding opportunities and preconstruction services by performing constructability reviews and providing input on costs, scheduling and pre-planning. Responsible for communication to Project Mangers, internal and external clients and labor force. Manage CPM schedules, including preparation of detailed short-term schedules and ensuring all activities take place on or ahead of schedule. Prepare and submit reports, attend project meetings and coordinate site testing and inspection efforts. Monitor project costs, including labor time and material. Code and approve invoices and assist in review of pay requests with Project Manager.

Click Here to Apply

New job opportunity from Absher Construction Company

A new position of “Procurement Coordinator” in Puyallup, WA has been posted to our company website.

This position is responsible for the management and support of the Client Relationship Management (CRM) database system (SharePoint). The position is expected to serve as the internal hub for content management and dissemination as it relates to the Estimating and Marketing departments.  Will also assist with subcontractor or bid day outreach and various administrative functions for the departments.

Learn more about job along with the Absher application process by clicking here.

Cover Letter Concepts: Dos and Dont’s

By Heather Krasna

While there isn’t a single winning formula for a cover letter, there are strategies you can apply that will put you in the right ballpark. Let’s start by clearing up some misconceptions about cover letters.

Cover letters are not:

  • An opportunity to write about your life story or personal philosophy.
  • A chance to detail your entire career history.
  • A place to explain why you left each of your past employers or to focus on why you are unemployed.
  • An opportunity to talk about how the job you’re applying for would benefit you personally.
  • A place to focus on what you’ve learned as opposed to what you’ve achieved.
  • A document you can use with each job you apply to without customization.
  • Something you can slap together without proofreading.

Instead, cover letters are a place for you to provide a succinct explanation of how you meet the requirements of the specific job you’re applying for. This means you need to read the job description several times, highlight the most important details, and then use those as a checklist. In one page, your cover letter should provide examples of how you meet each of the criteria.

A good structure of a cover letter is as follows:

Opening Paragraph(s)

Your opening sentence can be something like this: I am delighted to submit my application for the position of [fill in the job title here and, if needed, the requisition number].

Follow with something along the lines of: I believe I would be a strong candidate for this opportunity because [provide a succinct list of reasons based on the details in the job description].

If you’re applying to work at a mission-driven organization, you may want to add something about your “demonstrated commitment to the mission of ____”.

Body Paragraph(s)

Give specific examples of how you meet the most important requirements of the job, highlighting end results, numbers and achievements.

How can you tell what the most important requirements are? Consider the job title, what the description emphasizes, what requirements are essential and whether certain points have been repeated.

After you’ve covered the most important requirements, share examples of how you meet the next most important requirements of the job, highlighting end results, numbers and achievements.

Closing Paragraph(s)

If applicable, mention more personal items that may assuage any doubts of the recruiter or hiring manager.

For example, if you have a year or more of an employment gap in your resume, are relocating to another city, aren’t available to work immediately because you’re still in school, etc., here is the place to address these issues – briefly – and without making them sound like a big deal. If you are relocating, for example, mention why you’re enthusiastic about moving to the new location, and perhaps mention a personal reason why you are moving there.

Then end by mentioning that you’re going to follow up on your application with a phone call or email, reiterate your interest in the position and thank the employer for their consideration.

Heather Krasna is Director, Career Services at the UW Evans School of Public Affairs and author of Jobs That Matter: Find a Stable, Fulfilling Career in Public Service.

Selling up Hill

A great article on some outside the box thinking with regards to building and selling single-family homes.

follow the think: www.builderonline.com/sales/selling-uphill.aspx?cid=BP:081611:FULL&page=1