A not-too-close-friend of mine wants to get into construction work, but he doesn't know anyone already in the business, so I am asking on his behalf, as I know there are a lot of construction-type people on here. [I wish I were asking for myself--I love construction, but with a really bad back that keeps me from lifting anything, unpredictable pain, etc--I thought I would live through his next whim and ask on his behalf.]
So, I thought about it, and I don't know how you get into it. My brother-in-law was into construction for a few years simply because his best friend from high school was already into it, so he got into it that way. (He doesn't do it anymore, though--screwed off too much.)
In a tiny town where I once lived, I responded to an ad in the printed newspaper for a construction job myself, had an on-site interview, and that is when I discovered that I couldn't do it as I hurt my back the first day helping haul out an old cast iron bathbub...but printed newspapers are old news these days.
So, how do all these guys get into construction? My friend likes the idea of new house construction or road construction, so I told him I will see what I can find out.
He isn't good with resources to find a new job, and I am not good at it either as I have haven't looked for a job in over 8 years now, so other than looking at want ads in the printed versions of newpapers of yesteryear, we are both clueless!
The other issue is that, like me, he doesn't look like a big guy who can do a whole lot, but don't let physical impression fool you--how can he get past that when he is trying to get a very physical labor-oriented job, as I assume a construction foreman would look at him and giggle on the inside a bit while talking to him?
Should he just visit construction crews doing work and go up to someone and ask how to be hired?
Internet searches? Newpaper ads (do they stil exist)?
I am talking about blue-collar-type work here for him, as opposed to my sister's husband who went to school for two years, joined a union, and the union finds him work in his specialty, for example.
He thanks you in advance. (I was going to have him join the forum and ask himself, but he can't get himself to visit any webpages that aren't...well, I don't think he has ever used a computer, honestly.)