Maybe you have a construction or other home services background and want to change your profession. Or maybe you’ve been working in the home remodeling industry but have been looking for a different company to work for.
No matter the reason, you want your next job to feel right. You want to work for a company that values you and supports you.
This means you are taking your time to research potential contractors to work for and know whether they are a great fit or not.
But, what should you look for when searching for a new employer?
At Southwest Exteriors (SWE), we value, support, and care for all our employees and subcontractors that work with us.
Love and Excellence are our two core values, and we treat all clients and team members of the SWE family with both.
Valuing you and providing you with the support you need to grow is most important to us.
But, whether you are interested in working with Southwest Exteriors or not, we want you to know what to look out for in a potential employer so you can find a workplace where you are happy and feel supported.
This article will outline six things you must know when searching for a home remodeling contractor to work for.
Then, you’ll have the inside scoop on industry tips and tricks so you can find the right company to work for to meet your needs.
What do I need to know before working for a home remodeling contractor?
While you’re on the hunt for a new company to work for, you need to know what to look out for to choose the right employer that will meet your needs.
As an installer or subcontractor, there are six things to know before choosing a contractor to work for. They are:
Find a company that allows you to learn and grow
Work for a company that has a clear path for growth and next steps
Have realistic expectations for what you must learn and how long it will take
Do not work at a company that sticks you in a box
Find a contractor with a long-standing reputation of being a good company to work with
Find a company where the people that work there are happy
Let’s expand on these six things more so you can fully understand how to find the right company to work for in your next career.
1. Find a company that allows you to learn and grow
The first thing you want to look for in a home remodeling contractor is that they allow you to learn and grow in your role.
Whether you are a subcontractor crew, installation team member, or crew leader of an in-house crew, you want to work for a company that provides you with the space to learn, make mistakes, and grow from them.
Not only do you want to grow in your position, but you also want to be able to grow in the company and have opportunities to move up (which we will cover a little further in this article).
2. Work for a company that has a clear path for growth and next steps
This second point to look for in a home remodeling company expands on our first point.
You want to find a contractor who allows you to grow within the company and has a clear action plan for your next steps within the company. This means no matter what position you enter into the company, there are clear steps that outline your growth and where it will take you.
If you are an installation team member, what steps are necessary to become a crew leader? After that, what are the next steps to becoming a project manager?
This is important to find in a contractor because you want to work for a company that supports you in your growth and wants to see you grow.
3. Have realistic expectations for what you must learn and how long it will take
You first want to find a contractor that has a clear pathway for growth and sets forth the expectations for how long it will take to get there.
If you are starting at a company at an entry-level position, then you want to know how long it will take to get to a managerial position, which could take several years, depending on the company.
This is important to know because if you work at a company that nurtures you and wants to see you grow, you cannot rush it. Having realistic expectations for your career path and how long it will take ensures your success in that role and how you fit into the company.
4. Do not work at a company that sticks you in a box
To further expand on the importance of growth, our fourth piece of advice when finding a home remodeling company to work for is to not work at a company that sticks you in a box.
You want to work for a contractor that recognizes your talents and strengths and allows you to showcase and grow them.
When you work at a company that sticks you in a box, your creativity and ability to grow are suppressed and can crush your spirit and passion. Find a contractor that allows sees your strengths and helps you build upon them for your future.
5. Find a contractor with a long-standing reputation of being a good company to work with
One of the most important things to look for when finding a new contractor to work for is the reputation of their work environment.
You want to work for a company that has a long reputation of being a great place to work at and work with.
This tells you they have built their company on values that create a healthy and happy workplace where employees and subcontractors are cared for.
6. Find a company where the people that work there are happy
On top of finding a company with a reputation of being a great place to work, you also want to find a company where the people that work there are happy.
When you find a company with happy people, it emphasizes the company culture and workplace environment that has been created and helps build upon the reputation of the company work environment.
How to find the right home remodeling company to work with
Now that you know six crucial things to be aware of when looking for a new company to work for, you can find the right contractor to work with where you know you will be valued, supported, and cared for.
No one wants to work at a company where they feel stuck in a box. You want to work at a place with a healthy and supportive work environment that allows you to grow into your strengths and develop into the type of leader you want to be.
Whether you want to move up in the home remodeling industry or still aren’t sure what your next move will be, working with a company that provides you with the support and resources to grow, make mistakes, and learn is always beneficial for your well being and future.
If you’re looking for a new home remodeling company to work for, another important thing you’re probably wondering is what type of benefits come with working in this industry.