Job Hunting Tips - Part 2
10/26/2016 10:11:38 PM
You may know that Mason Construction serves the industrial construction industry of Southeast Texas and Southwest Louisiana. Did you know we are family owned and operated for four generations, since 1939? Some of our specific capabilities include: piling, civil, hydro-excavation and structural steel construction services. During the month of October, we have been seeking and continue to look for dependable, qualified craft workers, foremen and supervisors that would like to join our high performance team.

If you are interested in an exciting career in construction with long term employment potential, competitive pay, benefits, and a family atmosphere; immediate employment opportunities are available for carpenters, concrete finishers, heavy equipment operators, NCCO certified crane operators, hydro-excavation operators, and pile drivers. Potential employees must have a valid driver's license, social security card and TWIC card and be able to pass a pre-employment physical and drug screen.

Please apply in person at 6285 Walden Road in Beaumont Texas between the hours of 7:30 AM and 5:00 PM or online at We regularly keep specific openings updated on Facebook, so be sure to like our page for the most up-to-date information.

A few weeks ago, we covered some general tips for looking and applying for jobs. This week we look at more details for the job interview and references for other resources that can help you in the job-hunt. These tips come from our experience working with candidates.

In our previous blog post, we wrote about arriving early to an interview, how to dress, and effective communication tips. Often an interview can set one potential employee above another because of their professionalism and ability to communicate skills related to the job. Here are a few more tips for when you get to the interview process:

Research the Company

Even a quick look at a company’s website can tell you a lot about what they value and look for in employees. At Mason Construction, we value integrity and work ethic very highly. Since we have been family owned and operated for over 75 years, we look for employees who will fit in with our culture and can work as a team.

Know the Job Description

Be sure you know what job you are applying and interviewing for. Do you have previous work experience that can apply to that job? If yes, talk about that in the interview. An interview is always a great opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the job and expectations. If you find it is not the type of job you were expecting, there is no harm in respectfully communicating that to the interviewer so that no time is wasted if you know the job is not for you.

Why are You Looking for a Job

A common question for an interview is why did you leave your last position or why are you looking for a new one. While you should answer this question honestly, it is best to do so positively. If you were let go from your previous job because of your performance then consider addressing what you have planned to avoid that in the future. If you did not agree with your previous employer, discuss what you are looking forward to accomplishing with your next supervisor.

Acknowledge Your Strengths and Weaknesses

Another common discussion point in a job interview is what your strengths and weaknesses are. If you can, give specific examples of how you added value to your last job. Or if you have an example of when you have worked to overcome a weakness, discuss how you are developing yourself and progressing in your career. Show confidence in your answers without being boastful of your accomplishments.

Other Resources

Since helping individuals with the job search and getting hired is not one of our main service areas, here are some organizations that may be of help to you:

Lamar University’s Center for Career and Professional Development

If you are a student or alumni of Lamar University, you can work with this center to polish your resume, create professional goals, practice job interviewing, and further develop your professional skills to find a potential employer. They host regular job and career fairs, on campus, to connect students and alumni to companies actively hiring. According to their website, they "are devoted to the successful transition of students from the world of academia to their first steps on their respective career ladders.” You can find more information about this Center and the services they provide at their website:

Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas

Also known as the Southeast Texas Workforce Development Board, this organization serves to provide employment and training programs in the Southeast Texas area. The Board also focuses on workforce issues in the area including Hardin, Jefferson and Orange counties. According to their website, the mission of Workforce Solutions Southeast Texas is to "equip Southeast Texas with the skills and knowledge that mete the needs of employers to foster the region’s economic growth.” You can find a job search database through their website along with up coming job fairs. They also have services available for eligible individuals including: internet access, resume development, labor market and wage information, career counseling, and many others. Learn more at:

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