5 Tips to Find a Construction Job When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? With such high demand for talented construction professionals, there’s never been a better time to jump into the construction industry. Here are 5 tips to find the in-demand career you’ve been looking for.

  1. Make a Plan Figure out what type of position you’re interested in. Do you have leadership experience from a previous job? Do you want to lead others out on a jobsite? Or do you enjoy getting your hands dirty, getting the job done every day. If you’re not sure, don’t worry! There’s lots of room for growth from one construction position to another.
  2. Look for on-the-job training programs. If you’re worried you’re not qualified for a job in construction…stop worrying! The best companies offer on-the-job training programs. It’s just like going to school, but instead of you paying for an education – the company is paying you to learn!
  3. Add a License or Certificate. Do you have your CDL license? Many times you can make more money if you already have your CDL, allowing you to drive the big company trucks. If not, ask if the construction company you’re applying to will pay for you to get this license. There are numerous professional certifications that can be used to complement formal degrees, or alternatively, they can be used to demonstrate technical proficiency and compensate for a lack of degree in some cases. Their requirements and benefits differ, but finding one or more to add to your professional development skill set can be an effective tool for getting ahead in the job market.
  4. Start from the Bottom. One of the best ways to get a great idea of how a construction site operates is to find a general construction labor position. These positions perform basic construction tasks, installation and material handling and will provide you invaluable experience and introductions to high-level construction professional from whom you can learn a lot.
  5. Look for people, not for jobs. Focus on connecting with people and look for companies who have systems and programs in place to grow and advance the careers of the people that work there. A company that cares about their people will offer great benefits and perks too.


Kinzler Construction Services has dedicated, bilingual, employee-owners ready to give you the technical training and professional skills you need.

We’re hiring general labor and leadership positions at our locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. Careers at Kinzler are full-time and year-round, with overtime available during peak season. You’ll receive our full benefits package after just 90 days! Learn more and apply now! 

Product Feature: Dens Element Barrier System

When a tornado ripped through Marshalltown last July, it took with it the roof and many walls of the building home to RACOM. The company controls the network for most of Iowa’s first responder radio communications. The entire building envelope had to be replaced, but the office couldn’t shut down operations during demo or reconstruction. Getting the building weather tight as quickly as possible was a top priority!

Kinzler Construction Services’ Distribution Division delivered 30,000 sq. ft of Dens Element sheathing. This was the perfect product for this tight timeframe because it eliminates the need for an external WRB-AB!

  • 25% Faster Installation than the typical building wrap
  • 40% Faster Installations than the typical fluid-applied WRB-AB
Learn more about how you can finish your project faster, safer and smarter with Dens Element Barrier System!

Project Profile: Waterproofing Minneapolis, MN

Waterproofing was an important consideration for General Contractor RJ Ryan when building this multi-tenant commercial space in the Bassett Creek area of Minneapolis, MN. Developers found a high water table on the site and came to Kinzler Construction Services for advice on a cost-effective waterproofing solution.

The experts at Kinzler recommended and installed GMX Ultra-Shield WB, a solvent-based polymer modified asphalt waterproofing membrane. We worked with the contractor to ensure this was the best option for this project’s specific application requirements and budgetary constraints.

We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work.

Project Profile: Spray Foam Osklaloosa, IA

The unique design of this building in Oskaloosa, IA was not an issue for the problem-solvers at Kinzler Construction Services!

The lack of depth available in much of the framing led us to install closed cell spray foam in order to maximize the R-Value in each cavity. Our expert installers sealed everything up while maintaining uniformity of depth. The design also created challenges in achieving the code-required 15-minute thermal barrier over the spray foam by traditional means. We applied DC 315 Thermal Barrier Coating over any areas where the foam would have to be left exposed.

We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work. This building now has a level of efficiency, safety and comfort that could not be matched by any other insulation application.

Project Profile: Caldwell Zoo Elephant House Tyler, TX

Energy efficiency and indoor comfort are not only enjoyed by humans — but elephants too!

Kinzler Construction Services was recently hired by Riley Harris Construction to install closed cell spray foam on the walls and ceiling of the Caldwell Zoo’s new elephant enclosure. It’s just part of a huge remodel of the African Outlook at this Tyler, TX zoo. We followed our proven process for quality installation by inspecting the completed job and grading our installers on the quality of their work.

This building now has a level of efficiency, safety and comfort that can’t be beat for man or beast! Contact us today to see how we can partner on your next project!

 Watch our Expert Installer in Action

Kinzler Honored for Safety

Pictured from left: Marty Leonhardt – Sales Representative, Bruce Moore – Safety Director, Angie Cramer – Recruiter, Andy Seiler – Regional Sales Manager, Tim Hurn – Regional Manager

Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa (ABC), a national construction industry trade association representing more than 21,000 members, congratulated Kinzler Construction Services for recently being named a GOLD Safety, Training, and Evaluation Process (S.T.E.P.) award recipient at their Excellence in Construction Gala.

Every year, the ABC honors contractors who have achieved the highest level of safety in their firms. ABC uses the STEP application and interviews with company safety directors and owners to determine who receives the award. Contractors receiving this award typically possess exemplary total recordable rates and lost workday injury-illness rates. Kinzler Construction Services is proud to be a repeat recipient of the prestigious STEP award.

“There is nothing more important than jobsite safety,” said Bruce Moore, Kinzler Construction Services Safety Director. “Our mantra here is ‘Safe Today – Home Tonight, and we are committed to continuing to build on our strong culture of safety through ongoing training of our employee-owners.”

Located in Ames, Ankeny, Cedar Rapids and Waterloo, IA as well as Fridley, MN, Tyler, TX, and Denver, CO, Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials.

Kinzler Employee-Owners Give Back to Local Communities

Kinzler Construction Services believes in giving back to the communities where we live, work and play. A big part of that is our annual United Way Employee Campaign. Together, with the company match, our employees donated $60,000 to be distributed between United Way chapters across Iowa, Minnesota, Texas & Colorado — in communities where Kinzler Construction Services operates branches!

Record Employee Participation

More than 126 Kinzler team members participated in the 2018 United Way campaign, raising $20,000. That was a record number of employee donations for Kinzler’s annual United Way fundraiser. The company matched those donations dollar-for-dollar, bringing the total to $40,000.

“Our founders Kevin & Yvonne have stepped up and said they’ll match the employee donations again,” said President & CEO Tanner Kinzler. “So the $20,000 given by our team here is having a $60,000 impact in the communities where we live and work in. I am absolutely astonished and blown away!”

“The care and dedication of Kinzler and its employees does not go unnoticed,” said Kristin Pates, United Way of Story County Campaign Director. “Thank you for your partnership in United Way’s vision to improve lives. Your generous support will help build a brighter future for so many.”

Join our Caring Team

Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials. Our purpose is to serve others, build relationships, and enrich the lives of our employees and those we partner with. The company is rapidly growing and invites you to search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team.

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