Top Traits and Skills Needed to Be a Construction Labourer

August 10, 2020

Have you been looking to get into the construction industry but are afraid your lack of experience or applicable skills will stop you from landing a job? Even if you've never worked in construction before or undergone any industry-related training, there are a bunch of labour jobs in Calgary you may be qualified for so long as you possess the following universal traits and skills. 


Getting into the construction industry can be a lucrative career for those who are willing to work hard and make sacrifices. But obtaining that first construction job can be a challenge when you don't have any experience or industry-related skills. That's where becoming a construction labourer comes in handy. These entry level positions still pay a decent wage and don't require any specialized training for you to secure a job. They do, however, require you to possess the following traits and transferable skills prior to being hired. 

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Top Traits and Skills Needed to Be a Construction Labourer

Getting your foot in the door as a construction labourer can catapult you into a successful and profitable construction career. Many labourers end up taking on additional tasks and learning further marketable skills as they prove themselves to be capable and reliable on site. Here are the top traits and skills you'll need to be a good construction labourer, so you can land that all important first job. 

Strength and Stamina: Construction labourers need to carry items weighing more than 50 pounds regularly throughout the course of their day, often under less than ideal conditions. This means you need to be very physically fit in order to handle the demands of the job day in and day out. Labourers are also tasked with digging ditches or sweeping up debris quite often, so upper body strength is vital to being successful as a construction labourer. 

Math and Mechanical Aptitude: You might not expect math to make this list but construction labourers have to make calculations on a daily basis. They may also be tasked with operating or maintaining heavy machinery, such as forklifts or bobcats. Being able to have these two skills will help separate you from someone who is simply in good shape. 

Colour Vision: Yet another surprising trait necessary to construction labourers is being able to distinguish between different colours. At first this trait may seem like quite the head scratcher, but as you think about it a bit more it makes sense. Electricians need labourers to bring them different coloured wires all the time. Painters need specific colours brought to where they're working. And the list goes on. 

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Reliability and Punctuality: Labour jobs in Calgary require you to be reliable and punctual. If you aren't, you won't be employed very long. If you can't be counted on to show up on time and things get delayed because of you, your boss is not going to be a happy camper. Especially when they have to pay the higher earning tradespeople on site to do nothing as everyone waits. If you're able to prove that you're reliable by consistently showing up on time, your boss may reward you by giving you more specialized tasks or further training which can help your career progress to the next level. 

Looking for Calgary labour staffing? Matrix Labour Leasing has an extensive database of skilled and unskilled workers for you to choose from, allowing your company to save time and money by letting us handle your hiring needs. Contact us today to find out more.

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