I am going to let you in on an inside recruiting industry secret: the MPC and why you should want to be one. MPC stands for Most Placeable Candidate. But what makes a candidate the “most placeable”? It’s simple – a candidate who has the highest probability of getting hired in a short period of time. But why should this be important to you? For entry or mid-level construction employees, being an MPC should be a top priority when considering career decisions. Let’s dive deeper into what key factors make a great MPC and why they should be important to you:
First is a Stable work history – Employers love to see a candidate who has been with their previous employers for a significant amount of time. Making a career move no more than every 5 years is a good rule of thumb. Why is this important? Onboarding and replacing employees cost companies both money and time. Companies typically look closely at a candidate track record for making career moves and make hiring decisions based on how long that think a candidate is likely to stay with the company.
- Track record of taking on more responsibility – Employers want to see candidates who are willing to take on more responsibility and grow within their role. This shows ambition and drive, two qualities that are highly valued in the construction industry. This is what employers want to see. I f you career has stalled out or if it looks like you are moving backwards, they will question why. If you are going to write a cover letter it may be good to explain things if it could appear you have taken a step back.
- Proven results of your influence in making money for the company, saving money and minimizing risk – Employers want to hire candidates who can bring value to their company. This means being able to make money for the company, saving money and minimizing risk. If you have a track record of doing this in your previous roles, you are a highly desirable candidate. These accomplishments should be documented on your resume and could help you negotiate an offer from a potential employer.
- Diversified experience (Overseeing multiple scopes of self-performed work for a contractor). The more diverse your experience the more value you can bring to a company. It also qualifies you for a wider range of professional opportunities allowing more chances for a great cultural fit and the compensation
So, how can you become an MPC? First and foremost, focus on building a stable work history. This means doing sufficient research and making career moves with intention of making sure that it will afford you a great culture fit and career stability. What this also means is a career that will allow you a path of more responsibility and opportunity to use your your knowledge, skills, drive, and leadership to make decisions that drive profit including making money, saving money and minimizing risk. If you’re looking to become an MPC in the construction and engineering industry, consider reaching out for a free consultation with us. Here at Heavy Civil Resource Consultants; we are not just recruiters offering exceptional talent delivery to our clients. Our team has years of experience consulting candidates on making the important decisions regarding their careers. Book a call with us so get sound advice. We look forward to connecting with you.