May 29, 2022
5 Tips for Landing a Vacuum Excavation Job

5 Tips for Landing a Vacuum Excavation Job


A vacuum excavation job may seem like an easy way to make money, but it’s actually one of the most challenging and time-consuming jobs out there. These five tips will help you get your foot in the door and land that dream vacuum excavation job in no time!

Tip 1: Read the job listing carefully
You may not meet all of their qualifications. If you don’t, emphasize your other skills and abilities as they relate to their position. Listing yourself as an ideal candidate isn’t going to get you very far unless you actually have experience doing what they are looking for. Show them you have specific experience that relates directly to their needs, even if it’s not 100% in line with their requirements. If possible, list your exact experience on your resume or cover letter under different headings. Make sure to include information about any licenses or certificates you may hold relevant to excavation or construction work (i.e., crane operator license). Your resume should reflect what exactly is important to performing at high level and being able to do things like multitasking/project management under pressure as well as physical fitness and good communication skills.

Tip 2: Research the company
Make sure to research any company you interview with. Do they have a good reputation? What are their hours? Are they environmentally conscious? This can all help you decide whether or not working for them would be worth it, before you accept an offer. Additionally, if you’re moving your family across town (or across country), do some research on local schools, daycares and hospitals. These things can affect where in your new city is best for your family, and one of those factors is commute time. And since vacuum excavation jobs often require at least a two-hour drive from home, that could mean more time away from your family than you’d like. But remember—you want to work for someone who values your work and sees value in what you do.

Tip 3: Connect online
Land an interview by posting your resume online through sites like LinkedIn, or simply social media networks such as Facebook and Twitter. There are many other professional networking sites as well, so create an account on each of them. Use these channels to connect with people who work in your industry and start talking about how you can help one another, either professionally or personally. Someone may very well end up offering you a job because they know they can trust you or want to help you advance in your career. And because it’s often possible to verify information posted on these networks—especially via things like linked accounts and profiles—it’s generally easier to get hired from them than from random cold calls or emails.

Tip 4: Visit the job site if you can
It’s not always possible to visit your work site before accepting an excavation job. But if you can swing it, do so: inspecting your work site will give you insight into what you’re getting yourself into—and allow you to get familiar with how your client operates. If everything looks good, feel free to accept and start working. And if there are issues, or things aren’t as described in your contract, ask questions about them before signing on for work. Your research now could save you plenty of headaches later.
*Tip 3: Do your due diligence when hiring subcontractors*: If you need equipment, materials, supplies or personnel that won’t be provided by your primary contractor (such as heavy machinery, trucks and transportation), make sure they’re all licensed properly and able to perform their respective tasks safely. The last thing you want is someone working under capacity at time of service because they don’t have proper training!

Tip 5: Ask questions in the interview
What kinds of projects will I be working on? Where do you work? What can I do to make my resume stand out? Who else might know about opportunities at your company? These are all questions that show you’re interested in more than just getting a job. Make sure you really go into detail, too. Show your interviewer that you’ve done research about his or her company and industry. It also demonstrates your thoughtfulness and lets them know you care enough to ask questions—two great qualities for any new hire.

The field of vacuum excavation is full of interesting and rewarding work. The pay is good, there are always new and innovative ways to employ machines and equipment in ways that benefit society, there are many rewarding side-jobs you can do while you’re out on jobs (i.e., fixing pumps), and it’s an excellent field if you like working outside.

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