Job market for architects [Canadian Construction]

Job market for architects

Many architects bravely started their own firms amid the turmoil or moved to other countries, like China, where a construction boom was underway. For a generation of architects, the scope and seeming swiftness of the 2008 recession created a permanent impression of a scarce job market. However, now the job boards are stuffed with new postings. In fact, the demand for employees is so high that many postings go unfilled for months at a time: savvy applicants can often peruse much older listings to find the perfect match. As David Katz of Katz Architecture noted recently, the job market is so tight in New York that even the headhunters are having a hard time. It’s officially time to embrace the reality of 2015: full-time positions in architecture are plentiful.

If you’re actively seeking work and you can’t find a position, odds are your imagination of what constitutes a job in architecture may be holding you back. The AIA estimates that there are over 600 different careers within architecture, many of which stem from increased interstices between technology (especially 3D graphic modeling and printing) and emphasis on sustainability and other so-called green practices. However, if you’ve been actively participating in the 21st century thus far, you won’t find the changes mind-blowing: you will simply need to take into consideration these fresh realities of the job market.

So why aren't you hired?

1. Generally Speaking, It’s Personal

Each application should be tailored to that particular employer as a reflection of not only who you are and what you do, but who they are and what they do. Both employers and employees now expect to not only openly discuss their work specialization but also their preferred method of working. Applying blindly to a range of firms with a fixed resume is like reading a prepared statement to every single person you encounter in a day. You would not have the exact same conversation with your spouse as you would with a clerk at the DMV (unless, of course, you’re just lucky that way); you would differentiate your choice of topics and your method of address to suit the occasion. So it is with writing CVs, assembling portfolios, and finding firms that are seeking employees. An architectural job search is not a prepared speech; it's a conversation.An architectural job search is not a prepared speech; it's a conversation.

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