Working as a recruiter in the traffic industry, some helpful tips to recruiters and candidates.

Polly, one of our recruiters, chats about recruitment in the traffic management industry.

I have worked as a Recruiter in the traffic industry for almost 2 years now, it has always kept me on my toes most of the time. It does slow down during the winter which is very standard for the industry, but breathe while you have a chance, because as soon as you are able to catch your breath, it starts back up in full swing again. 

In New Zealand, the traffic management industry is super important for keeping our roads safe and traffic flowing smoothly. With the country's population growing and infrastructure expanding, there's a high demand for skilled professionals in this field. 

Recruiters play a key role in connecting qualified individuals with job opportunities in traffic control, road construction and event management. It's an industry that offers exciting challenges and the chance to make a positive impact on our transportation system. 

When recruiting, screening of candidates thoroughly is crucial. Interviewing and being able to obtain as much information from the candidates regarding their previous work history and ethics this includes, qualification checks, MOJ checks, pre-employment drug screening and reference checking. This not only helps us match the candidates with our clients, but also to ensure our candidates have seamless transition into employment. 

When it comes to recruiting in the traffic management industry, there are definitely some challenges and rewards to consider. 

Challenges: 

1. Finding qualified candidates: It can be a bit tricky to find individuals with the right skills and qualifications for traffic management roles. The industry has specific requirements, so recruiters may need to put in some extra effort to source suitable candidates. 

2. High demand: With the ongoing growth and development in New Zealand, there is a high demand for traffic management professionals. This means that there may be competition among recruiters to attract and retain top talent. 

3. Seasonal fluctuations: The demand for traffic management services can vary throughout the year, depending on factors like road construction projects and event schedules. Recruiters may need to navigate these seasonal fluctuations and ensure a steady workforce.

4. Managing time: With the traffic industry things can change within a second, this can be due to a number of factors. Clients may need to change the number of staff or hours at short notice, this means you need to be available and also act quickly so the job can go ahead. Unfortunately this can, and often does happen at unsociable hours. -An easy way I have managed to combat this personally myself is to always have a backup plan, let your staff know they may be called in, or hearing from you if something changes. It all comes down to good time management and good communication. 

Rewards: 

1. Making a difference: One of the most rewarding aspects of recruiting in the traffic management industry is knowing that you're playing a vital role in keeping our roads safe and traffic flowing smoothly. It's a chance to contribute to the overall transportation system and make a positive impact on the community. 

2. Exciting and dynamic field: The traffic management industry is constantly evolving, with new technologies and techniques being introduced. As a recruiter, you get to be a part of this dynamic environment and work with talented individuals who are passionate about what they do. 

3. Career growth opportunities: The demand for traffic management professionals means that there are often opportunities for career growth and advancement. Recruiters can help individuals in the industry find new job opportunities, upskill their qualifications, and progress in their careers. 

So, while there may be some challenges in recruiting for the traffic management industry, the rewards can be significant. It's a field that offers the chance to make a difference, be part of an exciting industry, and help individuals thrive in their careers. When it comes to the skills and qualifications needed for the traffic management industry in New Zealand, there are a few key things to keep in mind. Having a good understanding of traffic control regulations and guidelines is essential. This includes knowledge of the New Zealand Transport Agency (NZTA) Code of Practice for Temporary Traffic Management and the ability to interpret traffic management plans. Excellent communication skills are a must! As a traffic management professional, you'll be working with a team and interacting with drivers, pedestrians, and other stakeholders on a daily basis. Being able to communicate clearly and effectively is crucial for ensuring everyone's safety. 

Additionally, being able to stay calm under pressure is important in this industry. You may encounter challenging situations, such as managing traffic during emergencies or roadworks. The ability to make quick decisions and adapt to changing circumstances is highly valued. Having a valid Traffic Control (TTM or TMO-P) or Site Traffic Management Supervisor (STMS) qualification is often required for roles in this industry. These certifications demonstrate that you have received proper training and understand the principles of traffic management. Lastly, being physically fit and able to work outdoors in various weather conditions is something to consider. Traffic management can involve long hours and physically demanding tasks, so having the stamina to handle the job is beneficial. 

Remember, these are just some of the skills and qualifications that can be important in the traffic management industry in New Zealand. It's always a good idea to check with industry organisations for their requirements and any additional certifications that may be needed. Good luck!