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Our teams' specialist knowledge and industry networks allow us to recruit for Senior Management, Director and Executive positions across every sector we work within – Construction, MEP, Client-Side Representatives and Consultancies.
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Our business support consultants work within multiple sectors and offer solutions for a range of front of house and back office support roles including, but not limited to: Reception and Front Desk, Administration Support, Personal and Executive Assistants, Compliance, Human Resources, Document Control & Helpdesk Support.
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Our established commercial teams work across the Building Services, Rail, Civils and Construction sectors. Their expert knowledge of the industries they work within enables them to offer advice and recruitment solutions for Bid Managers, Estimators, Quantity Surveyors, Buyers and Project Accountants from entry level to senior positions.
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Our Design team specialise in the Building Services, Rail, Civils and Construction Sectors and recruit for Design Engineer’s & Managers, CAD Technician’s and Co-ordinators.
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Our Supervision and Management team recruit for Superintendents, Site Safety Managers, Project Managers, Operations Managers, Facility Managers, Plant Managers and Property Managers. The team recruits for Construction, Developers, MEP and Client-Side Operatives.
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I want to express my highest regard and gratification to the great amount of attention that Amanda has provided me with during my job search process. Amanda constantly communicates and follows up and truly has my best interest at heart. While other recruiters have initially contacted me, and I have never heard from them again, Amanda continues to understand the sensitivity and urgency to find employment for those searching. She truly understands the nature of recruitment. I have been working with recruiters both for my personal job search and for recruiting staff for many many years, and Amanda is one of the most personable and attentive people I have ever worked with. She truly epitomizes exactly what a recruiter is and should be. Amanda and 1st Step Senior leadership should be very proud of their efforts. Thank you so much for all of your hard work and attention.
I recently took over as VP of Operations for the company I work for and one of my first goals was to improve the quality of our personnel. Although quite a few recruiters contacted us trying to help us fill an immediate need, 1st Step Solutions was the company we decided to work with. My first interaction was with Katherine Castellanos and from the start I was impressed with her professionalism, her positive energy, and her patience to help us find the right candidate. Needless to say we would recommend 1st Step Solutions and Katherine Castellanos to any company looking to add quality people to their workforce.”
I applied through 1st Step for a position as an Assistant Project Manager recently. With 1st Step's help, I was able to strengthen my candidacy for the position and the outcome was a success. I'm enthusiastic about starting this position and 1st Step have gone above and beyond for me, ensuring that I had the best possible chance of securing the position that I applied for. This is demonstrated by Nana's unending work, day and night to ensure that the job process progresses in my favor. Nana has even supported me in hosting a pre-interview questionnaire so that I can better prepare for questions in the real interview. He also took the time to schedule a post-interview discussion to evaluate how I felt about the interview. This was new for me I have never had anyone care to have a follow-up discussion. The overall experience was absolutely fantastic. Nana is truly a person that can ensure that the job you apply for is the job you get. There was no run around games, just straightforward support, and encouragement from start to finish. As my hire date approaches, I am grateful to know that I have your support. I hope that I can contact you in the future if I need a recommendation for another position.
I wanted to say a quick thank you for all 1st Step have done in creating this opportunity for me. Since our first contact, compared to other recruiters, 1st Step actually paid attention to my resume and listened to the explanation of my experience. I feel this was key in placing me in this position, had they not listened they would not have thought of me for the position. In addition, I must say the professionalism, attention to detail and excellent communication throughout the process was night and day better than other recruiters I have been working with. Last but not least, I feel 1st Step took ownership of my placement and gave it tremendous personal attention. I thank you personally for this. and look forward to working with you through the final transition.
Nana exemplifies all the traits and qualities a Senior Recruiter should have. My previous interface with other recruiting agencies left a negative impression. From the onset, Nana listened to my needs and future goals. He conversed with me to a level that not only gave him comfort in my abilities but made me feel as if I was not just another client but his only client. In addition to his excellent communication skills and knowledge of the industry, Nana was simply a pleasure to work with. His awareness of the industry coupled with my personal goals prepared me for the selection process for the opportunity in which I have been happily employed for over 6 months. Nana will always be my first contact should I look to further my career endeavors or simply just seek advice. I have no doubt that Nana will continue to be an asset to 1st Step and he certainly has my recommendation.
I'd like to recognize Nana Boss for his professionalism and thoroughness as a recruiter. Nana found me through LinkedIn and we briefly corresponded via email and then by phone to discuss the position available. He served as an excellent advocate on my behalf and worked tirelessly to facilitate my hire. Over the last 2 months, I have been working with other recruiting agencies in the New York City area and found Nana to be impressively more professional and responsive than anyone I had previously dealt with. He is incredibly easy to reach and responds thoroughly and in a timely manner. I found that he went far above and beyond the normal role of someone in his position and in addition to his consistent professionalism; he was easy to speak with and quickly build an amicable rapport despite our brief interactions. As an employee, Nana not only found me and matched me up with an excellent firm seeking an engineer; he was also insightful and quickly saw that my experience and skills were better suited for the position of Director of Engineering. His comprehensive attitude towards building an accurate connection between the firm and me as a future employee saved both parties a great deal of time and money before I even started work.
The assistance and support I received from Anthony Isidro of 1st Step Resourcing has been very professional, always in contact with me about any changes and information needed in relation to my job search. I am very satisfied with the service provided.
I had a great experience working with Anthony Isidro on my job search. he is extremely professional and understands the needs of both the hiring manager and the candidate. 1st Step resourcing dedicate the proper resources to find the best employment opportunity for each client they represent.
I want to thank 1st Step for bringing this employment opportunity to me, as well as others in the NYC area. I wouldn't be in a position to accept this opportunity without you reaching out to me and managing the process. Without your involvement, I simply wouldn’t have known about the organization I am now working for. You certainly have a strong skill set in finding, vetting, and matching people with good employment opportunities. You are very professional and have been a delight to work with. I am looking forward to meeting you soon in NYC. I will also keep you in mind if I know of any positions you can work to fill.
Our team at 1st Step were yesterday at the New York Build Expo, at the Javits Center, meeting representatives from across the industry. 1st Step's Tommy Marino, Technical Recruiter and Katherine Castellanos, Branch Manager Katherine and Tommy were able to network and meet with plenty of clients and candidates at the event, whilst getting the latest information on what is going on in New York, NY in the coming months and years for the Construction industry. Katherine told us "It was a great opportunity to not only network amongst some of the most elite construction companies in NY but also to get a better understanding of how everything operates behind the scenes." Tommy took full advantage of the opportunity to get up close to some of the huge plant on display and even got set to make a speech at the lectern. When it came to the leading lights of the sector, Katherine explained that 1st Step was in good company at the event. She said "There were many reputable companies there starting from ones that provided all the nuts and bolts on most projects to some of the largest contractors in the worlds like Skanska and Hudson Meridian. It was great to be part of it and I am looking forward to doing it again!"
New York City has entered it’s biggest construction boom it has seen in generations. The city has come a long way from 2008 where the industry had taken a severe downward turn. In June, the city census reported that the city had issued 17,8054 permits. More than half went to Brooklyn projects with most of the rest being split between Manhattan and Queens. Even with most development permits going to the borough of Brooklyn, Manhattan maintains the top spot for the most expensive projects. This is largely due to Manhattan’s Hudson Yards project. Hudson Yards is Manhattan’s current large-scale redevelopment plan. It is making history as the largest private real estate development in history. This is also the largest development the city has seen since Rockefeller Center clocking in at over 1 million square feet of retail and mixed-use space. Hudson Yards 500 West 33rd Street is the city’s largest and most expensive project. Being built by Tishman Construction the mixed-use building is valued at $ 576.68 Million. New York City’s skyline continues to grow and develop which will guarantee the city’s boom to continue for the years to come.
New York City maintains the top spot for 2 years in a row as the most expensive city to build in around the world according to Turner and Townsend’s annual report, the 2018 International Construction Market Survey. On average it cost $362 per square foot to build in New York City. As far as labor goes the city’s average that a construction employee will make an hour is $98.30. Wages for construction employees are starting to rise to meet the demands of a busy market. Contractors have seen a 10% increase in their hourly wage to $29.63 per hour as well. New York City large-scale projects such as Hudson Yards, Pacific Park and Essex Crossing has brought in over 30,000 jobs into the city. There is a high demand for skilled employees. Many companies are willing to pay generous salaries as well as offer great benefits to attract top talent to their companies. Senior level roles with these companies can see salaries reaching 200K. With many of the projects in development, now is the time to enter a thriving industry.
Two of our leading Consultants, Kieran James and Sam Nixon, have recently taken a visit to Battersea, and they were impressed... Kieran and Sam were meeting their client at Battersea and got a treat of a site tour. In this picture, you can see Sam Nixon, our Commercial Consultant who was stood next to a £450,000 boiler, of which there are two powering the old Power Station! Sam said "this was an awesome project, and great to meet the guys out on site. I am always in awe of the projects our candidates and clients build, but this is another level. I'm really grateful for being invited". "The size and scale of this project is immense" said Kieran, "and you can't really grasp the scale and size of the project even when you are stood next to it. We're really proud to be represented 1st Step as part of this prestigious project."
This week we were delighted to be asked to attend an event in aid of "Haven House" which is a charity set up to look after terminally ill children. Our Operations Director, Andy Brooks was in attendance at the event, held at the Seve Ballesteros designed course, the Shire. Andy said "We were invited along to attend the event, organised by our client MJL, and we were only too pleased to be there" adding "whilst my golfing wasn't up to much, and I won't comment on others, the event was a huge success and our client should be applauded for organising such a fantastic day and, moreover, raising the best part of £30k towards the Charity". "Supporting both charities and our clients is an important and imperative part of what we do at 1st Step, so getting the chance to do so alongside our clients and fellow supply-chain members is great" said Andy.
Continuing our ongoing commitment to be involved in shaping the futures of the next generation of workers, today, I visited Cooper’s School in Chislehurst to discuss employability skills and careers in HR (4th July 2018). Part of our ongoing commitment to being part of our community is helping to educate the next generation of the UK’s workforce. We feel it is really important to meet students and engage with them about life in the working world, which is often not on the curriculum. To go into details of how to perform in an interview compliments what schools do, but giving contextual advice from experience from throughout my career added real value. I have to be honest I was dreading it a bit - teenagers are not renowned for being easy to keep captivated - but the students at Cooper’s School were an absolute credit to their school and themselves. They were genuinely interested in my career and in what 1st Step do too. It gives real hope for the next generation that we are bringing into our workplaces. And they did remind every 10 minutes...it’s coming home!