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3 Reasons People Love To Hate Recruiters

Filed in Candidates, Culture, Recruiting by on June 23, 2015 0 Comments
3 Reasons People Love To Hate Recruiters

I’ve spent over a decade in some version of recruiting and I’ve evolved from the timid girl on the phone coaxing for candidate and client attention to a woman with a passionate conviction, knowing what I have to offer is valuable and if someone isn’t ready to receive my value, well… so be it. All […]

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What are you worth? Construction Project Manager mid-career profile

Filed in Candidates, Negotiating, Salary by on June 17, 2015 0 Comments
What are you worth? Construction Project Manager mid-career profile

What are you worth? If you’re a mid-career Construction Project Manager and live in Massachusetts check out this profile. It will give you a rundown on of the following areas: Average Annual Salary, Common Health Benefits, Gender, Hard & Soft skills, Tools & Education and Jole Outline & Outlook. Obviously, this infographic is only a […]

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Why texting is F*ing up your communication

Filed in Candidates, Culture, Interviews, Recruiting by on June 11, 2015 0 Comments
Why texting is F*ing up your communication

Let’s face it.  We are living in a new world of communication and I’m not feeling all that good about what’s happening to us. I’m sure I don’t need to remind many of you of the days when we called people on their home phones, added our friends to a call with a “party line” or carried […]

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The Counter Affect: Why you shouldn’t take that counter offer.

The Counter Affect: Why you shouldn’t take that counter offer.

Accepting a counter offer rarely has a happy ending. “If you send a signal that you’re unhappy, and if your boss personalizes your desire to leave, then staying doesn’t make sense no matter what they offer you,” says Arlene Hirsch, a Chicago career consultant. “Your motives will be suspect from that point on,” she says. […]

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Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Filed in Construction by on June 1, 2015 0 Comments
Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

This weekend marked the opening of The Observatory at One World Trade Center to the public. One World Trade is a thing of beauty for so many reasons, but it couldn’t have come to fruition without the hard work and dedication of all the skilled construction professionals it took to build it. Every day there were […]

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Listen To Music While You Work

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture by on May 29, 2015 0 Comments
Listen To Music While You Work

Listening to music while you work has a significant impact on your brain. When you listen to music, a part of your brain that triggers the release of the ‘pleasure chemical’ dopamine is activated. This travels down a pathway in the brain called the “Reward System.” Dopamine is the same chemical that is released when […]

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“I’ll have what she’s having.” Why salary comparisons hurt.

Filed in Candidates, Negotiating by on May 21, 2015 0 Comments
“I’ll have what she’s having.” Why salary comparisons hurt.

Negotiating is difficult to begin without creating comparisons. We all have an obvious and practical drive to compare. People do not make judgments and decisions in a vacuum, but against a backdrop of available options. Since we do not possess an inherent ability to judge the value of something in isolation, we determine value by comparing […]

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The Top 10 Reasons Candidates Should Have Their Own Recruiter

Filed in Candidates, Recruiting by on May 6, 2015 0 Comments
The Top 10 Reasons Candidates Should Have Their Own Recruiter

Do you have a professional recruiter in your corner? If the answer is no, why not? If you are an employee, chances are, at some point you’ll be looking for a new job. Having a proactive relationship with a recruiter who understands your motivations can make changing jobs relatively painless. Let’s be honest. The best time […]

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The Skills Gap: Who’s to blame?

Filed in Clients, Culture, Recruiting by on April 27, 2015 0 Comments
The Skills Gap: Who’s to blame?

As executive recruiters we get calls from companies every day interested in hiring us to look for talent. The market has certainly changed and after some very rough years things have started to pick up in a big way in the construction industry. We hear time and time again that there is a serious and […]

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Here’s looking at you kid! How learned behavior from family can hurt your financial well-being.

Filed in Candidates by on April 13, 2015 0 Comments
Here’s looking at you kid! How learned behavior from family can hurt your financial well-being.

When I was a kid, my mother, when facing a purchase we couldn’t really afford, would often brush it off saying, “Well, we’re never going to have money anyway.” (She may have used more colorful language.) As someone who grew up with that narrative, I’ve had to learn as an adult how to budget and […]

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Fire your “Director of Desertion”

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Culture by on April 3, 2015 0 Comments
Fire your “Director of Desertion”

You don’t have one? Oh, yes you do. In these times of talent wars, of zero candidates being available, and with almost every construction company needing some new hires, the No. 1 thing owners and leaders can do is protect the good staff that they already have. If you become a company that employees love […]

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57-story skyscraper in a record 19 days

Filed in Construction, Technology by on March 13, 2015 0 Comments
57-story skyscraper in a record 19 days

Skyscrapers build in a matter of weeks – will this be the “new normal”? According to the BROAD Sustainable Building Co. Ltd. headquartered in Changsha, China, it’s the way of the future. Their recent triumph has been the construction of a 57-story skyscraper in a record 19 days, with the production of 3 stories a day by way […]

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Put Your Potential Employer In The Hot Seat: Interview Questions To Ask

Filed in Candidates, Interviews by on March 11, 2015
Put Your Potential Employer In The Hot Seat: Interview Questions To Ask

Job interviews can be stressful. Asking insightful interview questions will help you stand out from other candidates (a nice way to put your competition!). Insightful questions demonstrate that you have critically evaluated the fit between the role and your own capabilities and characteristics. Consider this example: “Fast-forward a year, and imagine that you’re looking back on […]

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How To Make Sure Company Culture Suits YOU

Filed in Candidates, Culture, Interviews by on March 6, 2015
How To Make Sure Company Culture Suits YOU

Corporate culture is a set of values, norms and behaviors that are shared by individuals and groups within an organization. This is a vital component to job searching and finding the right fit for you. Although recognized as important for employee retention, company culture is still not considered frequently during job selection. Culture is more […]

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Google Workspace of the Future

Filed in Clients, Culture by on March 4, 2015
Google Workspace of the Future

Google is in the process of redesigning their Sillicon Valley, Mountain View headquarters into something that is both functional and beautiful. With the help of architects from Bjarke Ingels Group and Heatherwick Studio they have designed something new and exciting in the way of high tech, glass canopies. The canopies will be city block-sized, glass greenhouse-style […]

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Successfully Negotiate Your Next Salary Increase

Filed in Candidates by on March 2, 2015
Successfully Negotiate Your Next Salary Increase

Asking for a raise is stressful. Some argue that you should stay away from salary negotiations; that increases in pay are a natural part of business and management will recognize your value. This may have been true in the past when many businesses had the same structures and procedures in place, no matter the shape […]

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Bill Belichick: The Patron Saint of Utility Players

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Recruiting by on February 23, 2015
Bill Belichick: The Patron Saint of Utility Players

If Bill Belichick ran his team like a lot of contractors run their businesses, they would not have won their fourth Super Bowl in 13 years. Bill would have dismissed playmaking superstars because of seemingly imperfect résumés and an inability to see how these players could become important contributors to an already awesome team. We […]

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Interview Tips & Tricks: How To Ace The Face-To-Face

Filed in Candidates, Interviews by on February 19, 2015
Interview Tips & Tricks: How To Ace The Face-To-Face

Finding a new job is a process. The best results require planning and intentional effort. Prepare to succeed or prepare to fail. Or, as Benjamin Franklin once said: “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Would you start building a house without careful planning? Find a location: Perhaps you have already found a company that appeals […]

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3D Printing

Filed in Construction, Technology by on February 10, 2015
3D Printing

3D printing in construction is here. Sure, it may need some tweaking, but, is this the foundation of things to come? Move over century old practices and modular construction, technology is taking over. * 1,100 sq meter building. * 3 floors. * 1 floor per day. * Giant 3D printing machine is 15 ft long […]

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How to keep your keepers #5: Acknowledge important milestones

Filed in Clients, Culture by on February 9, 2015
How to keep your keepers #5: Acknowledge important milestones

Acknowledge important milestones. Loyalty and retention tend to increase when a sincere attempt is made on the part of management to remember and acknowledge dates that are important to employees. Things like birthdays, educational or professional development achievements and firm anniversaries would all fit into this category. For newer employees even a six month anniversary […]

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