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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 Uncategorized 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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Define Team Roles & Responsibilities For Project Success

Filed in Clients, Leadership by on February 4, 2015
Define Team Roles & Responsibilities For Project Success

There are many reasons that projects fail. Many challenges are rooted in team participation and engagement. Team members and managers all play an important role in moving projects along, but with great power lies great responsibility. These responsibilities and subsequent roles must be defined.  A big challenge for teams is a lack of clarity around these roles. […]

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Golden Rule of Recruiting

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Leadership, Recruiting by on January 23, 2015
Golden Rule of Recruiting

In our business, we have a Golden Rule of Recruiting: There are three types of candidates, “A,” “B,” and “C,” and there are three types of employer “A,” “B,” and “C.” An “A” candidate in an “A” company is a good hire. A “B” candidate in a “B” company is good hire, and of course, […]

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Time & Labor Management Are An Art

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture by on January 21, 2015
Time & Labor Management Are An Art

Is there ever enough time in the day? The highest achievers manage their time and labor exceptionally well – focusing on results rather than activities. Being busy isn’t the same as being effective. It is vital to organize and plan how much time and resources you commit to specific activities. Time And Labor Management Hacks: Detailed list > Delegate Tasks Prioritize Work […]

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Core Values That Attract The Right Candidates

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on January 20, 2015
Core Values That Attract The Right Candidates

Core values are the fundamental beliefs of a person or organization. They are the guiding principles that dictate the direction of a business and internal workplace culture. There are many different types of core values and many organizations create a list of three to seven words to represent them. However, specific statements carry more weight […]

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The Importance Of New Employee Orientation

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on January 15, 2015
The Importance Of New Employee Orientation

22% of staff turnover occurs in the first 45 days of employment. However, new employees who have gone through a structured on-boarding program are 58% more likely to be with the organization after three years. Everyone hires a new employee with the intention that they become productive within a reasonable period of time. In order for that […]

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Find the Perfect PM: Top Characteristics

Filed in Clients, Recruiting by on January 13, 2015
Find the Perfect PM: Top Characteristics

Successful construction project managers plan, manage, and handle details in a way that let you and your team relax. Andy Crowe completed a study of 860 (the top 2 percent) of project managers across industries. The study identified the top 10 traits of the rarest breed: a great project manager. They are: (1) Command authority naturally. (2) Possess quick […]

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New Year, New You: 5 Career Goals That Will Change Your Life

Filed in Candidates, Clients by on January 7, 2015
New Year, New You: 5 Career Goals That Will Change Your Life

Mashable released a list of the 35 things you should do for your career by the time you turn 35. The list is geared towards things you should get started on sooner rather than later. This got us thinking, what is the list missing? (1) Know what you enjoy and what you do not enjoy. […]

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Predictions for Boston Construction 2015

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column by on December 22, 2014
Predictions for Boston Construction 2015

1. Millennials will become 50% of the workforce majority in 2015. Companies that find a way to attract and retain these tech-savvy, independent and adaptable candidates will have a huge competitive advantage. A recent BLS survey noted that 58% of Millennials expect to leave their job in three years or less, so if your firm does […]

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