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5 Ways To Survive, Or Even Enjoy (Gasp!) Thanksgiving This Year

Filed in Miscellaneous by on November 23, 2016 0 Comments
5 Ways To Survive, Or Even Enjoy (Gasp!) Thanksgiving This Year

Don’t be a turkey! Whether you are spending the holidays with family, friends or perhaps even a group of relative strangers, there are many ways to get into the spirit and enjoy yourself this season. (1) Express Gratitude. Practicing gratitude can increase your happiness levels by about 25%. Here are a couple of exercises that work […]

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Your Job Is Not The Problem – You Are!

Filed in Candidates, Interviews by on November 22, 2016 0 Comments
Your Job Is Not The Problem – You Are!

The average person spends 90,000+ hours at work over their lifetime: from the age of 20 – 65, for 40 hours a week, with two weeks of vacation a year. • Are you stuck in a crappy job? • Are you counting down the days until your next vacation? • Do you live for long weekends? Your […]

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Create A Fool-Proof Job Description

Filed in Clients, Construction, Recruiting by on November 16, 2016 0 Comments
Create A Fool-Proof Job Description

Setup For Success Accurate job descriptions are an essential part of hiring AND managing employees. One more time… an essential part of hiring AND managing employees. If you want to run a successful team, you must ensure that your applicants and employees understand their roles and accountability, as well as avenues for growth. Creating Job […]

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3 Ways To Turbocharge Your Career With Job References

Filed in Candidates by on August 31, 2016 0 Comments
3 Ways To Turbocharge Your Career With Job References

Before you even begin to seek new job opportunities, consider compiling your job references. Avoid saving this step for the last minute, rushing to track down contacts and reaching out regarding their availability. Also, get in touch now! Ask questions and gain insight from them regarding their experiences working with you, along with help looking […]

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Begin Your Job Search & Hiring Process With A Little Reflection

Filed in Candidates, Clients by on August 29, 2016 0 Comments
Begin Your Job Search & Hiring Process With A Little Reflection

Are you considering looking for a new job? Or hiring a new candidate? Regardless of your role as a potential job applicant or a hiring manager, it is important to kick off your search with a little reflection. As you consider the questions below, keep your previous experiences in mind. What worked? What didn’t? What […]

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Your Company’s Market Value Depends On Good Talent Management

Filed in Clients, Culture, Leadership by on July 29, 2016 0 Comments
Your Company’s Market Value Depends On Good Talent Management

We’re always thinking and talking about TALENT MANAGEMENT. How to attract it How to hire it How to keep it If you are responsible for talent acquisition for your company, you should too because your company’s market value could depend on it. We came across a simple but direct post from ERE Media on why talent […]

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Turbocharge Your Construction Job Search: 3 Ways To Use Glassdoor

Filed in Candidates, Culture, Interviews, Salary by on July 1, 2016 0 Comments
Turbocharge Your Construction Job Search: 3 Ways To Use Glassdoor

Searching for construction jobs can be like having a second (or third) full-time job. There are tools that can help make it easier! Glassdoor is one of those tools. From the website: “Glassdoor holds a growing database of more than 8 million company reviews, CEO approval ratings, salary reports, interview reviews and questions, benefits reviews, […]

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Superintendents, You’re The Glue That Holds It All Together

Filed in Candidates, Leadership by on June 21, 2016 0 Comments
Superintendents, You’re The Glue That Holds It All Together

One of my favorite roles to fill for my clients is that of the Field Superintendent. Not only do I love the typically down to earth, friendly, open, work-horse nature of these guys and gals – I respect the heart and soul that a good Superintendent pours into their work.  I hear so many stories […]

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Show Me The Money! You Got A Raise. Now What?!

Filed in Clients, Salary by on June 14, 2016 0 Comments
Show Me The Money! You Got A Raise. Now What?!

All that hard work has finally paid off! You got a raise at work. Now what? As you bask in the glow of a job well done, planning ahead for your new future should stay in the forefront of your mind. After all, it takes money to make money! But even just a little boost […]

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Hire For Attitude, Train For Skills

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Leadership, Recruiting by on May 30, 2016
Hire For Attitude, Train For Skills

The most valuable traits in the new economy are curiosity, communication, attitude, and largess. This is the mantra of leading business thinkers. There is a scarcity of top grade employees in most arenas out there. Every day we see clients reject potentially great candidates because they are not a “perfect 10 in our world.” We hear […]

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5 Need-To-Know Construction Blogs

5 Need-To-Know Construction Blogs

Construction blogs have been on the rise this past year. Capterra highlights over 20 construction blogs and news sites that are fairly active and this isn’t even a comprehensive list. The construction industry is full of news, innovation and excitement shapes our communities. We did some research and here are the need-to-know construction blogs. 1. […]

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16 Tips To Create A Killer LinkedIn Profile

Filed in Candidates, Marketing by on April 29, 2016 0 Comments
16 Tips To Create A Killer LinkedIn Profile

LinkedIn and other Social networking sites a great way to reconnect and / or stay connected with old contacts that you may risk losing touch with over the years. The platform also has thousands of groups devoted to practically every aspect of the construction industry. Or, you can start your own. Online networking cannot replace face-to-face […]

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Don’t Hire “Good Guys”

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Interviews by on April 17, 2016
Don’t Hire “Good Guys”

As recruiters, one of the most common things we hear from decision makers is “bring me a good guy.” We can almost bet when we ask for a definition of a “good guy,” they’ll say “I’ll know him when I see him” or “you know what I mean, you’re a Recruiter!” It still amazes us how […]

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Estimators, Master of Thick Skin

Filed in Candidates by on April 11, 2016 0 Comments
Estimators, Master of Thick Skin

Estimators – you may have the toughest job in Construction! For as long as I have been recruiting, I’ve known Estimators to be in high demand, pretty much at all times. And it doesn’t look like that is going to change any time soon. According to the BLS the “overall job opportunities should be good as […]

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Does Your Talent Brand Suck?

Filed in Clients, Culture, Recruiting by on January 27, 2016 0 Comments
Does Your Talent Brand Suck?

These days hiring is difficult. Very difficult. It’s important to know you’re not alone. If you ask around, many of your competitors are in the same boat. For small to medium-sized construction firms, the recruiting process can be about as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist. In the short term, you fork over a […]

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Hiring is going to cost you one way or another.

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Salary by on January 20, 2016 0 Comments
Hiring is going to cost you one way or another.

2016 is off to a great start. The good news: The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that as of December the unemployment rate was unchanged at 5.0 percent. The construction industry showed strong job growth for the third consecutive month, gaining 45,000 jobs in December. The bad news: It’s an increasingly competitive marketplace […]

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This is How Much it Costs to Recruit New Talent

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Leadership, Recruiting, Salary by on December 11, 2015 0 Comments
This is How Much it Costs to Recruit New Talent

Here’s an important statistic you need to know if you are charged with hiring talent for your construction firm. In this booming market, a happily employed construction candidate, not actively seeking a new job, being directly recruited to join a new firm, typically expects a 10% to 15% bump in base salary to move. It’s […]

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Knowledge IS Power: Get Your Employer To Pay For Training

Filed in Candidates by on November 3, 2015 0 Comments
Knowledge IS Power: Get Your Employer To Pay For Training

Many organizations are more than willing to help employees grow professionally, but it’s easy to feel awkward about asking for financial assistance from your current employer in this tight economy. These tips will help you secure funding from your boss for professional training and development opportunities. Research First of all, know your audience. What is important to your […]

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What are your Gold Standards of Business?

Filed in Clients, Colm's Column, Culture by on October 13, 2015 0 Comments
What are your Gold Standards of Business?

What are the Gold Standards of your business? What are the values by which your company is run? Is your company vision so clear that your employees could clearly articulate those values to a stranger and perform them on a daily basis? What’s the difference between your company and your #1 competitor? It’s the people. […]

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Teamwork DOES Make The Dream Work

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture, Leadership by on August 17, 2015 0 Comments
Teamwork DOES Make The Dream Work

It’s easy… right? You just need to find the “right” people with the required skills and put them in a room together. They’re smart and they know their stuff: they’ll figure it out. Except it doesn’t always work out that way. A strong team needs an even stronger leader who isn’t afraid to take on […]

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