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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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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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“I’m the king of the world!” But…nobody likes a show-off.

Filed in Candidates, Clients, Culture, Leadership by on August 7, 2015 0 Comments
“I’m the king of the world!” But…nobody likes a show-off.

“Leaders must invoke an alchemy of great vision.”- Henry Kissinger Complacency at work leads to less innovation, less trust and less loyalty within your organization. Are you encouraging change? Is turnover on the rise? Are you making decisions based on intuition and information? Or, only to relieve a sense of anxiety? Understand The Importance Of Strong LEADERship Issues […]

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You Had Me At “Hello”: When Culture Trumps Money

Filed in Clients, Culture, Recruiting by on July 30, 2015 0 Comments
You Had Me At “Hello”: When Culture Trumps Money

Who needs a good pitch when your company culture speaks for you? About 70% of your employees hate their job. That is some bad PR! A staggering 96% of people think that their workplace culture needs a change. According to a recent Booz & Company study, 84% of respondents and 86% of C-Suite respondents believe […]

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Jobsite Hijinks

Filed in Miscellaneous by on July 15, 2015 0 Comments
Jobsite Hijinks

A little “Hump Day” fun.  Kids, don’t try these Jobsite hijinks at home. I’m pretty sure OSHA must have been on break. This is one of those mom moments where it could “all end in tears.” If the video is real, the nail gun precision is super impressive but, next time safety first fellas.   […]

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Who Said Talk Is Cheap?

Filed in Colm's Column, Culture by on July 9, 2015 0 Comments
Who Said Talk Is Cheap?

When exactly did the recession start? For us, it was September 2008. I’m not sure when it ended, but one thing is for certain, in our business it’s definitely over. Like most companies, it was a very difficult 6+ years, but it’s a different story today. The market is so hot now, that when we […]

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Worth It? The Real Cost Of A Student Loan.

Filed in Candidates by on July 8, 2015 0 Comments
Worth It? The Real Cost Of A Student Loan.

The United States now holds $1.2 trillion in collective student loan debt, and college graduates from 2014 left school with an average debt of $33,000, according to Mark Kantrowitz, senior vice president and publisher of Edvisors.com, a paying for college resource. How does this impact you? Know the real cost of a student loan. The Breakdown […]

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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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