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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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“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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