Tips For Effective Communication On The Job

Communication affects teamwork in positive and negative ways. When teams practice effective communicate, they trust each other more.  This reduces unnecessary competition and helps employees work together. The quantity and quality of communication within a team are both important. When your p... Read more

Keep Your Keepers: 5 Tips To Successful Onboarding

There is nothing worse than starting a new job and not knowing what you are doing? That's why every company needs an onboarding strategy. Being the new kid in town means asking questions about everything, from simple facilitates questions like “where’s the bathroom?” to “how do you log onto... Read more

Tasty Treats For A Job Well Done

We recently received a sweet tray of tasty treats as a thank you gift from a candidate. This unexpected platter of deliciousness was delivered with a note that said “my one year anniversary just passed and it has been a fantastic year and I thank you for all your efforts a year ago”. What an a... Read more

ABF: Always Be Firing

Why Firing Your Bottom 10% of Underperforming Staff Makes Good Business Sense. I firmly believe, that in this economy, with full employment in our construction industry, staff retention is absolutely imperative for firms to thrive and prosper. But not all staff – only the committed, good ones. ... Read more

Baby Boomers: Maintain This Talent Resource

Let’s talk about Baby Boomers. Nobody wants to think about losing this knowledge bank of institutional, technical and managerial resources. But, we should start a dialogue about what it means to our construction industry. The statistics are overwhelming: as of 2011, an average of 10,000 America... Read more

What’s it Like to Work for Me?

Other than playing my 36 lefty guitars, there is no other one thing in my life that I have done longer than recruiting. I love it. I was born to do this job, but it is becoming more and more difficult. Recruiting is changing before my very eyes. Coming up on two decades now, I sometimes think I have... Read more

How To Keep Your Keepers: Hire The Right Person

By day I’m a executive recruiter, by night I’m in a band – a hard rock band that writes, records and performs original music in and around Boston. That means our band has to be tight! "So what" says you! Well, both of the things I’m passionate about require me to be a great team build... Read more

No more jobs – Just Tours of Duty!

I want to be the first to come out and say this: Isn’t it time for employers and employees to admit that loyalty and stability, as we knew them, are long gone. Most hiring authorities know that in reality, they are in no position to offer a long term career to their new or existing employees any... Read more

Recruiting IS Marketing

With talent scarcity remaining, how do you get THE best candidates from your competitors to WANT to join your team? The days where people just show up and “buy” what you have to offer are gone. You need to engage and encourage candidates to want to come to your place of business. Think bac... Read more

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... Read more

2013 Year in Review & 2014 Outlook

With January already over, our team sat down to discuss what we're seeing and hearing from clients, candidates and the industry as a whole. Here’s our notes on how 2013 played out and trends and opportunities for 2014 in no particular order. General: Salaries, profit margins, and fees are ... Read more

Who hired him! The cost of a Bad Hire

If you saw the movie Bad Santa you'll recognize what a bad hire can look like. Willie, aka Santa, might have scrubbed up as St. Nick, but he was bad to the bone. Willie was a conman and I'll suited to the position, and yet someone hired him.  Take a look around your office, do you have a Willie... Read more

Home Run Hiring

When you go to Fenway Park you’re never in any doubt about the score. The scoreboard says it all. Each team, the umpires, coaches and the all the fans are on the same page. It got me thinking, do clients have a hiring scoreboard? It’s rare that one person makes a hiring decision alone. So, how ... Read more

How good is your recruiting pitch?

How do you get the best candidates from the best companies to join your team? When a candidate walks away from your interview they should be clear on what your company stands for and why they should leave their job for you. They're not looking for just a job, they are looking for an opportunity t... Read more

WHY should I hire you?

Almost all interviews have this one question in common:  WHY should I hire you? How do you ensure that your response is insightful and compelling?      Use the K.I.S.S. metric.    Keep - It - Simple - Stupid.  Be concise and give examples of your worth. So, how do you do this.  Firstly, Go... Read more

How many leaders does it take to lead?

“The reality is, leaders are not developed in schools”. We love this quote by William Pelster, Principal  Deloitte Services LP.  There's no one size fits all type of leadership. It depends on your company lifecycle, product development, growth strategy, the list goes on. Take 3 minutes to c... Read more