Posts Categorized: Recruiting

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... Read more

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 no... Read more

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 ... Read more

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

Who needs a good pitch when your company culture speaks for you? [embed][/embed] 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 &a... Read more

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. ... Read more

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... Read more

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 g... Read more

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 manag... Read more

Why you will fail to have a great career

The pursuit of a great career. Is it really just a matter of luck or is that the excuse you’re telling yourself? According to Larry Smith, a professor of economics at the University of Waterloo, people don't pursue their passion because of the fabricated stories they tell themselves. Most peop... Read more

Deconstructing Construction

  Even though business is booming, we all know the margins in construction are decreasing — at least with hard bid. Profit percentages are so tight, it’s hard to get an edge. With information so freely available, even the laziest of owners can figure out their contractors’ margins, risk, an... Read more

Hiring Is A Pain In The Butt

Hiring is a pain in the butt. Let’s face it, everyone knows it, and no one wants to do it. This German job fair has take a pretty "creative" approach to attracting talent but most of our clients don’t have the time or energy to do this. We estimate about 10 % of candidates are top-shelf, th... Read more

Keep Your Keepers: Pay Your Employees Fairly

Pay your employees fairly. Now, this does not necessarily mean that you should always pay your employees the highest salary in the marketplace. I have successfully placed many high level professionals in positions for "less" money because of different perceived benefits. Factors like more growth ... 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