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25 11, 2019

How to Use Salary Data

By | 2019-11-25T15:31:46+00:00 November 25th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

There are three possible uses of the National Home Builders (NAHB) 2018 listing of highest paid construction occupations  – two uses are helpful, one is not. First, and not useful, find your current role, discover that you might be making less than the median, and get upset.  If you feel undervalued, this reaction is natural.  Instead of dwelling on your current wage, use the data to your advantage to get paid more – today or in the future. Understanding the median salaries of each position nationwide can be helpful to (a) negotiate a future salary increase, (b) better evaluate a [...]

22 10, 2019

Scaling the Job Site Language Divide

By | 2019-10-22T13:33:35+00:00 October 22nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

In a recent report, The American Council on Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) cited the construction industry as having the greatest language divide amongst managers and workers.  While taking a walk on any job site will, no doubt, have you hearing both Spanish and English spoken, there are several concerns related to the growing language gap in our industry.  Construction leaders are worried about safety issues causes by lingual misunderstanding and even cite their inability to hire bilingual workers as a reason for losing bids. And, as concerning as today’s gap is, tomorrow’s headline could be even worse – 53% [...]

4 09, 2019

Construction is Leading Innovation – Two Projects That Prove it

By | 2019-09-30T21:13:15+00:00 September 4th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

While we match candidates with nationwide jobs it is easy to lose track of the extraordinary projects driving construction innovation, technological advancement and providing unique job opportunities for all trades. I realized this as I unplugged for a few moments to study two construction projects that have pushed large-scale construction to a new, higher level.  These projects are not only ridiculously interesting and important, but they will also drive the qualities workers need to satisfy the future positions that we will be attempting to fill. Project #1: Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino Location: Hollywood, FL Project Budget: $1.5 billion [...]

29 07, 2019

Can Fortnite Bring Kids to Construction?

By | 2019-07-29T18:38:39+00:00 July 29th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

The f-word, at least in our house, is Fortnite.  My kids love the wildly popular game and I’d rather they be playing in the front yard.  And, while I don’t hate the game, I simply have no appetite for managing the time my kids are spending with technology each hot, summer day. Kids should be outside – just like I used to be during the summers of my childhood.  The more I read about technology shaping today’s business environment, the more I feel I might be wrong. Whether it be playing video game or scouring the internet for ways to [...]

26 06, 2019

Effectively Tiptoeing Into the Job Market Without Burning Bridges

By | 2019-06-26T15:26:15+00:00 June 26th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

In my home, the concept of tiptoeing brings me back – to a time where a bad dream would have my daughter begging to crawl into our cozy bed during the middle of the night. Thankfully, that tiptoeing has stopped. The only tiptoeing I hear anymore comes from skittish, mildly unhappy craftsmen that are considering a job search after years of steady work - caught between wanting to make a change and enjoying their current stability. Much has been made about the lack of qualified candidates in the job market. The best workers are, in fact, currently working. The construction [...]

23 05, 2019

Trends in Construction Segments – What’ Up, What’s Down(ish)

By | 2019-05-23T17:05:09+00:00 May 23rd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

Whether on the job market or curious about the industry, knowing the trajectory of the construction market is a valuable tool for any future leader.  From our unique vantage point of working with construction companies and skilled workers, we are consistently watching Residential and Commercial construction data. Understanding the markets where we work helps us get better at anticipating needs.  It may, in fact, help job seekers and hiring managers do the same. Market 1: Residential Construction Update Using data released on May 16 from the Census, current trends in residential construction are a mixed bag of slow growth and [...]

2 05, 2019

So Tell Me About Yourself

By | 2019-06-26T14:32:20+00:00 May 2nd, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

By the time you step into an interview, your confidence is brimming about your technical fit for the job.  Without doubt, you are ready to talk about past accomplishments how they prepared you for this new opportunity.  Yes, walking an interviewer through your resume is not problem – you could do that in your sleep, right? Are you ready, though, for the hiring manager’s first, face-to-face conversation that will begin with them simply saying, “Tell us about yourself”? If you’re not prepared for this common question, you’re not alone.  And, as benign as the statement sounds, your answer is important. [...]

12 04, 2019

Hiring Delay Dos and Don’ts to Land the Best

By | 2019-04-12T16:52:17+00:00 April 12th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

No one wants to delay the hiring process.  Frankly, if asked, hiring managers and candidates looking for jobs say that getting the job of their dreams takes far too long.  Hiring, even in the tightest of labor markets, though, is a marathon (not a sprint). Job postings become stale, searches tend to drag, offers linger and decisions work through the ecosystems of the Human Resources chain at, too often, a snail’s pace. Delays happen and, often, for justifiable reasons: The net cast for candidates is wider in the tight labor market. Pools of candidates come into the process at differing [...]

21 02, 2019

Is There Danger in Hiring the Cultural Fit?

By | 2019-02-21T19:31:32+00:00 February 21st, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

We’d be naive to say that working alongside like-minded people isn’t initially easier. Yes, the first day for a new employee entering an environment that feels entirely comfortable can make the on-boarding process seem simpler for all.  Does that first day comfort, though, translate into long- term employee performance? The data suggests that it might not. In fact, if it is true that nearly half of new hires fail in the first 18 months of employment because they cannot assimilate into the new environment, it could be said that hiring a candidate because they are the closest match to the [...]

19 02, 2019

Workplace Trends Candidates and Hiring Managers Shouldn’t Ignore

By | 2019-02-19T18:39:00+00:00 February 19th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

I might describe the Forbes list of 19 Workplace Predictions for 2019 as, both, on the mark and completely off-the-wall.  I agree with some points and disagree with others. The list was proactive, but, more importantly, brought up workplace trends that may scope the work of candidates looking for jobs and hiring managers looking to fill positions during the upcoming year - Trends For Job-Seekers: There is a workplace trend in candidates advancing their job searches through their own personal network. Applicants may start their search online but will turn to trusted sources quickly for insider tips and information. The Undercover [...]