Loading...

Blog

Home | Blog
20 02, 2020

Two Reputation Killers in Your Job Search

By | 2020-02-20T14:44:37+00:00 February 20th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

We can help find the best new opportunity for most candidates. Yes, we’ll work with job seekers to prepare them for an upcoming interview. At all times, we want to find a win-win situation for every job seeker and hiring manager that we work with. There are a few things we, however, can’t do. We won’t guarantee that anyone is hired under a strict timeline. All people looking for jobs won’t find what they are looking for where they want to work right away. And, we cannot repair a ruined professional reputation – particularly when the damage is self-imposed.  A [...]

16 12, 2019

Ghostbusting in Recruiting and Hiring – Avoid Getting Slimed

By | 2019-12-16T15:15:42+00:00 December 16th, 2019|Blog|0 Comments

It seems fitting that the new “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” trailer filled our social media feeds over the past week.  After all, I’d just read an article about “ghosting” – a hot topic for any human resource professional who’s been burnt by a candidate that disappears at some point in the hiring process. Ghosting, in recruiting and hiring, takes many forms: not returning phone calls, failing to show up for interviews and slow communication when speed is essential.  You do not have to be well-read to unequivocally understand that ghosting should be unacceptable. So, if most of us feel that ghosting an [...]

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 [...]