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20 09, 2018

Should You Look for a New Job? And What an Employer Might Think When You Do

By | 2018-10-24T13:44:32+00:00 September 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

No one will tap you on the shoulder and tell you that it’s time to update your resume.  The choice is yours and, often, not so cut-and-dry. Many people stay at jobs too long – leading to diminished performance, boredom and, particularly in the trades, less drive to learn new skills. And, while we cannot say if you should be applying for new opportunities, there are a few signs that might indicate a change might be right for you. How healthy is your current company? It’s easy to get locked in on the day-to-day grind of your current project.  And, as [...]

4 09, 2018

How to Talk Salary With Candidates

By | 2018-10-24T13:45:08+00:00 September 4th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

When you first see the candidate’s resume, in passing, you think, ‘I wonder how much they make now?’ A similar question weighs on each applicant after they’ve submitted their resume, ‘I wonder how much they’d be paying?’   And, whether you call it pay, salary, compensation or money – the topic is omnipresent in the pursuit of all qualified applicants. So, if the topic is important enough to weigh on both hiring manager and candidate, why isn’t salary the first topic of conversations between the company and prospective employee? There are many answers to that question: the unknown, the taboo nature [...]

20 08, 2018

3 Keys to Presenting a Job Offer

By | 2018-10-24T13:45:48+00:00 August 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Most articles written about the topic of job offers center on the applicant – how to counter-offer, what they should to look for in the offer details, questions to ask and how quickly to respond. Left out in these resources is advice for the other side – the point of view of the hiring manager presenting the offer.  There are few things written about best practices in crafting and presenting job offers and, in a labor market that has excess applicants, the lack of information for recruiters might be just fine. The construction labor market, though, is tight – requiring [...]

31 07, 2018

The Job Feels Right, But What About the Company?

By | 2018-07-31T15:57:44+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

During most interview processes, any candidate will hear “corporate culture” thrown around at different steps along the way.  Most of the time, the comment goes unnoticed – mentally filed away as another piece of helpful, not critical, information about the hiring company. Normally, the assessment of whether the company would be the right fit for you is a secondary to more tangible, easily-defined aspects of a job – like salary, benefits and vacation time. We are not naïve.  We understand that money is important in the evaluation of any job offer.  We do, though, encourage all candidates not to ignore [...]

19 07, 2018

No Dummy Zone – Careers in Trades Aren’t What You Might Think

By | 2018-07-19T12:17:45+00:00 July 19th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

As soon as the word “dummy” came out of my mouth, I knew the reporter from US News and World Report would be using it in his story about the construction labor market.  And, while I might have chosen those words differently, I meant what I said. My quote in the published article read, “For so long, it was seen that if you worked with a hard hat, you didn’t make a lot of money and you were a dummy.  I can tell you that is contrary to everything that is reality.” In fact, I’d say it repeatedly to anyone that [...]

20 06, 2018

Mid-Year Check On Our 2018 Predictions

By | 2018-06-20T16:31:17+00:00 June 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

By this time, most of our New Year’s resolutions have been forgotten.  Our predictions for the state of the construction market, though, live on.  With 2018 half way in the books, June provides a perfect time for a mid-year check up on those predictions we made. Prediction #1: Unemployment will hover around 4% Mid-Year Result: Labor Force Statistics show a moderately declining Unemployment Rate, starting in January at 4.1% and standing at 3.8% in May.  The same data for the construction market alone shows a more drastic, seasonally-adjusted decrease over the same period – from 7.3% to 4.4%. This data [...]

16 05, 2018

Master the Interview Series, Part 4: How to Close Without Being “Sales-y”

By | 2018-06-14T17:55:21+00:00 May 16th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Goliath’s ‘Master the Interview’ series is a 5-part playbook of tips and best practices enabling job seekers to stand out in all interviewing formats – over the phone, in a one-on-one setting or in a group interview.    A quick check of your watch signals that your on-site interview will end soon. By this time, you’re starting to fade – your interviewer might be as well.  It would be tempting to relax - to think about a cold one at happy hour rather than finishing strong. Someway, somehow, though, you must stay focused. Resist the urge to let your guard [...]

8 05, 2018

Master the Interview Series, Part 3: On-Site Interview Tips “+1”

By | 2018-06-20T13:57:22+00:00 May 8th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Goliath’s ‘Master the Interview’ series is a 5-part playbook of tips and best practices enabling job seekers to stand out in all interviewing formats – over the phone, in a one-on-one setting or in a group interview.    Your on-site interview starts in fifteen minutes. As you put the car in park in front of this unfamiliar office, just think of how far you’ve come: Your polished resume stood out from the crowd. The phone interview has the hiring manager wanting to meet you in person. You’ve come toting your resume, notes about the company and a leave-behind for the [...]

24 04, 2018

Master the Interview Series, Part 2: Going Beyond the Basics Before the On-Site Interview

By | 2018-06-14T17:56:15+00:00 April 24th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

  Goliath’s ‘Master the Interview’ series is a 5-part playbook of tips and best practices enabling job seekers to stand out in all interviewing formats – over the phone, in a one-on-one setting or in a group interview.    Getting the call to schedule an on-site interview feels amazing. And, because you’ve made it this far in the search for your next job, we’ll assume that you have the basics covered as you start thinking about the interview. You already know the simple preparation work that needs to be done: making sure your suit is clean and ready, confirming the [...]

20 04, 2018

Master the Interview Series, Part 1: The Phone Interview

By | 2018-06-14T17:56:56+00:00 April 20th, 2018|Blog|0 Comments

Goliath’s ‘Master the Interview’ series is a 5 part playbook of tips and best practices enabling job seekers to stand out in all interviewing formats – over the phone, in a one-on-one setting or in a group interview.    It is easy to take a phone interview lightly. After all, getting to a phone interview can feel like a long haul – much easier than the work you’ve done in applying for numerous positions over the past few months with the company. Fight the urge to that the phone interview for granted – this initial conversation can make or break [...]