Goliath Blog 2018-06-20T13:22:12+00:00
2009, 2018

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

By | September 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

409, 2018

How to Talk Salary With Candidates

By | September 4th, 2018|

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 [...]

2008, 2018

3 Keys to Presenting a Job Offer

By | August 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

3107, 2018

The Job Feels Right, But What About the Company?

By | July 31st, 2018|

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 [...]

1907, 2018

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

By | July 19th, 2018|

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 [...]

2006, 2018

Mid-Year Check On Our 2018 Predictions

By | June 20th, 2018|

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 [...]

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