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Dear Kristy: 4 Ways to Avoid a Bad Hire

Dear Kristy: How Can I Avoid a Bad Hire? Hiring is stressful. The end. When we need someone in a certain role, we want them there yesterday. In today’s fast-paced, and customer-driven world, being short even one key person can put a big strain on your company and your team. Trust me when I say […]

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Dear Kristy: 4 Ways to Avoid a Bad Hire

Dear Kristy: How Can I Avoid a Bad Hire? Hiring is stressful. The end. When we need someone in a certain role, we want them there yesterday. In today’s fast-paced, and customer-driven world, being short even one key person can put a big strain on your company and your team. Trust me when I say […]

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Negotiating Your Job Offer

Did you just get a job offer? YAY! Congrats!  Do you have some questions you want to ask, or want to try to negotiate in some areas? That’s OK!  Negotiating and clarifying things about the company, their benefits package, job expectations, etc. is part of the job hunting process, and we facilitate conversations like this […]

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Dear Kristy: Where Should I Look for Candidates?

This is a great question, and one we as recruiters are constantly pondering, evaluating, and reevaluating all the time. It’s certainly wise to try to look outside the restoration industry for certain positions. Others, it makes sense to try to at least find some lateral experience. Let’s break it down by position. Project Manager & […]

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8 Tips to Nail Your Phone Interview

Phone interviews are often the first step of the hiring process for potential new employees, especially if the first step is a conversation with a recruiter. While it may seem like a phone interview will be an easy way to “sell yourself” to the new employer, it might actually be even more difficult to make […]

Previous Experience Not Required: Hiring in today’s job market

By Tom Cline, Violand Management AssociatesOriginally published July 5, 2019R&R Magazine In last month’s article, I wrote about taking a longer view with hiring given the current challenges to find people with the right skills and the desire to work in, or make a career of, the restoration industry. Let’s shift the focus back to the […]

Appropriate Compensation in Today’s Job Market

By Tom Cline, Violand Management AssociatesOriginally published March 13, 2019R&R Magazine Too many business leaders have been misled by the “accounting mentality” and think paying their people too much (whatever that means) results in uncompetitively high costs. Seriously? Stop for a minute and think about the mindset this creates, one that treats inventory and equipment as assets […]

Invest Now to Improve Your Future Workforce

By Tom Cline, Violand Management AssociatesOriginally published June 12, 2019R&R Magazine Many of the articles you read provide insight regarding immediate actions to take or strategies to implement that will impact your business in the short term. This article is also about acting now, but for an impact on your business, and the restoration industry, […]

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Dear Kristy: Creating an Effective Onboarding Process

Dear Kristy, My company currently does not have a formal onboarding process. We try our best to get people trained and ready to work, and I always thought things were going pretty well. However, we recently had a new employee who went a whole week without knowing where the bathroom was located. Another new hire […]

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4 Tips for Reviewing Resumes

Dear Kristy, I get so many resumes that come through my office for various positions. With so much information on them, I’m unsure what elements are the most and least important, and worry I’m overlooking things. What should I be looking for during a quick one to two minute resume review? Thanks, The Resume Reviewer […]

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Dear Kristy: What Tools Should I Use in the Hiring Process?

Thanks to technology, the way we hire has evolved to include a lot of tools to help us get to know every candidate we meet as best we can before extending a job offer. Gone are the days where a cover letter, resume, and interview were the only tools available. While they are helpful and […]