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Questions to Ask When Interviewing and Hiring for Integrity

Integrity is important in every business (unless, I suppose, you’re part of the mob, but even then there’s a code to follow), but you could argue it reaches critical importance in the restoration and cleaning industry. Our teams are inside homes and businesses every day, filled with thousands of dollars in valuables, and charged with […]

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Setting Hiring Expectations in Today’s Restoration Industry

We have yet to run across a restoration company that thinks hiring is easy. Many of you network with the best of them and know how to approach that cashier or server with great customer service skills to see if they’re looking for another opportunity. The truth of the matter simply is that the candidate […]

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Creating a LinkedIn Profile that Gets You Noticed

As of March 2021, there were more than 740 million active users on LinkedIn. Today, it is one of the top social media platforms, especially for professionals looking to market their brands, establish themselves as industry thought leaders, and network. According to research, nearly two-thirds of users trust LinkedIn to protect privacy and data, compared […]

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Dear Kristy: What Questions Should I Not Ask During An Interview?

Dear Kristy, Every time I sit down to interview a candidate, I have a fear I’m going to ask questions that aren’t allowed. I want to get to know candidates as best as possible while staying within what’s acceptable and legal. I understand guidelines for each state are different but do you have any basic […]

Get Double The Interviews With These Job Search Tips

While the pandemic slowed hiring in many sectors of the economy, including general construction and new home building in some areas, that is not the trend in restoration. At Wylander, our clients are crazy busy and constantly needing talent. Today, positions with the most openings include mitigation project managers, reconstruction project managers, and estimators. These […]

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5 Reasons To Hire Millennials

Millennials have long been classified as lazy, entitled, disloyal, self-centered, and a whole slew of other things. What if we told you that isn’t actually the case, and harnessing their positive traits and learning how to lead and nurture millennials could reap big rewards for your restoration company? According to a 2015 study by FMI, […]

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Dear Kristy: What are some qualities you see in your top candidates?

Dear Kristy, Thank you for all the insight on your hiring and recruiting blog! I’ve been able to share some of your knowledge with our hiring team internally, and it has really helped us streamline our hiring process and avoid knee-jerk hiring decisions. With all the experience you and your team have, I’m curious what […]

Choosing The Right Recruiter For Your Construction Company

Recruiters an headhunters these days seem to be about a dime a dozen. However, they are not all created equal, nor offer the services and value to their clients. There are several criteria to consider when finding the right recruiting company, and recruiter, for your restoration or construction company. Fields Of Expertise Some recruiting companies […]

Emotional Intelligence: One of the Keys to a Healthy Company Culture, Part III

The first two articles in this four-part series on Emotional Intelligence (EQ) (part I, part 2) introduced the overall concept and explored the characteristics that are widely believed to make up what is termed “personal competence”—our ability to stay aware of our emotions and manage our behavior and tendencies. The last two installments will focus on […]

Emotional Intelligence: One of the Keys to a Healthy Company Culture, Part II

Part one in this four-part series provided an introduction to the concept of Emotional Intelligence (EQ), including identification of the four characteristics that are generally agreed to be at its core. The first characteristic, self-awareness—thoroughly understanding yourself and your effect on others—was reviewed. This included our personal strengths and weaknesses relative to our emotions, how they […]

Emotional Intelligence: One of the Keys to a Healthy Company Culture, Part I

It isn’t necessarily the smartest people who are the most successful or feel most fulfilled in life. You may know someone who is academically smart yet is socially inept and unsuccessful at work or in their personal relationships. Many believe that focusing on and learning to raise your Emotional Intelligence (EQ) can help you more […]

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Dear Kristy: What Are Good Qualities For A Project Manager?

I own a small restoration company in the Southeast, and we’re growing. The time has come for me to hand over actually running the projects to an actual project manager, so I can work on my business rather than in it so much day-to-day. I must say I’m hesitant to hand over the reins of […]

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3 Ways Recruiters Help Candidates Find Career Jobs

If you’re on the job hunt, and have been reached out to by one of our recruiters – be happy! Your job hunt and the interview process just got a whole lot easier now that you have a recruiter in your court! If you hear from one of our recruiters, know that we already think […]