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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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Dear Kristy: Are You Going to Push Candidates on Me?

No, we are absolutely not going to push candidates on you! However, we do believe in taking a consultative approach to recruiting and always strive to build solid, open communication with our clients. To better jump into this topic, let me first outline our process once our recruiters start searching for candidates for your position: […]

Press Release: 2019 Hiring by Numbers

  CHICAGO, March 5, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Today, CareerBuilder, a global leader in HR technology, released the findings of its annual study, which revealed that 40 percent of employers plan to hire full-time, permanent employees in 2019, and 47 percent plan to recruit part-time workers. Hiring for full-time employees and part-time or contract workers is […]

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Dear Kristy: How Do I End an Interview?

Knowing what to say at the end of an interview isn’t always easy, especially if the interview wasn’t the best and you don’t plan to move forward with that candidate. I suggest following three simple steps to wrap things up and graciously communicate clearly what’s next. Step 1: Let the candidate ask questions. This is […]

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Dear Kristy: Do You Believe in “Hire Slow, Fire Fast”?

Dear Kristy: Do You Believe in “Hire Slow, Fire Fast”? This is a really great question! I’m going to specifically focus on the first half of this phrase in this blog – the idea of hiring slow. Do I believe in hiring slow? Yes, but you must move through your interview/ hiring process efficiently. Let […]

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Dear Kristy: We Hired a Recruiter; How Can WE Help with the Process?

Dear Kristy is a bimonthly column that’s all about answering questions from our recruiting clients! Kristy Sifford, founder of Wylander, and her team bring more than four decades of recruiting experience to the table! Kristy is constantly getting unique hiring and HR-related questions from her clients, and is here to answer them! Have a question […]

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Restoring Success: Hiring Outside the Industry

One of the biggest challenges for our industry in recent years is talent acquisition. For all positions, from technicians to estimators to managers, finding the right people to join the team has been a struggle for many companies. If you have not done so already, there is a great opportunity in expanding your search for your […]

5 Winning Traits of a Business Coach

By Justin Sifford Originally published August 6, 2018 R&R Magazine If you think finding a new employee is difficult, try choosing a business coach. It takes a lot in understanding of your needs and their ability to help you with those needs. Have you ever been asked what’s the difference between a coach and mentor? […]

Recruiting, Hiring, & Retaining Talent in Today’s Job Market

At Wylander, we constantly get calls from owners in desperate need of talent for their market. Sometimes it’s a more proactive approach – the owner has had steady growth, and they see the trend is expected to continue, but other times, it’s a call for help. Finding new talent seems easy, but in my experience […]

Is it Me, or is it Getting Harder to Find Good People?

By Justin Sifford Originally published March 6, 2017 R&R Magazine As an owner of a recruiting company for the disaster restoration industry, I get asked that question at least once a week. Unfortunately, the answer is yes, it is. Unless you’ve been living under a rock (please forward me your address so I can move […]