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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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Dear Kristy: Is The Great Resignation affecting the restoration industry?

Dear Kristy, I’ve been reading articles about something called The Great Resignation. How do you foresee this impacting hiring and retention in the restoration industry?   Thanks, Johanna in Chicago Hello Johanna! In March of this year, Wylander had its busiest month for new acquisitions ever, and we can tell you that pace really has […]

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Candidate 101

10 Tips to Nail Your Job Interview

Have a job interview coming up? Congrats! Whether it’s on the phone, via Zoom, or in person, we all know making a good impression is critical to get to the next step, and hopefully land the job! In the days leading up to your interview, take some time to do your homework to move yourself […]

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Dear Kristy: I Don’t Have Time To Hire

Dear Kristy, I really need to hire a new project manager, but our company is small and I’m currently managing the projects and so much more myself. I just do not have time to go through the hiring process. I’m hoping you have some insights to help me get out of this cycle. Thanks, Clay […]

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4 Ways to Prepare for an In-Person Interview

You’ve impressed your potential future employer with an impressive resume and job application. Now, you’re heading into an in-person interview, and it’s really time to sell yourself. This is a big step toward getting the new gig – and first impressions do go a long way. Here are some tips to prepare for the big […]

Dear Kristy: Is Good Pay Enough to Lure in Candidates?

 Dear Kristy, Our company has always had pretty competitive salaries for our local market. However, I’ve started to notice in recent years that good pay doesn’t seem to be the central focus of job candidates. Is that true? What ARE they looking for?  Thanks, Payton  Hi Payton! Thanks for the great question. You’re right, candidates […]

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Resume Tips for Construction Jobs

Every industry has its own way of doing things. If you’re going to apply for a graphic design job with Adobe, you better believe your resume needs to be striking and creative. Likewise, if you’re applying for an accountant position, it needs to be factual and to-the-point. When it comes to construction-related jobs, there are […]

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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 […]

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 […]