11 Mistakes Construction Professionals make on a job interview

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

Looking for that next step in your career? Are you making the most of that interview or are you hurting yourself? Here are 11 mistakes construction professionals make on a job interview.

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Why a Contractor Should Do A Retained Search

January 27, 2013 · 2 Comments

You are an accomplished contractor.  You need to find a key person to add to your organization.  What do you do?

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What do you look for in a recruiter?

January 11, 2013 · 2 Comments


You’re either on the market, or need to make a change from your present job.  What do you do?  You can put your resume out on all the Internet websites, and hope that something gets through to the right Hiring Authority or Company…or…

You can reach out to a Professional Recruiter that knows your Industry.


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Interviewing Mistakes from Generation Y Construction Candidates

August 14, 2012 · 10 Comments

Generation Y construction candidates are mostly children of baby boomers where the trend toward smaller families has continued.  As a group they are marked by an increased awareness and use of communications, media and digital technologies. .  For this blog we are going to focus on construction candidates who are currently in or about to enter the workforce and therefore range form 18-32 years old.  I will discuss their generational differences can cause issues with the interviewing process.

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What an unemployeed construction professional does during the day is important!

July 25, 2012 · 5 Comments

Let’s face it, the construction industry to include industrial, retail, residential and commercial market segments are still pretty slow.  Every type of contractor (General Contractor, Construction Management, Mechanical, and Electrical, Heavy Highway etc.), engineer and supplier is being affected. Clients still have needs but those needs are being pushed off to some future date as project funding is difficult to secure, bonding is a challenge and corporate revenues are still at historically low levels.  Now is the time to really think about how you are spending your unplanned and unpaid vacation.  Unemployment payments are small and they will not last forever so you really need to have a game plan for how you will be spending your period of unemployment.  Here are some simple and practical ideas of how to productively fill your day.

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What do you know about a Recruiter?

June 05, 2012 · 3 Comments

This is a great question for anyone who’s worked with a recruiting firm, search agency or headhunter.  If you’re a successful professional, not doubt you’ve heard from several.

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Do you still send post interview thank you notes ?

March 03, 2012 · 7 Comments


One of the big universal questions construction recruiters hear is “Do I really need to write a thank you note in the 21st Century?”

As some of my hiring managers have told me… “If I do not get a thank you note then I assume that they either do not want the job or they are disorganized.  Either way, my opinion of them is reduced so I will likely move on to the next candidate.”  Well, that pretty much tells me that post interview thank you notes are just as valuable today as they were 50 years ago.


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Are you killing your construction career?

February 10, 2012 · 6 Comments

It is amazing to think that 4 years into a recession with many analysts calling this economy a depression only surpassed by the Great Depression that so many people are sabotaging their careers.  Remember folks, if you are not getting the job done in times this lean, there are plenty of people willing and eager to take your place.  Here are a few behaviors that could be stifling or even killing your career.

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Online Job Applications and the Construction Professional

February 02, 2012 ·

I found this great little YouTube video that reviews tips on how to apply for job openings online.  Below I have listed my additional tips from a recruiter’s perspective as it relates to construction, engineering and mechanical / electrical professionals.

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9 Steps to making your personal or corporate resume Key Word friendly

January 19, 2012 · 5 Comments

This is part two of a two part article discussing Key Words.  In part one of this article we discussed how important it is to make your resume Key Word friendly.  Now here are some concrete steps to ensure your corporate or personal resume includes construction industry specific key words.

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