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10 Tips to Finding Top Remodeling Employees
Paul Winans, Remodelers Advantage / REMODELING / July 11, 2013
Make these activities part of every day business for your company to be successful.
A contractor I know asked the following: “Please let me know your suggestions on the best channels to recruit top talent to fit our company culture of exceeding customer expectations, communicating and operating methodically, and making the building process and our customers’ experience as exceptional and high-quality as our end product.”
Here are 10 tips to finding that top talent:
1. Create an ally
Odd as it may sound, it makes sense to regularly interact with the owners of competing companies. They are the ones likely to have the best employees in your area.
How would you do this? Coffee or lunch is a nice way to do a one-on-one. That is definitely a good way to start. What would you talk about? How things are going for each of you. “What is going well?” and “What you could use some help with?” are great questions. Have the other contractor define his/her ideal projects and clients so you know that info and then you do the same for him.
Now you have someone who knows you and could refer you applicants for a project manager that might not be a good fit for his company but might be a good fit for yours.
2. Gather a small group
Get together with maybe 10 people running excellent companies. Meet on a regular basis, maybe every 4 to 6 weeks, to help each other stay abreast of market trends and talk about a subject chosen by the meeting host.
I was part of such a group when we ran a company. One of the things all the members learned was that each of the members had a different set of ideal projects, ideal clients and ideal way of going to market. That made it easier for each of us to refer one another when the wrong client or project for one of us came along. By participating in such a group you can then reach out to the other members when you need project managers.
3. Get to know your subcontractors’ best craftspeople
These are the folks who are actually doing the work on your projects, not the salespeople for the subcontractors. These craftspeople are being managed by other companies’ project managers. Because of that you can find out from them who the good ones are and then stay in contact with them, in an “I’m interested in talking when you are” way. You never know.