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CONSTRUCTION COACH Institutional HIRE CALLING To find better talent, first take a look at your internal recruiting process. BY RICH LUBICZ Rich Lubicz is executive director of corporate services with IPA. Located in Buffalo Grove, Ill., IPA and its related companies provide comprehensive business consulting services and business valuation services to companies in the United States and Canada. For further information, call 800-531-3442 or visit www.ipa-c.com. I n September 2009, a certain job fair drew a crowd of over 8,000 hopefuls even though only 26 companies were hiring. With unemployment at record highs around 10 percent around the country, it’s an employer’s market and an opportunity to recruit the best of the best. On the down side, high unemployment means hiring managers are often overwhelmed with too many resumes — most from unqualified applicants who randomly broadcast hundreds at the push of a button. Proactive companies have implemented some simple systems to take advantage of the overabundance of available talent while screening out the unsuitable. Stem the Tide The simple solution to deal with too many electronically transmitted resumes is designing a pre-screening filter. Applicants are asked to answer a set of five or six questions before they can submit their resumes. The questions will vary depending on the position being filled, but should cover the critical areas hiring managers would jump to immediately if they were reviewing resumes. Depending on the size of the company, developing screening questions represents a collaborative effort between company leaders, project managers, the new hire’s prospective supervisor and the human resources director. Prior to recruitment, these stakeholders need to establish the parameters for the position, the qualities and competencies of the desired candidate and how much the firm can pay. If the most experienced candidates are beyond the company’s budget, consider hiring a mid-level candidate who can grow with the business. Save Big with Phone Interviews Recruiters at nationwide companies used to spend big bucks on air fare, hotels and rental CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
Construction Today - January 2010