How to Prepare for Your Next Phone Interview

Over 60 percent of the tech managers we work with use phone interviews as a ‘get-to-know-you’ pre-qualifier before setting up an in-person meeting. This allows employers to maximize their time in the first round of interviews and reduce your travel time and expenses. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t prepare!

It’s an important step that can set the tone for the rest of the interview process. And because you can’t convey the same energy over the phone as you can in a face-to-face meeting, you’ll want to find ways to compensate. Here’s how to put your best foot forward in a phone interview:

Show Your Confidence with Body Language

Showing that you’re confident and comfortable with yourself is one of the best skills in life, whether you’re looking for a job, date, or success of any kind. Confidence really does start on the inside, so start by being self-aware and unafraid to simply be the man that you are. However, body language can help you demonstrate this confidence to others, and it can also help reinforce and build confidence within you. Here are some great ways to use body language to show you are confident:

5 Reasons Why You Want to Be a Craftsman

If you’ve been working in an office and dreaming of getting your hands dirty, you’re not alone! Even though white collar work has been pushed hard in schools over the last 20 years, more workers are realizing that blue collar jobs are just as rewarding. If you’ve been wondering about starting or changing to a career to the trades, here are some good reasons to pursue it and find out more:

New Trends for Smart Homes and Buildings

Recent innovations and use of data has done a lot to make construction more efficient. New technologies like modular building, augmented reality, robots, drones, and artificial intelligence have helped to inspire new construction methods, many of which have resulted in energy savings as well! Here are some of the newest smart home solutions trending, that you might be able to incorporate into your next energy efficient building project:

Why Women Should Consider the Trades

Nationwide, only about 7% of the trades are made up of women, and in Portland, OR, it’s only slightly higher at 9%. Many women haven’t traditionally considered a job in the trades, largely because there’s not a lot of examples in popular culture that depict female construction workers, truck drivers, and other blue collar jobs. However, more and more women are discovering the advantages and rewards of getting their hands dirty. If you’re a woman interested in a career to the trades, here are some great reasons why we’d like to encourage you to consider it:

New Effects of Tighter Labor Force

The labor gap in the trades continues to have more and more impact in the market! With fewer and fewer young people going into the industry, it’s created a high demand that’s pushing the average pay up. In fact a 2017 study from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce said that 3,477,000 people have “good-paying construction jobs” in the U.S. and earn a median salary of $59,000.

Best Hiring Practice for New Managers

The recruitment and retention of quality personnel is one of the most important tasks faced by business owners and managers. It can also present many challenges to people who are just taking on risk management responsibilities for their organizations. However, there are a few common-sense steps that can be taken to make the hiring process run as smoothly as possible. Here’s a look at some of them.

Best New Power Tools You Gotta Check Out

There are some really powerful and innovative power tools that have been recently released. Here are some to check out, that we were impressed with:

Rockwell Compact Circular Saw

This circular hand saw is “ the smallest big saw you’ll ever use.” It’s compact and perfect for tight corners – can be used almost anywhere! It also weighs half as much as a typical circular saw, but still so powerful it can cut through nails. It even has a vac port for mess-free projects.

How to Create Better Employee Training

Good employee training is becoming more and more crucial at a time when the labor market is tightening, and many skills taught might not even be applicable or needed in the near future. The skills gap is quickly changing due to the rise of digital automation and innovation!

This is likely one of the reasons why, in the 2018 LinkedIn Workplace Learning Report, 94% of employees said that they “would stay at a company longer if it invested in their career.”

Are Job Sites Getting Safer?

According to recent reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there’s been a decline in the amount of employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in 2017, and fatal injuries have also declined almost a whole percentage point from the year prior. So the question is, are work sites really getting safer, and why? Here’s some things that may be contributing to a safer work environment in the trades: