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I had planned an industry-specific message for my blog this week, but tragedy struck the Joseph Chris Partners family this weekend, and I wanted to share my feelings about all of it At 5 a.m. Saturday morning, my phone rang.  I knew something was wrong, but nothing prepared me for what I would hear when […]

You Snooze, You Lose: How to streamline your hiring process so you don’t lose out on top talent

I am not a morning person.  My bed is really cozy, and I keep my house nice and cold at night, so when the first of my 4 alarms goes off at 5 a.m., I snooze so I can stay in my warm and cozy bed.  And each of my four alarms is set to […]

Technology has Changed, but Good Recruiters Still Focus on the Basics: Advice From My 15 Years in Executive Recruiting

When I started recruiting in 2002, you could call it a “whole other world” compared to recruiting today. And I honestly believe the skills that I learned back then made, and have kept, me successful all these years. Back then, there was no LinkedIn, no Google, no Social Media, etc., to speak of. We did […]

BUILDING HOMES, CHANGING LIVES

There was a time not too, too long ago when I stayed awake at night, sometimes all night, worrying about how I was going to pay my mortgage. The stress was crippling, and almost all areas of my life suffered as a result: my health, my career, my relationships, and certainly, my happiness. Crushed under […]

The Value of Industry Mentors

Over the course of my executive recruiting career, I have heard countless stories related to the value of partnering with an industry mentor who provides insight, advice and feedback. I firmly believe high performing professionals in our industry have a key thing in common: there is zero tolerance for mediocrity and remaining in the safe […]

Combatting Stereotypes About Older Employees In The Job Interview Process

In the past and somewhat in today’s market, employees over 50 are subject to inhibiting stereotypes that can bring about frustration in their current positions, and cause difficulty in securing new job opportunities. The myths about employees over 50 are that they are tired, resistant to change, technologically limited, and are unwilling to work under […]

It’s that recruiter again; why you should answer the phone

Look, we get it: you get lots of calls from recruiters, and they call at inconvenient times, and they keep calling, and you hope if you don’t answer, they’ll eventually give up. And some do. And with them, possibly an opportunity that could have changed your life. Luckily, I work for a company that has […]

The Talent Struggles of Residential Home Builders Today Are Real

In 2006, the economic downturn that started for Home Building in 2006 and most other industries in 2008, greatly impacted production home builders in many ways, but the impact on hiring remains even today. Between 2006 and 2012, new talent did not enter the field of home building because companies were cutting back on employees, […]

Five keys to identifying committed partnerships in recruiting

So, why should we work with your company? Well maybe you can’t be that direct with a client, but you should be thinking it.  The companies you represent in the market are your brand, and as marketing experts will tell you, your brand is your most valuable asset.  So, if you are known in the […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A valid question asked at one point in time in our professional or personal lives. Or in some cases, just singing along in the car with The Clash on the way to office will suffice, no air guitar performances though, please! Safety first! I enjoy music. All kinds of music. I grew up studying classical […]

Changes in Hiring Operations

Changes in Hiring Operations: We here at Joseph Chris Partners are consultants and recruiters for builders and developers working with human resource departments as well as hiring managers and corporate leaders. Through our work, we have noticed many changes to our clients’ hiring operations over the past few years. 1. RECRUITING Medium to large builders […]

Integrity and Recruiting

I practiced law for 13 years, and in that time, I heard a lot of lawyer jokes. And I get why: you only need them when something is wrong, and they usually cost you money you would rather spend on anything else. They rank just barely above politicians and debt collectors on the Top 10 […]

Best Way to Write Core Competencies in a Resume

The University of Victoria describes professional competencies as the skills, attributes and knowledge that “are specifically valued by the professional associations and bodies connected to your future profession”. Others also define it as your expertise and knowledge in a given area, which, in this case, refers to your job duties and responsibilities. Adding a list […]

List Of Good Buzzwords For Resume

Did you know that there are words recruiters hate to see on a resume? Words, phrases and jargons that are considered overused and abused would make your CV less desirable, resulting to your chances of getting the job being shot. Some of the words that are best avoided include go-getter, go-to person, strategic thinker, detail-oriented, […]

Best Resume Format For Executives

A good executive resume has what it takes to answer your employer’s key question that is—“What is in it for me?” As it will be reviewed by top-level recruiters, such as the CEO, COO, CFO or any member of the board, make sure that it will let them know how you will be able to […]

Best Margins For Resume

When formatting your resume, it is important to use standard resume margin guidelines, as this will make your resume properly laid out on the page/s and look professional. Basically, the shape of a resume pertains to its look’s overall impact on the reader, without him or her taking into account the significance or meaning of […]

Best Font For Executive Resume

Want to make sure your resume for an executive position will really appeal to the one reviewing it? A good place to start is to type it using a legible and professional-looking font. You might think that you are the perfect candidate, but you would never know if the hiring manager can properly make out […]

Best Adjectives To Describe Yourself On a Resume

Can a single word make or break your job application? The answer is definitely a big “YES!” Some powerful adjectives can set a tone for your resume and help it excel over other CVs. As many people believe, using the same adjectives recruiters and employers use in their job postings would be helpful, where many […]

How To Write Accomplishment Statements For Resume

Whether you are applying for your first job or hopping to a new one, it is important to prepare before the interview and make an impression. How else can you do this even before you answer the first question in a face-to-face interview? Write an effective and impressive resume. A good resume has to include […]

Good Questions To Ask An Interviewee

No matter how much you prepare for a job interview there will be moments when you will be asked an unexpected question that can feel awkward. And when you start to feel uncomfortable or unsure, you can fumble with your answers. So before you get into the hot seat, it’s good to know what some […]