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Easy Ways to Improve Your Hiring Processes

Easy Ways to Improve Your Hiring Processes Tip #1? Hire a recruiter…   All joking aside, there’s nothing new in our saying that you need to focus on what you do to make money and grow your real estate business by outsourcing other tasks to people who are...

What Traits and Qualities Make a Good Employee?

What Traits and Qualities Make a Good Employee? These are some of the things you should be evaluating when interviewing candidates!   Hiring is always, always a bit of a gamble. Someone might seem great on paper and present badly in person. Another candidate...

Life Happens: Don’t Let an Emergency Define You

Life Happens: Don’t Let an Emergency Define You   It doesn’t take incredible super powers to deal with an emergency, but it does take maturity, composure and mental clarity. While this may seem like an obvious statement, brimming with common sense, there’s one...

The E-Myth Mindset

The E-Myth Mindset The catalyst for building your real estate team.   I recently read this amazing book called “The E-Myth Revisited: Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It”, by Michael Gerber. It isn’t a book meant for a start-up business,...

When to Pull the Plug and Fire Your Assistant!

When to Pull the Plug and Fire Your Assistant!   If you thought hiring was difficult, firing is even harder. Many clients I have worked with will let a bad hire linger on for weeks, months or even years, rather than pull the plug. Trust me, I know: as a former...

Ask a Fish to Climb a Tree

Ask a Fish to Climb a Tree The result will be exactly what you would expect!   It takes a very special personality to do well in sales. A successful salesperson doesn’t usually make a great manager. An accountant is not well suited to sales. Do you ever wonder...

Where Have You Been All Our Lives, AGENTC?

Where Have You Been All Our Lives, AGENTC? Bursting out on the recruiting stage, offering our services   This year, Ghaz and I had the pleasure of presenting our business at RealtorQuest. If you’re a realtor, odds are you know about RealtorQuest but for those of...

If Recruiting Was Easy, No One Would Need Us!

If Recruiting Was Easy, No One Would Need Us! Trust us when we say that some days are harder than others.   Recruitment in real estate is hard work. Bottom line and end of sentence. This is probably why we are the only agency servicing the residential real estate...

The Value of Transferable Skills and Multitasking

The Value of Transferable Skills and Multitasking   It’s useful if your administrator can pinch hit at the front desk if the receptionist is sick or if your sales rep can fill in their own forms if the administrator is away on vacation, but trying to kill two...

Forget Finding the PERFECT Candidate!

Forget Finding the PERFECT Candidate! Instead, create the PERFECT job for the candidate you love. Most clients who are looking to fill a role start with a job description: these are the skills I am looking for, how many years’ experience I need, and this is the...

The Telltale Signs of a Bad Hire

The Telltale Signs of a Bad Hire   I believe in having a sixth sense, spidey senses, a gut feeling. Whatever you want to call it, I think intuition is real and it’s an important part of the hiring process. There is an internal alarm system that we are built with...

The Revolving Door

The Revolving Door   Some businesses, including a few real estate teams, are notorious for having a revolving door when it comes to staff. As an outsider, I am often privy to a little inside information, specifically about what is going on behind closed doors...

The Perfect Employee

The Perfect Employee   Meet Darla. Darla is early every morning and arrives with perfectly hot, fresh Starbucks for her favourite manager. She is impeccably dressed in head to toe Prada, despite a middle income salary and never has a hair out of place, her makeup...

Rejecting Resumes

Rejecting Resumes If you’re not getting a lot of calls, there could be a good reason.   You have seven seconds to get a hiring manager’s attention with your resume or see it end up in the trash, with most of the others. It sounds harsh but recruiters and hiring...

On Whose Terms?

On Whose Terms? Attitude counts for a lot in job searching.   Employment relationships, like all relationships, usually come with expectations from both sides. Sometimes, realtors or managers have a sense of entitlement, proclaiming that since they are paying the...

Is There Value in Using a Recruiter?

Is There Value in Using a Recruiter? By Ghaz Syed The short answer is: yes.   You’re probably thinking: “Well, of course Ghaz thinks there is value in using a recruiter. He IS a recruiter!” That is a perfectly well reasoned and truthful statement. Here are a few...

A Hiring Success Story

A Hiring Success Story It’s a happy day for everyone when things work out.   Placing staff in new positions is fraught: we always want the best possible fit for both the client and the candidate and we go to some lengths to make sure that this is the case every...

Two Sides to Every Story

Two Sides to Every Story For every sob story, there’s always another point of view.   As a recruiter, I often hear when things go wrong in their employment situations. Even people I won’t be placing tend to tell me their tales of recruiting woe! They can’t get a...

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