The WHY (and how to) of Building an ‘Employee Waiting List’

KickStart: Avoid ‘Desperation Hiring’ by continually recruiting and interviewing future employees BEFORE you need them!

Why, oh why, did it always happen late on a Friday afternoon?☹ I’d had a good week (defined as 100% delighted residential clients!), was finishing up paperwork on my desk, and looking forward to a fun weekend. Then my employee Charlie appeared…

Charlie: “Uh, Steve, can I talk to you?”

Me: “Sure, Charlie, what’s up?”

frustrated home services business manager

Charlie: “Ummmm, Steve, I’m really sorry to do this to you. But I’ve got a new job starting on Monday. I asked them if I could give you more notice but they’re insisting I start immediately…” 

And my relaxed weekend came crashing down! Now I was facing double shifts to cover Charlie’s booked-solid schedule! Or even worse being forced into the dreaded Desperation Hiring! AAARGH!😲

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BEFORE hiring do a ‘Trial Hire’

KickStart: BEFORE hiring even the best job applicant pay them to work with you for a day.

Have you ever received a text like this from a new hire? (Remember, this applicant interviewed great!)😥

resignation text

If so, here’s the deal: You LOVE the Home Services industry. (Me too!) But hard as it is to believe…

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Attract (and keep) great home service employees with ‘two-tier compensation’!

KickStart: Rework your employee’s compensation (and culture) to reward extra effort while also holding them accountable for ‘avoidable mistakes’.

The definition of “compete”: “trying to get something others are also trying to get!”

“Ummm, thanks Steve but my middle name is ‘Compete’.😁 I’m getting my competition’s customers like crazy! So, I’m also getting their profits too! WOO-HOO!”

CONGRATULATIONS, ‘Compete’! However, in today’s brutal hiring environment you must ‘differentiate’ yourself from 1000’s of competing employers to successfully compete for- GREAT EMPLOYEES! But fear not, help is on the way…

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Home Service Customers Appreciate ‘Personal Space’

KickStart: Set up routine procedures to avoid intruding on a home owner’s Personal Space.

respect service client personal spaceMost people try and keep a ‘physical bubble’ (personal space) around themselves. (As Jerry Seinfeld reminded us, nobody likes a ‘close talker’!) And of course with the pandemic’s constant drum beat of ‘social distancing’ this personal space is even more essential!

Now, you and I instinctively factor in other’s personal space. Heck, I didn’t want my clients getting ‘too close’ to me either! But do your front-line workers in customer’s homes respect your client’s personal space? Who cares? You should and here’s why!

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How to ‘court’ a Career Candidate

Hiring employees has always been all about the Core Principle of capitalism, ‘Supply and Demand’ which means…

As the supply becomes more scarce the demand (and prices) go UP! And yes, I feel your pain with your hiring problem as you struggle to grow your Home Services business!😥

Your ongoing challenge? Prospective employees (job applicants) are currently in shorter supply than I have seen over my almost 50 years in the Home Services industry! (I started very young!)😲

The result of this shrinking supply? Job applicants can and will demand a better job so yes…

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How good is your ‘life jacket’?

All Home Services entrepreneurs are navigating murky (and very treacherous ) waters! Frankly, working with stressed out homeowners has always been ‘challenging’.🙄 But today…

When you add in increasing competition, the brutal hiring crisis (especially the shortage of front-line technicians) AND the ongoing issues of this stubborn COVID pandemic PANIC can strike! Is it time to… ABANDON SHIP?😲 No! However…

As a prudent ‘captain’ you should be making disaster preparations now while constantly looking downstream for both your business and your family. A good place to start?

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Grab great potential employees right away!

KickStart: Do a quick pre-interview with a great Job Candidate by jumping on a Zoom video call immediately!

Finding ANY techs right now is brutal!😲 (Yes, I know you’re thinking, “DUH, Steve! Tell me something I don’t know!”) I really do feel your frustration! And yet…

finding the perfect candidateEvery so often life can be so GREAT! You just had a phone pre-interview with a job applicant that obviously has been sent by heaven to work for you forever!💖

RESOURCE: You’ll get complete phone interview scripts and forms in our 3-hour, online SFS: Hiring the Very Best! LIVE seminar.💲💲💲 To learn more and/or easily register online click HERE.

Now back in our old, ‘Pre-Hiring Crisis’ days you would have engaged in a leisurely process of hiring interviews, etc. But today? DON’T BE SLOW and here’s why!

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Why (and how to) ‘break the ice’ with job applicants

SpeedTIP: Put your job applicants at ease BEFORE an in-depth interview to 1) get to know the ‘real person’ and 2) sell them on working for you!

hiring headachesAs a Home Services Professional (HSP) it is ESSENTIAL to recruit and hire the Very Best People. I know. You’re thinking, “Well, DUH! A) Everyone tries to hire good employees and by the way, Steve, B) nobody wants to work any more!”

Sorry but you’re wrong on both fronts! A) Far too many HSP’s fall into the deadly trap of ‘Desperation Hiring’ and hire the first ‘warm body’ that shows up! Plus, B) there are LOTS of hardworking folks who want a long-term career with your company.

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