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How do I attract, interview and hire the right people for the job?


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May 7, 2011
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Real Name
Kenneth Long
Business Location
United States
So I hired my first employee. Aside from him working way slower and over wetting the carpet sometimes because he wanted "to do a good job", over all for the 2 weeks he's been working for me he has had some great customer reviews, but I had to take off about 5 jobs a week from him because he wasn't keeping up with the schedule, and then over the weekend he went home sick after only 2 jobs and said he has a stomach ulcer. So I gave him the following two days off and told him to call me in the morning real early if he can't come in on day 3. He didn't call and after sending him several messages and leaving a voice mail, I never got a call back and still haven't heard from him. This is day 2 of no call no show.

I was afraid that will happen with hiring employees, and it did. Now I'm thinking of what to do next, do I go back to owner operator or try again with another person. I was just about to buy a second van when this all went down. If I do hire again, does anyone know what's the best place to look ? I tried facebook jobs groups, of course CL produced idiots. yeah, idk
Finding good employees can be difficult. I have had success by asking people that are good that I know in other professions if they know anyone looking for a job that would be good.

Here is a list of places that I fish from:
Professional Organizations
My BNI group
Chamber of Commerce groups
Your customers
Anywhere you are transacting business and you get exceptional customer service from an employee. Yep, I know, you hate to steal someones star employee but sometimes you have to.


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Jul 17, 2019
Real Name
Kimberly Styles
Hey guys, I admire how Dr. Jacob Sedgh handles his employees. I recently had my rhinoplasty in his clinic and have noticed that compared to other doctors, Dr. Sedgh is not the strict one ( well he is when needed probably) but he is a loving boss. He even included his employees in his youtube channel, check it out here:


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Mar 3, 2019
Real Name
John Cartegna
Business Location
United States
nope! I have a family member who owns a fedex company. the shift begins at 5:45 AM and ends at 7:00 PM or later
he pays $100 a day. Drivers
I think ACP is talking loaders/unloaded not UPS drivers. Drivers are like $34 hour plus 100% benefits and lots overtime.

Mama Fen

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Jul 18, 2012
Real Name
no name
Business Location
United States
I always tell my local restoration companies to hit up police stations, fire houses, and EMT substations and pass out business cards. Many first responders work odd shifts (a few days on, a few days off) and retire out of their positions when they're still young enough to tackle labor-intensive jobs. This also applies to folks who did active military service terms and are now in-between.

A first responder or military serviceman makes a GREAT part-time employee for several reasons - number one being, they're used to the idea that if they don't do the job right someone dies, so they are fast learners with a strong sense of urgency and they don't need to be baby-sat. It is important to them that a job be done quickly, efficiently, and thoroughly. And quite often, once they retire, they're looking for a full-time job. And guess who they've already worked for and know, and who they're likely to call when it's time to commit to a full 40 a week...?

I have about a dozen local carpet companies run by retired and active-duty firemen, sheriffs, and the like, and as many companies run by military men. And almost EVERY one of them are top-notch, profitable, well-run, ethical businesses. So for those looking to hire, these gents may wind up leaving and starting their own companies down the road... but in the meantime you get GREAT employees who take the job seriously.
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