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Rikka Brandon

Rikka Brandon is the founder and Chief Executive Recruiter of Building Gurus, a boutique executive search and consulting firm that works exclusively with building product manufacturers and distributors to find, hire, and retain top executive-level talent. She is also the best-selling author of "Hire Power: Everything Entrepreneurs Need To Know To Hire Awesome People."
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Steps to take when a superstar employee doesn’t return

Losing a stellar team member, regardless of the circumstances, can leave you with a range of emotions and a lot of questions. Here are a few strategies for how to handle the situation—and how to learn for future recruiting and hiring success.
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Three considerations as you re-hire in a post-pandemic world

How do you meet the requirements to keep your company afloat with fewer team members AND ensure when you’re ready to hire again you do so in the smartest way possible? Here are a few strategies to consider.
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5 keys to approaching layoffs so your employees want to return

Here are a few strategies to help maintain your relationship with laid-off employees and ensure the bridge between the company and them doesn’t go away.
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Two interview tricks to help avoid hiring mistakes

Here are two pieces of advice to consider that can drastically improve your chances of making a great hire.
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Forced to lay off staff? Be sure to keep the bridge open

When the dust settles and your company can reopen, onboarding those laid-off employees will be crucial to getting things back on track quickly.
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Six surprising ways you’re messing up the hiring process

From a small labor pool to shrinking interest in the lumber industry, the hiring process is already hard enough without creating additional hurdles for yourself.
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Stop hiring order-takers

One of the most common reasons companies decide to invest in a recruiting partner is because they’re not getting the results they want and need from their sales teams.
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The challenges to hiring leaders in 2020 (and how to solve them)

We’ve found that there are three main challenges in, and solutions to, finding and hiring best-in-class building products executives and team members.
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How to ease the pain of firing an employee

When it comes to “most dreaded things,” firing an employee likely ranks at the top of your list alongside talking to opinionated relatives at holidays and filing your tax returns.
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It’s not you, it’s me — management version

Sometimes it’s not them — it’s us. Leaders don’t often see themselves as having a role in the poor performance of their employees.

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