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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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What’s really causing high turnover among hourly workers?

The quest for quality team members in the yard and on the road continues to get more and more difficult.
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Why diversity, equity, and inclusion are crucial for lumberyards

With intentional commitment and conversations, you can start to eliminate the glass ceilings that are holding your company back.
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How to leverage phone and video interviews— with or without a pandemic

I’ve been a fan of phone interviews even before the pandemic drove many tasks in the LBM world—from office work to product training—online.
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Reframe the way you think about firing employees

When you manage a lot of people over the course of your career, it’s inevitable that you’re going to make a bad hire, have under-performing employees, and even wind up with a few difficult people.
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8 strategies for attracting Generation Z candidates

As you consider your open entry-level positions, whether on the floor or in the office, it’s important to keep in mind that we’ve officially moved into a new generation—the oldest members of Generation Z are now in their early 20s and represent the next crop of young hires.
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Four common recruiting mistakes to avoid

The dawn of a new year always brings the feeling of fresh starts and new opportunities. What better time to set goals for improving your company’s recruiting and hiring practices?
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Add a Recruiting Audit to your end-of-year to-do list

If you’ve seen a lack of interest in your job postings, had great candidates turn down offers, or just feel like your recruiting and hiring efforts haven’t netted the return they should, a Recruiting Audit can help pinpoint where you could use improvements.
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The cost of a bad hire

According to HR Exchange Network, the U.S. Dept. of Labor estimates a bad hire can cost as much as 30% of an employee’s first-year earnings.
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Hiring? Remember the fundamentals

Why is hiring amidst high unemployment a challenge? The first concern is the quality of the applicant pool.
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How to leverage assessment tools to avoid bad hires

Few things are more exhausting than a disappointing hire. It affects your confidence in your ability to interview, to “pick” the right person, and your ability to onboard and manage people to success.

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