AMBASSADOR UPDATES

TJ's advice on the challenges and market changes relevant to SME construction companies searching for talent on the West Coast.

Frequency: every month or two (see archive).

December 4th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Some consider them a fool’s game, others, a talisman. And still yet, others consider them a formality akin to providing your driver’s license number on an application - a part of the process, but not affecting your candidacy.I am talking, of course, about job references. Despite their occasional stigma, professional references can have a decisive […]
May 29th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Click to magnify. Sometimes pictures are worth far more than a thousand words. This one might be worth 100,000 words. There are so many lessons and points jam packed here. Contemplate it. If you follow the road to success, you see there are many pitfalls along the way. You need to keep your eyes open. […]
April 26th, 2022

TJ Kastning

We have a couple bookshelves stuffed with excellent wisdom for employees (and me) to read. Most of what I’ve learned over the years comes from books. If you consider the life altering and improving value books have, it is incredible you can buy them so cheap. Inexpensive books are one of the wonders of modern […]
March 18th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Employee satisfaction in their work relies on three factors, per the excellent book ‘3 Signs of a Miserable Job’ by Patrick Lencioni. Consider the flip side of these three points. How are people to be motivated to sacrifice, in any way, if they feel their work is unnecessary or trivial? This goes for senior executives […]
March 8th, 2022

TJ Kastning

Let me tell you a story about your perfect interview. It’s a short and simple story. You make it look easy. That is how you nail the interview.
June 1st, 2021

TJ Kastning

Negotiations are nerve-wracking. When it comes time to negotiate a raise with your boss, anxiety may kick into hyperdrive. Time of year and current economic climate doesn’t hold much weight in the matter either. Your raise is strictly about your work performance and what you feel you deserve in compensation for that performance. FIVE TIPS […]
May 11th, 2021

TJ Kastning

Interviews are not all about getting the job. It is about building relationships to see if you want to work with this person/team for the long run. You do not want to 'win' every single interview because your values may not be aligned. Working for a company with different values than you is not fun. You […]
September 8th, 2020

TJ Kastning

Happiness in this context also means achieving goals, established relationships, a renowned reputation, pride in your work, meaningful personal influence, and well-laid-out family priorities. We do not believe in career success only; success in your carrier must be accompanied by success in your personal life because that is how you be truly happy. Your life […]
February 11th, 2020

TJ Kastning

Video interviews are a unique type of interview because of the interpersonal nature of video but the unrelational distance involved. So, it can be really challenging to find an easy flow. These best practice points apply to interviewers just as much to interviewees.
October 16th, 2019

TJ Kastning

Few things in life are harder to resist than a large pile of money. The temptation is even greater when the only thing you have to do to get it is... Nothing! This exact situation is experienced by hundreds, perhaps thousands of people every day in the form of a counteroffer designed to keep them […]
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