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Old 06-12-2012, 08:26 PM
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Hiring a new Employee

Need advice. I currently have two guys working for me, one of them being a family member. I know you are not supposed to hire family and friends, but I had to at that moment. I had my son working for me at one time and that became a nightmare in itself.

What I am now looking to do is hire someone off of the street that can be molded into someone that can eventually be a crew leader. I need the advice in where to start looking and or where to start placing an add for hired help. I do not want everyone and there brother calling me, but I may not have a choice. Can help be hired from the local Employment Office? I am looking for any advice. Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-13-2012, 04:04 PM
JBLandscaping11 JBLandscaping11 is offline
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check on lawnsite and places where people who know things about lawn care and landscaping hang out and talk, not just craigslist where everyone goes
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Old 06-14-2012, 01:39 AM
Dr.NewEarth Dr.NewEarth is offline
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I've had good luck with people who have experience on sports teams. They like hard work and enjoy being outside.

Other than that, look for a post secondary institution that teaches landscaping. They have job boards.

By the way, I always're not my family member until after 5 pm.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:35 AM
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Contact your local chapter of SCORE and set up an appointment for advise regarding your hiring question. I believe the information gained from this appointment will lead you in the right direction. The cost is free as well, other than your time.
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Old 06-14-2012, 07:40 AM
Duekster Duekster is offline
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finding and hiring is hard. I had few is any responces from the employment workforce commision. CL brought a lot of responces but most people have now clue what it means to work on a mowing crew.

They think, I ran a mower as a kid or I mowed my own lawn....
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Old 06-15-2012, 10:46 AM
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Craigslist has worked great for me but when I post the ad I have them to email me so that way I can weed out the rif raf it has worked for me I have been through a few guys but I have 2 good very experenced guys that I pay $10 a hour

Here is what I post that works great for me............

We are currently seeking to fill 2 part time positions in the lawn care industry. Experience is a bonus but is not a requirement. Email resume or a list of past employers/references as well as any information that you would like us to know. Make sure to leave your phone number.

The only requirements that we have are listed below.
* Must have own transportation
* Professional appearance
* Ability to lift 50 plus pounds
* Experience with tools and equipment a plus
* Flexible and able to work extended work hours/weekends
Too many Weekly Accounts to handle
Not enough Bi-Weekly Accounts to ease up the work every week
Been in business no time at all!

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Old 06-15-2012, 11:11 AM
Dave does lawns Dave does lawns is offline
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Originally Posted by Dr.NewEarth View Post

By the way, I always're not my family member until after 5 pm.
Thats a good one.
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Old 06-15-2012, 01:40 PM
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Get ready to hire and fire about 5 guys before you find one that is a keeper.
The trouble with trying to make yourself stupider than you really are is that you very often succeed. -- C. S. Lewis

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