Where to find good help?

Discussion in 'Employment' started by spitfire3416, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking to hire a foreman this year. Where have you guys found it's best to find good help?

    Craigslist, local paper, references?
  2. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
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  3. grassman222

    grassman222 LawnSite Member
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    spitfire If your figure that out let me know . Im looking to do the same thing ... nothing yet . thanks
  4. kirkad

    kirkad LawnSite Member
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    We are having the same issues here in ohio. I just started talking to my local vet reps at employment place so I can not only help fellow vets find a job but they are usually hard working and easy to train. I have found one guy so far but it's only been a week. I hope it helps you guys out.
  5. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
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  7. Mowingman

    Mowingman LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Texas
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    Best helpers I ever found were hispanic guys, at the corner where day laborers wait to find work. Newspaper ads and Craigslist ads bring in nothing buy lazy slackers, who can never show up for work on time.
    Heck,two of my daylabor hires, later became foreman for me as I expanded.
    The second best source for me, was high school and college guys from our church's youth dept. They always had to leave too early in the season to return to school though.
  8. grassmonkey0311

    grassmonkey0311 LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD/NC
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    I've used craigslist in the past. But like anything else, INTERVIEW them! Don't be so quick to hire someone because you are in dire need to fill a position.

    I put my ad on craigslist, get a bunch of responses. 80% are BS. Most are probably only replying tso they can tell the local unemployment office they are "trying hard". Of the 20% I find to be half decent, I pick the top few. Then I do phone interviews, and only the top candidates get a face to face interview.

    I find this out to be the best method. Take your time, feel them out, and hire the best fit for your company.

    No matter where you put your ad, you'll always get BS responses. You just have to sort through them.
  9. JDGlandscape

    JDGlandscape LawnSite Senior Member
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    i agree with you, they most of the time seem the most appreciative to have a job and work their butt off for you, but up here in my part of the country, we dont have that to choose from.
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  10. spitfire3416

    spitfire3416 LawnSite Senior Member
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    yea i agree with this as well. i hired a hispanic guy last year and he worked out good. always wanted to work, never called out. so those guys are definitely good as helpers but do you think you can find any good hispanic guys who can speak english very well? main thing i want for a foreman is someone who can speak english fluently, to communicate with the customers if they have to, but spanish as a second language would be a huge plus in my mind for communicating with the helpers.

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