Celebrating Five Years

What has been the most rewarding part of running Rigsby Search Group for the past five years?

Recruiting is such a rewarding career in general; we’re literally changing a person’s life. As far as running a business, the most rewarding part has been building it all from scratch and watching it become what it is today. Before I started RSG, I was an environmental recruiter for 19 years, and when I left my old company behind, I had to slowly build RSG from the ground up. Now, five years later, we’ve built a successful team, created this truly wonderful company, and we continue to help people day in and day out. Seeing it all come to fruition is the most rewarding part.

What has been the biggest obstacle that RSG has had to overcome?

Finding talented individuals to help us grow. I want our company to continue to expand and flourish, and I think finding talented individuals to help us grow has been the toughest part of running a company. I recently hired a business coach to help show me how to truly hit my full potential as a leader for my team.

What has been the best lesson that you’ve learned since starting RSG?

To learn from your mistakes. There’s always a lesson to be found. Everyone will make mistakes, but it’s important to take responsibility for them and move on.

What does your vision for the future of RSG look like?

I see us growing tremendously so that we can help more people. RSG will have a national team one day, I assure you. I know the only way to achieve this goal is to keep seeking out people that are smarter than me, bringing them on, and building a strong team. I think this is what leadership is all about. I want our brand to be synonymous with excellence. A few other plans I have for the future include starting a civil engineering group and a construction remediation group. Overall, I just want to continue to help people grow. I’m excited for what the future holds for RSG. I know it will be outstanding.

How To Make Better Hiring Decisions

hiring-processHiring can be stressful. You may not be the one in the hot seat going on interview after interview, but there is just as much pressure that hiring authorities feel as the candidates they are interviewing.

We get it. Your company needs you to make the right decision in order for it to grow and continue to succeed. Your workers need you to make the right decision in order for them to be satisfied and happy in their work environment. If you make the wrong decision when it comes to hiring, it can affect many. A company is like a well-oiled machine. All parts need to be working properly, and each failure can have lasting effects.

We’re here to help. Over the years, we’ve learned some of the most important things to take into consideration when going through the hiring process.

  1. Consider your current team. Your people should always be a priority for you, and the hiring process is no different. They should be just as much a part of it as you are. Obviously, you want to make everyone happy, and while that is not always possible, be sure to take into consideration the company atmosphere and work ethic. If you are at all questioning whether or not a candidate will fit in, address that concern. If there are certain people that the candidate will be working with on a daily basis, make sure they get a chance to meet the candidate as well. It’s important that your current team feels like you thought of them through the process.
  2. Hire the most talented and accomplished person, not the best resume. It can be easy to judge a book by its cover, or, in this case, a candidate by their resume. Try not to get caught up in the details. When interviewing, ask about past accomplishments and achievements. Talk with the candidate about those experiences, learn about how they used their skills in real-life situations. A resume speaks volumes, but not as much as the candidate that it represents. The best people to hire are not necessarily the brilliant ones, but the ones who can get the work done well and have a proven track record of doing so.
  3. Follow a process. You create a job posting, advertise it, and the resumes start to flood in. It can get overwhelming trying to sift through all the potential candidates. This is where a third-party recruiting firm can come in to simplify the process for you. By letting a recruiter market the job and seek out qualified candidates, much of the pressure is taken off of your shoulders. Recruiters also have a wide network and they can find you rockstar candidates that may not necessarily be scouring job sites because, well, they have a job. This means they are good at what they do and would probably be a great person to have on your team. By following a process laid out by an experienced recruiter, the entire experience will be easier, organized, and stress-free.

Do you have any tried and true methods that you’ve followed in a successful hiring process? We’d love to know! Tweet us at @RigsbySearch.

How to Make the Most of the Extra Hour of Daylight Savings

daylight-saving-time-clock2016 is flying by! The holiday season and New Year are almost upon us, but there’s one thing we must do before winter can truly begin: turn back our clocks. Daylight Savings Time is this weekend, and before we know it, the sun will be setting an hour earlier in our days. While the darkness at the end of the workday is something many people dread, there is a silver lining in it all. We gain an extra hour in our weekend that we otherwise would not have.

Alas, it all balances out come spring when we set our clocks forward for the start of a new season, but this one time of year when our weekend is extra long is something to savor. How will you be spending your extra hour? We’ve compiled a few ideas to help you make the most of it.

  1. Sleep in. Enough said. Sometimes an extra hour in our pajamas is just what we need after a long week and a probably eventful Saturday.
  2. Catch up on taxes. If you’re like us, you’re questioning how on earth the end of 2016 is so clearly in sight. If you’re like us, you’re also probably behind on many things that you vowed to stay ahead of at the very beginning of the year… the dreaded taxes perhaps being one of them. Before the rush of the holiday season truly begins, take this extra hour to organize your finances, expenses, income reports, and anything else that pertains to your taxes. When the start of 2017 comes around, you’ll be thankful that you did.
  3. Organize an area of your home you’ve been avoiding. We all have that one place in our home that has, unintentionally, become the “designated dump zone.” Maybe it’s the desk where we throw all the paperwork and miscellaneous items that we’re too tired to deal with when we get home from work. Maybe it’s the room where we pile things up and shut the door in a rush right before guests arrive. Maybe it’s the closet that is overflowing with too many clothes and shoes. Whatever it is, spend an hour decluttering and organizing. It’ll feel nice to check this off your list Sunday morning and still have the rest of the day ahead of you to relax.
  4. Plan a Sunday morning family outing. Are your weekends usually so full of appointments and social events that before you know it, Monday morning has arrived, you’re completely exhausted and you’re questioning where the weekend went? Well, not this weekend. Block off Sunday morning to go somewhere or do something that you’ve been meaning to do with your family or friends. Explore that quaint small town 30 minutes down the road that you’ve only ever driven through. Take the kids to the museum you know they’ll love. Meet an old friend for brunch. Try a new coffee house. If you can’t think of anything, head to your state’s website. There’s bound to be many local attractions you’ve never even thought of!
  5. Treat yourself. Our weeks are usually so filled up with work and plans that quality alone time is not something we get to experience much of. Take some alone time to relax and rejuvenate. Go out for a hike by yourself, sit in a park and read that book you haven’t touched in months, head to the spa. Treat yourself for an extra hour doing something you love, then head back and spend the rest of your Sunday with your family. We guarantee you’ll probably feel better than ever.

Tweet us at @RigsbySearch to let us know how you plan to spend your extra hour!