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3 Things Santa does to keep his Elves Motivated

With all the hustle and bustle going on just before the holiday season, here are a few tips to help you keep your employees focused and motivated.

  1.  Make your Holiday Cards personalIt is so easy and cost effective these days to just have a company print up your Christmas Cards with your name already printed on them in place of a signature. This year, take the time to let your leasing professionals, maintenance technicians, and assistant managers know you took the time to personalize their cards. Personalization is becoming so rare that it will be noticed and appreciated. Use their names and write each staff member a short note telling reiterating some of the great things they’ve done for you!
  2. Decorate the leasing office and let your staff help!Often there is only one person in the leasing office who decorates the tree. This year, let your staff make it a shared event. Buy one box of plain colored Christmas tree ornaments and a Sharpie and write each and every employee’s name and job title on them. Let them hang the ornaments on the tree while serving some hot cocoa and cookies.As the years pass, you will enjoy looking back at some of those ornaments to see how far your employees have come. How about that leasing consultant who is moving up the ladder and is now your assistant manager? Or the groundskeeper who in five years runs the entire Maintenance staff.
  3. Try to consider each employee’s holiday family traditions when making your schedule.It will likely be impossible to make everyone happy when it comes to scheduling work hours around the holiday season. However, if you take a moment to sit with your staff and get to know what their traditions include, you will be showing them that you made an effort – and sometimes that is the greatest motivation.

For more tips on retaining employees, read 3 Ways to Retain the Apartment Industry Professional from Hire Priority.

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Apartment Industry Job Hunting Tips

5 Apartment Industry Job Hunting Tips

From ten units to four hundred, student housing to luxury hi-rise, the multi-family industry offers a wide range of job opportunities. This diversity is both good and bad when job hunting—more variety translates to a better chance of finding a position that’s a good match; but it can also be overwhelming when faced with so many options. These five tips will help you hone in on the job that’s best for you and secure a new position in the apartment industry:

1.) Reach out

Reaching out to the apartment communities you wish to work for can help you get your foot in the door, and even land you a job. One way to do this is by going in person to visit a potential employers management office, allowing them to put a face to your resume and visualize you in what could be your future work environment.

2.) Network

Networking in the apartment industry when you are looking for a job is crucial, and should be a tool used from start to finish of your job search. Start out by making the most of the connections you have, and seek to make new ones. For example, when you pay a visit to a property that you would like to work for they may not have any open positions—but can tell you that their sister property does.

3.) Be knowledgeable about the industry

Being knowledgeable about the apartment industry in your job search means both educating yourself personally through training as well as staying informed of broader industry trends. Apartment industry trends to be aware of include that demand for multi-family housing increases as overall employment growth increases and/or housing prices are high.  Typically, more apartments are built and occupancies increase when either of these factors occurs.

4.) Re-vamp Your Resume

Before you begin your multi-family job search, make sure your resume demonstrates that you are qualified for the apartment jobs you are applying for. Learn what you can about the multi-family company or property you want to work for, and show them on your resume or cover letter that you are familiar with their company, passionate about it, and qualified for a position there.

5.) Be Persistent

The types of multi-family or apartment jobs are numerous, and honing in on the ones that best fit you—quality over quantity—is key. Then keep up with those properties and positions by checking their websites daily and following up with any job opportunities.

In the face of high competition and a multitude of ways to go about finding an apartment job, these five tips will help your job search run smoothly and successfully. From start to finish—these tips will make sure you are the kind of qualified professional that your ideal multi-family employer wants to hire.

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The Houston Recruiting Industry Loses a Legend

“Ann was the best healthcare recruiter in Houston, Texas for the good part of thirty years,” says James Lenhardt, CEO of Hire Priority Staffing and former colleague of Ann Haubegger. Ann passed away Thursday, October 11, 2012 due to complications from lung cancer.

For the four decades that Ann worked in the Houston recruiting industry she was admired by clients and co-workers alike for her dedication and success. Ann “tried to get into the heart and soul of her clients,” says Vaughn Adams, close friend and former colleague of Ann’s. After sharing an office and friendship for thirty years, Adams remarks that she saw Ann do everything she could for people, which contributed to her accomplishments as a healthcare recruiter. She embodied all the characteristics of a successful recruiter: strong relationships with clients, a clear understanding of recruiting fundamentals, a good listener, and passionate about her work.

Today, “if there’s a doctor’s office or clinic in Houston, there’s a good chance Ann had an impact there,” says Lenhardt.  Ann was not only the best healthcare industry recruiter in Houston; she was one of the top ten recruiters in the Houston market for over twenty consecutive years. The Houston Business Journal listed Hire Priority (formerly Harrison Personnel) as one of their top 25 Recruiting Companies—and Ann was the most successful of their talented recruiters.

Ann’s legacy will live on in the recruiters that learned from her and the thousands of clients and candidates that had the pleasure to work with her. “There aren’t many recruiters today like her,” says Laura Hudson, a former recruit of Ann’s at Texas Surgical, “she was special”.

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My Story: Marni Long – Apartment Leasing Consultant Houston

My Story: Marni Long

            Over a decade ago the people-oriented aspect of the Houston apartment industry drew Marni Long to look for jobs; however, she ended up pursuing a career in office management instead. Today, Marni has returned to her original goal of working in an apartment job, and is employed by Sentinel Real Estate.

In transitioning to the apartment industry, Marni remarks, “I knew that if I wanted to break into a new job channel the best route to take would be through a placement company.” And after a quick Google search, Marni ended up with Hire Priority Apartment Staffing.  Marni knew what she was looking for, and the day she showed up at Hire Priority she was immediately sent to a position they had waiting for her. Of her journey to working for Sentinel Real Estate, Marni says,

“I decided the apartment industry is where I wanted to end up and simply took the steps to accomplish my goal. Hire Priority got my foot in the door and Sentinel gave me the opportunity to prove I could do the job.”

And Marni has found exactly what she was looking for with her current position—a job where she gets to work with people, making them feel comfortable and excited about leasing at her community. Being proactive, asking questions, and networking are all elements of Marni’s journey to which she accredits her success.

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Compete for Jobs Against more Experienced Candidates

How To Compete for Jobs Against More Experienced Apartment Industry Candidates

Chances are, in the search for your ideal job you will come up against more qualified candidates. Perhaps they have greater experience, specialized skills, or impressive professional accomplishments on their resumes. So how do you compete with someone who, on paper, appears more qualified for a job?

The key is to offer employers something in addition to your own experience and resume points. While credentials are important, they are not the only determining factor in the hiring process. For example, interviewing with an apartment manager or hiring authority presents an opportunity to demonstrate qualifications beyond bullet points on your resume. While you may not be a seasoned veteran of the apartment industry, you can offer a fresh perspective and a willingness to adapt to a new environment. Or, where  your property management experience may be lacking, you are a candidate who can be molded to fit the management company. Combined with a passion for the position you are interviewing for, these advantages can contribute compensation for a lack of experience.

Interviews are crucial; however, competition for jobs begins much earlier with searching and networking. In a pool of stronger candidates, taking advantage of networking opportunities can lead to apartment job opportunities that would otherwise be inaccessible. Successful networking combined with a strong interview that emphasizes your strengths, in particular those that may not be immediately evident from your resume, will give you a competitive edge against more experienced apartment industry contenders.

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