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Learn the Most Important Soft Skills for Maintenance Managers

Most Important Soft Skills for Maintenance Managers

When your property management firm is looking to hire its next maintenance manager, experience is essential. Basic repair knowledge, tool and equipment expertise and an understanding of preventative measures needed to avoid emergencies are just a few of the many hard skills a potential maintenance manager must meet in order to qualify for consideration. 

Although these skills are vital, they are not the only skills that prospective employers like you should consider when searching for your next maintenance manager candidate. You should also take a close look at the candidate’s soft skills, too.

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Using Social Media to Communicate with Residents

In its earliest days of its development, social media seemed like a communication and promotional tool geared toward students and nonprofessional industries. Now, everyone is using social media to market and communicate with audiences of all demographics. Large and local businesses use their social media accounts to promote their various products and services. Individuals use their personal accounts to stay in touch with family and friends and track pages associated with their interests and hobbies. 

While multifamily communities currently use their social media accounts to build buzz with local prospects about their apartment, townhouse and condo communities, many are not utilizing their pages in other extremely beneficial ways. In addition to their marketing and advertising potential, social media pages are also a great way to engage with existing residents. And establishing a healthy relationship with these current renters is essential to renewing leases and spreading positive word of mouth about your property management company. 

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Retaining and Hiring in a Difficult Job Market

The current job market is posing a real dilemma for companies. First, there’s a wealth of available positions across many industries. This is causing many professionals to leave their long-standing jobs in favor of new positions or career paths. The other challenge for companies is that there are more open positions than job seekers. This means that job seekers are being more choosy with the jobs they’re applying for. 

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What to Leave Off Of Your Resume

Applying for a new job can be a very intimidating experience for many candidates. Each applicant is vying with numerous candidates for one particular position. To rise above the many applicants and land on that interview shortlist, a job seeker needs to present a first-rate resume. 

While there are many guides, articles and reference materials about crafting the perfect resume, they often focus on the information to include in the finished document. Other times they concentrate on formatting and resume styles. Very rarely do these guides focus on the type of information that should not be included in a resume. 

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How to Dress and Prepare for Summer Interviews

Landing a job interview is a major achievement that delivers equal feelings of excitement and nervousness. Prospective employees want to make a great impression in action and appearance during that big event. Yet, presenting a professional appearance during an interview in the height of summer is often a daunting task. 

If your next interview lands in the dog days of summer, don’t worry. If you follow the tips below, you’ll show up looking cool, calm and confident at your summer interview. 

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Benefits of Employee Engagement Surveys

In order for any company to succeed, its employees have to be productive and engaged. Keeping employees happy is not always easy, and definitely not straightforward. There’s no real instruction manual for how to keep everyone in the workplace happy, but there are ways to check-in with how everyone is feeling. In order to effectively develop employee skills and utilize employee talents, getting an accurate measurement of how each person sees themselves within the organization is essential. It’s not always comfortable, but if you use Employee Engagement Surveys, you’ll be in a good position to foster positive change and growth. Here are four benefits of Employee Engagement Surveys.

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Tips To Be A Confident Job Seeker

In the past year there has been a significant increase in the number of people looking for new jobs. Many experienced job loss due to the economic effects of the global pandemic while others were seeking new opportunities for a variety of reasons ranging from recent graduates looking to begin their careers to professionals considering a career change. 

With so many applicants vying for positions posted on business websites and job listing platforms, recruiters and HR representatives are faced with the challenge of finding the candidates who are the right fit for the available position. Since so many job seekers are applying for the same positions, you need to bring your best to every interview so you can rise above the other candidates and land the right job. And the key to achieving that goal is to display confidence. We’ll share some great tips on how to boost your confidence and make a positive impression during interviews. 

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Benefits of Returning to the Office & What It Will Take

More than a year has gone by since the world officially shut down, and if this pandemic has shown us anything, it’s that we adapt. We keep moving forward. We adopt a new normal. For many people, working from home became the norm, and after a year of setting new routines and getting into new habits, the thought of going back to work seems, well, bizarre. Of course, there are benefits of returning to the office but the transition has the potential to be pretty rocky. Let’s face it. Things are different now. There’s no such thing as simply going back to the way things were. Similar to the adjustments experienced during the early days of remote work, employers and employees will need to readjust to onsite work environments. Here are a few things to consider as you ramp up to return to the office.

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How to Create a Solid Resume

With what seems like the worst of the pandemic behind us, it might be time to start sprucing up your resume if you either suffered a job loss or are ready to jump into a new career. The resume helps tell your story of why you’ll be a good fit for your next position. It’s a place that you can showcase your experience and start to sell a potential employer on your expertise. While there are lots of resume tips out there, here are a few timeless ones that are sure to set you up for success.

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How To Prepare for a Remote Interview

In today’s hiring world, we’re navigating a lot more remote interviews than ever before. Even those that will need to be on-site are being hired through remote processes to keep everyone healthy during the current pandemic. But how should you prepare yourself for a remote interview? Here are some helpful tips to nail it and secure your next dream job.

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