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How To Make Your Company Irresistible To Candidates & Staff

If you have recently searched for new talent for your organization, you may have noticed a dynamic shift in the way candidates search for potential employers. Currently, many candidates are no longer motivated solely by the allure of a significant salary and benefits package. They are interested in opportunities with companies that offer a welcoming and inclusive environment that values its staff and invests in their professional growth and development. 

They want to find a company that offers more than a job. Candidates want to find a place that offers them a rewarding career. 

This goal not only applies to job searchers – it also appeals to many current professionals. In the past two years, many companies have been impacted by the loss of long standing team members who have left to pursue new opportunities with organizations that are more aligned with their needs and wants. 

So how can a company shift its focus to appeal to prospective candidates, retain current employees, and develop the next generation of business leaders? 

They have to become “sticky”. 

In the following article, we’ll explain what makes a company “sticky” and how MSB Resources can make your company more memorable, welcoming, and irresistible to prospective and current team members! 

What is a “Sticky” Company? 

A “sticky” company is any organization that offers a welcoming environment with approachable leadership that recognizes the long-term value of hiring great people who fit into their company’s culture. 

“Sticky” companies understand that their most valuable asset is their team members. These companies treat their staff with the same care and consideration as they do their customers and assets. Leaders of “sticky” companies know that having the right team in place not only improves everything from NOI to ROI, it also offers everyone in the organization greater opportunities to achieve their goals. When this happens, the company enjoys continued growth and success. 

Is Your Company “Sticky”? 

Based on the criteria above, you may not know if your company is “sticky”. Or maybe you’re not sure if it’s “sticky” enough. 

To help you determine if your company is as welcoming and irresistible to prospective candidates and existing staff, ask yourself the following questions:  

  • Do you know what your staff thinks of your company?
  • Have you lost an employee that you tried to save but couldn’t?
  • Do you find it difficult to attract and hire qualified candidates for important roles in your company?
  • Do you have the resources to develop/coach leaders?
  • Have you clearly defined your culture and/or values for prospects and your team?

If these questions have identified areas where your company is deficient, then it’s time to assess your existing policies and strategies and make the necessary changes to make your company more attractive to quality candidates and your current team members. 

MSB Resources can help you with this process. 

Introducing MSB Workplace Solutions

To help companies reach their full potential as an ideal workplace, MSB Resources has created a new division of our organization: MSB Workplace Solutions.

Through our new MSB Workplace Solutions division, companies can benefit from access to our first-rate and affordable Human Resources Consulting, Leadership Development, and Coaching services. 

With these services, our goal is to help companies enjoy high employee retention/low turnover rates, lay the foundation for continued growth, and enhance their most valuable asset — people.

If you would like to learn more about our new MSB Workplace Solutions division and its services, contact us today! 

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Employee Spotlight – Spring 2022

We have a great team at MSB Resources that just keeps getting better!

Today, we’d like to introduce some of our newest team members and allow you to get to know them a little better! 

Alyssa Smith – Recruitment Consultant 

Alyssa is a graduate of Rowan University. After interviewing for her first job out of college, she fell in love with the HR field. In 2019, Alyssa landed her first recruiting position that focused on administrative roles for a large corporation. She was introduced to MSB by a former colleague in 2021. Now, Alyssa is focused on building relationships with her candidates and helping them find their dream role. When she is not working, you will find her snuggled up with her 2 pups!

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Hardworking, organized, dog lover.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Honesty and loyalty.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I’m obsessed with Law & Order: SVU so probably a detective.

If you could give advice to your 13 year old self, what would you say?

Stop worrying about what other people think!

What are you most proud of?

I was the first person in my family to go to and graduate from college!

Ashley Powers – Recruitment Consultant

Ashley started out in property management in 2016 as a leasing professional in Greensboro, NC. Throughout her career, she has worked with Greystar, Hawthorne Residential Partners and Premier Property Management, working her way up the ranks to become a Property Manager. She gained the greatest experience and knowledge in her role as a Marketing and Leasing Director, where she traveled throughout the Southeast to help train, oversee daily operations and use her creativity to build relationships with her communities and co-workers. She brought these skills with her when joining MSB in February 2022. When Ashley isn’t recruiting, you can find her at the beach, spending time with her family and their Newfie pups, or brewery hopping with friends.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Hilarious, creative and extroverted. 

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Kindness, loyalty and honesty.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

I would be the proud owner of a large dog farm for strays. Bring me all the pups! 

If you could give advice to your 13 year old self, what would you say?

DON’T. SHAVE. YOUR. EYEBROWS. Gauchos are not real pants.

What are you most proud of?

My baby brother. He is my best friend and I am incredibly proud of the person he is. He makes me better in every way.

Ashley Kahriman – Recruitment Consultant

Ashley graduated from Temple University in 2015 with a focus in Communications and Advertising Account Management. After exploring several opportunities post-grad, she realized her passion for real estate and helping people find housing. She got started on acquiring her real estate license in 2018, began her career as a sales consultant with a luxury property management developer at a brand-new lease-up property in 2019, and was introduced to MSB in 2021! Now, she not only can help people find their dream home but also their dream career. Relationship building is her favorite hobby – and that is what drew her to recruiting. Her friends call her the “matchmaker”. When not at work, you will find her spending time together with her family, friends, and two Italian Greyhounds!

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Chill, fun, and genuine.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

People who are honest. Always tell the truth, or at least don’t lie.

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

A farmer so I can hang with goats all day.

If you could give advice to your 13 year old self, what would you say?

Relax! Everything is temporary and emotions are fleeting. Enjoy the happy, embrace the sad – it’s all part of life!

What are you most proud of?

The family I come from and the values they’ve instilled in me: always be fair, treat people with kindness, and go with the flow.

Linda Wei – Managing Director 

Linda joined MSB Resources in October 2021 to start the new Workplace Solutions division. With over 25 years of human resources and training development experience, Linda served as the Director of Human Resources for Drucker & Falk for over 17 years. Linda currently sits on the Board of Directors for the Peninsula Personnel Association,  Foundation Board for Bon Secours, Mary Immaculate Hospital, Steering Committee for IMPACT 100 Greater Peninsula and was a Rotarian for over 12 years. Linda graduated from Johnson & Wales University with a BS in Marketing and Business Management and also attended George Washington University where she studied Human Resources Management and graduated with a degree in Fashion as well.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Loving, honest and fun.

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Honesty. 

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Work in the Gucci House designing clothes. 

If you could give advice to your 13 year old self, what would you say?

Go with your passions and not what others are expecting. Take the risk and follow your gut!

What are you most proud of?

My daughter. 

Angela Irons – Talent Acquisition Specialist

Angela grew up in property management and has 13 years of property management experience herself, including conventional, tax-credit, and senior housing. As an adult, she went back to school and graduated from Eastern Kentucky University. Before joining MSB, Angela performed research for a government entity. A self-proclaimed bookworm, Angela enjoys spending time with family and anything to do with animals. She lives in Kentucky and enjoys visiting Cumberland Falls, which is gorgeous during the day; however, it is one of the few places in the world with a Moonbow.

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Detailed, approachable and intelligent. 

What characteristic do you most admire in others?

Loyalty, honesty and integrity.  

If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?

Assist with the care of manatees or giant pandas. 

If you could give advice to your 13 year old self, what would you say?

Plan less and enjoy more. 

What are you most proud of?

My daughter. 

Please join us in welcoming our newest members to our team and wishing them all the best!  

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To help companies prevent a shortage of property managers and set the table for future success, we offer the following tips that can improve property management staffing issues.  

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