Don’t Have a Human Resources Department? Madden Can Help

Employer News

Madden helps you find the best craftsmen, so that you can skip all the pre-screening, personal interviews, reference checks, and more, and get on to building something quick. However, you may not realize all the other extras you have available to you, just from being a client of ours. Beyond recruiting, we also offer many other resources that can truly help a small business thrive in their business, especially if you don’t have a full-fledged HR department. Here are some other ways that Madden can help you in addition to anything you need to hire talented craftsmen:

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The 5 Tools You Gotta Get in Shape for Summer

Craftsmen News

Craftsmen usually take really great care of their work tools, but we’re not always known for keeping our own personal home tools in tip top shape. Summer’s in full swing in the Pacific Northwest, so now’s the time to give a little TLC to the main 5 tools that you’re most likely using during the warm months into the fall:

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Best Jobs for Veterans Right Now

Employer News

Most of us know someone whose been in the military, and have noticed some of the common traits from their training that makes them responsible friends and families. These same attributes make them great employees too, including trust, dependability, and efficiency. The construction industry, in particular, is a great one for veterans to transition into as they leave the military into the civilian life, because other hard skills that they’ve used in the service are directly transferable as well. Here’s some of the best jobs for veterans right now, because of the growing demand:

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The Best Sand in the Pacific Northwest

Craftsmen News

If you use sandpaper on the job, you probably know that it’s name is pretty deceptive. That’s because it’s made with neither sand nor paper! The ‘sand’ grit used for the abrasive is typically fine grain of aluminum oxide or garnet, and it’s applied to a backing ‘paper’ that’s usually some sort of thin cloth, such as rayon, cotton, or polyester. The mineral dust might look sand, but it’s much sharper than ocean sand, and thus why sandpaper is technically considered to be a cutting tool. If you’re looking for some real sand, we think the best place to find it is riding atop an ATV (all-terrain vehicle) on the beach. Oregon and Washington have some great dunes, with several recreational areas to ride and explore. Here are some of our favorites:

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Robotics in Construction

Employer News

Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, so we’re always keeping an ear out for new innovations that can make job sites safer. In many cases, using robots is a great solution to this because it can be more efficient and also less risky. With the labor shortage, robots are even more welcome than ever.

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The Modern Craftsman

Craftsmen News

The quintessential craftsman has an appreciation for excellence and precision in his work. And in this hurried internet age, the pursuit of mastering and honing a craft has become a rare endeavor. Because of that, we at Madden have noticed a growing demand for the men and women who never stop striving to get better and better at their work. Here are some of the characteristics that make you a more coveted craftsman today:

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New Ways to Build a Highly-Skilled Team

Employer News

We all know that the smaller pool of workers in our industry has made it difficult to hire quality craftsmen. And unfortunately, the research shows that the labor shortage is only getting worse! It doesn’t help that the school shop department is a thing of the past, and more and more students are being encouraged to go into white collar careers, even if it’s a lifestyle that doesn’t fit everybody. Thankfully, this need for talented trades people has caused some amazing innovation in our industry. Here are some avenues that employers like you can take advantage of to build a highly-skilled team that will help you grow your business:

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Protect Your Hands With The Right Gloves

Craftsmen News

In our work, it’s important to protect our hands. And although there isn’t a pair of gloves that will keep you from every possible injury, you can certainly reduce your risks with the proper choice. The key to pick the gloves based what injury you are shielding your hands from, due to the environment and task you’re involved with. Here’s a quick guide to selecting the right pair of gloves, with the specific conditions in mind:

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Innovative Wearables Making Job Sites Safer

Employer News

Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world, so we’re always keeping an ear out for new innovations that can make job sites safer. Here’s some amazing new technology that’s being developed that foster safety in a completely new way.

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How To Manage Friends Working For You

Craftsmen News

Congratulations! You just got a promotion, or maybe you started your own business. And all of a sudden, you find yourself in charge of supervising close friends and peers. It’s a tricky position to be in, and you’ll likely need to navigate it carefully. The good news is that managing friends is one of the best ways to develop your leadership skills, because you can’t fool ‘em – they know you best! Here are some tips for getting through the transition:

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