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28 Mar 2017

Chicago Construction Hiring 2017

A Recent MRI Network Article – Construction industry leading the charge in Illinois we found was worth sharing with the Chicago Construction Hiring community.

As the demand for construction in the city of Chicago continues to climb, more developers are moving in and breaking ground, reported Construction Dive.

Chicago Construction HiringCoining the new and somewhat surprising growth as “the great Chicago hire,” the construction industry news sources analyzed the reason behind the sudden expansion. At present, Chicago has the second highest number of cranes currently in operation among U.S. cities, behind only Seattle.

According to the source, industry leaders have named manageable public transportation, young talent and a relatively low cost of living as reasons for an increase in commercial construction projects in Chicago.

Several developers and leaders in the food industry have announced plans to relocate to the city.

Chicago Construction Hiring 2However, the biggest news came at the end of January when infamous Caterpillar Inc. reported that it would no longer be adding new offices to its home-base of Peoria, reported The Chicago Tribune. Instead, the company, best known for its Cat products, will open a new office in Chicago.

The move will bring 300 of the Caterpillar employees to the city, though 12,000 jobs would remain in Peoria. Citing better transportation and an enhanced pool of qualified workers, Caterpillar aims to be moved in by the end of the year.

Chicago Construction Hiring

In addition to the publicized Chicago Construction Hiring postings, there are many companies that are quietly preparing to grow in 2017, through their succession planning and organizational growth strategies. If you’d like to hear more about the extensive growth in the Chicago Construction Hiring market, feel free to reach out.

Commercial Construction Recruiter ChicagoJim Lappin Serves the Chicago Construction Hiring market as Practice Leader at MRI Cedar Rapids. His dedication to his partners is evident in his impeccable placement record and his tenure serving his loyal client partners.

08 Nov 2016

Organizational Change and Life Insurance Wholesale Jobs

A recent Harvard Business Review Article covered some hurdles to organizational change. The article entitled: Organizations Can’t Change If Leaders Can’t Change with Them, sparked some thoughts about the great changes happening in the financial services discipline, especially in our Life Insurance Wholesale market.

The leadership of an organization is responsible for the direction their company takes, and when we are looking to do something difficult, like change, it makes sense that change has to start with us. With such disruptive change happening in the financial services world, with our specialty focus in Life Insurance Wholesaling, we at MRI Cedar Rapids have had to make changes in our practice to continue serving our insurance wholesale hiring managers at the high level that we expect of ourselves.

Life Wholesale Insurance recrutierThe daunting frequency of failure to make organizational changes shouldn’t be minimized. Being aware of the challenges that we face can help prepare us to take on challenges head on and persevere to make real change both for ourselves and our companies. The points that Ron Carucci makes in the article, along with the case studies he uses to illustrate those points (emotional transference, awareness of personal narratives, and even writing practices) can be used to help us hone our own personal ability to change as well as not be one of the hurdles to change in our own organizations.

As MRI Cedar Rapids has changed over the years, I have had the opportunity to change quite a bit myself. I became the owner of the organization, and the Life Insurance Wholesale job market has certainly changed over the years as well. When thinking about how to apply the effective strategies of the article to the changing organizational landscape of many Life Insurance Wholesale companies, the idea of my awareness of personal narratives was a novel one. It’s more than just saying “ok, what used to work may not work any more”, it’s about really getting down to the fundamentals.


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If you have to write it out, then write it out- what are you doing now in your business that’s actually working? What’s obviously not working, and why? Getting beyond the knee jerk reaction- Life Insurance Wholesale positions are difficult to fill because of X, Y and Z- and really digging into, why is this change so hard? Am I standing in the way of the change that needs to happen for my organizations’ good? The article mentions taking notes, being aware of our own practices, and the motivations behind those practices, as well as soliciting feedback from others. One way that I’ve found to effect necessary change is asking my team to help brainstorm what strategies we can use to stay effective recruiting partners as the markets shift. In the Life Insurance Wholesaling Market our recruiters feel the pulse of the industry, and are often able to make great suggestions of new strategies to keep offer the best talent. Once everyone’s shared their ideas, I ask “what do you need from me?”. As a good leader I need to give my team the tools to change and adapt to their markets as they change- often letting the organization inform me of how things are changing, and allowing them to make suggestions for how we can continue to succeed as a group, helps me to be a better leader. Life Insurance Wholesale recruiter

The difficulties of effecting major change are no small hurdle, and the frequency of success is small- 25-30% according to the HBR article. As a leader it’s my responsibility to ensure that I’m not another hurdle to my team. I want to help their progress, rather than hinder it, and to do that I need to listen to them, be aware of my own motivations, challenges, and weaknesses to make sure that my company weathers and succeeds through whatever changes are coming in the uncertain future.

Underwriting RecruiterMichael Brown is a devoted, pragmatic leader and has been with MRI Cedar Rapids since 2001. Since joining the company, Michael has consistently led the team’s success. Now the owner of the practice, Mike still works a full, active desk, serving the life insurance and annuity industries nationally.

23 Aug 2016
Nashville Tennessee commercial construction

Gold Medal- Midwest Recruiting Top Talent

As the 2016 Olympics was playing out and each competitor took their chance for the gold, our recruiters watched and commiserated with the athletes as they exerted themselves to achieve their goals. As one of the top MRI Offices Internationally, we know what it takes to push ourselves to be the best Recruiters for Financial Services and Construction across the Midwest. While our recruiting practice isn’t nearly as physically impressive as the spectacles we witnessed during the 2016 Olympics, the discipline and commitment required to keep performing at peak efficiency is no small feat!

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Our successful Midwest Recruiters include Construction General Contractor specialists that have spent over 10 years developing relationships in the Design/ Build construction market, and Financial Services Recruiters that have been developing relationships for over 15 years. Our geographic expertise and tight skill set niches allow us to be the your go-to contact for all of your construction recruiting needs. Is your business expanding outside of the Midwest? Let us help you grow your business by adding just the right talent to your Commercial Construction, or Financial Services Leadership Team.

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When you are looking for an expert in your field, not just an employee, but a real game-changer, you need a winning team with the experience to get you to the gold! We are your source for the best candidates in your tight niches. Our dedication to practicing in our specific fields every day allow us the insight to find you the best candidates quicker than the competition. It’s always a race to attract and develop the best talent before your competition does, and our disciplined recruiting team can be your leg up in the race for the top talent in your region. Whether it’s strength of our deep seated practice, or the speed of our market mastery, MRI Cedar Rapids, is the best bet for your Gold Medal Recruiting needs!

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