Employer Recruitment Stories – Roof Plumbing

Employer Recruitment Stories – Roof Plumbing


[MUSIC]>>O’HALLORAN: Damian O’Halloran
and Hawker Roofing. We do mainly metal roofing
and mainly commercial – new installation and repairs. And we’ve been going since 1974. We’ve got currently two
and they’re both in their second, going into their third year. The people that I’ve employed of late,
I haven’t advertised. When I did advertise,
there were 12 months where I didn’t get one phone call. But then when I was looking for some people
and asked a few if anyone knew anyone oh – I’ve got a friend who might be interested –
ok, let’s have a chat. It’s been a bit more word-of-mouth
than formal advertising, and, um, sometimes there’s a lot to be said
for, um, who you know, as opposed to what you know. Normally sit down and have a,
have a decent conversation, um, with the applicant, um, nothing
so much formal, um, they’re obviously coming as –
they’ve never done roofing before, but also too that you want to get a feel
for what they want to get out of the job. What’s expected of them,
and also too that they’ve got an understanding
that it is a job and people are relying on them, so, you know, and you get through a few of those,
as conversations, as starters, and then work from there, and then most of the time,
if they are successful, then it’s on the job. Learning on the job. So we’ve gone through an interview –
we virtually start with a three-month trial, now that three-month trial can, um, fall short
in one week or it could get to two months and three weeks! Um. And that can be, they like me, or I like them,
whatever the case may be, and then if that three month period is up
and we’re all still looking good, then we’ll start looking at
trying to get into an apprenticeship and working through that, so,
that first three months, you can determine a lot in that first three months
of, um, whether they’re gonna be keen and conscientious. And gives you something to work with
for starters. The skills – not so much that they bring,
as far as what’s required for the briefing, but more so their punctuality,
their commitment to wanting to work, um, courteous, polite, presentable, um, and then the rest is learn on the job. Don’t be afraid to knock on doors. Walking in is showing
that you’re actually serious about it, rather than waiting for a job ad to appear, um, and more so too, um, phone call, yes, because a lot of businesses dont’ really operate
from an office, um, but if you only get the message bank,
leave that message and then follow it up. Um. And if they do have an office,
just walk in. At least you can always leave
your name and number and, you know, you’re not looking
for an appointment, just show up. My dad started this business in 1974
and we started working school holidays, that sort of thing, um, working with him,
working in a workshop or working out on site, with the guys, and uh, I finished school,
went to CIT, I was doing architectural, and uh, decided it wasn’t for me,
and then started working full time for him and been here ever since. So he’s since retired and it’s just me,
and one of my sons is – he’s keen to have a play at some stage, so that
will be interesting to see when he finishes school. If he still wants to! [MUSIC]

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