I Hired Not One but Two Executives

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Finding the right person to fill an open position seems like it would be easy to do, especially in today's market. However, it is much harder than I would have ever expected if it is done in the traditional way. I advertised and had one of my management team members comb through the applicants to be interviewed. No one seemed to be the right fit though. There were some applicants who seemed adequate enough, but I wanted something beyond adequate. I figured I needed to look into executive search marketing to see if there was better luck to be found there.

I am so glad that I did this. To put it even better, I am so glad that I went with the headhunters that I did. I know there are lot of companies out there that provide this type of service, but I also know that there are some that are better than others. I took my time looking over the different companies, and I was really happy with everything I found out about one not too far from where my company headquarters is located. I was able to read all about their services as well as their success stories.

I had confidence in their ability to find me the person I needed for my position after reading their stats. I explained what I needed, and they got busy trying to find the perfect match. I shouldn't even say trying, because they did find me the person I needed. I was able to interview a few people that I would not have even known about otherwise, and something incredible happened. I was just hiring for one position, but I was so impressed with two of them that I hired both on the spot. That is a talented company when they give me more than what I expected!

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Real Estate Appraisal Points out How a Dream Deal Was a Bad Deal

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Everything was looking great for the property we wanted to buy. It had both a residential home that was beautiful and a large commercial building we could use as our shop for our family business. It seemed like a dream property for us. We called in the help of a company that does real estate appraisal in Sacramento for the full inspection and research of the property. Things looked great upon a cursory visual inspection of the place, but we knew better than to just trust what we saw. This is why every buyer of real estate needs to get a trusted appraisal.

The price was not high for the place, but it was not low either. It was right in line with what we expected if there was no issues with the property. The inspector was very thorough and found things that other inspectors may have overlooked. Things such as the outlets along the walls were new and so were the switches, but some of the wiring was old. Not so much a problem, but the circuits were nowhere near up to code. Cheap parts and materials were used in the renovations recently done too. There were violations in code requirements for the electrical system, sewer system and the water and gas lines too. Not just minor things either. The commercial building did not meet the requirements for fire safety for it to be open to the public. There was no sprinkler system.

That was not the end of it. The company we use to do the real estate appraisal in Sacramento found some liens on the property too. Apparently a divorce had resulted in some defaults on repaying some debt. The owner wanted to unload the place quick and put out a few bucks to pretty it up. We passed on the deal because of how much it would cost to get it to where we needed it to be. The appraisal saved us a fortune in costs and headaches.

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Working with Big 3 to Make Great Videos

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When the company I work for decided to go into a new direction with our marketing campaigns, I was pretty excited. I had suggested that instead of advertising through direct mailings, that we instead make a video that is so fantastic that people can't stop talking about it. I had heard of a company called Big 3 that is able to create magical videos like this, so all we had to do was decide what sort of video we wanted. I knew that we just needed an idea, and they would be able to help us with the rest of it.

We had a huge production meeting so we could toss some ideas back and forth about the message we wanted to have in our video. We definitely wanted it to be informative, but we also knew that humor had to play a huge role in it too. We looked at some of the videos that Big 3 had made for other companies, and we were most impressed with the ones that had a touch of humor in them. Thinking about the videos that we all like to watch ourselves, we knew that we had hit on the right combination.

When we met with the team at Big 3, they had a lot of questions for us. We had not even considered some of the things that they asked, but we were happy that they did. They wanted to create the best video possible because even though it was for our company, it was a reflection of their company as well. Between their talent and our ideas, we were able to come up with a series of videos that have received such a positive reception that we only wish we had gone this route much sooner. I have a feeling we will be working with Big 3 for a long time to come.

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