Hiring Great People Is More Than a Gut Feeling

Tips for hiring to avoid costly mistakes.

As a leader, there’s little that’s more important than hiring great people for your team. Consider this:

  • Finding people is HARD: U.S. unemployment rate is 3.7%, a nearly 50-year low.
  • Finding GOOD people is harder: $37 billion is spent annually to keep unproductive employees who don’t even understand their job.
  • KEEPING good people is hardest: With competition for talent high, the average construction turnover rate is 21.4% (for people age 24 and younger, the turnover rate is 64%).
  • Poor hiring is EXPENSIVE: Bad hires require additional supervision, create conflict and make the leader’s job harder. The average cost of a turnover is 16-20% of the person’s base salary.

Like so many of you, we’re continuously challenged to find and retain great team members.

Kinzler Construction Services Chief Talent Officer Brian Schwartze recently shared 12 hiring tips with our hiring managers. In the video below, hear three of those tips to give yourself the best chance of finding the right person.


5 Tips to Find a Construction Job When You Have No Idea What You’re Doing

Stuck in a job that isn’t you? Ready for a career change, but have no idea what else you could do – or where to start? With such high demand for talented construction professionals, there’s never been a better time to jump into the construction industry. Here are 5 tips to find the in-demand career you’ve been looking for.

  1. Make a Plan Figure out what type of position you’re interested in. Do you have leadership experience from a previous job? Do you want to lead others out on a jobsite? Or do you enjoy getting your hands dirty, getting the job done every day. If you’re not sure, don’t worry! There’s lots of room for growth from one construction position to another.
  2. Look for on-the-job training programs. If you’re worried you’re not qualified for a job in construction…stop worrying! The best companies offer on-the-job training programs. It’s just like going to school, but instead of you paying for an education – the company is paying you to learn!
  3. Add a License or Certificate. Do you have your CDL license? Many times you can make more money if you already have your CDL, allowing you to drive the big company trucks. If not, ask if the construction company you’re applying to will pay for you to get this license. There are numerous professional certifications that can be used to complement formal degrees, or alternatively, they can be used to demonstrate technical proficiency and compensate for a lack of degree in some cases. Their requirements and benefits differ, but finding one or more to add to your professional development skill set can be an effective tool for getting ahead in the job market.
  4. Start from the Bottom. One of the best ways to get a great idea of how a construction site operates is to find a general construction labor position. These positions perform basic construction tasks, installation and material handling and will provide you invaluable experience and introductions to high-level construction professional from whom you can learn a lot.
  5. Look for people, not for jobs. Focus on connecting with people and look for companies who have systems and programs in place to grow and advance the careers of the people that work there. A company that cares about their people will offer great benefits and perks too.


Kinzler Construction Services has dedicated, bilingual, employee-owners ready to give you the technical training and professional skills you need.

We’re hiring general labor and leadership positions at our locations in Iowa, Minnesota, Colorado and Texas. Careers at Kinzler are full-time and year-round, with overtime available during peak season. You’ll receive our full benefits package after just 90 days! Learn more and apply now! 

Kinzler Receives Patriot Award for Support of the Guard & Reserve

Kinzler VP of Operations Tim Hurn (center) is presented the Patriot Award by ESGR volunteer Michael Dayton (left). Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Commander Craig Coder (right), a Kinzler employee.

Kinzler Construction Services was recently recognized for exemplary support of National Guard and Reserve member employees. Tim Hurn, VP of Operations for Kinzler Construction Services, was named a Patriot Award recipient by the U.S. Department of Defense. The award, given by DOD’s Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), recognizes individuals who practice leadership and personnel policies that support employee participation in the Guard and Reserve.

Hurn was nominated by Iowa National Guard Captain Craig Coder, who serves as the Commander for Alpha Company, 334th Brigade Support Battalion based out of Camp Dodge. Coder is the General Manager of Kinzler’s eastern Iowa Distribution operations.

“Kinzler has helped me grow my career in the military,” Coder said. “And the military has helped my career at Kinzler. I am grateful to work for a company which is flexible and supportive of me as I continue to serve our great country.”

Kinzler actively seeks out National Guard soldiers and people with prior military service and is a Home Base Iowa employer. Interested applicants should visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

“We have had huge success with veterans as Kinzler employees,” said Hurn, himself a U.S. Navy veteran. “I am honored to accept this award on behalf of Kinzler Construction Services.”

“Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units,” said Michael J. Dayton, an ESGR volunteer who presented the award. “The U.S. Department of Defense is pleased to recognize Kinzler Construction Services as an outstanding organization that has and is continuing to support a strong National Guard and Reserve force.”

About Kinzler Construction Services

Kinzler Construction Services is a leading installer of insulation products, gypsum concrete, fireproofing & air barrier. Kinzler also distributes a full line of construction materials, including drywall, steel framing, acoustical ceiling tile & EIFS. Kinzler is a rapidly-growing, employee-owned company offering industry-leading service to the best customers with locations across America’s heartland. To search job openings and apply to join the Kinzler team, visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

Kinzler Construction Services Brings Bell Leadership’s Achievers Program In-house

15 leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA.

Kinzler Construction Services congratulates its first class of graduates from the Bell Leadership Institute’s Achievers program, led in-house by Certified Facilitator Brian Schwartze, Kinzler’s VP of Sales & Marketing.

“Our team-focused approach means our company grows at the rate our people grow,” said Schwartze. “What could be more beneficial than bringing the Bell Leadership program to our leaders? This program allows us to have an exponential impact on the lives of our team members.”

15 leaders from Kinzler’s branch locations in Iowa, Minnesota and Texas participated in the three-day program at the company’s Training Center in Ankeny, IA. With guidance from Schwartze and their 360-degree feedback, graduates learned how to develop their skill sets to better lead themselves, others, and their teams.

“The Bell Leadership program was life-changing for me,” said Kinzler Construction Services President & CEO Tanner Kinzler.  “We’ve been sending our Senior Leadership team members to Bell’s programs for years. I’m so happy to now have this training in-house, available to even more of our leaders. When we infuse a culture of leadership and Achieving Forward throughout the company, our team members win, our customers win, and our company wins.”

Kinzler participants learn how to develop their skill sets to better lead themselves, others, and their teams.

Based on a half century of research and consulting with thousands of leaders across the world, Bell Leadership’s Achievers program provides a unique framework to understand exceptional leadership in a personal context. While other leadership programs give participants an assessment of how you behave, Achievers™ goes deeper, leaving graduates with key understandings of why you behave as you do. Knowing yourself deeply and how your behaviors affect others enables you to develop your unique leadership style.

Kinzler Construction Services is an employee-owned construction subcontractor with a proven process for hassle-free installation and delivery of building materials. Kinzler has a positive, team member-focused environment, dedicated to helping employees grow and advance their careers. If you’re interested in joining the Kinzler team, please visit www.KinzlerCareers.com.

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