Author Archives: John Kreiss

About John Kreiss

John is an experienced Executive Search Consultant specializing in the recruitment of AE industry talent. For over 15 years he has advised and assisted architecture, engineering, planning, landscape architecture, and environmental firms in filling key positions and making strategic hires.
How to Improve Recruitment and Retention

How to Improve Recruitment and Retention

Is your Architectural, Engineering, Planning, or Environmental Consulting firm ready for 2018? With national unemployment rates around 4.1% as of this writing, talent will be hard to find, and the pressure to raise wages will be intense. If you’re concerned about your design firm’s recruitment and retention processes there are some things that you can […]

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Six Things Design Firms Should Do to Retain More Women

Six Things Design Firms Should Do to Retain More Women

The labor shortage in the architecture and engineering industry is no secret.  It has been a problem since the early nineties, except for the brutal recession back in 2010 when industry unemployment went to 20%.  Today, however, industry unemployment is back down to 4.2%, and firms are scrambling to find talent.  Unfortunately, many firms have […]

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Three Reasons for Hiring Older Workers in Architecture, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting Industries

One positive trend we’ve seen in the design industry is that there has been less resistance to hiring older workers. Perhaps this is due to the extreme labor shortage that we’re likely to see continue for some time. Whatever the reason, it’s a good thing in my opinion. Older workers bring the following traits that […]

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What Do Your Employees Really Think? Finding Out Can Decrease Turnover

It is the leaders who establish the cultures within Architectural, Engineering, Planning, and Environmental Consulting firms. Even in small design groups, it is the group leaders who establish the customs within their sections of their organizations.  Cultures can be healthy, toxic, or someplace in between. When a company has high turnover, fixing the problem often […]

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