Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Remote Design in 5 Years

As I gaze into my crystal ball, conjuring up a future based on my 27 years of recruiting and industry experience, I can see big changes ahead for our industry and Remote Designers. Come with me and let’s see what my crystal ball shows…. The Year is 2021: As the mist in my...

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March 2019
Issue #11236
Page 74
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Career Moves

Before remote design was “the new thing,” designers would relocate to advance. Not just a promotion, but for better pay, better benefits, and stability for the long term. While remote offers flexibility in everything from scheduling to attire, it lacks one thing—proven...

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February 2019
Issue #11235
Page 78
Thom McAnally

Relocation Roadblock

There are many things to consider when relocating a candidate. Making sure they are a fit for your organization and the position you are trying to fill accounts for about one-third of the equation. But it’s the other two-thirds where you’ll usually find the...

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 72
Thom McAnally

Want to Be a Remote Designer? Consider This First

Remote Design positions have become mainstream, but that doesn’t negate the need and desire to have in-office Designers. When it comes to Remote Designers, the kind that are not just an hour from the office, most employers look at them as a commodity. It doesn’t matter if you are...

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July 2018
Issue #10228
Page 72
Thom McAnally

Where are the Designers Who Will Relocate?

Not too long ago, before remote design was an option, relocation was one of the best ways in our industry to advance. Candidates, who were ready to take the next step in their career but were stuck in their job for many reasons, would look for better opportunities by changing companies,...

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June 2018
Issue #10227
Page 68
Thom McAnally

Remote Designers: Cost Effective Component or Necessary Evil?

Before you get the wrong impression—No, I don’t think remote designers are evil, just that some employers are still reluctant to accept them as a viable option. Going beyond the question of if you will use remote designers, let’s get to the reason you should so you can embrace...

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December 2017
Issue #10221
Page 87
Thom McAnally

Remote Designer’s Glass Ceiling

The Glass Ceiling is not just a gender or education-based obstacle, it can sometimes be created by career path choices. In our industry, a new Glass Ceiling is coming from Truss Designers deciding to pursue a Home-Based (Remote) position. By remote, we’re talking about at least 4 hours...

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November 2017
Issue #10220
Page 83
Thom McAnally

Supply and Demand for In-Office Truss Design Candidates

At the beginning of this year, the job opportunities JobLine had were mostly for in-office designers. Some employers were looking ahead to the summer rush and made a few proactive remote designer hires in March, but only a few. As the season approached, more remote options were on the table,...

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October 2017
Issue #10219
Page 89
Thom McAnally

Remote Design Trends in 2017: “Purgatory?”

With remote going viral and people jumping into it without knowing all of the trade-offs, it’s time to start a conversation about the good, the bad, and everything in between. Let me know what you would add to the following lists, and send me your opinions about working remotely. Some...

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July 2017
Issue #10216
Page 89
Thom McAnally

Remote Design Trends in 2017

I saw an unexpected jump in the spectrum of employers asking for remote truss designers this year. In 2015–16, some of the big companies were looking for remote designers, but not many smaller companies. Smaller clients didn’t feel that they had the resources to manage the process...

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June 2017
Issue #10215
Page 81

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