HOME IS WHERE YOU HANG YOUR HARD HAT
Amy Vincent has been with LandSouth for almost five years and was recently promoted to Recruitment Manager. Collectively, she has eight years of recruiting experience focused on construction-specific roles. She leads LandSouth’s recruiting process, is involved in the internship program, participates in career fairs, and overall shares the many opportunities LandSouth has to offer. She loves to partner with different departments and her role impacts everyone at LandSouth.
Recruiting for a LandSouth position is multi-faceted. From the initial call that a position needs to be filled, to the posting for the position, receiving applications, screening and interviewing, and ultimately hiring and onboarding, Amy works with all parties to ensure a smooth transition.
Amy shares it is hard to narrow down what makes LandSouth special when talking with candidates. She explains Leadership truly cares about their people and welcomes their feedback. Amy has seen growth and changes based on employee feedback, along with internal mobility nurtured by the newly formed People Development initiative.
LandSouth also has deep-rooted philanthropic initiatives which is something that initially drew Amy to join the company. She loves to tell candidates the many ways LandSouth gives back to the community, and how everyone is invited to participate.
Regarding recruiting challenges, Amy states multifamily competition in Jacksonville is fierce. Construction companies bring a multitude of options for candidates. To be seen, you must set yourself apart and tell the story as to why someone should choose LandSouth out of everyone else.
Amy also shares a recruiting shift in different positions. Up and coming talent has an emphasis in project management and the industry may start to see gaps on the field side. There is also a need to build a pipeline for superintendents who are at the end of their careers as there may be a broader gap for talent that wants to be in the field versus in the office. In construction there is a perception that physical labor is all construction is when really there’s a whole different side that involves construction management, which is what LandSouth does.
To face these challenges, Amy has incorporated several avenues to find great talent:
- A quick and efficient hiring process. Once a candidate is identified, we keep them moving, maintain their interest, stay engaged, and make quick decisions.
- Incorporate the People Development department. Their involvement and training resources have helped us promote from within instead of always looking externally.
- Ask for referrals. Referrals have been a great outlet for us, resulting in hiring success stories
- Highlight LandSouth’s social media outlets. This is a great way to showcase life at LandSouth, and highlight our projects. We get a ton of great feedback from our candidates who have followed us.
- Think outside the box. We have had some success with looking at residential and commercial candidates. Once we bring that talent in, tools can be provided to get the candidate up to speed with multifamily.
Amy speaks authentically about all the positive things she witnesses at LandSouth, which helps to recruit great talent. Candidates appreciate she has been here for almost five years, which equates to staying power. Celebrating 25 years in business, it is a well-established company with a good reputation that translates well to candidates.
Leadership is a LandSouth Core Value. This extends to the whole company, not just to managers with direct reports. Amy’s leadership philosophy is that everyone can be a leader. Employees are empowered to step into leadership roles, showcase their abilities, and have their voices heard no matter if they have been with the company for six months or six years.
Amy’s mentor is Jessica Howard, LandSouth’s Human Resources Director. Jessica has shown Amy how to find her voice in the company and this industry. She has always encouraged Amy to lean into her role as an expert and encouraged her to pursue her Talent Acquisition Specialty credential.
While not working, Amy loves spending time with her husband, Kyle, and two dogs, Eli and Penny. They love to travel and recently picked up paddleboarding as a hobby. Amy enjoys cheering on her alma mater, the University of Kentucky, and the Jacksonville Jaguars. Amy and Kyle are also big theme park enthusiasts with 75 roller coasters accomplished and a long list of more to conquer.