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How ActiveRain Has Helped with My Recruiting Efforts as a Broker

I am the broker and owner of Austin Texas Homes, LLC.  We currently have about 14 agents licensed with our company, and I have hired a few additional agents recently that are due to start this month and next month.  One of these new agents with our company is a member here at ActiveRain and she contacted me because of my profile and blog.



I also wrote a post awhile back which discussed the fact that I was looking for agents.  While it didn't generate anything directly, the process of writing it helped me to better clarify my thoughts for an ad that I placed on Yahoo HotJobs.  In the ad, which is relatively long and allows links, I referenced this post of mine, which was my first featured post on AR back in August 2007:

View from the broker's desk - what makes a good agent?

I also included this line in the ad:

Please note that "sense of humor" is on my list. Don't contact me if you are missing this gene, because I can virtually guarantee that we won't get along. :-)

Interestingly, almost everyone that has interviewed with me as an agent has mentioned this tidbit.

  • One agent told me the "sense of humor" part was the exclusive reason that he came to meet with me. 

  • One of the guys who came by mentioned that he had read through much of my blog.  This, of course, is encouraging to me.  If he liked what he saw there, we will likely get along very well.

  • Another person mentioned that almost every ad that he saw was dry and boring, but mine stood out to him.

I learned how to make my writing interesting and compelling (and transparent) by blogging here on ActiveRain, so I am thankful for this experience. 

If you are interested in seeing the entire ad, here it is:

My Ad Looking for Agents

I hope this is helpful for those of you who are actively involved in recruiting.  Thanks!

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