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A couple of thoughts...

There are no unemployed electricians (worth hiring, anyhow).
Your next employee already works for someone, and you probably already know his name.
If you need to "ramp up" tomorrow for some reason, your only option in most of the country is union labor.

Slow to hire, quick to fire. That's how I roll...
 

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What about the good guys who work for a company that goes bankrupt?

I'm getting calls every day from guys who are simply the victim of the state's largest resti builder going belly up. Their EC laid off a bunch of their crews for lack of work. Surely there's some good ropers in there somewhere...
Eh, you're talking about an exception. It's not like there's a contractor in every labor market presently going bankrupt and putting men on the street. A whole crew of guys from a recently closed outfit is worth looking through. At least try to hire the foreman or the senior service guy or something along those lines. At a minimum, try to get those guys in for an interview to pick their brain about the rest of the crew. If they're just downsizing, chances are pretty good they're getting rid of the chaff and keeping the wheat.
 
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