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Podcast: How to Find Good People and Avoid Employee Nightmares

And, by the way, why can’t millennials fill out job applications?

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JIMMYCAST EPISODE 3: FINDING GOOD PEOPLE (28:34 MINUTES)


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HIRING. IT’S ONE of the most important things you do. Hiring the right person can lift your store into the stratosphere; hiring the wrong one can drag you into Dante’s 7th circle of hell.

Finding and hiring people who can become high-quality employees is the topic under discussion in the third episode of INSTORE’s new podcast series, JimmyCast, from jewelry-store trainer Jimmy DeGroot, along with co-host Doug Meadows of David Douglas Diamonds in Marietta, GA.

Some of the topics covered in the podcast:

  • Why people today can’t fill out job applications
  • Why restaurant servers are often great candidates to attract into the jewelry business.
  • Doug shares how he has found some of his employees. These include Craigslist, spreading the word amongst friends, hiring a family member (who didn’t have a choice); and several from Facebook. Doug has even used divine intervention, praying for a good employee to arrive at a critical moment. (Guess what? It worked.)
  • How Jimmy took a coffee-shop barista and turned her into a half-million-a-year seller.
  • One question Doug used to weed out applicants for available jewelry sales positions: “If we had two positions available — one in the backroom, working with inventory, and one out on the floor, working with customers, which would you prefer?” He was surprised to see that numerous people who, we want to remind you, were applying for a sales position, said that they would far prefer the back-room job. “You don’t even call those back,” says Doug.
  • When it’s appropriate to use a headhunter.
  • Why it’s almost always smart to hire a good candidate even if you’re not looking for someone new.
  • Is it smart — or not — to hire your good customers?



Jimmy DeGroot is a jewelry store manager who has been in the business for over 20 years. Now he spends his time training teams around the world at jewelrystoretraining.com and sharing marketing advice through his blog site at jewelrymarketingguy.com. Sign up for training videos here.

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Podcast: Jason Druxman Discusses Differences of Corporate and Independent Jewelry Stores

He describes the corporate business as “very cutthroat, very push-push”.

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JIMMYCAST EPISODE 15: JASON DRUXMAN (36:37 MINUTES)


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THIS MONTH on JimmyCast, host Jimmy DeGroot welcomes a guest he knows quite well.

In fact, they know each other so well that they can complete each other’s …

“… sandwiches?” suggests Jason Druxman, co-owner of Avenue Jewelers in Appleton, WI.

Druxman has been in the jewelry business for over 30 years — “which is impossible,” he jokes, “because I’m only 36.” Before taking over Avenue Jewelers (where he worked with DeGroot), the fourth-generation jeweler spent much of his early career in corporate settings — working for Sterling Jewelers’ sub-brands.

In the podcast (11:50), he discusses pros and cons of working in a corporate jewelry environment versus an independent one.

Druxman describes the corporate business as “very cutthroat, very push-push” but admits he enjoyed it, especially as a young man with an instinct for competitiveness. “It was awesome for me,” says the jeweler, “because I could measure myself against these other thousand stores.”

How does independent life compare? As his current business title on his LinkedIn profile and business card (“The Diamond Stud”) indicates, Druxman’s working life is definitely not as stuff and regimented as it use to be.

Hear more pros and cons in the latest JimmyCast.

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Podcast: Aleah Arundale Tells Why She Created Jewelers Helping Jewelers

‘I wanted a free, open forum where everybody could say whatever they want, whenever they want.’

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JIMMYCAST EPISODE 14: ALEAH ARUNDALE ON THE POWER OF JEWELERS HELPING JEWELERS (21:57 MINUTES)


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THIS MONTH, JimmyCast welcomes Aleah Arundale, founder of the popular private Facebook group, Jewelers Helping Jewelers, and a fifth-generation jeweler who works for diamond wholesaler Olympian Diamonds.

Chatting with co-hosts Jimmy DeGroot and Doug Meadows, Aleah shares why she created Jewelers Helping Jewelers (4:05), which now has 18,500 members. A few years back, Aleah felt there was something missing in other social media communities. “I wanted a free, open forum where everybody could say whatever they want, whenever they want,” she says.

She decided to launch a brand new community for which the primary rule would be having the fewest rules possible. She says she’s proud that, despite the openness and freedom of the group, participants (mostly) get along, providing an important source of advice, support and trading partners to thousands of jewelry professionals who would otherwise struggle to find community. Says Aleah, “This is a testament to show that, if you just let people go, they will show you how wonderful they can be.”

Aleah estimates that the group has facilitated more than $1 billion in transactions since its launch, sharing a few anecdotes of jewelers whose businesses and lives were changed by the community, including one jeweler who claims to have done $4 million in business through JHJ.

Later in the podcast, Aleah discusses one of her pet peeves — jewelers who refuse to put prices alongside jewelry in the showcase (11:00). Plus, she offers her extremely simple tip for selling more diamonds (13:05).

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Podcast: How Tracking Door Traffic Can Dramatically Boost Your Store’s Performance

Jimmy talks with Dave and Spencer Mink of TraxSales.

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JIMMYCAST EPISODE 13: DAVE AND SPENCER MINK ON COUNTING YOUR TRAFFIC (24:29 MINUTES)


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IN THIS MONTH’S EPISODE of JimmyCast, host Jimmy DeGroot talks customer data with Dave and Spencer Mink of TraxSales.

Launched in 1996 as one of the earliest customer tracking companies, TraxSales uses an infrared camera system to track a store’s door traffic (with the ability to discount visits from your staff and other non-customers — i.e. the mailman). The statistics generated can then be integrated with retailers’ CRM programs, offering the ability to create up to 30 different reports, including closing ratio and revenue per guest.

Hear more about how Dave’s big “epiphany” led to the creation of the company in 1996, as well as how the average jeweler can use customer-tracking data in order to make better management decisions and dramatically improve the performance of their sales teams.

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