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Go Green & Get Productive: The Power Of Plants In The Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want to improve your employees’ levels of engagement and productivity? Take a look around and assess your office space - perhaps it needs a refresh. It has been well documented that an employee’s environment can have a significant impact on their concentration and motivation levels. One simple way to improve your décor is by adding [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Time to Upgrade Your Skills? Here’s Our Pick of the Best Online Learning Resources

Continued learning makes for a fulfilling career and an interesting life. You will never know everything and you can never know too much; as Michelangelo famously said at 87, “I am still learning.” Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills for your current role, seeking to make a career change or simply have [...]

By |Career Advice|

CBC Interview: Preparing Young Graduates For Work

Barry Milne, VP of our MB/SK branch, was recently interviewed by the CBC about young graduates and how they can better prepare themselves for the job market. Barry's advice includes:  Seek out opportunities to gain real world experience Sharpen your communication skills Dress appropriately for work Learn what language is suitable for emails   Listen [...]

By |Latest News and Events|

6 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Recruitment Agency

Recruiting quality candidates is one of the most important responsibilities of a hiring manager. Choosing a qualified recruitment agency whose approach and values complement your own organization can be overwhelming. To help you through this process, we have devised 6 questions to ask when choosing an agency: 1. Who will spearhead the search? With many [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

10 Lessons Job Seekers Can Learn From Olympians

Over the last week our team has been enthusiastically cheering on our fellow country men and women as they compete in the Olympics. We are in awe of not only the Olympians' physical abilities, but also their unwavering commitment to their sport. As a team, we have been reflecting on the athletes' performance and have drawn several [...]

By |Career Advice|

Time To Upgrade Your Skills? Here’s Our Pick Of The Best Online Learning Resources

Continued learning makes for a fulfilling career and an interesting life. You will never know everything and you can never know too much; as Michaelangelo famously said at 87, “I am still learning”. Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills for your current role, seeking to make a career change or simply have a [...]

Get Happy, Be Productive [TED TALK]

How to be more productive is one of the most discussed topics of today. Authors, psychologists, business professionals and I'm sure even your fellow colleagues, are forever offering up their strategies to help you become more productive. Write 'to do' lists, don't write 'to do' lists, do your planning at the end of the day, set [...]

By |Workplace Trends|

To Be A Successful Sales Professional In 2016 & Beyond You Need To Do These 3 Things

Technology has impacted just about every aspect of our lives and the sales profession is not immune. In fact, in my role as a specialized Recruitment Consultant, I have been witness to a remarkable evolution. Across the world, progressive organizations and innovative sales professionals are using technology to re-engineer the sales process. So, what does [...]

By |Career Advice, Industry Info|

Want To Be An ‘Employer Of Choice’? 11 Lessons From A Company From Down Under

Employer branding is one of the hottest topics right now. Many companies are striving to become an 'employer of choice' in the hopes of attracting the best-of-the-best talent and reducing their turnover rates. With such a competitive market for good candidates, and given the power of social media, company review websites such as Glassdoor, and industry word-of-mouth, it [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

5 ‘Must Read’ Articles For Job Seekers

Searching for a job is tough. Navigating the highly competitive market, staying current and keeping positive throughout the process can be overwhelming. As Recruitment Consultants, we are here to help you on your journey by sharing knowledge and advice. We read a lot of industry blogs and news articles to ensure we remain at the [...]

By |Career Advice|

7 Tactics To Help You Stand Out During Your Job Search

Today’s job market is fiercely competitive and it can be hard to get noticed in a sea of applications. That said, there are some strategies you can apply to help you break through the noise and land your dream role. We spoke to our team of Recruitment Consultants to gather their 7 best ideas for improving [...]

The Headhunters Launches Partnership With Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon helped Melia's wish to be a mermaid in Hawaii come true   We are very excited to announce the launch of our innovative partnership with Make-A-Wish® BC & Yukon. The initiative will see us donate $500 to Make-A-Wish each time we make a permanent placement in a company referred to us by Make-A-Wish [...]

By |Latest News and Events|

Fresh From Our Desk: What’s Hot In IT

Fresh From Our Desk: What's Hot In IT Across Western Canada, the tech boom has given IT professionals a lot of choice in where they can work. The industry is rapidly evolving, with business needs changing, new technology launching, and start-ups taking off. IT job seekers often come to us curious about the hiring trends [...]

10 Things To Offer ‘The One’ When You Can’t Move On Salary

10 Things To Offer 'The One' When You Can't Move On Salary So, you’ve found the one. That person you have been searching long and hard for. You have gone through rounds of interviews, they tick every last box on your list and the team loves them. But then, they increase their salary requirements and you [...]

Seeking A Stress-Free Summer? We Have The Solution

Summer has arrived. No doubt, there is a buzz around your office as your colleagues are discussing long weekend plans, where they are going on vacation and how they will manage child care over the period. Meanwhile, that buzz is manifesting itself as stress for you as you contemplate how you are going to keep [...]

Ask A Recruiter: Succession Planning

Ask A Recruiter: Succession Planning An Owner/Manager of an Edmonton based company recently asked us about succession planning: "I have owned and managed my own company for the last 15 years, we have a team of 60 and some senior people have been with the organization since the beginning. How urgent is the need for [...]

Alberta Fires Appeal: How You Can Help

Alberta Fires Appeal: How You Can Help Our hearts go out to our friends, family, clients and candidates being hit by the terrible fires throughout the Fort McMurray area.  The Red Cross advised that what it needs most is cash donations. To make a donation please visit Canadian Red Cross or call 1-800-418-1111. Please help, this is a [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

15 Ways To Say ‘Thank You’ This Admin Professionals’ Day

Today, April 27th, is Administrative Professionals' Day. Say thank you to all the people that keep your organization running smoothly, support your team in achieving their goals and improve your business operations. Here's 15 ways to say thank you and show your appreciation: Just say “thank you!” – words are incredibly powerful. Hand write a short thank [...]

Interviews: How To Manage Them

Interviews: How To Manage Them Most job seekers on the market ensure that they are well-prepared for job interviews and the same ought to be true of those conducting the interviews. Many managers are expected to lead the hiring process, so knowing the basics of interviewing best practices is useful. By keeping such essentials in mind, even inexperienced [...]

Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave [Infographic]

Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave A new Mercer survey of Canadian workers goes a long way to cementing the idea that modern employees are a fickle bunch. It turns out that up to 59 percent of Canadians who enjoy their current job have one eye on the door. Mercer calls this an “engagement [...]

Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume

Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume At TempsAhead and The Headhunters, we love to see temporary work experience on resumes because it tells us that the applicant likes to stay busy between permanent jobs. In other words, such candidates are hardworking and keen to develop transferable skills. However, many job seekers feel like [...]

How To Have A Big-Hearted Christmas In A Midsize Business

How To Have A Big-Hearted Christmas In A Midsize Business The backbone of Canada’s economy is made up of small and medium-sized businesses, employing ninety percent of private sector workers, and producing the majority of our nation’s GDP. No doubt, the owners of small and-medium sized businesses value their employees. But the fact remains, corporate [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work

Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work One 2013 survey reported that 60 percent of employers felt that new graduates lacked the soft skills to communicate effectively in the workplace. While your post-secondary qualifications will do wonders for your career, polished soft skills will boost your prospects even more. That’s why The we have [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How To Onboard Temporary Employees

How To Onboard Temporary Employees Often temporary employees are sourced ahead of time for assignments such as maternity leave coverage or vacations. In such instances, the onboarding of the temp is a pre-planned process. Often, however, a temporary worker is hired at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances, like a permanent employee falling ill. Unfortunately, [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend [INFOGRAPHIC]

Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend  Humorist Dave Barry once quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Talk to your java-inclined coworkers at 8:31 am and Barry’s opinion might [...]

By |Workplace Trends|

Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank

Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank Land a job at Google and you may never leave. From on-site physicians and nurses, to extended parental leave, to reimbursements for degree-level education, to free legal advice, to free food, to free… well, you get the picture. With tech companies, creative perks are an industry standard that [...]

Five Answers: ‘What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?’

Five Answers: 'What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?' Some “stock” interview questions are relatively easy to prepare for and provide with you an opportunity to highlight your value as an employee. Nevertheless, as an interviewee, you should also be prepared for those stock questions that trip-up even the most qualified candidates. “What would [...]

The Relationship Between an Employer Brand and Retention

The Relationship Between an Employer Brand and Retention Job mobility has never been as fluid as it is today. With the advent of LinkedIn and other forms of networking, the 21st century has seen some of the employers’ power shift to the talent. Many companies now accept that young professionals dismiss the thought of dedicating [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

Five Interview Questions That Might Scare You

There’s an urban legend that Microsoft liked to test the analytical thinking of its potential recruits, asking them brainteasers to see how they handled them. Legend has it that when Nobel Prize winning physicist, Richard Feynman, was interviewed, Microsoft asked him to explain why most manhole covers are round (as opposed to square). Perhaps offended, [...]

How To Master Your Memory [INFOGRAPHIC]

How To Master Your Memory It seems that memory is not the essential tool it once was now that the digital age has put the world’s answers at our fingertips. You will likely agree that it is passé these days to learn vast swathes of information. That being said, it is still advantageous as an employee [...]

Strategic Planning: How Temporary Employees Can Boost Your 2016 (Part 2)

To complement our recent article on the value that temporary employees add to strategic planning, we would like to share some of the highlights of Martin Reeves’s recent Ted Talks presentation, ‘Your strategy needs a strategy.’   Martin is the leading figure at the The Strategy Institute, a division of the Boston Consulting Group, which [...]

Strategic Planning: How Temporary Employees Can Boost Your 2016 (Part 1)

Companies that rely on temporary workers solely for “firefighting” scenarios often find that by the time one fire has been put out, another one is just flaring-up. Perhaps a permanent employee has quit, fallen ill, or experienced a family emergency. Perhaps a new contract has been won or an opportunity lost. Whatever the scenario, temporary [...]

Top Stories Of The Week

Here's what happened in the world of employment and business this week: Journal of Commerce predicts growth for Manitoba in 2016. Glassdoor launched job and company trend reports - revealing what's popular among job seekers. LinkedIn published a video capturing top recruiters' wildest interview stories. Report revealed 50% of Canadian employers are experiencing a shortage of [...]

Job Seeker With A Tech Background? Check Out These Five In-Demand Jobs

Over the last five years, cutting-edge tech jobs have been innovated and re-imagined at a staggering rate. In fact, North American hiring managers, who hadn’t heard of a UX designer or an e-business specialist in 2010, are now recruiting candidates who are qualified for these jobs without hesitation. As such, people who can thrive in [...]


For growing companies there often comes a point when HR matters start to erode management’s focus and consume too many of their precious hours in the day. Furthermore, with limited knowledge and resources available, it can often take longer for HR issues to be resolved by individuals that are not experts in the field. So, [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

Want To Be A Better Conversationalist?

  In the digital age people's ability to connect with others and strike up meaningful conversations is weakening. In fact, many employers have to search harder these days to secure employees who possess strong interpersonal skills. Whether you are looking to get hired or get more connected in your current role, accentuating your conversational skills will no [...]

Planning time for your business? Try one of these unique brainstorming techniques

  As we move into the second half of the year you may be reflecting on what has happened over the last several months, gathering learnings from your projects and re-configuring your strategies for the remainder of the year. An effective way to develop ideas and solutions to solve the problems facing your organization is [...]

When employee turnover is a good thing

One of the most misinterpreted and distorted human resource metrics is the rate of employee turnover. There is a common misconception that if people are leaving an organization the business must be doing something wrong, people are unhappy and they need to make changes…In some cases, yes, this may be true. However, there are many [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

The Power Of Recognition [INFOGRAPHIC]

We recently wrote about employer branding and its importance when attracting employees. Another important topic closely related to this is employee recognition. Once you have managed to secure the best talent from the market you want to be sure you can keep them motivated and committed to your organization.   Have you considered the cost of a disengaged [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

Want A Job With Flex Appeal? Consider Temping

Maybe you are between jobs, you've just relocated or you are looking to expand your experience and network. Whatever your circumstance, temping can be a great option if you are looking for flexible employment. In addition, the summer months are ripe with opportunities so it is the prefect time to experience the many benefits of temping: [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

LinkedIn is an incredibly powerful resource for your job search; it enables you to promote your professional profile, network and get involved in industry discussions. If your profile is lackluster it may be detrimental your professional image and job search efforts. Most employers will review a potential candidate's LinkedIn profile during the hiring process. The [...]

Workaholism Doesn’t Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

These days, workaholism is the norm. With the evolution of smartphones, cloud services and better carrier plans, employees are almost always connected. The below infographic from Cornerstone gives us a snapshot of the state of workaholism in the U.S. and the toll it's taking on employees and employers. While the stats come from the U.S., we see similar [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Is Your Hiring Process a Turn-Off?  

We often compare the recruitment process to dating. Two parties, testing the waters, seeing if they should commit to something more long-term. But what happens when things turn sour? The dream date, your favourite candidate, decides to take themselves out of the running. What did you do wrong? Why did they ditch you when you [...]

7 Signs it’s Time for a New Job

  Struggling with the daily grind? Or maybe you're stuck in a rut and you don't even know it. Below are seven signs you might need to start looking for a new job, and it's not just about lack of motivation. 1. You struggle with your workload If you’re struggling to keep up with your work, [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog, Workplace Trends|

What Are Your References Saying About You?

Did you know that as many as three in five employers (62 per cent) have contacted a reference who had negative things to say about the candidate? You may think that references are just an administrative hoop to jump through, but negative references have resulted in candidates being taken out of the running and even [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Using “Temporary to Hire” to Reduce Hiring Risk

Employers and contractors alike commonly view temporary employment as a dress rehearsal, or test drive of a job, before a decision to hire or not hire is made. More and more companies are using temp-to-hire, or “temp-to-perm” services to find great personnel. An effective temporary to hire strategy can provide employers with:  Immediate access to skilled contract workers Flexible, quick-learning and adaptable candidates Thoroughly [...]

Key Questions to Ask During an Interview to Determine Character

An interview is nothing more than a formality unless an employer asks insightful questions. Additionally, key questions to ask during an interview should do more than require an applicant to list bullets off their resume. The questions should establish the character of the individual, and distinguish their key strengths and weaknesses from other applicants. Good [...]

Why you Should Promote Teamwork Between Full-Time and Part-Time Employees

A major part of the success of any organization relies on employees working together as a team. But how do you build a successful team environment? A recent study by Wakefield Research reveals that team building activities can be counterproductive in the workplace if not executed properly. Why Teamwork is Essential Teamwork is what holds [...]

How to be Happier at Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

Don't let the Monday blues get the better of you, even the smallest changes can help brighten your mood at work! The folks over at Happify have shared some practical steps to being happier at work in the infographic below. Little things like adding greenery to your workspace and turning off your cellphone before bedtime can perk you [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog, Workplace Trends|

How to Make the Most of an Entry-Level Position

Consider your entry-level position as your foot in the door, a stepping stone, on your way to greater things.  You now have the opportunity to gain the knowledge you need and practice the skills necessary for advancement.  If you are struggling to remain positive about your entry-level position, remind yourself that most Fortune 500 CEOs [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Avoid Employee Burnout

Employee burnout can have a deep and costly impact on a business, including reduced productivity, high turnover and, in some cases, increased safety hazards. Burnout isn’t just caused by heavy workloads; often it is a symptom of deeper organizational and managerial issues. Here are just some of the precautions you should take to avoid employee [...]

3 Ways to Gain Work Experience

You’ve just finished school and you’re starting to apply for jobs. However, every position seems to require you to have experience, but how do you get experience when no one will hire you? This is a vicious circle that traps many recent grads, and it can be very hard to get out of. Here are [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Getting Hired in a Digital World [Infographic]

Job hunting has evolved beyond the type of paper you use and the quality of your cover letter. In our digital age, recruiters and employers have more access to information about you than ever before. This infographic from Brighton School of Business and Management walks through the state of digital recruitment today and what you can do [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Get Promoted at Work

You might wonder how to get promoted at your job. If you have been at your workplace for any length of time you have undoubtedly seen people move in and move up along the way. How do they do it?  There are plenty of paths you can take for how to get promoted. Here are [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Why Comic Sans Can Prevent You from Getting Hired: A List of Little Known Resume Mistakes

When someone is reviewing your resume, you only have a few short seconds to make a positive impression. In this time, you should effectively do everything within your power to captivate your reader, which doesn't include any of the following common but little known resume mistakes. Weird or Small Fonts Even though Comic Sans or Papyrus [...]

By |Resume and Interview Tips|

What is a Behavioural Interview and What to Expect

Behavioural interviews are becoming more and more almost all industries. Employers use the behavioural interview method in order to assess their prospective employee's potential for success by considering his or her past experiences and actions. The person conducting the behavioural interview will have already identified what skills and qualities the company seeks in an employee and will [...]

Top 10 Jobs of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what career should I pursue in the Fall?  For students contemplating their career prospects, have released an infographic on the top 10 jobs of 2022. While many jobs listed are already experiencing hot growth, others may surprise you (Veterinarians?!). When it comes to picking what career path you should head down, [...]

6 Tips for Improving Workplace Culture

Poor workplace culture leads to low morale among employees, loss of productive employees and high turnover. All these things ultimately lead to low profits. If your company isn’t experiencing the right level of workplace culture, you’re not alone. Every Canadian company experiences poor workplace culture at one time or another. The key is doing what [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog, Workplace Trends|

How to Grow Your Leadership Skills

Successful leadership depends on loyal followers. The path to business success is paved by leaders who inspire and motivate people. By developing an engaging narrative that maps out your vision you can get others to pay attention. This strategy may sound like acting, but it's much more about being authentic and passionate about your business. [...]

5 Lesser-Known Benefits of Outsourcing Temporary Hiring

Outsourcing temporary hiring gives you access to the best candidates, plain and simple. Often businesses find and hire the “right” candidates only to discover quickly they weren’t right for the company. This costs your company temporary hiring time and money. Outsourcing temporary hiring staff allows you to hire the right candidate at a reduced cost. [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Change Your Career

Are you thinking of changing your career? Lots of people do at some point in their lives, and it’s becoming more and more common. Sometimes, a career change can be just the thing you need to get out of the rut you are in and give yourself a chance to achieve your dream. However, most [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Find a Mentor

A great professional mentor can bolster your career and provide invaluable professional development. But how do you even go about finding a mentor? Where should you look, what do you say?   Let’s walk through the basics for finding a mentor -   Establish Your Mentorship Goals Be clear from the start what goals you [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

A Quick Guide to Finding the Right Career

Whether you live in Edmonton or Vancouver, finding the right career requires research, understanding yourself and acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Oh, and there’s another thing. The courage and ambition to pursue a new career path! Let’s break down your career discovery journey into four steps: Identify interesting occupations. Evaluate your skills and strengths. [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Back to Basics: How do Employment Agencies Work?

A temporary employment agency has a very unique place in the community compared to other recruitment agencies. The role of temporary employment agencies is to solve staffing shortages affecting the profitability of other businesses.   How do employment agencies work for employers? Most people assume that temp agencies only provide workers to fill in for [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Search for a Job Online

Building a career or finding a job takes one step at a time. In fact, knowing how to search for a job online can be the key in speeding up the steps to landing your next job. The first step to learning how to search for a job online is understanding the options for online [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Anatomy of a Great Company Career Page

Your career page is the first touch point into your organization for most potential job seekers. As the competition for top talent heats up, companies are investing more and more into making their career pages as inviting as possible. Let’s take a look at some of the key components of a great career page and [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

How to Find Contract Work

The changing nature of employment is indicative of the changing nature of business. Employees and organizations alike are navigating new approaches to work, the latter to pave their own career paths and the former to adjust and adapt to the demands of the market. A particularly salient example of this is the proliferation of contract [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

5 Essential Cover Letter Tips

Your cover letter is your opportunity to inject personality into your application and set yourself apart from the competition. Don’t waste the space simply regurgitating your resume, instead follow these five essential cover letter tips to stand out.   1. Speak Their Language You’ve probably heard of “mirroring” tone and body language as a way [...]

How to Grow as a Leader: Takeaways from the Vancouver Leadership Panel

  Yesterday, we hosted our Leaders Breakfast Panel: Leadership for the Future in Vancouver. It was an action-packed morning with a full crowd in attendance at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. Our speakers – Maninder Dhaliwal, Alex Read, Lisa Martin and Stephen Race – all participated in a lively discussion about leadership with some very valuable [...]

How to Make a Good Resume

Your resume plays a vital role in your quest for a job. It is a form of self-advertisement that highlights your strengths, educational background and work experiences. In other words, it is a basis used by prospective employers in determining why they should at least invite you for an interview. Here are some tips that [...]

9 Awesome Employer Branding and Recruitment Videos

Struggling to attract top talent? Data from Careerbuilder indicates that job postings with video icons are viewed 12% more than postings without video and, on average, receive a 34 percent greater application rate. In our increasingly visual society, recruitment videos are a great tool to showcase your employer brand and company culture. We've collected nine examples of awesome employer branding [...]

Weeding Out Toxic Employees

Despite best efforts in hiring and management, every company has a toxic employee infect its ranks at some point. A toxic employee is different to a poor performing employee (although one can be both). A toxic employee is someone whose negative behaviours affect not only themselves, but their fellow team members as well.   Some examples [...]

Adding Structure to Your Job Search

“You should treat job hunting like a full time job.”   At face value, this common piece of job search advice makes a good point while at the same time seeming totally unrealistic. Are you really going to commit 40 hours a week to trawling job boards and crafting cover letters? We hope not!   [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Not Everyone Can be a Temp

When you’re out of work and looking for a new role, you’ll often hear from others “why don’t you just do some temporary or contract work?” But taking on temporary assignments isn't as straightforward as some might think, and not all job seekers will find it a great fit. Ioana Bucsa, one of our TempsAhead [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Zappos Gives Job Titles and Hierarchy the Boot

If you’ve ever read our blog before you’ll know we have a big ‘ole biz-crush on Zappos CEO, Tony Hsieh.   Hsieh’s commitment to people and the unique Zappos culture has led to huge success for the online retailer. He’s renowned for being a champion of employee empowerment and it’s one of the many reasons [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog|

Holiday Networking Tips [VIDEO]

Over the next few weeks, many of us will be attending a number of professional and personal networking events. The holiday season is a peak networking season so don't let it go to waste! This video from career consultant J.T. O'Donnell is a good reminder that if you dread networking - you're probably doing it [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

The Soft Skills Gap

  When we look at our ageing workforce and the growing ‘skills gap’, most of us assume we’re talking about a technical skills gap. But a recent survey of 500 U.S. senior executives found that the soft skills might be the real area of concern.   44 per cent of respondents cited soft skills — [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Temporary vs Permanent Work: You don’t have to choose

Lots of job seekers are conflicted about taking on temporary work, thinking it will jeopardize their permanent job search. It's a dilemma we coach a lot on, so our own  Lily Brewer shared her thoughts on the matter. With summer now over, the number of new opportunities are more prevalent this time of year, both contract and [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

7 Social Recruiting Sins

A survey by Jobvite found that 94% of companies were already using, or plan to use, social recruiting in 2013. So, if you’re not using social media for recruitment, you definitely should put it on the “to-do” list because your competitors are there already.   But before you start tweeting, pinning and instagraming (or even [...]

Brain Boosting Work Snacks

Not all snacks are created equal. There are snacks that slim you down, snacks that wake you up, and then there are some snacks that will keep your brain fighting fit!   Here are six healthy brain boosting snacks to keep around the office when your stomach starts growling -   Blueberries   Evidence accumulated [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog, Workplace Trends|

5 Movies Lessons About Teamwork

Hollywood loves a good teamwork flick, and so do we! Here are five of our favourite team-based movies and the valuable lessons they teach us about teamwork: The Avengers Trying to bring together competing egos is tough enough in a regular team environment; imagine trying to battle the egos of six A-type Superheroes! In The [...]

By |The Headhunters Blog, Workplace Trends|

Fake It Till You Become It

Following on from last week's post about job hunting tips for introverts, we'd like to share this fascinating TED Talk by social psychologist Amy Cuddy. Her research showed that our body language not only affects how others see us, but it also effects how we see ourselves. She studied "power posing" and what physiological changes [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Job Hunting Tips for Introverts

Between one third to half the population is introverted. Unlike extroverts, introverts draw their energy from internal resources and find interactions with other people draining. This means parts of the job hunting process, like interviewing and networking, can be uncomfortable and exhausting for an introvert. But introverts shouldn’t feel at a disadvantage in their job [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Try Something New for 30 Days

Is there something you've always meant to do, wanted to do, but just ... haven't? We're halfway through the year and for us here at TempsAhead, it means taking stock and tackling the second half of 2013 with even more gusto! To kick off July, the whole Headhunters and TempsAhead recruitment teams have taken on [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Bad Resume Advice You Should Ignore

There’s so much resume advice out there for job seekers, just googling “resume advice” returns over 158 MILLION results. Yikes! Plus there are those pearls of wisdom from your mum, your dad, your professor, your neighbour, your old colleague… the list goes on.   Unfortunately most of the advice out there is either outdated or [...]

How to Apply for a Job You’re Overqualified for

You may wonder “What’s wrong with being overqualified? Why wouldn’t they want someone with much more experience than required??” But a hiring manager doesn’t just see impressive qualifications; they look down the track to a few potential problems: You will get bored You are just looking for ‘any job’ and will leave once something better [...]

What is Your Mom Worth?

They say you can't put a price on love but can you put a price on your own mother? Well thinks you can! Their annual Mum Salary Wizard let's you calculate just how much all your mom's work is worth based on real salary data. From a survey of over 6,000 moms, they found that [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

5 Step For Dealing With Absenteeism

With Summer coming up shortly, it’s perhaps time to address an HR problem that often arises during warmer weather: Absenteeism. Data from Statistics Canada shows that on average, in 2011, full-time employees lost 3.7% of their work time each week due to absenteeism. Dianne Dyck, an occupational health and safety specialist, explained in this article [...]

Low Cost Employee Recognition Ideas

Most managers know that it’s important to recognize and reward great performance but not all companies can afford comprehensive bonus and incentive schemes. But money isn’t the only thing employees want, or even what motivates them most. Flexibility and growth opportunities are two of the most valued work benefits and they cost little to nothing. [...]

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Branding Yourself Online: The Basics

  Investing time in building a ‘Personal Brand’ online can seem intimidating but it can lead to some incredible opportunities. Just take a look at Anthony De Rosa or Piper Weiss. De Rosa was a relentless social media news machine through his Twitter feed and Tumblr, in addition to his regular day job as Product [...]

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Why You Should Care About Employer Branding

Employer Branding: just another thing to put on that never-ending list of things to “look into later”. But like a product brand, your Employer Brand is being established, changed and talked about whether you like it or not. Because a brand is not a concrete object, it’s perception. An Employer Brand is the perception of [...]

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Job Jumps and Career Changes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Millions of Millennials leave their college nests behind and venture into the workforce each year, but they aren’t sticking to their jobs the way previous generations did. This infographic from Notre Dame College Online shows how due to contrasting values and needs from their predecessors, employers must understand what this new generation is looking for in [...]

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Oh How You’ve Changed

  Managing change in 2013 is a different ball game from ten years ago. Failing to carefully communicate and manage change in your workforce can mean facing a PR nightmare. This year we’ve seen HMV have their twitter hijacked by disgruntled employees during a mass firing, and an internal Yahoo! memo leaked the unwelcome abolishment of working-from-home benefits. The [...]

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The Happy Secret to Better Work [Infographic]

It's like the chicken and the egg. When it comes to work, does success lead to happiness or is it happy workers who breed success?   This infographic by is based on the work of Shawn Achor in his book, The Happiness Advantage: The Seven Principles of Positive Psychology That Fuel Success and Performance at Work. It takes [...]

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Big Shoes to Fill

This Sunday is the 85th Academy Awards and Seth MacFarlane will be taking on one of the toughest gigs in tinsel town: Oscars Host. This will be MacFarlane’s first turn as host, following in the footsteps of Hollywood heavyweights such as Hugh Jackman, Billy Crystal and Bob Hope. As a temp, you’re expected to hit [...]

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Show your employees a little lovin’

Valentine’s Day has us all feeling the love so why not spread the good vibes around your employees?   Here’s a few simple and long-lasting ways you can show your employees you love them.   Let them work on something they love Just like Google’s 20% time, giving your employees time to work on what [...]

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The Puzzle of Motivation

With the announcement this week that the hugely popular TED Conference will be moving to Vancouver, we decided to revisit one of our favourite TED talks. Career analyst Dan Pink examines the puzzle of motivation, starting with a fact that social scientists know but most managers don't: Traditional rewards aren't always as effective as we [...]

How to Change Careers like Mark Wahlberg

Rapper. Model. Actor. Producer.   Marky Mark managed to break free from the Funky Bunch and not only have one, but multiple successful careers in the spotlight. He’s one of a small handful who has managed to transform his status from 90s teen idol to Oscar-nominated producer.   While most of us would be hard [...]

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Stop and Smell the Successes

  Our President, Cam Macmillan, recently shared a poignant message with the team to stop and take stock of our year: One really useful activity I have done over the past years is to take an in-depth review of the past twelve months.  Doing this in December really gets me to understand just how much [...]

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Are You The Office Grinch?

Rudolph or Santa? Elf or The Grinch? There’s a slew of quirky Christmas characters we’ve come to know and love, but have you met their workplace counterparts? We take a fun look at some of the office stereotypes with a jolly twist! Rudolph   A pioneer who lights the way forward, ignoring the ridicule of [...]

Top 10 Overused Buzzwords on LinkedIn

As 2012 counts down we start to see some interesting and entertaining 'year in review'-type lists. One of our favourites is LinkedIn's Buzzwords list! Scouring the 187 million profiles of its members, LinkedIn compiles this annual list of the most (over)used professional buzzwords. View last year's list here. For the second year in a row, [...]

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In Defense of Temps

We love our temps. But sometimes they get a bad rap; fighting the stigma that temps are only unskilled seat warmers who man the front desk while the receptionist is sick. Gone are the days where being a temp was just about answering phones and smiling politely (although there is still plenty of that!). Today’s [...]

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Women In Leadership Spotlight on Ioana Bucsa

The Women In Leadership (WIL) Foundation featured our very own Ioana Bucsa in their latest Spotligh feature. In addition to being one of our incredible consultants in our Vancouver TempsAhead office, Ioana also volunteers for WIL as a Human Resource Coordinator. Ioana's dedication to helping others advance their careers is just one of the many [...]

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Turn Your References into Job Search MVPs

References can be some of your most valuable players in your job search but are often an afterthought for job seekers. Your references can either make your application sizzle or fizzle, so why aren’t you giving them a little more TLC? Here are our tips to enlisting a stellar lineup of references so that they [...]

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9 Weird (and Wonderful) Employee Benefits [INFOGRAPHIC]

"Botox Leave"? Eternity Leave? Just two of the unusual employee benefits found worldwide according to Mercer's 2012 Worldwide Benefit & Employment Guidelines. These unusual workplace benefits come from all corners of the globe, our favourites include: Portugal: Employees are entitled to 15 days leave to get married. France: Employees who are with a company for [...]

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The Four Parts of an Interview

Learning proper interviewer techniques should be vital to your recruitment strategy. Having untrained interviewers can cost you reliable information and insights and lead to bad hiring decisions further down the track. The flip side is candidates rightly see interviews as a chance for them to assess an organization and a bad interview experience can cost [...]

Counter Offers: BEWARE

Your resignation letter landed on their desk and your boss feels a rush of panic. In a desperate plea to convince you to stay they may have thrown the moon at you. An almost irresistible counter offer with promises of nothing but rainbows and butterflies. CAUTION: Hazard Ahead! Counter offers are tricky business and there [...]

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9 Resume Pet Peeves

When you're reading through hundreds of resumes, certain missteps can mean the difference between making the shortlist or the rejection pile. Our Headhunters share some of their resume pet peeves that can land your application in the shredder.   1. Objective Statements Firstly, let’s clarify we’re talking about those statements which sound something like this: [...]

Are you On Board with Onboarding?

After spending lots of time and resources on the hiring process, many companies then make the big mistake of neglecting their onboarding process. Accepting the offer to join a company is a big decision for any new employee and the first 3 to 6 months are the most critical for new hire success. This is when [...]

GROW your career this Spring!

Looking for a fresh start this Spring? A new job? Or simply a new challenge in your current role? You're not alone. Spring fever hits the workplace every Spring. People can get restless - some put their energies into gardening, shaping and tending the soil. And like every new seedling that needs care and attention [...]

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