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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 to the full segment here >


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 other recruitment […]

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 personal […]

By |Professional Development|

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|

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 |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 this […]

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 BC & […]

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 we […]

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 have […]

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 […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 developing a […]

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 devastating time […]

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 you note and […]

The Importance Of Labour Stats To Hiring Managers

For professionals involved in the hiring process, now is the time to pay attention to all that is going on in global economics [...]

How To Shine In Your New Role

When you find yourself hired into a new role, there is plenty that you can to ensure your long term success in this new company [...]
By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How To Deal With Difficult Coworkers

In most organizations there are diverse personalities, some of whom you may not get along with. In short, you find some people difficult [...]
By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

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 managers […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Online Sources For Listening To Music In The Workplace

For those without a phone or device loaded with tracks, here are some workplace-friendly ways to hear your favourite tracks at your desk [...]
By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

Five Tips For New Year’s Resolution Success At Work

New Year’s resolutions are often considered unworkable but they can be a useful way to focus your career ambitions. At TempsAhead, we encourage our candidates to set achievable targets [...]
By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Do More Next Year As A Multipotentialite! [VIDEO]

In this fascinating Ted Talk, career coach Emilie Wapnick coins the term, 'multipotentialite.' At TempsAhead, we love multipotentialites - creative people with many interests and skill-sets that they develop over their lives [...]
By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Happy Holidays From TempsAhead & The Headhunters

As 2015 draws to a close, we would like to thank you all for being part of a very memorable year. We are so thankful for the support of all of our partners and feel very fortunate to work with so many exceptional candidates and clients.

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 paradox” […]

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 temporary […]

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 giants […]

By |TempsAhead 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 put […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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, unexpected […]

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 not […]

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 attracts […]

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 you […]

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 their […]

By |TempsAhead 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 or […]

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 he joined […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Don’t Let the Job Hunt Get You Down


Your job hunt may be a long, hard road at times, especially if you are seeking a specialized position in a tough market. While true success is rarely struck upon easily, there are many ways to improve your job search, both in practical and emotional terms. Take it from some of the most iconic figures […]

Give Thanks To Your Employees This Thanksgiving


Christmas-time and service anniversaries are typically when employers show that they appreciate the hard work of their employees. Often these traditional moments are expected by staff but an impromptu way to show that you value your colleagues is to mark Thanksgiving by giving thanks! As such, here are our top five tips for saying “thank you” to […]

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 skilled workers.
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ […]

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 […]

5 Of Our Favourite Online HR & Business Resources


At TempsAhead and The Headhunters we take a keen interest in industry news and trends. We love to stay on the pulse and share knowledge with our clients. As part of our market intelligence strategy we read and subscribe to a number of HR/Business resources.

Our favourites that we recommend you check out:

1. Career Builder Employer […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Using Technology When Searching For A Job


As early as 2009 reports showed that 45 percent of employers in some industries were already using Facebook to screen candidates. Since then this statistic has only increased, and now it is a common step in the recruitment process for many hiring managers.

What does this mean for you as a job seeker? Well, with many online […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Join The TempsAhead Team

TempsAhead and The Headhunters are looking to grow our Vancouver team. If you are a high performer who is looking for a company that will take your career to the next level, we’d love to hear from you. We have a number of exciting opportunities, see below for more details or email for more information.

What […]


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 |TempsAhead Blog|

Inspirational Quotes To Keep You Motivated On Your Job Search


Every so often you read a quote that resonates so strongly with you it causes you to pause for a moment and contemplate its meaning. It may even change your perspective and be the catalyst for a new mindset.  The job search process can be challenging and often deflating, as such we wanted to share […]

By |Career Advice, 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 doubt […]

4 Things You Can Do To Help Manage Parental Leave

Parental leave can cause significant disruptions in your business if you are not prepared for it.  By having in place a culture, along with policies and systems that support parental leave you will enable a smoother transition. In addition, you will promote your business as a family friendly workplace that your valuable team members want […]

Succession Plans – An Important Topic Throughout The Ages


Several of our recruiters recently took some time to enjoy the Bard on the Beach Shakespeare Festival’s production of King Lear. The 400 year-old play presents many relevant themes for us all. As recruiters we observed that it is the perfect example of how not to implement a succession plan, a subject that remains a hot topic […]

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 collaborative brainstorming. […]

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 |TempsAhead Blog|

5 ways to make a great impression at your new job


Starting a new job can evoke a mix of emotions from excitement to anxiety, nervousness to anticipation. You have worked so hard to secure the job and now, naturally, you want to make a great impression. So, how do you ensure that your new manager and co-workers perceive you in the best possible light? Here’s […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

25 Ways To Recognize Your Team That Won’t Break The Budget

Following on from our recent post about the power of recognition we wanted to further inspire you to say thanks to your team. Here’s our pick of 25 personal and budget friendly ways you can show your colleagues your appreciation:

1. Just say “thank you!” – words are incredibly powerful.
2. Hand write a short thank you and leave it […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

Ask A Recruiter: Knowing when to make a career move

A motivated employee recently asked our Recruitment Consultants:  

“How and when should I decide to make a move in my career?”


As a high achieving and progressive recruiter, we asked Senior Recruitment Consultant Sam Lawson to share his advice on how to make a change.


If you are a proactive individual that is focused on advancing your career […]

By |Career Advice, 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 employee in […]

By |TempsAhead 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:

Temporary […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

5 Entertaining (& Sometimes Unusual) Employer Branding Videos

Last week we wrote about the importance of an employer brand and how to create one. Today we are following up with some examples of captivating employer branding videos. A well-crafted video is an incredibly powerful way to convey to potential employees your values, culture and vision. In addition, it can help you catch the attention of […]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Attracting Top Talent With A Powerful Employer Brand

Competition for attracting and retaining the best talent is fierce. So how do you standout from the crowd and secure highly skilled candidates? By building a powerful employer brand.


What is your employer brand?  It is your ethos, your culture, your values and the way you operate. Every company has an employer brand, whether it has […]

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 […]

A Step-By-Step Guide To Asking For A Raise

Asking for a raise is an uncomfortable prospect for most of us but doing your research and presenting a valid case can be a great exchange for both you and your boss. We break down our key steps to asking for a raise.

Do Your Research
Firstly, do your homework and find out how your industry and […]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

The Importance Of A Good Handshake In Your Job Search

It’s one of the first and last impressions you’ll leave with an interviewer so it’s time to revisit one of our favourite topics – The Handshake.

Your handshake says a lot about you, it can exude confidence, enthusiasm, anxiety, honesty… this list goes on. So what’s your handshake saying about you?


The Wet Lettuce: The top of our […]


As a society we are obsessed with happiness – finding it, keeping it, measuring it and sharing it…why? Because happiness feels good and when we are happy we have better relationships, health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Happiness also has a big impact on work place performance. The below infographic from Growth Engineering gives us […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

3 Canadian Employers with Fantastic Flexible Work Environments

It’s undeniable that demand is growing for employers to offer more flexible work options. According to a study by Harris / Decima, 89 per cent of employees feel that a flexible work program makes a company more attractive, and flexible work was considered the second most important factor, after money, when Canadians are looking for a […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

How To Deal With Absenteeism This Summer

With summer coming up shortly, it’s perhaps time to address a HR problem that often arises during warmer weather: Absenteeism.

Data from Statistics Canada shows that the average Canadian worker is away from work 9.3 days in a year. The estimated direct cost of absenteeism to the Canadian economy was $16.6 billion in 2012.

Most businesses have trouble […]

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, TempsAhead 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 […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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, missing deadlines and […]

By |TempsAhead 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 rescinded […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Ace a Job Interview with Body Language [VIDEO]

Did you know that 93% of our communication is non-verbal? This means that when you’re in an interview, those prepared answers you have in your head are only 7% of the equation. This video from behavioural investigator, Vanessa Van Edwards, shares some great do’s and don’ts of non-verbal communication to ace your next job interview.
KEY […]

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 screened candidates

The flexibility of […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

6 Employee Training Tips That Will Ensure New Hires Hit the Ground Running

New hires can inject a lot energy into any company but if they are not well trained, they may become dissatisfied or frustrated with their job. Here are six tips to ensure that your employee training prepares your new hires for their new positions and places them on the road to a successful placement in your […]

How to Brand Yourself on LinkedIn Without Sounding Like Everyone Else [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you a motivated, creative and strategic professional? Well, apparently so are a lot of other LinkedIn users.

If you’re looking to spruce up your personal brand in 2015, a punchy LinkedIn profile is key. But far too many of us are filling our profiles with empty buzzwords that fail to differentiate you from the pack.

The below […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

How to Gauge an Office’s Corporate Culture Prior to Accepting a Job

While it can be tempting to quickly accept a job offer, it pays to step back and take an objective look at the corporate culture first.  At offer stage, you should already know about the vitals like salary and benefits.  But before you say yes and sign a contract, take the time to look over other key aspects of […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

Top Blog Posts of 2014

Another year comes to a close and we’re wrapping it up with our annual list of our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014. It’s been a fun year on the blog, we’ve done some back-to-basics stories, as well as broken new ground on upcoming trends.

For job seekers, interview tips continue to be our most-read articles. […]

Happy Holidays

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to thank you all for being part of a very memorable year. We are so thankful for all the wonderful experiences this past year and feel very fortunate to work with so many exceptional candidates and clients.

In keeping with one of our core values of Charity, […]

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 general […]

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 an organization […]

How to Recruit for a Maternity Leave Replacement

According to Statistics Canada, 90% of working mothers take maternity leave, and their average leave is approximately 44 weeks (even though Canadians can receive up to 50 weeks). While the birth of a child is truly a momentous occasion, a mother on maternity leave can be disruptive for an organization that isn’t prepared for her departure […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 up […]

By |TempsAhead 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|

5 Things that Scare Away Potential Employers

At Halloween we all like a good scare; haunted houses, gory costumes and ghost stories are all part of the fun. But when it comes to your job search, we want to make sure there’s nothing scary about it at all!

Below are five things that jobs seekers often do which unintentionally scare away potential employers […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

What to do if you Suspect Discrimination in the Workplace

Discrimination in the workplace is not only illegal, but it’s a very difficult and intricate thing to deal with. It’s also something that needs to be faced head-on and dealt with right away to preserve the safety and human rights of all employees and coworkers.

But first, what exactly is discrimination? Discrimination is defined by the […]

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 burnout […]

4 Tips for Making a Contract Position Permanent

Getting a temporary or contract position can be a great way to get yourself some experience in the workplace. But when your contract is coming to a close, it often leaves people in the same boat as they previously were. So how can you capitalize on contract positions and gain permanent employment? Here are a […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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, TempsAhead 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 to […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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|

Do You Have a Right to Maintain a Good Work Life Balance?

Work life balance has become something of a modern day unicorn; often sought, yet never truly seen. There are different theories as to why this, once widely accepted norm, is quickly becoming the stuff of myth and legend.

As businesses rush to adapt to both mobile and web technologies, the lines that defined our personal and […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

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 may look […]

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, the […]

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 |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

How to Recover from a Bad Interview

No matter how qualified you are for a job or no matter how much you truly think you’d be a good fit for the position, sometimes the interview just doesn’t go your way. For bad interviews, quickly correcting the mistakes can wash that bad taste out of your interviewer’s mouth and allow you to be […]

Changing Careers in Your 30s and 40s

One of the more difficult things any of us has to do in our lives is choose a career. When we were at school we were much younger and not necessarily sure what it is that most inspires us. Parents and teachers may have told us things to push us in one direction or another […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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. […]

Getting Through a Group Interview


Congratulations! You have made it to your job interview. The bad news is that you have discovered that it is a group interview. It is hard enough to interview for your perfect job, but doing so in a group setting can be even more nerve-wracking.


Group job interviews are often used by employers who see it as […]

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. […]

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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 […]

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Interview Tips and Tricks that Work

Being unprepared is one of the biggest mistakes you can make when it comes to a job interview. Employers are on the lookout for well organized, informed candidates that stand out from the competition. Increase your wow-factor by following these interview tips and tricks to find yourself at the head of the pack:
Don’t get lost
This […]

Qualities to Look for When Hiring Contract Workers

Contract workers can be a useful and essential part of businesses. In every trade and profession there are certain needs that must be met but at the same time don’t require the hiring of a new permanent employee. Contract workers not only allow these needed tasks to be completed but also bring unique areas of […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

How to Effectively Job Search in 5 Simple Steps

While the internet is an amazing tool for finding all kinds of information, it is not as easy to find a job online as you might have been led to believe. In fact, you can easily waste hours of your time going from one website to another and still not find a job that suits […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

The Importance of Networking When Seeking a Job

Have you ever wondered why some people seem to have it so easy when it comes to landing a job while others have to submit dozens of applications before they can even get a reply? It’s all about networking. People who know the importance of networking and are good at it, are good at finding […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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 want to achieve through mentorship.

Do […]

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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.
Develop those skills and […]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Are you neglecting your brand when dealing with temporary and contract employees?

The below was originally posted on The Headhunters blog.


Any company with a client base wants to make sure that their brand has a good reputation in the market. This can be achieved by offering a great product, outstanding service or could be as simple as treating their employees as their biggest ambassadors and keeping them […]

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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 permanent employees who […]

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What Motivates Professionals to Switch Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

In the battle for the best talent on (and off) the market, what can an employer do to woo them over? What are the real ‘hooks’ that will lure them over to your workplace?

LinkedIn surveyed more than 18,000 professionals in 26 countries to shed light on the workforce’s attitude toward job seeking, job satisfaction and […]

By |Industry Info, 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, TempsAhead 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 […]

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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 […]

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The Staggering Cost of a Bad Hire [INFOGRAPHIC]

How much does a bad hire actually cost your company? And what can you do to prevent it from happening in the future?

With the average bad hire costing you $25-50,000, this infographic from Mindflash looks at the damage each bad hire does to your bottom line; as well as the reasons why bad hires happen and how you […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead 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 to build rapport in-person. […]

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 insights.

To […]

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 can […]

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 and […]

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 of toxic […]

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!


However, having a professional […]

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Going for a Job Interview: Old School vs New School

A new year has begun! What better time to dust off those interview skills and take stock of what tactics should be applied in 2014.


Just like we did with old and new school resume writing approaches, we’ll walk through the aspects of going for a job interview and compare what traditional and modern techniques you […]

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 consultants, explains […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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 why we […]

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Top 10 Most-Read Employer Blog Posts for 2013

Absenteeism, recruitment metrics, tattoos and piercings – you read about them all and more right here on our TempsAhead Employer Blog. But what topics really turned your heads? It’s time for our annual roundup of our most-read blog posts for the year!


Here’s your top 10 list of most-read employer blog posts for 2013:

5 Canadian Employers […]

Top 10 Most-Read Job Seeker Blog Posts for 2013

It was a fun year for us here on the TempsAhead Job Seeker Blog. We talked about everything from job hunting, to networking, and even some healthy snack tips for the office!

But what grabbed your attention the most?


Here’s your top 10 list of most-read job seeker blog posts: 

Bad Resume Advice You Should Ignore
Resume Writing: Old […]

Do Men Have Better Work/Life Balance? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Turns out men are happier than women in the office, at least according to a recent survey by digital media company Captivate Network. After polling 673 white-collar professionals, men reported being 25 percent happier at work and generally more satsisfied with their work-life balance than women, despite working longer days on average.

Creating a Win-Win with Reverse Mentorship


When we think of mentorship, traditionally the picture is of a seasoned professional taking a younger employee under their wing. Mentorship is a valuable institution but in an age where there are up to four generations in one office, reverse mentorship is also proving to have great benefits.


Reverse mentorship sounds like one of those airy […]

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|

Resume Writing: Old School vs New School

When it comes to writing your resume there’s a lot of old and outdated advice out there. But not all the “old” ways are necessarily irrelevant. On the flipside, not all the shiny new resume trends out there are worth following blindly.


Let’s take a walk through the different stages of preparing your resume and compare […]

Tattoos and Piercings: Is There a New Workplace Norm?

With tattoos and piercings rising in popularity, especially amongst Millennials, is there a new workplace standard for professionalism? Gen Y tends to value individuality and self-expression, so do employers have to be more accepting of body art or should Millenials just suck it up and toe the line?


Questions like this pop up quite often in […]

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How to Nail Your Entry-Level Job Search [INFOGRAPHIC]

There’s no magic formula for catching the attention of every employer, but there are several ways you can gain an edge during your job search.

The below infographic from InternMatch shares a few tactics new grads and inexperienced job seekers can use to an nab entry-level job.

Some Highlights:

69% of companies with 100+ employees offered full-time jobs to their […]

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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 — such as communication, […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

The Art of Exiting Conversations Gracefully

Guest post by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac

Sometimes exiting a conversation at a network event can feel awkward. So how do you do this gracefully?


We tell people that exiting a conversation is one of the harder things to do when circulating in ‘the pond’. It requires a little bit of tough love.


Find a moment in the conversation when you […]

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Would you fire employees who don’t fit your company culture? The CEO of does

When it comes to prioritizing company culture, you’d be hard pressed to find a CEO who champions for it more than Tony Hsieh of, the largest online shoe store.


Hsieh is famed for being a very entrepreneurial leader who invested early on in Zappos and transformed it into the $1.2billion business it is today. And […]

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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 at TempsAhead, and over at  The Headhunters blog, our own  Lily Brewer shared her thoughts on the matter.


Below is her main advice on why you shouldn’t consider your options as […]

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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 if you […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 –


Evidence accumulated at Tufts University in the United States suggests […]

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5 Insider Tips for Writing Better Job Titles

As young Juliet of House Capulet once famously pondered “what’s in a name?”

When it comes to hiring, naming your job ad plays a much bigger role in attracting the right talent than most people think.

Most people post jobs with their company’s regular title and are done with it. But a few seconds of extra thought […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Cover Letters: What’s the Point?

Does anyone read cover letters anymore?

Why should I include one?

Isn’t it just a repetition of what’s on your resume?


These are questions constantly being asked by hungry job seekers across the country. And we get it. Job hunting is tough and spending that extra time crafting a witty customized cover letter is a pain. […]

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 Avengers, we saw […]

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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 occurred, […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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, TempsAhead Blog|

Recruitment Metrics: What You Should be Measuring

It’s all about data these days and your recruitment efforts should be no exception. Recruitment metrics are vital for tracking how successful your hiring has been and how well you’ve nurtured the talent onboard.


As we’re now at the middle mark for the year, now is the perfect time to review your business and see just […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead 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 a 30 […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

5 Canadian Employers with Fantastic Flexible Work Environments

It’s undeniable that demand is growing for employers to offer more flexible work options. According to a study by Harris / Decima, 89 per cent of employees feel that a flexible work program makes a company more attractive, and flexible work was considered the second most important factor, after money, when Canadians are looking for a […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

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 just plain […]

How to Tell an “A” Performer from All the Rest

One of the most difficult tasks facing managers is how to rapidly identify the top candidates from among the average. Although there are few “secret” “A” players, you can speed up the sorting process by compiling a list of key identifiers or commonalities that “A” players consistently have (and that “C” players don’t have). 

A) Identifying […]

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What Career Should I Choose? [Interactive Graph]

It is said that the average worker will change careers 3-5 times in their lifetime. So, if we’re all going to be career jumping at least a few times in our working life, perhaps we should take a look at which occupations have some of the best career prospects.

Rasmussen College have released a cool Interactive […]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

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 comes along
Your salary […]

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 these […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead 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 that […]

Happy Administrative Professionals Day

From all of us at TempsAhead, we’d like to say a big THANK YOU to all the administrative professionals who help businesses run smoothly.

We are so fortunate to work with so many admin and office personnel who truly are the foundation blocks for successful companies across the country. We know how hard you work and […]

Earth Day 2013: Going Green at the Office

April 22 is Earth Day; a global day addressing environmental challenges worldwide. While environmental issues aren’t solved in a day, use today as motivation to finally kickstart any of those ‘green’ initiatives you’ve had on the backburner.

Even right now, at work, there’s lots you can do to make your office space a green space. The […]

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.


Let’s […]

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How To Succeed In Any Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

Over the phone, in a group, technical testing, intimidating interviewers, clueless bosses – it’s an unpredictable world out there for job seekers going on interviews!

But you can prepare yourself for any type of interview and interviewer with the help of this infographic put together by Interview Success Formula. They look at 5 common types of interviews […]

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 Manager […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

April Fools’ in the Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Victim of a prank or jokester mastermind? Today’s the day where wisecracks in the office have a laugh with some April foolery.

Did you pull a prank today? If your answer is no, that may have been the smart move – more than half of bosses don’t think they’re appropriate for the workplace according to the […]

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 […]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

What To Do When Your Star Employee Quits

If you manage teams for long enough, it’s bound to happen to you at least once, probably more. You have a great team that’s performing well and a star employee you nurtured under your wing. And then he quits.


It’s business of course, nothing personal. He gets headhunted (sorry!), or perhaps just wants a change of scenery. But […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day and today we’re celebrating women in the workforce. We love this video made for International Women’s Day – Celebrating Working Women. It highlights some of the interesting inventions by women, as well as just how far we’ve come in the fight for equality in the workforce worldwide.

While we still have a […]

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 speed and […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

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 a look […]

The Chocolate Bar Resume: Is this what it takes to stand out?


Making its debut on the web this week is the first we’ve seen of a Chocolate Bar Resume. Redditor elilanger shared this photo of his friend’s ‘Resume Bar’. He got the job.


In a feisty job market, job seekers are getting increasingly creative (or wacky) in their quest to stand out from the pack. This has a […]

Following the Right Road to Talent [INFOGRAPHIC]

In recruiting, as with everything, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. So which path does your hiring process follow?

Are you puzzled by your lack of applicants? Do you find they’re dropping off like flies during the process? Perhaps it’s time to review your recruiting practices to see if it truly […]

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 the […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 they feel passionate about leads […]

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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 think.



Dan […]

Could you lead your team to the Super Bowl?


This Sunday most of us will be sitting on the sofa, glued to the TV, immersed in chips and dip. Meanwhile, in New Orleans, the Baltimore Ravens’ John Harbaugh and San Francisco 49ers’ Jim Harbaugh will be pitted against each other in the Super Bowl’s first ever head coach sibling rivalry.


The two brothers, only one […]

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 pressed to replicate […]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Mondays in 2013 are getting better [INFOGRAPHIC]

Got the Monday Blues? Nothing like an morning infographic to give you a boost! Apparently we’re feeling a lot perkier in January 2013 than one year ago according to the REED Market Insight Report.


Mondays in 2013 Are Getting Better! infographic by jamesepiphany.

Are you really looking for a Guru, Rock Star or Ninja?

We recently read a fantastic article over at The Undercover Recruiter about how choosing entertaining yet ambiguous job titles in your job ads can backfire. The same is also applicable for job seekers who have LinkedIn titles like “Inside Sales Rockstar” or “Digital Marketing Guru”.

While you may think adding ‘creative’ job titles to otherwise fairly run-of-the-mill […]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

The Truth About Lying on Resumes [INFOGRAPHIC]

Just how much can you trust a resume or CV? This latest infograhpic based on data from The Society of Human Resource Managers shows the most common lies told by job applicants.


Some Highlights:

46% of resumes submitted by job applicants have some measure of false information.

70% of college students said they would lie on their resume […]

Dear [Name] and Other Real Job Application Blunders

At the beginning of a new year, many job hunting hopefuls have big resolutions to find a new job and begin shooting off applications left, right and centre. But before you hit that send button, we want to revise some easily overlooked errors when applying for jobs.


Some of this may seem like common sense but […]

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 has been […]

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Do Your Applicants Belong on the Naughty or Nice List? [INFOGRAPHIC]

Taking a leaf out of Santa’s playbook, Spark Hire has put together a short quiz to help you decide if your candidates should be on the Naughty of Nice List. It goes through four common job seeker types, with some interesting stats about each.
Highlights – The Four Job Seeker Types

The Resume Traditionalist
On average, 118 resumes are received […]

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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!

A pioneer who lights the way forward, ignoring the ridicule of his peers; Rudolph […]

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, taking […]

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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 temporary […]

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How to Explain You Were Fired in a Job Interview

Losing your job is a hard pill to swallow but explaining that to future employers can be downright nauseating. 9 out of 10 times an interviewer is going to ask you the reasons for leaving your last job, so it pays to prepare and rehearse how you’re going to answer when the question pops out.

Firstly, […]

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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The Office Christmas Party Survival Guide: Manager’s Edition

Every year managers across the country feel a pinch in their stomach when they hear this phrase “So what are we doing for this year’s Christmas party?”

It’s not that they don’t want to toast to another successful year with their team, in fact quite the opposite. But the annual staff party is fraught with potential […]

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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TempsAhead Turns 1

We’re turning 1 today!

One year ago the TempsAhead teams in Edmonton and Vancouver were born and we’re thrilled to have helped so many people in the past 12 months. TempsAhead was created as a temporary and contract recruitment division of The Headhunters. It was a deliberate separation to ensure that we had a dedicated temps […]

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7 Ways to Tank a Phone Interview

It might seem like it is “just a phone interview” but it is a very important step in the way a company assesses your application and your fit for the role. It can increase your chances in getting an in-person interview or end your application all together. You prepare for an in-person interview, so why […]

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 24 months […]

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10 Creative SlideShare Visual Resumes

In this digital age job seekers have a wide range of useful tools at their fingertips to help them stand out from the pack. One of our favourite alternatives to the traditional resume is a SlideShare visual resume. SlideShare is the world’s largest community for sharing presentations. Users can upload a presentation and easily share it […]

Why “I’ll Do Any Job” Is Killing Your Job Search

 “I can do anything”

“I’m happy to work for any type of company”

“I’ll apply for any job”
Most job seekers think by saying that they are willing to do any job, or work at any company, that they are “keeping their options open”. Even though your flexibility is a trait that is appreciated in most situations, […]

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Recent Placements

The TempsAhead team have been busy, busy, busy!

Here are just some of the many and varied roles we’ve been filling lately:

HR Generalist, Maritime Shipping
Payroll Coordinator, Architcture
Controller and Acting CFO, Oil & Gas
Executive Assistant, Construction
Receptionist, Financial Services
Accounts Payable Specialist, Asset Management
Junior Coordinator, Children’s Foundation
Intermediate Accountant, Mining
Inside Sales, Tourism
Payroll Manager, Food Prducts
Assistant, Legal Department
Reception, Education
Assistant Controller, Financial […]

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 […]

Welcome To Our New Website and Blog

TempsAhead has just launched our new website! And with our new website, we are also launching the TempsAhead blog. We’ll be covering all the latest tips, trends and advice for job seekers and employers alike. Here you’ll find our best practices for your job search, including resume advice and interview tips. Our Employer section will […]

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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 are lots […]

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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: “Obtain a marketing […]

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 […]

A Job Seeker’s Guide to Behavioural Interviewing

Have you ever sat in an interview and received a question like this..

“Tell me about a time when you were particularly overwhelmed at work. What strategies did you use to deal with this pressure?”

And thought to yourself..

“This question itself is overwhelming me!”

The question above is a perfect example of  Behavioural Interviewing and is one of the […]

Informational Interviews: What are they and what do I ask?

Sometimes making the first step to grow your career is the hardest… especially if you’re not sure where you want your career growth to take you. One of the most practical and useful things you can do for yourself is to line up a few Informational Interviews. Your goal here is to simply gather information […]

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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Are you a LUCKY Job Hunter?

How much of landing the perfect job do you think is luck? Lucky to just be in the right place at the right time? How much of it is hard work? And what if… what if you could make your own luck… what if you could increase your chances of finding the job of your […]