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Hope For Canada’s Economy In 2016-2017

Hope For Canada’s Economy In 2016-2017 Week by week, Canadian business owners have had a tumultuous 2015. Between the federal election, oil price roller-coasters, and foreign economies impacting our own, Canada's performance can seem to get lost in these ‘big picture’ narratives. Thankfully, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) published a report recently that breaks [...]

New Year, New Ideas For Onboarding + FREE Onboarding Guide

Research suggests that within six months, four-fifths of new hires will decide whether or not they will stick with an employer. By implementing some new onboarding techniques, you can make significant gains on these unwanted statistics [...]

Happy Holidays From The Headhunters & TempsAhead

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.

Etiquette Tips For Foreign Workers In Canada

Etiquette Tips For Foreign Workers In Canada Canadians are famously polite. For a new citizen, permanent resident, or skilled foreign worker in Canada, this is not always a good thing.  You see, some Canadians are too polite to tell a foreign worker that they have made a misstep in the workplace. That’s why we are happy [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Body Language To Improve Your Interviews

Body Language To Improve Your Interviews Award-winning author, James Borg, maintains that the most accurate way to gauge feelings, attitudes and emotions is through analysis of body language. So, to convince people—especially people we are meeting for the first time—that what we are saying is really true, we cannot allow our body language to devalue [...]

Three Ways To Enhance Your Job Search Ettiquette

Three Ways To Enhance Your Job Search Ettiquette While setbacks in the final round of interviews are gut-wrenching, the recruiter or hiring manager, when asked, will likely tell you where you could improve in the future. Such feedback, however, is a benefit of making it to the interview stage. But what about improving the earlier stages of your [...]

By |Resume and Interview Tips|

Fit Employees: A Perfect Fit For Productivity [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fit Employees: A Perfect Fit For Productivity It is a generally accepted truth that employees who look after themselves are good for business. People who eat sensibly, don’t smoke, and exercise regularly are less likely to miss work due to health problems. In fact, employees who engage in regular exercise at work may actually be [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Trick or Treat? Employees’ Halloween Celebrations Gone Wrong

  Halloween has the potential to be the perfect bridge between summer and Christmas workplace festivities. Candy, decorations and silly costumes! What more could you ask for to lighten the mood around the office? Well, for a few misguided individuals, the traditional approach wasn’t enough and they found themselves in serious trouble in the workplace… [...]

How to Close the Skills Gap with Employee Cross-Training

How to Close the Skills Gap with Employee Cross-Training If you are a business owner who struggles to replace outgoing employees because your candidate pool falls short of the required skills, you have a very Canadian problem. In recent years, this “skills gap” has been a hot topic, not least during the federal election. Among [...]

9 Tips To Ace A One-Way Video Interview

Video interviews are becoming an increasingly popular medium for conducting interviews. They can be ran either in real time, a.k.a a live interview, or be recorded with pre-set questions asked, a.k.a a one-way interview. As virtual interviews are relatively new, they still remain a foreign concept to many job seekers. However, their usage is likely to [...]

Canada’s Human Resources Innovators

Canada’s Human Resources Innovators At The HeadHunters we dedicate ourselves to finding candidates that fit our clients’ culture as well as the job descriptions they are hiring for. While our specialty is recruitment, we are often impressed when other Canadian companies think outside of the box to innovate their HR processes. Inspired by Great Place [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Top Stories of the Week

Top Stories of the Week Here is what happened in the world of hiring and business this week: Sweden has revealed it is pushing forward with plans to implement a standard 6-hour work day. Some companies across the country have already started the practice & say it works. The  Friday beer fridge is about much more than [...]

The 10 Job Skills You Will Need In 2020 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The job market is evolving at a rapid pace. Literally overnight some jobs are becoming redundant, while new industries are being born. Across the world technology, globalization and shifting demographics are having a profound impact on the kinds of jobs available. Consequently new skills are required for the emerging vocations.   The below infographic from [...]

How To Ensure Remote Workers Are Valued and Connected

Research published in a 2012 MIT Sloan Management Review article indicates that companies with remote workers usually benefit from the set-up, while the actual telecommuters often draw the proverbial short straw. Indeed, companies reduce real estate costs significantly by allowing staff to telecommute; and the diminished headcount in-house allows managers to focus on those employees [...]

Techniques To Help You Manage Workplace Stress

    Stress affects job performance. The odd stockbroker or Formula One driver might say that they thrive on it, but for most people stress is exhausting. Typically when people get stressed they find less pleasure in their work. Furthermore, Sun Life Insurance reports that stress is a major contributor to employee absenteeism. Clearly, no-one benefits when [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Company Values In Action

As a values based organized we are incredibly passionate about running our business by them, using them as a compass to make decisions and infusing them in our everyday actions to create our culture. We love to hear stories about other companies operating with this same ethos as they inspire us and remind us of the [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

A 3-Step Process To Keep Your Technological Skills Up To Date

  Technology, especially business software, evolves quickly and dramatically. In just a few years we have seen applications such as Dropbox, Google Docs and Skype for Business become essential to many industries. What is more, in 2013 some of the world’s most familiar software programs such as the Microsoft Office and Adobe Creative suites, implemented cloud-based systems [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How To Gather Feedback From An Exiting Employee

Traditionally known as an exit interview, the process of gathering feedback from a departing employee has evolved to also include written surveys and unstructured conversations. Regardless of the format you choose, the knowledge you acquire from the process can be used to improve your business and ultimately increase employee retention. Furthermore, by tracking the data over time you [...]

A step-by-step roadmap to create an employee wellness plan

A recent report on the health of Canadian employees confirmed that workplace wellness programs are associated with significant bottom line benefits: 11% higher revenue per employee 1.8 fewer days absent per employee per year For every $1.00 spent on wellness programs, medical costs fall by about $3.27 and absenteeism costs fall about $2.73 With statistics such as these, and the [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

10 Ways to Improve Your Employee Experience [INFOGRAPHIC]

“To win in the marketplace you must first win in the workplace.” - Doug Conant, CEO of Campbell’s Soup Most leaders agree that investing in your employees is key to achieving long-term success. We often talk about employee engagement and employee experience, but what does that mean in practical terms? This infographic from BrilliantInk walks through 10 ways you [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Five Phone Interview Tips for Employers

When first starting the hiring process, employers typically review resumes, create a shortlist and contact applicants for interviews. It seems like an extra step, but a valuable method for expediting the process is through initial phone interviews with promising applicants. This preliminary screen by phone gives employers the opportunity to distinguish better qualified candidates and save time later on [...]

5 Tips for Better Resume Screening

A little extra care during resume screening can ensure your efforts are spent on only the most fitting applicants down the track. Don't waste time poring over piles of irrelevant resumes when you can take a more pointed approach. Below are five tips to assist in resume screening and ensure those that reach the next stage are worth the [...]

Ask A Recruiter: How to Get Promoted

An eager employee asks how to get promoted - I have been at my job for 18 months and have always been a hard-working team member and received good performance reviews. I work for a fairly large organization and it's not uncommon to receive promotions after only a year or so but my manager hasn't mentioned anything to me [...]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Millennials at Work: What They Really Think

With millennials soon poised to make up the majority of the workforce, Bentley University conducted a study into how millennials approach work. They polled more than 1,000 U.S. individuals aged 18 to 34 and their findings both reinforced and challenged some of the popular stereotypes associated with this generation.  Key Highlights from Study Findings Below are some of [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Ask A Recruiter: Mentorship in the Workplace

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we look at internal mentorship programs as a low cost, yet highly beneficial way to improve retention and productivity.   A manager wrote to us with this turnover dilemma - “I manage a fairly sizeable team and we’re having a real retention issue with our entry-level employees. We have a very [...]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

Why it’s Essential for Companies to Embrace Mobile Recruiting

With more and more individuals incorporating mobile technology into their day-to-day lives, there has become a constant need for online services to adapt to mobile consumption trends. Aside from entertainment, and social media sites, there has been a slower adoption rate among businesses to understand the importance of mobile recruiting.   The State of Mobile Recruiting [...]

Join Us at the 2014 Productivity Summit

The Headhunters and TempsAhead are proud to be sponsors for the upcoming 2014 Productivity Summit by Productivity Alberta. The Productivity Summit is the first in what will be an annual event by Productivity Alberta, providing industry and organizations from across Alberta and Western Canada the information and inspiration they need to continue building on their productivity improvement performance. [...]

Danielle Bragge: EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Finalist

We are so excited to be cheering on our very own Danielle Bragge, Co-Founder of The Headhunters and TempsAhead, as she joins 33 fellow entrepreneurs at tomorrow nights' EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Award. Danielle has long been a very active business and community leader; previously being named one of the Top 100 Women in Business in Edmonton and nominated [...]

11 Incredible Reasons Why Having Friends At Work Is Important (INFOGRAPHIC)

Having office buddies not only makes work more fun but it affects your bottom line as well! When coworkers get along not only is morale boosted, but engagement increases and retention is higher. This fun infographic from Officevibe shares 11 incredible stats that prove that having friends at work is great for business! KEY TAKEAWAYS: 70% of employees [...]

How to Look Past a Candidate’s Interview Skills to Find the Best Fit

Over the last two years, the global economy has started to bounce back from a recessive period. While the Canadian employment rate hasn't hit pre-recession rates yet, things are headed in a decidedly upward direction. That being said, the realities of a down-on-your-luck job market have left behind some lingering side effects, most notably, a [...]

The Math of Sales Recruiting

Do recruiting services seem too expensive for your budgets? My first question to you would be: What is the average length of time that it takes you to fill your vacancies? I do work with a few accountants who have lead multi-national corporations to unprecedented growth and shareholder value.  They will attest to the fact [...]

Why You Need a Razor Sharp Talent Acquisition Strategy

Talent acquisition is a complex process; it’s never just about filling open positions. Organizations that employ it as a strategic endeavor scrutinize every element of talent at their disposal and are better placed to identify and address skill shortages enabling them to meet growth objectives. They integrate the pre-hire stages of an employee life-cycle, right [...]

Screen for Employee Retention Potential During a Candidate Interview

Employee retention isn’t just about incentives and benefits; reducing turnover goes way back to the hiring stage.  Hiring the wrong employee is costly.  The expenses involved in replacing a new employee are, on average, approximately one-third of their yearly salary.  Replacing senior level employees increases the costs significantly, while replacing a CEO could cost millions.  [...]

How to Make the Most of Social Recruiting

Undoubtedly, social media has become one of the most fascinating phenomena of the century. Social media has touched practically all facets of life from marketing down to employment. According to a 2013 Jobville Social Recruiting survey, an astounding 94% of recruiters already use or plan to use social media in their marketing efforts. Even more impressive, [...]

Different Types of Recruiters in Vancouver You’re Likely to Encounter

One morning your phone rings and the caller says they are a recruiter with an exciting job opportunity that you might be interested in. Fantastic! But did they just mention that they are a certain type of recruiter? Perhaps you’ve never considered that they can be different? Well, there are about five types of recruiters [...]

Why Talent Assessment is a Crucial Part of the Hiring Process

The hiring process involves a series of steps designed to screen out unsuitable applicants and choose the best candidate for the job. A growing number of companies are utilizing talent assessment, also called pre-employment assessment, to determine whether or not an applicant is a good fit for the job. These assessments help predict a candidate's [...]

The Headhunters Co-Founder Named EY Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist

We’re proud to announce that Danielle Bragge, Co-Founder of The Headhunters Recruitment Inc, has been selected as a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Award.   Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 21st year of honouring the country's most [...]

5 Organizational Change Management Tips

Change is a fact of life and an essential part of doing business. In today's fast moving and highly competitive environment, the only way businesses can remain profitable is by changing to adapt to emerging realities. Organizational change management involves careful planning and implementation after thorough consultation with, and involvement of, the people directly or [...]

What is an Employee Engagement Strategy?

Employees are considered the biggest assets of a company. Sadly, only a small percentage of employees are truly engaged in their work. According to the report "2013 Trends in Global Employee Engagement" by Aon Hewitt, only 60% of employees are "engaged" in their work worldwide. The rest are either non-engaged or disengaged. Since the growth [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

What You Need to Know About Recruitment Agencies in Canada

Recruitment agencies can have different roles in different countries. In this post, we’ll be breaking down what you need to know about working with recruitment agencies in Canada – from what fees apply, to what service they provide.   Employment agencies exist for three main purposes: Assist employers with recruiting fitting employees. Match job seekers [...]

The Cost of Recruiting New Employees

Behind every successful business is a talented team. This is true of everything from mom-and-pop shops, to highly dynamic start-ups, all the way to large corporations. Consequently, there is one strategy that is consistent across all industries and types of business: hiring the right people.   But finding new employees who will thrive in your [...]

Ask A Recruiter: Are you neglecting your brand when dealing with temporary and contract employees?

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we tackle a hidden brand killer that most companies overlook: how you train and treat your temporary and contract employees.   We asked TempsAhead Manager, Ioana Bucsa, to explain why failing to explain your brand to temporary employees and treat them like your regular permanent team, can hurt your business [...]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Your Guide to the Selection Process for Recruitment

Welcome to your back-to-basics guide to the recruitment selection process! In recruitment, selection is the process of identifying the right applicant to fill an open position. It involves filtering though candidates who are a good fit and rejecting those who aren’t. During the process, useful information about the applicant is collected (usually in a series [...]

13 Resume Do’s and Dont’s

When it comes to submitting your resume to a recruiter, you have to keep in mind that we receive literally hundreds of resumes in a given month.  That’s a lot of reading material! So keeping your submissions concise and engaging will get the attention you’re seeking. With that said, there is no silver bullet when [...]

Key Takeaways from the Winnipeg Leadership Panel

Yesterday, we hosted our Leaders Breakfast Panel: Leadership for the Future in Winnipeg. It was a inspiring way to kick off the day with a full crowd in attendance. Our speakers – Mariette Mulaire, Marc Albert, Michelle Manary and Stephen Race – all participated in a thoughtful discussion about leadership with some very valuable insights. [...]

No Degree? Some Jobs to Consider..

The Headhunters President, Cam Macmillan, was quoted in today's Financial Post article discussing job prospects for people without degrees.   EXCERPT BELOW -    Getting a university education usually translates into a higher paying job. But if you don’t have a degree, don’t despair. According to a recent study by Adzuna.ca, a job search engine, a [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

How to Recruit Employees Effectively

Although it may seem straightforward, there’s more to recruiting employees effectively and successfully than just sorting through resumes. It’s easy to hire someone to work for you, but it takes a bit more effort and strategy to find the best fit for your workplace. In this blog post, we will discuss some of the best [...]

Do’s and Don’ts of Goal Setting

Ok, we’re nearing the end of February, so how is everyone doing with their new year’s resolutions? Do you even remember what they were??   If you’ve lost track of your goal progress, don’t be discouraged! Let’s take a moment to look at those goals and make sure you’re setting yourself up for success.   [...]

By |Career Advice, The Headhunters Blog|

Define Yourself as a Leader

Guest post by Lisa Martin There is no single, definitive way to be a RockStar Leader. You can certainly learn by example but trying to adopt someone else’s leadership style will never work in the long run. I’m a huge believer in defining your own leadership brand. I get how odd and disconcerting it may [...]

Canadian Hiring Trends for 2014

As a Canadian employer, you are faced with many challenges when it comes to attracting top talent. But it’s not all doom and gloom. Every challenge is also an opportunity to shape a better workplace for the future. Let’s take a look at some of the top hiring trends you should keep an eye on [...]

Top Stories of the Week

Here's what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week: Planning on a long-term career in social media? Doubtful. A study by Workopolis shows social media jobs will become obsolete in 10 years. New research suggests that posting your religion online could cost you that job. INSEAD’s new Global Talent Competitiveness Index provides an [...]

4 Holiday Hiring Secrets

I want to share a secret with you: the holiday period is the perfect time to poach talent from your competitors. Perhaps that’s not really keeping with the festive spirit of this time of year, but it makes great business sense. Let me share why…   1. Top performers are more open to headhunting calls  We’ve [...]

Recommended Reads for Leadership

In our recent Leadership for the Future breakfast panel in Edmonton, our audience were keen to know what leadership books our panelists recommend.   So, without further ado, here is the leadership reading list recommended by our panel of experts – Monica Norminton, Lori Schmidt, Robert Huizinga, Chris Hayman and Stephen Race. Please share any [...]

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Top Stories of the Week

Here's what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week: It was a rough week for Blackberry who announced on Tuesday they were laying off staff in Waterloo, and then on Thursday announced it was closing it's Bedford, N.S. office and cutting 350 jobs. Sticking with the tech market, Vancouver-based Hootsuite held a hiring open-house which [...]

How to Optimize Recruitment for Mobile [INFOGRAPHIC]

It's been forecast that by the end of the year there will be more mobile devices than people worldwide. And with the improvements in smartphone technology, people are doing more and more from their mobile phones.. including job hunting! The below infographic from Zao suggests why and how to optimize your recruitment for mobile. SOME HIGLIGHTS INCLUDE: [...]

How to Interview like Google

How many golf balls can fit into an airplane? How much should you charge to wash all the windows in Seattle? How many times a day does a clock’s hands overlap? These are the kinds of impossible brainteasers that Google’s interview process used to be famous for. But no longer!   Laszlo Bock, Google’s Senior [...]

Top Stories of the Week

Your weekly roundup of the what happened in the world hiring and job search this week: Canadian employment was little changed in June according to the latest government figures. Some good news for foreign workers in Ontario - the Ontario Human Rights Commission's (OHRC)  announced the requirement for “Canadian experience” in the hiring process is [...]

The Glowing Introduction Technique for Networking

Guest post by Gayle Hallgren-Rezac A Glowing Introduction™ is a technique that all good networkers and connectors use.  Most people take the easy way out and say things like: “This is Jasmine, we work together.” or “This is my better half.” (Seriously, do people still say this?  Yes, they do, and it’s cringe-worthy.)  Instead of these lacklustre ways [...]

Asking Your Company to Pay for Training

For most people, asking your company to pay for training and development falls under the “awkward conversations I wish I could avoid” umbrella. But asking for training shouldn’t be as scary as you think. For starters, most employers expect  these conversations and a reasonable manager isn’t going to penalize an employee for simply bringing up [...]

How to Decline Leave Requests

  Summer is peak season for vacation requests and if you’re one of those managers who has leave forms piling up on their desk, you might find yourself in the unfortunate position of having to decline a few. So let’s brush up on some managerial etiquette on how to diplomatically decline leave requests.   1. [...]

4 Famous People Who Reinvented Their Personal Brand

These days we are constantly hearing how important it is to build a personal brand. Establish yourself as a thought leader, carve yourself a niche, it’s all great in theory… but does it really work? We take a look at four professional heavyweights who have not only done it once but TWICE. The below four [...]

By |TempsAhead Blog|

What Employees Want

It’s not money. Well, it’s not JUST money. Beyond satisfying a basic level of financial comfort, money becomes a decreasingly important factor when choosing an employer.   As the economy pulls out of the downturn, many companies are boosting their hiring efforts in 2013. In Canada, there are large parts of the country that are [...]

Stories of the Week

Happy Friday! Time to get your weekly roundup of what happened in hiring and job search this week: Newly appointed Pope Francis is probably the most notable 'hiring' announcement this week. Our own Stephen Race was asked what businesses might learn from the Vatican method for electing new CEOs. With many parts of Canada in [...]

The Headhunters on CTV: Hovering helicopter parents just can’t let go

We were asked by CTV News to weigh in on the topic of 'Helicopter parenting'. Headhunters Managing Partner, Greg Ford, was featured in the news segment which aired on Friday, March 1. He spoke about overzealous parents who are intervening in their child's job search and careers, even to the point of waiting outside the [...]

7 Hiring Red Flags to Avoid

  Typos in the resume, late to the interview, these are some of the common red flags we spot in potential new hires. But have you sat on the other side of your own hiring process? Is it setting off any red flags and scaring away top talent? To a job seeker, a company’s hiring [...]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Zeroing in On Your Dream Job

Guest post by Heather Magee     When in the midst of job hunting, many of us try to maximize our opportunities, applying for any role that seems applicable. Especially if you’re in between jobs, having been laid off, or choosing to leave your previous employer because you were downright miserable. There’s a certain sense [...]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Ask A Recruiter: How do I rescue my resume?

We review hundreds of resumes daily and are constantly asked by job seekers what improvements need to be made to rescue them from the rejection pile.   So for today’s Ask A Recruiter we've collected our top tips to rescue your resume from some of the most common pitfalls.   OBJECTIVE Resume needs to “SELL” not “TELL”. [...]

By |Recruitment Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

Top 10 Most-Read Employer Blog Posts of 2012

We’ve already taken a look at what job seekers read on the blog, now it’s time to see what employers found most interesting. It was a pretty tight race for the top spot, but beating out Top 3 Resume Lies by a whisker was Holiday Bonus: Do’s and Don’ts. Here’s the full Top 10 list [...]

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