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Webinars for a Safe & Happy Workplace in 2017

TempsAhead & The Headhunters are excited to introduce a new webinar series starting this year. We’ve partnered up with organizations who are experts in their fields to bring you top-notch, free advice!

If you are an HR professional, hiring manager or just interested in great tips for your workplace, please join us for one of our free upcoming […]

By |Professional Development|

Happy Holidays from TempsAhead & The Headhunters

As 2016 draws to a close, we would like to wish all of our clients, candidates and partners warmth and happiness this holiday season. From all of us at TempsAhead and The Headhunters, thank you for your support and collaboration and we hope your new year is filled with success!

Our offices will be closed December […]

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Alleviate Holiday & Year-End Stress with Temporary Staff

It’s no secret that business gets busy during the holiday season, and that year end can be a stressful time! Temporary staffing is a great option when your team needs a little extra support for certain pockets of the year.

1) Free up your permanent staff to focus on core business activities
A temporary staff member will alleviate the […]

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|

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|

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|

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|

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 […]

Understanding Recruitment Process Outsourcing

Partnering with The Headhunters RPO allows your company to focus on what your company does best while we do what we do best.

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 […]

Work-Life Balance: Europe Vs. Canada

Work-Life Balance: Europe Vs. Canada
Work-life balance is a priority in the modern workplace, right? Just ask Mark Zuckerberg, the founder, chairperson and CEO of Facebook, who recently announced his plan to take a two-month parental leave upon the birth of his first child.
North American work-life balance trends
Is Zuckerberg’s decision an indication that more large corporations are […]

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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 […]

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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|

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 […]

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 […]

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 careers@theheadhunters.ca 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|

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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: How do I turn a temporary role into a permanent one?

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we answer a frequently asked question by our candidates: “How do I turn a temporary role into a permanent one?”


We asked TempsAhead Manager, Ioana Bucsa, to offer some advice to candidates looking to make this transition and gain greater job security – 


With the job market changing so much in the past […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 […]

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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|

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|


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 […]

The Art of Attracting and Retaining Talent for Maternity Leave Coverage

When an organization is faced with a maternity leave coverage, there are always a lot of questions that come up:

Do we really need a replacement?

Should we hire for the same type of skillset or maybe bring someone more or less experienced?

How far in advance do we need to bring someone in?

All these are great things […]

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|

How to be a Likeable Interviewer: Why it Matters to You and Your Brand

Much has been written about the need to give a good interview. If you want the job, you must excel in the interview. Proper body language, doing your homework on the company, asking good questions . . . all great advice. But we don’t often see advice for the interviewer.

I interview countless people as a […]

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|

How Do You Rank When It Comes to Onboarding Temps?

Recently, I was told about an organisation who really invested in their onboarding approach, and not just for permanent employees, but for an intern who was on a short term assignment. It made such a positive impact on the intern that their positive feedback filtered back to the market and proved to be a great […]

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|

How to Qualify a Job Opportunity

So you’ve decided to make a move or perhaps the decision has been made for you in the form of a layoff – either way – you need a new job.

Candidates will often come to recruiters with a high sense of urgency, saying their work environment has changed, and they need out. This change can […]

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, […]

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 about […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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|

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 rigorous training program, […]

By |TempsAhead Blog, Workplace Trends|

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|

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.


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 […]

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 […]

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|

Ask A Recruiter: How to hold onto top candidates in a “hot” market

Over the past few months the TempsAhead team have been seeing a big shift in the market. With the unemployment rate decreasing, more and more quality candidates are being snapped up at a much quicker speed. In temporary recruitment, mere minutes of delay can mean losing your top choices to competitors.

But it’s not just temporary and […]

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 […]

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, Collegeatlas.org 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 […]

How to Change Your Career

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

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: How to Ask for Time Off

A young professional asks us about taking time off in the summer  –


This is my first full-time job after college and I’m not sure what the proper etiquette is for asking for time off. I work in a large office and lots of people in my department have booked in their vacations already.  I have […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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|

Have You Really Thought About the Work Culture You Want?

I once had a boss walk into the office the morning before the first day of school and ask for the team’s brief attention.  She proceeded by saying “I don’t expect to see anyone in here until after those kisses, and pictures are all taken, and your children are settled in to their classrooms.”  Can […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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 – 


Any company […]

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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Ask A Recruiter: How to Start Succession Planning

A company President asks us how to start succession planning  –

I started my own business 9 years ago, we’ve grown and become quite an established and successful player in our niche market. I’m very proud of what my team and I have achieved; it’s been my life for the past 9 years. But recently I’m feeling […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: Job Hunting as an Entrepreneur and Business Owner

A job seeker asked us how to overcome some of the hurdles entrepreneurs and business owners face when they decide to begin a job search  –

I am a young entrepreneur who is currently in the process of separating from co-ownership of his company. Having only one job prior to working for himself, my concern is […]

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 […]

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 […]

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Ask A Recruiter: I am out of work; I can be a temp, right?

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?”

Here at The Headhunters, we also run a temporary division called TempsAhead, so it’s very common for job seekers to ask us to consider them for temporary work as well […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: Writing Effective Job Advertisements

A hiring manager asks for some advice on job postings –

How can I write an effective job advertisement?  I am getting people who are really under qualified and really cannot do the job I need them to do.  This is a huge investment of time for little to no return.


We asked Lily Brewer, one of […]

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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Is Your Hiring Process Scaring Away Top Talent?

Happy Halloween readers! Today we’re dedicating this post to all the things that go bump in the night hiring process. Your hiring process is one of the first contact points potential employees have with your company and heavily affects your employer brand.


How you treat candidates during the hiring process is often a fair indicator of […]

Ask A Recruiter: I’ve hired a temp, what now?

An employer asked us about what the next steps were after you hire a temporary employee  –

I just hired a temp to take over while our Receptionist goes on holidays for two weeks. I’ve never hired a temp before and I’m not really sure what the usual protocol is for what to do when they […]

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, […]

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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 Zappos.com 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 Zappos.com, 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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Ask A Recruiter: Will taking on temp work interfere with finding a permanent job?

A job seeker asks if taking on temporary assignments will interfere with their permanent job search  –

I’m currently unemployed and want to work, but a permanent job is my ultimate goal.  I want to say yes to temporary opportunities for the experience and money, but what if my dream permanent job comes up in the […]

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What Recruiters Look for on Your LinkedIn Profile

All our consultants use LinkedIn to source and research potential candidates. And it’s not just us; a survey by Jobvite found that over 93 per cent of respondent companies use LinkedIn for recruiting.


Unlike most other social media, the majority of LinkedIn users don’t use and update their profile regularly. Our recruitment consultants are on LinkedIn […]

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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Ask A Recruiter: Why don’t I hear back from employers when I send my resume?

We continue to get many questions from job seekers regarding their resume. The biggest question is “why don’t I hear back from employers when I send my resume?” Below are immediate changes you can make to your job search to ensure a call back. (Please note we have not covered the obvious mistakes like spelling […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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Ask A Recruiter: Will I lose top performers if I don’t offer flexible work?

An employer asks us about the pitfalls of not offering flexible work in today’s job market –

I am a manager at a large reputable company, often recognized as an employer of choice. We have wonderful staff and often attract top talent from across the country. However, we are very traditional in many ways. Our employees […]

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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 […]

Best Practices for Conducting a Phone Screen Interview

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone we brought in to interview was a real “A” player? That may be a bit of a hiring pipe dream but it’s closer than you think. Phone screening is a great way to vet your candidate shortlist but it’s an extremely underutilized part of the recruitment process.


An hour of […]

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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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 Salary.com 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 […]

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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. Establish the Business […]

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 […]

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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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 were […]

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Branding Yourself Online: The Basics


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

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Why You Should Care About Employer Branding

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

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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 a candidate […]

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 […]

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Oh How You’ve Changed


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

The speed and […]

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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 […]

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 process can […]

Stories of the Week

Happy Friday! For your reading pleasure, here are our hand-picked top articles from around the web this week –


Congratulations to all the companies that made the list of Canada’s best diversity employers for 2013 – Globe and Mail
A recent study showed women are more willing than men to learn new skills outside of their current […]

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 […]

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Ask A Recruiter: Informing and Preparing Old References

A job seeker asks us about one of the most over-looked parts of your job search: reference checks.


I was asked to provide at least three work-related references for a job I’m applying for. I have past supervisors who agreed to act as references when I originally left their respective companies, but two are from quite […]

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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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 of urgency when […]

By |Career Advice, TempsAhead Blog|

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

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.


Resume needs to “SELL” not “TELL”.
If you include an objective, put […]

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 […]

By |TempsAhead Blog|

Holiday Bonus: Do’s and Don’ts

The festive season is upon us! And with it comes the question of holiday bonuses. A recent survey by American Express indicated more small businesses are planning to give bonuses this year compared to last year.


When it comes to holiday bonuses, here are a few do’s and don’ts to consider –


Do acknowledge your employees in […]

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Workplace Fashion Do’s and Don’ts

Navigating the endless mix of information about what you should and shouldn’t wear to work can be confusing. Our new TempsAhead blog has posted our collection of Do’s and Don’ts for workplace fashion, including a handy video from CareerBuilder and Banana Republic.

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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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Free Workshop: How To Get Hired

Want to know how to stand out from hundreds of resumes?

Ever get tongue-tied during an interview?

We’re offering a FREE workshop for Edmonton job seekers to help you stand out from the crowd. Don’t resign your job search to the rejection pile! Get practical advice to spearhead your […]

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What Is First Impression Error?

Research has indicated that interviewers make decisions about candidates very quickly, in fact in the first 30 seconds to 2.5 minutes. This tendency to make initial judgments, positive or negative, about a candidate in those first few moments is called ‘first impression error’.

After that first impression is made, most hiring managers will then spend the […]

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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 […]

4 Reasons Why You Should be Job Hunting this Summer

Summer is a notoriously tough job hunting season, but don’t despair, we like to think of it as a great opportunity for job seekers to get ahead of the game. And here’s why:



1. Less Competition. While it’s true a lot of decision-makers take holidays over the summer, it’s similarly true that job seekers do as […]

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