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Webinars for a Safe & Happy Workplace in 2017

The Headhunters is 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 webinars:

Click here […]

A Guide to Video Interviews

Job interviews over video platforms like Skype and FaceTime have become a very common part of job hunting, as they provide the flexibility of a phone call with the benefits of meeting in person. In many ways you should treat these just like any face-to-face interview, but here are some specific tips to help you […]

By |Resume and Interview Tips|

Happy Holidays from The Headhunters & TempsAhead

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 The Headhunters and TempsAhead, 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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The Headhunters Vancouver Staff Volunteer at Covenant House

On November 29, Dave, Allison, Jen, Jonathan, Ann and Laurel from The Headhunters & TempsAhead office in Vancouver got into the holiday spirit and gave back to their community! The group spent the evening at Covenant House sorting donations to help young people in need.

‘Giving’ is a core value at The Headhunters and TempsAhead. We value […]

Winter Interviews

It won’t be much longer before autumn in the Canadian prairies will come to an inevitable blizzardy close, and we will don our down-filled parkas and woolly accessories. While we love a cozy mitten/toque/scarf set as much as the next person, continental climates pose unique challenges when it comes to job interviews in the winter months.

Here are […]

By |Resume and Interview Tips|

BCBusiness Interview: Why Fit Matters When Hiring—And How to Spot It

Cam Macmillan, our President and Co-Founder, was recently interviewed by BCBusiness about the importance of fit between an employer and employee. Cam’s advice includes:

Understand what traits you are seeking and use a robust tool like our Workstyle and Performance Profile (WPP) to assess work style and increase the likelihood of hiring high performers who can help you […]

6 Questions To Ask When Selecting A Recruitment Agency

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

1. Who will spearhead the search?

With many other recruitment […]

By |Recruitment Advice|

10 Lessons Job Seekers Can Learn From Olympians

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

By |Career Advice|

Get Happy, Be Productive [TED TALK]

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

By |Workplace Trends|

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

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

So, what does this […]

By |Career Advice, Industry Info|

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

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

By |Recruitment Advice|

7 Tactics To Help You Stand Out During Your Job Search

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

Fresh From Our Desk: What’s Hot In IT

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

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

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

Ask A Recruiter: Succession Planning

Ask A Recruiter: Succession Planning
An Owner/Manager of an Edmonton based company recently asked us about succession planning:

“I have owned and managed my own company for the last 15 years, we have a team of 60 and some senior people have been with the organization since the beginning. How urgent is the need for developing a […]

Alberta Fires Appeal: How You Can Help

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

Please help, this is a devastating time […]

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

Today, April 27th, is Administrative Professionals’ Day. Say thank you to all the people that keep your organization running smoothly, support your team in achieving their goals and improve your business operations.

Here’s 15 ways to say thank you and show your appreciation:

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

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.

The Importance Of Labour Stats To Hiring Managers

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

How To Shine In Your New Role

When you find yourself hired into a new role, there is plenty that you can to ensure your long term success in this new company [...]
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Explaining You Were Fired In An Interview

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 up [...]

How To Make Your Cover Letters More Effective

At times, it is the personal touch of a cover letter that really impresses the team. Here are some of the cover letter tactics that have impressed us over the years.

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 down […]

Top Stories of the Week

Your weekly roundup of the what happened in the world of hiring and job searches this week […]

Focus On Winnipeg: Manitoba’s Growing Job Market

Focus On Winnipeg: Manitoba’s Growing Job Market
Let’s head east in our three-part series addressing the recruitment challenges of The HeadHunters and TempsAhead’s respective branches. It is a testament to Canada’s diversity that while our Vancouver team is spearheading the recruitment of high-tech jobs, our Winnipeg office is meeting a classic challenge: sourcing skilled labour for […]

Focus on Edmonton: A “Lower For Longer” Economy

Focus on Edmonton: A “Lower For Longer” Economy
Last week we took a look at the recruitment challenges that Vancouver companies face when it comes to securing tech talent. Let’s move east, to The HeadHunters and TempsAhead office in Edmonton, where many talented individuals have been laid off in the oil patch.
“Lower for longer”
If you worked […]

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 [...]

Focus On Vancouver: Recruiting For The Tech Boom

Focus On Vancouver: Recruiting For The Tech Boom
With offices in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg, The HeadHunters and TempsAhead enjoy working with a range of companies in numerous industries. The recruiting trends that occur in each city and province are remarkable at times. That’s why we are embarking on a series of focused reports on the […]

Make 2016 The Vision That You Desire [VIDEO]

A new year is a time of self-reflection and goal-setting. So how do you envision your future and your career in the best possible terms? Patti Dobrowolski leverages the discoveries of neuroscience to argue that you can live the life you desire [...]

Wake Up! Sleep Deficiency Is Impacting Your Productivity

Research from Ceridian indicates that 15 percent of workers who arrive bleary-eyed believe it does not affect their work performance [...]

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.

Beyond The Basics: Resigning Gracefully

Beyond The Basics: Resigning Gracefully
So, you have made the decision to leave your current job. Congratulations, you are embarking on an exciting chapter in your career! At The HeadHunters and TempsAhead we work closely with our clients when key roles like yours become vacant. Over the years, we have learned a thing or two about […]

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 to […]

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 our […]

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 applications? […]

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 more […]

Five Lessons From The Recent Federal Election

Five Lessons From The Recent Federal Election
Oh, Canada! On October 19th the nation spoke and there were winners and losers from coast to coast. Job seeking is often as gruelling as the election campaigns of our dear leaders. But there are many lessons job hunters can learn from the recent election:
1) Accentuate the positive
After more […]

Managers Can Now Access Google’s HR Practices

Managers Can Now Access Google’s HR Practices
Google has a reputation for having immaculately brilliant human resource strategies. The search giant has made headlines over the years for bold policies on matters such as parental leave and environmentally-friendly commuter initiatives for its staff. Even with Senior VP, Laszlo Bock admitting last year that “Google is not where […]

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, […]

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…

Reckless Halloween […]

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 Justin […]

From Our President: A Shout Out To My Business Partner


I’m so proud of my business partner, Danielle Bragge, that I wanted to share the news about the incredible work she is doing in Nicaragua. Currently Danielle is leading a group of fifteen ladies to work with an orphanage in one of the poorest places within the country.


Danielle and her team, including Recruitment Consultant Azelda […]

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 To […]

As Canadians We Have Plenty To Be Grateful For This Thanksgiving

“In a world darkened by ethnic conflicts that tear nations apart, Canada stands as a model of how people of different cultures can live and work together in peace, prosperity and mutual respect.” – Bill Clinton

What a wonderful quote to usher in Canadian Thanksgiving, encapsulating a self-image that many Canadians embrace. These words are Bill […]

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 beers, it is […]

Top Stories Of The Week

Here’s what happened in the world of employment and business this week:

Journal of Commerce predicts growth for Manitoba in 2016.
Glassdoor launched job and company trend reports – revealing what’s popular among job seekers.
LinkedIn published a video capturing top recruiters’ wildest interview stories.
Report revealed 50% of Canadian employers are experiencing a shortage of skilled workers.
Downtown Winnipeg BIZ […]

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 The Top […]

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

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

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 […]

Stories Of Creative & Quirky Job Applications

Sometimes the competition for a job can be so intense that candidates go the extra mile to get noticed during the application and interview process. In our industry we often come across great stories about the unusual ways people have applied for jobs, here’s some of our favourites:

(Just remember, if you get inspired and want […]

Join The Headhunters Team

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

How to Manage Career Development Action Plans

Work-life balance, salary, and culture all contribute to the retention of your top employees. But at some point, as many careerists will tell you, ambition may tempt your most talented assets to search elsewhere when internal opportunities run dry. At such times, career development action plans (CDAPs) are a useful way to channel employees’ ambitions […]

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 employees are […]

Inspirational Quotes To Keep You Motivated On Your Job Search


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

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Want To Be A Better Conversationalist?


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

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 […]

4 Things You Can Do To Help Manage Parental Leave

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

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 known […]

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 […]

5 TED Talks To Inspire You In Business & Life

We love TED. True to their mission they deliver many ideas worth spreading. Below we have compiled for you a list of 5 TED talks to challenge your way of thinking and encourage you to trial a new way of doing things.


1. Nilofer Merchant – Got a meeting? Take a walk.

Nilo Merchant presents the […]

The pros and cons of different office designs [INFOGRAPHIC]

The office environment can have a significant impact on an employee’s motivation and therefore it is important the space is designed for productivity. Before choosing the finer details of your office such as wall colour, plants and art, you need to choose the layout of your desks and work stations. The design you opt for […]

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 many other benefits of having healthy […]

Ask A Recruiter: Knowing when to make a career move

A motivated employee recently asked our Recruitment Consultants:  

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


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


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

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5 Entertaining (& Sometimes Unusual) Employer Branding Videos

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

By |Industry Info, The Headhunters Blog|

Attracting Top Talent With A Powerful Employer Brand

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


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

How to Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

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

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

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The Importance Of A Good Handshake In Your Job Search

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

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


The Wet Lettuce: The top of our […]

22 Tips to Make Networking Less Awkward

Networking can be an awkward experience even for the well initiated. Here are 22 quick tips to freshen up your networking skills and make it more fun and fruitful:

Set yourself networking goals, e.g. “I will meet 5 new people tonight”, “I want to have a meaningful conversation with John Smith”
Take a buddy with you if […]

4 Interview Tips to Ensure You’re Hiring the Right Person

Finding the right person for the job means doing more than just finding a resume that fits the job description. An in-person interview is one of the most crucial steps in a hiring process and the goal shouldn’t just be to determine if their skills noted on their resume are true. During the actual interview, […]

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 […]

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 can improve […]

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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: What Senior Level Candidates Should Expect from a Recruiter

A senior level candidate asks us about what to expect when working with recruiters for the first time  –

“I am a senior level professional who is looking for work for the first time in my career. Being unchartered territory; can you tell me what to expect when working with a recruiter?”


We threw this one over to […]

Ace a Job Interview with Body Language [VIDEO]

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 effort.
1. […]

The Common Characteristics of Gen X Managers

Generation X is an age group we don’t hear much about anymore, but in the pre-Millennial world, Gen X was all the rage. You were either Gen X or you were just like everyone else. Now that the Boomers are heading off into retirement, Gen X managers are quietly taking over their ranks. But what […]

Will Multitasking Become the Un-Buzzword of 2015?

It seems that one of the must-haves that many employers desire, may not be such a desirable after all. Recently, I read an article in Inc magazine by Travis Bradberry, titled The Real Harm in Multitasking. Interestingly, the next day I came across a similar piece by Peter Bregman in HBR, How (and Why) to Stop Multitasking. […]

Key Questions to Ask During an Interview to Determine Character

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

Good general […]

9 Resolutions for 9 of 2015’s Biggest Workplace Trends

As an HR professional, 2015 is going to be a continually evolving landscape. To help you succeed in the year ahead, CareerBuilder have released their 9 Resolutions for 9 of 2015’s Biggest Workplace Trends (full report below).

Among the top trends, technology and employer brand feature heavily in the changing landscape. Below is a quick snapshot at the […]

When Do You Have Power to Negotiate?

When it comes to salary negotiations, not all positions are created equal. However, the payoff can be considerable. In a study of new graduates it was found that those who negotiated were able to increase their starting salaries by 7.4 percent on average.

While there can be a strong case to negotiate in most circumstances, knowing […]

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 the key […]

What Employees Want in an Ideal Workplace  

Business owners are frequently coming to us with the same struggle: hiring and retaining the best of the best. As the employer you need to be active and engaging to keep top performers content. Here are some of the things that top the list of what employees want from their ideal workplace, so that you […]

How to Make the Most of an Entry-Level Position

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

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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
What’s in your […]

Qualities to Look for When Choosing Between Recruiting Agencies      

Choosing a recruiting agency for your company can be a tough decision. The talent hired through an agency directly impacts the future success of your team. Here are some things to keep top-of-mind when it comes time to choosing a recruitment partner:


It’s hard to put your trust in an agency without a proven track record. When […]

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What to do if you Suspect Discrimination in the Workplace

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

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

Ask A Recruiter: How to Re-Enter the Workforce after an Extended Break

A senior-level job seeker asks us about re-entering the workforce after an extended break:
In 2003 I was a top Telecom Executive. At that point, for personal reasons, I decided to step away from corporate life and do other things which would allow me to deal with my young family’s needs. I myself was fairly young (early […]

Decoding Common Interview Questions

We’ve all been through an interview process or two, and some of us have heard similar questions in multiple interviews. So, why do all employers ask these questions to candidates? What are they looking to get from the answers? Here are some popular interview questions broken down, and some suggestions on what interviewers are looking […]

The Essential Employee Onboarding Checklist

On-boarding employees can be a difficult task if you are not properly prepared. This employee on-boarding checklist will keep you organized during the process and ensure that your new hires get integrated into the workplace quickly. Be sure to review the checklist in full and then return to it during the on-boarding process to help […]

Encouraging Employee Development is Essential to Retention

One of the top reasons that cause employees to leave a job is the lack of opportunity for growth. This could pertain to a number of things. Perhaps they are not qualified for the position they eventually want, but they may feel as though their company isn’t trying to help them succeed. Or maybe they […]

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!

70% of employees say friends at […]

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 phenomenon […]

How to Get Promoted at Work

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

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Employee Motivation: Why it’s About More than Money

Unlike machines, human beings are emotional creatures who fuel their creativity, insights, and best work efforts with their feelings. Much like an athlete who is motivated and ready to win the game, a motivated employee is going to be more satisfied and happy at work, feel closer to their peers and the company, and be […]

How to Tell if You’re Working in a Dead-End Job

No one wants to be stuck in a dead-end job. When you go to work you want it to be with purpose, dignity, and above all else the chance to have your talents recognized. However, not every job is the one that will lead you to future success. If you’re stuck in a dead-end job […]

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 that I […]

Ask A Recruiter: Creating a Personal Development Plan

A busy professional ask us about personal development and career advancement  –

“I was wondering if you had any advice on how to practically fit personal development into your work week? Over the summer I discovered this beautiful stack of career development books that I have either barely read or never even opened! I know it’s […]

What is a Behavioural Interview and What to Expect

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

Building an Effective Talent Pipeline    

Building a talent pipeline helps you gain a deeper understanding of people that join your company and spend less time trying to look for candidates to fill your open positions. With the right practices, you can create a pipeline that benefits both your company and the candidates that you are considering for your open positions. […]

Ask A Recruiter: Creating a Professional Personal Brand

A job seeker asked us about personal branding and how to leave a lasting impression  –

I keep hearing about how important it is to “build your brand” these days. But every time I read about personal brands and the empires built around them, it’s usually in reference to Kim Kardashian – not quite the brand I’d like to emulate!! As […]

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, […]

Ask A Recruiter: Reaching Out to Unauthorized References

A hiring manager wrote in with a question regarding references –
My industry is pretty tight knit and I’m pretty well-connected.  Often, when I interview candidates it turns out I know people they used to work with.  Is it okay to reach out to them and learn a little about the candidate? 

We asked Senior Recruitment […]

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 who […]

The Canadian State of Diversity in the Workplace

In the modern workplace one key area that you have to consider in your hiring practices is the element of diversity in the workplace. Canada has a very diverse and dynamic population. As an employer you have much to gain by taking advantage of that. Diversity in the workplace not only makes for a more […]

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 […]

Ask A Recruiter: Knowing when to hire and delegate

A client asked us a question about appropriate interviewing times that hinted at a larger issue  –
Is it unreasonable to ask for candidates to come in for interviews between 7pm and 9pm? I’m the President and Founder of an extremely busy and fast-growing tech company, we desperately need to hire but it’s hard to fit […]

Top 5 Questions about Recruiting Agencies

Recruiting agencies are organizations that can be extremely helpful for people that are looking for a job as well as employers that want to easily find top talent. The best recruiters act as matchmakers that connect people with jobs that they are best suited for, which saves time and energy for everyone in the process.

Here […]

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 impressive entrepreneurs […]

How Your Social Media Profile Can Impact Your Job Search

When you are looking for a job, you make sure everything is perfect to impress future employers. For example, your resume is perfect, your references are on speed dial and you’ve even picked the outfit. Unfortunately, what you may not realize is that the personal things you enjoy doing may have unintended consequences. One Facebook post, a […]

5 Lesser-Known Benefits of Outsourcing Temporary Hiring

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

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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 […]

How to Find the Right Fit for Your Corporate Culture

What are the qualities that you want in a candidate when looking to fill a position in your organization? Normally educational qualifications and work experience rank top of the list. And then you want someone who is willing, committed, honest and passionate about their work. During the interview, every candidate tries to project the message that […]

Are Long-Term Employees a Thing of the Past?

New research has shown that the average tenure for a Canadian worker is under two years. Workopolis mined data from over 7 million work history records, comparing job tenures from 1990-2000 and 2000-Present.


From 1990 through 2000 the number of people staying at their jobs for less than two years doubled from 16 percent to 33 […]

Ask A Recruiter: Struggling with job searching as a senior executive

A senior executive asked for advice on handling job search at a high level –


As a senior level marketing executive, I have found myself on the job market after 8 years with my former company. I have 30+ years experience in marketing with many notable achievements to my name. My last three roles have all […]

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 […]

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 to employer positions.
Test or […]

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 environment and make […]

11 Reasons Why You Should Let Your Recruiter Negotiate

You either love it, or you hate it and will avoid it like the plague. Negotiating job offers with potential new hires can be tricky, especially in our competitive Canadian marketplace.


A recent survey found that 20% of Canadian executives have seen an increase in the number of counter offers their company has made in just […]

A Quick Guide to Finding the Right Career

Whether you live in Edmonton or Vancouver, finding the right career requires research, understanding yourself and acquisition of new skills and knowledge. Oh, and there’s another thing. The courage and ambition to pursue a new career path!

Let’s break down your career discovery journey into four steps:

Identify interesting occupations.
Evaluate your skills and strengths.
Develop those skills and […]

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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 of […]

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 it […]

What Motivates Professionals to Switch Jobs [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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

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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.

Here […]

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 […]

What Job Seekers Should Consider When Looking for Employee Recruiters in Vancouver

For many people in Vancouver, a recruiter is the perfect resource to obtain that perfect job at the perfect company. However, not all recruiters are the same and it is not always easy to get noticed by the best ones. In order to find the best recruiters Vancouver has for you, you should consider the […]

How to Attract Employees Who Will Make an Impact

The job market is tough; not just for job seekers, but also for companies that are seeking stellar employees to fill their ranks. The competitiveness of the recruitment process can make finding the best talent for your company seem like an indomitable task. To help you with this, we are going to provide you with […]

Why Hire a Corporate Headhunter to Find Your Next Employee?

Looking for a job can be difficult. But finding the perfect and most qualified person to fill the job in your company can be even more challenging. Hiring the right people is vital to a company’s success; you’ll need a pool of experienced and trained individuals to handle the hiring process and look for people […]

Essential Skills That Employers Are Looking For

Are you hoping to land that perfect job just out of college, or are you about to begin your search for new employment after years in the same job?

If so, take a look at these essential skills employers are looking for in top candidates:


A deep awareness and understanding of your particular field

Learn as much as […]

Ask A Recruiter: Take Advantage of Your Recruiter

Often we find that employers aren’t leveraging their recruiter relationships to their full potential.


In today’s Ask A Recruiter, we asked Monica Lewicki, our Sales Recruitment Consultant in Edmonton, to answer that silent question that hiring managers don’t ask often enough “How do I make the most of my recruiter?” –  


When you have an appointment […]

How to Interview to Find the Best Fit for the Job

After you have narrowed your list of applicants down to the few whose resumes are up to par, it is time to start preparing for interviews. This is one of the most, if not the most critical part of the employee search process, so you should do whatever you can to conduct the best interviews […]

Find the Right Recruitment Agency in Edmonton

Are you currently trying to find the right recruitment agency in Edmonton but are stuck in the process? It doesn’t have to be difficult to find an agency that can work with your unique requirements. All you need are a few tips on how to find the ideal recruitment agency for you. Read on to […]

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.




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, a job search engine, a few listed professions pay […]

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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Ask A Recruiter: How to Successfully Onboard in 1 Hour

A hiring manager asked us about how to onboard when you’re strapped for time  –

Onboarding seems like a daunting process that I just don’t have time for in my busy organization.  Is it really necessary?  What are the basics that I can do without spending all my time on it?


We asked recruitment consultant Georgia Harper for her […]

6 Employee Retention Strategies that Will Help You Keep Your Talent

Once you have hired talented employees for your business, the next step is to apply employee retention strategies so that you do not lose any of your best assets. It requires a considerable amount of effort and strategy to keep your employees happy and working effectively for your business.

We share 6 employee retention strategies that […]

4 Essential Methods for Hiring Top Talent

If you want to hire the best of the best when it comes to your industry, you have to know the essential methods for doing so. To  hire the best employees, you have to think creatively and strategically.


The following are the 4 essential methods for hiring top talent for your business:


1. Tell your applicants and […]

What to Consider before Changing Careers

It seems as if today everyone is talking career change, but is it right for you? There are a number of things to consider before changing careers, questions to ask yourself, here are just a few of them –


What are my strengths?

Your current job may no longer be challenging you, or you just no longer […]

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 […]

9 Awesome Employer Branding and Recruitment Videos

Struggling to attract top talent? Data from Careerbuilder indicates that job postings with video icons are viewed 12% more than postings without video and, on average, receive a 34 percent greater application rate.

In our increasingly visual society, recruitment videos are a great tool to showcase your employer brand and company culture. We’ve collected nine examples of awesome employer branding and […]

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.


Follow these do’s and […]

Habits of the World’s Wealthiest People [INFOGRAPHIC]

Do you wake up 3 hours before work?

Do you exercise aerobically at least four times per week?

Do you make your children volunteer at least 10 hours per month?

Well, some of the world’s wealthiest people certainly do. In this infographic from NowSourcing, the habits and traits of the world’s richest people are on display.

While adopting these habits […]

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 feel to […]

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

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

Ask A Recruiter: How to Set Up Informational Interviews

A job seeker asked us about how to set up informational interviews  –

“I’m often told ‘informational interviews’ are a great way to get your foot in the door or find out more about a potential career. But how do you even start setting them up? Is there a certain etiquette to follow? Do I just […]

Top 10 Overused LinkedIn Profile Buzzwords of 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

Creative has been overthrown, there’s a new king buzzword in town! After two years at the top, LinkedIn users are still using “creative” a lot on their profiles but not nearly as much as they are using the word “responsible”.

LinkedIn’s annual buzzword study looks at the profiles of some of their 259 million members worldwide. […]

Quick and Crucial Health Tips for the Office [INFOGRAPHIC]

Here in our office, healthy living is a big part of our culture. So much so that it’s actually one of the four core pillars of our company – Business, Charity, Family, Health. Giving priority to employee’s overall health and well-being not only provides great social benefits, it affects your bottom line too. Healthy employees […]

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 interesting look into […]

Holiday Networking Tips [VIDEO]

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

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Ask A Recruiter: How to Change Industries

A candidate asks about how to start a career in a new industry  –

I’ve been working in the Finance industry for 9 years and would be considered a ‘top performer’ in my field. I’ve enjoyed regular career progression and promotions but I’m starting to tire of the industry and can feel myself burning out. I […]

Top Stories of the Week

Here’s what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

Seems like we’ve got a lot to smile about! Canadians are the happiest employees in the world according to a new global report.
Canadians have no qualms with packing up and moving inland. The latest figures from BMO show that the number of Canadians migrating […]

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 seen it time and […]

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 of your […]

Ask A Recruiter: What’s the best way to give notice and leave on good terms?

A candidate asked how they should give their notice and leave on good terms –


I’m very excited about a new job I’ll be starting in three weeks but I’m nervous about resigning from my current job. When I submit my notice it will come as quite a shock to my direct report and colleagues; what […]

What Relocation Costs will an Employer Cover?

What help can you expect from a new employer when you’re relocating for the job?


Our President, Cam Macmillan, was asked to weigh in on the topic of relocation costs in Business in Vancouver’s Ask the Experts, below is a snapshot of what he had to say:


Many of our clients will cover some if not all […]

5 Major Recruitment Myths Busted: Job Seeker Edition

Recruitment is an intricate business, with lots of moving parts and people’s careers on the table. It’s the reason why we love it so much and care deeply about holding ourselves to the highest standards.


But because it’s a bit of a mystery to many people how recruitment firms work (and there are different types of […]

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

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

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

Some Highlights:

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

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Ask A Recruiter: Should I include my side business and blog on my resume?

A multi-talented job seeker asked about how and if she should include her side business and blog in her resume –

I graduated a year ago with a marketing degree and have been working as an Admin/Marketing assistant for the past 8 months. My employer is great but there’s not a lot of room for growth […]

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 drew in […]

The Headhunters Ran for the Cure

The numbers are in and a big thank you to all our Run for the Cure teams who helped raise over $8,000 for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation!

Each of our three offices in Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver, registered a team to participate in the CIBC Run for the Cure.  In total, 49 staff members and their friends and family joined […]

Top Stories of the Week

Here’s what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

In the continuing Skills Training Program saga, the provinces are threatening to boycott the training program unless the federal government overhauls it.
Gen Y are even harder to retain than we thought, 60% of Millennials leave their dream job (or what they thought was their […]

15 Small Business Tips to Hiring Rock Star Talent

Today marks the start of “Small Business Month” around the country. And one of the biggest challenges of small business is hiring; how can you lure the cream of the crop away from the prestige and perks that large corporations have to offer?

This Slideshare presentation from LinkedIn walks through some of the best practices Small […]

Ask A Recruiter: I was told to follow up once a week

There’s a lot of bad career advice out there and unfortunately this job seeker was on the receiving end of some –

I was at a career fair they told me that I should follow up with recruiters at least once a week to make sure that I’m “top of mind”. That seems a little excessive […]

Run for the Cure Fundraising

We’re so proud of our Edmonton, Winnipeg and Vancouver teams who are all working hard to raise funds for the CIBC Run for the Cure!

It’s been all about BBQs and Bake Sales in the name of breast cancer research!



If you’d like to donate to any of our teams, just click the link below:

Headhunters Edmonton
Headhunters Winnipeg
Headhunters […]

Top Stories of the Week

Here’s what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

According to a new BMO poll, nearly half of Canadians are in their ‘dream job’.
But are we turning up to these ‘dream jobs’? Studies show that absenteeism is on the rise. And women have higher absentee rates than men.
You may have noticed in this […]

Leadership: Going from Good to Great

We’ve all met those leaders in our lives. Men and women who surpass being just ‘good’ leaders; and instead live, breathe and inspire greatness in others.


But what makes a leader go from good to great?


Joel Peterson, Chairman of JetBlue Airways, recently shared in this LinkedIn post four core principles that he believes mark the difference […]

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.


70% of job […]

Top Stories of the Week

Here’s what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

A new report from CIBC World Markets confirms what we all thought: too few students are choosing to study high-demand fields.
But for those already employed, the workforce is increasingly optimistic according to a survey released by BMO.
Folks in Alberta have more to smile about […]

Ask A Recruiter: Industry Experience vs Performance

A business owner asks what’s more important when hiring sales people: industry experience or performance?  –

When it comes to hiring sales reps, what do you think is more important: industry experience or passion and proven sales capability regardless of industry? Of course it’d be great to have both! But what have you found is a better […]

LinkedIn Etiquette: 20 Do’s and Don’ts [INFOGRAPHIC]

LinkedIn is an essential job search tool for today’s job seeker. It’s ideal for personal brand building and nurturing your professional relationships.


But just like all social networks, LinkedIn has it’s own unwritten rules of etiquette that users tend to follow. The below infographic from Top Dog Social Media lists 20 of their top Do’s and Don’ts […]

Anatomy of a Great Resume

Do you know what makes the difference between a good and a GREAT resume?

Unfortunately most people settle for ‘good enough’ when it comes to their resumes. But to really stand out from the pack, we dare you to settle for nothing less than greatness!

Below is our breakdown of what makes a truly great resume.
(Click image […]

Ask A Recruiter: What traits make a good remote worker?

A business owner asked us about what to look for when hiring a remote workforce –

As a small business owner, I’m looking at taking that next step of adding a few sales and support staff to my business. But due to the nature of the business and for cost reasons, they would be working almost purely […]

Ask A Recruiter: Top Job Interview Questions Employers Ask

A job seeker wrote in with a question about interviews –

I’m a bit curious.. As recruiters you probably conduct hundreds of interviews, so it had me thinking – are there any common interview questions that people often answer badly? I consider myself a pretty good interviewee but my recent string of rejections had me wondering […]

Top Stories of the Week

Stay in the know with what happened in the world of hiring and employment this week:

The Premiers joined forces yesterday to oppose the proposed Canada Jobs Grant.
It turns out there were big discrepancies in the May job figures. The previous record 95,000 new jobs could really be as low as 8,500.
Following several high-profile lawsuits in the U.S., […]

10 Social Media Tips for Your Job Hunt [INFOGRAPHIC]

Did you know that recruiters often screen social media profiles? Social media can boost your job search and help you stand out in a competitive market for the right reasons! Below is an infographic from Reed Marketing & Creative with their top 10 tips on how to be social media savvy in your job search.



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 VP of People Operations, recently […]

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 discriminatory in […]

What Are Your 3 Keys for a Great Hire?

When we talk with clients, one exercise we always do is get them to define their “3 keys”. The 3 key attributes they believe a candidate needs to have to be successful in the role they’re hiring for.


The 3 keys can be things like industry experience, technical skills, education or certification requirements, certain personality traits, […]

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 to […]

Time for a Mid-Year Business Review

Where does the time go? 2013 is halfway over and summer is finally here! And while it’s tempting to ditch our suits for sunscreen and hit the beaches, July is the perfect time to review the first half of the year and reassess your plan of attack for the rest of the year.


Most businesses will […]

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Your weekly roundup of the what happened in the world hiring and job search this week:

The latest chapter of the National Household Survey is out; an interesting snapshot of Canada at work. Most people are moving north and west for jobs!
 Another SCC decision was released in regards to random alcohol testing. An important read for those […]

What Makes an Employee Happy [INFOGRAPHIC]

Rewarding and retaining good employees isn’t just about salary increases and holiday bonuses. In fact, according to research compiled by Yast, as many as 80% of employees surveyed indicate that they stay with their current employers simply because they like their work!


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Do you use your third eye to channel innovation? Well you may have been a good fit for Lululemon’s joke job posting for a new CEO.
Looking for a new job? Try Saskatoon! A new survey revealed the best and worst […]

One Simple Way to Heat up Your Summer Job Search

Job hunting in the summer can be a real drag. It’s hard to stay focused on trawling job boards and sending out resumes when the sun is shining outside.


But here’s the good news – you should STOP doing that!


Our biggest tip to summer job seekers is to GET OUTSIDE.


One of the most unused, and […]

Business Lessons Learned from the Fall of House Stark

Game of Thrones is undeniably the talk of TV land as its fans reel from the latest shocker episode, The Rains of Castemere, last Sunday. The beloved House Stark was dealt a brutal blow in the show famous for its duplicitous plot twists where Seven Kingdoms vie for ultimate rule.


Spoiler Alert: Do not read this […]

What Career Should I Choose? [Interactive Graph]

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

Rasmussen College have released a cool Interactive […]

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Forbes has just released it’s annual Top 100 World’s Most Powerful Women. Can you guess who’s #1?
Who would have thought shipping your pants to an ad agency would get you an internship? Well it certainly worked for one lucky student!
It’s […]

New Hires: Sink or Swim?

Last week we wrote about a new employee’s first day on the job. But what about day 5? Day 30? 90? 6 months? 1 year?


Beyond that initial orientation, most managers throw their new hires into the deep end with a ‘sink or swim’ mentality. “You’ll pick it up as you go along” or “just ask […]

6 Things You Must Do On A New Employee’s First Day

Being the new kid on the block sucks. Everything is new – the building is new, the people are new, the culture is new. A new hire’s first day can be intimidating and overwhelming. Your job, dear supervisor, is to reduce all that confusion and anxiety as much as possible and set your new hire […]

Ask A Recruiter: Job Hunting as a New Grad

You can’t get a job without experience and you can’t get experience without a job. Ever hear that saying? For new graduates looking for that first job, those words strike fear in the hearts of the unemployed.

We’ve received a couple of emails lately from new grads asking for advice to help land that elusive first job.


Below […]

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The April employment numbers are out; Canada added 12,500 jobs last month, with gains in the manufacturing sector.
A timely reminder for job seekers to beware of online employment scams.
CareerBuilder have released a study showing the true cost of a bad hire […]

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 the […]

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CareerBuilder and EMSI released a list of the 10 Fastest-Growing Temporary Jobs in Canada.
New research shows that it only takes job seekers 50 seconds to evaluate a job posting.
Did you know there are only four jobs in the whole […]

Earth Day 2013: Going Green at the Office

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

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

The Workplace Zodiac: Understanding Collaboration [INFOGRAPHIC]

Fruitful collaboration in the office seems to happen like magic, but really it takes the right mix of individuals to enable a productive team. This infographic from Mindjet takes a look at eight common personalities in the workplace and the network of support they provide for each other.

Which member of the Workplace Zodiac are you? […]

How To Succeed In Any Job Interview [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

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