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Reduce Stress & Improve Employee Wellness with Mindfulness

The Headhunters is excited to introduce the second webinar in our new Employer Webinar Series! February 15: How to Reduce Stress & Improve Employee Wellness with Mindfulness Please join us as we learn from MindWell-U’s Co-Founder & Chief Training Officer, Dr. Geoff Soloway, as he explains what mindfulness is, the impact it has on employee stress, resilience, health and performance [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Ask A Recruiter: Succession Planning

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

Alberta Fires Appeal: How You Can Help

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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” [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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Body Language To Improve Your Interviews

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

Three Ways To Enhance Your Job Search Ettiquette

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

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

Trick or Treat? Employees’ Halloween Celebrations Gone Wrong

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

How to Close the Skills Gap with Employee Cross-Training

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

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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How To Gather Feedback From An Exiting Employee

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

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

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

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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Five Phone Interview Tips for Employers

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

5 Tips for Better Resume Screening

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]

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

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

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

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

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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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 [...]

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 [...]

Why You Need a Razor Sharp Talent Acquisition Strategy

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

Screen for Employee Retention Potential During a Candidate Interview

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

How to Make the Most of Social Recruiting

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

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

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

Why Talent Assessment is a Crucial Part of the Hiring Process

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

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

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

5 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 [...]

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 [...]

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What You Need to Know About Recruitment Agencies in Canada

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

The Cost of Recruiting New Employees

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

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. [...]

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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 [...]

13 Resume Do’s and Dont’s

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

Key Takeaways from the Winnipeg Leadership Panel

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

No Degree? Some Jobs to Consider..

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

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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 [...]

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.   [...]

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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 [...]

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 [...]

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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4 Holiday Hiring Secrets

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

Recommended Reads for Leadership

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

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Top Stories of the Week

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

How to Optimize Recruitment for Mobile [INFOGRAPHIC]

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

How to Interview like Google

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

Top Stories of the Week

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

The Glowing Introduction Technique for Networking

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

Asking Your Company to Pay for Training

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