Recruitment Advice

9 Recruitment Mistakes Made By Hiring Managers

As Recruitment Consultants, we focus on recruiting every single day. But for hiring managers, recruiting is a small slice of their large, overflowing pie of duties. Here are 9 recruitment mistakes made by hiring managers that can cost them top talent. Make sure you’re not falling into these common traps! 1. Asking for two positions [...]

Onboarding Tips for Effective New Hires

Recruitment Consultant Graeme Burke was recently interviewed for an article with the Manitoba Post about onboarding tips for increasing the effectiveness of news hires. As Graeme explains, having an effective onboarding strategy helps to smooth a hire's transition into their new work environment, setting them up to excel in their role. In the article, he [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

Rural Recruiting

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently interviewed for a Workopolis article on how to recruit in rural areas. The Headhunters has extensive experience in rural recruitment, helping companies source top candidates in communities where the talent pool is smaller. In this article, Danielle discusses six ways to successfully recruit in rural areas: Look [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

On the Hunt: Why Companies Hire Recruiters

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently included in an article in Business in Edmonton about head hunting, along with Lori Schmidt and Tom Lieu from GO Productivity, one of our close partners. "Head hunting" is the practice of professionally recruiting an employee. Recruitment agencies like The Headhunters specialize in connecting employers and employees [...]

Avoiding Unconscious Bias When Hiring

Danielle Bragge, our Vice President and Co-Founder, was recently included in an article by TalentClick about unconscious bias—specifically, how it impacts the recruitment process and how to avoid it. Unconscious bias is our deep-seated prejudice about others. It can be positive or negative, influencing our everyday decisions, usually without us realizing it. As Danielle [...]

Alleviate Holiday & Year-End Stress with Temporary Staff

It's no secret that business gets busy during the holiday season, and that year end can be a stressful time! Temporary staffing is a great option when your team needs a little extra support for certain pockets of the year. 1) Free up your permanent staff to focus on core business activities A temporary staff member will [...]

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 [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

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|

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 [...]

Seeking A Stress-Free Summer? We Have The Solution

Summer has arrived. No doubt, there is a buzz around your office as your colleagues are discussing long weekend plans, where they are going on vacation and how they will manage child care over the period. Meanwhile, that buzz is manifesting itself as stress for you as you contemplate how you are going to keep [...]

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 [...]

Interviews: How To Manage Them

Interviews: How To Manage Them Most job seekers on the market ensure that they are well-prepared for job interviews and the same ought to be true of those conducting the interviews. Many managers are expected to lead the hiring process, so knowing the basics of interviewing best practices is useful. By keeping such essentials in mind, even inexperienced [...]

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 [...]

How To Onboard Temporary Employees

How To Onboard Temporary Employees Often temporary employees are sourced ahead of time for assignments such as maternity leave coverage or vacations. In such instances, the onboarding of the temp is a pre-planned process. Often, however, a temporary worker is hired at short notice due to unforeseen circumstances, like a permanent employee falling ill. Unfortunately, [...]

By |Recruitment Advice|

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 [...]

Strategic Planning: How Temporary Employees Can Boost Your 2016 (Part 2)

To complement our recent article on the value that temporary employees add to strategic planning, we would like to share some of the highlights of Martin Reeves’s recent Ted Talks presentation, ‘Your strategy needs a strategy.’   Martin is the leading figure at the The Strategy Institute, a division of the Boston Consulting Group, which [...]

Strategic Planning: How Temporary Employees Can Boost Your 2016 (Part 1)

Companies that rely on temporary workers solely for “firefighting” scenarios often find that by the time one fire has been put out, another one is just flaring-up. Perhaps a permanent employee has quit, fallen ill, or experienced a family emergency. Perhaps a new contract has been won or an opportunity lost. Whatever the scenario, temporary [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Is Your Hiring Process a Turn-Off?  

We often compare the recruitment process to dating. Two parties, testing the waters, seeing if they should commit to something more long-term. But what happens when things turn sour? The dream date, your favourite candidate, decides to take themselves out of the running. What did you do wrong? Why did they ditch you when you [...]

Using “Temporary to Hire” to Reduce Hiring Risk

Employers and contractors alike commonly view temporary employment as a dress rehearsal, or test drive of a job, before a decision to hire or not hire is made. More and more companies are using temp-to-hire, or “temp-to-perm” services to find great personnel. An effective temporary to hire strategy can provide employers with:  Immediate access to skilled contract workers Flexible, quick-learning and adaptable candidates Thoroughly [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

Over the past few months the TempsAhead team has been seeing a big shift in the market. With the unemployment rate decreasing, more and more quality candidates are being snapped up at a much quicker speed. In temporary recruitment, mere minutes of delay can mean losing your top choices to competitors. But it’s not just temporary [...]

The Math of Sales Recruiting

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

Why You Need a Razor Sharp Talent Acquisition Strategy

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

Screen for Employee Retention Potential During a Candidate Interview

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

How to Make the Most of Social Recruiting

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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

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

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

7 Social Recruiting Sins

A survey by Jobvite found that 94% of companies were already using, or plan to use, social recruiting in 2013. So, if you’re not using social media for recruitment, you definitely should put it on the “to-do” list because your competitors are there already.   But before you start tweeting, pinning and instagraming (or even [...]

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: [...]

What Employees Want

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

Ask A Recruiter: Chronological vs Functional Resume Formats

A job seeker wrote in asking about chronological vs functional resume formats:  As I've been looking for work for just over 6 months now, I am at the point where I'm considering changing the format of my resume from the traditional chronological format to a functional format. I'd like to highlight my experience and accomplishments first [...]

Ask A Recruiter: Answering the Salary Question

A job seeker asks us how to answer the most dreaded interview question: I have read so much conflicting advice about how to answer the most dreaded interview question – “What salary are you looking for?” Some people suggest avoid saying anything at all until the interviewer says a number first but that seems quite [...]

Ask A Recruiter: Are Reference Checks Worthwhile?

A hiring manager asks us about reference checking: I don’t really see the point in conducting reference checks. From the reference checks I’ve conducted they’ve provided a good reference but the candidate hasn’t performed as expected, leaving me to wonder if the reference was lying or even real. So, my questions is, are reference checks [...]

Ask A Recruiter: How do I rescue my resume?

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

Are you On Board with Onboarding?

After spending lots of time and resources on the hiring process, many companies then make the big mistake of neglecting their onboarding process. Accepting the offer to join a company is a big decision for any new employee and the first 3 to 6 months are the most critical for new hire success. This is when [...]

Top 3 Resume Lies

In a competitive job market, employers are increasingly finding candidates lying on their resume. In the recent HireRight Employment Screening Benchmarking Report (2012), 70 percent of respondents reported that they have uncovered a falsehood on an applicant’s resume. The frequency of lying demonstrates just how far some applicants will go to land a job.   [...]

How to Woo a Baby Boomer

We are in an ageing population. This issue was hot a few years ago but appeared to wane during the recession. Now as the economy recovers, employers are again turning to face this looming problem. A recent article noted that “There’s only one worker aged 25 to 34 years old for every three workers 55 [...]