Recruitment Advice


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 […]

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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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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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 already in […]

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 and list […]

Ask A Recruiter: Following Up After An Interview

A job seeker asks about following up after an interview: 

I don’t know what to think of this and whether I should follow up –

I had an interview last Wednesday for a job and it seemed to go well. It went for about 50 minutes, I had great rapport with the interviewer and I think […]

Following the Right Road to Talent [INFOGRAPHIC]

In recruiting, as with everything, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. So which path does your hiring process follow?

Are you puzzled by your lack of applicants? Do you find they’re dropping off like flies during the process? Perhaps it’s time to review your recruiting practices to see if it truly […]

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: How should I dress for an interview?

A job seeker asks about what to wear to an interview –


I currently work in a very casual dress workplace (think jeans and a t-shirt). I’m about to interview for a more traditional ‘corporate’ workplace and not sure what to wear. What would you consider appropriate business interview attire for a woman? Should I wear […]

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 really […]

13 Employee Referral New Year’s Resolutions for 2013 [INFOGRAPHIC]

The new year means lots of New Year’s Resolutions. As a busy employer it’s easy to have your focus drawn away from recruitment and referrals. The team over at Zao  have put together 13 simple resolutions for employee referral to help you build stronger teams for 2013.

If you want help building a stellar lineup for […]

Top 10 Most-Read Job Seeker Blog Posts of 2012

It’s been a big year for The Headhunters Blog and we’re taking a look back at some of the most popular posts of 2012. We’ve been happily doling out advice and tips on everything from how to sanitize your social media presence to what’s the best sport for networking.


But topping the list this year (and riding on […]

Ask A Recruiter: How do you detect if a candidate is over-selling themself?

A hiring manager writes:

One issue that we are having is people we interview over-selling themselves.  Our last two hires both had a number of issues.

One came from an agency (not yours) and said that she could handle a project from beginning to end.  She was an intermediate at best and we let her go. 

One came […]

Should You Make A Counter Offer When An Employee Resigns?

Your star performer walks in the door and places their resignation on your desk. Before you freak out and throw the moon at them to stay, stop and ask yourself these three key questions.


Why Do You Want Them To Stay?

Ok, you’ve fended off initial panic. So what really are you afraid of if this employee […]

Six Methods To Create Amazing Job Descriptions That Work

Having a sloppy generic job description is really just bait for hundreds of unwanted resumes. In this competitive employer market where hiring managers are fighting for those few top performers, having a winning job description can be key to luring in the cream of the crop. So before you copy and paste that old template from […]

9 Recruitment Mistakes Made By Hiring Managers

As recruitment consultants we are involved in an ongoing recruitment process year-round. But for hiring managers, recruiting is but a small slice of their large, overflowing pie of duties. We’ve listed 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 […]

Recruiter Secrets: Profile of the Perfect Interviewee

As recruiters, we have a laundry list of traits we look for in top candidates during an interview. Most of it is determined by the candidate before they even step through our doors.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know what we’re really critiquing you on when we meet face-to-face? Well, today is your lucky day. We […]

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.


Take a […]

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 or […]