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How to Ace Behavioural Interviews

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Angela Champ on How to Ace Behavioural Interviews. If you’ve ever been in a job interview where you were asked questions that started with, “Tell me about a time when…” then you’ve experienced a behavioural interview. If you’re not used to this style of interview, [...]

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Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources

Graeme Burke, Recruitment Consultant at The Headhunters, recently had an article featured in The Manitoba Post on Artificial Intelligence in Human Resources. As Graeme discusses, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has already become ubiquitous in households around the world, with the emergence of virtual assistants and smart home technology like Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa. However, AI's impact on [...]

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Western Canada Economy: Seeing a Shift

Our Co-Founder & Chief Strategist, Cam Macmillan, shares insight on the current economic climate and job market: Our business is somewhat unique in that we see trends developing ahead of the curve. Meeting with job seekers, senior leaders, entrepreneurs and CEOs keeps the information flowing, and flowing fast. Western Canada is in a really [...]

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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 [...]

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Getting Back to Work After Parental Leave

Allison Ford, Vice President at The Headhunters, was recently interviewed for an article in Today's Parent on how to go back to work after an extended maternity leave. As a recruiter with over 20 years of experience and a mother herself, she has seen first hand how many parents who take time off from [...]

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Four Words Killing Your Chances of Hiring Top Talent

"We'll wait until Fall" Four little words. That’s all it takes to kill your chances of securing top talent. EVERYONE starts hiring in Fall: you, your competitors, your suppliers, your partners, your neighbour, your neighbour’s dog.... Ok not your neighbour’s dog. But you get the picture. Take it from us. Here's why you need [...]

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4 Reasons Why You Should be Job Hunting this Summer

Summer is a notoriously tough job hunting season, but don’t despair, we like to think of it as a great opportunity for job seekers to get ahead of the game. And here’s why: 1. Less competition. While it’s true a lot of decision-makers take holidays over the summer, it’s similarly true that job seekers [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Optimize LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Howie Outerbridge on How to Optimize LinkedIn to Build Your Personal Brand. He shared several great tips on how to use LinkedIn to its full potential! WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING Dr. Howie Outerbridge is Vice President Client Solutions of Logan HR. His background includes [...]

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Go Green & Get Productive: The Power Of Plants In The Workplace [INFOGRAPHIC]

Want to improve your employees’ levels of engagement and productivity? Take a look around and assess your office space - perhaps it needs a refresh. It has been well documented that an employee’s environment can have a significant impact on their concentration and motivation levels. One simple way to improve your décor is by [...]

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Time to Upgrade Your Skills? Here’s Our Pick of the Best Online Learning Resources

Continued learning makes for a fulfilling career and an interesting life. You will never know everything and you can never know too much; as Michelangelo famously said at 87, “I am still learning.” Whether you are looking to upgrade your skills for your current role, seeking to make a career change or simply have [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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5 Ways to Build Leadership Presence

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Lisa Martin on the topic of building leadership presence. Lisa discussed five ways to unleash your leadership confidence, influence and performance. WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING We learned a lot from Lisa during this webinar! Here are some of the key take-aways: People who possess leadership presence exude [...]

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Diversity & Inclusion in the Workplace

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Nicole McCabe on the topic of diversity and inclusion. Nicole brought excellent insight on this topic, drawing on her successes in her recent role as SAP’s Global Head of Gender Equality and her leadership of the largest EDGE certification project. WATCH WEBINAR RECORDING We learned a lot [...]

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Using LinkedIn to Stay Connected to the Job Market

Whether you’re seeking your next great employment adventure or happily employed but keeping an eye on the market for future opportunities, we cannot stress enough how important your LinkedIn profile is! LinkedIn is the largest professional network on the internet, with over 500 million members globally1 and over 12 million in Canada.2 While it might [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity

Join us for our next free webinar for employers!  May 24: How to Invest in Your People to Drive Productivity Please join us as we learn from Lori Schmidt, CEO of GO Productivity, as she discusses how to grow and optimize your business through better utilization of people and resources, including: What is productivity? How does investing [...]

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How to Terminate Employees: The Do’s and Don’ts

The Headhunters hosted a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Howie Outerbridge of Logan HR about how to terminate employees. Howie shared some excellent insight and useful tips on this topic, focusing on the 'do’s and don’ts' of conducting termination meetings. He draws on over 15 years of experience in learning, career exploration and the development of [...]

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How to Tap Into Free Money with Business Grants

The Headhunters is pleased to announce the third webinar in our Employer Webinar Series! March 29: How to Tap Into Free Money with Business Grants Please join us as we learn from Stephanie Sang, CEO of Granted Consulting, as she discusses how to develop an effective grant strategy for your business and how to be successful in applying for [...]

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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 [...]

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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: [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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CBC Interview: Preparing Young Graduates For Work

Barry Milne, VP of our MB/SK branch, was recently interviewed by the CBC about young graduates and how they can better prepare themselves for the job market. Barry's advice includes:  Seek out opportunities to gain real world experience Sharpen your communication skills Dress appropriately for work Learn what language is suitable for emails   Listen [...]

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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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5 ‘Must Read’ Articles For Job Seekers

Searching for a job is tough. Navigating the highly competitive market, staying current and keeping positive throughout the process can be overwhelming. As Recruitment Consultants, we are here to help you on your journey by sharing knowledge and advice. We read a lot of industry blogs and news articles to ensure we remain at the [...]

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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 [...]

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The Headhunters Launches Partnership With Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon

Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon helped Melia's wish to be a mermaid in Hawaii come true   We are very excited to announce the launch of our innovative partnership with Make-A-Wish® BC & Yukon. The initiative will see us donate $500 to Make-A-Wish each time we make a permanent placement in a company referred to us by Make-A-Wish [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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' 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 remote [...]

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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” [...]

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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 [...]

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Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave [INFOGRAPHIC]

Canadians: Happy At Work, Happy To Leave A new Mercer survey of Canadian workers goes a long way to cementing the idea that modern employees are a fickle bunch. It turns out that up to 59 percent of Canadians who enjoy their current job have one eye on the door. Mercer calls this an “engagement [...]

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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 [...]

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Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume

Three Ways To Celebrate Temping In Your Resume At TempsAhead and The Headhunters, we love to see temporary work experience on resumes because it tells us that the applicant likes to stay busy between permanent jobs. In other words, such candidates are hardworking and keen to develop transferable skills. However, many job seekers feel like [...]

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Work-Life Balance: Europe Vs. Canada

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

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How To Have A Big-Hearted Christmas In A Midsize Business

How To Have A Big-Hearted Christmas In A Midsize Business The backbone of Canada’s economy is made up of small and medium-sized businesses, employing ninety percent of private sector workers, and producing the majority of our nation’s GDP. No doubt, the owners of small and-medium sized businesses value their employees. But the fact remains, corporate [...]

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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 [...]

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Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work

Four Soft Skills New Graduates Should Bring To Work One 2013 survey reported that 60 percent of employers felt that new graduates lacked the soft skills to communicate effectively in the workplace. While your post-secondary qualifications will do wonders for your career, polished soft skills will boost your prospects even more. That’s why The we have [...]

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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, [...]

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Three Ways To Enhance Your Job Search Etiquette

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? Apply these three tactics to sharpen your job application [...]

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Coffee: An Employee’s Best Friend [INFOGRAPHIC]

Humourist Dave Barry once quipped, “It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” Talk to your java-inclined coworkers at 8:31 a.m. and Barry’s opinion might not be taken as a [...]

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Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank

Five Perks that Won’t Break the Bank Land a job at Google and you may never leave. From on-site physicians and nurses, to extended parental leave, to reimbursements for degree-level education, to free legal advice, to free food, to free… well, you get the picture. With tech companies, creative perks are an industry standard that [...]

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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 [...]

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Five Answers: ‘What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?’

Five Answers: 'What Would You Like To Improve About Yourself?' Some “stock” interview questions are relatively easy to prepare for and provide with you an opportunity to highlight your value as an employee. Nevertheless, as an interviewee, you should also be prepared for those stock questions that trip-up even the most qualified candidates. “What would [...]

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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 [...]

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The Relationship Between an Employer Brand and Retention

The Relationship Between an Employer Brand and Retention Job mobility has never been as fluid as it is today. With the advent of LinkedIn and other forms of networking, the 21st century has seen some of the employers’ power shift to the talent. Many companies now accept that young professionals dismiss the thought of dedicating [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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… [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

How To Master Your Memory [INFOGRAPHIC]

It seems that memory is not the essential tool it once was now that the digital age has put the world’s answers at our fingertips. You will likely agree that it is passé these days to learn vast swathes of information. That being said, it is still advantageous as an employee or manager to be able [...]

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9 Tips To Ace A One-Way Video Interview

Video interviews are becoming an increasingly popular medium for conducting interviews. They can be ran either in real time, a.k.a a live interview, or be recorded with pre-set questions asked, a.k.a a one-way interview. As virtual interviews are relatively new, they still remain a foreign concept to many job seekers. However, their usage is likely to [...]

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Don’t Let the Job Hunt Get You Down

  Your job hunt may be a long, hard road at times, especially if you are seeking a specialized position in a tough market. While true success is rarely struck upon easily, there are many ways to improve your job search, both in practical and emotional terms. Take it from some of the most iconic [...]

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

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Give Thanks To Your Employees This Thanksgiving

  Christmas-time and service anniversaries are typically when employers show that they appreciate the hard work of their employees. Often these traditional moments are expected by staff but an impromptu way to show that you value your colleagues is to mark Thanksgiving by giving thanks! As such, here are our top five tips for saying “thank you” [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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5 Of Our Favourite Online HR & Business Resources

  At TempsAhead and The Headhunters we take a keen interest in industry news and trends. We love to stay on the pulse and share knowledge with our clients. As part of our market intelligence strategy we read and subscribe to a number of HR/Business resources. Our favourites that we recommend you check out: 1. [...]

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Using Technology When Searching For A Job

  As early as 2009 reports showed that 45 percent of employers in some industries were already using Facebook to screen candidates. Since then this statistic has only increased, and now it is a common step in the recruitment process for many hiring managers. What does this mean for you as a job seeker? Well, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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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When employee turnover is a good thing

One of the most misinterpreted and distorted human resource metrics is the rate of employee turnover. There is a common misconception that if people are leaving an organization the business must be doing something wrong, people are unhappy and they need to make changes…In some cases, yes, this may be true. However, there are many [...]

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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 [...]

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The Power of Recognition [INFOGRAPHIC]

We recently wrote about employer branding and its importance when attracting employees. Another important topic closely related to this is employee recognition. Once you have managed to secure the best talent from the market you want to be sure you can keep them motivated and committed to your organization.Have you considered the cost of a disengaged employee in [...]

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Want A Job With Flex Appeal? Consider Temping

Maybe you are between jobs, you've just relocated or you are looking to expand your experience and network. Whatever your circumstance, temping can be a great option if you are looking for flexible employment. In addition, the summer months are ripe with opportunities so it is the prefect time to experience the many benefits of temping: [...]

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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 [...]

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LinkedIn Profile Must-Haves [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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Why Happiness at Work is Important [INFOGRAPHIC]

As a society we are obsessed with happiness: finding it, keeping it, measuring it and sharing it... why? Because happiness feels good and when we are happy we have better relationships, health and an overall sense of wellbeing. Happiness also has a big impact on work place performance. The infographic from Growth Engineering below, Why Happiness [...]

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How To Deal With Absenteeism This Summer

With summer coming up shortly, it’s perhaps time to address a HR problem that often arises during warmer weather: Absenteeism. Data from Statistics Canada shows that the average Canadian worker is away from work 9.3 days in a year. The estimated direct cost of absenteeism to the Canadian economy was $16.6 billion in 2012. Most businesses [...]

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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 [...]

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Workaholism Doesn’t Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

These days, workaholism is the norm. With the evolution of smartphones, cloud services and better carrier plans, employees are almost always connected. The below infographic from Cornerstone gives us a snapshot of the state of workaholism in the U.S. and the toll it's taking on employees and employers. While the stats come from the U.S., we see similar [...]

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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 [...]

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7 Signs it’s Time for a New Job

  Struggling with the daily grind? Or maybe you're stuck in a rut and you don't even know it. Below are seven signs you might need to start looking for a new job, and it's not just about lack of motivation. 1. You struggle with your workload If you’re struggling to keep up with your work, [...]

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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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How Do You Rank When It Comes to Onboarding Temps?

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

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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 [...]

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What Are Your References Saying About You?

Did you know that as many as three in five employers (62 per cent) have contacted a reference who had negative things to say about the candidate? You may think that references are just an administrative hoop to jump through, but negative references have resulted in candidates being taken out of the running and even [...]

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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. [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Brand Yourself on LinkedIn Without Sounding Like Everyone Else [INFOGRAPHIC]

Are you a motivated, creative and strategic professional? Well, apparently so are a lot of other LinkedIn users. If you're looking to spruce up your personal brand in 2015, a punchy LinkedIn profile is key. But far too many of us are filling our profiles with empty buzzwords that fail to differentiate you from the pack. [...]

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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 [...]

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Top Blog Posts of 2014

Another year comes to a close and we’re wrapping it up with our annual list of our Top 10 Blog Posts of 2014. It’s been a fun year on the blog, we’ve done some back-to-basics stories, as well as broken new ground on upcoming trends.For job seekers, interview tips continue to be our most-read articles. [...]

Happy Holidays

As 2014 draws to a close, we would like to thank you all for being part of a very memorable year. We are so thankful for all the wonderful experiences this past year and feel very fortunate to work with so many exceptional candidates and clients. In keeping with one of our core values of [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Ask A Recruiter: How to Get Promoted

An eager employee asks how to get promoted: I have been at my job for 18 months and have always been a hard-working team member and received good performance reviews. I work for a fairly large organization and it's not uncommon to receive promotions after only a year or so but my manager hasn't mentioned anything to me [...]

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How to Recruit for a Maternity Leave Replacement

According to Statistics Canada, 90% of working mothers take maternity leave, and their average leave is approximately 44 weeks (even though Canadians can receive up to 50 weeks). While the birth of a child is truly a momentous occasion, a mother on maternity leave can be disruptive for an organization that isn't prepared for her departure [...]

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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, [...]

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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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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 [...]

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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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Ask A Recruiter: Mentorship in the Workplace

In this week’s Ask A Recruiter, we look at internal mentorship programs as a low cost, yet highly beneficial way to improve retention and productivity. A manager wrote to us with this turnover dilemma: “I manage a fairly sizeable team and we’re having a real retention issue with our entry-level employees. We have a very rigorous training [...]

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5 Things that Scare Away Potential Employers

At Halloween we all like a good scare; haunted houses, gory costumes and ghost stories are all part of the fun. But when it comes to your job search, we want to make sure there’s nothing scary about it at all! Below are five things that jobs seekers often do which unintentionally scare away potential [...]

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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 [...]

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Join Us at the 2014 Productivity Summit

The Headhunters and TempsAhead are proud to be sponsors for the upcoming 2014 Productivity Summit by Productivity Alberta. The Productivity Summit is the first in what will be an annual event by Productivity Alberta, providing industry and organizations from across Alberta and Western Canada the information and inspiration they need to continue building on their productivity improvement performance. [...]

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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 [...]

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How to Avoid Employee Burnout

Employee burnout can have a deep and costly impact on a business, including reduced productivity, high turnover and, in some cases, increased safety hazards. Burnout isn’t just caused by heavy workloads; often it is a symptom of deeper organizational and managerial issues. Here are just some of the precautions you should take to avoid employee [...]

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Danielle Bragge: EY Entrepreneur of the Year 2014 Finalist

We are so excited to be cheering on our very own Danielle Bragge, Co-Founder of The Headhunters and TempsAhead, as she joins 33 fellow entrepreneurs at tomorrow nights' EY Entrepreneur of the YearTM 2014 Prairies Award. Danielle has long been a very active business and community leader; previously being named one of the Top 100 Women in Business in Edmonton and nominated [...]

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4 Tips for Making a Contract Position Permanent

Getting a temporary or contract position can be a great way to get yourself some experience in the workplace. But when your contract is coming to a close, it often leaves people in the same boat as they previously were. So how can you capitalize on contract positions and gain permanent employment? Here are a [...]

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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 [...]

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3 Ways to Gain Work Experience

You’ve just finished school and you’re starting to apply for jobs. However, every position seems to require you to have experience, but how do you get experience when no one will hire you? This is a vicious circle that traps many recent grads, and it can be very hard to get out of. Here are [...]

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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 [...]

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Getting Hired in a Digital World [INFOGRAPHIC]

Job hunting has evolved beyond the type of paper you use and the quality of your cover letter. In our digital age, recruiters and employers have more access to information about you than ever before. This infographic from Brighton School of Business and Management walks through the state of digital recruitment today and what you can do [...]

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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 [...]

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Why Comic Sans Can Prevent You from Getting Hired: A List of Little Known Resume Mistakes

When someone is reviewing your resume, you only have a few short seconds to make a positive impression. In this time, you should effectively do everything within your power to captivate your reader, which doesn't include any of the following common but little known resume mistakes. Weird or Small Fonts Even though Comic Sans or Papyrus [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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. [...]

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Top 10 Jobs of the Future [INFOGRAPHIC]

Mirror, mirror on the wall, what career should I pursue in the Fall?  For students contemplating their career prospects, Collegeatlas.org has released an infographic on the top 10 jobs of 2022. While many jobs listed are already experiencing hot growth, others may surprise you (Veterinarians?!). When it comes to picking what career path you should head down, [...]

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6 Tips for Improving Workplace Culture

Poor workplace culture leads to low morale among employees, loss of productive employees and high turnover. All these things ultimately lead to low profits. If your company isn’t experiencing the right level of workplace culture, you’re not alone. Every Canadian company experiences poor workplace culture at one time or another. The key is doing what [...]

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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 [...]

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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.  [...]

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Changing Careers in Your 30s and 40s

One of the more difficult things any of us has to do in our lives is choose a career. When we were at school we were much younger and not necessarily sure what it is that most inspires us. Parents and teachers may have told us things to push us in one direction or another [...]

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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, [...]

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