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Shake It: The Art of a Great Handshake

November 16, 2016

It is said that the practice of shaking hands originated in ancient times to show that you wished for a peaceful interaction and held no weapons in your hands.  Whatever the basis, the handshake has become one of few acceptable forms of physical contact between strangers, and leaves a lasting impression. As someone who shakes…

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Your Interview Experience: What Can You Control?

October 6, 2016

Throughout the course of my career, I have had the good fortune of being interviewed by several employers, all with varying styles, techniques and platforms for their interview process. I have come across everything from rigid and structured interviews, where the interviewer drills down purely to technical competence, to a wide open format, where the…

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Recruiting for Potential: The Value of Story

September 19, 2016

“Tell us your story”.  As recruiters, this is often our lead question. It gives candidates an open forum to walk us through how they’ve progressed throughout their careers. Typically, their resume speaks for itself. Many candidates have experience based on sequential positions and have gradually progressed through a traditional career path. However, in a growing…

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Back to Business: Capitalizing on the Energy of the Fall Season

August 25, 2016

In our most recent e-newsletter Engaging in Leadership, we discuss the importance of organizations harnessing the energy of the new season as they get “back to business” this fall. But what about the individuals? For any professional, this is a great time to check in on your career progression. Whether your organization offers a formal…

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Become a LinkedIn Guru in Only Minutes a Day

July 7, 2016

Do you have a LinkedIn profile? If so, when was the last time that you updated it or even logged on for that matter? Even if you do log in from time to time are you truly utilizing the site to its fullest? I know that some people out there still challenge the relevance of…

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10 Considerations When Writing Your Resume

May 27, 2016

Let’s face it, nobody likes writing resumes, and unless you are in the world of recruitment, you probably don’t like reading them either. However, the truth is resumes are a necessary evil and fall into the category of other necessary, but undesirable tasks of life, such as taxes, insurance, or even the dreaded dentist. Regardless…

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Executive Search – The Canadian Difference

May 24, 2016

As a fourth year university student, I have been fortunate to gain exposure to the search industry by working at Conroy Ross Partners for the past 12 months. As part of my schooling, I had the opportunity to take a course that gave me the freedom to explore an industry that was of interest to…

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First Impressions

May 5, 2016

Do you ever wonder how a good or a bad day begins? At what point do you determine if it is going to be a good day or bad day?  Can the people we meet affect our day?  Can a simple smile do the trick? I never realized the impact that I could have on…

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Career Change – Why Wait?

April 19, 2016

How many of you know someone who is unhappy in their job or career? Likely, the majority of you know several people. In fact, you might even be one of these people! Almost five years ago, at 45 years old, I decided to leave the world of accounting to become a recruiter. Why you ask?…

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Compensation – When Does It Make Sense To Take a Step Backward?

March 8, 2016

Can you think of a situation in which you would consider taking a step back in compensation? Can it ever be a long-term, strategic career move?  Most people in Talent Acquisition will probably say that it is never a good idea, but I take another view.  In certain circumstances, it can actually be the best…

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Acquisition Annoucement

Optimum Talent Announces the Acquisition of Conroy Ross Partners

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Shake It: The Art of a Great Handshake

It is said that the practice of shaking hands originated in ancient times to show that you wished for a peaceful interaction and held no weapons in your hands.  Whatever the basis, the handshake has become one of few acceptable forms of physical contact between strangers, and leaves a lasting impression. As someone who shakes…

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