The Most Important Performance Review You Will Ever Complete

January 27, 2016

It is already the last week in January and the new members at the gym are starting to disappear. The annual collapse of New Year’s resolutions has begun and it’s almost back to business as usual. For some, resolutions consist of health or personal goals, whereas for others it may be more related to professional…

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Accepting a Counter Offer

January 8, 2016

So you’ve spent the last several weeks returning calls from the office hallways, conducting early morning Skype interviews from home and sneaking through the back entrance of your competitor’s offices. Finally, the covert conversations with your potential new employer have paid off. You have been presented with an offer and you are delighted. You walk…

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Experience is Overrated

November 24, 2015

Interview rooms everywhere are filled with eager recruiters and hiring managers screening an “ideal candidate” with the perfect amount of experience for their role. You know, the been-there-done-that individual that comes from the same industry and has the identical job title. Recruiters have always put a lot of stock into candidates who come from desirable…


Stay Engaged With Your Top Performers

November 10, 2015

When is the best time to find out what your company can do to keep high-performing employees from leaving? It isn’t during the exit interview – by then, it’s already too late. The new offer has been accepted, resignation notice given and the personal contents box already packed. Now is not the time to start…

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The Lesser Known Benefits of Employer Sponsored Volunteering

October 29, 2015

Organizations that support and empower their employees’ volunteer efforts generally have lower turnover rates and higher corporate returns.  We know that volunteering makes people feel good and can make the world a better place, but how exactly does this translate into a positive impact for a business? To understand the business impacts, often we need…

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The “Truth-Serum” Interview Question

October 16, 2015

How to Extract a True Portrait of a Candidate The old adage that “People are hired for their skills and fired for their behavior” is not about to be dismissed anytime soon. Poor-behaving executives are being sent packing simply by exhibiting attitudes and behavioral patterns that are toxic to the organization, regardless of their ability…

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Unleashing the Collective Potential of Diverse Teams in the Workplace

September 30, 2015

I recently had the opportunity to attend a KidSport charity event with some of my colleagues. During the evening, we watched a few short videos featuring people who benefit from the program here in Saskatchewan.  In one testimonial video, a young girl was asked what she enjoys most about being involved in organized sport.  She…

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The Interview: How to position yourself for success

August 25, 2015

One of the most common questions that I get asked by candidates is, “What does a successful interview look like?” As a Search Manager, I spend a significant amount of time preparing my candidates for that first interaction with my clients. In order to understand what it takes to have a successful interview and first…

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Stakeholder Engagement and the Recruitment Process

July 23, 2015

Stakeholder management, consultation and engagement have become increasingly prevalent in the business community as more and more corporations and industries recognize the value of these interactions. Not only is stakeholder consultation a vital component of corporate social responsibility, but businesses that engage with and listen to the needs of their stakeholders consistently out-perform their peers….

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Job hunting during an economic slump can be a strategic career move

June 24, 2015

Everyone has heard the old adage when it comes to employers making changes in their workforce – last in, first out. Unfortunately, this saying has permeated people’s beliefs leading many to use it as a reason to avoid making a career move. This thought is particularly dominant during an economic downturn, where people frequently put…


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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