Manager or Leader – which one are you?

We are constantly bombarded with advice on how to be a better manager or leader. Expert opinions abound; thousands of books, articles, blogs, and TED Talks have been dedicated to management and leadership, and the terms are often used interchangeably. The job market routinely showcases management positions that require the incumbent to lead a group or department. Not surprisingly, many young aspiring leaders actively seek management roles with the belief that a title can provide the credibility they need to make an impact in the business world.

Contract Employment: A Calculated Risk worth Taking

Have you ever considered taking on a contract position, only to hesitate over how it might impact your career? The reality is many contract opportunities available today carry far more pros than cons, tipping the scales in favour of career progress.

In our experience, there are four key reasons why many professionals are increasingly opting for contract work:

A Recruiter’s Perspective on Our Immigration Challenge

Immigration has been talked about a lot lately. It has been cited as a vital ingredient to long-term prosperity in Atlantic Canada in the face of our aging population and shrinking workforce. According to theIvany Report, Nova Scotia is projected to have 100,000 fewer working age people by 2036 than we did in 2010. That’s nearly a 20% decline in our labour pool. Clearly, a successful immigration program is no longer “nice-to-have”, it’s a must.

What is Employer Brand and Why Does it Matter?

Like it or not, every company has a brand. In the traditional marketing sense, a brand is what differentiates one good, product or service from another. A name, design and reputation all shape a brand’s image and the public’s understanding of the value proposition. Similarly, employer brand is the look, feel, and reputation of an employer and it is what current and prospective employees use to evaluate whether or not your company is an attractive place to work. Often, employer brand goes hand-in-hand with consumer brand - but not always.

When it comes to networking, it is all about being connected.

Your next career move could be a connection away. To get you started, here are our top 10 favourite networking tips:

Tackling the Challenges of Rural Recruitment

In Atlantic Canada, a hot topic amongst employers is the difficulty organizations have attracting and retaining top talent. If your business is located in a rural area, that challenge is felt even more acutely. Many of our clients with operations in rural areas site attracting top talent to be there number one challenge.

Career Advice for the iPod Generation

Like most people, I’m amazed at the pace of innovation. Technology has become so available to us that we increasingly take it for granted. Flat screen TVs are a fraction of the cost they once were. The result is they have become ubiquitous in our daily lives. High powered tablets and smart phones are at our finger tips with all their latest bells and whistles. We upgrade our “device of choice” so often the relative value of new technology lessens with each passing day.

How to get a Job

Intrigued? I knew that title would grab you. If only it were that simple, that one could follow steps A through to Z and get a job. I will admit that it is a tough economy – there aren’t as many jobs as there are people. That is a reality that may never improve, however there are a few common themes that I have observed from candidates who have successfully landed a great opportunity. Obviously timing and experience play a factor, however here are three tips to get you pointed in the right direction.  

Reverse Networking

In the second installment of my three part series on Networking, I’d like to highlight the tips and advice of District 13 Councillor, Matt Whitman. Matt practices his own unique approach to networking which he calls “Reverse Networking.” The premise of this concept is promoting others rather than promoting oneself.  Matt has had great success in connecting people, which in turn has helped him to create a positive profile and grow his professional and personal network.

Networking 101: Making Impressions

This past month, I had the opportunity to attend a very interesting event put on by FUSION Halifax. It was a professional development session on the topic of networking. Personally, I find that the term “Networking” is overused and misunderstood. The session highlighted the experience and opinions of three industry leaders in our community. They each shared their approach and clarified misconceptions on the art of “connecting with confidence.” Over the next three blogs, I would like to discuss those opinions and share their advice.