Category Archives: Intelligence


THE SMB RECRUITING CHALLENGE

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Nov 2015

THE SMB RECRUITING CHALLENGE



Are you in a Small or Medium-Sized Business?  Do you find it difficult to attract great Financial talent?  If so, trust me, YOU’RE NOT ALONE!  It’s just plain hard to compete with brand name multinationals with vast pools of Recruiting resources (people & funds). No doubt, the cheapest way to source great talent is through personal and social networks, and it is an avenue that should be given priority.  But then what?? Tools can only take the process so far.  You inevitably need resources to execute on a…

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Emphasize Your Accomplishments (Part 2)

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May 2015

Emphasize Your Accomplishments (Part 2)



  OK, so the accomplishments on your resume have gotten you a meeting/interview with a potentially great employer. Now what? Time to take it up a notch. Time to clearly articulate how your accomplishments can specifically help the person/company you are meeting with. Make them feel like they HAVE to hire you and not simply want to. In any face-to-face meeting it is very important to show some humility. Nobody likes a Know-it-all. But you must show confidence and pride in what you’ve accomplished. Otherwise,…

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Emphasize Your Accomplishments (Part 1)

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Apr 2015

Emphasize Your Accomplishments (Part 1)



In today’s hyper-competitive job market, the challenge of distinguishing yourself is becoming increasingly important. First impressions mean EVERYTHING! Potential employers don’t have the time or tolerance level that they had in the good old days. So….how do you stand-out? Your first tool is of course, the resume. Traditional resumes list what a person has done and can do. But you need to ask yourself the question “what were the results?” and “what did I accomplish?” Recruiters and potential employers love seeing concrete accomplishments. Some simple…

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Dollars and Sense. Money is not the only motivator.

18

Mar 2015

Dollars and Sense. Money is not the only motivator.



Use these top five proven perks to attract hires – helping you go beyond the bonus, to not only recruit the best talent, but create a loyal and productive workforce.  Let’s face it, attracting great people to organizations is becoming more challenging and complicated. The days of just salary and bonuses are over! It’s not just about the money anymore, and if you come across a potential hire that says “it is”, I’d seriously question their motivations. Technology has given employers the opportunity to be…

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It’s Time to Unshackle SMBs in their Quest for Financial Talent

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Jan 2015

It’s Time to Unshackle SMBs in their Quest for Financial Talent



Removing upfront recruitment agency costs helps smaller organizations to compete with their larger counterparts. The talent pool is shrinking. Peruse any Canadian skills shortage list and you’ll find Finance and Accounting roles rooted squarely in the top five. Already intense competition for top financial talent is being exacerbated by the vacuum left by retiring boomers (in 2015, the government estimates that almost half of the Canadian workforce will be between the ages of 45 and 64), with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business now citing…

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17

Jan 2015

Retention is a Two-Way Street



Employee retention is most often an issue from an employer perspective. Companies are always looking for ways to increase their retention rates and avoid the high costs of employee turnover. But without those employees expressing what they really need and desire, the employer is left guessing as to what may or may not work for them. Statistics consistently show that one of the main reasons for employee turnover is a poor Manager/Employee dynamic. People leave supervisors and managers more often than they leave jobs or…

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Mannequins Vs Marketability

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Jan 2015

Mannequins Vs Marketability



Whilst we don’t like to compare finance professionals to commodities, our experience has shown that the successful ones (whether they are looking for employment or promotion) are always striving to find ways to make themselves more marketable. Implementing the right steps to help them rise above the crowd – to stand out in the workplace shop window. Most of the time we know the things that should be done, but it never hurts to have a checklist of pointers that will help you to differentiate…

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