Contemplating the Counter Offer – Tips for Employees

There comes a time in everyone’s working life when they feel the need to explore opportunities outside of their current employer.  Whatever the catalyst for deciding to interview with potential employers,  there is a likelihood at some point that a job offer will be the result; the ensuing resignation and dealing with what may come back from a current employer can be the source of great stress and confusion.

Contemplating the Counter Offer – Tips for Employers

My parents and grandparents’ generation used the term ‘A Job for Life’ with abundance, it was the norm throughout their working lives, yet today it is a concept seldom mentioned. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics the average Canadian changes jobs 10-15 times during their lifetime, which equates to an average tenure of 4.2 years in any one role over the course of a working lifespan, and recent trends show the longevity between employer is on the decline!

Preparing for Panel Style Interviews

Panel style interviews are common for first interviews in the public and not for profit sectors. In a panel style interview, a group of three or more panel members will ask a candidate pre-set questions and will often ‘score’ the responses to allow them to compare candidates as part of making a selection decision.

Preparing for Skype Interviews

Consistent with our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint, we are increasingly using Skype and other electronic media to interview and interact with candidates from across the country and around the globe. These interview mediums are increasingly utilized by both public and private sector organizations, and are frequently seen as a more effective way to establish rapport and measure a candidate’s “fit” with an organization than phone or email interviews.

Preparing for Behavioral or Experience Based Interviews

Past performance is a strong predictor of future  performance. This is why many interviews use behavioural or experience based question formats. Behavioural or experience based questions ask candidates to share examples of situations where they have demonstrated skills, competencies or capabilities critical to success.

The Rise of the Blended Workforce: Tips for High Performance Teams

The global marketplace, with its ever accelerating pace of change and thirst for innovation, demands an agile workforce. Employers need to acquire project specific, specialized skills or increase capacity periodically while still managing costs. The ‘gig economy’ is booming as a growing number of professionals and organizations embrace contract work arrangements. Conservative estimates suggest that 25% of the global workforce will soon be categorized as “contingent workers” employed through a contract or other temporary work arrangement.

How soon is too soon to talk compensation?

Interviews are an integral part of your career progression. Whether an interview appears as a promotion discussion with your current boss, an introductory chat with a new company, or a formal panel interview, the aim is to gather information to guide decision making.

Contract Employees: More than a Bandage Solution

One of the most interesting trends of recent years has been the growth of contract work in North America. Fueled by restructurings, downsizing, retirements and individuals re-entering the market after an extended stay at home, estimates suggest that up to 25 percent of the global workforce will eventually be working on a contract basis.

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: