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When Businesses Need to Use Recruitment Companies

Recruitment Companies

Finding and screening experienced and talented candidates from scratch is a very grueling experience. This is because the process can potentially take up hundreds of hours of time. Researching, contacting potential candidates, and persuading candidates to consider your opportunity really adds up. Good news: these are all the primary functions and skills of professional recruitment companies. There are many reasons why companies may need to turn to a recruitment agency, and here are our three overarching categories:

Confidentiality is Needed

Many business deal with sensitive situations when it comes to staffing changes. An example of this is when an employee is underperforming. When this occurs, it’s better for the search and selection process to be done off-site. This keeps the situation confidential and professional, and will facilitate the exchange with a minimal amount of disruption. Furthermore, when dealing with company structure changes that aren’t yet public knowledge, turning to recruitment companies is the best strategy. This is because they help you begin the hiring process without disrupting office workflow.

Lack of Resources

Some businesses don’t have an internal HR team. If this is the case, it can become very difficult to manage the hiring process effectively. This also goes for when you are hiring in a brand new jurisdiction. When your company is expanding, you’ll be dealing with an entirely new pool of applicants. Local recruitment companies will manage the search and selection process for you. This choice ensures you are not missing anything, from compensation variances to perk expectations.

Recruitment Companies Have Experience and Expertise

Recruitment companies are a great source of second opinions. If you have a candidate in mind, they can help reaffirm your decision. This also goes for when you need to narrow down your selection from a small group. Recruitment companies will work with you to review all of the potential candidates that you are considering. Furthermore, they’ll be able to help you select the perfect new recruit for the job. Another reason companies turn to recruitment companies is due to previous non-success. This means that maybe your business has previously tried to fill a specific role, but the candidate didn’t quite work out. When the need arises again, perhaps it’s better to turn to a recruiter from the beginning.

If you find yourself in any of the above situations, or would like a second opinion, contact us. We’re always ready to help out with any and all staffing and recruitment needs.

 

Platinum Personnel – November 2018

 

How to Jump-Start Your Executive Career in Kelowna

Kelowna Recruiter

The path to becoming an executive isn’t an easy one. You need to have a proven track record and the drive to succeed. But even if you have those things, finding a place to start your executive career search can be intimidating. Especially, if you are new to the Okanagan area.

If you’re ready for the next step in your career and want to zero in on an executive role, use the following strategies to kick off your job search:

Research

Do the groundwork on the industry you’re trying to break into. Investigate any companies you might apply to. If you’re aiming for an executive role, you only want to focus on companies whose mission and values align with your own.

Know your selling points

You need to identify what your advantage is over other the candidates who are applying for executive roles. Not only that, you need to be able to succinctly communicate your strengths and be able to give examples of your professional accomplishments.

Stay Current

Give yourself an edge over the competition by being well-versed in the latest industry news in Kelowna. Subscribe to a few newsletters, follow the top industry leaders on social media to find a pulse on what’s trending. Making an effort to stay current can help you gain experience and identify new opportunities more easily.

Overhaul your social media profiles

It’s imperative that your professionalism extends to your social media profiles. You could do everything else right, but if a prospective employer looks you up on Facebook and finds old college pictures of you partying with your friends, you’re not likely to get the job.

 

Keep in mind that LinkedIn is the preferred tool for recruiters to find candidates and referrals, so get an account if you don’t’ have one already. Be thorough when completing your profile so that recruiters and employers can get a clear idea of your experience and strengths.

Network

Networking is an especially important skill for the aspiring executive. Building and maintaining your network will help you integrate yourself within the industry and open up the potential for new opportunities. If you’re new to the Kelowna area, go to local industry events or use a service like meetup.com. Keep in mind that networking should be mutually beneficial, so make a point of helping those you network with in any way you can. They will be eager to return the favour when the opportunity arises!

Work with a Recruiter

Among those in your network should be a recruiter. At Platinum Personnel, we know the Kelowna job market, and our comprehensive skill-evaluation system can help match you with the perfect executive job.

How to Deal with a Difficult Employee

difficult employee

There’s no such thing as the perfect employee. For that matter, there’s no such thing as the perfect employer. We’re all human, and we all make mistakes. 

But if you have a difficult employee, whose behaviour is continually affecting the business, you have a problem. Whether the issue is related to work ethic, attitude, punctuality, or competence, the following checklist can help you handle even the most difficult employees.

Address problems early

The longer you leave a problem, the more difficult it will be for you to address it. Don’t silently stew for months if they are arriving twenty minutes late for work nearly every day. If you let the behaviour continue, they will simply assume that it is okay with you.

As soon as you notice a pattern or behaviour that is causing problems, address it with them immediately to nip it in the bud. Make sure they are clear on company policies, and then be consistent in enforcing those policies to prevent any relapse into old habits.

Listen to them

Before you can help a difficult employee who is displaying a problem, you need to fully understand the reason behind it. Ask them why they think the problem is occurring, and then listen carefully to their response. They may reveal an underlying problem that you previously knew nothing about.

For example, if they are missing deadlines, it is easy for a manager to assume that the employee is not managing their time well. But perhaps they are struggling with excess workload or have some other valid obstacle that is preventing them from performing as expected.

At the very least, listening to your employee can help them understand that you want to help them succeed. It’s a step to show that you’re trying to work with them, not against them.

Provide Actionable Feedback

Depending on the issue, employee may not realize they’re doing something wrong, or know how to fix it on their own. Provide constructive feedback that the employee can act upon. Set a date to follow up with the employee to review with them how well they followed through on your direction. Always do this in a one-on-one setting, not on the floor in front of other colleagues.

Document All Reprimands

Even if it’s the first time you’re addressing an issue with an employee, make sure you document all reprimands and write-ups from the start and keep them in a file for that employee. It sounds harsh, but if it ever gets to the point where you need to fire them, having the documents to prove that the discussions happened can facilitate the termination without risking legal trouble down the road.

Be Transparent About the Consequences

Although there’s nothing wrong with being diplomatic when you’re addressing problems with employees, make sure they understand what the consequences are if they fail to improve.  If it ever gets to the point where you need to fire an employee, it should come as no surprise to them.

Conclusion

Handling difficult employees is one of the toughest parts of being a manager. But if you do the best you can to rectify the issues and follow through on a predetermined process, you will always do what’s right for both the employee and the business.

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6 Tips for Your First Time Hiring

hiring first employee

On paper, finding and hiring an employee seems like a simple enough task: Find a resume that showcases the qualities you’re looking for, bring that person in to meet them, and offer them a job.

But as a lot of new Managers quickly realize, hiring new help is much harder than it looks. Trying to find qualified resumes in a sea of applications can be like finding a needle in a haystack, and spending a few short interview sessions with person is not much to go on when hiring someone to spend so much time with you and your team.

But there are ways to make finding and hiring the right candidate easier. Try these six strategies to help you find and hire your first employee:

Know the Role You’re Hiring For

Put together a detailed job description of the role you are hiring for. If you aren’t involved in those day-to-day activities, enlist the help of someone in that department or who has a role similar to the one you’re hiring for. Make notes on what previous experience or level of education is required. This will help you create a detailed job listing that will attract the right candidates.

Determine Missing Attributes that will Make Your Team Better

Take a hard look at your department and identify the skills you wish your team had more of. Or alternately, what skills or attributes aren’t working in your group. Could you use more employees with critical-thinking skills? Someone with more years experience under their belt? Target the attributes that you believe are most important and use them as a reference point for how suitable a candidate is for the role.

Set Aside Time to Review Resumes

It’s tempting to skim resumes briefly on your computer in attempt to rush through them, but you could miss the best candidates if you don’t take your time. Print off the resumes and set aside a predetermined time in your day to go through them one by one. Expect to spend a considerable amount of time doing this; a job opening can easily yield 75 or more resumes.

Prepare Interview Questions in Advance

Bring in a list of standard questions to each interview to make sure you don’t forget to cover something important. When a candidate is highlighting their best attributes, ask them for examples of how they demonstrated those attributes.

Conduct Second Interviews

It’s difficult to get a firm grasp on how well someone will perform after one short interview. Even if the candidate made a stellar first impression, it’s good practice to have them back for a second interview. Use the second interview to introduce them to other members of the team they’d be working with. The feedback and alternate perspective provided by your team can help you make the final call.

Always do Reference Checks

These days, references are not often included on a candidates resume, but they should always be available upon request. Follow up with your candidates’ references to check facts and get a feel for their character. It’s a good idea to ask references for information as to why a candidate left their last position.

Conclusion

Finding and hiring first employee properly can be a painstaking task to say the least. If time is a resource you simply do not have, consider using a recruitment agency to do the legwork for you. An experienced agency can utilize their team of skilled recruiters to help find the ideal fit for your company.

Why Jobs in Okanagan are on the Rise

Jobs in Okanagan

2017 was an impressive year for Okanagan region job market. Within the span of one year, Kelowna – the largest city in Okanagan Valley – went from having the worst job market in Canada, to being number one. The number of jobs in Okanagan has increased a whopping 14.3% in 2017, and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

So what’s the reason behind the growth? Here are three major factors contributing to the rise of jobs in Okanagan:

Innovation:

The technology sector in particular has had a significant impact on Okanagan. In just three years, tech has grown 30% to become a 1.3 billion dollar industry. QHR and Disney Interactive are sector leaders that paved the way for new tech businesses and are further enabled by Accelerate Okanagan. AO is a not-for-profit organization that provides tech business with mentorship and connections needed to succeed in Okanagan.

New Developments

Aside from the technology sector, Okanagan has seen impressive growth among a number of other industries. Healthcare, Tourism, Agriculture, and Manufacturing, have all become economic strengths within the region.

From an international investment standpoint, it’s far cheaper to open a business in Okanagan than in the lower mainland. The Business Development Bank of Canada also offers more support to small businesses and programs for local Okanagan businesses. As a result, entrepreneurs are flocking to the region.

Great Community

There are a number of compelling reasons to relocate to Okanagan. It’s a beautiful place to live, with Okanagan Lake is one of the regions highlights. Okanagan has a better weather and more sun, than its rainier counterpart in the Lower Mainland.  

The thriving agriculture in Okanagan means access to fresh local produce. And of course, those enjoy wine will also be attracted to the 30+ wineries in the region!

Finally, Okanagan has become a far more affordable place to live compared to Vancouver’s dramatically inflated housing market.

Conclusion:

For the recently graduated who looking to enter the workforce, Okanagan is an excellent place to begin your career. The Okanagan and Kelowna area offers the best of both worlds: opportunities to thrive your industry while enjoying a high quality lifestyle.