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When Businesses Need to Use Recruitment Companies

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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

 

Temporary vs Permanent Placement : 3 Questions Kelowna Employers Should Consider

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Perhaps you already know that using a recruitment agency might be one of the best things you can do for your Kelowna business. You get a hand-picked shortlist of qualified candidates to choose from, saving precious time and resources finding the perfect hire.

But there’s one more decision to make when hiring through a recruitment agency.  Will you choose a temporary hire or a permanent placement?

Consider these three questions to determine which type of placement is right for your business:

Is the role a long term opportunity?

Temp hires are perfect if you’re not sure the role will be required for the long term. But if there is a potential for long term employment, both the temp and employer can benefit from a contract. If the temp learns the job well and develops a good working relationship with the other team members, the employer can then hire them on full time.

Permanent placements are ideal if the employer is certain that the role is a long term opportunity from the start. Someone who joins the company with plans to stay long term will be more likely to show commitment to the company’s brand and vision for the future.  

Even with permanent placements, there is still a 90 day probationary period where the employer can re-evaluate if the new hire is working out or not.

How much experience does the role require?

The downside to temp placements is that they typically require someone who is willing to work in a temporary capacity. Temps usually know that their potential for future employment with the company is less secure. Candidates who are already working are as likely to leave their current job for a temp role. As a result, many of the employees who are available for temp work tend to have less work experience.

A permanent role is seen as a more secure opportunity that will attract experienced candidates, since they might then be willing to leave their current position to pursue it.

How quickly do you need the help?

Temp hires can be placed quickly, and are best utilized when you need immediate help for your team. For example, a temp is perfect for covering for an employee who had to take a sudden leave of absence.

Permanent hires typically take longer to onboard since they are often leaving another company. Also, they  need to leave a minimum of two weeks notice with their former employer.

Conclusion

Whether you are looking for long term employee, or just looking for extra help during your peak season, a Kelowna recruitment agency can help you find the perfect candidate to suit your needs.

 

Top 5 Employee Skills Okanagan Employers are Looking for 2018

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Kelowna and the surrounding area has been exploding with new growth and job opportunities the past few years. 2018 is shaping up to be no exception! With recent graduates and job-seekers flocking to Okanagan, the competition for jobs can be pretty stiff when facing Okanagan employers.

So what traits, skills, or characteristics will separate you from the crowd? Here are the top 5 skills that Okanagan employers are on the lookout for:

Ambition

With lots of tech startups in the area, an entrepreneurial spirit will go a long way with many Okanagan employers. Employers are looking for hires who will show dedication, drive, and loyalty, not someone who views the position as “just a job”. A candidate who demonstrates ambition will reassure the employer that they are willing to learn new skills, systems, or processes. They might even become someone who will help the employer build the company!

Adaptability

The ability to embrace change is a crucial soft skill to many employers. Adaptable employees are more likely to rise to tackle new challenges head-on, and be willing to perform tasks outside their job description. They can easily cross-train on other desks when the need arises and often become indispensable in their departments.

Precision

Work output that is riddled with errors and omissions can become a huge expense for a company. Therefore, the ability to conduct duties with accuracy is one of the most important skills an employee can have. Detail-oriented employees will produce quality work that will save the company time and money.

Critical-Thinking

Employers are looking for employees who can take direction but also solve problems on their own. Employees who are able to troubleshoot and prevent issues will streamline workflow and free up management to focus on other tasks.

Cultural Fit

Lastly, an employer wants to know that their new hires have good interpersonal skills and will work well with the rest of the team. A good team-player will increase efficiency and help create a positive work environment. Cultural fit means also means the employee understands and shares the company’s core values and vision.

Conclusion

Education and work experience are important and will likely always play a factor in an employer’s hiring decisions. But it’s the other employee skills and characteristics that will often make or break a candidate’s chance of making the short list! Not sure which skills to put on your resume? Contact us for a skills assessment. 

 

Top 10 Jobs in Kelowna for Recent Graduates

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In 2018, Okanagan Valley has become the land of opportunity. Mostly this is particularly true for new graduates searching for work in the Kelowna area. If you are a local graduate seeking employment, you should definitely consider the following jobs in Kelowna.

Real Estate Agent

Kelowna’s housing market has seen an impressive boom in the past year as citizens depart Vancouver’s overpriced housing market in search of greener (and more affordable) pastures. As a result, the need for new talent in the Kelowna Real Estate industry has never been greater.

Programmer or Software Analyst

The tech industry in Kelowna has grown into a 1.3 billion dollar industry, and is known as B.C.’s very own Silicon Valley. Because of resources such as  Accelerate Okanagan help to draw in tech businesses from around the globe, there’s no better time or place to be a graduate in computer science.

Tour Guide / Tourism Associate

With its sunny weather, nearby wineries, and beautiful Okanagan lake, it’s no wonder that Kelowna enjoys a booming tourism industry. Therefore, there are many opportunities to serve in tourism, ranging from guided boat tours, wine tasting servers to instructing at ski resorts.

Healthcare Administrator

Majority of job vacancies are located in the city’s General Hospital and the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, whose campus is located in (remove-South Central) Kelowna. As a result,  Healthcare industry currently accounts for 27% of all job vacancies in the Kelowna area.

Horticulture Specialist

One of Kelowna’s biggest economic assets is its agriculture. The Okanagan area is a thriving expanse of farmland that includes wineries, lavender farms, and various types of orchards. Due to this factor, any student with a background in horticulture or agriculture will find many opportunities awaiting them in Kelowna.

Civil Engineer

The B.C. government expects to see as many as 6000 or more jobs in the construction industry by 2025. This is the ideal role for the graduate with a civil engineering degree or diploma in construction technology.

Marketing Strategist

Kelowna and its surrounding area is teeming with new businesses and entrepreneurs. Due to this, startup businesses are looking for a talented marketing strategist who can get the word out about their service or product.

Human Resources Specialist

More jobs in Kelowna create a greater need for H.R. specialists. Furthermore, B.C. government predicts this sector will see a considerable increase in employment opportunities within the next 5-10 years.

Architect

Kelowna’s growing community needs architects to design and create plans for new buildings, whether they be commercial, institutional, or residential. Architects require a three-year internship and an exam with the provincial association. However, the effort is worth it; the government predicts there will be over 1400 jobs for architects by 2025.

Sales Executive

Getting into sales is a great opportunity for the extroverted business administration graduate who loves to connect with people face to face. Today, every business needs outside sales associates who are adept at meeting potential clients and closing deals.

Conclusion

Regardless of industry or field of study, there is no shortage of exciting  opportunities for different jobs in Kelowna.

Contact us to help you find the right employment opportunity for you!

 

Why Jobs in Okanagan are on the Rise

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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.