What you want to be when you grow-up

I have to admit, I am lucky. I’m still consider myself to be in the upward swing of my recruitment career, yet I have the good fortune of knowing exactly what I want to do with my life. The crazy thing is that it was only last week that I truly re…

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3 minutes, 31 seconds reading time

The Power of Milestones in Business and Life

Seven months ago we launched Keynote Group Executive Recruitment, a culmination of visions and dreams around what we believed the recruitment and talent industries should be about. We took our experiences, expertise and processes and devised a del…

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2 minutes, 12 seconds reading time

IT Contract Staffing for Ottawa Employment Agencies

2016 will be a big year for IT contract staffing for Ottawa and Toronto Staffing Agencies as the amount of IT contractors continues to increase. As direct permanent hiring bounces back in the private sector, surprisingly many individuals are now c…

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3 minutes, 25 seconds reading time

Hiring is Easy...Talent Attraction is an Art

You may think I am joking, seeing as I founded an Executive Recruitment Firm, but I’m not.  Hiring is one of the easiest processes to undertake, assuming everything surrounding it is handled properly.  The reality is that making an offer, getting …

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3 minutes, 12 seconds reading time

New Found Respect for Market Leaders

Six months ago I started this adventure as an entrepreneur, with full confidence in what we were undertaking but with fear of the unknown hidden behind the high expectations of success.  The reality of what has happened since we launched is so far…

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2 minutes, 55 seconds reading time

The Hardest Hire Yet

You would think that after 12 years in the recruitment industry that I would have seen most recruitment situations good and bad, easy and tough.  So did I!  I have hired for hundreds of companies and also grown and developed my own teams.  This ti…

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Career Progress Without Titles

Let’s face it, most of us work for small to mid sized organizations in which there is only so far someone can progress – at least in title anyway.  We have heard the complaints around retention issues and all seen the memo about the CFO who asks t…

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2 minutes, 28 seconds reading time

When External Recruitment Helps

A traditional recruitment agency will tell you that you should never do any recruitment without their help. Well if there were no social networks and a database of candidates still had the same value as 10 years ago, then I would agree with them, …

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3 minutes, 3 seconds reading time

How Keynote came to be…

I often find myself telling the story about why we started Keynote. People ask why I left a great company, leaving an awesome position, working with great people… especially when I tell them we bootstrapped without any outside investment! I could …

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2 minutes, 17 seconds reading time

Are companies are short-sighted when hiring?

We have turnover, people don’t stay more than a couple of years, we have productivity issues, etc. etc. These are just some of the usual complaints we hear from clients. A new hire is a chance to improve, a chance to learn from mistakes, but when …

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2 minutes, 25 seconds reading time