Noooooo! Don’t Go!

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There’s no question that recruiting and hiring an employee is a time-consuming process. The DHI Group reports that it takes an average of 13 to 31 working days to fill a role for a number of industries. And you could triple this average for skilled trades. Hiring people also involves significant cost, ranging anywhere from $5,000 to $10,000. The time and money spent in hiring is only going to increase as labour shortages in Canada become increasingly acute. According to … Read More

Team-Building as a Retention Strategy

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by William (Bill) Eade, Director Human Resources Organizing a team can be a daunting task. Dealing with various personalities and work styles makes keeping the workplace engaging and productive an uphill battle. Research has repeatedly demonstrated that fostering a sense of comradery through team-building activities is a great way to boost productivity any make coming to work more enjoyable. To get started on the journey to building a cohesive experience in the workplace, it is important to understand what makes … Read More

You’ve Recruited the Right Employee – Now What?

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by William (Bill) Eade, Director Human Resources What I have learned over many years in HR is that employee retention is a huge concern for companies, no matter what size they are.  “Retention”, in fact, has become everyone’s favourite new buzzword.  Now, we HR folks know that retention isn’t simple.  It is a “package” process, made up of everything from total rewards to company culture, from onboarding to succession planning.  Some companies have Mission Statements, Vision Statements, and Company Value … Read More

5 Ways To Tell If a Company Is Right For You

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We’ve all been there – you’re looking for a job because you’re fresh out of school or you’ve been through a layoff, a shutdown, or the dreaded downsizing. Or maybe you do have a job but are looking for something more fulfilling, something that fits better with you and your needs. Either way, you want to work for more than just a paycheque. You want to work somewhere where you can put your talents to work, where you’ll be recognized … Read More

Women in Skilled Trades: Rising to the Challenge

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  It won’t come as a revelation to most people that there is an acute shortage of skilled tradespersons in Durham Region, along with the rest of Canada.  The construction and manufacturing industries are feeling the pinch.  The Globe and Mail reports that “a recent survey by the Ontario Skilled Trades Alliance reported that 41 percent of employers would hire more people if they could find those with the skills they need”. This presents a golden opportunity for young women … Read More

8 Helpful Tips for Coping with Job Hunt Stress

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by Rachel Epps I’ve been there. Whatever the circumstance, you find yourself in the unenviable position of looking for a new job. This can feel like a full-time job all by itself: handing out résumés that you have crafted to fit each individual role you are applying for, pouring heart and soul into cover letter after cover letter, staying on top of job postings ready to pounce on anything that you might qualify for, and hoping day in and day … Read More

Durham’s Most Wanted!

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Who remembers the old days when all you had to do to be flooded with skilled trades job applicants was put a want ad in the local paper?  You could say a few words like “Millwright wanted, $25/hr”, list some contact info and pretty soon, qualified millwrights would be banging on your door. That just does not happen any more. The Globe and Mail recently published an article confirming what we already knew:  “The shortage of skilled workers in Canada’s … Read More

Losing GM Stings, But We Will Recover!

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There’s no question that Oshawa has taken its share of knocks over the years, and the GM announcement is undoubtedly a blow that will affect a lot of people. My family worked at General Motors for generations, so I have seen first-hand the effects of the gradual decline and witnessed the effects within the Durham Region (and our family). This latest closure, while no surprise to many, still stings given the rich and proud history. Many of the GM employees … Read More

Durham Recruiting Wants Your Input…

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Skilled Trades Survey If you work in in skilled trades, please take a couple of minutes and answer this anonymous survey!Employment Satisfaction Survey If are employed in any area OTHER that skilled trades, please take a few minutes and answer this survey.

Durham Recruiting Invites You to Stop the Commute!

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Stop the Commute – Part 2  There’s no question that commuting is a dreary activity.  It drains your wallet, your energy, and your health. Those who hoped for a higher standard of living and better quality of life by commuting to a higher-paying job in the Big City might want to ask themselves a couple of questions: Is the commute really worth the stress, the aggravation, and all that lost time from family and activities you really enjoy? Do the … Read More

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