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 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

Durham Recruiting Invites You to Stop the Commute!

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Stop the Commute – Part 1 No matter where you live, commuting levies heavy penalties on your finances and your health. Those who commute are all too aware that commuting has costs in terms of money, time and, perhaps more importantly, your health.  This is particularly so for people stuck commuting in the GTA.  In a recent study conducted by Expert Market, researchers confirmed that Toronto is not only the worst city for commuting in Canada, it is the sixth … Read More

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