Cannabis in the Office

It’s been a year since we’ve had recreational cannabis in the office. At that time, there was much hue and cry raised by critics about the increased impact of drugs in Canadian workplaces.  But cannabis in the office has had less of an impact, according to a recent survey done on the topic. Results say […]

The Battle Between Hard Skills and Soft Skills

Human resource managers usually look for a combination of hard skills and soft skills. Applicants usually present a balance. But who wins out in the battle between hard skills and soft skills? Well, first, let’s define each one. Hard skills are defined as direct job-related knowledge and abilities employees need to perform their duties effectively. […]

Is recession anxiety leading to layoffs?

Employees can’t help but wonder if recession anxiety is leading to layoffs. This is a significant concern since a trade war is waging between the world’s biggest economies. Nearly half of working adults (48%) in the US are concerned over the future of their employment, according to a CareerArc study. Layoff anxiety, a byproduct of […]

Recruiters Look for these Management Styles

As a recruiter, it’s important to identify different management styles when hiring municipal employees. It can help create a healthy work environment and leadership opportunities. Take a look at the following and see if you can identify some of these among your municipal employees. The Maverick: This person is always living on the edge, moving […]

Bill 124 Caps Public Sector Employee Pays

Ontario Public Sector Employees watch this space!   Do you know there’s a bill in the works that could affect your pay raised going forward?   Bill 124 or the Protecting a Sustainable Public Sector for Future Generations Act, 2019 aims at putting 1% cap on pay raises across many public sector employers in Ontario […]

Gender Labels in the Municipal Workspace

With changing times, employers need to adjust their policies and even personal approach to issues in the 21st century. Luckily, the (the Code) provides protection for employees and guidance for employers in municipal settings. The code works to protect municipal employees from discrimination and harassment based on a wide variety of grounds, such as gender […]

Is Artificial Intelligence Taking over the Jobs of Municipal Recruiters?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is Replacing Human Recruiters It’s a scary thought, but if we can get flying cars that can drive themselves, this may happen, too.  Given the time-heavy nature of recruitment municipal and otherwise, it’s only probable that this will go the AI way, too. Come to think of it, we already use a […]


Study finds well-organized resumes get first glance A study published by my friends at www.theladders.com  sheds a new light on how recruiters review resumes they receive for open positions.  Click here to read the synopsis. In the past, the standard initial resume review time as self-reported by HR professionals averaged 3-4 minutes. The Ladders followed 30 recruiters for 10 […]


I regularly receive messages from job seekers who are feeling beat down by the job seeking process.     Recently one commented, “It’s 11:00 a.m. and I’m still in my pajamas.  I’m having a hard time finding any energy to send out another resume.” Another said, “I’m stuck!  I’m usually a positive, energetic person, but […]

The Hardest Part Is Getting Started …

The Hardest Part Is Getting Started … My old Dad used to say “the hardest part about painting is getting started”… well he was certainly right about that … In fact, it’s probably true of starting just about anything worthwhile.  So, if you are like most people who have had to start looking for a […]

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