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Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

Filed in Uncategorized by on July 2, 2017
Elvis Has Left The Building … More Retirements – Where Will It End?

Two more great guys were added to the list of retiring municipal managers this month: Dan Carnegie, CAO of St Catharines, and Murray Clarke of Kincardine, Ontario. Last month it was Julian de Cocq, of Cochrane Alberta … and the list goes on! The reality of an aging work force means succession planning is becoming more and more important for towns and cities across Canada. And it’s not just at the CAO level. All sorts of individuals who have essential know-how about planning, public works, and the efficient and effective workings of municipal government are disappearing at the same rate.  We recently did a lightning-fast search to replace a Manager […]

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16 THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on July 2, 2017
16 THINGS NOT TO SAY IN AN INTERVIEW

An interview is your best, and likely your only chance to tell your prospective boss why you—more than any other person that will be interviewed—are the right person for the job. You want to make it known that you have the right set of skills, a great personality, and the drive to really make things happen in your new role. As important as it is that you prepare good answers in advance, it’s equally important to know what the “red flags” are for the interviewer. After all, if you mess up on the answers to a few questions, it won’t matter that you really are very good at what you […]

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Here are seven reasons not to ignore ‘Active’ job seekers …

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on May 29, 2017
Here are seven reasons not to ignore ‘Active’ job seekers …

  Have you heard it said that ‘Active’ job seekers – those who are actively looking for new job opportunities – are not worth your time or effort? Sadly, some recruiters and HR managers take the position that candidates who are actively looking for a job can’t be much good. Or so their logic goes. Typically, recruiters have encouraged municipalities to focus on men and women who already have jobs, saying, “Target the passive talent! The best candidates already have jobs!” Having been a recruiter for more than 30 years, with more than 11 years spent specializing in municipal recruiting, I’d say it’s high time to admit that THINGS HAVE CHANGED! The […]

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 ‘Passive’ vs ‘Active’ Candidates… What’s the Difference?

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on May 29, 2017
 ‘Passive’ vs ‘Active’ Candidates… What’s the Difference?

Given all the money municipalities spend on recruiting, it would be good to know: Are ‘Passive’ and ‘Active’ candidates really all that different from each other? After all, both are usually open to new opportunities, so why would anyone actually care about the differences? There are basically two types of candidates for positions in Canadian municipalities’ today … ‘Passive’ candidates and ‘Active’ candidates. And, while many novice recruiters will focus solely on people actively seeking employment, experience tells us that the two types of candidate are equally important, particularly if your municipality hopes to recruit both experience and expertise from the talent pool! Before we jump into the deep-end of […]

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The 5 Elements That Make a Great Municipal Culture

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on April 28, 2017
The 5 Elements That Make a Great Municipal Culture

‘Corporate Culture’ is likely a term you hear often if you attend municipal conferences or read articles on business and management. But what exactly does it mean? A Municipality’s corporate culture refers to the beliefs and behaviors that determine how its employees and management interact and do business externally. Often, corporate culture is not directly expressed or defined in policies and procedures but develops and grows over time. It begins at the top, but eventually includes the cumulative traits of the people the municipality hires. Another way of defining corporate culture is – as what you value, what is important for you and your municipality. “Cultural ‘FIT’ is likely the single most important […]

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