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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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“NEVER HIRE THE BEST SALESMAN, UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU ARE ACTUALLY HIRING A SALESMAN”

Filed in Uncategorized by on April 1, 2017
“NEVER HIRE THE BEST SALESMAN, UNLESS OF COURSE, YOU ARE ACTUALLY HIRING A SALESMAN”

Your new Manager of Planning sailed through the interview process. He “wowed” the interview panel, hit it off with the Director and – based on his stellar resume – was more than qualified for the position. So why is he NOW failing on the job? It could be because he’s a great interviewee – but not a high performer. In fact, sometimes there is very little correlation between a candidate’s interviewing skills and his capacity to become an outstanding employee. Of course, there are some really skilled and charming interviewees who are also very talented at the work they do, it is just that some hiring processes fail to distinguish […]

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Illusions

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on April 1, 2017
Illusions

“WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE? ME … OR YOUR LYIN’ EYES?” Richard Pryor 1976   Visual, or optical illusions show us that our minds tend to make assumptions about the world around us – and what we think we see is often not what is actually before our very eyes! This phenomenon of seeing one thing while actually observing another, might help to explain why some in municipal governments may be susceptible to making faulty assumptions when it comes to arranging for quality recruiting. What they think they see is often not there! The reality is that not every company that holds itself out to be a “recruiter” actually has […]

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LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB WHILE KEEPING A LOW PROFILE …

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on March 1, 2017
LOOKING FOR A NEW JOB WHILE KEEPING A LOW PROFILE …

Beginning the search for a new job while you’re still working at your current municipality can be a bit problematic, to say the least! Showing up to work in a suit on a casual Friday; printing out resumes on your office printer; mysteriously excusing yourself to take personal calls, etc. It all has the potential to make you look a bit flakey—and your thinly-veiled plans for a move just might just damage your current work relationships.  We thought about how best to advise someone who is considering a change … after all, we quite often have candidates in this position. So, here are some ideas on how to keep a […]

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