Bruce Malcolm

Bruce Malcolm

Bruce's background includes 30+ years of human resource management experience covering all aspects of HR administration with a clear specialty in team building and recruiting. He created and developed the concept of “Ethical Head-Hunting™”. Bruce began his recruiting career in 1971 with Prudential Assurance.

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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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“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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