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Job Offers … Don’t Fall into the Trap

Job Offers … Don’t Fall into the Trap

  Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that just because you make a job offer, your candidate will automatically accept it. You don’t want to go through all those interviews and spend all that time only to have the deal blow up in your face … nobody does. One reason job offer negotiations can go […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on December 4, 2018
Become an Employer of Choice… 8 Things Your Municipality Can Do

Become an Employer of Choice… 8 Things Your Municipality Can Do

The term ’employer of choice’ has become a popular phrase in recent years. The concept and it’s benefits – that employees will choose your municipality over others and choose to dedicate themselves to your community’s success if your city measures up in their eyes- seems obvious. Here are 8 things you can do that will help you to become […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 27, 2018
Trust …its more than a word!

Trust …its more than a word!

  When it comes to food, you’ve got to be very careful about what you eat and where you buy it … THE SAME IS TRUE when it comes to executive searches. Be very careful what stories you swallow and be discriminating about the sales pitch you buy into. A lot of so-called ‘recruiters’ rely […]

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Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 27, 2018

Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Do you think Stephen King’s Clown is scary?

Would anyone buy a piece of equipment for public works without first getting the advice of someone who really knows equipment? Our guess is, they wouldn’t! So, why would anyone want to hire someone without an expert opinion? A bad hire can cost 5-10 times one year’s salary (often thousands of dollars more). In most […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018
TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A CAO

TRUE CONFESSIONS OF A CAO

  Recently, I got the following email from a Chief Administrative Officer. It read like an article from “True Confessions” magazine. Dear Bruce Am I the only CAO in Canada who, when looking for a Director, got a CV that described James Bond, sat with a candidate who interviewed like Daniel Craig, then, sadly had […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018
Why is using Executive Search so expensive?

Why is using Executive Search so expensive?

One Mayor asked this question: I’ve been working with the HR people in my municipality for some time, relying on them to find good staff. Now that we are recruiting a new CAO this has become a major problem for us. The demand for TOP TALENT is at an all time high, and finding and […]

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Filed in Uncategorized by on June 29, 2018

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We are YOUR Ambassadors… Selling YOUR municipality

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 27, 2018
We are YOUR Ambassadors… Selling YOUR municipality

Finding new staff and convincing people to take a second look at your community, isn’t nearly as easy at looks … If you are living in a town, city or village you already know the “good and the bad”. Chances are, if you are still there it’s because you believe that your municipality is a great place to […]

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Parable of the Little Town… the reluctant Mayor and the Dawdling Council

Filed in MUNICIPALITY by on September 30, 2018
Parable of the Little Town… the reluctant Mayor and the Dawdling Council

Long ago and far away, in a small province, there was a little town that had a reluctant Mayor. It was a nice little town. It had good roads, neat parks, children playing and lots of programs. Town bills were always paid on time. People who lived there liked the little town and they liked […]

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October 2018 Newsletter

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on September 30, 2018
October 2018 Newsletter

When Tom Goulden initially asked me to make this presentation, for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, he suggested a few topics… I thought perhaps his best was: But, in the end, WHAT A SEARCH FIRM CAN DO FOR YOU, seemed best …I added the GOOD Search Firm …  Full disclosure, I was the recruiter who […]

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