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Slim Pickens

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on December 1, 2017
Slim Pickens

The indirect ripple effect of the Baby Boom makes for …Slim Pickens I was at a council meeting the other night … invited to speak with them about Ravenhill Group conducting the search for their new Chief Administrative Officer. Like many other Canadian municipalities, they have suddenly found themselves victims of the     Baby Boom retirement … NOT directly this time, but indirectly. Like so many municipalities, my friends in this eastern Ontario Township were finding out about the reality of Canada’s aging work force. Just like Dominoes, their CAO was leaving to fill another CAO role – one vacated by someone who had left to fill the chair of […]

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A complaint letter from a candidate …

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 26, 2017
A complaint letter from a candidate …

Dear Bruce, It really doesn’t bother me that I don’t get every job I interview for (actually, I’ve only had a couple). What really bugs me, though, is that, after the interview, none of the municipalities I have applied to have ever given me any response at all – good or bad. How can I get any better if I don’t know what I may have done wrong? Wouldn’t you agree that municipal employers owe us job seekers the courtesy of at least a little feedback? After all, we go to the trouble of preparing extensively for the interview and giving it our best effort? Thanks, Bob Dear Bob, It’s […]

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When your interview goes badly …

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 26, 2017
When your interview goes badly …

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always go the way we plan, and interviews are no exception! No matter how much time and effort you put into getting ready for an interview, something can always go wrong … and quite often does! Maybe you got up on the wrong side of the bed; maybe you can’t take your mind off some personal challenge you’re facing; maybe it is just “one of those days” … you were simply under the weather. It doesn’t really matter whether you messed up on your answers, actually prepared for the wrong questions, or whether you were overcome by a simple case of the nerves – you can sometimes leave an […]

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HIRING … 7 Ways To TURN Turkeys into Eagles

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 2, 2017
HIRING … 7 Ways To TURN Turkeys into Eagles

  With hectic schedules, meetings, people to see, places to go, etc., etc., it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of an obvious but important fact: hiring the right people will eventually contribute to the overall success of your municipality! Of course, the opposite holds true as well … bad employees, or “turkeys”, have the potential of costing you thousands of dollars, not to mention creating a host of other complications. “The single most important piece of the organizational performance puzzle, not to mention the one factor that will contribute to the personal success of each and every manager in your municipality, is human capital, or talent,” according to Bruce Malcolm, Managing […]

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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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