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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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RAVENHILL GROUP IS A TWO PIZZA TEAM!

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES by on October 27, 2016 0 Comments
RAVENHILL GROUP IS A TWO PIZZA TEAM!

 Recently, one of our potential clients came pretty close to choosing a larger recruiting firm over Ravenhill just because they had more consultants named on their web site … I think there were 29 of them. “Gail brings this and Matt draws on that, Amanda has a positive outlook …” and on it goes all down the list – all very glowing. The truth was though – they didn’t even mention municipal recruiting as being included in their core business. Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon famously coined the 2 Pizza rule: According to Bezos: “… the ideal is the two pizza team, if a team can’t be fed with two pizzas, […]

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SOMETIMES A GREAT PURCHASE CAN BE A NON-STARTER

Filed in HIRING ARTICLES, MUNICIPALITY by on October 1, 2016 0 Comments
SOMETIMES A GREAT PURCHASE CAN BE A NON-STARTER

Standing high above the assembled throng, on a platform constructed especially for the occasion, the mayor, whose buttons were ready to burst with pride, along with several distinguished guests, had to duck as confetti and tinsel streamers rained down upon them. It was a party atmosphere – that’s for sure! The mayor beamed as a giant flatbed trailer, carrying an almost new bright yellow road grader, rolled into the yard. As the high school band played a peppy John Philip Sousa march, the mayor announced to all in attendance, with a sweep of his arm, “Well, there it is, ladies and gentlemen … our new pride and joy!” What a […]

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