Yesterday marked the start of the annual Staffing for Canada Week, and Adecco has even more to rejoice in this year!
ACSESS (the Association of Canadian Search, Employment and Staffing Services) and its members come together in June to recognize the impact of the staffing industry on the Canadian economy and job markets. As a proud long-time member, Adecco joins ASCESS in promoting high ethical standards and bringing awareness to the important services that the staffing industry provides to Canadian businesses and workers.
Started in Edmonton in 1980 as “National Temporaries’ Week”, the week-long celebration aims to recognize the contributions of the hundreds of thousands of staffing industry professionals, temporary workers, contract employees and candidates across North America.
Political leaders, provincial premiers and even the Prime Minister participate in recognizing this special week. Letters from this year’s dignitaries can be found here.
This year, Adecco has even more to celebrate. Leading up to the special week, ACSESS sponsors a writing contest for temporary and contract employees who have had an “Exceptional Experience” with a staffing firm. Catríona Hughes, an Adecco Associate based out of Vancouver, felt that our recruiters went the extra mile to help find her a job she loves and decided to enter the contest. Weeks later, she was overjoyed to learn that her submission won second place!
In her heartfelt essay, Catríona describes her anxiety over finding a job in Canada after her arrival in Vancouver from her native Ireland. In addition to finding a place to live, maneuvering around the city and connecting with new social circles, Catríona worried that her work experience from abroad would be insufficient to land her a good job in Canada:
“Honestly, I didn’t know what road to take in looking for employment,” admits Catríona.
She turned to an online support group for Irish ex-pats in Vancouver. There, she came across a recommendation for Adecco from another member who had a beneficial experience with the firm, calling Adecco “an absolutely brilliant agency with really helpful staff.”
Catríona quickly submitted her resume on Adecco’s website and was surprised to receive a call from a recruiter within 48 hours. “I was completely delighted to have such a fast response from Adecco and when I met [the recruiter] she went above and beyond to explain all policies and information to me in a clear, concise manner. Her warm and friendly disposition was delightful and I was confident that she would be able to help me find a position in Vancouver when I left the Adecco office,” recounts Catríona.
Her instinct was correct. Soon after her interview, Adecco employed Catríona for a large, exciting sporting event at BC Place stadium “where the atmosphere was electric,” she recalls. “I worked at events back home in Ireland before but I never experienced anything on the same scale.”
Catríona did such an outstanding job at the event that Adecco recommended her to a client who was looking for a receptionist in their distribution centre in Burnaby. The client was very impressed and offered Catríona the job within 2 days!
“I couldn’t believe the news, I was completely thrilled and I happily accepted the ongoing temp employment offer,” Catríona gleefully exclaims.
“I’m currently still working [there] and have loved every minute since I started with the company. All of the staff members have been so welcoming and helpful. They’ve made me feel at home which in turn makes each work day thoroughly enjoyable. This aspect is really nice, especially because I’m living so far away from my home in Dublin.”
Catríona also appreciates the continued support she’s been receiving from the Adecco branch who placed her:
“[The recruiter] has provided a superb service and is always efficient in communicating important work information to me. He has been really helpful, providing support any time I have queries and contact him he responds as soon as he can. The work of [Adecco’s] extraordinary recruiters has truly helped me in establishing and enjoying my new life here in Vancouver.”
When ACSESS announced her win, Catríona was ecstatic and reiterated why she entered the contest in the first place. “It was my pleasure to write about my experience with Adecco. The company has been absolutely fantastic in finding me work and providing support so I’m really grateful. I’m so glad that I was able to enter the competition and spread the word about the great work that Adecco and their recruitment consultants do!”
Well, on behalf of Adecco, it is our pleasure to place Candidates and Associates like Catríona with our clients and help them find better work, and create a better life – whether it be their first job in Canada, a brand new career, flexible contract work or career advancement. The success stories that we hear from our Candidates across the country every day make our jobs so rewarding.
We would like to congratulate Catríona on her win and thank her for her kind words, candor and for choosing to work with Adecco.
As an organization, we are also very proud of the recruiters in our Vancouver branch (particular Amber Bechard and Tyler Schwartz) who provided Catríona with the “Exceptional Experience” we strive to provide every candidate who turns to us to advance their careers.
Catríona’s complete essay submission can be accessed here, and more of her winning writing skills can be seen on her travel, trend and fashion blog.
Happy Staffing for Canada Week 2016 to all!