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Temp Professionals: An Employment Agency Ace in the Hole

Adecco is Canada’s largest employment agency, staffing both temps and permanent employees. That means that we’re keenly aware of the line many people draw between what they think a temp would do for work versus what a permanent placement would. Typically, people associate temps with clerical, administrative, and labour jobs while permanent placements are more often associated with specialized professional roles, such as roles within sales, marketing, law, or finance. But the line is much blurrier than employers and the general public assume. Read more

Selling a Bill of Goods: How Brand Misrepresentation can Lead to Legal Liability for Employers

This article originally appeared in Lēad Magazine, Issue 15: The Value of Brand Attraction.

By Patrizia Piccolo, BA, LLB, Partner, Rubin Thomlinson LLP

“Employer branding is the perception of qualities that make a company a desirable place to work. Understanding the importance of internal and external employer branding is pivotal in recruiting and retaining top talent”.1

When Misrepresentations about Employer Brand Occur

Recently, I had the pleasure of meeting some individuals who were once very energetic, enthusiastic, creative, driven, and successful. They were pleased with the positions they were in and on an upward trajectory in their careers. As part of that upward trajectory, they had been identified as excellent candidates for “better”, “more financially rewarding,” and “more fulfilling” positions. In fact, they had accepted positions with what they thought were the crème de la crème of organizations. Read more

Purple Squirrel or Pink Elephant?

If you haven’t heard of a purple squirrel before, you’re not alone. The somewhat arcane term is popular in the HR world and refers to a candidate who perfectly matches a job’s requirements in every way, from education, to skills, to personality. But does the proverbial purple squirrel really exist, or is it as illusory as Jack London’s pink elephants and blue mice? And if they are real, how can they best be caught? Read more

IT Jobs: Are They for You?

There’s no question that information technology (IT) is and will continue to be one of the most attractive fields for a thriving career. Many see IT jobs as sure things – for high salaries, job security, and great working conditions. And for many, IT jobs do deliver on those promises. However, as is the case with jobs in almost any field, IT jobs ensure that you get what you give. Read more

The Evolution of Today’s Tech Support

There is no shortage of talk these days about how advancing technology continues to transform the job market. Technology can replace jobs, create entirely new ones, and fundamentally alter existing ones. This latter phenomenon was even discussed in our previous article on the evolution of the administrative assistant. In that case, we pointed out how the tasks, and therefore the required tech savvy, of administrative assistants changed over time in order to adapt to advancing technologies. But what about jobs that lie within the technology field? While those must also change according to the new technologies that arise, the skillsets needed require more than tech savviness; in fact, they require skills that in many other fields are considered downright old-school. So-called “soft skills”, which include communication and interpersonal skills, are becoming just as important for a flourishing career in tech as tech savviness itself (and that’s especially true when trying to attract more women to the field). The permeation of soft skills into tech is perhaps most pronounced in tech support, the tech field that the average worker is most exposed to.

So how exactly has tech support changed over the years and why? And what sorts of qualities should employers look for when hiring the tech support professionals of today? Read more

Why a Working Parent is Good for Work

Not that long ago, it was common for only one parent – typically the father – to work, supporting a family of three to four children and a stay-at-home mom. But, of course, times changed and women entered the working world in droves. Currently, they make up more than half of the North American workforce, and this cultural and socioeconomic shift has presented women with many choices and challenges: Forego a family for corporate success? Sideline career goals to raise kids? Or somehow juggle both? And with time, these questions have become even more daunting as work-life balance becomes more out of whack and the cost of living, including child care expenses, continues to increase despite more than 20 years of virtually stagnant income growth. In fact, according to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Canada’s highest earning two-working-parent families spend 18% of their net income on child care expenses – the fifth highest out of 30 industrialized countries that were studied. Considering this statistic, it’s no wonder that over two-thirds of Canadian women with children under the age of five are in fact working. Conversely, in some regions, a woman may choose to be a stay-at-home mom simply because the cost of daycare outweighs what she would make going back to work. But what happens when that stay-at-home mom decides to go back to work? Read more