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Industry Spotlight: Legal Marijuana Industry

Posted on February 26th, by Jackie Jagger in Engineering, Industry Resources. No Comments

A report by Huffington Post states that if the trend continues, the Legal Marijuana industry is posed to be even larger than the organic food industry. A total of five states have currently legalized cannabis in the USA, including the capital D.C. that passed the bill just as this article was being written and more states are leaning toward legalization across America and thus making it the fastest growing industry in North America.


According to the market research group ArcView, the market for legal cannabis grew to a whopping 74% in 2014 – from $1.5 bn in 2013 to $2.7bn in 2014.

“In the last year, the rise of the cannabis industry went from an interesting cocktail conversation to being taken seriously as the fastest growing industry in America”  Troy Dayton, CEO of The ArcView Group.

The report also projects 32% of growth in the industry this year. Alaska is the latest state to legalize cannabis meanwhile DC has been trying to push for a bill to legalize cannabis and there is currently a congressional bill that would end the prohibition of Cannabis nationwide.

Neutra Corp. (NTRR) is a developer of is a healthy lifestyle company that specializes in the development and marketing of … Read More »

Gong Shi Fa Cai – Year of the Sheep 2015

Posted on February 19th, by Jackie Jagger in Industry Resources, Recruitment. No Comments

2015 – Year of the Sheep

Sheep, a humble animal that is very significant in the Chinese Culture. It is also the 8th zodiac sign in the culture, 8 is an auspicious number and this year is important for a lot of industries. We should see a lot of growth in many industries across the world. 2015 is said to be a year with a lot of economic boom.

In Chinese Culture, there are 5 important elements – Fire, Earth, Water, Metal and Wood. Each of these elements can relate to various industries.


Industries like electricity/power, restaurants, performing arts, army, entertainment are considered as Fire industries. These will be a safe bet and considerably stable this year.


Industries consist of real estate, construction, mining, oil and gas and even industries that deal with resources like accounting, insurances and Human Resources are pegged to be consistent and stable performers across the year.


Services like transport, tourism and health care are looking at a rather bleak year however, astrologers are suggesting that these industries must look to the future and make decisions with long term gains in mind. These are expected to show fruit in 2019, the Year of the Pig.


Industries in hardware, electronics, banking, engineering will … Read More »

Hiring Cycle Boosts Up

Posted on February 16th, by Jackie Jagger in Recruitment. No Comments

Hiring has been a very cyclic thing ever since businesses started taking a strong hold in our society, I suppose this can be attributed to the industrial revolution, where it all began.

It is in fact true that some seasons are better than others when hiring, these could drastically affect the quality of candidates available and can prove to be very costly if not done right.

Typically, we see four cycles of hiring and each of these cycles has pros and cons, we detail them in this post.

First Quarter

The New Year brings resolutions, budgets and new projects. Everyone is rushing to get things going to meet the goals and projected growth; often it is for these reasons that there is a hike in hiring. This season is perhaps one of the busiest season in recruitment, often brings a lot of competition among candidates and recruiters due to a massive influx of projects and recruiters fighting for the good candidates.

Second Quarter

As we move into spring, things seem to calm down from the initial rush and focus shifts toward two of the major industries that hire during this season, Construction and Hospitality; it’s almost a … Read More »

5 Things You Can Do To Fall In Love With Your Job Again

Posted on February 13th, by Lougie in Career, Career Development. No Comments

Every time we begin working at a new job we start with so much joy and enthusiasm. It can be an exciting, rewarding  and overwhelming experience for most of us in the beginning.  After a while, doing the same work day after day may not be as exciting any more.  We start questioning if we are happy with our job or is this really something we want to do for the rest of our lives.  If you are feeling the same way, you are not alone! There are so many people who experience the same feelings like you. Today, in honour of Valentine’s day, we will be giving you a few tips to help you fall in love with your job again.

1- Make A List Of What You Liked About Your Job And What Motivated You In The First Place

Your relationship with someone can become stale after a while,  and it is very common to feel the same way with your job. Having a monotonous routine, doing the same work every single day can be exhausting and boring after some time. When you reach to that point, remind yourself of what attracted you to that job … Read More »

Topgrading – The Best Recruitment Decision You Will Make In 2015

Posted on February 4th, by Jackie Jagger in Henry Goldbeck, HR Management, Person, Recruitment. No Comments

What is Topgrading?

Topgrading is merely a play on the word upgrading. Just as that would suggest, it simply means upgrading your staff to A-grade level employees across all pay scales. This can be achieved by talent acquisition and talent management with focus on hiring, promoting, and retaining high performing staff – the A Players.

Topgrading can often confuse a lot of hiring managers.  While the method is complex it becomes simpler once you have gone through the process.

How Do We Know Topgrading Works?

Topgrading is a success when at least 75% of staff, or higher, are high performing on the job. While there are KPIs in marketing, accounting, and other departments, there are often no KPIs for the hiring efficiency of the organization. When topgrading, it is absolutely essential to measure the percentage of high performers amongst hired and promoted staff vs. the costs of mis-hires and mis-promotions.

Topgrading also works as a motivator to the current workforce.  By setting various standards across the workplace and performance pointers, this allows current staff, including the B and C players, to work harder towards becoming A-players. Productivity is increased as people find hidden underutilized talents that they had all along.

Why Is This The Right Time To Topgrade?

With the current downturn in the oil industry and … Read More »