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Summer Slump? Thirteen things you can do today to beat it…and drum up some new business, pronto

Posted on August 13th, by Michelle Nickolaisen in Sales & Marketing. No Comments

Summer is an excruciatingly slow time of year for many businesses – but it doesn’t have to be. If you’re currently experiencing the dreaded summer slump, I’ve got some suggestions. Like, thirteen of ‘em. Now go forth and drum up some new business.

Goldbeck Recruiting Inc. Reports Increase In Global Recruitment

Posted on July 10th, by Lougie in Company News, Recruitment. No Comments

VANCOUVER, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ – Goldbeck Recruiting Inc., a recruitment and executive search firm in Vancouver, BC, reports that the number of International companies looking for global recruitment services has increased in the past two years.  For the two years ending in 2013, the number of international jobs have more than doubled.  And in the first quarter of 2014 alone, the number for global placements have already grown by 200% since the same time last year.

“Companies are starting to see that borders no longer limit a candidate or job search,” says Henry Goldbeck, President of Goldbeck Recruiting Inc.  “Our global clients are hiring us for the expertise we have in certain industries rather than in a geographical area.”  Goldbeck Recruiting has recruiters that specialize in sales & marketing, healthcare & biotech, engineering & construction, accounting & finance, and heavy industries.  Their global clients include companies from China, USA, UAE, Australia, Africa, Caribbean, Asia, and Europe.

Visit Goldbeck’s Global Reach page:  http://www.goldbeck.com/vancouver_bc_recruitment_agency/partners_clients.php

The Most Effective Retention Strategy in The World is Meaningful Work

Posted on July 9th, by Henry Goldbeck in Henry Goldbeck, Leadership. No Comments

When I wrote about using hockey as a retention strategy, I wasn’t really writing about hockey, per se. I was writing about meaning.

It’s a strange thing, how we think about business and work being separate from life. Or how we think that executives and business leaders are one-dimensional and all about profit.

I’m the president of a company and yep, I care — deeply — about making money. I also care about my employees and their families.  I care about the state of our education system. I care about the communities I live and work in. I care about the Germany-Brazil World Cup game. All at the same time.

To wit: we were all at the office yesterday AND we live-streamed the game. In between cheering loudly — seven times!!! — we called clients, we interviewed candidates, we conducted reference-checks, cheques got cashed, and I may have worn a German jersey to work. I can neither confirm nor deny those rumours.

We did it all. We had a good time. Some of us worked a little later than usual to get everything done, but that was to be expected because we’d worked a little less during the game. It was a good day. We … Read More »

Why Hockey — a.k.a. “Meaning” — Is Your Most Effective Retention Strategy

Posted on July 8th, by Henry Goldbeck in Leadership. No Comments

Gotta confess: you’re not about to hear the usual recruiting-and-retention advice from me.

If you’re in a small town and working hard to attract and keep your skilled professionals, or recruiting specialists for far-flung international locales…

…then you already know it can be hard to hire great employees.

It can be even harder to keep them.

So this time around, I’m not going to tell you how to:

Pay your people well
Build a benefits plan
Institute a retention bonus
Develop sabbatical opportunities
Poach from other states and provinces (ahem!)
Recruit internationally…

(You’ve heard all that from me before.)

Instead, here’s what I want you know:

If you want to keep your people, you need hockey.

Yes, hockey.

Here’s the deal. New research says that only 10% of Canadians are willing to relocate for a job, and only for at least a 10% raise –

– and even then, only for two years, max.

Still more research says that people who don’t have good friends at work will leave their jobs.

So if you’re hiring for relocation, or you company is located outside the usual urban centres, you’re looking at very, very short tenures. Even when there’s lots of money on the table, money won’t keep ‘em.

Friends will. Community connections will. Meaning will.

To keep your people, you’ve got to have something for them to care about, get excited … Read More »

10 Funny Quotes About Canada (and 1 Invitation)

Posted on July 1st, by Kelly Diels-Rostant in Just For Fun. No Comments

Oh, Canada. How perfect: it’s July 1 — Happy Canada Day! — and today is the day that Canadian anti-spam legislation (CASL) come into effect. Peace, order, good government…and no more strangely generous offers from the family members of deposed dictators!

But CASL applies to email from legitimate businesses like yours and ours, too…

…so if we don’t hear from you from July 1, 2014, we’ll no longer be able to send you hiring tips and amusing quips.

Yes! Send Me Useful and (Sometimes) Funny Emails

And continuing our Canada Day/CASL Day celebrations, here’s a little gift for you to share.

Ten amusing quotes about Canada you might want to pass around:

1. “Every country is like a particular type of person. America is like a belligerent, adolescent boy. Canada is like an intelligent, 35 year old woman. Australia is like Jack Nicholson.” – Douglas Adams

2. “Some countries you love. Some countries you hate. Canada is a country you worry about.” – Robertson Davies

3. “The US is our trading partner, our neighbour, our ally and our friend… and sometimes we’d like to give them such a smack!” – Rick Mercer

4. “Canada is a country whose … Read More »