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Procom is Hiring

Posted by sweens on June 4, 2010

My office is looking for another recruiter to join our team as we continue to expand…  If your interested please reach out to me.

Recruiter  – Government & IT Consulting

Procom is seeking a recruiter with a proven track record in government recruiting to join its growing Ottawa consulting team.  As a Government focused recruiter you will be involved in managing the complete recruitment cycle and assisting Procom’s client’s in identifying top talent for their business needs. 

Why join the Procom team?  Procom is the largest IT recruitment firm in Canada and has been consistently recognized as one of Canada’s Best Small & Medium Sized Employers by Hewitt & Associates.  Procom’s Federal Government practice continues to grow, resulting in a need for experienced and highly motivated recruiters that are interested in competitive compensation. 

Profile of an excellent candidate

  • A proven capacity to manage and deliver the full life cycle of recruiting responsibilities, including but not limited to, sourcing, screening and interviewing candidates, developing references and managing salary negotiations
  • Strong knowledge of Federal Government procurement practices and commonly used IT consulting procurement vehicles.
  • Strong ability to complete candidate matrixes and scoring candidates to verify compliancy of submissions.
  • A track record of proactively developing relationships with passive and active candidates using a variety of methods, including cold calls, emails and referrals.
  • Utilize internal and Internet databases to source and identify candidates for current and future needs
  • Demonstrated competence in using in using cutting edge recruitment methods and tools in order to remain at the forefront of the recruitment industry and deliver the best possible experience to Procom’s clients and consultants.
  • Knowledge of the IT labour market and the ability to communicate trends and recruitment challenges to internal and external stakeholders
  • Working knowledge of IT systems and technologies and the ability to translate client technical requirements into a targeted consultant search strategy
  • Working experience with an applicant tracking system (CRM, Taleo, Bullhorn, MaxHire, PC Recruiter, etc)
  • Experience in recruiting consultants for complex ERP opportunities, including PeopleSoft, SAP and ectera
  • A positive attitude and strong commitment to providing our clients and consultants excellent service.
  • Career growth tasks such as market experts in industry sectors, mentoring junior recruiters etc
  • Such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned from time to time which are compatible with the position.

Skills and Knowledge Required

  • University Degree or relevant experience
  • 2 – 3 years IT recruitment experience
  • Ability to handle pressure and meet deadlines
  • Ability to prioritize
  • Good interpersonal skills

General:

  • Such other duties and responsibilities may be assigned from time to time which are compatible with the position.
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Not looking for a job? Great. Not hearing about jobs? Why not?

Posted by sweens on October 19, 2009

I am pretty confident that if there was one thing that I could get consensus on it would  be that everyone hates searching for jobs. (If you are currently looking for a job, glad you are on my site)

The frustration of resume writing, interview prepping insecurity or trouble of not having a job is not the best experience. So when you finally get a job, most likely, you don’t want to go back to that god-forsaken process of searching again.

 If you are not looking for a job, I think that’s great –-you’re the type of candidate that recruiters love to know. You either, love your job and don’t want to leave, or you do not mind your job and you do not want to look for something else. Mind you, what I do not understand is why some people do not want to even hear about job opportunities. You may say that you are open to it, but are you? When is the last time you were offered a job when you were not looking for one? When someone offered you a job, did you stop and take note? Do you know how much your position goes for in another organization? Are you putting yourself out there to be found? 

 Whether or not youare the happiest person at your job, you should never runaway from hearing about potential jobs.

Why?
• You should always, always, know how much you are worth. Even if you love your job, knowing what someone else would pay you gives you extra leverage at your current job
• You might think that you have the best job, but what if an even better job is around the corner?
• You will never have to go back to the grind of actively searching again – you can just transfer from one job to the next without searching
• You always know that you are valued somewhere else

You never know the better option until you at least open yourself up to it…

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Following up on a job: It’s like dating…

Posted by sweens on June 24, 2009

I think some candidates need to realize that at times they can walk a fine line between following up with a recruiter and stalking them.  I recently came in one morning and had 17 (no I am not exaggerating) messages from the same number.  However the messages only involved the sound of the person hanging up the phone.  No actual message.

 Naturally, the next day the number called me again and I was a little hesitant to answer the phone so I was hoping the person would leave me a message.  No message was left but another 12 hang ups were.  I mean really, enough is enough.  Leave me a message so I know who is calling and what you are calling about.

 We live in a world where almost everyone has caller ID – in fact I can not even think of someone who does not have caller ID.  This means that your call is showing up somewhere.  There are times throughout the day when I am busy and will not answer my phone.  Perhaps I am on my cell phone or even working down the hall in a boardroom.  God forbid I may even be interviewing a candidate and am simply unable to pick up my phone at that moment.  The solution to getting in touch with a recruiter who you are having difficulty connecting to is to leave them a message and let them call you back.

Calling a recruiter 15 times a day is not the solution. 

 Getting a recruiter to call you back can sometimes be like giving your phone number out at the bar.  Once you get that number, how quickly should you call them?  How many times should you call them?  Ultimately, there reaches a point where you just have to give up and say “he or she is just not interested in me”.

 I am not suggesting the a candidate give up, but candidates need to be aware that recruiters often work on tight deadlines and finding candidates as quickly as possible can usually be the best way to close business.  With that in mind, the position you want to talk to me about, may not be the number one thing on my priority list.  It does not mean that I will not call you back; it just means that right now I have something else I need to do.  While finding a job is likely your number one priority, the job you are applying for may not be my number one priority yet.

 I can appreciate the passion any candidate puts into finding a job and following up with me.  I just want to say – be careful of how aggressively you tackle this.  Candidates who call me too many times in a day remind me of trying to get a girl on a date and calling her 10 times without leaving a message.  It will just end up making me look bad and will act as a turn off.  Is she going to want to date me?

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Rejected: Moving on after the interview

Posted by sweens on April 2, 2009

I was reading a blog yesterday that talked about how recruiting a position is a lot like setting a friend up on a blind date.  Trying to match two people and hoping there is a connection there – similar to bringing a candidate to an interview and hoping they make a connection with the hiring manager.  And while this blog was geared towards retention, I think this analogy applies to many scenarios in the staffing industry.

 

Let us focus on a very difficult issue for many people along the windy road of landing a new position.  You make it all the way to an interview but do not get selected for the job. 

 

Why?  What went wrong?  I thought it went really well.

 

 Those are all pretty common responses for candidates who leave an interview thinking that they have a good chance of closing on the position and are interested in what the position can offer them.  But a lot of the time, you do not end up getting the position and where do you go from there?

 

Many candidates are often looking for that aspect of closure following a lost opportunity.  It helps them move on or better prepare themselves for the next interview.  Similarly to breaking up with someone you have dated.  Was it me?  Was it them?  Do I need to change something?  I think the simply reality that people need to realize is that not everyone matches with everyone.  I have had candidates that are excellent candidates and many organizations would jump at the chance to hire them but they blow the interview.

 

This is not to say that the candidate can not interview, but sometimes you just do not match the person on the other end.  It is no ones fault, just the way things work out.  That being said, telling that to a candidate likely is not a viable option.  They want something concrete, something tangible that will explain the hiring decision.  And unfortunately, you do not always get that answer.

 

It is not common practice for employers to offer a post interview debrief as to why you did not get the job.  Recruiters can do a better job of getting this information for you since they work with the hiring managers but often times the information is not shared with all parties involved.  There are internal politics, budget cuts, family emergencies, etc; that can all get in the way of someone getting an offer – but that is unlikely to be shared with candidates.

 

While a recruiter should always do their best to debrief their candidates following an interview, candidates need to accept that at times, information will simply not be made available to them (including the recruiter) and accepting that they did not get the job is the only answer they are going to get.

 

I know it is not the most desirable situation for anyone to be in, but it is just the way interviewing works. 

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