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January 2011

Congratulations to our HR Q&A Winner, Nii Sackeyfio of MaRS!

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Nii Sackeyfio’s question was selected by our resident expert, Donna Smith, as the most relevant and thought-provoking HR question. We received many submissions by email, twitter, LinkedIn and here via the CEO Blog, and we thank you all for your submissions! If you did not win the contest, please check back on the blog as we will be trying to answer all of the relevant questions that were submitted to us over the course of the next few months.

Nii is an Ability Edge intern currently employed at MaRS Discover District as Project Coordinator for the Government of Ontario’s EnAbling Change Partnership Program which is designed to promote compliance and awareness of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act to the broader public.

For submitting the best question, Nii has won two tickets to attend the HR Summit Awards, held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on the evening of Tuesday, February 1st. Nii will be sitting at the Career Edge Organization table at this annual gala event. The HR Summit Awards are presented by the HRPA and Canadian HR Reporter, and kicks off the annual HRPA 2011 Annual Conference & Trade Show.

Speaking of which… Career Edge Organization will be at the HRPA Conference & Trade Show! Come see us at booth #643 and enter our draw for a prize!

We’re giving away 2 free tickets to the HR Summit Awards gala and dinner – TODAY ONLY

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All you have to do to enter is submit an employment or HR-related question for our “HR Q&A” – examples of questions we’ve received so far include:

What will it take for us to move beyond People Profiling – usually done through average scale scores – towards People Competence as revealed by the dynamics between test scales?

What is the most important less obvious thing to look for in a candidates resume besides experience and education?

Submit your question by leaving a comment below!

About the event:

The annual HRPA Conference and Tradeshow at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre kicks of the HR Summit Awards gala dinner the night before. The event is presented by HRPA and Canadian HR Reporter. Tickets are $100 each – we’re giving the winner 2 tickets for free!

Submit your questions before the end of day – winner announced tomorrow!

*******For additional details, see the previous blog post (below).

Contest: HR Q&A Wednesdays Kick-off!

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Starting in February 2011, every other Wednesday Career Edge Organization will be lending our expertise to the business community by answering real questions from real employers. To kick things off, we’re putting out a challenge and calling upon our readers to submit relevant, thought-provoking HR or employment-related questions, and a prize is at stake!

Win 2 free tickets to the HR Summit Awards gala!

Send us your question along with your contact information (name, title, organization and email will do) to marketing@careeredge.ca. You can also tweet your question to @CareerEdgeOrg on Twitter! Or, you can leave a comment and submit your question here on the  blog!

The person who submits the most unique, relevant and though-provoking question, as determined by our resident experts, will win 2 free gala tickets, valued at $100 each – a total value of $200!

The winner and finalists will have their questions featured on our blog, along with answers from our resident expert!

Winners will be announced on Thursday, January 27th!

Contest rules

1. You must be a Canadian employer/manager/HR professional

2. You must be able to attend the HR Summit Awards gala the evening of Tuesday, February 1, 2011

3. Your question must be HR/employment related; Relevant topics may include:

  • recruitment for entry-level and/or professional-level roles
  • pre-screening for long-term retention
  • diversity and inclusion planning
  • workplace accessibility and accommodation
  • seasonal, short-term or project based work
  • contingency staffing
  • payroll, salary and compensation
  • unique issues pertaining to hiring in non-profit, private or public sectors

About the HR Summit Awards

Date: Tuesday February 1, 2011

Time: 6 pm Cocktails, 7 pm Dinner, 8 pm Awards Presentation

Location: Metro Toronto Convention Centre, South Building, 222 Bremner Blvd. Toronto

More info: http://www.hrsummitawards.com

Learn from the best

Our “resident expert” is Donna Smith, Vice President, Career Edge Organization. Donna brings more than 30 years of senior management level experience in Human Resources and Operations. She holds a BA from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Advanced Human Resources and Strategic Planning from the Rotman Executive School of Business.

What do we know about employment?

Over the course of 15 years, Career Edge Organization has perfected the internship model; since 1996 we have worked with hundreds of employers and launched over 10,000 careers, putting talented recent grads, graduates with disabilities and internationally qualified professionals to work. Our work sees us collaborating with employers in the private, public and non-profit sectors, as well as with Canada’s leading post-secondary institutions and community-based agencies. As a result of this incredible vantage point, we bring a unique, multi-faceted perspective to diverse audiences on a wide range of topics related to employability, cultural diversity, Gen Y and accessibility.

Best of all we work with some of Canada’s top employers including RBC, Bell, GE, the Ontario Government and countless others. So if we don’t know the answer to your question, we could find someone in our vast employer network that does!

Another year, another resolution: 3 goals for HR professionals in 2011

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Last year, we put together a great resolution list for career-minded individuals everywhere. Covering topics such as work-life balance, organization and learning, our Ten Resolutions for 2010 can be found here.

This year, we have but three simple but necessary tips for HR professionals. Consider these commandments for 2011:

1. Get Online and Get Social!

Social HR, Recruiting 3.0 – there are many names for it. The point is, job-seekers are increasingly turning to the online world of social networking to learn about an organization’s work culture and to find opportunities in hidden places. As attracting top talent becomes more competitive than ever, having the tools to build and maintain relationships with customers, employees and potential talent is going to be a key advantage in 2011.

Remember, using online tools will also help you develop your own personal and professional networks, meaning better access to new, up-to-date information, unique perspectives and exciting opportunities for you and your organization.

2. Swim in new talent pools!

Look for talent in new places by embracing diversity – this means focusing on the abilities of persons with disabilities, considering the potential of educated recent grads and acknowledging international skills and education. It not only makes good business sense to have a diverse workforce; as a hiring manager or HR professional, broadening your perspective and your understanding of what it means to be “qualified” will give you access to more and better talent.

3. Put fit first

In 2010 we told you about the importance of finding the right fit in our newsletter and on our blog. With the recession behind us and a skills shortage ahead, organizations need to recruit and retain strong talent to compete. It’s a fact that when hire for person-organization fit (and not just person-job fit) your employees will be more engaged, more productive and more likely stay!

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