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How to Elevate the Candidate Experience

If your company is trying to attract talented candidates, you will have to elevate their experience so that they show interest in your company. Salaries and benefits are very important, but the culture of a company is equally as important, and candidates are after positive experiences so that they enjoy their position. Your hiring process will indicate your company’s culture, so it’s important that you make a good first impression. This experience will either convince the candidate that your company is right for them or will lead them to decline your offer. 

If you want to show talented candidates that your company is the right fit, consider the following tips:

Communicate Clearly

Communication is key, and candidates need to have a clear understanding of the process and your company. You need to tell them why they should consider your company over others and what sets you apart. If your hiring process involves multiple interviews, explain why this is necessary so that they are aware of your procedures. Proper communication is a very big part of the hiring process, so you need to do this well to create a positive hiring experience.

Try To Be Flexible

Most applicants will likely be working at another company, so it may be difficult for them to attend several interviews. Try to be understanding of this and show them that you are flexible because this will prove that you value their time and respect their situation. Try to accommodate their schedule because this will show that your company cares about its employees and will indicate that you treat them well. Candidates will appreciate this gesture because it shows that you are willing to work with employees to create solutions that are mutually beneficial.

Act Fast

If you like a candidate and want to extend them an offer, do this fast. Hesitation can cause you to lose the candidate who may go and accept an offer somewhere else, so act quickly because it is a competitive market. Time does matter, and talented candidates are hard to find, so if you are interested in extending an offer, do it fast to seal the deal.

Be Respectful, Even If The Candidate Is Not Right For The Job

If the interview proves that the candidate is not right for the role, decline them in a timely manner and offer feedback so that they know why. This needs to be done professionally and respectfully because while they might not be right for the job now, they may be the perfect candidate for another position in the future. Additionally, word spreads fast, so you don’t want other potential candidates to hear about negative experiences.

If you’re looking for temporary help and beyond, Aactive Personnel can help! Our light industrial staffing agency will help with your job search, and you can rely on our services because we are one of the best recruitment and placement agencies in the Winnipeg and Manitoba market. Also, check us out in our newest province, as we are now servicing Calgary and the rest of Alberta. Our staffing agency will help you find your company flexible labour and offers job seekers some great employment options, so contact Aactive today for more information!

4 Ways to Stay Organized and Be Efficient During Your Job Search

Searching for a job can be overwhelming, but staying organized will help you be more efficient, and you will have an easier time landing your dream position.

Time and effort are required because you need to keep track of your applications so that you don’t miss any opportunities or deadlines. Staying organized will also prevent confusion, and you won’t mix up any of your appointments. If you want to be more efficient during your job search, the following tips will help:

Track Your Applications

You will be applying for several positions, so you need to keep a record of your application process. This way, you will know when to complete a follow-up and will not forget an application. Some companies will call candidates back weeks after having received an application, so if you receive a call a month later, you won’t have forgotten about them. You can refer to your application file and will remember the company and position in seconds. You can create a spreadsheet to help in this regard, as this will allow you to keep track of every one of your applications.

Keep Track Of Your Inbox

It’s likely that you are going to have a lot of emails going back and forth throughout your job search, so you need to make sure your inbox is organized to prevent confusion. You don’t want to write the wrong thing to the wrong company, so create folders to help you stay on track. You can create multiple folders within that one folder and can organize them through different categories, including company names, in-person interviews or applications, for example. This will allow you to respond to the right company, and you will be able to keep track of the back and forth conversations.

Look For The Job Alert Option

A lot of job search sites offer this option, so subscribe to these alerts so that you receive job newsletters with the categories you subscribe to. You can choose broad categories like accounting or can choose to be more specific with your title. These alerts will save you a ton of time because the jobs will be specific to you and what you’re after.

Turn To Recruitment Agencies

They can help you land the right job because these agencies already have built-in systems in place, so your search will be easier, and you will be able to do everything in one place. Job search sites are also very useful, so consider using these sites as well.

If you’re looking for temporary help and beyond, Aactive Personnel can help! Our light industrial staffing agency will help with your job search, and you can rely on our services because we are one of the best recruitment and placement agencies in the Winnipeg and Manitoba market, along with Calgary the rest of Alberta. Our staffing agency will help you find your company flexible labour and job seekers some great employment options, so contact Aactive today for more information!

What Can Be the Best Temporary Job for a University Student?

Balancing good grades and social life while getting enough sleep in college is no easy task. But what if you also need some extra money to support yourself and your studies? Trying to fit in a job on top of all your other obligations can feel overwhelming.

That’s why you need to find a job that works for you, not the other way around. Choosing the right part-time job will not only give you some extra income, but it can also help you get a job after graduation. Here are some factors you should consider when trying to choose the perfect part-time job:


Finding a job that is easily accessible for you is extremely important if your availability is limited. Most college towns offer a wide range of part-time jobs close to campus, so don’t waste your time commuting! Aactive Personnel is located right next to major transportation routes and even withing walking distance of some post secondary schools, making it easy to visit and get signed up to earn some income when it works for you.


Are you working because of your passion or pay? The payment range for a part-time job can vary a lot, so try to find one that balances your interest and the income you need. Aactive Personnel has a variety of entry level positions and up available daily to meet your wants and needs.


Make sure to inquire about the working hours and choose one with your preferred availability. Some positions require night shifts, early mornings, or holidays. Only say yes if you know you can commit to them!

Career Relevance

Internships are a great way to gain experience in your chosen field. However, you might find yourself sacrificing pay.

Your Experience

Have you worked during high school? Those experiences can be relevant and help your application. If not there is no time like the present to get signed up and work “on demand” when it works for you for a great agency like Aactive!

Now you know what you need to consider when choosing your next flexible part-time, temporary job, it’s time to begin your search! Are you looking for the perfect temporary job to fit your busy schedule? Contact Aactive Personnel today. We are one of the best recruitment agencies in warehousing and light industrial placements in Canada, and your trusted source for placements in transportation, logistics, agriculture, manufacturing, and many more industries. Contact our temp agency to find the perfect opportunity for you!

Permatemps – Ultimate Staffing Solution

Sometimes, organizations have to hire temporary employees for extended periods of time. This is usually done for the duration of a special project, and for a single staffing client. The temp employees are now known as permatemps!

The use of contingent talent is becoming more popular but the complexities of managing a contingent workforce are increasing as well. However, permatemps can significantly reduce your HR workload and ensure that your organization gets to retain the already trained and skilled workforce a little while longer, without having to deal with the complications that come with a permanent workforce.

A permatemp workforce can positively influence your bottom line by providing you with a practiced labor force that knows how to get the job done while also justifying your overall cost per hire. Hire them a season at a time, and adjust to the cyclical temperament of the economy and the business, making the best use of everything your permatemps have to offer.

At Aactive, we give our clients the ability to hire the same employees every time they need temporary help. This way, we provide you with a creative solution that successfully accommodates your changing workforce needs without having to compromise on the skillfulness or capability of the temporary staff. You get more time to concentrate on your core business activities while also gaining all the benefits that a flexible temporary workforce can bring.

So every time your business experiences ad-hoc or contingency needs for labour, you can call on your favorite permatemps by name, without being subjected to long-term commitment with us as your preferred recruiters.

Contact us today, if you’d like to find out more about our Permatemp Workforce Solutions.

Variable Labour Strategy Will Save Money

If you are an employer, in order to compete in today’s cut-throat marketplace, you have two choices. You can improve your internal processes or you can look externally to find lower cost sources. Gregg Gordon, author of Lean Labor: A Survival Guide for Companies Facing Global Competition, wouldn’t advise you to chase lower wages from country to country; what he would suggest is using Lean strategies to transform your workplace.

“Companies that practice Lean rely on their employees who know the process best to identify unproductive activities and replace them with productive ones. This additional productive time results in higher output with the same pace of production using the same capital investment,” Gordon explains.

The efficiency of your workforce is challenging to measure. Machine speed and output, and material inputs are easily quantifiable. The variability in your labour force makes accountability in this area more difficult. Though difficult to do, those companies that look to reduce the variability of their workforce will see more cost benefit than those companies that do not.

By extending lean concepts into your organization’s workforce, you can quickly begin to understand where savings can be found.

Here are some examples of how applying lean principles can make you think differently about your workforce.

  • Transport: Unnecessary movement of people such as call-ins.
  • Inventory: More people than required for current order.
  • Motion: Manual paper processes than can be automated, such as timekeeping.
  • Waiting: Unplanned absenteeism.
  • Knowledge: Too few skills or experience to efficiently perform a process.
  • Resource Allocation: Using a person too highly skilled for a specific role.
  • Discretion: Providing too much information to individuals, causing them to search through this detail for the information they require.
  • Over Processing: Entering data multiple times into different systems
  • Clarification: Decisions that are made, questioned, and then reviewed against because of ambiguous supporting information.
  • Defects: Payment to employees that is not intended
  • Experience Deficit: Expired or missing employee skills and certification that causes quality and performance issues, safety hazards or regulatory infractions.

Overproduction is one of labour inefficiency that is being addressed by smart plant managers. Organizations looking to save on their labour costs are creating a separate labour pool to deal with unskilled tasks that are not efficiently performed by highly skilled employees. It makes absolutely no sense to have a trained equipment operator that comes with a $35/hour price tag engaged in unloading materials or cleaning up the grounds of debris. If these unskilled tasks cannot justify a full-time position, costs can be controlled by outsourcing daily needs to a temporary agency.

By outsourcing unskilled work to temporary agencies, a plant manager can reduce costs and create a variable labour component to account for bulges in productivity or seasonal fluctuations.

All organizations experience fluctuations in production and activity throughout the annual cycle, which cause staffing challenges. Too many workers in an area create waste, and too few can lead to delayed fulfillment or costly overtime. Having a variable strategy in place to deal with these constants can have a positive effect on your labour costs.

The Benefits of Using a Temporary Workforce

This is an excerpt from an article written by Patricia Schaefer for the website ‘Business Know-How’—give it a read!

It enables your business to adjust more easily and quickly to workload fluctuations
Temporary help agencies can quickly provide your business with qualified staff.  Some common reasons companies hire temps:

  • Employee absences:  illness, vacation, maternity or disability leave, sudden departure
  • Unexpected or temporary demands:  special projects, seasonal or peak periods, employee shortages

Maintains staffing flexibility
With the popularity and staying power of flexible work arrangements, employers need to stay current with the needs of today’s work force.  Temporary work is just one of the ways that businesses can offer flexibility and at the same time better meet their own needs.

Representative Denise Ridenour of renowned Kelly Services foresees that “the employment pool will increasingly include a mix of temporary and full-time employees.  The result is a more efficient workplace, a more flexible job market, and greater opportunities for both employers and employees.  Additionally, improving productivity enhances a company’s bottom line and employee job security.”

Can evaluate worker without commitment
Based on your evaluation or preferences, you can employ a temp for a designated short term or, if desired, offer a full-time position to a worker who suits your business.  Some businesses employ temporary workers as an excellent and cost-efficient way to recruit and test the abilities of new workers before signing them on full-time.   Other companies will repeatedly use the services of a temp worker who has proven to be a company asset.  Hiring a temp can also be a good way to continue getting work done while you search for the perfect candidate for a particular job.    If unsatisfied with a temp’s work performance, all you need do is contact the temp agency and they will take care of the rest.

Can save time and money
The cost of hiring temp workers is often cheaper than the cost of hiring permanent employees with benefits.  In the short term, it is generally more cost-efficient to hire a temp.   For jobs that are expected to last six months or longer, it may pay to hire a full-time employee.

When you employ an agency, it – not you – becomes the temp worker’s employer.   The agency is responsible for and bears the financial burden of recruiting, screening, testing and hiring workers; payroll expenses and paperwork; payroll and withholding taxes; unemployment and workers’ compensation insurance; and any employee benefits they may wish to provide.  Some agencies even provide training such as software application tutorials.

Temporary employees can provide specialized skills to all types of industries
Temporary help agency workers are now employed in virtually every industry.  Traditionally, companies sought temporary workers for lower-skilled positions.  Today temporary workers increasingly include highly skilled individuals with a wide range of educational backgrounds and work experience.  These individuals can tackle critical one-time projects that are limited in time and scope.   In the field of Law alone, recent years have seen a dramatic growth and acceptance of hiring lawyers on a temporary basis.

Can lead to a long-term positive relationship with staffing agency
When you find a temp agency that provides timely and quality service and referrals, and is experienced and accommodating, you may want to work with them exclusively.  A good relationship with your temp staffing provider will go a long way toward meeting your company needs.

Article Link: http://www.businessknowhow.com/manage/hire-temp.htm

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