The MSG Blog

Welcome to the MSG Blog.

At MacDonald Search Group, we thrive on creating positive, beneficial connections for our clients and job-seekers.

Our team members are among the best in the biz at what they do. Each one has years of industry insights to share. Here are some practical tips and best practices to help you connect more effectively with exceptional candidates and great companies.

Check back periodically for the latest and greatest.

The MSG Blog

BCFB Roundtable: Employee Retention Strategies

Posted on February 26, 2024

Download the PDF file here: BCFBA Retention Ideas

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UCW Career Panel: Interview Guide

Posted on February 13, 2024

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The Human Element: Our personal touch in a digital world

Posted on January 16, 2024

By: Dana Lamanna Have you noticed that digital tools like AI, Zoom video calls, and other digital tools have replaced essential communications and job functions in many organizations? While some of…

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How to run an efficient recruitment process using an external agency

Posted on January 16, 2024

By Stuart Gannon Working with a good recruiter comes with a host of benefits, access to their extensive candidate networks, the latest technology, market insights, and speed. It also doesn’t divert…

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Changes to the Regulatory Landscape in BC and ON

Posted on January 16, 2024

by Trevor Baker 2023 marked significant changes in the Canadian human resources landscape when it comes to pay transparency, as well as requirements for salary disclosures and recruitment firm…

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Top metrics to gauge the success of your attraction and retention initiatives

Posted on January 16, 2024

By Oliver Kuehm At MacDonald Search Group, our executive recruiters view the success of our client's attraction and retention initiatives as one combined measure of company success. For example,…

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Scam Proof and Protect Yourself in your Job Search

Posted on January 16, 2024

by Trevor Baker Protect Yourself in Your Job Search Job hunting can be tricky, and sometimes, shady characters and questionable job postings add an extra layer of complexity. In fact the Government…

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LinkedIn Profile Optimization Checklist

Posted on January 15, 2024

by Mina Bacungan In today's competitive job market, recruiters rely on filters to identify the right candidates. Your LinkedIn profile isn't just a static resume; it's your dynamic introduction to…

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Ryan Lee's Top Three Tips for Job Seekers

Posted on December 14, 2023

MacDonald Search Group's newest member, Ryan Lee, reflects on the candidate journey with a useful info graphic on the best way to unlock your career potential! If you are a supply chain professional…

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Welcome to the team: Ryan Lee

Posted on October 27, 2023

Let’s warmly welcome one of our newest team members, Ryan Lee! He joins the Vancouver recruitment team with an extensive supply chain and logistics background. Ryan was born and raised in Vancouver…

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Employers: Improve the candidate experience to find better employees!

Posted on October 27, 2023

Featuring insights by Jesse Zulak How easy is your application and interview process? If you’re making it more difficult than it needs to be, you may be missing out on qualified candidates for your…

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If you’re not on LinkedIn…you don’t exist!

Posted on October 27, 2023

By Anna Lisa Farina It’s direct but true! Whether you’re actively looking for a job or not, you NEED a LinkedIn profile and should be reasonably active on it. Why? Because without a well-populated…

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5 Signs it’s time to leave your job

Posted on May 25, 2023

By Mike Carter Most people no longer stay at the same company or career for their entire life. It’s more common than ever to switch companies or career paths after a few years until you find the…

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Upskilling and reskilling in our changing career market

Posted on May 25, 2023

By Michael van Olm In our changing job market, your skills and experience will be paramount to your ability for promotions or standing out from the crowd when searching for new jobs. Do you have the…

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Returning to the Office Post-Covid: Tips for Employees and Employers

Posted on May 25, 2023

By Eric Floyd Earlier this month, the World Health Organization officially announced that COVID-19 was no longer a global health emergency. For office workers, this may mean more mandated “return to…

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Welcome to the team Mike Carter

Posted on September 30, 2022

Mike Carter is one of the most recent additions to the MacDonald Search Group Team in our Toronto office. His first introduction to MSG was as a candidate who our very own Paul Cannon placed in a B2B…

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Dispelling common stereotypes when working with a recruiter

Posted on September 30, 2022

By Dana LamannaIs this your first time working with a recruiter? Do you have questions about the process? Working with a head hunter/recruiter has many benefits over applying for the job directly.…

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Get to Know Michael “Woody” Sherwood

Posted on September 30, 2022

If you’ve been looking for a career in food service in Toronto, you may have worked with Michael Sherwood, or as we know him: “Woody.” Woody joined the MSG team in December 2020 and specializes in…

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Challenges and trends in hiring in 2022

Posted on September 30, 2022

By: Wade SimmonsThe job market hasn’t been the same in recent years. 2022 is seeing a rebound, but how employers find and hire candidates is changing. Here are a few trends we’re noticing in the…

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Get to Know James Palmer

Posted on April 11, 2022

James has been a recruitment specialist at MSG for six years after a long career in B2B operations for manufacturing companies. He has got a history in sales and was the Vice President of Sales and …

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Is technology helping or hindering your hiring process?

Posted on April 11, 2022

By: Sean BakerTalent markets are becoming increasingly more competitive, and the window of opportunity for finding the right candidate continues to get shorter. This medley of challenges has led many…

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Get your Resume Noticed with Paul’s Top 8 Resume Tips

Posted on April 11, 2022

By: Paul CannonResumes are often the first time a prospective employer will “meet” you. Put forth your best effort by ensuring your resume has everything they’re looking for. Today, I’m sharing my…

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Top 10 Interview Tips to Land Your Dream Career

Posted on November 05, 2021

By: Paul MelansonThere are many parts to a successful job interview. One of them is that you are doing more talking than the interviewer. But, if you want to do most of the talking, you need to be…

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Welcome to the team Dana Lammana

Posted on November 02, 2021

We’re honoured to welcome our newest associate, Dana Lammana, to the MacDonald Search Group family in our new Toronto office. Dana is a seasoned recruiter bringing extensive recruiting experience…

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Meet Wade Simmons

Posted on October 15, 2021

Wade Simmons joined MacDonald Search Group after 14 years in the supply chain industry. When we asked him to join MSG as a recruiter for that industry, he knew his deep knowledge of supply chain…

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Eliminating Unconscious Bias in Recruitment

Posted on October 15, 2021

By: Stuart GannonAs part of our focus on Diversity and Inclusion at MacDonald Search Group, I recently watched a TED Talk on Unconscious Bias by Gail Tolstoi-Miller. She told the story of a client…

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Welcome to the team: Paul Melanson

Posted on May 17, 2021

Meet one of the newest members of our team! Paul Melanson has been recruiting in Atlantic Canada for the last 13 years and joined the MSG group about 5 months ago. His previous sales and business…

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Welcome to the team: Michael Sherwood (aka Woody)

Posted on May 17, 2021

We’re excited to welcome Michael Sherwood (aka “Woody”) to our team in Toronto. He studied Hotel and Restaurant Management and is a resident foodie of the team. He spent many years in the food…

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Get to know Sean Baker

Posted on May 17, 2021

Sean Baker may be one of the most passionate and animated people you will ever talk to (at least, that’s what his friends say)! Growing up he was often the Master of Ceremonies for school pageants,…

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How to impress recruiters and employers with your LinkedIn profile

Posted on May 17, 2021

By Jaime Burke Are paper resumes dead? Maybe when you have a site like LinkedIn that is like a digital resume. Like a paper resume, a well-done LinkedIn profile will better catch the eye of…

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Recruiting is about relationships, not resumes

Posted on May 17, 2021

By Michael Van OlmDo you remember the first time you met a now-longtime friend? Think about when you first went to their home for dinner and how polite you were ringing the doorbell, taking off your…

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MSG Welcomes Paul Cannon

Posted on October 27, 2020

MacDonald Search Group is excited to welcome PAUL CANNON as our Managing Director of Ontario, Quebec & Atlantic Canada. In addition to overseeing the growth of our national presence, Paul will…

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How Covid-19 Impacted the Job Market in 2020

Posted on October 27, 2020

By James PalmerBy mid-March, MacDonald Search group was well on its way to a record month. By the end of March, it felt like we ran over a cliff.That’s likely no surprise to most, as the impact of…

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An Unexpected Benefit of a Pandemic: MSG’s Story

Posted on October 27, 2020

By Eric FloydFor many, 2020 has been one of the most challenging years on record. Both personally and professionally, we have – at the very least – all faced massive uncertainty and change. While we…

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Leading Virtual Teams: How To Create Interpersonal Connection

Posted on July 01, 2020

MacDonald Search Group’s commitment to making an impact for clients and candidates is evidenced in part by the degree our team stays informed of industry trends. Each of our consultants is a leader…

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The 5 Skills Employers Want in 2020

Posted on July 01, 2020

Since the beginning of 2020, the world of work has measurably changed. Wide sweeping layoffs makes for lots of talented professionals without secure employment. Many more have observed the way their…

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MSG Calgary Welcomes STUART GANNON

Posted on July 01, 2020

MacDonald Search Group (MSG) is thrilled to welcome STUART GANNON as the newest member of our Calgary office. Stuart is joining the Prairies team, leading our Consumer Products, Beverage Alcohol,…

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GET TO KNOW YOUR MACDONALD SEARCH GROUP CALGARY SENIOR CONSULTANT - MICHAEL VAN OLM

Posted on July 01, 2020

Michael Van Olm is an experienced business development executive and leader. He’s worked for a number of global companies, spanning multiple industries, located all across Canada. His breadth of…

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Regarding COVID-19

Posted on March 16, 2020

MacDonald Search Group remains open for business. We have the technology and tools to continue searching for you from remote locations. As you know, one of the key deliverables at MacDonald Search…

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How To Interview Your Interviewer

Posted on January 17, 2020

There’s a lot of information available on how to be successful in job interviews. While some of this information is useful, some may be detrimental. Wade Simmons, Senior Consultant with Macdonald…

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How To Find The Best Job Candidates (Looking Past The Resume)

Posted on January 17, 2020

For the last decade, unemployment rates in Canada have been plummeting. It’s a trend that’s great for our economy, but one that results in a highly competitive market for quality talent. Employers…

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MSG Calgary Welcomes Sean Baker !

Posted on August 23, 2019

We are pleased to announce that SEAN BAKER has joined MacDonald Search Group in our Calgary office. Sean will be leading our Manufacturing, Operations and Supply Chain practice covering Alberta,…

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Get to Know Your MacDonald Search Group Consultant - Meet Jaime Burke

Posted on August 23, 2019

Beverage Alcohol Expert with a Splash of Zen. Strapping on sneakers in her Olympic Village condo in preparation to run the False Creek seawall, the newest addition to the MacDonald Search Group…

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Interview Best Practices for Non-HR Interviewers

Posted on August 23, 2019

Hiring a new person shouldn’t be an onerous interruption to your schedule. A well-planned process can be a joyous celebration of corporate growth and respite from the rapidly spreading brush fire you…

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Interview Prep – What are Employers Seeing?

Posted on August 22, 2019

The initial phone screening went great and now you’ve been invited to a second interview. You…are…on…a…roll! Nailing this to get a third (and often final) interview takes work. The hiring manager…

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MSG Tackles The Okanagan Wine Trail!

Posted on June 02, 2019

After a record setting year of business in 2018, the team at MacDonald Search Group descended on the Okanagan Valley for a combined incentive and annual meeting.  The highlight was a full day of food…

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Job Search 101: How To Pass The Social Media Maturity Test

Posted on March 06, 2019

In a little over a decade, social media has dramatically changed our lives. While some people in the employment pool have grown up with it, others are less versed on the intricacies of the…

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How To Streamline The Recruiting Process: A Guide For Hiring Managers

Posted on March 06, 2019

You want to fill a position and, ideally, you would like the best possible candidate as soon as possible. But what’s a reasonable timeline to expect for finding and hiring a qualified candidate?…

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11 QUESTIONS YOU SHOULD ASK IN AN INTERVIEW IF YOU REALLY WANT THE JOB

Posted on November 24, 2017

Successful interviews aren't just about having the right answers. They are about asking the right questions. As an interviewer, being asked good questions keeps me energized, engaged and interested…

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Three Traits Recruiters Find Most Desirable In Face-to-Face Job Interviews

Posted on September 27, 2017

Three Traits Recruiters Find Most Desirable In Face-to-Face Job InterviewsRecruiters and hiring managers have always considered conversational skills an important trait in new hires, but a new survey…

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ABC's of Resume Writing

Posted on June 15, 2017

With almost 20 years or recruiting and countless interviews, I have definitely seen my share of resumes. Some great and some not so great. I am often asked, “what makes a great resume?”. You would…

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4 SIGNS THAT REFLECT YOU DON’T HAVE A HEALTHY WORK CULTURE

Posted on June 15, 2017

Healthy work culture is one of the most stressed aspects of building a great team in today’s scenario. In the words of Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos.com, “If you get the culture right, most of the other…

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4 Things Great Bosses Say to a New Employee That Most Bosses Never Think to Say

Posted on June 14, 2017

Want a new employee to truly hit the ground running? Say these four things. You work hard to find, interview, and hire the right employees. They have great skills, great experience, and great…

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How Can I Learn About A Company's Culture?

Posted on June 02, 2017

The answer to "How can I learn about a company's culture?" is "You can ask them about it." You can ask your prospective hiring manager almost anything, but most job-seekers don't dare! We say we…

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