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Featured Candidates & Positions

May 2020

Welcome Back,

It goes without saying that the job market has seen some of its worst months in recent history. During times of mass layoffs and economic hardships, finding a new job can seem like the most daunting and fruitless of tasks. For this month's newsletter, we share advice on how to remain a competitive job seeker after being laid off in a flooded job market and how to address that gap on your resume. But first, please see our Featured Candidates and Positions.


Featured Candidates for Employers

Candidate 1: Mexico Based Plant Quality Manager

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This candidate is currently based in the Juarez region, but has roots in Monterrey and can relocate anywhere in the Northern part of Mexico. This individual has worked for a USA based, global manufacturer for the last 9 years and is responsible for two manufacturing sites on one campus. This professional has delivered measurable improvements to all critical quality metrics and manages a team of QE’s, techs and inspectors, as well as the testing lab personnel. Prior to this role, this person worked for a European manufacturer and has automotive industry experience as well as aerospace and consumer products. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.

Candidate 2: Director of Human Resources

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This candidate is responsible for all HR functions for a North American manufacturing business consisting of 12 sizable manufacturing plants across Canada, United States, and Mexico. This candidate has driven corporate initiatives down through the organization including improving ROI with respect to new compensation and benefits plans, as well as training and development right down to the shop floor. The candidate has a masters degree in organizational development and has excellent leadership and communication skills. This person has been able to influence key stakeholders and implemented a new HRIS system as well as created a manager accountable succession planning system which has lead to measurable recruitment and training cost savings across the region. This candidate can relocate nationwide in the USA. Email for more details or call +1-313-887-8300 ex. 102.


Featured Positions for Job Seekers

Position 1: Vice President of Sales, large civil and private infrastructure engineering projects

Our client is a global engineering and design firm, designing large scale projects for government and private energy projects, and heavy industry projects. In this role you will manage sales teams across North America to drive top line growth while protecting margin. You will successfully lead teams consisting of sales, application engineers, estimators, and quote response. You will also play a hands-on role in managing key customer relationships. You will drive customer interaction in order to be aware of projects coming down the pipeline to effectively respond to tenders and RFP’s. You will report to the President of this sizable organization and the position can be based in several different locations throughout the USA (possible in Canada). Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more information.

Position 2: HR Manager, Ontario Canada

Once again we are looking for an outstanding HR manager for a large plant in Ontario. You will lead a tenured HR team consisting of generalists, a recruiter, H&S coordinator, a trainer, and administration. The company is a healthy, global organization with secured business to ensure manufacturing programs for the next 8 years. Please apply only if you have at least 5 years of HR management experience within a high-volume manufacturing environment. Please contact or call +1-313-887-8300 ex.102 for more info.

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Life Beyond Layoffs - How to Compete in a Flooded Market

In the past couple months, you may have found yourself unexpectedly laid off, or you might be wondering if there is a layoff in your near future due to the unprecedented times we find ourselves in. You are not alone. Many professionals are experiencing the same situation, along with fears and concerns about their future employment.

Finding new employment right now does have its challenges (there are more people searching for jobs and fewer jobs available) however it is still possible. The following is our advice on how to navigate the rough waters of overcoming the emotional/psychological effects of being laid off, competing in a flooded market, and addressing the gap on your resume.

Step 1: Take a Deep Breath
Even though you are not at fault, being laid off comes with an emotional sting. Feelings of rejection and doubt are normal. It is important to take some time to address these feelings and get through them. Talking with friends and family or engaging in activities you enjoy will help you move on, ease stress and rebuild your self-esteem. The sense of calm and confidence you build by taking time for yourself can also help make positive first-impressions to future hiring managers.

Step 2: Dive Back In
After getting over the initial emotional response, it is important to quickly turn around and dive right back in. Try not to delay getting back to the job market or you may risk employers seeing you as demotivated or out of touch. You must make finding a job your new job and dedicate hours to it daily.

Step 3: Update Your Self Marketing Material
This is the time to update and revamp your resume. Spend a good amount of time to make it fully reflect all of your skills and professional expertise. Consider hiring a professional to help you polish it up. Create and/or update your LinkedIn profile and other public professional profiles. Upload your resume to job banks and update your information with any professional associations you are a part of.

Step 4: Conduct Research
Conduct research not only on who is hiring, but on your industry, the companies and the people in it. Keep tabs on the latest news pertaining to your field of work. Staying in-the-know will help you remain relevant to hiring managers. Look for the positive stories and successful hires to boost your motivation and positive attitude. Opportunity for employment may present itself simply by staying informed.

Step 5: Network
Contribute to discussions among professionals in your industry - whether that be through professional social media platforms or through associations you are a part of. Congratulate others for finding new employment. The goal is to be thought of and seen as positive contributor to peers. It is not recommended that you start asking everyone in your network if they have any job opportunities for you. Networking is something that is done gradually but opportunities may arise out of your discussions and connections.

Step 6: Sharpen Skills
Perhaps the job search is taking a little longer than anticipated and the gap on your resume is getting larger. It is important to be productive and resourceful at this time. Research whether there are new skills or qualification that are in demand within your industry. Maybe there is a new technology that few people have experience. Seeking out further education through courses or certificates can give you a competitive edge during your job search. Volunteering somewhere where your skills can be of use can also prevent you from getting rusty and will also help you to network. These kinds of activities can also help fill that gap on your resume.

Let's be frank, these aren't the easiest of times. But with calmness, clear thinking, diligence and perseverance, these tough times will pass. Keep these qualities in mind and you will find that next step in your career.


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