When theatre work started taking a downturn a few years ago, an old friend who had great things to say about Talentcor put me in touch with Helen El Kady. She was and is just an amazing person, as is her co-worker Linda Barker who covered for her when she was on leave. I was very quickly assigned to great temporary positions in reception, administrative assistance and more. I enjoyed meeting different people and being exposed to different workplaces while I sort out my future career goals. I had opportunities to develop new skills and take on leadership roles, expanding my resume and helping make ends meet.
When faced with the worst time in my life (caring for my stepmother in palliative care for cancer), Linda was so supportive and helpful in getting me sorted out for EI Compassionate Care Benefits. Anyone who has spent time with a loved one in their last months with cancer knows that life as you know it changes. You may reassess your place in the world and how you spend your time in it. I keep thinking “if only there was a way to be working to help people with cancer”.
After my mum passed away and I had had some time to grieve, I told Helen I was looking for new placements, and perhaps the right one that could be long term. If you can believe it, I was shortly placed in a temporary position at a leading cancer charity. Over the course of the next six months, I would go from the charity to the Toronto International Film Festival for a placement, then back to the charity, then back to theatre world for six weeks, and back again to the charity. By the third assignment, it was feeling like a place I could belong.
Having such a specialized theatre background, it has not been obvious what my path would be for my “next career”. By building a relationship with the charity I was placed through Talentcor, I was able to prove myself on the job, so that when a permanent position came available, I had more or less been on a six month practical interview. Had I not been placed through Talentcor, I don’t know who would have picked up my customer’s resume and seen a natural fit for non-profit fundraising! I am thrilled to say that because of the assistance of Talentcor in getting my foot in the door, I have accepted a permanent position and can see a bright career ahead of me. Solidifying my belief that my mum was looking out for me, the formal offer and acceptance came about on what would have been her 65th birthday.
I am a new comer to Canada who landed at the mid of 2012 and I went to several workshops to learn accessing the Canadian job market and networking. Through network search I get registered with different recruiting agents including Talentcor this was almost after one year of landing.When I went to my interview at Talentcor I was warmly received by Sloan Fleet, a smiley face that gave me hope in getting a proper chance in my career. She gave me enough time and good listening ears to have all the information and thus created my profile. As I expected it took time to get this chance as I was lacking the Canadian experience but she explained to me what my chances are… “You have great experience and your chances are great” she said.
From time to time I get back to her for any updates in my profile so she was eager to keep it always updated. I realized that she was always the initiator in connecting with me. On Oct. 2014 I got a message from her that she has an opportunity for me that matches exactly my profile (this indicated to me that she is fully aware about my profile) with an excellent salary and close to my home; I found during our preliminary conversations that she knows some details about me that I was forgetting (her mind is always updated).
Then we went through the hiring stages step by step; in each stage I used to have two or three phone calls from her for mentoring and some personnel hints for a successful interview; she went also facilitating times of interviews as I was working that time and setting time was not an easy job.
She was interested to know the result of each interview… as she was waiting my phone calls after each step and accordingly she gave me an evaluation, and a plan for the next steps. Until I got my final approval for hiring… it is a pleasant company and professional team that I was hired for.
I didn’t know such a person who is professional, dedicated to her clients and well giving her candidates an extreme confidence level and a feeling that she is sitting nearby in the interviews. It was a great experience working with you. Thank you Sloan and congratulations for Talentcor to have such a person, as well I will not deny recommending her for anyone looking for a new job or career advancement.
When approached to share my story and experience with Talentcor, I can only express positive sentiments and gratitude. I have worked with Talentcor both as a client and as a job candidate...Read More
When approached to share my story and experience with Talentcor, I can only express positive sentiments and gratitude. I have worked with Talentcor both as a client and as a job candidate.
In 2011, I registered with Talentcor and almost immediately was placed in a temporary position at the Hospital for Sick Children, in the Pharmacy Department. My consultant, Lorri Sumner, was very knowledgeable and professional, which helped me to feel confident going into the role.
Shortly after I started in the temporary role, an opportunity arose within the Department for which I could apply. Lorri offered her encouragement and support. I was successful and a year later accepted a full-time position. Lorri’s assessment of my skills and qualifications definitely helped me to succeed.
I became a client when I needed assistance to recruit temporary staff for our Administrative Team during a couple of extended absences. I immediately approached Talentcor and Lorri delivered. One of these candidates has stayed on for the last couple of years and recently secured a fulltime position in a new Department within the Hospital.
I can’t thank Lorri or Talentcor enough for the opportunities and the assistance they have provided. I have worked with other staffing companies in the past, but my experience with Talentcor has by far been the best.
The Miller Gang
Firstly, I would like to say on behalf of all the Miller loaders, thank you for your trust. You have provided us with a job, which has touched us deeply.
I would also like to thank you for giving me the chance to work as a dispatcher. I love my job, and I am proud to be part of your team. This is the first time someone has given me a chance and, for that, I am most grateful.
Anne-Marie, you have always encouraged me and are always there for me, even at 5 in the morning. All the employees here appreciate you, and want to make you proud.
I am pleased to share the “exceptional experience” I received last year in obtaining employment thanks to Talentcor and, in particular, to Marnie Tod, Search and Placement Consultant.Read More
I am pleased to share the “exceptional experience” I received last year in obtaining employment thanks to Talentcor and, in particular, to Marnie Tod, Search and Placement Consultant.
After losing my secretarial position at the University of Manitoba in 2009 due to administrative changes, I was really devastated. I had held that position for over 23 years and never expected that I would ever find myself in a position where I would be forced to look for other employment. In fact, I had hoped to work part-time when I turned 60 and then eventually retire from the University.
I spent the first few months upgrading my computer skills and then started searching for employment. I applied for numerous positions and was quite fortunate in being invited to interview for a number of them. Unfortunately, I seemed to be overqualified or did not have the requisite skills or experience or was probably overlooked because of my age and the fact that I was more than likely not looking for long term employment.
I did find some part-time work with the Manitoba Regional Health Authority and through Kelly Services. I also secured sessional employment with the Provincial Government.
In 2011, I was hired as a full-time Legal Assistant with a law firm in the west end of the City. Although I had no experience in that field, I eventually came to learn how to perform most duties quite well. I did, however, find that my job was becoming increasingly more difficult and demanding and started searching for another position. I sent my resume to various law firms, but most required more experience than I had at that time.
In February of 2014, I found an on-line advertisement for a Receptionist/Legal Assistant at a law firm in Elmwood. I was very interested in the position as I felt that I met the qualifications and I liked the fact that the office was located in the same area as I lived. I emailed my letter of application and resume to Talentcor to the attention of Marnie Tod.
Almost immediately I heard back from Marnie, both by telephone and email. In a relatively short time, I met with Marnie. She advised me that the position was with the law firm of Taylor McCaffrey LLP in their satellite office on Nairn Avenue. At the outset, I found Marnie to be very friendly and approachable. We went over my resume and she seemed quite impressed with my qualifications and years of work experience, unlike other interviewers who had been concerned primarily about my computer skills.
I happened to be leaving on a 10-day winter holiday in Palm Springs on March 24th. Marnie managed to arrange an interview for me with the Human Resources Advisor at Taylor McCaffrey LLP that morning, who, as it turns out, was also going to be away in Hawaii for a week during the same period of time. As usual, I felt quite anxious about the prospect of another interview, but Marnie assured me that I would do great and I went to the interview feeling much more relaxed and confident.
While in Palm Springs, Marnie emailed me a verbal offer of employment, which I accepted and I happily began my new job on March 31st.
Although Marnie was pleased that I had been offered the position, she wanted me to make sure that it was what I wanted and told me to make sure I visited the office and met with the lawyer I would be working with before I signed anything. She had ensured me earlier that if I did not receive an offer or decided not to accept an offer, that she would help me find something else.
I felt Marnie’s interest and support from our first contact to my first day at work and even now she is available to me should I have any questions or concerns. I found her to be a very genuine and caring person. She had been a recruiter for over 10 years and she said that loved what she did, something that became very apparent to me in my dealings with her.
Thanks to Marnie, after five years of job searching, I finally found employment for which I am qualified and enjoy doing and hope to continue doing until I decide it is time to retire. She has already offered to help me find other employment should my job situation change in the future. I truly believe that Marnie went out of her way for me and I am very grateful to her and to Talentcor. I have and will continue to recommend Talentor to anyone I know who may be looking for assistance in finding employment.