Strategic Approach to Recruiting

Strategic Approach to Recruiting

Ottawa Citizen Online Karyn Standen

The latest technology skills recruiting company to open in Ottawa is based on a concept that at least one human resource expert says is overdue.

TalentLab.com™ was founded last month by Alan Kearns, a human resource consultant formerly with the Ottawa recruiting firm, The Employment Solution.

So far, TalentLab.com, which is ideally set up in the Newbridge office complex on March Road, remains a one-person operation. But Mr. Kearns, 34, has lofty ambitions.

"I see career management as a long-term view," he said. "My goal is to become an HR partner to my clients. That means I want to move to a strategic approach in technology recruitment rather than a reactive approach.

"My first reaction is ‘Amen to that,’ " commented Michael Brennan, executive director of the Canadian Technology Human Resource Board (CTHRB), when he heard of TalentLab.com™Õs goal.

"The company that plans ahead for the people they need can get a head start on their competition," he said.

"You can make your presence felt among first-year university students I rather than fourth year, thus improving your campus recruiting chances. You can observe hiring trends like salaries and benefits, and what that can mean to overall budgeting for your company.

The CTHRB is a partnership between technology employers, labour groups and educators that was set up three years ago to help resolve high-tech employment issues.

As an example of the lack of human resource planning among technology companies, Mr. Brennan cited a CTHRB survey, completed in April, of 850 small to medium Canadian high-tech firms. Mr. Brennan said the survey found that "90 per cent of the companies did not have a long-term HR strategy.