A J BLOG – Recruiting Talent for “new” Windsor
By Paul Chernish
Having been lured from the staffing industry into the “dot.com” world a few years ago, I’ve learned that, whatever your career may be, you have to adjust to change. And now that I’m recruiting skilled people for the Windsor region again, I’ve concluded that change is a good thing.
I honestly see that Windsor and Essex County is geared up for a comeback. The hammer that’s been pounding us in the head with the notion that the Big 3 is all we’ll ever have has been hung back up in the tool shed. Hopefully, for good. There are investors from around the globe who have quietly injected money, and welcomed a portion of our workforce onto their payroll, and into their way of doing things.
Local temp agencies are busy. Ordinarily, this would signify that either companies can’t afford the long term financial burden of hiring permanent staff, or that they’ve hiked production temporarily as a knee-jerk response to an unexpected order. It looks to me as if neither of the above currently applies. I have the feeling that newer employers, having survived the recent recession, are simply being more cautious than timid. They are the tortoise to yesterday’s hare. Which is a good thing.
I placed an engineer from Guelph into a job at a local manufacturer last week. In our initial interview, I learned that the Guelph job market is currently in bad shape, perhaps worse than Windsor was during our bleakest period. The first question he asked me was not, “How is Windsor doing?”. It was, “How does Windsor’s future look?”. Good question on his part. And, although the answer is yet to come, I’m thinking it will be positive.
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