Articles

  • Is there a war for top talent? – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    This term is used often when talking about the challenges of attracting and retaining the very best employees, but perhaps “war” is a bit excessive. However, there’s no doubt that the current employment marketplace presents significant challenges for employers who are intent on building an outstanding team. If we were to group potential employees into […]

  • A Grip On Reality – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    “The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.” – William Arthur Ward Do you know a pessimist? How about an optimist? Do you know any realists? I think it’s safe to say we all know people who fit into each category. In fact it’s quite likely that […]

  • Ralph’s Regret – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    (Names have been changed to protect the innocent) Ralph could feel the sweat beginning to form, his chest tightening as he sat outside the boss’s office waiting for the hastily called meeting. It was last night at 10:30 when he received the text: “7:30 tomorrow morning, my office.” The boss was rarely so blunt in […]

  • Over The Hill Or Ready For An Encore? – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    Webster’s Dictionary defines “over the hill” as “past one’s prime” and “advanced in age.” The expression itself is rarely used these days. As a recruiter, I receive résumés from a broad demographic of supply chain and transportation people ranging in age from early 20s to late 60s. Occasionally I’m asked by clients to avoid submitting […]

  • Advancing Your Career – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    “What can I do to get the promotion? It feels like the only solution is to leave the company and look for a new opportunity.” This was the question posed to me earlier this week by a business development representative working within the transportation industry. Because I’m in the recruitment business, it’s not an unusual […]

  • You Made A Mistake – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    More than 30 years ago my friend Bruce got the call from a potential employer: “Thanks very much for coming in, Bruce. We enjoyed the conversation but we decided to move in a different direction.” It happens all the time. Almost every available position has a number of interested applicants and typically there’s only one […]

  • Time For A Career Shift? – Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    I met Mitchell 30 years ago. Little did I know that we would spend our careers working together and become great friends. When we first met I was 27 years old and overseeing operations in a transportation company. Mitchell was 39 and had recently relocated to Toronto after a successful career in the banking industry. […]

  • MISTAKES And how we handle them -Originally Published in Inside Logistics

    On a recent trip I had the privilege of playing golf in Sedona, an Arizona desert town near Flagstaff surrounded by red-rock buttes, steep canyon walls and pine forests. That particular day I was playing as a single and was matched up with three other golfers. On the first tee I was introduced to Jim, […]

  • Paying it Forward – Originally Published in MM&D

    More than 20 years ago, when I launched Reimer Associates and entered into the recruiting world, I was convinced that my personal contact list and network would be the backbone to business success. There is no question it was very helpful, and along with a keen interest in the recruiting business, gave me the impetus […]

  • Roadblocks to Successful Hiring – Originally Published in MM&D

    As a recruiter I’m involved in the hiring processes of a large number of clients every day. Over the years I’ve been privileged to work with companies who have outstanding hiring practices; I’ve also seen companies that struggle mightily because of poorly planned or cumbersome procedures. People truly are the most important asset a company […]

  • Back in the Saddle – Originally Published in MM&D

    Fifty years ago, when I was six, I had the opportunity to ride a pony at a church picnic in Winnipeg. Within just a few minutes my eyes swelled shut, my nose ran continuously and I sneezed over and over again. I guess you only discover you’re allergic to horses when you sit on one, […]