• Thinking like Winston Churchill – Originally Published in MM&D

    The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. – Sir Winston Churchill I think it’s fair to say we all enjoy the day when everything comes together neatly—a plan that falls into place, a goal being met, a result that we planned and worked for being realized. But […]

  • Lessons Learned At The Masters – Originally Published in MM&D

    Just a few weeks ago my Dad and I were fortunate to attend our 10th Masters Golf tournament together. It was a lifelong dream to get there, and 10 years ago we were able to make it happen. The experience was so much fun and such a great father/son trip that we both decided we […]

  • Tell the truth or everyone loses – Originally Published in MM&D

    Deception always has a cost, and this certainly applies to the hiring and selection of new employees. As a recruiter I’m involved with hundreds of people throughout the year who are actively seeking employment. I also work with a large number of clients who are looking to fill important roles within their companies. It’s my […]

  • One man’s determined path to success – Originally Published in MM&D

    Picture a teenager arriving in Canada in the early 1970s on his own with very limited English, no job prospects and an immediate need to earn a living. Fast-forward 40 years and picture a successful husband, father, grandfather and business owner. That’s the story of my friend and client “J”. J landed in Canada with […]

  • Advice or confirmation? – Originally Published in MM&D

    “The most difficult subjects can be explained to the most slow-witted man if he has not formed any idea of them already; but the simplest thing cannot be made clear to the most intelligent man if he is firmly persuaded that he knows already, without a shadow of doubt, what is laid before him.” – Leo […]

  • Just Two More Calls – Originally Published in MM&D

    What would happen if every day you absolutely resolved to make just two more calls? As a professional recruiter I’m always meeting with people who are looking for new positions. In some cases they are employed. However, often they’re in between positions and seeking a new role. Some who are in the early stages are […]

  • Is There a Recipe for Hiring Success? – Originally Published in MM&D

    OCCASIONALLY I like to cook. When I pull out a favourite recipe or search for one from a great website, I am virtually guaranteed success if I follow it carefully. If only hiring new employees was so straightforward! Unfortunately, even with a highly disciplined process in place, we all know we cannot guarantee hiring success. […]

  • Lessons learned from a valuable supplier – Originally Published in MM&D

    When I started Reimer Associates, one of the most important things I needed was a database to support the growth of the business and to function as a useful networking tool for the future. To be clear, my skill set certainly doesn’t include database design or the ability to build a functional and scalable recruitment […]

  • My friend the lunatic – Originally Published in MM&D

    “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” I’m fortunate to have a lunatic for a friend. His name is Ian Evans and it was his choice to call his book Lunatic, with the subtitle “Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” Quite a statement when you think about it. For Ian […]

  • Truth – Embrace it for Hiring Success – Originally Published in MM&D

    The single biggest reason for a misfire during the hiring process is a lack of honesty during the interview. This applies to both parties: the hiring manager and the potential employee. Let’s face it – both parties are actively putting their best foot forward and this seems like the logical thing to do. But it’s […]

  • You Don’t Quit Your Company You Quit Your Boss – Originally Published in MM&D

    Quitting the Boss. One thing has become crystal clear throughout my many years in the recruitment profession: people don’t quit their company. No, they quit their boss. It’s almost always personal – a decision based on the specific behaviors of the individual they report to. As a recruiter, I meet with dozens of people every […]

  • Time for a fresh start? – Originally Published in MM&D

    It was just a few weeks ago while running on the treadmill at my local gym that I was impressed by what I read on the newest customer’s T-shirt. She was obviously new to the facility as she was receiving her introductory tour with the trainer. Most gyms are full of a variety of people […]