Backend QA Analyst | Undisclosed | Oakville

Can you explain in detail the difference between an inner join and outer join? Can you recite a join syntax from memory? Do you know what SQL Constraints are? If the answers are obvious to you and you want to immerse yourself in complex SQL Quality Assurance challenges, then this role may be for you.

A SQL software company’s business continues to grow and we’re searching for a Senior API QA person to join their growing team.

The ideal candidate will have strong theoretical SQL skills, strong API & integration testing experience, possesses a programming background and has chosen to take Quality Assurance as their desired career path.

Great career potential with a growing young company. You will obtain diverse experiences and an opportunity to grow professionally via these experiences.  They offer a relaxed work environment, walking distance to eateries and the GO Train, and healthcare spending account.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists

  • Ensure their software product is of the highest possible quality

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Review requirements and technical design documents, where they exist, to provide timely QA estimates,
  • Develop test cases and plans, prioritize, coordinate and perform manual testing activities for multiple simultaneous projects
  • Ensure all user stories have adequate detail in the acceptance criteria as input to test case development
  • Ensure that quality issues and defects are appropriately identified, documented, tracked, and resolved
  • Assist in reproducing issues reported by clients (as needed)

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

    • 5 years experience performing QA within software companies (vs. banks or insurance companies) and strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools, and processes
    • 3 years experience testing APIs and ETL
    • Excellent Microsoft SQL knowledge, SQL theory and principles, creating queries, joins, indexes, data migration & integration
    • Integration QA experience, testing APIs and/or ETL is a must-have
    • Experience with creating test cases & plan, manual and automated regression testing, and load testing
    • Excellent troubleshooting and problem-solving skills
    • Coding experience: Ability to write code or scripts in C# or SQL
    • Knowledge of XML and JSON
    • Quick learner, inquisitive and independent
    • You have the ability to work in a cross-functional team organization
    • You have strong professional communication skills
    • Understand software architecture
    • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science

Additionally Preferred Qualifications

  • Microsoft Team Foundation Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)
  • Experience working in an Agile/Scrum development process
  • Experience with CRMs

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Digital Marketing Specialist | KingswaySoft

Imagine leading the Digital Marketing for a rapidly growing Oakville software product company. You will own and transform the marketing department to support our sales growth targets.

The Opportunity

The purpose of this role and why this role exists

  • Assess current marketing strategies, what’s working well, what could be improved, and/or what should be retired
  • Develop or revise the marketing strategy and action plan to appreciably increase qualified leads within a TBD time, then action
  • Develop and implement strategies to showcase the client’s brand and their thought leadership to drive product awareness
  • Relationship building: Improve the quality, frequency, and relevancy of our business relationships with their valued key influencers
  • Build the appropriate metrics to transform the department into a data driven group

Key Areas of Responsibility

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against

  • Initiate Marketing Automation solution
  • Create a promotional calendar to drive sales growth throughout the year
  • On-going creation of new content and find ways to reuse and repurpose:
  • Create customer success stories, case studies, Whitepapers, New Feature Releases
  • Publish to their social outposts and monitor
  • Designing, building and executing web and email campaigns
  • Maintain regular contact with key influencers
  • Utilize your knowledge of SEO/SEM and adwords to drive traffic. Manage the adwords budget
  • Own, manage and evolve website, landing pages, and call-to-action per page
  • Interface regularly with Product Management to identify which stakeholders segments need to be made aware of which new products or enhancements
  • Manage the big picture view of the customer, transitioning them from Prospect to Customer to Advocate
  • Manage, train, mentor and coach marketing staff

What would make you successful here

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before

  • Post-Secondary degree in a business-related field (Marketing, Sales, Management, Communications)
  • 5 years of B2B digital marketing experience
  • Experience using marketing automation platforms to drive pipeline, e.g. Hubspot or Marketo
  • Demonstrable experience developing value propositions for pragmatic and conservative enterprise-sized buyers
  • A successful candidate will bring a technical background with an understanding of B2B business workflows
  • SEO/SEM, PPC, backlinks, Shopping carts, web analytics, CMSs
  • Process or Automation is your middle name
  • Proficient with CRMs, inbound marketing software, and email campaign programs
  • A willingness to take the initiative Social Media tools and strategies
  • An exceptional attention to detail, both in written documents and in executing projects.
  • Excellent verbal, written, copy-writing, and presentation skills
  • Digital Marketing experience in a software or technology company Adobe Creative Cloud

If you think you can engage with customers, be innovative, have fun, then we’re listening.

About the Company

Kingswaysoft is a growing 6-year old company which has already attracted 3,000+ Enterprise-level clients from over 70+ countries including Fortune 500 companies. These clients now rely on our client’s solutions to integrate data between their various applications. They have become a leading provider of data integration.

Application integration is a painful and daunting task, typically costly and inefficient to develop. To address this, our client has developed robust value-add additions which leverage existing Microsoft integration offerings. Their software solution is cost-effective and easy for developers to use.

They offer a relaxed work environment, walking distance to eateries, and healthcare spending account.

Learn more about us on Web, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook.

Let’s Get to Work

If this role sounds like you, we want to hear from you. Please submit your resume to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: Customer Success

Mention you found this opportunity on the Silicon Halton job board!

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Ruby on Rails Developer (Junior & Intermediate) | Spiria

If your career goal is to build commercial applications-from-scratch vs. maintaining preexisting apps then this role may be for you. Due to the nature of the business, you’re usually utilizing the latest tool sets and language versions with virtually no maintenance.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We continue to grow and are now adding another Senior iOS Developer to our Oakville team. Full-time (Permanent) or Contract.

Not actors, actual staff, actual office

We’re a custom software development company specializing in mobile and web-based product development. We use open source development tools to build scalable solutions. We’re a 15-year old growing firm with 140 staff between our Montreal head-office, Ottawa-Gatineau, Oakville and Boston offices. Our Oakville office has 25+ software engineers, business analysts/project managers, and creative talent delivering some really cool stuff. We own some projects entirely, sometimes we’re an extension of the client’s team. 50%+ of our products can be found in an app store or publicly on-line.

Perks

Our work environment.

  • Flex hours
  • Flexible working location when required
  • Full benefits package
  • We use team collaboration and other video conferencing tools to collaborate remotely alongside many other modern tools
  • We have amazing clients who are fun to work with and appreciate our value to them
  • We are the sole technology provider for several clients where we have been able to earn their trust and respect
  • A breadth of experience exposure across several personalities, client types, projects, and industries
  • Casual, yet professional environment
  • BYOD

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against.

  • Proactively collaborate with cross-functional teams to define & design of new Products, features and functionality (senior role)
  • Full-stack coding, end-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Direct interaction with the client
  • Provide effort estimates, planning out weekly sprints alongside 5-month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before.

  • 2-years (junior) – 5-years+ (senior) years of experience in software development roles
  • Including 1-year (junior) – 3-years (senior) experience with open-source development and technology foundations, and a pragmatic approach to using the right tool for the job
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • Ruby on Rails v3/4
  • Bootstrap
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL and data model design (logical & physical data models)
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your communication skills
  • Experience working in a Mac and Unix environment
  • Experience consuming third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Connect with Us!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: RoR

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Keywords: job, jobs, RoR, SSH, Linux, Git, HTML, HTML5, CSS, CSS3, Agile, Slack, shopping cart, AngularJS, MongoDB (NoSQL), PHP, JavaScript, Python, Native iOS, mobile, Ionic, PhoneGap, HTML5, NodeJS, React, ReactJS, React Native, Halton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga

Python Developer | Spiria

If your career goal is to build commercial applications-from-scratch vs. maintaining preexisting apps then this role may be for you. Due to the nature of the business, you’re usually utilizing the latest tool sets and language versions with virtually no maintenance.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We continue to grow and are now adding another Python Developer to our Oakville team. Full-time (Permanent) or Contract.

Not actors, actual staff, actual office

We’re a custom software development company specializing in mobile and web-based product development. We use open source development tools to build scalable solutions. We’re a 15-year old growing firm with 140 staff between our Montreal head-office, Ottawa-Gatineau, Oakville and Boston offices. Our Oakville office has 25+ software engineers, business analysts/project managers, and creative talent delivering some really cool stuff. We own some projects entirely, sometimes we’re an extension of the client’s team. 50%+ of our products can be found in an app store or publicly on-line.

Perks

Our work environment.

  • Flex hours
  • Flexible working location when required
  • Full benefits package
  • We use team collaboration and other video conferencing tools to collaborate remotely alongside many other modern tools
  • We have amazing clients who are fun to work with and appreciate our value to them
  • We are the sole technology provider for several clients where we have been able to earn their trust and respect
  • A breadth of experience exposure across several personalities, client types, projects, and industries
  • Casual, yet professional environment
  • BYOD

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against.

  • Proactively collaborate with cross-functional teams to define & design of new Products, features and functionality (senior role)
  • Full-stack coding, end-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Direct interaction with the client
  • Provide effort estimates, planning out weekly sprints alongside 5-month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before.

  • 5-years+ of experience in software development roles
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • Django
  • MySQL/PostgreSQL and data model design (logical & physical data models)
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your communication skills
  • Experience working in a Mac and Unix environment
  • Experience consuming third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Proficiency with cross-browser/cross-platform issues
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Connect with Us!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: Python

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Keywords: job, jobs, React, ReactJS, React Native, Halton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga

iOS Developer | Spiria

If your career goal is to

  • Build commercial applications-from-scratch vs. maintaining preexisting apps
  • Grow your skills in SWIFT

then this role may be for you.

About the Job

The purpose of this role and why this role exists.

We continue to grow and are now adding another Senior iOS Developer to our Oakville team. Full-time (Permanent) or Contract.

Not actors, actual staff, actual office

We’re a custom software development company specializing in mobile and web-based product development. We use open source development tools to build scalable solutions. We’re a 15-year old growing firm with 140 staff between our Montreal head-office, Ottawa-Gatineau, Oakville and Boston offices. Our Oakville office has 25+ software engineers, business analysts/project managers, and creative talent delivering some really cool stuff. We own some projects entirely, sometimes we’re an extension of the client’s team. 50%+ of our products can be found in an app store or publicly on-line.

Perks

Our work environment.

  • Flex hours
  • Flexible working location when required
  • Full benefits package
  • We use team collaboration and other video conferencing tools to collaborate remotely alongside many other modern tools
  • We have amazing clients who are fun to work with and appreciate our value to them
  • We are the sole technology provider for several clients where we have been able to earn their trust and respect
  • A breadth of experience exposure across several personalities, client types, projects, and industries
  • Casual, yet professional environment
  • BYOD

Top Responsibilities

The part that you play in this organization, and specific duties you are measured against.

  • Developing in SWIFT
  • Working on a new app every 4-5 months
  • Collaborating with cross-functional teams to define, design, full-stack coding of new features and functionality
  • End-to-end delivery, implementation, development testing, defect investigation and resolution
  • Potential direct interaction with the client
  • Providing effort estimates, planning out weekly sprits alongside 5 month objectives, while identifying and assisting in mitigating technical, schedule, and other project risks

Some of the Experiences & Background we’d like to see

All the things you’re good at because you’ve done most of these before.

  • 3+ years of Objective-C and SWIFT
  • 3+ years of experience in software development roles
  • Successful track record of delivering projects, both individually and as a team member (hint: bring them to the interview!)
  • Should have published applications on the Apple Store
  • Git, or similar source code control systems
  • Agile Scrum environment
  • Effective communication skills as you will be in regular contact with the client – great opportunity to further refine your person/people skills
  • Experience implementing third-party libraries, APIs and Web services
  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science/Engineering or equivalent

Additionally Desired Experience (or you can learn them with us!)

  • Experience in Video and media based development projects
  • Ionic HTML5 Hybrid Mobile App Framework / PhoneGap
  • Some experience with open-source development and technology foundations besides iOS (e.g. Android, web development, etc.) and a pragmatic approach to using the right tool for the job
  • HTML5 / CSS / SASS development based on both hand-drawn wireframes and/or full Photoshop design intent
  • SSH/Linux server administration experience

Connect with Us!

To learn more about the client, their culture and the opportunity, we invite you to share your resume with us via this job board or to Rick @ SearchVelocity.ca, Subject: iOS

Have a canned cover letter? Delete it. Tell us why you’re perfect for this opportunity and you’re virtually guaranteed an interview.

About SearchVelocity

Our client has exclusively engaged SearchVelocity to conduct this search on their behalf. We provide recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. We specialize in the complex assignments. Our principle Rick Stomphorst brings 25+ years of broad experience with software companies and IT professional consulting firms, more than 1/2 of these years as a hiring manager of Technical staff. He knows high-value talent. Learn more at www.searchvelocity.ca

Keywords: job, jobs, Mac, OS X, X-code, XCode, iOS SDK, Firebase, Android, Xamarin, mobile, tablet, Ruby, Rails, RoR, AngularJS, MongoDB, NoSQL, Native iOS, Ionic, PhoneGap, HTML5, NodeJS, Halton, Oakville, Milton, Burlington, Hamilton, Mississauga

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Imagine finding the right candidate in your own backyard? 

getstartedorangeThere are 1000’s of job boards and ~dozen Tier-1 job boards. We’re not one of them.

Job searchers don’t want to browse through irrelevant job postings. We’re a niche job board focused on one segment: Halton hi tech companies and their hi tech roles.  Our target is to help you find the right resource your own backyard.

Today’s knowledge workers are increasingly selective about who they want to work with. You know that.  Our niche job board helps you identify the right candidates while also wowcasing you and exciting career opportunities here in Halton.   

The Silicon Halton Job Board allowed us to find the right candidate in Halton, a short commute to our Oakville office

Our Postings:

  • Allow you to include a Video profile of your company. A powerful tool in attracting talent.
  • May include any/all of the social media outlets of company, including your LinkedIn company profile. The candidate may already have a connection to your company. Include your company logo in all posts.
  • Are Tweeted from @SiliconHalton (3,000+ followers). Many followers will naturally retweet to further broaden the message.
  • Have a summary cross-posted to our Silicon Halton LinkedIn group (The number of members are displayed at the top of this page)
  • Postings typically receive 250-500 views and rank on the first page of Google search results.

By doing this we discovered that you will receive better and higher qualified candidates, spending more time speaking with the right candidates, vs. weeding out the wrong ones.

The job posting on Silicon Halton was mentioned as the source for several job applications.

Lets Get to Work!

We use a low per-day rate. You can leave your posting published for 5 days, 5 weeks, or 5 months. You’re in control.

Get started by sending your job description to rick@searchvelocity.ca 

Moving Towards Agile Workforce Planning

By: Ian Cook, Head of Workforce Intelligence Solutions at Visier. This article first appeared on Visier’s Clarity blog

Business agility is no longer for the brazen few. In fact, 94% of business leaders and CHROs say that “agility and collaboration” are critical to their organization’s success, according to Deloitte’s 2017 Global Human Capital Trends report.

Rapid technology change, shifting demographics, competitive markets, and other trends have necessitated new types of business structures that are optimized for adaptability. This is supported by a critical element that is often overlooked: agile workforce planning.

In short, to have a responsive workforce, the process that supports this (workforce planning) needs to be adaptable itself.

Typically, workforce plans are executed on an annual basis, with budgets firmly set for the year. This may have been sufficient in an era when markets were more predictable. But when there are sudden changes in immigration policy, or a new digital-driven competitor emerges mid-way through the fiscal year, it can be difficult to change course.

Agile workforce planning practices enable organizations to minimize risk (such as talent shortages) and capitalize on upside opportunity in an era of disruption.

The 4 Critical Elements of Agile Workforce Planning

What are the main elements of agile workforce planning? Continuous activity, awareness, collaboration, and flexibility. Here is why each is important to your business and what you can do to get more agile:

1. Continuous activity

Why you need it:
When workforce planning marches to the drum of the fiscal year, businesses often need to set aside money for extra budget “just in case” people end up costing more than expected. One large organization I worked with had allocated 5% of its compensation budget to cover any overage resulting from an imprecise budgeting process.

Such a fund may always be necessary in an unpredictable market, but when workforce plans are refreshed on a shorter cycle, they are more accurate, and this type of budget padding can be significantly reduced. This frees up funds for other critical projects, such as learning and development. When planning is done on a shorter cycle, it also enables HR to quickly realign resources to different projects as they become more critical.

What gets in the way:
Planning is often spreadsheet-based, with HR pulling information from many disparate systems (covering everything from compensation and performance data to financial targets). This can take a significant amount of time, which means that rapid-cycle planning is simply not feasible.

Top Tip:
Look to reduce the amount of time your team manually pulls data from disparate systems. When this process becomes automated and analytics-based, you can look ahead at how many open positions need to be filled, when they must be filled, and where in the organization they are needed the most. This gives you the necessary time to either move budget around or talk to the manager about delaying the hire until budget accumulates. Now you can hire on genuine need, and respond more quickly to market shifts, while forecasting more accurately.

2. Awareness

Why you need it:
CFIT accidents happen when perfectly good airplanes, under pilot control, are unintentionally flown into obstacles such as a mountain. Many of these types of crashes are the consequence of poor situational awareness. Pilots must know at all times what their position is, and how their actual position relates to their environment.

Just like a seasoned pilot, an HR leader always needs critical awareness. It’s important have a solid understanding of how the business is doing in relation to planned hiring targets, compensation budgets and other key business objectives. With an awareness of where deviations may be happening in the plan, HR can best support the organization’s goals.

What gets in the way:
HR needs an accurate snapshot of the current situation to make a starting point for the plan and to compare actuals to the plan. But often, the manual process to get headcount and Total Cost of Workforce (TCOW) takes too long. The snapshot is obsolete by the time the planning team gets it.

Top tip:
To get an accurate snapshot, it is not enough to view analytics from several individual systems. Look for software that uses the unified data from your HRIS and financial systems to give you an accurate picture of your current headcount, organizational structure and total cost of workforce as a starting point for your workforce plan. Functionality that helps you easily keep track of how headcount and cost targets vary from plan is also a critical asset. This enables you to see how actuals for headcount and costs compare to their values in the plan to keep track of how well your plan is being executed.

3. Collaboration

Why you need it:
Skills requirements are evolving at an increasingly rapid pace. Consider all the high-paying jobs (such as data scientist, sustainability director, or mobile applications developer) that only emerged within the last few years.

When workforce planning is done in a vacuum, HR and senior leaders can miss crucial feedback from line managers and other subject matter experts about key skills that are on the horizon. To stay ahead of critical skills gaps, the planning team needs input from people on the front lines: What do we do to get those skills? Can we train our own people? Plan for an aggressive recruitment strategy? Or is it better to look at contingent labor as a short-term solution?

What gets in the way:
When it takes too long to collect feedback, HR makes assumptions that end up being inaccurate, and there is a lack of buy-in from managers to execute the workforce plan.

Top tip:
Make it a priority to have all levels of business quickly give input and collaborate on the creation of a workforce plan. Track whether your plan contributors are completing their assignments to let you assess project progress and help you determine what to do in each individual case.

4. Flexibility

Why you need it:
A significant event, such as a merger or acquisition, can dramatically alter your staffing and skills requirements within a very short time. The level of unpredictability also increases when external players are involved: prized M&A deals often fail to go through or can even threaten the business. Consider how Toshiba’s future was put in jeopardy after it bought Westinghouse Electric Co., a nuclear services company. The volatile nature of business deals means HR needs to be prepared for multiple scenarios.

What gets in the way:
Oftentimes, information is spread across the organization in siloed systems within various departments and is difficult to aggregate and reconcile. This makes it difficult to create one plan, let alone multiple.

Top tip:
Look for technology and tools that enable you to create and compare different workforce planning scenarios (each with different workforce movement and cost assumptions) so that not only can you choose the best option for your organization, you can have contingency plans in place.

Change the Conversation to Eliminate Surprises, Reduce Costs, and Drive Performance

“It is not the strongest who survive, but the most adaptable.” Contrary to popular belief, Charles Darwin didn’t actually say this, but it does speak to a certain truth about the requirements of businesses today.

With analytics-driven, agile workforce planning, HR and finance can spend more time charting the way forward instead of arguing over the accuracy of headcount numbers or hiring simply because it’s in the budget.

With the ability to accurately adjust the plan on the fly, the plan is also more precise. This has a direct impact on costs, but more crucially, has tangible impacts on productivity and business performance.

About Ian Cook
Ian Cook is a recognized expert in the field of workforce analytics and planning. For the last 10 years Ian has been involved in driving forward the datafication of HR and is a frequent speaker and blogger on the subject. Prior to joining Visier, Ian built Canada’s leading source of HR benchmark data. His background includes years of international experience solving strategic HR problems for leading brands in the Fortune 500 and FTSE 100. Ian heads up the workforce domain for Visier and in this role is committed to delivering workforce intelligence that impacts business results.

Learn more about Visier at www.visier.com or @visier

Why You Should Take a Recruiter’s Call

You’re happy in your job. The calls, emails or LinkedIn messages are annoying. However, imagine if you are not receiving calls? If you’re not, your skills are no longer required, or they’re hidden and you cannot be found. 

Before dismissing a call outright, consider these salient reasons why you should at least consider the new opportunity. Your career deserves the 45 seconds to read these.

  1. You have the time to investigate and qualify the new opportunity and company to determine if it will help you grow professionally.
  2. This is the best time in your career to take your successes and accomplishments to test what they’re worth to another company.
  3. Opportunities appear more attractive than they really are when you’re currently unsatisfied in your role or company. 
  4. You are more likely to settle for a lesser position or salary when you are unhappy, than they would have if they were satisfied in their current role.
  5. In today’s corporate world, the only job security you have is the security you provide for yourself.
  6. There is no better time to objectively evaluate an opportunity and company, with a clear mind, without any negative outside influences or external pressures (e.g. if you have just been restructured out and need a job now).
  7. Actively looking for a job can be a full-time job itself and can also be also be very stressful to you and your family. People who get ahead don’t wait until there is something that they don’t like in their current role to have an open mind. They are proactive and keep their options open.

Abbrieviated from a post by Jerry Land. Read the full article here.

The Pros of Processes and Procedures

The Pros of Processes and Procedures

Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over but expecting a different result. In business, repetition of processes with the purpose of achieving the same result is the desired outcome. Standard results are valued as a predictor of success over random results achieved through inconsistent practices. Properly thought out and executed processes are the tools by which business operations can best position themselves for success. As an owner or an operator seeking a potential buyer, processes and procedures are integral and here’s why:

  1. Consistent results. A properly prepared set of processes and procedures will lead to consistent business operation results. Consistency adds value since the company will continue to operate whether you, as the owner are there or not.
  2. Error reduction. Adherence to processes and procedures minimizes the possibility of error. Recognizing that errors warrant expense to rectify the situation, profitability is then enhanced.
  3. Reduced training costs. Documented processes facilitate an easier training process for new hires when they can follow prepared collateral on how to perform their tasks.
  4. Reduced reliance on employees. Defined processes and procedures reduces the risk of over reliance on any given employee. Following established frameworks minimizes upheaval during staff changes or vacation occurrences.
  5. Fraud protection. A properly designed set of processes and procedures ensures specific checks and balances to reduce the company’s exposure to fraudulent activity.

Review your business practices for consistent application of processes and examine how they flow together. Assume a staged, logical approach that takes into consideration the different functions and operational streams within your company but remember that you do not have to do everything at once.

For example, start with invoicing. Document how the invoicing system is currently being done and then look at it from a critical standpoint to identify how it can be done better. Consider what controls can be included to reduce the risk of errors or fraud. Conduct the same evaluation and documentation on your other systems, and continue to refine the procedures until everything has been reviewed. This approach will provide a valuable foundation for your business operations and a solid approach for continual improvement updates as the company evolves.

Einstein would be proud!

 

GregClarke

Greg Clarke is a Partner with SB Partners, a client focused accounting, tax and business advisory services firm.  He can be reached at gclarke@sbpartners.ca or via their website at www.sbpartners.com.

 

Burlington Hive – We’ve Moved & New Name!

Burlington Hive – We’ve Moved & New Name!

The Halton HiVE (Burlington HiVE’s new name) has recently moved to an expanded location to 901 Guelph Line, Burlington – on the South-East corner of Guelph Line and Harvester, one block south of the QEW. The move was made possible as local entrepreneur and founder of the HiVE, Shaun Pennell, collaborating with leading property development and management company, Emshih Developments Inc.

The new space offers members free parking, reduced membership rates, more meeting rooms, large separate presentation room (suitable for 40 attendees), much larger games room with pool table, including significantly larger kitchen and lounge.. The new space also provides potential growth by 30% with the property’s 18,000 sq. footage (up from 6,000sqft) and a possibility to expand to 100,000 sq. feet. This is a creative office that already has a unique energy, and is bringing the community even more vibrancy and growth.

HiVE members often collaborate with one another, making the HiVE the home base where new and established businesses alike can grow and thrive. It is not unlikely to see two people who were once strangers, now working alongside each other as business partners, clients or mentors. With the rapidly growing community membership, there are far greater opportunities for successful businesses and the happy humans that run them.

Join the community with memberships starting at $29/month. The drop in rate is $30/day.

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About the HiVE

Halton HiVE is a shared co-working space, giving a working home to a community of entrepreneurs, freelancers, professionals and start-ups! The idea of the HiVE grew out of noticing the need to avoid the commute to Toronto and provide a creative place to work in the Halton Region. Halton HiVE is the connecting space that brings both talented people and ideas together.

Founded in 2013, is a growing and thriving community of tech professionals, startups, freelancers and entrepreneurs. We offer a shared office space that encourages professional growth and collaboration while learning from other creative professionals in a fun and light co-working atmosphere.

Learn more about the Halton HiVE here: www.haltonhive.com and follow us on-line @HaltonHiVE, or contact us at staff@burlingtonhive.com and 905.592.2590. 

Kaylyn Gelata is the new, Community Manager at the, Halton HiVE

Building Upon Milton’s Hidden Economy

Building Upon Milton’s Hidden Economy

The Milton Education Village (MEV) Innovation Centre is just completing its first fiscal year. With a soft opening in April, we became fully functional in September with the completion of Phase 2 of our construction. Over the fall we have seen interest in the facility grow with companies using our coworking space and leasing small flexible offices geared toward technology intensive firms.

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Our board rooms and meeting spaces are also proving to be quite popular and Wilfrid Laurier University has begun to hold lectures in its class room space.

Much of our early efforts have focused on communicating what the MEV Innovation Centre has to offer to the technology and small business community. We have not spent as much time talking about WHY we are doing this.

Simply put, Milton can’t rely on the type of economic growth we’ve seen during the last decade continuing. Given its location in the GTA, Milton has been very successful in attracting logistics operations and the large scale, and land consuming, facilities that they use. We are not complaining. This tax and assessment growth has allowed us to achieve a level of fiscal balance and the ability to provide the services needed to take care of the Town’s rapidly growing population.

Milton WarehouseHowever, the supply of land is not endless and we expect the majority of large sites to be used up over the next ten years. That’s why we are asking ourselves, “what next?”. Better to be thinking about this now than scrambling for an answer in 2024.

This takes us to what we are calling our hidden economy. It has two parts. First, Milton’s population is on average, the youngest in the GTA with an average age of 34 years. It is also highly educated and over 40 percent of the work force is employed in professional and technical occupations. This is a talent pool teaming with entrepreneurship. We estimate that there are already over 3,000 “home based” businesses in town.

Equally important, is the emergence of the Professional/Scientific/Technical sector as a driver of local economic growth. This sector created the most new companies, about 400, over the last five years.

Business Growth In Milton by Sector: 2009-2013A significant proportion of the companies in the sector are in the computer/systems design and engineering industries. Currently, there are about 1,200 small companies employing about 2,200 people.

We believe that building a more diverse economy will be driven to a large extent by entrepreneurship and the continuing growth of value-added service companies and jobs. The MEV Innovation Centre’s facilities, existing and future entrepreneurship programming is dedicated to achieving this objective.

About the Member Blogger

KyleBKyle Benham is the Coordinator at the MEV Innovation Centre in Milton, Ontario. Reach Kyle at Kyle.benham@milton.ca.  Learn more about MEV at www.MEVInnovationcentre.ca

Open Data – Turning Public Data into Useful Actionable Information

Open Data – Turning Public Data into Useful Actionable Information

What is Open Data?

Wikipedia defines Open Data as “The rationale behind open government data can be considered as twofold.

  • September2014 - OpenData - r-halfFirst, advocates contend that making government data available to the public in open formats increases government transparency and accountability.
  • Second, open data should enable third parties to leverage the potential of government data through the development of applications and services that address public and private demands.”

One example, in lay terms, imagine all the political donations being readily available to everyone in an Excel formatted file. You didn’t need to submit a request, or drive to town hall, but rather, required access to an unrestricted web page. If you’re proficient with Excel, what information could you derive from that data?

A parallel can be drawn against Open Source software, and how that model has revolutionized the computing ecosystem. The most popular open source products run ecommerce sites of some of the world’s largest online retailers. In all probability, your company is also using Open Source products.

Why is Open Data useful?

To continue quoting Wikipedia, “The best open government applications seek to empower citizens, to help small businesses, or to create value in some other positive, constructive way.”

The massive amounts of data our government have collected is ours. The vast majority of it however is unavailable to us. Understandable for data containing personal or security information, but no longer acceptable for the rest.

Where can I Find the Open Data?

Here are some examples of Canadian sources of Open Data:

Who is using Open data?

Here are five examples of effective uses of public open data which provides citizen enablement (with screen captures of each following – click on image to enlarge or goto source):

  1. The mobile transit app (free) tells shows you the nearest bus stop, scheduled ETA, and map of route. Works with Burlington and Oakville transit. http://thetransitapp.com/
  2. A mobile app (free) which accurately tells you when the next train or bus will arrive (Toronto) http://rocketmanapp.com/
  3.  Chicago’s farmers market locations
  4. During a May 2014 Edmonton Open Data Hackathon, a citizen produced this City of Edmonton budget visualization (infographic). Their Mayor was later quoted “I’ve dealt with seven budgets … (this visualization was) very very helpful for me to understand our budgets through the eyes of a citizen
  5. Geo visualization of who donated to the 2010 Rob Ford campaign

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Ford 2010 Campaign donations City of Toronto.

Click on images to enlarge or goto source.

Get Started

Imagine leading or being witness to the genesis of some bold new commercial or open source app that brings life changing possibilities?

Eventbrite - Open Data. Open Gov. Shape The Future.

On September 9, 2014, join a intensive highly engaged round-table workshop with your peers. You’re in control. You can share and brainstorm on your challenges, your needs, and your ideas around citizen centric services and apps that require open data. Learn more here, or Register here.  

About the Blogger

Stomphorst Avatar 2014Rick Stomphorst is the President of SearchVelocity, providing recruitment services to technology companies to identify and acquire high-value technology staff. Rick is a technology leader with over 25 years experience with SaaS & on-premise software, large IT professional consulting firms and five software start-ups. He is a cofounder of Silicon Halton. [@StompR]

Entrepreneurial Advice

Entrepreneurial Advice

start - blog imageSo, you are starting a business? This is a difficult decision, and congratulations on taking the leap. You have an idea you’ve been researching for years. Picture this: time to launch, you sit down at your desk at home, in a coffee shop, or even better a coworking space :). But now… What do you do, day one? It is generally understood time is of the essence when launching any new venture. So then why, on day one, week one, or month one, are you focused on building a flashy website, setting up an LLC through a lawyer, or even designing a logo?

Most people will say they are setting the groundwork or even getting everything laid out to start operating business. While certain activities are necessary to facilitate business, most activities are not crucial to testing the viability of the business.

Think about any business idea you had before or are pursuing now. What is the gamble that must work for you to be successful? What is the hardest thing you need to achieve to make this new venture successful? Maybe it is a good idea to focus on that. (Note: If you do not know what this variable/gamble is, please re-examine your business plan.) Use whatever rule you want – 80/20 seems to make sense. Spend 80% of your day ensuring your business is viable: get that first client, build that list of subscribers, anything that is crucial/hard/important for the business. 20% can be used for the other areas.

Too many times you see smart, driven people drowning in work being side tracked with these “nice to haves” that are not pinnacle to the company’s success.

I invite you to examine your daily activities and label an activity as vital and nice to have. This sometimes is sobering, but well worth it.

Think of a car, many people would agree A/C, decent stereo, leather seats are all great features. But, all of these don’t matter if the pistons aren’t firing. Build that engine, make sure those four wheels are rolling, and then add the nice to haves. GM gets a bailout when they mess up, entrepreneurs aren’t always so lucky.

Alex MazurewiczAlex Mazurewicz is the Community Director of the Burlington HiVE. Burlington’s only co working office space. For more information visit www.burlingtonhive.com or for a tour or questions please email him: alex@burlingtonhive.com.  Follow the HiVE @BurlingtonHive

Hire a Gen Y

Hire a Gen Y

Hire a “Gen Y.” – The Benefits to Youth, Community & Your Business

Gen Y

The Millennial Generation (aka Generation Y’s) are people born sometime between the mid-80s to the late 90s. Ambitious, confident and achievement-oriented, they are the fastest growing segment of our future workforce.

Many of Ontario’s young people possess definite employment and career advantages, such as education, innovation, tendencies toward social development and strong global connections. A global generational study conducted by PwC (a network of member accounting firms) characterized today’s youth as “civic-minded with a strong sense of community both locally & globally”, these future leaders and employees of our companies and organizations are talented, team-oriented and certainly, tech-savvy.

However, even with the employability odds stacked in their favor, the unemployment rate for Halton’s young workforce is unacceptably high – almost double the average provincial rate. The cause and determining factors are mixed – some say companies hire only those with work experience requiring minimal training, while others cite the rise of minimum wage as a deterrent for hiring. Nonetheless the fact remains many youth are not being hired and if this issue is not addressed, it will have a negative, ripple effect on our aggregate economic health.

The issue of youth unemployment can persist for many years. The impact of this prolonged detachment to the labour market may result in individuals not having obtained the necessary experience to support career progression and advancement. Also, the economic loss can be substantial, significantly hindering their ability to become financially independent/self-sufficient and preventing them from making the necessary contributions to their communities.

As part of Ontario’s Youth Jobs Strategy, the Youth Employment Fund was developed to support the expansion of employment opportunities and assist youth with acquiring work experience and real-life skills that will benefit them throughout their careers. The goal is to connect businesses with talented, career focused job seekers from 15 to 29 years of age in an effort to help 30,000 young people across the province build skills, find work and/or start a business.

By providing the opportunity of a job placement, employers may be eligible to receive incentives that help cover the cost of wages and training for new hires.

The Youth Employment Fund benefits youth in the workforce and also provides eligible employers with the following:

  • Up to $6,800 for training incentives
  • Support funds for additional skills development
  • Free recruiting support and job matching service

There are various programs, supports and assistance available for businesses and organizations who hire youth talent, students and young entrepreneurs.

Kimberly Neale 150x150Kimberly Neale – Job Developer with The Regional Municipality of Halton, Employment Halton. To get more information or to apply to be eligible for the Youth Employment Fund initiative, please contact Kimberly: Kimberly.Neale@Halton.ca // 905-825-6000 ext. 2705

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