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Happy New Year – a time for change all around?

Posted: Jan 07, 2013


With the New Year come and gone, perhaps you have had some time over the holidays to assess your career and whether or not you are satisfied with the direction it is taking.

If things are good – that’s good; however, if you are reevaluating the path your career has taken, now is as good a time as any to make that resolution to question what motivates you and examine what you need to be satisfied in moving forward.

How do you know if you are ready for a new career? You’re the only one that can answer this question. For some, it takes a lot of soul searching, while for others, it’s an easy process of discovery. As a first step, though, think about how you would answer the following questions about your current position and how the answers make you feel:

If you answered negatively to any of these questions, it could be you are feeling some discontent with your position, or overwhelming stress from your working environment.

It probably depends on how strongly you feel about your responses, but if a new career is what you are looking for, here are a few actions you can take to get you started:

Choosing a career path is never an easy task. Since most people change careers approximately six times in their lifetime, it is essential to evaluate your situation periodically to avoid being passed by or becoming “skill obsolete”.

You always want to make informed choices based on a good understanding of yourself as well as what is available to you. Research needs to be done on the occupations available by looking at the various resources, including labour market information, job descriptions, and future outlook for the career. You’ll also need to identify and assess your priorities and the lifestyle you desire to ensure the career you choose fits your personal needs as well as your skills and interests.

Knowing yourself is the first step.

Major Market versus Local Company

Posted: Dec 28, 2012



Businesses in both the public and private sector often subscribe to the perception that compared to local firms, major market companies must be better.  In the world of staffing, the multi-nationals have global reach, extensive networks, elite team advisors, and an unparalleled knowledge and understanding of the labour market.   True, but is this quality of service available locally?

Our specific findings present a compelling alternate position where the strategic benefits of collaborating with a local senior search firm cannot be underestimated.

As one of the Niagara Region’s most trusted advisors in senior search, we at The Burke Group know the labour market and understand the distinctive characteristics of businesses and industry in both the public and private sector.  Our local and national networks allow us to offer the highest quality and most valid senior search services available.

Our Grateful TBG Team

Posted: Dec 19, 2012

Grateful – feeling or showing gratitude, “a grateful heart”, “thankful smile”, feeling thankful

As we see the end of 2012 draw to a close, The Burke Group would like to express our sincere thanks and feelings of gratitude. It is our pleasure to live, work and serve the Niagara Region, constantly supporting and providing local businesses with HR related services and people.

We asked our team of Burke experts what they were grateful for this past year and we thought we would share those insights with you. It’s just a glimpse of those personalities behind the business cards and titles that make The Burke Group difference in the services we provide.

Grateful For

Burke’s Best

Posted: Dec 13, 2012

Here at The Burke Group we love to talk and share a good thing when we see one.   This month we would like to introduce John.   He is a candidate highly skilled in Plant Maintenance and Management.   His previous experience in Steel Foundry, Automotive, Heavy Equipment and Processing Industries make him strategically prepared to fulfil any future maintenance/management role.

His previous experience has involved managing and organizing multiple trades in a high paced manufacturing environment, implementing and organizing proactive maintenance solutions that produced cost savings to past employers.   This multi-skilled candidate could be the next superstar in your company.   Contact us at The Burke Group for more details.

Why “Communication is Key” in any Organization

Posted: Dec 07, 2012

Without a doubt, the biggest challenge in any company regardless of its size, is communication – and often times, it starts at the top and works its way down.  Human Resources frequently assumes the role of referee or peacekeeper – reassuring employees that comments were not meant in a negative way, and they shouldn’t be overly sensitive.   The challenge is a direct result of the murky nature of the problem. “It was meant as a joke; it’s a cultural issue; no one else was offended; it’s their personality; I was just really busy”, are all excuses for employees talking to one another in a manner that is inappropriate or just downright rude.

While there is no simple answer to this dilemma, a good starting point is to ensure that your team understands that we are all different, and the same method of communicating does not work for everyone. We recently conducted a behaviour-based exercise called “Personality Dimensions” with a client’s staff.  There are many such assessment tools on the market, one of the best known being the Myers Briggs Type Indicator.  In this session we had a lot of fun identifying the different personality styles, but the key “take away” was learning how we need to adapt our method of communicating to the person we are talking to.  The same message delivered in the same manner to everyone is not heard the same way.

Has this solved the problem for this client? Not completely. People are still busy, there are still jokers who are not funny, and there are still cultural issues to deal with, but it has made the employees of this particular company far more understanding and therefore tolerant of co-workers behavioural differences. While many companies use assessments for a multitude of reasons, creating a culture where employees can value their differences is a major step in the right direction.