Where is your blue sky?

I firmly believe that with every dark cloud there is a silver lining, and as we begin another year, many will use this time to think of their goals for the future. Regardless of your current reality – and even more importantly if you are in a difficult situation – it’s important to do some “blue sky” thinking.

A New Year…a fresh start

I love New Year’s! It’s exciting to symbolically leave the previous year behind and look forward to all that the next 12 months has in store!

The story behind the stats

In my last entry, I wrote about how our economy may be in a slow recovery and how welcome this good news is for both candidates and clients. After hiring and growth ground to a halt for most of 2009, there are several indicators suggesting that things may be starting to rebound a bit.

What is happening out there?

The latest Labour Force Survey, released by Stats Canada on December 4, 2009, shows that Canada’s unemployment rate is declining, with 79,000 new jobs being added nationally in November.

Tis the season – how are you celebrating?

It’s that time of year when companies begin to host festive events that celebrate the Holiday Season. For some companies, this is a time to thank clients and staff for their business and hard work throughout the year. In recent memory, many Calgary companies made the headlines for their extravagant parties, where they truly went all out.

Thank you for making BOWEN your choice

The results of the Calgary Herald Reader’s Choice Awards were announced this week and once again, BOWEN was one of the top picks for staffing companies. This particular award has always been especially meaningful to me because it is a “people’s choice” award.

What do the jobless numbers really mean?

The most recent Statistics Canada report indicates that Calgary’s unemployment rate is on the way down. Our unemployment rate fell from 7.1 per cent in August to 6.9 per cent in September. Are things finally starting to turn around?

The power of persistence

A couple weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending a fundraiser for Inn from the Cold featuring keynote speaker Christopher Gardner, the inspiration behind the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness”.