Recruiting in Alberta and Canada

Having people employed makes the province stronger and supports the employer’s bottom line. There are many unemployed or marginally employed Albertans who are skilled, experienced, trained and educated to work in the province.

Here are tips that may help you find the labour you need in Alberta as well as Canada:

Tips to find labour in Alberta

Attract qualified candidates by selling the job

You want to attract candidates who have the right skills and experience to do the job, but to thrive and be productive they will also have to be a good fit with your workplace culture.

Create an enticing posting, free of industry jargon and terminology, which gives potential candidates a feel for your workplace culture as well as the job. Ask yourself:

  • What competencies are required for the position? Competencies are the skills, knowledge and attributes needed to understand and do the job. A credential such as a degree or certificate identifies what a candidate has been taught or trained to do, whereas competencies represent what a person is actually capable of performing and to what degree.
  • What is unique about your company and environment?
  • What is your ideal candidate looking for? Is it:
    • Advancement opportunities
    • Work-life balance
    • The chance to make a difference
    • A socially responsible employer
    • Workplace diversity
    • Job security, competitive wage, benefits
    • Other incentives? i.e. Working remotely

Your posting should be clear and honest, allowing potential candidates to weigh it against their own backgrounds, competencies, interests and ambitions when deciding to apply.

Advertising - reaching labour pools

There are a variety of ways for employers to reach out and recruit for positions. Your plan should include a mix of promotional approaches which could a combination of any of the following.

  • Networking: setting up a booth at job fairs, trade shows, conferences
  • Employee referrals: offering rewards to existing staff who recruit new employees
  • Third party recruiters: using employment agencies to refer candidates and charge a fee for placement
  • Campus recruiting: posting and/or recruiting in post-secondary and private training institutes through job boards, career fairs, coop programs, and apprenticeship programs
  • Hiring past employees: opening your doors to former employees
  • Online recruiting: posting job ads on your website, job boards, industry and professional associations websites, business networking sites (i.e. LinkedIn)
  • Print ads: ad placement in a newspaper, magazine or trade journal
  • National recruiting: recruiting and hiring workers from outside of Alberta but within Canada
  • International recruiting: recruiting and hiring workers from outside of Canada
  • Recruit from within: promoting and/or retraining a motivated, underused or overqualified employee (you may qualify for training funds through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant)

The HR Series for Employers - Recruiting Staff explores successful recruitment strategies and advice from Alberta employers and HR experts. Discover how to prepare a recruitment plan, strategies for evaluating resumes, conducting interviews and negotiating a job offer.

Posting your job

Posting your job opportunities in a variety of provincial and national websites and publications can help your organization access workers in Alberta and Canada. If you recruit internationally, you must satisfy the advertising requirements for your job opening as set out by Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).

  • Post your job advertisement on the Government of Canada's Job Bank. Use the job match service and be notified of candidates in the database that match the skills and experience you’ve outlined in your posting.
  • Post your job opportunities at your local Alberta Works centre to advertise directly to job seekers. Alberta Works organizes job fairs which will provides employers with immediate access to available job seekers.
  • Advertise your employment opportunities in other local and national publications, venues and websites. Find a list of job banks and job search engines here.
  • Employment agencies can provide help and expertise in recruiting staff (fees may apply).

You can also post your employment opportunities on the Government of Alberta’s social media job sites to reach job seekers or respond to job seekers looking for work:

Facebook: Twitter:
Aboriginal training jobs
Calgary jobs
Central Alberta jobs
Edmonton jobs
Fort McMurray jobs
Lethbridge jobs

Screening, interviewing and selecting

Transferable skills

As Alberta’s resource based economy diversifies, it is increasingly important to look for and recognize a candidate’s competencies and transferrable skills that can be put to use in a variety of jobs across a number of industries. When screening applications, look for:

  • foundational skills such as computer literacy, numeracy and languages that are valuable in every industry
  • competencies in communication, research and planning, liaison skills, management and leadership skills that can be verified through situational interview questions
  • technical skills that could be comparable with some retraining - check the Canada-Alberta Job Grant to see if you qualify for a training grant
Onboarding - orientation

A good orientation is critical in ensuring your new hire starts off on the right foot. In addition to getting paperwork completed, a good orientation will instill confidence and motivation in your new employees and provide them with the information and tools they need to be successful in the job, integrate with their coworkers, and contribute to the organization. Find relevant tips and a convenient orientation checklist here.

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