The headhunter’s role in the digital age

Headhunters used to be the source for smart, talented employees who were open to new opportunities. They had a database – or a rolodex – of people at their fingertips and they could quickly present clients with a short list of qualified potential workers.

Headhunters still help companies narrow down their field of candidates for a job.
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But how relevant are headhunters in the digital age, when a human resources specialist can search using specific keywords on LinkedIn – the biggest job search engine in the world – and connect to hundreds of potential employees with a click of the mouse? Job seekers can leverage their contacts or apply directly to a hiring manager. All of this can be done without paying a headhunter a dime, so why contract one?

Let’s talk lingerie

I’ve joked before that my neighbourhood is lingerie central. If you want to pay three figures for a bra, you come to my neighbourhood. Within five minutes walk there are four lingerie stores – La Senza, Secrets From Your Sister, Beestung and Tres Jolie.

Tips for getting outside

Barre Beautiful, Yonge and Eglinton, Ballet studio, ballet class

Barre Beautiful at Yonge and Eglinton. I go with a friend at least once a week.

March teases us. One day is warm and dry and the next day is cold with flurries. We’re eager to get out of our coats and into sandals but sometimes it takes a bit of effort to get outside.

And who could blame us? We’ve had too much of this cold weather and choosing comfort over action is the easier choice but how can we change this!

Grumpy Cat at Starbucks

[caption id="attachment_2539" align="aligncenter" width="538"] The Grumpy Cat at Starbucks[/caption] The Starbucks at the Minto Towers has fun with their board. This week it's Grumpy Cat....

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Ballet comes to Yonge and Eglinton

I don’t walk south of Eglinton very often, maybe once or twice a month to visit my friend, Dag, who owns Consign Toronto. There isn’t much to see in that small stretch. Most of the good stuff is south of Dag’s store.

When I went to visit him last week, I saw two things: a development proposal sign up on the Art Shoppe – with two condo towers (29, and 38 stories) with a retail component and Barre Beautiful. 

Don’t need money for a good time

An outdoor concert in Kincardine as part of their Summer Music Festival

Many years ago I was an editor at Toronto.com. It was a listings site where people could list their events for free.

There were some costs associated with some events but a number of those events were free to everyone. I was amazed by how many free or pay-what-you-can events were available if I was just willing to look for them and then go.

When you move to a new neighbourhood, you might feel that you can’t afford to go out. After all, you just bought a new home or may have done some renovations. You can still have a great social life and discover someone or something new by just doing a little digging.

Recent works

There is a man who is spending 2013 living off of sponsorships. His name is Zach Bussey. I know Zach very casually, following him on Twitter. When I read about his project which is called A Sponsored Life, I immediately set up an interview because I wanted to be first with the story. (Not competitive at all!) I wrote it for Forbes.

This is Zach in his bedroom. Yes, it’s that stark. The sleeping bag is from his grandparents. The egg cartons padding is for his back. 

The BlackBerry Z10

Zed-10 that is.

BlackBerry Z10

The BlackBerry Z10 and the BlackBerry Curve

I attended the Toronto launch of the BlackBerry z10 (and the Q10 which comes out later this year.) You’ve probably read all the reviews of the Z10 so here are my thoughts. 

Running. Outdoors. Argh.

I never put up nice selfies. Just the ones where I am nothing but a big ball of fleece and spandex.

This is what I wore this morning to jog/walk in -10 degree centigard weather today. Running tights with a running skirt over them. Two shirts – one short- and one long-sleeved. A fleece. A hat, scarf and gloves. And my phone.

Beatrix Potter and the Gap

I’m that friend. You know the type – the one who gives books to children. When Natasha, my high school best friend, had her first child I gave her a copy of the Beatrix Potter stories (and I’m not the only person to do so). They’re classic, beautifully illustrated and who doesn’t appreciate a sneaky rabbit?

Condo proposals

Yesterday was a lovely day so I went for a walk. Ok, I got cabin fever and needed to go outside; that’s what happens when you work from home.

I decided to photograph all the condo proposals on my route. 

Why neighbourhoods need open space

I do bootcamp and every summer I sweat out some squats in a local park. When I walk home after class, I pass two retired men who are just chilling on a bench, people-watching. They’re there every night, sitting on that bench, usually drinking Tim Hortons or David’s Tea and talking. If it’s warm enough in winter, they’re back on that bench.

Leaving the credit card home

Mine is to be debt-free, apart from my mortgage, for 2013. I have a tiny bit of consumer debt so next month should see it wiped out (Yay!). The trick is to not build it back up. So that means leaving the credit card home. My...

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Sparkle

As in, who doesn't love something shiny especially with New Year's coming up? [gallery link="file" columns="4" orderby="rand"] Here's some Kara Ross sparkle....

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Resolutions for 2013

Or rather, decision-making about how and where to spend money.

I was thinking about my financial goals for 2013 – paying down my mortgage, growing my business, the usual stuff – when I saw a tweet from @covetedclassics. She tweeted a link from Harper’s Bazaar. One resolution was to wear all the “good clothes” more often. I love this idea since most of us have one or more items that have been designated for special nights out.