Article By Emma Cochrane
On Wednesday, January 15th, ten highly qualified Accounting and Finance job seekers quietly reviewed their notes before taking the stage at the Talent Den hosted by the International Talent Acquisition Centre (In-TAC). Based on the popular television show Dragons’ Den, Talent Den provides an opportunity for employers from the private, public, and not-for-profit sector to meet and engage with highly educated and diverse talent. During this Talent Den, five hiring employers were invited to listen to each candidate’s sixty-second pitch, and ask follow-up questions.
The event provides an excellent opportunity for potential employers to have access to a unique group of job seekers. As Janet Howard, Manager of Staffing and Recruitment for Scotiabank commented, “In-TAC provides employers with a great experience to tap into people you may not otherwise have access to.” In-TAC strives to match international talent with Canadian opportunity. Tracey Clements, Director of People Services at TITUS International Inc. remarked, “[In-TAC] has given us great access to a pool of international talent.” All of the candidates attending the den are put through In-TAC’s thorough pre-screening process to ensure that top talent reaches the potential.
Events like Talent Den provide an excellent occasion to foster this match. The events enable newcomers to Canada to meet with potential employers and recruiters, as well as helping businesses to stay competitive by diversifying and employing global professionals. Job seeker Jean-Claude Wiyokuru stressed that In-TAC “helps to break barriers between employers and newcomers.” Jean-Claude came to Canada from Burundi Africa, where he was told by a private placement agency that they would be unable to help him find employment. However, after connecting with In-TAC, Jean-Claude received coaching and “great support from the In-TAC team.” With this support, he was able to attend the Talent Den and demonstrate his top-notch finance and accounting expertise to five potential employers.
In-TAC’s Talent Den continues to produce great results. Sixteen of the twenty clients who presented at In-TAC’s last Talent Den were called back for interviews, and eleven gained full time employment. Looking for diversity and talent? Look no further than In-TAC!