by Gloria Welton
With over 30 years of experience, Island Recruiting provides professional recruiting and outsourced human resource services to companies across North America and around the world.
Their diverse clientele includes multinational organizations, government agencies, and small to medium-sized businesses. They recruit locally and through immigration.
Kalie MacKinnon has worked with Island Recruiting since 2018. Originally from PEI, she graduated from Holland College with a Business Administration diploma in 2017 and continued to the University of Prince Edward Island to complete her Business degree in 2019.
She earned a Human Resource Certification from Holland College in 2020. Through her studies, she discovered a personal passion and commitment for the fields of public relations and human resource management. She is highly motivated to pursue a career that involves helping others and developing relationships within the workplace through professional and interpersonal connections.
“Island Recruiting assists employers with recruitment and human resource consulting,” says Kalie. “With the HR side of the business we do everything from employee handbook development, policies and procedures, to training and planning. As the needs of employers grow and employees range in diversity, HR skills are becoming more sought after.
“With recruitment, we work with employers to discuss their hiring needs and develop a plan to assist them in attracting the right candidate. On behalf of our clients, we recruit for executive directors, accounting, human resources, information technology, retail and sales, and labourer positions. Recruiting for labourers has become our biggest area because of the growth in construction.
“We work with employers to develop the job description, advertise jobs, and search for the right candidate specific to their needs.”
Kalie says job seekers are welcome to submit their resumé to Island Recruitment. “If we are advertising jobs that may be a fit, we could contact those applicants. However, we don’t work directly with job seekers to help them find work as there are organizations in the community that help those needing specific assistance with their job search.”
As a result of COVID-19 the job market has shifted. More people are without employment and more are rethinking their career path and considering other fields of work. “There have been layoffs and wage decreases, which negatively impact the labour force and bring new challenges,” says Kalie. “As well, some people want to move to PEI because we are known as the safe province, which helps to fill what once was considered hard-to-fill jobs.
“Across PEI we are now seeing more openings for jobs such as labourers because of the continued growth in construction. New positions are being created in the Information Technology sector such as IT assistants and expertise working with online meetings, conferences, and training. Also, sanitation and janitorial services are on the increase because of COVID-19 restrictions and operational plans.”
The impact of COVID-19 on employment
Retail and manufacturing have been hit very hard by the pandemic. Retail stores are closing, and some manufacturing companies are laying off workers because of low consumer demand. On PEI, entertainment and food and beverage sectors have been largely impacted. However, they have found many ways to embrace COVID-19 rules and precautions in a positive way.
“Although we have a long way to go to return to normal, our relatively safe environment has allowed us to continue operations when it comes to in-person shopping and dining out.”
Kalie says hiring and recruitment within sectors such as healthcare, food production, agriculture, and labour are staying steady.
“A few examples of jobs being advertised on our website at this point in time are labourers, various administration roles, legal assisting, business development, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, and more.”
Help provided when submitting a resumé
“We help job seekers make sure their resumé stands out when applying to the companies we recruit for. It takes effort to make sure the resumé matches the precise skills the employer is looking for.
“We can assist job seekers in identifying and describing their transferable soft skills and abilities, as well as training and work experience that we know the employer is looking for.”
Other companies within Island Recruiting
“We also have a new company called The Cube which is designed to help small business get off the ground. We offer business development advice and navigation throughout the entire journey of creating their dream company.
“Another side of our business is Confederation Capital Ltd., which is an authorized immigration consulting firm that assists clients across various streams such as Skilled Workers, Business Impact category, work permits, permanent residency, spousal sponsorship, Atlantic Pilot Program, and Visitor Visas. This is another specialized area which has felt the negative impacts of COVID-19, both in Canada and across the world.”
For more information about Island Recruiting, email [email protected].