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With the unemployment rate in Canada at 5.9% and the Ontario unemployment rate at 5.5%, the lowest it's been in nearly a decade, employers are finding it more difficult to recruit top talent in many professional occupations, particularly the mid to senior level operational and leadership roles.

The ‘post and pray’ method of advertising a job and waiting for qualified candidates to apply is a thing of the past. Recruiters are now focused on headhunting and direct sourcing of passive talent. In the first quarter of 2018, employers in Ontario experienced an unprecedented increase in declined offers from sought-after candidates, due to competitive counters offers, including some outrageous ones.

Traditional hiring methods are not enough to win over candidates. There is no evidence to suggest that this trend will change in the near future and companies will rely more than ever before on partnerships with well-established professional search and recruitment firms to find the very best in talent.

Today, employers are looking at various unconventional ways to attract top talent and revising their hiring practices to speed up the process in hopes of keeping candidates warm long enough to secure a hire. This includes leveraging social media, focusing on company branding and ramping up marketing efforts.


Due to the difficulty and competitive nature in identifying and recruiting mid to senior level professionals, our search practice in Ontario is expanding and we are interested in speaking to individuals who are established search professionals and/or individuals who believe they would excel in an exciting and impactful career as a search and recruitment consultant.

We are currently adding strength to our specialized divisions in:

  • Accounting & Finance
  • Engineering & Technical
  • Human Resources
  • Sales & Marketing
  • Supply Chain & Operations

David Aplin Group has been recruiting to fulfill talent demands for Canadian businesses for over 40 years. As one of Canada's largest and most accomplished recruiting firms, our specialists are among the best educated, most experienced and most successful in the search industry.

Learn what it takes to be a recruiter at Aplin: Careers at Aplin

If you are interested in discussing the current career opportunities that exist at David Aplin Group in the Greater Toronto Area, please contact us.

Contact Information:
Chris Roach, Principal
David Aplin Group