What’s a jobcation? Great examples here

You’ve heard of a staycation where you spend your holiday exploring your city.  Our version of a jobcation is also about exploring close to home – by taking temporary work that may be different than what you are used to. Our top 5 reasons for a jobcation: Temp work is a chance to earn some extra… Read more »

The Job-Hunter’s Guide to BBQ Season

Heard this before? “You want cheese on that burger, and hey, how’s the job hunt going?” In BBQ season, hamburgers aren’t the only things being grilled. Job-hunters get grilled too by well-meaning friends, family, neighbours. At The Bagg Group, we get you. We’ve earned many awards thanks to candidates who give us top scores for… Read more »

9 reasons why now is right time to learn new language

It’s cold out, and you didn’t get the promotion or the job.  So what better time than now to think South America, Paris, Beijing, Moscow, Berlin, Cairo, Tokyo. The possibilities are endless. Travel to any of these places, particularly the warmer ones, may sound so appealing right around now.  But for most of us, it’s just not… Read more »

The secret to writing a follow-up note

After an interview, do you or don’t you send a follow-up note? That’s a question recruiters at Bagg Professional, Bagg Technology Services (BTR), Bagg Managed Resources, Bagg @ Your Service, and Turn Key Stafffing Solutions are often asked.  Do we think it’s worth it to “bother” sending a follow-up note? In a word, YES. Surveys… Read more »

How to job-hunt when you’d rather be canoeing

Looking for a job is always a challenge, it’s especially tough to stay dedicated to your goal in the month of August when you feel as if everyone else is canoeing. At The Bagg Group, we know vacations matter.  It helps to take a break from work – never getting a break from routine can zap your… Read more »

What did you learn from your worst summer job?

Like most of us, Geoff Bagg, CEO of The Bagg Group, has survived his fair share of tough summer jobs. He remembers one in particular as the worst mostly because he thought it would be a dream job and it turned out to be a downright drag. As a student, Geoff couldn’t believe his luck… Read more »

Want to ignite the Gen Y workers on your IT team? Look to Apple for insight. Or do we look at this from the perspective of the Industrial Age?

I am regularly asked by my clients for advice on hiring, managing, and promoting an exceptional type of employee who just won’t play by the traditional rules. I am speaking of course about Millenials, also known as Gen Y (born 1982ish-1998ish).   Just wait for Gen Z! There are mixed reviews on Millennials. I find that… Read more »

Hot Jobs 2014

With Toronto being considered the 2nd hottest I.T. Job Market in North America, Computing Canada recently interviewed Joanne Boucher from Bagg Technology Resources.  Looking at what is considered hot in 2014, check out this article: Hot Jobs 2014: Trends like big data and mobility are influencing the context of IT jobs, but core skills are still… Read more »

Bagg Technology Resources – Where is “Data” taking us in this Year of the Horse?

2014, according to the Chinese Zodiac, is the Year of the Horse.  For those in IT, the horse looks much like big unstructured data and the year ahead is likely to be taken up with how to build the right stable to effectively house it.     Recently, I have sat in numerous conference rooms where… Read more »

Bagg Technology Resources: Decision Making and 8 Key Questions

Last month we looked at the trend towards “Back-sourcing”. Recently, I had the opportunity to attend a training session presented by Luda Kopeikina. Luda holds two Masters Degrees (one from MIT) and has completed her Ph.D thesis in computer science, as well she has “real world” experience having worked in a number of  VP roles… Read more »