Professional Recruitment

The single biggest constraint on the success of any organization is the ability to attract and retain enough of the right people

The Essence Group specializes in permanent search for professional, technical and specialized positions across broad industry sectors. Our value proposition is simple:  We want to help you Attract and Retain the talent demanded in today’s competitive landscape. Our success is attributed to our uncanny ability to identify candidates with the precise technical competence who align with your organizations culture, team, purpose, and core values.

Cultural fit is the glue that holds any organization together and leads to greater job satisfaction, less employee turnover and improved job performance.

The Essence Group Advantage

  • We listen. We begin each engagement by truly listening to understand your needs
  • We have the expertise, professional network and tenacity to deliver the talent you demand in today’s competitive market
  • We believe “Search” should not be exclusive to the “C” suite, all people play an integral role in the success of an organization. We search each assignment to locate the best candidate for your organization
  • We offer a hands-on, highly personalized and customized search process
  • We are a team that is precise, flexible and nimble; and we guarantee our placements

The Essence Group’s Secret Sauce – Experience, Expertise, and Commitment

As the Co-founder and Chief Recruiter of The Essence Group, it is my personal commitment to provide top talent in the most efficient manner to our clients.  I know the importance of a staffing partnership that provides the right talent at the right time.

With over 10 years of experience in the staffing industry, ranked as one of Canada’s top recruitment professionals, I have been instrumental in establishing new agencies, new technical divisions and have successfully placed Administrators to Directors and every other role in between within the private and public sector.  I have built a reputation by exceeding client’s expectations while delivering extraordinary staffing solutions.

Additionally, I bring over 20 years’ experience across broad industry sectors.  I have held finance positions ranging from Staff Accountant in the retail sector to Controller in the construction industry and then finally Chief Financial Officer in the energy sector.  This experience afforded me a thorough understanding of corporate operations and the opportunity to witness its many challenges firsthand.  I understand the value that a highly skilled professional can add to an organization, the cost associated with unfilled vacancies and the difficulties associated with finding top talent.  I am committed to providing customer centric staffing solutions through open honest communication, consistency, planning and professional execution.

We Help You Hire Exceptional Talent

By hiring exceptional talent that fits with your organization, it is possible to achieve truly transformational results.  We have developed a structured, rigorous and proven search process that is configured to our client’s unique requirements. Our focus is unrivaled placement success that drives revenue, increases productivity, improves customer satisfaction and enhances organizational culture.

 Our Proactive Search Process

Rigorous. Investigative. Uncanny.

Open Two-Way Communication

We conduct detailed interviews with our clients first, opening communication to develop a full understanding of their business goals and strategies, culture, values, and their staffing needs. By collaborating closely with our clients, we establish a plan and set realistic expectations and timelines, thus increasing the quality and efficiency of our recruitment process.

Detailed Profiling

We develop a detailed profile of the ideal candidate based on your business, environment, culture, technical requirements and competitive landscape.

Targeted Search

We know finding top notch talent requires going beyond the database, job boards and profiles.  By compiling and analyzing information gained during our client meetings, we assess mandatory technical skills, industry experience and your cultural fit before executing a target search

Fit Assessment

Our analysis goes deeper than the resumes and standard questions. We assess and verify the most suitable candidates through a variety of checks, interviews, and in-depth profiling.  These techniques enable us to identify the right candidate for your organization.

Our Recruitment Reach

We understand that more often than not, the best candidates are gainfully employed. Our industry knowledge and long-standing relationships provide us with an effective avenue to connect with industry leaders, current candidates and a host of contacts in related industries for referral of professionals who are top in their field.

When working with us, you can expect current market intelligence; frequent communication; thorough pre-screen interviews; candidate profiles; professional referencing; assistance with offers and negotiations, and after care post placement.

Job Seekers

Candidates are gold dust!! Our mission at The Essence Group is to connect exceptional people with outstanding career opportunities that FIT.  We add lasting value to our candidates, by providing the highest standards of professionalism, industry expertise, and customer focused service.

What is Targeted Skill Marketing?

Targeted Skill Marketing is the art of proactively skill marketing exceptional candidates to a mutual agreed upon list of potential employers that do not have a current job opening posted. 

We conduct a targeted skill market to find highly skilled candidates career opportunities in the hidden job market. Contact us today to discuss.

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  • I was pleased with Jacqueline’s professional manner and expertise throughout the recruitment process from initial contact, face to face meetings, interview preparation and offer negotiations.   I appreciated the 3-month post placement aftercare I received from Jacqueline. She maintained regular contact with me to ensure there were no issues and I was satisfied with my new role.  I would recommend The Essence Group.

    Kelly deCaux, P.Ag Branch Manager | Synergy Land
  • The Essence Group has been extremely responsive and resourceful in helping us identify and hire some great candidates. Jacqueline was very professional and obtained information from our executive team prior to beginning her search.  Her goal was to ascertain the organization's culture and what we envisioned as a suitable fit for the positions. She worked with us to arrive at a fair and competitive compensation package for each of the successful candidates.  In addition, Jacqueline has a thorough understanding of the current market conditions, as a result offers highly competitive fees.  I recommended The Essence Group.

    Gwen Giese Director Of Office Services | Synergy Land
  • Jacqueline is one of the most genuine people I have ever met. She is driven, professional, is always looking for better ways, and never backs down from a challenge. Jacqueline conducts herself with the utmost integrity and you can always be assured she is working hard to find the right fit for her clients and candidates alike. She is forward thinking and honest, and you can always expect great results when dealing with Jacqueline.

    Jo Palmer Resource Manager
  • Jacqueline ensures that she thoroughly understand her client’s business and the need they are looking to fill. Her communication before, during and after the placement is exceptional giving one a level of comfort that is much appreciated. Jacqueline conveys a high level of professionalism and is truly passionate in her role. It is important to her that she help her clients succeed!

    Jason Harder CEO | PFM Scheduling Services
  • I worked with her several years ago before she opened her own firm. At the time she was working for a larger recruitment company and I quickly realized after she left her role there, that she was what brought success and not the recruitment firm she was working for. I sought Jacqueline out when we were seeking a hard to fill position in a remote working location in Canada. Not only is this position difficult to fill based on location, but there is also an extremely small pool of candidates all together. She has brought forward top candidates for this role and worked relentlessly and with perseverance through very difficult placements.

    Candace Brunt Human Resource Manager | Challenger Geomatics
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