8 episodes

Despite the fact that small and medium sized businesses make up more than half of the Canadian labour market, employing nearly 10 million people across the country, most small business owners find the act of hiring a challenge and struggle to attract and retain the right talent.

But imagine a Hidden Talent Pool of approximately 10,000 skilled, experienced and educated individuals entering the workforce annually

That’s how many men and women transition out of the Canadian military service and into civilian employment each year.

Now, Imagine if there was a way to match that talent pool with those employers who need them?

This podcast seeks to answer those questions and more.

HiddenTalent Challenge Factory and iContact Productions

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Despite the fact that small and medium sized businesses make up more than half of the Canadian labour market, employing nearly 10 million people across the country, most small business owners find the act of hiring a challenge and struggle to attract and retain the right talent.

But imagine a Hidden Talent Pool of approximately 10,000 skilled, experienced and educated individuals entering the workforce annually

That’s how many men and women transition out of the Canadian military service and into civilian employment each year.

Now, Imagine if there was a way to match that talent pool with those employers who need them?

This podcast seeks to answer those questions and more.

    Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

    Lessons Learned and Moving Forward

    In episode seven of Hidden Talent, we look forward and ask what can change, what can be done to create more confidence in Veterans seeking employment and employers hiring Veterans. How can we better communicate? How can we realign culture to leverage common skills and objectives?

    Highlights of the episode:
    How to bridge the gap between civilian life and the military
    How Challenge Factory’s mission is moving forward to connect employers and the Veteran talent pool

    • 10 min
    Establishing Trust in the Hiring Process

    Establishing Trust in the Hiring Process

    In episode six of Hidden Talent, host Erin Trafford guides us as we address the most important part of the hiring process: Establishing trust. For small business owners, bringing a person onto a team is about the right fit and is the ultimate display of trust. For the Veteran community entering civilian careers, trust is connected to their understanding of ‘team.’

    • 11 min
    Time Spent, Time Lost, Time Created

    Time Spent, Time Lost, Time Created

    In episode five of Hidden Talent, host Erin Trafford guides us as we unpack the beliefs and concepts around how much time it should take to make a good hire, what that means for the new employee who's transitioning into a new job and what that means for the employer

    Highlights of this episode:
    1. Why job fairs and job boards still aren’t the solution to the Hidden Talent problem
    2. Why it’s crucial to communicate expectations and establish performance criteria to increase hiring and retention succe

    • 13 min
    Education versus Experience- Skills Lost in Translation

    Education versus Experience- Skills Lost in Translation

    In episode four of Hidden Talent, host Erin Trafford guides us as we look into another critical component to unearthing a hidden talent, translating education and experience. We learn how a Veteran can bridge that gap between his or her military training and the civilian understanding of an education or a degree. 

    • 10 min
    In Service of the Work

    In Service of the Work

    In episode three of Hidden Talent, we learn how military Veterans can successfully transition from a highly organized, highly structured chain of command culture that’s focused on the mission to a work environment that expects the individual to bring value to a product or service.

    Highlights of the episode:
    1. Why the civilian career landscape often looks like an inhospitable planet to the military Veteran
    2. How the gap in career advice can sometimes limit the transition from military to civilian li

    • 14 min
    Introductions, Identities & Interviews

    Introductions, Identities & Interviews

    In episode 2: Qualifying, introducing and identifying great candidates isn't simply about a well-constructed job description or resume. With awareness of the potential for an unintended culture clash, attracting hidden talent requires listening and empathy.

    Highlights of the episode:
    1. Employer misperceptions about Veterans and the military
    2. Where bias is getting in the way of how employers find talent
    3 One of the best ways an employer can set the tone for a successful interview

    • 13 min

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