Last night, TalentEgg was selected by an expert judging panel of senior business leaders to win the National Best Business Award at the Canadian Youth Business Foundation Chairman’s Awards.
TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese competed against other finalists – successful entrepreneurs from across Canada – who had also previously been selected as category winners in the Chairman’s Awards, at a special ceremony held at the CN Tower in Toronto as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW).
TalentEgg also won the Best Expanding Business Award, announced in October 2012.
“Over the last four and a half years, TalentEgg has helped millions of college and university students and recent graduates successfully transition from school-to-work and hatch their careers,” Friese said.
“As both the National Best Business and Best Expanding Business awards winner, it’s clear that we have never been in a better position to continue innovating, expanding and helping even more Canadians access career launching opportunities.”
The Chairman’s Awards recognize outstanding achievement in entrepreneurship in Canada and distinguish leaders that promote and advocate for social and economic growth through entrepreneurship.
“We are extraordinarily pleased to honour Lauren Friese with the title of National Best Business Award Winner,” said John Risley, Chairman, CYBF Board of Directors. “Canada is driving and celebrating excellence in youth entrepreneurship, and Lauren and her fellow award winners’ success is a true inspiration to other Canadians, demonstrating the power of young people to become successful business leaders and help fuel our economy.”
Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development Diane Finley took part in the celebrations and echoed this sentiment, adding that businesses like TalentEgg are the engine of Canada’s economy, creating jobs and fostering growth. “This is why our government is proud of our collaboration with the Canadian Youth Business Foundation to help support the next generation of small business leaders. Today’s youth are tomorrow’s workforce, so by investing in them we are helping contribute to Canada’s long-term growth, competitiveness and overall prosperity.”
Dressing up for Halloween is a very important part of TalentEgg’s company culture – for our office dogs, Lily and Pancake, that is.
Each year, they come to work in (more adorable than) spooky costumes and endure hours of photo-snapping, petting and desk cuddling. I know, they have it so tough, don’t they? It’s hard to be an office dog sometimes.
In honour of their unwavering commitment to the holiday and because we know many of you share our passion for dogs in costumes, we’re egg-cited to share with you Lily and Pancake’s Halloween costumes past and present!
Which office dogs costume is your favourite?
This year, Lily and Pancake opted to dress up as some of their animal cousins. Lily is a giraffe (also pictured above) and Pancake is a pig!
Lily the quarterback and Pancake the…benchwarmer? “Put me in, coach.”
Puppy Pancake’s first Halloween! Looks like it’s exhausting to be a pumpkin…
Lily, on the hand, was 100% focused on staying in character all day long. “Why did chicken Lily cross the road? To get to TalentEgg, of course!”
We also had a guest dog visit the office that year: Chelsea the sheepdog, who works downstairs, was dressed as a princess!
We are eggs-tremely proud to announce that today TalentEgg was named Best Expanding Business in the 2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation (CYBF) Chairman’s Awards for Best Business!
The Best Expanding Business award recognizes a business that has been in business for more than three years and demonstrates growth in the areas of customer base, market presence or job creation while experiencing profitability.
“TalentEgg has grown quickly and steadily over the last four and a half years to ensure that we can help even more students and recent graduates hatch their careers, and help even more employers attract, target and recruit top student and new grad talent,” says TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese, who launched TalentEgg in early 2008 with help from CYBF.
Since then, TalentEgg has worked with hundreds of top employers and, in the last year alone, more than 1.8 million students and grads have used TalentEgg to help launch their careers. TalentEgg.ca is also ranked as the most-visited job board and online career resource for students and recent grads in Canada.
“Winning the Best Expanding Business award is further proof that TalentEgg provides an essential service both to students, who struggle to navigate the school-to-work transition, and to employers, who experience difficulties in attracting the best young talent in the advance of the upcoming wave of Baby Boomer retirements,” Friese says.
As the category winner, TalentEgg will receive a cash prize and vie against four other category winners for the National Best Business award. The award will be presented at a ceremony in Toronto on November 14, 2012, as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) Canada celebrations.
For additional information on the 2012 CYBF Chairman’s Awards for Best Business program, please visit CYBF’s website.
The customized employer profiles on TalentEgg.ca are Gen Y’s starting point for learning about career opportunities and how each employer is unique.
Each of the employer profiles on TalentEgg is as varied as the organizations behind them, which range in size from small businesses to multinational corporations, and include industries such as oil and gas, accounting and technology, just to name a few.
But whether an employer’s brand is a household name or not, the first step to recruiting and retaining top student and new graduate talent is the same: providing as much information about the organization and its career opportunities as possible.
There are many very important questions that need to be answered and it’s essential that employer profiles touch on them all so students don’t feel confused or frustrated when interacting with an employer brand. After all, an employer’s TalentEgg profile may be the first time a student learns about an organization and their career opportunities – if the information they need is not clear to them right off the bat, they might consider one of the other hundreds of employers to be found on TalentEgg.ca instead!
Over the past month, we’ve been working closely with career centres and student groups across Canada to integrate the TalentEgg widget – a customizable stream of the latest jobs on TalentEgg.ca – into their websites. This free resource helps career services staff and student group leaders connect their students and members with career hatching opportunities.
New internships, co-ops, summer jobs and entry level jobs are listed on TalentEgg.ca daily, so the widget ensures career-minded students and recent grads have access to the latest student and new grad jobs from hundreds of employers across Canada.
Today, we’re egg-cited to announce our latest partners including Trinity Western University, JDC Central at Dalhousie University, and SIFE Ryerson. Read on to see more recent widget adopters and to learn how your school can get involved!
Rotman Commerce Students’ Association, University of Toronto
Commerce Undergraduate Society, University of British Columbia
Arts Undergraduate Society, McGill University
JDC Central, Dalhousie University
Career Management Centre, Sprott School of Business, Carleton University
SIFE, Ryerson University
York Marketing Association (YMA), York University
DECA, University of Guelph-Humber
Career Services, Seneca College
GoStudy.ca, Recruit in Canada
Career Services, Brock University
Management & Economics Students’ Association, University of Toronto Scarborough
Ismaili Students’ Association, University of British Columbia
Email Hayley, our Content Manager, at email@example.com and she’ll help you integrate the TalentEgg widget into your own website. It’s easy and it’s free…so what are you waiting for?