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TalentEgg = Heart (and what’s in store for 2014)

I was thinking about the holidays recently while reviewing notes for a presentation I was giving to employers on how to best recruit Generation Y.

Looking over my notes and reflecting on the many presentations I’ve given over the last few years, and the countless conversations that Steph has had with top employers across the country, it occurred to me that there is a common theme in the suggestions, advice and information we’ve offered: true success requires heart.

Like the holiday feeling in the air, it’s hard to define just what heart is. It’s intangible, but incredibly important and part of what makes TalentEgg different. It isn’t just hard work and determination, although often fuel for it – it really is so much more.

When talking about the success of TalentEgg and our ongoing goal of connecting employers to Gen Y and Gen Y to employers, we often cite metrics.

Of course, numbers are always a great way of quantifying our success. TalentEgg is the most popular job board for students and grads in Canada. We work with hundreds of leading employers and attract an ever-growing audience of top Gen Y talent.. More than 3 million students and recent grads used in the last year, visiting not just to research employers and view job opportunities, but also to read and share our thousands of career-focused content and resources.

But above and beyond all of these metrics – and perhaps a major source of them – is the heart that’s within everything we do and have done at TalentEgg over the past 5+ years. The passionate, authentic, purposeful, relentless, and truly caring way that our team has approached and executed the building and nurturing of and its community.

2013 was our best year yet! Here’s a round-up of some of our favourite memories of 2013.

Getting comfortable in our new, beautiful office space:



Hosting multiple successful open houses and networking events for employers:



Fighting to improve youth employment in Canada through the DocZone documentary “Generation Jobless” and sharing our opinions on campus recruiting and youth employment in countless other media appearances:



Our National Conference and Awards:



Launching the most innovative re-design of TalentEgg yet (mobile-ready and optimized for a better egg-sperience for students and employers):


“Congrats @TalentEgg on launching TalentEgg 8.0! Loving the mobile experience!”

– @y_johnkim, TalentEgg follower

“We love the new look of @TalentEgg – a great resource for students and new grads!”

– @JobsInEdu, TalentEgg follower

And of course, getting quality time in with the office dogs:


So what can you expect from TalentEgg in 2014?

In short, more heart.

We truly care about hatching graduate careers and will continue to provide top students and grads with the most useful and relevant resources, access to the best employer information and more jobs.

Our community can look forward to new innovations that will change the way that Gen Y prepares for their careers, and the way that employers identify true top talent.

As always, you can expect that we will continue to work harder and innovate more than ever to create the tools and resources that we wish we had when we were graduating. The result for employers will be a more engaged, better prepared pool of candidates.

To our entire community – employers, students, recent graduates, career services professionals and all those who take an active interest in helping to fix the school-to-work transition in Canada: we look forward to working with you more than we ever have before, and as a community, continuing to truly make a positive impact on the school-to-work transition and campus recruitment in Canada.

Join us:

Students, recent graduates, and career professionals: Register here, and follow us here.

Employers: To learn more about building a presence on TalentEgg, click here.

TalentEgg’s Rachel Thiessen on planning a wedding around the workday

This October, we experienced a change that was new for everyone on the TalentEgg team: a name change!

Don’t worry – we’re still called TalentEgg.

On October 11, TalentEgg’s Rachel McKee married Brodie Thiessen at the Berkeley Church in Toronto – and now she’s Rachel Thiessen!

Rachel learned a lot about balancing the work day against the wedding day and she took the time to share a little of that new knowledge with those of you who plan to hear wedding bells in your future!

BLVD Photography must be able to recount more than just a day: it has to reflect the colors and emotions of a union which is made of steps already taken together and of the happy suspense in during the wait of those still to take.

It’s no surprise that Rachel was engaged when she joined our team – as this conversation shows, she’s pretty engaging.

TalentEgg: You just got married! Congrats!

Rachel: Yep, on Thanksgiving weekend! We thought it was the perfect time to get hitched. Not only is Toronto beautiful in the Fall, but we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our wedding and this special holiday than with the people we were most thankful for.

It was an unforgettable day. Truly, the best day of my life. We danced (like crazy!), laughed, told stories and ate delicious food with the most important people in our lives. The weather was perfect – blue skies and warm – great for pictures! It was the perfect day and the party of the century.

TE: How developed were your wedding plans when you arrived at TalentEgg?

Rachel: My husband, Brodie, and I got engaged over Easter weekend.

When I started working for TalentEgg, I was four months into planning our wedding.

When you first start planning, you need to choose the “big” things: your date, venue, entertainment, photographer and florist, and of course, a dress! With a short engagement, I didn’t have much time to make these decisions.

By the time I started at TalentEgg, all of these big picture choices had been made. Next up, were the smaller things: colour scheme, flowers, food tasting, song choices, hair styles and wedding bands.

September was probably the most hectic time for me – a month before your wedding, everyone needs to have their final meetings with you: the ceremony officiant, venue coordinator, photographer, florist and the band/DJ.

It’s super hectic and keeping my schedule straight was a challenge.

TE: Was it hard adjusting to a new job, while managing the start of a new chapter in your life?

Rachel: To be honest, yes – a little.

I think the most stressful (and exciting!) experiences in your life are starting a new job, getting married, buying a home and starting a family, thankfully I have the cbd gums to help me move on. I don’t know that I’d recommend doing two at once if you can help it! It’s nice to be able to enjoy all of these memorable life stages individually.

I am fortunate to have an understanding boss and supportive team here at TalentEgg that understood the busy schedule that comes with planning a wedding. So, while it was certainly hectic, knowing they understood was definitely a huge help.

TE: How did you plan for taking time off and decide how much time you’d need?

“I’m really excited to start this new chapter in my life with my best friend.”

Rachel: We decided we didn’t want to go on a honeymoon immediately following our wedding. We thought it would be more fun to have a vacation to look forward to once our good ol’ Canadian winter sets in.

I took the week before my wedding off, which allowed me to rest up in advance of the big day and take care of any last minute errands, tasks, crafts or meetings. This way, I had less to worry about while I was still working because I knew I had a whole, uninterrupted week to get everything done.

Not going on a honeymoon made for a bit of an abrupt return to the office, but I’m glad I chose to save vacation time for a trip to Costa Rica later in the year!

TE: Were you worried about work?

Rachel: No way! Haha! It was a very enjoyable, memorable week. A lot of my husband’s family and friends flew in from Morden, Manitoba, so we got to spend quality time with them. And I spent a LOT of time at the spa, so as to not become the “bridezilla” we all dread. Massages, facials and manicures do wonders.

TE: How is life different as a married person?

Rachel: I think my favourite part of this whole journey was realizing that getting married didn’t mean everything was going to change.

Brodie and I both work downtown – he’s a producer and editor in the sports broadcasting industry. We commuted home together as an engaged couple and now we commute home as a married couple! We share in each other’s successes, support each other through tough times, go running and watch football…just like before.

And it’s nice to have someone around to make me dinner and do my laundry!

TE: Do you have any advice for people who will need to balance work with planning a wedding?

Rachel: Where possible, I scheduled my meetings with florists, venue coordinators, musicians and our officiant on the weekends. I found having to rush out of the office, sit in traffic and actively participate in meetings to be exhausting.  Be prepared for the meetings to get more frequent about a month before your wedding.

Also, we tried our best to make Saturdays our day for wedding errands. It helped start our week feeling like everything was under control and we were on the ball.

Wedding planning is stressful. Enjoy the process as much as possible. If you’re like me, you don’t have time to do all the DIY projects you find on Pinterest. Don’t worry about perfecting the small details – people don’t remember this stuff, anyways. What they do remember is the venue, the food, the band and your smiling face!

Rachel Thiessen is a Content, Marketing and Community Specialist at TalentEgg. She’s currently settling into married life and doing her best not to share wedding photos with her coworkers on a daily basis.

Photo credit: LN Photography

TalentEgg invited to join Canadian Council of Chief Executives

TalentEgg was recently honoured with an invitation to join The Canadian Council of Chief Executives (CCCE), an organization of chief executive officers from major Canadian corporations and leading entrepreneurs.

An engaged participant in the dialogue surrounding youth employment, TalentEgg is in an excellent position to share insights on the labour market for Canadian youth with this influential group.

Last week, TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese attended the CCCE’s quarterly meeting in New York where she had the opportunity to meet former US president Bill Clinton.

We’re thrilled to be a new member of the CCCE and are looking forward to learning and growing from this new membership!

Hatching TalentEgg 8.0

Today, we are egg-cited to announce the launch of TalentEgg 8.0.

Each year, we re-imagine from top to bottom, implementing features that improve the user experience for students, recent grads and employers alike.

This commitment to constant innovation and evolution keeps us on the leading edge of technology, design and user experience.

Besides our new design, here’s what our audience can look forward to when they use

Mobile Readiness:

  • is now optimized for phones, tablets and laptops, providing a seamless experience on every device students and recent graduates use to explore our resources

Easier Searching:

  • A faster design ensures students and recent grads spend their time on finding what they’re looking for, not waiting
  • Refined and responsive search filters make it easier for job seekers to find employers and job opportunities that match their skills and experience
  • Improved support makes managing application deadlines, saving employer profiles and tracking job listings an organic part of the user experience

Ongoing Engagement:

  • Enhanced employer profiles help employers effectively communicate with top talent and help students find the information they need
  • Full social media integration, including embedded Facebook and Twitter streams, and easy links help students connect with their favourite employers via social media

As the most popular job board and online career resource for students and recent grads in Canada, we are committed to moving our industry forward and building on our 5-year track record of success.

We will continue to be thought leaders, actively participating in the conversation, offering insights into career development, job searching and recruitment, how to find a professional digital marketing company to work and bridging the gap between students, recent grads and employers.

Even as we celebrate the design and functions of the new, we are already looking forward to further innovation and growth ahead.

TalentEgg is ready for campus recruiting season. Are you?

TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese named a 2013 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist by EY

TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese

Today we are proud to announce that TalentEgg founder Lauren Friese was named a 2013 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year finalist in the Young Entrepreneur category by EY Canada.

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates the contribution and spirit of entrepreneurs everywhere. The Canadian program is in its 20th year of honouring the country’s most impressive entrepreneurs from all areas of business.

Lauren founded in 2008 after she realized that she and her fellow students in Canada were experiencing a difficult school-to-work transition due to, in part, a lack of access to online career resources. Today, TalentEgg is Canada’s most popular job board and online career resource for students and recent graduates, and more than three million students and grads will use the site to help start their careers in 2013.

Working with hundreds of employers to recruit top Gen Y talent, TalentEgg’s mission and achievements are directly in line with many of the goals of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards, including creating jobs and improving youth employment. “Entrepreneurs aren’t just creating a future for themselves, they’re creating a better future for the next generation, where jobs are attainable and dreams are within reach,” says Colleen McMorrow, National and Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year Program Director.

Nominees were first reviewed by an independent judging panel composed of several distinguished business leaders and previous award recipients, and then Lauren and the other awards finalists were chosen based on their vision, leadership, financial success and social responsibility.

The 2013 Ontario judging panel consisted of John Albright, Founder and Managing Partner, Relay Ventures; Claude Haw, Managing Partner, Venture Coaches; Tim Jackson, Vice President, University Relations, University of Waterloo; Don Morrison, Senior Managing Director and Country Head, OMERS Private Equity; Nicole Musicco, Vice President, Funds & Co-Investments, Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan; David Shaw, 2010 Ontario Entrepreneur Of The Year professional services category winner and Founder and CEO, Knightsbridge Human Capital Management; and Dr. Ilse Treurnicht, CEO, MaRS Discovery District.

The Ontario winners will be announced at a gala in October and the overall winner will represent the region at the national gala held in Toronto in November.

Thank you to EY and the esteemed Entrepreneur Of The Year judging panel for selecting Lauren and TalentEgg as a finalist, and congratulations to the other EY Entrepreneur Of The Year finalists!

For more information about the EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards and finalists, please visit the EY Canada website.