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Top Tech Solutions for Today’s Solopreneur

By Lucy Reed To be competitive in today’s business world, solopreneurs need to make use of every tool at their disposal. Thankfully, in our electronic age, technology affords a wide variety of options. We explored some of the top solutions available for ensuring your small business is a smashing success. Tech Tool on the Go […]

5 Ways IT is Disrupting Finance

By Addison Taylor Over the years, Information Technology (IT) has grown into a global phenomenon, streamlining and improving the way many industries are run. Yet, out of the many industries that IT has disrupted, the financial industry stands to be changed the most. This is true especially in BC, where we noted previously how Vancouver was […]

3 Ways to Increase Your Potential

By Tasleem Jessani Your brain has an infinite amount of potential! It has the ability to create new neural pathways throughout your life. However, after a certain age, our old or habitual ways become ingrained or hardwired within the brain, which is why change becomes difficult. It’s our brain’s natural way of being more efficient; […]

How to Manage Conflict in the Workplace

Workplace conflict can have a positive outcome that strengthens relationships, increases communication, and allows teams to develop better ideas that will benefit the company. So why do some people avoid conflict? It is most likely due to poor experiences in the past or lack of knowledge about how to have a healthy debate with a […]

Networking 101

Whether you are a candidate looking for a new job or someone simply looking to build your professional network, connecting with people is a great place to start. As the saying goes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Annex hosts events throughout the year to bring together IT and management consulting professionals. […]

Job Hunting in a New Country

Job hunting can be stressful, especially if you are looking for your first job in a new country. There can be new job boards to explore, a certain way of writing your resume, or a different way to present yourself in an interview. It’s hard to get out of the cycle of sending out countless […]

Collaborative Recruiting

“One for all, and all for one” is a motto traditionally associated with the heroes of the novel The Three Musketeers written by Alexandre Dumas. In the book, it was the motto of French musketeers Athos, Porthos, Aramis and d’Artagnan who remained loyal to one another through every triumph and every challenge. But, how does […]

PMI CWCC Celebrates 40 Years

Established in 1979, the Project Management Institute (PMI) Canadian West Coast Chapter (CWCC) fulfills a distinct need for individuals and organizations to further develop within the project management industry. Mandated by a vision to increase the awareness, effectiveness and value of professional project management for practitioners and organizations, PMI CWCC is a leader in the […]

10 Ways to Prepare for an Interview

Interviewing is a learned skill that can improve with practice, practice, practice! The interview is a critical part of a job seeker’s journey, and there is only one chance to make a great first impression. Since 1998, Annex has coached thousands of candidates in preparation for interviews and we are happy to share our knowledge […]

Sleep’s Effect on Brain Health

Sleep can have a massive impact on health: preventing disease, instigating muscle growth, and cleansing systems. Its effects on the brain, however, might be the most significant. A good night’s sleep can make the difference between a productive day and one filled with frustration. Whether it’s improved efficiency, cognitive skills, or overall sense of happiness, […]

Getting Into the Gig Economy Is Easier Than Ever

By Lucy Reed Everyone from students to retirees, parents to aspiring entrepreneurs — and even employees of other firms looking for a side hustle — are finding success in the growing gig economy. Gigs Are Growing  Because of the variety of participants, the number of people employed in the gig economy is difficult to measure. […]

Demand for IT Services in BC

The demand for IT services in British Columbia is high, making Annex busier than we have ever been in the company’s 20-year history! As a leader, advisor and partner to many of BC’s private and public-sector organizations, Annex understands why the Vancouver IT market is booming along with the economic growth and increasing global recognition […]

Managerial Coaching: Soft Skills for Hard Results

By Dr. Jim Sellner   Coaching and developing exceptional employees is a key managerial skill. Here are some results produced by the best manager/coaches from a Zenger- Folkman’s survey of 241,000 people. 8x higher levels of employee engagement and commitment! Over 3x more willingness to “go the extra mile” for the team or organization. 5x […]

Counter Offers and Trust

By Aaron O’Byrne – Annex Client Manager, Permanent Placement   Currently (February 2018), we are in what we like to call a ‘candidate driven market’. Simply put, it means that candidates have more job opportunities to select from and decide on new career paths. It also means that companies have to combat the potential hemorrhaging […]

Speaking Technical to a Non-Technical Person

This blog post comes as a request from the recruitment team here at Annex.  Some consultants are excellent at using analogies or breaking down jargon into layman’s terms to explain very specific and technical concepts when recruiters are qualifying them for positions.  By speaking non-technical, it makes this an easier conversation for both parties, and […]

3 tips to improve your writing

Today, being able to write well has never been more important. Whether you’re sending emails, tailoring your cover letter and resume, or even sending texts to colleagues and potential employers, developing a clear and professional writing style is critical. Have you ever received an email with 10 or more spelling errors? Or received a letter […]

Book Review: The Phoenix Project

President’s Message I recently read The Phoenix Project: A Novel About IT, DevOps, and Helping Your Business Win by Gene Kim, Kevin Behr and George Spafford.  It is written as a fable similar to The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni and when it was published it quickly reached #1 in its […]

The Benefits of using a Recruiting Agency vs. Internal Recruitment

If you are responsible for technical hiring or if you need top-quality personnel on your team, you might ask yourself “Why would I use an external Recruitment Agency? What’s the benefit?” These are valid questions and it is perfectly reasonable to question how an external agency could garner better results than internal recruitment. If you […]

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