Candidate FAQs

Executive & Professional Search FAQ

In the end, it’s about chemistry.

Ask yourself: Do you and the recruiter like each other? Will the recruiter be excited about working with you? Don’t feel the need to blast your resume to every recruitment firm in town. Do your research – read reviews, ask for recommendations, find the most reputable agencies. Being ‘picky’ ensures your recruitment consultant has the expertise to help you succeed.

Recruiters are happy to work with candidates to give advice and career leads, but they ultimately work for their clients.

If you haven’t heard from your recruiter in a while, there is very likely a good reason: Recruiters won’t waste your or their client’s time by presenting an opportunity that is not right for you. When in doubt, follow up with your recruiter regularly to ensure you’re top of mind.

Maximize your interactions with a recruiter by asking specific questions: ask for their advice on a career direction; ask for updates on specific positions.
Following up is a vital part of your job search. If you had an interview with a company through your recruiter, call them as soon as possible and let them know how it went.

Hearing your feedback gives the recruiter a reason to call the employer and create more conversation about you as a candidate, which could lead to another interview or a job offer.

Your recruiter can provide you with valuable insights about your interview skills based on feedback from the employer.

Throughout your relationship, stay in touch regularly; communicate any changes to your experience, career status or goals. Staying in touch helps recruiters think of you for openings that match your background.

Recruiters who focus on a specific industry have developed strong networks and knowledge within that area. They understand the terminology and needs of that sector.
Our specialized recruitment consultants have their fingers on the pulse of your industry.

We can help connect you with opportunities and companies that may not otherwise be visible.

We know what our clients want – we will prepare you for every step in the process to help you put your best foot forward.

We will be honest – We will not waste your time with an opportunity that is not a good fit for you or our clients. If we feel we cannot help you with your career or job search, we will tell you directly. Visit our Candidate Rights and Candidate Responsibilities pages for more information on our dedicated process.

Pinnacle focuses most of its energy on Manitoba companies and candidates – we believe this focus allows us to serve you better. Pinnacle’s co-founders are proud Winnipeggers who are committed to giving back to our vibrant local community.
Be as forthcoming as possible with your recruiter about what you do, what you want out of your career and what you’re looking for in a new opportunity. Being honest and open can only improve your relationship with the recruiter and, ultimately, your job search outcome.
If you’re not looking for a career change and a recruiter reaches out to you, consider speaking with them anyway.

You never know when you might need a recruiter in the future. Establishing a pro-active relationship will make it easier to reach out to a recruiter when you need them. If you ignore their attempts to get in touch, it may be more difficult for a recruiter to keep you top of mind and have them on your side in an upcoming job search.

Every individual is entitled to the highest level of confidentiality from Pinnacle:

  • We will retain your personal contact and reference details until you give permission to release them.
  • We will not contact your provided references without permission.
  • We do not discuss your potential candidacy with anyone outside the Pinnacle team.
  • We advise our clients to safeguard your confidentiality.
  • While every effort will be made to respect your confidentiality, we must balance it with our client’s need to make the best hiring decision.

Temporary & Term Employment FAQ

  • Submit your resume to Pinnacle via email or by uploading it to our website
  • Complete our online assessments
  • Contact your Pinnacle recruitment consultant to schedule an interview
  • We advise our clients to safeguard your confidentiality

During the interview, we’ll discuss your skills, education and work history, along with your careers goals and preferences

Complete other assessments and background checks, as needed

  • Enhance your skills and keep them current
  • Expand your network of professional contacts
  • Gain experience – Experience diverse industries and work environments
  • Work with professional flexibility
  • Become a better candidate – Improve your resume and interview techniques
  • Find work faster – Our staffing recruitment consultants receive dozens of exciting job opportunities each week. You need only apply once to access these opportunities and stay informed about new positions as they come up, without actively job hunting.
  • Access well-matched job opportunities – We evaluate your skills so we can present positions that best match your specific experience and preferences.
  • Access a competitive benefits package, including group health, life and disability insurance.
  • Get salary advice – Our recruitment consultants can help you get what you’re really worth!
  • Keep your references fresh – Our recruitment consultants only need to contact your references once, regardless of how many jobs you are put forward for.
No. Pinnacle services are free to you. We are compensated by our great clients for our work.
Every individual is entitled to the highest level of confidentiality from Pinnacle:

  • We will retain your personal contact and reference details until you give permission to release them.
  • We will not contact your provided references without permission.
  • We do not discuss your potential candidacy with anyone outside the Pinnacle team.
  • We advise our clients to safeguard your confidentiality.
  • While every effort will be made to respect your confidentiality, we must balance it with our client’s need to make the best hiring decision.
The assessments we ask you to complete are determined by the type of work you are interested in doing. To ensure that you receive an interesting and challenging assignment appropriate to your skill level, you may be asked to complete assessments in the following areas:

Office Support

  • Data Entry (alphanumeric)
  • MS Excel
  • MS Word


  •  Accounting

  • Accounts Payable/Receivable
  • Data Entry (numeric)


  •  Contact Centre

  • Listening skills
  • Basic spelling

  • Be sure to bring at least three employment references (with phone numbers), and two forms of government-issued identification (one of which must be photo ID). Don’t forget to dress professionally for your meeting.
    We offer online training in Microsoft Office applications. Contact your recruitment consultant for more information.
     

    Pinnacle provides Manitoba companies with flexible workforce solutions.

    We always meet with candidates personally to get a clear understanding of their career objectives and to help them find roles that best suit their talents, experience, and goals. With Pinnacle managing your workforce, you are free to focus on what you do best: your company’s core business.

    Interim Staffing

    Contract | Temporary | Term

    Interim staffing is the preferred workforce solution when your business is undergoing change. Pinnacle offers your business the flexibility to add staff to support new initiatives or seasonal demand, and to remove personnel as projects and high seasons wind down. Whether you need an Executive Assistant or an entire project team, Pinnacle delivers the talent you need for as long as you require.


    Direct Hire

    Permanent Placement

    Companies turn to Pinnacle for the highest quality professionals to fill their direct hire and recruitment needs. Well before client interviews, we thoroughly pre-screen every candidate to ensure that their skills, experience, and aspirations are in line with what you’re looking for.


    Evaluation-to-Hire

    Temporary to Permanent Placement

    Some companies prefer to evaluate an interim employee’s on-the-job performance before extending an offer of full time employment. In these instances, Pinnacle is happy to accommodate your business needs by providing evaluation-to-hire staffing solutions. Once you’ve made the decision based on your evaluation, we will work with you to transition temporary staff into permanent positions.


    Executive & Professional Search

    Headhunting

    When seeking highly skilled professionals for c-level, senior management, or highly-specialized positions, companies look to Pinnacle. We know this gap can only be filled with the best of the best in your industry. As a leader in executive and professional recruiting in Manitoba, Pinnacle understands the need for organizational strength and stability, and has applied that knowledge to headhunting for hundreds of top-level positions in a variety of industries.


    Want some quick answers before you make your decision? Call us at (204) 943-8649 or use the form below and we’ll follow up with you.