Experienced Recruitment Consultants
With offices in Calgary and Toronto, we pride ourselves on building long-term relationships with local, regional, and national contractors, developers, and consultancies.
We promote equal opportunities for everyone regardless of age, disability, gender, marriage, pregnancy, race, religion, sexual orientation, or socio-economic background.
‘As a senior professional with a number of years experience in my field Sphere listened well to what I was looking for and sourced a number of well-aligned opportunities within the market. The process, which ended successfully, was well managed and was positively collaborative and well communicated. It wasn’t about pushing a ‘square peg into a round hole’ to receive a fee but took the appropriate amount of time and focus to find a good fit. The experience was positive and I would certainly refer them to other senior personnel who have selective role demands and service expectations’
‘Working with Sphere Recruitment proved to be successful collaboration. You have helped me to understand and pursue a new step in my career which is proving as a right thing to do. I value your honest approach and fair advises, which helped me to make a right decision. Working with Sphere, I found out that it wasn’t just business relationship, it was rather friendly advice, and even we worked remotely, I had confidence that he is being honest and well-minded’
‘It’s been a pleasure working with your company during these hard economic times. I can’t think of many people or companies that within a day or two of being made redundant you had me four interviews set up for the following week. Especially, with the calibre of the employers, you got me.From our first meeting to the successful pursuit of employment, you’re professionalism, advice and more importantly trust comforted me and my family in difficult times. I would have no hesitation in recommending your company to anyone in the industry and certainly, no hesitation in calling on you should the need arise in the future’
For 3 years I have had the pleasure to build a relationship with Sphere based on honesty, trust, reliability and transparency. Sphere never tried to place me with one of their clients out of a need to fill a role.
I knew that no one was more eager for the resulting feedback of the client and no one more anxious to celebrate the success of a life altering offer.
It was clear to me that Sphere was willing to put their name on the line and invest time and reputation because they believed in me. Sphere believed in me because they took the time to foster a relationship as a colleague and friend beyond understanding of my skill set and experience.
Thank you so much for your great efforts and hardworking that led to my job offer with Borea Construction for Field Engineer position. I appreciate the time you took to follow up with your client and arranging different interview sessions and phone calls and also your invaluable advice that really helped me to sell myself and capture their attention. It was very nice working with you through this hiring process.
Undoubtedly this job offer could not be achieved without your strong communication and relationship with the employer, I am so glad that I chose Sphere Recruitment Solutions for this job opportunity.
I wish you and your company all the best and looking forward to seeing Sphere Recruitment Solutions as a stronger and more famous recruiting company in the market in the near future.
Top Tips For Your CV
Your CV is the key to an interview. Its sole objective is to sell you and your skills to a prospective employer. Employers have to make decisions inviting candidates for interview on what they see. Remember you will also be judged on your presentation of your CV as well the content, so make sure you check spelling & grammar before you send it.
Type or word-process your CV. If you print a copy, use good quality paper. Try and stick to one type of font throughout the CV and also use the same font in your covering letter.
Avoid using large or bold fonts, stick to Arial or Times New Roman font type. Also, avoid using bright colours and borders. When emailing a CV be wary if you have photographs attached to the CV document. This will affect the size of the document and may bar it from being received by your intended recipient.
At the top of your CV, always include your name, address, contact number and email address – and make sure that they are all up to date!
Begin this section of your CV with your academic qualifications.
Detail your education and qualifications in a clear format, emphasizing your highest qualification. Always include:
- Qualification gained
- Dates of Study (Years only)
- University / College name
- Highlight good grades
If you have obtained any professional qualification during your employment history, ensure that this is included in this section. You may also want to bullet point any particular areas or modules you studied during the course which will help communicate your areas of knowledge and skill to a prospective employer.
Always detail your education in chronological order.
- Dates of employment (months & years)
- Company’s name
- Job title
There should always be an accompanying paragraph with a brief description of the role, responsibilities and duties. In particular, highlighting:
- Projects completed – try and quantify projects by size & cost, also include a description of the project including type & method of construction, duration, form of contract & client
- Skills you developed in your role
- Key achievements – i.e. Projects you worked on completing ahead of schedule, on budget, nominated for awards or recommendations
- If you have worked on a contract basis, ensure that this is clearly stated next to the Dates of Employment.
List your employment history in chronological order, start your CV with the most recent employer.
Focus on displaying your career progression through promotion or more challenging work.
If you have any gaps in your employment history, for example traveling or redundancy, make sure you state why there is a gap in your employment history.
Hobbies & interests
Whilst outside work interests sometimes gives an employer a better insight into the applicant, do not get carried away with all listing all your hobbies and pastimes. Only list hobbies or interests if you have enough space.
What else goes with a CV?
As well as your education and employment history, employers may want to see your hobbies and interests, or you may have thoughts about whether to add a photograph. Also, depending on what your specific application states, you may need to offer a covering letter and a particular number of references.
A covering letter (or covering email if you are sending your CV by electronic format) introduces you and most importantly states which position you are applying for, quoting a reference number if applicable. Remember that many employers are recruiting for numerous positions at any one time; you need to make sure that your CV is looked at for the correct position.
Your covering letter needs to be brief. Simply state:
- What position you are applying for or if it is a speculative approach
- Where you saw the position advertised
- What you current position is – employers name / job title or recently graduated
- Include any notice period if you are currently employed
- Include what your availability for interviews would be
Always put your contact details on the covering letter in case it gets detached from the CV.
Only list referees and their contact details if they have agreed to provide references for you. If you do not wish prospective employers to contact referees without your permission, state it clearly at the bottom of the CV.
They may look nice but add any photographs to an accompanying document which you could take to an interview.
Remember: before you send your CV, always check your spelling & grammar!
Our Interview Guide
The interview stage of the recruitment process is the ideal opportunity to present your skills and experience to a prospective employer. It provides you with a chance to present your skills, experience, and attributes to a prospective employer, as well as an opportunity to learn more about the company and the role on offer. Read our interview guide below for a stress-free experience.
1. Preparing for your Interview
Taking the time to prepare beforehand is key to making sure you are relaxed and focused for your interview on the day.
Do your homework
Although your consultant at Sphere Recruitment Solutions will give you as much information as they can about the company, it’s always a good idea to use the internet and industry publications to research the company history and current projects in more depth. This will show the interviewer that you have a genuine interest in the company and the role.
Plan your route
Whether you are driving or taking public transport to the interview, it’s important to make sure you know how to get there and are aware of parking or other factors that if not planned, could cause you to be late for your interview. It is also advisable to give more time for your journey than necessary in case of any traffic delays or other unforeseen circumstances.
Plan your questions
It seems simple but print off or write down the name(s) and position(s) of the interviewer(s).
You should also prepare a few questions that you can ask during the interview – this will help show you are genuinely interested in the role.
2. Arriving for your Interview
This goes hand-in-hand with planning your route. Intend to arrive around 10 minutes early, so that you have time to compose yourself before going in to the interview.
Make a good first impression
Always be pleasant to the receptionist or person who greets you: their place in the organisation and their opinion of you will matter. And never underestimate the power of a good, firm handshake.
3. During the Interview
Be aware of your performance
Remember to smile and make eye contact, and be aware of your body language and posture – folding your arms and slouching in a chair does not convey a person who is engaging and approachable.
You may be asked to give what you consider to be your strengths and weaknesses. Try to answer these honestly, giving examples of how you plan to, or already address these weaknesses. For example, someone who feels they lack experience with computers may have enrolled in an IT course to improve their skills.
Above all, do not lie, make excuses or be evasive for unfavourable factors in your background. If you’ve properly prepared, you will have decided how you’re going to present these details about yourself and your history.
Never make a derogatory or negative comment about a previous employer or company. Again, you should have decided how you’re going to speak about your work history and departure from previous roles.
At the end of the interview, always thank the interviewer politely for his/her time, let them know that you have enjoyed learning more about the company and the role, and that you will look forward to hearing from them in the near future. If you have the opportunity, remember to say goodbye to anyone else you may have met on the way in to the interview, such as receptionists or PA’s.