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Why work with us?

We’ve listened to thousands of candidates and we get it. Working with recruiters can at times, be a pain.

Some of the common complaints are:

  • Recruiters don’t know what you do
  • Some never follow up when they say they will
  • They exaggerate opportunities
  • Agencies only see you as a commission
  • Recruiters don’t listen to you

If you’re a candidate that has come to encounter one of the bad apples in recruitment, on behalf of our industry, we’re sorry.  This should never happen, but unfortunately, with some agencies, it does.

At PHM Search, the last thing we’re going to say is that we are perfect, but the first thing we are going to do is show you how we can make a difference when you’re ready to change jobs.

Candidate Benefits

Below are some of the reasons to work with us:

  • 1-to-1 Career Discovery Calls to take inventory of your skills, experiences, and achievements, both professionally and personally
  • Access to exclusive Engineering, Construction and Technology Jobs with a growing roster of admired clients
  • Communications preferences (call, video, text, email, social) to fit your messaging mojo
  • Career mapping to highlight if your job is moving in the right direction
  • Follow-up communications and updates to your application and selection process (typically within 1-2 days)
  • Ongoing job matching and alerts to future opportunities
  • Real-time compensation reviews to help you earn more money
  • Practical guidance on your career growth and progression
  • Remote working opportunities
  • Industry, salary, career information and tips for making informed professional development decisions

For a confidential career discovery chat, email or give us a call!

 

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We Get Technical Jobs

Since we’re simply Engineering, Construction, and Technology recruiters, we have taken the time and effort to continually take stock of what professionals like you do, and the issues you face in your workplace.

If we don’t know, we will ask (or find the answers for you).  If we mess up, we will hold ourselves to it, and show you how we can make it better.

Our candidate's mission is to earn your trust, respect, and build relationship, one conversation at a time. If we’re not right for each other, that’s perfectly fine.  We appreciate the opportunity to have established a connection and perhaps make a better fit at some point in the future.

If we’re a match, we will go that extra mile and invest our time and efforts to ensure we exceed your expectations to win that next career move.

For more on the technical jobs we recruit for, visit Find A Job.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What types of candidates do you work with?

    We help a broad range of engineering, construction, and technology professionals change jobs including, but not limited to the following industries:

    • Consulting Engineering (Design & Project Management)
    • Construction (General Contractors, Design Build, Heavy Civil)
    • Information Technology (Network, Cloud Computing, Systems Engineers, Software Engineers, DevOps
    • Data Science (AI, ML, DL, Analytics, Statisticians)
    • Advanced Manufacturing
    • Architectural,
    • Oil, Gas & Mining
    • Power and Utilities
    • Facility Management and Real Estate Development.

  • How long does it take you to return my calls or messages?

    We typically get back to you within 24 hours.  We strive to return every call, message or application.  Occasionally, dependent on the priority of candidates and the urgency of communications, we may not respond as quickly as we would like.  For this we apologize.

    We are always looking to improve our service levels.  To help us be better we encourage you to send us an email at talent@phmsearch.com with any suggestions or comments.

  • What are the benefits of working with PHM?

    Be careful what you ask for, but here's a detailed list of some of the benefits of working with our firm:

    • Technical recruitment is all we do, thus easing the matchmaking process with you and our clients.
    • Nearly two-decade track record of success working with some of the leading companies and employers in your industry.
    • Consultative approach to recruitment:  we coach and provide guidance for change, not just sell you a job.
    • First, we want to get to know you. If we are a good match, then we propose you consider an opportunity.
    • Earning trust to build a long-term relationship with you is more important than a short term commission.
    • Leveraging technology and innovation to help make the process of working with us as simple as possible.
    • We are honest, transparent and patient, if the timing is not right or you’re just not “feeling” it, that’s ok; we’d rather park things than to risk compromising our relationship.
    • We take care of everything from, but not limited to scheduling, interview preparation, guidance with offer negotiations, resignations, counteroffers, onboarding, thank you letters, and help manage the many dimensions of making a significant life change.
    • Job alerts, blogs, newsletters and social media presence allows you to stay current and be in the know about topics that affect your industry and your career.
     

  • Who are your clients?

    Our clients consist of small to large sized market leaders across all of the technical verticals or industries we specialize in.  They are composed of both established and emerging organizations spanning Canada and the United States.

    Historically our core client base has consisted of employers within Engineering, Design and Consulting.  But over the years we have expanded into Construction, Technology (IT), Architecture and Facility Management and Realty Development, while making inroads partnering with companies in Advanced Manufacturing, Oil and Gas and Mining, Power and Utilities.

    Our focus is to work with clients with whom we have a long-term relationship.  They are firms that have recognized the value of our recruitment partnership and who keep coming back to us for their ongoing hiring needs.

    When building new relationships, we seek clients who can demonstrate clear competitive differentiators and that share similar core values as PHM Search so that candidates like you are assured that you are being matched with like-minded employers.

  • I don't want people to know I'm looking. How do you protect my privacy?

    We take your information and our relationship with you very seriously.  Not only are we bound and adhere to governing Privacy Laws in Canada, but we have assured potential data breaches with modern security measures and protection. Furthermore, we will not disclose, disseminate or transmit your information, identity or details of our private conversations that you have with us without your consent or knowledge. Your trust in us is at the very core of what makes our firm simple to work with and we’d like to give you peace of mind, that we will always have your best interests at heart.

  • How can Job Alerts and Newsletters help my career?

    Job Alerts and subscribing to our PHM Newsletter are the best ways to be aware and not miss out on opportunities that are either time sensitive or where information about such openings are exclusively shared with us by our clients. Job Alerts will notify you when we post a new job or opening or sometimes re-post a job that has resurfaced. Newsletters will help you with the latest career trends, job search advice, tips and market information to keep you abreast of what's relevant to you and to make it easier to change jobs when the timing is right.

  • What are hidden job opportunities?

    There's an adage that some of the best jobs are rarely advertised, this defines what we coin as "hidden opportunities". These are positions that have just been created, or have become open due to a recent change with a client  (due to restructuring, a resignation or termination).  This can also be a situation where a client maybe “thinking” about replacing an existing employee, but doesn’t yet realize there’s a better candidate (like you) available or better suited for it. With such opportunities, you would work with one of our consultants to uncover a job that has just opened or been created specifically for you because of your skills and experience that could be a great match for one of our clients. This allows you to have exclusive access to jobs that you nor the market even knows about and gives you leverage to have a job fit you rather than you fitting the job.

  • Do you offer contract or temporary jobs?

    Yes.  Some of the clients we work with do have roles that are contract or project based.  This is a facet of our business that we are looking to expand and see it as an emerging growth area for PHM.  When registering or applying with our firm, specify if you are also or open to contract or project based opportunities.

  • I've applied to a job posting, now what?

    Thanks for your submission!  Should your application or registration be a fit for a current or future assignment, one of our Talent Consultants will reach out to speak with you.  This typically takes 24-48 hours based on the priority of our requisitions (jobs).  If you don’t hear from us, this usually means that you are not the right fit or the timing of your skills and experiences are not aligned for any current role we’re presently tasked with.  You are free to give us a call or email us at: talent@phmsearch.com to inquire about the status of your application.

  • What other services or benefits are there to working with PHM as a candidate?

    • Career Coaching, Consultation and Skills (Free to Eligible Candidates)
    • Flexible Scheduling – Talent Consultants are available by appointment most weeknights or weekends
    • Resume Writing Tips and Guidelines – we can refer you to trusted resume writers
    • Interviewing Skills and Techniques – our interview guidelines, pre and post interview debriefs will maximize winning an offer
    • Offer Negotiations – we will give you tips or help you negotiate the best offer
    • Counter Offer and Resignation Protocols – why it’s never a good idea to accept a counter
    • Relocation Support and Services – we can help put you in touch with the right realtors, movers and local community support for new arrivals
    • Onboarding – guidance on how to best integrate and fit into a new job
    • Career Mapping and Strategy – where do you want to be?
    • Free Compensation Analysis – real time compensation evaluation
    • Ask a PHM Talent Consultant – if we don’t know the answer we will help find you one.

From the first call to accepting an offer...PHM made it easier than any other firm I've worked with to consider an opportunity with one of their clients that was a great fit.  I'm now in a company that values my contributions and feel more utilized than I have ever been in my career.  Thank you PHM, this was simpler than I thought it'd be.


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