Your executive search firm.
We specialize in recruiting managers, senior managers, and executives that fit your organization’s culture and values.
The 9-Step Essence Recruitment Process
Our recruitment process is thorough and can be structured around your timeline. Here’s a snapshot of how it works.
Gathering informationWe start by meeting with all stakeholders to ensure we have a thorough understanding of the position you’re filling and how we can help you meet your objectives.
Creating detailed position profilesBased on the information we’ve gathered, we create a detailed job description, a compelling job advertisement, and a profile of the candidate who is qualified for the position and would be a great fit for your organization.
Finding candidatesWe implement a recruitment process that is customized for each search to source the best possible candidates for each position.
Identifying qualified candidatesOur 2-step screening process is the secret to our success. We don’t just focus on what candidates can do, we also look at who they are to ensure they will be a good fit in the culture of your organization.
Interviewing candidatesWe help you develop an interview process that will work for your organization and we support you throughout the process.
Administering aptitude, personality, and behaviour assessmentsWhile resumés and interviews can tell you a lot about an individual, psychometric assessments can help you get a better picture of a candidate’s abilities and an expectation of how they might react in various work scenarios. Armed with this information, you can make a more informed recruitment decision.
Conducting reference checksOnce you’ve identified candidates you might like to hire, we’ll conduct extensive reference checks.
Negotiating the offerWe’ll help you develop a detailed compensation package that conforms to market standards and provides the right incentives to convince your preferred candidate to accept the position.
Providing transition and on-boarding supportFor your new employee to be successful over the long term, both orientation and on-boarding are necessary. We can provide tools, procedures, and guidelines to help your new hire get up to speed quickly and begin contributing to your organization’s success.
Working with Essence – I feel that went very well. I really don’t know if I can point out any areas to improve. I feel we were working together and you were fully transparent with potential candidates and their feedback so that we understood the reasons. We wanted to wait for the right person/fit – and that is what we got in Justin.Dane MayerleCo-Owner, Redekop Manufacturing
We had a very positive experience with Essence, our relationship felt more like we were a team rather than a client of theirs. They have a strong network and some of the candidates they presented they knew before so they already had that rapport with the candidates. It wasn’t just about the candidates resume but the relationship Essence had built with them so it made it easier to trust that the fit for our organization was there. Nikki kept us on track with the process, encouraged us to share our thoughts, and had good communication throughout the process.Martin GonzalezDirector of Finance & Administration, Projectline Solutions
Essence supplied us with what we were looking for and listened well to what our needs in the new hire would be.Rob TrebbOwner, Xtended Hydraulics
Working with Tracy at Essence Recruiting to search for a new CEO was a great experience. She led us through the process with efficiency and professionalism. She was quickly able to pivot and adapt the process for social distancing. Tracy took care of all the pre - interview heavy work by helping with the job description, posting the position, accepting and vetting applicants, and short listing. She kept us focused by creating and following a timeline. Tracy helped us prepare good interview questions and coached us through the entire interview process. She lead us from start to finish. The result is we now have a strong CEO who is leading our organization into the future. I cannot imagine doing a search with out using the services Tracy provides and would recommend her to anyone who asks.Tammy RichmondChair of the Board, YWCA Saskatoon
As a whole, I'm really happy with all that Essence has done for us. We appreciate the work that is put in at the front end to really understand the path of our business, our culture and the understanding of all of our current roles. When recruiting, we really appreciate the transparency and experience Essence provides to help us get past our biases of the candidates. Also, we're always grateful of your approach to hire for culture as opposed to just the technical qualifications. It's really positively impacted our culture!”Travis LowOwner, BlueMoose Media
Over the years we have developed a level of trust with Essence to ensure we put our best foot forward in recruiting top talent to join our team. We have had the pleasure of working with Tracy and her team on a number of projects as they have helped support our growing business. They have taken the time to understand our vision, our culture and values, and the requirements of the positions we've filled. Mrs. Arno has a tremendous amount of experience which allows her team to bring insights into compensation models, organizational structures, onboarding, and consideration for fit. The process they use ensures we develop the job correctly, attract the right qualifications, and onboard the new hire to ensure best chances for success. We have had tremendous success with the team at Essence when recruiting for key roles within our organization and I would strongly recommend them for your next project.Christian BraidOwner, Braid Flooring
The relationship developed fairly quickly as a candidate for the RM of Sherwood and a trust relationship came about. As the late Stephen Covey put it “without trust, there can be no relationship”. I quickly found that Tracy is genuine and that was/is really refreshing. I can say that, very clearly, any comments or questions I had were heard and genuinely responded to. Moving forward to engaging Essence as a search consultant and/or HR policy review, I have found that they take a pragmatic “seek to understand” approach. Tracy Arno and Essence Recruitment have become my “go to” when the need arises to fill a key position in the organization and/or to discuss/review an HR policy matter.Ron McCulloughCity Manager, City of Melville
We were immediately pleased with their philosophy of working as partners to recruit the right people for the right positions and focus on hiring for fit as this aligned well with our recruitment strategy. Tracy and her team have demonstrated their commitment to finding a candidate that not only is capable of meeting expectations but fits with the organization and supports our organizational culture.Heide TillerPeople Services Manager, Saskatchewan Construction Safety Association
Essence Recruitment provides us with customized recruiting services. They always take the time to meet and ensure they fully understand the role and the skills that are needed to be successful before suggesting candidates. Tracy and her team strive to make sure they are meeting expectations set out at the start. They saved us hours of interview time while maintaining flexibility whenever possible. I plan to use Essence again in the future. From a candidate perspective, I worked with Essence to find a senior finance role that matched my skills and abilities. The bar was high in terms of my expectations for a role. I was looking for an organization I could see my self with and be challenged with for many years to come. Throughout the process, I felt informed and at times coached on how to put my best foot forward. I definitely see Tracy and the Team at Essence as a key part of my career progression.Shawn WimpneyCFO, JNE Welding
Working with Essence Recruitment was a delightful experience. Tracy Arno did a wonderful job getting us a number of quality candidates one of whom we hired.John HopkinsCEO, Regina Chamber of Commerce