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WEBINAR: Hiring your first employee – What does it take?

Thursday, June 17 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM


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Moving from a solopreneur to an employer takes a lot of planning and consideration. Hiring the right employee is critical and small businesses do not have the luxury of making a mistake during the hiring process. This session will explore the steps required when hiring your first (or next) employee.
Role Identification
  • Determining the role requirements and expectations
  • Compensation, benefits and location
The Recruitment Process
  • Marketing
  • Interview process
  • Assessment tools
  • The offer
  • How to make the employee feel welcome
  • Training and performance management
Attendees will receive an overview of the steps required when making the decision to hire their first (or next) employee. Attendees will learn:
  • How to identify the competencies, expectations and duties required within a role
  • Advice on where to find compensation benchmarking
  • An overview of the recruitment process and resources available
  • Tips for onboarding


Shannon Neighbour, Svensen Neighbour Recruiting

Shannon Neighbour has over 10 years of expertise in recruitment and over 10 years in professional business-to-business sales and management experience in the media industry. Shannon has presented at Disrupt HR on recruitment and selection, on HR Trends at the Edmonton Business Association, was the keynote presenter for NAIT’s Lifelong Learning – Building Your Online Brand through LinkedIn event, and has provided outplacement services to industry including workshops and one-on-one advisement. Shannon and Chantelle have presented on Hiring Best Practices, Moving from a Solopreneur to Employer at the ATB Entrepreneur Centre, on Effective Interview Techniques for Employer and Candidate at NAIT, and Recruitment and Retention practices in Non-Profit Organizations at the Association of Fundraising Professional’s (AFP) AGM. Shannon is currently sitting as a Public Member, Board of Governors for Athabasca University and is currently pursuing her MBA through Athabasca University.


Chantelle Svensen-Lewis, Svensen Neighbour Recruiting

As a Partner at Svensen Neighbour Recruiting, Chantelle is passionate about building teams and understanding an employer’s and employee’s values, motivators, behaviours and competencies is what she feels contributes to a successful employer/employee match. Her experience in coaching, marketing, fundraising, and account management allows her to provide a multi-faceted approach to her client’s needs. Chantelle is a strategic and supportive leader who has extensive experience in the post-secondary education industry where she spent over ten years in the development and advancement. Passionate about education, Chantelle holds a Master of Business Administration, an undergraduate degree in Political Science, and an honours Marketing diploma. She is a certified DISC, Acumen, and 12 Driving Forces® professional through TTI Success Insights. Chantelle also teaches in the JR Shaw School of Business at NAIT as an HR sessional instructor. She volunteers her time as a member of Business Link’s Board of Directors and is a Venture Mentor with the University of Alberta.

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