November 28, 2017 – Toronto-headquartered Optimum Talent has launched a new, bilingual career management portal designed to reduce the average length of an employee transition, minimize the emotional impact of the role departure, and equip users with the skills to manage their careers.
“We have a solid reputation for delivering exceptional high-touch career transition programs,” said Mike Bacchus, CEO of Optimum Talent. “It’s where our roots are. But as our business grew and evolved, we understood that we needed to invest in a technology solution that could be used as a stand-alone service or as a complement to our high-touch experience.”
“It took us over a year to find the right partner,” he said. “There were a lot of options, but we didn’t want to go to market with the same old thing. We wanted something unique. Something our clients hadn’t seen before and that we could customize to meet their needs. We found that in CareerJSM.”
CareerJSM is a Canadian technology start-up that started out providing online job search support to universities and colleges across the country. The company built the first Job Search Management application, which helps job seekers manage their job applications, track new opportunities, and productively find their next job.
The Optimum Talent career management portal is a cloud-based platform. The portal features a new twist on standard tools such as resume development and interview preparation. What makes it unique, according to Optimum Talent, is how the portal has incorporated its neuro-management expertise to help clients manage the emotional impact of a transition and increase personal awareness. By helping clients effectively deal with the emotional component of their transition, they’re able to move on faster, which ultimately makes them more effective in their job search, said the firm.
“The career transition & outplacement industry has seen tremendous change over the last eight years and that change has been largely driven by technology,” said Sandra Boyd, national practice leader at Optimum Talent. “Organizations want to partner with firms that can deliver flexible and creative solutions. We heard that message from our clients and responded by developing an entirely new approach to career transition that combines our vanguard, cloud-based technology with the 40 years of transition expertise.”
Jeffrey Doucet, CEO of CareerJSM described the corroboration as a great opportunity. “Through working with Optimum Talent, we’ve learned a tremendous amount about the right approach to career management to achieve the best outcomes,” he said. “And in turn we were able to introduce Optimum Talent to the latest technologies for managing tasks like resume development, networking, and job seeking.”
“I’m also thrilled that through the launch of the new Optimum Talent Career Management Portal, we have been able to launch our CareerJSM APP (for job seekers to manage their job search effectively) and the CareerJSM HUB (for career consultants to monitor candidate engagement and provide client reporting) to the talent management space,” he said.
Optimum Talent is a provider of human resources consulting services with expertise in career management, career transition, coaching, executive search and organizational psychology. With origins dating back over 40 years, the company has grown to over 260 colleagues operating in 15 offices.
Last month, Optimum named Mr. Bacchus as CEO. He replaced Ronald Dahms, who now serves as a senior advisor for the firm. Mr. Bacchus had been Optimum’s president for Western Canada. He joined the firm after serving as CEO of Conroy Ross Partners, which Optimum acquired in January. He has over 20 years of experience at the senior management level, including as president of David Aplin Group.
Earlier this year, Optimum named Peter Zukow as president of central Canada and Matt Goff as vice president of client solutions within its leadership assessment and development practice. Over the past 21 years, Mr. Zukow has been a driving force behind Canadian executive search firm Conroy Ross Partners.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Will Schatz, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media