Plenty of reason to be optimistic (Editor's notes)

Reasons to be hopeful as 2014 finds its groove
By Todd Humber
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 02/10/2014

By most accounts, 2014 is off to a rocky start. I can’t make heads or tails of this job market, one that started to burn bright in the latter half of 2013 before the bottom unexpectedly fell out in December.

One where employers are struggling to find talent, yet scores of professionals can’t find work. At the recent Human Resources Professionals Association (HRPA) conference in Toronto, I had the opportunity to hear about both ends of the spectrum.

One colleague, fresh back from a trip to the oil sands in Fort McMurray, Alta., spoke of waiting 90 minutes to get breakfast at his hotel because it simply couldn’t find enough staff to work the grills and wait the tables.