Energy firm sharpens recruiting, saves money with in-house job board

By Asha Tomlinson
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 11/21/2002

Janice Thomson considers herself a businessperson in an HR role. That’s how she got her latest recruitment idea on the table.

“Everything that we do in HR can be bought on the street,” says Thomson, senior vice-president of human resources at Direct Energy, a North American energy provider with its headquarters in Toronto. “Any of the organizations in the HR world can do what we do, perhaps at a better cost. If an organization is going to invest in an HR department, they have to see value in it. We need to come up with initiatives...to build and move the business forward,” she says.

Thomson played a major part in Direct Energy’s launch of a new recruiting Web site, www.directyourenergy.com — a strategic effort to have more control over the online hiring process and to save costs by producing the site in-house.