Jeff Gardner – Vice President of Sales

Jeff Gardner joined the Reliance One Management Team in 2007.  In his previous experience, Jeff began his career as a recruiter, established an Information Technology (IT) Division at a nationwide staffing company, and then was promoted to National Account Manager.  With an entrepreneurial drive and focused on working with people, Jeff, James Beath, and James Paquette decided to join forces and merge Jeff’s company, Viscon, into Reliance One. Jeff’s focus is on the development of the Sales and Recruiting Departments and to grow Reliance One from a Regional to a National Staffing Company.  Since the merger took place, more than 5 years ago, Reliance One has experienced tremendous growth internally and externally.

Jeff inspires employees to exceed expectations and his energy is focused on client connections and relationships between team members. His main goal is to impact peoples’ lives by instilling a sense of ownership in his staff.  Gardner takes great pride when team members achieve personal goals based on maturing professionally.  Building teams, rather than employees embodies Jeff’s vision of success.

As a Trustee with the Goodrich School Board Jeff is very passionate about his community and always stands to make a difference. Gardner admires his wife Michelle for her career accomplishments and work ethic at General Motors where she is a Director in Engineering at the Warren Tech Center.  Jeff and Michelle also have a son Alex who is entering his 11th grade year at Goodrich and with a 4.0, Jeff humbly admits that he “got his mothers smarts.” In his spare time, Jeff appreciates vacationing with his family and friends at his family cabin on Secord Lake in Northern Michigan.

Relay for Life 2012

The Reliance One Relay for Life team, Reliance One Relayers took a proactive approach in raising money this year. Traditional fundraising was used; however, the team decided to think outside of the box and really get creative for a good cause. From a can drive to Pizza and Float Fridays, the Relayers called on all forms of resources to raise money.

Team bonding was a big part in the overall success; they participated in a bowling fundraiser and turned to Max & Erma’s to build awareness and to increase participation. The theme this year was “The Colors of Cancer,” the team built upon that and came up with a team theme of “Coloring Away Cancer.” The booth was consistent with the theme, and sold various crayon items such as, picture frames, shaped crayons, melted crayon canvases, and even had a coloring table set up for children.

“The participation this year was far better than we anticipated; it’s really great that everyone can pull together and unite as one for a great cause. It really is selfless,” said Ashleigh Belisle, Social Media Administrator. The event was May 19, at Clarkston High School and the team raised over $4000 for the cause.

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James Paquette – Vice President / Co-Founder

James “Jim” Paquette started Reliance One in 1998 bringing years of business experience combined with a passion to create a company that sets the bar in the staffing industry.  Working in Business – to – Business sales before he cofounded Reliance One, he consulted with several different companies within a variety of industries, which provided strategic insight to operational effectiveness with a focus on customer service. Jim’s aspiration is to make working with Reliance One a unique experience for both clients and employees.

Focusing most of his attention on the employee side of the staffing industry, Paquette had a vision to change the way business was done. Jim pursued his goal to change operations; he introduced systems and processes that resulted in prompt follow-up and better communication between the employees and clients. Jim established a company that contract employees can proudly say they belong to and continues fostering his vision to ensure that his employees consistently “build teams” and surpass client expectations.

Paquette is a member of Toastmasters Michigan, which promotes continued learning and public speaking, and ITT Engineering Curriculum Advisory Board where he reviews the academic syllabus from an employer’s standpoint. He provides useful suggestions and amendments to the current curriculum, which relates back to the workforce.  A dedicated family man, Jim loves to attend his two kids’ sporting events and vacationing at the family cabin. Whether playing a game of golf or on his volleyball team, Jim’s competitive edge carries into all aspects of his life.

James Beath – President / Co-Founder

James “Jim” Beath has been in the staffing industry since 1995.  Starting off as a recruiter, Jim continued to work hard and persevere to bigger and better positions, giving him an in-depth understanding of how the staffing world works as well as what it takes to make it in the industry.  A true entrepreneur, his dream was to own his own company and he made it a reality when he cofounded Reliance One, Inc. in November of 1998.  Rather than following the same format his previous employers used, Jim created a niche in the market by placing his company’s focus on the clients’ needs.  This approach has proved to be successful and has produced many long-standing relationships and partnerships, resulting in continued growth at Reliance One.

As Reliance One continues to expand, Jim puts a lot of emphasis on mentoring others to help them achieve their professional goals.  He has a “whatever it takes” attitude and encourages his employees to adopt that mentality as well. Jim is very passionate about the opportunities at Reliance One and fosters a very competitive atmosphere, which encourages the initiative and desire to succeed.

In his spare time, Jim enjoys spending time with family and friends, especially while vacationing.  He is also an avid golfer and sports enthusiast and attends football games regularly.

Reliance One to Attend 2012 Cross Border B2B Forum

June 1, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. – Reliance One, Inc. will be attending the 2012 Cross Border B2B Forum at Caesar’s Casino in Windsor, ON, CA on, June 5, 2012. The event is hosted by the Canadian Aboriginals and Minority Supplier Council (CAMSC) and the Michigan Minority Supplier Development Council (MMSDC). Host to manufacturing, transportation, and in-direct suppliers in the automotive industry, it is a great opportunity to network and pursue business with companies both locally and internationally. Reliance One plans on using this opportunity to break into some new business and expand existing relationships. “I am looking forward to spending time with a number of our current and target Automotive clients on Tuesday, June 5th at the CAMSC event.  I know that Chrysler, General Motors, Martinrea, Johnson Controls, and Toyota will be present.  Based on all of the recent industry announcements in regards to increased units, new programs, and higher sales, it will be a great opportunity to network and work on growing our existing relationships,” said Chad Toms, National Sales Manager.

Reliance One Receives Nomination for Detroit Free Press’ 100 Best Work Places Second Year in a Row

May 30, 2012, Auburn Hills, Mich. – For the second straight year in a row, Reliance One, Inc. had been nominated anonymously for The Detroit Free Press’ 100 Best Work Places. Last year, Reliance One ranked number 39 amongst small businesses. “It is a privilege and an honor to be nominated for an award that celebrates the company culture and dynamic working environment here at Reliance One,” said Ashleigh Belisle, Social Media Administrator.  Reliance One pledges quality service by serving customers both internally and externally through integrity, humility and uncompromised values. Having the chance to be a one of the best work places in Michigan proves the Reliance One motto of “We Build Teams.”

“I truly enjoy having control of my future. My efforts everyday help move my territory and this company forward. I enjoy the people that I work with and for, and I love the challenge of our business,” an employee said when asked their thoughts on the company in the anonymous survey. Building an atmosphere where employees feel welcomed and can develop and flourish in their professional careers is a main objective at Reliance One. Seeing employees succeed and strive to be ambitious is a continual accomplishment at Reliance One. “It is an honor to once again be considered for the Detroit Free Press’ Top 100 workplaces for 2012.  It is because of the efforts of every Reliance One employee, either onsite, at a client, or internally servicing our customers that we continue to meet our company goals, while maintaining a great work environment.  I cannot thank everyone enough for their efforts,” said Jeff Gardner, Vice President of Sales.

What Not to Wear to the Office

  • Tight mini skirts are inappropriate for most office environments. As dress codes loosen up and temperatures rise, we’ve noticed women pushing their work attire to the limit. We started wondering: are tank tops fair game? And how can you tell if a skirt is too short? Every office environment has its own set of fashion rules, so we checked in with Katherine Power and Hillary Kerr, the ladies behind the popular fashion site “Who What Wear” and the helpful new handbook, “What to Wear, Where” to get the scoop on general wardrobe guidelines for the work place. Here are their seven fashion don’ts for the office.
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1. Nightclub shoes
“We always say not to wear anything to the office that you’d wear to a nightclub–that includes extreme platforms or overly edgy shoes. Keep it timeless with a modest heel in classic shapes like a peep toe, pointy toe, or even a wedge, which can be easier to walk in. If you want to play with trends and your office environment calls for a more creative style, go for color or print, but just keep the shape conservative.”

10 Wardrobe staples every woman should own

2. Wrinkled or stained clothing
“We believe that every working woman should own a steamer. It’s a game changer. No matter how late you are, make sure to take a moment and check your garments for wrinkles and stains. Nothing is worse than seeing a gorgeous, powerful woman in a shirt that looks like it was picked up off the floor or from the back of a drawer and put on her back.”

3. Excessive makeup and/or perfume
“The office is not the place to try out the latest beauty trends, so skip the extreme eye makeup and cakey lipstick. If you love a bright lip, go for one of the many great, slightly transparent bright shades, instead of something super chalky or glossy that should be reserved for night. Too much eyeliner and shadow will only start to bleed and smear as the day goes on (and who has time for touch-ups?) so use eye makeup sparingly. We love a wash of light color on the lid, and a great mascara. For our lower lashes, we use Clinique’s Bottom Lash Mascara, which only comes off with warm water, meaning it doesn’t smear during the day at all!”

4. Chipped nails
“We’d rather you remove your polish altogether than wear a manicure that’s past its prime. There are many great on-the-go polish remover products; have one on hand if you didn’t get to the nail salon over the weekend.”

5. Short skirts
“A good test is to make sure your skirt is at least the length of your fingers when your arms are stretched down to your sides. Fingers straight! Depending on your work environment and the length of your arms, you may need to adjust accordingly, but ultimately it’s always best to err on the more conservative side.”

6. Ill-fitting suits
“It doesn’t matter how much it costs: if it doesn’t fit you properly, it won’t look good. We are always shocked to see how many women ignore the fact that their suit should be tailored to fit them perfectly! This means sleeves that are the right length, darts falling in the right place, and hemlines that work with your office shoes. Buy a suit (or suit separates) based on how they fit your largest areas, then have the other areas tailored. Also, remember to take your work shoes with you to the tailor or when you go shopping so you get the ideal pant or skirt length.”

7. Tanks and halters
“Depending on how corporate or conservative your office is, a tank top is probably a no-no and a halter is completely off-limits. We’ve noticed that women have a tough time acclimating to summer weather when it comes to office attire. Make sure you invest in blazers in spring and summer fabrics like linen or a cotton blend, or go for lightweight cardigans over your bare arms.”

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By Joanna Douglas, Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor | Secrets to Your Success – 3 hours ago

Jamie Samuelsen’s blog: Highs, lows of Belle Isle Grand Prix summed up Detroit perfectly

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IndyCar team owner Roger Penske, before the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix at Belle Isle on Sunday, June 3, 2012. / Tim Fuller / US PRESSWIRE

Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the “Jamie and Wojo” show at 6 p.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at, follow him on Twitter @jamiesamuelsen and read more of his opinions at

Do you think the pothole problems during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix give the city a black eye nationally, or was it just one of those things?

The entire day was quintessentially Detroit.

You had bizarre weather that shifted from warm and windy to cool and rainy. You had crowds of enthusiastic people who wanted the best — both from the race and for the city. You had an inexplicable track malfunction. You had an interminable delay while people tried to figure out how to get things fixed (sound familiar?). And then you had a stirring comeback following the delay (we’re crossing our fingers that something like that is still to come for the city).

Sunday was a fluke. It was not something unique to Detroit. The Daytona 500 was delayed for nearly two hours in 2010 because of a hole in the track. Plenty of racing has gone on at Belle Isle through the years without anything bad happening. Thousands of man-hours and dollars were spent putting this event back on the calendar, so I highly doubt the organizers knew this was going to be an issue and simply ignored it. The odds are much better that this was some totally unforeseen occurrence that marred an otherwise good weekend of racing. Make no mistake, it’s a problem that needs to be solved in the future, but the race organizers will get a pass just this once.

And no, it’s not me giving them a pass. It’s not the race-friendly media giving them a pass. And it certainly should not be the city giving them a pass. If you watched the marathon coverage while they weren’t racing Sunday, you noticed that all the drivers were giving Belle Isle a pass. Not a single driver seemed angry — even James Hinchcliffe and Takuma Sato who lost their cars as a direct result of the track conditions. They didn’t spew venom at all. Instead, they showed remorse. Almost to a man, they said something along the lines of, “I just feel bad for the organizers. This city worked so hard for this race. The fans this weekend have been simply amazing.” Those are not direct quotes, but that was the theme of everyone interviewed during the delay, from eventual winner Scott Dixon to Indy 500 champ Dario Franchitti to Tony Kanaan.

And all their sympathy, respect and disappointment centered on one man: Roger Penske.

Every now and then, something happens in a less popular sport, and media types like me jump in from the outside and start making grand proclamations. It happened after Dale Earnhardt died at Daytona. It happened after Todd Bertuzzi took down Scott Moore while playing for the Vancouver Canucks. And it happens any time there’s any kind of excessive violence in the boxing ring. Truth be told, if nothing had happened yesterday on Belle Isle and Dixon had won a ho-hum race, most of us wouldn’t be writing nor talking about the race. But because the road disintegrated before our eyes, here we are, playing the role of race expert and road guru.

I can’t do that. But I can observe what we all observed the whole weekend, and that’s the undying respect and reverence the racing world holds for Penske. It was his desire to have this race in Detroit. And he and his team (led by Bud Denker) worked to make it happen. A a hole in the road is not enough to overshadow the work they did.

The Tigers’ game was long over by the time the race was delayed, and television viewers were left watching either the race or the final few holes of Tiger Woods’ charge to win The Memorial in Ohio. That is the tournament hosted each year by the legendary Jack Nicklaus. As a result of Nicklaus being the host, the very best golfers line up each year to play. As long as Jack is hosting the event, Woods, Phil Mickelson and others will show up. As I flipped back and forth between the golf and the (non)-race, it struck me that the Detroit Grand Prix was the Memorial, and Penske was Nicklaus.

Sure, the course conditions were a massive disappointment. It will be the lead story of the 2012 Detroit Grand Prix. There’s no sugarcoating that. But it’s not a black eye that can’t be repaired. It’s a blip. The drivers will be back. The race will be back. And the conditions will improve. I don’t have a shred of a doubt about that. Why? Because Roger Penske is involved. There aren’t too many other people who believe in Detroit as passionately as Penske does. And I know that there’s nobody more powerful than he is who believes as strongly as he does.

Penske can’t repair the holes himself. (Although it wouldn’t surprise me to see him try.) But he’ll make sure that they are fixed in 2013. And he’ll make sure that the drivers and the race will be back for years to come. That’s what he does.

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Healthy Mac and Cheese

In honor of National Cheese Day, which is June 4, what better recipe to feature than one of the cheesiest – Mac and Cheese. With healthy alternatives to the traditional recipe, it is light in calories and fat. Enjoy!Mac and Cheese LiteMac and Cheese Lite

Makes: 4 servings

Nonstick cooking spray
4 ounces whole wheat macaroni
1/2 cup onion-garlic puree (see “Rocco’s Secret Weapon,” below)
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
Pinch cayenne pepper
1 cup shredded 50 percent reduced-fat cheddar
1/3 cup nonfat Greek yogurt
1/4 cup whole wheat panko bread crumbs
1/4 cup grated Parmesan

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Mist an 8-by-8-inch baking dish with cooking spray; set it aside.
  2. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add macaroni and cook according to package directions, drain.
  3. Meanwhile, bring onion-garlic puree, mustard, and cayenne to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring often. Whisk in cheddar until melted. Remove from heat and whisk in yogurt.
  4. In a medium bowl, toss the macaroni with the cheese sauce. Season with salt to taste. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and sprinkle panko over the top. Top with Parmesan.
  5. Bake until Parmesan is melted and macaroni is hot throughout, about 10 minutes.

Nutrition facts per serving (about 2/3 cup): 237 calories, 17g protein, 31g carbohydrate, 7g fat (4g saturated), 3g fiber

15 Options For Landing Your Next Job – The Pros & Cons Laid Bare

Originally by Tony Restell–interview-advice/797/15-options-for-landing-your-next-job–the-pros–cons-laid-bare

on 31 May 2012 at 12:07

If I had to name the top things job candidates turn to me for guidance about, without hesitation “Where should I focus my efforts?” would be high up the list.

There are just so many new routes for candidates to consider today aren’t there?

Let’s face it, if you haven’t been active in the jobs market for the last few years then half the options open to you today didn’t even exist the last time you were job hunting!

So here’s a quick low down on the Pros & Cons of 15 options for landing your next job that are open to candidates in today’s market. I’ll no doubt have missed some other options – feel free to suggest others using the comments field below and I’ll be happy to add my thoughts on those too.

Your Options…



Generalist job boards – applying for jobs Tend to have the most advanced matching technologies for presenting you with appropriate jobs.

Some will offer advanced candidate interfaces allowing you to track application status and apply for roles with one-click technology.

Most likely to have mobile apps and smartphone compatible websites.

Bulk posting deals can harm the quality of job postings on these sites.

Invariably have fewer employer brands advertising in each sector than a dedicated niche jobs board.

The sheer volume of applicants received means candidates may not always hear back following an application.

Niche job boards – applying for jobs In sectors where niche boards are well established, are likely to provide a more comprehensive range of job listings from employer brands.

Higher price points for advertising means a better quality of job postings and less incidence of “phantom job postings” than on cheaper jobs boards.

Often have less advanced job board technologies, so you may not be able to store multiple resumes on these sites and track the progress of your applications.

Less likely to offer mobile apps.

Uploading your CV / Resume to job board databases Can provide quick visibility that you are open to approaches. Concerns over your own employer becoming aware that you’ve posted your details in such databases.

Loss of control over who has your resume and which employers it is being circulated to.

Undoubtedly less effective in the wake of LinkedIn, with most job boards having seen recruiters migrate to what is effectively a free resume database on LinkedIn.

Applying via Corporate websites Collectively, major employers in most sectors are likely to have more roles listed on their own careers pages than anywhere else on the web.

Applying direct means the employer incurs no cost should they choose to hire you, making you more attractive than candidates sourced through the recruitment agency channel.

It is a mind-numbingly tedious process to research and find the careers pages of all the employers in any given sector!

Chances are that once you’ve found openings of interest, you’ll be forced to submit your application via a long-winded and painful online application process (with hats off and apologies to those few employers who have addressed this issue already…)

LinkedIn – approaching recruiters Undoubtedly LinkedIn has given candidates a potential Rolodex of contacts at their target employers and recruitment agencies that they never had previously.

Provides a mechanism for having recruiters look at your LinkedIn profile (and recommendations / examples of work) to form their first impression, rather than your CV / Resume.

By following companies and monitoring insights from signal you can make yourself a more informed and knowledgeable candidate.

Requires a significant investment of time to build up one’s network sufficiently, either through building connections or by becoming an active member of groups. Therefore not ideal for generating immediate results, more of a long term career development strategy.

To a degree this can be overcome by paying for a subscription, but arguably you still want to invest time in building up relationships with employers / recruiters before submitting any applications, so as to leverage the social / trust element of the social media equation.

LinkedIn – perfecting your profile Recruiter surveys suggest that recruiters are using LinkedIn to approach candidates as their number one activity on LinkedIn. Ensuring your profile appears in relevant searches – and strengthening the message it conveys when recruiters do find it – ensures your efforts are being expended in ways that correlate with the ways recruiters are looking to reach candidates.

You also have to assume that any recruiter receiving an application from you via any channel is likely to check your LinkedIn profile before inviting you to interview. So this activity will make your other job hunting activities more effective too.

There remains the concern amongst candidates that their colleagues / superiors will see that they have been actively updating their profile – and that this could flag that they are looking to move on.

Try to update your profile and make all enhancements to it in one go to minimise the chances of your activity being noticed – and ensure you review your LinkedIn settings to control what activity on the site is and isn’t visible to others.

LinkedIn – applying for jobs In some sectors and some geographies, LinkedIn has achieved good penetration in the market and is therefore a strong source of job listings from employers. Market penetration is not yet on a par with well-established niche job boards, so best used in conjunction with other job board sources.
Twitter – following recruiters Can help you start meaningful discussions and build rapport with many recruiters. Can also help inform you about their companies and the markets they operate in, so building up your knowledge in advance of any application / job interview further down the line.

Using twitter search and services like Listorious, it’s a quick process to find relevant recruiters / employers to connect with.

Once you’ve started on Twitter, you do need to make sure you log in regularly. There’d be nothing worse than you attracting the interest of a recruiter and then their interest cooling because they’ve not heard back from you for days after they tweeted you…
Twitter – engaging in discussions Twitter has opened up the scope to engage recruiters in dialogue again. One of the biggest complaints in the last decade was that the dotcom era had made employers and recruiters less contactable as they simply couldn’t cope with the telephone and email enquiries that would result if they were more openly soliciting candidate enquiries. Through its short messaging format, Twitter has essentially made it more manageable for recruiters to engage with candidates in one on one “discussion”. There’s a divide between recruiters who are actively engaging in discussion on Twitter – and those who are using it purely as another channel to broadcast job adverts. So you’ll encounter frustrations along the way that there are organisations of interest to you that are simply not responsive to dialogue on Twitter.
Engaging via other social media Many companies have fantastic facebook career pages with lively interactions between recruiters / employees and candidates. Plus many other career-focused social networks such as Social-Hire andBraveNewTalent have sprung up in recent years, providing new ways to engage with the most socially-active employers. There are only so many hours in the day, so it’s important to focus your time on networks that have a good selection of recruiters that you would want to interact with.
Careers Fairs & Careers Events There’s nothing like face-to-face time to impress on a recruiter your star qualities and employability.

There’s a significant cost to the recruiter – both in terms of resources and money – to having a presence at a careers fair / open day / careers evening. This means the likelihood that there is a genuine and urgent hiring need within the business is greater than with any other option you might pursue here.

The cost of participating means that such events tend to only take place when hiring needs are quite significant, so in the current market there are sectors and geographies where candidates may simply not see a relevant event to attend anytime in the next 12 months. So great if they are happening in your sector, but will not be an option for all.
Virtual Careers Events A lower cost option for recruiters means some events will happen via this medium that would not take place physically.

As a candidate, the time and financial commitment to attend is much lower – and the chances of you being “seen” at the event by those you wouldn’t want to see you there is much lower than for a physical event.

By their nature, such events tend to target broader hiring needs than say a targeted job advert or recruitment agency brief. Hence you’ll still tend to only see these virtual events taking place in sectors and geographies where there is significant hiring demand throughout organisations (rather than pockets of hiring activity, as is the norm in some western economies right now)
Attending Careers Webinars Give you great insights into individual firms and therefore help prepare you to write applications that will stand out from the crowd. Plus will ensure you sound knowledgeable about their business come interview time.

Depending on the format, may offer you scope to interact with (and impress) staff from the business during the course of the webinar.

It’s hit and miss how many of your target employers will be running anything like this during the time window you are looking to move. So something to do where possible, but not to rely on as your major source of leads of potential hirers in your sector.

Very time consuming if you start attending dozens of these – since the employer has a log of who has participated, who asked questions and who left early. So popping in and out of webinars isn’t a good option for a serious job seeker.

Networking / Referrals In survey after survey, employers identify referral hires (ie. those introduced to the business by their existing employees) as being their preferred source of new hires. So working your personal network for introductions to businesses can lead to lots of interviews – and ultimately a higher chance of successful integration into the organisation – than applying via any other option presented here. For most candidates reading this, your network will give you only partial access to the industry you work in and so is only an option for approaching a fraction of the employers that would be of interest to you. So an option to be used alongside others rather than to be relied on in isolation.
Working with Recruitment Agencies In spite of all these other options, employers still engage recruitment agencies to fill a significant proportion of all the new vacancies they have (the reasons for which are not about to go away, but would require a whole article to do justice to!).

The only way you can be considered for all the openings that may be of interest to you is therefore to be working with recruitment agencies as well as pursuing these other options.

For many candidates who’ve not been active in the market, a recruitment agent will also give you insights into your market value and the salary you can command – such that you are not going into remuneration negotiations blind.

It can take time to identify the most professional and well connected recruiters in your sector, if you haven’t been active in the market yourself for some time.

Employers will on occasion use recruitment agencies to search for candidates for roles they may need to fill in the coming months (ie. as a no cost insurance policy that will allow the potential needs of the business to be met). Through no fault of the recruitment consultant, this can result in openings vanishing or the hiring process being delayed – and therefore the candidate being left frustrated.