What’s harder? Finding a good job or finding a good employee?

Canadian businesses are growing, but their hiring prospects seem at a stalemate.

A recent survey by Robert Half, the world’s largest specialized staffing firm, found 58 percent of Canadian chief financial officers reporting “challenges” in hiring for their professional organizations.

Although the percentage of CFOs having trouble finding quality employees was down 2 percent, the number of executives saying it was still a problem was up 7 points.

“How successful a business is in reaching its goals is often dependent on its ability to not only attract but retain talented professionals,” says Greg Scileppi, president of Robert Half’s International Staffing Operations. “Organizations who invest in the establishment of integrated hiring practices, including building a strong employer brand, leveraging internal and external networks or partnering with a specialized recruiting firm, are in the best position to attract the talent needed to succeed.”

However, Jeffrey Schwartz, executive director of Consolidated Credit Counseling Services of Canada said there are plenty of good people looking work.

“Given the current economic climate, it doesn’t make much sense that there aren’t plenty of talented candidates to choose from,” Schwartz says. “People need jobs, and many have what these companies are looking for. I believe a lot of companies aren’t fully using the Internet and other tools to locate these folks – which is why we recommend both job hunters and employers become a little more savvy in their online searching.”

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