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Pekarsky & Co-vid Offerings

April 29, 2020
Knowing you are being bombarded with COVID 19 resources and webinars and Do’s and Don’t’s we thought we’d offer this to you in print form OR you can just rent the movie!  Click on the image of our PCO-vid and grab some popcorn.





Over the past 11 years in business, through global financial crises, unfathomable oil plunges, one-in-a-hundred year floods and now a global pandemic, we’ve become quite adept at adapting to our environment. The current COVID 19 crisis has prompted us to innovate yet again.


Here are a few things we are doing for our clients, our candidates and our community to ensure we all make it to the other side of the current calamity.


Outplacement Services 


Though our focus is traditionally on assisting people join organizations, from time to time we have to wear a different hat and help them exit. We have offered this service previously, most recently in January 2016 as part of another oil downturn. With the dual threat of COVID 19 and the sharp downturn in oil prices, we once again need to bring this program out of dormancy.


We hope to never offer it again.


As our client community contemplates and implements layoffs to its senior ranks we offer a credible and comprehensive career transition program facilitated by professional, for professionals.  Driving this is consistent feedback from senior-level professionals who have gone through traditional outplacement firms and simply have not experienced the customization, professionalism or value-add that the employer or the employee expect and deserve.


Often the generalist firms process large groups of different seniority levels and broad functional areas of expertise. The needs of a 58 year old Regulatory Partner vary significantly from those of a 28 year old Programmer.


By formalizing our career transition services and offering exclusively to existing Pekarsky & Co. clients a competitively priced yet high-touch offering of services to your senior leaders, we not only ensure the people you care about have the best chance of landing on their feet but in so doing, we continue to further establish ourselves as your trusted advisor and partner, through good times and bad.


We offer resume writing tips and techniques, social media profile enhancement and strategy; mock interviews, a consultation with a financial advisor, and once permissible, even providing an office to work from a few hours per week. Your displaced people receive industry-leading best practices coupled with our usual empathy, compassion and human touch in helping them to come to terms with their new reality and in finding their next role.


Interim Solutions 


As our clients implement continuity measures to see the organization through to the other side of this storm, inevitably key members of your team have been displaced.


Yet, business continues. And at times like this ensuring the resulting gaps are bridged by qualified people, even on an interim basis, is critical.


At Pekarsky & Co., our tagline is We Know People. Right now, we know a number of well qualified senior candidates available at short notice with the experience, expertise and capability to fill leadership and/or functional gaps within your organization on an interim basis. These individuals are able to hit the ground running and produce immediate results without permanent employment obligations.


An interim solution can provide your business with a flexible and cost-effective leadership option during times of crisis or organizational flux, while also bringing a fresh set of eyes and new perspective that offers objective, unbiased insight and inspiration to an organization. In the context of a leadership transition, an interim leader can shorten the ramp-up time for an incoming permanent candidate and remove the obstacles that could prevent the new leader from leading.


In the event that you find yourself requiring a reliable interim leadership solution, across virtually any function at the Manager level or above, now or in the future, we can provide you with talent in as little as three days, on an open or fixed-term contract basis.


Please don’t hesitate to contact [email protected], should you be interested in hearing more about this service offering and reference Interim Solution in the subject line.


Calgary Chamber of Commerce Member Offer



As part of our ongoing commitment to our Chamber of Commerce and our broader community, we have stepped up as part of #here4YYC by offering all Chamber members significantly reduced professional fees for any search requirements Chamber members may have between now and June 30th.  Please reach out to Pekarsky & Co. by emailing [email protected] and referencing #here4YYC in the subject line.”




In our constant pursuit of win-wins, we are pleased to offer our Pekarsky & Co. recruiters on a secondment basis to our clients. Currently, our Kate Spencer is spending three days/week dedicated to the amazing team at 4-H, a globally recognized not-for-profit organization focused on strong leadership for world-class positive youth development experiences in Canada. As with many of our clients, particularly in the not-for-profit sector, hiring needs exist while budgets do not. By deploying a Pekarsky & Co. team member to our client team on a dedicated basis, the client can save the typical search fees, covering only our hard costs related to the seconded employee.  Contact us at [email protected] to learn more.




We’ve all been bombarded by articles, webinars, podcasts and thought leadership pieces throughout the COVID 19 crisis.  Here are some resources we think are particularly good.


Deloitte COVID Dashboard

Navigating Coronavirus by Korn/Ferry International

Calgary Economic Development Resource Page

McKinsey & Company – Coronavirus: Leading through the Crisis

Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

Social At Home Webinars

ATB’s Webinar, Steering an Alberta Brand through COVID-19 and Beyond

Heidrick & Struggles – Knowledge Center: Publications 

Zooming into The Future: Tips on Interviewing via Video and Putting Your Best Face Forward!

What to Look for in Your Executive Recruiter: Empathy and Compassion


We also happen to be big fans of the Longview Communications & Public Affairs Daily COVID 19 Briefing email.  To subscribe, feel free to reach out to Josh Pekarsky at [email protected]