Long before Talent Collective began, and before we left the warm embraces of the 9-5, we felt the gap. On the one side, colleagues, peers and new grads were frustrated with the experience of being a candidate and job hunting; and on the other, executives and people leaders were frustrated with not being able to find good “fits” and hire for the critical roles needed to grow their businesses.
This gap…where company and candidate don’t really know what the other side wants was too frustrating for us to listen to anymore. Fuelled by a mission to bridge the gap between what candidates really want and what employers really need, we positioned Talent Collective smack in the middle.
We're focused on technology enabled companies and individuals longing to thrive in the new digital economy.
That moment we knew what we were meant to do....
Crystal: I was on a flight bound for Boston, where I was going to have to terminate someone. I knew the person was a mis-hire from the get-go. I knew I was a mis-hire too. I was miserable. Values out of alignment, I wondered how I ended up in this moment, having accepted a role that didn't suit me at all. I realized I had been making the most important decisions in my career alone. I couldn't help but notice how many of us walk our career path alone and I knew I could, should and must do something about it.
Annika: When I started out my career in Canada, I thought I was hot stuff. Master’s degree, international work experience.... you name it, I had it. But was I ever wrong. With too much confidence, and not a lot of market research, I bombed my first salary negotiation. But I bounced back, learning negotiation strategy quickly and almost tripled my income within a few years. I also negotiated my high profile full-time job into a part time role, which gave me the flexibility to build my freelance business. I wish somebody would have told me how to negotiate beyond my salary... which is why I light up when I help our clients achieve their full compensation potential while educating startup founders how to build meaningful compensation packages.
Now banded together by the same conviction to support you as you pursue your career, we spend our days supporting professionals in their job hunt, nurturing stronger workplace environments and giving people the tools, resources and support to embrace what they want, on their terms.
Career Consultant + Career Coach
Crystal has been guiding people in their careers for more than 10 years. Her career spans industries (technology and startups, non-profits, food and beverage, cosmetics, recruitment) and functions (marketing, community management, sales and people operations) giving her an adaptable lens through which to view careers. Crystal has played key hiring roles in companies such as Yelp, Toyota BC and digital agencies, and has advised 25+ startups. Now, as a Co-Active Coach and digital career consultant, Crystal spends her days working one-on-one with Talent Collective's individual and workplace clients, meeting them wherever they may be on their career and leadership paths.
Compensation Professional + Ops Commander
Annika is passionate about build competitive compensation programs for growing technology enabled businesses and also helps career development clients understand their worth and negotiate their salary with confidence. She's sought after by large organizations like BC Hydro, Unbounce, and Kwantlen University for her facilitation skills and ensures that operations at the Talent Collective run smoothly.