MARIA VILSHANSKI

Senior talent acquisition specialist
EllisDon Corporation

Everyone knows that time is of the essence when it comes to projects; thus, when construction company EllisDon Corporation’s joint-venture partners struggled to provide staffing needed to complete a project, Maria Vilshanski was tasked to step in and help the team deliver. In 10 months’ time, she managed to recruit more than 100 new employees to help sustain the project. Moreover, she made sure the candidates hired would be effective in their roles by clearly presenting to them the requirements of their positions and the opportunities the project could offer. She managed to achieve all this despite the difficulty of finding the specialist skills required and not being based in the local market. Instead of resorting to a third-party recruitment firm, she used internal referrals and contacted candidates she had built relationships with. Perhaps more impressively, she tapped into the passive candidate market via LinkedIn.