By Sharlene Massie
High Fives and Compromise
Sharlene Massie launched her multi-million-dollar company in 1996, working out of a motel room shared with her husband and three young boys. All she had was a borrowed fax machine, a phone, and a $500 line of credit.
Today her very successful staffing agency enjoys an unrivalled reputation for integrity, loyalty, and outstanding customer service.
Sharlene is best known for her down-to-earth approach, straight-talk, laugh, and ability to relate to just about everyone. She is a highly respected expert in the staffing industry, with hundreds of media appearances and motivational speeches to her credit.
Now Sharlene shares what she has learned, how she has always stayed a step ahead and what’s next.
About the Author
Sharlene Massie is the founder and visionary of About Staffing, a Calgary-based employment agency founded in 1996 that has connected more than 63,000 job seekers with positions at nearly 3,400 businesses and organizations.
Her company has survived floods, coups, cyber-attacks and recessions, as well as a Lamborghini crashing through her office, and now a global Pandemic.
Sharlene’s passion, drive, tenacity and never-say-die attitude have kept her company at the forefront of the industry for decades, despite unprecedented setbacks.
Even after 25 years, Sharlene is showing no signs of slowing down yet.
About Staffing is an Alberta-based recruitment and employment agency specializing in temporary, temporary-to-direct and direct hire placements since 1996. Headquartered out of Calgary, Alberta, it is a full-service staffing agency that can fill positions across all industry sectors anywhere in Canada.
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“True to her nature, other than a few comically flavored words of frustration, she does not act like a victim. There is a lesson here for me and others…”
– Long-time client (and now friend) Dany.
Ellen Wright Terrill
"Simply put, Shar inspires me and I believe she will do the same for you."
Sitting across the table from me, a recently unemployed mom of two, was a full-on firecracker named Sharlene Massie. What I didn’t know at the time was she was about to change my life. Of course, like thousands of others, she put me to work and my professional trajectory soared. More importantly, she became a cherished friend.
It’s been over twenty-five years since our first meeting and I can still see her in my mind’s eye – stylish, enthusiastic, warm smile, hearty genuine laugh and oozing with confidence. As I have watched her navigate life’s curve-balls, many of which you will read about in the coming pages, I can attest that she remains all of those things today: simply put, this is Shar. However, her list of attributes would be incomplete without mentioning a foundational driving force – unrelenting resilience.
I have walked beside Shar as a friend and have also worked with her from both sides of the desk, as a employee seeking placement and as an employer seeking direct hires. In all aspects of her life, my experience has been that she embodies the cultural pillars she established for About Staffing so many years ago, “sincerity, loyalty, enthusiasm, stability”.
An entrepreneur at her core, Sharlene has ‘chosen her own path’ and demonstrated she has the grit to take great risk. In doing so, it hasn’t been easy – in fact, there have been times when even I wondered if she would get back up again. Yet, every single time she has! Learning along the way and ultimately reaping a great reward. Never underestimate her.
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