For more than 30 years, Janet Webb has tracked and advanced the careers of professionals, becoming a recognized expert in executive search, outplacement, career and business coaching, and hiring-related management consulting. She has acquired a detailed understanding of the hiring criteria and practices in all major industry sectors, including financial services, manufacturing, retail, real estate, mining, high-tech, health care, and not-for-profit. She has worked closely with a wide range of leaders, from CEOs to line managers, in a wide range of functional areas, including finance, operations, human resources, systems, sales, and administration.
Janet founded JW Associates International Inc. in Toronto, Canada, in 2003 to bring together two elements: a passion for conducting high-quality retained executive searches and a commitment to supporting leaders in optimizing their careers. The focus at JW Associates has been to understand fully the concept of fit from both the client’s and the candidate’s perspectives.
Before founding JW Associates, Janet was a Partner at the search firm Lannick Associates in Toronto. She began her career as a teacher, having obtained her Bachelor of Education degree, with honors, from the University of Alberta.
Janet’s speaking engagements have included workshops for Fortune 500 companies on retention and hiring challenges and presentations to CEOs, HR professionals, and recruiters on how to hire, retain, and advance top talent. She has also worked with growing companies on organizational structure and design and on building high-performing teams.
Janet has self-published two books. Interview to Offer: The Definitive Guide to Establishing Fit and Landing the Job, published in e-book format in 2011, provides practical and effective guidance to candidates on demonstrating fit in an interview. Hiring for Keeps: How to Hire Outstanding Employees Who Fit, Stay and Add to the Bottom Line, published in print and e-book formats in 2015, provides insight on hiring for fit. She distributed this book in Canada, where the Globe and Mail named it as one of the Top 10 Leadership and Management Books of 2015.
In 2018, Janet was recognized as one of the top three finalists in the Talent Catalyst category of the Toronto Region Board of Trade’s 8th Annual Business Excellence Awards.
Janet’s current focus is on consulting with leaders through her management consulting practice in order to share the ideas described in her most recent book, Hiring for Fit: A Key Leadership Skill, published by Business Expert Press in 2020.