Summer is here and construction projects are heating up! Demand for top talent is high, not only because of increasing workloads, but also because many employees schedule their vacations during this time.  Is your company in need of qualified professionals to fill employment gaps? Contact RealStreet to learn more about how our employee leasing solutions can help your team achieve its goals - and still have time to enjoy summer!
Best wishes in all of your endeavors! 

Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
What's New at RealStreet
RealStreet Recruiting Coordinator Promoted to Recruiter!
We were thrilled to announce the promotion of Lina Guzman to Recruiter last month! Lina joined RealStreet at the end of 2016 as a Recruiting Coordinator for the Tysons Corner branch. During her time with the company she saw success in her position, quickly gaining additional responsibilities and growing into the role of full Recruiter. As such, she has developed into an integral part of the RealStreet recruiting team.
According to RealStreet's Tysons Corner Branch Manager, Maribeth Corduck, "Lina is an amazing employee to work with on a daily basis." Maribeth elaborated, adding that Lina "is diligent and passionate about her work and professional development.  After working with her closely over the last 6 months, I can say that she goes above and beyond to make sure she understands the tasks and they are done fully and thoroughly. She communicates effectively and fully informs others of her tasks that directly impacted the overall progress of the branch. Lina presents herself and her work in the most professional manner. I enjoy working with Lina every day".
View the full announcement on the RealStreet website.
RealStreet Returned From SAME JETC
Last month, RealStreet exhibited at the    SAME JETC conference in Columbus, OH!  During the expo, we had an awesome prize giveaway for a lucky attendee - a private suite at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore, Maryland.  View our YouTube video   to see who won!

Examples of Recent Placements
RealStreet Recently Hired...
  • Director of Facilities & Construction Management
  • Estimator
  • Owner's Representative
  • Auto CAD Designer /Drafter
  • Utilities Engineer
  • Writer/Editor/ Notetakers
  • Project Coordinators  / Administrative Assistants
  • Project Coordinators
  • Document Control Technician 
  • Mechanical Designer/Engineer
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Architectural Historian
  • Architectural CAD Operator
  • Project Coordinator
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Project Manager
Do you have an open position?  Contact us  to learn how we can help!
Interesting Industry Information
How is the Overall Workforce?
The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a "M onthly Jobs Report"  soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation, based on data such as the number of jobs that were added to the economy and the unemployment rate. The US economy added 211,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.4% (the lowest level since May 2007). For more information, check out the  BLS' interactive graphs.
While there are differing opinions regarding the April Job Report numbers, many view this past months' numbers as a rebound and a sign of good things to come.  As stated in a recent  CNN post , Wilmington Trust's Chief Economist, Luke Tilley, believes that our country has a "solid labor market right now" and that the report is a solid indication of ongoing improvement.

As stated in a recent Construction Dive article , total construction employment reached 6.877 million (a 2.6% increase YoY) after an increase of 5,000 net new jobs in April. According to the Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, April's "employment report confirms that the U.S. economic expansion remains firmly in place" and that construction "hiring will remain moderate for the foreseeable future" but it should accelerate significantly as the government implements the anticipated pro-business plans.
The Growing Threat of Ransomware
Countries across the globe were impacted by the Ransomware strain WannaCry (also known as WanaCrypt0r and WCry) last month. According to a recent Wired article, the malware leveraged a "Windows vulnerability known as EternalBlue that allegedly originated with the NSA" and that even though "Microsoft released a patch  for the exploit, known as MS17-010, in March" many organizations had not installed the update. 

The malware infected systems, locking users out of their data via encryption. A decryption key is released once a ransom had been paid. The impact was wide-spread, and as stated by Adam Kujawa, the Director of Malware Intelligence at Malwarebytes, "the spread is immense. I've never seen anything before like this. This is nuts." 
Ransomware Risks in Your Workplace
According to a joint survey by the cybersecurity firm Carbonite and The Ponemon Institute, referenced by Wired
  • >50% of corporate ransomware attacks start with an employee using an enterprise device for personal tasks.
  • 40% of corporate victims in the same survey said that ransomware spread across devices in their networks.
Within the AEC industry, the threat of cyberattacks is growing. According to the State of Disaster Recovery 2016 survey, featured in a recent  Construction Executive article, "67 percent of respondents estimate that their businesses would lose $20,000 for every day of downtime". How would your company fair after a Ransomware attack or a massive loss of critical information? 
How to Minimize Risk of Ransomware Attacks
According to an additional Wired article, there are four simple ways individuals and organizations can protect themselves: 
  1. Back UpKeep separate up to date copies of everything on your system to ensure you are not forced to pay to recover ransomed (or simply lost / corrupted) files.
  2. Say No - Simply do not click on suspicious links ad emails.
  3. Patch & Block - Malware adapts on a daily basis. Minimize security gaps by installing updates when available.
  4. Disconnect - If you suspect that you have accidentally installed malware, disconnect the device (and connected networks) to minimize damage.
Seeking additional insight? 
Whether you're looking for protection tips or you're unsure if your computer(s) are at risk, refer to the following sites for more information:
Featured News Post
How to Scale Up Your Team
During the Busy Summer Season
Traditionally viewed as the most leisurely season of the year, summer is anything but lazy in this industry! Sunny skies and warm temperatures make these months the busiest for construction. Is your team prepared for the workload? As one of the top architecture, engineering, and construction employment agencies, RealStreet understands the importance of having a roster filled with top talent. Find out how our employee leasing solutions can benefit your organization. 

Read the full article for four benefits of using RealStreet's Employee Leasing Services. 

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