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We hope you had a happy and healthy holiday season! May  the new year fill your life with success, good luck and happiness. Best wishes from everyone at RealStreet! 

Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator

What's New at RealStreet?
Jump-Start your 2017 Job Search with RealStreet!
Are you - or is anyone you know - searching for a new job? Good news, it's JobSeeker January at RealStreet!  Watch this video  for industry insights, hiring trends and an introduction to JobSeeker January. 
Whether you are considering a job search or you are simply keeping options open, contact RealStreet! Our Recruiters are here to help   job seekers keep their career resolutions and make the most of 2017!  
There is no better time to make a fresh start in your career than at the beginning of a new year. Now is the time to dust off your resume and put your job search in full swing! The job market is competitive, so it's important to dedicate yourself to becoming the best candidate available.  Read the full post  for 5 tips to give your job search momentum in the new year!


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Avoid Germ-Filled Waiting Rooms This Flu Season!
No, we did not discover a cure for the flu, but we did come across a tool that could seem like a lifesaver when you're feeling under the weather! HealthEquity, our HSA provider, recently created amwell, an online clinical care service. It can be accessed either by going online or using a mobile app 24 x 7 x 365. The doctors are certified, local, can treat many common conditions and can send prescriptions straight to your pharmacy. Healthcare doesn't get much more convenient!  

Not signed up for an HSA!? Learn more about the benefits of Health Savings Accounts and whether you qualify for an account by reading this HealthEquity PDF. 

Already have an account? Here is a snippet of helpful information: 
  • Access your account.
  • DYK: Contribution limits increased for individuals this year? More information can be found in the PDF (above).
  • A number of new tools and features have been added since our original enrollment date. When was the last time you looked at what is available?

We encourage you to log on and check out your own additional information.

Interesting Industry Information
How Does the Job Market Look?
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 178,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.6%. For more information, check out the BLS' interactive graphs.

According to a recent AGC of America article, the  Construction employment achieved an eight-year high of 6,704,000 in November, an increase of 19,000 from October and 155,000 or 2.4 percent from a year ago.

A Look Back at the Construction Industry 
Throughout 2016
Throughout the last year, the architecture, engineering and construction industry has faced its fair share of challenges, but it has seen a number of opportunities as well. Ideas have been conceived, processes have been improved and new technologies have been developed. For a glimpse at some of the highlights and hot topics from the past year, check out the following articles from Construction Dive. 
Wearable Technology in the Construction Industry
Consumers are becoming increasingly comfortable with wearable technology for personal use. Whether they wear a Fitbit, Google Glasses or keep tracking tiles on their key chain and bags, the devices are becoming more accepted and affordable. The recent Construction Dive article: Wearable Devices Bring Human Data to the Connected Job Site, predicts that the global wearable market will reach $19 billion in 2018!

A portion of the anticipated market share belongs to the construction industry. The initial intended uses focus on worker safety and tracking, such as a tech-infused vest that can alert the wearer (and / or their supervisors) of potential dangers in the immediate area, and serve as a locator in the event of a major disaster. Additional concepts include: 
  • Heat regulated clothing
  • Glasses (such as Google Glasses) that integrate with BIM technology to create a real-world view of a construction site
  • Full body exoskeletons to enable workers to perform tasks that are beyond the ability of a typical human
How many job seekers do you know? Would they be a good fit for one of these positions? 

 To see all of our open positions, check out the  RealStreet Job Board !

RealStreet has recently filled the following positions!
  • Architectural Historian
  • Project Coordinator
Featured News Post
Seven Phrases to Remove from Your Resume
to Increase its Impact

Writing an effective resume can be a daunting task. Unfortunately, it is a necessary part of the job search process. In order to be noticed, candidates have to effectively present their past experiences in a logical format. The use of keywords can help resumes pass a recruiter or hiring manager's initial screening - especially if done by an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) - but too many buzzwords can detract from the document's meaningful content.

Resumes that are littered with buzzwords often lack the depth of experience needed to fully progress through the hiring process. According to ERE Media, typical corporate job openings receive an average of  250 resumes, in addition to the many resumes sourced from job boards, social media sites and internal systems as well. Such high quantities do not permit substantial, in-depth reviews. Overtime, recruiters and hiring managers develop an acute sense of who they're looking for and who to avoid, while scanning resumes. The use of overused keywords could cause the hiring manager to inadvertently overlook a resume.

Read the full article for seven common phrases candidates should avoid using in their resumes.


Seasonal Safety
How to Go on Ice and Snow
Preparing the Vehicle

From a mechanical aspect, winter conditions - wet, cold and icy weather - present the greatest challenge to your vehicle's operating efficiency. Since these conditions cannot be avoided, prepare for winter by performing a complete vehicle checkup in the fall. Check or have your mechanic check, the following items: 
  1. Electrical System: Battery, Ignition System, Lights
  2. Break System
  3. Tires
  4. Exhaust System
  5. Heating and cooling System
  6. Windshield Wipers, Washer, Glass and Vehicle Exterior
  7. Winter Driving Kit
Preparing the Driver

To minimize the dangers associated with winter driving, both the vehicle and the driver must be prepared in advance. For the driver, this means approaching winter driving with the right frame of mind - always drive at a speed that matches the prevailing visibility, traffic and road conditions. 
  1. Select Appropriate Clothing
  2. Correct the Seat Position
Winter Driving Techniques

Getting Underway
  1. Clear snow, ice fog, etc. 
  2. Try to avoid driving during periods of low visibility.
  3. Clear a path in front of the car's wheel (few feet out).
  4. Point front wheels straight and ease out of park.
  5. When traction is needed use sand, salt, traction mats, etc.
  1. Increase following time from 3-4 seconds to 8-10 seconds.
  2. Stay in lanes that have already been cleared whenever possible.
  3. Remember traction is greatest just before the wheels spin. If your wheels spin, let up on the accelerator until traction returns. Do not use cruise control when driving on any slippery (wet, ice, sand) surface.
  4. Once underway, try to keep going, but be aware of other cars around you to minimize your need for braking.
  5. Minimize braking on slippery kills.

Snowy or icy surfaces make steering difficult and require smooth, careful, precise movements of the steering wheel. Skidding is caused by hard acceleration or braking speeds too fast for conditions, and quick jerky movements of the steering wheel. 

You may need to take evasive action to avoid a collision. Steering is preferred to braking at speeds above 25mph because less distance is required to steer around an object than to break to stop. In slick conditions, sudden braking can lead to loss of control. 

Emergency Steering Methods
  1. Push-Pull-Side Method - performed by shuffling your hands so that neither hand crosses over the imaginary line between 12 and 6 o'clock. Since the arms never cross, you are able to provide continuous adjustments in either direction. 
  2. Fixed-Hand Steering Method - allows rapid 180-degree steering to either direction, but it has one shortcoming. This method is confining in that your arms may get locked together as you attempt to steer past 180-degrees, leaving you in an awkward position to make further adjustments.

Stopping on slippery surfaces requires longer visibility, following and stopping distances. Drivers proficient at driving and baking on slippery surfaces have developed these techniques by practicing in secluded areas. These drivers also are knowledgeable of the additional dangers associated with and created by low temperatures. The stopping distance required on ice at 0-degrees F is twice the amount required at 32-degrees F. 

Shaded spots, bridges, overpasses and intersections are areas where ice is likely to form first. 
  1. Breaking Without Antilock Brakes: Threshold Breaking - keep the heel of your foot on the floor and use the ball of your foot to apply firm steady pressure on the brake pedal to the " threshold" of locking your brakes.
  2. Breaking With Antilock Brakes - if you have ABS, do not remove your foot from the brake. Do not pump the pedal either. 

A Skid occurs when you apply the brakes so hard that one or more wheels lock or if you press hard on the accelerator and spin the drive wheels. Skids also occur when you are traveling too fast on a curve and encounter a slippery surface. 

Rear-Wheel Skids

Effective ski-control maneuvers - and a calm approach - will help you regain control. If the rear wheels lose traction, resulting in an over-steering situation, use these steps to regain control: 
  1. Continue to look at your path of travel down the road. 
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go.
  3. Avoid slamming on the brakes. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the brakes will only further upset the vehicles balance and make it harder to regain control.
  4. When the rear wheels stop skidding, continue to steer to avoid a rear-wheel skid in the opposite direction. 
Front-Wheel Skids

Front-wheel skids are caused by hard braking or acceleration if your vehicle has front-wheel drive. When the front wheels lose traction, you will not be able to steer the vehicle. Compared to rear-wheel skids, front-wheel skids are easier to correct and less hazardous because there is no risk of the vehicle skidding in the opposite direction. Regardless of whether the vehicle has front, rear or four-wheel drive, the best way to regain control if the front-wheel skid is: 
  1. Continue to look where you want to go.
  2. Steer in the direction you want the front of the vehicle to go. 
  3. Avoid slamming on the breaks. Although hitting the brakes is a typical response, slamming the breaks will only further upset the vehicles balance and make it harder to regain control. 
  4. Wait for the front wheel to grip the road again. As soon as traction returns, the vehicle will start to steer again. 
  5. When the front wheels have regained their grip, steer the wheels gently in the desired direction of travel.
The most efficient technique for braking under these conditions in non-ABS vehicle is to use threshold or squeeze braking. 

The aforementioned tips are from AAA - How to Go in Ice and Snow.
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