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Sincerely,
  

Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
What's New at RealStreet
RealStreet Hires New Recruiting Coordinator!
Elizabeth Joyner was hired by RealStreet last month as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Tysons Corner branch. She will support the Recruiting team by searching job board databases and social networking sites for potential candidates. She will coordinate the candidate application process by scheduling candidate interviews, formatting resumes, creating ScoreCards and assisting with basic HR functions including processing background checks, completing references and recording/verifying new hire start dates.
 
Learn more about Elizabeth on the Leadership Team Bios page of the RealStreet website.
Office Closed: July 4th
Each year on the 4th of July, s tar-spangled celebrations take place commemorate our country's independence.  Whether you celebrate at a picnic, BBQ, or beach party or by watching a fireworks show,  RealStreet would like to wish you, your family and your friends a safe and happy holiday!

RealStreet will be closed on Tuesday, July 4th in honor of Independence Day.

Examples of Recent Placements
RealStreet Recently Hired...
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Director of Facilities & Construction Management
  • Estimator
  • Owner's Representative
  • Auto CAD Designer /Drafter
  • Utilities Engineer
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Mechanical Designer/Engineer
  • Assistant Project Manager
  • Architectural Historian
  • Architectural CAD Operator
  • Project Manager
Do you have an open position?  Contact us  to learn how we can help!
Featured News Post
How to Get Your Interviewees to Open Up
& Drop their Rehearsed Answers
While resumes provide a great deal of information about the individuals who apply to your open position, candidates may look great on paper but may not be the best fit once on the job. Avoid hiring mistakes by conducting well thought out interviews.  Unfortunately, it can still be difficult to identify the best person for the job, even during the interview process. Every candidate worth your consideration will arrive with prepared responses to all standard interview questions. Combined with typical interview nerves, these well-researched and rehearsed replies make it hard to gauge the real person.

Read the full article for four interview tips to ensure you identify and hire the right candidate for the job. 

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 138,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate dropped slightly to 4.3%, the lowest it has been in 16 years. For more information, check out the  BLS' interactive graphs.
 
Despite the month's record-low unemployment rate, there were mixed reactions to the May report. For example, Lynn Reaser, an economist at Point Loma Nazarene University in California, believes the numbers are disappointing. She was quoted in a recent  CNN Money article, stating that "the economy is still growing but the job market has lost some momentum" while Jim O'Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, believes "it's just part of the ups and downs from month to month."

According to the  Associated Builders and Contractors' (ABC) Chief Economist, Anirban Basu, May's "numbers supply a mixture of good and bad news." He stated that while "overall nonresidential construction industry employment was up" and unemployment down, firms will continue to struggle to find highly skilled workers and they will decrease spending as labor becomes more expensive.
A Look to the Future: 
Smart Technology, Buildings & Cities
Smart technology is already a part of daily life for many people. It is not only relied on by individuals for personal uses, but also by businesses. The use of smart technology is not ending on the job site, but is becoming a part of the end products: in buildings and in some cases, cities.

Wearables

According to a recent  Construction Executive Article, "wearable devices are pieces of technology that are worn on the body or in clothes" to monitor and track activities and health. The technology  mitigates risk, boosts morale and increases productivity by enabling managers to:
  • Pinpoint risk areas 
  • Implement best practices
  • Enhance the education of workers
  • Reinforce a culture of safety
 A few examples of wearable tech include: 
  • Smartglasses
  • Sensors
  • Safety vests, and hardhats
  • Exoskeletons
Smart Buildings

The demand for smart buildings is growing across the globe. In fact, according to a recent Construction Dive article, the market is predicted to increase in value from $7 billion in 2014 to $36 billion in 2020. Mahesh Ramanujam - chief operating officer and the incoming president and CEO of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) - also stated in a recent Insurance Journal article , that "the smart or green building movement is growing faster than conventional construction."

The aforementioned Construction Dive article explains that smart systems  aggregate and analyze information and automate certain actions, such as  incorporating predictive maintenance. According to Green Tech Media, while there are a number of benefits to incorporating  smart systems into buildings, such as: 
  • More efficient operations
  • Occupant-centric environments
  • Increased personal safety and building security 
There are a number of challenges as well:
  • High adoption costs
  • Lack of standards
  • System security risks
Smart Cities

Smart systems are even being utilized on a macro level, incorporating the technology into entire cities! As stated in a recent Harvard Business Review article, "smart cities rely on interconnected devices to streamline and improve city services based on rich, real-time data. These systems combine hardware, software, and geospatial analytics to enhance municipal services and improve an area's livability." Smart cities could enable people to be more efficient, but t o see ongoing success, they should make data security a priority.
Cyber Security: Smart Systems Need Specialized Security
As the demand for smart systems increases, the need for specialized cybersecurity grows as well. In fact, according to a recent  Construction Dive article, "the smart building cybersecurity market will reach $8.65 billion by 2021, more than double its 2016 value." While the systems are meant to improve our lives, they require a great deal of information in order to be effective. Unfortunately, they will likely become tempting targets for hackers. 

In a recent Silicon article, Stuart Higgins - head of Smart Cities and IoT (Internet of Things) at Cisco - stressed the importance of planning when developing smart buildings. He warned "how not addressing security from the start opens up smart buildings to cyber attacks as hackers will look the point of least resistance when attempting to crack into a company's network, database or systems."

According a survey presented in a recent Government Technology article, cybersecurity is the critical, yet missing piece of the smart city puzzle. The survey results pointed out some of the many potential targets include the grid, Wi-Fi networks, transportation systems, and surveillance cameras. 


Malicious individuals and/or groups work to update their attack strategies and techniques as quickly as possible in order to avoid detection. Cybersecurity is constantly evolving to not only follow suit, but also attempt to stay two steps ahead. The key to minimizing the threat is careful planning, constant monitoring and rapid responses. As with any system, it will be essential to build cybersecurity in during smart city planning to minimize the risks. 
Seasonal Tips
Three Ways to Keep Employees 
Focused on Work  as Summer Heats Up
As summer heats up, it is easy to get a "school's out" feeling, and head off to the pool.  Unfortunately, even if the kids are out of school, business must go on. So how do you keep employees motivated during the dog days of summer?

Read the full article for three tips to keep employees on track during summer.

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