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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 here at RealStreet! 

Katy Cook, CSP
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What's Happening at RealStreet?
Jump Start Your 2018 Job Search with RealStreet!
Are you - or is anyone you know - searching for a new job? Good news, it's JobSeeker January here at RealStreet!  Watch this video  for industry insights, hiring trends and an introduction to JobSeeker January. 

There is no better time to make a fresh start in your career than at the beginning of a new year. Whether you are actively seeking a new opportunity or simply keeping you options open, contact us to get the process started! 
Our recruiters are here to help  job seekers keep their career resolutions and make the most of 2018!   


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RealStreet will be closed:
  • January 1st
  • January 16th

Interesting Industry Information
How Does the Job Market Look?
For another look at the information, check out the BLS' interactive graphs.
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. According to t he  November Jobs Report,  t he US economy saw an increase of 228,000 jobs last month while the unemployment rate decreased slightly to 4.1%. 

The Automatic Data Processing, Inc. Research Institute provides an alternative look at our country's employment situation. Their monthly  report, which is always released two days prior to the publication of the BLS Employment Situation, showed an increase of 190,000 jobs within the private non-farm sector. According to Market Realist, this report includes private non-farm payroll while the BLS report includes both private and government sectors.

M ark Zandi, Chief Economist at Moody's Analytics, stated in a recent Architect Magazine article that he "believes the job market is red hot, with broad-based job gains across industries and company sizes. Zandi also maintains his belief that the construction sub-sector's volatility is simply related to the ongoing impact of the hurricanes, and predicts improvements in the coming months. 

Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry 

Automatic Data Processing, Inc. reported that the construction industry added 62,000 jobs in October, while the BLS showed an increase of 24,000 within the industry. Furthermore, the BLS found that unemployment within construction was higher than the national average, at 4.5%.

The Dodge Momentum Index tracks and measures the initial reporting of non-residential building projects. With the increase in non-residential construction projects, the Dodge Data & Analytics' Momentum Index rose 13.9% in November to 149.5, in anticipation of future spending. The aforementioned article said that the Momentum Index, when viewed on a year-over-year basis, is almost 21% higher, with the commercial building up 24% and the institutional building up 17%. Analysts believe that the turnaround in October and November indicates an increase in building activity in 2018.
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!
  • Estimators
  • Construction Managers
  • Program Delivery Managers
  • Program Coordinator
  • Estimating Manager
  • Track Engineer
Cyber Security
2017 Recap and 2018 Predictions
The Year of Ransomware

2017 was the year of ransomware, and it was bad. According to STEALTHbits, d ata breach settlements in 2017 have totaled nearly $170 million, and the number is still climbing. T he marketplace for this type of malware grew by 2,502% and its sales increased to $25 million, up from $400,000 in 2016. 

Some of the biggest cyber stories of 2017 were: 
  • Equifax Breach - impacted 145 million Americans (social security numbers and other highly confidential information)
  • Yahoo Breach - reached all of Yahoo's 3 billion users
  • Krack Attacks - a flaw in WPA2's cryptographic protocols, the true impact of which will not be known for some time
  • Wanna Cry Ransomware - over 150 countries, over 200,000 individual devices
  • NSA - WikiLeaks - let to the exposure of national secrets and several of the agency's cyber tools many of which were zero day viruses, leading to the exposure of  national secrets
Cyber Security Predictions for 2018
  • Mobile malware will increase
  • The Internet of Things (IoT) is a weak link
  • Rise in cryptojacking
Featured News Post
The Top 3 Job Seeker Articles from 2017
The year-end provides the perfect opportunity to review past efforts and share successes. As a leading architecture, engineering and construction recruitment firm, we have recapped our top three job search related articles from 2017 in the hopes they support your efforts in the new year.  Here is a quick look at what each article has to offer.

Financial Advice From Your Future Self 
Take It - You'll Thank Yourself Later!
Whether you're interested in quick investment tips or in depth education on financial and retirement topics, visit your participant website. The RealStreet 401(k) participant website with John Hancock helps you focus on your future by fulling preparing you for retirement. From the site you can: 

Plan Now
Track Often
Learn More
  • Test your Retirement Fitness
  • Set, review and modify your retirement goals and risk tolerance
  • Create a personalized retirement action plan
  • Check your account balance
  • Review your investment instructions
  • Review your quarterly account statements
  • Find ways to increase your contributions
  • Get tips about the benefit of increasing your contributions
  • Consolidate other retirement accounts into one*
  • Try our interactive financial planning and investment tools

John Hancock believes that retirement planning should be easy. Information should be easy to understand and processes should be user friendly. John Hancock provides a custom homepage for each user, and once they are registered on the John Hancock site, their personalized home page will provide access to the tools needed to achieve their retirement goals. 

* As other options are available, participants are encouraged to review these options to determine if combining their retirement accounts is suitable for them.

Need to Register?

Go online to  www.jhpensions.com and click on "Register"
1. Enter your contract number, last name, social security number and date of birth
2. Enter your email address, and create your username and password
3. Choose challenge questions and answers
Track your progress towards retirement at any time!

Seasonal Safety
It's the Most Treacherous Time of the Year:
Dig Out and Drive Safely 
From the driveway to the highway, getting your car unstuck and back on the road can be a pain. Unless you've already traded in your car for a  snowmobile , you should be prepared for whatever the season throws at you (or piles on top of you).

First,  make sure your car is winterized and ready for battle. Then, follow these tips to make your trek into the winter wonderland a safe one.

Protect your windshield after Mother Nature's frosting
  • The cardinal rule for de-icing your windows? Hot water is a no-no, unless you like that shattered glass look.
  • To begin, start your car and turn on the front and rear defrosters to help soften the ice and snow. It will also help warm up your car while you work.
  • When you're ready to begin scraping the ice, opt for a plastic ice scraper. Plastic scrapers are less likely to damage or scratch the surface of the glass.
  • Your wipers weren't made for heavy lifting. Use them only after you've completely cleared off the snow and ice from your windshield.
  • Make sure your car has plenty of windshield washer fluid before you get out on the slush, salt and sand covered roads.
How to take your car from snow-packed to road-worthy
  • First things first, you want the snow off your car but you probably want to save the paint. Opt for brushes designed for auto snow removal and leave the shovel in the shed.
  • Whatever you do - don't forget the roof! In fact, failing to clean off your car can be illegal. You don't want a block of ice the size of a mattress flying off your car into traffic.
  • Don't forget to brush off your mirrors, head and tail lights and license plates.
  • Carbon monoxide is no laughing matter, so check your tailpipe to be sure it's free of snow whenever your car is running.
  • When you're ready to hit the road, shovel around your wheels and under the front and rear bumpers to clear away any snow. And above all, please be careful out there.
On the road again: driving tips for snow and ice

A winterized car is a great start, but it's only part of the safe winter driving equation. Follow these driving tips to keep yourself safe and secure when roads are slippery:
  • Slow Down. In normal conditions, you should maintain a following distance of three seconds between you and another car. On winter roads, increase that to a full 8 to 10 seconds. Yes, that may mean slow going, but a little patience will keep you a lot safer on the road.
  • Get Unstuck the Right Way. Avoid the temptation to spin your wheels. You'll just dig yourself into a deeper hole. Instead, determine the path of least resistance between your car and solid ground. Then, clear the snow behind and in front of all four tires and liberally spread sand or kitty litter in front of and behind the drive wheels. Keep in mind that the sharper your front wheels are turned, the more resistance to movement in either direction you create. Consequently, try to keep the front tires as straight as possible.
  • Tackle a Skid the Smart Way. If your car skids, keep a cool head, and follow these steps:
    1. Don't panic
    2. Don't slam on the brakes
    3. Take your foot off the gas
    4. Steer your car in the direction you want to go
    5. Wait for the car to slow down so you can regain control
    You can prepare for a skid by practicing. Go to an open parking lot and practice braking on icy or snowy surfaces. Yes, you are allowed to think this is fun. More importantly, you'll better know how to handle yourself when you skid in traffic.
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