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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. Project deadlines must still be met regardless, and companies need qualified professionals to fill the gaps. Are you interested in a new opportunity? We can help connect you to some of the hottest jobs the construction industry has to offer this summer!

Best wishes from everyone at RealStreet! 

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 is Seeking a Recruiting Coordinator!
Looking for a recruiting role at a well-established company?

We are seeking Recruiting Coordinators to support two of our branch offices. These positions have growth potential and are a great opportunity to gain valuable recruiting experience with a leading, national employment firm!

Interested? Check out the  full job posts  and apply online: 

RealStreet wishes you a very 
  • Cheryl B. - 06/17
  • Naomi P. - 06/20
  • Trinika H. - 06/25
  • Dean C. - 06/28
Congratulations Lina on your recent promotion to Recruiter! 

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 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, m any 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, t otal 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.
Cyber Security
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 Up - Keep 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:
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!
  • Director of Facilities & Construction Management
  • Estimator
  • Owner's Representative
  • Auto CAD Designer /Drafter
  • Utilities Engineer
Featured News Post
Construction Firms Are Hiring For Summer Projects!
Are You Positioned Well  When Applying to Jobs?
The summer season provides warmer weather and longer days. With that, an influx in construction jobs! If you are interested in a new gig, this is a fantastic time to make a move. As a talented professional, you have a lot to offer any employer, but you need to put your best self forward. Competition can be intense for the most prestigious construction jobs. Sourcing and hiring skilled workers, such as yourself, is a top priority for managers. Use the following four tips to get noticed by top employers and enable confidence that you are the right choice.

Preparing for Retirement
Get Your Retirement Action Plan
How to get your John Hancock Retirement Action Plan:
  1. Visit www.jhpensions.com (or www.jhnypensions.com if you are a participant domiciled in New York)
  2. Click on "Let's Get Started" from the home page.
  3. Answer a few simple questions and you'll instantly receive your plan.
Seasonal Safety
Working Outside?
Here are Four Tips to Beat the Heat
Summer is here and temperatures are heating up. While many people enjoy working outside during the warmer months, outdoor environments come with a plethora of serious risks. In 2014 alone, 2,630 workers suffered from heat illness and 18 died from heat stroke and related causes, according to the  Occupational Safety and Health Administration  (OSHA). Health hazards, such as heat illness, are entirely preventable. Take every necessary precaution to stay safe and remain protected from the elements.

School's Out: 
Summer Safety Tips for Drivers and Parents  
School is out for summer and the Space Coast Transportation Planning Organization (SCTPO) wants to remind drivers and parents about the importance of keeping children safe throughout the summer months.  Drivers should be extra cautious in looking for child pedestrians and bicyclists during the summer.

Tips for Drivers:
  • Be alert, especially in residential areas.
  • Expect the unexpected. Children may cross the street at the wrong place or suddenly run or ride in front of you.
  • Obey all laws. Slow down if there are children along the road or crossing the street. Come to a full stop at intersections.
  • Be predictable. Don't make sudden maneuvers that others, particularly children on foot or on a bicycle, are not expecting.
  • Double check behind you and around you when backing out of a driveway or parking space.
  • Don't be distracted. Put down the coffee, put down the cell phone, and put both hands on the wheel. Avoid distractions within your vehicle, including loud music.
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians. It isn't just courteous, it's the law.
Parents can help by reminding their children about staying safe on the roads.

Tips for Parents:
  • Focus on the basics. Teach your children to make eye contact with the driver before they cross, even if the walk signal is on.
  • Remind them to walk, don't run across the road and;
  • To stop, look and listen before crossing the street.
  • Teach your children to cross at intersections that have a marked crosswalk or a pedestrian crossing light.
  • Teach children to watch out for cars that are backing up.
  • When walking with your child, avoid unnecessary shortcuts like walking through a parking lot. Drivers may not see children between parked cars and the children may not see the cars moving.
  • Remind children not to play in or around vehicles.
The aforementioned tips are courtesy of Space Coast TPO.
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