How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

How Will H1B Visa Changes Impact Your Team and Talent Acquisition?

In our line of business, geopolitics doesn’t usually factor into decisions. We find you the best possible candidate for the role, and ensure that they are a great fit for your company. No more, and no less.

However, given the recent news regarding our friends to the south, and their government’s recent decision to suspend several classes of visa, most notably, the H1B, our work becomes more relevant than ever.

With companies no longer able to access a global talent pool, competition for US talent in the United States is set to increase significantly, and competition for global talent will increasingly take place within Canada, due to Canada remaining open for skilled immigration.

Using high-level boutique recruiters dramatically increases your likelihood of hiring top talent. We know exactly who fits a given role, and we are the most qualified people to advise you on how to attract and keep your talent, as well as ensuring that they continue to perform.

When competition increases, experts become more and more important.

We know the people, and we know how to ensure that you are not getting “B-list” staff.

Staffing is one of the few truly zero-sum propositions out there. If you attract the best, your competitors, well, won’t. Your business wins, and your competitors won’t be competitors for very long.

We know both Canadian and US markets and talent, which means that we are extremely well positioned to deliver in both markets. If your company is based in the US, and has Canadian operations, we can ensure that you have a top American team as well as an excellent international team.

The USA restricting access to foreign workers doesn’t need to mean that your team will take a hit, but if you don’t consult with the experts, it likely will.

See our partner, The Rostie Group’s, response here. They’re your go to for all office space and corporate headquarters needs in Toronto.

For more information about making  Rostie & Associates your go-to recruiting agency, feel free to visit our website www.rostie.com or call toll-free 1-800-647-0780.

Cyber Security & Digital Transformation

Cyber Security & Digital Transformation

Rostie & Associates has always prided ourselves on recruiting for new and cutting edge technologies whether it’s Cloud, IoT or Digital Transformation, and we definitely have a penchant for recruiting in Cyber Security!

That’s why we are so pleased to see that in spite of these, shall we say, challenging times, Cyber Security and Digital Transformation are areas where companies are continuing to expand.

While remote work is a “must” during the pandemic, and will likely be more and more the norm, there is no doubt it increases risk for employers and cause cyber challenges for IT and cyber security teams.

Remote employees have become prime targets for hackers and, unfortunately, that is not likely to change any time soon.

Here is an article from New England College that expounds on the increased demand for cyber security experts.

TechGig also agrees that the need for cyber security resources will continue to grow.

And in terms of Digital Transformation, this article from Forbes clearly states that the only way forward for manufacturing firms is Digital Transformation.

eWeek even goes so far as to say that Digital Transformation is the only way for corporations to survive COVID-19.

We have been hearing about Digital Transformation for some time and even more so since COVID-19.  So just in case you’re wondering, what exactly Digital Transformation is, here is the definition as offered by Salesforce:

“… The process of using digital technologies to create new — or modify existing — business processes, culture, and customer experiences to meet changing business and market requirements. This re-imagining of business in the digital age is digital transformation.”

What does a digital transformation framework look like?

Although digital transformation will vary widely based on organization’s specific challenges and demands, there are a few constants and common themes among existing case studies and published frameworks that all business and technology leaders should consider as they embark on digital transformation.

For instance, these digital transformation elements are often cited:

  • Customer experience
  • Operational agility
  • Culture and leadership
  • Workforce enablement
  • Digital technology integration

While each guide has its own recommendations and varying steps or considerations, CIOs should look for those important shared themes when developing their own digital transformation strategy.

A definition from The Agile Elephant emphasizes all the ways businesses may need to adjust their existing practices: “[Digital transformation] involves a change in leadership, different thinking, the encouragement of innovation and new business models, incorporating digitization of assets and an increased use of technology to improve the experience of your organization’s employees, customers, suppliers, partners and stakeholders.”

And the Wikipedia definition, while vague, touches on how the effect of digital transformation extends beyond businesses to society as a whole. “Digital transformation is the changes associated with the application of digital technology in all aspects of human society,” it states.

If you’re in the fields of Cyber Security or Digital Transformation and looking for your next position, please contact us at Rostie & Associates to see if we can help you on your post COVID-19 journey!

Your Career Path: Making the Most of a Bad Situation

Let’s face it times are tough with almost every sector having taken a massive hit, literally overnight.

No one would think you’re crazy for saying that there are no opportunities out there right now but, surprisingly, there are.

Many industries are hiring to either meet current demands or to prepare for changes going forward.

Realistically, for some people it may mean changing industries or learning new skills to adapt.

However, you may be fortunate enough to already be working in one of the industries currently hiring or planning to expand post Covid-19.

This article from The Muse lists 94 companies across a variety of industries that are currently looking to hire.

And here is some encouraging news from Business Wire and Forbes.

This article from Accenture provides some great insight regarding the effects of Covid-19 on the technology industry.

Of course we all realize these are not the “best of times”, but while conducting my own research into what types of industries are hiring and what types of positions are available,  I came across dozens of articles –  both USA and Canadian centric – far too many to list here.

But, it does show that if you are considering searching for a new position or perhaps changing careers, this may be the time to make that happen.

Just as of writing this article, Rostie & Associates has positions available for a Sales Director, Senior Software Engineer, Data Scientist, Account Executive, Senior System Administrator, Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Security Manager and a Senior Systems and Network Engineer.

You can find more details on these and other positions, at www.rostie.com

Speaking with other recruiters confirms that, yes; companies are hiring and utilizing technologies such as Zoom, Skype, Webex, etc. to conduct interviews.

Many of the roles will be “work from home” until it is safe for them to re-open their offices.

These recruiters have also advised that they’re seeing an uptick in hiring for various types of roles in healthcare, eCommerce, Fintech and Cyber Security, just to name a few.

Of course, there are a great number of positions available in areas such as distribution.

If you are of an entrepreneurial nature, perhaps now is the time for you to go out on your own.  This article from Forbes suggests this could be the time to make it happen.

And, if you just need some encouragement, here are some success stories from Mental Floss and Business Insider that show that adversity can be turned into advantage!

Hiring: The Landscape Has Changed, But the Song Remains the Same

Well it’s officially official—the world has turned upside down.

What was white a month ago is now black, square, round, inside, outside, well, you get my drift.  This is (for the foreseeable future) the new normal.

In terms of Recruitment/Hiring/ Interviewing, one is left to wonder about the vast impact on this whole process.

Let’s look at the “interview process”.

“The interview process is also changing, going from in-person to video platforms like Zoom. Face-to-face interviews don’t exist anymore, and everybody’s fine with video interviews,” says Arran Stewart, co founder and chief visionary officer for the automated job-matching site Job.com.

So you’ve ACED your Video interview! Congrats!

As much as our work habits have changed, the employer must also adapt the terms of employment offered to new employees. In addition to standard salary and benefits, they should consider adding additional provisions relevant to our current situation.

Offer a paid subscription to a new wellness app, or complimentary meal/grocery delivery services; these offerings not only make a person feel valued; they are a constant reminder that they are part of a team and a company that cares for them.

This is critical at this time as they don’t have the luxury of natural team-building that comes when people come into the office daily. These little gems when they first join the team let new employees know they are valued and appreciated and improve employee attraction and retention metrics.

You must also keep the social aspect of work alive by arranging things like virtual lunches or happy hour, where food is on the company (it’s difficult to coordinate timely delivery so allow employees to claim back on expenses). This builds a break into the workday and gives people a chance to decompress, socialize and break the monotony and isolation inherent to working at home.

You should insist that your workers take part in this to make sure they feel included and most of all, keep a routine.

Although the landscape of the interview process has vastly changed, and the added benefits that employers should consider when acquiring a new client now differ, the fact remains, hiring new top talent is going no where.

For more information about the services offered at Rostie & Associates, feel free to visit our website www.rostie.com or call us toll-free 1-800-647-0780.

We look forward to finding your your next hire!

What do I Want to Be when I Grow Up?

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NHL player, Movie Star, Actor, Fireman, Astronaut – all good choices and we’ve all probably wanted to be one or the other at some point in our lives. The little girl in me still thinks I could be aballerina!

Sadly though, we need to grow up (or at least get older) and have to make real-life decisions. As a recruiter, I meet and speak with a lot of people – I mean a lot – and over and over again I’ll have candidates applying for a position for which they have no educational background. The reason they’re applying, of course, is that they cannot find work in their chosen field.

A great (or bad) example of this is teachers. I have received so many calls from candidates with degrees/diplomas in education that are desperately looking for any kind of work – and according to an article in the Globe and Mail, June 2017, their odds are not going to improve for some time.

Not to say teaching isn’t a worthy goal, I still have some teacher heroes that I remember, but when you’re planning your courses in college or university, you need to do your homework (pun intended)…and find out if there are going to be jobs available.

You really need to spend your life working at something you love – or at least don’t hate! – so really give it some thought. Do you detest math and need a calculator to add 2 + 2? Well, perhaps accounting isn’t for you. Maybe you love to draw but don’t relish being a starving artist? Graphic design? Whatever your interests and strengths there are so many options out there but you may need to think outside the box.

Greater minds than mine have created a number of great articles sharing their insights on what the job market will look like over the coming years.

Here are a few to get you started:

10 Job Skills You’ll Need in 2020

7 Critical Skills for the Jobs of the Future

These Are the Skills of the Future, According to 39 Industry Experts

Elon Musk to the Young and Ambitious: Skills Matter More Than Degrees

Bill Gates: These Skills Will Be Most In-Demand In The Job Market Of The Future

Apple CEO Tim Cook visits Canada for the first time

Just make sure that when you ARE planning your future, do some research on the leaders in your chosen field. They have arrived at their position for a reason.

by: Pam Inglis

Recap! Chili Cook-off 2016

Chili Cook-off 2016 started off spicy!

8 creative Chili entries geared up for the competition!
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The Mexican theme was felt throughout the afternoon; the unconventionally warm February weather in Toronto helped to boost spirits!
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Thank you to Lone Star for coming out and providing some delicious tortilla chips and salsa!

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Everybody tried the 8 chili dishes and ranked them according to their favourites!

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Food, fun and social networking were had by all!
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Some took the judging very seriously – as you can see Melisa lined up her chili tastings and deliberated who to pick as #1! All the chili recipes were unique, including a vegetarian option and ground chicken option, with delicious cornbread and dips all made by our caring tenants and friends.

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Mike serving up the Chili!

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Miller & Bean rocking the moustaches!

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Congratulations to our winners – First Place for Nathan, Second Place for Charlie and Third Place for John!

Thank you to Tim Hortons for donating chili and bread for the competition, and Los Colibris for the gift certificates!

The 2016 Chili Cook-off was a huge success, thank you to all our clients and friends who came out and enjoyed the afternoon with us!

We are looking forward to some great events coming up for 2016, stay tuned for details!

The Scoop is out for January!

The Scoop is out – Check out what is happening at The Rostie Group work community for January 2016! Mark your calendars for the annual Chili Cookoff – February 3rd, and don’t forget to test your skating skills at the waterfront’s Natrel Skating Rink! Our featured client this month is Marketing Copilot! Make sure to go to http://marketingcopilot.com/ for tips and resources on content marketing and more.

The Scoop is out for December!

The Scoop is out for December! Check out what is happening at your Waterfront work community. Events, ice skating and eggnog, December is the time for spreading your Holiday cheer!

Throwback Thursday to the 90’s!

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Do you remember the 90’s?

If you know what Seinfeld, VCR’s, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, flip phones, Tamagotchi’s or Beanie Babies are, then most likely you lived through the 90’s.

In 1991…

This is what the Apple logo looked like 

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The Motorola had a wicked antenna

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Brad Pitt finally got his big break in one of that year’s biggest hits: Thelma & Louise

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The release of Nirvana’s Nevermind signified the start of the Grunge era that would dominate the music scene up to the mid-90’s (We all know what the cover looks like)

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The Internet is made available for unrestricted commercial use and the number of computers on the net reaches 1 million (today there are 3.17 billion people online)

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1991 is when The Rostie Group was founded to provide businesses and start-ups with the option of smaller, more manageable space. There were 2 locations, one near the Pearson airport as well as downtown Toronto.

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Shared workspaces were called ‘hot desks’ instead of ‘coworking’ and boardrooms looked like this:

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Believe it or not, The Rostie Group prices were higher in 1991 than they are today!

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This marketing poster was the first advertisement for The Rostie Group. We still have the same view, and the same phone number. Pretty sure that guy does not work here anymore though.

The Rostie Group office spaces now start at $350. The ‘Corporate Identity Plan’ is now a ‘Virtual Office’ for remote workers and plans are only $69!

Since it is Throwback Thursday, here is one more of The Rostie Group 90’s Reception, one from the 2000’s and finally from today!

There are still friendly fish tanks around the centre, but we have gotten rid of those amazing white leather couches and dark wood. Are the 90’s back in style yet?!

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http://www.thepeoplehistory.com/1991.html

http://www.statista.com/statistics/273018/number-of-internet-users-worldwide/

 

 

Workplace Fraud 101 Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar with David Malamed from Grant Thornton

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Join us for a very special and important Rise & Shine Breakfast Seminar

Workplace Fraud 101:

With the typical organization losing 5% of its revenues to fraud each year, it is paramount to learn how to prevent, deter and detect issues. David Malamed will present on the realities of internal fraud using real life examples and stories. The presentation will focus on:

  • Victim mindset
  • Preventative controls
  • Techniques to identify and qualify red flags
  • Reduce risk and exposure
  • Avenues for recovery

When: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 – 8 a.m.

Where: Pacific Room, The Rostie Group, 20 Bay St. WaterPark Place, Toronto, Ontario

Email rsvp@rostiegroup.com to confirm your attendance.

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Presenter Profile: David Malamed CPA,CA.IFA, CPA (IL), CFE, CFF, CFI
As a Forensic Accounting Partner with the Grant Thornton Specialist Advisory Services practice, David works with clients helping them understand, investigate and manage their risk. He is the Canadian Chartered Accountant Magazine’s Technical Editor for Fraud and a regular columnist. In 2012 and 2013 David’s column was awarded the Kenneth R. Wilson award. David has investigated, reported and managed numerous fraud investigations involving both civil and criminal allegations. He also works with clients in establishing and implementing anti-fraud controls that reduce risks and maximizes detection of potential issues. David is a Chartered Professional Accountant, a Chartered Accountant specializing in Investigative Forensic Accounting, a Certified Public Accountant, a Certified Fraud Examiners and a Certified Fraud Investigators. David has qualified as an expert and provided testimony numerous

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