Open Mind new career

Keeping an Open Mind, and Open Inbox

Technology has made it easier than ever to contact someone. From online directories to LinkedIn messages, it’s never been easier to get a hold of someone. With that in mind, people aren’t always as receptive to being contacted and can be less than eager to start a conversation with an unknown recruiter. Even if you’ve got the perfect job, at the perfect company, with the perfect compensation, there’s nothing wrong with having a quick discussion to keep your options open.

Recruiters aren’t just for people looking to make a career shift, so being receptive to a conversation can be a big asset right now, or later down the road. Accepting that invitation to connect or hopping on a phone call can help you survey the land and see what’s out there. It allows you to find out more about hiring trends in your industry, and perhaps what is happening with your competitors. More importantly it can help you get a sense of what your worth, and what others in your line of work are getting paid. Finding out what someone with your experience and qualifications is getting for compensation is a great asset when it comes time to negotiate bonuses, pay increases or new job offers.

Similarly, career shifts aren’t always well planned and can be hard to predict. Making your next move can be a stressful process, which is why having someone in your corner can be such a great help. Taking that conversation, and building a relationship, with a recruiter now can go a long way down the road when you’re looking for your next job.

At the end of the day you never know where you’re going to be in a few years and who may be of help. Relationship building and creating connections is always an asset. The bigger your network, the more opportunities that are available to you. So next time you get approached by a recruiter, even if you’re not interested in making a career change, take the call and see where it goes.

On the other hand, if you ARE looking for your next career change, or just want to see what’s out there, take a look at our available jobs, or drop us a resume. 

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Annual Holiday Breakfast 2018

We had a great time at our Annual Holiday Breakfast 2018! Chef Jordan Diniz cooked up some amazing omelettes and delicious crunchy waffles with fresh fruit.

See for yourself below by looking at our photo and video gallery!



Holiday Trivia @ The Rostie Group

Thank you to everyone who joined on Friday, December 14th for our Holiday Trivia event! A great time and a lot of laughs were had.

Take a look at the gallery of photos below for the event.

Our next Holiday event is our Annual Holiday Breakfast on Tuesday, December 18th starting at 8 am. Don’t miss it!

Still Working out of a Fishbowl?


Here at The Rostie Group, we prefer to look at our fishbowls, not work out of them.

It’s just a basic question of space. Small offices with tiny chairs and glass walls. Everyone looks at you, everyone watches… and judges…

Well, maybe not judge. But while other office providers’ glass walls look good in brochures and website images, the reality of it is much different. It’s not comfortable to sit in open view. Especially if you have confidential material open.

With The Rostie Group, you don’t have to be watched like a fish.

And if you’d like to see our fish tank – with fish that don’t mind being on display – head on over to our instagram to see more pictures and videos!

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The June/July Scoop is Out!

The May Scoop is Out!

Enjoy this month’s Scoop and learn about exciting events happening around Toronto’s Waterfront. If you would like to advertise in our growing newsletter we are always happy to showcase local companies and community partners. For more information on advertising, email

And you can download a PDF version here

Egg Painting Competition

We’d like to thank everyone so much for coming down and joining us to paint some Eggs.

We’ve discovered that it’s actually a very nice way to de-stress. Very relaxing and creative. And no, you don’t have to be an artist to enjoy painting an egg.

Here is a Gallery of all of the eggs! All of them are great!

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But of course, there can only be one Winner! (At least this time)

Congrats Puneet!

The Oxford Way

Back in September 2017, Oxford Properties conducted a customer satisfaction and loyalty survey. Many clients took the time to let Oxford know whether they were meeting or exceeding service expectations. To celebrate the fantastic results Oxford have created a visual representation of this commitment via “The Oxford Way” video:

We love being part of WaterPark Place!

Here’s some events they’ve held in the building over the past year:

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Click here for more information on how you can become part of the Oxford community.

Being Lied to Your Face(book)

“Ignorance is bliss” – As a saying, it is older than one can find evidence of it. The idea that the more your reference point expands, and the more information you have to compare, the unhappier you become with reality. However, what if the reference point itself was a lie? If I was to attempt to compare my current smartphone to the kind of technology available in “Star Wars”, I might be disappointed that I am missing out. That’s a false comparison though, since “Star Wars” is fictional. So why do we make the same type of comparison with Social Media?

The lie to the Face(book)

On the surface, Social Media is a competition of who has a “better” life. The competition of showing the world “how awesome you are”, “how much fun you’re having, “who you know”, and “where you’ve been” is never ending. The issue is how this information is framed: Similar to a movie director only allowing the best footage for their story, the framing of this information is the best “version” of themselves.


Studies show that seeing the ‘+1’ notification popping up causes a rush of dopamine, the hormone associated with rewarding behaviour that the brain deems to be beneficial, to rush into the body. It is likely a major reason why in all forms of Social Media, this notification is prevalent, and often the most important part of user engagement.

This is not inherently a bad thing; it can be a meaningful way to start a conversation, or to share ideas. Actions that are related to the very foundations of human society. However, the same rush of dopamine is usually associated with highly addictive activities: gaming, extreme sports, gambling, or even fast driving – and now social media joins that list. The issues comes from how someone obtains that addictive reward. You can’t cheat your way into feeling a dopamine rush through extreme sports, for example, you either go skydiving or you don’t receive the reward. Social Media, however, presents a unique opportunity for framing things in a dishonest way for more positive feedback and more dopamine. This leads many people to mislead their “friends” into believing this snapshot or framed reference point is the reality of their life.

This isn’t to say that there is some massive conspiracy theory, it’s just human brains working the way that human brains do; subconsciously rewarding the body. (For example, a gambling addict may be compelled to continue gambling despite knowing that it is bad for them. Another addict may have a gambling compulsion and may not realize they have a problem at all.)

Untangling the web

From there, we go to the people viewing this lie, and comparing it to their own reality. If the lie is known, then the cycle of feedback is broken, and the addicts won’t get their “fx”. Therefore, extremely delicate care is put into making this fantasy of a reality show imperceptible. For example, during Donald Trump’s Presidential election campaign, an official photo of a political rally gave you the impression that the venue was packed and filled with raving supporters. A photo from another angle soon surfaced, showing the area to be, in reality, far closer to empty. An image framing the truth. If other politicians had only been privy to the first photo and compared him or herself to it, they may think “I cannot compete with this”, or be jealous of Trump’s “ravenous support” and think of him or herself worse because of that.

This is Social Media, and this is how it warps our perception of reality. When you’re comparing yourself to someone else’s carefully constructed fantasy of the perfect “them”, it will be difficult to ever stack up. Many people place massive value on how they compare to others, and by doing so via the Social Media realm, you will only be sowing the seeds of your own depression.

By: Charlie Anderson