The April Scoop is Out!

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Spring is finally here and with warmer weather, there’s a lot more to do. Easter is around the corner and there are plenty of amazing art and tech events to be involved in. In this issue you’ll find:

  • Easter Fun Facts
  • Getting to know you With Jacky Lai
  • What’s going on in Toronto this April
  • Construction on the Gardiner

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March Office Deal of the Month

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Want a corner office with a fantastic view of the city? We have the perfect space available for a team of 4 people. This March, we’re offering a special deal on this great workspace.

The space comes fully furnished but can be customized to your needs. You will receive mail and live reception services, high speed WiFi, VoIP phones, meeting room hours and 24/7 access. We are located in WaterPark Place, which also offers some amazing amenities like gym memberships at $30/month, a large food court and more.

The office is available for $2,750/mo for 4 people. As part of the deal, you’ll get 1 month free if you sign a 6 month license agreement and 2 months free if you sign a 12 month license agreement.

Get in touch at info@rostiegroup.com or call us at 416-214-1840 and be a part of Toronto’s thriving South Financial Core.

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The March Scoop Is Out!

With spring almost around the corner, there’s a lot going on around the Waterfront community. We’re getting set for the fastest-growing area of Toronto to undergo more transformation. Starting April, construction will begin on the Gardiner to remove the York-Bay-Yonge ramp and open up more green space. This month is also a big one for events as some of the biggest shows in the country stop in Toronto. And don’t forget #RostieTalks, our revamped interview series that features our amazing clients and the industry-shaping work they’re doing. This and much more in the March edition of The Scoop.

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It’s Customer Appreciation Day!

On February 28, we celebrated #CustomerAppreciationDay to give back to our amazing clients. In the morning, we had the talented Chef Jordan Diniz come in once again and make pancakes. Chef Jordan was a hit at our Holiday Breakfast in December and we were excited to have him back again. If you’re looking for in-house dining for your next party or event, you can reach out to him on his website http://www.chefjordan.ca

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For lunch, we held a catered lunch of salads, sandwiches and wraps.

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We want to thank everyone who attending and hope you enjoyed #CustomerAppreciationDay!

#RostieTalks with Steve Lamb of ioFabric

This episode of Rostie Talks features Steve Lamb, CEO & Co-founder of ioFabric,who provide data as a service for businesses looking to store their data in the cloud.

In this video we talk about:

  • What ioFabric does
  • What is the cloud and its role in business
  • The future of cloud and data
  • Working with a team overseas
  • Why ioFabric chose The Rostie Group

You can also listen to Rostie Talks in audio format on SoundCloud:

7 Questions to Ask Before Submitting Your Resume

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So you’ve decided it’s time to look for a new job and you need to update your resume. Don’t be overwhelmed, don’t panic. It’s a daunting task to be sure but if you keep things simple it will be a whole lot easier!

While I’m not a professional resume writer, as a recruiter I’ve seen a lot of resumes cross my desk. I’d like to share a few basic tips with you.

Here are some questions you need to ask yourself:

Does my resume clearly reflect my experience in terms of the work I’ve been doing over recent years and is it pertinent to the kinds of jobs I’ll be applying for?

Are you looking for a senior sales representative position? If so, why do you have exhaustive details about an inside sales role or tech support position you had 10 years ago? One or two lines highlighting the most pertinent details is enough.

Your current and most recent roles are where you really need to show how you shine. This is your opportunity to show what why the company you’re applying to need to meet you. Be concise and highlight your achievements.

For example, if you’re a sales rep your resume should clearly state:

• who did you sell to (enterprise, mid-market, financial, F-100, etc)
• what did you sell to them (hardware, software, IoT, Cloud, etc)
• what were your results (120%, 150% of quota?)

Is my resume professional and easy to read?

I see a lot of resumes with all kinds of graphics, information up one side and down the other and quite frankly it’s distracting. Worst of all, you’re at risk of your “message” getting lost.

Does my resume contain the key words that HR is probably using to screen?

Most HR folks are going to use some form of keyword search and you need to be aware of this. If the role is selling software to large enterprise accounts then you need to make sure those keywords are on your resume – but don’t get carried away, you want them to see the fit, not think you’ve simply copied the job description.

Is my name and contact information clearly visible on each page of my resume?

Sounds obvious, right? You’d be surprised how easy it is to forget. Using a “header” is a great way to go – every page must have your name and contact information.

Is my resume too long?

Chances are, it is. Your resume should ideally be two pages – three at the most. If your work, by nature, is highly detailed, then create a separate project based document – just make sure that the key points are covered in your resume.

Did I use spell-check and check for grammatical errors?

Hope you did – as you know, a word can be spelled correctly yet still be incorrect!

Do I need a professional summary?

A well thought-out professional summary can be a wonderful thing…but you need to put your heart and soul into it. You need to ensure that your experience and goals align with the role you’re applying for. I have seen candidates miss out on an opportunity because of their professional summary – i.e., highlighting strong leadership skills – but applying for an individual contributor role. An eagle-eyed HR rep will pick out these inconsistencies.

I realize that these points only scratch the surface but hopefully they’ll help you to create the type of resume that human resources and hiring managers will make the time to read.

For additional pointers, or if you are considering taking the next step in your career, please feel free to call me at Rostie & Associates!

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8 Productivity Apps You Need to Use if You Work Remotely

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You could never have imagined working remotely just a few decades ago. It has become more common now and in the future we might even see half of many companies’ workforces working remotely. In fact, that process is well under way. Over 150 companies already use our virtual office plans and we expect to see this number rise over the next five years.

This shift towards working remotely has left the door open for countless apps to help improve people’s productivity and help teams work more effective regardless of where in the world they are. If you’re working virtually, consider these apps:

Slack: Slack has become the go-to app for connecting teams that work remotely. People like our very own client, Jim Latimer of servicePath, uses Slack to communicate with his team in London and Dubai. The app allows you to create different channels so you can have all your teams organized and the right people working on the right things.

Tasks can get easily lost in a string of emails which can also be distracting and time consuming. Slack allows you to connect other apps like Trello to ensure that you’re always sure of what your tasks for the day are and to keep your team up to date with your progress.

Trello:  Trello’s “boards” help you organize your projects and help visualize everything that needs to be done to more effectively track and finish tasks. You can assign team members to specific tasks and connect it to other apps like Slack and Google Drive to help keep all the content and information your team needs in one place. There are also alternative project management tools like Basecamp and Asana.

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Dropbox: Dropbox is one of the biggest cloud storage apps available today. They give you a lot of flexibility by allowing you to create a remote place to store your files and it provides a reliable alternative to backup your data. You and your team then have access to all the information you need, whether you’re in the office or on the go.

Google Drive: The G Suite of services helps boost collaboration by allowing team members to work together on a document, spreadsheet or presentation file at the same time and edit it live. The files are also constantly saved after each change, ensuring that there’s a reliable backup of everything you’re working on.

IDoneThis: When working remotely, it’s difficult to keep a track of when a person is working and what tasks they’ve completed. IDoneThis solves all those problems by giving you a platform that lets your team check in virtually and plan out their tasks for the day. IDoneThis also has other features, such as analytics reports and full integration with apps like Slack. Alternatives include Wunderlist and Todoist.

JoinMe: Meetings are an important part of running businesses. It can help get a team on the same page or help define new goals. JoinMe allows remote teams to still be able to conduct meetings without being in the same space via videoconferencing. While JoinMe is made specifically for these types of meetings, other programs such as Skype and Google Hangouts are also available.

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Rostie CRM: Sometimes virtual meetings aren’t enough. It helps to have a physical space to get together with your team or to host your clients in a professional setting. When that time comes, our proprietary CRM service helps you book one of our many, fully-staffed meeting rooms in Toronto’s Waterfront area.

Zapier: Even though most of these apps are able to integrate with one another, Zapier automates the process and connects even more apps together. Zapier picks up information from your different connected apps and then, based on your specifications, can compile the data in a single location. For example, it can automatically move your email attachments into Dropbox and share the link on Slack.

Working remotely means that you have to be a lot more organized and be able to coordinate with people all over the world. The apps in this list help you do just that by helping you track your projects and meet with your team whether virtually or face-to-face.

#RostieTalks with Richard Fernandes of The Staffing Exchange

In this episode of Rostie Talks, we sit down with Richard Fernandes, Founder & CEO of The Staffing Exchange.

With over 25 years of experience, Richard now has big plans for the recruitment industry in North America. We talk about:

  • The Staffing Exchange
  • Consolidating the recruitment industry
  • Why he picked the Sales Hub

You can also listen to the audio version of this interview on our SoundCloud page:

February Office Deal of the Month

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For the month of February, we’re offering a special office deal on a spacious west-facing exterior office that is perfect for a team of 4-6 people. Housed inside WaterPark Place by the waterfront, we are just minutes away from Union Station and are connected via the PATH.

This space comes fully furnished but can be customized to your needs. You will receive mail and live reception services, high speed WiFi, VoIP phones, meeting room hours and 24/7 access. WaterPark Place also offers some amazing amenities like gym memberships at $30/month, a large food court and more.

The office is available for $2,250/mo for 4 people with $500 per head over that (limit 6). As part of the deal, you’ll get 1 month free if you sign a 6 month license agreement and 2 months free if you sign a 12 month license agreement.

Get in touch at info@rostiegroup.com or call us at 416-214-1840 and be a part of Toronto’s thriving South Financial Core.

Take a virtual walkthrough below.

Thank you for attending our Chili Cookoff!

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We want to thank everyone who attended our Chili Cookoff and made it yet another amazing year. There were a lot of great chili entries so it was a closely contested victory for our winners. Congratulations to:

First place: Richard Fernandes
Second Place: Ian Graham & Morag Fraser
Third Place: Cynthia Rostie
Most Traditional Chili: Ian Graham & Morag Fraser
Most Unique Chili: Tim Collins

Thank you very much to Chipotle Front St. for the snacks and ADM Promotions Group for the wonderful prizes.

For pictures of the event, please visit our Facebook page.