What made JAVA such a popular language?
When you look at the IT recruitment landscape, certain skills and languages rise above the rest. JAVA development is currently the most recruited for IT skill, but do you know why?
It isn’t because JAVA is the best language or easy to write. It is because it ties into everything and has been used for a long time – it is a universal medium.
But how did that happen? What will come next and who are the people who will develop the tools and products that the IT industry will use in the coming years?
4 Reasons JAVA Will Never Die
It is still growing: Through Randstad Canada’s internal numbers, we have tracked that demand for JAVA developers has been growing month over month and year after year. Between Q1 of 2013 and Q2 of 2014, demand for JAVA has increased by 83%, which is amazing considering how JAVA is almost 20-years old. Thank you Oracle.
It integrates old systems with new ones and is used everywhere: Whether a client is building a customer relations management system, a mobile app, or a database, JAVA is versatile. It has gotten this way by being so widely used.
It has an amazing community: Its use has made it flexible and the community has invested a great deal of time into it. The network effects of strong development communities sharing ideas, materials and code on platforms like Github and Sourceforge only make the language stronger.
More senior IT Managers know JAVA – they can vet others’ work: It is easy to see how a newspaper editor can vet a reporter’s work, but the same needs to be done in programming. If a developer is writing in a language that their manager is new to or has never seen before, how can a manager figure out what the code will do, or fix it if it is broken? JAVA is robust enough that it can do almost anything new, or old – despite any iterations, managers can have a strong frame of reference around what code is being written by their teams.
Find out at , Why JAVA Will Never Die, a webinar presented by Randstad Canada, with leading industry innovator, Leo Meyerovich. Meyerovich is the founder of Graphistry Inc. and an award winning academic, with a Ph.D. in computer science from UC Berkeley and experience working with Google, Microsoft, Samsung, GE, and Qualcomm. Leading IT recruiter and the Vice President of Randstad Canada, Scott MacKinnon will also be present.
Register today, for Why JAVA Will Never Die, on June 12, at 2 p.m. EST, using code 1337 and receive a free White Paper on the state of IT recruitment in Canada.
About The Speakers: Why JAVA Will Never Die
Leo Meyerovich, Founder of Graphistry Inc.
Leo Meyerovich is a technologies entrepreneur, academic and innovator working on the leading edge of Big Data. A lot of people are talking about big data, but not many can actually work with it. Leo is one of the few who can translate numbers into tangible benefits and his research will help you understand developers, programming languages and how to recruit the best.
Leo Meyerovich co-founded Graphistry, Inc., a startup that improves real-time visual exploration and analysis of graph and time series data. The big idea is to deliver next-generation visual interaction on the browser with 2-5 magnitudes more data than normally possible by introducing GPU cloud infrastructure. Graphistry is working with pilot customers to improve visibility in customer transactions, web-scale software performance, and other graph and time series data sources.
Previously, Leo researched programming language design and implementation at UC Berkeley (Ph.D. 2013) and Brown University (BS 2007). His language research over the past decade focused on applications towards parallelization, sociology, security, concurrency, and the web. His PhD introduced the first multicore web browser (3 PLDI SRC awards) in order to achieve large-scale improvements in performance-per-Watt on small devices. It was a precursor to recent parallel browser projects by Mozilla, Samsung, Google, Microsoft Research, and Qualcomm, and led to Graphistry's GPU technology. Leo led the largest scale analysis of programming language adoption and its social underpinnings (OOPSLA best paper) and, with security researchers at Google, Microsoft, and Brown University, designed several secure web scripting languages (400+ citations).
His BS at Brown University (2007) introduced the functional reactive language Flapjax for highly concurrent web software (OOPSLA best paper) and lit the path for popular frameworks by Microsoft, Facebook, and others. He was supported by the first Qualcomm Innovation Fellowship (winner among 50 Ph.D. teams at Berkeley and Stanford), the NSF GRFP, and grants from Samsung, Nokia, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Intel, and others.
The Socio-PLT project (joint work with Ari Rabkin from Princeton) was featured by Wired, received an OOPSLA best paper award, triggered a DARPA ISAT workshop in 2013, and marks the shift towards a scientific approach to the social design of language technology.
earn more about Leo and his research on Why JAVA Will Never Die, a webinar presented by Randstad Canada.
Register Today using code 1337, and receive a free white paper on the subject after the webinar!
Driven for a rewarding career? Learn more about the roles keeping race cars on the track.
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The Formula 1’s Grand Prix in Montreal isn’t just a race, it is a feat of industry, logistics and teamwork. Teams from around the world come together bringing their unique talents to bare in the effort to compete and win. Strong teams are built by leaders with the vision to see how independent team members will work together, empowering the team to succeed. In the F1 teams are striving for perfection and so are we.
Randstad Canada is proud to support F1 and you can count on us to bring the same level of professionalism to your workplace, that race teams bring to the F1.
What's more important to Canadian workers, honesty or strength?
Last week we revealed the results of our annual Randstad Award Survey; where Canadians shared what brand they found to be the most attractive. Those surveyed chose WestJet to be the most desirable brand to work for, for the third year in a row.
In the Randstad Award Survey, we asked 8,500 Canadians to rank personality traits by importance of what would they look for in an employer. Overall the world prefers employers who are honest, sincere, secure and reliable and find traits such as strong, or thrilling to be less important.
Canada was typical in this respect; while other nations were more polarized towards the leading traits like, Poland who's respondents spoke in near unison with 40% saying that honesty was the most important traits; while 20% of China's respondents said that Strong was their most important trait.
We also found out what Canadians felt was the most important factor when looking for an employer, what employment sectors were most attractive and what the current perceptions on timelines for retirement are.
For other results found in the Randstad Award survey, visit, www.randstadaward.ca.
Canada is an exciting country to work in, with many of the world’s leading employers and strong growth in industries like oil and gas, technologies and finance opportunities to grow your career and your skills are endless.
Companies are developing their employer brand to help attract candidates to join their organizations; much like businesses have established their own marketing brands to attract new customers. Knowing what a company's employer brand is and how you could fit into it is every more important on your job hunt.
In a recent survey in support of the Randstad Award, 8,500 Canadians were asked their perceptions on a number of topics about their work lives and their perceptions; we wanted to share 3 Facts that every job hunter and employer should know.
1. Canada's most desirable industry to work in
The Transport and Logistics sector 45% is the most desirable, with both men and women. The sector also earned favorable results on training, a pleasant work atmosphere and interesting job content. Transport and Logistics was followed by:
High Tech Manufacturing 42%
Motor Vehicle & Parts 39%
2. Best way to attract job hunters
This year, Canadians hold competitive salary and benefits as the most important factor in deciding whether a job opportunity is attractive enough with 73% of respondents leaving the factor in their top 5 followed by;
Long-term job security 56%
Pleasant working atmosphere 51%
Good work-life balance 43%
3. What endangers good work life balance
When Canadians were asked what factors would put their work life balance at risk, Canadians responded strongly with 57% of respondents answering that an unfavourable working environment is the greatest risk to a good work life balance, followed by;
Poor cooperation with colleagues 51%
Work during evenings/weekends 47%
Putting in too many extra hours 45%
Happy Administrative Professionals Day!
To all of the administrative professionals working today, or who have done the job in the past, thank you for your service and dedication.
The role of the administrative professional has changed a great deal and at Randstad we're proud of both the heritage of the role and what it has become today.
Thank you all for your hard work.
This week is Administrative Professionals Week, join Randstad in thanking your friends and colleagues for their support and hard work as business support professionals and executive assistants.
From dictation to direction, a profile on today’s administrative professionals.
When Nancy Cote, the Vice President of Randstad Canada’s Western Division began recruiting administrative assistants for Canadian companies over 27-years ago she was looking for people who could type well, people who would by answer phones, do the filing and book meetings. But now, in 2014 she says that, “Things have changed; they’ve drastically changed.”
To a room of 150 bright eyed men and women beginning their careers as business support professionals at an event at Conestoga College on April 16, 2014, she shared how.
“They (administrative assistants) might have even been making coffee or picking up laundry, anything to make their executive or manager’s life easier,” said Cote.
The stereotypes aside the role changed in big ways that means that today’s admins don’t just help one person they are supporting entire companies.
“Sure typing is still important as are computer skills; but the fit and the values that the employee have to match with the organization,” said Cote, explaining that “Business support professionals are no longer making coffee as a primary function of their jobs – they aren’t picking up laundry – they are providing support in the direction of the organizations they work in. Their values matter more than their typing skills.”
"With Kelli's help in an eight hour day I can get done what would take me 12 or 14 hours," - Tom Turpin Randstad Canada President.
For Randstad Canada’s President, Tom Turpin, his administrative assistant, Kelli Cutler is exactly as Nancy described – a communicative expert who helps her executive leader and the organization behind him, achieve more.
With Kelli, the company can get more done: says Randstad Canada President
“With Kelli’s help in an eight hour day I can get done what would take me 12 or 14 hours,” said Turpin. “Kelli has the unique ability to not only take what gets said in a meeting and carry those marching orders out the rest of the company, but she can also anticipate what needs to be done –she fills in the details on plans and I value her opinion on everything from personnel to strategy.”
In Tom’s role, he’ll have everyone from Randstad’s clients, shareholders, corporate leadership from other parts of the company coming at him at the same time all with important priorities all of them impacting the business in one way or another.
Admins keep things from falling through the cracks.
“With Kelli when a client priority comes up, she can help me reprioritize everything; if I had to do that myself things would fall through the cracks – big things and with Kelli that doesn’t happen.”
For Nancy this type if integration into business strategy and directive scheduling that Tom outlined isn’t an exception it is the rule.
“We did a study which looked at what type of activities business support professionals are doing today and while many are doing traditional secretarial tasks, 41 per cent of respondents said they are making managerial or recruitment decisions,” explained Cote, speaking to a study performed by Ipsos Reid commissioned by Randstad called The Changing Face of Today’s Business Support Professionals. “To me this means they are an integral part of management. They are bringing people into the company, this they have a say in how organizations develop. “
Meet Kelli Cutler
For someone who has been in the position the role is even more nuanced. Kelli has worked within Randstad twice, supporting two company executives for more than six years.
“It is fun, you get to be a business driver, you get access to the entire company. I’m at the centre of everything I know how the business works and even though it can be stressful waiting for people to track back with things or having to follow up with so many parts of the business it is a great job,” said Cutler.
With years of experience and specialized training admins know the systems and processes to help organizations get things done.
Kelli has worked all over the world, having grown up in Australia and completing a traineeship in Clerical and Administrative Skills in Australia in the 1990s. “It was sort of like an apprenticeship; you’d work for two days a week and attend school for two days a week and it took a year to complete.”
In the 20-years that Kelli has held business support roles she’s worked in diverse industries ranging from engineering to insurance and now in the human resource management and recruitment field. She’s worked all over the world from Banff, British Columbia, London England, Sydney, Australia and now in Toronto, Ontario.
“All of the skills I learned and have developed are transferable it has given me the flexibility to build an exciting career,” said Cutler.
That flexibility and adaptability are two of the most important traits for an executive assistant today, Kelli also admitted that she's a bit of a control freak, "It helps me keep everyone in line."
The variety of work environments and difference in technologies has meant Kelli has had to constantly keep learning and growing her skill sets.
"It isn’t just that you’re going to change over from one word processor to another but every company – every leader, has different ways of doing things,” Kelli explained.
Another benefit of her role, Kelli said that the variety of work she does keeps her interested. She’ll organize large company events, direct campaigns and at times lead corporate social responsibility activities.
“People trust me. I’m given parts of projects or whole ones they know that it will get done. I’m a business driver, and I’m a silent one – I help everyone communicating to the executive looking good and I keep the executive following up on time, it is a two way street.”
The role may change but it will never disappear
In closing her speech Nancy was optimistic about the industry and roles she’s recruited for most of her professional life.
“The role has come a long way from dictation to direction and I hope today’s business support professionals know how valuable they are and how exciting the next few years will be,” Cote said. “Admins aren't making coffee anymore and business support professionals are only going to be more important in the years to come.
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7 Tips to Becoming an Employer of Choice
by Elena Candeloro, Talent Acquisition Manager, Randstad Canada
At Randstad Canada, earning a spot as a “Best Place to Work in Canada” by the Great Place to Work ® Institute Canada for the 8th year in a row is a pretty important cool for us. What makes this win so important to us is that the results were determined by the people who know our company best – our employees!
After 8 consecutive wins, it’s quite an honour and it’s become crystal clear that we indeed have a lot to be proud of. Ranked amongst the top 50 in the country, next to impressive multinational organizations like Google, Microsoft and Starbucks, this announcement solidifies that Randstad Canada is truly a great place to work.
Best workplace lists and accolades make it clear that being a good employer is good for business, but becoming a top-rated employer is not a matter of chance. The best employers know that they benefit from their reputation and they make decisions every day to ensure that their status as a great place to work is maintained.
Becoming an employer of choice isn’t easy. It means taking an honest look at your organization’s culture and having a clear idea of what you want it to become. That may result in acknowledging some difficult truths and making internal changes. But the rewards are hard to overstate. You’ll boast the best workers, performing their best work, all while positively impacting your business’ bottom line.
So what can you do as an organization in order to gain recognition as a top employer? While there is no magic formula, the following tips will set you on the right path towards becoming an employer of choice.
Figure out what it’s really like to work for your company and then identify the good and bad.
- Look at your competition and see what they are doing. Take note of what works and what doesn't.
- Position your brand by identifying your target audience and knowing, and giving, today's employees what they want. To help you with that task, Randstad Canada conducts yearly research probing what it is Canadian’s look for in an employer. You can download the material here. (hyperlink to Randstad Award research doc)
- You can also use exit interviews, employee focus groups and stay interviews to establish your brand reputation. They will allow you to gauge employee perceptions and allow them to openly discuss what is and isn't working for them.
- Determine the attributes of your company and sell your strengths to potential candidates. Attracting and retaining people who share the same values as your company and brand will result in a higher level of employee loyalty.
- Use employee referral programs. Employees who refer friends and colleagues to your company clearly think your company is worth working for.
- Social Responsibility. Many people want to feel that they’re doing good. As an organization you can recycle, partner with a charity, and engage in fundraising activities. At Randstad, for example, employees are given one full work day per calendar year to volunteer at the non-profit organization of their choice. The possibilities are endless.
Project managers help teams deliver products, tools and programs on time and on budget. Aspiring PMs can pull their leadership lessons from history, mentors or training. Some of the most important project managers of all time were military leaders - directing large teams to complete dangerous tasks. Two such leaders were T.E. Lawrence and Joan of Arc.
5 Project Management Lessons From History
T. E. Lawrence - Unpredictability can be a powerful tool
Lesson 1: Sometimes it is best to give teams and managers leeway to both make mistakes and produce unpredictable results.
Thomas Edward Lawrence also known as Lawrence of Arabia was made infamous for his role in uniting the Bedouins tribes during World War I, to mobilize them to fight the Ottoman Empire was a man who was given enough freedom in his role as a field commander to make the impossible, possible.
Having travelled throughout much of the middle east as an academic and a field archeologist, he was specially suited through language and cultural knowledge to liaise between the English military and various parties in the region.
His commanders were busy in their part of the war and gave him enough room to operate in a unique style - taking their garb and adopting the cultural traditions of the Bedouins tribes he rallied them together helping the growing Arab revolt take hold. In doing so he rallied them against an English enemy winning some of the most stunning victories in battles of the last century.
Lesson 2: Project managers need to manage peoples' talents, skills, ambitions and expectations as well as a projects' budgets and timelines.
Joan of Arc - Good morale is a strategy unto itself
Lesson 3: Just because someone’s idea sounds insane to you one day, doesn’t mean they are wrong and that they won’t make it happen.
When an illiterate farm girl who claimed to hear the voice of God telling her to lead an army against the English in 1429 the King of France at the time, Charles VII, did what any good leader who was behind the eight ball on a project might do, he said (I'm paraphrasing here) “Go for it Joan, that sounds crazy enough to work.”
Joan’s conviction which started years earlier when she said she received visions from God and a message to help drive the English from France led her to passionately make her point up the chain of command.
Lesson 4: Find people who believe in your plan and refine your pitch until it finds its audience, or you become more effective at persuading the people who need to be persuaded. Joan found people to listen to her idea, she made a case for it passionately and when it came down to execution she got it done.
She was laughed at along the way until the King of France agreed that at least she believed what she was saying, and with hope in little else, he invested in arming her with horse and armor and let her march on Orleans.
She became a moral leader to the army and helped make the war one of religion instead of power and money. After being shot in the neck and shoulder by an arrow, Joan stayed on the field of battle carrying a battle standard and was attributed much of the credit for the ending of a months’ long siege. and taking Orleans.
After defeating the English in many battles, she fought a group of French dissidents who had broken from the Catholic Church. She'd demanded their conversion back to Catholicism and following a subsequent battle she was captured by a fellow Frenchman, sold to the English, put on trial on nonsense charges and then executed by being burned at the stake. Later she was found to be innocent.
Lesson 5: One big lesson from Joan’s story is one of caution. Know when to stop when you’ve won. Don’t over extended yourself and get burned at the stake for your ideals; stay flexible and role with the punches.
Last week with the reveal that the Heartbleed vulnerability was exposing peoples' private information to identify thieves we ran down a list of best practices of things to leave off your resume.
This week we want to share three other tips to help you keep yourself secure while you're on the job hunt.
1. Avoid open networks
In every coffee shop in the country there are open networks to surf the Internet on. You also have Bluetooth equipment connecting your phone to your computer or your mouse. If at all possible avoid jumping on open networks, this is a great way to expose yourself to data risk.
Instead, try tethering to your phone, which you can password protect. Also, make sure you password protect your Bluetooth transmissions, because that's another easy way to gain access to your private data.
If you must use a Starbucks Internet connection don't do any banking, or make and online purchases over the network. You might still be open to risk but you'll make it a little harder for criminals to access your credit information.
2. Apply to reputable employers
When you need a job sometimes we apply to positions that are a little risky. You might find a contract job on Craigslist, or a fulltime position with a company you've never heard of, that your friends don't know anything about and who's website looks like it was made yesterday.
It isn't hard to build a website, it isn't hard to post a job ad. You need look into company's and their reputations before sharing all of your personal information with them and even more important, when you begin to work with them. Ask yourself, is this company a licensed business? What processes are in place to keep my information secure? How am I going to be paid?
If some of these questions start raising red flags, or if after working with someone for a year you don't receive any T-4 information for tax purposes there may be something untoward going on. Reputable companies will have processes to follow when you begin working if you haven't heard about the company find out as much as you can before applying.
3. Tell someone when you are going for an interview
When you are meeting new people, whether it is a date or an interview it is best to let other people know. Most first meetings today are done in public, but if you are interviewing for a new job in a private office it is always a good idea to tell a friend or family member where and when you are going; if only to have someone call you afterward and ask you how it went.