The City of Waterloo has opened the doors to its job centre designed to assist the thousands of local residents who have been laid off by the struggling Research In Motion. As part of a bid to shave $1 billion in costs this year, RIM has been aggressively laying off workers worldwide.
Not all employees will require assistance getting back into the workforce. We know that startups like GoInstant have secret recruiting programs to pick up what RIM sheds.
“RIM has employed some of the best and brightest people in the industry,” Mayor Brenda Halloran said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get these people back to work so they can continue doing what they do best: creating, inventing and contributing to the local and global economy.”
“RIM is grateful for the support that is being offered by government and community partners to provide resources for affected employees,” the BlackBerry maker stated.
“There are almost 1,000 technology firms including over 400 technology startups in Waterloo Region who are looking for excellent candidates to join their teams,” Karen Gallant, Communitech’s senior director of talent networks, said. “Part of what we do is to connect talented professionals with these organizations.”
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