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Research in Motion still hiring despite economic slowdown

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Although many companies are laying off their employees, RIM is still going strong and hiring all the right talent. RIM is still looking to fill hundreds of positions.

The BlackBerry maker said it plans to make about 600 new hires in order to support its growing portfolio of BlackBerry products. The company is looking to bolster its 12,000-member-strong workforce with new engineers, salespeople, and software developers, executives said.

“We’ve built this business on some really spectacular talent and some great chemistry,” co-CEO Mike Lazaridis said in an interview with Bloomberg. “We’re not about to let that down.”

Many of these hires will come from the competition, serving to both boost RIM’s human capital, as well as take talent away from rivals.

RIM has been able to avoid the downturn so far, and it posted a strong fourth quarter thanks to handsets like the BlackBerry Storm. Smartphone sales are expected to defy the sluggishness in the overall mobile market, and RIM said its push architecture will be a key differentiator from its rivals.

Looking for a job in the smartphone industry? Check out the BlackBerry Jobs page.

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Research in Motion (RIM) among Canada’s Top 100 Employers

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Even though we’re hearing incessantly about the economic crisis, many of us are still happily going to work at a job we love. More than 2,100 companies in Canada applied to be among Canada’s Top 100 Employers in both public and private sectors.

Each job was rated based on eight key criteria: physical workplace; work atmosphere as a social setting; pay and benefits; vacation and provisions for time off; communication to employees; performance management; training and skills development and community involvement. Applicants are assigned grades for each category, and they are then compared with others in their industry to determine whether they make the national or regional cuts. The scores are not published in the final lists, and the top employers are not ranked in any particular order.

Among Canada’s Top 100 Employers was Research in Motion (RIM)!

Research In Motion Ltd., Waterloo, Ont.

Gives employees a free BlackBerry on their first day and covers usage and service fees; offers tuition subsidies to employees; celebrated its 20th anniversary by hosting a private concert for employees that featured Aerosmith and the Barenaked Ladies; offers a profit-sharing plan and year-end bonuses; provides on-site massage services, flu shot clinics and discounted gym memberships.

Interested in working at RIM? Check out our job boards for great opportunities here.

Click through to read the other Top 99 Employers

City of Toronto to hire a BlackBerry specialist

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The City of Toronto has included in their budgets a new hire to help manage the municipality’s 1,800 BlackBerry devices. The position is one among 1,300 new jobs the city plans to add this year.

The position will pay $84,000 annually, and duties will include assisting with device selection, rate plans, getting staff set up and trained, troubleshooting, and providing technical support for the Blackberry Enterprise Server infrastructure. The wireless IT staff must also ensure integration and synchronization with the city’s Novell Inc. Groupwise e-mail environment.

“We are seeing substantial growth in BlackBerries [sic] devices and computing technology at the City in general,” the city said. “Many of the City’s program areas are adopting IT to help them improve their services or make their services more efficient. So it’s not just about supporting this area, we have a lot of growth requirements that we’re trying to accommodate.”

But according to Ward 3 Etobicoke Centre councillor Doug Holyday, the hiring of a BlackBerry specialist misses a fundamental problem at the city – the lack of a smart phone rollout policy.

“We’ve got close to 2,000 Blackberries and no criteria or policy as to who gets them,” he said.

Holyday wants to see more involvement from the IT section of the City to determine which employees truly need the functionality of a BlackBerry device.

“It’s a great tool and it’s very valuable to those who need it, but my problem is that we’ve given it to people who don’t truly need it,” he added. “But that’s the trouble with the City, they just open up their coffers, which (are) full of tax dollars, and it’s just too easy for management to say ‘I’ve got one, so my assistant need ones as well.’”

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Find a high paying smartphone industry job

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Hope springs eternal here at BlackBerry Cool – despite record-breaking drops in GDP, skyrocketing unemployment numbers, and financial calamities the likes of which most of us have never seen, companies in the BlackBerry space are finding ways to thrive! Check out this week’s roundup of cool BlackBerry jobs:

Is the fact that mobile companies are still hiring a sign of the world’s utter dependence on our BBs?
See some more BlackBerry jobs posted this week after the jump

New RIM jobs posted on BlackBerryJobs.com!

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Want a RIM job?

RIM jobs! Get your RIM jobs! Get ‘em while they’re hot! 7 fresh positions at Research in Motion have been posted on BlackBerryJobs.com, including Mobile Application Architect, Infrastructure Solutions Architect, and Operations Analyst. Exciting titles as they may be, there are no doubt plenty of readers out there who can fill those shoes and wear those hats. If you’re an employer with some holes to fill, go on and post a job! Oh, we’re also selling those shirts for any recruiters in Waterloo…

Want a RIM Job? BlackBerry Cool Relaunches BlackBerryJobs.com

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Meet BBDave, our Biz Dev manager and head of BlackBerry Jobs. He wanted to take some time out of his busy WES obligations to let everyone know that BlackBerry Cool’s job site, BlackBerryJobs.com has been relaunched and is offering a special promotion to celebrate the event. Companies looking to hire experienced employees from within the BlackBerry ecosystem can now post for free on BlackBerry Jobs until May 31st, using the “WES08″ promo code.

Check out the site and find the company or employee that’s right for you. Want a ‘RIM Job’ tee shirt? Try to find us at the BoxTone Lounge today and tomorrow from 5pm to 6pm to get one for free! Not at WES? Head to our Cafe Press page and buy one.