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At 3 Degrees, we connect the right people with their next employer. From web designers to digital project managers, interactive ad agencies to game publishers, we specialize in delivering exceptionally personalized and effective service to clients and candidates in the digital realm. Whether you’re looking for direct-hire, contract-to-hire or freelance, you’ve come to the right place.

April 16, 2014
You've Hired Your New Employee! Now, How Do You Retain Them?

We love helping people find the right candidates. But what happens after they're in place? How do you keep them? 

Retention is a real issue for companies everywhere. No matter what you do, what you sell and where you are, it's who you work with that matters most. Like all people in relationships, teams thrive on good chemistry, clear communication, and regular contact. A sudden change to that dynamic can set back projects by weeks.

So if you have a good thing, how do you preserve it? In such a mobile, competitive and candidate-centric market, it's important to develop solid strategies for keeping the right people once you've found them. 

So, what do you do? Bill Conerly at Forbes has some amazing tips. Among them: start tracking retention, train first-level managers to retain great candidates, and offer the things that your candidates value (like benefits, flexibility and sensitivity). 

Beyond basic benefits, the Wall Street Journal suggests providing small perks like free coffee, snacks and even dry cleaning delivery, and conducting "stay interviews." These interviews are designed to help candidates articulate what helps them stay with an employer. That way, the both of you can be on the same page. And no matter how things turn out, you're creating a pool of data from which you can shape future employment policies for the betterment of the company. 

If you've done all these things, and are still experiencing a retention issue, it's time to examine the corporate culture. While it's often said that employees don't leave companies, they leave managers, that's not the whole story. As HR expert Josh Bershin notes, retention requires more than just perks -- it requires strategic thinking. According to Bershin, every company or organization should create a "retention model," a narrative about why people stay and how to keep them there that works on all levels of the business. This narrative should inform all hiring decisions.

Every company or organization has a culture, and those hires who stick around for the long haul are usually a good fit for that culture. As Mozilla's recent history proves, there's more to retention than perks. There's a mission, and a sense of community. Bershin addresses this when he says that

Ultimately the most successful and enduring organizations in business are those that have a common sense of mission, a deep respect for their employees (and customers of course), and put time, energy, and money into building a highly engaging environment. They carefully select the "right people" with lots of hard work, and once people join they take the time to make sure they have development opportunities to move up the value curve.

A thoughtful recruiter can help you find the best fit for your organization. That includes a nuanced understanding of your culture. When you're hiring, it's important that everyone understands the feel of a workplace: the mood, the dynamic, that special something that distinguishes it from somewhere else. A good recruiter is creating a new relationship between the candidate and the company. And like any good matchmaker, a good recruiter wants the relationship to last.

April 6, 2014
Toronto Is Full Of Amazing Tech Opportunity. Here's Why.

When you think of creative uses for technology, you might think of places like Palo Alto, Berlin, or Brooklyn. But Toronto has an extremely strong, vibrant community of developers and creative technologists, with significant personal investment in bringing experimental and captivating new ideas to life. 


It shouldn't come as a surprise that Toronto has such a thriving developer community. Places like Toronto HacklabSite 3 coLaboratory, the Toronto Tool Library and Makerspace, ThingTank Lab, Bento Miso, and Interaccess Studio provide supportive co-working spaces for people of all skill levels to prototype new ideas at all stages of development. From messing around with Raspberry Pi to working a laser cutter, these spaces let Toronto's creative technology community thrive and hone their skills - and the proof is in the local result. For example, the folks at Rethink developed a special beer fridge for Molson that opens at the swipe of a Canadian passport, and installed it in Sochi for the Olympics. 


There's also Arts & Science's contribution to TIFF's David Cronenberg exhibit , a "DNA booth" that appears to merge the user's DNA with that of the master himself, then sends the genetic "mashup" to Facebook. 


And for truly mind-blowing projects, there's the MUSE, a headband by Toronto's InteraXon that senses brainwaves and allows wearers to play games, hone their focus, and interact with other devices.


Toronto is a great place to be involved in creative technology, and a great city to develop your next project, especially for newcomers to Canada . So the next time your out-of-province friends want to know where to develop their next big thing? Tell them all about what’s happening here.

Interested in coming here to join the creative community? Already here and looking for the next big thing for your own career, or want to know who the magic makers are and how you can get involved? Get in touch with us .

February 19, 2014
What You Need To Know about AODA in 2014

It's strategic planning season. As companies and organizations focus on their plans for 2014, they will also have consider how to comply with new or changing government regulations in the new year. 

Specifically, one major challenge facing businesses and organizations of a certain size this year, one that will be getting a lot of attention within digital communications, is the evolving compliance requirements with the Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act or “AODA”. This is an extension of the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001) and the earlier Access for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), the ultimate goal of which is to make the entire province easily and freely accessible to those with disabilities by 2025. 

Why are we realizing the impact of this more significantly in 2014? According to recent reports, 70% of private businesses with more than twenty employees are in a state of non-compliance with the Act. In 2012, businesses had to file an electronic report with the province detailing their efforts to make themselves accessible to customers and employees with disabilities -- everything from ramps and rails to web design and new fonts on brochures. An overwhelming majority of businesses failed to comply or even report, and not one of the businesses in question was investigated. That means that the $24 million dedicated to assuring compliance has gone unspent. When the AODA Alliance filed a Freedom of Information request on the matter, they brought the issue to public attention and the province vowed to enforce the Act more vigourously. 

What does this mean for hiring managers and those seeking new employees in the field of creative technology? If you're an Ontario business of over 50 people, you need to make your websites and content compliant  with WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) 2.0 . And that's not all: when a person with disabilities asks an Ontario business for brochures, literature, or other "communication supports," they must be provided as quickly as possible and at no extra cost. This includes feedback -- if your company's website has a feedback or review option, it also needs to be accessible. The same goes for educational institutions and libraries. If this is all sounding like a bit much, consult the AODA Compliance Wizard to learn exactly what you need to do and when. And don't forget to file your 2014 report early. 

What does this mean for interactive and digital content? Businesses will need, primarily, to ensure that digital content includes alternatives for disabled users. For instance, text alternatives must be provided for any non-text content such as images or videos. Captions should be provided for video. For text-based content such as CAPTCHA logins, an auditory alternative should (and usually is) provided. Colour contrast should be high enough to ensure that all users are able to distinguish text from background. You can see a much more complete list of guidelines at the WCAG website.

The reality is that demands for particular skill sets often evolve commensurate with changes in government standards, regulations and compliance needs… remember Y2K and what it did for the tech sector? As such, designers, coders, technologists, project managers, and other candidates with AODA experience specific to interactive media and digital communications will be in higher demand as more and more existing companies come into compliance. Further, as Toronto still enjoys its status of having one of the largest digital start up communities in the world, the next Mark Zuckerbergs will have to pay very close attention to what the government has to say about the user experience of their new brainchildren.

How 3 Degrees can help:

Part of our ongoing mandate at 3 Degrees is to gear our networking strategy to be ahead of evolutions in the industry. As such, when it comes to compliance with AODA, we know exactly who you need to help get your products up to date with evolving regulations. So: if you are looking to make new hires in these areas, or are figuring out how to make your business more accessible, give us a call. We know how to make your customers - and the province - happy. 

February 11, 2014
For Valentine's Day, Here's How To Love Your Job - Or Find A Job You Love.

It's almost Valentine's Day - the season of love. Some things are easy to love: your partner (if you've got one), your family, your pets, chocolate. But your job? According to a recent US study, 70% of Americans don't love the work they do - and although we're a bit of a happier bunch in the Great White North, at least half of us are also likely to be unhappy at work. 

The thing is, if you want to be happy overall, loving your job is important.  It's where you spend an average of 1900 hours a year, after all. And if you spend your days in a place you don't like, you'll end up stressed out, burned out, and no fun on dates. 

Maybe you've just fallen out of love with your work. It happens. You get bored. Things become too routine…too mundane. You wonder where you're going, or what you're getting out of it. You start thinking about all the other things you could be doing -- whether it's pursuing a personal project or finally catching up on Scandal. And just like any relationship, you've got to take stock and ask yourself some tough questions. What's different? Why do I feel this way? And what can I do to change it?

The likelihood is, loving your job more than golf, horseback riding or scuba-diving isn’t realistic for the vast majority of us. After all, it’s still work. However, having a realistic level of job satisfaction is very important to both your work and your personal relationships. If you feel a return to the honeymoon phase of your relationship with work is what you need, your first step might be to question your perspective. It might sound silly or overly simple, but there can be enormous power in a simple shift in outlook - particularly in a situation where the basic facts (micromanaging boss, boring work) are unlikely to change. 

You might also look at changing the people you work with. Your colleagues can make or break almost any job. Whether it's your team or your customers, they're the ones who have the most influence over how your average day is going to rank on the satisfaction scale. So if you're not happy, maybe you need a different crowd. Ask about working with a different team, or try to make new friends at work. Or find a new job entirely - one where the culture fits your personality and working style. 


Finally, here's something you can do right now to get results by Valentine's Day: you can make the decision every day to build positive relationships with your coworkers. This in turn will create a happier work environment, and closer ties to your co-workers, the people you spend the bulk of your time with, in turn translating to greater on-the-job satisfaction and a burgeoning network. Simple things you can try include making eye contact, asking follow-up questions, learning who the people in those pictures on your co-workers' desks are. When you start making core value connections at work, you'll probably start loving your job, and the people you share it with, a whole lot more.

If none of this resonates, and the bottom line is that you simply need a job you love (almost) every single day - then get in touch.

December 15, 2013
Hiring During The Holidays - The 2 Biggest Problems, And How To Fix Them

It's the holiday season, and many employers have added a third contender to their "Naughty" and "Nice" lists: "Positions to Be Filled." And just like all forms of end-of-year procrastination, the consequences can be dire -- do you want to wait until Christmas Eve to find the perfect candidate? Of course not. And yet, so many employers find themselves doing just that, and losing candidates as a result. Here's why. 

Ideally, organizations who know they have positions to fill by the end of the year should start the recruitment process in October or November. This gives them plenty of time to find the right candidate, and it's usually a time of year when candidates, hiring managers, and decision makers are less likely to be traveling. This is key, because starting the recruitment process on time means having open, honest communication between hiring management and the decision makers who will ultimately do the hiring. It's all well and good if HR has found the right candidate, but if a decision can't be made, the candidate is likely to either find something better, or drift away.

Drift is the other problem with hiring late in the year. Considering change at the end of the year is difficult for many employees who might actually have a better opportunity somewhere else. It's the season for both corporate parties and end-of-year bonuses, which means employees are at the peak of their warm-and-fuzzy feelings for their co-workers. Also, employees are often imagining at their credit card bills at this time of year, and aren't looking forward to a gap in pay or entering a probationary period. This creates a powerful inertia that can be tough to overcome. 

That inertia is especially dangerous for departments that must spend their budgets on new hires by the end of the year in order to justify and maintain those budgets. While this is primarily a problem for those looking to hire contract or freelance work, keep in mind that contractors may be expecting full-time positions at their current workplace, and may be less inclined to start over from scratch when facing the prospect of a new job. 

So, how do you overcome that inertia? It may be expensive, if you're in the position to buy out a bonus. Or you may have to add something sweet to the hiring package, like extra personal days or lieu time -- especially if the new arrangement means a change in location or commute. The most important thing to do when trying to make a hire at this time of year is to build a relationship between your organization and the candidate. Spend time together. Send emails. Take them on tours. Invite them to the holiday party! Give them a taste of what life could be like with you, and give them a vision of where they would fit into your team. Remind them that the New Year is a great time to re-consider career paths, and give them something to look forward to.

December 12, 2013
CEO Harry Manson in Marketing Magazine on the Rise of the Digital Strategist

Our very own CEO, Harry Manson, penned an article in Marketing Magazine's Salary Benchmarks series on why it really is possible to hire a digital strategist who knows what s/he is doing:

"Requests for digital strategists have reached an all-time high and I’m happy… I think. This is a great indication of the maturity of digital as a marketing discipline, but as more agencies strive to keep up with the Joneses, the increased demand for the market’s latest and greatest digital discipline is bound to trend towards inflated compensation or substandard quality.

(Remember when IA’s with two wireframes under their belt were charging $80 an hour? Shh. Never speak of it again.)

So who has the real goods?"

To find out, read the full article at the Marketing Magazine website.

December 4, 2013
What Makes 3 Degrees Different?

There are so many different recruitment firms in Toronto that it can be tough for individual firms to distinguish themselves, to stand out in the crowd. How do we do it? 

First, we do one thing, and we do it well. When the recruitment industry first started up, most firms focused on older, more established jobs. That's not true of us. We focus on bringing people in the creative technology field together with the people who need them. Typically we work with ad agencies, marketing firms, communications companies and digital product staff to find them the best, most ground-breaking talent that our area has to offer. And that's all we do. We don't do IT. We don't do finance or accounting. We work with digital people, for digital people. And that's it. And because we're not distracted, we perform better.

If anything, how we do what we do is as much about what we don't do. Unfortunately, the combination of  market saturation and a surplus of job sites means that many other firms have simply lost the art of recruitment. We haven't. If the Internet were to suddenly short out and stop functioning tomorrow, we would still be able to do business. That's because we don't scrape listings from job boards. We aren't constantly searching Craigslist or Monster for people who don't know how what their true talents are or how to market themselves properly. We actively hunt for the best candidates, instead of passively waiting for the open market to deliver them to us. So by the time our candidates reach you, they're already the best. 

And bringing the best staff to you means having the best staff here at home. Before our staff can perform their duties, we test them on the latest tools, trends, and technology to make sure they understand the context they're working in and the placements they're making. And then we follow up regularly with our placements to make sure that everything is going just as well as we thought it would. That's how we've maintained double the win : loss ratio of our competitors. 

Is it easy? No. Being the best is never easy. We just make it look that way.

August 27, 2013
Marketing Magazine's 2013 Salary Survey

3 Degrees is proud to announce its participation in Marketing Magazine's upcoming salary survey. After a record breaking year, 3 Degrees continues to be a trusted source for information on growth and change within the digital sector.

August 27, 2013
We're Expanding

3 Degrees is pround to announce its expansion into the Calgary marketplace. We are excited to expand our existing service level offering in the west coast and we are actively seeking staff in this geography for the following positions:

Managing Director

Account Executive

Digital Recruiter


We'd love to hear from you so please reach out!

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Current Opportunities

Job title Link Posted Description
Full-Stack Javascript Developer Job Listing Sep 30, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Our client is a top ranked global advertising agency located right downtown. They are looking to add a highly talented Javascript developer to their digital ranks. This will be a 1 year full-time onsite contract. You will be part of a highly creative and fun team of people who always want to push the envelope wherever possible. You will have the opportunity to learn and experiment with the latest technologies - whether that's for client work or inhouse applications.Required Skills:- 2-3 years of solid Javascript experience- Excellent understanding of DOM for desktop and device browsers- Exposure to AngularJS and Polymer would be a strong asset- Experience with NodeJS, ExpressJS- Experience using API's- willingness to learn!- Exposure to things like Raspberry Pi, Arduino, SparkCore, BeagleBone Black, Espruino, etc. would be a strong assetIf you have a passion for emerging technologies, specifically within the Javascript space then we want to hear from you! Please apply online with your up-to-date resume and links to your Github or other code repositories .

Mobile Solutions Architect Job Listing Sep 30, 2014 Category : Mobile Developer
Location/City : ON - Oakville

Our client is seeking an expert level Solution Architect with a focus on cloud architecture. Our client's team is responsible for rapid prototyping, innovative technologies, and architectural guidance. The successful candidate is team-focused, comfortable working on complex systems and excited about learning new technologies.

Essential Duties and Responsibilites

  • Reviewing/prototyping new technologies and innovations
  • Product detailed design and manage through all phases of the solution architecture
  • Conduct feasibility studies
  • Prepare high level and detailed solutions design and costing
  • Understand and recommend global solution
  • Research and design cloud solutions based on multiple regions
  • Understand and provide recommendations based on regional policies
  • Lead design and architecture for an enterprise cloud solution
  • Focus on security
  • Implement best practices for RESTful APIs
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and develop new technologies
  • Develop API/documentation to facilitate the use of custom components by internal/external customers
  • Ensure consistent software quality under the constraints of rapid development/delivery cycles
  • Performing technical & competitive analysis of emerging technologies
  • Building and fostering relationships across departments to facilitate team collaboration in the requirements process

  • Strong experience in the cloud technologies
  • API development/documentation
  • Advanced knowledge of git and Gerrit Code Review
  • Experience with automated and manual test tools and debugging
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Proven ability and desire to champion new ideas

Education/Experience

  • Bachelor?s Degree (Engineering or Computer Science) or equivalent work experience
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience
  • Strong software design skills
  • Creative problem solving skills



Mobile Application Architect Job Listing Sep 30, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Oakville

We are looking for a solutions oriented Mobile Application Architect Lead to join our client's advanced architecture team. This will be a designa and development roll workin primariy for the purposes of developing systems for Smart Home Appliances. The chosen candidate will participate in new product/feature discussions, produce mock-ups and prototypes and implement them with support from an established engineering team.

Core Accountabilities

  • Driving development of prototyping mobile design for product development
  • Participation in design/architecture reviews
  • Participation in peer development code reviews
  • Participation in the development and promoting the adoption of coding standards
  • Identifying opportunities and risks associated with new and emerging technologies
  • Writing technical documentation (architectural/design docs)
  • Mentoring junior team members

Core Requirements

  • Bachelors Degree in Computer Science or related field (or equivalent work experience)
  • 2+ years developing Android and/or iOS apps
  • Proficiency with Android SDK/Eclipse and/or iOS 7 SDK/XCode 5
  • Strong interface experience with iOS, Android, Hybrid and other related mobile tech.
  • Ability to creatively solve problems
  • Ability to rapidly assess new technologies and acquire new skills
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills

Desired Qualifications

  • Development experience on Android 4.0+
  • Applications published to Play Store/iTunes
  • Experience porting applications between iOS and Android
  • Experience developing applications designs from UX wireframes and specifications
  • Experience using Git and Gerrit
  • Knowledge of media frameworks
  • Knowledge of web service technologies
  • Experience in Android Frameworks
  • Experience in iOS Core Services and Core OS Frameworks
  • Experience in C++/JNI



Senior Android Framework/SDK Architect Job Listing Sep 30, 2014 Category : Mobile Developer
Location/City : ON - Oakville


Our Client, a well known Mobile hardware and software development company is seeking a Senior Android Framework/SDK Architect. The successful candidate is team-focused, comfortable working on complex systems and excited about learning new technologies.


Overall Duties and Responsibilities

  • Reviewing/prototyping new technologies and innovations
  • Assist in the design and development of advanced applications for the Android platform
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to define, design, and develop new technologies
  • Lead the prototyping efforts in the areas of Android Framework (Java) and SDK
  • Develop API/documentation to facilitate the use of custom components by internal/external customers
  • Package components/artifacts for distribution and subsequent use in common development environments (Eclipse/Android SDK Manager)
  • Ensure consistent software quality under the constraints of rapid development/delivery cycles
  • Documenting activities related to porting and prototyping for hand off to product teams
  • Performing technical & competitive analysis of emerging technologies
  • Building and fostering relationships across departments to facilitate team collaboration in the requirements process

Additional Requirements

  • Strong experience in the Android Framework java layersAndroid SDK integration (Framework API extensions/Add-on creation)
  • API development/documentation
  • Advanced knowledge of git and Gerrit Code Review
  • Experience with automated test tools and debugging
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Proven ability and desire to champion new ideas

Preferred Education Requirements

  • Bachelor?s Degree (Engineering or Computer Science) or equivalent work experience
  • 5-7 years of relevant experience
  • Strong software design skills
  • Creative problem solving skills



Community Manager Job Listing Sep 25, 2014 Category : Social Media Moderator
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Are you a social media expert with a passion for conceiving and executing elegant, sophisticated, and measurably effective social-media campaigns? Our client is an award winning independent advertising and marketing firm located in east Toronto. They are expanding their digital team and would like to bring on a full-time permanent social media strategist/community manager .
The ideal candidate will have experience creating and executing social media campaigns to meet business requirements for a range of clients ideally in the retail, financial, and pharmaceutical/healthcare sectors. This role will consist of a split between community management, social media strategic support, and social media content creation.
Required Skills:- 3+ years demonstrated experience with community management, social content development and social-specific strategic recommendations- Demonstrated expert knowledge across a range of social-media platforms- Demonstrated knowledge of social-media best practices- A portfolio of social-media writing and case studies of successful social-media projects they have participated in and/or managed directly- Demonstrated knowledge of social-media analytics and related planning- Tact and diplomacy when dealing with internal and external partners- Show good judgment and professionalism at all times in dealing with clients, internal team members and contractors and 3rd party partners- Client-facing presentation skills
If you are looking to move into a role where you will be the go-to-person when it comes to understanding client needs and recommending social strategies that make sense and working collaboratively to realize that vision plus have the experience required then we want to hear from you!Please apply online with your up-to-date resume and any relevant portfolio samples.

Sharepoint Developer Job Listing Sep 25, 2014 Category : IT/Software Development
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Our client, a world renowned creative services firm, is seeking a talented SharePoint Developer to join their amazing team at their Toronto office. This is an onsite, two-week contract position on a full-time basis. You would be building new sections on SharePoint based on existing templates as well as managing content updates.

Requirements:

- 3+ years experience with:SharePoint, .NET, C#

- Able to work individually, seeking assistance when needed

- Able to problem solve using existing resources

If this seems like an opportunity you are interested in, please apply online with your up-to-date resume and contact details.
We thank all those who apply but only qualified candidates will be contacted.



Creative Technology Lead Job Listing Sep 24, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our client is an ideas and innovation company with head offices accross the United States. We collaborate with forward-thinking companies to create the future. A recognized pioneer and innovator, our client is a significant award winner having received over 100 major awards in the last year.


We are looking for a Sr. Creative Developer with a strong dedication to recent and upcoming technologies. You will have the drive to develop innovative technical solutions that may have not been created before. As a member of the technology team you have a passion for creating innovative technical solutions while contributing to Innovation, Service, Quality and Thought.



You will love working on a team of highly skilled people, all with strong opinions about various technologies, frameworks and approaches to delivery. You will be able to articulate your ideas to your colleagues effectively and will take on board the ideas of others. You will thrive when faced with new challenges and will constantly look to improve clients? deliverables.




Skills and Experience:

  • Experience developing sites that need to work across desktop, tablet, and mobile.
  • Mastery of JavaScript.
  • Experience using Object-Oriented (OO) JavaScript and frameworks such as Backbone.js, AngularJS, Ember.js, Node.
  • Respond.js, Modernizr.js, Knockout.js
  • Working experience developing Responsive Design sites is highly preferred.
  • Proficiency with CSS Preprocessors such as Sass/Less is highly preferred.
  • A developer who has been lead developer in the past is highly preferred


Intermediate Designer - Freelance 3 months Job Listing Sep 23, 2014 Category : Web Designer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our client, a reputable marketing agency located in Liberty Village, is seeking an intermediate Digital Designer with Flash banner design experience. This role is a full-time on-site contract which would start immediately and run for 3 months.


Requirements for this role:

Fluent in Flash production and Design

Adobe CS 5.5/6

Automotive design experience is an asset


If you are an experienced Flash designer and are available immediately, please apply online with your updated resume and portfolio. Only qualified candidates will be contacted.



User Experience Lead Job Listing Sep 19, 2014 Category : User Experience
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our downtown Toronto agency client has an exciting position for a UX Lead. This is a full-time permanent position. You would work closely with the strategy group and account teams to outline how people experience digital touch-points and interact with content across multiple channels.


Your role will be to guide a team of IA/UX Designers and support testing and managing scope throughout the project lifecycle. You will be developing site maps and wireframes, visualizing solutions utilizing visual tools such as a data flow diagrams, interactive prototypes, or scenarios/activity flows, and producing high quality (client friendly!) documentation as required.


Requirements:

  • 5+ years of experience as an UX Designer or UX Strategist
  • Deep expertise in UX Design, and working grasp of Information Architecture and UI Design
  • Experience with wireframing using Axure
  • Demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects in digital environments
  • Demonstrated interest or experience in marketing and communications
  • Demonstrate an ability to creatively' prototype a solution using current technologies, web frameworks, or development tools
  • Ability to produce high quality output in any of the following documentation formats: process diagrams, sitemaps, content maps, wireframes, system/data flows, use-flows, scenario/activity flows, functional prototypes with degrees of interactivity, completion criteria and test plans

Our client want team members who see the big picture and sweat over the details to make that happen. You will be independently capable of driving projects while inspiring teamwork and collaboration in your team. If you are an accomplished UX Designer/Strategist with a desire to take your career to the next level, please apply online with your up-to-date resume and a link to your portfolio.




Intermediate Front-End Web Developer Job Listing Sep 18, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


A boutique design and communications firm in Toronto has an exciting position available for an Intermediate Web Developer. The ideal candidate is someone who is looking for full-time permanent but who would be open to starting on a short contract first. The developer should have a positive approach to programming and have 3-4 years of professional experience. This role is 80% front-end and 20% back-end focused.
Required Skills:- Solid coding skills using HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, JQuery- Exposure or understanding of PHP and MySQL with the ability to do basic coding and/or front-end integration- Experience with Wordpress- Experience using version control systems such as Git, SVN- Experience with Foundation, Twitter Bootstrap, LESS/SASS- Experience with Photoshop and Illustrator with a keen eye for designBonus Points for:- Experience creating/analyzing user experience documents (i.e. wireframes)- Experience with Amazon Web Services- Experience with custom Javascript- SQL

If you're a great web developer who is ready to join an award winning and growing digital team this could be a great opportunity for you! Please apply with an up-to-date resume and any relevant work samples.

PM Contract - 6 months Job Listing Sep 17, 2014 Category : Project Manager
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our client is a large data services company located in downtown Toronto. We are currently working with their digital team who is responsible for deploying and managing B2B and B2C large data driven web applications for their clients.


We are looking for a client facing technical PM with at least 4 years of experience working on large data projects and an understanding of large data driven applicaitons. Data Warehouse or CRM would be an asset. The successful PM will have the opportunity to work on a large retail and financial client.


This is a 6 month contract starting immediately and will be on-site full-time.


If you, or someone you know, think you have what it takes and are available, please apply online with your up-to-date resume.




Senior Front-End Developer Job Listing Sep 16, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto

A major downtown financial client is seeking a talented Senior Front-End Developer with leadership potential. This role will work within their digital marketing group and will be responsible for technical solutions on the front-end. This is a full-time permanent position. The perfect person for the role will have 5 years of experience, be technically sound, and vocal. They will be able to take projects and run them as well as have experience with time estimates.Required Skills:- 5+ years demonstrated web development experience (provide URLs of sites worked on), preferably with HTML5/?CSS3/jQuery/?JavaScript and development at W3C standards- Solid experience with Responsive Design development- Expert knowledge with JavaScript programming (jQuery and/or similar JavaScript libraries) and solid understanding of DOM, and DTHML- Expert knowledge with AJAX and data models XML and JSON- Solid understanding of object-oriented development.- Ability to improve load efficiency from both a front-end and back-end perspective- Experience and understanding of API- Experience with source control tools - preferably Git, SVN, TFS, VSTS, VSSNice to Haves:- Experience working with MVC Frameworks (Angular, Knockout, Ember, Backbone, or ASP.NET MVC)- Familiarity with Cross-Platform runtime environment Node.js- Experience with high volume consumer web site development preferred- Experience integrating the front-end with a Java environment would be a bonus- Experience working in a Test Driven/Agile Development environment- Experience in functional and QA testing concepts would be an assetThis position is client-facing so the ideal candidate will have a professional demeanour and be very polished. This group is focused on building a team of energetic and positive people who are driven, creative, and resourceful in achieving results. Ideally, the client would like someone with some leadership or management experience, or at least the potential to grow into this type of role.If you have the necessary skills and are interested in this position please apply online with your up-to-date resume and links to your work.

Java Developer Job Listing Sep 10, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Are you a Java Developer? Got skills with front-end and web services? Our Toronto client is urgently looking for the next great addition to their team. This is an exciting, forward thinking start-up company that is looking to bring someone permanently onto the team to lead the development charge here in Toronto.


Responsibilities will include working with the business team to understand requirements, and lead the design and implementation of technology for the Toronto team within the application. As the sole Java developer, you'll be leveraging the experience and seniority of the developers in the head office, and building on their platform to implement local business drivers. Your development work will include front-end and user-interface, as well as business logic and middle-tier. You will also be responsible for back-end development and some database work.


To be considered for this excellent and exciting opportunity, you must already have a minimum of 4 years of web development experience with solid fundamentals in Java Development as well as front-end methodologies. Proven strength in HTML, CSS, JavaScript, JQuery, and Java is mandatory. Experience with MVC, Struts and SQL is preferred.


If you have the necessary skills and want to join a winning team please apply online with your up-to-date resume and contact details.



Data Scientist Job Listing Sep 2, 2014 Category : Application Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our client is immediately looking to hire a Data Scientist to join their successful team. This is an exciting permanent opportunity located in downtown Toronto. As Data Scientist, your primary goal is to improve the quality of search results and experience for a large ecommerce website. Working directly with the business team to compare search strings to sales data, observing trends, identifying opportunities for improvement and coming up with insights that will ultimately be used to improve search priority. You will be managing search projects, and architecting technical solutions to the business requirements, utilizing the search tools and technologies at your disposal. This could include Endeca and Google Commerce. The Data Scientist will also be the steward of search functionality, always looking for ways to optimize and improve the Search experience for customers. These responsibilities may include designing solutions and building working prototypes to assess viability prior to implementation.


To be considered for the role of Data Scientist, you must have a proven track record of analyzing large amounts of data, running statistical and mathematical models that yield specific observations and conclusions. You must show how your insights in these situations and brought marked improvements to ecommerce search on a number of websites. It is imperative that you are an excellent communicator and able to work closely with the business teams as a technical steward for the ecommerce search capabilities. It is expected that you will have a minimum of 7 years' experience in a Senior Technical consultant/Architect/Data Scientist role, and be able to show great accomplishments in the area of solution delivery. You must also be able to show examples of how you have put your expert problem solving skills to good use, and how you have leveraged whatever technology that makes the most sense to address the business challenge.




Product Manager Job Listing Aug 18, 2014 Category : Product Manager
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Our client is the first choice in practice intelligence solutions for retail brokerages in North America. They help wealth management firms enhance revenue growth, by enabling advisors to identify and action otherwise lost revenue opportunities. By combining industry know-how with powerful aggregated market data, they help clients increase overall firm profitability.They are hiring a full-time permanent Product Manager. This position plays a strategic role within our client's product organization. The candidate will be helping drive product vision, strategy and roadmap for their high growth Practice Management offerings.The Product Manager will join a fast paced, entrepreneurial team in developing industry leading solutions leveraging the company's advanced analytics and big data platform.The successful candidate will meet with senior stakeholders (VP and C-level) at major clients to understand their market problems, needs, experience objectives, and identify requirements to drive value with our current and future Practice Management offerings. The Product Manager will need to understand the market and competitive landscape to recommend differentiation that drives critical product capabilities. In addition to external market facing activities, the Product Manager will be responsible for clearly articulating and prioritizing market driven requirements through to the development organization.This role will require excellent teaming with our client's, R&D organization, Sales, Client Services and Analytics teams within the firm.Key Responsibilities: Continually gather user feedback and closely monitor usage of the Product(s), ensuring that enhancements are prioritized with increased usage in mind Work with stakeholders to gather, analyze, prioritize and define user needs and requirements for fixes and enhancements to Product(s) Design, build, and test interface prototypes, collaborating with stakeholders to create interfaces that improve data content and presentation Produce detailed support documentation: requirements, specifications, user guides, operations manuals and training materials Work in partnership with the development and QA teams to execute against functional specifications, and in collaboration with the Technical Architecture team to maintain platform and data structure and standards Assist with the development of (a) multi-year Product Roadmap(s) Work with our Marketing Team to roll out new functionality and features of the Product(s) and drive high adoption and usage through promotion Assist Marketing Team in preparing press releases, white papers, brochures, and promotional materials/videos related to your Product(s) Provide internal support and training for applications Lead product demonstrations and provide support to the Sales Team Provide input into the pricing of the Product(s) Develop and maintain an up to date Fact Sheet for the Product(s) Provide input into the service model for the Product(s)Qualifications: A passion for superb product delivery and the need for a positive end-user experience 3+ years of experience working as a part of a product team in an Agile environment, preferably with enterprise-class software products Proven ability to understand user needs, gather requirements and create detailed specifications Experience with business analysis tools, user interfaces, QA testing and troubleshooting applications Skilled in exploring large volumes of data Skilled in communicating between technology and business stakeholders, and in a cross-functional environment Strong technical proficiency, including experience with relational database environments, MSSQL, and .NET development platform Extremely thorough organization skills, a keen sense of priority and a proven ability to pro-actively identify and resolve problems The ability to manage many projects simultaneously within a high energy, fast paced and evolving environment Strong written, verbal and active listening skills Excellent technical documentation abilities A Bachelor's Degree Readiness to travel 25% travel annually English: FluentIf you are interested, please apply online with your up-to-date resume and contact details.
We thank all those candidates who apply but due to time constraints we will only be able to contact those candidates who meet the qualifications for the role.

HTML5 Javascript Developer Job Listing Aug 18, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Richmond Hill

Senior HTML /JavaScript Front-End DeveloperOur client is looking for a front-end Web application developer experienced in building interfaces to rich Internet applications to join our front-end development team. We are looking for an individual skilled in highly dynamic web interface development (using the latest HTML/JavaScript technologies). We need someone who is not only adept at developing the frontend side of elegant solutions, we also need that person to have a good business sense and have people skills as well. The ideal candidate would bring a strong work ethic to the position, incorporating both visual and technical excellence and a deadline driven mentality.Responsibilities Builds software applications - Follows coding standards, builds appropriate unit tests, integration tests and deployment scripts Assists in defining software architectures - Collaborates with leads to explore existing systems, determines areas of complexity, potential risks to successful implementation, learns the applications capabilities Communicates continually with the client and project teams - Explains progress on the development effort Owns success - Takes responsibility for successful delivery of the solutions Translates designs and style guides provided by the UI/UX team into functional user interfaces, ensuring cross browser compatibility and performance Contributes to continual improvement by suggesting improvements to user interface, software architecture or new technologies Performs general system administration tasks in the development environmentsQualifications Bachelor's Degree in one of: Engineering, Computer Science, or Mathematics Passion and enthusiasm for web based games development Well versed in software engineering principles, frameworks and technologies Highly skilled at front-end engineering using JavaScript, various JavaScript libraries and micro frameworks, HTML, CSS language to build large-scale applications in an enterprise environment Expert understanding of HTTP, Web Caching, Cross Domain Integration, Web Application Security Experience in developing web UI and code on different browsers and screen sizes Experience in game development using HTML5, CSS3 Familiar with parallel development team environment and version control software Solid communication skills, solid writing skills and solid people skills Achiever - you say what you do and then do what you sayAssets Understanding of web hosting, content delivery, search engine optimization Experience in using Java or similar web development ActionScript 3 and professional level experience working with Flash Experience with UML, case tools to describe technical solutions

Senior Integrated Art Director Job Listing Aug 13, 2014 Category : Art Director
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Our client is an award winning independent advertising and marketing firm located in east Toronto. As a result of a maternity leave, we are looking to identify and bring on board a successful senior Art Director with an integrated background. This is a full-time permanent position. The successful candidate will have a strong portfolio and will have a career that is equally focused on print as well as digital. This individual will need to be a senior contributor to all clients including financial and pharmaceutical although it is not a requirement to have finance and pharma in your background. A strong asset would be if the individual can produce digital mockups using HTML and CSS as well as have current experience with print/layout tools such as InDesign.

        5-7 years Design and Art Direction with a current focus on the latter.

        5+ years agency experience production, branding and strategic creative.

        Experience with responsive design a strong asset

        Experience with coding mockups in HTML and CSS a strong asset.


If you are interested and have the necessary skills please apply online with your up-to-date resume and portfolio link.



Contract Senior Designer/Art Director Job Listing Aug 8, 2014 Category : Art Director
Location/City : ON - Toronto


A major financial institution in downtown Toronto has 2 available contract positions for senior digital designers/art directors. This would be a 6 month contract and it is set to start on September 2nd.


This is a very exciting digital group to be a part of and you will be working on high-profile, consumer facing properties. The ideal candidate will be very knowledgeable in digital design, be polished, fast, and is someone who can present to clients. This person should also have experience working on mobile websites or applications.


If you are interested in learning more and are a senior level digital designer with the necessary skills we want to hear from you! Please apply with your up-to-date resume and portfolio.


We thank all those candidates who apply but due to time constaints we will only be able to contact those selected to move forward in the process.



Angular.js/Javascript Developer Job Listing Aug 7, 2014 Category : Web Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Cool job coming your way!One of our downtown Toronto clients is looking for a talented full-time permanent Intermediate to Senior Javascript Developer. They are a product shop and use the leading emerging technologies to help their clients move to a HAT stack - HTML5, AngularJS /Application Frameworks, and Thin-servers. They also build mobile apps using the same technologies and PhoneGap.The company has expanded over the past year, and though still nimble, house some of the most talented developers in the city (dare I say country!). Google move over. They provide an environment that is ideal for people to grow and expand their skills in areas that most interest them. They like candidates who are very strong in one area and broad in all other areas.Required Skills:- an obsession with Javascript- at least 6 months of experience with AngularJS- experience in dynamic languages such as Ruby, Python, Perl, etc.- experience working in an agile environmentBonus Points For:- an interest in learning Clojure, Haskell, or ScalaIf you are interested in learning more and are seriously awesome at Javascript, don't wait, apply now! Please apply with your up-to-date resume and any relavent samples/GitHub/portfolio .

Senior UX Architect Job Listing Aug 6, 2014 Category : User Experience
Location/City : ON - Toronto


A major financial institution has a truly exciting role for a User Experience Architect. This is an 8 month contract role and will be on-site at their downtown Toronto location. The successful candidate will be working under the direction of the Manager of UX and with an existing digital experience team (consisting of designers).


The primary goal of this position will be enhancing the user experience of their consumer web properties. The role will be hands-on, requiring the candidate to identify user requirements through researching and analyzing user needs, planning information architecture, creating user scenarios, preparing data models, etc. Although financial client experience would be a strong asset, this is not required.


If you have experience leading designers to deliver award-winning user experiences and are passionate about UX and want to help a major financial institution build and improve their user experience practice, this could be the perfect next career move for you.


Qualified candidates should have a minimum of 4 years' experience working in UX, specifically with user testing and research, and a minimum of 5 years' experience with web application design. As UX Architect, you should be able to show your proven abilities using Axure to create quick prototypes.


Please apply online with your up-to-date resume and contact details.




Junior Account Coordinator Job Listing Aug 5, 2014 Category : Sales/Business Dev.
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Junior Account CoordinatorHave you ever thought about being a Recruitment Sales-person?Executive search is a billion dollar international industry that offers a lot of exciting potential for the right person, including:Great Career GrowthIndividual FreedomAn Entrepreneurial EnvironmentThe Opportunity to Work with Industry LeadersAdvancing Compensation3 Degrees Creative Resourcing is a boutique recruiting and consulting firm dedicated to the digital marketing, creative and communications professions. Within these specialties, we are a trusted partner for executive search, direct-hire, contract-to-hire, and freelance recruitment consulting. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 3 Degrees has solidified a reputation for finding the best candidates for the job, every time. We are seeking a recent graduate to join our team as a Junior Recruitment Coordinator. We are interested in outgoing professional individuals who are motivated by achievement and thrive on the idea that they can control their own level of success while contributing to the overall growth of our business.At 3 Degrees, we are constantly striving towards improving the quality of our corporate culture and individual achievement while maintaining our core values which include:
Championing our client's interestsDoing the right thingHonesty and integrityBehaving fairly and equitablyRewarding Merit Responsibilities include:- Establishing relationships with prospective clients- Engage clients through proper and prospective business development practices- Work with recruitment team to identify successful candidates for your client- Working directly with senior staff towards mentorship and advancement- Advancing towards promotion, and increases in responsibility- Participation in technical training seminars and creative/tech events- Management of client relationships and contract administrationQualifications:- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written- Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to meet new people- Interest in digital media, interactive media and/or digital and creative communications- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs- Strong organizational skills- Ability to work independently and as part of a team- Ability to work with minimal supervision- Desire to work in an entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for advancementIf you feel you have the motivation, skills and attitude to be a successful contributor to our team, we definitely want to hear from you.

Junior Recruitment Coordinator - Digital Media Job Listing Aug 4, 2014 Category : Sales/Business Dev.
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Have you ever thought about being a Head Hunter?Executive search is a billion dollar international industry that offers a lot of exciting potential for the right person, including:- Great Career Growth- Individual Freedom- An Entrepreneurial Environment- The Opportunity to Work with Industry Leaders- Advancing Compensation3 Degrees Creative Resourcing is a boutique recruiting firm dedicated to the digital marketing, creative and communications professions. What does that mean? We recruit top notch candidates in the areas of social media, web development and design, digital strategy, client services, project management, and more for our clients. Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, 3 Degrees has solidified a reputation for finding the best candidates for the job, every time. We are seeking a recent graduate to join our team as a Junior Recruitment Coordinator. We are interested in outgoing professional individuals who are motivated by achievement and thrive on the idea that they can control their own level of success while contributing to the overall growth of our business.At 3 Degrees, we are constantly striving towards improving the quality of our corporate culture and individual achievement while maintaining our core values which include:- Championing our client's interests- Doing the right thing- Honesty and integrity- Behaving fairly and equitably- Rewarding MeritResponsibilities Include:- Supporting Recruitment Activities by identifying and qualifying potential candidates- Reviewing resumes and performing interviews- Phone Screening and Reference Checking- Working directly with senior staff- Advancing towards promotion and increases in responsibility- Participation in technical training seminars and creative/tech events- Management of candidate relationships and contract administrationQualifications:- Strong communication skills, both verbal and written- Strong interpersonal skills and the desire to meet new people- Interest in digital media, interactive media and or digital and creative communications- Proficiency with Microsoft Office programs- Strong organizational skills- Ability to work independently and as part of a team- Ability to work with minimal supervision- Desire to work in an entrepreneurial environment with opportunities for advancementIf you feel you have the motivation, skills and attitude to be a successful contributor to our team, we definitely want to hear from you. Please apply with your up-to-date resume and a cover letter outlining why you are our next junior recruitment coordinator.

Python Developer Job Listing Jul 28, 2014 Category : Application Developer
Location/City : ON - Toronto


Are you a Python Developer? Have a look at this! Our client is an media industry leader and is rapidly growing their digital team. They have a need to grow the team with smart and talented Python Developers for a 3 month contract. They expect to extend the contract, and possibly bring onto the team full-time. It is scheduled to start immediately.


The team is responsible for designing, developing and maintaining web applications to manage product data. Creating and utilizing APIs to send data, the Python Developer will be required to develop new solutions to offer further services via the applications in order to offer more value to the client base. This is a fast-paced team constantly pushing the envelope of their technology and rapidly tweaking and deploying new solutions. This is an exciting environment where the team is passionate about their product and is kept very busy with many projects in parallel. This team knows how to balance working hard while having a great time.


To be considered for this role, you should have a minimum of 3 years' experience developing web applications utilizing JavaScript and RESTful web services, with at least 2 years working with Python. You must also be able to show examples of your problem solving abilities, and be a great communicator. The ideal candidate will also have experience with Django.




Lead Java Developer Job Listing Jul 10, 2014 Category : Application Developer
Location/City : On - Toronto


Our client is an award winning marketing solutions company located in central Toronto. We have been engaged to suppor the hiring of a senior Java Application Developer Lead.


Responsibilities:
Reporting to the Development Manager you will be responsible for working with a Technical Architect to take a solution from start to delivery ? helping with the integration interfaces, data architectures, and deployment architectures to deliver a final solution that works end-to-end
Work with Offshore developers to deliver
You will be responsible for doing code reviews and providing feedback.
Participate in requirements gathering sessions with stakeholders and get to the bottom of what?s actually needed for a given project then be able to articulate a technical solution that meets the goals of the solution
Be able to code as required in Java.
Be able to create workflows using the technology supported by a given package solution
Troubleshoot and find solutions to technical problems ? and there are many when you try and integrate systems with off-the-shelf software with homegrown systems


Required Skills:
Bachelors degree in Computer Science, Information Systems, Engineering, or other related disciplines
Strong experience with Java Spring Framework
Strong experience with MySQL
Excellent skills working with REST and SOAP Services
Have worked in Agile driven projects.
Strong working knowledge of version control processes using SVN or Git (preferred)
In depth practical experience with build management tools such as Hudson/Jenkins, Artifactory, Bamboo etc.
Strong working knowledge on Linux and with middleware applications like Tomcat, Apache, SSH
A can-do attitude towards impossible deadlines and rapidly changing requirements
Demonstrated technical capabilities are a must, as are people skills. This position requires an ability to work collaboratively and effectively with a range of stakeholders. Must be able to converse on the same level with our engineers about software development and then work with Account and PM stakeholders in English non-tech talk


Desired Skills:
Java development background
Architectural experience with Web applications and frameworks like MVC


If you are interested, please don't hesitate to get in touch as we would love to meet you!



Digital Account Executive - Calgary Job Listing Jun 4, 2014 Category : Client Services - Agency
Location/City : ON - Toronto

Have you ever thought to yourself...I wish I lived in Calgary? If you are a digital client services professional who has the itch to travel and uproot to an exciting new city keep reading.

We are working with one of the top agencies in the country to fill 2 client services roles in their Calgary office. This would be an opportunity to join a very talented and profitable team in their west coast location while still being connected to their Toronto office. The successful candidate would  work on a multi-million dollar line of business on various digital campaigns including major web builds, microsites, mobile applications, emails, and more.

If you are interested in learning more and have at least 2 years of digital client services experience in an ad agency or similar business we want to hear from you! Please note that there are roles at several experience levels so don't hesitate to get in touch if you are at the 5+ year mark too.



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