Oct 16 2013, 11:28pm CDT | by Bijon Kumar Pramanik
As CNN reports, ex-workers from BlackBerry can still work for a fruity-named smartphone maker if they choose, as Apple has invited them to a hiring event happening in September. The positions available are all at Apple’s Cupertino headquarters, snuggled in the U.S’ west coast, so the company is even offering immigration and relocation assistance as a part of the plan.
It was a shocking announcement from BlackBerry last month when it revealed plans to cut its global workforce by a whopping 40 percent, quickly starting by letting 300 employees go.
Apple is swiping up those BlackBerry dropped, but it isn’t the only tech company doing this, as Intel held a two-day recruitment event in a hotel quite near the planned location of Apple’s.
Even if some of BlackBerry’s ex-employees don’t go to work at Intel or Apple, they might not even have to venture a long distance away from their Kitchener-Waterloo area for more employment. Thanks partially to the University of Waterloo, the Canadian city is the location of several large tech firms, including Communitech, OpenText, and Desire2Learn. The payment company, Square, started by Jack Dorsey, Twitter co-founder, will have an office in Waterloo in 2014. As well, Google announced plans to introduce a Waterloo-located Motorola Mobility office.
Bijon Kumar Pramanik
Bijon Kumar Pramanik is an experienced technology writer working since years in the consumer electronics field.
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