updated 02:45 pm EDT, Thu October 10, 2013
Sends private invites through LinkedIn
On September 26th, Apple hosted a recruitment event aimed explicitly at BlackBerry workers, says Canada's Financial Post. The event took place at the Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre in Cambridge, Ontario, a little over 14 miles from BlackBerry's Waterloo headquarters. To attract people the company is said to have sent out invitations to BlackBerry employees via LinkedIn.
"Most positions will be based in Cupertino, CA," the invitations read. "Relocation and immigration assistance will be provided for candidates that are hired, as needed."
The event took place just eight days after BlackBerry announced plans to fire some 4,500 workers. The company has been suffering massive financial losses as its products become increasingly marginal in the smartphone market. The decline has been blamed largely on the Apple iPhone, but also Android devices, and BlackBerry's own failure to jump with both feet into the world of touchscreen devices.