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Watch an Expert Tear Apart Some Common Resume Mistakes

If you submit a terribly thought-out resume riddled with errors and nonsense, and assume nobody is judging you, we’re sorry to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. Your resume is your first impression to a recruiter or a client. It’s also the number one selling tool for your business. On top of the obvious proof-reading, details and honesty we always talk about, you must understand the situation and write for your target audience.

To get an understanding at how quickly and easily resume errors stand out to a recruiting professional, just watch this quick video from Business Insider. They hand a stack of resumes to an industry veteran and she provides her brutal feedback. Many of her criticisms are small details. An average job seeker won’t put much weight on these mistakes, but they will stand out to a recruiter like a sore thumb.

Contractor Quick Poll: Does Digital Privacy and Security Keep You Up at Night?

The last few years have seen no shortage in hacks and data breaches. It seems every large company gets their time in the spotlight as they face public relations nightmares, explaining to customers that their data was breached and why it took so long to disclose it. Add to the mix privacy investigations of the world’s largest social networks like Facebook and Google, plus the damage a hacked smart home can do, and it’s no surprise that some people prefer to remain off the digital grid all together.

As an IT professional, you’re more knowledgeable than the average person on this topic, so it’s easier to identify risks and take precautions. Unfortunately, that added knowledge means you’re also cursed with enough information to better understand how easily your privacy can be breached and what kind of implications that can have.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know how technology experts view the current state of digital privacy and security. Are you less concerned because you know how to protect yourself or worried because you understand the threats that face us?

Will Artificial Intelligence Bring More IT Job Opportunities by 2030?

Will Artificial Intelligence Bring More IT Job Opportunities by 2030?This past December, the Pew Research Centre released a report that set out to get the opinions of 979 technology pioneers, innovators, developers, business and policy leaders, researchers and activists. Specifically, they asked these individuals their thoughts on Artificial Intelligence and where it would take us by 2030.  It turns out, 63% of the experts agreed that although there will be some challenges, we will be better off.

Not surprisingly, the article was widely read and commented on. This Inc article went so far as to review all comments and provide their 27 favourite quotes from the experts, including some thoughts on the future of work. While it seems there are many benefits and potential for happiness to come from AI, certainly there are also concerns for the future of many workers. This insight from Amy Webb, founder of the Future Today Institute and professor of strategic foresight at New York University, is perhaps the most detailed and sums it up well:

“We will need new hybrid-skilled knowledge workers who can operate in jobs that have never needed to exist before. We’ll need farmers who know how to work with big data sets. Oncologists trained as robotocists. Biologists trained as electrical engineers. We won’t need to prepare our workforce just once, with a few changes to the curriculum. As A.I. matures, we will need a responsive workforce, capable of adapting to new processes, systems, and tools every few years. The need for these fields will arise faster than our labor departments, schools, and universities are acknowledging. … We need to address a difficult truth that few are willing to utter aloud: A.I. will eventually cause a large number of people to be permanently out of work.”:

McKinsey also weighed in on the topic last December in this statistic-driven article explaining the future of jobs due to automation. While some believe AI and automation will destroy jobs, McKinsey predicts there is plenty of opportunity, as long as the proper investments happen. They also remind us that, at least in the near future, not everything can be automated. Jobs would have to be done in predictable and structured environments and based on routine. Not only that, but the cost-benefit analysis has to make sense. Companies are not going to automate just because they can. Finally, McKinsey claims that while 30% of time spent in most occupations could be automated, only 5% of occupations can be completely automated.

By 2030, McKinsey predicts that India could create up to 1.2 million incremental jobs for tech professionals due to automation. They also expect higher global spending on technology products and services by consumers and businesses — $1.7 trillion to $2 trillion. That means a demand for 20 million to 46 million incremental tech workers globally-from software engineers and electrical engineers to web developers and non-technology support staff, with the largest share being in China and India.

While it all sounds great, the article cautions that these benefits can’t be realized unless we take the proper actions. “Policymakers will have to work with the private sector to stimulate investment, through strategies tailored for various sectors of the economy,” they warn. In addition, the workforce will need to be equipped with more digital literacy. Afterall, workers will need to know how to effectively operate automation and applications.

So, is it all doom and gloom or are IT contractors and technology professionals in for a bright future? According to this video we shared last October, economists are not concerned, saying that if history predicts anything, there will only be more opportunities. The comments on the YouTube page, though, would argue otherwise. It seems the only way we’ll know for sure is to wait 10 years and see what happens. What do you think?

How Blockchain Technology Will Impact M-Commerce and Security Industry in 2019

Since its introduction, Blockchain technology has wowed the IT world with its multi-faceted use, and 2019 looks like it will be no different. While Blockchain has already made large amounts of headway in the mobile app development, retail, and financial sectors, it is beginning to dive further into app security, M-Commerce, and payments, which will in turn, make records tamper-proof and more reliable than ever before. In appTech’s infographic we are able to see just how Blockchain is affecting our ability to pay wirelessly using our phones, and how certain apps and concepts are becoming more secure the more developed they become.

How Blockchain Technology Will Impact M-Commerce and Security Industry in 2019

For the Better or Worse, 5G Will Change Your Life

We’re barely into the second month of 2019 and how many times have you already heard the term “5G”? It’s a trendy topic that all content creators love to touch on and with good reason. When the new technology finally goes mainstream, our lives will change in ways never imagined. At least that’s according to this video from Digital Trends.

5G is expected to bring us internet connections at super-fast speeds, so much that we’ll be able to flawlessly operate machines and talk to each other around the world in real-time, no lag at all. For example, doctors will be able to perform surgeries from a complete other location! Check out the video for all the exciting ways our world will be improved. And, in true YouTube fashion, read the video’s comments for the alternate theories on how 5G will affect our lives. Whatever you believe, it’s coming so you best be prepared.

Top Design Trends for 2019

Keeping up with IT trends can be a hassle, something that we understand. Fortunately, Coastal Creative created this infographic to help you get a better handle on the Digital and Graphic Design trends that will be popular this year.

If you’re wondering why this is important to people outside of the design business, here are some reminders:

  • While you may not be asked to design the website, you may be asked to design/create elements that coincide with these trends, making the need to understand their overall look crucial to how you will approach your side of the project to seamlessly fit with the pre-created design/content
  • Having a basic understanding/knowledge of the names and their corresponding look (i.e Brutalism and its connection to socialist architecture) makes you appear more multi-faceted to clients.
  • Understanding the artistic aspects of the Information Technology world will help you connect with the more art-oriented professionals of the digital world, which could result in more networking opportunities, or hey, you could find that you really like some of these ideas and want to learn to re-create them yourself.

If you’re still hesitant, remember that just like how you bring the dreams of imagination to life through the creation of websites, posts, blogs, business ideals, etc., so do artists: “art brings imagination to life”, Robert Lee Munoz.

Design Trends 2019 Infographic

7 Skills to Have if You Want to be an iOS Developer

You may have heard of this iOS operating system before — it’s pretty popular with the kids and their iPhones these days.

Obviously, developers who specialize in iOS continue to grow in demand as companies and organizations in all industries regularly innovate their mobile strategies to remain ahead of the curve. For an aspiring IT professional, or a seasoned one looking to diversify their skillset, developing the right skills to be an iOS Developer is a sure way to open up more opportunities.

If you’re working on your checklist of skills to learn or improve and have any interest in Apple’s operating system, then this video from ForrestKnight is worth a watch. In under 10 minutes, he goes through the top 7 skills you must have if you want to get into that field.

5 Pieces of Old Job Search Advice That No Longer Apply

The world has come a long way in the past 10-15 years. The Internet and digital world developed into something we never dreamed possible and there has been a complete change in lifestyles. Among the many areas of our lives that are different, the way we search for IT jobs has advanced significantly. In fact, the entire landscape has had a makeover. In 2003, we were in a transition from offline to online — IT job boards were buggy, social media was barely a thing, the fax machine was in-use, and only 64% of households had at least one member who used the Internet regularly.

To get a better understanding of just how much has changed, we sought out articles with job search advice from the past 10-15 years. Not surprisingly, a lot of the standard rules remain; however, there are also some out-dated tips that can be ignored today. Here are some of our favourites:

Keep a Collection of Index Cards to Help Track Your Contacts

5 Pieces of Old Job Search Advice That No Longer ApplyAs one of the oldest job boards, it’s no surprise that Monster is filled with 15-year old articles for job seekers. In this one about building your job search network, the author stresses the importance of keeping detailed records of your network with a collection of index cards, a note book or a computer application. While still feasible, the efficiency of these tools is not as great as a solid LinkedIn network, database, or free personal tools like Google Contacts.

Keyword-ize Your Internet Resume

Given the growing popularity of Applicant Tracking Systems at the start of the millennium, this article from CollegeGrad was far from the only one of its kind. In addition to recommending an “internet resume” for “the Net” and a paper resume, they stress the importance of including keywords in your resume. This concept is far from expired, but the way we think about it is different. Where the article remains valid suggesting a planned keyword strategy using nouns and being specific to make it easy for ATSs, it’s no longer necessary to be “keyword-centric”. AI and semantic search technology give Applicant Tracking Systems the intelligence to recognize words and combinations of words so they can analyze and classify resumes. As long as you ensure the content in your resume is of quality and descriptive, the keyword aspect will take care of itself.

Prepare a Plain-Text Resume

Again, advances in technology have changed the rules when submitting resumes. LiveCareer once advised that job seekers should have a plain text version of their resume, in .txt format. This would be used for uploading resumes or copy/pasting directly into the body of an email. Today, any ATS or online job board worth its weight can handle and read, at the very least, an MS Word document. Most have no problems with .PDF format resumes; however, these can still cause problems.

Cleaning Up Digital Dirt

In the past 15 years, there has been no shortage in stories of people’s lives and careers being shattered because of thoughtless information they put on social media. The way we view and clean up that “digital dirt” has changed since Women for Hire provided their advice. First, there is a suggestion in the article that it’s only teenagers and people in their early 20s who are using social media and that they should be concerned of incriminating pictures and comments. It’s safe to say that social media adoption has grown and there is no age range that is more or less at risk. In fact, all of the information in this article is still relevant (although MySpace is gone and “Facebook.com” has grown to be less of a place to create a professional image) but it is what’s lacking that stands out in this article. It is good to keep a clean profile and remove anything that could cause trouble, and all networks now have advanced privacy settings that you should take advantage of. Locking down your profiles to only a small circle of trusted friends makes it less likely (not impossible) for out-of-context jokes and pictures to harm your future.

Using Google to Find a Job

This is another example of advice that is not necessarily irrelevant but more out-dated. For many people, Google remains the number one way to find a job; however, the tactics suggested in this article by ODOJ could use a refresh. For starters, this year’s launch of Google for Jobs in Canada changes the game completely. We also know that Google has become exponentially more intelligent. While adding operators and tricks to improve your job search will not hurt, there is a good chance the world’s leading search engine will bring you the most relevant pages regardless of how you search it.

As noted at the beginning of this post, most job search principles have remained unchanged in the past 15 years, and in many cases, the past 50. Technology innovations are driving the majority of changes, but the non-technological pieces of advice — explain your accomplishments in your resume, follow-up after an interview, diversify how you search — have always been around and will likely stay for much longer.

20 Great Job Interview Tips from 3 Great Sources

When it comes to job interviews, you can never get too much help. Once again, we’ve rounded up the latest tips from some of the most experienced sources when it comes to developer jobs and interviews.

Glass Door’s Job Interview Checklist

Job InterviewGlassdoor is a leader in reviewing companies’ cultures and helping people find jobs at organizations with the best fit. That’s why we’re starting with their interview checklist that guides a job seeker through the process, from the second you get the interview to the days following it.

  1. Study for your interview like it’s a final exam
  2. Generate a list of potential interview questions (and their answers!) beforehand
  3. Write out answers to every question you anticipate, and practice delivering them out loud
  4. Compare your skills and experience to the job description
  5. Be rested and healthy for the big day
  6. Dress for success
  7. Empower yourself
  8. Don’t leave any unnecessary unknowns
  9. Keep an interview journal
  10. Follow up

Simple Programmer’s Top Ways to Behave in a Developer Job Interview

Marcell Lipp has five years of work experience as a software developer and blogs about his experience surviving as a programmer. Lipp recently posted on Simple Programmer with these 6 tips for how to behave in a developer interview.

  1. Stay Calm and Confident
  2. Never Lie About Your Knowledge
  3. Evaluate the Company as Well
  4. Don’t Stress Before the Interview
  5. Buy Time During the Interview
  6. Try Your Best and Be Prepared for Your Interview

Lessons Learned from Dice’s Horror Stories

Dice published a semi-humourous/semi-horrifying article with horrible stories from tech interviews. With each story came a lesson and these are four extremely relevant ones for any technology professional.

  1. Prepare for high pressure
  2. Don’t lie about skills and experience
  3. Never argue… even if you’re right
  4. Don’t Bring Your Parents

Noticeably, many of the tips and advice repeat within each source, highlighting their importance. Also, these lists merely tease the details and clicking through to any of these links will give you much more valuable advice and information on how you can apply it. If you come across any helpful resources, we’d love to see them so we can continue to share expert knowledge from around the world on the Talent Development Centre with IT contractors and other job seekers.

An IT Contractor’s Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients

We all love clients. They give us interesting work, innovate to move technology and services forward, and, of course, pay us. But let’s be honest, some clients are easier than others, especially as an IT contractor.

One of our favourite videos uses humour and exaggeration to highlight annoying clients and the struggles subject matter experts sometimes go through while working on a project. This infographic from Ciplex does an equally good job of picking out the quirks of 15 different types of clients. As a bonus, they also give some advice for navigating your way around them and best serving them.

An IT Contractor's Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients