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Helpful information for IT contractors working as independent professionals in Canada and searching for new jobs.

2018 in Review: The Greatest Time Wasters

We’re not all personal development, job search tips and work. Sometimes, (usually Friday) the Talent Development Centre strays off into another world of humourous or geeky content. It sucks you in and wastes your time, but when you share it, it also gets you the most reactions from your followers.

Today’s Friday and there’s a good chance that if you’ve been working this week, many others in your office haven’t been. That means that the environment is either slow or the opposite, things are hectic while you cover vacations and catch up on items that arose during holidays. Regardless, we think you deserve some relaxation and procrastination (just don’t bill for it). To wrap up our 2018 in Review series, here are the best posts that wasted your time in the past year…

Top 10 Posts of 2018

It’s the final day of 2018 and you’ve been anxiously waiting months for this Talent Development Centre post. For the past year, you’ve woken up every day looking forward to reading what we share and have compiled a list of favourites that you share with your networks. Now, you want to know if your top picks are the same as everyone else’s.

Wait no more, the Eagle Talent Development Centre Top 10 of 2018 is finally here. Whether you missed them or love them so much you want to read them again, here you go. But wait, there’s more! For the rest of the week, you can see more of our top posts by following the “2018 in Review” series!!

Have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!

  1. Changes are Coming to How the Federal Government Hires IT Contractors
  2. Some of the Best IT Jobs are in Canada’s Financial Sector
  3. The Reasons that Clients Give for Rejecting Great Candidates
  4. The Marijuana Industry is an Exciting Place for Canadian IT Professionals
  5. Applying to Government IT Jobs: 8 Things to Expect Will be Different from the Private Sector
  6. Never Say These 7 Sentences in a Job Interview
  7. Google for Jobs Has Finally Made it to Canada!
  8. These Brainteasers are Fun (except when they’re asked in a job interview)
  9. 10 Steps to Take Before Becoming an Independent Contractor
  10. Baby Boomers v.s. Millennials: How to Communicate and Overcome the Generation Gap

10 Tips for a Great Ski Holiday

With Christmas over and Kwanzaa starting today, we’re right in the heart of Winter holiday season. While some IT contractors may be back at work, others are enjoying break at home or away. If you’re gearing up for a ski holiday, let us help you prepare.

We found this infographic from SnowRepublic with these 10 super tips to ensure you have a great Ski Holiday:

  1. Don’t Lose Your Ticket!
  2. Be sure to Relax
  3. Protect Yourself from the Sun
  4. Take Pictures
  5. Eat Well
  6. Follow the Signs
  7. Wear the Correct Gear
  8. Bring a First Aid Kit
  9. Keep Your Equipment in Optimal Condition
  10. Stay in Control!

Have a look at the infographic for more details. Is there anything you would add?

Snow Republic's 10 tips for a great ski holiday

An infographic by the team at Snow Republic

How Long to Cook Your Turkey

Our mission is to help independent contractors through all of their challenges. Typically, that includes topics like finding jobs, navigating through business and working with clients. Today, we realize that many IT professionals have today off work and are preparing Christmas Dinner… or at least attempting to. Once again, we’re here to help!

Unfortunately, we can’t come cook for you (it just wouldn’t be fair unless we could do it for everyone) but here’s a helpful guide from delish for cooking a turkey. Best of luck and Merry Christmas to those celebrating!

How Long to Cook a Turkey

Happy Holidays from Eagle!

The Eagle Team wants to wish all of our readers a safe and happy holiday season! We hope you enjoy some time relaxing with friends and family.

In case you’re looking to get a head-start on the New Year, here’s what our holiday schedule looks like across all Eagle offices:

  • December 24th: Closed
  • December 25th: Closed
  • December 26th: Closed
  • December 27th: Open with a small team
  • December 28th: Open with a small team
  • December 31st: Closed
  • January 1st: Closed
  • January 2nd: Back to Regular Business Hours!

Happy Holidays from Eagle

Is Google an Unfair Monopoly?

Google is one of the world’s leading technology companies, viewed as an inspirational innovator to many but as an unethical threat to others. This past Summer, the European Union fined Google 4.3 billion euros for breaking antitrust laws, stating that it abused its Android market dominance. The situation continues to raise additional questions about whether or not Google is a Monopoly and if the government should do more, similar to the Microsoft situation at the end of the 20th century.

This video from CNBC International does a great job of summing up the situation, including whether or not Google is a monopoly and comparing their circumstances to similar ones in history. Do you think there should be more government intervention over Google?

How to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

It’s December and the holiday season is underway! Hanukkah began yesterday, the Christmas rush is buzzing, parties are non-stop and vacation plans are being finalized. With all of the excitement, there is always the risk of some people’s holidays being derailed by thefts, injuries or other preventable tragedies.

Regardless of your plans over the next month, it’s a good idea to pay a little extra attention to safety and security. Have a quick scroll through this infographic from Iron Security and remember to share it with your family and friends. None of these tips require a whole lot of extra effort but can make a huge difference in how you enjoy the coming weeks.

How to Stay Safe and Secure this Holiday Season

What Generation are You?

The differences between generations — specifically Baby Boomers, Gen X, Y and Z — is a go-to, easy topic for nearly all HR and management blog authors. At staffing agencies, recruiters regularly notice the differences between generations on many fronts, including how they apply to jobs, what they want in an IT contract and how they typically act in an interview. It’s equally important for technology professionals to understand these generational differences. Working in teams presents a need to understand those around you and if you’re contributing to the user experience of a new program, you need to truly understand your target demographic.

Take a look at this video from Bright Side to find out some key generational differences and better understand them all, including your own.

Is It Time for the QWERTY Keyboard to Be Replaced?

QWERTY keyboards have been around for as long as most people can remember. We all learned how to type using these keyboards and they remain the primary way we interact with computers. But this layout is becoming more obsolete with smart devices.

In this video, Wall Street Journal’s David Pierce explores the new inventions that some companies are creating to potentially replace the physical keyboard. Some of these include voice to text and a wearable keyboard. This could be an interesting time for independent contractors in the IT industry who may have an opportunity to be involved with these new inventions. So what do you think? Would you use any of these alternatives?