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Quick polls and results with insight from Canadian IT professionals, including job search trends, technology trends and general interest informatoin.

Contractor Quick Poll: What do you want to get from a contract?

Great IT contractors are service-oriented. You’re focused on delivering a quality solution to your client so their organization can thrive and you can leave knowing the team is in good hands. That professional attitude is great and all, but let’s be honest, you had some other, more selfish reasons for accepting that gig.

The majority of us are working because it pays the bills. Ultimately, we look for the contract that has the best rate, plus a few other outcomes that benefit you. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re seeking to learn what else gets you excited for a contract. When you finish, aside from having made money, how do you consider it to have been successful for you?

Quick Poll Results: Do you listen to podcasts?

Podcasts are a great source of education, entertainment and a combination of the two. People love them for keeping up with current events and trends, hearing an interview with their favourite influencer, learning more about an interesting topic or just killing time.

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we were curious about how many of our readers embrace podcasts and build them into their regular sources of information. It turns out there is a fairly equal mix among Canadian IT contractors. While the majority of respondents did say that they either have a favourite or check-in now and then, a good chunk also said they rarely or never listen to podcasts, or at least haven’t in a long time.

The full results are below. Do you listen to podcasts? If so, what’s your favourite one to check out? If not, what’s been stopping you?

Quick Poll Results - Do You Listen to Podcasts?

Contractor Quick Poll: How do you spend those Lazy Days?

It’s that time of year! Those months when it’s more comfortable to stay inside and enjoy the comfort of your home rather than be outside in the winter weather. And that’s especially more enticing over the holiday season. Even for those Canadians who love being outdoors this time of year, inevitable extreme cold, snow storms, and ice rain will force everyone to cancel plans and stay home here and there.  Throw in physical distancing measures and you’re guaranteed a few lazy days in your near future. So, what are you going to do?

Sure, there’s work to be done for clients and chores to tackle around the house, but we all need time to do absolutely nothing. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know your favourite way to spend a do-nothing, lazy day when you’re stuck inside.

Quick Poll Results: Your Favourite Tool for Online Business Meetings

The majority of the world has been working from home for more than half a year now, and by this time, everyone is settled in. We know what works, but doesn’t work, what we love and what we hate. Depending how many external clients, recruiters and suppliers you interact with, there’s a good chance you’ve also had the opportunity to test a number of online meeting tools. While Zoom appears to be the popular platform in the news, Microsoft Teams is embraced by many large organizations, Google is competing with their Meetings solution and LogMeIn’s GoToMeeting is a classic.

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked our readers which tool they prefer to use when meeting remotely. It appears that Teams and Zoom are neck-in-neck for those who have a preference, but it’s also worth noting that more than a quarter really didn’t care.

Quick Poll Results: Your Favourite Tool for Online Business Meetings

Contractor Quick Poll: Are you an avid podcast listener?

According to podcasthosting.org, there are over one-and-a-half million podcasts out there, with a combined 34 million+ episodes to choose from. That’s a lot of content! Whether it’s for current news, entertainment, or professional development, if there’s a topic that interests you, there’s almost certainly a podcast available for you.

Like every form of media, we all have our preference. Many people prefer catching up by reading articles or streaming videos, and others stick with traditional TV and radio. More and more, though, professionals we speak with say they love the convenience of a podcast, especially because it can be played in the background while driving or working. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to learn if you embrace podcasts and if so, how often?

Quick Poll Results: Most IT Contractors Prioritize Service Over Rate

Top IT contractors are inundated with phone calls from recruiters and sometimes they’re all trying to sell you the exact same role. As that in-demand contractor, you choose who you will work with and, specifically, which recruiter represents you on that client’s opportunity. In last month’s contractor quick poll, we set-out to understand how you make that decision.

There are a number of factors you consider before being bound to a staffing agency for the length of your contract, and all are important. But we asked independent contractors which was their highest priority. The results are below and we learned that an overwhelming majority want to work with the agency who will give them the best service, while only a smaller percentage say that rate is the most vital factor.

Quick Poll Results: What is your top consideration when deciding which recruitment agency to partner with on a gig?

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Contractor Quick Poll: How do you prefer to meet remotely?

Great productive meetings depend on many factors. You need to be organized with a clear agenda, take great notes, stay on topic, and ensure the right people are in attendance (and no more). Newer to the list over the past few years, and especially the past few months, is using the right online meeting platform.

There are dozens of video conferencing options available, with a few that have really stood out as of late. Selecting the right one for your call is an important step in being both productive and professional. It really depends on your needs. Some excel better than others at collaboration, training, scheduling or administration. Others are simple and less costly, which might be all that’s necessary!

Especially since the COVID-19 pandemic started, we’ve all sampled a number of platforms. So, in this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re asking IT contractors which one you’d rather use.

Quick Poll Results: How tight do you keep your LinkedIn connections?

Keeping an active LinkedIn profile and connecting with the right people in your industry is one of the best ways to find IT contracts. Not only is LinkedIn one of the most-used tools by IT recruiters, but it’s also the best way to build out your network and get referrals for future gigs. If you’re not leveraging LinkedIn, you’re missing out.

Once you have a profile, the next question to ask yourself is what kind of network you want to build. Every IT professional has their own strategy. Some like to keep things very exclusive, and only allow people into their circle if they know them personally and think highly of them. On the other extreme, some professionals are happy to connect with anyone who has a pulse.

There’s no right or wrong way to do LinkedIn, but we were curious to learn how our readers approach it, so we made it into this Summer’s contractor quick poll. It turns out, IT contractors like to keep their networks somewhat closed. Approximately 80% of respondents said that they only connect with people who they know and like, or with people who have mutual connections or interests.

Quick Poll Results: How tight do you keep your LinkedIn connections?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s your top consideration when choosing a recruitment agency?

If you’re a talented IT contractor, and your skills have ever been in high-demand in a hot job market, then you’ve probably received phone calls from multiple recruiters within a matter of minutes, all trying to sell you the same gig. A client came out with a new role and needs a response ASAP, now every recruiter in the city wants to submit that top fit for the job — you!

IT consultants often get the opportunity to choose which agency they will work with on a job. Sometimes it’s due to the example above and, in other cases, there are multiple job offers on the table, each with different recruitment agencies, and you need to decide which you will take. There are many factors that make up your decision and you weigh them all carefully before finally choosing how to proceed. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re out to learn what that most important consideration usually is when you have to make that decision.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: When do you prefer to hear from recruiters?

When the perfect opportunity for you comes across a recruiter’s desk, they want to get a hold of you as quickly as possible to find out if you’re interested and submit your application to the client. For some jobs, it’s a matter of hours before the opportunity closes, so speedy contact is key. Emails and texts are great, but there’s no better way to contact somebody quickly — and to have a good quality conversation — than by phone.

We all have different schedules and there are points in our day where a phone call with a recruiter simply isn’t feasible. In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked you what times of day would be best to hear from a recruiter. The results were mixed, but it looks like we can draw one conclusion: few people want to talk to anyone before they’ve finished their morning coffee!