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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian IT Contractors relating to 2016

2016 in Review: Videos for Procrastinating

The TDC is packed with helpful business information, tools, and advice, but we’re not always about business. Sometimes, especially Fridays, we like to share some fun videos that add a bit of distraction to your day (and yes, we’re aware that it’s counter-productive to the time management rules we often push). To finish off the “2016 in Review” series, we thought it would be fun to share some of the top videos from last year that have absolutely nothing to do with business and everything to do with procrastinating.

If you’re any sort of a geek, you’ll appreciate these videos

If you want a laugh, check out these videos

(you still need to be a bit of a geek for some of them):

And if you love a good brain teaser, have a look at these

Please don’t waste your entire day on these, but a small break never hurts and in fact, can increase your productivity! We hope you enjoyed this “2016 in Review” series. ¬†We’ll be back Monday with plenty of fresh content for everyone. Have fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

2016 in Review: Working with Staffing Agencies

2016 in Review: The Inside Scoop on Working with Staffing AgenciesThere are many benefits to working with staffing agencies. Topping the list is that we help IT contractors connect with the top clients and the best technology projects. Naturally, then, being able to build relationships and work with recruiters provides a major competitive advantage. The Talent Development Centre is all about growing independent contractors’ success, so 2016 was packed with inside information on how you can enhance your relationship with employment agencies.

Top-of-Mind Candidates

The best position for you to be in is as one of your recruiters’ “top-of-mind” candidates. To provide insight on this topic and help you achieve this spot, we surveyed our recruiters to learn more about being top-of-mind. The result was a series of posts, including these:

Building a Relationship with a Recruiter

Of course, it all starts with a solid relationship with your recruiter. These posts will help you develop that relationship.

Choosing the Right Staffing Agency

Finally, the most important part of building a relationship with a staffing agency is to make sure you’ve chosen the right one. We always recommend you build relationships with at least three recruiters from different agencies. In this post, Frances McCart, VP Business Development, provides advice on how to choose that partner.

2016 in Review: The Softer Skills of Work

2016 in Review: The Softer Skills of WorkYesterday we shared some of 2016’s top articles and tools about training and development so you can start setting your technical skills development goals this year. While these skills make it so you can successfully complete a project, recruiters and clients alike are looking for more than your abilities. They want to know how personable you are and how advanced your “soft skills” are.

How important is it to keep these skills refreshed? Every member of Eagle’s Executive Team touched on it in 2016:

These skills include everything from basic workplace etiquette…

…to proper communication in various situations.

Finally, and possibly most importantly for a busy IT contractor, is time management. Everybody can always improve in this area, so we encourage you to check out at least one of these posts:

2016 in Review: Learning & Explaining the Tech World

2016 in Review: Learning & Explaining the Tech WorldTraining and development is important for every professional in every field. Permanent employees usually have training provided by their employer or training allowances so they can develop their career path. Independent contractors do not have these luxuries so need to plan accordingly.

Training & Development Priorities for the Independent Contractor

The Eagle Team wrote these posts to help independent contractors get a better understanding of where to prioritize training and development, as well as some tips to achieve your goals without breaking the bank:

Tools to Improve Tech Skills

These tools can also help you improve in areas that aren’t essential to your field, but important to have in any job as an IT contractor:

Technology Infographics

These infographics provide quick overviews on some technologies. They’re perfect for anybody looking to get into a new field. IT contractors may also want to pass them off to non-technical clients or recruiters to help them understand a particular area.

Finally, if you’re not sure where to focus your next training and development initiatives, this video provides extensive details about the top programming languages to learn in 2017.

2016 in Review: Business of Independent Contracting

2016 in Review: The Business of Independent ContractingIt’s well-known that successful independent contractors are hard workers, experts in their field and know the best ways to keep a steady flow of work. Something often over-looked by an outsider is all of the extra work an independent contractor has to do just to manage their business. Since we know that IT contracting goes beyond searching for jobs and working on projects, the Talent Development Centre is filled with helpful business tips and contracting advice.

Taking the Leap into Independent Contracting

Just getting into contracting can be a scary endeavor, which is why we posted these articles to help IT professionals in that situation:

Managing Your Independent Contracting Business

We also shared these posts to help manage the business once it’s moving:

Inside Scoop from Eagle’s Executive Team

One of the greatest benefits of the Talent Development Centre is the inside scoop we provide from our executives, who work closely with industry associations. As a result, 2016 also saw these policy-related articles:

What did we miss in 2016? Use the comments below to tell us what you want to learn more about next year.

2016 in Review: Resumes

Year in Review: ResumesYesterday we summarized the top job search tips that were shared on the Talent Development Centre throughout 2016. You may have noticed, there was a very important element missing: resumes!

Every job search must start with an outstanding resume. Here are just a few of the many articles we posted in the past year on this topic:

Plus these ones, which were written with direct input from Eagle’s Recruiters and Management Team:

Are there any specific resume tips you’d like to see in the Talent Development Centre in 2017? We’d love your feedback. Please let us know in the comments below.

2016 in Review: Job Searching

2016 in Review: Job Search AdviceA job search has a number of aspects to it and nobody understands that better than an independent contractor who’s always looking out for new opportunities. Beyond knowing how to spruce up your resume and ace an interview, to be really successful, you have to understand the ins and outs of job search strategies.

Basic Job Search Tips

For starters, here are a few basic job search tips:

Advice for Your Next Job Interview

A major milestone in your search is the job interview. Here are the top posts we shared this year on that topic:

Insight from Eagle’s Executive Team

Finally, here are some posts with insight from Eagle’s own Executive Team:

Top Posts of 2016

The Top Posts of 2016As quickly as they arrived, the holidays are already starting to come to an end. Similarly, there are only a few days left of 2016 — a year that flew by! Naturally, as time goes by quickly it’s easy to miss a lot, including great content on your favourite blogs like the Talent Development Centre.

We’re all about helping you out, so starting today and over the next few days, we’re once again featuring our year in review series. Throughout it, we’ll showcase the top posts in some specific topics. To get things started, here’s an overall look at the 10 most popular posts over the past year:

  1. The Ontario Government Mandate That Will Affect Independent Contractors across Canada
  2. Do Your Part to Have a Successful Job Interview (Infographic)
  3. 5 Rate Negotiation Mistakes Independent Contractors Sometimes Make
  4. Update: The CRA, PSBs and Independent Contractors
  5. Calgary Job Market Outlook: The New Normal
  6. How to Create a Personal Logo That Makes Your Friends Jealous (Infographic)
  7. 7 Speaking Habits That Will Make You Sound Smarter (Infographic)
  8. 5 Minute Resume Tricks That Can Land the Job You Want (Infographic)
  9. 3 Secrets to Applying for IT Contracts in a Fast-Paced World
  10. LinkedIn – The Ultimate Cheat Sheet (Infographic)

10 Tech Trends for 2016 (Infographic)

Believe it or not, we’re already almost halfway through 2016, a year that promises to be filled with technological advancements and innovations. From artificial intelligence to virtual reality to mobile payments, we’ve already seen some interesting progress and can expect more to come.

For a summary of everything we should keep an eye out for this year, check out this infographic that GFK published back in February. Do you think anything’s progressing slower or faster than originally predicted?

The 10 Tech Trends for 2016 (Infographic)