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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

It’s Time to Reflect on 2018 so You Can Set SMART Goals for 2019

Alison Turnbull By Alison Turnbull,
Delivery Manager at Eagle

As another year winds down and we look forward to enjoying some ‘downtime’ over the holidays, it’s a great opportunity to reflect on the past year, and think about what you would like to achieve in the upcoming year. From a career perspective, it’s important to set goals to ensure that you keep moving forward. Perhaps you have a long-term goal you are working towards but are struggling to identify how to get there. It’s extremely important to set smaller annual goals that will assist you in moving towards that larger goal.

As a consultant/contractor, it might help to reflect on the past year to help you determine what goals would be important for you. Was there an opportunity that you missed out on because you didn’t have the required certification or designation? Will achieving that in 2019 help you to land that contract that will help your career to move forward?

Perhaps you had a gap between contracts in 2018 while you tried to find your next opportunity. Setting a goal to increase your network, to connect with a mentor who is currently fulfilling the role you strive for, or to break into a new industry are all goals that can help you work towards that long-term career goal. You can also speak with a recruiter to ask for their input on what might make you more marketable. Recruiters see multiple opportunities every day and have a wealth of knowledge and insight that they are likely happy to share.

When setting goals, it’s important to ensure that they are ‘SMART’:

  • Is your goal Specific,
  • Is your goal Measurable
  • Is your goal Attainable
  • Is it Relevant (to your long term career goals)
  • And is it Time-based?

Be sure to set clear goals, to write them down, and to set timelines to hold yourself accountable.

All the best for a safe and happy holiday season, and here’s to a productive and goal oriented 2019!

Web Design Trends We Can Expect (or are already seeing) in 2018

Are you involved, or expecting to be involved, in any web design projects this year? If so, this infographic from Branex may be for you. Late last year, they reviewed trends and tried to predict how websites would start to look in 2018 and it’s safe to say, their findings can extend beyond websites and into almost any user interface.

The infographic makes a few obvious statements, including the fact that user experience must be a top priority and a bad design causes a user to lose trust. They also expect cinemagraph usage to increase, SVG file formats to go mainstream and voice user interface and search to rise. Now that we’re almost halfway through the year, have you seen any of these trends gain momentum?

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Courtesy of: Branex

The Mobile Trends We Can Expect to See in 2018

Nowadays we’re always on the go and our phones have become a “must-have” device to stay connected. We search for anything on it from restaurant menus to how-to videos, the possibilities have become endless. But have you ever had the problem of pages not loading or of having no ability to zoom. It’s a major issue that has become prominent in today’s tech trends.

By showing how mobile optimization and AI will no longer just be trends for the distant future, Bizness Apps latest infographic reveals just how much we rely on our mobile devices.  See how even today, the tech world is making advancements to make mobile experiences more user friendly.

9 Mobile Trends You Need to Know for 2018

Write a Resume to Grab a Gold Fish’s Attention

As technology advances, people spend more time attached to their devices checking social media, email, calling, reading news, etc. and this is all between having conversations and exchanges with actual human beings. The result is smaller and smaller attention spans that make a gold fish look focused!

Similar to most professionals, recruiters are also guilty of having the attention span of a gold fish. They work with so many technologies and tools that getting them to pay close attention to your resume can prove to be challenging. This video from Professor Heather Austin provides 6 tips you can apply to your resume that will make it more likely to grab and keep a recruiter’s attention:

  1. Have a clear message
  2. Include a branding profile (also known as Personal Summary)
  3. Focus on the Top Half
  4. Highlight Your Accomplishments
  5. Make it Relevant
  6. Place Emphasis on the Format

The Design Trends You Need to Know in 2018

It’s vital for every professional to stay on top of trends in their field and we try to help independent contractors do that by sharing articles and research in the Talent Development Centre. At the start of 2017, we shared an infographic for Graphic Designers, outlining the hottest design trends expected for the year. Because of the fast-paced, quick changing nature of design, it’s only safe to assume that there are new trends again in 2018.

Fortunately, Coastal Creative continued their research and created an updated infographic with their predictions for the digital and graphic design trends coming to the Internet in 2018. If you’re in the web or graphic development field, have a look to ensure you’re providing your clients with the latest and greatest techniques. Even if design isn’t your trade, we recommend you have a look and see just where this year is going to take us.

Design Trends 2018 Infographic

2018 is Looking Great for Jobs in Canada… What Does That Mean for Employers?

David O'Brien By David O’Brien,
Vice President, East Region & Government Services at Eagle

As we head into the New Year, the economic news across the country, especially as it relates to employment and jobs in Canada, would strongly suggest we are at or close to peak full employment in Canada. While some regions are more active than others, we are seeing in many cities and provinces the lowest unemployment recorded in over 40 years! Canada created over 422,000 jobs last year, the best year since 2002, and many are full time. Quebec is at a record low 4.9%, plus Ontario and the West are also performing.

2018 is Looking Great for Jobs in Canada... What Does That Mean for Employers?Further economic indicators point to and back up this booming jobs market as wages have begun to creep up, a sure sign of a tight labour market. The Bank of Canada increased its rate a quarter point early this month, the 3rd increase since last July. The US economy looks to be also firing on all cylinders with recent massive tax changes which will only serve to increase the Canadian export economy provided a certain “very stable genius” doesn’t cancel NAFTA.

Here at Eagle, we are undoubtedly experiencing the effects of such a market in seeing a shortage of available candidates, candidates receiving multiple offers and down time between assignments being very short or non-existent. The ACSESS Staffing Index, a measure of billing hours in Canada among temporary labour, bears this out as it hits some of its highest levels in years. We also know that the “Technology” unemployment rate in Canada is likely less than half the nominal rate, likely in or around 2%.

Recent conversations with both the Federal Government and Ontario government suggest a looming crisis in attracting the next generation of technology professionals so desperately needed as their workforce ages out.

So what can clients, companies and governments do to thrive in a very tight job market? Here are a few suggestions meant to help navigate successfully to get the right people at the right time.

  • Review your hiring processes to be sure they are tight and efficient. Accelerate your hiring process where you can. Candidates with multiple offers — the “A” candidates — will not be available through an extended interview or hiring process in this market.
  • Hiring Managers need to review expectations. Many skills will not see multiple candidates to assess and therefore be sure you prioritize your “must have criteria” as the days of a candidate having 10 out of 10 requirements may no longer be realistic.
  • Work with your agency partners. Ensure a good and accelerated feedback loop exists, be proactive with your staffing partners on upcoming needs, be nimble on offers, and review competitive rates and salaries with your agency partners and others in the market to be sure your expectations align.
  • Make sure you understand your value proposition as a company to attract “A”candidates and articulate it to your partners so that we can help you. Know your organization’s “sizzle and its steak “. Understand your market, your comp structures and skills availabilities in your market and engage your staffing partners to fill in the gaps
  • It’s not the time to “overplay” your hiring hand. The market has changed and being slow to the market will not reward you. Be flexible. You will need valued partners because all but a very, very few elite companies will need help since the days of advertising an opening and sitting back to see what comes are gone

There will always be other ongoing events to stay abreast of, for example Toronto recently making the “shortlist” for the new Amazon HQ, (a move Apple no doubt is now likely to repeat). Although chances are slim they ultimately win, imagine if they did. It would present a huge game changer and competition for not only all of Toronto’s employers but many in Canada as well!

Organizations can still get the “A” candidates if they take to heart some of these and other suggestions and adapt to the marketplace. If not, it’s going to be costly with C and D level candidates.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: Do contractors expect more opportunities?

Will you be back on the market at any point in 2018? If so, how easy do you think it will be to land your next gig? That’s the question we asked independent contractors last month in the Contractor Quick Poll.

The poll asked contractors across Canada who specialize in different roles and industries, so naturally it provides an average that may not be exact to your situation. That said, if 2018 turns out to be how our readers have predicted so far, then we’re in for a great year! How do you feel about the coming year?

What’s your outlook on contract opportunities in your field over the next 12 months?

A Few Tech Trends for 2018

A Few Tech Trends for 2018

As another year comes to a close, people are providing their insights and predictions to what will happen in 2018. You may have already noticed some of those articles. If not, let this be the first one you see this year!

AI Trends for 2018

Artificial Intelligence was possibly the biggest buzz word of 2017. According this Inc. article, the hype will die down, but we can also expect to see these top 5 AI trends in 2018:

  1. Natural language will replace specific commands
  2. Emotion recognition will deeply enhance the bot/human relationship
  3. AI will bring big data analytics to the masses
  4. The debate on ethics will only get more heated
  5. The hype will start to die down

Cybersecurity in 2018

Another hot topic throughout 2017 was cybersecurity and Inc. also put out an article with an outlook on that topic. Here’s a summary of what they think, based on a conversation with Steve Morgan, Founder and Editor in Chief at Cybersecurity Ventures:

  • Cybercrime will cost the world $6-trillion annually by 2021, up from about half of that figure in 2015.
  • Global spending on cybersecurity products and services will exceed $1 trillion from this year through 2021.
  • There will be 3.5 million unfilled cybersecurity jobs globally by 2021, up from 1 million positions in 2014.
  • The cybersecurity unemployment rate dropped to effectively zero percent in 2016, and is expected to remain at effectively zero through at least 2021.
  • There are 111 billion new lines of software code that need to be secured in 2017, and that figure will grow dramatically every year over the next five years.
  • Global spending on cybersecurity products and services by healthcare-related firms (which are currently the firms facing the most cyberattacks) will reach $65 billion cumulatively from 2017 through 2021.
  • Global ransomware damages will exceed $5 billion in 2017 – up 15X in just 2 years – and ransomware attacks on hospitals will quadruple by 2020.
  • The number of cybersecurity engineers and analysts in the Washington D.C. beltway area is 350% more than the rest of the United States combined.
  • Spending to train employees on security awareness will exceed $10 billion annually by 2027, up from $1 billion in 2014.
  • Wi-Fi and mobile devices will account for nearly 80 percent of IP traffic by 2025. Bring-Your-Own-Device and mobile apps will pose a major security threat to the enterprise over the next eight years.
  • People around the globe will need to secure 300 billion passwords by 2020.
  • High throughput DDoS attacks, as well as IoT botnet attacks, will force many organizations to move their IT infrastructures to the cloud by 2020.
  • Newly reported zero-day exploits will rise to one-per-day by 2021, up from one-per-week in 2015.

Gartner’s Predictions for 2018 and Beyond

Finally, in early October, Gartner release their top strategic predications for 2018 and beyond:

  1. By 2021, early adopter brands that redesign their websites to support visual and voice search will increase digital commerce revenue by 30%.
  2. By 2020, 5 of top 7 digital giants will willfully self-disrupt to create their next leadership opportunity.
  3. By the year 2020, the banking industry will derive $1B of business value from the use of blockchain-based cryptocurrencies.
  4. By 2022, the majority of individuals in mature economies will consume more false information than true information.
  5. By 2020, AI-driven creation of “counterfeit reality,” or fake content, will outpace AI’s ability to detect it, fomenting digital distrust.
  6. By 2021, more than 50% of enterprises will spend more per annum on bots and chatbot creation than traditional mobile app development.
  7. By 2021, 40% of IT staff will be “versatilists” holding multiple roles, most of which will be business- rather than technology-related.
  8. In 2020, AI will become a positive net job motivator, creating 2.3M jobs while only eliminating 1.8M jobs.
  9. By 2020, IoT technology will be in 95% of electronics for new product designs.
  10. Through 2022, half of all security budgets for IoT will go to fault remediation, recalls and safety failures rather than protection.

What predictions do you have for the future of technology?