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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian technology contractors relating to the holiday season.

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

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

How to Build the Best Holiday Lego Creations

Winter holidays are here. It’s time to take some time away from building project plans and computer programs to building more important things, like Snowmen, Christmas Trees and Santa Claus… out of Lego!

Building a tree that’s not just a stack of green blocks may seem like a daunting task, but with the proper guides, your holiday Lego town can be quite detailed and in-depth. The video below from Pley, as well as these infographics which Pley also created, will show you step-by-step how anyone can build a Snowman, a Christmas Tree or Santa Clause using a basic Lego set.

Infographic - Build Santa Claus out of Lego Infographic - build a snowman out of lego Infographic - build a Christmas Tree out of Lego

A Holiday Job Search Could Get You Your Next Job

Alison Turnbull By Alison Turnbull,
Delivery Manager at Eagle

A Holiday Job Search Could Get You Your Next JobWith mid-December upon us, many people are winding things down for the year and already feeling like they are in ‘vacation mode’.  If you happen to be between contracts or if you are actively seeking your next career move, there is no better time to keep up the search!

As noted in this Forbes article, “January is the toughest, most competitive and most crowded job market of the year — precisely because so many people stop job hunting during the holidays.”  While job activity does tend to drop off a bit in December, it’s often the best time to network, catch hard to reach people on the phone, or further develop a relationship with the agencies/recruiters you’ve been working with.

Here are a few tips to keep your job search active over the holidays.

  • Find holiday events or meetups to attend to increase your visibility and network.
  • Take some time to increase your LinkedIn connections by sending invitations to anyone you met with during the year prior.
  • Send holiday greetings to all of your contacts – it’s a great touch point. Request a follow up meeting in the New Year.
  • Look for opportunities to volunteer – it’s a great time of year to contribute to a worthy cause and you never know who’ll you meet!

All the best to you and yours for the holidays, and Happy Job Hunting!

10 Logic Riddles to Get You Through Thanksgiving

Canadians love Thanksgiving weekend! A long weekend, fall weather, delicious food… and awkward silences at family gatherings. If you need to start a conversation while sitting in a quiet living room staring at cousins you barely know or you need to quickly change the subject after your uncle makes an offensive comment, then this video from Bright Side is here to help!

Challenge yourself and then your family with some of these logic riddles that they claim will increase your IQ. You may choose to run through all of them this weekend but keep in mind, more family gatherings and awkward silences are just around the corner in December.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving weekend!

How to Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate (Infographic)

It’s cold outside! The holidays are supposed to be calming and relaxing, but it never works out like that. If you’re looking for something to warm you up and some sugar to give you a boost, look no further!  This infographic from sheknows shows the hottest hot chocolate recipes of the season, there’s something in here for everybody!

How to Spice Up Your Hot Chocolate

8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating (Infographic)

If you haven’t already started your vacation, you will soon have at least a few days off, and this is the time of year where we somehow manage to get out of shape in just a few days. This year, rather than setting a New Years’ Resolution to get back into shape, why not ensure that you don’t get out of shape? How? With the help of this infographic from Cleveland Clinic which provides 8 Tips for Healthy Holiday Eating, so you can keep on top of your eating habits before they escalate out of control.

8 Tips for Health Holiday Eating