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All Talent Development Centre posts for Canadian technology contractors relating to humour.

Happy New Year – A Look Back to 20 Years Ago

Happy New Year and welcome to 2020!

Do you remember where you were 20 years ago today, as we entered the new millennium and the world was coming down from the Y2K scare? Looking back, it can be fun to joke about, but for many, it was a terrifying ordeal. For a flashback, a reminder of what exactly Y2K was, and how serious the world took it, have a look at some of these videos:

A few years ago, National Geographic put together a 2-minute video summarizing the crisis:

Where as the New York Times had a bit of a longer, but still digestible, documentary:

Fortunately, with all that scariness, this Y2K Survival Kit was available for only $50!

And for those who needed more information to prepare, Leonard Nimoy starred in this hour-long Y2K Family Survival Guide:

An IT Contractor’s Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients

We all love clients. They give us interesting work, innovate to move technology and services forward, and, of course, pay us. But let’s be honest, some clients are easier than others, especially as an IT contractor.

One of our favourite videos uses humour and exaggeration to highlight annoying clients and the struggles subject matter experts sometimes go through while working on a project. This infographic from Ciplex does an equally good job of picking out the quirks of 15 different types of clients. As a bonus, they also give some advice for navigating your way around them and best serving them.

An IT Contractor's Field Guide to the Most Frustrating Clients

The Painful Truth of Progress Updates from People with No Idea

You probably recall previous TDC posts with comedy sketch videos titled “The Expert” from Lauris Beinerts. One was about being a subject matter expert and the other about working with clients. Now there is another take on office life in the form of progress meetings. It’s yet another look at how navigating through tech projects as an IT expert and working with your clients isn’t always the easiest thing.

Watch the video for a good laugh to end off your week!

Another Painful Truth of Working with Some Clients

If you remember back a couple of years ago, there was a video about the Expert and how sometimes people just can’t wrap their heads around what you’re explaining as a subject matter expert. No matter what you would say the client and/or Project Manager would make a request that wasn’t possible.

Now The Expert is at it again.  Lauris Beinerts published a new video poking fun at yet another instance when your client just won’t listen to you as the expert. If your expertise has ever been questioned even though you know you’re right then this video is for you, or just watch it for another laugh to end off your work week.

Every Tech Commercial Ever.

The technology industry is filled with diversity and innovation. There is no limit to the types of products companies create or the features they have. With so much creativity and a desire to stand out, why is their advertising so consistently similar and lame? At least that’s what CollegeHumor believes.

This video is designed to be funny and obviously over-exaggerates the clichés found in technology commercials, but it also picks up on subtle similarities that can’t be unseen and presents them in a way guaranteed to make you smile. If you’re up for a chuckle, check this out. We’re sorry in advance if it ruins the upcoming iPhone X commercials for you.

This Infographic Explaining IT Jobs is Too Real

“Front-End”, “Lead Gen”, “Content Marketing” — there are so many cogs that make an organization go ’round and each has their funny quirks. Half the time one department really isn’t sure what the other does. While that may cause frustration, it will all be solved in this helpful post.

If you’ve ever been part of an organization with these business functions and had to deal with a crisis, then you are going to appreciate this infographic form Toggl. It uses a simple example — a broken light bulb — to explain the stereotypical ways that each department deals with issues.

Which is your favourite/most relatable? We can’t wait to hear your feedback in the comments below.

This Infographic Explaining IT Jobs is Too Real
Comic for Toggl.com, created by the Toggl Goon Squad

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!

Top 10 Job Interview Tips (Video)

Even the most seasoned independent contractors can polish up their job interview skills. The problem is, you’ve heard all of the same tips by now. Boring advice such as “Be prepared”, “Stay positive,” and “Demonstrate your accomplishments” may not be cutting it. Instead, you need to differentiate yourself. Thankfully, Michael Spicer from BBC Three created this light hearted, fun video of job interview tips you haven’t heard. (Note: Please don’t actually consider these suggestions with interviewing at Eagle.)

Quiz: What Kind of Techie Are You?

Yesterday’s infographic outlined some of the core areas an IT professional can focus. We shared it for our junior readers who are still pondering which path in to take in the world of technology. If graphics and reading aren’t for you, then don’t fear. We found this fun quiz created by Dice that will let you know just what kind of techie you are.