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

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:

If you want a laugh, check out these ones (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.)

The Struggles of a Subject Matter Expert in the Corporate World (Video)

Here’s some Friday humour that anybody who’s been a subject matter expert on a technology project will relate to. Sometimes, regardless of how many times you explain a concept to a client and/or a Project Manager, or that their exact request is simply not possible, they refuse to hear you and continue to throw out non-sense suggestions on how you should do the work. If this is relatable, you’ll love this video published by Lauris Beinerts. If you don’t relate (or if you’re the client or Project Manager), you should still watch this video.

The Try Guys Try Coding With Girls Who Code (Video)

Have you heard of The Try Guys? They’re BuzzFeed‘s group of guys who try just about anything new and document it in what often turns out to be embarrassing videos for the world to see. After completing challenges that included trying Irish Step Dance, UFC fighting and even nude modelling, they decided to spend a day with Girls Who Code, an organization that works to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Take a look and enjoy as the Try Guys learn that coding isn’t as easy as they may think!

Working on Spec (Video)

Some independent contractors, especially those who do design, are often asked to spec  out work before they even know if they’ll get the job. Many others have to put in hours of work while responding to a detailed RFP for a chance at winning business. These practices are a cost of doing business and won’t change in the foreseeable future but, nonetheless, are quite frustrating.

If you share these aggravations, then you’ll enjoy this video produced by Zulu Alpha Kilo, which was created to encourage companies to ditch spec creative pitches. Whether or not you intend to join the #SayNoToSpec protest, you should still get a chuckle out of the video.

Humour at Work (Video)

For many of us, the holiday break is over and it’s time to get back to work. Along with colder weather, projects are waiting, work is piling up, and there’s not much positive energy coming from those around you. If this sounds familiar, then try being the person who brings a smile back to your team’s faces.

When appropriate, humour in your professional life can make a huge difference to your day and those around you. For inspiration, watch this TEDx Talks video where Andrew Tarvin speaks to some students at Ohio State University.

The World’s Most Embarrassing LinkedIn Profiles, Voiced by Actors (Video)

Do you ever say phrases that sounded great in your head, but once the words come out of your mouth, they turn out to be terribly cheesy? It turns out, the same can happen on LinkedIn, and The Telegraph created a video to showcase the best of them. If you’re looking for a Friday smile, look no further than this video. If you hear anything that sounds familiar, you may want to do some editing on your own profile.