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

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.)

The Struggles of a Subject Matter Expert

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.