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All infographics in Eagle’s Talent Development Centre, including job search tips and technology trends.

Life After Graduation — What’s the Next Step? (Infographic)

You’ve just graduated from University or College and might be unsure to what path you should take next and how you need to go about prepping your application for that dream job. Or maybe you’re itching to travel and not ready to head into the nine to five world straight away. Whatever stage you’re at in deciding your career route, the below infographic by Essay Writing Service UK outlines some key advice on choosing your next path and the options available, as well as what each of those options might entail.

Whatever industry you’re looking to make your mark in (whether that might be now or later on), there are a couple of different routes you can take to get there to enhance your employability and improve your overall experience. From taking the time to go travelling or delving into self-employment if you have the confidence, to continuing your study for further knowledge or carrying out an internship with a company to get your foot in the door.

You need to be aware of your employability and understand that your personal profile can make or break a job application, even if that job application is for working abroad or a temporary part-time job. The below infographic outlines some of the tools you should be using to enhance your employability. These include your resume/CV, your online presence within a booming digital world, as well as some extra considerations you should be thinking about.

In regards to the application process, each individual job application should be tailored towards a specific industry and job role. For example, outlining technical skills and experience should become more of a priority in an IT job application whereas visual representation and portfolio design might become more of a priority for a creative role application.

Whether you’ve already got your nine to five all booked in or you’ve got your heart set on going travelling for six months, discover the tools you need to step into the right direction of your future career today…

Life After Graduation -- What's the Next Step? (Infographic)

Independent Contractors Must Understand Accounting

Have you finished your taxes yet or are you waiting until the last-minute before starting? Accounting and taxes are one of the biggest headaches independent contractors report having to manage in their business. That’s why many hire out their bookkeeping. Still, other contractors prefer to manage accounting year-round and only go to an accountant occasionally when professional advice or revision is necessary.

Whether you do your own accounting or hire it out, every independent contractor still needs to understand the basics of the trade in order to properly analyze their business’s success and plan strategically for the following year. Without this knowledge, you’re likely to find yourself unpleasantly surprised due to decisions you made without the proper knowledge.

As usual, we strongly encourage you to consult with a professional accountant. However, if you’d like an overview of accounting basics, then this infographic from Bplans is a great start.

Accounting Cheat Sheet Infographic
Courtesy of: Bplans

The Design Trends You Need to Know in 2017

Working as a contractor requires a certain degree of self-marketing, especially in a fast-moving and modern field like IT. Even if your expertise lies more in the nuts and bolts of information technology, awareness of and engagement with the more surface-level and generally accessible aspects of the digital world will broaden your employment prospects. Sure, your expert-level knowledge of data systems management might be why you’re the contractor for the job, but maintaining a level of fluency with the current trends in web design, marketing, and content will help you reach and impress more people.

The following infographic from Coastal Creative takes us through this year’s established and developing trends in digital design. These are the aesthetic trends you’ve likely been seeing all over the web for the past few months, what function they serve, and why they’re having their moment in 2017.

Any other digital design trends you’ve noticed lately? Any new developments you can’t get enough of, or trends you’re ready to see die out? Leave a comment and share your thoughts!

Design Trends 2017 Infographic

Both Recruiters and Contractors Can Benefit from this Email Etiquette Infographic

We’ve all been in a situation when we sent or received an email that was perceived the wrong way. Especially when we’re in a hurry, it’s easy to unintentionally send a quick note that comes across as rude, delivers the wrong message, or is confusing. The result is hurt relationships or a miscommunication that results in nothing productive.

Both recruiters and contractors can be guilty of sending out emails that have not been thought out. Given the fact we all often use email for tasks as important as job searching, we should all take the time to review proper email etiquette and ensure we send only  quality emails. This infographic from the Business Backer will help you with just that. It’s quite thorough and provides dos and don’ts for every aspect of sending an email. Where can you improve?

Courtesy of: The Business Backer

There’s More to Excel Than Charts!

How Independent Contractors Can Leverage Microsoft Excel to Impress Their Clients

Seriously, knowing your way around Excel is the easiest way to convince people in an office that you’re a wizard.” That’s one of the most recent comments underneath this infographic when we found it on imgur.com. And it’s true. So many people only use Excel to organize a table, add a border, shade it in and, if they’re really good, create a pie chart. But there’s so much more you can do!

STL created the infographic saying it includes great tricks to impress your boss, and we’d go one step further to say they’d impress a recruiter or client and enhance your productivity. It also complements one of their other infographics we shared last year with some Excel tricks for office workers. If you work with Excel and want to enhance your skills, you should review this infographic. If you don’t work with Excel because you don’t think it could help your job, you need to see this infographic. You may be surprised by what it can do!

There's More to Excel Than Charts!

The Timeless Guide to Being a Project Manager

A lot can change in three years. The team you work with, the cell phone you use, and even the look of your favourite website have all probably transformed since 2014.

If you’re a Project Manager, you’ve almost definitely been at the forefront of big change in the last few years and experienced progress in both your projects and your duties. But, as much as there have been technological advancements and some new ways of thinking, this infographic proves that the basics of Project Management remain the same. It was published to the Smartsheet Blog a little over three years ago to kick-off 2014 and, as you look through it, you’ll notice that this guide to being a Project Manager is still very relevant today, and probably will be for many years to come.

The Timeless Guide to Being a Project Manager

True Geeks Will Love this Motivational Infographic

Are you one of those people who base their entire life off of advice given in Star Wars, Disney Movies or your favourite childhood cartoons? There’s nothing to be ashamed of. Classic books, movies and television became the classics they are because of unforgettable, intelligent writing. As a result, many people recite motivational quotes from their favourite characters… even if it is a little geeky.

To prove that you’re not alone, we found this infographic from PlaygroundEquipment.com that compiles 30 different motivational quotes from some of the most influential fictional teachers and mentors. Everybody from Yoda to Mary Poppins, Master Splinter and even Boy Meets World’s Mr. Feeny are included in this throwback graphic. At least one of these quotes will connect with you and make your day. Can you find your favourite?

Alphabet of Nostalgia: 90s Edition - PlaygroundEquipment.com - Infographic
PlaygroundEquipment.com

Stay Focused and Impress Your Clients

Clients, phone calls, email, social media — there are so many distractions around our office that prevent us from getting work done faster.  And if you work from home, you can expand on those distractions when you factor in family, pets and (for some of us) the kitchen.

A common criticism we hear back from clients at the end of a contract is that a contractor wasn’t focused on their work enough, and they felt they were sharing their time with personal phone calls, emails or social networks.  Sure, the client’s employees do the same, but companies hold independent contractors to a higher standard. After all, how would you feel if the carpenter billing you by the hour took 45 minutes each morning to check Facebook instead of building your deck?

Because independent contractors can stand out with exceptional customer service and high productivity, you should make it a priority to remain as focused as possible, regardless of all of the distractions around you. Almost everyone can improve in this area to some degree, so have a look at this infographic from On Stride Financial for ideas to impress your client.

2017: The Year of Encryption Everywhere (Infographic)

Security is far from a “rising trend” in 2017 — it’s a fact that has now ruled the internet for years and is not going anywhere. One thing we can be certain of is that as hackers get more sophisticated, so too must our security, and specifically encryption.

According to this infographic from the SSLShop, 2017 is going to see the most encryption yet, due to a number of factors, including Google’s upcoming browser features. If you’re involved in any website or security projects, have a look to see what you can expect in the coming months. Is there anything you can add or would reject from the list?

2017 The Year Of Encryption Everywhere #Infographic

The 10 Best Fonts for Your Resume (Infographic)

Resume advice is one of the more popular topics on the Talent Development Centre. We provide IT contractors with many formatting tips and discuss content that you should (or shouldn’t) include in your technology resume, but we rarely go into specific design topics. After all, how important can the design of your resume be if it’s only going to be read by a computer anyway? Surely, computers don’t care how pretty something looks.

Although the chances are big that your resume will be screened by a computer before anyone else, if you’re qualified for an IT position, a recruiter will still end up looking at it… and they’re human. How your resume looks will affect a recruiter’s perception of you before they start to review your background and skills, even if it’s on a smaller, subconscious level. Therefore, it’s a good idea to put some thought into this and, the simplest way is to double-check the font you’re using.

Have a look at this infographic from Monster. You will probably find that you’re already using a proper font (note Comic Sans is not listed). If you’d like to stand out, you will also find some different fonts that are both appropriate and can give your resume a modern feel.

The 10 Best Fonts for Your Resume