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?
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.
Websites have come a long way since they became mainstream in the 90s. We’ve seen everything from busy backgrounds to flash-based sites to annoying pop-ups. Looking back, these trends were brutal but, at the time, they were touted by design professionals as the best thing out there. The fortunate fact about terrible trends is they eventually die and are replaced with new and exciting ones.
This infographic from Grafdom, a digital media agency based out of Dubai, outlines what they believe are the top 4 web design trends for 2017. These won’t come as a surprise to many since we’re already used to seeing them all on popular websites. What may be more interesting, though, is what Grafdom claims are on their way out of the mainstream. Is your website falling behind?
Everybody is a Project Manager. If you’re responsible for organizing anything that has a start and end — IT project, proposal, party, vacation, etc. — then you can consider yourself a Project Manager. Sure, your mother-in-law’s birthday party won’t have the same impact on your career compared to your client’s intranet used by thousands of employees, but the same principles will apply to both situations if you want them go to smoothly.
This infographic from TaskWorld includes 10 principles you can follow as they describe the top characteristics of the best project managers. The great news is that you don’t need to be a technology professional to master any of these characteristics and they’re applicable to all scenarios — even your mother-in-law’s birthday!
As much as clients and recruiters love to know they’re working with a hard-working IT contractor, it is possible to work too hard, to the point where you may be addicted to work. The result can lead to overall unhappiness in life, an unhealthy body, and, ironically, lower productivity.
What can you do about a work addiction? The first step is to find out if you really are addicted. From there, work at breaking that addiction. This infographic from The Business Backer provides advice on both of those, making it the perfect tool for an independent contractor to review. Take control of your work in 2017, before it takes control of you.
How often have you been up all night because you lost track of time binge watching Netflix, gaming, or working on a tech project? It happens to the best of us. And after just a few short hours of sleep, our solution in the morning and throughout the day is to pound the coffee or energy drinks into our bodies, with the hope that productivity will be as superior as it is any other day. Even on an average day, with a good night’s sleep, many IT contractors still start the morning with a cup of joe or break up the day with a coffee break, often saying they can’t function without it.
What are the realities of all of this? Is coffee really that miracle drink? According to this infographic from TollFreeForwarding.com, not quite. Check it out and learn the real facts about coffee, so you can still enjoy your favourite hot drink and maximize your productivity.
Learn What Gartner Has to Say About Digital Ecosystems (Infographic)
A few months ago, Gartner published their 2017 CIO Agenda, titled “Seize the Digital Ecosystem.” It argues that digital ecosystems, environments where an independent group of actors share standardized digital platforms, are being used by more and more enterprises in order to reap growth benefits. From there, the report speaks with CIOs of top digital companies to learn how to succeed in that area.
The complete report can be downloaded from Gartner’s website with a membership. If you don’t have a membership, then start by reviewing this infographic from the Smarter with Gartner blog. It provides a great overview and is a tool that you can pass to clients as a value-add, to help them understand where the digital world is heading.
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!
Today is the start of Kwanzaa! If you’re not among the many Canadians celebrating this holiday with others around the world, then take a minute to learn more about it. This eye-opening infographic will surely teach you at least one new fact about this tradition.