There’s a piece of age-old, sound advice that all recruiters will give when they’re providing tips for a positive job interview: Be prepared to ask questions at the end. Although implied, the advice isn’t always specific enough to remind job seekers that the questions need to be smart. For example, asking your interviewer “Will I sit by a window” or “Can I bring a plant to put on my desk” may be questions that could help you make a decision to take the job, but they will not give the client a reason to think that you’re better suited for the position.
Instead, it’s important to be prepared to ask questions that show your interviewer that you’ve put some thought into the situation. You want them to know that you’re genuinely curious about the role and whether you will succeed. This infographic from Business Insider will help you prepare with 7 smart questions you can ask at the end of every job interview.
Are you responsible for leading a team or helping a client hire new employees or contractors? If so, then you already know the importance of reading people, being able to tell which applicants will succeed, and knowing how to properly motivate others. What you may also know are a few “facts” that in reality are workplace myths.
It’s common to make assumptions about how people act in the office and what makes them (or yourself) high achievers. This infographic from O.C. Tanner sets out to debunk some of those myths. For example, they refuse to believe that people are only productive for 8 hours, that resumes dictate the best hires, that money is motivation and more. Check them all out below. Would you agree with O.C. Tanner or from your experience, are some of these completely factual?
If you’re getting bored of spending time with family but not ready to head back to work, take a break and read today’s post. We compiled all of our favourite time wasting, semi-useless posts from the past year and left them all below.
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Happy Boxing Day! For many, we’re entering the period of the holiday season when the hustle is slowing down, work hasn’t restarted yet, and there’s time to relax and enjoy days out with family and friends. For some that means staying in and watching movies, while others will hit the hills for some skiing and snowboarding.
Before you head out, it’s a good idea to make sure you’re up on your equipment’s maintenance. If the holidays have tightened your budget and paying for the maintenance isn’t in the cards, then you may consider taking care of it on your own. This infographic from Fix will guide your way, explaining how to edge, tune, and wax your skis or snowboard.
Winter holidays are here. It’s time to take some time away from building project plans and computer programs to building more important things, like Snowmen, Christmas Trees and Santa Claus… out of Lego!
Building a tree that’s not just a stack of green blocks may seem like a daunting task, but with the proper guides, your holiday Lego town can be quite detailed and in-depth. The video below from Pley, as well as these infographics which Pley also created, will show you step-by-step how anyone can build a Snowman, a Christmas Tree or Santa Clause using a basic Lego set.
We’re now into the holiday season which typically means cold weather but warm memories with family. We go through many traditions to care for family over the holidays, from preparing large feasts to giving up our bed so Grandma doesn’t have to sleep on the couch. On top of all of that, do you remember to consider the furry members of your family?
If you have pets at home, ensure the holiday busyness doesn’t interfere with how you care for them. This infographic from Petsitters.org provides a few tips to keep cats and dogs warm and safe from typical holiday hazards.
Although rarely the same taste, everyone has at least one musician or genre of music that gets them into the perfect mindset. We’ve all had those situations when we’re caught singing and/or dancing on our own because of getting lost in a song.
Do you want to add more music in your life, specifically at work? According to this infographic from ZING Instruments, you should! It provides 12 reasons why music will make you more productive while you work.
Recruiters get a lot of resumes during the day. This infographic from StandOutCV provides some helpful resume tips that will make yours easier to read and cut down on the time you need to spend formatting and adding in necessary skills. The only piece I would say is less relevant to an IT contractor is surrounding the, these aren’t typically required nor desired in our space.
As you read through this infographic, there is one important tip to keep in mind: Trust is key in this back and forth so that the recruiter and you can get the best feedback and never miss out on any opportunities.
According to Google Trends, “Cloud Computing” began picking up popularity in early 2008. As people became curious, more were searching the term and the curiousity peaked around mid-2011. Since then, as the Cloud became a standard part of technology, search trends also began to even out but have hardly disappeared.
There are a number of reasons that we may have seen these trends over the years, and they all relate to how the technology has progressed. This infographic from Sonian Is a very nice summary of the complete history so far. It takes you through the Big Cloud Moments, Changing Cloud Perceptions, Cloud Growth and Adoption, Terminology and its Pioneers.
Learning new skills and keeping on top of your current ones is one of the main recommendations we give to independent contractors to remain competitive in the technology space. This industry advances quickly and clients are always seeking IT professionals with the best skills and knowledge to help them advance and compete.
For some, learning new things is a breeze. They can pick up a book, read it once, try it a couple times, and they’re already approaching “expert” level. For others, this is far from reality. If you find you have trouble learning, or you hate having to do it, perhaps it’s because you’re not fully understanding your learning style. This infographic from PoudPlace provides a flow-chart to help you identify what kind of learner you are, as well as some tips for you based on the results.
What kind of learner are you? Did the outcome surprise you?