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

Essential Excel Tricks for Office Workers

Excel — Microsoft’s spreadsheet tool that although extremely powerful, most of us only use it to a fraction of its potential. For many, that’s because our daily lives simply have no use for some of the functions, but for others, it’s because we’re unaware of the tools and how to use them.

Did you know that you can do more than create a nice chart in Excel? If that sentence just blew your mind, check out this infographic from Best STL. Have any other favourite Excel tips to add? Please leave them in the comments below!

7 essential Excel tricks every office worker needs to know
7 essential Excel tricks every office worker needs to know by Excel Training

MS Word Tip #7: How to Eliminate Tables in Your Resume

Organizing your resume with tables may help it look better, but can actually create complications when submitting it to an agency.  For example, an applicant tracking system may not be able to read it properly or it may cause extra work for a Proposal Writer trying to submit you to a client.  Regardless of the reason, if you have tables in your resume, you may want to remove them.  It may seem like a daunting task, but this video in the MS Word Resume Tips series provides some quick and easy ways to get rid of those tables.

MS Word Tip #6: Keeping Consistency in Your Resume

Dan Gasser By Dan Gasser,
Marketing Specialist at Eagle

Independent Contractors work on numerous projects throughout their career. In good practice, most contractors will keep their resume up-to-date, adding new project information as they’re completed.  As time progresses, though, it’s easy for the resume to be filled with inconsistencies in spellings, fonts, or formatting.  In this MS Word Resume Tips video, I go over a few very simple and fast ways that you can bring consistency back to your resume.

MS Word Tip #5: Spicing Up Your Headers and Footers

Dan Gasser By Dan Gasser,
Marketing Specialist at Eagle

Adding a professional touch to the resume you submit to an agency or client can really separate you from all of the other applicants.  A simple way to do this is by including a light header and footer, possibly including your name, contact information, and page numbers. This fifth video in the MS Word Resume Tips series discusses the basics of using headers and footers, as well as some information about easily adding page numbers.

MS Word Tip #4: Using Breaks in Your Resume

Dan Gasser By Dan Gasser,
Marketing Specialist at Eagle

Over the last few weeks, I shared some videos in the MS Word Resume Tips series.  Today’s video discusses breaks. Not the kind that involve coffee, but much more exciting breaks, like line breaks, paragraph breaks, page breaks and section breaks! If you’re not excited yet, or more importantly, if you’re not familiar with these breaks, take a look at this video and see if you can use them improve your resume today!

MS Word Tip #3: Setting Tab Spaces in MS Word

Organizing items horizontally can be a great way to clean up a resume and present it in a professional manner, especially in header information.  Using “creative” ways to achieve this can wreak havoc when trying to reformat a resume. In the last video of the MS Word Resume Tips series, I discussed some simple tools found in the paragraph menu.  As promised, this video explores the Tabs option, and explains how you can easily space items horizontally, as well as add leaders between the items.

MS Word Tip #2: Leveraging the Paragraph Menu

Dan Gasser By Dan Gasser,
Marketing Specialist at Eagle

Take advantage of this Microsoft Word menu to improve your resume

A couple weeks ago, I discussed some of the simplest and most favourite formatting tools in Microsoft Word. These are great tools for any professional, but it’s when you understand the more advanced formatting techniques that you can really impress somebody with your resume. In this second video of the MS Word Resume Tips, I take a look at some tools in the paragraph menu, including setting paragraph spacing, line spacing and indents.  Master these and you’ll easily be able to format a clean looking resume.

The Basics of Formatting a Resume in Microsoft Word

Dan Gasser By Dan Gasser,
Marketing Specialist at Eagle

The last few months have featured a series of articles in the Talent Development Centre with feedback from Eagle’s recruitment team on what they like to see in a resume. One of the most common pieces of feedback they have for independent contractors lies in formatting and structure. To help you out, we’ve put together a series of videos with tips and tricks for using Microsoft Word to create a recruiter-friendly resume.

In this first video, I go over some of the basic formatting features Word offers.  Most you likely already know, but there may be a few new tricks in here that will help you next time you update your resume. If there are any extra features you’d like to learn about, let us know in the comments section below!

Free Accounting Tool for Independent Contractors

For many independent contractors, bookkeeping is that necessary task that nobody wants to do.  Having industry-leading accounting software is a great way to ease the pressure and manage your books but, it can come with high costs, especially for a new contractor.

This detailed video from Contractor 911 provides a simple way to manage your books using Microsoft Excel — a program most people already have set-up on their computer.  While this refers to contractors in the US it could easily be adapted for those in Canada too!  Check it out.  Can it work for you?