If you’re a technology professional considering taking the leap into contracting, you’re probably in the midst of considering a lot of different factors. One such factor may be retirement — will you still be able to achieve those goals? Might you be able to do it sooner? Could you start a semi-retirement today?
The easiest way to learn what you can do is to look at what others are doing and learn from their experience. In last month’s Quick Poll, we asked our readers, mostly independent IT contractors, at what age they plan to retire. Take a look at the results. Are your goals in line with these professionals’ goals?
Winter is officially approaching and so is the unpredictable weather that Canadians love to brag about and complain about all at the same time. Part of that weather includes freezing temperatures that see pipes freeze, cars break and frostbite nip. However, it also means frozen ice rinks, hot chocolate and warm fires.
In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know what you think of the cold and, more specifically, where your limits are before you consider packing up and moving to Florida.
The long awaited results of last month’s Contractor Quick Poll are finally in! We asked independent contractors how they get into work each day: bike, car, walk or public transportation. The results are below and you may be surprised to learn the answer.
If you didn’t get a chance to have your say, it’s still not too late, the poll is still open here! If you have any insight about the results, we’d love to hear it. Please leave a note in the comments section below.
Independent contractors enjoy many benefits working for themselves. Unfortunately, there are also some downsides, including a lack of pension or employer RRSP contributions, as enjoyed by some employees of large corporations and public sector organizations. This doesn’t mean that you can no longer retire, or that you must wait longer to retire, but that you need to plan your finances differently to achieve your retirement goals. In fact, the nature of your work also means that you may enjoy partial retirement much earlier than the average person!
That being said, we’re curious to know when most independent contracts plan to retire. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re asking how old you plan to be when you finally fully retire from work and start enjoying a quieter, less hectic life.
LinkedIn offers a number of services for job seekers and independent contractors. It lists job openings, offers second-to-none networking opportunities, and professionals around the world share a wealth of knowledge with each other. Overall, simply being active on LinkedIn can help you grow professionally.
Last November, our Contractor Quick Poll asked how you use LinkedIn. Not surprisingly, nearly everybody said they keep and up-to-date profile and picture, but a lower percentage of people did much more than that. What we didn’t ask on that survey was if you log into LinkedIn to take advantage of the information shared in your newsfeed and how often. So, almost a year later, we finally asked the question. Here are the results:
In this month’s quick poll, we’re curious to know how IT contractors get themselves to and from the office each day. Do you live close to the office and are you active enough to enjoy a walk each morning and afternoon? Do you appreciate the comfort and convenience of your car where you can listen to the radio? Do you avoid traffic and take advantage of cost savings and environmental benefits with public transportation or your bike? Or, do you work from home and this entire post is irrelevant to you?
Regardless, we’d love to learn more and see if there’s a trend among our readers. Feel free to share your experiences or opinions in the comments section of this post.
If you’re shopping for a new cell phone and considering changing to a new operating system, then you’ve stumbled upon the right post. Last month, we polled our network of IT professional contractors to learn their preferred phone and the results have been tallied. It turns out, most of our readers prefer Android, the but race is tight!
Do you agree? Do you think this trend will change over the year given Blackberry’s recent announcements to expand in different areas?
Millions of professionals around the world use LinkedIn as their one-stop social platform for networking, professional development, and job searching. Depending on how often you visit it, your LinkedIn newsfeed alone can be a very powerful tool in your IT business. In this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we want to know how often independent contractors log into LinkedIn and read through the feed of news, articles and opportunities shared by members of their networks.
The results are in! Last month’s contractor quick poll asked independent contractors about their relationships with staffing agencies. As we discuss multiple times in the Talent Development Centre, you should always work with a few different companies who you trust, so we wanted to know specifically, how many you keep a relationship with at any given time.
As you see in the chart below, most independent contractors have 5 or less favourite recruitment agencies. So, where do you fall compared to the average contractor? Should you start calling a few more IT recruiters? Can you afford to sever ties with a couple of your least favourite ones?
You’re well aware that as an IT expert, everybody comes to you for advice about their technology. They want to know the best functioning computer, most intelligent anti-virus software, most compatible browser — the questions are endless. One common question tech experts get is related to smartphones and which operating system is better. With this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we intend to put that question to bed once and for all.
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