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Quick polls in the Talent Development Centre where independent contractors provide their input about technology trends, contracting and more.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: The worst part about searching for a job

For many, the entire job search process seems aggravating, time consuming, and overall something you’d like to avoid. If you drill down, you may find that it is only one specific task or step throughout the process that you really hate. If you could get rid of it, your stress and frustrations may be relieved.

Last month’s contractor quick poll‘s objective was to understand if there’s a common part of looking for a job that independent contractors hate the most. While more respondents noted that they especially hate having to find the opportunity, there was a clear mix about people’s biggest pain points. We also had a few additions, including government matrices, cover letters and waiting for a response. You can see the complete breakdown below.

Quick Poll Results: What's the worst part about job searching?

 

Contractor Quick Poll: How often do you restart your cell phone?

Almost everybody has a cell phone of some sort. As different as they come, they all have one absolute thing in common — they all turn off. Many experts recommend that we regularly restart our phones, to give it a reboot and allow apps to refresh. Still, regardless of their warnings, not everybody does. If they do, it may not happen as frequently as it should.

This month, we’re asking our readers, independent contractors who are technology experts, how often you reset your cell phone? Regardless of your answer, do you find it helps your phone’s performance? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Quick Poll Results: Leadership is Important for Independent Contractors

Last month’s contractor quick poll dove into the subject of leadership, specifically its relevance to IT contractors. We asked our readers how often they require these skills while working on client projects and the results are clear: independent contractors need leadership skills!

More than 3/4 of respondents stated that they always or almost always require leadership skills during their contracts, while the remainder of respondents said sometimes. Not a single person answered that they rarely or never require leadership skills.

What does this mean for you? If you’re not confident in your leadership abilities, it’s time to brush up on them to continue your success as an independent contractor. Do you want to see more posts with leadership advice in the Talent Development Centre? If so, are there any specific areas? Add your requests to the comments below!

Quick Poll Results - Do independent contractors need leadership skills?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s the worst part of job searching?

Independent contractors find themselves searching for jobs much more frequently than their counterparts in permanent IT jobs. As such, you’re most likely a seasoned veteran at job searching and have the process down to an art, but there are undoubtedly parts of the process you absolutely despise.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know what part of job searching independent contractors hate the most and regularly wish they could somehow skip over to the next step.

Quick Poll Results: Soft Skills and Team Members

In last month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we asked Talent Development Centre readers about their co-workers. More specifically, what skills they most desire in a co-worker, aside from technical skills. The poll listed common soft skills and we asked which one you’d prefer people on your team to have, and the results were pretty clear.

While some people value emotional intelligence, time management and email etiquette, the majority of independent contractors want their IT team members to to have great communications skills. That’s something to keep in mind before you mumble your way through your next interview!

Contractor Quick Poll: Leadership Skills for Contractors

Leadership is a widely studied topic and a scroll through your LinkedIn feed will prove that it’s discussed by nearly everyone. While some would argue it’s over-talked about, others would argue it can’t be spoken of enough.

While this post isn’t going to argue whether or not we need more leadership articles, we are curious to know how relevant they are to IT contractors. Specifically, does it play a part in your everyday work? This month’s contractor quick poll asks independent contractors how often they require leadership skills to succeed.

Quick Poll Results: How do independent contractors waste time?

Last month’s contractor quick poll followed up on an article that had been published about how people waste their time. Some of the results were surprising and we were curious to know how they compared to independent contractors. Do our readers consider their biggest time sucks to be leisure-related, such as TV, gaming or social media, or more work related, such as commuting or meetings?  Alternatively, the poll also included an open-ended response in case there was a new time waster that the Entrepreneur article hadn’t touched (the most popular one related to reading through useless emails).

The results are in and, as usual, we’re sharing them below. It seems that useless meetings and mobile devices take the cake on time wasters. Are you surprised by what others had to say? Can you eliminate some of the places you’re wasting too much time? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Quick Poll Results: How do contractors waste time?

Contractor Quick Poll: Which soft skill in a team member is most important to you?

We want to work in a team full of competent IT professionals; it’s the most important factor in your project being completed successfully. But there are other elements that make a high performing team, especially their ability to work together.  Therefore, we must also consider the soft skills in team members.

Past Talent Development Centre posts defined the soft skills we believe are important. In this month’s Contractor Quick Poll, we want to know which one you believe is the most important when it comes to choosing your team.

Quick Poll Results: Where do you search for jobs?

When and where are you searching for jobs? We asked that question in last month’s quick poll and, as usual, we’re sharing the results. Take a look and, just for fun, see if you follow the same routine as other technology professionals. Do you prefer to browse at home, on your lunch break at work or on the way to work (assuming you don’t drive)? Alternatively, maybe you don’t have a set routine and prefer to search anywhere when you have a few minutes or wait to be prompted by a notification.

Of course, there is no right way to search for jobs, as long as it is effective for you, and fits into your planned schedule. If you’re not setting aside time specifically for business development and searching for new contracts, that is a whole other issue. Consider some of these preferred times to take 5 minutes and browse your favourite job boards for new IT contract opportunities.

Quick Poll Results: Where do you search for jobs?

Contractor Quick Poll: How Do Independent Contractors Waste Time?

Entrepreneur recently published a slideshow outlining to be what they believe are the biggest time wasters, based on how much time the average person spends on each.  To no surprise, TV, Facebook and YouTube made the top 3, with cell phones, gaming, traffic, parking and meetings completing the list.

This sparks an interesting discussion and the perfect topic for June’s contractor quick poll. What are your top time wasters? Feel free to select up to three of the options below, or add one that we may have missed.