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

Quick Poll Results: What Soft Skills Will IT Contractors Improve?

Personal and professional development should be on everybody’s mind. Self-improvement is the best way to fast-track your career, gain fantastic references, and start applying to high-paying contracts without having to build as many years of experience. According to an article published by LinkedIn earlier this year, listing the most in-demand skills, there are over 50,000 professional skills in the world. It’s impossible to know where to start!

That same article summarized the top 5 soft skills that companies look for. In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked our readers, of those top skills, which ones do they plan to improve over the course of the next year. It’s promising to see that 80% plan to work on some sort of skill and, given the tech world’s fast-pace environment, no surprise that adapability is the top goal.

Quick Poll Results: Which of the following in-demand soft skills do you plan on improving in the next year?

Contractor Quick Poll: How do you prefer to get your news?

The information available to us today is both a blessing and a curse. While we have the opportunity to be more informed than ever, it is impossible to consume all of the information that’s out there. Even more challenging, fact-checking and knowing what’s credible is an increasing problem. Even the smartest, most careful individuals get duped by bogus news and scams on occasion.

Conveniently, all of that information is being delivered over a variety of media. Each form has its own upsides and pitfalls carrying their share of high-value periodicals and “fake news”, but everybody can choose what is most convenient for them. So what is the most popular source of news and trends for IT contractors? That’s our question in this month’s Contractor Quick Poll.

Quick Poll Results: How do independent contractors handle health insurance?

Last month’s contractor quick poll tackled a topic that many independent contractors don’t like to think about — health insurance. There are a number of considerations when making the decision and plenty of research you could do on the topic, first about the type of insurance you’ll use and then on a specific supplier. While we do not have any recommendations on the best path or supplier for you, we do now have a bit more insight into what others are doing.

The results below show what our respondents do for health insurance and provides some insight if you’re currently evaluating your choices. Interestingly enough, the majority of respondents either get coverage through a spouses program or don’t have any medical coverage at all.

If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below and we’ll find you the answer or a resource that can help you.

How do you get medical coverage as an independent contractor?

Contractor Quick Poll: Which soft skills will you improve?

At the start of the year, LinkedIn released a list of the most high-demand skills for 2019, based on data they collected on their social platform. The list includes both soft and technical skills. Given the range of IT contractors who follow the Talent Development Centre, the technical skills they list may or may not be relevant to you. The soft skills, however, are relevant to anybody who works with people (that’s you).

Nobody is great at everything and we can always improve ourselves. LinkedIn lists five soft skills that companies look for most: Creativity, persuasion, collaboration, adaptability, and time management. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know where you fall short and intend to build. As we start the second half of 2019, which skill do you plan on improving?

Quick Poll Results: Preferred Mode of Public Transportation

As much as a nice walk, bike, or drive across town is free and convenient, sometimes we need to pay to get to our destination. When it comes down to it, established cities are fortunate to have a number of options. Some are faster, some are cheaper, and some are more comfortable. When you weigh all of the pros and cons, what is the winner?

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked readers their preferred way to get around town when it had to be a payment option. As always, we compiled the results and the most popular method is obvious — 60% of respondents use public transit, rather than Uber, Lyft, or Taxis.

 

Contractor Quick Poll: How do independent contractors cover their medical expenses

Towards the end of last year, we shared a post about health insurance options for independent contractors in Canada. It described two specific routes if you’re looking for coverage – standard insurance plans similar to those typically offered by employers, and Private Health Services Plans (PHSPs) which allow your contracting business to provide a non-taxable reimbursement for health expenses. Of course, there is also the option to forego any health insurance, possibly because you’re already fully covered through a spouse or you’d rather risk that any medical expenses will be less than insurance expenses. This month’s contractor quick poll seeks to find the most common practice among Canadian IT contractors.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: What’s Your Favourite Web Browser

If you’ve been questioning whether or not you’re using the right internet browser, the results from April’s contractor quick poll are finally in. Not surprisingly, if you prefer Chrome or Firefox, you’re part of the majority.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: What's Your Preferred Browser
We are curious about those still choosing to use Internet Explorer, despite its age and lack of compatibility on so many newer websites. If you fall into that group, we’d love to hear your reasoning. Please leave them in the comments below.

Contractor Quick Poll: How do you prefer to get across town?

Technology has brought us options across all areas of life and transportation is no different.  Traditional taxis and public transportation have been options in our cities for as long as anybody currently in the workforce can remember. Then, five years ago, Uber changed the game when it launched its ride-sharing program in Canada. Since then, Lyft also added to the competition by setting up in some of the country’s major cities.

While Uber and Lyft provide a convenient, often lower-cost service, some people still prefer the security of a cab (especially since the competition have forced them to improve their service). And others are content paying much lower prices and riding the bus, train or streetcar to get from place-to-place.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know your preference. When your own car or bike is not an option, your destination is beyond walking distance and there is no friend who can drive you, who do you pay to get you there?

Quick Poll Results: What do you look for in a recruiter?

Last week, we shared a post rounding up advice to how to attract recruiters, get past their initial 5-second scan, and ultimately make them want to meet you. In the same way, recruiters are always wanting to understand what is most important to job seekers so they can also improve and be more sought-out.

Last month’s Contractor Quick Poll set-out to learn just that. We provided some common traits contractors look for in a recruiter and asked you to tell us the most important one. Here are the results…

What is the most important trait you look for in a recruiter?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s your preferred web browser?

There are a number of factors that play into a person’s preferred browser, including availability, user experience, security, compatibility. Other times it’s simply about branding and loyalty to a specific company like Google, Apple or Microsoft.

Although Google Chrome is reported to be the most-used browser around the world, we’re still curious to know about technology professionals’ preferred browser. That’s why we’re asking the question in this month’s Contractor Quick Poll.