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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: Do you check social media at work?


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Don’t worry, responses to this quick poll remain anonymous! Social media is one of the greatest tools for job seekers and independent contractors who want to network with like-minded job seekers, professionals and employers around the world. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the greatest time-wasters in today’s workplaces.

This month’s contractor quick poll, we’re digging to learn how often our readers check social media at work (be honest, we won’t tell). Do you think social media is a hindrance on the office where you work or should it be accepted as a necessary evil? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: Follow-Up Emails


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What you do after an interview can have a major impact on whether or not there will be a second interview, you get introduced to the client or if you get the job. One of the simplest ways to do this is with a follow-up email to your interviewer, thanking them for their time and clarifying any questions.

In last month’s quick poll, we asked independent contractors how often they send follow-ups. As usual, we’re sharing the results below. If you’re not sending follow-up emails, perhaps it’s time you start!

How often do you send a follow-up email or note after a job interview?

Contractor Quick Poll Results: Follow-Up Emails

Contractor Quick Poll: How do you feel about 2018?


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Eagle regularly shares our outlook of the job market and technology industry, explaining the trends that we see in the market. Of course, what we see isn’t always the same as what independent contractors across Canada see.

As the year comes to a close, we what to know how you’re feeling about 2018 in your field. Will it be easier or harder to find a job? Feel free to share your insights in the comments below.

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


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We’re quite confident that almost everybody reading this blog uses a cell phone (you may even be reading this from your smartphone right now). What we have no idea about is how each individual IT professional uses and maintains their phone… at least not until today, when we can finally get a very small piece of insight into the topic.

Last month’s contractor quick poll asked our readers how often they take the time the restart their phone, as recommended by many cell phone experts. The results are below and there is no single time period that stands out.

How Often Do You Restart Your Cell Phone?

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

Contractor Quick Poll: How Often Do You Send Follow-Up Emails?


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An common piece of advice provided by job search gurus is to always follow-up after an interview. Hand-written notes and cards have been recommended for decades and since the internet came around in the last 20-30 years, emails started to take their place (though some still believe in the power of a pen and paper).

Even with all of the preaching of interview follow-ups and research indicating their advantages, we still do not see independent contractors taking advantage of this quick and simple task. To get an understanding how important it is in to those in our industry, we’re asking about it in this month’s quick poll:

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


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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?


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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


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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?


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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


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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!