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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: 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.

Quick Poll Results: Are IT Professionals Concerned with Digital Security?

With the growing concern about privacy and security in today’s technology, we decided to turn to our network of technology experts to find out how serious they perceive the threat to actually be. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked how concerned you are with all of these breaches and hacks, and if you believe we all need to start being more vigilant online.

After a month of being published, we’ve had a number of responses and they’re still coming in. At this point, here’s what people are saying. Where do you fall on the spectrum?

How concerned are you about digital privacy and security?

Contractor Quick Poll: What’s the Most Important Trait You Look for in a Recruiter?

Working with the right IT recruiter(s) is imperative to getting the best IT jobs but also to ensuring you get the best overall contracting experience. The right recruiter affects everything from searching for a technology gig to your time working on the project.

There are a variety of signs to look for in an ethical recruiter and many questions independent contractors should ask their recruiters. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we want to know the number one, most important trait you look for in a recruiter when deciding who to work with.

Quick Poll Results: Is Onboarding Easy for IT Contractors?

As an independent contractor, you experience more “first days” in your career than a typical permanent employee. That means, you’ve probably seen the best of onboarding and the worst of it. Some IT contractors arrive at a new client site to see all paper work finalized, workstation set-up and a complete plan prepared allowing you to get started right away. And other times… not so much.

Given the onboarding process can be an indication of how your new project will play out, it’s in everybody’s best interest to get it right. Although a large chunk of this is beyond your staffing agency’s control, we’re always eager to make it run as smoothly as possible.

In last month’s contractor quick poll, we asked you how smoothly the onboarding process generally is based on your experiences. We had a good number of responses which in turn, provides great input for our industry and our clients. Only about a third of respondents said that their onboarding is almost always smooth.

 

Quick Poll Results - How Smooth is the Onboarding Process?