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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: Preferred Contract Length

How long do IT contractors prefer their contracts to be? If you’ve been losing sleep over this, wondering if you’re on the same page as everyone else, then worry no more. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked that exact question and, as usual, we’re sharing the results.

Have a look at the chart below. If you have no preference, or prefer super short contracts, you just might be in luck as it should be easier to compete for work with those timeframes.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: What's your preferred contract length?

Contractor Quick Poll: Do you customize your resume?

A very commonly heard technique when applying to jobs is to customize your resume so it’s tailored to match the specific job description. We hear it a lot, but how many independent contractors actually take the time to do it?

It’s completely understandable why you wouldn’t. IT contractors apply to numerous jobs with many agencies all the time, and continuously customizing would be a massive time commitment. As well, many job boards including Monster, Indeed and even Eagle allow you to upload your resume once and apply to multiple jobs without having to upload another. This allows you to quickly apply to new technology opportunities on the go, but if you’re on the go, you’re not able to customize a resume. (Tip: You can upload multiple files to your Eagle profile and track past jobs to which you have applied. Return any time to upload a new resume, changing the file name to match the Job ID of each specific job).

This bring us to our Contractor Quick Poll for this month — how many IT contractors customize their resume? Even more, we’d love to learn in the comments if you think it is, in fact, a helpful strategy.

Quick Poll Results: Contact from Recruiters

The Talent Development Centre is filled with inside information from recruiters that give job seekers insight into the best ways to work with recruiters. We’ve shared tips about how they like to see a resume, their pet peeves, and the best ways to contact a recruiter.

Last month’s contractor quick poll turned the tables and we learned more about how IT contractors prefer to work with recruiters. Specifically, we asked how they like to be contacted when it comes to hearing about job opportunities. The results are in and displayed below. Take a look. We encourage you to leave any additional feedback about the poll in the comments below.

How do you prefer to get job opportunities from recruiters?

Quick Poll Results: How do you like to hear about job opportunities from your recruiter?

 

Contractor Quick Poll: Preferred Contract Length

Over the past 20+ years, Eagle has recruited contractors for hundreds of organizations on thousands of IT projects. We’ve seen a variety of projects as technologies come and go, and we can confidently say that no single contract is alike.

Contracts come in all shapes and sizes… well mostly sizes… and by size we mean term. Eagle provides contractors for technology projects that last anywhere from a few weeks to a few years; it all depends on the situation and the client’s needs. While we can’t control the length of a contract, we do make sure that the professional working on it is happy with its duration, whatever that may be.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to know what IT contractors’ general preferences are towards the length of a contract.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: Training Plans

Every technology professional has a unique training and development plan. Each contractor has different skills sets in varying demands and requiring specific qualifications. Furthermore, depending on the stage you’re at in your career, you may have completely different goals than the person sitting next to you.

In January’s contractor quick poll, we were curious about how much time our readers plan to invest in furthering their education and abilities this year. Here are the results — two-thirds of respondents say they’re planning to up their training and development in 2017. Are you surprised? Do you think there may be some crushed New Years’ resolutions?

Compared to 2016, how much training and development are you planning for 2017?

Quick Poll Results: Compared to 2016, how much training and development are you planning for 2017?

Contractor Quick Poll: Hearing from recruiters?

How do you prefer to get job opportunities from recruiters?

A couple years ago, we asked Eagle’s recruiters about their preferred method to be contacted by IT contractors and passed it on to help our readers understand the most successful ways to build a relationship with a recruiter. Not surprisingly, we learned that everybody has different preferences for being contacted, based on their time management and organization processes.

This month, we’re curious to learn more about technology independent contractors and how they prefer to be contacted by recruiters at staffing agencies regarding new opportunities. What’s your preference in most cases? Do you like to hear a voice so you can ask questions immediately? Would you rather an email with the details or a text with a brief overview? Do you like to be contacted on LinkedIn? Or would you prefer to do your own searching and reach out to the recruiter when you find something that interests you?

The Results are In: It’s Way Too Cold Outside!

Although some regions of Canada aren’t experiencing an extremely cold Winter, last month’s contractor quick poll still confirmed that Canadian IT contractors are not a fan of the cold. We asked our readers how cold is too cold before they wish it was summer again, and here are the results.

Quick Poll Results: How Cold is Too Cold?

Would you agree or do you think some of these respondents need to suck it up and enjoy the season? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

Contractor Quick Poll: 2017 Training & Development Plans

How Much Training & Development Are You Planning in 2017?

There are many ways an independent contractor can improve their skills. From working on certifications to staying up-to-date on the latest trends to networking; every little bit counts. Recruiters at staffing agencies keep a close eye on this section of an IT professional’s resume as they want to know they’re presenting clients with the top skills available.

The reality is, though, finding time for these activities isn’t the easiest thing for an IT contractor to do. Especially when you’re already juggling projects, managing business tasks, and keeping up with finding your next contract, this can be a major challenge and may not always be top priority.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re asking how much training and development you plan to do in 2017. Perhaps it was a higher priority last year than it will be this year, or you’ve set a goal to improve in a specific area. We won’t judge, we’re just curious…

Quick Poll Results: When do IT contractors plan to retire?

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?

What Age do Independent Contractors Plan to Retire?

Quick Poll Results: How Old will You Be When You Finally Retire?

Contractor Quick Poll: How Cold is Too Cold?

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.