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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 support pet-friendly offices?


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Pet-friendly offices have become a common trend in the modern workplace. Employers offer it as a perk to attract new talent and science has proven that dogs in the office make people nicer and more cooperative. Still, for a number of valid reasons — allergies, fear of animals, cultural beliefs — not all companies and organizations buy into the trend and maintain their people-only policy.

In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re curious to learn how IT contractors feel about pet-friendly workplaces. Would you enjoy working at a client-site that adopted the freedom to bring your furry friend, or would potentially make you pass on the contract or work from home more often?

Quick Poll Results: When should kids learn to code?


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We may not have direct influence over the education and school curriculums taught in each of our provinces, but as an industry, we definitely have an opinion. Last month’s contractor quick poll asked IT professionals when they believe kids should start learning how to code. While the age ranges differ, the results below are clear. All technology experts agree that programming must be taught in school and the vast majority believe kids should already have an understanding of it before they reach high school.

What age did you start learning to code? Do you believe it helped influence your career choice? Would your career be better-off had you learned more of it in school?

Quick Poll Results: At what age should kids learn to code?

Contractor Quick Poll: Have you ever lied on your resume?


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It’s not uncommon for recruiters to notice certain inconsistencies in independent contractors’ experience. In a few extreme cases, we interview candidates only to learn that they have no clue what they’re talking about and clearly made up experience to get their foot in the door. More commonly, though, after comparing different versions of resumes or asking a few detailed questions, we learn that a contractor may have stretched the truth a bit in order to qualify.

While we never encourage these actions and know that lies always get uncovered eventually, we thought we’d take the opportunity of this month’s anonymous contractor quick poll to learn how many people lie or stretch the truth on their resume.

Quick Poll Results: Taking Steps to Prove Independence


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Being able to distinguish yourself as an independent contractor as opposed to an employee has been an ongoing issue in our industry for years. Sometimes certain headlines and trends bring it to the front-line of concerns and that’s exactly what happened when the Ontario Government’s Bill 148 became law in late 2017.

As the topic regained popularity and concerns once again grew relevant, we decided to ask our readers to review what they’re doing to protect themselves and make it part of our February quick poll and the results are positive. Although there is no single step that every independent contractor takes, it’s clear that many professionals are already doing some great things!

Quick Poll Results: How do you show that you're an independent contractor?

Contractor Quick Poll: When Should Kids Learn to Code?


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Earlier this week we shared results of a HackerRanker survey of 40,000 developers. Among many interesting findings, it pointed out that the majority of developers started coding before the age of 20 and many while they were just kids. Others, however, didn’t start to learn until they were over 30.

IT professionals of all kinds are in high-demand and to ensure the top skills are available in Canada, it’s important we encourage training for such skills at any age. That means that a young child with an interest in technology should have access to expand their knowledge, and an adult looking to start a new career should have an easy avenue to learn more.

More than 2 years ago, David O’Brien, a Vice-President at Eagle, wrote a post here stating that Coding is the New Cursive.  He argued that it is now just as important, if not more important, for students to learn coding skills in school as it is for them to learn cursive writing. Would you agree and, if so, what age do you believe kids should start learning to code?

Contractor Quick Poll Results: How often are contractors checking social media at work?


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One of the biggest productivity killers in offices is social media. Apps are readily available on phones, viral videos are being discussed by co-workers, and the ability to connect with friends is always just a browser tab away.

Fortunately, according to last month’s contractor quick poll, networks like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aren’t distracting very many IT contractors while they’re working for clients. In fact, nearly half said they never check social media and another 25% said they only check once per day or if they receive a notification. Here are the complete results from our readers:

Quick Poll Results: Checking social media at work

Contractor Quick Poll: Are you really an independent contractor?


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For nearly 10 years now, the CRA has been paying close attention to independent contractors’ employment statuses and performing audits to determine if they should be deemed Personal Services Businesses (PSBs). Independent contractors across Canada quickly learned the importance of taking steps to protect their independent business status, or else suffer the tax consequences. Recently, the Ontario Government passed Bill 148 that, among many things, will also put a spotlight on independent contractors’ business habits.

This makes today a good time to assess how well you’re doing at ensuring that your independent contracting business is in fact considered a business. This month’s contractor quick poll helps with just that as it includes some basic actions you can take to separate yourself from your clients’ employees. As usual, we strongly recommend you seek legal advice to ensure you’re taking all the proper steps.

Contractor Quick Poll Results: Do contractors expect more opportunities?


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Will you be back on the market at any point in 2018? If so, how easy do you think it will be to land your next gig? That’s the question we asked independent contractors last month in the Contractor Quick Poll.

The poll asked contractors across Canada who specialize in different roles and industries, so naturally it provides an average that may not be exact to your situation. That said, if 2018 turns out to be how our readers have predicted so far, then we’re in for a great year! How do you feel about the coming year?

What’s your outlook on contract opportunities in your field over the next 12 months?

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