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?
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?
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.
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!
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…
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?
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.
The long awaited results of last month’s Contractor Quick Poll are finally in! We asked independent contractors how they get into work each day: bike, car, walk or public transportation. The results are below and you may be surprised to learn the answer.
If you didn’t get a chance to have your say, it’s still not too late, the poll is still open here! If you have any insight about the results, we’d love to hear it. Please leave a note in the comments section below.
Independent contractors enjoy many benefits working for themselves. Unfortunately, there are also some downsides, including a lack of pension or employer RRSP contributions, as enjoyed by some employees of large corporations and public sector organizations. This doesn’t mean that you can no longer retire, or that you must wait longer to retire, but that you need to plan your finances differently to achieve your retirement goals. In fact, the nature of your work also means that you may enjoy partial retirement much earlier than the average person!
That being said, we’re curious to know when most independent contracts plan to retire. In this month’s contractor quick poll, we’re asking how old you plan to be when you finally fully retire from work and start enjoying a quieter, less hectic life.
LinkedIn offers a number of services for job seekers and independent contractors. It lists job openings, offers second-to-none networking opportunities, and professionals around the world share a wealth of knowledge with each other. Overall, simply being active on LinkedIn can help you grow professionally.
Last November, our Contractor Quick Poll asked how you use LinkedIn. Not surprisingly, nearly everybody said they keep and up-to-date profile and picture, but a lower percentage of people did much more than that. What we didn’t ask on that survey was if you log into LinkedIn to take advantage of the information shared in your newsfeed and how often. So, almost a year later, we finally asked the question. Here are the results:
In this month’s quick poll, we’re curious to know how IT contractors get themselves to and from the office each day. Do you live close to the office and are you active enough to enjoy a walk each morning and afternoon? Do you appreciate the comfort and convenience of your car where you can listen to the radio? Do you avoid traffic and take advantage of cost savings and environmental benefits with public transportation or your bike? Or, do you work from home and this entire post is irrelevant to you?
Regardless, we’d love to learn more and see if there’s a trend among our readers. Feel free to share your experiences or opinions in the comments section of this post.
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