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All videos in Eagle’s Talent Development Centre, including job search tips and technology trends.

Are You Awesome or Annoying? (Video)

If given the choice, we hope that you would prefer to be awesome rather than annoying, especially in the eyes of recruiters and clients when they’re interviewing you for a gig. Of course, we all think we’re awesome, but are you really that great… or are you kind of annoying?

Don’t stay up all night worrying about what recruiters think of you. Instead, have a look at this video we created with input from our recruiters and confirm if they think you’re awesome or annoying. If you fall in the annoying category, perhaps it’s time to change some habits.

2016 in Review: Videos for Procrastinating

The TDC is packed with helpful business information, tools, and advice, but we’re not always about business. Sometimes, especially Fridays, we like to share some fun videos that add a bit of distraction to your day (and yes, we’re aware that it’s counter-productive to the time management rules we often push). To finish off the “2016 in Review” series, we thought it would be fun to share some of the top videos from last year that have absolutely nothing to do with business and everything to do with procrastinating.

If you’re any sort of a geek, you’ll appreciate these:

If you want a laugh, check out these ones (you still need to be a bit of a geek for some of them):

And if you love a good brain teaser, have a look at these:

Please don’t waste your entire day on these, but a small break never hurts and in fact, can increase your productivity! We hope you enjoyed this “2016 in Review” series.  We’ll be back Monday with plenty of fresh content for everyone. Have fantastic Friday and a great weekend!

Top Hacker Shows Us How It’s Done (Video)

How smart are you when it comes to tech? Can you hack into a hotel’s TV system to get free movies and decide what your neighbours will be watching? Can you access every Bluetooth device in a building and track specific people and who they interact with? If you don’t know how to do any of these things, that’s alright (it will probably keep you out of jail). If you don’t believe that this is possible, then think again!

In this TEDx Talks video, Pablos Holman, one of the planet’s top hackers, demonstrates how easy it is to steal personal information. He also shows how he’s putting his skills to use to help change the world.

5 Tips to Improve Your Critical Thinking (Video)

When clients engage an independent contractor for their tech projects, they’re often seeking an IT professional who can think outside of the box and move in a direction that hadn’t yet been considered. That could be innovating a brand new solution, but more often, it means troubleshooting small problems and solving them in new, efficient ways. In the end, they want somebody who can think critically on their team.

How are your critical thinking skills? Have you put much work into improving them, or at least testing yourself to see how much improvement they need? Because we can all use some improvement in this area, and critical thinking is a huge differentiator between alright IT contractors and exceptional IT contractors, here’s a video from TED-Ed with five tips to improve your critical thinking.

Top 10 Job Interview Tips (Video)

Even the most seasoned independent contractors can polish up their job interview skills. The problem is, you’ve heard all of the same tips by now. Boring advice such as “Be prepared”, “Stay positive,” and “Demonstrate your accomplishments” may not be cutting it. Instead, you need to differentiate yourself. Thankfully, Michael Spicer from BBC Three created this light hearted, fun video of job interview tips you haven’t heard. (Note: Please don’t actually consider these suggestions with interviewing at Eagle.)

Top 10 Worst Computers Ever (Video)

Every industry has them — new products that were expected to be the “next big thing” but turned into an epic fail. Sometimes it’s a company trying to diversify their current product (New Coke), other times it’s a company trying to get into an industry where they don’t belong (Did you know Bic tried to make underwear, Harley Davidson tried making perfume and Cheetos took a shot at the lip balm market?), and other times, it’s just another failure of an innovative company who tries everything (Google Glass, Google Plus, etc.).

Among the many product flops of all time, the computer market has not been immune. For proof, just have a look at this video from Top Media. It goes through, what they believe, are the top 10 worst computers ever. You’ll be shocked at the types of technology some companies tried to sell.

Accounting Basics for the Independent Contractor (Video)

Independent contractors are essentially a small business with one employee – yourself. For that reason, you need to follow all of the same accounting principles as any other small business. The good news is: it also means that any accounting tips and tricks for “small businesses” can be applied to your independent contracting business.

Especially if you’re just starting out as a freelance IT professional in the gig economy, the accounting side of the business can be intimidating. To help ease the stress, check out this video from Patriot Software that runs through some basic accounting tips for small businesses.

If you’re still unsure about these tasks, we strongly recommend you engage a professional accountant. Avoiding tax complications and properly planning your finances will be well worth the money you pay.

5 Common Rate Negotiation Mistakes Made by IT Contractors (Video)

Every independent contractor wants to secure the best rate for before going into a technology project. Especially since the ethical professionals know that once a rate is agreed upon, it can’t be changed, you want to ensure you’ve done everything you can to get the highest pay.

Recruiters at staffing agencies understand that and work hard to get you a fair, market-value compensation. At the same time, it’s also their job to ensure the client is getting the best deal possible. In the end, your final rate may come down to your negotiating and when it’s done well, everyone is satisfied.

Unfortunately, all too often we see independent contractors make some mistakes while negotiating, which, at best, can see them not get the rates they want, and at worst, can see a contract get cancelled or relationships get damaged. Here are 5 common mistakes we see that can help you improve in this area.

Programmers: This Video Could Get You a Job Next Year

There are so many programming languages out there that it’s impossible to keep up with everything. Some tech professionals don’t let this bother them, and focus at getting awesome at a select few. Other people like to keep up with the latest trends and be able to brag to recruiters and clients that they can code using the newest technologies.

If the latter sounds like you, then we have a resource for you! This 16+minute video from Chris Hawkes is packed with great information and goes over the top 10 programming languages that you should learn in 2017. Watch it and see which languages you can pick-up over the next couple months, then watch as you become the go-to independent contractor for some of the coolest projects in the coming year.