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

Closing the Communication Loop with Your Recruiter

Communication breakdowns are one of the most common causes of missed opportunities, hurt relationships, failed projects and pretty much anything that can go wrong in business. As an independent contractor, you are right to expect the best service from your recruiters, including excellent communication, but even the best recruiters will drop the ball sometimes. If you truly want the relationship to work out, then it is up to you to help set expectations and close the loop in communications.

This quick video we created provides examples of how your follow-ups to everyday conversations can go a long way in getting the information you need from your recruiter and ensuring you’re both on the same page. Check out the quick tips and think about these examples next time you meet with a recruitment professional.

Problem Solving Tips for Cracking Coding Interview Questions

Job interviews come in all forms with different goals. Recruiters typically want to know that you’re qualified, have the necessary experience, and that you’re presentable to a client. Once interviewing with your client, you’re more likely to be meeting a hiring manager who has in-depth technical experience and they may test you to ensure you can back up your claims.

We’re increasingly hearing about developer interviews that have a whiteboard component or some sort of challenge where the candidate must solve a coding problem in front of the interviewer, discussing how they’re coming to their conclusions. If you’re currently preparing for one of these interviews, or anticipating one in the future, check out this insightful video from CS Dojo. It provides multiple strategies for solving a coding problem and advice on how to work through and explain your solutions in a job interview.

Fighting the Ongoing Battle Between Instant Gratification and Productivity

Every day we’re faced with a regular battle inside our head, as our primal urges for instant gratification compete for a spot against the drill sergeant that only wants us to focus on our goals and move forward on productivity. Both should have a spot, but the challenge is finding the balance and ensuring the proper one wins the battle each time. Sure, you could spend every waking hour working on client projects, updating resumes, completing grids, exercising and working around the house, but why bother if you’re not having fun? Vice-versa, constantly hitting the snooze button, binge watching Netflix and eating bad food isn’t going to get you to where you want to be too quickly.

So how can you come to a truce in this ongoing battle and get a high return on investment of your time, all while getting the joy you want out of life? This video by The Art of Improvement just might have your answer.

Why are Apple Products So Expensive?

Apple is one of the world’s most valuable companies, and rightfully so. Their reputation for leading the way through innovation, top-notch service and quality products has earned them a spot as a premium technology supplier. Furthermore, it’s gained the company a loyal following of users who love Apple so much, they’re willing to pay what some refer to as the “Apple Tax”.

As much as we can’t argue Apple’s success, we also can’t ignore the fact their products are priced significantly higher than many of their competitors in the industry. Why is this the case? Is it simple marketing taking advantage of people’s desire to be cool or are there more justified reasons? Is the current strategy sustainable? For those answers and more, check out this video from CNBC International that explores Apple’s history, its products and its pricing strategy.

15 Shortcuts that Will Change the Way You Work

Operating systems regularly blow our minds with their bugs and inefficiencies. Windows and yes, OS X too, have subtle annoyances built into them that make advanced users shake their head. Wouldn’t it be nice if for once you could have your mind-blown in a good way? This Brightside video is sure to do just that.

All operating systems have hotkeys and shortcuts built into them and we rarely use them all to their fullest potential. This video shows us examples of how you can be more efficient while working on either your PC or your Mac. Check it out. You will learn something.

How to Prove that You Actually are “Detail-Oriented”

If you’re going to use a buzzword to describe yourself, at least make sure you can back it up with examples. One of the most common terms we see in resumes and social media, or hear in interviews, is “detail-oriented”.  What does that even mean? If everybody’s claiming to be “detail-oriented” is it really a differentiator?

Perhaps you actually are somebody who pays attention to every little detail and is dedicated to perfection. If that’s the case, you need to be aware that others have hi-jacked your word. It’s no longer enough to tell a hiring manager or recruiter that you’re detail-oriented because they’re numb to it. You must back it up in everything you do.

Not sure what we mean? Check out this video. It goes through an IT contractor’s entire job search process and provides insight on where you can pay a more attention to detail, and back-up your use of an overused buzzword.

7 Tips for New Programmers to Improve Their Skills

Learning the ins and outs of various codes is challenging enough, and we tip our hat to anybody who has taken the time to become great at writing it. Solving problems and delivering creative solutions to clients takes skill and deserves credit, regardless of your level or experience. Still, there are subtle things beginner programmers do when they write code that make an intermediate or expert programmer cringe, and reveal a true noob.

If you’re starting out your programming career and want to improve your skills, check out this video by Andy Sterkowitz. He explains these 7 tips to help make your code more readable and easier to work with:

  1. Avoid Abbreviating Variables
  2. Limit Function Arguments
  3. Simplify Conditional Expressions
  4. Declare Variables Close to Their Usage
  5. Avoid Unintended Consequences in Functions
  6. Functions Should Do One Thing (avoid long functions)
  7. Stop Writing ZOMBIE CODE

First-Hand Advice for New Immigrants to Find an IT Job in Canada

As one of Canada’s largest IT staffing agencies with a wide national presence, it’s no surprise that we hear from skilled technology professionals from around the world. The majority of Eagle’s clients require applicants that are already in Canada and legally able to work here, so unfortunately, there is little we can do for applicants that don’t to meet those requirements.

Coming to Canada from another country and finding work is no easy task. There are hundreds of details to get through, including completing paperwork, organizing your family, arranging living and, of course, the job search. A number of resources are in place to help get settled and find work in Canada, but perhaps one of the best strategies is learning from somebody who has already been through the experience.

Sim & Sid’s YouTube channel is only a few months old, but already contains over a dozen videos with valuable advice. Together, they share their experiences of coming to Canada and answer questions about common challenges. In this video, Sid shares his job search experience and provides first-hand advice for immigrants looking for an IT job in Canada.

A Comprehensive Map of Computer Science

There is no shortage of IT and computer related jobs in Canada and there is an always-growing spectrum of specialties where one can focus. From Theoretical Computer Science to Computer Engineering to Applications and anywhere in between, you can build a career by becoming a subject matter expert on just one or two specs of the map.

If you’re trying to decide your niche, a student exploring career opportunities, or an IT recruiter understanding where their open jobs fit, then take 11 minutes to watch this video from Domain of Science. The summary of Computer Science is fascinating and educational, even though it does miss some areas (the author states in the comments “I should have added in computer security alongside hacking. It is a huge and important field so I regret leaving it off. And I should also have mentioned interpreters along with compilers as this is an important concept“)

Job Search for the IT Contractor

Searching for an IT job in a competitive job market is never easy. You need to understand your target companies, including those that are looking for technology professionals, what skills they specifically need and their projects. You also need to ensure you have a solid understanding of yourself, what kind of work you want, and how that will affect your job search.

A common misconception among new IT contractors is that a job search is a job search. As long as you keep submitting your resume to different job postings and show up at interviews, you’ll eventually get a job. To an extent, that’s true. But when you go from being a permanent employee to an IT contractor working on your own, there are changes you can make to your job search process that will significantly improve your chances of keeping a steady stream of work. Specifically:

  1. The Places You Look for Jobs,
  2. The Way You Communicate; and,
  3. Your Business Mindset (because you’re now running a business)!

Check out this video for more details…