Earlier this month, we shared a LinkedIn Checklist that will we said, once complete, will do wonders in helping you connect with more recruiters and finding more IT contracts. While we stand by that claim, we also understand that busy contractors don’t have time to update every element of their LinkedIn profile. As such, you need to prioritize.
We surveyed Eagle’s recruiters to learn what they believe are the most important parts of a LinkedIn profile and what they consider most. This video quickly sums it all up for you. Are these five elements of your LinkedIn profile up-to-date?
We’re approaching a long weekend, and that means it’s time for another riddle from TED-Ed!
We’ve had the Bridge Riddle, the Hat Riddle the Passcode Riddle and the Counterfeit Coin Riddle, but none will compare to this Three Gods Riddle. This riddle was created by magician Raymond Smullyan and popularized by his colleague George Boolos and has been called the hardest logic puzzle ever. Can you solve it????
Is there such thing as a “perfect resume?” We’re hesitant to think so. With factors such as skillset, experience, industry, sector and client, there may never be a one-size-fits-all recipe to a resume. However, there will always be best practices that make it easy for recruiters and clients to evaluate your profile and know if you’re the right person for the contract.
This Business Insider video features an expert who believes she has the perfect resume down to a science. While the term “Perfect” may be questionable, it absolutely hits some crucial points that will help you create a winning resume. If you haven’t been getting as many phone calls from your job applications as you’d like, then consider watching this video to improve your CV.
“Scroll Lock” — it stares at us all day long, yet have you ever questioned its use? Apparently few people ever do, yet there it is, appearing on all of our keyboards. As this video from CHM Tech says, even in the ’80s, an executive from a keyboard manufacturer admitted that he wasn’t completely sure of its purpose.
So, why is there a Scroll Lock key on your keyboard? Believe it or not, some people do use it! Just watch the video and learn how. Can this key help you? Do you already use it?
“Passwords are like apples in a fictional garden” – that’s the opening phrase in this video from Seeker. In it, they explain the basics of how passwords work, different security strategies, and above all, how hackers understand all of this to break into your account.
We create passwords for everything — social networks, job boards, online stores, government websites, the list is endless. As such, you should regularly review your security processes to ensure you’re not being hacked. One simple slip can lead somebody to your banking and identification information, which could in turn complicate your life beyond belief. So, we strongly encourage you to review this video. If you’re an IT security expert, we’d love your suggestions as well! Please share any additional tips in the comments below.
By Brendhan Malone,
Vice-President, Central Canada at Eagle
The video below introduces you to this year’s Fight Team in the annual Fight to End Cancer, taking place this year on May 27th in Toronto. These are brave men and women who have stepped out of their homes and offices and into the boxing ring. They are doing so to raise money for the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the Fight to End Cancer.
I was fortunate enough to step in the ring myself a couple of years ago and I know the commitment required. Eagle has been a proud sponsor and supporter of this event since its inception. This event aligns perfectly with our core values of integrity, excellence and TEAM.
When a fighter prepares to step in the ring, they join a large team of coaches and sparring partners. Everyone is working together, with different responsibilities but towards the same goal. A fighter cannot do this on their own, no single person is a match for a good team.
Business and sports offer natural parallels, none more so than the concept of team. As an independent contractor, one of the main parts of your job is to get up to speed with a new team. Understanding what the team’s goals and overall objectives are can help you align yours the same way. Just as a fight team prepares the fighter for the ring, an IT team prepares a product or service for launch day. Independent contractors are often the newest members of a team that may have been together for a long time. Ensuring you are quickly aligned with the team’s goals and overall objectives will result in quicker cohesion and earlier positive results.
I wish all the fighters and their teams the best of luck as the big day approaches. To all the independent contractors joining new teams, I hope you can align your efforts and objectives as quickly and effectively as possible with a common goal.
There are numerous ways independent contractors can improve their personal branding. In the Talent Development Centre, we’ve advocated ideas such as social media profiles, networking, personal websites and simply maintaining a strong work ethic. One other suggestion we’ve made is to create business cards to be left behind after meeting somebody.
We could use this post to inundate you with the many arguments for creating your own business cards, as well as list tips for creating the best business cards, but today is Friday and nobody wants to read another list. Instead, here’s a quick video that sums up everything you need to know.
If you don’t have business cards yet, what are you waiting for?
How much do you use Command Prompt in Windows 10? If you’re an in-depth Windows user, you’ve most likely used CMD many times throughout your career, but you may not using it as efficiently as you could be.
This video from Beebom provides ten cool command tips for topics such as shortcuts, encryption, customization, Wi-Fi hot spots, and even a way to watch Star Wars! At least something in here will be new for you. If not, and you have even more tips, please share them in the comments below.
Bad decisions happen all of the time in the business world. Sometimes independent contractors show up at a client site and learn their job is to fix a project due to bad decisions. Other times you may sit through meetings, watching a client make bad decisions despite your advice. And, of course, there are the times when we make bad decisions ourselves.
Next time you’re digging yourself out of a hole due to an unwise choice, or are furious at a client for taking a terrible route, sit back and watch this video from Alltime10s. You’ll appreciate that the situation could be much, much worse given these are the 10 worst business decisions of all time!
We talk a lot about the soft skills IT contractors need in order to succeed on gigs. Unless you’re exceptionally one-of-a-kind in your field, you can’t get away with just your programming skills or project management experience — you can only truly stand-out with the proper soft skills.
Today’s digital economy demands more than just a great education. In this video from Entrepreneur, leading scholar Ernest Wilson discusses a recent study he led. They interviewed managers from all industries to learn what they look for when hiring, and discovered that it’s beyond an impressive degree. Wilson summed up 5 in-demand, undersupplied soft skills that top companies are seeking.
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