For IT Contractors, recruiters are the gatekeepers of your employment destiny as they are the ones who read and evaluate your resume. If they like what they see, you’ll move on in the process; if not your hopes for that role are over and your jobs search starts over again. So, it is pretty important to tailor your resume to what they want to see. This quick video shows you 5 things you absolutely must avoid having on your resume, under any circumstances, no matter what, if you want to keep your recruiter happy!
Are you one of the many Canadians preparing to head into a long weekend? If so, you may be seeking ideas for conversation with friends or activities with to do with family. Look no further than this video from Ted-Ed!
The Counterfeit Coin Riddle will leave some people scratching their heads and confused yet be a breeze to many others. It may only fill a few minutes of time, but it will force you and your friends or family to think a little bit before returning to a more relaxed state of mind.
If you like keeping up to date on the latest trends and technologies, this post is for you. Earlier this week we shared an infographic with web design predictions for the coming year, but that’s nothing compared to this video from Trend Hunter. In it, Jeremy Gutsche, futurist keynote speaker, dives into everything you can expect to see in the coming year.
Just a few of the fads we can expect to see are Suspended Adulthood, Instagrammable Fitness, Embedded VR, and Sponsorship Gaming. For all of the details and the complete list, set aside six and a half minutes and check out the video — you won’t be disappointed.
If you’re finishing up a long week in tech support, then take a quick 2.5 minute break for a laugh. This favourite clip from Channel 4‘s The IT Crowd perfectly sums up what it’s like working a help desk and having to deal with people who have no clue about technology. Enjoy!
Does age matter? That’s a question Mike Locke asks and answers in this video, specifically when it comes to entering the UI/UX design field.
Design is often viewed as a young person’s field, with a perception that you need to be “hip” and “with it” to succeed at having the freshest website. Mike argues, though, that the field is already full of people of all ages, succeeding at what they do, and there’s no reason why anyone else can’t enter it. Check it out to find out how people of all ages survive in the UI/UX design field, as well as a convincing argument as to why IT professionals should consider getting into independent contracting as they approach their 40s.
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.
Eagle has a long-standing tradition where each holiday season, we invite our clients and contractors to join us in spreading holiday cheer. Once again, we were so excited by this year’s results and the charities we helped, that we created a video to tell the world!
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 videos
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!
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.
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.
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