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:
The Places You Look for Jobs,
The Way You Communicate; and,
Your Business Mindset (because you’re now running a business)!
Facebook celebrated its 15-year anniversary earlier this year. On top of the company’s obvious success and growth, it has also received its share of bad press. Especially in recent years, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have been on the defence in security and privacy debates with some of the highest courts in the world. This leaves the world curious to find out what the future of Facebook will hold and, if it fades away, what will replace the social media phenomenon?
This video from The Economist takes a stab at answering those questions. It suggests that platforms like Mastaton (which is open source and community run) or Blockstack (a platform based on Blockchain) are both contenders for beating out the behemoth that is Facebook.
April 30th is coming faster than you think so if you’re not already thinking about taxes, it’s time to start. While we always recommend working with a professional to do your books, it’s also wise to have a good understanding yourself.
Knowing which expenses you can claim and how to do it is valuable year-round, and makes tax season less stressful on you and your accountant. This video posted by Answer W Bradley (a Retirement Planner from Ottawa) provides a general list of deductible business expenses for Canadian small businesses. You can also see the complete list and explanations here.
Yesterday, we shared a post about the benefits of listening to music at work, along with some etiquette tips for listening at the office. Whether or not productivity will actually improve varies from person-to-person, but one thing is for certain, music can be great in any profession, including programming. Of course, as yesterday’s article touched on, science has proven that different types of music are better for different jobs.
An article by jaxenter says that instrumental music is best for programming so you don’t get caught up singing along to your favourite Queen song. They also suggest that white noise is a good alternative when you need something in the background. The article provides some links to ideal programming music, and so does this post by codingSupply. If you don’t feel like clicking through, then look no further than below and hit play on this video from Max Swineberg. It’s a mix with no vocals or complex beats, and has only instrumental ambient electronic music. Probably not the best tune for a wedding dance, but perfect for programming!
Nearly every workplace battle begins with, or is made worse by, a miscommunication. Getting the right message across sounds like a simple task yet we can all recall too many scenarios where something fell apart simply due to a misunderstanding of words.
Nobody’s perfect and we all fail at communication sometimes. The best we can hope for is to prevent misunderstanding as much as possible, and the prime way to do that is regularly remind ourselves on best practices. This video below runs through 10 of the most important points for solid communication, and in less than 3 minutes! If you want a quick break, hit the play button now and save yourself the stress of fixing a miscommunication later.
If you submit a terribly thought-out resume riddled with errors and nonsense, and assume nobody is judging you, we’re sorry to tell you that you are sadly mistaken. Your resume is your first impression to a recruiter or a client. It’s also the number one selling tool for your business. On top of the obvious proof-reading, details and honesty we always talk about, you must understand the situation and write for your target audience.
To get an understanding at how quickly and easily resume errors stand out to a recruiting professional, just watch this quick video from Business Insider. They hand a stack of resumes to an industry veteran and she provides her brutal feedback. Many of her criticisms are small details. An average job seeker won’t put much weight on these mistakes, but they will stand out to a recruiter like a sore thumb.
We’re barely into the second month of 2019 and how many times have you already heard the term “5G”? It’s a trendy topic that all content creators love to touch on and with good reason. When the new technology finally goes mainstream, our lives will change in ways never imagined. At least that’s according to this video from Digital Trends.
5G is expected to bring us internet connections at super-fast speeds, so much that we’ll be able to flawlessly operate machines and talk to each other around the world in real-time, no lag at all. For example, doctors will be able to perform surgeries from a complete other location! Check out the video for all the exciting ways our world will be improved. And, in true YouTube fashion, read the video’s comments for the alternate theories on how 5G will affect our lives. Whatever you believe, it’s coming so you best be prepared.
You may have heard of this iOS operating system before — it’s pretty popular with the kids and their iPhones these days.
Obviously, developers who specialize in iOS continue to grow in demand as companies and organizations in all industries regularly innovate their mobile strategies to remain ahead of the curve. For an aspiring IT professional, or a seasoned one looking to diversify their skillset, developing the right skills to be an iOS Developer is a sure way to open up more opportunities.
If you’re working on your checklist of skills to learn or improve and have any interest in Apple’s operating system, then this video from ForrestKnight is worth a watch. In under 10 minutes, he goes through the top 7 skills you must have if you want to get into that field.
We all have a few items that we like to hold on to, even when it’s outgrown its purpose. Maybe you still wear that old hoodie every weekend even though it’s full of holes or you refuse to trade in your current phone even though the screen is completely cracked. Would you believe that there are also people out there who have no desire to give up using the mousepad even though they no longer use a ball mouse? It’s true! And according to this video from TechQuickie, they’re not as crazy as you might think.
As the video says, while a good optical mouse can track on any surface, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they should. Find out why in less than 5 minutes by watching the video below. And, if you’re that person using a mousepad and getting flak for it, be sure to forward this video onto the anti-mousepadders!
The human mind is complex. Every time we think we have it figured out and can predict behaviour, we learn more about psychology that can be absolutely mind blowing. Armed with the right information, it’s amazing how we can trick our minds (or someone else’s) into taking specific actions.
This video from Brightside is filled with 19 different psychological tricks. There are plenty of hacks in here that can help the IT contractor from making people like you to winning negotiations. Number 10 sounds interesting… but be sure to warn anybody living in your house before trying it. They’ll think you’re a little nuts! But if it works, it will be worth it.
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