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
If you want a laugh, check out these videos
(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!
There are many benefits to working with staffing agencies. Topping the list is that we help IT contractors connect with the top clients and the best technology projects. Naturally, then, being able to build relationships and work with recruiters provides a major competitive advantage. The Talent Development Centre is all about growing independent contractors’ success, so 2016 was packed with inside information on how you can enhance your relationship with employment agencies.
The best position for you to be in is as one of your recruiters’ “top-of-mind” candidates. To provide insight on this topic and help you achieve this spot, we surveyed our recruiters to learn more about being top-of-mind. The result was a series of posts, including these:
Building a Relationship with a Recruiter
Of course, it all starts with a solid relationship with your recruiter. These posts will help you develop that relationship.
Choosing the Right Staffing Agency
Finally, the most important part of building a relationship with a staffing agency is to make sure you’ve chosen the right one. We always recommend you build relationships with at least three recruiters from different agencies. In this post, Frances McCart, VP Business Development, provides advice on how to choose that partner.
Yesterday we shared some of 2016’s top articles and tools about training and development so you can start setting your technical skills development goals this year. While these skills make it so you can successfully complete a project, recruiters and clients alike are looking for more than your abilities. They want to know how personable you are and how advanced your “soft skills” are.
How important is it to keep these skills refreshed? Every member of Eagle’s Executive Team touched on it in 2016:
These skills include everything from basic workplace etiquette…
…to proper communication in various situations.
Finally, and possibly most importantly for a busy IT contractor, is time management. Everybody can always improve in this area, so we encourage you to check out at least one of these posts:
Training and development is important for every professional in every field. Permanent employees usually have training provided by their employer or training allowances so they can develop their career path. Independent contractors do not have these luxuries so need to plan accordingly.
Training & Development Priorities for the Independent Contractor
The Eagle Team wrote these posts to help independent contractors get a better understanding of where to prioritize training and development, as well as some tips to achieve your goals without breaking the bank:
Tools to Improve Tech Skills
These tools can also help you improve in areas that aren’t essential to your field, but important to have in any job as an IT contractor:
These infographics provide quick overviews on some technologies. They’re perfect for anybody looking to get into a new field. IT contractors may also want to pass them off to non-technical clients or recruiters to help them understand a particular area.
Finally, if you’re not sure where to focus your next training and development initiatives, this video provides extensive details about the top programming languages to learn in 2017.
It’s well-known that successful independent contractors are hard workers, experts in their field and know the best ways to keep a steady flow of work. Something often over-looked by an outsider is all of the extra work an independent contractor has to do just to manage their business. Since we know that IT contracting goes beyond searching for jobs and working on projects, the Talent Development Centre is filled with helpful business tips and contracting advice.
Taking the Leap into Independent Contracting
Just getting into contracting can be a scary endeavor, which is why we posted these articles to help IT professionals in that situation:
Managing Your Independent Contracting Business
We also shared these posts to help manage the business once it’s moving:
Inside Scoop from Eagle’s Executive Team
One of the greatest benefits of the Talent Development Centre is the inside scoop we provide from our executives, who work closely with industry associations. As a result, 2016 also saw these policy-related articles:
What did we miss in 2016? Use the comments below to tell us what you want to learn more about next year.
Yesterday we summarized the top job search tips that were shared on the Talent Development Centre throughout 2016. You may have noticed, there was a very important element missing: resumes!
Every job search must start with an outstanding resume. Here are just a few of the many articles we posted in the past year on this topic:
Plus these ones, which were written with direct input from Eagle’s Recruiters and Management Team:
Are there any specific resume tips you’d like to see in the Talent Development Centre in 2017? We’d love your feedback. Please let us know in the comments below.
A job search has a number of aspects to it and nobody understands that better than an independent contractor who’s always looking out for new opportunities. Beyond knowing how to spruce up your resume and ace an interview, to be really successful, you have to understand the ins and outs of job search strategies.
Basic Job Search Tips
For starters, here are a few basic job search tips:
Advice for Your Next Job Interview
A major milestone in your search is the job interview. Here are the top posts we shared this year on that topic:
Insight from Eagle’s Executive Team
Finally, here are some posts with insight from Eagle’s own Executive Team:
Saying LinkedIn replaces the need for networking events is the equivalent of saying Facebook replaces the need for a New Year’s Eve Party. However, just as Facebook makes planning events and connecting with friends much easier, LinkedIn makes networking and job searching extremely easy.
In the past year, we shared many articles, infographics and videos about LinkedIn and how you can improve your presence. Below are some of our favourites
Stay tuned to the Talent Development Centre in the new year where we’ll share our recruiters’ opinions on what makes or breaks a LinkedIn profile.
Independent contractors who have worked with government clients know that the experience can be completely different from working in the private sector. There are often more processes and longer timelines, with various hoops to jump through.
In the past year, David O’Brien, Eagle’s Vice-President of Government Services, has shared a few important pieces on this topic, specifically with the Federal Government. If you’re in the National Capital Region and haven’t already seen some of these posts, have a look: