By: Chris Skaggs | @chrislskaggs
Whether it be tech and business insights, career and workplace management hacks, or TSP happenings, the 2016 TSP Blog was full of valuable content. We worked hard this past year on transitioning our blog content from promotional posts to educational posts. Our goal is to provide value for our subscribers. We hope you have enjoyed the transformation in 2016, and can't wait to show you what we are working on for 2017.
Until then, here are a few of our favorite blog posts from 2016:
THE WORST RESUME LIES, EVER
There are resume lies – like those that got former Yahoo CEO Scott Thompson fired. Thompson stated he had degrees in both computer science and accounting, but was canned after it was proven he never obtained that computer science degree.
And there are damned lies, like those told by George O’Leary that resulted in him resigning as head football coach at Notre Dame five days after being hired. O’Leary claimed to have a Master’s Degree in education from New York University, which he didn’t, AND to have been a football player at the University of New Hampshire from 1966-68, which he also did not do. READ MORE
HOW TO GET EMPLOYERS TO SWIPE RIGHT
Do you wish more potential employers would swipe right when they viewed your online profile? In today’s technology-driven world, a beautiful and carefully thought-out online presence absolutely increases your chances of catching a potential employer’s eye.
Now is the perfect time for job seekers to improve online presence. Here are five tips to better manage your digital platforms in order to land that job you’ve been dreaming about. READ MORE
TECH TIPS AND THE ART OF TROUBLESHOOTING
Recently, someone asked me about the hardest problem I have ever had to solve at work. Since I have worked on helpdesks and desktop support for nearly 20 years, most of what I do is about solving problems, so I had a long list to choose from.
I did research, talked with the network guys, viewed logs, and did a lot of detective work. It took a bit of dedication and creative thinking, but there is nothing like the feeling you get when you solve a problem—especially when it’s a hard one. READ MORE
HOW TO KICKSTART YOUR JOB SEARCH
Around the first quarter of ever year, lots of people feel motivated to start searching for a new job. However, launching a job search can be daunting and time consuming, and plenty of people quit before they even get going.
TSP is a company that believes in hiring great people and providing many opportunities to employees, and we believe in encouraging job candidates everywhere to find the best fit. READ MORE
COMPANY CULTURE NAYSAYERS...THEY DO EXIST
Hire a champion of your company culture, and you could be set up for monumental success. Hire a culture naysayer, and you could be doomed.
You don’t have to look very hard to find a study that mentions “culture” as a top factor in why people are choosing to initially join and consequently stay with a company. In the coming years, a company’s culture will continue to become more and more important to a candidate’s decision making. READ MORE
FINDING THE RIGHT CUSTOM DATA STORAGE SOLUTION
Choosing a solution for data storage used to be simpler. Storage needs were a lot more basic, data quantity was more manageable, and relational databases could handle most needs without too much trouble. Today, data is much more complex, and every size business has to narrow down exactly what kind of storage solution is best for them. This is even harder because the “best” solution is often a moving target.
Whether clients need a data storage breakdown or want to debate the ins and outs of the most technical matters, we’re here to serve. READ MORE
3 SIGNS YOUR BUSINESS IS READY FOR ENTERPRISE IT SUPPORT
When we talk to small to medium-sized business owners, they’re often surprised when we tell them that whether they have 15 employees or 500, Enterprise Support is something they might want to consider.
While bringing in IT support may not seem like a priority or an expense you want to take on right now, it is often the best solution to common business problems you may be facing, and it can make your company more efficient in the long run – ultimately freeing you up to focus on your business goals. And what’s more important than that?! READ MORE
HOW TO CREATE AND CULTIVATE A DYNAMIC PERSONAL BRAND
According to Wikipedia (the ultimate authority in 2016, as we all know it), personal branding is the practice of people marketing themselves and their careers as brands. The term is thought to have been first used and discussed in a 1997 article by Tom Peters.
If you are thinking, “I’m not important enough to have a brand,” you couldn’t be more wrong. To move ahead in any career, you need to know all about creating and cultivating a dynamic personal brand. READ MORE
JUST ASK! TAPPING EMPLOYEES AS YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA BRAND AMBASSADORS
If you are responsible for employer branding, you should understand that your employee base is a treasure trove of untapped engagement potential. You may have a couple thousand followers on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and/or LinkedIn, but what if you could amplify that reach to tens of thousands?
By leaning on your employees as your best brand ambassadors, you can maximize the return on your social media investment. READ MORE
HOW TO CREATE A ROUTINE TO ENSURE SUCCESS
While all people have their vision of what success looks like, almost all successful people employ some type of ritual to help further them on their path to success.
We put together a recap of best practices from successful people below, and recommend making some of these small changes morning, day and night to help you reach your goals. Read on to see some of the things you can do everyday to stay focused, on track and aiming for the stars. READ MORE
2016 was a transitional year for the TSP blog, but don't worry, we've got more where that came from. There are big things planned for 2017. Thanks for subscribing and happy reading!