Become a Microsoft Teams MVP

Duane OdumAre you an active member of the Microsoft Teams community who interested in being recognized for your contributions and commitment? Microsoft wants you to become a part of the MVP program.

Microsoft describes MVPs as “technology experts who passionately share their knowledge with the community…and have an unstoppable urge to get their hands on new, exciting technologies. They have a very deep knowledge of Microsoft products and services, while also being able to bring together diverse platforms, products, and solutions to solve real world problems.”

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Prepping Your Social Media Presence for Successful Job Searching

JohnA lot goes into looking for a job: crafting a perfect resume, scouring job boards, reaching out to old colleagues and professors, attending community networking events, just to name a few.

But you also need to Google yourself—because potential employers sure are.

A study conducted by Career Builder found that:

  • 57% of employers are less likely to interview a candidate they can’t find online
  • 54% have not hired a candidate based on their social media profiles
  • 70% use social media to screen candidates

Cultivating a professional online presence is crucial to successfully snagging the perfect job opportunity. College toga party pictures, drunk tweets, political rants, badmouthing former employers, and insensitive jokes that we thought nothing of at the time can now put a job offer in jeopardy.

Here are some strategies to clean up your digital presence as you prepare to seek out your next job opportunity:

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Microsoft CXO Summit Review

JohnLast Wednesday, I was fortunate enough to attend the SOLD-OUT Microsoft CXO Summit…from my computer! Thankfully, Microsoft live-streamed the first three hours of the conference, and man, did they pack a lot of great insight into those three hours!

During that time, we heard from seven different speakers about digital transformation and building a digital culture in the workplace. All of the speakers were informative and engaging and I genuinely enjoyed each of the presentations. My top three takeaways were…

  • Companies are reaching out to the “crowd” as innovation partners
  • 86% of CEOs consider digital transformation their top priority
  • Automation is the difference in computing today and computing 30 years ago

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Webinar Recap: “The 2017 State of Application Development Survey”

JohnI recently attended a webinar sponsored by OutSystems, a low-code application development company, called “App Development Disrupted: Answers and Results from The 2017 State of Application Development Survey.” The webinar outlined the findings of this research, which surveyed over 3,000 IT professionals from around the world. You can download the full report here.

The 45-minute discussion was broken up into three segments that correlated with what elements of development survey respondents found most important: speed, scale/scope, and skills.

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