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Email Etiquette for Job Seekers

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: August 13, 2018

 

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Emails are one of the most common types of communication in many workplaces, beginning with the job search. However, many people may not know exactly how they can portray themselves professionally through an email. Emails are often the first point of communication during a job search, so it is important that they are written thoughtfully and purposefully. To make the right first impression when sending an email, it is important that you keep these tips in mind.  Continue reading

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Bridge Brief: The Latest Tech News

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: May 1, 2018

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Here at Bridge we like staying up-to-date on the latest tech news. Seriously, it seems that every day there’s another article about a startup or device looking to change our lives. So, from full-body VR suits to smartwatches that project data, here are some of our favorite articles from the past few weeks.

Walmart filed a number of patents seeking to change the way we shop. One of which introduces a “smart” shopping cart that can communicate with your mobile device. Another involves the use of drones to assist customers shopping in-store. Still others suggest the use of sensors to assist with inventory. Could this shift toward smart technology be their way of competing with Amazon?

In this new age of environmentally-friendly vehicles, it’s no surprise that car brands are finding ways to produce more of them. For example, Ford and Indian automaker Mahindra Group have joined forces to develop a new electric vehicle. As a matter of fact, this alliance helps both companies; Ford gets a helping hand with penetrating China’s market and Mahindra stretches its wings into the electric vehicle space.

The craze over smartwatches is calming, but one company wants to re-excite the masses. At the Mobile World Congress 2018, Haier unveiled its Asu Smartwatch. The standout feature? A tiny projector on its side which displays onto your skin. It can show a number you’re typing, how many steps you’ve taken, the time, and even a stopwatch. However, the biggest criticism questions its practicality. What are your thoughts?

SanDisk’s newest microSD card boasts speeds 50% faster than previous ones. In fact, the 400GB microSD card reaches read speeds up to 160MB/s and write speeds up to 90MB/s. Thanks to Mashable, here’s an idea of just how much this tiny card can store:

About…

  • 400,000 e-books (at an average size of 1MB per e-book)
  • 200,000 photos (12-megapixel iPhone 7 photos at an average size of 2MB)
  • 100,000 iTunes songs (at an average size of 4MB for an average 4-minute tune)
  • 88 Full HD movies from iTunes (at an average of 4.5GB per movie)
  • 16 Blu-Rays (at an average size of 25GB)

One company is taking virtual reality gaming to the next level. The Teslasuit aims to add a sense of touch to gaming. How? The suit uses an electro-tactile haptic feedback system to stimulate your nerves. Meaning, you’ll be able to sense in-game objects, such as walls, and feel the weight of items. Even more impressive, the Teslasuit is helping treat patients with long-term disabilities. Turns out, there’s more to virtual reality than just gaming.

Feeling fancy? Takieso Graft Design, a design studio in New York City, brings finesse to your desk with this wool mousepad. Better yet, the sleek leather at the top doubles as a wireless charger for your smartphone. It plugs directly into a laptop or desktop computer, and if you’re on the move, simply roll it up and you’re ready to go.

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Ways to Encourage Employee Development

This Post was written by Scott Deutsch
Date posted: March 5, 2018

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Keeping your team motivated and productive is a task that requires some out-of-the-box thinking. There can only be so many pep talks and weekly check-ins to promote productivity, which is why it may be time for you to find new ways to engage your employees.

At Bridge, we want our employees to know that we care about their professional growth. In fact, employees are more likely to stay with a company that puts forth the effort to help them become better in their professional roles. Here are our three easy tips on how to encourage employee development:

Promote memberships in professional organizations
Team members who take part in professional organizations outside of the office tend to develop stronger leadership qualities. They want to take what they’ve learned from this outside group and share it with their coworkers. Additionally, they will learn new skills and stay current with trends in their field, while also growing their network. Encourage them to search LinkedIn groups or Meetup.com to find something that sounds interesting.

In general, allow your employees the freedom to explore outside organizations. Help them start by keeping a list of potential groups to join. Once they’ve attended some events, ask them to share their thoughts with the rest of the team. Before you know it, more people will be inspired to work on their professional development.

Encourage writing
No matter what industry you’re in, writing is a skill that everyone needs to practice. At Bridge, we keep a running communal list of thoughtful industry topics. Our employees volunteer to write them which our marketing department then shares. By doing so, we’re allowing everyone the opportunity to have his or her voice heard.

If your company has a blog, encourage your employees to try their hand at writing a couple of articles. Don’t forget, LinkedIn is about more than just increasing your number of connections. Remind your employees to use this as a platform for sharing their professional thoughts and experiences. In fact, anyone can publish an article on LinkedIn, they may just need help getting started.

Keep open lines of communication
The best way you can promote employee development is being accessible. Make it clear to everyone that you, and the company, are there to help your employees become better at what they do. Recognize their accomplishments, promote growth within the company, and act as a resource they can turn to if they are looking for ways to become a better professional.

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Secure Holiday Shopping: Tips on How to Stay Safe

This Post was written by Bridge Technical Talent
Date posted: November 27, 2017

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There’s no doubt you’ll be doing some, if not all, of your holiday shopping online this year. While most of us do it, statistics show that only 29% of us have privacy concerns. You may be in the holiday spirit, but there are others who come out during this season looking to hack and steal identities. Reports from 2016 show that $16 billion was stolen from about 15 million U.S. consumers. Exercise caution during your shopping because as we all know, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Passwords, passwords, passwords
Even though it might be easier to reuse the same password for almost every account, change this habit! Each time you create a password it should be unique, complicated, and only used for one account. Use a mix of upper- and lowercase letters, numbers, and symbols. It’s also a good idea to completely overhaul your current passwords before we’re fully in the swing of the holidays.

Don’t save your information
Many websites boast a faster, hassle-free checkout if you simply have them save your credit card information. This may be tempting, but just don’t do it. You lose control of your information when a third party site saves it for you. Take the extra two minutes to find your card and enter in its information when confirming an online purchase.

Finalize purchases at home
Sure, it can be a blast to sit at Starbucks and scroll through gift ideas while you enjoy your beverage. Just make sure you don’t actually purchase anything while using public wifi. Not many of us have access to a VPN, so it’s safer to brainstorm your ideas while in a public space, but don’t do any purchasing until you’re home. Even then, double check that your URL reads https:// and make sure there is a padlock in the address bar. If you don’t see either of these, you’ll want to cancel that order and try again somewhere else.

Don’t follow email links
Countless scams are conducted via email. If there’s a great deal being advertised, then it should be visible on the company’s website. Avoid following links, shortened bitly links, or coupon codes, especially if you see it on social media first.

Stay up-to-date on all your accounts
You should consistently monitor your bank accounts all year round, but be extra diligent during the holidays. Monitor the purchases you’ve made and cross reference your receipts to ensure everything lines up. Use a credit card to make online purchases; this way, the money is not withdrawn directly from your account. If there is a purchase that doesn’t look familiar, contact your bank immediately to rectify the situation.

Use websites you trust
Just as you would be weary of a brick and mortar store if something felt a bit off, exercise this same caution online. If you can, stick with trusted, big-name stores like Amazon. Many times the apps from places like these have an extra layer of security, so consider using them to make purchases if you have to while in public.

We wish you didn’t have to worry about something as negative as identity theft during your holiday shopping, but unfortunately it’s a real threat. Use caution and be smart about any online purchases, and this season will pass by smoothly!

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