Just participated in my first learning session on my path to becoming a Career e-Mentor for newcomers to Canada seeking to work in the ICT industry.

Learned about a cool free e-portfolio creation and hosting tool.

I took notes during the webinar, and you can look them over here

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Giving Negative Feedback — In Private Please

If you think someone can get better at something they’re doing, definitely tell them. If they have the right attitude, they’ll appreciate the effort, but be careful that you don’t embarrass them in front of their peers while doing it.

It is especially important to give negative feedback in private. It might seem obvious, but I know I’ve been given negative feedback in front of others in the past, and it’s not pleasant.

If you’d like to use this opportunity to learn more about how to give feedback, I did a bit of Googling for the topic, and I was happy with the results for this set of keywords: giving negative feedback to employee . Let me know what you think in a comment!

New Mini Business Cards

I just ordered a set of 100 mini business cards ( half-size ) for just the price of shipping, 6.75 CAD, from moo.com. Order your free cheap 100 cards ( really ).

Every few months they have a promotion by teaming up with another online company to bring this kind of a special. I’d ordered through Movember last year, in April 2011 through About.me, and this time it’s the Klout service.

p.s. Thanks to Terry Smith, a Winnipeg Front End Developer, @DesignCollider for tweeting out that she got the cards. Couldn’t have gotten them without you!

My GitHub Resume

Since I’m using GitHub for the ProjectPier work I’m doing, one of my senior colleagues at Tactica mentioned that GitHub has a resume creation app, that nicely showcases the different work a developer does through their service. Here’s my GitHub resume.

I tweeted about that, and the always friendly Web Development Instructor at Red River College, Kyle Geske, replied with a link to his GitHub resume.

A GitHub resume, based on a history of code commits that a developer has made can be a valuable resource to use when looking for a new job, because it shows the ability to develop software.

Create yours and link it here if you please! Oh, and you can fork the code and contribute enhancements.