Preparing for the Interview: Tips from a Recent Grad

Post contributed by Chad Moyer, Developer at 4CTechnologies

Congratulations!  You got an interview.  Perhaps the hardest part of the job search in today’s economy is simply standing out enough from the pack of resumes to earn a coveted spot in the interview line up.  But it’s not smooth sailing yet!  Here’s a crash course to preparing for an interview to obtain a career in Software Engineering (like with 4CTechnologies!)

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Top Tips for Office Etiquette

This post was contributed by Patricia Napolitano, Promotions & Special Events Coordinator for 4CTechnologies.

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While we here at the 4C office are fortunate to enjoy a considerably relaxed office atmosphere, there is still much more each of us can work on to make sure that we are not offending others.  We should all treat each other as we ourselves would like to be treated . . . with dignity and respect.  But exactly what is “office etiquette?”  You might think that using etiquette in the office makes for an uncomfortable, stiff or even formal atmosphere; it is really just a matter of common sense. R – E – S – P – E – C – T.  When you respect others, they will in turn respect you.  You are also more likely to be viewed in a favorable way and be supported by those around you.

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5 Ways to Make 2014 the Healthiest Year Yet

To kick off the New Year—and all of the healthy resolutions that inevitably come with it—we asked Eric Wingard, Customer Service Representative and resident sports and fitness junkie at 4CTechnologies, to weigh in on how to stay healthy in a busy workplace.

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As a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Pirates, I have always tuned in to their games in the evenings and stuck around after the conclusion of the game for a segment called “Ask Teke” which features former Pirates pitcher Kent “Teke” Tekulve. During the segment, fans submit baseball questions that Teke will answer and do his best to explain to the viewers why a play happened, different approaches to the game, and many other things.

In my segment titled “Ask Eric,” I surveyed 5 friends/family/coworkers and asked their biggest obstacles when it comes to balancing work with a healthy diet and exercise. Working 40, 50, and 60 hours in a week can become tiresome and really make it hard to be able to find time to eat healthy and exercise on a daily basis—and for many of them, they made it a resolution to be healthier in 2014. With a few simple solutions, you can make sure that you are ready for “bathing suit season” year-round.

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Top 10 Reasons to Join a Professional Organization

Blog post contributed by 4CDesignWorks graphic designer Jacqueline McClellan

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Whether you are interested in strengthening your network, furthering your career or maybe just in need of a few more friends, professional networking organizations can be a great option for you. In addition to providing information about your chosen field, professional organizations can enhance your personal and professional development and provide endless networking opportunities. Look around your community—there are bound to be a plethora of organizations (from small local start-ups to national chapters) for you to join. Here are the top 10 reasons for joining a professional networking organization:
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Mobile Business: Native Apps vs Web Apps?

Post contributed by 4CTechnologies Technical Consultant, Matt Nicol

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With the explosive adoption of smart phones and tablets worldwide, it is vital to consider a mobile strategy when planning a variety of technological initiatives for your business. As it has been discussed in this blog in the past, there are currently more mobile devices in the U.S. than there are people! If your company wishes to provide a mobile app, one of the first questions to ask is, “Should my app be a native app or a Web app?”

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15 Tips For More Effective Electronic Communication

Contributed by Sharon Haver, Senior Consultant at 4CTechnologies 

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Do you consider yourself an effective electronic communicator?  Do you wonder if people value your written word?  Or, do you type an email like you tell a story and send an instant message that’s flooded with so many details the important content is lost?  In today’s fast-paced workplace where getting to the point is priceless, your co-workers will appreciate you making good use of their precious time, especially when it comes to the mundane task of reading emails and exchanging instant messages.  These 15 steps will have you writing more effective electronic communications in no time:

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