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TECHTALK Solve Your Technical Difficulties with One Button BY ADAM CZARNECKI, BA, CHRP IN THE 1500S, WHEN Leonardo da Vinci was looking for his next gig, he carried with him a number of documents. These documents included letters from his past employers praising his services, an arrangement of various accomplishments and a list of skills and talents. That’s right, the first historically documented professional resume. Fast forward 500 years. In the 1930s, the resume was all but gone. In the 1950s, the resume gained popularity with the development of new technologies and skill sets. In the 1970s, word processors allowed resumes to evolve to a more professional look and standard. Fax machines in the 1980s allowed applicants to apply to multiple companies from a single location. The 1990s set the stage for email and online job sites. And the birth of Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn in the 2000s set the stage for the firestorm that we now know as social media in the 2010s. As the resume returned in the 1950s, the first electronic computer was turned on. In the 1960s, a couple people felt it would be a good idea to connect two of those computers together with a router, leading to the birth of the first internet. In the 1970s, computers and printers were made affordable to the masses. In the 1980s, the tech industry watched as Linux, Apple and Microsoft battled for supremacy. The 1990s saw better, more intelligent soft ware and the evolution of Web 1.0. Web 2.0 followed in the 2000s, alongside the development of smartphones. Which leaves the 2010s and the tablet revolution, which Microsoft failed to bring to popular market 10 years earlier. Just like da Vinci was a man ahead of his time and a forward thinker with his curriculum vitae, or “path of life,” HR professionals are expected to be recruiters, coaches, trainers, business partners, compensation specialists, performance managers, organizational developers, policy enforcers, communication officers, investigators and with the increasing pressure of social media involvement, marketers and IT mavericks. There are a couple of basic tips you can use to earn your IT street cred that would have raised a nod from da Vinci, save you time and 12 O money, impress your friends and co-workers, and earn the respect from your geek friends and IT department. Anytime you come across technical difficulties whether it be a PC, a smartphone or anything with a chip in it, reboot your system. Don’t log off or restart—that’s not good enough. Shut it down, let it sit for 30 seconds (take out the battery if possible, which is the Blackberry fi x for everything) and then power it back on again. Chances are good the problem will have fi xed itself. If it’s your Internet connection that’s wonky or can’t get to a certain website, reboot your router or visit www.downforeveryoneorjustme. com and it will tell you the status of the site. If that didn’t fi x it, Google or Youtube your problem by typing your error message or issue into the search engine. Most likely, you are not the first to encounter the problem, nor will you be the last. There are also forums and communities for Windows, Google and Apple where you can post your questions as well. If you are having issues with a specific program, save your document fi les to another folder and reinstall the program. And when all else, fails back-up your data and reinstall your operating system. Actually this is recommended on an annual basis. It’s best to partition your hard drive and have your operating system on one and your data on the other. It’s a pain but worth it, as your next reinstall will be a cinch. With these tips, you have now moved up a few branches on the technology evolution tree. Really. Here’s the true secret of your IT department: not a one of them is a da Vinci either, and they’re all Googling the same problems you just did to figure things out. O Adam Czarnecki, BA, CHRP, Winner of HRIA Award of Excellence, educator, blogger, tech enthusiast, amateur photographer/ videographer and social media dabbler. He volunteers for the HRIA, HRAC, SAIT, and MRU. He can be usually found as the Human Resources Manager at Great West Kenworth and he can be reached at

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of HUMAN Capital - Summer 2013

Leadership Matters
Economic Pulse
Association News
What's Next for HR? Trends and Competencies
The Emergence of HR Shared Services
The Future of HR Shared Services
Linking HR Strategy to Business Strategy
How Google is Using People Analytics to Completely Reinvent HR
CHRP Credibility on the Rise
Looking to the Future: What Will Make HR Successful?
Games People Play: Shaping a Strategic Workforce
HR LegalEase
Suppliers Guide/Index to Advertisers/

HUMAN Capital - Summer 2013