In order to get the job of your dreams, there are many steps – for better or worse – that you have to take. From that first emailed resume you send, to negotiating your salary and vacation days, there are many facets of the hiring process.
One facet, that’s just as important as the others, is the follow up. After you ace your interview, there are several things you’ll need to do to follow up with the company you interviewed with.
Follow Up Email
Following up with an email is absolutely essential. You want a quick, polite way to say “thank you”. Don’t include any questions in your email, you don’t want the hiring manager to think they have to email you back – unless it’s with an offer.
If the person you interviewed with states that they do not want you to follow up, or asks you to call back, then it is definitely a good idea to follow their wishes. Email is a safe bet if no other instructions were given.
If You Haven’t Heard Anything
One question you should ask in your interview should be “when do you expect to make a decision?” Pay attention to the answer and if you have not heard back anything in that time frame, you should follow up. A short simple email or phone call is acceptable.
Learn When to Fold ‘Em
Send a thank you email, follow up once and if you don’t hear anything, move on. If they want to hire you, they will contact you. So as much as it stinks, if you don’t hear back, it’s time to accept it and continue your job search.
Before you continue your search, consider contacting a recruiting and staffing agency. If you’re located in North Texas, call Maxsys Solutions today.
Believe it or not, there are some hiring managers who actually enjoy making their interviewees squirm in their seat.
Don’t give them the satisfaction. Follow these tips and be sure not to get stumped during your next job interview:
Take a Deep Breath
If you find yourself facing a question you don’t quite know the answer to, just take a deep breath and calm down. If you start to panic, you will increase your heart rate and then you won’t be able to completely concentrate on an answer. In order to come up with a good answer, you’ll need to calm yourself down.
Think Before Your Speak
If your first reaction is to say “I don’t know” to a question, go with your second reaction. It is never a good idea to admit you don’t know something. However, it is a good idea to take a moment and think of a better response.
OR, if you cannot come up with anything within a few seconds, explain how you would go about finding an answer to the question. This will show them your awesome problem solving skills.
It’s OK to Ask Questions
If there is something the interviewer is saying that is not perfectly clear, it is more than acceptable to ask questions. Better to ask now than to ask after you get the job (and it’s worse, if you don’t get the job).
Send a Follow-Up Email
If there was a question that you stumbled on and did not recover from, send the person a follow-up email explaining that you had time to think about it and share your new answer. Be sure to keep it short and simply apologize for that mistake.
Not every interview will be perfect, but if you need more interview – or any other job search help – contact Maxsys Solutions today.
Keeping a detailed list of all of the jobs you have had, is always a good idea – whether you’re looking for a new job or not.
A great way to do this is to always have your resume updated, but there are instances when that is not possible. For example, if you’re tailoring your resume for a certain career, you may want to omit any job history that is not necessary for that particular field.
Here are some easy ways to keep and organize your employment history:
It is generally a good idea to always have the full company name, address, phone number, website and supervisor name of any place you have worked. Additionally you’ll want to have any job titles you held at that company, dates you worked there, and your salary. You should also add any training classes you took for this job and certificates you obtained.
Details, Details, Details
For every job you’ve had, you should keep a list of all of your job details. And also of whether you liked or disliked your position and duties. This comes in handy for future job interviews.
Create a simple Word document for each job you have had. And name said documents with the dates of employment and the company names, so they’ll be easy to find. Include all of the above information, plus anything else you’d like to remember.
Remember that for all of your career search needs, Maxsys Solutions is here to help. Give us a call today.
When it comes to a resume, most people tend to include as much information as can fit on the page. Last week we highlighted some items that many recommend you eliminate from your resume, but it seems we forgot one item.
Lifehacker recently shared that including your address to your resume may be a mistake.
Unfortunately, if you’re applying for a position that is a substantial commute from your home, a potential employer may look at that as a reason not to hire you.
“You might not have thought about it, but in-house recruiters know that people with long commutes have more stress and often eventually quit “because of the commute.” If you quit, they don’t look good AND they have to replace you. That’s more work, with no more money, for them.
When you put your address on your resume, believe me, they do the math. If your commute would be longer than what’s tolerable long-term, your resume often finds its way into the “maybe” or “no” pile.”
Studies show that those with long commutes are not as happy with their job and are also most likely to get a divorce. Hiring managers know this and take this into consideration when sorting through those stacks of resumes.
So if you’re applying for a job out of town, consider leaving your home address off your resume. And if you want more job search help, consider calling Maxsys Solutions.
Chances are you have a resume stored on your computer right now. And that is a good thing. If you don’t, you should – even if you’re not currently looking for a new job.
If your resume is up-to-date, then you are one step ahead of the game. But is it “updated”? Too often people cram their resumes with every single job, skill and activity they can think of.
Here are some things you can eliminate from your resume:
Too Many Skills
A hiring manager who is reading your resume is only going to remember one or two of your skills. If you’re a software engineer, going for a software engineer position, focus on that. Sure you have some marketing experience, but if it does not help in obtaining this job, leave it out.
Be Clear in Your Objective
If your passion is network systems administration, then make sure your resume conveys that. You don’t want to waste perfectly good resume space detailing your sales experience. You do not have to skip your other roles, just don’t emphasize them.
Show, Don’t Just Tell
Make sure your resume details exactly how you helped your last company double their sales when you created a new website. Hiring managers want you to impress them with your stories, not just your skills.
You’re Not Good at Everything
Ok, you might be, but it is still not a good idea to come across that way. You know how when you meet someone and all they do is talk about how awesome they are, you don’t really believe them? Same goes for you and your resume.
If you would like more resume advice or some help with your job search, contact Maxsys Solutions.
Telecommuting – or working from home – is very popular these days. Companies are realizing that it is more cost efficient to allow professionals to work from home, especially in fields like healthcare, computer and IT. It also prevents any geographical burden from their hiring process.
If you have never worked from your home, you may worry about how it will affect your productivity. Well, we found some tricks to help you become a proficient telecommuter:
1. Find free Wi-Fi. Working from home doesn’t necessarily mean that you always have to work within the four walls of your home. Use apps such as Work+ or Coverage? to find free Wi-Fi and how far you can be from it while still being connected.
2. Schedule breaks. Taking breaks can increase productivity, so you want to make sure to get a few in during the course of the day. However, since you are home, be careful not to get too distracted. Don’t turn on that TV!
3. Rise and shine early. Studies show that many people are more productive in the morning as soon as they wake up. If that’s you, schedule a large chunk of your work before lunch. You can shower later.
4. Be comfortable. Set up your home office exactly as you like it (remember there is a Home Office Deduction). Play some music and light a candle if that’s your thing. These are the perks from working at home.
5. Keep to your schedule. If you worked in an office and would leave at 6pm, then leave your home office at 6pm. Of course occasionally you may work later, but remember to take care of yourself to be a better employee.
Whether you’re looking for a telecommuting job or an office position, Maxsys Solutions can help you. Call us today.
You know that networking is an important factor in your job search and you should be doing it more often. But like we all know we should be eating more vegetables, we just don’t want to.
The other problem is that many of us are guilty of making some big networking mistakes. Are you? Here are five networking mistakes that you are probably making:
Not Being Active on LinkedIn
Yes, you have put up your resume and all of your personal information on LinkedIn, but are you connecting with people? You need to take the time each week to get to know and interact with your connections. And make sure you show interest in them…not just what they can do for you.
Focusing on Yourself Too Much
Networking is about finding ways to make your contacts useful to you in your job search, but you don’t want to be too pushy. Remember to also ask them what you can do for them and a handwritten thank you card for their help is always a great idea.
Asking Immediately for a Favor
You may meet someone who has the connections that you need, but asking them for their help as soon as you meet them is a no no. Interact with them; send them an interesting article that relates to something they are interested in. Then wait until your second interaction for specific help or information.
Not Putting in Any Effort
Every single relationship in your life deserves some effort. This includes your networking contacts. The most read book on this topic is still Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People. It can’t hurt to read or even re-read it.
Networking with Too Many People
Networking is about quality, not quantity. Connect with the right people and then use those connections wisely.
While finding the perfect networking contact is important, so is finding the perfect staffing agency. For IT jobs in the DFW area, contact Maxsys Solutions today.
Your cover letter is typically the first thing a prospective employer sees. You want it to capture their attention, sometimes even more than your resume. And chances are if it’s a bad cover letter, they won’t even look at the resume.
Here are some ways you can get creative and make a great first impression with your cover letter:
Think Outside the Box
Sure a nice cover letter on paper is nice, but so is a video. Upload your professional information to YouTube. This way you can also show off some of your other talents, such as video-producing and editing.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Last year a young student sent an email to a Wall Street executive in hopes of an internship and it has generated lots of buzz. We do not know the outcome of this story, but many feel that his honesty is refreshing.
Spice Up Your Personal Website
Personal websites are essential today. But maybe you should consider creating a website with some pizzaz – an interactive website or one that somehow integrates a specific company’s product(s).
- If you have a mutual acquaintance in common with the hiring manager, be sure to state that.
- If there is an experience or anecdote that you think will help your chances, tell your story.
- Your cover letter should always be professional, no matter how it is sent.
For more career search help and advice, contact Maxsys Solutions today.
If you are currently employed, but are wondering if this particular job is the right one for you, there is a website that will help you to calculate your job happiness.
The Triangle of Happiness measures your job satisfaction in the following areas – Money, People, and Work. Simply rank how happy you are with how much money you make, your coworkers and if you genuinely enjoy the work you do on a scale from one to four (1 = Completely dissatisfied | 2 = Not feeling good | 3 = Feeling OK | 4 = Really happy).
If a triangle isn’t your thing or you’d just like to rate more categories, there is an advanced option to add other things including company values, flexible working, career development and more. You can also weigh each factor so that the ones that are more important to you will be worth more.
This is a very useful tool especially if you’re thinking of leaving your career or you just want to evaluate where you are with your job.
If the results of the Triangle of Happiness show that you’re ready for a new career, contact the professionals at Maxsys Solutions to help you find the right job today.
Are you hoping 2014 may be the year you find that perfect job, earn a comfortable salary and live happily ever after?
Well it may very well happen. But not in the way you think. There is a growing trend to ditch the traditional resume and opt for a 1-Page Job Proposal Tool.
This radical idea is based on a New York Times bestselling book, “The One-Page Proposal: How to Get Your Business Pitch onto One Persuasive Page” by Patrick Riley. The thought behind it is that you can find a problem within a company and offer them a solution before they even start the hiring practice.
It not only gives you that competitive edge, but it gives the company an employee with the necessary skills and who is there for the right reasons. A win win.
“We did a test on about 2,000 people around the world,” says Weidenmiller (co-founder of 1-Page). “We just wanted to see what would happen if a candidate sent in a 1-Page proposal cold to a company – without a request. What happened was that 60% of our job seekers were able to get a job or interview within two weeks. And that is pretty amazing given the unemployment rate.”
The people at 1-Page are getting back positive results from employers and job seekers. This may not be the way to go for everyone, but it is a viable alternative to the resume. The main idea that you are pitching your personal brand, gives you more power than simply emailing your resume.
For more tips on finding your perfect career in 2014, contact the professionals at Maxsys Solutions today.