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Should You Negotiate Your Salary?


When you’re in the midst of a job search, there are lots of factors to take into consideration – salary is often the most important of them all.

We recommend to have a salary range in mind when you’re searching for a new position; this allows you to know exactly what you need to pay your bills, but also be flexible.

Negotiating your salary is often one of the more stressful acts during a job search – you don’t want to ask for too much money and talk yourself out of a job, but you also don’t want to sell yourself short. And then there are situations when you should not actually negotiate. Ugh, we know that’s not what you want to hear, but let’s explore when and when you should not negotiate your salary:

“This is as High as We Can Go”

If you hear these words during the process of accepting a position, know that there is no negotiating at this point. A hiring manager is not a car salesman, he knows the company’s budget and he knows what they’re willing to pay. And if he’s being upfront with you, pay attention and don’t insult him by asking for more money.

Know Your Worth

It’s important to do your research and know the salary range for your industry, experience and area where you live. If you do this and if the amount you’re offered is close to this number, it’s probably not a good idea to negotiate the salary. You don’t want to seem too greedy or misinformed.

You Have No Other Choice

If the salary offered is too low and there is no way you can take the job and still keep a roof over your head, then it’s time to negotiate. When negotiating, just remember to be clear and explain to your potential employer why you are worth more money. Don’t list a bunch of expenses; everyone has bills to pay.

Again, understand that every situation and circumstance is different. Pay attention and listen for cues when speaking with a potential employer. Teaming up with a professional staffing agency will also give you a bit of an inside edge when interviewing and discussing salary. Looking for an IT staffing agency in DFW? Give Maxsys Solutions a call.

3 Reasons You’re Not Getting an Interview


There is nothing worse than spending hours perfecting your resume and cover letter and then…crickets.

Unfortunately, the reasons why you’re not getting a call for a job interview are not always your fault. Some will say it comes down to mistakes in your resume or cover letter, but more often than not, it’s something that you cannot control.

Here are three reasons you are may not be getting called for an interview and what you can (maybe!) do about it:

It’s All About Who You Know

The world is an unfair place and unfortunately this is often the case; it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. The only way to remedy this is to network. Again, we know some of you would rather get a root canal than attend an industry event, but it’s worth it. Check out some networking tips we’ve previously shared.

Your Resume is Too Long

Ok, so this one you do have some control over. Hiring managers love to skim resumes, spending only about 10 seconds deciding your career fate. The key is to make your resume as easy as possible to skim through – bullet points work best. Focus on your strengths and use these successful resume words.

Your Name Tells Too Much

While completely illegal, it does happen that you will be discriminated against based on your race…or even gender. It’s wrong and we don’t have a solution, but our opinion is that you don’t want to work for that person or that company anyway, so consider yourself lucky if they never call you.

Remember that a professional staffing agency can help you with all of your career needs. For more resume, interview and job search advice for IT professionals in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact Maxsys Solutions.

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Top Software Skills Needed in Each State

Let’s say you’re looking to get into the IT industry, but you don’t know which specific software skills to focus on. Or perhaps you’re already a developer specializing in Git, but are considering relocating. Where can you find out the best locations for each software skill set?

MidAmerica Nazarene University reviewed resumes and job postings from all over the country to find skill gaps in each state – the skills employers want against the skills candidates have.

They put together a map of each state and the top skill gaps in each:


The good news is that if your specialty is Git, it was “found to be the program with the biggest gap between the skills employers are looking for and the skills employees have, beating out other well-known programs like Python and JavaScript”

Not in IT? Well they also looked at other industries, including:

- Accounting, Trading, Business Intelligence

- Sales, Marketing

- Design & Animation

- HR, Law, Insurance

- Medical, Pharmacy, Sciences

- Architecture, Engineering

- Education, Library Administration

- Project Management, General, Other

- Real Estate, Retail, Logistics

Whatever your career choice, a professional staffing agency is always willing to help you find the best job. And if you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Maxsys Solutions is here for you. Give us a call at 866.799.4949 today.

Tips for Fulfilling Your Career Goals

Career Goal

Everyone has career goals. Whether you’ve written them down in a journal-like way to help keep on track. Or you’re currently on the path to achieving those goals. Or even if you’ve ideas in the back of your mind, but haven’t acted on them yet, we all have them.

While we at Maxsys Solutions wish we can give you a magic potion so all of your dreams and goals for your career come true, we’re all mature enough to realize that that’s not going to happen. At least I hope so.

Here are a few tips to get you started on the path to fulfilling those career goals:

Make a List

Lists are a great way of dumping all of those thoughts rolling around in your head. Making a list of all of your accomplishment in the past year or two is a great way of making sure you’re on the right track to completing your career goals. It’s also a great way to organize yourself to update that resume or LinkedIn profile.

Always Be Networking

It’s so important to stay on top of industry news, and that often requires getting up from your computer and speaking with people. Networking – while it’s not everyone’s favorite – is very important to your career. Make it a point to either attend an industry event or grab lunch with someone in your field at least once a month. This will keep your name and face out there, and you never know where it can lead.

Pick Up a Book

Every once in a while, you’ll need to refresh your skills – outside of your day-to-day tasks – that are vital to further your career. Two good books for this are Dale Carnegie’s “How to Win Friends and Influence People” and Keith Ferrazzi’s “Never Eat Alone”.

The last tip is to make a reminder for yourself to review your career goals at least twice a year. Make adjustments where necessary and always remember that a professional staffing agency is a great resource when you’re looking for a change.

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9 Best IT Jobs for a Healthy Work-Life Balance


Have you ever had one of those weeks where you feel like you just can’t catch up – at work and home? Of course you have, we all do.

Now have you ever felt like that every single week? Well, that’s a horse of a different color.

If your current job does not allow for a healthy work-life balance, then perhaps it’s time to find something that does.

“Do those jobs exist?” Yup, and Glassdoor recently featured a list of 25 of the best jobs for work-life balance. The good news? If your experience is in Information Technology, you’ll be on your way to work-life peace in no time.

Here are some IT positions that will allow you to maintain a work-life balance, so that everyone in your life – especially you! – are happy:

- SEO Manager (#2)

- Social Media Manager (#4)

- UX Designer (#8)

- Web Developer (#10)

- Software QA Engineer (#16)

- Web Designer (#17)

- Content Manager (#21)

- Software Developer (#24)

- Front End Developer (#25)

Interested in switching jobs or careers to one of these? Professional staffing agencies are your best resource and if you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth, Maxsys Solutions is here for you. Give us a call at 866.799.4949 today!

Develop These Skills to Land That Job


Have you ever wondered if there was a mixture of skills that was a like a magic potion, guaranteeing you a job offer?

Well unfortunately there’s not. But there are certain skills that can help.

Mashable looked into what “everyday” skills, will help you land – and keep – the job of your dreams.

Content Management

Writing is a skill that translates to every industry. Whether you’re in IT or an investment banker, being able to write is always beneficial. Content management includes creating (researching and writing), editing and publishing. Every company has – or at least should have – a website and being able to manage the content that appears on that website is something you should advertise.

Image Editing and Design

Photos and images are an essential part of any website or publication. So being able to edit photos or create graphics is a huge plus on your resume. If you don’t have the skills now, it couldn’t hurt to take a class in Photoshop and graphic design, just to cement your place in the “hire” pile.


Nowadays some high schools offer classes in HTML (HyperText Mark-up Language)It’s great to introduce young kids to the platform in which most websites are built. If you were lucky enough to ever take a beginners HTML class or simply know some of the basics, you may want to brush up on those skills and use them to your advantage.

For more tips on how to secure your next job, a professional staffing agency is always a great resource. If you’re looking for an IT position in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, give Maxsys Solutions a call today.

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Words Hiring Managers Want to See in Your Cover Letter


If you polled most people in the workforce and asked them what their least favorite part of a job search is, we’re almost positive they’d say “writing a cover letter”.

Why? Because cover letters are a complete mystery. While it’s a companion to your ‘fabulous’ resume, it’s also a crapshoot on which direction you should take it – should you be honest, professional, funny? While you want to convey interest in their company and position, you don’t want to seem too desperate. And you can be a little more relaxed than in your resume, but you still want to come across as qualified.

We wanted to share some information from this Mashable piece about which words experts say they want to see in your cover letter.


In case you need a refresher of elementary school grammar, an adjective is a word that describes a noun (which is a person, place or thing). According to a career expert from LinkedIn, some adjectives you should try to use on your cover letter include:

- Entusiastic

- Passionate

- Honest


Otherwise known as action words, verbs are great ways to describe your experience and skills. Author and career expert, Vicki Salemi, recommends some of the following verbs to make your cover letter stand out:

- Led

- Forecasted

- Ignited

- Negotiated

- Identified

- Generated

Remember that your entire job search does not have to be a mystery. A professional staffing agency can help lead you to your dream job. If you’re located in or around Dallas Fort Worth, Maxsys Solutions can help you find an IT position today.

Ways to Refresh Your Job Search

Like with anything, it’s very easy to hit a wall and enter into a slump while searching for a job. Between the hours spent researching companies and positions, to the countless number of resumes you send out, it can be exhausting. Especially if you’re not getting the results you want…a job.

So what can you do to revive your job search and refresh your attitude? Here are a few suggestions:

Expand Your Horizons

If you have your heart set on a particular company or specific position and nothing has come to fruition, you may have to re-evaluate what it is you’re looking for. Perhaps it’s your lack of experience that’s keeping you from your dream job, but it may be time to get a new dream. Listen to feedback from others, give yourself some flexibility, and expand your job requirements.

Get Outside

If you’ve been sitting in front of your computer pumping out resumes day after day and not leaving the house, that’s a problem. Many job opportunities are not even posted online, so it may be time to get dressed and get out there. Check out local meet-ups or other industry events. We know networking is not everyone’s favorite, but it’s important to expand your job search beyond your living room.

Use Your Time Wisely

If you’re not working during your job search, then a great piece of advice is to take that extra time and work on your skills. Or learn new ones. Even if the skill will not necessarily help you get a job, the fact that you’re exercising those brain muscles and (hopefully) enjoying yourself, will help your overall attitude.

All in all, it’s important to remember that everyone has ‘those’ moments during their job search. It can be stressful and sometimes frustrating. Remember that a professional staffing agency can alleviate some of that stress, so look for one in your area that specializes in your industry. If you live in Dallas-Fort Worth and are looking for a job in IT, check us out at Maxsys Solutions.

Answer this One Interview Question With Ease


Opinions vary greatly when it comes to choosing the most significant interview question a hiring manager can ask. Whatever the question, the answer is always important.

You’ll get asked lot of different interview questions and, depending on your industry and the state of the current job market, you may get asked “What other companies are you interviewing with?”

So how should you answer this question? We explore a few options below:

Don’t Lie!

First and foremost, lying is the worst thing you could do. You never know who the person your interviewing with knows and if they speak. So if you’re meeting with a competitor, it’s best to be honest and say you’re exploring options with XYZ company. For an added bonus, explain why you’re exciting about their company over the other.

Find a Connection

If you’re looking at different positions in a variety of industries, you don’t want to come off as someone who is indecisive. Again, you want to be honest and your best bet is to find a connection between the various jobs. Do they all provide IT support? Play off of that. You want to come across as a person who knows what they want…even if you don’t.

Interviewing, Applying – Same Thing?

So say this is your only interview, do you want to admit that? Probably not. But chances are you have applied to many positions and for all you know they’re calling you right now. Simply reply that you’ve just started your job search and are exploring many opportunities. But again, stroking their ego is always a good idea, so mention why you’re exciting about this particular position.

Looking for an IT position in the Dallas-Fort Worth area? Give us a call at Maxsys Solutions for all of your professional staffing needs.

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Informational Interviews and Why They’re Important

Informational Interview Questions

If you’ve ever been asked on an informational interview and quickly had to Google what it was, we’re here to help explain what they are exactly and why they are necessary for both job seekers and employers.

An information interview is a meeting used to gather information by both someone seeking employment or a company looking to build a pool of candidates for future hires.

Typically initiated by someone looking to gain some insight about their career, the industry, or the ins and outs of a particular company, the information interview is hard to come by. They’re not often advertised, but here are some ways to ask for one:

- Reach out to the right people via LinkedIn. Do some research on your dream company and target someone in a position of power. But not too much power that they won’t have any time to meet with you. Try to find a shared connection, they’ll be more likely to respond to you.

- Draft the perfect email. Make sure it has a clear message, be considerate and make sure they know you’re looking for information and not just a job.

- Follow up. If you haven’t heard back in a week, you may want to follow up with another email, but be considerate and simply ask if they had a chance to read your previous email.

If you are lucky enough to get an informational interview, be sure to get the most out of your brief time. Get as much information as possible and treat the experience more like a conversation and less like an interview. The connection you make with the person may be more valuable than any other interview you’ll have.

A professional staffing agency is also a great resource you can use to obtain an information interview. If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex and are looking for a position in information technology, contact Maxsys Solutions.


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