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How You Know if Your Job Interview is Going Well

So you perfected your resume, got the call to schedule an interview, and did all of the interview prep work. Now you’re sitting across from the person who can make or break your next career move.

Anyone who has ever sat in the interview chair has questioned whether it’s going well or they are completely blowing it. And it’s not always easy. I once finished an interview 100% confident that I was getting the job, or at the very least a second interview. A week later, I received the “we’re sorry…” letter.

So how do you really know how well your interview is going? Here are some positive scenarios:

- You are asked to speak with other key company figures that you were not previously told about.

- You are given a tour of the company’s offices and are introduced to other employees. Bonus if they show you your potential office.

- The interviewer seems very interested in knowing when you are available to start.

- You find yourself in the middle of a personal conversation and it’s going well. It starts to feel like you’re speaking with a pal. Bonus if you’re both laughing.

- The interview went long and the conversation flowed.

- You were told exactly when you’ll hear back from them. “I’ll be in touch soon” is vague, but if he says “I’ll get back to you in the next two days”, that’s a good sign.

Need more interview tips? Contact one of our professional representatives at Maxsys Solutions to learn how you can ace your next interview.

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Top Tech Companies for 2015

When you father and grandfather searched for a job, they looked in the classifieds, spoke to a few colleagues, accepted a position, worked there for 30 years, got their gold watch and retired.

Today, it has become a bit more complicated. But companies have taken note and stepped up their game to once again be a place where people want to work at for 30 plus years and retire there.

Glassdoor recently posted the Best Places to Work in 2015 and we wanted to share the top technology companies they featured:

-       Google
-       F5 Networks
-       Facebook
-       Qualcomm
-       Adobe
-       MathWorks
-       Apple
-       LinkedIn
-       Zillow
-       Mindbody

Besides competitive salaries, some company benefits include free meals, video games rooms, company-sponsored events, flexible work schedules, onsite wellness classes, and company cultures that value their employees happiness and success.

Most of these companies encourage their employees to explore new technologies and continue learning, which creates room for advancement for all of their workers.

Looking for a long-term position in a company? Contact a Maxsys Solutions representative for help finding your next tech job.

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Didn’t Get the Job? You May Have More Options

They say when one door closes, another one opens. And if there was ever a time where that was especially true, it’s during a job search.

To receive a job offer, many different stars need to align. So while you may not be the best candidate for one position, there may be something else close by that is perfect for you.

Here are some tips on how you can turn rejection from one position into an offer for another:

Make Sure You Ace Your Interview

Obviously this is easier said than done, but it’s extremely beneficial to make a good impression during an interview. For one, chances are the person conducting the interview has many connections and if they like you, they can recommend you for another position or introduce you to someone who can. They are also more likely to keep you in mind if something else becomes available in the future.

Be Honest

If you know that there are other job opportunities in a particular company, you can let that be known during the interview. Especially if you learn more about the position you’re interviewing for and you start to think it wouldn’t be a good fit. Sure, it’s a risky move, but if you show enough passion they shouldn’t hold that against you.

Follow Up

If you are notified that went with another candidate for a job, you can still follow up with a thank you email. There’s no harm in expressing – one last time – your interest in working within the department or company. You can even end your email with something along the lines of “I hope you’ll keep me in mind”.

If you still need more options, contact Maxsys Solutions where we are dedicated to finding superior staffing solutions for IT professionals.

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Ask Questions While Waiting for an Interview

Waiting in the reception area for an interview is an extremely nerve-raking experience. You never know how long you’re going to be there and it’s not exactly an appropriate time to catch up on your reading or return a few phone calls. So why not do something to make the best of it?

Lifehacker recently suggested that interview candidates Ask the Receptionist These Questions While Waiting for a Job Interview. It’s a great idea to get some insider information on the company from the one person who sees everything that goes in the office.

Here are some questions you may want to ask the receptionist:

- Is everyone normally this (busy, quiet, friendly, professional), or is something special going on today?

- Do people who work here like to get together socially?

- How busy is the switchboard on a typical day?

- Are the bosses usually in the office or are they often on the road?

- How would you describe the office culture?

- What do you like best about working here?

Don’t forget about other questions you should ask at different times during the interview process – like before the interview and during.

For any other questions you may have or for all of your professional staffing needs, contact Maxsys Solutions in Dallas-Fort Worth.

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Introduce Yourself Like a Pro

When you’re looking for a job, any connection you make has the possibility of leading to a job opportunity. That’s why it’s essential for you to have an answer to the commonly asked question ‘what do you do?’.

LinkedIn recently featured an article on how NOT to introduce yourself. We wanted to touch on that a bit, but highlight some tips on introducing yourself like a pro.

Successfully Reword Your Answer

Yes, the person asked you what you do, but LinkedIn advises that you instead answer ‘who you help’. Instead of just describing your current or previous job title, simple answer with “I help companies identify and make the best use of their key performance indicators and big data.” This is concise and to the point, plus the person will know in just a few seconds if they know of a company who can use someone like you.

Ask Questions

Nobody likes that guy who talks non-stop about himself. Don’t forget to ask some questions and get to know the person. Ask what they do, what they’re looking for, etc. You never know the connections you can make from just one conversation.

A Few Don’ts

Whatever you do, do not:

- Drop names

- Ask the person to pass your business card onto others

- Tell your life story

- Give a wimpy handshake

Networking is challenging, but it’s an important part of your job search. For more information, a professional staffing agency can always help. Located around DFW? Call Maxsys Solutions today.

Don’t Make These Mistakes After You Get A Job Offer

You finally got a job offer – congrats! However, not many people realize that until your first day and/or a contract is signed, the offer could be retracted. It doesn’t happen often, but you want to make sure you don’t make any mistakes that can affect this exciting event.

Mashable recently featured a piece that lists the mistakes that companies and candidates both make. We wanted to share the job candidate portion, so that your new job offer isn’t taken off the table:

Taking Your Time

No matter how long it takes for the company to offer you the position, it’s never a good idea to take too long to accept the job. If you do need some time, be honest. If you would like to speak with more key figures in the company, request a meeting. Never go completely silent.

Asking for Too Much

Yes, it’s important to know your worth and it’s necessary to negotiate your salary and benefits package, but be careful. If the company accepts your requires salary quickly, do not take that as a sign that you low-balled them and then ask for more money. Big mistake. Plus you’d be giving the company an easy way out of offering you the job.

Negotiating the Nonnegotiable

It’s a fact of life that no one wants to be told “no”. So if during your negotiation process, the hiring manager states that it’s not company policy to provide a company phone, do not push for it. Again, it’s another good excuse for them to seek out another candidate. Know what you can negotiate and work with that.

Using a professional staffing company during your job search is a great way to navigate all of the job search steps. If you’re in the DFW area, contact Maxsys Solutions to see how we can help.

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The Hottest Tech Jobs from 2014

It has been said that you sometimes have to look back to move forward. This is especially true when it comes to your professional life.

If you’re in the process of re-thinking your career path, it is the perfect time to consider which tech jobs were in high demand in 2014.  And then, of course, you need to hope that staffing in those jobs will continue to grow in 2015.

Today we turn to LinkedIn’s blog where they recently featured the 25 Hottest Skills of 2014. How did they know? Well the fine folks over at LinkedIn “analyzed the skills and experience data in over 330 million LinkedIn member profiles” and here they are:

It’s fascinating that statistical analysis and data mining is number 1 this year when it was down the list at number 5 in 2013. Are you interested in becoming a data scientist? Well DataCamp put together an infographic on becoming a data scientist in 8 “easy” steps.

Looking for a job in any of these areas above? Contact one of our professional staffing experts at Maxsys Solutions.

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Magic Numbers When it Comes to Your Career

When we speak about magic numbers in relation to your job today, we’re not talking about salary. Although a discussion about how much you earn is very important.

Do the numbers 8, 18, 48 and 72 mean anything to you?

Well a smart user at Quora recently answered the question “how long should someone stay at a job?” with those numbers.

Michael O. Church is a programmer and machine learning engineer and his theory on these numbers as it pertains to a job are pretty spot on.

8

Holding a job for less than 8 months and including that on your resume may be a big mistake. Perspective employers are going to see that and think you that you cannot stick it out long enough for your 6-month, of even 1-year, review. If you are in this situation, consider leaving that particular job off of your resume; unless it was due to a large company layoff, which was beyond your control.

18

If you held a position for 18 months, this is a perfectly acceptable amount of time to give a job the ‘ole college try. It shows that you stuck it out, but decided the position was not a good fit and didn’t want to waste anymore of your or their time.

48

48 months equals 4 years (for those of you who are not so good with the math) and this shows you put in a good amount of effort and work into a company. Many people will leave a position at this point because the work is not challenging enough or there may not be any room for advancement.

72

This is where it gets negative again. If you’ve been with a company for 6 years and have not moved up the corporate ladder enough – or at all – then a perspective employer may see this as a warning sign. It could show that you were not working on a level where a superior thought to promote you. Of course, there are always circumstances in which this is unavoidable, so it’s best to be clear on your resume and cover letter.

For more help with finding a new job or switching careers, speak with a professional staffing agent at Maxsys Solutions today.

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How to Handle a Phone Call From a Recruiter

If your social media presence is impressive enough, you can probably count on a phone call from a recruiter at some point.

Now while this call is exciting, it’s often unexpected, so it’s hard to be prepared for. The problem? This is an important call and something you don’t want to get wrong. If you don’t ‘wow’ the recruiter, you won’t get the chance for a face-to-face interview.

Here are some quick tips to handle a phone call with a recruiter:

Be Enthusiastic

If this is a position in a company that you really want, then be sure to show this. It may be difficult on the phone, but the recruiter wants to hear in your voice – in addition to your skills – that you’re a good fit for the job. Be sure to come across as someone who is interested in working for their company.

Show You’re a Team Player

Besides your skills, hiring managers want to know that you’re a person who will fit well in the company’s culture. If you’re not sure yourself, simply check the company website, Facebook page and look up the key people. You can get a good sense for the general atmosphere of the office and then let your sparkling personality shine.

Ask the Right Questions

If you’re speaking with a recruiter, it is more than likely that the company offers him incentives for the amount of positions he fills. So the recruiter is rooting for you to “win”. Take advantage of this opportunity and ask the recruiter for some advice. If you know you’ll be speaking with another hiring manager next, ask the recruiter for some tips or maybe some inside info. If he really likes you, he’ll be inclined to help.

Also keep in mind that a professional staffing agency can help you in these situations. And any other career search questions you may have.

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Can You Find a Job on Social Media?

Everyone and their grandmother (literally) has a social media account. So it makes sense that you should be able to contact anyone for anything. Heck, if you can get Kim Kardashian to tweet you, certainly you can get a job. Right?

Well, we’re not going to beat around the bush here. It’s not very likely that you will get hired via your witty, clever comments on Twitter. But being on social media and following the right people can help you build relationships which may ultimately help you in your job search.

Here are a few tips to use social media to land that dream job:

Update Your Accounts

This is an important and reoccurring task. For example, your LinkedIn profile should be checked as often as possible to make sure you’re including valuable information. Don’t forget to be detail-oriented and delete anything that is not necessary.

Do Your Research

If there is a company that you’re truly interested in working for, be sure to follow the key people who work there. Send their recruiter a LinkedIn invite and a brief introduction of yourself. After doing this for a few different companies, you’ll start to get suggestions for other relevant people to follow.

Engage

There is nothing that can replace face-to-face networking, but engaging on social media does have some perks. It’s a way to get to know a little bit about the company, the key personnel, and the positions they may be hiring. There is no harm in asking a company recruiter or HR representative about openings in the company. If you receive a positive response, by all means ask if you can send them your resume.

Online networking should never take the place of other job search avenues; it simply adds to them. Remember that a professional staffing company can also help and if you’re in the DFW area, Maxsys Solutions is just a phone call away.

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