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Raise your hand if you like small talk. We guarantee that there are very few – if any – that genuinely like small talk.

Why? Because it’s pretty much pointless. Talking about the weather or the latest top news story is not very interesting and chances are, one of you is actually not paying attention to what the other is saying.

So how do you make that transition from just meeting a person to getting to know them on a more personal level? The Huffington Post recently ran a piece offering tips on how to learn to love networking:

Find People You Like

Instead of networking simply for the sake of networking, actually find people you really like and chat with them. Talk about work, don’t talk about work, whatever works. Our favorite tip the author recommends, “After you’ve met two or three of them, your work is done. Now you can go back to your hotel room and watch a movie in your pajamas.”

Stop Asking ‘How can I help you?’

Yes, you’ve been told in networking 101 that it’s about giving and not taking. Except that everyone has been told the same thing and by asking ‘How can I help you?’, we all know you’re essentially asking ‘How can you help me?’. Instead, focus on what you’re doing and what you want out of the relationships you make at this particular event.

Do Your Research

Check out the list of people attending the event ahead of time and reach out to them. If you’ve already met them or if you have a mutual friend, simply send them an email and scheduling a time to meet up. If not, connect with them on LinkedIn or other social media accounts and introduce yourself.

Want additional networking tips? A professional staffing agency is always a great resource. Give us a call at Maxsys Solutions if you’re looking for an IT position in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Find the Best Cities with the Highest Salaries

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When starting your career it’s likely that you’ll want to consider where you’ll want to work and live. And in the list of things you should take into account, is which cities have the best salaries for your profession.

There is a website that can help. StartClass uses information obtained from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics to rank cities by the median salary for specific job descriptions.

You can start by selecting a state, then choose an occupation. A list of results will appear and you can narrow the selections down by entering a city. You can view job titles, annual salary, historical salaries, nation-wide salary, and the number of employees in that region.

The website also provides tools to sort, filter and compare the information.

Other information on StartClass includes historical salaries, employment levels, cost of living-adjusted pay, and entry-level and experienced pay. You can explore other parts of the site, which will show you salaries in a certain city over time, a cost of living calculator and a review of each city.

StartClass is a great starting resource to not only decide where you’d like to live, but exactly which occupation you should focus on. If that location happens to be Dallas-Fort Worth and if your occupation happens to be in Information Technology, then your next resource is one of our staffing professionals at Maxsys Solutions.

Don’t Try This at Home-Buying a Fake Resume

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Every once in a while you hear a story that bursts your ‘everyone is good and honest’ bubble.

Ours burst when we heard of a story featured on NBC’s The Today Show about how you can buy fake diplomas and resumes online. And, according to some experts, it’s actually more common than you think. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation, which regulates the legitimacy of degrees, estimates that 100,000 fake degrees and diplomas are sold every year.

See, bubble burst.

Simply Google “fake college diploma” and there are many websites that sell college diplomas, diploma seals, certifications, GED diplomas, high school diplomas, and even college transcripts that all look authentic. The websites even tout that they use “the same paper used by actual schools” and “real raised seals”.

There is also a website where you can buy a fake resume with made-up companies (which have websites) and fake references (which will be answered by a real person).

Now is any of this legal? Well, it’s not actually illegal to purchase the fraudulent documents. And thankfully there have been stories of professionals who have resigned because of this coming to light. But morally, we all know it’s wrong.

As professionals, we can only hope that the people who have obtained their position by using fake diplomas and/or resumes, will one day either feel badly about it or get caught.

If you’re newly out of college looking for a job, or a seasoned professional looking to change careers, please do not go this route. There are plenty of honest ways of obtaining a great position. If you need some advice, find a professional staffing agency to help you and if you live in Dallas-Fort Worth, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions.

Make Your Resume Mobile Friendly

Make Your Resume Mobile Friendly

In this day and age with so many people accessing important information on the go, it’s important to make sure everything – especially your resume – is mobile friendly.

No it’s not an absolute requirement, but if a hiring manager is browsing through resumes during their morning train ride, do you want to be the one job candidate without a mobile ready resume? We didn’t think so.

Here are some tips from Glassdoor on how to make your resume easy to read on a mobile device:

Keep the Formatting Simple

Feel free to go nuts on your paper resume with the formatting – add columns, sections, maybe even a different, yet professional, font. But if you’re going to be emailing your resume, make sure the formatting and layout is less complicated just in case it’s opened on a phone or tablet.

Make it Short and Sweet

We’ve said this so many times, that we’re beginning to sound like a broken record – hiring managers take seconds (NOT minutes) to decide whether your resume will get a second look or wind up in the recycle bin. If they’re reading your resume on their phone, they don’t want to be scrolling and reading forever. Make it brief and to the point. And highlight your best accomplishments in the beginning.

Hyperlink Your Contact Information

You want to make it as easy as possible for a hiring manager to contact you. If you make your email address and phone number a hyperlink, they can easily click on it and get a hold of you. Same goes for your LinkedIn profile or any other social media accounts listed on your resume.

Want more advice for your resume or job search? A professional staffing agency is a great resource and if you’re located in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact Maxsys Solutions to see how we can help you today.

Get Rid of the Guilt

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When all of your hard work pays off and you get a job offer, your first reaction is relief and happiness. But when it dawns on you that you have to leave your current job, you may dread what comes next.

The professional thing to do is give your current employer two weeks notice – unless there are extenuating circumstances.  And if everything goes off well, there should be no hard feelings.

But what if you still feel guilty for leaving? Here are some reasons The Muse suggests why you should not feel guilty about changing jobs:

Everyone Needs to Grow

Just like you couldn’t stay in college forever – even though many of us wanted to – as an adult, it’s normal to want to grow and develop professionally. And if colleagues aren’t taking your news well, then it may mean that they’re jealous.

Most Companies Care More About the Bottom Line

If the shoe were on the other foot, and the company needed to lay off some people for financial reasons, do you think they would feel guilty? Some companies may, but most do not. Business is business and when it comes down to it, only you can make the best decisions for your career.

No One Will Be Happy If You Stay

Sure, many people may not know that you got another job offer and you turned it down out of guilt, but you will know. And you will grow to resent the company, your boss and your coworkers. Then no one is happy. Just give your two weeks; they will get over it.

If you haven’t been fortunate enough to find that perfect position yet, or after reading this you’re tempted to start looking, contact a professional staffing agency to help get you started.

How People Find Jobs

Think about how you found you last job. Did you respond to a posting on a website? Maybe you were recruited through a staffing agency?

Or did someone you know refer you?

A survey done by Inc. of more than 1,800 job seekers, found that most people obtained a job through networking.

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Participants were categorized by how actively they were looking for work and whether or not they were already employed. What was surprising was that people who were only casually or passively looking for a new position were the most likely to find a new job through networking.

Now, does this mean you should abandon other ways to search for a new job? Not exactly. We, at Maxsys Solutions, advise that you keep the lines of communication open with as many people, recruiters, staffing agencies, etc. as you can. Also, make sure that you’re participating in networking programs and following proper networking etiquette.

Inc.’s piece also explains the reason why most of the surveyed people chose the job they did. The thinking behind this is so that companies can reassess how they recruit for job openings. For instance, if a majority of skilled workers are finding their positions through one resource, why would you as a company look for employees in a completely different way?

What do you think? When looking for a new job, are you focusing exclusively on job postings or are you getting out there and networking?

Mentally Prepare for a Job Interview

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Getting ready for a job interview requires more than just dry cleaning your suit and making copies of your resume.

You want to prepare your mind. A great way to do this is to practice some typical interview questions with a friend or in the mirror. This is important, because it will help build your confidence, which will also help you feel more relaxed during the interview.

Another way to build your confidence – and make sure it shines through during your interview – is to do some mental exercises.

Here are three methods we found on MoneyNing for mentally preparing and psyching yourself up for your next job interview:

Use Your Name

We all have conversations with ourselves in our heads. One psychologist recommends substituting your name for “I” when you do so. This creates distance, which allows you to see things more clearly when preparing for an interview.

Give Yourself Power

The person conducting an interview is typically the one who has the power during that hour or so. To shift your mind and give yourself a boost of confidence, write down in detail a time when you felt powerful. Whatever the situation was, if you relive it, it will help you feel that confidence once again.  It’s called power-priming and it’s proven to work in many situations, not just job interviews.

Channel Your Inner Superman

Ok we do not recommend doing this during your interview, but if you stand like Superman for a few minutes before you leave the house, it can affect your mood. The Superman stance is a solid, confident pose, which can make you feel good about yourself. Same goes for your walk – if you walk into the interview feeling strong and confident, it will shine through. Don’t feel so confident? You’ve heard the old saying, “fake it, till you make it”, right?

Working with a professional staffing company is another great way to gain confidence. We will help you find a great position and help you prepare for the entire job search process. Give us a call at Maxsys Solutions to find out how we can assist you.

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Staying Positive During Your Job Search

Searching for a new job can be a real test of your personality.

Between waiting around to hear if you even get an interview, to getting nervous when the phone doesn’t ring after the interview, it’s easy to get discouraged. Then if it happens a few times, you start to seriously doubt yourself, and that can come through during an interview, which will lead to more negative thoughts.

It can become a vicious cycle if you let it.

Here are some tips we found for staying positive during your job search:

Realize Everything is a Learning Experience

Positive people are good at finding something to learn from every experience. This is a great tool to use when searching for a new job.

“In a study published in the November 2014 edition of the journal Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, researchers from the University of Missouri-Columbia found job seekers who focus on “learning” from the job search process are more successful in the long run.”

Keep Your Energy Level Up

If you have a difficult time keeping your attitude up, get up and get active. Exercise releases endorphins and those chemicals in your brain create positive, happy feelings. You also want to stay away from too much junk food, which can affect your body and ultimately your brain.

Be Social

Even if it’s just meeting some friends for dinner, it’s important to get out of the house, socialize with people and enjoy yourself. Have a good laugh about a recent unsuccessful interview. You never know, you may get some tips or even a lead for a job.

Remember, Positive Attitudes are Contaigious

It’s all about attitude. If you’re a positive person, you’re putting out those positive vibes and people will react well to that. Norman Vincent Peale – the author of ‘The Power of Positive Thinking’ – once said “The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.”

Another good way to stay positive is to enlist the help of a professional staffing agency. They can take some of the stress off of your shoulders and find you the perfect position fast.

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Best Cities for New Tech Grads

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Last week we provided recent college graduates with job search tips. So this week we thought we’d cover the best cities for tech jobs for recent graduates.

The recruiting software company Jazz (previously known as the Resumator), recently did a study on which U.S. cities have the highest number of entry-level job openings. They featured industries such as sales, marketing and advertising, medical, business and finance, and management/other positions.

They also looked at the best cities for tech and engineering jobs, even breaking them down into subcategories:

- Software engineer

- Systems engineer

- QA engineer

- Technician

It’s no surprise that San Francisco area has the highest number of entry-level positions for a software engineer. But did you know that if you live in Boston/Cambridge/Quincy, MA or Pittsburgh, PA that there are plenty of job opportunities as well?

Pittsburgh and Boston are also a great cities if you’re looking for a systems engineer position, as well as the Washington D.C. area.

Looking to become a technician? Well Pittsburgh again ranks high on the list, but don’t pack up and move just yet. If you live near Baltimore or Orlando, there are also many job opportunities at the entry-level position.

Now, we go back to California for QA engineer jobs, but it’s not San Francisco this time. Los Angeles has many opportunities, just not as many as Boston according to this study.

If you don’t happen to live in or near any of these fine cities, that’s ok. We here at Maxsys Solutions are dedicated to finding the right job for IT professionals in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Contact one of our team members or check our list of current jobs.

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Job Search Tips for New College Graduates

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If you’ve recently graduated from college, congratulations! It’s a major accomplishment and you should be proud.

But now you need to get a job and put that degree to good use.

If you already have a job or have one lined up – congrats again! If not, you may need to hit the ground running because those student loans won’t pay themselves.

Here are some tips for recent college graduates who are looking for a job:

Clean Up Social Media Accounts

You may want to delete some of those photos from Facebook or delete any inappropriate tweets. And if you have a LinkedIn account, make sure it’s ready for the real world. If you don’t have one, create one asap.

Start Networking

Yes, you’re going to have to talk to people. Here are some of our top networking tips to get you started. And don’t make these networking mistakes.

Use College Experience on Resume and Interviews

If you don’t have any professional experience – which is not unusual – you’ll have to rely on experiences you had while in college. Did you have an internship? How about a summer job or volunteer work? Emphasize all extra activities, even if you didn’t get paid for them.

Practice Interviewing

Even if it’s in front of a mirror or with a friend, you want to practice your answers to typical interview questions. You’ll also want to avoid these interview mistakes.

Dress for Success

If you don’t have a suit, go buy one. This is not a time to rely on a loaner from dad or a friend. Speaking of dad, have him teach you how to tie a tie, if you don’t already know how. Women should also have a professional suit for interviews. “Dress for the job you want, not the job you have”.

Also remember that professional staffing agencies are a good resource for recent college graduates. And if you’re looking for an IT position in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact Maxsys Solutions today.

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