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Should You Keep Your Job Search a Secret?

Searching for a new job while you’re employed can be a tricky situation. Should you tell your current boss that you’re looking? Should you use anyone you work with as aprofessional reference? Would a perspective employer find it suspicious if you asked them not to call your current job?

While we would love to give you a yes or no answer, it’s simply not that black and white. There are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not to advertise your job search:

How Supportive is Your Boss?

If you are looking for more responsibilities or a new challenge, perhaps your boss can help you find something within your current company. It depends on your relationship with him or her. It also depends on how you’ve witnessed your boss reacting to others leaving. Many supervisors know that they cannot retain employees forever and that people will eventually want to climb the ladder of success.

Will You Check-Out Early?

Will you be one of those employees who starts to let the quality of their work slip just because they’re looking for another job? You may want to consider the fact that it may take you a while to find a new position and you don’t want to be passed over for any new projects, or worse – a raise. Keep your head in the game and continue to do good work at your current position.

Be Consistent

If you decide to remain discreet about your job search, you probably should not tell any fellow employees. Also, keep your news off of any social media websites. For two reasons – you boss may see them and a perspective employer may no appreciate your lack of discretion.

Remember that if you’re in Dallas-Fort Worth and looking for a new IT position, callMaxsys Solutions to help you.

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Salaries Increasing in DFW

If that headline doesn’t get you all excited, then you’re probably already rich and don’t really need our help. If however you are not independently wealthy, read on to learn about how you may be making more money very soon.

According to the federal index of employment costs, salaries in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex have increased 4.4 percent in the past year. This increase is double the national average and the largest for DFW since 2006.

A regional economist for the Bureau of Labor Statistics recently told the Dallas Morning News that while our area has been a leader in job creation, the salaries haven’t always matched. But now that is changing.

And there is even more good news for those of you in the tech industry – DFW salaries are on par with those in the San Franciso-San Jose area. And if you factor in the cost of living difference between those two areas, tech workers in DFW come out ahead.

Local recruiters, like Maxsys Solutions, have noted the strong demand for IT workers, as well as energy, construction, and engineering. One recruiter had a client who hired 40 high-tech employees for a one-year project without conducting interviews.

The tech demand is not exactly equivalent to the dot-com bubble of 1999, but it’s close. So it’s a good time to live in Dallas-Fort Worth and work in technology. And if you’re in the market for a new position, contact Maxsys Solutions to help you today.

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Tell a Story at Your Next Job Interview

People love a good story – especially if it’s funny or has a happy ending. And most people have plenty of stories that fall into one of those two categories, so why not use them to your advantage during your next job interview?

No, we’re not talking about telling that hilarious story that involves your friend Bob and the police from your spring break trip last year. You want to tell a story that shows off your skills as they relate to your employment. For example, instead of simply stating how awesome you are at your job, tell a story about a time where you saved the day at work. Or about that time you volunteered and learned something valuable.

Liz Ryan of Human Workplace came up with this cool infographic to help you get prepared and mentally gather those stories. Her article on LinkedIn explains how to use your stories to brand yourself, which will make you stand out from the crowd.

“Personal brands stuffed with praising adjectives like Savvy, Seasoned and Strategic tell us “I don’t know you, but I have to let you know that I’m awesome, right off the bat.” Robot language like “Bottom-line-focused professional” tells us that a person doesn’t know what to say about himself, and so reverts to the done-to-death standard script…We can brand ourselves like humans, just by telling our stories.”

If you live in North Texas, we are here to help you during your employment search and land that perfect job. Contact Maxsys Solutions today.

Is This Job Offer a Scam?

If you’re a decent person – and of course you are! – you always want to think the best of people. But believe it or not, there are plenty of job scams out there and they’re not always the ‘make thousands of dollars from home, stuffing envelopes’ type scams.

Job scams are typically on the rise in a tough job market and scammers are smarter than you think. According to the Federal Trade Commission, “to trick people looking for honest work, scammers advertise where real employers and job placement firms do. They also make upbeat promises about your chances of employment…”

If you’re thinking “wow, how can I tell if a job offer is a scam or not?”, you’re in luck because we’re about to tell you:

Online Presence

Does the company have a professional website? Do they list details of their company and key employees? If not, it may be a sign that they’re not legitimate. Or that they’re stuck in the 90′s.

Interviewer Tries to Sell You

If the person interviewing you does most of the talking and seems like they’re trying too hard to get you to accept the position, this may be a red flag. Also, if they seem like it’s more of “an amazing opportunity” than a job, you may want to run.

Salary is Too Good to be True

If the salary seems way too high for the job description OR the interviewer is very vague about the salary, then you should probably think twice before accepting an offer. Many companies will supply a contract, so if you can get the details in writing, that will show you that the job offer is serious.

You are Asked to Pay Money Upfront

Not all job scammers will ask for this, but if they do, run. Fast! Even if they ask you to pay for certifications or training materials, this is a sign of a scam. Don’t fall for it.

The easiest way to avoid job scams is to use a reputable staffing and recruiting agency to find a job. If you live in or are moving to North Texas, Maxsys Solutions is here to help you in your job search.

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Job Search Advice for College Grads

You’ve moved out of the dorm, you’ve officially received your degree from that fancy university, and you’ve bid farewell to your college friends. Now all you need is a full-time job.

Job advice is everywhere, but we wanted to share some non-traditional tips for helping recent college grads find their new career:

Find Someone You Admire

It may be someone you met during an internship or a family friend, but it’s important to reach out to a person of influence in your field. Simply email or call them to touch base and ask for some advice. I couldn’t hurt to stroke their ego a bit. At the very least it could lead to a potential mentorship.

Network…Away from Your Computer

LinkedIn is a great way to network, but unfortunately you still have to leave the house and meet people occasionally. Websites like Meetup.com are a great way to find events, volunteer work, and other professionals in your industry.

Create a Professional Email Address

If your email is FendiPrincess@aol.com, there are two problems – you’re an adult now, your email needs to convey that and an AOL email address is for your 85 year old grandfather. Set up a custom email address through your personal website or simply get a Gmail account. You don’t want to use your “.edu” email from college either.

Build Something

Whether its a mobile app, a YouTube channel or a website, you want something to show exactly what you’re capable of. It will also prove that you are passionate about your work. You also may want to consider participating in hackathons.

Have some advice to add? Or if you’re interested in speaking with someone on our team in regard to an IT job in North Texas, contact Maxsys Solutions.

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Top 5 Reasons Your Resume Was Ignored

Have you ever wanted to contact a company that received your resume, but never called you in for an interview? Maybe you were just curious as to why they were not interested in you. Or maybe you wanted to say a few choice words to them.

Since neither of these is a good reason to place that phone call, we decided to bring you some explanation as to why your resume was ignored:

You Have No Presence on Google

To further check you out, the least a hiring manager will do is a quick Google search of your name. If there is not so much as a LinkedIn profile, this will negatively affect you. Potential employers want to see some sort of professional social media presence.

Your Social Media Accounts are too Personal

Is your LinkedIn profile picture a shirtless selfie from your last beach vacation? Or do you have a drink in your hand in ALL of your Facebook photos? Let’s clean up those social media accounts.

You’re Not Highlighting Your Accomplishments

Be sure to market yourself effectively by listing all of your business accomplishments. Be clear and concise and make sure to detail how what you did helped your previous company grow and succeed.

You Applied to Several Jobs in One Company

If there is a company that you really want to work for and they have a few different positions open, do not apply to all of them. If you’re not sure which specific job is right for you, apply to the one that you think fits best, but also explain in your cover letter that you would consider another position.

Your Cover Letter is Addressed to the Wrong Company

Sure, it’s difficult when applying to several different jobs each day. But it’s important to double check your cover letter for the right company information before hitting “send”.

We understand that searching for a job is hard work. That’s why we are here to help – call Maxsys Solutions for all of your IT job needs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

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Questions to Ask at Your Next Job Interview

We may not know exactly what questions will be asked of you at your next job interview, but we do know that you will eventually be asked “do you have any questions?” And when this question is asked, it is always best to have a few questions handy to show your interest in the job.

Asking questions will also show your potential employer that you’re a forward thinker who is detailed oriented.

It’s also important to remember that by asking certain questions, you are making sure this is the right job for you. So here are some questions you may want to consider asking at your next job interview:

What are some of the expectations in the first 2-3 months?

This will help you know exactly what to expect and show your new boss that you’re ready to hit the ground running.

What does it take to be a top performer?

Different companies have different ideas on what it takes to be the best employee. For some it means long hours, for others it’s intense problem-solving. Or maybe they want you to bring in new business.

What can I do to truly make a difference in the company?

This is a great question because it shows that you are a true professional and it also helps you to know if you can succeed in this position.

What is the future of the company?

With any industry, there are factors that affect the future of any company. If you keep on top of industry news, you can ask a specific question, like “how do you plan to deal with the decline in PC sales and use?”.

For more information about searching for a job – or if you’re looking for an IT job in the Dallas-Fort Worth area – contact one of our team members at Maxsys Solutions.

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Don’t Get Stumped at Your Next Job Interview

There is nothing worse than being asked a question and having your brain go completely blank. Oh wait, there is something worse – having it happen during a job interview.

If ever there is a moment when you wish for a superpower to stop time, being stumped at a job interview is definitely it.

Here are some tips on how to handle those painful couple of seconds when your mind stops after being asked an interview question:

Keep Calm

If you panic, it will show in your body language. If you remain calm, cool and collected, you are more likely to come up with a response. Take a deep breath and give yourself permission to not to have the perfect answer, but to just respond the best way you can.

“I Don’t Know” is NOT an Answer

Whatever you do, please do not say “I don’t know”. Take a few seconds and mull it over. If you’re still not sure, it is perfectly acceptable to let your interviewer know what steps you will take to find an answer and get back to them. Companies like to see that a potential employee can problem solve.

Follow-Up

If there was a question during the interview that you did not fully answer, it’s a good idea to follow-up in your thank you email. Explain that you’re researched it and now have an answer to a particular question.

Good luck! There is no magic formula for the job interview, but it’s always helpful to have some tricks handy. For more interview and job search questions, contact a team member at Maxsys Solutions today.

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Watch Your Body Language

While preparing for your next job interview, you’ll most likely go over what you’re going to say and what you’re going to wear. But there is one important thing you need to consider practicing – your body language.

It’s true that the words that come out of your mouth are important, but it’s also necessary to pay attention to how those words are actually coming out of your mouth. Are you making facial expressions or using hand gestures? And how will they be interpreted?

Here are some body language tips for your next job interview:

Make Eye Contact

This tip is important in any conversation you have. My mother always said “never trust a person who can’t look you in the eye”. Obviously you don’t want to stare the interviewer down, but it’s a good idea to find the right balance between looking them in the eye and looking away. But only look away for a few seconds and come right back to the eyes. The Art of Manliness has a great article on how to make eye contact the right way.

Smile!

A potential employer is not going to get a good impression from you if you do not smile. Smiling shows that you are confident, trustworthy, and happy. And who wouldn’t want to hire that person?

Don’t Fidget

You do not want to be the guy who shakes his leg uncontrollably. It makes it look like you are nervous, which shows that you aren’t very confident. Plus it doesn’t look professional.

Steer Clear of Closed Body Language

Closed body language is when you are doing something like crossing your arms or not smiling. It makes you seem hostile and unprofessional. Try to sit in a way that makes you seem receptive and polished. Practice in a mirror if you have to.

If you’re looking to put these tips to good use and you live in the DFW area, call Maxsys Solutions today and let us help you find your next job.

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Ways to Tweak Your Cover Letter

We can all assume that cover letters are like the garnish that comes with your meal – it has to be there, but doesn’t always serve a purpose. Some hiring managers have even admitted that they don’t always read them.

However, they will notice if you do not include one. So since it’s necessary to send a cover letter with your resume, why not make it stand out?

The blog over at Glassdoor recently featured 6 Unconventional Ways to Start a Cover Letter because “18 percent of employers say a creative cover letter is valued.”

Some tips include:

- Illustrate your accomplishments using numbers, such as the exact amount of money you saved your previous company.

- Tell a story about why you would not only be a good fit for the position, but a good fit for the company.

- Pretend you were offered the job and you’re speaking with someone about why you chose this company and position, then relay that story in your cover letter.

- Be brief, but effective. Hiring managers – if they do read your cover letter – don’t have an unlimited amount of time, so keep it short and sweet.

While there is no perfect formula to writing a cover letter or getting a job, it’s important to be well-informed. For more staffing and hiring information, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions today.

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