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Tips to Negotiate Your Salary

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Once you’ve made it through getting your resume read, the first round of interviews and a job offer, there is still the issue of negotiating a salary that reflects what you are worth.

Many would advise that you not to do any negotiating when it comes to accepting a salary. And while that may be true in some economies or even industries, most companies do allow themselves some wiggle room when it comes to offering a reasonable wage.

Here are a few tips on how to go about the negotiation process:

1. Always have a minimum salary in mind. It’s important to know exactly how much money you’re worth and – perhaps more importantly – how much money you need to live. Sure they’ll always be someone who is willing to perform a task for less money, but will they bring value to the company like you will?

2. Don’t spend your interview focusing on money. First you need to make a good impression, then you need to show them that you will be an important asset to their company.

3. Put off salary negotiations until you are offered the position. This can be tricky because some companies as for salary requirements upon application. You can simply say “I will consider a reasonable offer”.

4. Give yourself the upper hand by allowing them to discuss pay first. Many will agree that silence gives you leverage when it comes to salary negotiations. Let them make an offer, then respond back with some research – know what the current industry standard is.

5. Be flexible. If the hiring manager stands firm on a number, ask for some additional benefits – like extra vacation time, a better office, a performance bonus, a car allowance, or a flexible schedule.

For more job search advice, check out some of our other blog posts. And if you’re in the DFW area and are looking for work in Information Technology, contact us today.

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What Questions NOT to Ask at a Job Interview

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We – and anybody else who gives career advice – strongly recommend that you ask questions during a job interview. It’s important to remember that you’re not only being interviewed to see if you’re the right person for the position, you’re also there to make sure their company is a right fit for you.

However, it’s important that you ask the correct questions. Asking the wrong questions can actually lose you the job.

Here are some questions a career advisor and former recruiter (from a recent Mashable piece) advises that you do not ask:

- If you ask about specific job duties, put a positive spin on it. Don’t ask “I won’t have to do [insert job task], will I?”

- If the job description does not include anything about telecommuting, don’t ask about it. If there is a possibility you can work from home, they will let you know.

- Don’t ask about specific company projects or products unless you’re absolutely 100% positive they pertain to the company you’re interviewing with.

- Asking questions with irrelevant buzzwords will just make you sound ridiculous. Make sure you do your research and completely understand the position you’re applying for.

- It may seem obvious, but whatever you do, do not ask if the company has a drug or alcohol policy. This just raises a huge red flag.

- “What are the company perks?”. Sure you’re curious, but there is a better way to ask. Try “what are some of the things you love about working here?” There’s a good chance they’ll mention the free lunch or fun company outings.

Remember to pay attention to how you phrase things. Hiring managers are pros at looking for hidden meanings. Also remember there is always a professional staffing company willing to help you during your job search.

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Make an Impression at Your Next Job Interview

So you have a job interview coming up? While it would be nice if someone from the company called you and explained exactly what you can do to make a fantastic impression and get an immediate job offer, you and I both know that will never happen.

But participating in one of Mashable’s Twitter #BizChats can be just as informative and helpful. This week’s topic was tips on how to ace a job interview was hosted by experts such as a career blogger, the founder of All Things Career, CEO of Talent Culture, and an online job search expert.

Here is a glimpse of some of the job search tips provided:

- Be prepared. “Amateurs prepare to succeed. Experts prepare so they never fail”.

- Set Google alerts on the company you are interviewing with, so you’re up-to-date on what’s going on there.

- If you know who you’ll be interviewing with, do some quick research on LinkedIn. It’s great if you can discuss their accomplishments and stroke their ego a bit.

- Be sure that your skill sets are on par with not only the job description, but also the company’s.

- Always be prepared to give examples of your successes.

- Be honest. If you don’t know the answer to a question, don’t lie, simply say “I don’t know the answer to that question, but I’m going to find out.”

Just remember that a job interview is one step in a series of many during your search for the perfect position and company. Maxsys Solutions is here to help you with all of your professionals needs.

Find Your Next Job with mySkills myFuture

How can you be sure that your current career is something you are meant to do? Is your expertise compatible with the requirements of your position? And how do you find out?

Well this being 2015 and all, you know there is a website that can help you. This one, called mySkills myFuture, was created by the fine people at the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration and helps you find career options based on skills and experience you’ve gained from previous jobs.

To start, simply type in a job that you currently hold or one you held in the past. Then click “Find My career Matches”. Next you will find a list of careers with similar skills to the one you entered. They will also list information such as typical salary and projected annual job openings. From there you have the chance to click and learn all about those jobs, including where to find local training, jobs listings, and how to apply.

If you already know what career you’re interested in, you can skip the matching and click “Select a Career”.

If you want more options, select “Compare Skills” which will allow you to compare between two careers with items like salary, knowledge gaps and training.

Under “More Info”, you can explore careers, which contains lots more info such as interest and skills assessments. You can also get help with resumes, cover letters and applications.

mySkills, myFuture is just one of many ways to help you find your next career. A great staffing agency is another way. If you’re located in DFW and looking for a position in IT, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions.

High Paying Tech Jobs for 2015

Want to make big money in 2015? That’s kind of a silly question since not many people would scoff at a six-figure salary. But if you’re currently in – or looking to join – the tech industry, we’re here to help you narrow down the specialty you should focus on.

This week, Mashable featured the top 5 technology-related jobs postings from CyberCoders. They included the job description, salary and location.

Unfortunately for those of us living in Dallas-Fort Worth, all of these jobs happen to be located on the west coast, but do not be discouraged. Texas is still one of the fastest growing tech states in the nation, adding thousands of tech jobs per year. According to the Metroplex Technology Business Council:

“The Texas technology industry continues its fourth year of growth, making significant contributions to the nation’s innovation economy,” said William C. Sproull, president & CEO, Metroplex Technology Business Council (MTBC). “Texas’s tech industry accounts for over 6 percent of the state’s private sector employment, and over 11 percent of payroll.”

Here are the highest paying tech jobs for 2015:

- Data scientist in Seattle, WA with a salary of $150,000

- Data engineer in Mountain View, CA with a salary of $148,000

- Ruby on rails developer in Silicon Beach, CA with a salary of $147,000

- Machine learning engineer in San Francisco, CA with a salary of $131,000

- Android engineer in Mountain View, CA with a salary of $131,000

Want us to find you similar tech jobs in DFW? Give one of our staffing experts at Maxsys Solutions a call today.

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Be Courteous to Everyone on Your Way to a Job Interview

One man’s mistake is another man’s life lesson. A little anecdote that turned up on Mashable this week is a great teaching moment for anyone who is looking for a job.

While traveling in the London Underground on his way to a job interview, a man was blocked by a fellow passenger. Instead of saying “excuse me”, he pushed the other passenger and told him to go f*ck himself. Now we have all been stressed the day of an interview, but obviously this is not the way to handle a situation.

Why was this such a big deal? Oh, perhaps because when the man showed up for his job interview and met with the Head of Talent and Recruiting, it turned out to be the passenger from the incident.

It just cannot get any worse than that.

According to Mashable, even though the two men sort of laughed about the exchange, the position is still available.

The moral of this story is that while you are in search of a job – and especially when you’re on your way to an interview – it’s best to conduct yourself as if everyone you come into contact with can help or hurt your chances at a job. Because you just never know…

While this little tale won’t exactly help you find work, we wanted to share. Plus it’s a pretty funny. Want more funny, job related stories? Or just help finding your next job? Contact our staffing specialists at Maxsys Solutions.

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Things to do Before You Quit Your Job

So you’ve decided to leave your current job in search of a better one? The next step – despite what you may want – is not to barge into your boss’s office and scream “I QUIT!”

This is the time to get your ducks in a row to make this transition easier for all involved – well, mainly you. So, here are some things you’ll need to do before your quit your job:

Clean Up Your Technology

If your company supplies you with a laptop and cell phone, you should probably take any personal stuff off both of them. Remember to only transfer personal files, clean up your work files and leave those company files alone. Trust us, those are more than likely proprietary and you can get in big trouble copying them. And don’t forget all of those photos off your phone.

Organize Your Projects

It’s never a good idea to burn a bridge with an old employer.  So when you leave, if your work is all disorganized, that does not bode well for you. Make sure all of your files and projects are squared away and that any loose ends are either taken care of or noted. Sure the position may not have been what you were looking for, but there’s no reason to take that out on your successor.

Make Doctor Appointments

Your new job may not offer health benefits or they may not kick in for 90 days. To be on the safe side, schedule those doctor and dentist appointments before you give your notice. There is nothing worse than needing to see the doctor when you don’t have coverage.

If you’ve decided to leave your job and you have another one lined up, congrats! If you don’t, consider contacting a staffing agency to find your next position.

The Most Detrimental Thing on Your Resume

When it comes to your resume, they are so many mistakes that you can make.

Whether it’s misspellings or the fact that you’re including non-essential information, the last thing you want to do is give the hiring manager a frivolous reason to toss your resume in the recycle bin. Especially when that reason could be easily corrected.

So let us assume that your resume is flawless, what else could possibly be on there that can hurt your chances of obtaining your dream job? An employment gap? Your age?

Actually, it’s job hopping. Yes, the others can affect your chances, but according to an inforgraphic from Bullhorn Research, 39% of hiring professionals say that job hopping is the biggest hiring obstacle.

1,500 staffing recruiters, corporate recruiters, and hiring managers were asked which factors are most damaging when reviewing job prospects. Some interesting findings were:

- “A 55-year old with a steady employment history is easier for recruiters to place in a new job than a 30-year old job hopper”.

- If you’ve been unemployed for over 6 months, it becomes increasingly more difficult to get hired.

- No matter what age you are, if you’re out of touch with modern technology, 26% of professionals say that can severely affect your chances for a job.

Do you need more job search advice? The staffing professionals at Maxsys Solutions are here to help, contact us today.

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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