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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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Interview Habits that Won’t Get You Hired

It has been said that it takes about two months to form a habit. Unfortunately no one really tells you how long it will take to actually break a bad habit.

Believe it or not, there are some habits that may prevent you from getting a call back after a job interview. Here are just a few:

You Sound Over-Rehearsed

You’ve gone over your interview questions so many times that you sound a little robotic. The thing with job interviews is that they need to be more like a conversation than a Q & A. If you’ve already prepared scripted answers to questions you think they may ask, you are not fully engaging in the conversation. Sure, you want to be ready, but allow for a little flexibility in your responses.

You Fidget

I happen to bite my lip and I have to make a conscious effort to not do so during certain situations. If you bite your nails or furiously shake your leg during a job interview, it can come across like you’re a little too nervous. An employer may take this as a sign that you lack confidence.

You Focus Too Much on Job Perks

I think we can all agree that those company extras are very nice – a company car, lots of vacation time, a cell phone, etc. But if you ask about the available perks too soon, it may seem as if you’re more interested in ‘what they can do for you’ rather than ‘what you can do for them’. Remember, if you’re the right candidate for the job, they’ll do what they can to make you accept the position.

You Forgot Your Manners

There are two times during the interview process that you absolutely need to say “Thank you” (three if you get the job). One, after the interview – a simple, but genuine “Thank you for taking the time to meet with me” is perfect. Two, a thank you note or email the day after the interview is expected. Again, simply thank them for their time and offer any additional information they may need to make their final decision. It reflects well on you AND your mother will be so proud.

Need more career advice? Maxsys Solutions is here for all of your interview questions, professional staffing, and job search questions.

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Bad Boss, Bad Job. How Do You Know?

We’ve all had a bad boss at least once in our lives – it’s like a rite of passage that makes us appreciate a great boss when we finally get one. It may also be an experience that can provide comic relief at dinner parties.

But how do you spot a bad boss before you even start a job? There are actually a few tell-tale signs you need to look out for. We wanted to feature a few of them from Lisa Quast’s Forbes article and add some of our own:

They Obviously Hate Their Job

Waiting for an interview is expected, but if the hiring manager has you wait for an inordinate amount of time and then acts as if he’s annoyed you are there, this can be a bad sign. Remember that, while yes you need a job, he also needs an employee; he’s not doing you a favor by meeting with you.

They Ask Illegal Questions

Did you know that it is illegal to ask a potential employee about their race, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, and disabilities? And if you’re a woman, they’re not allowed to ask you about the possibility of having children or whether or not you have childcare. A hiring manager should know the law and if they ask any of these types of questions, it shows they’re unethical.

They Seem Very Distracted

It is not unreasonable to ask for someone’s undivided attention during a job interview. If the person conducting the interview is distracted, it can throw off the interviewee and that’s just not fair. You want a boss who will put his phone on Do Not Disturb or tell his assistant to hold their calls during any important meeting with you.

They’re Negative

My mother always said “any friend who always talks negatively about others is probably talking negatively about you”. Same with a boss. If during an interview, the hiring manager is bad-mouthing his staff, former employees or even the “higher-ups”, that’s a turn-off. You want to work for someone who is positive about their job and the people around them.

Check out the Forbes piece for more ways to spot a bad boss. And for ways to spot a great potential job, check out the professional staffing services at Maxsys Solutions.

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How to Interpret “We’ll Keep Your Resume on File”

As job seekers, there are many nail-biting aspects of the whole process. And most of that includes simply waiting. Between waiting to get a phone call to schedule an interview, to waiting for the interview to begin, to waiting for yet another phone call to see if you got the job, it’s exhausting.

After the waiting, you think the two options would be “congratulations, you got the job” or “we’re sorry, we went with a different candidate”. But often you may hear “we’ll keep your resume on file”. If that has left you confused, you’re not alone. MedReps.com has created an infographic called Recruiters are From Mars, Job Seekers are From Venus to clear up any miscommunication you may feel while looking for a job.

If you’d like to speak with staffing professionals who speak your language, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions.

Some Answers to Important IT Questions

As an IT professional, chances are you have been asked “what do you do all day?”, a few thousand times.

Some people still have it in their head that those employees who work in the cold office with no windows are just tinkering with their “toys”.  And that the only thing you do to actually fix a problem is to tell them to restart their computer.

Well the funny guys over at ORSYP put together an infographic. So if you’re a software, programming, database, networking or web specialist, or a technical writer, you now have an answer to the question “what do IT guys really do?“.

Do you think these IT job descriptions are accurate? And if you’re looking to perform any of these jobs in the DFW area, contact Maxsys Solutions for the best in career placement.

When Certifications Expire

Certifications are the best ways that IT professionals can stay on top of the information technology trends. Sure your computer engineering degree comes in handy, but with the way technology changes, certifications give you that competitive edge. Oh, and you may learn a thing or two.

Now unfortunately certifications expire and then the question comes, “should I renew or let them go?”

Well, the answer to that depends on a few details:

Is Your Certification Useful?

Now you may look at your day-to-day tasks at work and think that you don’t use a particular certification, but that does not mean that there’s no value to having it. If you think that it may help you in the future either achieve a promotion or new position, then it is worth keeping. No one wants to see on a resume that you were once a Microsoft Certified IT Professional, but now you’re not. Even though you still have the skills, having the actual certification has its benefits.

Will You Go Back?

If there’s even a small chance that you will go back to a previous career, it’s a good idea to renew a certification. Just like you never want to burn a bridge in your professional life, you never know when you’re going to need to fall back on an old job and need that certification once again.

How Much Did it Cost?

How much did you pay for the certification? And not just with money, how much did you pay with time? If you didn’t study and it only cost you $45, then you don’t have much vested in it. But you’re better off keeping a certification current if it cost thousands and you took a training course to obtain it.

Remember that certain certifications also offer exclusive networking events, so that alone may make it worth while to keep it.

For more answers to your career search questions and if you’re looking for IT employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, contact Maxsys Solutions.

The Best and Worst Resume Terms

When you’re creating or updating your resume, you may Google “resume keywords” or “powerful resume words”, which is a great way to learn since you’re not a professional resume writer. But the truth of the matter is that unless you’re hearing the advice from a hiring manager, you may still be utilizing words that are tired, overused or simply cliche.

CareerBuilder and Harris Poll recently teamed up to survey over 2,000 hiring managers and human resource professionals to find out which are the best and worst resume terms used. We wanted to share our favorites with you:

Resume Terms to Avoid

  • Best of breed
  • Go-getter
  • Think outside the box
  • Go-to person
  • Team player
  • Hard worker
  • Self-motivated
  • Detail-oriented
  • Track record

Resume Terms to Use Instead

  • Achieved
  • Improved
  • Trained/Mentored
  • Managed
  • Created
  • Increased/Decreased
  • Negotiated
  • Volunteered
  • Under budget
  • The survey also found that only 17% of hiring managers look at perspective employee resumes for just 30 seconds. 68% of them spend less than 2 minutes reviewing resumes, which is why it is so important to include the correct wording and avoid resume mistakes.

    For the complete list of the best and worst resume terms, head over to read the CareerBuilder press release.

    And for more career or resume advice, contact one of our team members at Maxsys Solutions.

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