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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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The Best Fonts for Your Resume

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If you read that headline and rolled your eyes, you’re probably not alone. But you’d be surprised how many people hiring managers are actually turned off by certain fonts *cough – Times New Roman – cough*.

When sorting through a stack of resumes, it’s estimated that a person will give each resume about 10 seconds before deciding whether it gets reviewed further or goes into the recycle bin.

So do you really want to take a chance with a font that’s not easy to read?

We didn’t think so. Here is a list of the five best resume fonts:

Arial

Many will refer to Arial as the safe bet. It’s clean and neutral. It’s like a good pair of khaki pants – classic.

Garamond

This is an old-style font that is also elegant. If that sounds like your personality, then go for it.

Calibri

In many programs, it’s now the default font. And for good reason. It’s clear, readable and a universally well-liked font.

Helvetica

Lifehacker did an entire piece on “Why You May Want to Consider Using Helvetica Typeface for Your Resume“. Many experts feel Helvetica should be used over classics, like that pesky Times New Roman.

Georgia

It’s a country, it’s a state, it’s a woman’s name and it’s a font. There are many people who think that Georgia looks better on screen than on paper, so that’s always an option if you’re simply emailing your resume.

Remember that a professional staffing agency can help you with all of your career needs. For more resume and job search advice for IT professionals in Dallas-Fort Worth, contact Maxsys Solutions.

Delete These From Your Resume Now

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Chances are the bulk of your resume hasn’t changed much since the last day of college. Even though you may have added and deleted some positions, and maybe re-worded a few descriptions, you probably still have more rewriting ahead of you.

Did you know that there are resume words or phrases that will get your resume automatically tossed in the recycle bin?

According to The Muse, many terms found in resumes are overused and considered “fluff”. So hiring managers just toss them in a pile with all the other trite resumes.

Do you want to be the person who stands out from the crowd and has a unique resume?

Here are three words/phrases to consider removing from that resume. For more, check out the The Muse’s article.

Utilized

We get it, you’ve used something, but you want to sound smart so you replaced ‘used’ with ‘utilize”. Well so has everyone else. So either go back to ‘use’ or find another way to explain yourself.

Assisted

If you’re an assistant, you’ve assisted. Otherwise you ‘contributed’ or ‘collaborated’.

Worked

Yes, we know you’ve worked. At least we hope you have. Using ‘worked’ in your resume is way too vague. “…go with something more precise, like ‘calculated’, ‘facilitated’, ‘doubled’, ‘launched’, ‘reduced’ and so on”

Resumes are not going away anytime soon, and neither are our resume tips. For more information and assistance on finding your next job, contact a professional staffing company. And Maxsys Solutions is here in DFW for all your IT staffing needs.

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What’s the Happiest Job in the U.S?

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The Declaration of Independence tells us “that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

So if you are unhappy in your current career, it may be time to pursue happiness in a new line of work. That may not be exactly what our forefathers meant, but we are a staffing and recruiting agency after all.

So what is the happiest job in this great country of ours? Well, we’re happy to report that it is in the tech industry. Drumroll, please…web developer.

The survey – commissioned by SkilledUp and performed by Provokeinsights – found that  ”88% of the 303 developers surveyed were completely satisfied with their career, 11% were somewhat satisfied, and only 1% were not at all satisfied.”

Many attribute the flexible hours, work-life balance and salary as the reasons why they enjoyed their job. Annual pay for web developers ranges from $50,000 to $149,000 and a large portion surveyed expect a pay increase soon.

And there is good news if you’re looking to become a web developer – 90% of those who were surveyed said there were many jobs available. Those with Python or Ruby skills may have more employment opportunities.  And a degree in computer science is not always necessary, most developers learn on their own, through job-training or even online courses.

So if you want to be happy at work and make a nice salary, consider web development. Give us a call at Maxsys Solutions and we can find a position for you today.

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3 Cover Letter Tips

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Writing a cover letter can sometimes feel as if you’re penning the most important 3 paragraphs of your career.

And while you’re not completely wrong, it’s not as difficult as you think. A cover letter is an informal extension of your resume. It’s something that allows you to speak to the hiring manager and describe additional details that don’t have a place on your resume.

Here are three cover letter tips that are especially helpful if you haven’t written a resume in a while:

1. Write a fresh new cover letter for each position you apply to. If you simply say the same thing every time you attach your cover letter to your resume, it won’t be authentic. Especially if you’re applying for different types of jobs.

2. Show, don’t just tell. The cover letter is where you can explain yourself, so use it to show how you’ve “increased company sales” or “developed customized database”.

3. Tell a story. Why do you want this job? What is your connection to this company? By telling a story, you’re bringing your experiences to life and showing that you’re a real person, not just a name on a piece of paper.

Searching for a job is a job within itself. To make the process quick and painless, consider speaking with a professional staffing and recruiting company.

 

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