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Remember how much fun that Mexican vacation was? Remember all of those embarrassing photos your friends tagged you in?

One of the things we tell job seekers is to delete any inappropriate content on your social media accounts. Whether it was a ranting tweet, a Facebook check in from that strip club or an awkward photo on Instagram, you don’t want a potential employer to see it.

Clear is a free iOS app that will connect with your Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts and analyze the information to flag any inappropriate material. It uses a algorithms to filter through your posts and identify troubling keywords.

Now Clear is not going to delete the offensive content, but it will make it easy for you to find and simply delete. And currently, the app does not have the ability to scan photos or videos, but the creator claims that it’s in the works, as well as adding more social networks.

Speaking of the creator – Ethan Czahor was hired as Jeb Bush’s campaign chief technology officer, but had to resign due to some offensive tweets from years before. So he created Clear “to make sure situations like mine never happen to anyone ever again.”

The app is still in beta and there is a wait list, but you can sign up today and they will email you when it becomes available for you.

For more job search help, a professional staffing agency may be just what you need. Contact Maxsys Solutions if you’re located in North Texas.

Networking Tips for Introverts

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We get it – people are like snowflakes, no two are the same. So when doling out career advice, we need to be mindful that not everything we say is applies to everyone.

Now while networking is an important aspect of the job search process, and it’s probably a source of anxiety for many introverts, or people who tend to prefer to be alone over social activities.

Here are some tips for all of you introverts who are looking for a job:

Prepare

If you are prepared, it may ease the fear of walking into a networking event. Make sure you map out the location, know exactly what you will wear, and even prepare some small talk. Remember people love to talk about themselves, so plan out some questions to ask. And don’t forget you’ll want to have your elevator pitch all ready to go.

Attend Comfortable Events

When choosing which networking events to attend, select ones that you know that you’ll feel comfortable at. Whether it’s the exact location or the type of guests who will be attendance, the more comfortable you feel, the less stressful the situation.

Give Yourself Permission to Leave

If you’ve spoken to a few people and things don’t seem to be going so well, give yourself permission to bail early. As long as you made an effort, it’s completely acceptable to leave and make some mental notes on how to tackle the next event.

We know that searching for a job is not always easy and professional staffing agencies are here to help in any way they (we) can. If you’re in the DFW area, give us a call at Maxsys Solutions to see how we can help.

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The Best Day to Apply for a Job

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Believe it or not, there have been studies done to determine the best times to release information to ensure that it gets the most exposure. Like the best day to email blast a newsletter (Tuesday-Thursday), or when the most people will read your witty tweets (noon and 6pm), and even the best time to post and apply for a job (keep reading).

The CEO of SmartRecruiters looked into data from over 270,000 job postings and wrote about what he noticed:

- The best day of the week to look for new job postings is Tuesday. Apparently hiring managers are just like us – they get in to work Monday and catch up on emails and some to-do’s and then get those new positions posted on Tuesday.

- Tuesday is also the most popular day to apply for a job. 18.5% of people will apply on a Tuesday. The least popular day was Saturday with only 7.5%.

- The best time to look for a job online is Tuesday at 11am, followed by 4pm (also on Tuesday). This is when most companies post their openings.

- And the most popular day to get hired – you guessed it, Tuesday. From the data, it just happens to be the day many companies will make their hiring decision.

Remember that 60% of the applications a company gets are in within the first week of posting, so it’s important to be on top of your game next Tuesday. Take this weekend to update your resume, clean up your social media presence and make a list of references, so you’re all set for Tuesday at 11am.

For more information or help with finding your next job, contact a professional staffing agency. Looking for a tech position in Dallas-Fort Worth? Call Maxsys Solutions today…or Tuesday.

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Don’t Be a Paycheck Employee

Did you know that there are two types of employees – paycheck employees and performers? While you may not have known the “official” terms, you know them when you see them – or work with them.

Paycheck employees are decent workers, but they don’t go above and beyond for the company. They come in on-time, do their job and go home at exactly 5:00 on the dot. Performers are the ones who will answer your email at 9pm on a Saturday. They care about the success of the company, and they want to be apart of the success.

Mashable recently featured a Hireside Chat where they supplied warning signs for employers so they don’t mistake a paycheck employee for a performer.

We wanted to switch it up a bit and offer tips for all of you job hunters out there. This way when you go on your next interview, you portray yourself as a performer.

A performer is someone who:

- Is passionate and enthusiastic about their job.

- Does not make excuses.

- Looks to learn more for the benefit of the company and for their own personal growth.

- Is not satisfied with the status quo.

- Uses their time wisely – gets more done in less time.

- Is innovative and creative.

- Makes the company’s (and therefore their own) success a top priority.

Company’s are seriously paying attention to job candidates to ensure they’re hiring a performer over a paycheck employee. For every employee that’s not a performer, it is costing them $3,400 for every $10,000 they spend on an annual salary.

For more information on learning how you can become a performer and land your dream job, contact a professional staffing company. Live in or around DFW? Contact Maxsys Solutions for all of your IT staffing needs.

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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