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How to Gain Valuable Information in the Job Interview

January 19th, 2017

Gain InfoAs a job seeker, your most important task is to gain as much information as possible while selling yourself to the hiring manager. This can be a delicate balancing act between gaining and giving information. But there are a few things you should ask or look out for that can give you valuable insight into the company culture and what it would be like to work there. Here are four questions that will be critical to gaining the most important information from an interview.

1. Is this a new position or is it a replacement?

Knowing why a position is open is a key to finding out how you should sell yourself. If this is a new position, it means they are growing or adding important new roles to their company. This is your opportunity to make your mark in something they’ve never experienced before. On the other hand, if they are replacing an employee, it is helpful to know if this was a problem situation that resulted in a firing or another cause to create the open position.

2. How long do employees typically stay with the company?

You want to know how long a typical employee stays with the organization because if there is high turnover and constant rehiring, there may be a reason for that. It will be important for you to understand whether or not this is something that will work with your career.

3. Do people go out for lunch or happy hour?

Knowing how social a company is will help inform you about the overall corporate culture. Do people go out for lunch? Do they go on their own or as a group? Do people bring lunch in and eat at their desks? Some companies even encourage a weekly happy hour to help their staff socialize and build better bonds. Look at how they handle social interaction and whether or not they fit your values.

4. What are the company growth and client breakdown?

Lastly, you want to know the data that supports the company’s success. How has the company grown in the last year, the last 5 years, and since it was founded? What is their target client and how is that broken down. How many clients do they add each year? What clients have been lost in the past and why?

Are you ready to interview for your next new career move? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with the top staffing agency in Dallas!

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Want to Try Something New in 2017? Consider Temp-to-Hire

January 5th, 2017

try-something-newEvery year. It’s the same idea. The New Year is the perfect time to try something new and different. We make resolutions, set goals, and plan events that can help us grow. So why not try something new in 2017 and consider a temporary to hire position? What is temp-to-hire? You will work with a staffing agency who can help you find a position suitable to your background, experience, and interest. Then, you will work for the agency at their client site for an established period of time. At the end of that time, the client is able to hire you on to their company directly. It’s a great way to learn more about a job and a business before making a full-time commitment. What else do you need to know about temp-to-hire? Let’s take a closer look.

Try before you buy

Businesses take big risks deciding who to hire for their open positions. But working with an agency gives them an opportunity to try out an employee before committing to a full-time hire. But the benefits go both ways. You also get to try out a company before you accept a full-time position to learn if the corporate culture, the other employees, and the job itself are worth committing to.

Learn new things

You don’t only have to accept a position that was the same as your last job or the job before that. Working with a recruiter, you can determine how your skills can benefit any number of organizations. You can look at your transferable skills to see what other positions can be a fit for your interests and experience. Once you start that job, you will have a chance to learn how they run their organization, volunteer to take on new tasks and ask if you can learn new things along the way. The more adaptable you are, the more valuable you are as an employee.

Have flexibility in your career.

A temp-to-hire job is different than short term temporary assignments and accepting a full-time, permanent position with a company you’ve never worked with before. It gives you the power to control the direction in which you steer your career. You will be able to determine if the job is right for you and if it is not, talk to your recruiter to move on to another position.

Are you looking for a temp-to-hire position in 2017? Contact the recruiters at CornerStone Staffing and find your next job by working with a top staffing agency in Texas.

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Why You Need to Become More Positive in 2017

December 22nd, 2016

in-2017Turning over the calendar to the next year can be a welcome change for a lot of people. It’s a natural opportunity to start fresh and set new goals. But that doesn’t mean you can coast through 2017 without major changes. If you’re thinking about career advancement or just making your year more successful overall, there is something you might not be considering. Positivity comes in many forms, and it can make or break your career experience. Here are some of the reasons you should be more positive in 2017.

Negative attitudes are not good to work with.

No one likes to work with someone who has a negative attitude all the time. The challenge sometimes is noticing this behavior in ourselves. If you find yourself thinking negatively more often than not, the people around you will observe it as well. Try to improve your outlook this coming year to project a more positive personality to those around you.

Positive people get more promotions.

If you want concrete reasons why then consider individuals with positive attitudes get promoted more frequently than their negative counterparts. Management teams look for people who offer a positive spin on the company, product, or service. These employees will be considered quickly for movement up the ladder.

Remove toxic people from your life.

Negativity is contagious. Even if you don’t consciously think of yourself in negative terms, spending time with others who are negative can affect the way you interact with everyone around you. Avoiding negative people can help you maintain a positive attitude at work and in your whole life.

Appreciate kindness and helpfulness.

One great way to put positivity into practice is to express your gratitude for others. When someone is kind or helpful, thank them openly and honestly. Use this positive energy to pay it forward and do kind things for others. Just like negativity, positivity also breeds more positivity, and spreading it around will be welcomed.

Are you looking for more ways to improve your career goals for 2017? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Dallas and learn how we can help you today!

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Have an IT Job but Want a New One? 4 Tips to Navigate that Search

December 8th, 2016

new-jobThe IT industry is exploding and it is expected that many companies will be hiring technology professionals in 2017. If you’ve been restless, now is the time to start thinking about a transition. But, if you are already working in IT, you may want to consider some of the ways to successfully navigate a new job search so you don’t put your current role in jeopardy. Here are four things to think about before you start looking for your next IT job from the comfort of where you’re working now.

1. Take your time.

If you’re still working, you don’t need to rush your search. You’ve got plenty of time. You also don’t want to rush so much that you make a fatal mistake in your current job. Being by doing your homework and learning what companies or jobs you really want. Get out into the community to find out more about these opportunities. Contact companies you want to work with but who aren’t current advertising for open jobs and build a relationship.

2. Leverage your network.

Now is also the time to leverage your network. Make sure you’re building up your social media network, especially LinkedIn. Attend local industry events. Connect with individuals you’ve done business with before. You can stay confidential and ask them to be discrete, but you can start to ask around about opportunities that might be a good fit for you in the near future.

3. Talk to previous employers.

There is a reason everyone always advises you to avoid burning bridges. These previous employers may be a good place to discuss new opportunities. Since you left, you’ve gained new insight and new skills. Can you use these skills at their business? Is this work situation something that could become a good transition back into a company you enjoyed working for before in a different capacity?

4. Discuss options with your boss.

If you are feeling restless, it may also be a good idea to discuss your feelings with your current boss. If they value your contribution, they may be willing to work with you to determine a new position that could be a better fit for your skills and desire to contribute to the company in a different way. Even if they can’t give you a promotion, they may be able to give you additional responsibilities.

Are you looking for a new role in IT for 2017? Contact the team at CornerStone Staffing Agencies, now hiring for jobs in Dallas TX!

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Negotiate a Raise for 2017

November 17th, 2016

show-me-the-moneyOver the years as a job seeker you have probably learned how to write a killer resume or knock an interview out of the park. At the same time, you may not have paid much attention to salary negotiations. It’s an equally important skill that is often overlooked. This can prove true for even the initial negotiation when accepting a job, which may have been a one-sided conversation. Now that you’ve been established, it is time to move forward with the next phase of your long-term career goals. You deserve a raise in 2017, so here is how to ask for one.

1. Create a plan.

Before you approach your manager, you need to know exactly how to present your case. You also need to create a plan that can give you the tools you need to ask for more money. In order to earn more money, you must position yourself as a top performer for your team. If you haven’t been doing that yet, it is time to start working on the ways you can improve your performance.

2. Prepare to over-deliver.

In the original Star Trek series, the engineer Montgomery Scott used the tactic of underpromising and over delivering whenever Captain Kirk would need extra power in the Enterprise. While you may not want to get in the bad habit of underpromising, over-delivering will put you in an excellent position to be considered invaluable to the organization. Find ways you go above and beyond in your job functions.

3. Demonstrate value.

The next step is to demonstrate this value. Before you meet with your manager, put together a list of the things you’ve done to enhance the office environment and production for the company. What do you bring to the table? What have you added since you started with the company? Put all of this together in a package or presentation that will help you sell your cause.

4. Set a meeting.

The final step is to set a meeting. Whether you’re ready right now or need another six months to get the tools together, you shouldn’t approach your manager blindly. Let them know you want to talk with them about your performance and contribution. Set up a time so you both can be ready for the conversation. This will demonstrate to your supervisor that you’re serious and prepared.

Do you want to make more money in 2017? We can help you take the next step in your career. Contact CornerStone Staffing to get started on working with a leader in Texas staffing!

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Not Qualified for the Job? Here’s How You Get It

November 4th, 2016

heres-how-you-get-itThere are a lot of reasons you might feel compelled to apply for a job that is a little bit out of your comfort zone. You may want to work with a specific company. You may want to expand your skills. You may want to transition to a new industry. Any of these reasons, and more are valid. But there is one more step to the process. You need to convince the hiring manager that taking a chance on you will be the best decision they’ve ever made. If you’re concerned about applying for a job that is beyond your current skill set, here are some things you can do to get hired.

Believe in Yourself

When you have confidence in yourself, you will inspire confidence from others. That means you need to stay positive and drill down on the real reasons you’re applying for this job. Show them that you are someone they want to work with even if you may require a little extra on the job training. Believe that you are adaptable and trainable and they’ll believe it too.

Focus on Transferable Skills

What most people don’t seem to recognize about corporate environments is that a lot of the skills are similar even if they are called by different names. Review the job description and look into your own experience. Determine how your experience does fit into what they’re looking for and create a narrative around that information.

Stay Positive

Another key trait for getting a job that you’re not quite qualified for is to remain positive throughout the process. Negativity is one of the top cited reasons for not continuing to discuss a job with a potential candidate. Don’t talk about why you don’t want to do your last job anymore, but talk about how working for their company would improve your future.

Prove Your Competence

Next, give them some tangible information to hold on to. Prove to them that you are an asset, even if you aren’t complete qualified. Talk to the right references and have them lined up and available to provide when asked. Consider people who will discuss how adaptable you are and how you are able to learn new things quickly.

Are you looking for help finding your next opportunity? Contact CornerStone Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Dallas TX, to see how we can help today!

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What Does Your IT Career Need to Know About the Gig Economy?

October 20th, 2016

what-is-giggingIf you’re an IT professional, you’ve probably been hearing about the “Gig Economy.” So, what is this mysterious new economy that is emerging in today’s market? The truth is, this form of work has been around for a very long time but the name only became trendy after the recession and recovery in the mid-2000s. For information technology job seekers, what should you know about gigging? Here are some things to know.

What is the gig economy?

This is a culture where temporary positions are very common and many employers choose to work with independent contractors or freelancers for short-term assignments and projects. Since the economic recovery, many people who found themselves out of work after the recession that began in 2007 are choosing not to return to traditional jobs. In fact, experts believe that nearly 40 percent of all U.S. workers will be a part of the gig economy by 2020.

What are the benefits?

For people who choose to work gigs rather than full-time, permanent positions, the benefits are astounding. In general, as an independent contractor, you can choose your own schedule. You work for yourself, so you can decide which hours you work and how much work you will accept at a time. Essentially, while ensuring that your clients are satisfied with the work you’re doing, you call all the shots along the way.

What are the downsides?

Freelancers and independent contractors work for themselves. This means you will have to be responsible for your own taxes, including the self-employment tax, at the end of the year. Freelancers also don’t qualify for group benefits from an employer, so healthcare costs are usually much higher than if you’re a full-time employee. You also don’t get paid vacation or sick time. A steady paycheck is also a challenge. If you don’t work, you don’t get paid.

Can you have the best of both worlds?

Working with a staffing agency can allow you to work temporary positions with established clients but still receive a paycheck, with taxes deducted, each pay period. CornerStone Staffing is a leader among information technology recruiters in Dallas. Contact us today!

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Improve Body Language to Help Your Networking

October 6th, 2016

eyeshandspostureoh-myYou know that networking is important to your career. But did you know that the body language you project when meeting new professionals is as important as meeting them in the first place? If you can master appropriate body language when you’re networking, you will find that you’re making better connections for your career. Here are some aspects of body language that you should be aware of when you’re in the networking process.

Maintain appropriate eye contact.

Eye contact is important for interpersonal communication. It’s how we learn to understand one another, and how we gauge whether or not someone is honest or trustworthy. But eye contact can be challenging for some people, so it is equally as important to know how to use it and in what context. Don’t stare, but be casual and look them in the eye in a natural way.

Be relaxed when standing or sitting.

At most networking events, you’ll find yourself standing but there may be occasions when you’re sitting as well. The most important thing is to be relaxed while you’re communicating with someone else. Don’t cross your arms, because that indicates you’re closed off. Don’t fidget, because that demonstrates nervousness. Don’t spread out too far because that indicates arrogance and ownership.

Walk with purpose.

Look up, be confident, and be comfortable. The way you walk says just as much about you as your body language when sitting or standing. Shuffling is a sign that you’re uncomfortable. Being pushy will also send the wrong message. Walk with confidence and an easy stride and you’ll send the right message. You want your energy to be the focus.

Practice good posture.

Your teachers were right, it is important to stand up or sit up straight. Keeping your spine straight and avoiding a slouch will send the message that you’re confident and you want to engage with others around you. Posture is a big part of how we judge each other’s body language, so pay special attention to how you’re sitting or standing.

Focus on that handshake.

Finally, it is important to make sure that you have a firm handshake. It is perfectly okay to practice ahead of time. It can be difficult to avoid sweaty palms when you’re nervous, but do what you can to make yourself feel at ease in public spaces. Don’t let your hand be the dead fish grip that everyone dreads. Grasp firmly, but don’t squeeze hard, and know when to let go.

If you are looking for a change in your career, our talented recruiters are here for you. Contact CornerStone Staffing today to work with a leader in Dallas and Fort Worth job agencies.

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Unsure About Accepting the Position? Look at These Areas

September 22nd, 2016

unsure-about-accepting-the-positionNow that you’ve submitted your resume, attended the interview, and have received the job offer, what happens next? If you are on the fence at all about accepting this new position, there may be reasons for that. Before you say yes or sign any paperwork, it is worth taking a little time to decide. Politely let them know that you want to contact them back in a day or two so you have some time to weigh your options. And consider these areas to determine if the job is right for you.

The company values

The first step is to evaluate the company mission statement, their core values, and the reputation of the business. It is imperative that your personal values do not conflict with the values of the organization or your employment there will not be mutually beneficial. If you see things that you don’t like or you find that the company does not hold the same core values as you do, it may be time to consider another avenue. But, if your values match, it could be a great fit.

Career development

Where do you see yourself in 10 years? You were probably asked this question in the interview process, but did you ask them about what they can provide you in those 10 years? Do you see yourself continuing to work for the company, or is it just a stepping stone? What kinds of career development opportunities do they have in place and how many people have been promoted within the company. Depending on the answer, you may have to make a decision.

New coworker dynamics

Did you have a chance to meet the others in the office? If you weren’t introduced to your future coworkers, this may be a red flag all by itself. The people you work with directly may be the most important dynamic in your new workplace, so it is critical to know whether or not you will get along with them or if there will be problems blending your work style.

Follow your gut

We are given so many conflicting thoughts about trusting our own instincts that it can be hard to make a decision. Don’t let this paralysis set in. If you have a negative feeling about the company, there might be a reason for that. Alternately, if you feel like this is an organization where you can really fit in and make a difference for them and for your long term career goals, go ahead and accept the offer.

Are you ready to go out and get that job offer? Work with our great team of recruiters at CornerStone Staffing today and partner with one of the top staffing agencies in Dallas to get started.

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Your Next Job Can Be Found on Social Media… 3 Tips to Find It

September 8th, 2016

social-media-and-job-searchesYou’ve heard that you need to be on social media to see and be seen by the top companies on your employment wish list, but what does that mean? Can you really find a job on social media? The answer is yes, and while you have to do some work, the overall concept is surprisingly simple. Learning a few simple tactics can help you expand your reach on social media and reach the right audience. To start out looking for your next job via social media, use these three tips to kick off your search.

Let Others Know

The first step for using social media to help you find a job is to let people know. If you’re unemployed or public about your search, use your status updates on Facebook or LinkedIn to let others know you’re currently seeking. If you are still employed and don’t want to your current company to find out you’re looking, connect with people directly and send them a private message. There are resources for this both on Facebook and LinkedIn, which are the two most popular sites for helping job seekers connect with businesses and individuals who can help them find a new position.

Follow Companies

On all of the major social media sites, including LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter, make sure you are following companies. Don’t follow every company, but make a wish list of ten or so that you would love to work with. Follow them on their social media pages and, more importantly, interact with them. Companies do use these resources to tap into new talent for their businesses, but they don’t know you’re there if you’re not a part of their communities online.

Become a Resource

Finally, find a way to become a resource for others online. Many professionals will start by creating a blog that will allow them to share their knowledge and skills online. You can have your own website or you can utilize the blogging feature on LinkedIn. Each time you write a new blog post, share it on social media. Create a professional Facebook page that will allow you to promote your posts without flooding your friends’ lists. Encourage people to interact, share, and comment on the material you’ve provided.

Are you on the market for a new position? Contact CornerStone Staffing today to get started on working with a top staffing agency in Dallas!

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