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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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What Should Companies Look for in Workforce Management

October 13th, 2016

workforce-managementAre you considering a workforce management solution for your business? If so, what should you be looking for in both a service and their software solution? Before you make a decision on the workforce management partner for your organization, it is important to ask the following questions to better understand what you and your employees need. Here are three things that you should consider before working with an agency to manage your workforce.

1. Online Services

So much is changing in the staffing industry right now. Today, companies that don’t offer online services are quickly falling behind in the marketplace. Businesses and individuals are doing almost everything on line today, so having the option to place work orders and find reports online is critical. It also makes the back office process easier by allowing employees the ability to submit time cards online and the ability for companies to get their invoices electronically. While face-to-face or over the phone contact still exists, the convenience of online communications is essential in today’s business climate.

2. Employee Access

Your employees will also want more information to be available to them. Not only should they be able to submit their time cards online, they also want details. They should be able to access their own online profile which should include start dates, pay history, and performance indicators that will help them improve their skills for future employment. This information will also help potential employers when trying to understand how to manage and motivate their team.

3. Onsite Manager

In many cases, especially if a company needs a large workforce, an onsite manager will be essential. This representative from the staffing agency will be there to help you manage the workforce needs and be a liaison between your company and the staffing agency. Sometimes performance and management issues can come up when the recruiters aren’t available to be onsite to see how individuals interact on the job. This recruiter and employee relationship can be critical for long-term success.

Are you considering a workforce management solution? Contact CornerStone Staffing Agencies in Dallas to learn how we can help you today with our unique workforce management solution!

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Recruiter Ready Resume Advice

August 9th, 2013

With so much advice coming from so many directions how exactly do you know if your resume is ready for prime time? If you’re looking for your next job opportunity and think your current resume might be holding you back, here are three simple steps that can greatly improve your resume.

  1. Stay focused on the goal. Companies like to see resumes from candidates that match their specific positions and their company culture. If your resume is all over the place they are likely to pass it up in favor for your more focused competition. Start with your title. Consider the specific job requirements and tailor your resume title to that. Next, add a summary paragraph. Look at all the reasons why you’re qualified for this particular job. Be as specific as you can about your background and your ultimate goal. Keep the core language flexible so you can alter the key message for your next job application.
  2. Be results oriented. This isn’t just a buzz word for your resume, this is a career philosophy. In your resume showcase all the specific examples of how you have positively impacted your previous employers’ businesses. The new company will want to know exactly how you can produce results in their environment. Write down as many of your professional accomplishments as you can think of and then take your time to streamline the language. Add them as bullets to your job history rather than your duties.
  3. Seek feedback on your resume. Your former co-workers, your spouse, and your friends can all help you tighten your message and suggest missing pieces for your resume. We all know it is a good idea for someone else to look at our resume but so few of us actually take this step. Don’t skip it. Share your new resume with several people and see what they have to say then take their advice. This will not only help you add key information but also give you a chance to work out any bugs before submitting it for a job.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Contact the Dallas Fort Worth recruiters at CornerStone Staffing to see what we are working on today!

With Social Media Timing is Everything

July 25th, 2012

Making the most of social media is about more than just posting content and responding to commenters and messages. Studies show that the timing of your post can affect readership and whether or not you get your message across to the right audience. The link shortening site Bit.ly, used by many for Twitter or Facebook, conducted some studies of click through rates and what times receive the most traffic. Here are some ways to maximize the timing of your social media posts.

  • Twitter. Studies have shown that the best time to post on Twitter is between 1pm and 3pm on Monday through Thursday. After 8pm and on the weekends are the times that see the lowest traffic. Twitter is best used to get out short and precise messages or to share links to other sources of information on your own site or other sites you think your readers will find helpful.
  • Facebook. Weekends are similarly desolate at Facebook but 3pm seems to be the time that most people are looking at that social media source. They also found that it is more active toward the middle or end of the week. On Monday workers are just returning to their jobs after a weekend away and are more likely to concentrate on their daily duties. By the middle of the week they may take breaks to check their social media.
  • Content. Regardless of whether or not you post at these optimal times, you need to make sure you are posting consistently good content. Make sure it is informative, educational, interesting and sharable. The main goal of any website or social media strategy is to get people to return and to refer others to your site.
  • Run your own metrics. Start to pay attention to the activity on your own website. Determine when your customers are reading your content and design your strategy around that information. Your audience is your post important asset and if they aren’t reading at 3pm on a Wednesday it does little good to post then even if the research shows that it is optimal.
  • Inexact science. The problem with tracking this type of information is that it changes on a pretty regular basis. While the trend right now may be to check your Facebook in the middle of a work day, a month or two from now might see an uptick on Saturdays.
  • Be human. Customers want to interact with individuals not faceless organizations. If your content is interesting customers will be interested in coming back to see what you’ve said. They will share that information with friends and family and you will begin to build a following. If your site has some personality they may begin to equate that voice with the company as a whole and treat your products and services like valued old friends.

Looking for a staffing company that understands your business and the role you want to take in your community? CornerStone Staffing is a part of your business community and understands what it takes to succeed.