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Can You Prepare for Pre-Employment Screening?

March 23rd, 2017

Many employers conduct pre-employment screening to determine if the candidates they’re considering are truly qualified for the job. These types of skills tests are a benefit for both employees and employers. It keeps employees from feeling they’re in over their head when they’re placed in a situation they’re unfamiliar with. And it ensures the employer is objectively hiring the most qualified person for the job. But how can you prepare ahead of time for any pre-employment screening or testing the employer conducts? Here are some things to consider.

1. Ask the company if they test skills.

There is nothing wrong with asking the company if they use pre-employment testing as part of their hiring process. The real trick is ensuring that you don’t sound concerned by the prospect. For instance, if you just ask “do you test on skills,” it may send up a red flag that you’re not comfortable with the skills you’ve presented on your resume. When you ask, position it as your preparation process.

2. Determine the type of testing.

If they do provide testing, ask them what type they do. This can give you an idea of what to review before taking the test or how to approach the test in general. If the test is written, online or in the office you can prepare for that. Each will have its own set of processes, and you can find yourself better suited to one or the other. The more you know the more relaxed you can be.

3. Brush up on your skills.

You should be pretty confident in the skills you bring to the table, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice. Especially with a skill that you haven’t used for a little while, make sure you remember some of the basics. For example, if you have experience in Microsoft Excel, but haven’t used it since your last position, spend some time at home with the program to refresh memory on some of the tools.

4. Don’t worry, you’ve got this.

Finally, it is critical that you don’t stress yourself out too much by overthinking the test process. The most important thing is that you are talented and you are skilled for this position, so relax. Be confident and trust your skills. Before the test make sure to get plenty of rest, eat a proper meal, and try not to get too stuck in the minutia of the process.

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Hot Jobs for December 2015

December 3rd, 2015

At CornerStone Staffing, we are dedicated to providing the best possible partnerships between our candidates and our clients. As we enter the month of December, don’t let the Holidays slow you down. We are still hiring for a variety of positions and want to match the best possible professionals to the right jobs. Before you start decking your halls, consider the next step in your career. Here are several hot jobs for the cold winter right here in Texas.

Full Cycle Call Center Recruiter in Plano TX

We are currently seeking an experienced recruiter for a temp-to-hire position. The pay range is between $45,000 and $50,000 per year. This is a Monday through Friday position working typical office hours in the Plano area. Professional recruiters who apply must have at least five years of experience with full-cycle call center staffing. To be considered for the position, recruiting for call center and administrative positions is required. We expect the top candidates to demonstrate strong organizational skills as well as great computer skills to excel with this position. Candidates will be subject to background and drug screening prior to consideration.

Business Development Specialist in Dallas TX

Our client, described often as one of the best places to work in Dallas, is seeking a superstar business development specialist. This is a direct hire position starting at $55,000 annually. They are seeking candidates with at least five years of experience in legal marketing with a focus on professional services, marketing/business development or corporate communications. Must be proficient in Microsoft Excel, Word and PowerPoint. Communications skills and attention to detail are critical. A Bachelor’s degree is required with a Master’s degree being preferred. This position will provide all support to a variety of business development efforts and initiatives. Candidates must have experience within the legal industry to be considered.

Medical Collector in Plano TX

This temp-to-hire call center position pays between $15 and $18 per hour. Our client is looking for someone with at least one year of medical collections experience and a background in medical insurance. Must have strong customer service skills and be knowledgeable about conducting internet research. This position will be responsible for analyzing and collecting overdue accounts and maintaining, updating and correcting account errors. Collectors are responsible in communicating with patients, insurance carriers and other professional offices.

Whether you’re an experienced professional looking to branch out, a recent graduate or simply curious about new career opportunities, let CornerStone Staffing help. We offer the flexibility of temporary work or the best path to a new full-time job. Contact us today to learn about our jobs in Dallas TX or at any of our other locations!

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Want the Job? Make Yourself Accessible

July 24th, 2015

Hiring managers have a very difficult job. They post an open position and hundreds of candidates may answer. Going through those resumes, the hiring manager needs to narrow down the field to a manageable number to call and discuss the job. Only a few of those will be invited for a face-to-face interview. Because of this difficult process, the hiring manager has to make decisions based on only a very few factors to rule out potential candidates. One of the biggest red flags for decision makers is the lack of contact information or difficultly finding it. You may think that this would be common sense, but it is far too common for a candidate’s contact information to be buried and impossible to find at a glance. If you want the job, here are some tips for making sure you’re easy to contact.

Create an email signature.

Since most job applications are done via email in today’s Internet age, an email signature line is the best way to ensure that your contact information is on every piece of correspondence you have with your potential employer. Include your name, email address, phone number, any other relevant information you would like someone to know. However, don’t fall into the trap of making it too cluttered.

Keep each page of your resume formatted.

When you’re creating your resume, you should always include a section with your contact information at the top of the page. It should offer some of the same information as your email signature, perhaps along with your LinkedIn profile link. The part most people forget about is additional pages. If you have a second page, create a header with just your name, email address, and phone number so if the pages get separated then they know where they belong.

Include links to important online information.

If you’ve started a blog or created an online portfolio or resume, this information should be on your email signature and your paper resume. You may also wish to call the reviewer’s attention to it in your cover letter. For instance, you can say “I encourage you to review my online portfolio at,” and include the link.

Choose a professional email address.

Lastly, another aspect that many people don’t consider is their actual email address. Recruiters will be happy to tell you anecdotes about candidates who use extremely unprofessional email addresses. Instead, opt to use some combination of your own name such as first and last or first and middle initials with your last name. There are plenty of free online email services for you to create an address just for professional purposes.

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Sell Yourself in 30 Seconds

July 10th, 2015

Have you ever heard of an elevator pitch? If you found yourself in an elevator with someone who had all the power to make your dreams come true and you had less than a minute to sell your idea, what would you say? You never know when you might need to make an impressive sales pitch about you, your career, and your goals during an unannounced opportunity. Here are some tried and true ideas for crafting your 30-second elevator pitch.

Know Your Goal

Ultimately, if you want someone else to buy into your idea then you need to know what your idea is in general. Are you looking for a job? Do you want to make industry connections? Are you selling a product or a service? You have to tailor your pitch around this one concept or the ideas might get lost in the background noise. If you sound scattered in those 30 seconds, then you won’t make an impact on that important executive.

Explain What You Do

To truly convey what it is that you want to do, you have to be able to effectively communicate what it is that you do. If you’re looking for an accounting job but never say the word “accounting,” then you may find that your message is obscured or misunderstood. Determine a way to describe what you do in only a few words.

Engage with a Question

Good communicators often ask questions of their audience even if they aren’t expecting an answer. It gets people thinking and engaged with the subject being discussed. Sometimes this works by starting the pitch off with a question like, “have you ever wondered if your administrative support team is efficient?” This will help you frame the rest of your pitch. Or, you can ask a question at the end that can be as practical as, “can I get your business card?”

Practice Your Speech

Finally, the best way to ensure that your elevator pitch will go off without a hitch under pressure is to practice it. You want to know your main points, keep it under 30 seconds, and be able to engage the listener. When you are prepared for a speech, your nerves won’t be as noticeable. You also don’t want to over practice so it sounds like a robot or disingenuous. Being prepared will allow you to have a database of info to pull from so your speech doesn’t sound rehearsed. Strike the right balance.

CornerStone Staffing, providing staffing services in Dallas TX and beyond, offers the flexibility of temporary work or the best path to a full-time job. Contact us today to get started!

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Hiring Nightmares to Avoid: It’s About the Salary

January 17th, 2014

Before you make your next hiring decision, consider this very sticky trap: the question of salary. While there are many possible nightmares including poor onboarding and a bad company culture fit, salary is probably one of the easiest to solve. Here are a few tips and thoughts about calculating a new employee salary and hiring the best people for your business.

  • Don’t risk losing a good employee with a low offer. Many companies over the last few years have reduced salaries in order to keep their business above water during the recession. It might be time to recalculate this strategy. The old adage “You get what you pay for,” is undoubtedly true. Talk to your candidate about their expectations and take these numbers into consideration as you make a decision. You may pay a little more than you expected or planned but it will cost even more when a lower paid employee leaves for more money or if the candidate turns out to be a bad fit.
  • Avoid pay compression. This means that there is very little difference between the pay across multiple levels of your organization. New salaries may be just under those of current employees or, in some scenarios, they might be paid more. This can be extremely bad for employee morale. Keep up with the current market and pay your current employees what they are worth rather than keeping outdated salary information. Create a forecast and plan and know what you should be paying current employees and what the market pays incoming employees for necessary skills.
  • Beware the other end of salary negotiations. Most potential employees will be quite genuine when it comes to negotiating their salary. Candidates have been shown the formula for calculating  a reasonable pay scale for their skills, experience, location, and cost of living. However, a red flag may be raised if a candidate becomes unreasonable, angry, or argumentative about the salary they feel there are owed. If you begin negotiations and don’t find the other party to be respectful it may be a sign that you should not extend an offer and instead move on to another candidate.

Do you know how much you should be paying for certain jobs? If you are looking for staffing agencies in Dallas TX, contact us today.

Ask These Three Questoins Before Accepting a Job

January 4th, 2013

You’ve been looking for a job for a long time and you finally get that phone call. They want to hire you. What do you need to do to ensure that you have the best possible situation if you take this job? While some of these may have been mentioned in passing during the interview process, once you’ve received an offer you are in a better position to get the answers. Here are three questions to ask the potential employer before accepting the job.

  1. How long did the previous employee in the role take to complete their daily and weekly tasks? This will give you the big picture of what the manager is expecting out of the role and what you are capable of contributing. You want to know that the tasks and the time allotted to them are realistic. You also want to make sure that you are interested in doing what it takes to get the job done to the manager’s satisfaction.
  2. How long should I expect to stay in this position before being considered for a promotion? Companies do like to invest in individuals who are interested in growth within the company but they also have a job that needs to get done right now. They don’t want to hire someone whose mind is on the next possible step rather than the position for which they were hired. Manage your own expectations by understanding the typical way promotions are handled within the company. This will allow you to focus on doing a good job up front so you will be considered for future opportunities.
  3. Why did the last employee in this position leave the job? There are countless reasons an employee leaves a position. On the positive side, they may have received a promotion themselves which led to the job vacancy. They may have moved away. They may have accepted a position with another company. On the other hand, they may have not been performing satisfactorily or they may have had behavior issues on the job. Knowing these things will give you a good sense of how to approach the job once you accept it.

Are you looking for a great opportunity in 2013? Contact CornerStone staffing, one of the top staffing agencies in Dallas, TX.