If 2011's improved job market has you thinking about your future career goals, you'll likely focus on challenge, growth, learning, job satisfaction, etc, as your primary considerations.  Eventually, however, you'll get around to the compensation component.  You may ask, "What do I really earn? Can I afford to make the changes I need to make in order to stay relevant in today's technology?  What represents an improvement over my current situation?  How do I evaluate this job offer?"  To help you answer those questions, our March topic is "YOUR TRUE EARNINGS." 

 The CONEXiS Staffing team is here to help you reach your career goals!  We specialize in recruiting Software, Engineering and Information Technology Professionals for start ups, emerging growth companies and some of California's most respected companies.  Let us know how we can help you!

Best wishes,
Cathy Ashbaugh+ the Staffing Team
Dir, CONEXiS Technology Staffing and Solutions

949-360-1880, X1119


When you hear earnings, do you automatically think of salary?  Most people equate earnings with salary when assessing what they currently make or evaluating a potential job offer.  Your compensation package is, however, a combination of your salary and much more.  Here are some of the components to take into consideration.

1. Salary.  What is your current base salary?  Are you paid for overtime?  When is your next raise due and what % can you expect?

2.  Bonus.   Do you have a bonus plan in place? Is it based on company performance or individual performance, or both?  Are discretionary bonuses handed out?  What did you earn last year in terms of bonuses?

3.  Paid Time Off (PTO).  Add up your vacation time, sick time, holidays and personal days to caluculate your total time off.

4.  Benefits.  Medical, Dental, Vision, Life are typical benefits offered by many companies.  These plans can be very costly to companies and individuals.  Depending on how comprensive the coverage is and your contribution, the value of these plans can play a major factor.

5.  401K and Profit Sharing Plans.  Having a company invest in your future by way of profit sharing and/or contribution to a 401K plan is a bonus to be recognized.

6.  Educational Reimbursement.  Contributions towards education can have a direct impact on your wallet if you are planning to continue with your advanced degrees. A company that supports ongoing training and certifications is also making a major investment to their employees.

7.  Stock Options/Stock Purchase Plans.  While huge stock option grants are less prevalent today than a decade ago, stock purchase plans still play a part of total compensation.

8.  Flexible Spending Accounts.  Any Pre-Tax offering that helps you to lower your taxible income, earns you money.

9.  Transportation Reimbursement.  Van Pools, Milage Reimbursement, Train or Toll Road Passes, etc. all add up to more money in your pocket.

10.  Special Benefits:  Gym Memberships, Discounted Equipment or Buying Power, Park Memberships, company sponsored trips,  subsidized lunches, free food and drinks at work and any other non-required perks have value. 

For most people, the job itself--the challenge, the opportunity to learn and grow, the technology and company--is what drives the decision to either stay with a firm, or choose to consider options elsewhere.  Once those criteria have been established, the attention turns to compensation factors.  We hope this information helps you to look at the whole picture.

Software, Engineering and IT Job Openings

Immediate Openings, Hiring Now!  Contract and Direct

We have over 60 open positions!  Please visit the Careers section of our site to Search, View and Submit Your Resume to any of our open positions.  Locations:  Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and Bay Area, Contract and Direct Hire.  Software Development, Infrastructure, Project Management, DBA, Technical Writing, QA at all levels! 

Please visit 
JOBS AT CONEXiS to view all open positions.

CONEXiS Referral Bonus Program


Help a Friend, Help Yourself

Know someone who is looking for a position?  Know someone who is looking for a technololgy recruiter to partner with?  We welcome and appreciate all referrals you may have--and we have a great referral bonus program.  If we place anyone you refer to us, now or at anytime in the future, we will gladly pay you a substantial referral bonus as a way to say Thanks! 


CONEXiS has been providing Technology Solutions to California companies for the past 12 years.  The recent addition/growth of the Staffing Team provides the perfect marriage of services to our clients--our corporate clients and you!  Stay tuned as we continue to unveil new and exciting solutions and take a look at our newly launched website.  We'd love to hear your thoughts!

As always, thank you for the opportunity to be of service to you.

The CONEXiS Team

Cathy Ashbaugh, Director,
Mara McElroy, Sr Recruiter,
Christine Pagan, Sr Recruiter,
Crystal Lewis,Recruiter,
Brandon Williams, Researcher,