Offer Candidates What Your Employees Already Have

April 27th, 2012

As the job market slowly but steadily improves, seasoned job-seekers are becoming more selective about open positions and the companies looking to fill them. Every employer should have a clear understanding of what candidates are looking for – what truly motivates them to move beyond reading the job post to clicking “Apply now.” One effective strategy for understanding these primary motivations is to look objectively within the organization and see what’s driving employee retention.

Compensation and benefits

Whatever they may say, virtually everyone considering an employment opportunity wants to know if you have an attractive compensation/benefits package. If some time has passed since you last conducted a comparative salary assessment (comparing your compensation structure against those in similar businesses), this might be the right time to make sure (a) you’re offering fair and competitive pay; and (b) your current workforce appears satisfied with the compensation you offer.

As for benefits, it’s worth making an effort to determine what benefits your employees are making use of. Are these benefits comprehensive enough? Do you hear from employees that other types of benefits might be more desirable? If it’s time for a change in your benefits package, start by what’s needed internally and go from there.

Opportunities for growth

The same holds true for job-seeker and those currently employed alike. Talented, ambitious individuals want to work for an organization where there are opportunities to learn and grow. If you actively promote from within, be sure to publicize this in your job postings. And if that’s not always possible, see what you can do in terms of providing additional training and skill-building resources so that both employees and job-seekers understand there’s potential for growth in your business.

Balancing work and life

Plenty of businesses say they’re advocates of a proper work/life balance. How many truly are? If you determine that employees are dissatisfied with the number of hours they have to put in, especially if they far exceed a standard, 40-hour work week, you will have trouble recruiting and retaining new employees. A good work/life balance is one of the most attractive elements a business can offer, so if you believe in this principle, be ready to “walk the talk.”

Meador Staffing Services offers a variety of resources and tips to help you find the right people to work in your business.

Avoid These Common Interview Blunders

April 20th, 2012

Job interviews are your opportunity to make a good impression. All too often, however, job candidates make some common mistakes that either generate a negative impression or at least fail to convey their best qualities.

Here are ways to avoid the most common interview “traps.”

You’re not there to be interrogated

Employers don’t invite you in to give you the “third degree.” Yes, they will ask you questions, but they’re genuinely interested in having a conversation that helps them get to know you better. Be prepared to ask questions, as well as respond to them. It’s your opportunity to find out more about the open position you’ve applied for, as well as the company that may hire you.

Make a list of questions to ask

Some questions will grow naturally out of the conversation you have with the recruiter, but a well-prepared job seeker comes into the interview with four or five set questions. This is especially useful when you’re asked, “Do you have any questions?” If you answer no, you leave the impression that you’re not all that interested in the position. A reliable question to ask might be, “What’s it like working for this company?” or “Can you tell me something about yourself?”

Don’t say, “My weakness is I’m a perfectionist”

Chances are you’ll be asked to talk about your personal or professional weaknesses. Don’t try turning it into a positive by claiming to never be satisfied with anything less than perfection. Recruiters have heard it all a thousand times before. It’s better to discuss a particular skill that you’d like to improve upon, and steps you’ve taken to do so. That says a lot more about your quest for constant self-improvement.

Be prepared to talk about yourself

A job interview is nowhere to be shy about your skills and achievements. Before coming in, put together a list of your accomplishments, with particular emphasis on how they helped the company you worked for. Also be prepared to talk about non-professional parts of your life. Interviewers want to get to know you, so you should be ready with some good answers.

Follow-up

Many job-seekers mistakenly leave the interview believing they’ve done all they can. Not true! First, send a thank-you letter or email to the person you talked with and follow-up a few days later with more detail about yourself or simply a polite inquiry as to the status of the open position. You don’t want the recruiter forgetting about you!

Meador Staffing Services offers more helpful information in our comprehensive Candidate Resources Library. Check out this article, “Do You Have Any Questions for Me?”

 

 

Don’t Take Your Job Postings for Granted

April 13th, 2012

It’s easy to copy your hiring manager’s bare-bones job description and paste it online in a one-size-fits-all job posting. The problem is, you’ll save time and effort up-front and may not have much to show for it in terms of results.

Unique culture

Your company’s unique culture should be reflected in each job posting. There’s a certain type of personality your business is looking for, and the best first step in finding them is crafting a posting that appeals to that personality. As much as possible, take the rough wording you get and rework it into a posting that can generate more and better responses.

Don’t cross-post your listing

Due to the proliferation of search engines, it’s become conventional wisdom to simply cross-post the exact same job to multiple job boards – the idea being, you’ll increase the chances of matching your opening with the right candidate. In this case, the conventional wisdom is wrong. What’s more, this approach will not boost the volume of postings that show on search engines. Sites like SimplyHired and Indeed filter out any duplicate listings and list only the posting they indexed first.

To find the right person for your business, write a posting that speaks to that individual. This means taking the time to include specific information:

  • Relevant keywords your audience is searching for
  • Information about company culture, hiring process, benefits, etc.
  • Unique job responsibilities, opportunities for advancement

Job-seekers who respond to vague postings rarely turn out to be the ones you’re looking for. The more specific your job posting can be, the more likely it is the right person will find you.

What message are you sending?

Remember, a job posting represents your business just as much as a marketing brochure or a press release. What’s the message job-seekers get when they read your detailed, well-written posting? The message is: We’re an organization that cares about who we hire. We are professionals who want other professionals to join us. This company would be a perfect fit for a skilled, ambitious individual like you.

Meador Staffing Services delivers flexible and customized staffing solutions for employers across Texas and beyond. Contact us for details on how we can help you.

Turn Your Part-Time Work Into the Career You’re Looking for

April 6th, 2012

Before the economy started picking up and employers began hiring again, many people who found themselves out of a job took on part-time work or freelance projects. For some, this provided a badly needed foundation for a new direction in life, while others simply wanted some money coming in while they searched for their next full-time position.

Either way, if you’re currently freelancing or working part-time, there’s no reason to lose sight of your long-range career goals. With a few tips and a finely honed strategy, you can leverage what you’re doing now into what you want to do in the future:

Keep evaluating where you are.

If you’re juggling multiple freelance projects or putting in long hours at one or more part-time jobs, you can easily lose sight of the kind of job you’d really like to have. It’s not easy to find the time, but experts urge people in these situations to continually re-evaluate their present status and see how that relates to their three- or five-year plan.

Build a portfolio from your part-time work.

It’s not always possible, but you should strive to work on projects or in part-time jobs that significantly add to your resume credits. Such activities may help you gain new, relevant skills or demonstrate to future employers that you’re a serious professional with a wide range of experience – always an attractive prospect for HR recruiters.

Don’t let your job search slip away.

Yes, juggling multiple projects or part-time jobs is very time-consuming. But, experts say, taking on too much can drain the time and energy needed to maintain your search for a full-time job. Looking for your dream job only when you get a chance is not a winning strategy. Always find time to investigate and apply for the types of jobs you want for your career.

Stay up-to-date in your chosen profession.

Whether or not your freelancing or part-time work keeps you connected, you need to keep up to speed with changes in your industry of choice. One way to do this is by joining industry associations and networking with people who might help you later on. It’s also a good idea to get additional training that keeps your skills current and make you even more desirable to recruiters.

Find out about the wide range of resources available from Meador Staffing Services to help you find the ideal position.