Avoid Top Job Search Mistakes

November 16th, 2012

No one is immune to the occasional stupid mistake when it comes to job searches. You may find typos in your resume or you may address someone by the wrong gender specific greeting from time to time. There are many ways to flub on the job search and sometimes they are unavoidable. Here are some simple mistakes you can look for and correct immediately.

  1. Resting on your laurels. Past achievements are great and you should showcase them but doing impressive things in the past won’t get you hired. Your job is to convince a target company that your experience means you can contribute impressive things they hire you. Research the company and apply your experience to their requirements when sending over a resume and cover letter.
  2. Too Much Information.  It is okay to be proud of what you’ve done but you don’t need to put every bit of information on your resume. Make your resume pop and show the potential employer that you have what it takes to make it at their organization. Leave off information that is not relevant to the position you are seeking.
  3. This is not a battle. Many people see recruiters as an obstacle that they need to overcome to get a job. Recruiters are in the business of placing the right person with their clients so you really want to make a good impression. Being combative or negative will have exactly the opposite impact. Think of a recruiter as a partner in your job search and show them why they want to endorse you as a candidate.
  4. Avoiding digital media. Many people indicate that they have no interest in developing online profiles on sites such as LinkedIn or even Facebook. However, this is a new era for employment and these tools are becoming increasingly more relevant. If you avoid them you may be missing out on opportunities. Google yourself and see what is out there already and then take steps to create a positive and professional online image.
  5. Not asking for help. It can be frustrating to be out of work, but if you keep it to yourself you may find that you are missing out on opportunities. Networking is a great resource of information. Contact former colleagues or reach out to contacts at local companies. Ask them to help review your resume or to meet you coffee to informally discuss your options. Talk with the recruiters at your local staffing service. You never know how someone might be able to help you until you ask.

Looking for ways to make your resume stand out to employers in the area? Meador Staffing can help you find your next opportunity! 

Compensating Outside the Box!

November 9th, 2012

As the job market begins to open up due to lower unemployment employers need to know what perks and incentives to provide employees. On top of a fair salary package, good benefits, and a reasonable vacation policy, what are other ways you can compensate and engage your employees? Here are 7 low cost ways to make your employees happy at their jobs.

  1. Work from home.  Many companies no longer need a physical office presence for an employee to be able to do a good job. Offer your employees the ability to work from home all or part of the time.
  2. Flexible work schedule. Some companies chose to establish a flexible work schedule such as allowing employees to work 4 ten hour days and have an extra day off each week. Or you may be flexible on start or end times provided the employees are able to complete their work effectively.
  3. Pizza party. Once a month, order pizza for the whole office and allow employees to take a break to socialize and eat their lunch with the other departments in your business. This will foster good will and positive team attitudes.
  4. Movie day. Consider going completely out of the box and take your employees to see a movie. Shut down the office and go see the newest blockbuster action or hilarious comedy. If you can’t close the office offer your employees movie gift certificates so they can enjoy the show with their families.
  5. Bring your dog to work day. People love their pets. And dogs often love other dogs. Allow your employees to bring their dogs to work for a day.
  6. Holiday parties. Many companies stopped the practice of hosting a holiday party due to cutting costs measures. Employees have missed them. You don’t have to host an expensive dinner party. Have the team meet at a local sports bar and bring their spouses to enjoy some holiday cheer.
  7. Game room. This was a big trend in the early days of IT and many companies are bringing it back. You can often get used and refurbished arcade or table top games at a reasonable price. Put them in your break room and allow employees to enjoy themselves.

Are you looking for creative ways to improve your employee relations? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you! 

Kick Start Your Career!

November 2nd, 2012

Sometimes it is impossible to avoid a career burn out, but that doesn’t mean you have to suffer quietly. There are many things you can do to give your career a jolt that can help improve your outlook and performance. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you’re feeling a little down about your job.

  1. Understand your motivation. What is it that makes you happy? Do you like to have money and success? Do you want name recognition? Do you like to help other people? Knowing what gets your blood pumping is important to understanding why you’re sluggish now. Give yourself motivational goals to work toward to get your career moving in the right direction.
  2. Establish challenges. There is no success fairy that will come down and reward you with promotions and raises. Sure, your employer might provide these things as you continue to perform up to expectations but that shouldn’t be the only reward you have. Give yourself your own career challenges.
  3. Stay focused. One of the most important things is to make sure you don’t let your employer or co-workers know that you are burning out. Make the career change when it is right for you; don’t allow yourself to get sloppy and give your company a reason to let you go. Keep a positive attitude at work. If you can’t find things at your current job to motivate you, start looking for another one but don’t let your current work suffer.
  4. Don’t burn bridges. No matter how frustrated you get at your current job, never ever walk out. Keep your cool and if you need to remove yourself from the situation give them proper notice and work it out if they want you to stay. As much as you might be dissatisfied with this job it is important that you keep your references clean and positive or you might have more trouble finding your next job.

Are you looking for someone to understand what it is that makes you a top employee? Contact Meador staffing today to see how we can help you find the right job to motivate you.