What Recruiters Want to See on Your Resume

February 22nd, 2013

Your entire career is distilled on to one or two pages and it is the only document standing between you and an interview. Writing the perfect resume is very important.  Recruiters only spend a few seconds with each resume before deciding what to do with it. For a job seeker this can be frustrating especially considering the time and effort it took to create it. Make the most of your resume by focusing on the following aspects.

  1. Customize it. Objectives and summary statements aren’t necessary according to many resume writing professionals.  However, the most important thing is to make sure your resume focuses on the job you really want or, more importantly, the job for which you are applying. If a recruiter sees a resume for an experienced administrative assistant that is submitted for their bookkeeping position they aren’t likely to read further.
  2. Company names.  The job title is not as important as the company name. A job title is arbitrary and two different office managers can have very different skills. However, the size and type of the company you worked for will tell the recruiter more about what you can do.
  3. Dates of employment. Eliminating the dates from your resume is one of the biggest red flags for recruiters. They feel you must be hiding something from them if you keep the dates off the page. Be sure to include this information in your job history. If you have gaps in your work experience show that you have been volunteering or going to school.
  4. Provide the numbers. When a recruiter looks at your resume they may be skimming but their eyes, and brains, will stop if they see real numbers. Show them with concrete evidence what kind of contribution you made to your previous employers.
  5. Your education.  Recruiters aren’t looking for information to impress them; they are looking for a complete picture of each candidate. Understanding where you went to school and how your career path developed after that is a strong indicator of what kind of employee you will be.
  6. Proper formatting. You will get a lot of different answers if you ask recruiters how they like to see a resume formatted, but there are some tried and true techniques you can use. Recruiters often prefer bulleted lists over paragraphs. They like to have key information such as the company name and dates of employment bolded. They do not like to see fancy fonts or photographs.

Do you want to write the perfect resume? Contact Meador Staffing  today to see how we can help you.

Hot Job Houston: Environmental Specialist and Shop Boilermaker Helpers

February 15th, 2013

Environmental Specialist for Marine Terminal Facility.

Our client is seeking an experienced Environmental Specialist to provide administrative and technical support to the Marine Terminal Facility’s environmental department. Will maintain and update the compliance management system to maintain the correct permissions with all federal, state, and local agencies. Will also participate with new product review and Management of Change (MOC) processes.

Duties and responsibilities include interacting with and representing the company to government regulatory agencies at all levels, supporting the administrative staff to ensure compliance of all permits, maintaining records and submitting reports as necessary, assisting with the Leak Detection and Repair (LDAR) program, and tracking and reporting on all emissions data from the facility. The right candidate for this job will also stay current with all regulation changes and will attend conferences, seminars, courses, meet with consultants, trade associations and keep up with industry publications. You will evaluate all new business and construction plans through the MOC process to determine the environmental impact and viability. You will be the company representative for environmental issues for customer meetings and audits by preparing necessary documents and reports.

The best candidate will have a degree in Engineering or Environmental/ Natural Science (or related) and 2 to 5 years working in the field. This experience should include air quality issues, hazardous waste management, water treatment, and environmental permitting.  You must possess strong analytical and technical skills. You must have experience with environmental software such as EPA Tanks 4, ALOHA, STEERS, RegAction, etc. Candidates must be local.

If you think you would be a great fit for this position, apply today! If you have any questions about the position, contact the staffing experts at Meador.

Shop Boilermaker Helpers Wanted

Deer Park/LaPorte area company has an immediate need for Shop Boilermaker Helpers.  If you are looking for an opportunity to work overtime, then stop your search now!

This company operates 24 hours a day 7 days a week offering two 12 hours shifts. The best candidates will be dependable, hardworking individuals who are looking for a long term employment opportunity. Responsibilities of a Shop Boilermaker Helpers include repairing and making new fabrication heat exchangers of all types and sizes. You will then bundle the tubes, channels, and shells. Qualified employees must be able to operate various machine tools and equipment.

Candidates will need to commit to 12 hours shifts 7 days a week in a non-climate-controlled warehouse. After the first two weeks you will get one day off and after four weeks you will get two days off. Our candidate is looking for one 1st shift and one 2nd shift employee to start immediately. Position pays $10/hour which is competitive for this type of position per Indeed.com.

If you think you would be a great fit for this position, apply today! If you have any questions about the position, contact the staffing experts at Meador.

Social Offline Recruiting

February 8th, 2013

According to all current information the best place to hire the brightest candidates is online. Social networking is certainly very important for the 21st century workplace but there comes a time to take the search offline. What are some of the best ways to recruit employees without the internet? Here are four tips.

  1. It isn’t what you know but who you know. This is advice passed down from generations of working Americans. You need to know all the right people to get all the right places in this world. We haven’t stopped saying it even though we’ve been encouraging job seekers to retreat into the internet rather than get out and meet people. There is one great online network that can create offline connections: MeetUp.com.
  2. Find the right local group. Whether it is through MeetUp or any other social group the next phase is to organize face to face contact. Consider the types of people you want to attract to your business. Look at local social groups and networking groups to see where those people are spending their time. Start going to those events. At the very least you have an engaging social experience but you are likely to meet some candidates that you want to talk to more.
  3. Building your brand is about more than Facebook Likes. When counselors speak with students about to graduate from college they are finding that many are actually a little concerned about the online nature of most job hunts. They crave face to face interaction with local businesses so they can better assess the company and their environment. When a company puts their business out on Facebook they try to be engaging and personal so why not take that back to the real world?
  4. Start the conversation. Regardless of where you are; whether you are at a company sponsored social event or just out enjoying an evening out, never be afraid of engaging the people around you. You never know where that next connection can be made. Always carry your business card and be open to starting a conversation.

Are you looking for ways to expand your recruiting both on and offline? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing to help you develop the right plan of action!

Office Politics Advice

February 1st, 2013

It is difficult, if not impossible, to avoid office politics. As much as we know it doesn’t help to get involved there is something in our very nature that makes us want to be a part of this kind of social structure. However, there are ways to beat traditional office politics and be a better employee for it.

  1. Be kind and respectful. This sounds like playground advice but it is timeless and universal. Learn everyone’s name no matter what they do in the office. Learn about their lives so can have conversations with them that go beyond small talk. Most importantly, be genuine when you speak with them.
  2. Chose to like everyone. It is easy to get caught in the trap of “us” versus “them” in any group setting. There will certainly be people in your office that you get along with better than others. Don’t form cliques. Consciously chose to like a co-worker that you would never be friends with outside the office.
  3. Positive gossip. Everyone talks in the office about everyone else; this is just part of the human experience. Rather than sharing the negative information try to spread positive news. Brag about your co-worker’s accomplishments and when someone baits you with negative information turn it around on them. Compliment your coworkers and management directly if you love what they’ve done.
  4. Do the unpleasant tasks. There are some employees in the office who get stuck with the unpleasant jobs because no one else will do them. Guess what? The people who do don’t want to do it either. Consider volunteering for these types of things like cleaning out the refrigerator or cleaning the bathroom.
  5. Don’t be secretive. Be sure that everything you say to everyone in the office can be shared. Rather than talking behind someone’s back approach them and discuss the issue in the open. Being transparent will give you a reputation of being an honest and respectful person in your office and you’ll be trusted with more information.

What are some other ways you can be above the politics in your office? If you are looking for staffing agencies in Pasadena TX, contact the experts at Meador Staffing to see how they can help you.