Hot Jobs: Analytical Research Manager and Administrative Assistant Positions Available

April 25th, 2014

Meador Staffing provides jobs throughout the Austin and Houston areas. Here are two of our hottest jobs available today!

Analytical Research Manager

Our client, located in Houston, has an immediate need for an Analytical Research Manager in their Technical Center. This role will be responsible for managing the team to ensure top service while providing analytical expertise and continuity. This person will serve as the analytical advisor at the Technical Center. Job Responsibilities include managing resources and workflows to ensure timely completion of analysis of both technology-derived operational samples for the Gas Technologies division and sales-focusing samples for the Caustic Services division. They will also be responsible providing expert analysis using a number of analytical programs. This role will also develop new analytical methods to meet new project needs and manage the Analytical Team by establishing goals, motivating, and conducting performance reviews to make the best use of their talents and skills.

The salary range is between $105,000 and $120,000 depending on experience. This is competitive for this type of position in Houston based on calculations from Salary.com Candidates must have a  postgraduate degree in analytical chemistry such as a PhD. with a minimum of five years of experience or Master Degree with a minimum of 10 years of experience. They must have proven related experience in chemical, refinery, and gas processing industries. Must have experience managing a project team or lab with proven supervisory experience preferred.

Contact Meador Staffing to learn more about this opportunity.

Temp to Hire Administrative Assistant Role in Conroe

Our client is seeking a qualified administrative support professional for an immediate need in a fact paced office in Conroe. This position requires reporting on a daily basis and executing various tasks.

This is a temp to hire position with standard business hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The position will start out at $10 to $12 an hour on a temporary basis.

The position is responsible for preparing and maintaining reports and analyzing data. It will report to both the Directional Operations Administrator and Operations Manager.  Other duties will include assisting with monthly payroll and transferring reports electronically.

Qualifications include proficiency with Microsoft Office, managing processes, analyzing information, and solving problems. Candidates must have excellent communication, reporting, and organizational skills.

For more information on this and other opportunities throughout the Austin and Houston areas contact Meador Staffing.

Are you looking for opportunities in the area? Meador Staffing, employment agencies Austin TX, can help you!

Preparation for a Skills Test: Skill Set Exam Study Guide

April 18th, 2014

Temporary jobs in Pasadena, TX are growing, and if you are able to pass an employer’s skills test you will have a better opportunity to be considered for employment. Before you will be considered for employment by a temporary staffing service you will be required to take skills test based on your previous experience or the requirements of their client. How do you prepare for these types of exams when what they are testing is your ability to perform certain functions on the job? Here are a few things you can brush up on before you take the test and ensure you have the necessary scores for job placement.

  • Reading comprehension. Most skills tests will have a section designed to gauge your reading comprehension and other basic language skills. Practice by reading news stories and recalling important information to a friend or family member. Test yourself by going back and seeing what details you got right or wrong. You may also want to brush up on spelling and grammar.
  • Math and numbers. Some positions require specific skills when it comes to mathematics. You may need to brush up on measurements, basic calculations, or even story problems. There are a number of math tutorials on-line that can take you through problems step by step. You may also need to review information like recalling a series of numbers or transcribing numbers properly.
  • Data entry and typing. Administrative roles often depend on the entry of data into a system. Data entry can be numeric, which only uses the numbers keypad on the computer, or alpha numeric with a combination of letters and numbers. The tests gauge how quickly and accurately you are able to enter information. Typing is similar but uses only the QWERTY keyboard on a computer. The accuracy of typing and data entry is just as important at the speed.
  • Computer skills. Tests involving computer skills can take a number of forms. Depending on your experience you may be tested in basic Microsoft Office or more detailed offerings such as Adobe, Great Plains, or even Linux. Most staffing services will be able to choose the version of these computer programs to match your experience. However, it is important to recognize that if your experience on a computer program is too far out of date you may wish to obtain a newer version of the software and learn the changes before testing.

Do you need more help preparing for skills testing? Talk to the recruiters at Meador, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and the Austin area, to help you today!

4 Ways to Find Qualified Industrial Candidates in Austin

April 11th, 2014

Finding qualified industrial and warehouse employees has always been a challenge. In today’s modern world of Facebook and LinkedIn, employers are learning that these are not the places where hands-on workers can be found. Qualified industrial workers are looking for jobs in your community right now, so how do you find them? Here are four ways to locate those employees and bring them on board in your company.

  • Technical schools. The best place to source new industrial employees is with your local technical school. They like to offer their students and recent grads opportunities to work with local businesses to gain real world work experience. Depending on the skills you need for the job, you may be able to set up an apprenticeship program with the school. Create relationships with the programs that best match your business model and access them whenever necessary.
  • Referral programs. Your current employees are one of your very best resources for candidates. Good people refer good people. Offer a referral bonus to employees when you hire anyone they recommend to the job. You may wish to make this contingent on continued employment such as paying the bonus after 30 days on the job.
  • Community resources. Look into local organizations or publications that have large community participation. Finding the right local candidates is about advertising where they already are. Look at local churches and community centers. Advertise with the online editions of your local newspaper. Face to face networking can also help. Establish your business as an industrial employer of choice in your community by becoming involved in local issues and events.
  • Staffing services. A local staffing company has already tapped into the networks that you are trying to establish. Work with a service to help you find new candidates for your opportunities. They can place individuals on your job in a temporary to hire basis so you can learn how they work and determine if they will be a good long-term fit for the company. A staffing service can provide long-term solutions as well as immediate needs and be there as a resource whenever necessary.

Are you seeking qualified industrial employees for your organization? Meador staffing, Austin TX industrial provider, can help you today!

Why You are Losing Candidates: Give Timely Feedback to Retain Top Candiates

April 4th, 2014

Have you been struggling through the application and interviewing process to add a new member to your team? Many factors can contribute to not finding top candidates but sometimes they stem from the hiring process itself. Before you blame the talent pool or other outside factors, look at your current hiring processes. Can you do anything to improve your success rate? Here are a few reasons you may be missing out on top candidates and minor fixes to solve the problem.

  • This is taking too long! Candidates often complain about the length of time it takes for a company to schedule interviews or make a decision. They are also easily frustrated by a lack of communication during every step of the process. Sometimes good candidates are put in a holding pattern so companies can continue interviewing to find the elusive “perfect” fit. People who don’t hear back aren’t likely to stick around. They may accept another position or dismiss a company that finally gets back to them a month or more later. Focus on communication. Let candidates know if they are not choses and keep top candidates up to date on where you are in the process.
  • The interview is all over the place! Bad interviewing techniques can also drive away star candidates. Unrelated questions or the classic “if you were a tree, what kind of tree would you be?” can be a major turn off for potential employees. On the flip side, making a decision based on a gut instinct in an interview can have disastrous results. Don’t set up impossible hoops for candidates to jump through. Establish an interviewing procedure and ask each candidate the same questions so you can compare apples to apples. Have another team member interview as well and discuss your thoughts together.
  • Why would I want to work there? Company culture is becoming a make it or break it issue when candidates are choosing their next employer. You might have a great company but aren’t selling it right. You might be missing some amenities that other organizations are providing as a matter of course. Look at your policies and see what you can use to entice stellar candidates to your door. Do you have a good work/life balance? Do you have flexible hours? What personalities already work in your company? What benefits do you offer above and beyond medical coverage and vacation days?

Do you want to hire your next superstar? Meador Staffing, Austin TX premier employment service, can help you source the right person for you!