5 Networking Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

September 26th, 2014

Experts say networking is extremely important for job seekers. Most new jobs come from connections rather than blind applications. Not everyone is skilled in the art of meeting new people so mistakes are easy to make. Here are some tips and tricks to help you avoid the most common networking errors and find your next job opportunity.

  1. Networking is about establishing patterns. Only when you remember is not a good method for making new connections. Networking takes practice just like any other skill so the occasional exercise doesn’t help strengthen anything. Instead, schedule your time for networking. Do these two tasks once a week: connect with five individuals on LinkedIn and invite one contact to meet you in person. Choose one networking event a month or a quarter to attend.
  2. Lack of preparation. Every time you meet someone knew you have an opportunity. When you go out make sure you always have business cards with you. You never know where these connections will take you so always be prepared. At industry events, be sure to have your resume with you and be sure to follow up on any leads immediately.
  3. The wrong focus. Centering your networking on the premise that everyone you meet owes you something is the absolutely wrong approach. Most people respond better to a give and take. If you see a way you can help someone, let them know. Facilitate connections within your own network to broaden the reach.
  4. Avoiding technology. So many people believe that social media is a fad that will eventually pass. The truth is that social media has changed the way our entire culture communicates. Avoiding LinkedIn is missing a huge opportunity and it is only the start. Once you have a complete LinkedIn profile consider adding other social media platforms and starting a blog.
  5. Know when to say no. Not every opportunity or connection is right for you. You don’t have to be rude or negative but you can politely turn down the connections or situations that don’t make sense for you. If you can, refer them to someone else who may be a better fit. Instead, try to keep focused on your long term goals and only follow leads that can get you there.

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How Much is Too Much: The Guide to Making Your Resume Stand Out – But Still Look Professional

September 19th, 2014

Resumes are a tricky art. You want to put enough information on them so your potential employers are genuinely interested in calling back but you don’t want to submit a 19 page manifesto about everything you have ever done professionally. How much is too much? Here are a few ideas for making your resume stand out and still look professional.

  • Design an infographic. Are you applying for a job where creativity or visual media is part of the job? Or does the company take pride in a culture where innovation is cultivated? Infographics are fun ways to visually showcase your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Create one in conjunction with a traditional resume so you have both tools available when applying to different companies. However, avoid too much added fluff to your regular resume. Keep the font readable and stick to black and white with no graphics.
  • Use good keywords and avoid buzzwords. Keywords are good, buzzwords are bad. How can you tell the difference? A keyword provides very specific information about your and your background. They are often action words or language that is common in your field of expertise. For example, an administrative assistant should have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office so spell it out on your resume. A buzzword is anything that is commonly used in corporate lingo that doesn’t mean anything when analyzed. These include “outside the box,” “team player,” and “multi-tasker.”
  • Chronological versus functional. There are two primary resume formats you can follow. The chronological lists your jobs in order starting with the most recent. It includes company names, dates of employment, and a bullet point list of experience and accomplishments. A functional resume focuses more on what you’ve learned and is great for someone just out of college or who is changing careers. There are also hybrid approaches that may work best for you. Research these formats on the internet to learn more.
  • Make your presentation fit the job. The most important thing you can do is tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. This goes beyond rewording the objective statement to fit the different job titles. If you’re applying for a web commerce company, create an online portfolio site that showcases your experience. If you are applying for a restaurant management group, design a resume like a gourmet menu. The options are limitless but always make sure they are appropriate.

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4 Tips for Onboarding Employees

September 12th, 2014

Did you know that 22% of new employees leave a new job within 45 days of their first day? 4% cite an unredeemable experience on their very first day as their reason for leaving. Top employees are an investment and the right onboarding experience is essential to ensuring that they are comfortable on the job and can succeed. Here are 4 tips for successfully onboarding new employees.

  1. Introductions. Introduce your new employee to everyone in the office, not just their department. They will be interacting with everyone in the company eventually so make the first meeting a pleasant one. That way they feel comfortable approaching anyone if the need help or if a problem needs fixing. Take them on a tour of the office space first thing and facilitate the introductions.
  2. Relaxation. Day one is often overwhelming. Give them an opportunity to sit down halfway through the day and think about their morning. Maybe you want to take them out to lunch and invite other members of the department. This will allow everyone to talk about the job in a comfortable place but also relax and get to know one another better.
  3. Share company culture. Training your new employee should go beyond policies, procedures, and job duties. Also show them the value system, environment, and how everyone works together and has fun at the same time. This is part of your company culture and is the heart and soul of the organization.
  4. Provide feedback. Waiting until the 90 day review may be too late to provide and receive feedback. Make helpful and gentle corrections if things need improvement. Also be sure to provide positive reinforcement when they are doing a great job. You hired them because they were good at what they do, so give them an opportunity to succeed.

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3 Ways to Prep For Your First Day at Work

September 5th, 2014

 

You sent out resume after resume, interviewed until you thought you couldn’t talk about yourself for one more second, and faced plenty of rejection. Finally, you got that job offer and you’re excited to start a new opportunity with a new business. Your time to make a great, professional impression is not over. Your first day is a time to demonstrate to your supervisor, your teammates, and yourself that you are the perfect person for this job. Here are three things you can do on your first day to make a great impression.

  1. Don’t be late. Before you actually start the job you should make sure that you have your transportation and commute figured out. You may have already been to the office for an interview but the drive may be quite different during rush hour traffic. Make sure you have enough gas, you’ve maintained your car to prevent unnecessary breakdowns, and that you can be to the company at least 15 minutes early. Have a backup plan in place just in case. Being late on your first day will be an immediate red flag for your new employer and they may question if they’ve made the right decision.
  2. Know the dress code. At your interview observe the dress code in the office. Ask the hiring manager about policies and see if there is anything specific in the employee hand book. Even if a company is casual it doesn’t mean that sloppy clothes are okay. Plan your first day outfit the night before just like you did when you were in elementary school. Make sure nothing is stained or damaged. Err on the side of professional the first day so you can get a better feel for the office culture. Wear comfortable shoes because you may be touring the office.
  3. Bring a notebook and ask questions. There is a lot of training that goes into onboarding a new employee. Your supervisor and your coworkers will need to show you not only how to do your job in their office but also about the company culture and other intangible things about the company. Have a notebook and a pen on you at all times so you can write down things as you learn them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for clarification on certain items so you can get them right the first time.

Do you want to ensure that you have a great first day on the job? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Austin TX and can help you today!