Getting An Interview Requires More Than Just A Resume And Cover Letter

February 27th, 2015

Have you been in the job market for a while? You may look at your resume and  cover letter and wonder why you haven’t had any of your calls returned. Everything appears to be in order. You’ve listed your accomplishments and included data to support your role in the past. You’ve personalized your cover letter each time for the specific job. So what are you missing? Getting an interview requires a little more than just a resume and a cover letter. Here are some of the things you can be doing to increase your chances.

Create a list of target companies.

The worst thing a job seeker can do is blindly send resumes into the recruiting black hole. To avoid getting your resume lost in a lot of shuffles, spend some time researching the companies that you really want to work for. Learn what they do, how they do it, their company values, and how you may fit in with their work culture. Then create a strategy to apply with them.

Develop personal marketing material.

Think about the brands you love. They have logos and marketing campaigns that help demonstrate their quality and worth to potential customers. These visual cues are what make people remember Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike (to name a few). There are many online resources that can help you create logos and produce business cards to represent yourself to potential employers.

Take your brand online.

But don’t just keep your brand in your back pocket. Share it with the world. The internet makes it very easy to share information, and the best and brightest are creating online profiles and portfolios to attract employers to them. Buy a website domain name, create a blog, and join the major social media networks. Use these platforms to promote yourself as a thought leader.

Network in your community.

While it is important to use online tools to successfully conduct a job search, it is also essential that you get out in your community and meet other professionals. You never know who can help you with a new job or who they might know. Attend industry events or mixers to get your brand out there.

Call the hiring manager.

Lastly, before you apply for a job and after you’ve submitted your resume, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager. Unless the job posting indicates they do not accept phone calls, call the company and ask to speak with the manager before sending your resume. Be polite and not aggressive. Ask them what they’re looking for so you can customize your application. Then, after you’ve submitted your resume, you can follow up after about a week if you haven’t heard back.

Are you ready to take your job search to the next level? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX so call us now!

Why Every Company Needs An Open Door Policy

February 20th, 2015

You’ve probably heard the phrase “open-door policy” before, but does your company actually have one? What is an open-door policy and why does your business need one? Let’s take a closer look at what this really means and the impact that it will have on your employees’ motivation and engagement. How can you establish a successful open door policy at your company?

Employee Accessibility

More than anything else you want to build trust among your staff. The best way to do that is to be available to them as they need you. That isn’t to say you let them steer the ship, they still need strong leadership. But it does mean that you remain accessible to them. To do this you can quite literally leave your door open when you’re not in another meeting. Let them know they can also ask to schedule a time to talk with you.

Strong Communications

An open-door policy also fosters communications which is a cornerstone of good business procedures. Communication in a corporate setting should be a give and take. When an employee brings feedback to the table, listen to them carefully before deciding what to do. If they have a problem, don’t dismiss them. Be a problem solver. Better yet, be a person who can facilitate their ability to solve their own problems.

Flow of Information

Employees who work for companies where the business information is kept secret are usually unsatisfied in their jobs. An open-door policy allows a consistent flow of information. When a new policy is implemented, the employees have known about it ahead of time, had an opportunity to prepare, and feel comfortable asking questions. Management is also kept aware of situations happening on the floor that can impact business.

Close Working Relationships

Different companies handle this aspect very differently. Some prefer their management staff doesn’t have a friendly, personal relationship with the employees and others encourage it. In any case, employees who feel a sense of connection with their management team are more likely to respond to requests and requirements.

Do you want to establish an open door policy for your business? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

Interview Preparation: The Importance Of Good Storytelling

February 13th, 2015

They say that telling a good story is the best way to engage an audience. Think about blog posts that really made you laugh or cry or think more about a given subject. Chances are they were stories. You can apply this same concept to your interviews. Instead of providing a list of details about your experience, tell a story about how it helped you or a customer. This method will engage the interviewer and make them see how you could fit into their office. Here are some tips for telling the best stories in an interview.

  • Don’t tell them what to think about it. The point of good storytelling is to evoke a response, whether emotional or intellectual, without telling the listener or reader what they should think about it. Don’t lead the interviewer to the right conclusions. Instead, paint a picture with your words that demonstrate what you know will strike a chord with them.
  • Don’t go on for too long. A story doesn’t need to take forever. You don’t have to start when you were born to make an impact. Tell them about a time when something happened to you on the job that impacted your performance for the better. Keep the story short and to the point, but include aspects that make it engaging.
  • Make it relevant to the job. To this point, you also don’t need to tell a story about a ski trip to Colorado to impress the interviewer. That is, unless you’re applying to be a ski instructor. Always evaluate the appropriateness of the story before you start telling it. Make it relevant to your audience.
  • Inject humor or emotion. Laughter is a universal language and it can help everyone relate to your story better. If you’re funny, be funny. If your story is supposed to be more emotional, don’t be afraid to leave in the parts that hit straight to the heart. Use whatever tools you have to tell the best narrative about your experience and make the interviewer think favorably about you.

Are you looking for an opportunity to tell your story? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

How Partnering With A Staffing Agency In Austin Texas Can Save You Money

February 6th, 2015

Did you know that your business can save money in the long term by partnering with a staffing agency to help you with your hiring needs? The process of hiring a new employee is one of the most expensive prospects in today’s business climate and by working with a service that specializes in placements, you can concentrate on what you do best – running your business to be successful. Here are some of the ways a staffing agency can help you save money.

You Have Access to Their Network

Over time a staffing firms will develop a pool of candidates. They will have access to professionals who want to work on a temporary basis as well as others seeking a permanent position. The recruiter you’re working with has been trained to select the best match for your company’s specific needs. They will pull from their existing network as well as recruit additional candidates based on your requirements. This will take significant time and resources, which will be folded into the cost of the service.

You Have Access to Their Pre-Screening Tools

Your company may have several requirements regarding the prescreening of candidates. The resources to conduct background checks, drug screens, and references are expensive. When you’re only using them occasionally, you find yourself paying more throughout the year. A staffing agency has access to these processes and can offer them to you as part of the recruiting contract or with a small fee.

Their Terms and Conditions Help You

A staffing company is a vendor just like any other company you work with as a business. They need to make money, but the cost of recruiting versus the lost time and expense of hiring someone yourself really balances out in the end. You need to work with your customer representative to determine a package that benefits both of you. These terms can include temp to hire agreements and more.

They Can Guarantee Their Placements

Not every employee is going to work out, but you mitigate your risk when you work with a staffing company. If the individual that they send to you does not work out within the first 90 days, you may have an opportunity to find a replacement at no additional cost. You may also be able to hire a candidate before their first 90 days are complete if you’re pleased with their performance.

Do you want to partner with a local staffing agency? Meador Staffing Agency in Austin TX can work with you today!