When It’s Okay To Say “No” To A Job Offer

March 27th, 2015

Some job seekers feel like they have no choice but to accept a job offer especially if they’ve been on the job market for a while. However, this is not the case. There may be times in your career when saying no is the best possible choice you can make. So how do you know when it is okay to refuse a job? Before you walk away, look at these reasons for saying no and how they impact your long-term career strategy.

  • When it doesn’t suit your long-term goals. Taking just any job could pose a challenge for your long-term career goals. If the job offer is not in line with the goals that you have in mind for your career, then you will be better to continue the job search until something more appropriate comes along. While you could be frustrated with your job, taking too many steps back could really hinder your career path.
  • When it doesn’t service your reputation. If taking the job could actually damage your reputation and impact the ability to find jobs later in your career, you should turn it down. If you have concerns about the how this job will be perceived on your resume in the future, it may be best to walk away. Remember, don’t focus too much on the short term.
  • When you can’t imagine doing it every day. It is important that you find yourself not only employed but doing something that helps further your life’s purpose. What do you really love to do? What are you really good at? What does the world need? If you find it difficult to imagine yourself doing this work every day, then it may not be for you.
  • When you have concerns about the ethics. Do you have some concerns about the work the company does and whether or not it is completely ethical? If there is any question about this at all it is much more important to maintain your own personal ethics and not take the job. While the compensation and benefits could be enticing, if you don’t agree with the beliefs of the company then it’s hard to be completely dedicated.
  • When the money isn’t right. There is a reason this is last on the list. Money really shouldn’t be the deal breaker for most situations. If everything else lines up, you will enjoy the work, you feel good about the company, and you see a future in this career you can probably make the money work. However, if the offered salary is in no way aligned with your expectations and the standards in your area you should let them know and decline the offer (or make a counteroffer).

Are you ready to accept the right job offer? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

Are Your Job Requirements Scaring Candidates Away?

March 20th, 2015

Hiring is a delicate dance that involves a lot of moving parts. You need to start with a clear and concise job description. From there, you will match resumes to the job and begin contacting candidates. But what if your job listing doesn’t get the response you were hoping for or expecting? Could your job requirements be scaring away the best candidates for the role? Let’s take a look at the way your company’s requirements might be giving professionals the wrong impression and keeping them away from your doors.

  • Requirements are too specific. After the recession, many companies changed their hiring strategies. Instead of hiring for potential, they began to list every possible skill a candidate must possess in order to qualify for the job. Occasionally, these lists became so cumbersome there was no possibility that any candidate could have all of that experience. This is what effectively created what is known as the skills gap. If your job posting reads like a grocery list and suggests that the unqualified need not apply, you may not be getting any candidates – much less quality ones.
  • Requirements are not specific enough. On the flip side, some job descriptions have the opposite problem. They don’t provide enough information to let the candidates know what the job is or what experience is expected. When this happens, hiring managers see an influx of resumes in their inbox but none of them are qualified. Job seekers aren’t mind readers. You need to strike a balance in your description of what you require versus the employee’s potential to learn.
  • Stay away from industry jargon. Does your job posting look more like alphabet soup than a concise paragraph that would entice someone to work for your company? While some people believe that putting the industry terms in the description is necessary to weed out the candidates without the right experience, it can also be off-putting. The challenge is that even industry jargon varies from company to company, so what you call something may not be what everyone is familiar with or calls it. Write job postings in friendly, personal language.
  • Provide reasons why a candidate would apply. Lastly, you need to make sure there is some incentive to apply. The reward isn’t just the job itself, but the opportunity for the right person to work for your company and be successful. These reasons just can’t be implied. Talk a little about your company values and culture to attract candidates who share similar values to enhance your company. Let candidates know that you want people who are a match for your company and can contribute in the long term.

Are you looking for great candidates to add to your team? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

5 Tips For Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

March 13th, 2015

A strong LinkedIn profile is one of the best tools any job seeker can have in their toolbox. A complete and quality profile will allow you to connect with other professionals and draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Use these 5 tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile.

Maximize your headline

Your LinkedIn headline automatically defaults to the title of your most recent job. But you can change that. Make your headline pop by editing it to reflect the job you’re seeking and make you more marketable. For example, “Professional Executive Administrator | 15 Years’ Experience with Office Organization and Communication.”

Add media

Over the last year, LinkedIn added a media feature which allows you to add documents, images, links, or presentations to any part of your profile. Include things that will allow you to stand out from the competition. These materials can become part of your job portfolio.

Provide numbers

Just like your resume, make sure to include real data in your profile. Use this in your summary as well as throughout your work experience to demonstrate that you are an expert in your field. For example, “Saved the company over $10 million by developing a paperless organizational system.”

Endorse others

When you log into your account, you are often asked to endorse others for their experience. Many people just click past this step. Instead, every once in a while select five people from the list to endorse. This action will encourage others to endorse you as well. However, be sure to only endorse people you know and the skills you can verify.

Ask for recommendations

References are still important, but it also helps to have a number of positive recommendations on your profile that can be viewed by interested employers. This will give them a picture of you as a professional and the type of services you’ve provided for others. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifics such as information about a project you’ve collaborated on.

Are you ready to find your next job? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin TX so call today!

The Pros and Cons of Technology at Work

March 6th, 2015

There is an expectation in today’s business climate that all companies will use the right technology to enhance their products and services. But what if there is also a downside to technology in the workplace? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of having technology at work and what you can do to make it better for your business.

It saves money.

Ultimately, if you have the technology that can streamline multiple functions within your office then it will save money in the long term. The salaries for multiple people to do each of those aspects for your day-to-day business can be costly. Having the software that can allow one person to do the job of several people will always save money for your company, even if there is a high cost of the initial investment.

It saves time.

For the same reason, the right technology will save your company time. Each of your employees will be able to handle more work in the course of a day. The technology, if handled correctly, will aid them rather than making the work more stressful. This will allow your team time to handle other aspects of their job, such as customer service, rather than getting lost in the shuffle of paperwork.

It creates dependence.

There are always downsides to any technology. When you run a business that is reliant upon software or cloud-based services, you run the risk of becoming too dependent. Your staff may not be able to handle the work if something goes wrong or if the system is down for an extended period of time. This can be a problem for your company even for just a few hours when production grinds to a halt.

It needs to be upgraded.

Technology isn’t a one-time investment. Things change quickly in the world of software and the cloud. You may also need to consider security or other services. You will need to account for upgrade costs in your budget every few years based on the needs of your business and your clients. You may also need to integrate new offerings such as mobile optimization.

Do you think technology enhances your business? For more ways to enhance your business contact Meador Staffing Agencies in Pearland TX.