4 Communication Tips to Follow During a Job Search

May 29th, 2015

Are you communicating effectively to potential employers as you search and interview for jobs? There are definitely right and wrong ways to talk to companies while you’re in the job market. Before your next conversation, consider these four communications tips to help you make the right point and get the right attention.

Be direct and answer the question.

Interviewers can get pretty frustrated with candidates who don’t answer a question directly. When you dance around the issue or fail to understand the basics of the question being asked, it is a huge red flag for the hiring manager. Instead, really pay attention to the question, be direct and give an answer that isn’t all over the place.

Listen and absorb information before answering.

To that point, make sure you really listen to every word that the interviewer says. Don’t think about your response while they’re speaking, this will only lead to misunderstandings. Instead, really listen to what they have to say and absorb the information before responding. It is okay to take a moment or two before answering or say, “That’s a great question. Let me talk through my answer.” This will even give them an insight into your thought process.

Always be honest and genuine.

Honesty is extremely important when it comes to your interview. Exaggerating some of your experiences is one thing, but completely making something up is another. Also, be genuine when answering questions. Don’t just say what you think the interviewer wants to hear. You don’t want to tell them you love working for their type of environment and then hate it after a couple of months. Being honest and genuine throughout the entire process will work out in the long term more often than being dishonest.

Tap into your natural humor.

Finally, if you are a naturally funny person don’t try to hide it by being all business. Express your humor, tell jokes, and lighten the mood. Of course, keep your audience in mind and don’t say anything that would be considered controversial or inappropriate. Companies like to work with people who are fun and can keep things light even when there are challenges. If you aren’t a naturally comedic person, then don’t force jokes or humor. Be natural and see if that behavior makes the company feel like a good fit.

Are you looking for interview opportunities to prove your value to a new employer? Contact Meador Staffing today to get started today and work with one of the best staffing agencies in Houston.

Correctly Handle Conflict In The Workplace

May 22nd, 2015

Avoiding conflict is common and sometimes necessary to maintain sanity, but as a manager it is critical that you are able to correctly deal with conflict in your organization. Whenever you have more than one person in a place there is bound to be natural disagreements, and the key is how to solve them. Far too often in order to avoid these negative confrontations, managers allow low production or bad behavior to continue. If you need to put a stop to conflict in your office, here are some easy to follow ideas.

Walk a mile in their shoes.

Constructive criticism is often avoided in an effort to maintain positivity in the office. Unfortunately, sometimes it is far too late to stop some of the bad habits this encourages. If an employee doesn’t know  their performance isn’t up to your standards then they really can’t be held reliable for it. You need to share your concerns with them as mistakes happen and give them a chance to improve. This communication will help eliminate the changes of much bigger mistakes in the future.

Provide a pathway for feedback.

When you wait until everything has gone terribly wrong to talk to your employees, then it will be clear that you only meet with them for bad reasons. A manager who has a reputation of only sharing negative feedback will be universally disliked by their employees. Instead, create a pathway to provide all types of feedback in the form of one-on-one conversations with employees. Do this routinely (weekly or monthly) and let people know they can bring concerns to you at any time.

Bring data to the table.

Avoiding conflict is usually about fear of the unknown. What will they say? How will they react? Will they argue? They may become defensive or give excuses for their behavior. Of course, all of these will happen at one point or another so it is important to be prepared. Having the right information to back up your side of the story is critical. This will stop the employee from trying to challenge your position.

Don’t make it personal.

Of course, you need to step back from the fear that you will sound mean when you address conflict. You also need to stress to your employees that you’re never attacking them as a person, but you need to solve critical issues in the office that aren’t conducive to productivity. Always let them know you’re criticism is based on your believe that they are capable of doing a better job.

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Get Yourself Ready for Your First Post-College Job

May 15th, 2015

Your first job out of college may be the most important step on your career path. It can set the tone for everything in your future so you want to ensure that you are set up for success. If you’ve graduated this year and are looking for your first professional job out of college, here are some ideas to get you started. The more prepared you are then the better you will be in this job and in all of your future jobs.

Prepare your image.

They say dress for the job you want not the job you have. When you’re applying for your first jobs out of college, you need to make an impression. There is a perception of young people in the corporate world, and it is important you don’t play into any negative stereotypes. Choose an interviewing wardrobe that is professional, clean, and tailored. And even if you get hired in a casual environment, keep up your professional standards. There’s no reason to stand out from the crowd but when you dress well, then you will fit in and gain respect of your co-workers.

Meet your employer’s expectations.

When you land that first job, the most important thing you can do is prove to your employer that you were worth hiring. Not only should you meet their expectations but try to exceed them at every chance you get. Make the best first impression as well as second and third impressions. Just doing enough will allow you to keep your job but won’t do anything to help with your career progression. This will blaze the trail for your career in this company.

Learn new things every day.

Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Successful people say that the key to their success is that they continue to learn new things each and every day. This can be in the context of the job itself or just acquiring new knowledge in general. Don’t stop reading and don’t stop learning. Blog articles and podcasts make that simple. Listening to co-workers or mentors also will provide valuable information.

Always stay positive.

Finally, your success after graduation is largely dependent on your overall attitude. Confidence and positivity go much farther than arrogance and negativity when it comes to creating a professional identity for yourself after college. Maintain a upbeat attitude and try not to let negativity influence your overall performance.

Are you ready to start your first post-college job? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX and other locations so call today!

Where To Find Talented Passive Job Seekers

May 8th, 2015

There are two primary types of candidates in the job market – active and passive. Active candidates send their resumes to open jobs and apply with companies and staffing agencies to help them find a job. On the other hand, a passive job seeker is, by the very definition, someone who is not currently engaged with a job search. Passive job seekers are often more valuable in the marketplace because of their up-to-date experience. But, if they’re not looking how do you find them? Here are some of the best places to source talented passive job seekers.

  • On LinkedIn. The single best resource for finding both passive and active candidates today is LinkedIn. While there are plenty of people looking for jobs on the site, other professionals simply like to keep their profiles up to date. Use this site to search for people with the right skills or other advance search criteria.
  • With a competitor. Whether through LinkedIn or directly calling a candidate, recruiting people from your competitors has been a tried-and-true method of hiring passive job seekers. Reach out to people and find out if they’re happy in their jobs. Always make sure you offer them something their current employer can’t.
  • Networking events. Get out into the community for face-to-face interactions. Networking events for your specific field of business is a great way to meet others in the industry, and those contacts could consider a move to a different company if the opportunity was right. Be a public face in your community and develop relationships, which are the key to successful networking.
  • Other social media. Beyond LinkedIn, other social media sites are a great place to target passive candidates. This is because they aren’t necessarily using these forums to find a job. Follow people on Facebook, Twitter, and even Pinterest to see if they might be a good fit for your company and initiate a conversation.
  • Blogs and websites. Lastly, another great resource for passive candidates is the web. Many people have created websites and blogs to demonstrate their knowledge and expertise in a field. These showpieces are ways for them to extend their knowledge and help others. You may be able to source a great candidate through their blog even if they’re not actively looking.

Are you looking for passive job seekers to enhance your current team? Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston can help today!