3 Networking Tips for Introverted Personalities

August 28th, 2015

For introverts, the idea of networking can be overwhelming. Not only does face-to-face contact cause anxiety but even being on the phone can cause the blood pressure to rise and the palms to sweat. Being introverted is not a flaw in your personality, it just means you have to determine different ways to approach the same situations as your extroverted colleagues. Before you allow panic to drive you away from networking events, here are three tips that can help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

Give yourself a job

If you’re shy then you may do better if you give yourself a task to complete. Before attending a networking event, create a goal. It should be quantifiable, such as getting 10 business cards or making an effort to talk to three different people. Another good option is to volunteer at the event. Local trade organizations are usually volunteer-based, so they might need someone to help set up or give out name tags at the door. This can help you feel a little more comfortable in the networking environment since you are in control of the situation.

Create a killer online brand

The Internet was practically designed for introverted professionals. Facebook can’t replace face-to-face interaction but it can enhance the interaction and even make it easier to meet new people. LinkedIn is the best place to start on a professional level. Create and complete a profile that includes all the most important information about you as a professional. From that point, you can design your own portfolio website or start a blog. Don’t forget to join local professional groups online so you can interact and even work up the courage to attend a meeting. If you already know some of the members online then it will be easier to strike up a conversation in person.

Always follow up

A common trait for introverted job seekers, and shy people in general, is to second guess everything that you say. After a conversation you may start to overthink what you said, how you said it, and what you could have said different. Following up can give you a chance to restate yourself or even make corrections along the way. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to get their contact information. After the event, send a follow-up email. You can recap your conversation and even make additional points that you wish you had said in person.

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Create a Productive Phone Interview Outline

August 21st, 2015

Phone interviews can be one of the most critical tools to help you narrow down a wide field of candidates for one open position. You may receive hundreds of resumes for the job, and you can screen them down to a few contenders. Before you schedule in-person interviews, conduct a phone interview to answer some basic questions and see who might be the best fit before committing to a meeting. Here is an outline you can follow for productive, effective phone interviews with potential employees.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You should never start a phone call with a candidate without knowing who you’re speaking with. Before the call, review the resume and make notes on specific things you want to talk more about. Make sure you know their name, even if you’re not quite sure how to pronounce it. The job candidate will have a negative impression of your company if you don’t sound prepared for the interview.

Be Present

A big problem with phone interviews is that too many interviewers tend to zone out during the call. They might be multi-tasking by answering emails or reading reports at the same time. This can be a huge problem not only for you but for the perception the potential employee will have of you and your organization. It’s another way to give a potential talented candidate a reason for not continuing their pursuit of the position. Block off this time and be fully present during this call.

Lay off on Sales

It is also common for recruiters and hiring managers to spend too much time selling the company over the phone. They want to make sure that the employee has everything they need to know about the job and the organization. Instead, you should expect the candidate to have conducted their own research. Ask them what they already know and if they have any questions about it. This will also tell you how prepared they are for this process.

Expect the Unexpected

Candidates are coached to expect curve ball questions. But you should be prepared for them too. Humans are unpredictable so you may find yourself faced with a question you never thought about before. It could even be the one thing that will change your opinion about the candidate. In any case, keep your cool and take your time to think of an appropriate answer.

Next Steps

The call should always conclude with your expectations for the next steps. Let the candidate know that you’ll be evaluating all of the calls and contacting everyone. Make it a policy to contact people even to let them know you won’t be moving forward with their application. This gives them a sense of closure and the ability to continue on their own job search.

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Austin Ranks No. 1 for Startups

August 14th, 2015

If you’re a job seeker willing to take risks then Austin, Texas might be the perfect place for you. Startups are a great opportunity to get into an organization at the ground floor. Startup veterans have excellent experience that can translate to a variety of careers as they continue to advance. Every employee at a startup wears numerous hats and is responsible for multiple things. If you thrive in those conditions, Austin has that to offer. Austin has recently replaced Silicon Valley as the place for entrepreneurs to set up shop. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Software, Apps, and Tech

It is interesting to note the direct comparisons to California’s Silicon Valley. That community got its name due to the early-stage startups of companies – such as Apple – that eventually became dominating forces on the technology scene. For a variety of reasons, these same types of organizations are also popping up in Austin. For people interested in IT, from programming to management, Austin is a great place to get this kind of experience.

Services for Startups

Austin is very welcoming to startup businesses in the area. They provide a lot of help within the community to make it easier. For this reason, other companies that support startups with goods and services are also seeing a rise in jobs and revenue. No matter what your expertise is, you are likely to find a job that is part of this sector.

Administrative Support

Because startups are often bootstrapped companies that are looking to everyone within the organization to contribute to any level, experienced administrative support candidates are in high demand. If you can handle any aspect of getting and office running and then keeping it efficient, there may be a role for you within a startup company.

Houston Is No. 8

If you’re not in Austin, don’t worry. There are other nearby places that may have a good startup culture as well. While Austin was No. 1 for the entire country, Houston came in at No. 8 for startups. The same benefits apply to Houston, which may be more convenient or a better fit for some job seekers.

The career experts at Meador will work with you to identify your strengths and find a position that matches your career goals. Contact our great team today as we feature jobs in Austin and throughout the state of Texas.
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Manage Your Team Without Being a Jerk

August 7th, 2015

Some organizations believe it takes a strong personality to corral and motivate a team. Managers with abrasive personalities may feel like they are getting more accomplished when they raise their voice to their employees, but are they really? When many professionals are asked why they left their previous job, their honest answer would be “management.” People don’t quit jobs, they quit managers they feel are abusive or difficult to work for. You can avoid these situations by managing your team in a way that doesn’t make you out to be a jerk. Here are some ways you can do that starting today.

It’s not the people but the system
When you decide to place blame on individuals, you may be missing an important component to the problem. Often the people aren’t to blame but the system they are attempting to follow. Before you call someone to the carpet, consider looking at how they are handling the job, what tools they have at their disposal, and if there are any improvements that could be made.

Look for solutions, not accusations
To this point, never verbally abuse an employee in front of other employees. It isn’t a good idea to do it in private either. No one likes to work for someone who yells, and bosses who do it often will quickly get a negative reputation with the company. Instead, look for the solutions to the problem and work with your team members to solve them. Maintain a cool, level head and you’ll solve more of them.

Recognize strengths and play to them
Everyone on your team has particular strengths. Encourage them to excel by providing assignments, duties, and projects based on what it is they love to do and what they’re particularly good at. When you engage them with work they like, they are also more likely to succeed at the other parts of their job as well. Setting your employees up to succeed will lead to less chances where criticism is needed.

Trust your team as the professionals you hired
Micromanagement is a dirty word in the workplace. Many bosses feel that the work won’t be done sufficiently if they aren’t constantly supervising their employees. Don’t they say, “If you want it done right, do it yourself?” If this is the case then you may have hired the wrong people. Your employees are professionals and are skilled at what they do, so let them do it!

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