What’s the Best Way to Find a New Job While You Still Have a Job?

November 24th, 2015

Balancing the job search process while you have a job can be a delicate dance. You need to schedule phone and in-person interviews around your current work and keep your confidentiality in check. You also need to keep your focus on your job so things don’t become a bigger issue. How can you navigate the difficult waters of a job search while still employed and get everything that you want? Let’s look at the best tips to get you through this process.

Don’t let your work slide.

The number one job that you have while trying to balance you current job and your job search is to not let any of your duties suffer. You need to remain committed to your current employer while you’re searching or else they may discover that you are looking to leave. Don’t give them a reason to terminate your employment.

Never use company time or tools.

Along those same lines, don’t use your employer’s time or tools to facilitate your job search. Never use the company printer or copier for resumes. Don’t send emails to prospective employers with your business email or even your personal email over the company’s internet. Obviously you will need to take time off but avoid taking excessive time off during your search either.

Ask for confidentiality.

When you are applying with new organizations, go ahead and let them know you’re still employed and don’t want your current boss to know you’re searching. This is a common scenario and any business you want to work for will be happy to keep your discussions confidential – especially if you are a top candidate in their eyes or work for a current competitor.

Choose the right references.

Confidentiality also needs to extend to your references. Obviously you shouldn’t provide the names and phone numbers of your current managers or co-workers (unless they are agreeable to your job search). Instead, go back to former supervisors who would be happy to provide references for the work that you’re doing. Be sure to ask their permission and tell them about your job search ahead of time.

Be cautious of social media.

Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t post something on social media that will give anyone who may have a connection with your employer some insight into your job hunt. You may want to keep you job search of off popular tools like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to prevent your managers from seeing something too soon.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Houston TX, and with locations spread throughout the rest of Texas.

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Inspire Curiosity in Your Team Through Perks

November 19th, 2015

Innovation is a key part of business, no matter what it is that you do. Even with the most tried and true policies and procedures, times change. If your company doesn’t embrace new opportunities you may find yourself left behind by your competition. To that end, it is essential that you inspire your employees to remain curious enough to try new things and technologies. Fun office perks don’t always stand the test of time, but continued growth will. Here are some practical perks for your staff.

The Best Software for the Job

Employees are quickly frustrated when the tools they are trying to use for the job they are trying to do are inadequate. Many companies wait far too long to upgrade computer systems because technology changes quickly and is expensive. There are a lot of possibilities with open office access, including free offerings from Google, which will allow you to provide the best software without spending a lot of money. Not only should computers be working well but the speed of the office network also needs to be fast enough to avoid frustration.

Workshops to Learn New Skills

Another way to encourage your staff to learn new things is to give them access to workshops either within the office or in your area. Depending on their skills or their interests, encourage all of them to sign up for the right events and help pay for the expenses. Their experience will enhance the innovation in your company. As a company, when you show that you are investing in your employees, that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Industry Newsletters

Another great source of inspiration are industry newsletters. The options are infinite only limited by your scope and imagination. There have been multiple studies that show how reading can help people continue to create new ideas and innovations. By giving your staff a chance to acquire these publications, you are encouraging their natural curiosity.

Continued Education

Workshops are great, but sometimes your employees need and want more. Are there advanced degrees that would help them? Or maybe a degree completion program for someone who never finished their undergraduate program. Certifications also could help your employees with their career and, by extension, your company.

At Meador Staffing, we will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. Contact one of the top staffing agencies in Pearland TX today!

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Make the Right First Impression at Your New Job

November 12th, 2015

The first days at a new job can be terrifying. You don’t know anyone in the office, save for the interviewers, and you don’t know if they’re going to like you or vice versa. Your co-workers, managers, and all the other employees will begin to form their own first impressions in your first days, weeks, and months on the job. So how do you start off on the right foot and be successful in your new position? Let’s take a closer look.

Prepare ahead of time

Your first day doesn’t actually start on your first day. There are a lot of steps you can take prior to the time you arrive. Consider your wardrobe. Do you need to buy anything new? Do you need to make sure your route will work with the morning rush hour traffic so you’re not late? Do you need to re-acclimate your system to waking up earlier in the morning?

Don’t be late

The single most important thing you can do on the first day of a new job is to arrive on time. You can even arrive early, but not too early. (If you do show up really early, you can stay in your car and read your mobile device. If you’re taking public transportation, go for a short walk and give yourself plenty of time to return.) Arriving late for your first day of work you will set the tone for how everyone else in the office will react to you. They will expect that this will become a pattern. Instead, establish the pattern that you’re reliable.

Take notes

Your first days, and weeks, will be a lot of learning. Even if you’ve done a similar job before you’ll need to learn the policies and procedures of your new organization. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and a pen with you on the first day. Write down the things you learn so you don’t have to ask again in the near future. Once you write them down, look at the notes to help ingrain the new information. Don’t just leave it on the notepad and never revisit it.

Ask questions

But speaking of questions, don’t forget to ask them as you go. If you don’t understand exactly how something is done, clarify before you write down your notes. If you want to know how one step leads to another, ask. There are no stupid questions, but there are better times to ask the questions than others.

Take initiative

Lastly, don’t be afraid to jump in and contribute. As you begin to get comfortable with the tasks at hand, take more responsibility to finish them on your own. But, don’t go full steam ahead without accepting feedback from your co-workers or supervisors. This combination will give you a good chance at success and a great first impression with the company.

Looking for career help? The career experts at Meador will work with you to identify your strengths and find a position that matches your career goals. Contact the recruiters at Meador today, as we are hiring jobs in Houston TX and throughout the rest of Texas!

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5 of the 10 Fastest Growing Economies Are in Texas

November 5th, 2015

The news that Texas has 5 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the nation comes as no surprise. Things are always bigger in Texas. So what does this growth mean for both job seekers and businesses in these growing cities? When you’re making any changes for hiring, you may want to keep these ideas in mind. Let’s take a closer look at the five places experiencing rapid growth and how you can harness it for your business.

Corpus Christi

With 6.5 percent GDP growth estimate, this coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico is seeing an increase of commerce in the area. The primary industry is manufacturing. This means that anyone who has experience with warehouse, production, and technology that assists the processes will have a good shot at being employed in Corpus Christi and businesses in this sector are in demand.

Victoria

Just north of Corpus Christi near the Gulf is the town of Victoria. This city has seen a 6.7 percent growth over the last few years. However, this area is looking at mining as its primary growth industry. Of course, with mining comes a variety of support level industries, including administrative and project management specializations.

DFW and Arlington

At 8.5 percent you can’t leave the Dallas and Fort Worth areas off the list. This includes Arlington as well as the metro area continues to grow. There are several industries that are booming around the region including finance, insurance, real estate, rental markets and leasing. It is no surprise that with the rise of financial businesses that real estate is also popular. The new employees who move into the area need somewhere to live.

San Angelo

Just west of the DFW and Austin areas is the town of San Angelo, which has reached the high rate of an 11.4 percent increase in GDP. The big surprise here is that their growth industry is government. The city is not far from the state capital in Austin, and it is actively hiring for a variety of local government and workforce jobs.

Midland

And to the west of San Angelo is the city of Midland, which was number one in the country at a GDP growth estimate of a whopping 24.1 percent! Like Victoria, the primary industry boom in this area is mining. But also like Victoria, this comes with all of the additional jobs that will supplement and support the industry.

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