Change These 4 Areas to See Personal Improvement

February 25th, 2016

How you function in your personal and at-home life can easily influence how successful, or stressed out, you are at work every day. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Do you have trouble focusing? Have you started to dread getting up and going to work every day? These may all be signs that you need to make some changes. But before you make drastic changes, consider these four small alterations you can start with to see improvement in your work day.

Commit to more sleep.

Often in offices, you’ll hear people bragging about how little sleep they got because they are too busy being busy. Or, they may be plagued with insomnia because they are stressed. However, a lack of sleep can be the biggest contributor to an unfocused day. Commit to getting a complete night’s rest by choosing a reasonable bed time, turning off any media an hour before bed and creating a calming routine to help you drift to sleep.

Create a to-do list.

Each week, start out with a to-do list. Include four to five critical projects each day. When you complete a task, you can have the satisfaction of crossing it off. You can also compose daily lists that have the tasks broken out into individual steps, which can help you tackle a larger project. The key is to make a manageable to-do list that can keep you on track but not make things more difficult.

Ask questions.

Many people lose productivity because they are too proud to ask for help or get clarification on a project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when something raises a concern for you. When you are assigned a new task, ask about any aspect that is slightly confusing. Clarify things you think you know how to do. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. No one expects you to understand everything at the first time. Asking questions to get more clarification shows that you want to do the job correctly and care about its quality.

Be positive and optimistic.

Your attitude has a big impact on your success. Remaining positive and optimistic can help you not only get through a bad day but it can make every day more pleasant. Positive people are able to avoid complaining about negative situations and determine the right solutions instead. It can really change the way you approach everything in your job. Studies also show that optimistic employees with positive attitudes get promoted at higher rates than critical people with negative attitudes.

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Social Media Helps You Reach New Candidates

February 18th, 2016

Some companies are still resisting the transition to social media and mobile technology. But, did you know that more job seekers in the millennial generation are using their cell phones as their primary source of Internet connection, and, therefore, their job searches? Of millennials, 47 percent are using their cell phones to find new jobs, and 30 percent are doing it while they’re still in a current job. The lesson companies need to learn is that embracing social media and mobile technology is the best way to target new employees right where they are. How can you use social media to help you reach these new candidates?

Create a mobile strategy

Before you dig into social media, consider the plan of attack that works best for you and your organization. Many companies utilize each new platform when it becomes available, but soon they are drowning in way too much social media. Facebook and LinkedIn are the most common for staffing companies to share content. Twitter is utilized by many companies to share content and also to post jobs. Other popular social media outlets include Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat among others. Only pick the ones that make sense for your business.

Keep information safe

Your company also wants to make sure that you don’t put too much information out on social media. Whatever is considered confidential in your company’s culture should never be shared on social media. Everything that is published on the Internet is publically accessible and, in extreme cases, legally discoverable. It is helpful to train someone or outsource the duties to a company to handle all of your social media effectively and responsibly.

Engage with your audience

Once you are on these social media sites, the important part of connecting to potential job seekers is to engage with your audience. Post questions to encourage people to participate. Be sure to answer any questions or direct messages you receive because people are turning to social media for instant feedback. Share your knowledge in a way that makes people want to come back to your page regularly.

Make applications easy

If you decide to use social media and online applications to encourage potential employees to apply with your company, work with your IT provider to make sure that it is easy to use. Many job seekers give up with online applications if there are too many steps or it is difficult to access on a mobile phone. One-touch applications can help encourage more potentially qualified candidates to apply.

Guided by our mission and vision, we have a sense of duty to our candidates and customers to find the right match to their career and company aspirations. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin or at any of our other six locations!

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Help Your Job Chances with These Post-Interview Actions

February 12th, 2016

Now that you’ve successfully interviewed, the ball is in their court, right? Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are some things you can do as a job candidate to increase your chances of landing the job. If you sit back idly, then your competitors for the job might be more active, and you’ll be edged out of a job that might be perfect for you. Before you sit by the phone and wait for your interviewer to call, here are some things you can do after the interview to improve your odds and continue to make a great impression.

Ask them about the next steps.

Before you even leave the interview, ask the potential employer what the next steps are in the hiring process. They will be able to give you an idea of when they want to make a hiring decision or how may more interviews they have. Don’t think that this question is asking for too much information as  it is an accepted part of the job search process. This can help you determine the best ways to follow up moving forward so you don’t position yourself as aggressive or pushy.

Get business cards from everyone you meet.

Also, don’t forget to gather business cards. If the hiring manager doesn’t hand you one out of habit, ask for it. Make sure you ask for one from everyone you speak with in the office, regardless of their role. It doesn’t hurt to get one from the front desk receptionist as well. Having as much contact information as possible will make follow-up correspondence much easier.

Send a thank-you note.

The first thing you should do when you get home is send a thank-you note. You have two options here. You can send a handwritten note through the mail, or you can send an email a few hours after the interview. Either is fine, but an email will be more immediate. You can also use this as a way to add something you may have forgotten to mention. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time and reiterate why you want to work with them.

Follow up one more time.

Finally, set a time to follow up with the company one last time. Based on the information they gave you about when they planned to make a decision, call the hiring manager or send an additional email checking on the position and their decision. This will put you at the top of their mind when they do consider their final decision and you may get the call back for going the extra mile. It’s a delicate balance between appearing desperate and excited about the job, and each company may view follow-up correspondence differently. Use your experience and instincts on how to proceed.

At Meador, we feature talented staffing and recruiting experts who are ready to work with you to identify your strengths and find a position that matches your career goals. Contact our team today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin or any of our other six locations throughout Texas.

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Want to Be a Better Leader? Get to Know Your Employees

February 4th, 2016

Management is about so much more than delegating tasks. As a leader in the workplace, it is your role to motivate your staff and encourage growth. In many ways you can lead by example and be a strong role model, but that isn’t all. So what else can you do as a manager to ensure that your team are happy, excited to work, and engaged? There is a really simple way that far too many business leaders overlook. Get to know them! Here’s how.

Show interest.

Getting to know your employees on a personal level is a great way to encourage them professionally. They may care a lot about their jobs, but they also care about their other interests, their hobbies, and their families. When you embrace that your employees are more than machines, you can nurture their human side and encourage them to work hard and succeed.

Be friendly.

To do this, you need to make sure that you are friendly in the office. If you bark orders, are aggressive, or otherwise inaccessible, your employees will back off from you which will make management difficult. You don’t have to be their best friend, but you can treat them with respect and kindness.

Follow up.

When you learn about something exciting in their lives, make sure you follow up with it later. Ask them about their weekend. Ask them how their kids or pets are doing. Be specific with details, which will help them realize that you were listening and that you do have a vested interest in their happiness.

Set boundaries.

Lastly, you want to make sure you set professional boundaries. While it is perfectly okay to go to a happy hour event with your team, make sure that your behavior doesn’t cross a line into inappropriate. If you set boundaries that foster a professional and friendly relationship, this will easily carry over in the rest of the office and even between coworkers.

Hiring can be a very stressful task and take up a lot of your resources. At Meador Staffing, we have the recruiters and great relationships to help you fill any of your job openings. Contact our talented team today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Texas.

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