Do You Know What to Look for on a Company Website?

March 24th, 2016

As a job seeker, you’ve been told over and over again to do your research before you go into an interview. But what exactly are you looking for and how do you find it? Before your next meeting, consider these strategies for finding the right information on a company website without wasting time going down rabbit holes that won’t serve your job search.

The mission and vision statement

You will find a mission statement and the company’s overall vision usually stated clearly on the landing page, but if you dig deeper you will find a little more. What you want to know is why the company exists. What problems do they solve? How do they see themselves fitting in with the greater industry? Do the mission statement and overall vision actually get implemented when you visit during the job interview or is it just fluff?

Community involvement

Many employees today want to know their employers are in touch with the local community. What is the organization doing in relation to charity, volunteering, or community involvement? This can better help you understand if the company has the same or similar core values to you and if you’ll be a fit in their environment. There is a balance between being active and helpful in the community and going over the top by trying to promote every single thing the company does.

The target audience

It is also helpful to know how they market their products or services. Who is their target audience? How have they built their core customer base? What is their presence on social media? The more you know about how they attract new clients or conduct their business overall can help you better understand your role if you were to be hired.

How it is different from competition

Chances are, this company isn’t the only one in the area conducting this type of business. Do a compare and contrast between the websites of several of their competitors. This will give you a picture of how they are different from other companies in the same industry and why they might be a better match for you.

The company culture

Hopefully, with their website and their social media, you’ll also get a sense of their overall corporate culture. You want to see what an average day is like for the employees in the office and how they interact with others. Look at their Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more information. Review their staff bios to see if you have common interest with others in the office. You might only bring up one of those details in the interview, but that could be enough to show you did your homework and want the job.

The experts at Meador will tailor your strengths with open job positions. As a leading staffing agency in Houston TX, we have created great relationships with employers since opening in 1968. Contact our great team today to take the next step in your career.
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What Happens When You Get Promoted to Being the Boss?

March 17th, 2016

When you’re rewarded with a promotion in your current company, what happens to your former co-workers? In many cases they become your new team, and you’re thrust into a management role over individuals with whom you’ve worked closely for some time. It is no surprise this can create tension in the workplace. How do you deal effectively with your new role as boss? Here are some tips you can follow to make the transition easier.

Acknowledge the change.

There is really no point in trying to pretend like nothing’s changed. Management is a very different type of position than general employment, and it is critical that you let everyone know that you are now in a position to supervise them. This acknowledgement, instead of insisting things will continue the same as before, is the first step in building trust with your former co-workers.

Communicate your expectations.

You also need to be clear in your communications with your new team. Setting expectations early about what is required and what is not appropriate will help set the tone long term. In this process, also make sure to give your team an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions and provide feedback. Utilize that information to ensure you are a positive force. Establishing guidelines will take time and should evolve. Finding a balance between your management style and what works for your team will take time.

Don’t rule like a dictator.

While you don’t want to continue to pretend things are business as usual once you’re in a supervisor role, you also shouldn’t completely alter your personality and start ruling with an iron fist. Micromanagement is one of the biggest complaints for employees, and they will view it as a direct betrayal when it comes from someone they recently saw as one of their peers.

Address resentment.

If anyone you work with does start to act resentful for the fact that you were promoted and they weren’t, address the issue. If you do not, things could spiral out of control. Their work could suffer and you could have additional conflicts. Talk to them about their feelings and be supportive. Ignoring the issue will lead to bigger problems down the road, either through an office argument or the employee leaving the office.

Create a new network.

Now that you are no longer in the same peer group, it is important that you find a network of other managers that can be your accountability group or mentors to help address your questions along the way. Talk to the individual who was in your role before you, if they are still with the company, or join management groups online to get feedback and help you with problems.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston TX and other locations in Texas.

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Don’t Rely on Luck to Land Your Next Job

March 10th, 2016

Do you ever think if it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all? When you’re looking for a new job, what are your expectations? The truth is, a job finding you is a pretty rare situation. The most successful job seekers are the ones who take control over their search and actively participate. Rather than relying on luck to help you, consider making your own fortune. Here are several ways you can get out and make the right connections to find your next job.

Network, network, network.

People who land a new job seemingly before they took a leap are not usually lucky but are well-connected. It is important to develop a networking habit even while you’re still working so you can build a strong foundation to help you in the future. If you are currently unemployed, challenge yourself to attend a local or industry-related networking event once a week. Once you find a job, keep it up once a month. You don’t want to be the network connection that only talks when you have your hand out and need something. Help your network connections all of the time and reap the benefits when you need them.

Start a blog.

Do you have a website? If not, consider buying your own domain name to ensure that your name is associated with you and your career. Once you do, put something on the site, such as your resume, and start a blog. A blog can help position you as an expert in your industry. You’ll be surprised to find out how often recruiters search for and contact blog writers in their searches. When you do create a blog, be consistent! Create a plan and stick to it. Writing about a topic that you are passionate about will make that consistency easier to achieve.

Build your brand.

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, and that is also true for the job market. Create an online presence that can help others find you in the most common social media sites. Use twitter to promote your blog. Create a page on Facebook that matches your website. Be sure to complete your LinkedIn profile, too. Cross-promote your content across all social media sites so it reaches the biggest target audience possible.

Tell everyone.

Finally, tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. While this falls under the networking category, it doesn’t have to stop there. Talk to people in line at the grocery store or at your local coffee shop to improve your networking skills. The next time you meet someone new at a party, let them know you’re looking for work. You don’t have to beg or sound desperate, but the more people you talk to about it the better chance you have of finding the right opportunity.

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 our great team of recruiters to work with a top staffing agency in Houston.

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Is Managing Millennials Really Different?

March 3rd, 2016

Are management strategies really different between the generations in the workplace? Millennials, you’ve been told, have vastly different requirements than their older professional counterparts. You may have heard that you need to focus more on digital engagement, personal growth and collaboration. While these things are true, there are many similar characteristics that make managing millennials very similar to managing GenX or Baby Boomers. Here are some of the management skills that you need to cultivate to encourage success from millennials.

Transparency for decisions.

Regardless of the age of your employees, everyone who works for you wants to have a better understanding of the decisions that the management team makes. By being secretive or overly confidential, all you do is breed discontent among your employees. Instead, create a culture where decisions and ideas are freely shared and even ask for thoughts or buy-in from your staff. When you’re willing to share the thought process or reasoning behind a decision, employees will be more willing to invest in the overall vision and mission.

Career growth and development.

Another common trait between the various generations in the workplace is the need for continued job growth. No one wants to feel stagnant in their career, and as soon as they begin to feel restless, they may begin to look outside your organization for additional fulfillment. What can you do to encourage them to continue learning? This doesn’t mean they need a promotion six months into their job, but they do want to see that you want them to grow in your organization. It can be in leading projects, sending employees to conferences or investing in continuing education. A commitment from the company to the employee will increase the chances in a longer commitment from the employee to the company.

Rewards for milestones or accomplishments.

All of your employees want to feel appreciated as well. While the rewards themselves may be different between the generations, everyone wants to be recognized for the work they’ve contributed. Talk with your staff to find out what motivates them and how to properly reward them for their efforts. A great way to reinforce the culture and values of the company is to reward the behavior that models those values. Praising employees in a public forum (meeting, email newsletter) will be appreciated and noticed.

A sense of community.

Everyone on your staff is interested in creating a culture and community within the workplace. In fact, this may be an arena where millennials have higher expectations than their baby boomer counterparts. Collaboration and teamwork are a huge motivator for the younger generation and having an office culture that gives them a corporate identity is critical to their continued loyalty. Millennials want to feel that they have a sense of purpose and are making a difference. Establishing that feel through a sense of community is one great method.

Meador will deliver the flexible and customized staffing solutions your company needs. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston or any of our six other locations throughout Texas.

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