Get Ready to Network Throughout the Summer

May 26th, 2016

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are an explosion of color all around. The summer is a great time to feel invigorated about your work and your life in general. Use this new found energy to take a bigger stab at networking. Here are some things you can do this summer to increase your chances of finding you next professional opportunity.

Network Everywhere

Are you at a summer baseball game? Maybe you are relaxing on the beach. Or you might be heading to an outdoor festival in your town. Never underestimate the ability to meet new people wherever you are. Introduce yourself to other patrons standing in the refreshment line or next to you in the stands.

Enjoy the Weather

Get outside. The summer weather does wonders for everyone, and once you’re outside and engaged, it is easier to meet people. Go to outdoor events that are happening in your city and challenge yourself to meet at least three new people.

Learn about Current Events

If you’re not sure whether or not you can talk to strangers in the park, be prepared with knowledge of current events. Stay away from the sticky topics of politics and religion, and you’ll be just fine. You can always talk about situations happening in your community that everyone can relate to.

Don’t Be Pushy

You don’t have to lead with the fact that you’re looking for a job. In fact, it may never come up in the conversation. Simply let them know what you do and how you do it. Talk to them about what they do as well. You may be surprised by shared connections. You can also benefit from being a person who makes connections to others in your network.

Provide contact information.

And finally, make sure you always have your contact information available to give to them. You can have a personal business card that provides information about you or a website. You can include your phone number and email address or access to a LinkedIn profile. And always try to ask for a card in return.

When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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Why Workplace Bullying Is a Serious Issue

May 19th, 2016

We hear a lot today about bullying. It is an epidemic in our nation’s schools and it negatively affects not only the children being bullied but the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t limited to the school yard. Disturbing studies have shown that workplace bullying exists and is a much bigger problem than anyone previously realized. Let’s take a closer look at workplace bullying and why it is a serious issue.

Intimidating Behavior

Intimidation is a serious concern when some members of your staff may feel bullied into certain actions by more dominating personalities. It is important to know the difference between intimidation and a strong personality, but if an employee raises a concern, the onus is on you to investigate. Get information from all parties involved, including people who may have observed the communication. Taking a fact-based approach will help with the analysis.

Social Isolation

Are you seeing certain members of your staff left out of all interactions? This is often coupled with the creation of “cliques” within your work environment. If someone is being specifically shunned by others in the organization, find out why and if the reason is malicious you can take action. Everyone doesn’t have to be friends with each other, but if there is something deep-rooted then you may need to investigate.

Blaming without Cause

Far too often, individuals will blame their failings on others. If they work together in a group and the project fails, finger pointing will generally follow. However, if you’re also seeing individual blame unprompted, this could be a sign of office bullying.

Verbal Abuse and Threats

When bullying escalates, it often becomes abusive. And if it is isn’t physical, it can hard to notice if you’re not paying close attention. Verbal abuse is damaging to the recipient. Worse are threats of violence that may or may not be carried out. A violent threat should be treated as an act of aggression and proper action taken.

Public Humiliation

Bullies, whether they realize it or not, are usually responding to situations in their own life that are out of control. If they feel insecure or frustrated, they will often take this out on the people around them that they perceive as weaker. Public humiliation can be the result. Allowing members of your staff to be subjected to demeaning tasks or other humiliating situations will only breed discord in your company.

When working with Meador, you are joining a family-oriented business with nearly 50 years of experience. Contact our great team today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin and throughout the state of Texas.

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Does Your Cover Letter Follow the New Format?

May 12th, 2016

Have you considered your cover letter lately? It could be the reason your job search has stalled. This correspondence can set the tone for your entire job search, so it needs to be on point. The modern cover letter follows a specific format that allows employers to obtain the information they need to make a decision about their next move. You want to draw them into your story and entice someone to contact you based on what you can bring to the table. Here are three ways you can format your cover letter to be ahead of your competition.

1. Get to the point.

Your job is not to extensively describe all of the many reasons they want to hire you. What you want to do is wet their appetite. You can save details of your accomplishments for the interview. Instead, start with a strong opening paragraph that will get their attention and make them want to learn more. To do this, the best strategy is to get right to the point. Let them know what you want, why you want it and what you can do to get it. Let them know how you can fit into their environment and what you can do for them. And do this all in two or three sentences.

2. Provide a notes area.

When recruiters or hiring managers are reading resumes, they like to keep all of their information in one place. Most will jot down notes right on your resume or cover letter while they’re talking with you on the phone, during an interview or as they are comparing information about the candidates. Invite them to do this on your cover letter by giving them space in the margins to easily write their thoughts down. Bring them in a little bit, but not too much as to make it obvious.

3. Sell yourself.

Finally, it is your one job to make the hiring manager know that you are the very best person to contact for this position. Use your cover letter as a way to pitch yourself. Ask questions. Provide information that will make them pick up the phone because you have shown the value you will bring to their company. And then, to seal the deal, include your contact information in the conclusion paragraph of the letter itself. This means they don’t have to look up anything to give you a call right away.

When you partner with Meador Staffing, you are gaining a career advisor. We will help you conduct an effective job search that matches your skill set and schedule. Contact our great team today to work with a leader in staffing in Clear Lake and throughout Texas.

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Want to Make a Great Hire? Here’s the Key

May 5th, 2016

Your job as a hiring manager is to hire the very best person for the role. Many companies turn to assessment tests and psychological profiles to mitigate any of the risk involved in bringing an outsider into an established group. And, try as you might, bad hires happen. There isn’t one tried and true method to ensure that you’re hiring the right person, but there are some universal truths that can help you uncover the best candidates. Here are some things to consider.

Personal relationships build better employees.

We all feel better about a relationship when there is a connection. There needs to be a spark that you like this individual as a person, and vice versa. If you don’t like each other, the working relationship will never progress past polite formalities. If you want to hire a better candidate, get to know the whole person. Ask them appropriate questions to uncover their motivation. Begin that development during the interviewing process and establish a strong base during the first weeks of your new employee’s tenure.

Why outside the box matters.

Experts know that the best candidate is never someone that fits neatly into one specific box. For instance, if you hire someone with a very specific skill and then technology changes to make that skill obsolete, if this individual isn’t adaptable they are no longer the best employee you have. All of this matters. Hire the best all-around person for the job, not just the person with specific skills. It’s easier to teach new skills than it is to teach soft skills, communication and adaptability.

Hire people who can adapt to change.

To this end, you want to hire people who are not only skilled at what they do, but are willing to learn whatever it takes to continue to be a valuable employee for your company. You want someone who isn’t stubbornly set in their ways. You want someone who will embrace change and understand that change is often the key to innovation. Companies that don’t change will eventually get left behind. You want people ready to make changes on your team.

Uncover the right people.

Lastly, it is important to know that you aren’t always going to find these best candidates through traditional recruiting. You need to expand your network. You need to use creative channels to uncover the right people from wherever they might be, which is probably not openly applying on job boards. Be forward and ask for what it is you want without creating a description so challenging that no one fits it.

Are you looking for the perfect candidate for your open position? Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston TX can help you uncover the best candidate for your role.

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