Do You Know Why You Got the Job?

July 28th, 2016

After a job search, few people take in to consideration something that may turn out to be incredibly important. Why were you hired? You may just care that you were hired, but it may not be enough information to make you successful. You were the best of the best, but what exactly put you over the top? Why did the company choose you over your competition? You might be surprised to find out that this answer could positively impact your career path with your new employer, if you take the time to find out. Here are some thoughts to get you started.

Ask during the onboarding process.

The first step is to take the time to learn. Ask the hiring manager or the person training you directly. Not only will this help you get the information you need to formulate a plan for your employment, but it will demonstrate to the company that you’re attentive and interested, even though you’ve already gotten the job. This will also help making the onboarding process more of a conversation than just an information dump, and you can build a relationship with your manager, co-workers, or trainer.

Understand what skills they value most.

You brought a lot of things to the table. But which of those things were instrumental to the hiring decision? They may have advertised for an administrative professional and listed a number of qualities that would make an idea candidate. But, in the long run, you had experience in their specific industry or some additional accounting background that they found not only intriguing, but valuable.

Use it to create a plan for your role.

Once you know the reason you were hired, you can decide how to proceed. If it was your skills in accounting, even though you are working in administrative support, find out ways you can utilize these skills outside of the actual job description. This can be a way for you to showcase these skills, solve the problem they didn’t know they had, and demonstrate that you are interested in a long term career within the company.

Make the conversation go both ways.

It feels good to be appreciated. So while you’re allowing yourself to feel appreciated by your new employer, share with them your decision making process. Let them know why you accepted the job. Was it the people you would be working with? Was it the overall company environment? Was it because you could see yourself growing in the job and being challenged? This will help them better understand what to focus on in the future when they’re interviewing new candidates down the line.

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 team today to get started with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout the state!

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Job Candidate Just Because They’re Unemployed

July 21st, 2016

It is commonly believed that an unemployed candidate, especially one who’s been out of work for a while, isn’t a good hire. But is this true? Many employers lose out on hiring great candidates because they’re concerned about the six months or more of a job gap on a resume. Don’t give into this kind of prejudice off the bat when you’re considering resumes for your open position. Here are some things to think about as you’re talking to unemployed job seekers.

Learn about their gap.

Before you make a snap judgment, find out why they have been out of work. Start with their most recent position. Were they laid off? Were they fired, and if so, why? Did they leave the position? If you can find out the reasons for any of these you can start to piece together whether or not they will be a good fit for your company, the job, and the company culture.

Find out what they’ve been doing.

Since they left their last position, what have they been doing? The answer, “looking for a job,” is not the right one. Press them. Find out if they are volunteering or helping out a family member. Find out if they are working on a personal project. Knowing how they spend their time when not working will also help give you a better perspective.

Consider your company reputation.

If you decide not to hire this individual, what will that say about your company? The same consideration should be made if you do hire them. If your only reasons for passing on a candidate is that they are unemployed, consider their social reach. Will they discuss your decision in your community or on social media? And, if you feel they are not a good fit, you may also want to consider the implications to your company if you do hire them and act accordingly.

Understand the benefits of hiring.

While there are a few reasons you may not want to hire someone who is out of work, there are a lot of benefits to hiring them. They are eager to work. They are skilled. They bring with them years of knowledge from their previous employers. They may be willing to work on a trial basis or starting at a lower salary while you evaluate their contributions.

Are you looking for a star candidate for your job opening? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

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How Does Taking Care of Yourself Translate to Your Career?

July 14th, 2016

Being the best person you can be will undoubtedly translate to being a better employee. It is important that you take care of yourself not only professionally but also physically and emotionally to give yourself all of the best opportunities for success. As you determine what you need to do to advance your career, consider ensuring that you’re also spending equal time focusing on these self-care items to improve your attitude, your health, and your career success.

Sleep

Millions of Americans actually face every workday completely sleep deprived. Getting enough sleep is essential for good health. Start by giving yourself a firm bedtime. Create a routine to help you relax. Don’t eat before bed and turn off all of your media for a half an hour so your body can naturally sleep.

Exercise

On the flip side, activity is as important as inactivity in this regard. Most people avoid exercise because they claim they don’t have time. But it is essential that we make time to allow our bodies to get the right amount of exercise each and every day. That exercise will also provide more energy for the rest of your day.

Water

It is also quite possible that you’re moving through the day at some level of dehydration. The classic advice was eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. In truth, medical professionals suggest more. Men should drink 13 ounces while women should consume about nine. But since the 8/8 rule is easy to remember, start there.

Diet

Dieting has become a negative word in our culture. And, in truth, you don’t need any fad diet to remain healthy. It is more important that you’re conscientious about what you consume. Focus on finding a healthy balance that works for you long term. A healthy eating plan is easier to maintain.

Education

Your mental health is equally as important, so make sure that you are continuously learning new things. Learn about your industry, but also take time to learn about anything else that interests you. The more you read, the better your memory and retention skills become.

Travel

There is a lot of evidence to support that people who travel are more well-rounded than those who don’t. Learning about cultures helps you understand the perspectives of others even in your own back yard. Travel helps you expand your mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Positivity

Lastly, take some time to consider your overall attitude. Complaining and negativity don’t serve your long-term well-being. Instead, start to think about the positive things. Keep a gratitude journal and write down the things you’re thankful for each day to start a positive habit.

At Meador Staffing, you are more than a candidate or client – you’re a member of our family.  To work with a top staffing agency in Houston, contact our great team today!

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Get Your Team to Achieve at a Higher Level

July 7th, 2016

Have you been concerned about the productivity or efficiency of your team? There could be a lot of reasons for this concern, especially in the summer months when it’s difficult to stay focused on day-to-day tasks. But if the problem doesn’t seem to be temporary, you may need to step in and make some changes. If you want your team to achieve at a higher level, here are some things you can do to improve their performance for the long term.

Make small changes.

Sometimes all it takes to re-energize your staff and convince them to achieve more is to encourage small changes. There may be some procedural items that can help kick start everyone’s creative process or something as simple as a change of scenery. Look at the little things that you can modify, processes that aren’t working, and outdated information that you can eliminate to help give everyone a quick boost in productivity. It takes time to evaluate those types of areas but take a step back and ask the team what they would fix on a small level to make their jobs more efficient.

Evaluate the team dynamics.

Building a team takes skill. If you inherited a team or if you’re not sure you’ve got the right people in the right places, take a closer look at ways you can improve. You may not need to let anyone go, just evaluate their contributions and put them in a more suitable role that will help them, and the rest of the staff, succeed. This will not only make your team more productive but improve the overall satisfaction of the misplaced employee. Set your team members up to succeed and watch them flourish!

Change your management style.

It’s not them, it’s you. If you feel like the team isn’t working to its full potential, evaluate your management style. Maybe the way you’re interacting with your employees isn’t inspiring. Maybe you’re stifling them. Ask them for feedback on what would help them work at a higher level and make those changes in yourself. Managers need to find the right balance between being completely hands-off and micromanaging.

Prepare for a long-term fix.

Finally, the situation may present itself to make major changes in your organization. If someone leaves, this might be an opportunity to hire someone more suited to the type of high-level achievements you want to accomplish. Maybe you need to change some significant behaviors or habits among your employees. Don’t be afraid to make difficult decisions if it means a stronger outcome. The alternative is continued stagnation and dissatisfaction.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact our team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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