Be a Team Player but Don’t Get Run Over

September 29th, 2016

You would consider yourself a team player, right? But there is more to this soft skill than just playing nice with others. A team player doesn’t have to be a doormat to gain the respect of coworkers. In fact, it is critical to understand what you should and shouldn’t do as a productive member of the team. Before you make any decisions as the member of a team that can impact your ability to do your job, consider these ways to avoid becoming a pushover.

Fully understand your job and responsibilities.

Before your co-workers can take advantage of you, they must be able to perceive the cracks in your armor. The best way to avoid these cracks is to know your job and responsibilities backward and forwards. This way, you can’t be bullied into handling something that is out of your realm of responsibility. You can prepare for your response if you are ever put in a position to do something you’re not designed for or permitted to handle. Be able to point them in the right direction.

Know when to say yes and when to say no.

There will be times throughout your career when you’ll have to decide the advantages of saying yes as well as saying no. There may be occasions where saying yes to something you wouldn’t typically do could be a strategic move on your part. But there will be other times that saying no will be more beneficial. Learn the difference for your specific career path and be able to make those decisions on the fly.

Don’t back down when you take a stand.

It is important that when you say no, you stick to your convictions. There is a reason you’re not willing to do handle this aspect of the business and if you give in, you’ll only invite more opportunities for coworkers to take advantage of you. This is why it is important to pick your battles right and know when you should be taking a stand and when it make sense to let it go.

Acknowledge when helping others affects you negatively.

What is important to do is understand when helping others will negatively affect your performance, long-term goals, or social interactions at the company. It is okay to help others in your workplace, but it becomes challenging when this help is at your own expense. Let someone know that you would like to help them, but you may not be their best resource and offer to provide them with better options.

Are you looking for a great job where you can contribute as a team member? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, so contact us now!

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3 Lies to Ignore When Making a Hiring Decision

September 22nd, 2016

Hiring is hard, there is no doubt about that. It can be an imperfect science since your role as a hiring manager is to evaluate whether or not a person you’ve never met before will be a good long-term fit for your organization. Because of all the uncertainty involved in hiring, there is also a lot of advice provided by anyone who has ever done it before. Some of this so-called perfect advice can be deceiving, so be careful to follow anything that is said to be fool-proof. Here are the top three lies about hiring that you should ignore.

1. You can learn everything you need from a resume.

Many hiring managers assume a resume is a complete picture of a candidate. Yet, candidates are specifically advised not to put every last piece of information on a resume. Consider that most people have enough experience in their lives to fill a book, not just two pages of bullet points. A resume is just an introduction, and hiring managers would do well to use it for that purpose. Use it to determine if someone is generally qualified for your role. Use some of their accomplishments to decide if they might be a fit for your company. Then pick up the phone. Talk to the candidate about what they’ve done and, more importantly, who they are as a person.

2. Hiring a passive candidate is better than an active one.

There is also a bias in HR and staffing that the holy grail of perfect employees is someone still working. That’s a passive candidate. A person who is currently employed and not looking for a new position. Which means they need to be recruited away from their good job to work for you. If they are so easily swayed, will they do the same to you in the future for a better offer? An active candidate is someone who is looking for a new job either due to unemployment or dissatisfaction. They are people willing to be proactive about their careers. If you decide to only hire one or the other, you could be missing out on some great working relationships.

3. There is no such thing as a perfect hire.

Yes, it is possible to find an individual who checks all your boxes. They exist, but they may not take the form you’re expecting. A perfect hire isn’t someone who is a clone of your successful individuals. They aren’t someone who reminds you of you earlier in your career. A perfect candidate can take many forms, the important part is to be open to different kinds of perfection. You can hold out for someone you think is perfect for your open job, but understand that you may be rejecting other perfect candidates along the way and not even know it.

Are you ready to hire a great candidate for your open position? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading temp agency in Austin TX.

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Why You Need a Positive Attitude at Work

September 15th, 2016

Experts say that positive people have significant more opportunities in life than their negative counterparts. There is even some evidence that suggests negativity and constant complaining can rewire our brains so we start accepting these hardships as normal, making things difficult to overcome. But if you want to succeed in your career, embracing positivity will be a key to your future. Here are some ways having a positive attitude at work will help you.

You will have less overall stress.

Constantly dwelling on the negative is a surefire way to stress yourself out. Worrying about things over which you have no control, thinking about the most negative outcomes, and complaining do not help you manage your stress. But a positive attitude does. The best way to start reducing your stress at work and being more positive is to start considering how to be more grateful. Start a journal writing all of the positive things that happen to you and be thankful for them.

Your peers will enjoy working with you.

Everyone has a co-worker that they have a hard time relating too. The problem is if you are that co-worker then it can be hard to notice. But the other members of your team don’t always want to tell you that your negativity is bringing them down. They may simply avoid talking to you throughout the day. Being more positive will encourage people to engage and interact with you.

You will increase your job security.

Positive people are also more likely to have better job retention. Why? Because when a company is looking at downsizing their staff, their first thought will be to let the person who seems least happy in their jobs go. By being happy and grateful and engaged with your job, a company will have to think twice about questioning your contributions.

You may be considered for promotions.

This also works for career advancement too. Being positive in an interview will give you a significant edge over your competition. When you’re working for a company that is looking to promote someone, your positive attitude can go a long way to making your case for you. They will see you as a problem solver that is fun to work with.

Do you want to reflect a more positive attitude in your career? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pearland TX, to see how we can help you today!

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Why It’s Time to Stop Ignoring Social Media

September 8th, 2016

Okay, you’ve put it off long enough. While the rest of the business world has been diving into social media, you’ve been waiting to see if it is just a fad. It isn’t, but the real power is knowing what aspects of social media will work best for your specific industry and business needs. So, what can you do to catch up and use this tool in your own company? Here are a few ways to stop ignoring social media and get started.

Finding Great Candidates

Where are your competitors finding their great talent? You may be surprised to discover that many companies are utilizing social media for recruiting. Just as online job boards replaced newspaper advertisements, social media is changing the game once again. You can use platforms like Twitter and Facebook to post about openings with your company. You can also connect with individuals on LinkedIn when you’re interested in discussing their background.

Branding Your Company

Social media is also a place where you can build your company’s positive reputation. You’ve spent a lot of time on your company website, so do the same with social media. The most popular are Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter. Make each page reflect your business and start using each one as a resource for connecting to a wider audience. Provide useful information and interact with readers.

Selecting the Right Media

It is also important that you know you don’t need to be everywhere online. There are dozens of social media sites that you can belong to for your business, but not all of them are created equal. Most experts will suggest that you have a Facebook business page, a Twitter account, and a LinkedIn profile page for your business. You should also have a personal LinkedIn profile. But, if your company doesn’t utilize photos on a daily basis, for instance, you can skip Instagram and Pinterest.

Creating Goals

So, what do you want to get out of social media? Are you trying to connect with a wider audience? Do you want to attract customers? Employees? Enhance your business brand. Simply having these accounts doesn’t do anything to help your business grow, so you should sit down and determine how you want to use these sites and what they can do for you. Talk to an expert to help you better understand how social branding can work for you.

Adjusting Your Processes

Overall, it is important to know that social media is still a young industry and it is always growing and evolving. It is okay to adjust your processes anywhere along the way. If you started using Pinterest because someone told you to, but you find that you don’t use it at all, go ahead and delete that account. Or make it inactive and come back to it later when you learn more about the site.

Are you ready to take the next step in your job search? Connect with Meador today and get started on working with a top staffing agency in Austin TX. 

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