Bilingual? You’re in Hot Demand

June 29th, 2017

If you’re bilingual, there may be some great news for you on the business horizon. In the last 5 years, the demand for talented bilingual employees has grown significantly. If you’re a professional at any level and you can speak more than one language, you should be able to leverage these skills to advance your career. So what can you do to ensure that you’re included in this hiring boom and approach the right employers for your next job?

Jobs at all skill levels.

Bilingual employees are in high demand across the board. From general labor to administrative support and all the way up to upper management, technology, and financial positions. Regardless of the type of job you want or your long term goals, if you’re proficient in another language you have an advantage in the workplace.

Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic.

Companies hiring bilingual employees are looking at multiple languages, but the top three appear to be Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. And that makes sense considering the global aspects of the modern workplace. If you’re fluent in any of these languages, be sure to make that prominent on your resume.

Texas at the top of the list.

Unsurprisingly, when looking at states that are focusing on bilingual hiring, Texas is at the top of the list. For a variety of reasons, Spanish speakers are in high demand throughout the Lone Star state, but other languages are being sought as well. If you’re a bilingual professional in Texas, seek out the right opportunities.

Proving fluency.

Of course, it isn’t always as easy as simply saying you’re fluent in any of these languages. Companies need to have some assurance that you can do what you say. They may provide testing in the other language to determine if you’re proficient in both writing and speaking as well as understanding someone else and potentially understanding dialects. Be willing to take these assessments.

Writing your resume.

You also need to be able to market your skills in another language in your resume so you will get calls back from top companies in Texas. Be sure to list it prominently. And, if possible, provide data that will support how your language skills have benefited you and a previous employer in the past. This can also be demonstrated in a cover letter, which you should write in the primary language but perhaps include a short paragraph demonstrating how you write in another language.

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Are you looking for a job to utilize your bilingual skills? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX.

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How to Maintain Employee Productivity This Summer

June 22nd, 2017

Summertime can hit your employees hard. They want to go outside and enjoy the sunshine. They might have kids who are out of school, or they might be feeling the stress from long work days and trying to keep up at home. There may be vacations coming up, which should be fun but can add to the tension in the workplace. So how do you help your team maintain the right productivity levels throughout the hot summer? Here are a couple of things you can do starting right now.

Start a summer schedule.

Can you create a summer schedule for your team? Some offices will allow their team to work 4 10-hour days to have one day off. Others will shut the office down early on Fridays. If you can offer this extra time off without sacrificing productivity, it may actually help enhance your team’s motivation.

Throw a party.

Many companies have a summer party to help their staff blow off steam in a social way. Host a family picnic or an overnight retreat depending on the size of your office. This will give everyone a chance to socialize outside of the office and to relax. You can plan a team building activity, but don’t over plan to avoid causing stress. You want to ensure that everyone has fun.

Keep them guessing.

Don’t let your summertime motivation strategies become predictable. Instead, occasionally offer unexpected and fun surprises to help keep your team active and engaged. Give awards for performance, but also throw in some fun awards that no one will see coming. Like best parking job or packing their lunches.

Start a volunteering initiative.

Millennial employees are taking the lead on the need to work with companies that focus on giving back to the community. They want to work with companies that have a social initiative. The summer is a great time to kick off these volunteering programs to allow your team to work together to support the common good. You can raise money for a cause or organize a volunteering day.

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Are you looking for new employees to supplement your team this summer? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing services in Houston TX.

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Don’t Overthink It! 5 Strategies to Smarter Interviews

June 16th, 2017

Interviewing is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. But are you actually making it more difficult on yourself by over thinking the process? It can be easy for us to get in our own way by self-sabotaging the experience. Before your next interview, consider these tips to avoid overthinking the interview and prepare for specific questions.

Take a break from practicing.

You’ve been told over and over again that you should practice your interviewing skills. But there comes a time when the practice just becomes a broken record. Directly before your interview, take a break from your practicing. You’ve prepped, you’re ready. Now is the time to let the chips fall where they may.

Prepare a thank you note.

Many people lament that they forgot important stuff in the interview. There is good news, your thank you note can give you another chance to say what you meant to say. Before the interview, create a template for what you think will be important to include. After the interview, review it and complete it with what you learned.

Don’t get caught up in details.

Sure, details are important when you’re telling someone how much money you saved your company. But when you get caught up in too many details, you begin to lose site of the bigger picture. Consider the two or three details that are important. Then use your interview time to tell stories about your accomplishments and experience.

Learn from past mistakes.

You’ve probably had a few interviews in your life. Consider the things from past interviews that you wish you had improved. Focus on those things rather than trying to completely reinvent the wheel. This can help you feel more relaxed in your interview rather than trying to remember too many things.

Don’t stop looking.

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is trying to put all their eggs in one basket. Just because you’ve had an interview that you think went great, don’t pin all your hopes on an offer from that company. Keep looking. Then, whatever happens, you’ll be prepared.

Work with a top employment agency in Austin

Are you looking for more interviewing advice? Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX.

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Are You Overlooking The Secret to Smarter Recruiting in Austin?

June 9th, 2017

Everything in Texas is bigger. And that idea extends to our networks and our job opportunities. But that doesn’t mean that quality candidates are lurking around every corner. Finding the right person for your open position takes time and effort, and as a business owner or manager, you have very little time or effort to spare. So could you be overlooking the secret to smarter recruiting right here in Austin? Here are some things to consider when searching for your next superstar.

Agencies have extensive networks.

You’ve probably built up large networks around your own business, but they are specific. The same is true for the staffing agencies in the area, and their networks are specifically tapped into the employment market. A recruiter works tirelessly to talk to individuals who are actively part of the job search community. If they receive an open position from your company, they put their network to work finding just the right fit for your opportunity.

Recruiters are trained to find talent.

You’re very good at what you do. Whatever your business is, you’ve found success. Just like you’re an expert in your field, recruiters are experts in theirs. They have been trained to find talent in a variety of places, from plain site to hidden gems. Instead of spending your valuable time trying to hunt down talent, you can focus on your business and let the recruiters do their job.

The hidden places in Austin.

For most people, it seems like the best way to find new talent in the Austin area is to put out advertisements within the community. But a staffing firm has deeper roots than that. They can find candidates in the hidden places, including candidates who don’t know they want to be found yet. These are nooks and crannies that you’re not able to access when it comes to hiring, so relying on the expertise of a staffing agency will be the best way to find hidden talent.

How to pick the best staffing firm.

With the prevalence of staffing agencies in the Austin area, how do you know if you’re selecting the right company to work with you and your hiring needs? There are a few ways to determine if your local firm is the best fit for you. You can determine their specialization, their resources, and their expertise. Learn about how they source candidates and how they contribute to the community. Read more about how to find the right agency here.

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