Is the Gig Economy the Right Move for Your Career This Year?

January 25th, 2018

What is the gig economy you’ve been hearing about? The concept has been around for quite some time, but it has been gaining popularity since the mid-2000s, after the recession. The gig economy is predicated on employees accepting shorter term jobs, freelance projects, or engaging in other forms of revenue generating business outside the traditional employer-employee relationship. And the gig economy is only expanding, so is now the right time to look for a job or could a short-term project work for you?

Do you want a traditional job?

A traditional job may still be the right solution for many people. You can take a look at the pros and cons of traditional jobs and compare them to those for contract or freelance work. For example, a traditional job can provide long-term stability, which can be important to some people depending on their family or financial needs. But the gig economy may offer different benefits.

Are you flexible with your time and finances?

When looking at your lifestyle, do you have the flexibility to enter the gig economy market? Short-term and freelance jobs may have a less reliable stream of income and inconsistency can happen month to month. But once you build up your stable of jobs or take short-term contracts, you can find a rhythm that works for you both personally and financially.

How much stability do you need?

General stability will come into play as well as you explore the gig economy. What happens when you’re not working? Some people like the time off to work on personal projects, but others would rather stay working. The gig economy is also a hustle. You may have never been a salesperson before, but if you want to find new projects you need to learn to sell yourself. And short-term or freelance jobs could end at any time without warning.

Is ownership important to you?

But one common denominator in the gig economy is that most people who thrive love the control they have over their time and productivity. This sense of ownership can overcome some of the instability of the lifestyle. With good budgeting and planning, this can be freeing. As a part of the gig economy, you work for yourself. Even when taking a short-term project, you know you have control over your time and how you dedicate yourself to the project.

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Diverse Mindsets Should Be a Major Goal for Your Company

January 18th, 2018

Yes, diversity is a very important part of hiring within your company. You know that cultural diversity is essential and how to determine if your actions are discriminatory. But what if there is one more key aspect you’re not thinking of when making hiring decisions? You can’t just focus on the visible diversity. What happens if everyone if your company thinks the same way? A lack of diversity in mindsets can lead to vanilla planning and stagnant growth. So how can you make hiring for diverse mindsets a priority in 2018? Here are some of the mindsets you should consider when making a hiring decision.

Disciplined

Someone who has a disciplined mind is someone who won’t stop until they reach perfection in their chosen field. These are usually people who are analytical, dedicated to data and tangible results, and able to adjust course along the way to ensure success. The disciplined mind is someone who can help some of the other mindsets stay on track for a given project.

Synthesizer

Another mindset that works well for management is the synthesizer. This person can adapt no matter what is thrown in their path. They can also make sure that others, especially those who have trouble changing their mindset, can adapt to new environments and patterns.

Creative

Every team also needs a creative mind. This is the innovator who is willing to try new things or develop new ideas even if they seem off the wall to everyone else at first. A creative mindset is an essential person to round out a company. If everyone falls into one of the other categories, you may not have what it takes to grow.

Sociable

It may sound like social is not a mindset you want in your workplace, but they are as critical as the others. Why? These are the people who interact best with others. They will be the face of your business to customers, clients, new employees, and the general public. This mindset is also respectful and can read a room and adapt to the audience.

Ethical

You also always want someone who thinks in ethical terms for your company. To this person, there is value in the idea of right and wrong and they can check your actions before your team does something that might lead to regret. The ethical mindset won’t stay quiet just because they feel their own job is at stake, so they can help you avoid costly problems in the future.

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Our 5 Best Job Search Tips from 2017

January 11th, 2018

Every year, our goal is to provide the best possible information for job seekers in Texas. Whether you’re unhappy in your current role or you’re unemployed looking for a new position, we want to be a resource for advice to help you in your job search. So what were our top tips from 2017? Before we begin with new content in 2018, let’s take a look back at the top 5 posts last year.

Red flags in your job search.

There may be ample opportunity to determine a company isn’t a good fit for you before you even start. Look for these warning signs may help you make the right decision. We suggest looking at their overall communication, attitude, and reputation. Also look for any personality conflicts, a lack of clarity in the job description, and inconsistent policies.

The real truth about job searching.

We also wanted to give job seekers a sort of behind the scenes look at the truth about looking for a job. What are some of the biggest misconceptions and myths? We wanted to share why you shouldn’t apply to everything, how job hopping really affects your chances, how to find hidden opportunities, and how to follow up after applying.

How to include temp work on your resume.

If you’ve done temporary work between full-time jobs, how do you effectively put that on your resume? Since the situation is so common, we wanted to provide some insider information on the process. You can show the consistency in your work experience, new skills you learned, your overall determination, and even use the agency as a reference for your continued search.

Questions for employers that set you apart.

If you really want to make a good impression in the interviewing process, there are some questions that would set you apart from your competition. They demonstrate your interest in the job and your thoughtfulness for making a decision. Ask questions about their process for determining success, how they think the company can be improved, and why they might not choose to hire you. We’ve also offered insight as to why these questions and how to position them.

How to apply when you’re not qualified.

Of course, there may be times when you see a job ad that looks great but you’re missing some of the experience they’re looking for. What do you do? We believe there are ways to position yourself as the right candidate even if you don’t check all the boxes. In this post, we talk about how to read the job description to understand the top requirements, how to sell the skills you do have, and avoid focusing on the things you don’t bring to the table.

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Our Top 5 Tips for Managers from 2017

January 4th, 2018

Every year, it’s our goal to provide quality content for job seekers and managers. In 2017, we offered plenty of advice to make managers, executives, and supervisors excel in their jobs. So what were our top 5 tips for the year? And what can you do to ensure that you’re starting 2018 off on the right foot? Before we start with more tips and ideas for the New Year, let’s take a look back at what we shared already.

1. Reduce your time to fill with better candidates.

In February, we discussed the ways that managers can reduce their overall time to hire by taking a few simple steps. These include staying in contact with a top candidate you didn’t hire, connecting on social media, and streamlining your hiring process. We also suggest that working with a staffing partner can help reduce stress and the time to hire.

2. Why employees quit and what you can do about it.

In July, we talked about the startling statistics about how many employees quit their jobs due to dissatisfaction. But this is a trend that can be altered by employers. We looked at the reasons people quit and what you can do about them. They include reasons such as a lack of personal connection, no challenge, stagnant career growth, and workplace stress.

3. How a local staffing agency can be your best partner.

But we also shared the reasons why working with a local staffing agency can boost your company’s productivity and help you hire the best and the brightest. We suggest that developing a relationship with an agency, working with a smaller specialized company, and partnering with the agency’s top executives can be a great strategy for your hiring goals.

4. The top 3 skills to look for in marketing talent.

If hiring top marketing talent is your top priority, we have you covered there as well. In April we shared some insight on the top skills that marketing professionals should bring to the table. If you focus on their understanding of analytics, their experience with content marketing systems, and their use of video, you will have an advantage in the marketplace.

5. When to stop the onboarding process for new employees.

We also took a look at the onboarding process and what it means to bring someone up to speed before declaring the process complete. We suggest that every employer be ready for their new team member on the very first day. We also encourage employers to create a mentorship program, assess the employee weekly, ask for input from the new employee, and look at the results rather than the processes of their work.

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What advice do you want to take with you into the New Year? Contact the team at Meador Staffing to learn more!

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