Being Nice – Why It Helps Companies Land and Keep Top Talent

February 14th, 2019

The focus on kindness is sweeping the nation. There are national campaigns to encourage everyone to simply be nicer to the people around them. And kindness is never a bad thing. Can you be nicer in your company to attract and retain top-quality employees? There is ample evidence that shows kindness in the workplace breeds employee loyalty. Here are a few ways kindness can positivity impact your hiring process and employee retention.

Show Kindness in Your Company Values

Right from the start, candidates will be looking at your website to determine if they want to work with your company. Your company values and mission statement should include information about kindness. There are a variety of ways you can communicate this within your web copy and with the overall corporate culture, you’re wanting to project. For example, some people are sure to include their charitable works within the community to draw the attention of those who want to give back.

Treat Them Well in the Process

Once they apply with your company, treat them well at every step along the way. Keep them updated with the process of the position. Treat them kindly over email and over the phone. Never act like they are a burden on your time or seem like you’re distracted by something else that you might consider more important.

Enforce a Policy of Kindness Through the Interview

Being nice should continue throughout the interview process as well. Be welcoming, kind, and show your candidates what your company stands for. Share with them some insight on what it’s like to work with your organization, how you put a priority on being nice to employees which, in turn, creates benefits for your end customers.

Continue to Be Nice after They’ve Been Hired

Once you make a selection and bring on an employee who fits what you’re looking for and has all the skills, don’t stop being nice. Start with your onboarding program. Pair them with a mentor who can help them learn the ropes not just of their job but also the environment and culture. Continue with recognition programs throughout the year to show appreciation for everyone who works with you.

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New Technology in 2019 – Can That Help You Find Better Talent?

February 7th, 2019

Technology is rapidly changing, and that evolution affects every industry. There are plenty of new things to consider when it comes to staffing for your business. But how is technology impacting the way you find talent for your open positions? Before you begin your next candidate search, consider how new technology is changing the very landscape of how job seekers find their new positions. Here are just a few examples.

Analytics for Job Postings

When you write a job posting, you probably make a list of the things the individual is expected to know and what they will do day to day. But data is showing us a different picture when it comes to what really works and what doesn’t to attract top candidates.

For example, a job posting that doesn’t include any description about your company culture may not provide any insight for a job seeker to decide if they want to work with you. You can use data to review what has worked in the past and apply it to new jobs.

Chatbots

You’ve probably interacted with them yourself. Maybe you’ve opened a chat on your cell phone carrier to ask a question. Or maybe you’ve used the chatbots on Amazon when a package didn’t arrive on time. Chatbots are a new way for people to interact with businesses for a variety of customer service needs.

It may not occur to you right away, but there are applications for chatbots with your hiring process. Job seekers may have questions about the process, the job, or the next steps. You may miss out on great candidates because they are initiated to call your office to get clarification. A chatbot can give them the answers they need in real time.

Skills Assessments

How do you really know that your new employee has the skills they say they have? Sure, you will check their references, but that doesn’t necessarily prove they have proficiency. But there are other ways to determine the skill levels of your candidates.

Staffing agencies have been using skills assessments for a long time to verify the skills of their candidates. You can tap into that by working with a staffing service to help you source top talent so you know that the skills they have are what you’re expecting.

Communication Channels

So, chatbots aren’t the only way we’ve changed our behavior when it comes to communication. Email, texting, and social media have already become a huge aspect of our culture. And many companies are leveraging these things when it comes to hiring.

Start with your social media. Are you posting jobs on your sites like Facebook and Twitter when you have an opening? Are you engaging with your audience? Everyone who follows your page can be a potential candidates if you reach out the right way.

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Forgiveness – Can It Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2019?

January 24th, 2019

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There are a lot of concepts that help us in our careers. You know that gratitude can help you with your interpersonal interactions on the job. You also know that a positive attitude is far greater than letting negativity rule your thoughts. But have you thought about another concept and how it can help you achieve your goals? Forgiveness isn’t often considered in the workplace, but should it be? Forgiveness comes in a lot of forms. You can forgive others who have caused you both intentional or unintentional harm. You can forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made along the way. Here are a few ways forgiveness can help you achieve your goals this year.

Process Your Feelings

It’s important to understand why you feel the way you do. When someone does something that makes you feel bad or upset, why are you feeling that way? Those feelings are valid, and they’re also important. But rather than dwelling on them, the lesson of forgiveness allows you to face your feelings and then let them go so they don’t negatively affect your future interactions.

Understanding the Difference

What is important is to recognize the difference between revenge and forgiveness. Revenge sometimes feels really great in the moment, but the long-term effects can be detrimental. But to forgive, let go, and move on will give you the peace of mind you need.

Focus on Lessons Learned

Instead, take time out to think about the lessons your experience taught you. Not every experience is good and there are very bad situations that can affect you personally and professionally, but what happens when you step back and look at It objectively. Is there anything you can learn from it?

Move Forward with Positive Action

Once you are able to forgive the people who have created these negative situations for your professional life, you can move on. You don’t have to hold on to that anger or frustration. Consider what positive actions you can do to be able to move forward and accomplish your goals.

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Houston Employment Growth As Good As It’s Ever Been!

January 17th, 2019

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New jobs are being created at a breakneck pace in the Houston area. And this is a great thing for the city’s economic growth. There is great talent out there, so it’s just a matter of finding the top candidates to fill your open positions. According to economic reports from the third quarter, the region added close to 130,000 jobs over 2018. Houston has emerged as an employment leader in Texas and across the country with growth at 4.3 percent. In the state of Texas as a whole, the number was 3.3 percent. So how to Houston companies find top talent in a job-seeker driven market? Here are some ideas to help.

Make Faster Decisions

In a candidate-driven market, it’s important to make quick decisions. This doesn’t mean to make snap decisions without enough information, but you can’t take weeks or even months to choose a candidate. You risk losing your top candidates to other opportunities willing to make offers in a shorter time frame. At the very least, be sure to communicate where you are in the process frequently.

Create a Positive Candidate Experience

Another place you should focus your energy when it comes to hiring is an improved candidate experience. Candidates talk, and their recommendation about how your company treated them through the interviewing process will quickly become the narrative. Make sure that’s positive. Create standard procedures to make it positive and engaging.

Do Market Research for Salaries

One of the biggest complaints candidates have about their job search is the approach to salary. Some feel positions don’t pay what they should and others become frustrated that the salary is dependent on past jobs. Instead, research the market and determine what these roles are paying in your area and make your salary competitive to attract top talent.

Partner with a Staffing Agency

Another great way to find top talent and ensure they have a positive experience is to partner with a local Houston staffing agency. Recruiters can help you source hard to find candidates with the specific skills you need for future success. They can also handle all of the interviewing and hiring processes so you can concentrate on what you do best by running your business.

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Our Top Four Tips for Jobseekers from 2018

January 10th, 2019

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Each year we work hard to bring job seekers in the Houston area the best advice to help them in their search. Before we begin creating new content for 2019, we wanted to take a look back at the most popular and helpful tips we wrote about in 2018. Throughout the year, we focus on creating informative blog posts that will provide real-world advice to help professionals in the area find their next career move. Here are the top four tips from 2018.

1. What to say in an interview after you’ve been fired?

In March, we tackled an important subject that can affect a lot of job seekers. If you’ve been fired from your job, how do you pick yourself up and brush yourself off again to find a new job? In this post, we take a look at the ways you can approach an interview after you’ve been let go from a job.

2. What skills do you need to become more hirable?

The next month, we also wanted to showcase some of the things job seekers can do to make themselves more hirable. These are three essential soft skills that will help you sell your hard skills to a potential employer. They include an ability to listen, adaptability on the job, and leadership qualities.

3. Is empathy a useful business skill?

We also wanted to take a closer look at empathy and whether or not it is a good skill to have for business. In this post, our directors of marketing and development teamed up to take an in-depth look at the subject and provide details on what empathy is and how it can be applied to your career for success.

4. Where is the hidden job market?

Another popular post for job seekers this year was a closer look at what’s known as the hidden job market. It provided practical tips such as building relationships with recruiters, determining company decision makers, networking at industry events in the Houston area, and reconnecting with your established network.

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Our Top Five Tips for Employers from 2018

January 3rd, 2019

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What did 2018 look like for you as a business in the Dallas area? Did you accomplish your goals? Did you grow throughout the year? And what are you establishing as your goals for 2019? Before we kick off the new year completely, we thought we would take a closer look at our top posts from 2018. What were people reading about or asking about throughout the year that we could help with? Here are the top five tips we provided to employers last year.

1. How to avoid employee burnout.

Employee burnout can be a huge issue and affect not only the individual employees but your entire team. How can you spot it before it becomes a major issue in the workplace? In this post, we take a closer look at the issue and the steps you can take to address it. We include information about how it affects your company and how making it a priority will go a long way to solving the problem.

2. Addressing employee retention.

In June, we asked the question whether or not the biggest problem affecting companies is hiring or retention. We took a closer look at how retention plays a vital role in the health of a company and what happens when it isn’t addressed. We also encourage our clients to work with an agency to help maintain good hiring practices that turn into good retention

3. Asking what their last boss would say.

Interviews are always a challenge, and how do you know if the person you’re talking to would be a good fit for your company? In this post, we take a look at the question, “would your last boss hire you again.” It will give them an opportunity to talk about their success and accomplishments. It may also allow for you to see any potential red flags before making a hiring decision

4. Why do employees look for a new job?

If your employees are leaving your company, it’s important to look at what is causing their exodus. Why do employees leave? In November, we examined 5 possible reasons that your employees are dissatisfied and may begin looking for a new position, including low pay, underappreciation, and lack of advancement

5. Big growth in Texas.

Throughout the year, we took a closer look at the employment trends affecting businesses in Texas as a whole, and especially the Dallas area. In this popular post in October, we broke down some of the reasons the area is booming. Low unemployment rates and multiple growing industries help keep Dallas at the top of the nation’s list of thriving economies.

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Temporary Jobs – Can You Piece Together a Full-Time Career This Way?

December 27th, 2018

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If you’ve been out of work you’ve probably heard the suggestion to apply with a temporary staffing agency. But is working temp something that will benefit you? Not only can temporary work provide you with an income but it can also be the flexible solution you’re looking for in your career. Working temporary may just be the right answer for the kind of full-time work you’re looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Working in the gig economy.

The gig economy has been around for a long time. It often refers to individuals who work freelance or contract jobs. Some people have even taken this to a new level to work for companies that pay for small projects like driving for a rideshare or doing small tasks for others. But the primary benefit of working in the gig economy is doing the work you want when you want it. But that could also mean work isn’t available when you need it.

Working with a staffing agency.

Staffing companies provide an alternative. While you still have the ability to select only the positions you want to do, you will have the benefits of an established company backing you up. They will pay you each week you work. They can also help you with your resume and interviews to ensure that you get the assignment. For proven employees, recruiters will often go a long way to ensure you are placed on a great assignment.

Having a flexible schedule.

Either way, the flexible schedule is the primary draw. You can work your own hours or schedule whether you establish it yourself as a freelancer or partner with a recruiter to find the projects that fit within your time frame. You will be able to remain in control of how and when you work, which will give you a handle on your own work/life balance.

Work enough to make enough.

The biggest concern for anyone working in the gig economy or temporary employment is whether or not you can sustain your cost of living. People certainly make enough in the gig economy to live but it can be a hustle every day to find new work and keep things consistent. Working with a temporary staffing agency can give you a little more regularity in your pay, plus you won’t have to pay self-employment taxes when you work with a recruiter.

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Google for Jobs – Why Your Candidates Are Here

December 20th, 2018

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Google for Jobs is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool created by the popular search engine that uses their already established algorithms to help connect job seekers to employers. Google for Jobs pulls jobs from a number of different sources to allow for candidates to search for jobs right from the Google home page and even apply directly online. So how can hiring managers ensure that their job will be seen by the right audience and attract top talent? Here are some suggestions.

Why do candidates use Google for Jobs?

The beauty of Google for Jobs is that candidates often don’t realize they’re accessing it directly. They’ll simply type their job search into the Google search engine and they’ll seamlessly see a list of available jobs in the area. It makes the process easy to use, which means more job seekers will use it.

How did Google for Jobs get Started?

As with many of the technology concepts rolled out by Google, it’s designed to make searching easier. They wanted to see if they could use machine learning to match job titles and descriptions to the jobs people are searching for online.

How can you get your job listed?

As of right now, you can’t directly post a job to Google for Jobs. It is picked up by posting them on other specific job search sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, and all the others. Your technical team can set up the right schema and markup language to have Google recognize your jobs. But to make sure they are indexed by Google for Jobs, it’s important to have a clear job description and include information like the location and salary levels.

How do candidates apply?

From the applicant’s viewpoint, not much has changed. They will see the jobs pop up in their regular Google search, but as they click on the ones that interest them, they’ll be taken directly to the job site where the post was originally published. The job seeker then completes the online application process as normal.

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New Year, New Job – a Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency

December 13th, 2018

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If you’re looking for a new job this holiday season, have you considered talking with a local staffing agency to help you in your search? Dedicated recruiting professionals are always seeking qualified candidates to present for their clients’ open positions. How do you begin working with a recruiter? Here are some tips to get you started with a staffing agency this month and into the New Year.

Complete the online application process.

Most agencies utilize an online application process for initial intake. This allows them to receive your resume and additional pertinent information to help them make a match between you and an open position. Your first step to working with an agency is to complete the process thoroughly to demonstrate that you are able to follow directions and are detail oriented.

Schedule an interview with a recruiter.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the recruiter to schedule an interview. This initial phone call is as important as the face-to-face meeting as it will allow you to learn more about the agency’s process and their open positions and specializations. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions of your own.

Attend the interview and complete skills assessment.

It’s imperative if you want to build a positive relationship with your recruiter that you attend the interview. Arrive on time to make a great first impression. The recruiter will ask questions about your background to make notes that will help them find you the right placement. You will also be asked to complete skills assessments using a computer-based testing program. Some companies handle the assessments in-house while others will send you access to online testing.

Be honest throughout the process.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the entire process is to be honest. Not only do you need to be honest about your skills and background, but also about what you’re looking for in your next job. The recruiter needs the truth to make there right matches for your skills and interests. This also applies to the skills assessments. Especially when conducted online, your recruiter is trusting you to have integrity in the process.

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StrengthsFinder Series: Belief – Defined Core Values

December 6th, 2018

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Belief – People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Belief Theme in Business

Belief is a powerful tool. If you believe in your company, then you will stand beside every decision made and head into battle to reach the end goal. If you believe in your team, you will knock down doors and go through walls to ensure your teammates have the support they need, and that you are pulling your load to get the job done. If you believe in yourself, you will never be stuck in the perpetual seeking of motivation that others get tangled in throughout their professional careers and personal lives.

Emerging in Leadership

Unchanging is an incredibly powerful word. People that have Belief in their Top 5 Strength Themes will tell you that they have an unwavering sense of what is right and what is wrong. This strength manifests itself as an Executing Theme, meaning it doesn’t just sit around and wait for others to act. Belief takes action when others won’t or can’t. Belief is the driving force of a supervisor to take hold of the yoke alongside her team and push the load up and over the hill. Belief resides in the heart of the young business owner who had no clue what he was doing when he opened his doors in the Winter of 1968, but that Belief is what carried Mr. Meador and Meador Staffing Services into 50 years of business and a legacy in the city of Pasadena that will never be forgotten. It should be no surprise that 10 of our team members have the Belief theme in their top 5 strengths, with 5 of our employees having Belief as their top strength; most in a leadership role. This is the consistency and inspirational force that echoes throughout the organization.

Belief in Action

During this holiday season, belief is in the hearts of many. It is what the holidays should be about. If we stay within the realm of Clifton’s Strengthsfinder, and put on our goggles that highlight this theme, we’d see a man sitting in a chair, volunteering his time to supply joy to children as they sit on his lap and tell him their desires for Christmas morning. We would see a mother pick up multiple shifts to ensure her children get the Christmas that she knows they deserve. We would see strangers come together to provide meals for those that are not as fortunate as themselves, and thus creating a ripple of belief within those that they’ve just touched.

Our strengths are solid. They may shift a few spots with major life situations, but those that have a foundation that can’t be rocked will find Belief near the top no matter the circumstances. As we get closer to Christmas Day, and seek the joys of the holiday season with those around us; be reminded of the ultimate story of Belief. The belief that love is greater than anything. That giving is at the heart of love. “That God so loved the world that he gave…” We know the rest of the story, but it didn’t say God so loved the world that he took. So, I implore you this holiday season to put on your StrengthsFinder goggles, and be on the lookout for belief in action. Because what I believe you will find is love and kindness permeating throughout our cities. And if you look up and don’t see anything, then I encourage you to believe in something greater than only yourself, and reach out to a stranger and show them the love that you believe will change their lives for the better.

~Ryan Meador, Director of Development. Learn more about how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method in ways that will enrich the culture of your teams. Contact Ryan at rmeador@meador.com. Seminars and webinars coming soon!