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.

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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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How to Bounce Back from Career Disappointment

August 25th, 2016

When everything is on track, you feel great about yourself. But what do you do when things get derailed? We’re not always prepared for career disappointment, so it can have a real negative effect when something doesn’t go the way you expected. And it can make everything seem bleaker. But sometimes it happens, and being prepared will be one of the best ways to bounce back quickly. Here are some ways you can recover from career disappointment.

Take a step back.

You can’t see what happened when you’re standing at the center of an explosion. When things go wrong, you need to take a step back. A fresh perspective, a new angle, or some distance between yourself and the incident will be welcomed when you’re trying to bounce back. You need to look at the situation as objectively as possible, and you can’t do it when you’re still holding the dynamite. You need to understand if you’re overestimating or underestimating the problem. Because you are emotionally invested, it feels like a big deal, but maybe it isn’t. You will need this perspective to move forward.

Talk to people you trust.

Next, get someone else’s perspective. While you may be able to take a step back, you’ll never be able to give up enough control to understand the long-term implications of your career disappointment. Talk to a trusted co-worker or a career mentor. Talk to someone who is familiar with your career who can give you advice and support.

Find a support network.

Of course, advice from coworkers, former bosses, and mentors can only go so far. You will also need personal support from trusted friends to help you get through this disappointment and out the other side. These are friends who don’t care about your career success. Friends who just want you to be happy. Go get coffee. Go for a walk in the park. Take some time to care about you and not worry about what you are going to do next.

How do you fight back from a career disappointment? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing Agency, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn how to recover and get back to work today!

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You Promoted the Wrong Person. What Do You Do Now?

August 18th, 2016

When you run a department or an entire company, there are often a variety of difficult business decisions that need to be made. Not the least of which is how to handle an internal promotion. When you have an employee who appears capable of moving forward, it only seems natural to make that transition. But what happens when a good employee doesn’t quite fit the bill for their new promotion? If you feel like you’ve promoted the wrong person, how do you wake up from that nightmare? Here are the three directions you can take and their implications.

Hoping for the best.

One possible solution is to just turn a blind eye and hope for the best. Of course, this can come with a lot of potential destruction. If you wait to take action, you may find a lot of irreparable damage in the department from unhappy customers to disgruntled employees. One bad apple can truly spoil the whole bunch, so it may make more sense to start to take corrective action before things become impossible to fix.

Terminating their employment.

Another option is to let them go entirely You may have another member of your staff who should have been promoted instead. You can terminate the current employee and either replace them from an outside source or promote another, more competent employee. This will mean that there is no one working in the position while you backfill it, but that may still be preferable to leaving the inappropriate person in the role.

Moving them back to their old role.

Lastly, you can always make the choice to return them to their former position. This may be most useful for someone who excelled in their other role but who isn’t getting the new position. You don’t want to lose their skill or talents, but you can both acknowledge that this new position isn’t working for either of you. This can be a great solution that can make everyone happy.

Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden on your organization. When you need to fill a job opening, contact Meador Staffing! With several locations for temporary staffing throughout Texas, we can help you with any of your employment needs!

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Get the Scoop Before You Interview for Your Next Job

August 11th, 2016

You’ve sent your resume and received the all-important callback, now what? Before you step into that interview, you need to do your homework. You know to search the company and review their website. You know that you should have all of the important information about what their company does. But what else? If you want to take this to the next step, try to get the inside scoop before your meeting. Here are some ways you can do that.

Find and contact a mutual connection

Start by reviewing your network to see if you have a mutual connection. You may have a mutual friend who can put you in contact or there may be someone in your alumni association. Otherwise, the best resource is LinkedIn. You can see who you are connected with and if there is also one degree of separation from the company. Finding a mutual connection can take some work, but the effort can lead to some great results.

Communicate with complete transparency

Once you have identified someone to talk with, send them a message. You can do this directly through their email or through LinkedIn’s messaging system. Be honest about what you’re trying to accomplish. Let them know you’ve applied with the company that they are familiar with and you want to talk to them about their experience.

Offer to meet and discuss the company

Next, set up a meeting time to talk with them. If they are in the same town, offer to meet over coffee. If not, schedule a phone call or even a skype so you can ask them questions about the organization. The important thing is to avoid gossip and focus on the details of the company that will influence your decision or the company’s hiring decision.

Ask them to act as an icebreaker

If the conversation goes well, ask them to become an icebreaker between you and the company. You’ve already submitted your resume, so they could simply put in a good word about you. They may send an email to their contact to let them know that you’re a recent applicant and the company may want to take another look at your resume.

Thank them for your time

Someone took time out of their day, either professionally or personally, to help you take the next step in your career. At the least, send them a thank-you note, and it’s even better if it’s a handwritten note. You may have already taken them out for coffee, but send a gift card to a local restaurant – especially if they helped you get the job!

Are you ready for your next interview? Contact the recruiters at Meador, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to help you learn about your next potential employer today!

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Is Employee Training Worth Your Money and Your Employees’ Time?

August 4th, 2016

Employee development is an important aspect of growing your business. But is it really something that will enhance your staff’s experience and be worth their time. Not only will their training enhance their experience, it will improve your company’s productivity. There are a few things to consider before implementing a training program to ensure that everyone has equal access to training and will benefit from it. Here are things to consider.

It decreases turnover

Your staff wants to increase their knowledge base, but if you don’t offer it, they will find that kind of career development with someone else. If you are able to provide them training in a variety of things that will enhance their experience, they are far more likely to be loyal to you in the future. You will also have less turnover based on someone lacking the skills to perform their job at the highest level.

It demonstrates that you care

And, while their increased knowledge will serve your company, it will also show that you care about them as individuals. You want to ensure that each member of your staff has personalized training that is appropriate for their skill set as well as their future goals. When an employee feels valued, they will also perform to meet your highest standards.

It will improve your business

When your staff better understands their own job or improve their skills to be able to handle more functions, your business will only see a positive increase in your businesses overall performance, as well as the performance of each staff member. When both you and your employees have benefits, not only will the training improve performance but also the satisfaction.

It will make employees more flexible

If you have a more knowledgeable team, you will also find that they are more flexible in their roles. They will be able to pitch in if someone else is unable to do their job or if a special project needs attention. When they are more flexible, it also decreases the potential for burnout.

For nearly 50 years, Meador Staffing has been delivering flexible and customized staffing solutions for employers across Texas. Contact our great team today to work with a top staffing agency in Webster TX or any of our locations in the Lone Star State.

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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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