What Are You Thankful For?

November 23rd, 2016

You’re getting ready for all the Thanksgiving Day trappings. Your mouth is watering just thinking of that juicy, flavorful turkey. You’ll add stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce to your plate. You’ll eat until you will burst with one more bite. But you’ll eat that slice of pumpkin pie with too much whip cream anyway. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Have you stopped to consider the true meaning of this harvest holiday? What are you thankful for this year? Sometimes, in order to move forward, it helps to assess where you’ve been and take a look at the best parts of your life. What do you have to be grateful for this holiday season?

  • Family and friends. Do you live far from some of your family or friends? Give them a call and tell them that you love them. Tell them why you’re grateful to have them in your life.
  • Your job. Do you say “Thank You” to your coworkers when they help you out? What about your clients or bosses? When you express gratitude in the workplace, you’ll find yourself happier and more motivated.
  • Your home and lifestyle. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? These extracurricular activities are important to ensuring your overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to set time aside during the stressful holiday seasons to enjoy what you love.

So how do you show your gratitude?

  • Pay it forward. Doing spontaneous things for others can be an easy way to feel more grateful in your life. Do good deeds when you don’t expect a reward, like paying for coffee for the person behind you in line. The more you pay it forward, the more you’ll notice the small gestures of gratitude around you.
  • Keep track of the good stuff. Another great way to be more grateful in your life is to write things down. Keep a gratitude journal or a happiness jar at your desk. Every time something good happens, write it down. When you’re having a bad day, go back to it to feel the boost of motivation to keep you going.

Meador Staffing wants to wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

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5 Questions You Should Ask a Project Manager

November 17th, 2016

Hiring for a new project manager involves more than just typical interview questions. This individual will be responsible for the delegation of a large number of tasks, so their skills may be very different from that of any other role in your organization. Before you make a hiring decision, are you certain you’re asking the right questions to determine if the candidate is qualified? Here are 5 questions you should be asking to determine if they’re the right fit for your company.

What don’t you want to work on?

Project managers have a very specific set of processes to get the job done. By asking what it is they won’t do, you can learn even more about what kind of skills they bring to the table and whether or not they are a fit for your specific environment. What will be a deal breaker for your company when it comes to things this project manager won’t contribute to in the office or for clients?

What makes for a great project manager?

You want to dig into their brains a little deeper. What do they think are the skills that make a project manager successful? Do they possess these skills or are they simply reciting things they think you want to hear? Do they seem like they will bring more value to the table than the other candidates you’ve spoken with?

How have you become a better project manager?

Successful people learn from their mistakes. No one should come into an interview insisting they are without fault. You want to find out what they’ve done in the past and how they’ve stumbled and improved their experience for the long term. Someone who isn’t humble or can’t come up with ways they’ve become better may not be the right fit for your company.

How do you communicate with team members or clients?

One of the most important skills for a project manager is communication. Not only do they need to communicate with their own employees, but they also need to talk with clients and people in all positions at your own organization. How do they interact with people who have different levels of importance or power?

How easy is it for you delegate?

Lastly, a project manager who can’t delegate isn’t a project manager at all. Micromanagement does not help the team or the project succeed. It only demonstrates that the project manager can’t relinquish control of the tasks at hand and feel they can always do a better job. This is counter to the purpose of a project manager and will not lead to success for the project itself.

Are you looking for a project manager to add to your team? Meador Staffing is ready to find the right job candidate for your team. Contact a leader among Texas staffing agencies today!

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What Can You Show on Your Resume that Impresses EVERYONE?

November 10th, 2016

Your resume should never be a one-size-fits-all solution. But how do you ensure that your resume is read by the right people at the right time? To give yourself a better chance at getting that next great job, there are a few things you can include in every resume that will draw attention and impress the hiring managers. Here is what you should make sure you have on your resume today that all industries can relate to and demonstrate the real, tangible impact you make for an employer.

Hard data

The most important thing you can communicate on your resume is the data that backs up your experience. There are several ways to do this, but most importantly these should be honest and verifiable facts that can be backed up by your references or you performance. Hard data can include details on locations, experiences, and more.

Numbers

The best way to communicate this level of hard data is through numbers. Rather than state that you’ve saved your company money, quantify it. Show how your organizational system helped reduce the number of hours you needed to work on a specific, time-sensitive project. If you can add a number, do. It doesn’t have to be exact, but it should be as accurate as you ca make it.

Results

When an employer is seeking out a new member for their team it is usually because they have a problem they need to solve. This could be a replacement for a critical position or a new role that has become evident upon the evolution of the company. You want to show how your work has directly impacted the success of your previous company.

Improvements

To that end, you should also focus on the improvements that your contribution made to the company. Using the example of the organizational system, show a company that you implemented a new system that saved a certain dollar amount, improved turnaround time by a certain amount, and helped the company be more successful in the long run. Your improvement directly resulted in the improvement of the organization as a whole.

Do you need help with your resume to attract the best employers? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in temp agencies in Texas!

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Boring Job Candidates? Look No Farther Than Your Job Descriptions

November 4th, 2016

Are you unhappy with the quality of employees you’re getting for your open positions? The problem may not lie with the candidate pool, but with your ability to attract the right talent. If your job candidates are boring, it may be because your job description is too vague or not exciting enough. If you want to improve the quality of applicants, consider improving your job descriptions. Here are some insider ideas for writing a better job description to attract better applicants.

Sell Your Company

Just like a resume is a candidate’s sales tool, so is your job description. To attract better candidates you need to create a job description that makes applicants feel compelled to apply. That their life will not be the same if they don’t consider a chance to work with you or your company. Don’t lie, but share information that is interesting and engaging.

Showcase the Culture

Part of the sales you can do to attract new employees is to show what your company culture looks like. This doesn’t just attract better candidates, but it will attract the right ones. Culture influences every part of your organization, so the best and most productive employees are people who share your core values and work best in your environment.

Share the Benefits.

You have to show what you can give to an employee. A working relationship should never be a one-way street. Salary and basic benefits are great, but what else can you offer? Are there work from home opportunities? Do you offer options for earning additional paid time off? Can you provide benefits your competition isn’t even considering?

Be Detailed.

Vague job descriptions are also a problem. When an employee doesn’t know what the job is, they aren’t likely to apply. You are also more likely to get unqualified resumes if the job description isn’t specific enough. You don’t have to provide a laundry list of job duties, but provide enough details to paint a picture.

Make It Exciting

Now is time to get creative. How can you draw people into the description and make them want to send their resume? There are a variety of ways this can be done, and not all of them are great. Try storytelling. Telling a story engages readers, so create a narrative that will make people care about applying to your job and working for your company.

Need Help Writing Descriptions?

The employment experts at Meador Staffing can help you craft job descriptions, source potential candidates, and conduct interviews. Contact us today to learn more about work with a leader in Texas staffing.

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5 Quotes to Keep You Motivated in Your Job Search

October 27th, 2016

Job searching can be difficult and frustrating. You feel like you’re going through all the same motions day after day, but with little reward. When you do get a bite, not every action will turn into a job offer. But job searching is sometimes a numbers game, and you have to apply to as many jobs as you’re qualified for to even get an interview. Do you need to be motivated to stick to it and keep working on finding your next dream job? Here are some words of wisdom to help you move forward.

1. “You can be absolutely afraid and completely brave in the very same moment.” – Brene Brown. One thing to know is that you’re not the first person to be in this position. And it is okay to be terrified of what happens next, but still be prepared to make it happen. Don’t let your fear paralyze you. Bravery and fear are not mutually exclusive.

2. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Cathie Black. Remember, no one is a mind reader. You can’t get the job if you don’t ask for it. You can’t negotiate the right salary if you’re not willing to start the conversation. Know that no one else is going to give you everything you want if you don’t let them know you want it.

3. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill. Employment experts often say that positivity is the most important aspect of your job search. There is a reason for that. Companies don’t want to hire someone who is negative or speaks poorly about past experiences. Instead, they want someone who is willing to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive experience.

4. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen. You have to take a chance to make a difference. That isn’t just relegated to Gandhi or Mother Theresa, but everyone can make a difference even in their own small way. Know that when you’re applying for a job, you are there to solve a specific problem. Encompass that solution and communicate it.

5. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb. Another aspect of finding the right job is to be confident. When you’re confident in your own skills and in your own skin, others will take you more seriously. You need to be confidence, but not arrogant when you’re meeting with potential employers.

Are you ready to shake up your job search and try something new? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in Texas staffing!

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Are You Ready for the Upcoming Overtime Rule Changes?

October 20th, 2016

Early this year, President Obama signed a bill intended to increase the salary threshold overtime pay for millions of U.S. workers. When the bill goes into effect, the threshold for overtime pay will increase nearly double. This means any employee with any job title will be eligible to earn overtime if they do not meet the minimum pay required. The current threshold for exempt employees is currently just over $23,000 annually. The new rule will increase this to over $47,000. More employees will qualify for time and a half if they work more than 40 hours per week. Is your company ready for these new rules? Here is how you can prepare for the change coming in December 2016.

Encourage 40-hour work weeks.

The best way to avoid paying overtime for your exempt workers is to enforce 40-hour work weeks. If they do not clock overtime, you don’t need to worry about paying for additional time and a half. Not only will this help you adhere to the new rules, but it will also help improve the work/life balance of your employees.

Increase your staff.

To help reduce the need for overtime, you may want to hire additional employees within the office. Hiring another full-time employee can often be less expensive than paying overtime hours the staff you currently have employed. For example, you can hire an assistant to help senior staff work more efficiently.

Adjust cost of living raises appropriately.

There may be instances where the new overtime pay can become a de-facto raise. Rather than increasing their base salary during their year-end review, continue with their current salary and adjust pay overtime. You can both evaluate how this works over the next several months and adjust as necessary.

Work with a staffing agency.

Your staffing partner can work with you to place individuals within your business as temporary employees. They can increase your production and not your overtime hours since their employer of record is the agency, not your company. The fee you pay to the staffing company will handle the employee pay rate and any administrative costs, which may work out to less than a permanent salary.

If your organization has any staffing needs because of the upcoming overtime legislation or just has employment needs in general, don’t hesitate to contact Meador Staffing today. As a leader in temp services in Houston, we are ready to help your company!

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How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

Are you interested in working with a qualified recruiter to help you find your next job? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies, a leading in staffing services in Houston TX.

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How Can Your Company Stand Out to the Increasing Number of Independent Workers?

October 6th, 2016

One of the most interesting changes to our economy that happened since the recession and recovery is the increased number of independent workers. Freelancing, short-term projects, and on-demand employment have become a popular choice for many workers who would like control over their own schedules and careers. That means companies need to find a way to engage with these talented employees and attract them to their open positions. So how can you stand out to an independent worker? Here are some ideas to start with.

Promote excitement.

The main thing to know about independent workers is they have a choice to accept your open position or not. If they don’t, they will continue to work other freelance jobs or take another opportunity. Your role in recruiting is to convey a sense of excitement about working for your company. Why should they choose to work with you directly rather than continue their freelance career? What do you have to offer them? What benefits can you provide that they couldn’t get by continuing to work for themselves?

Encourage reviews.

Use your current staff as your liaisons to the freelance and independent contractor community. Encourage happy employees to share their stories on social media. This kind of word of mouth can be better advertising than anything you can spend money on. Your team should be happy to share their positive experiences with their friends or others in the community. Make sure they include why they like being an employee and what you have to offer that they couldn’t get if they worked independently.

Think ahead.

If you bring an independent worker on for a contract assignment and they’re doing a great job, it’s never too early to think about ways to can extend their assignment. What is the next project? How can you entice them to stay on board rather than transition to another project for another client? What can you offer that will encourage them to be a part of your team for as long as you really need them?

Ensure compliance.

Lastly, it is also critical that you do everything you can when it comes to employee classification. Working with an independent contractor can be complicated when it comes to compensation and your requirements as an employer. One way to handle this is to work with a reputable staffing agency that specializes in this kind of employment placement. They will be the employer of record and will be responsible for all of the necessary legal compliance.

Do you want to attract talented independent workers to your company? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing in Texas! 

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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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