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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Get Your Team to Achieve at a Higher Level

July 7th, 2016

Have you been concerned about the productivity or efficiency of your team? There could be a lot of reasons for this concern, especially in the summer months when it’s difficult to stay focused on day-to-day tasks. But if the problem doesn’t seem to be temporary, you may need to step in and make some changes. If you want your team to achieve at a higher level, here are some things you can do to improve their performance for the long term.

Make small changes.

Sometimes all it takes to re-energize your staff and convince them to achieve more is to encourage small changes. There may be some procedural items that can help kick start everyone’s creative process or something as simple as a change of scenery. Look at the little things that you can modify, processes that aren’t working, and outdated information that you can eliminate to help give everyone a quick boost in productivity. It takes time to evaluate those types of areas but take a step back and ask the team what they would fix on a small level to make their jobs more efficient.

Evaluate the team dynamics.

Building a team takes skill. If you inherited a team or if you’re not sure you’ve got the right people in the right places, take a closer look at ways you can improve. You may not need to let anyone go, just evaluate their contributions and put them in a more suitable role that will help them, and the rest of the staff, succeed. This will not only make your team more productive but improve the overall satisfaction of the misplaced employee. Set your team members up to succeed and watch them flourish!

Change your management style.

It’s not them, it’s you. If you feel like the team isn’t working to its full potential, evaluate your management style. Maybe the way you’re interacting with your employees isn’t inspiring. Maybe you’re stifling them. Ask them for feedback on what would help them work at a higher level and make those changes in yourself. Managers need to find the right balance between being completely hands-off and micromanaging.

Prepare for a long-term fix.

Finally, the situation may present itself to make major changes in your organization. If someone leaves, this might be an opportunity to hire someone more suited to the type of high-level achievements you want to accomplish. Maybe you need to change some significant behaviors or habits among your employees. Don’t be afraid to make difficult decisions if it means a stronger outcome. The alternative is continued stagnation and dissatisfaction.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact our team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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Can You Find a Job on Social Media?

June 23rd, 2016

You’ve probably heard a lot about social media as a candidate, but is it really the job search miracle it has been purported to be? In truth, you can absolutely find a new job on social media, but it requires some specific work on your part. Before you get started, there are a few things that you should know that will help you succeed in finding a job online. Here are some tips to help you out.

Contact your current connections.

Before you start making new connections, reach out to your current network. If you’re on LinkedIn, message some key people from your past. Find out what they’re up to and let them know you’re looking. People are often willing to refer past colleagues, they just need to be reminded that you’re available. An advanced tip that will make you more successful is to talk to them before you need a job and not only when you have a need.

Review online advertising.

Websites like Monster and CareerBuilder really changed the game for employment advertising. And while those websites aren’t the juggernauts that they were just a decade ago, they have spawned tons of similar resources for jobs. Search all online advertising from Indeed to Craigslist to make the most informed decisions. These websites collect a bunch of jobs and will offer a number of opportunities.

Search company website.

Also, don’t be afraid to go straight to the source. If there is a company you want to work with, make it a habit to check out their social media pages and website to see when they post new jobs online. This way you can be ready to submit your resume as soon as a match arises. You may also be able to sign up for alerts to receive emails from the company when they post jobs applicable to your skills.

Update your social profiles.

When you decide to start looking online for your next job, make sure that you are doing so with the most up to date profiles. Review your LinkedIn to make sure it has everything from your most recent position. Update your Facebook page to keep it professional and engaging. If you have a blog with great content, that can be a really attractive option to employers.

Engage with the online community.

And lastly, make sure that you are participating in the online communities. When companies use Twitter, for instance, they expect that there will be retweets and responses. Engage with them and with other readers in a positive way. Your name will become known to their social media managers, who will gladly pass you on to the hiring managers.

We will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. To work with a top temporary staffing agency in Austin TX, contact our great team of recruiters today!

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You Caught Your Employee Lying. What Should You Do?

June 16th, 2016

There are many reasons an employee might choose to lie. Sometimes it is an unhealthy defense mechanism that kicks in when they feel threatened or afraid. Or they might want to manipulate the truth to make a situation appear different than it actually happened. As a manager, if you catch an employee in the act, how do you respond? Here are a few things to do when you find out an employee has been lying.

Follow your company protocol.

Your company should already have information spelled out in an employee handbook that deals with dishonesty on the job. If not, you should work with employment experts to ensure that there is a company protocol in place. When you discover an employee has lied, follow the requirements exactly to ensure that you are treating this employee and their co-workers fairly. Documenting everything and being transparent with all decisions will only help in the long term.

Gauge the extent of the lie.

The next step is to determine the severity of the lie. Falsifying records or recording incorrect hours to receive higher pay are very serious behaviors. However, there might be smaller issues or withholding information that may not affect the business or other individuals. It is important to know what you’re dealing with before you can determine the appropriate action.

Ignore or deflect a small lie.

You do have the right to ignore lies that are not harmful. This is entirely up to you and your corporate culture. Or, you can even deflect what was said by responding with accurate information. If you do this, your employee may not realize they were caught in a lie but rather that you didn’t know they were lying and corrected them.

Discipline a big lie.

However, if there may be cases when the lie isn’t something that can be swept under the rug. For example, you might find that a new employee lied on their resume. Or they may be taking credit for someone else’s work. Or, they may be falsifying documents that affect employment or a co-worker. Depending on the action, you will need to discipline the employee appropriately.

Confront the dishonest employee.

Lastly, you want to take care in the way you confront a dishonest employee. You should not confront them in front of an audience as that can escalate the issue and you don’t know how your other employees will view it. Instead, call them into a private meeting and talk to them about what you’ve found. Allow them to share their side of the story, but be cautious since they have already demonstrated they are willing to be dishonest when talking to you.

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