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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Think You Know Everything About Interviewing? Think Again!

June 10th, 2016

Too many job seekers go into an interview woefully unprepared. This becomes a poor reflection on the potential candidates in the market. Companies get just as frustrated and jaded when they’re not able to find the right person for their job. How can you overcome that unfair stigma? Wow them and land the job by being more prepared than your competition. Here are some ways you can make the best first impression on a company and get the job offer you’ve been wanting.

Study the job description.

You would be surprised to learn that many candidates don’t even review the job description again after they originally send their resume. In fact, many don’t thoroughly read the job posting when they send their resume either. There are subtle clues in every posting and if you can pick up on them, you’ll have an advantage over your competition.

Prepare for interview questions.

Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. There will be detailed questions about your background. There will also be behavioral questions that are designed for the interviewer to see how you react in certain common situations. Don’t just prepare for the individual questions, but consider the techniques that can help you answer any questions you’re asked. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers but have general points and thoughts so you can pull from different talking points whenever you need them.

Research the company in detail.

You’ve probably been told to research the company before the interview. So, you go to their website and read the “About” page and think you’ve got everything you need, right? Well, not exactly. By researching the company, look for mentions in the media and other information you can find. Did they contribute to a local charity? Did they make the news for something impressive and positive? Look at their social media pages for even more context.

Dress for success.

Lastly, it is important to remember to make a good visual impression. Many companies today are casual, so candidates think it will be fine to present more casually in an interview. But unless an interviewer has specifically coached you about wearing casual clothes, always err on the side of professional. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full suit, but choose a smart and professional outfit for your first face-to-face meeting with the company.

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What Can You Make “Mandatory” in a Wellness Program?

June 3rd, 2016

Many companies are looking into the implementation of wellness programs for their staff. But there are a lot of questions about how to encourage participation. You can create a weight loss challenge or host yoga in the break room. But what if you want to make something mandatory? Mandatory is a concept that often turns people off of a program, but it doesn’t have to be. As long as you’re aware of what you can’t make mandatory, it is possible to design a wellness program that everyone can participate in. Here are some things to know.

Seminars and speakers.

Educational experiences can be a great place to start. Bring in speakers to talk about wellness issues, like stress management or healthy eating, for your employees to attend. In many cases, a break from their daily work will be welcomed. And the right speaker can easily motivate someone into taking action in their own lives. You can make attendance a requirement, but you’ll have to stop short and forcing them to implement these changes unless they want to. Taking it a step further, don’t limit your seminars and speakers to just physical wellness. Mental and emotional wellness are two great areas that a lot of people will relate to as well.

Annual physicals and other screenings.

You can make it mandatory that your staff engage in annual physicals or other screenings throughout the year. What you can’t do is then utilize this information to make employment-related decisions. But, if it keeps your employees informed about their own health, it will be a great benefit for them and the company overall. Insurance companies may require annual physicals to qualify for certain benefits.

Third-party medical questionnaires.

You can require that your staff complete medical questionnaires that are supplied by a third-party company that retains confidentiality. You cannot give out medical questionnaires yourself, as this would be a violation of HIPAA laws regarding individual medical privacy.

Additional voluntary programs.

Finally, there is no reason to avoid voluntary wellness programs. It may seem like mandatory processes will make your team healthier overall, but forcing someone to do something they don’t want to, even for their own good, rarely work and can add to stress and frustration. Allow them to pick and choose the programs that they want to participate in and you’ll see a higher success rate overall. You may think your employees want to do one thing, but you can’t predict their interest. See what they are interested in and build programs around that. When your employees create the programs, it’s much easier to get buy-in from your team.

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Get Ready to Network Throughout the Summer

May 26th, 2016

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are an explosion of color all around. The summer is a great time to feel invigorated about your work and your life in general. Use this new found energy to take a bigger stab at networking. Here are some things you can do this summer to increase your chances of finding you next professional opportunity.

Network Everywhere

Are you at a summer baseball game? Maybe you are relaxing on the beach. Or you might be heading to an outdoor festival in your town. Never underestimate the ability to meet new people wherever you are. Introduce yourself to other patrons standing in the refreshment line or next to you in the stands.

Enjoy the Weather

Get outside. The summer weather does wonders for everyone, and once you’re outside and engaged, it is easier to meet people. Go to outdoor events that are happening in your city and challenge yourself to meet at least three new people.

Learn about Current Events

If you’re not sure whether or not you can talk to strangers in the park, be prepared with knowledge of current events. Stay away from the sticky topics of politics and religion, and you’ll be just fine. You can always talk about situations happening in your community that everyone can relate to.

Don’t Be Pushy

You don’t have to lead with the fact that you’re looking for a job. In fact, it may never come up in the conversation. Simply let them know what you do and how you do it. Talk to them about what they do as well. You may be surprised by shared connections. You can also benefit from being a person who makes connections to others in your network.

Provide contact information.

And finally, make sure you always have your contact information available to give to them. You can have a personal business card that provides information about you or a website. You can include your phone number and email address or access to a LinkedIn profile. And always try to ask for a card in return.

When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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Why Workplace Bullying Is a Serious Issue

May 19th, 2016

We hear a lot today about bullying. It is an epidemic in our nation’s schools and it negatively affects not only the children being bullied but the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t limited to the school yard. Disturbing studies have shown that workplace bullying exists and is a much bigger problem than anyone previously realized. Let’s take a closer look at workplace bullying and why it is a serious issue.

Intimidating Behavior

Intimidation is a serious concern when some members of your staff may feel bullied into certain actions by more dominating personalities. It is important to know the difference between intimidation and a strong personality, but if an employee raises a concern, the onus is on you to investigate. Get information from all parties involved, including people who may have observed the communication. Taking a fact-based approach will help with the analysis.

Social Isolation

Are you seeing certain members of your staff left out of all interactions? This is often coupled with the creation of “cliques” within your work environment. If someone is being specifically shunned by others in the organization, find out why and if the reason is malicious you can take action. Everyone doesn’t have to be friends with each other, but if there is something deep-rooted then you may need to investigate.

Blaming without Cause

Far too often, individuals will blame their failings on others. If they work together in a group and the project fails, finger pointing will generally follow. However, if you’re also seeing individual blame unprompted, this could be a sign of office bullying.

Verbal Abuse and Threats

When bullying escalates, it often becomes abusive. And if it is isn’t physical, it can hard to notice if you’re not paying close attention. Verbal abuse is damaging to the recipient. Worse are threats of violence that may or may not be carried out. A violent threat should be treated as an act of aggression and proper action taken.

Public Humiliation

Bullies, whether they realize it or not, are usually responding to situations in their own life that are out of control. If they feel insecure or frustrated, they will often take this out on the people around them that they perceive as weaker. Public humiliation can be the result. Allowing members of your staff to be subjected to demeaning tasks or other humiliating situations will only breed discord in your company.

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