Considering A New Industry? What Do You Need to Show?

January 12th, 2017

There is no rule that says you have to start in one career and stay with it until retirement. That’s an old paradigm that many successful people are breaking every day. So, say you want to transition from one industry to another, how do you do that? Before you begin formatting your resume and sending it out to potential employers, it is important that you understand how to demonstrate your transferable skills and what else you may need to show to earn their trust and interest in you as a candidate. Here are some things to consider when transitioning your career.

Don’t rely on your job title.

You don’t have to keep that job title to show your past experience. Job titles aren’t etched in stone, and they are merely a way to classify information. Far too many candidates get caught up in the titles themselves and not the underlying information. If you’re experience has been office management but you want to move into a project management role, focus on the shares connection between your experience and the job you want. For instance: Manager with 10 Years Project Experience.

Demonstrate real benefits.

Once you’ve created the right job title or headline to help you sell yourself, you need to demonstrate the real benefits of what you have done and how these skills can transition to a new career. As an office manager, you oversaw dozens of projects even if your role wasn’t clearly defined as a project manager. Separate out the projects you supervised and focus on the tangible results you provided your employer.

Focus on results.

Speaking of results, this is the key to selling your transferable skills. Resume advice today suggests that you lean heavily on real data to help back up your experience. Don’t be afraid to show numbers, such as how much money you helped your company generate or how you streamlined a procedure to save your company time. Results are what a company wants to know, and you have them even if they don’t fit neatly in the box of the new industry.

Become an asset.

Finally, you want to show how you can take your skills and experience and transition them to the new industry. If you worked for a law firm, but you’ve discovered a love for finance, show how your experience in a legal office can benefit the new employer in ways they weren’t expecting. How can you apply your previous experience to the job description in a way that will make them interested in connecting and talking with you?

Do you have more questions about how to transition from one industry to another? Meador Staffing and our team of recruiters can help. Contact us today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin and the surrounding area!

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When Does Onboarding Stop?

January 5th, 2017

If you’re an employer, you have probably heard, and read, about the need for a good onboarding program. This opportunity to provide a company orientation to your new staff members is imperative for informing their experience overall. And to maintain good retention, it is the best investment you can make into your organization. But what is the time frame for onboarding? How do you know when their orientation ends? If you want to make the right impact for your new team members, consider everything you can offer within the first 90 days and beyond.

Be ready

Your new employee will make their impression of your company on the very first day of work. If you’re not ready for them, they’ll notice that and act accordingly. You need to ensure that the desk space is prepared. Have the computer already set up for them with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. Give them a tour of your entire facility and introduce them to key people around the office. Letting a new employee stumble through the first day is a recipe for disaster, so don’t let that happen.

Assign a mentor

A great way to provide added value to a new hire is to allow them to shadow a veteran employee. Create a mentorship program within your office where seasoned workers will help train new employees. This also keeps your current staff engaged so they don’t feel like the addition of a new employee is a threat to their position.

Assess weekly

Far too many companies wait until the first 90 days are up to do a formal review. And while this review can be helpful, much of the feedback you provide can be too little too late. If you’re not communicating with your new employee on a daily basis, at least recap with them each week. Let them know how they can improve, but also provide information about ways they’ve already contributed. Positive feedback is essential.

Ask for input

It is also important that feedback goes both ways. Ask the new employee for their input on their onboarding process, what they need or want in order to be more successful, and allow them to come to you when they have questions, concerns, or problems. Establishing positive communication patterns right from the start will be necessary or a healthy working relationship.

Focus on results

Lastly, you want to focus on the results of the onboarding process rather than the process itself. Why? Because each new employee will have a different learning curve and style and that needs to be respected. If they are shoehorned into a situation that won’t work for them, they will become disgruntled rather than engaged. Don’t focus on how they go somewhere, but whether or not the end result is what you wanted. Details can be tweaked over time.

Are you looking for great employees this year? Contact the team at Meador Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin.

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Kick Start Your Job Search in 2017 with a Temporary Job

December 29th, 2016

Does a new year mean a new career? Right after the holidays is the best time of the year to start your new job search, and one of the best ways to test the waters is a temporary position. Working with the right agency to help you find a short-term job to fill in the gap or lead to long-term employment is rewarding and beneficial in so many ways. Here are some things to think about when considering temporary work this winter.

Learning new skills.

When you work short term for a company, you will inevitably pick up some new skills. It may be as simple as a different way to do something you already mastered. Or, it may be a completely new skill set that you can take with you to your next opportunity. Whichever is the case, take full advantage of the ability to learn these new things in an environment where you are also being paid for the work you contribute.

Gaining confidence.

This benefit is especially for those who may have been out of work for a significant time. Job searching is hard work, and constant rejection can make you feel pretty low. By accepting a temporary job, you can work toward boosting your confidence in the workplace, which can help you in your continued search.

Networking with professionals.

Temp jobs are also a great place to meet new people. At the very least, you will be able to work with the decision makers in the company and they will be able to see directly what you can do to contribute. Otherwise, you may meet other individuals who will go on to other opportunities, and if you make the right impression, they will remember you.

Partnering with a recruiter.

To find these short-term temporary jobs, the first step is to apply with a staffing agency to help you. A recruiter will work with you to polish your resume, coach you for the interview process, and submit your information to jobs that are a match with your skills. They will become your advocate in situations where the candidate doesn’t often have a strong voice.

Are you looking for a temporary job in the new year? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for temp jobs in Austin and throughout Texas, to learn more today!

 

Where Does Company Safety Start? Not Where You Think

December 22nd, 2016

Some people only assume that safety is a concern for warehouse or production environments. And even then, there are some misconceptions about how to provide a safe workplace for employees. Regardless of your work environment, safety is imperative, but you may not know where to begin. Company safety doesn’t begin and end with the employees you have on staff. Here are the real areas you should be considering if you want to improve your company safety policy.

Start at the top.

Safety isn’t a bottom-up concern. In fact, it is quite the opposite. Your safety program should start with the executives of your company. They are the ones to establish policy, but also the ones who will be able to lead by example by working within the safety policies of the company. This will be an important aspect to the success of your safety program.

Communication to staff.

Your leadership should also be responsible for communicating the safety policy to everyone on staff. Safety training programs, continued education, and other aspects of a safety program should all come from the top down. Good communication skills regarding the policies and the

Policy enforcement.

By the same token, the safety policy enforcement should also come from the top. Not only should it be communicated to the staff at all levels, but the top leadership positions should be responsible for enforcing the policies for themselves and down through the management structure. This will be the best way to lead by example in the business.

Rewards for safe behavior.

To ensure that everyone is adhering to the company safety standards, a rewards program for positive behavior should be put in place. When an employee performs their duties within the safety protocol, they should be given recognition for their positive contribution. This will encourage others to also perform their jobs in a safe and effective manner.

Emphasis on importance.

Finally, it cannot be overstated that the top management should always place the emphasis on the importance of safety in the workplace. It is when organizations become complacent that accidents happen. And even in the instance where something does happen, maintaining control and following procedure will be imperative.

For any of your employment needs, contact Meador Staffing. Our awesome team of recruiters is ready to help!

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Here’s How You Get a Long-Term Job Interview

December 15th, 2016

Have you thought about working with an agency to find yourself a job? Sometimes, candidates are scared by the concept of temp work, but agencies don’t only staff for short-term jobs. Many of the jobs they work on are considered Temporary to Hire, which gives you and the client and opportunity to work together before deciding if the position is a good fit for both of you. So, if you think you want to go this route to find your next opportunity, what are the benefits for you and how do you land a long-term job interview? Let’s take a closer look.

Benefits of Temp-to-Hire

  • On the job learning. When you accept a temp-to-hire position, you’re also accepting the possibility of adding new skills to your resume. While you came to the table with the experience they needed in general, there will be additional things that the company does that are different what you’ve done in the past. This will do nothing but boost your resume long term. But it will also give you an inside advantage to this job long term.
  • Getting to know the business. During this time, you will also get to know the business in a new way. You’ll have access to the team, the technology, and the way they conduct business with each other or their clients. Most temp-to-hire opportunities have a 90-day probationary period while both you and the client get to know one another, so take advantage of this time in a positive way.
  • Support for issues as they arise. While you’re working on the temp basis, you will have the continued support of your agency recruiter. They will be in touch with you regularly regarding time sheets and more. But you can also talk with them if you have questions or concerns about the job, coworkers, the company, or the work itself. Take advantage of this support as your work the first part of your temp-to-hire position.
  • Easy transition. Lastly, a temp-to-hire role is a very easy transition between temporary work and full-time placement. The hiring company will work with the agency to transition you over to their own payroll system. In many cases, you may also get a raise in pay after the first 90 days depending on your performance or the company budget.

How to Get an Interview

When you are working with an agency, make sure your recruiter knows that you want to focus on long term placements. After you’re placed on assignment, do your homework. Learn about the company. Focus on making the best impression to ensure that once your probationary period is over, the client will consider for the permanent job.

Do you want to work temp-to-hire? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin!

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4 Tips to Create Great Incentives for Your Customer Service Team

December 8th, 2016

With the holidays right around the corner, you may be thinking of how your customer service team impacts your company’s reach to consumers. Regardless of how your company interacts with customers, these employees are the lifeblood of your business. So how can you create great incentives to show your customer service team how much they mean do your industry? Here are 4 tips to consider this season and all year long.

1. Have both team and individual awards.

When recognizing contributions to the company, be sure to pay equal attention to individual accomplishments and teamwork. You want to encourage teamwork by rewarding groups of employees who have worked well together. But you also want to recognize individual accomplishments along the way. Create a good balance that will provide encouragement, healthy competition, and working together.

2. Reward quality in attendance, professionalism, and accuracy.

There are many things you can recognize besides sales or profit. Pay attention to employees who excel at other aspects of business. Is there someone who rarely misses days of work? Reward them for attendance. Did you get good feedback from a client? Reward them for professionalism? Have they gone several months without a mistake? Reward them for accuracy.

3. Have a balance of money and non-money rewards.

Money is always a strong motivator, so make sure that you’re giving bonuses for performance or other milestones. But consider other rewards to help encourage your staff to work to their full potential. Many employees suggest that additional PTO days are even more valuable than gold. Or, provide personalized gifts that let them know you’re paying attention.

4. Ask for staff input on incentive programs.

To create a positive and robust incentive program, consider getting input from your staff. They will know what they want, know the ways they want to perform, and can help you put something together that everyone will like and aspire too. This is a great way to get people involved in the process and engaged in the activities that help them reach the company goals.

Are you looking for the right employees for your customer service team? Contact Meador Staffing today to work a leader in staffing in Texas.

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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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