Scared of a New Career? Why a Temporary Job Is the Perfect Option

October 25th, 2018

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Boo! Did we scare you? We’re not trying to, but it is the season for spooky greetings and creepy feelings. But if you’re afraid of a new career, there are quite a few things you can do to avoid the nightmare. A journey into a new career doesn’t have to feel like the twist and turns of a haunted house. Have you considered temporary work while you’re looking for the right role to come your way? Here are a few reasons a temporary job might be the perfect fit while you sort out what you want in a new career.

Try a new industry.

By working a temporary assignment, you can see what it’s like to work in a different industry. This will give you an inside look at what you would need to pursue a career in that industry as well as practical experience when you’re ready to make the professional move. You will also be able to see if it truly is something you want to do for the future.

Learn new skills.

In the same way, working temporary will give you tangible experience that you can put on your resume. Career changers are often, unfairly, viewed as a liability for companies. They may not be willing to take a chance on someone who doesn’t bring the exact experience to the table. But when you learn these skills and the background of the industry in a temporary position, this becomes part of your background when you apply for a new job.

A foot in the door.

Sometimes, that temporary position can lead to more than just experience. You may find yourself already working for the right employer. If both you and the company recognize a beneficial relationship, you may find yourself with a new permanent position in your chosen field. It is not uncommon for employers to hire from their temporary employees because they recognize the training and experience is important.

Limited commitment.

Of course, if you don’t like the job or the industry, working temporary is still to your advantage. If you dislike the project, job, or employer you only have to finish the assignment before looking for another opportunity. You can also speak with your recruiter about any challenges or concerns you have about the job while you’re there.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston TX

Are you ready to try out a new career with a temporary assignment? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for temp jobs in Houston TX.

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Building the 2019 Budget: Account for Overtime or a Staffing Agency

October 18th, 2018

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As we wind down 2018, you’re probably starting to look at your year-end budget to determine the best spend for 2019. One of the top concerns companies have is whether or not to engage in overtime or bring on temporary employees to help offset increased production or workloads. There are pros and cons to both options. So how do you know which budget to create for the coming year? Take a look at these comparisons to decide for yourself.

Talk to current staff about overtime.

Have you taken your current employee’s work/life balance into consideration when deciding how to budget for increased workload next year? A more flexible schedule is becoming increasingly important for businesses to keep in mind. Don’t try to guess. Talk to your team about what they want to accomplish the next year.

Review the financial impact.

Depending on your decision, it will impact your overall business processes. If you need to increase hours, how will this affect productivity? If you decide to bring in temporary employees, what is the increased cost? No matter what you need to do in the future, try to imagine how this will impact your budget moving forward.

What if you need help fast?

In some cases, you may need additional help quickly. How do you make sure that you balance your employees’ overtime with the increased need? Having a plan in place well before you have this immediate need will only help you spring into action when additional employees are necessary.

How to have a relationship with a recruiter.

To solve any concerns you have about overtime or temporary help, start building a relationship with a local staffing agency now. Sure, you can contact a company when you have the need, but the experience may not be seamless. When you develop a relationship with a recruiter, they will better understand your company and needs so they can help fast and accurately.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston TX

Do you want to know more about working with a staffing agency to help add short-term employees fast when you need them most? Contact Meador Staffing, a top staffing agency in Houston TX, today to learn more!

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Meador Staffing joins as Diamond Sponsor of Pasadena’s Taste of the Town event

October 16th, 2018

Meador Staffing has joined once again as a sponsor for the 2018 Taste of the Town event hosted by the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. We will be there to support PISD, and our team will be at the Meador booth with info about current jobs, ways we can help you find candidates, and you know that our team is always up for a good excuse to have some fun! You’re going to LOVE our booth!

Serving as the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce’s signature event, Taste of the Town pleases the palate and the pocketbook. Approximately 30-area restaurants come together in one location and dish up samples of their most mouthwatering cuisine. Attendees can participate in a live auction vying for one-of-a-kind items. Auction items and packages are put together with donations from Chamber members and various entities in the community. Revenue earned through Taste of the Town is used for a grant to support PISD teachers’ needs, student scholarships and special projects within the city.

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Pasadena Chamber Taste of the Town

50th Anniversary Commemorative Magazine Now Online

October 15th, 2018

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For Immediate Release: HONORS, KEY TO THE CITY, PROCLAMATIONS GIVEN AT MEADOR STAFFING 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

October 12th, 2018

HONORS, KEY TO THE CITY, PROCLAMATIONS GIVEN AT MEADOR STAFFING 50TH ANNIVERSARY EVENT

 

Economic Alliance Houston Port Region and Pasadena Chamber of Commerce join Meador Staffing

50th anniversary event honoring five men who contributed to Pasadena, TX history.

 

Pasadena, TX— 10/11/18Ben Meador, CEO/Chairman and Melinda Torrison, President/COO of Meador Staffing host 50th anniversary event at Pasadena Convention Center on October 4th, 2018. The event featured the accomplishments of five men who were central to the history of Pasadena, Texas. John Phelps, Bill Bailey, Don Carpenter, Ben Meador, and John Moon were honored for their regional impact on infrastructure, the economy, transportation, business, as well as community initiatives. Along with 500 guests, the event brought together local elected officials, current and former employees, clients and the families of the honored men.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and Economic Alliance Houston Port Region joined Meador Staffing in sourcing event needs only from local vendors, educational facilities, and businesses in an effort to give back to the community.

“The Five, as they have been called, were an integral part of the major civic achievements

of their generation.” -Cristina Womack, President/CEO of Pasadena Chamber of Commerce.”

During the event, October 4th was declared “Meador Staffing Service Day” by proclamation through the Harris County Commissioner-Precinct 2, City of Deer Park, City of LaPorte, and City of Pasadena. A highlight of the event was also a congratulatory letter from Senator Ted Cruz, Certificate of Congressional Recognition with a flag that was flown at the U.S. Capital from U.S. Representative Brian Babin, as well as the key to the city from Jeff Wagner, Mayor of Pasadena.

Since 1968, the team at Meador Staffing Services has been matching quality candidates with top employers in the Houston and Bay Area, as well as across the United States. We are deliberate in our pursuit of excellence by providing quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and professional recruiting. For more information about Meador Staffing, visit www.meador.com.

The Economic Alliance Houston Port Region is a non-profit organization created in 1985 whose mission is to grow and market a vibrant regional economy through economic development, public policy, workforce development, and quality of life initiatives. For more information about the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region, visit: https://www.allianceportregion.com/

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce promotes economic development and community growth to ensure the prosperity of Pasadena’s businesses and citizens. For more information about the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce, visit: https://www.pasadenachamber.org/

Press Contact:

Heather Wright

Director of Marketing

Meador Staffing Services

713.986.0522

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Meador Staffing 50th Press Release

The Guide to Explaining Unemployment in Your Next Job Interview

October 11th, 2018

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There are a lot of reasons you may find yourself with a job history gap on your resume. But when you’re looking for your next position, you need to be able to articulate the reasons why in order to sell yourself to a potential employer. What are some of the things that companies look for when considering your answers to why you’ve been out of a job? Here are a few ways you can explain unemployment in your next interview to improve your chances of success.

Be honest.

One important thing to note when you’re discussing a career gap with a potential employer is, to be honest. There will be no benefit to creating a false narrative that can be easily confirmed or denied through the hiring process. You can be honest, but that doesn’t mean you have to be negative. Find a way to positively talk about your experience away from the professional world.

The reasons why.

The interviewer will want to know the reason why. Did the company restructure and your role was eliminated? Were you not a good fit for the position? Did you take a leap that didn’t work out professionally? Was it your choice or the decision of your past employer? All of these will give them a better picture of why.

Be positive.

In all cases, stay positive. Half the battle when impressing a potential employer is your attitude. Even if you weren’t a good fit with your last company, don’t talk about how much you disliked your manager or coworkers. Don’t talk about your financial challenges or how it’s been difficult for you to find a new job.

Share what you’ve learned.

Ultimately, your job is to share with a potential employer that you’ve learned from your experience and can bring to the table to avoid similar mistakes in the future. This can be the case if you left a position willingly or if you experienced a negative situation that you need to make positive to impress a hiring manager.

Work With a Leader in Temp Services in Houston

Do you have more questions about how to handle an employment gap on your resume and in interviews? Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX, can help today.

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An open letter from Ben Meador and Melinda Torrison on our 50th Anniversary

October 8th, 2018

An open letter from our CEO/Chairman, Ben Meador and President/COO, Melinda Torrison on week two of our 50th Anniversary celebration:

To our dearest friends and family,

50 years is a long time for any business. We are honored to be one of those who have made it through so many impactful events that have caused shifts in the economy, society, and the industries that we work in.

Can you believe that since we were founded in 1968, we have experienced:

  • 11 Presidents
  • 2 Oil Booms
  • 8 Major storm flooding events
  • 2 Economic Recessions
  • 3 Major Wars

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Ben Meador and Melinda Torrison Letter

 

Go Pink Day Story – MD Anderson and the Importance of Exams

October 6th, 2018

One of our Core Values at Meador Staffing is Having a heart for the community and its people. This is something that is seen every day internally in how our employees treat each other, as well as when we are working to engage and help our own communities. This is a part of who we are and have been for 50 years.

Go Pink Breast Cancer Awareness

We wanted to share two touching stories from our team on GO PINK DAY started by the Susan G Komen Organization to raise awareness for those who are furthering the efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and those who are affected by breast cancer and these organizations. The second is about MD Anderson in Houston.

From Linda Fields, our VP of Executive Search: MD Anderson Cancer Center and the importance of exams

“I am going to share my daughters story that she posted on her Facebook for awareness to others. It was posted in October 2017. She is my only daughter and my best friend. She was an employee of Meador for 19 years. Yesterday,(10/4/18) was her 1 year anniversary from breast cancer surgery.

She is such a trooper she went through 6 weeks of radiation. She left her house at 5:45am to make it to MDA by 7am and made it back to work by 8:15am. She never missed one day of work, never complained, never whined! She is just the Bomb!!!

We love, love, love MD Anderson.  We are so lucky to live in this city with such a great hospital.

Here is her story. I hope it helps others:

Tomorrow I start day one of radiation. I couldn’t decide how to begin this post. This year was a milestone birthday, the big 40. A lot of people overlook medical checkup milestones, I did…but, my mom didn’t. She made us mother-daughter mammograms, lol. I didn’t feel the need to go, you know, I had turned 40 a hot minute ago, didn’t feel any significant lumps and I have no breast cancer in my family, my gyno never felt anything odd and I go yearly, etc. I didn’t see the urgency, but I knew it was important to my mom, so I went. And there it was, Invasive Ductal Carcinoma aka Breast Cancer in my right breast, stage 1, size of a pea/peanut. After MANY tests, I underwent surgery early October, a lumpectomy and removed 6 lymph nodes. Pathology revealed they got all the cancer and that it hadn’t spread to my lymph nodes. Another test revealed its not genetic cancer, which will not be passed down, thank God, however, my girls will have to undergo early mammograms. My cancer wasn’t aggressive enough for Chemo, another blessing. However, I will have 6 weeks of radiation and 5 years at minimum of hormone blocker therapy, due to my cancer feeding off estrogen and progesterone.

I am in a good place now, been up and down, but we’re sitting good now. My family, James and all my doctors/nurses/techs at MD Anderson have been amazing. I have been tight lipped about my cancer, it was my personal decision, very few people knew. Now, I tell you my story to bring awareness to those who have the same mindset as I did, if you or anyone you know or love is 40 or over, please urge them to seek a mammogram, it can truly save a life. I’m not one to put my business on Facebook, however, I need you to know how important mammograms are for ALL women at that milestone age. I didn’t get it because I smoke, or wore the wrong bra or genetics, I JUST got cancer, no cause that they can nail down, it can happen to anyone, seriously.  Moral of the story…listen to your mom and check those boobs!!”

Learn more about Susan G Komen here

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Go Pink Day Story – The Rose

October 6th, 2018

One of our Core Values at Meador Staffing is Having a heart for the community and its people. This is something that is seen every day internally in how our employees treat each other, as well as when we are working to engage and help our own communities. This is a part of who we are and have been for 50 years.

Go pink day Meador Staffing breast cancer awareness

We wanted to share two touching stories from our team on GO PINK DAY to raise awareness for those who are furthering the efforts to find a cure for breast cancer and those who are affected by breast cancer and these organizations. The first is about  The Rose, a non-profit breast cancer organization right here in Houston.

From Darla Haygood, our VP of Community Relations: The Rose

“I met Ms. Gibbons that started the Rose through Ben’s friend John Moon at Rotary years ago. She is quite an impressive lady & if you haven’t read her book you need to.

I had the opportunity to meet Dr. Dixie Mellilo years ago which is the doctor that supports & works with Ms. Gibbons at the Rose. She has treated my good friend Nell for years & is a huge animal lover supporting our six women group that formed SECHAA to bring SNAP – Spay & Neuter Assistance Program to Pasadena. They are located on the North side of Pasadena on 225.

My grandmother & my mother were both breast cancer survivors so mammograms have been part of my life for years. Last year I had a scare & Dr. Dixie was by my side at the Rose performing all types of mammograms & leading me in the right direction. The good news is that all is well.

However, in 2015 my daughter had a scare & once again we found ourselves in Dr. Dixie’s office. That is when she sat me down & discussed the importance of diet. With her guidance that started a lifestyle change & the loss of over 40 pounds. I credit her for helping me find my health again & also for helping so many in need.

The Rose takes insurance & every year that I go for my mammogram, I always make a donation because every $25 donated will give someone without insurance a mammogram.

I have a deep respect & love for The Rose & those that work behind the scenes to help others.”

You can easily donate regularly to The Rose by connecting your Kroger Rewards card here.

Learn more about The Rose here

Thank you Pasadena ISD!

October 5th, 2018

One of our dearest friends and partners is Pasadena ISD. We are so grateful to them for giving us the opportunity to share and participate in their own journey of growth, and are humbled by their very kind message and gesture at this Pasadena ISD football game!

We couldn’t be more thankful for our 50 year friendship!

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