San Jacinto College Ground Breaking Ceremony – Engineering and Technology Center

October 5th, 2018

What better way to start the day after our 50th celebration than to again join some of our friends, partners, and state and local elected officials for the State of the College address and to celebrate the groundbreaking of their new South Campus Engineering and Technology center?

As a STEM employer and recruiting agency, this is wonderful news for the future of our community, as many bright people will benefit from this innovative campus expansion.

Congrats to San Jacinto College and thank you for inviting us to share this momentous day with you!

The journey begins…

October 4th, 2018

This event was the first of many ways we will celebrate our 50th Anniversary. A celebration with so many heartfelt moments, surprises, words of wisdom and honors. Thank you to all who were involved. It was a beautiful day! Stay tuned for more moments from our 50th Anniversary Celebration!

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Big State, Big Growth – How Much Is Job Growth in Texas?

October 4th, 2018

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Things are bigger in Texas. That’s true about a lot of things, but it is certainly the case with the current job market. The Lone Star State is currently experiencing the best job growth among the biggest states. But what does that really mean? How fast are jobs growing and what is the market like for the average job seeker? Here are some facts about the current job market and how the boom is helping people right here in our own area.

High GDP, low poverty rates.

The Texas GDP has been growing over the last decade, which demonstrates the stability of the economy in the state. There are also lower poverty rates in the city centers around the state, which means employment is up and salaries are generally competitive. Also contributing to the lower poverty rate is the affordability in cities around the state when compared to other large U.S. cities.

Low unemployment rate.

At the height of the recession, in 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.9 percent while Texas was at 8.25 percent. Since the recovery, unemployment has gone down throughout the U.S., making the national rate at 4.1 percent currently. In Texas, the current unemployment rate is 4 percent. This is low compared to other large population centers.

25 straight months of growth.

Job growth is one of the leading indicators of a strong economy, and the employment industry and economic experts have tracked 25 straight months of growth in the Texas employment arena. This makes the state a great place for business to settle as well as for professionals to find good employment.

Industries affected.

There are a variety of industries in Texas, including several that have recently discovered the state. For example, energy and oil have long been associated with the state, but now the major cities like Houston and Austin are experiencing a tech boom where major technology companies are moving into the area to take advantages of fewer business regulations and more top talent. Banking and tourism also rank high in the state.

The economy overall.

There are so many things that contribute to a strong economy in the state of Texas. The cost of living, for instance, is really playing into the success of businesses within the state. When a professional can live affordably but salaries continue to be competitive, companies can attract professionals to their offices in Texas.

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Conflict Resolution – 4 Tips to Help in a Heated Call Center Discussion

September 27th, 2018

Every call center employee knows the experience. A caller is already angry and upset before their call is answered and they’re immediately on the defensive. Often, they’ll take out their frustrations on the one person they feel has control over the situation, whether or not that’s actually true. So how do call center professionals manage conflict on customer calls? Here are four tips to help in a heated call center discussion

1. Let them vent.

The first thing is to let the customer vent about their frustrations. Sometimes, this is all they really want is for someone to listen. So regardless of whether or not it’s all relevant, let them tell you about why they’re unhappy. Listen to them and when you can ask clarifying questions to help them get to the point where you can help them.

2. Be kind.

When we are attacked, even if it isn’t personal, it’s easy to respond by getting defensive. But when dealing with angry customers on the phone, the key is to be kind and not argue with them. They don’t understand the rules of your workplace, and that isn’t their job. By not taking it personally, you can try to get to the bottom line and be kind to them when answering their questions.

3. Compromise.

In some cases, there may be ownership of the problem on all sides. But your customer just wants it fixed. If there are ways you can, try to compromise as much as possible when the issue requires advanced problem-solving needs. Even if you feel the customer is entitled to nothing, try to do what you can to give them what they need to be satisfied without compromising your company.

4. Deliver more.

If you can, try to deliver more than they’re expecting. This can go a long way toward encouraging continued customer loyalty. Consumers just want things to be easy, so if you can go above and beyond their expectations, they are much more likely to not only continue with your products or services but to refer people. You are often only as good as the last problem you solved.

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An Online Degree – How Do You Evaluate the Job Candidate?

September 20th, 2018

There was a time when seeing a degree on someone’s resume was incredibly important for hiring managers. But the world is changing, and the employment arena needed to adjust with the times. Today, more and more professionals are opting to get their degrees online, sometimes from start to finish, and sometimes as a degree completion program if they left undergrad before they finished. So how do employers evaluate a job candidate who brings an online degree to the table? Here are some practical tips.

Define the role.

Before you even begin looking at candidates for your open position, be sure that you’re properly defining it. What are the requirements and why do they exist. If you need a degree, why do you need that? Could someone also apply if they don’t have a degree but have several years related experience? How would an online degree play into their qualifications, if at all?

Create standardized criteria.

Once you define the role, create a standardized system of criteria. This way, you are able to compare apples to apples rather than trying to fit square pegs into round holes. When you create a list of all the possible criteria required for a position, do make sure you’re allowing for some variation or you’re only going to see the same candidates over and over again.

Understand the different online programs.

Of course, it is also on you to make sure you better understand online degree programs and what they mean. For example, is there a difference between a degree completion program and online courses? Does the program provide certification or a degree? Is the university accredited?

Be clear about expectations.

When you do interview, be clear about the expectations of the job. Just because someone has an online degree doesn’t mean they’re incapable to accomplish the tasks at hand. When you’re clear about the expectations, the online degree program doesn’t matter as much as the potential employee’s ability to do the work necessary for success.

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10th Anniversary of Hurricane Ike

September 13th, 2018

Ten years ago today, our Pasadena Corporate office and Deer Park location sustained serious damage from Hurricane Ike .

 

Living up to our core values of having a heart for the people and community and sense of duty to our candidates and clients, our team came together to create small miracles in the midst of our own trials.

 

 

  • Our CEO and others worked in the lobby/reception area of the Teleworld Staffing office
  • Our Pasadena Temporary Hiring division worked in the Clear Lake office from a conference room table
  • Our Direct Hire team relocated to our Pearland office
  • Our staff support team worked in a warehouse
  • A new employee with the Deer Park team and found herself learning on the job. She even invited the Deer Park team to come to her house and work from her kitchen table
  • We even set up a tent in the parking lot of the office to hand out paychecks to our temporary employees

It took us 9 months to move back in. This speaks to the tenacity, concern for the community, and dedication to others that our employees show us on a daily basis. We are so thankful for such a wonderful team!

We are praying for those on the west coast who are awaiting Hurricane Florence. Stay safe!

4 Must-Dos to Get Your Resume Past the Screening Robots

September 13th, 2018

It has been the new normal in the recruiting industry for a while that the first step of any resume submission is to a database. Recruiters will use technology to search for keywords when they are looking for the top resumes for an open position. So, your job is not only to impress the recruiter at the other end of the process but also get past the resume screening bots that can put your application in their hands. Here are a few tips to get you started.

Use simple and sharp formatting.

Just like people, computers don’t do well with huge blocks of text. It is advisable to utilize very simple and focused formatting. Creating simple bullets that will draw attention and keeping out a lot of extraneous narrative will be your best bet. You want to make sure it is easily readable, and in many cases, scannable for the system.

Add Keywords from the Job Posting

Another thing that screening robots do is search for keywords. You can find out what the appropriate words to include are by reviewing the job posting. But be cautious about overusing them. Don’t use words that don’t apply to your own background. Focus on creating good points about the skills you possess.

Be Sure to Spell Check

One thing that will often kick a resume back from the screening bots is a lack of attention to detail. This is especially true if you’re unable to catch common spelling errors or errors that might impact the way your resume is interpreted. Spell check everything. Have someone else look at your resume to catch anything you’ve missed.

Don’t Include an Objective

It may sound counterproductive, but including an objective is no longer necessary and doesn’t do anything to help screening robots select your resume. An objective can narrowly focus your resume unnecessarily. Even without resume screening robots, objectives are really no longer in fashion on resumes. Instead, replace it with a list of your accomplishments.

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Do Your Employees Fear You? Is That What You Want? How to Determine the Right Leadership Style

September 6th, 2018

It’s a tale as old as time: The angry boss barking orders at resigned employees wishing they were anywhere else but at their jobs. But is ruling with the iron fist really the best way to get good work out of your team? If your employees fear you, it may be time for some deep introspection to determine if that is, in fact, the way you want to be a leader. Here are some things to consider to determine a more productive leadership style.

Ask, don’t demand.

There is a big difference between asking and demanding. Demanding that a task is completed comes across as aggressive while asking your employee to complete a project shows that you respect their time. Asking also creates a culture of gratitude, which is contagious around an office and helps everyone stay motivated.

Let go when necessary.

There is a lot of dialogue lately around the concept of winning. But the truth is, life and business aren’t a competition. It’s important to let go of the idea that your way is the only right way and allow your team to use their own skills and abilities to complete tasks their way. If you let go of your control, you’ll also find that you’re able to concentrate on more strategic matters that come with leadership.

Really listen.

Humans tend to only listen for as long as it takes to formulate a response. That means you’re already ready to reply before you’ve heard an entire story. You may want to take a step back and hear what your employees are really saying when they’re talking with you. And your new listening skills will build more trust over time.

Leave anger behind.

If you have a short temper and use it to rule your department with an iron fist, you may find that you’re experiencing more personnel problems than you’re solving. The truth is, if you are having trouble with turnover or people following your directions, the problem might not lie with your team. You may want to figure out how to alter your own behavior to create a better system.

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Appreciating your hard work on Labor Day

September 3rd, 2018

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We have to admit, some of us miiiight have slept in a little on Labor Day. Despite the dreary weather, some of you are still out there working, though. To you, to our own teams who dedicate themselves to our clients and candidates, to all of you who work so hard to build your own version of the American Dream each day, we thank you!

Enjoy your day, relax a little if you can, and be safe in the rain!

Be Kind to Humankind Week – Remembering Hurricane Harvey by Erika Torres

August 28th, 2018

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The Meador Staffing team can often be seen out and about living out the values of the company in their everyday life. This was even more apparent during Hurricane Harvey.

As we approached the anniversary of the storm, we wanted to revisit and share some of our stories of strength, faith, and community seen throughout the aftermath from our team.

Meador Staffing Hurricane Harvey Story #1:

“My home and family were personally affected by this event, we live in Brookside Village and on Sunday, August 27th I woke up around 5am and once I stepped off the bed I realized we were surrounded in about an inch of flood water. I immediately panicked and woke up my husband and two young daughter and we evacuated as soon as we could, never looking back or realizing it would be uninhabitable for the next 5 1/2 months. We found shelter at my sister’s house that day and spent the next few days witnessing on TV how the storm savagely ripped through our city. By then our personal belongings were pretty much nonexistent all we had managed to flee with was a toiletries caddy, important documents briefcase and a hamper full of basics for our family nothing else. At one point during the storm my husband and I went borrowed a friend’s small fishing boat to go into our property unfortunately our two goats had drowned in their barn so we disposed of them properly in black bags. Next was entering inside our home through the kitchen window to try and salvage perhaps any hanging clothes and coats, we left almost empty handed. I remember feeling completely stripped away of my earthly comforts yet there was an inexplicable peace to know that it was OK because God was fulfilling our true needs as he promises he always will. Once the storm passed and the first rays of sunshine appeared in what seemed like forever then everyone began to venture out to assess the damage in their homes and community. For us it meant me staying away with our young girls while my husband and a few family members returned home to begin opening windows and the arduous work of emptying the muddy contents which included precious pictures and keepsakes, subtle reminders of all that once was. All the while the realization that life must go on and asking ourselves “now what? Who can help us demo or where will we live while rebuilding?” We didn’t think real answers would come to us so soon.

“Why are you fearful? O ye of little faith?”

By Friday, Sept 1st we had a family friends offer us their fully equipped guest apartment in a nearby neighborhood that was spared flooding. The next day I received a call from Melinda asking how we were doing and unknowing to her she was answering our other biggest concern – Rick was organizing a large crew to help demo our home the very next day! When I gave my husband the great news he was in shock and speechless and I reminded him how we could not let our faith slip away no matter what was to come. I will never be able to thank Mr. Meador’s family and the entire Meador co. enough for meeting my family in our greatest time of need by lifting us up in prayer with service and fellowship. As the first year anniversary approaches it not only becomes a time of reflection and lessons learned but also of deep gratitude. Because no matter the size of the storm and its destruction it can never destroy our heart’s desire to love unconditionally and show compassion towards each other just as our heavenly father teaches us and shows us every single day.

Never did I ask Why me? Why us? I know many have been through this before us and many went through it after us with hurricanes Irma and Maria respectively and GOD IS ALWAYS IN CONTROL. ”

-Submitted by Erika Torres, Office Coordinator