Houston Is the No. 1 Big City for New Grads

February 8th, 2018

The website Online Degrees evaluated several large U.S. cities to determine which would be the best for new college graduates. And their number one choice was our city of Houston. So if you’ve just graduated and you’re looking for a new job, or willing to relocate for one, there are plenty of reasons why Houston and the surrounding areas would be a good choice for you. Before you make your final decision, it’s helpful to do some research for yourself to see how Houston can fit your lifestyle and career. Let’s take a closer look.

Diverse culture.

The diversity of the Houston area is something to be celebrated. You know that when you find a new job in one of our area businesses, you won’t be in a homogeneous zone with others who look or think just like you. Different mindsets and cultures help challenge ourselves out of our own comfort zone, and that’s a good thing.

Big companies.

Several Fortune 500 companies call Houston their home. Energy companies, technology companies, accounting companies, and more all have their headquarters in the Houston area. The job market is open and there are plenty of opportunities for support positions as well.

Quality of life.

There is a lot to be said about the quality of life in the Houston area. There is art and culture, music, entertainment, sports, and so much more. The weather is comfortable. Yes, there was an impact from the hurricane in 2017, but Houston is a resilient city and the quality of life was never once diminished.

Affordable living.

If you do want to move to Houston for a new job just out of college, it’s also important to consider the affordability. The median rent in the area is still under $1000 per month. There are also a variety of areas and neighborhoods where you can find just what you’re looking for, whether your preferences are urban or suburban.

Are you thinking about the Houston area for a new job after you graduate? If so, contact the staffing experts at Meador, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX and the surrounding areas.

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Positive Tips for a Positive Workplace

February 2nd, 2018

We all know that positivity can make everything fall into place. Imagine you’re having a bad day. You can slip into negativity allowing everything else that happens to you to annoy you, or you can choose to have a positive outlook and overcome the negative experience. The same is true in your office every day. Some of your employees will be having a bad day and some will be having a good day. The single most important thing to affect their productivity and engagement will be the overall atmosphere of the workplace itself. So how can you have a positive workplace? Here are some tips to get you started.

Show gratitude.

Saying thank you can go a long way, and often employers don’t say it enough. But not only should you say it frequently, but you should create a culture of gratitude in your office. Gratitude is contagious, and as more people say thank you to one another, the more positive the overall atmosphere will be.

Celebrate little wins.

Most companies will celebrate the big stuff like hitting major goals or landing a huge customer. But sometimes, it’s all about the little victories. Take time to acknowledge whenever someone does something worthy of recognition. This can go a long way toward feeling appreciated on the job.

Focus on being positive.

If negative attitudes breed more negativity, then it goes without saying that positive energy will create more positive energy. So even when things go wrong, focus on the positive. How can you solve a problem? How can you stay engaged? How can you encourage your team in tough times?

Be sure to smile.

The physical act of smiling is enough to put many people at ease. We’re not saying that you have to completely change your personality or the state of your resting face, but smile when you engage with others. When you’re listening or speaking, a smile can allow the message to remain positive. You’ll notice more general smiling around the office as well.

Know the mission.

Finally, at all times, make sure you know your company’s mission and live it. Encourage others to live it as well. At Meador Staffing, we subscribe to the highest ethical and professional standards in managing a diversified and profitable human resource firm. We are engaged in providing excellence and quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and recruiting. And our values and vision support our goals.

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Is the Gig Economy the Right Move for Your Career This Year?

January 25th, 2018

What is the gig economy you’ve been hearing about? The concept has been around for quite some time, but it has been gaining popularity since the mid-2000s, after the recession. The gig economy is predicated on employees accepting shorter term jobs, freelance projects, or engaging in other forms of revenue generating business outside the traditional employer-employee relationship. And the gig economy is only expanding, so is now the right time to look for a job or could a short-term project work for you?

Do you want a traditional job?

A traditional job may still be the right solution for many people. You can take a look at the pros and cons of traditional jobs and compare them to those for contract or freelance work. For example, a traditional job can provide long-term stability, which can be important to some people depending on their family or financial needs. But the gig economy may offer different benefits.

Are you flexible with your time and finances?

When looking at your lifestyle, do you have the flexibility to enter the gig economy market? Short-term and freelance jobs may have a less reliable stream of income and inconsistency can happen month to month. But once you build up your stable of jobs or take short-term contracts, you can find a rhythm that works for you both personally and financially.

How much stability do you need?

General stability will come into play as well as you explore the gig economy. What happens when you’re not working? Some people like the time off to work on personal projects, but others would rather stay working. The gig economy is also a hustle. You may have never been a salesperson before, but if you want to find new projects you need to learn to sell yourself. And short-term or freelance jobs could end at any time without warning.

Is ownership important to you?

But one common denominator in the gig economy is that most people who thrive love the control they have over their time and productivity. This sense of ownership can overcome some of the instability of the lifestyle. With good budgeting and planning, this can be freeing. As a part of the gig economy, you work for yourself. Even when taking a short-term project, you know you have control over your time and how you dedicate yourself to the project.

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Are you interested in learning more about contract work or temporary job assignments? Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for temp jobs in Clear Lake TX.

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Diverse Mindsets Should Be a Major Goal for Your Company

January 18th, 2018

Yes, diversity is a very important part of hiring within your company. You know that cultural diversity is essential and how to determine if your actions are discriminatory. But what if there is one more key aspect you’re not thinking of when making hiring decisions? You can’t just focus on the visible diversity. What happens if everyone if your company thinks the same way? A lack of diversity in mindsets can lead to vanilla planning and stagnant growth. So how can you make hiring for diverse mindsets a priority in 2018? Here are some of the mindsets you should consider when making a hiring decision.

Disciplined

Someone who has a disciplined mind is someone who won’t stop until they reach perfection in their chosen field. These are usually people who are analytical, dedicated to data and tangible results, and able to adjust course along the way to ensure success. The disciplined mind is someone who can help some of the other mindsets stay on track for a given project.

Synthesizer

Another mindset that works well for management is the synthesizer. This person can adapt no matter what is thrown in their path. They can also make sure that others, especially those who have trouble changing their mindset, can adapt to new environments and patterns.

Creative

Every team also needs a creative mind. This is the innovator who is willing to try new things or develop new ideas even if they seem off the wall to everyone else at first. A creative mindset is an essential person to round out a company. If everyone falls into one of the other categories, you may not have what it takes to grow.

Sociable

It may sound like social is not a mindset you want in your workplace, but they are as critical as the others. Why? These are the people who interact best with others. They will be the face of your business to customers, clients, new employees, and the general public. This mindset is also respectful and can read a room and adapt to the audience.

Ethical

You also always want someone who thinks in ethical terms for your company. To this person, there is value in the idea of right and wrong and they can check your actions before your team does something that might lead to regret. The ethical mindset won’t stay quiet just because they feel their own job is at stake, so they can help you avoid costly problems in the future.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Pasadena TX

Do you want to ensure you’re hiring for diverse mindsets in your company? The team at Meador Staffing is ready to help. Contact a top staffing agency in Pasadena TX today!

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Our 5 Best Job Search Tips from 2017

January 11th, 2018

Every year, our goal is to provide the best possible information for job seekers in Texas. Whether you’re unhappy in your current role or you’re unemployed looking for a new position, we want to be a resource for advice to help you in your job search. So what were our top tips from 2017? Before we begin with new content in 2018, let’s take a look back at the top 5 posts last year.

Red flags in your job search.

There may be ample opportunity to determine a company isn’t a good fit for you before you even start. Look for these warning signs may help you make the right decision. We suggest looking at their overall communication, attitude, and reputation. Also look for any personality conflicts, a lack of clarity in the job description, and inconsistent policies.

The real truth about job searching.

We also wanted to give job seekers a sort of behind the scenes look at the truth about looking for a job. What are some of the biggest misconceptions and myths? We wanted to share why you shouldn’t apply to everything, how job hopping really affects your chances, how to find hidden opportunities, and how to follow up after applying.

How to include temp work on your resume.

If you’ve done temporary work between full-time jobs, how do you effectively put that on your resume? Since the situation is so common, we wanted to provide some insider information on the process. You can show the consistency in your work experience, new skills you learned, your overall determination, and even use the agency as a reference for your continued search.

Questions for employers that set you apart.

If you really want to make a good impression in the interviewing process, there are some questions that would set you apart from your competition. They demonstrate your interest in the job and your thoughtfulness for making a decision. Ask questions about their process for determining success, how they think the company can be improved, and why they might not choose to hire you. We’ve also offered insight as to why these questions and how to position them.

How to apply when you’re not qualified.

Of course, there may be times when you see a job ad that looks great but you’re missing some of the experience they’re looking for. What do you do? We believe there are ways to position yourself as the right candidate even if you don’t check all the boxes. In this post, we talk about how to read the job description to understand the top requirements, how to sell the skills you do have, and avoid focusing on the things you don’t bring to the table.

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What were your favorite posts from 2017 and how can we help you in the new year? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn more today.

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Our Top 5 Tips for Managers from 2017

January 4th, 2018

Every year, it’s our goal to provide quality content for job seekers and managers. In 2017, we offered plenty of advice to make managers, executives, and supervisors excel in their jobs. So what were our top 5 tips for the year? And what can you do to ensure that you’re starting 2018 off on the right foot? Before we start with more tips and ideas for the New Year, let’s take a look back at what we shared already.

1. Reduce your time to fill with better candidates.

In February, we discussed the ways that managers can reduce their overall time to hire by taking a few simple steps. These include staying in contact with a top candidate you didn’t hire, connecting on social media, and streamlining your hiring process. We also suggest that working with a staffing partner can help reduce stress and the time to hire.

2. Why employees quit and what you can do about it.

In July, we talked about the startling statistics about how many employees quit their jobs due to dissatisfaction. But this is a trend that can be altered by employers. We looked at the reasons people quit and what you can do about them. They include reasons such as a lack of personal connection, no challenge, stagnant career growth, and workplace stress.

3. How a local staffing agency can be your best partner.

But we also shared the reasons why working with a local staffing agency can boost your company’s productivity and help you hire the best and the brightest. We suggest that developing a relationship with an agency, working with a smaller specialized company, and partnering with the agency’s top executives can be a great strategy for your hiring goals.

4. The top 3 skills to look for in marketing talent.

If hiring top marketing talent is your top priority, we have you covered there as well. In April we shared some insight on the top skills that marketing professionals should bring to the table. If you focus on their understanding of analytics, their experience with content marketing systems, and their use of video, you will have an advantage in the marketplace.

5. When to stop the onboarding process for new employees.

We also took a look at the onboarding process and what it means to bring someone up to speed before declaring the process complete. We suggest that every employer be ready for their new team member on the very first day. We also encourage employers to create a mentorship program, assess the employee weekly, ask for input from the new employee, and look at the results rather than the processes of their work.

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What advice do you want to take with you into the New Year? Contact the team at Meador Staffing to learn more!

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How Volunteering Will Help Your Career

December 28th, 2017

This time of year, many people have been volunteering in their community or giving to local charities. The holiday season seems to be the perfect time for these kinds of activities. But did you know that volunteering all year long can be healthy for you and good for your career? If you want to know how volunteering can be a great professional stepping stone for you, here are just a few reasons to consider giving back to your community starting today.

It can boost your mood and self-esteem.

Did you know that volunteering was good for your health? Studies have shown that giving back to your community can help improve your heart health and reduce overall stress. While you can volunteer out of purely selfless motivations, it never hurts to have some personal benefits.

You can learn new skills.

There will always be a need for people with the very talent you possess to pitch in for local organizations. No matter what it is that you do, someone needs you to do it. At the same time, like any job, there will be intricacies that require you to adjust your skills and learn new things along the way. This can be a great resume builder for the future.

You will meet new people.

While you’re working within the community, you’ll have a chance to meet others who share similar values. These are leaders in your area that you may not have any other opportunity to meet outside this context. Networking is a skill you should build at all times, and this is an easy way to make that happen.

You can really make a difference.

Of course, we can’t talk about philanthropy and volunteering without discussing the real, tangible benefits that you’ll be providing your community. Every little bit counts, so whether you are able to contribute a small sum of money or large amounts of your time, you will be able to help individuals and organization further their mission.

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Do you want to work at a company where you can make a difference? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, today to learn more.

5 Tips to Make Office Safety a Priority This Year

December 21st, 2017

Many people don’t equate safety programs with a standard office job. They think of it is solely an issue for warehouses or fabrication jobs. But the truth is, every employer is responsible for ensuring a safe environment for their team and every employee deserves this care. So maybe you want to make office safety a priority in 2018. Here are 5 tips to get you started.

Listen to your employees.

If there are any concerns in the office, make sure you listen to your employees about them. Things can be rectified easily as long as you have knowledge of what’s happening, so keep an ear open. If you hear anything about a situation that may be unsafe for your team, do something about it immediately. That could mean anything from a physically unsafe situation to a mentally unsafe situation involving bullying or harassment.

Provide updated training.

Throughout the year, make sure you’re providing regular safety training to your team. Include situations such as fire prevention and escape, slip and fall prevention, and harassment or violence in the workplace prevention. Take everything seriously and allow for your team to learn what they need to know to remain safe in the workplace.

Invest in good office equipment.

Ergonomics is the science of how our bodies interact with our environment. It became very popular in offices a few decades ago, but with good reason. A good desk chair or keyboard set up is essential to keep your employees safe from unnecessary injury on the job. Don’t buy cheap equipment that will break down or be uncomfortable to use after only a short period of time. If you invest in good equipment, everyone can stay safe and comfortable.

Encourage proactive solutions.

One of the keys to office safety is empowerment. Empowering your team to make the right decision when necessary could make all the difference. With this in mind, encourage your team to think proactively about every solution so when a problem does come up, they can think quickly and take the appropriate action which can prevent further unsafe conditions in the workplace.

Continue throughout the year.

One challenge many companies have is that they resolve at the first of the year to implement these safety provisions, but after a few months, the interest wanes. But safety doesn’t work like that, so it’s imperative that you keep these initiatives going throughout the year. Provide continual training, incentives for safe behavior, and make safety a priority in your workplace.

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Do you want to create an environment that attracts and keeps star employees? Contact Meador Staffing today and work with a top staffing agency in Pasadena TX that is ready to help you create an awesome workplace culture.

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Is Temp-to-Hire Your Path to a Full-Time Job in 2018?

December 14th, 2017

If you’ve been in the job market you’re probably aware of temp to hire opportunities. But maybe you’ve been concerned about taking on a role like this because you’re uncertain how it would impact your career path. But there are many reasons to consider temp-to-hire. Before you kick off the New Year in 2018, consider these potential benefits to working with a staffing agency to find a temp-to-hire position for you.

It can lead to full-time work.

The ultimate goal of a temp-to-hire position is to lead to full-time work, but that doesn’t mean your work is done when you accept the job. The employer is using this time to evaluate your performance and experience to make sure you’re the right person for their permanent position. If you do a great job throughout the temporary portion, you will be offered that permanent position.

It gives you a chance to try out the job.

But the experience goes both ways. Temp-to-hire means that you also get to check out the company and the specific job to determine if it is right for you. If you have any concerns or hesitations, you can discuss it with your recruiter and work out a solution for the problem or terminate the assignment and look for something else.

It builds relationships with a recruiter.

Your recruiter becomes your employment partner. They can work with you to find the right position. If one doesn’t work out, you can use that experience to find a better match. But it will also build a long-term working relationship that can last into the future if you’re ever in the hunt for another position or you are in a position to hire for your new organization.

It can get you working faster.

Many companies approach a staffing agency before they advertise a position to the general public. This means when you are established with an agency you will hear about new positions before they are published online or through any other local channels. Your recruiter wants to have you working as quickly as possible so they will do what they can to ensure that you are not out of the job market for very long.

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Do you think temp-to-hire could be right for you? Talk to the recruiters at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Clear Lake TX, to learn more today.

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Become a Great Call Center Manager in 2018

December 7th, 2017

Did you know that managing a call center is very different than other types of management positions? In this case, you need to ensure your staff is up to date with the latest news, policies, and information, as well as manage the caller experience every day. Priorities and details may change weekly or even daily. If you want to establish your places as a top quality call center manager, here are some ways you can stand out in your field.

Manage different personalities.

There is no cookie-cutter option for call center employees. And when you’re working with a high volume of call center representatives, you’re going to be face to face with all different kinds of personality types. It’s your job as their manager to be able to work with all of them effectively and efficiently. Learning how to manage different personality types will help you flourish as a manager.

Determine the right metrics.

Management can be very reactionary, but this shouldn’t be the basis for all evaluation. Instead, make sure you’re using the right metrics to measure employee performance, employee and caller satisfaction, and other aspects of the day to day call center environment. These reports will help you see patterns over time and be able to manage appropriately.

Be solutions oriented.

Due to the nature of the job, there will undoubtedly be problems that occur in the workplace with your representatives. But rather than a kneejerk reaction, as a manager, you should be trying to determine the best solutions. Always approach a problem with the idea that it can be solved. Complaining about solutions won’t be productive for anyone.

Work with a staffing agency.

Call centers have high turnover no matter how good a manager you are. With that in mind, it’s important to establish a good relationship with a source for new valuable candidates. You can work with a staffing partner who specializes in call center placements who can help you find good replacements quickly and not impact your employee productivity.

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Are you looking for the right employees for your call center? Contact Meador Staffing today to get started on working with a top staffing agency in Pasadena TX.

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