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FREE SEMINAR: HOW TO DOCUMENT AND COUNSEL WITH SENSITIVITY

May 23rd, 2019

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SEMINAR: HOW TO DOCUMENT AND COUNSEL WITH SENSITIVITY

  • What it means to document and counsel employees with sensitivity;
  • How to document effectively and with sensitivity to business needs and avoiding the possibility of future legal claims; and
  • How to counsel employees effectively while balancing business needs and employee sensitivities.

PRESENTERS:

Cristina Portela Solomon

Cristina Portela Solomon

Cristina Portela Solomon is a partner in the labor group at Foley Gardere’s Houston office.  Cristina provides business solutions to employers seeking to be proactive in effectively managing their workforce, while complying with the numerous and complex employment laws governing the employer-employee relationship.  Cristina Solomon’s 34-year legal career has been devoted exclusively to representing management in all phases of labor and employment law.  Her clients recognize the value of practical advice that is geared toward avoiding the uncertainties of litigation and focuses on making sound business decisions and reaching early resolution.  When disputes cannot be resolved, Cristina is a seasoned trial lawyer with an excellent track record of trial successes on behalf of employers.

Michael Ryan Seminar

Michael Ryan

Michael Ryan is a labor and employment associate in Foley Gardere’s Houston office. His practice involves all aspects of employment litigation and counseling employers on a wide-range of employment matters, including hiring and firing decisions, trade secret and restrictive covenants, enforcement of personnel policies, leave issues, accommodations, drug testing laws, classification of employees and other wage and hour matters, safety regulations, and governmental investigations.

Join us for a FREE seminar at

Meador Staffing Services

722A Fairmont Parkway

Pasadena, Texas 77504

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

8:30AM – 10:30AM

RSVP by Friday, June 14, 2019 to vsmith@meador.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Do When You Get the Job Offer?

May 23rd, 2019

Getting the job offer is the easy part, right? Once you’ve gone through all the hard work of filling out applications, sending in resumes, and interviewing, the job offer is the last stop before you start working. But a job offer can be just as stressful as a job search. What should you do when you get an offer from a company before accepting a job? Here are some tips to help you out.

Take a Deep Breath

You don’t have to answer immediately. In fact, taking a deep breath before you make any decisions is always a good idea. Step back, breathe deep, and center yourself. This will help you feel more balanced and grounded, so you’ll be ready to make the big decision.

Ask for a Realistic Timeline

You need to find out how soon the employer needs a decision. It’s okay to ask for a realistic timeline. Don’t take too long or they will move on. But don’t let them make you feel pressured into making a decision in less than a day. Several days is acceptable. Use this time to review all of the most important information to move on to the next step.

Make the Right Decision for You

Accepting a job can feel like an emotional decision, but make sure you’re looking at all aspects of the situation. What is the company culture like? Is it a match for your personality? What is the work you’re doing? Is it in line with your future goals? Everything from the salary to benefits and office environment should inform you in your process.

Use a Staffing Agency for More Offers

If you want to have a crack at more possible job offers, you need to get your resume out as many places as possible. Partnering with a staffing agency can give you the advantage you need. They can connect you to more potential employers and match you with opportunities that are a good fit for your skills and background.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston TX

Are you looking for your next job offer? Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX, can help. Call us today.

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Summer Networking Tips for Your Job Search

May 9th, 2019

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It’s May, and that means the unofficial start of summer is over a long weekend later this month. Is this a good time to refresh your job search and start implementing new ideas to get you in front of the right people at the right time? Summer is a great time to get out and network now that everyone is refreshed and excited to be outside after a long winter and wet spring. Here are some things to consider when you’re adding networking into your routine this summer.

Connect on LinkedIn

If you’re not already on LinkedIn, you should be. If you are on LinkedIn, have you updated your profile lately? This online professional networking tool is the perfect way to create a living resume that even you can refer to if you ever need to update your information.

But it’s also a place where recruiters and hiring managers gather to find top talent for their open positions. If you want to be seen, you need to be available on LinkedIn by creating a complete profile and updating your status regularly.

Make a Plan

Face-to-face networking can be much scarier than online connections, so it’s a good idea to have a plan of attack before you go to a local event. If you have a goal, it’ll be much easier for you to feel comfortable in the network setting.

For example, you can challenge yourself to collect five cards from new people at the event. Or you can volunteer to help you feel useful while still making collections.

Enjoy the Weather

It’s summertime, so get outside. Every time you meet someone new, you have a networking opportunity. So, go to those Memorial Day cookouts and picnics in the park. Take time to meet new people and let them know what you do.

You never know where your next career opportunity will come from, so take time to make those connections.

Follow Up

Once you’ve made a new connection, it’s important that you follow up. Within a few days, review the business cards you’ve collected and send out an email to reintroduce yourself. Remind them where you met and why it’s significant.

You can also ask for a face-to-face meeting to discuss ideas, thoughts, and ways you can help one another. Always do this with a service mindset. Don’t just go into a meeting wondering what they can do for you, be willing to help them as well.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston

Do you want more networking opportunities this summer? Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX.

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Temp-to-Hire – Why It Helps You Learn About the Company

April 18th, 2019

If you’re looking for a new job, have you considered temp-to-hire? If you’re uncertain, it may help to know what temp-to-hire is. It’s a working relationship established by a staffing agency where you work on a temporary basis at a client site with the option to be hired permanently if everything works out. There are a lot of benefits to working a temp-to-hire job, including the ability to learn about the company. How does that work in practice? Let’s take a closer look.

No Long-Term Commitment

Temp-to-hire is exactly that. It means you begin your project on a temporary basis. You don’t have to commit long-term if you discover the position isn’t a good fit for you. If you have a problem within the position, talk to your recruiter about it. They can try to solve the problem or replace you and work on finding a new opportunity.

Making Money

Of course, even for a short-term role like a temporary position, you’re still making money. Working on a temporary basis while looking for a full-time job can give you the extra cash you need. Accepting a temp-to-hire position will give you not only the additional funds but also some glimpse into a potential future.

Inside Track on Future Job

Temp-to-hire, while it starts out on a temporary basis, is mean to convert to full time. You get to know the company and they get to know you. Both of you are looking for a permanent opportunity, so it can be a great way to take on a position to see what it’s about.

No Risk if Not a Fit

To that end, there is no risk to you if it turns out not to be a fit. The company will move on to another candidate and you can talk to your recruiter about finding a new position that might be a better opportunity. The things you learning from this temp-to-hire position can be applied in your continued search so you know what you don’t like as much as what you do like.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston

Do you think a temp-to-hire position is right for you? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX, today, to learn more about temp-to-hire jobs and more about which company is the right fit for you.

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How Can You Determine What the Real Company Culture Is?

April 4th, 2019

Just like candidates, companies want to put their best foot forward in an interview. They want their top candidates to be interested in their opportunity and working for their company. But how do you know if the company culture they have on display is genuine? You need to dig deeper to make sure you understand the kind of organization you’ll be working with once you accept the job. Here are a few ways to look past what’s on the surface to the real company culture before accepting a job offer.

Dig into the Mission Statement

Step one is to review the company mission statement. This will tell you a lot about their values as an organization. You will be able to see what they included, and what they specifically left out, from their mission to help you draw your conclusions.

You want to work with a company that has shared values. A mission statement can give you a good overview of what the company really stands for.

Ask Specific Questions

Of course, a mission statement is just an overview, so to get into the details you need to ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask pointed questions about the company culture, interactions between employees, and policies that affect overall culture.

Talk to them about how the team gets along. If there are staff lunches or activities. Ask them about the work-life balance. All of these are a great way to determine the overall company culture.

Learn About a Day in the Life

Another great question in the interview is a “day in the life.” Ask them what a day in the life of their company, and the specific position, looks like. They can give you a basic road map that can help you determine if it would be a good fit.

For example, if the company is very procedure-driven but you’re a more creative spirit, you may want to reconsider whether or not the company is a good fit for you.

Research the Company

Finally, take some time to research the company. Find out if they’ve had any news stories written about them and what light the company is most frequently painted in. You can look at employee review sites, but keep in mind that some of those posts are either sour grapes or advertisements.

The key is discernment. Don’t believe everything you read on social media, but give it a good look. Make your best determination on what is best for your career.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Houston TX

Are you looking for the right jobs at the right companies that feature the culture you want? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX, to learn how our team of recruiters can help!

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Finding a Company with a Service Culture

March 28th, 2019

Are you looking for a position with a company that is active in your community through volunteering and service? Many employees are interested in working with socially responsible companies, so looking for a team that has a service culture is the first step in finding the right fit. Cultural fit is as much about your interest and satisfaction in the company as it is their interest in you for the position. Here are some ways you can pick out a service culture before accepting a position.

Review The Website

You can find out a lot on a company website. A company wants its audience to understand their branding, and that includes their mission for service. Language around service, community, and more will be included in their about us, mission statement, and more. Don’t be afraid to research a company before you make a decision.

Look at Social Media

Social media is also a great place to see their service mindset in action. Follow the company on Twitter, Facebook, and any other service you frequent. Are they posting on social media? You’ll see the kinds of things they do for the community because they’ll want to make sure to publicize that.

Talk to Employees

You can also connect with current and former employees who worked for the company to get a sense of the overall culture. Connect with individuals on LinkedIn and ask them about their experience. Most people are excited to talk about. Be sure to mention that you’re looking to understand their culture of service.

Ask in the Interview

It’s also okay to simply ask. When you’re interviewing, you want to have some questions prepared so add this one in. For example, you can ask, “How does your company give back to the community?” or “How do you describe the culture of service in your office.”

Observe the Office Culture

While you’re there for interviews, you can also observe the overall company culture. Interact with the front desk representative. Take a look around. See how people interact with one another. This can all give you a better picture of what to expect when you’re part of that environment.

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One Step Backward, Two Steps Forward – This Could Be Your Career Path

March 14th, 2019

Changing your career path is a scary prospect, but it’s not impossible. In fact, taking a step back in order to move forward could be the best thing you do for your career. If you’re interested in changing your career and moving into another area, consider the best ways to make that happen. As you’re looking into ways to make your career move, consider these things.

Take a Step Back

It’s really okay to take a step back if it will help you move forward in something that is more fulfilling for you. The idea that you have to stay in your own lane just because those are the skills you have can be counterproductive to your overall professional wellbeing.

Professionally, it makes more sense to take a step back to gain a new perspective and be able to alter your career path to better suit your interests.

Focus on Transferable Skills

To do this, focus on your transferable skills. You may not have every single piece of knowledge required for the industry where you want to transition, but chances are much of your background can be applied. Look at the things that are universal and demonstrate the impact of your performance.

For instance, if you want to transition from administrative work to accounting, look at the things you’ve done to organize systems or even manage an executive’s expense account.

Understand it Takes Time

Of course, a career transition won’t happen overnight. You can’t necessarily quit one job and start working with another industry without a couple of steps back. But keep in mind that the work you put in advancing your current career means you don’t need to take as much time to advance the new one.

All of the basic skills of being a professional already exist in your wheelhouse. Now you just need to apply them in a new way. It’ll take time, and be patient, but it won’t take nearly as much time.

Be Open to New Ideas

You also have to understand when you’re starting in a new industry that you don’t know everything. Be willing to learn new things that can help you advance your career along this new path. Be willing to accept constructive criticism. Allow yourself to learn new things.

You also want to shed any bad habits that you’ve picked up along the way. It’s okay to admit that there is a better way to do something.

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Moving to a New Job, Industry or City Takes Courage – 4 Tips to Help!

February 28th, 2019

Moving can mean a lot of things. You can move from your childhood home to college and then into your first place as an adult. You can move from your home town to another city, maybe close by or maybe across the county. You can also move into a new job or even a new industry entirely. Any of these moves can be terrifying and they take a lot of courage, but they’re far from impossible. Here are four tips to help you make any transition more smoothly.

Recognize That You Need Help

Moving, whether it’s to a new city or a new job, doesn’t have to be solitary. You can lean on others in your circle and community to help you through the process.

For example, the internet and social media have significantly opened the borders of our spheres of influence. You can reach out to people you know in the city where you’re going on Facebook. Or you can connect with others who work at your new job on LinkedIn before you even start.

Your close friends and family can also provide support and encouragement. Don’t be afraid to let them help you.

Try Something New

When getting ready for a big leap, it’s helpful to try small leaps to test the waters. If you want to try something new, start with something small. It can build your confidence to be willing to let go and allow yourself to experience the nuance of each new situation.

For example, if skydiving sounds a little too scary, start out by going to a climbing gym. Work with the professionals there to help you learn how to do it safely and conquer your fear of trying. Then, when it comes to something bigger, you have already built your confidence and are willing to give it a shot.

Stay Positive

A positive attitude will go a long way in any situation. A new employer will welcome someone who brings a sense of joy, positivity, and willingness to be there to the table. Negative thoughts can sabotage even the best of intentions.

Work on your attitude whenever you want to try something new. Don’t think about what you can’t do, consider how you can do it. Don’t think that you don’t have enough time, reconsider your priorities. It’s not that you don’t have time to do a thing but that you don’t prioritize it. It can make all the difference to shift your thoughts.

Get Out of Your Comfort Zone

Being comfortable is the biggest enemy for change. It’s easy to want to stay wrapped in your cocoon of personal comfort, but that doesn’t allow you to grow as a person. Allow yourself to find ways to escape your comfort zone and be willing to explore new opportunities.

Personal growth is a lifelong endeavor. You don’t just reach a milestone and stop evolving. You need to keep yourself engaged in order to continue to learn new things, challenge yourself, and grow.

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Forgiveness – Can It Help You Achieve Your Goals in 2019?

January 24th, 2019

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There are a lot of concepts that help us in our careers. You know that gratitude can help you with your interpersonal interactions on the job. You also know that a positive attitude is far greater than letting negativity rule your thoughts. But have you thought about another concept and how it can help you achieve your goals? Forgiveness isn’t often considered in the workplace, but should it be? Forgiveness comes in a lot of forms. You can forgive others who have caused you both intentional or unintentional harm. You can forgive yourself for mistakes you’ve made along the way. Here are a few ways forgiveness can help you achieve your goals this year.

Process Your Feelings

It’s important to understand why you feel the way you do. When someone does something that makes you feel bad or upset, why are you feeling that way? Those feelings are valid, and they’re also important. But rather than dwelling on them, the lesson of forgiveness allows you to face your feelings and then let them go so they don’t negatively affect your future interactions.

Understanding the Difference

What is important is to recognize the difference between revenge and forgiveness. Revenge sometimes feels really great in the moment, but the long-term effects can be detrimental. But to forgive, let go, and move on will give you the peace of mind you need.

Focus on Lessons Learned

Instead, take time out to think about the lessons your experience taught you. Not every experience is good and there are very bad situations that can affect you personally and professionally, but what happens when you step back and look at It objectively. Is there anything you can learn from it?

Move Forward with Positive Action

Once you are able to forgive the people who have created these negative situations for your professional life, you can move on. You don’t have to hold on to that anger or frustration. Consider what positive actions you can do to be able to move forward and accomplish your goals.

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Can forgiveness help you achieve your career goals? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Houston TX, today, to learn how we can help shape your career!

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