Don’t Overthink It! 5 Strategies to Smarter Interviews

June 16th, 2017

Interviewing is stressful, there’s no doubt about that. But are you actually making it more difficult on yourself by over thinking the process? It can be easy for us to get in our own way by self-sabotaging the experience. Before your next interview, consider these tips to avoid overthinking the interview and prepare for specific questions.

Take a break from practicing.

You’ve been told over and over again that you should practice your interviewing skills. But there comes a time when the practice just becomes a broken record. Directly before your interview, take a break from your practicing. You’ve prepped, you’re ready. Now is the time to let the chips fall where they may.

Prepare a thank you note.

Many people lament that they forgot important stuff in the interview. There is good news, your thank you note can give you another chance to say what you meant to say. Before the interview, create a template for what you think will be important to include. After the interview, review it and complete it with what you learned.

Don’t get caught up in details.

Sure, details are important when you’re telling someone how much money you saved your company. But when you get caught up in too many details, you begin to lose site of the bigger picture. Consider the two or three details that are important. Then use your interview time to tell stories about your accomplishments and experience.

Learn from past mistakes.

You’ve probably had a few interviews in your life. Consider the things from past interviews that you wish you had improved. Focus on those things rather than trying to completely reinvent the wheel. This can help you feel more relaxed in your interview rather than trying to remember too many things.

Don’t stop looking.

Finally, one of the biggest mistakes that job seekers make is trying to put all their eggs in one basket. Just because you’ve had an interview that you think went great, don’t pin all your hopes on an offer from that company. Keep looking. Then, whatever happens, you’ll be prepared.

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One Skill that Helps Your Job Search Each Time

May 25th, 2017

Your job search can feel frustrating if you’ve been at it for a while. But regardless of how long you’ve spent looking for your next job, there is one skill that will help you each and every time. If you focus on this one thing, you’ll find the process of finding your next job easier. What is this magic skill? It isn’t magic at all. The one skill you need to help your job search move forward is communication. How do you improve your communication skills and use them to advance your search? Here’s how.

Write a perfect cover letter.

While most people think the resume is the most important thing you can create to enhance your job search, the cover letter may be even more important. Use your written communication skills to convey your desire for their specific position. Share why you’re interested, and why they should be interested in you. And the details matter. Make sure you address the letter directly to the hiring manager if you can get that information. Never address it “to whom it may concern.”

Create an efficient resume.

Your resume does have to be well crafted, but your communications skills come into play by determining how to get the most important information in front of a hiring manager as effectively as possible. A resume doesn’t have to be an all-encompassing document that describes every detail of your professional experience. A good resume can communicate your most important information using fewer words.

Be clear in your emails.

Throughout the process, you’ll need to send emails to foster communication, and this is the tough spot that many people get into. Email is difficult for conveying emotion or other subtleties of human communication, so you need to be sure you’re clear at all times. Restate questions, provide details to demonstrate you understand the information, and ask questions if you’re not certain about the information.

Ace your next interview.

Of course, face to face communication is also critical. If you’ve managed to communicate effectively in writing, you’ll be asked for an interview. And if your interpersonal skills aren’t as impressive as your writing, you may hit the barrier for the job. Pay attention to your body language as well as your words since your posture and handshake can communicate as much as your answers. Incorporating storytelling into your answers is a great way to engage the listener and make them want more.

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The Right Way to Put Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

May 11th, 2017

When you’ve been working short term, temporary assignments, you may be wondering how to include these on your resume. There is a right way to emphasize this experience and to sell it as a positive to a future employer. So, before you say something that might trigger a negative response, consider these ways to include temp jobs on your resume.

Demonstrate consistency.

Many times, individuals will work temporary jobs to help close the gap between full-time jobs. There is nothing wrong with expressing this on a resume. However, most experts will agree that rather than listing each individual assignment, lump it together under the headline of the staffing agency you’ve worked for. This can also show that you’re consistent in your work with one company and promote your loyalty and skills.

Show skills gained.

You should also use your short-term jobs as a way to showcase the skills you’ve learned or things you’ve accomplished. This is especially effective in a functional resume. Rather than listing each job you’ve had in chronological order, create a section at the top for your accomplishments. Use what you’ve learned in multiple jobs to help sell your skills.

Focus on determination.

Continuing to work temporary positions shows that you’re determined. Companies like to see people without gaps in their resume. So what better way to do that than to stay working even when you know it won’t be a long-term opportunity? Use this to your advantage. Show that you are dedicated to continued learning and continued employment even in the face of adversity.

Provide references.

You can also talk to your staffing agency or particularly successful clients to provide references for you when you apply for future positions. If you are a particularly loyal, skilled, or pleasant employee, they may be happy to talk to potential employers on your behalf. It shows that they had a good experience working with you and will give you more credibility to be hired.

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What Is the Goal of Your Job Search?

April 27th, 2017

Every person looking for a new job has a goal. You may not think about it in detail, but it’s there. And it’s an important part of your search. By knowing what your ultimate goal is, you can find the right job for you moving forward. So, while you’re looking, think about some of these common job search goals and determine which applies to you. If you stick to your mission and don’t allow yourself to get frustrated, you’ll find what you’re looking for.

You just want a job.

If you’re unemployed, the primary goal of your job search is probably to find a job. So how do you approach the job search when this is what you want to get out of your experience? In this case, look at all the possible options. Find a way that your experience can fit in with the needs of employers in your area.

You want a better job.

Maybe you are unhappy in your current position and you want a better job. The important thing to determine here is what constitutes “better?” What is it that you don’t like about your job? Is it your supervisor or coworkers? Is it the work that you’re doing? Is it the environment? Focus on these aspects when searching for a new job.

You want a new industry.

You could be interested in making an even broader change. Maybe you’ve been working in office administration but you want to transition to accounting because of continued education or simply an interest level. Focus on your transferable skills to find a job outside of your current role.

You want better hours or commute.

Your work/life balance may also be affected by your current job. Maybe you want more flexibility to have time at home with your family. Or maybe your commute is too extensive and creates more stress at the end of the day when you should really be able to relax with friends. Look for jobs that offer the hours you need, are closer to home, or have work from home options.

You want more money.

Of course, there is always the question of money. Do you think you’re being underpaid? Or have your expenses changed due to life circumstances? If your current company is unable, or unwilling, to provide a raise you may want to begin the process of looking for a new opportunity. Be realistic and do your homework by looking up the expected salary for your job and location on Salary.com.

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Want Monday to Feel Like Friday? Tips to Do Just That

April 13th, 2017

The common phrase is “Thank goodness it’s Friday,” but very few people say the same about Mondays. In fact, Mondays have become something of an office joke. “Someone has a case of the Mondays!” But you don’t have to live your life dreading the first day of the workweek. In fact, with just a few lifestyle changes you can make every workday feel full of hope and energy, just like Friday does. Here are some tips to help you start your week off on a positive note.

Get a good night’s sleep

One of the greatest enemies to productivity is poor sleep. While you may feel like the weekend is a good time to get out of your regular routine, but inconsistency can also have a negative effect on your workweek. On Sunday night, treat bedtime like you would on any weeknight. Go to bed at a normal time so you can wake up refreshed. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid technology after you get in bed. Keep the temperature cooler than you would during the day.

Stay hydrated

Another challenge many people have is staying hydrated. Far too many people operate in a state of constant dehydration because we aren’t as aware of our body’s need for water. Once you feel thirsty, you are already experiencing dehydration. Stay on top of your need for liquids. Focus on water rather than sugary or caffeinated beverages, which might give you a quick boost of energy but the experience will be temporary.

Plan ahead on Fridays

Many people feel like they’re scrambling on Monday to catch up on things they’ve missed over the weekend. But what if you could have a little peace of mind on Monday morning without having to work all weekend long? For the last hour of work on Friday afternoon, take some time to organize your work and make a plan so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning.

Have a positive attitude

Finally, sometimes the difference between a bad day and a good day is all in how you approach it. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you stay focused, not get down about things you can’t control, and approach your work with interest rather than frustration. In some ways, this is similar to the mindset of “fake it until you make it.” You can use your power of positivity to approach even the most boring or difficult of tasks with a fresh mind.

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Is This a Fun Place to Work? Look for This

March 30th, 2017

Where you work is as important, if not more, than what your job will entail. You can’t work effectively in an environment that makes you feel uncomfortable. More and more employers are figuring this out and working on making the office culture an integral part of the conversation. So how do you determine if a new place of employment will be a fun spot for you to work?

Talk to other employees.

The first step to determining if a company is right for you is to talk to the current employees. During the interview process, ask if you can meet with others in the department where you will be working. Ask them candid questions about why they like working for the company, their favorite things, and get a sense of their personalities to learn if this is a department you can work in.

Talk to former employees.

It is safe to assume that any current employee would speak well about the company, so it is also a good idea to talk to former employees and get a better-rounded picture. Connect with former employees on LinkedIn and ask to speak with them either over email or to get together for coffee. If more of the former employees describe the working situation as challenging rather than satisfying, you may be right to have some concerns.

Review social media.

Another place to review and see if you can find insider information is social media. Search Facebook and Twitter for mentions of the company. See what people are saying and if their impressions are overall good or bad. However, know that Facebook is often used as a place to vent, so learning to discern these comments will be an important tool as well.

Trust your gut.

Lastly, be sure to trust your instinct. If you get a bad feeling about a place during the interview process, it probably won’t go away once you’re working there. If at any point you think this isn’t the right place for you, don’t take the job. On the other hand, if the company gives you a generally good feeling, there is a good chance that this place will be a good fit for your personality.

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10 Minutes to Mindfulness Every Day

February 23rd, 2017

You may be skeptical about the practice of meditation. But, not all meditation is created equal. You might think about sitting in a lotus position, closing your eyes, concentrating on your breathing, and clearing your mind. But mindfulness meditation is not like this at all. With this method, you don’t try to turn off your brain. You embrace your thoughts and lean into them. And learning to do this can change the way you think every day. It has helped many successful people achieve the next level of their careers, and it can help you too. Here are some ways you can start a 10 minute a day mindfulness routine to help enhance the way you think.

Choose the time of day

People often try to shoehorn themselves into a schedule that doesn’t work for the natural rhythms of their bodies. The same is true with meditation. If you’re a morning person, then 10 minutes just after you wake up can be a great way to start the day. If you are more of a night owl, then 10 minutes right before settling down for the night can help calm you and establish a good routine for bedtime. Choose the time of day that works with the way your mind and body naturally work together.

Avoid technology

Mindfulness is not the same as trying not to think about anything. But in today’s connected world, technology does serve to keep us tethered to things outside ourselves and outside our control. In the morning and at night, put down technology to connect with yourself and your own thoughts better. Don’t be tempted to use a meditation app to facilitate your mindfulness, this should be a time when you are alone with your thoughts.

Stop multitasking

Another problem many modern workers have is the need to constantly multitask. There is one major problem with that idea. The human brain was never designed to multitask. We may think we are when we find ourselves pulled in many directions at once, but we are much better at focused tasks one at a time than trying to do all things at once. Don’t multitask while spending 10 minutes being mindful and you’ll begin to see how it can affect everything you do.

Check in with yourself

Once you begin a mindfulness meditation practice, check in with yourself once a week or once a month to see how you feel about it. Has it helped you make better decisions? Has it helped you slow down to accomplish things more deliberately? Does it help you keep your thoughts in check? Only you can determine the success of your new meditation routine, but it is still important to see where you are with it on a regular basis.

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The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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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?

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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!