Here’s How You Get a Long-Term Job Interview

December 15th, 2016

Have you thought about working with an agency to find yourself a job? Sometimes, candidates are scared by the concept of temp work, but agencies don’t only staff for short-term jobs. Many of the jobs they work on are considered Temporary to Hire, which gives you and the client and opportunity to work together before deciding if the position is a good fit for both of you. So, if you think you want to go this route to find your next opportunity, what are the benefits for you and how do you land a long-term job interview? Let’s take a closer look.

Benefits of Temp-to-Hire

  • On the job learning. When you accept a temp-to-hire position, you’re also accepting the possibility of adding new skills to your resume. While you came to the table with the experience they needed in general, there will be additional things that the company does that are different what you’ve done in the past. This will do nothing but boost your resume long term. But it will also give you an inside advantage to this job long term.
  • Getting to know the business. During this time, you will also get to know the business in a new way. You’ll have access to the team, the technology, and the way they conduct business with each other or their clients. Most temp-to-hire opportunities have a 90-day probationary period while both you and the client get to know one another, so take advantage of this time in a positive way.
  • Support for issues as they arise. While you’re working on the temp basis, you will have the continued support of your agency recruiter. They will be in touch with you regularly regarding time sheets and more. But you can also talk with them if you have questions or concerns about the job, coworkers, the company, or the work itself. Take advantage of this support as your work the first part of your temp-to-hire position.
  • Easy transition. Lastly, a temp-to-hire role is a very easy transition between temporary work and full-time placement. The hiring company will work with the agency to transition you over to their own payroll system. In many cases, you may also get a raise in pay after the first 90 days depending on your performance or the company budget.

How to Get an Interview

When you are working with an agency, make sure your recruiter knows that you want to focus on long term placements. After you’re placed on assignment, do your homework. Learn about the company. Focus on making the best impression to ensure that once your probationary period is over, the client will consider for the permanent job.

Do you want to work temp-to-hire? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin!

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What Are You Thankful For?

November 23rd, 2016

You’re getting ready for all the Thanksgiving Day trappings. Your mouth is watering just thinking of that juicy, flavorful turkey. You’ll add stuffing, and mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce to your plate. You’ll eat until you will burst with one more bite. But you’ll eat that slice of pumpkin pie with too much whip cream anyway. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about, right? Have you stopped to consider the true meaning of this harvest holiday? What are you thankful for this year? Sometimes, in order to move forward, it helps to assess where you’ve been and take a look at the best parts of your life. What do you have to be grateful for this holiday season?

  • Family and friends. Do you live far from some of your family or friends? Give them a call and tell them that you love them. Tell them why you’re grateful to have them in your life.
  • Your job. Do you say “Thank You” to your coworkers when they help you out? What about your clients or bosses? When you express gratitude in the workplace, you’ll find yourself happier and more motivated.
  • Your home and lifestyle. What do you like to do when you’re not at work? These extracurricular activities are important to ensuring your overall health and wellbeing. Be sure to set time aside during the stressful holiday seasons to enjoy what you love.

So how do you show your gratitude?

  • Pay it forward. Doing spontaneous things for others can be an easy way to feel more grateful in your life. Do good deeds when you don’t expect a reward, like paying for coffee for the person behind you in line. The more you pay it forward, the more you’ll notice the small gestures of gratitude around you.
  • Keep track of the good stuff. Another great way to be more grateful in your life is to write things down. Keep a gratitude journal or a happiness jar at your desk. Every time something good happens, write it down. When you’re having a bad day, go back to it to feel the boost of motivation to keep you going.

Meador Staffing wants to wish you and your family a very happy holiday!

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What Can You Show on Your Resume that Impresses EVERYONE?

November 10th, 2016

Your resume should never be a one-size-fits-all solution. But how do you ensure that your resume is read by the right people at the right time? To give yourself a better chance at getting that next great job, there are a few things you can include in every resume that will draw attention and impress the hiring managers. Here is what you should make sure you have on your resume today that all industries can relate to and demonstrate the real, tangible impact you make for an employer.

Hard data

The most important thing you can communicate on your resume is the data that backs up your experience. There are several ways to do this, but most importantly these should be honest and verifiable facts that can be backed up by your references or you performance. Hard data can include details on locations, experiences, and more.

Numbers

The best way to communicate this level of hard data is through numbers. Rather than state that you’ve saved your company money, quantify it. Show how your organizational system helped reduce the number of hours you needed to work on a specific, time-sensitive project. If you can add a number, do. It doesn’t have to be exact, but it should be as accurate as you ca make it.

Results

When an employer is seeking out a new member for their team it is usually because they have a problem they need to solve. This could be a replacement for a critical position or a new role that has become evident upon the evolution of the company. You want to show how your work has directly impacted the success of your previous company.

Improvements

To that end, you should also focus on the improvements that your contribution made to the company. Using the example of the organizational system, show a company that you implemented a new system that saved a certain dollar amount, improved turnaround time by a certain amount, and helped the company be more successful in the long run. Your improvement directly resulted in the improvement of the organization as a whole.

Do you need help with your resume to attract the best employers? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in temp agencies in Texas!

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5 Quotes to Keep You Motivated in Your Job Search

October 27th, 2016

Job searching can be difficult and frustrating. You feel like you’re going through all the same motions day after day, but with little reward. When you do get a bite, not every action will turn into a job offer. But job searching is sometimes a numbers game, and you have to apply to as many jobs as you’re qualified for to even get an interview. Do you need to be motivated to stick to it and keep working on finding your next dream job? Here are some words of wisdom to help you move forward.

1. “You can be absolutely afraid and completely brave in the very same moment.” – Brene Brown. One thing to know is that you’re not the first person to be in this position. And it is okay to be terrified of what happens next, but still be prepared to make it happen. Don’t let your fear paralyze you. Bravery and fear are not mutually exclusive.

2. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Cathie Black. Remember, no one is a mind reader. You can’t get the job if you don’t ask for it. You can’t negotiate the right salary if you’re not willing to start the conversation. Know that no one else is going to give you everything you want if you don’t let them know you want it.

3. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill. Employment experts often say that positivity is the most important aspect of your job search. There is a reason for that. Companies don’t want to hire someone who is negative or speaks poorly about past experiences. Instead, they want someone who is willing to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive experience.

4. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen. You have to take a chance to make a difference. That isn’t just relegated to Gandhi or Mother Theresa, but everyone can make a difference even in their own small way. Know that when you’re applying for a job, you are there to solve a specific problem. Encompass that solution and communicate it.

5. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb. Another aspect of finding the right job is to be confident. When you’re confident in your own skills and in your own skin, others will take you more seriously. You need to be confidence, but not arrogant when you’re meeting with potential employers.

Are you ready to shake up your job search and try something new? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in Texas staffing!

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How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

Are you interested in working with a qualified recruiter to help you find your next job? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies, a leading in staffing services in Houston TX.

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Be a Team Player but Don’t Get Run Over

September 29th, 2016

You would consider yourself a team player, right? But there is more to this soft skill than just playing nice with others. A team player doesn’t have to be a doormat to gain the respect of coworkers. In fact, it is critical to understand what you should and shouldn’t do as a productive member of the team. Before you make any decisions as the member of a team that can impact your ability to do your job, consider these ways to avoid becoming a pushover.

Fully understand your job and responsibilities.

Before your co-workers can take advantage of you, they must be able to perceive the cracks in your armor. The best way to avoid these cracks is to know your job and responsibilities backward and forwards. This way, you can’t be bullied into handling something that is out of your realm of responsibility. You can prepare for your response if you are ever put in a position to do something you’re not designed for or permitted to handle. Be able to point them in the right direction.

Know when to say yes and when to say no.

There will be times throughout your career when you’ll have to decide the advantages of saying yes as well as saying no. There may be occasions where saying yes to something you wouldn’t typically do could be a strategic move on your part. But there will be other times that saying no will be more beneficial. Learn the difference for your specific career path and be able to make those decisions on the fly.

Don’t back down when you take a stand.

It is important that when you say no, you stick to your convictions. There is a reason you’re not willing to do handle this aspect of the business and if you give in, you’ll only invite more opportunities for coworkers to take advantage of you. This is why it is important to pick your battles right and know when you should be taking a stand and when it make sense to let it go.

Acknowledge when helping others affects you negatively.

What is important to do is understand when helping others will negatively affect your performance, long-term goals, or social interactions at the company. It is okay to help others in your workplace, but it becomes challenging when this help is at your own expense. Let someone know that you would like to help them, but you may not be their best resource and offer to provide them with better options.

Are you looking for a great job where you can contribute as a team member? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, so contact us now!

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How to Bounce Back from Career Disappointment

August 25th, 2016

When everything is on track, you feel great about yourself. But what do you do when things get derailed? We’re not always prepared for career disappointment, so it can have a real negative effect when something doesn’t go the way you expected. And it can make everything seem bleaker. But sometimes it happens, and being prepared will be one of the best ways to bounce back quickly. Here are some ways you can recover from career disappointment.

Take a step back.

You can’t see what happened when you’re standing at the center of an explosion. When things go wrong, you need to take a step back. A fresh perspective, a new angle, or some distance between yourself and the incident will be welcomed when you’re trying to bounce back. You need to look at the situation as objectively as possible, and you can’t do it when you’re still holding the dynamite. You need to understand if you’re overestimating or underestimating the problem. Because you are emotionally invested, it feels like a big deal, but maybe it isn’t. You will need this perspective to move forward.

Talk to people you trust.

Next, get someone else’s perspective. While you may be able to take a step back, you’ll never be able to give up enough control to understand the long-term implications of your career disappointment. Talk to a trusted co-worker or a career mentor. Talk to someone who is familiar with your career who can give you advice and support.

Find a support network.

Of course, advice from coworkers, former bosses, and mentors can only go so far. You will also need personal support from trusted friends to help you get through this disappointment and out the other side. These are friends who don’t care about your career success. Friends who just want you to be happy. Go get coffee. Go for a walk in the park. Take some time to care about you and not worry about what you are going to do next.

How do you fight back from a career disappointment? Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing Agency, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn how to recover and get back to work today!

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Get the Scoop Before You Interview for Your Next Job

August 11th, 2016

You’ve sent your resume and received the all-important callback, now what? Before you step into that interview, you need to do your homework. You know to search the company and review their website. You know that you should have all of the important information about what their company does. But what else? If you want to take this to the next step, try to get the inside scoop before your meeting. Here are some ways you can do that.

Find and contact a mutual connection

Start by reviewing your network to see if you have a mutual connection. You may have a mutual friend who can put you in contact or there may be someone in your alumni association. Otherwise, the best resource is LinkedIn. You can see who you are connected with and if there is also one degree of separation from the company. Finding a mutual connection can take some work, but the effort can lead to some great results.

Communicate with complete transparency

Once you have identified someone to talk with, send them a message. You can do this directly through their email or through LinkedIn’s messaging system. Be honest about what you’re trying to accomplish. Let them know you’ve applied with the company that they are familiar with and you want to talk to them about their experience.

Offer to meet and discuss the company

Next, set up a meeting time to talk with them. If they are in the same town, offer to meet over coffee. If not, schedule a phone call or even a skype so you can ask them questions about the organization. The important thing is to avoid gossip and focus on the details of the company that will influence your decision or the company’s hiring decision.

Ask them to act as an icebreaker

If the conversation goes well, ask them to become an icebreaker between you and the company. You’ve already submitted your resume, so they could simply put in a good word about you. They may send an email to their contact to let them know that you’re a recent applicant and the company may want to take another look at your resume.

Thank them for your time

Someone took time out of their day, either professionally or personally, to help you take the next step in your career. At the least, send them a thank-you note, and it’s even better if it’s a handwritten note. You may have already taken them out for coffee, but send a gift card to a local restaurant – especially if they helped you get the job!

Are you ready for your next interview? Contact the recruiters at Meador, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to help you learn about your next potential employer today!

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Do You Know Why You Got the Job?

July 28th, 2016

After a job search, few people take in to consideration something that may turn out to be incredibly important. Why were you hired? You may just care that you were hired, but it may not be enough information to make you successful. You were the best of the best, but what exactly put you over the top? Why did the company choose you over your competition? You might be surprised to find out that this answer could positively impact your career path with your new employer, if you take the time to find out. Here are some thoughts to get you started.

Ask during the onboarding process.

The first step is to take the time to learn. Ask the hiring manager or the person training you directly. Not only will this help you get the information you need to formulate a plan for your employment, but it will demonstrate to the company that you’re attentive and interested, even though you’ve already gotten the job. This will also help making the onboarding process more of a conversation than just an information dump, and you can build a relationship with your manager, co-workers, or trainer.

Understand what skills they value most.

You brought a lot of things to the table. But which of those things were instrumental to the hiring decision? They may have advertised for an administrative professional and listed a number of qualities that would make an idea candidate. But, in the long run, you had experience in their specific industry or some additional accounting background that they found not only intriguing, but valuable.

Use it to create a plan for your role.

Once you know the reason you were hired, you can decide how to proceed. If it was your skills in accounting, even though you are working in administrative support, find out ways you can utilize these skills outside of the actual job description. This can be a way for you to showcase these skills, solve the problem they didn’t know they had, and demonstrate that you are interested in a long term career within the company.

Make the conversation go both ways.

It feels good to be appreciated. So while you’re allowing yourself to feel appreciated by your new employer, share with them your decision making process. Let them know why you accepted the job. Was it the people you would be working with? Was it the overall company environment? Was it because you could see yourself growing in the job and being challenged? This will help them better understand what to focus on in the future when they’re interviewing new candidates down the line.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Contact our team today to get started with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout the state!

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How Does Taking Care of Yourself Translate to Your Career?

July 14th, 2016

Being the best person you can be will undoubtedly translate to being a better employee. It is important that you take care of yourself not only professionally but also physically and emotionally to give yourself all of the best opportunities for success. As you determine what you need to do to advance your career, consider ensuring that you’re also spending equal time focusing on these self-care items to improve your attitude, your health, and your career success.

Sleep

Millions of Americans actually face every workday completely sleep deprived. Getting enough sleep is essential for good health. Start by giving yourself a firm bedtime. Create a routine to help you relax. Don’t eat before bed and turn off all of your media for a half an hour so your body can naturally sleep.

Exercise

On the flip side, activity is as important as inactivity in this regard. Most people avoid exercise because they claim they don’t have time. But it is essential that we make time to allow our bodies to get the right amount of exercise each and every day. That exercise will also provide more energy for the rest of your day.

Water

It is also quite possible that you’re moving through the day at some level of dehydration. The classic advice was eight 8-ounce cups of water a day. In truth, medical professionals suggest more. Men should drink 13 ounces while women should consume about nine. But since the 8/8 rule is easy to remember, start there.

Diet

Dieting has become a negative word in our culture. And, in truth, you don’t need any fad diet to remain healthy. It is more important that you’re conscientious about what you consume. Focus on finding a healthy balance that works for you long term. A healthy eating plan is easier to maintain.

Education

Your mental health is equally as important, so make sure that you are continuously learning new things. Learn about your industry, but also take time to learn about anything else that interests you. The more you read, the better your memory and retention skills become.

Travel

There is a lot of evidence to support that people who travel are more well-rounded than those who don’t. Learning about cultures helps you understand the perspectives of others even in your own back yard. Travel helps you expand your mind to new ideas and new ways of thinking.

Positivity

Lastly, take some time to consider your overall attitude. Complaining and negativity don’t serve your long-term well-being. Instead, start to think about the positive things. Keep a gratitude journal and write down the things you’re thankful for each day to start a positive habit.

At Meador Staffing, you are more than a candidate or client – you’re a member of our family.  To work with a top staffing agency in Houston, contact our great team today!

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