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?

Do you have more questions about how to transition from one industry to another? Meador Staffing and our team of recruiters can help. Contact us today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin and the surrounding area!

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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!

 

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.

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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.

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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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