Can You Find a Job on Social Media?

June 23rd, 2016

You’ve probably heard a lot about social media as a candidate, but is it really the job search miracle it has been purported to be? In truth, you can absolutely find a new job on social media, but it requires some specific work on your part. Before you get started, there are a few things that you should know that will help you succeed in finding a job online. Here are some tips to help you out.

Contact your current connections.

Before you start making new connections, reach out to your current network. If you’re on LinkedIn, message some key people from your past. Find out what they’re up to and let them know you’re looking. People are often willing to refer past colleagues, they just need to be reminded that you’re available. An advanced tip that will make you more successful is to talk to them before you need a job and not only when you have a need.

Review online advertising.

Websites like Monster and CareerBuilder really changed the game for employment advertising. And while those websites aren’t the juggernauts that they were just a decade ago, they have spawned tons of similar resources for jobs. Search all online advertising from Indeed to Craigslist to make the most informed decisions. These websites collect a bunch of jobs and will offer a number of opportunities.

Search company website.

Also, don’t be afraid to go straight to the source. If there is a company you want to work with, make it a habit to check out their social media pages and website to see when they post new jobs online. This way you can be ready to submit your resume as soon as a match arises. You may also be able to sign up for alerts to receive emails from the company when they post jobs applicable to your skills.

Update your social profiles.

When you decide to start looking online for your next job, make sure that you are doing so with the most up to date profiles. Review your LinkedIn to make sure it has everything from your most recent position. Update your Facebook page to keep it professional and engaging. If you have a blog with great content, that can be a really attractive option to employers.

Engage with the online community.

And lastly, make sure that you are participating in the online communities. When companies use Twitter, for instance, they expect that there will be retweets and responses. Engage with them and with other readers in a positive way. Your name will become known to their social media managers, who will gladly pass you on to the hiring managers.

We will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. To work with a top temporary staffing agency in Austin TX, contact our great team of recruiters today!

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Think You Know Everything About Interviewing? Think Again!

June 10th, 2016

Too many job seekers go into an interview woefully unprepared. This becomes a poor reflection on the potential candidates in the market. Companies get just as frustrated and jaded when they’re not able to find the right person for their job. How can you overcome that unfair stigma? Wow them and land the job by being more prepared than your competition. Here are some ways you can make the best first impression on a company and get the job offer you’ve been wanting.

Study the job description.

You would be surprised to learn that many candidates don’t even review the job description again after they originally send their resume. In fact, many don’t thoroughly read the job posting when they send their resume either. There are subtle clues in every posting and if you can pick up on them, you’ll have an advantage over your competition.

Prepare for interview questions.

Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. There will be detailed questions about your background. There will also be behavioral questions that are designed for the interviewer to see how you react in certain common situations. Don’t just prepare for the individual questions, but consider the techniques that can help you answer any questions you’re asked. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers but have general points and thoughts so you can pull from different talking points whenever you need them.

Research the company in detail.

You’ve probably been told to research the company before the interview. So, you go to their website and read the “About” page and think you’ve got everything you need, right? Well, not exactly. By researching the company, look for mentions in the media and other information you can find. Did they contribute to a local charity? Did they make the news for something impressive and positive? Look at their social media pages for even more context.

Dress for success.

Lastly, it is important to remember to make a good visual impression. Many companies today are casual, so candidates think it will be fine to present more casually in an interview. But unless an interviewer has specifically coached you about wearing casual clothes, always err on the side of professional. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full suit, but choose a smart and professional outfit for your first face-to-face meeting with the company.

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Get Ready to Network Throughout the Summer

May 26th, 2016

The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the flowers are an explosion of color all around. The summer is a great time to feel invigorated about your work and your life in general. Use this new found energy to take a bigger stab at networking. Here are some things you can do this summer to increase your chances of finding you next professional opportunity.

Network Everywhere

Are you at a summer baseball game? Maybe you are relaxing on the beach. Or you might be heading to an outdoor festival in your town. Never underestimate the ability to meet new people wherever you are. Introduce yourself to other patrons standing in the refreshment line or next to you in the stands.

Enjoy the Weather

Get outside. The summer weather does wonders for everyone, and once you’re outside and engaged, it is easier to meet people. Go to outdoor events that are happening in your city and challenge yourself to meet at least three new people.

Learn about Current Events

If you’re not sure whether or not you can talk to strangers in the park, be prepared with knowledge of current events. Stay away from the sticky topics of politics and religion, and you’ll be just fine. You can always talk about situations happening in your community that everyone can relate to.

Don’t Be Pushy

You don’t have to lead with the fact that you’re looking for a job. In fact, it may never come up in the conversation. Simply let them know what you do and how you do it. Talk to them about what they do as well. You may be surprised by shared connections. You can also benefit from being a person who makes connections to others in your network.

Provide contact information.

And finally, make sure you always have your contact information available to give to them. You can have a personal business card that provides information about you or a website. You can include your phone number and email address or access to a LinkedIn profile. And always try to ask for a card in return.

When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout Texas!

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Does Your Cover Letter Follow the New Format?

May 12th, 2016

Have you considered your cover letter lately? It could be the reason your job search has stalled. This correspondence can set the tone for your entire job search, so it needs to be on point. The modern cover letter follows a specific format that allows employers to obtain the information they need to make a decision about their next move. You want to draw them into your story and entice someone to contact you based on what you can bring to the table. Here are three ways you can format your cover letter to be ahead of your competition.

1. Get to the point.

Your job is not to extensively describe all of the many reasons they want to hire you. What you want to do is wet their appetite. You can save details of your accomplishments for the interview. Instead, start with a strong opening paragraph that will get their attention and make them want to learn more. To do this, the best strategy is to get right to the point. Let them know what you want, why you want it and what you can do to get it. Let them know how you can fit into their environment and what you can do for them. And do this all in two or three sentences.

2. Provide a notes area.

When recruiters or hiring managers are reading resumes, they like to keep all of their information in one place. Most will jot down notes right on your resume or cover letter while they’re talking with you on the phone, during an interview or as they are comparing information about the candidates. Invite them to do this on your cover letter by giving them space in the margins to easily write their thoughts down. Bring them in a little bit, but not too much as to make it obvious.

3. Sell yourself.

Finally, it is your one job to make the hiring manager know that you are the very best person to contact for this position. Use your cover letter as a way to pitch yourself. Ask questions. Provide information that will make them pick up the phone because you have shown the value you will bring to their company. And then, to seal the deal, include your contact information in the conclusion paragraph of the letter itself. This means they don’t have to look up anything to give you a call right away.

When you partner with Meador Staffing, you are gaining a career advisor. We will help you conduct an effective job search that matches your skill set and schedule. Contact our great team today to work with a leader in staffing in Clear Lake and throughout Texas.

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3 Interview Questions to Be Ready For

April 28th, 2016

Certainly, not all interviews are going to be the same. But as a job seeker, it is important to understand not just the specific details of what happens in each interview but the overall themes that will come into play. In general, there will be things employers want to know about their candidates and while the questions may be worded differently, they will be consistent across the board. So what are three of the interview questions that you should be prepared for in each interview? Here are some common concepts that appear in many interview situations.

1. What can you tell me that’s not on your resume?

Many job seekers get tripped up with this kind of question because they feel like it is an invitation to launch into their life story. While this should be a personalized response, it isn’t meant to include everything that isn’t on your resume. Instead, consider some stories you can tell about experiences you’ve had. People relate to stories, so think up some circumstances in your professional past that demonstrate how you would benefit a future employer. Engage them. Make it entertaining, interesting and appropriate. If you can tailor a soft skill that shows your value to the hiring manager through a great story, that will be a positive for your chances.

2. What salary do you expect?

Be careful, any talk about money in an initial interview can be a trap. When they ask you about money, the response shouldn’t be a specific number. If you suggest something too low, you’ll be trapped. If you suggest something too high, you’ll miss out. Instead, deflect the question appropriately. Tell them that you want to conduct the proper research into the job, now that you know more about it, and will be able to get back to them with a range. Most employers will respect this answer.

3. Why should I hire you?

A direct question like this also often throws people off guard in an interview. The employer wants to know why you think they should hire you, so put yourself in their shoes and solve their problem. Every job opening is a problem, so tap into their pain points and tell them how you are the right solution for them. Give specific examples, details, and compelling reasons to keep talking to you, asking more questions, or offering you the job.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX!

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Who Doesn’t Want a Promotion? Focus on These 3 Tips

April 14th, 2016

You will probably never hear someone say they just want to work in their same job for the rest of their lives. Everyone imagines their career can climb the corporate ladder, and yet, not everyone does. So how can you focus your skills and ambitions to land that next promotion? Before you get started, consider these three tips that can get you from where you are now to where you want to be in your career and the future.

1. Be indispensable.

There is a fine line to walk here, but the bottom line is that you need to demonstrate that you are indispensable to your company. You want to position yourself as an expert at what you do so you are the first person your bosses and co-workers approach when dealing with a specific problem. However, don’t fall into the trap to make yourself so indispensable that you are unable to take days off or refuse to do certain tasks outside the scope of your normal position. Staying humble in this area is important as well. No company or employees want to deal with some who comes across as a know-it-all.

2. Be likable.

To land your next promotion, you also need to ensure that you are someone well liked in the office. It is rare for someone to grant a promotion to a person they dislike. You don’t have to be treated like a literal door mat, but building goodwill and having an amiable personality will help you go far within the company. Be someone well-liked by all levels of the organization. This can help establish and maintain a good reputation with the people who are likely to make the decisions to promote star performers in the future.

3. Be creative.

Someone who is creative and innovative is also likely to be considered over someone who just goes through the motions or follows all of the specific guidelines. Not only should you be creative in your own job, finding new and better ways of doing what you do, you should also have some innovative strategic thinking for the future of the company itself. Organizations want to promote people who have a vision that matches the overall success of the business as a whole. They like to see employees who are committed to helping the company grow, not just employees who do enough to complete their daily tasks.

Our success stories over the years only reaffirm our core belief – people come first! Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX and throughout the rest of the Lone Star State.

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Do You Know What to Look for on a Company Website?

March 24th, 2016

As a job seeker, you’ve been told over and over again to do your research before you go into an interview. But what exactly are you looking for and how do you find it? Before your next meeting, consider these strategies for finding the right information on a company website without wasting time going down rabbit holes that won’t serve your job search.

The mission and vision statement

You will find a mission statement and the company’s overall vision usually stated clearly on the landing page, but if you dig deeper you will find a little more. What you want to know is why the company exists. What problems do they solve? How do they see themselves fitting in with the greater industry? Do the mission statement and overall vision actually get implemented when you visit during the job interview or is it just fluff?

Community involvement

Many employees today want to know their employers are in touch with the local community. What is the organization doing in relation to charity, volunteering, or community involvement? This can better help you understand if the company has the same or similar core values to you and if you’ll be a fit in their environment. There is a balance between being active and helpful in the community and going over the top by trying to promote every single thing the company does.

The target audience

It is also helpful to know how they market their products or services. Who is their target audience? How have they built their core customer base? What is their presence on social media? The more you know about how they attract new clients or conduct their business overall can help you better understand your role if you were to be hired.

How it is different from competition

Chances are, this company isn’t the only one in the area conducting this type of business. Do a compare and contrast between the websites of several of their competitors. This will give you a picture of how they are different from other companies in the same industry and why they might be a better match for you.

The company culture

Hopefully, with their website and their social media, you’ll also get a sense of their overall corporate culture. You want to see what an average day is like for the employees in the office and how they interact with others. Look at their Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more information. Review their staff bios to see if you have common interest with others in the office. You might only bring up one of those details in the interview, but that could be enough to show you did your homework and want the job.

The experts at Meador will tailor your strengths with open job positions. As a leading staffing agency in Houston TX, we have created great relationships with employers since opening in 1968. Contact our great team today to take the next step in your career.
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What Happens When You Get Promoted to Being the Boss?

March 17th, 2016

When you’re rewarded with a promotion in your current company, what happens to your former co-workers? In many cases they become your new team, and you’re thrust into a management role over individuals with whom you’ve worked closely for some time. It is no surprise this can create tension in the workplace. How do you deal effectively with your new role as boss? Here are some tips you can follow to make the transition easier.

Acknowledge the change.

There is really no point in trying to pretend like nothing’s changed. Management is a very different type of position than general employment, and it is critical that you let everyone know that you are now in a position to supervise them. This acknowledgement, instead of insisting things will continue the same as before, is the first step in building trust with your former co-workers.

Communicate your expectations.

You also need to be clear in your communications with your new team. Setting expectations early about what is required and what is not appropriate will help set the tone long term. In this process, also make sure to give your team an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions and provide feedback. Utilize that information to ensure you are a positive force. Establishing guidelines will take time and should evolve. Finding a balance between your management style and what works for your team will take time.

Don’t rule like a dictator.

While you don’t want to continue to pretend things are business as usual once you’re in a supervisor role, you also shouldn’t completely alter your personality and start ruling with an iron fist. Micromanagement is one of the biggest complaints for employees, and they will view it as a direct betrayal when it comes from someone they recently saw as one of their peers.

Address resentment.

If anyone you work with does start to act resentful for the fact that you were promoted and they weren’t, address the issue. If you do not, things could spiral out of control. Their work could suffer and you could have additional conflicts. Talk to them about their feelings and be supportive. Ignoring the issue will lead to bigger problems down the road, either through an office argument or the employee leaving the office.

Create a new network.

Now that you are no longer in the same peer group, it is important that you find a network of other managers that can be your accountability group or mentors to help address your questions along the way. Talk to the individual who was in your role before you, if they are still with the company, or join management groups online to get feedback and help you with problems.

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 great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston TX and other locations in Texas.

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Don’t Rely on Luck to Land Your Next Job

March 10th, 2016

Do you ever think if it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all? When you’re looking for a new job, what are your expectations? The truth is, a job finding you is a pretty rare situation. The most successful job seekers are the ones who take control over their search and actively participate. Rather than relying on luck to help you, consider making your own fortune. Here are several ways you can get out and make the right connections to find your next job.

Network, network, network.

People who land a new job seemingly before they took a leap are not usually lucky but are well-connected. It is important to develop a networking habit even while you’re still working so you can build a strong foundation to help you in the future. If you are currently unemployed, challenge yourself to attend a local or industry-related networking event once a week. Once you find a job, keep it up once a month. You don’t want to be the network connection that only talks when you have your hand out and need something. Help your network connections all of the time and reap the benefits when you need them.

Start a blog.

Do you have a website? If not, consider buying your own domain name to ensure that your name is associated with you and your career. Once you do, put something on the site, such as your resume, and start a blog. A blog can help position you as an expert in your industry. You’ll be surprised to find out how often recruiters search for and contact blog writers in their searches. When you do create a blog, be consistent! Create a plan and stick to it. Writing about a topic that you are passionate about will make that consistency easier to achieve.

Build your brand.

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, and that is also true for the job market. Create an online presence that can help others find you in the most common social media sites. Use twitter to promote your blog. Create a page on Facebook that matches your website. Be sure to complete your LinkedIn profile, too. Cross-promote your content across all social media sites so it reaches the biggest target audience possible.

Tell everyone.

Finally, tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. While this falls under the networking category, it doesn’t have to stop there. Talk to people in line at the grocery store or at your local coffee shop to improve your networking skills. The next time you meet someone new at a party, let them know you’re looking for work. You don’t have to beg or sound desperate, but the more people you talk to about it the better chance you have of finding the right opportunity.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters to work with a top staffing agency in Houston.

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Change These 4 Areas to See Personal Improvement

February 25th, 2016

How you function in your personal and at-home life can easily influence how successful, or stressed out, you are at work every day. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Do you have trouble focusing? Have you started to dread getting up and going to work every day? These may all be signs that you need to make some changes. But before you make drastic changes, consider these four small alterations you can start with to see improvement in your work day.

Commit to more sleep.

Often in offices, you’ll hear people bragging about how little sleep they got because they are too busy being busy. Or, they may be plagued with insomnia because they are stressed. However, a lack of sleep can be the biggest contributor to an unfocused day. Commit to getting a complete night’s rest by choosing a reasonable bed time, turning off any media an hour before bed and creating a calming routine to help you drift to sleep.

Create a to-do list.

Each week, start out with a to-do list. Include four to five critical projects each day. When you complete a task, you can have the satisfaction of crossing it off. You can also compose daily lists that have the tasks broken out into individual steps, which can help you tackle a larger project. The key is to make a manageable to-do list that can keep you on track but not make things more difficult.

Ask questions.

Many people lose productivity because they are too proud to ask for help or get clarification on a project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when something raises a concern for you. When you are assigned a new task, ask about any aspect that is slightly confusing. Clarify things you think you know how to do. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. No one expects you to understand everything at the first time. Asking questions to get more clarification shows that you want to do the job correctly and care about its quality.

Be positive and optimistic.

Your attitude has a big impact on your success. Remaining positive and optimistic can help you not only get through a bad day but it can make every day more pleasant. Positive people are able to avoid complaining about negative situations and determine the right solutions instead. It can really change the way you approach everything in your job. Studies also show that optimistic employees with positive attitudes get promoted at higher rates than critical people with negative attitudes.

Meador matches your career needs and helps you meet your goals. To work with a leading staffing agency in Austin (and throughout Texas), contact our great team of recruiters today!

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