Staying Positive Will Help Your Optimistic Outlook

September 24th, 2015

Did you know that a successful job search is as much about your attitude as it is about your skills? Having a positive attitude throughout your pre-employment connections will make a huge impression on potential employers as well as potential mentors and professionals in your industry. Positivity is the best tool you can have throughout your career as well. So how can staying positive help you with your optimistic outlook? Here are a few ways.

Positivity translates as confidence.

If you’re keeping a positive outlook on your job search then you are going to project confidence. Interviewers and employers like to work with confident employees. However, remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance and don’t cross it. People prefer not to be associated with attitudes that come across as “I’m better than you.” They want people who believe in their abilities and are humble enough to know there’s room for improvement.

You’ll have better productivity levels.

When you’re negative about the way a project is going, it can be difficult to convince yourself to finish it. Rather than thinking about all the ways that a project won’t work, start to think about creative ways you can make it work. Stay positive and engaged and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Changing that outlook from why won’t this work to how can we get this to work will make a big difference.

It helps you set goals for your future.

If you’re positive about your career goals in general, it will be easier to set them and to work toward attaining them. Look not only at what is practical but also at what it is that you truly want to do. The more positive you are, the more doors will open for you along the way allowing you to reach each goal and beyond.

Positive thinking reduces stress.

It should not be surprising to learn that stress and negativity are closely related. If you are negative about your job, the people you work with, or your manager you are far more likely to feel the effects of stress. This can be devastating to you and your health long term. When you are feeling stressed – and everyone feels stress – remember that the difference comes in how you handle it. Using that confidence and trust in yourself will overcome that stress and lead to success.

You’ll attract positive people to you.

Lastly, being positive during your job search and at work will help you attract and network with other positive people. Working with positive people will only enhance your career path. Don’t let negative people become a staple in your life. Make the tough decisions to only engage with positive people as much as possible.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers for jobs in Austin TX and the rest of the state. We have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Call us today!

Contact our great team_CTA1

Help Your Overwhelmed Team with These Leadership Tips

September 18th, 2015

Even if your staff is made up of superstars, there will come a time in their career where things become overwhelming. While the first reaction might be to suggest they get it together, there may be a better way to approach the situation as a manager. Can you help your team become less overwhelmed simply by becoming a better leader? You can, and here’s how.

Redirect their focus and priorities.

The biggest reason for job burnout is taking on too much too fast and feeling pressure to do everything. If your employees can’t see the forest through the trees then it is your job to steer them on a better path. Determine the overall priorities and redirect their focus on what really matters.

Make changes to their workload.

Some employees have a hard time saying no. While they should have take ownership of this, it is also part of your job as their manager to assess when things are getting out of hand. If you notice that deadlines are being missed and your team is overwhelmed, make changes to their workload. Hiring a temporary employee to help out is one great solution.

Give them uninterrupted work time.

Another big challenge for employees is time management. Not that they can’t appropriately manage their own time but interruptions are expected and often a big problem. Allow them to let their calls go to voice mail and not check email except during certain times of the day. Follow-ups can happen between specified hours.

Change your approach to meetings.

Speaking of distractions, meetings can be the biggest time waster in the workday. Often meetings go longer than expected and become a forum for everyone to state everything they want to say. This can be counterproductive during the work day. Change your approach to have fewer, shorter meetings. Keep things on track.

Lead by example.

Lastly, you can’t expect your team to feel less stress in the workplace if you’re consistently overwhelmed as a manager. They will see how you handle yourself and will begin to reflect that behavior in their day-to-day work. Learn to manage your own tasks and calendar and demonstrate how it works to be confident about doing your job.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact Meador Staffing to help find jobs in Austin TX or at any of our other six locations.

Contact our great team_CTA1

Have a Plan When Attending Your Next Job Fair

September 11th, 2015

Job fairs can be a colossal waste of time if you’re not properly prepared. But if you have a plan of attack and stick to it, then the job fair can be one of the best hidden tools of a job search. Because of their popularity, not everyone in the building will have created a plan to help them navigate and network the best way possible. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re ahead of the competition at your next job fair.

Make a good first impression

Your plan should start before you even set foot in the convention center. You won’t be meeting for interviews, but you should treat it like one. Dress professionally, establish an elevator speech that will give the person an idea of who you are and what you’re looking for, and always be courteous. Bring your resume and business cards and be sure to get their contact info.

Create a map and plan

Job fairs sometimes feel like a herd of cattle shuffling along. It shouldn’t feel like that. You may be just one person in a sea of thousands of job seekers but you don’t have to act that way. You are the one in complete control. When you arrive review the list of businesses attending and make a game plan. Only visit the top companies and introduce yourself to them in a professional manner. If you can’t see yourself working for that company then don’t waste your time standing in line to meet with their representatives.

Introduce yourself

There will be a good portion of the event spent standing in line. You can use this time to make connections with others in your community. Introduce yourself, ask them what they’re looking for, and see if you can connect them to others in your network. A lot of people will have nerves, so breaking the ice and getting the ball rolling can open unexpected connections. You will get a reputation in your community as a connector, which will only enhance your position as a professional. You can give them your business cards as well.

Always follow up

Now that you’ve collected all of these business cards you need to do something with them. The very next day, sit down and send out thank you emails that reference the conversations you had with them at their booth or in line. This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression and help you stand out from the crowd. If you feel comfortable, connect with those people on LinkedIn and continue the networking process.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs . Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more about those great opportunities and others throughout Texas!

Find your next job with our help

Hiring Candidates with Disabilities Pays Off

September 3rd, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act strictly prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Provided the candidate has all of the right skills to perform the job in question or can accomplish it with the help of reasonable accommodations, the person should be considered for the job. Could you be missing out by not hiring these candidates? What do you need to know about the ADA and how it affects your business?

What are reasonable accommodations?

According to the ADA, companies are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. This could be wheelchair ramps or screens for computers that help the visually impaired. The employee must still be able to perform the job duties as initially described.

Candidates with developmental disabilities

There is an invisible group when it comes to working with disabled employees. Adults with developmental disabilities often are not considered for traditional employment settings. In fact, 85 percent of developmentally disabled adults don’t work paid jobs at all. But could companies be missing out on great employees by not even considering this group?

Dependability, engagement, and motivation

Employers who hire and work with the developmentally disabled often say that these individuals are among the most dependable workers they have on staff. They are genuinely excited to work and motivated to do a good job. This can be critical to many companies as any employees with energy and in a good mood help the overall culture of the workplace.

Demonstrate social responsibilities

Professionals often cite a company’s civic involvement as a reason for continued engagement. Working with the community by helping developmentally disabled adults find meaningful, paying work can be a great way to demonstrate the social responsibility of your company.

How to effectively utilize these employees

In compliance with the ADA, a company is not required to employee anyone who is unable to perform the job duties of the position for which they are hired. For developmentally disabled employees, it is best to determine what each candidate has to offer and develop a program that benefits both you and them in the workplace.

Meador helps you increase your workforce without adding to your overhead. Meador has locations in six cities, including a staffing agency in Pasadena TX. Contact us today and find out how we can help!

Sign up for our newsletter_CTA4ees

3 Networking Tips for Introverted Personalities

August 28th, 2015

For introverts, the idea of networking can be overwhelming. Not only does face-to-face contact cause anxiety but even being on the phone can cause the blood pressure to rise and the palms to sweat. Being introverted is not a flaw in your personality, it just means you have to determine different ways to approach the same situations as your extroverted colleagues. Before you allow panic to drive you away from networking events, here are three tips that can help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

Give yourself a job

If you’re shy then you may do better if you give yourself a task to complete. Before attending a networking event, create a goal. It should be quantifiable, such as getting 10 business cards or making an effort to talk to three different people. Another good option is to volunteer at the event. Local trade organizations are usually volunteer-based, so they might need someone to help set up or give out name tags at the door. This can help you feel a little more comfortable in the networking environment since you are in control of the situation.

Create a killer online brand

The Internet was practically designed for introverted professionals. Facebook can’t replace face-to-face interaction but it can enhance the interaction and even make it easier to meet new people. LinkedIn is the best place to start on a professional level. Create and complete a profile that includes all the most important information about you as a professional. From that point, you can design your own portfolio website or start a blog. Don’t forget to join local professional groups online so you can interact and even work up the courage to attend a meeting. If you already know some of the members online then it will be easier to strike up a conversation in person.

Always follow up

A common trait for introverted job seekers, and shy people in general, is to second guess everything that you say. After a conversation you may start to overthink what you said, how you said it, and what you could have said different. Following up can give you a chance to restate yourself or even make corrections along the way. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to get their contact information. After the event, send a follow-up email. You can recap your conversation and even make additional points that you wish you had said in person.

Guided by our mission and vision, we have a sense of duty to our candidates and customers to find the right match to their career and company aspirations.. The team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, can help you build your confidence in your job search so call now!

Find your next job with our help

Create a Productive Phone Interview Outline

August 21st, 2015

Phone interviews can be one of the most critical tools to help you narrow down a wide field of candidates for one open position. You may receive hundreds of resumes for the job, and you can screen them down to a few contenders. Before you schedule in-person interviews, conduct a phone interview to answer some basic questions and see who might be the best fit before committing to a meeting. Here is an outline you can follow for productive, effective phone interviews with potential employees.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You should never start a phone call with a candidate without knowing who you’re speaking with. Before the call, review the resume and make notes on specific things you want to talk more about. Make sure you know their name, even if you’re not quite sure how to pronounce it. The job candidate will have a negative impression of your company if you don’t sound prepared for the interview.

Be Present

A big problem with phone interviews is that too many interviewers tend to zone out during the call. They might be multi-tasking by answering emails or reading reports at the same time. This can be a huge problem not only for you but for the perception the potential employee will have of you and your organization. It’s another way to give a potential talented candidate a reason for not continuing their pursuit of the position. Block off this time and be fully present during this call.

Lay off on Sales

It is also common for recruiters and hiring managers to spend too much time selling the company over the phone. They want to make sure that the employee has everything they need to know about the job and the organization. Instead, you should expect the candidate to have conducted their own research. Ask them what they already know and if they have any questions about it. This will also tell you how prepared they are for this process.

Expect the Unexpected

Candidates are coached to expect curve ball questions. But you should be prepared for them too. Humans are unpredictable so you may find yourself faced with a question you never thought about before. It could even be the one thing that will change your opinion about the candidate. In any case, keep your cool and take your time to think of an appropriate answer.

Next Steps

The call should always conclude with your expectations for the next steps. Let the candidate know that you’ll be evaluating all of the calls and contacting everyone. Make it a policy to contact people even to let them know you won’t be moving forward with their application. This gives them a sense of closure and the ability to continue on their own job search.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact one of the top staffing agencies in Houston and throughout Texas to meet all of your employment needs.
Contact our great team_CTA1

Austin Ranks No. 1 for Startups

August 14th, 2015

If you’re a job seeker willing to take risks then Austin, Texas might be the perfect place for you. Startups are a great opportunity to get into an organization at the ground floor. Startup veterans have excellent experience that can translate to a variety of careers as they continue to advance. Every employee at a startup wears numerous hats and is responsible for multiple things. If you thrive in those conditions, Austin has that to offer. Austin has recently replaced Silicon Valley as the place for entrepreneurs to set up shop. Here are some things to keep in mind.

Software, Apps, and Tech

It is interesting to note the direct comparisons to California’s Silicon Valley. That community got its name due to the early-stage startups of companies – such as Apple – that eventually became dominating forces on the technology scene. For a variety of reasons, these same types of organizations are also popping up in Austin. For people interested in IT, from programming to management, Austin is a great place to get this kind of experience.

Services for Startups

Austin is very welcoming to startup businesses in the area. They provide a lot of help within the community to make it easier. For this reason, other companies that support startups with goods and services are also seeing a rise in jobs and revenue. No matter what your expertise is, you are likely to find a job that is part of this sector.

Administrative Support

Because startups are often bootstrapped companies that are looking to everyone within the organization to contribute to any level, experienced administrative support candidates are in high demand. If you can handle any aspect of getting and office running and then keeping it efficient, there may be a role for you within a startup company.

Houston Is No. 8

If you’re not in Austin, don’t worry. There are other nearby places that may have a good startup culture as well. While Austin was No. 1 for the entire country, Houston came in at No. 8 for startups. The same benefits apply to Houston, which may be more convenient or a better fit for some job seekers.

The career experts at Meador will work with you to identify your strengths and find a position that matches your career goals. Contact our great team today as we feature jobs in Austin and throughout the state of Texas.
We have resources to help_CTA5

Manage Your Team Without Being a Jerk

August 7th, 2015

Some organizations believe it takes a strong personality to corral and motivate a team. Managers with abrasive personalities may feel like they are getting more accomplished when they raise their voice to their employees, but are they really? When many professionals are asked why they left their previous job, their honest answer would be “management.” People don’t quit jobs, they quit managers they feel are abusive or difficult to work for. You can avoid these situations by managing your team in a way that doesn’t make you out to be a jerk. Here are some ways you can do that starting today.

It’s not the people but the system
When you decide to place blame on individuals, you may be missing an important component to the problem. Often the people aren’t to blame but the system they are attempting to follow. Before you call someone to the carpet, consider looking at how they are handling the job, what tools they have at their disposal, and if there are any improvements that could be made.

Look for solutions, not accusations
To this point, never verbally abuse an employee in front of other employees. It isn’t a good idea to do it in private either. No one likes to work for someone who yells, and bosses who do it often will quickly get a negative reputation with the company. Instead, look for the solutions to the problem and work with your team members to solve them. Maintain a cool, level head and you’ll solve more of them.

Recognize strengths and play to them
Everyone on your team has particular strengths. Encourage them to excel by providing assignments, duties, and projects based on what it is they love to do and what they’re particularly good at. When you engage them with work they like, they are also more likely to succeed at the other parts of their job as well. Setting your employees up to succeed will lead to less chances where criticism is needed.

Trust your team as the professionals you hired
Micromanagement is a dirty word in the workplace. Many bosses feel that the work won’t be done sufficiently if they aren’t constantly supervising their employees. Don’t they say, “If you want it done right, do it yourself?” If this is the case then you may have hired the wrong people. Your employees are professionals and are skilled at what they do, so let them do it!

Join the Meador family, and see what generations of success can achieve for your organization. We are one of the top staffing agencies in Houston and throughout the state of Texas. Contact us today!

Sign up for our newsletter_CTA4

The Basics of Writing a Thank You Note

July 31st, 2015

If you take no other action throughout your job search experience you should always send a thank you note after an interview. The thank you note offers an opportunity to restate your interest in the job while also showing the interviewer that you care about the process. What was once a critical part of the job search is now overlooked by so many applicants that it is seen as a luxury rather than a requirement. If you want to stand out from your competition, a thank you note could be all that is standing in your way. Here are the basics that you need to know about writing a thank you note.

Email or snail mail

What should you do with your thank you note? Some people prefer the personalization of hand writing and mailing a thank you note or card right after the interview. But, due to the function of the U.S. post office, this can take a few days to arrive. If you want something more instant, send a thank you note by email as soon as you are home from the interview. And, there isn’t a rule that you can’t do both. The email can be more formal while the letter can simply be a nice touch to thank the company for their time.

A strong opening paragraph

In the first paragraph, remind them about your conversation. Talk a little about the job, why you want it, and why they should hire you. This should be information that you discussed when you talked in the interview, but you want to ensure that the memory is fresh in their minds. It also gives them documentation to go back to when they’re deliberating over candidates.

Saying the things you forgot

An e-mailed thank you note also gives you a chance to say things you forgot about during the interview. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably played the conversation back in your head over and over again on your way home. If you suddenly think of the perfect way to describe something it isn’t too late. This is a perfect use for the thank you note. This will help the employer know that you do have critical thinking skills and are willing to revisit ideas until they are right.

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 to get started on finding your next job opportunity in Texas!

Join our talent network today_CTA3

Want Fewer Employees To Call In Sick? Make Them Happy

July 24th, 2015

When an illness makes its way through your office, the effects can be devastating. But what happens when the illness isn’t so much physical as it is mental? Regardless of the policies that you have in place surrounding sick days, you may find that many of your employees are taking them to avoid coming to work rather than to recover from an illness. What is causing this epidemic in today’s workplace? Experts suggest that if you want to curb the misuse of sick days then it is important that you focus on making your employees happy and excited to come to work. Here are some tips you can implement now.

Create wellness initiatives.
If you want to keep your employees happy and engaged, one of the best ways is to offer wellness programs right in the office. Provide tools to reduce overall stress. Offer health screening clinics or vaccination drives to prevent the spread of common viruses like the flu. If employees see that you are making time to consider their health, they will also make time for themselves.

Offer flexible schedules.
If sick days are becoming a problem, rather than instituting a number of new more restrictive rules you can try and make them more relaxed. Many companies are finding that eliminating sick days are actually helping employees by keeping them happier and engaged with the job. If they need to take time off for a sick child or a personal errand, they won’t feel threatened with violations or termination.

Offer work from home options.
Some companies have additional flexibility including the ability to allow employees to work remotely. If this is possible, consider embracing it even for just a day or two a week. Chances are your employee already has the right connectivity from home to be able to handle their duties so give it a try. Remote employment is a great benefit that can be earned, with more trust coming as the employee shows they can be productive from their home office.

Provide incentives for results.
Lastly, another way to ensure that your team is happy and interested in coming to work regularly you should make sure they feel appreciated for the work they do. Create incentive programs to specifically reward your employees for their hard work and results. Presenting those incentives and then rewarding the behavior will really get through to employees and show that management is being serious.

At Meador, our solutions help employers cut costs, improve workforce flexibility, and find top candidates for their unique needs. Contact one of the best staffing agencies in Pasadena today!

Contact our great team_CTA1