Getting An Interview Requires More Than Just A Resume And Cover Letter

February 27th, 2015

Have you been in the job market for a while? You may look at your resume and  cover letter and wonder why you haven’t had any of your calls returned. Everything appears to be in order. You’ve listed your accomplishments and included data to support your role in the past. You’ve personalized your cover letter each time for the specific job. So what are you missing? Getting an interview requires a little more than just a resume and a cover letter. Here are some of the things you can be doing to increase your chances.

Create a list of target companies.

The worst thing a job seeker can do is blindly send resumes into the recruiting black hole. To avoid getting your resume lost in a lot of shuffles, spend some time researching the companies that you really want to work for. Learn what they do, how they do it, their company values, and how you may fit in with their work culture. Then create a strategy to apply with them.

Develop personal marketing material.

Think about the brands you love. They have logos and marketing campaigns that help demonstrate their quality and worth to potential customers. These visual cues are what make people remember Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike (to name a few). There are many online resources that can help you create logos and produce business cards to represent yourself to potential employers.

Take your brand online.

But don’t just keep your brand in your back pocket. Share it with the world. The internet makes it very easy to share information, and the best and brightest are creating online profiles and portfolios to attract employers to them. Buy a website domain name, create a blog, and join the major social media networks. Use these platforms to promote yourself as a thought leader.

Network in your community.

While it is important to use online tools to successfully conduct a job search, it is also essential that you get out in your community and meet other professionals. You never know who can help you with a new job or who they might know. Attend industry events or mixers to get your brand out there.

Call the hiring manager.

Lastly, before you apply for a job and after you’ve submitted your resume, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager. Unless the job posting indicates they do not accept phone calls, call the company and ask to speak with the manager before sending your resume. Be polite and not aggressive. Ask them what they’re looking for so you can customize your application. Then, after you’ve submitted your resume, you can follow up after about a week if you haven’t heard back.

Are you ready to take your job search to the next level? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX so call us now!

Why Every Company Needs An Open Door Policy

February 20th, 2015

You’ve probably heard the phrase “open-door policy” before, but does your company actually have one? What is an open-door policy and why does your business need one? Let’s take a closer look at what this really means and the impact that it will have on your employees’ motivation and engagement. How can you establish a successful open door policy at your company?

Employee Accessibility

More than anything else you want to build trust among your staff. The best way to do that is to be available to them as they need you. That isn’t to say you let them steer the ship, they still need strong leadership. But it does mean that you remain accessible to them. To do this you can quite literally leave your door open when you’re not in another meeting. Let them know they can also ask to schedule a time to talk with you.

Strong Communications

An open-door policy also fosters communications which is a cornerstone of good business procedures. Communication in a corporate setting should be a give and take. When an employee brings feedback to the table, listen to them carefully before deciding what to do. If they have a problem, don’t dismiss them. Be a problem solver. Better yet, be a person who can facilitate their ability to solve their own problems.

Flow of Information

Employees who work for companies where the business information is kept secret are usually unsatisfied in their jobs. An open-door policy allows a consistent flow of information. When a new policy is implemented, the employees have known about it ahead of time, had an opportunity to prepare, and feel comfortable asking questions. Management is also kept aware of situations happening on the floor that can impact business.

Close Working Relationships

Different companies handle this aspect very differently. Some prefer their management staff doesn’t have a friendly, personal relationship with the employees and others encourage it. In any case, employees who feel a sense of connection with their management team are more likely to respond to requests and requirements.

Do you want to establish an open door policy for your business? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

Interview Preparation: The Importance Of Good Storytelling

February 13th, 2015

They say that telling a good story is the best way to engage an audience. Think about blog posts that really made you laugh or cry or think more about a given subject. Chances are they were stories. You can apply this same concept to your interviews. Instead of providing a list of details about your experience, tell a story about how it helped you or a customer. This method will engage the interviewer and make them see how you could fit into their office. Here are some tips for telling the best stories in an interview.

  • Don’t tell them what to think about it. The point of good storytelling is to evoke a response, whether emotional or intellectual, without telling the listener or reader what they should think about it. Don’t lead the interviewer to the right conclusions. Instead, paint a picture with your words that demonstrate what you know will strike a chord with them.
  • Don’t go on for too long. A story doesn’t need to take forever. You don’t have to start when you were born to make an impact. Tell them about a time when something happened to you on the job that impacted your performance for the better. Keep the story short and to the point, but include aspects that make it engaging.
  • Make it relevant to the job. To this point, you also don’t need to tell a story about a ski trip to Colorado to impress the interviewer. That is, unless you’re applying to be a ski instructor. Always evaluate the appropriateness of the story before you start telling it. Make it relevant to your audience.
  • Inject humor or emotion. Laughter is a universal language and it can help everyone relate to your story better. If you’re funny, be funny. If your story is supposed to be more emotional, don’t be afraid to leave in the parts that hit straight to the heart. Use whatever tools you have to tell the best narrative about your experience and make the interviewer think favorably about you.

Are you looking for an opportunity to tell your story? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

How Partnering With A Staffing Agency In Austin Texas Can Save You Money

February 6th, 2015

Did you know that your business can save money in the long term by partnering with a staffing agency to help you with your hiring needs? The process of hiring a new employee is one of the most expensive prospects in today’s business climate and by working with a service that specializes in placements, you can concentrate on what you do best – running your business to be successful. Here are some of the ways a staffing agency can help you save money.

You Have Access to Their Network

Over time a staffing firms will develop a pool of candidates. They will have access to professionals who want to work on a temporary basis as well as others seeking a permanent position. The recruiter you’re working with has been trained to select the best match for your company’s specific needs. They will pull from their existing network as well as recruit additional candidates based on your requirements. This will take significant time and resources, which will be folded into the cost of the service.

You Have Access to Their Pre-Screening Tools

Your company may have several requirements regarding the prescreening of candidates. The resources to conduct background checks, drug screens, and references are expensive. When you’re only using them occasionally, you find yourself paying more throughout the year. A staffing agency has access to these processes and can offer them to you as part of the recruiting contract or with a small fee.

Their Terms and Conditions Help You

A staffing company is a vendor just like any other company you work with as a business. They need to make money, but the cost of recruiting versus the lost time and expense of hiring someone yourself really balances out in the end. You need to work with your customer representative to determine a package that benefits both of you. These terms can include temp to hire agreements and more.

They Can Guarantee Their Placements

Not every employee is going to work out, but you mitigate your risk when you work with a staffing company. If the individual that they send to you does not work out within the first 90 days, you may have an opportunity to find a replacement at no additional cost. You may also be able to hire a candidate before their first 90 days are complete if you’re pleased with their performance.

Do you want to partner with a local staffing agency? Meador Staffing Agency in Austin TX can work with you today!

How To Balance Your Work With Your Personal Life

January 30th, 2015

Work/life balance has become an important topic in today’s workplace. How exactly do you balance your career with your personal life? Failing to do so can lead to overwhelming stress both at home and at work as well as to health problems. Here are some ways you can reduce stress, perform better, enjoy your life, and truly have it all.

Give Yourself a Break

When you’re at the office be sure to take plenty of breaks throughout the day. Just five minutes away from your desk can be enough to recharge your batteries and get back to work. If you can, go outside and walk around the building or the block. Never feel like you need to be chained to your desk the entire nine hours of your work day.

Know When to Say No

So many people have trouble saying no to others. This can be your coworkers, managers, customers, friends, children, or spouse. Unfortunately, there are times when saying no is the smartest thing you can do. Learn when it is appropriate, when to ask for help when you need it, and how to say no to certain activities or projects without upsetting anyone.

Be Efficient about Time Management

It is important that you stay focused during the day. Many people fall in to the trap of multi-tasking. The truth is that the human brain is not designed to multi-task and it can quickly backfire and actually cause more work when something isn’t completed properly. Instead, you should focus on setting priorities. Each day determine your most important projects and complete them first.

Turn off Your Cell Phone

When you’re at home at night with your family or out with friends the most important thing you can do is turn off your cell phone. There are very few careers where your actual attention is needed past closing time so don’t become a slave to your device. Be in the present, enjoy the company of those your with, and take time to relax. Your mind and body will thank you for it later.

Are you looking for a new job that will give you a better work/life balance? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin, Texas so call us today!

How To Make Your Workplace More Safe

January 23rd, 2015

Safety is one of the highest priorities for anyone who owns or manages a business with high-risk departments such as manufacturing. But every business needs to keep safety in mind when developing its plan of action for emergencies and day-to-day operations. How can you make your workplace safer for your employees? Here are a few simple changes you can make today.

Have a Safety Manager

It may be a good first step to have a safety manager on staff to help encourage safe behaviors in the workplace. If you can’t hire someone for this job specifically, assign the role to someone within your company who is interested and willing to take this on.

Provide First-Aid Kit

Regardless of your business focus make sure you have a first aid kit in an easily accessible area. Always review the contents to make sure that it isn’t missing a valuable tool in case of future emergencies.

Train Your Staff in Safety Procedures

Every single person who works for your company, regardless of their job function, must be familiar with your organization’s safety procedures. Everyone needs to know what to do in case of emergency. Have regular drills and train all new employees immediately.

Implement Fire Safety Protocol

Fire is a risk for any environment and some may have a higher potential. Create a method to get everyone to safety. Make sure you have working and regularly inspected fire extinguishers available that everyone is trained to use.

Work with Health and Safety in Your Community

There are a number of resources in your community that can help you have a safer workplace for your employees. Partner with these groups. Work with state regulation boards and federal requirements to ensure you are operating up to code.

Are you interested in creating a safety plan for your workplace? Find out how Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin, Texas can help today!

Why It’s Important To Include A Cover Letter With Your Resume

January 16th, 2015

Many job seekers make the mistake of ignoring the cover letter. Hiring managers are often lucky if the email they receive has any more than just the attached resume. However, there are multiple reasons you should be including a cover letter and not having one could be the only thing standing in your way. Here are the reasons it is important to include a cover letter with your resume.

  • It provides an incentive to read the resume. An attachment in an email could be a resume or it could be a red flag or virus. You need to let the recruiter know what it is they are opening. They are not likely to open an attachment on a blank email from an unknown address. You can also provide a short introduction of yourself to encourage them to learn more.
  • You can customize your message to the employer. Your resume may be somewhat customized to the client, but a resume is still fairly generic. You want to tailor your cover letter to the company’s specific needs. Use information from the job posting, the company’s own language, and position your experience as a solution to a problem they have.
  • Remind them of your contact information. Your resume will, of course, have your contact information but it never hurts to remind the reader. In your final paragraph of the cover letter be sure to let them know the best ways to contact you and share your phone number or email address again. If it is in the body of the message they are very likely to pick up the phone or respond immediately.
  • Offer to follow up. You may also want to mention in the cover letter that you will follow up with them by the end of the week if you haven’t heard. However, this is a technique that you want to be very careful with. You don’t want to cross the line from persistent to aggressive. However, a quick email to remind them and see where they are in the process can job their memory and convince them to call you.

Are you looking for a job in 2015? Meador Staffing is offering jobs in Pasadena, TX so call us today!

Which Machinist Do You Promote? How To Tell Someone Is Ready For A Promotion

January 9th, 2015

The manufacturing industry isn’t exactly known for being competitive. In fact, most employees are happy to get their hands dirty, do their work, and go home to spend time with their families while not thinking about work again until the next day. In many other industries, such as finance or technology, the method for promoting individuals comes from their contribution and drive. But how do you apply this to machine operators or other industrial workers? Here are a few ways to tell if someone is ready for a promotion.

  • Their production numbers are high. In a production based environment the most important metric is output. What is the production value at their station compared to others in the warehouse?
  • They put in a little extra effort. You want to look for someone who is willing to go above and beyond. Maybe cleaning the workstation isn’t their job but they do it anyway. Maybe they take a little extra time to ensure things are not just complete but perfect.
  • They create solutions rather than file complaints. Complaints are common in a production environment. However, you want to look for the person in the facility who takes a proactive approach and solves problems on their own.
  • They share their experience with others. Some people are natural born leaders and trainers. Is there someone in the warehouse who is willing to take some time to show others how to do the job more efficiently even if they aren’t expected to train?
  • They continuously want to learn new things. You also want to watch for someone who is always willing to learn new things. Did anyone volunteer when a new project was introduced? Does someone ask you about safety training or other career advancement tools?
  • They want a promotion. Finally, you want to promote the person in your department who is most interested in being promoted. Some people are perfectly content in their current roles and will be unhappy with added responsibility. You want to promote the ones who thrive in that environment.

Are you ready to make a personnel change in your shop? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

Questions To Ask Employers In An Interview

December 26th, 2014

A candidate who has done their homework will have a clear advantage in the interviewing process. Companies like to see that you already know about their business and are genuinely interested. In order to make a good first impression you may also want to consider some questions of your own to engage the interviewer in conversation. Here are four questions you may want to consider for your next interview.

  1. “What can I expect to accomplish in my first month?” This demonstrates that you are ready to get to work. While you know you have to be trained in specifics you also want to express that you want to hit the ground running. This shows that you are a self-starter and that you may even learn best by doing.
  2. “What makes your employees successful?” You want to know what it takes to fit in with the team. It is important for the success of your new job, and the continued success of the organization. You may also learn more about the people you will be working with which can give you some insight on the company overall.
  3. “How will the company make money?” You are an investment to the business so it is important that you know how the company generates a profit. You want to let them know that you’re interested in making a financial contribution to the company regardless of your specific role. You can show that you are interested in the bottom line and the more money the company makes the more successful you will be as well.
  4. “What are the long term plans for the company?” Employers want to see that their hires are dedicated and interested in long term careers. They are interested in you growing with the company. You may want to know about the future of the organization and how your role can grow within it. Ask them about the long term goals and how you can play a role.

Do you want to know more ways to stand out in an interview? Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Houston TX, can help today!

How To Improve Employee Retention

December 19th, 2014

Today’s business climate is highly competitive. Companies need to work hard at retaining their star employees and keeping them happy and engaged. As the job market opens up, job seekers will have more choices and be less inclined to stay in jobs they dislike. Employers must take ownership of initiatives that provide career growth and training. Here are a few ideas to you can implement this year to keep your employees engaged in 2015 and beyond.

  1. Improve your onboarding procedures. Did you know that a certain percentage of employees quit before 90 days on the job? These disgruntled employees indicate that poor training trouble with the company culture are their primary reasons for leaving. Create an excellent onboarding program to encourage new employees to feel more comfortable with the company as well as their specific job. Train them on their new job duties as well as your corporate culture, values, and mission. Offer a mentorship program where your seasoned employees help new hires become more acclimated to your environment.
  2. Provide regular feedback. Because dissatisfied employees often leave before the end of their first 90 days, waiting until a 3 month review before providing feedback is ineffective. Provide detailed feedback to them as they learn the job. If there are issues in need of correction, inform the employee and gently encourage them in the right direction. Of course, feedback shouldn’t be reserved for negative situations. Always provide positive reinforcement to encourage them to want to continue to do a good job. Employees don’t like to feel as though the only time their boss communicates with them is when something goes wrong.
  3. Offer incentives and rewards for good work. Recognition of a job well done is probably the most powerful motivator in the office. But these aren’t the only ways to encourage your staff. Offer gym memberships, flexible schedules, and additional personal days. Employees consider these some of the best incentives for being satisfied with a company. Implement programs to improve employee retention as well as enhance your business over all and continue to attract superstar employees when you need them.

Do you want more ideas for good employee retention programs? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!