How to Locate Top Talent

October 24th, 2014

When your seeking new employees for your business do you know the best places to look? Some of the answers may surprise you. Locating top talent is a skill that requires constant attention. It isn’t something that can be done spur of the moment. Hiring is a game that takes practice so it is important to know when, where, and how to locate stellar candidates. Here are a few insider tips for locating and hiring top talent for your company.

  • Look when you don’t have a need. Many companies make the mistake of searching for a new employee once they already have a desperate emergency in the office. This leads to poor hiring choices. Instead, consider all of the people you meet along the way and how they may be a strategic part of your operations in the future.
  • See value in online networking. So many people ignore social media but it is becoming more and more prevalent when it comes to hiring decisions. Develop your own profiles on social media, especially LinkedIn. This can attract people to review your information on the site and ask for connections. Within these connections may be great candidates for future jobs. Get involved in online groups based on your industry or location.
  • Work with a staffing provider. A recruiter is trained to locate and pre-screen top talent based on their client’s specific needs. When you develop a relationship with a staffing provider you are giving yourself access to their talent pool. They will have you in mind when they are speaking with candidates even when you don’t have an opening position. This means when you do call with a need they are likely to have someone available or be able to track down the perfect candidate for your opportunity.

Do you need to locate top talent for your business? Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston TX can help today!

3 Tips for Onboarding Temps

October 17th, 2014

Temporary employees are not the same as your full time staff. The process for bringing a new temp into a company is often overlooked with dire consequences. They are expected to hit the ground running but are given little to no direction to make that happen. The success of the project may depend on a temporary employee’s ability to become part of your team even for a short time. Here are three tips that can help get a new temp off on the right foot.

  • Inform your staff. Your current team can make or break a temporary employee’s experience. Before the temp’s first day discuss the new addition with your staff. Explain who will be starting, what they are doing, and how long they will be there. Temps can also feel threatening to some permanent employees. You can also assure your staff that the temp is not there to take anyone’s jobs. Assure them that the new employee is there to make their jobs easier.
  • Communicate with all parties. One of the biggest mistakes managers make with temp employees is to not talk to them about their performance and not discuss any issues with the recruiter until it is too late. It is perfectly okay to talk to a temp about how they are doing. Provide good feedback as well as constructive criticism. Talk your account manager at the staffing company if you need any help dealing with your temp employee.
  • Assign a mentor. One way to encourage corporation with the temp employee is to ask a current team member to act as a mentor within in the company. This will be the temp’s go to person for questions. They can answer anything from information about the office to key questions about the project.

Do you need a temp for a seasonal project or a temp to hire opportunity? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

4 Ways to Highlight Your Experience on Your Resume

October 10th, 2014

Your resume is your first impression on any hiring manager. You want to make sure you effectively convey your experience and focus in just one document that is usually confined to two pages. So how can you highlight all of your experience on a resume? Here are 4 ways to showcase what you know and get a call back.

  1. Match your resume to the employer’s needs. Before you ever submit a resume to a job ensure that it is customized to the specific employer. You want to use their job posting as a template and use keywords that match what they are looking for. Do this in a naturally sounding way. Also, create a cover letter that introduces yourself, your skills, and why you want to work with this company to send with your resume.
  2. Use action words. A resume needs to sound dynamic. When you’re writing about what you do don’t fall back on passive words. Instead of “Worked in retail” say “provided exemplary customer services skills throughout the holiday season with a record sales for our department.” Use words like managed, developed, lead, organized, and created. These show not only what you did but what your role was in the greater organization.
  3. Provide data and details. In conjunction with action words you need to provide data to back your information up. When you say you had record sales indicate the number. You may not remember exact figures but you can come close without exaggerating much. Include information on money, hours, innovations, and anything else that you can quantify.
  4. Focus on long term goals. Employers want to hire someone who is looking for a career rather than any job. They want to know what you plan to do with your future. You need to paint a picture that includes their company in your future plans. Explain why you want to work specifically for your company.

Are you in the market for a new opportunity? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX and can help today!

5 Networking Mistakes (And How To Avoid Them)

September 26th, 2014

Experts say networking is extremely important for job seekers. Most new jobs come from connections rather than blind applications. Not everyone is skilled in the art of meeting new people so mistakes are easy to make. Here are some tips and tricks to help you avoid the most common networking errors and find your next job opportunity.

  1. Networking is about establishing patterns. Only when you remember is not a good method for making new connections. Networking takes practice just like any other skill so the occasional exercise doesn’t help strengthen anything. Instead, schedule your time for networking. Do these two tasks once a week: connect with five individuals on LinkedIn and invite one contact to meet you in person. Choose one networking event a month or a quarter to attend.
  2. Lack of preparation. Every time you meet someone knew you have an opportunity. When you go out make sure you always have business cards with you. You never know where these connections will take you so always be prepared. At industry events, be sure to have your resume with you and be sure to follow up on any leads immediately.
  3. The wrong focus. Centering your networking on the premise that everyone you meet owes you something is the absolutely wrong approach. Most people respond better to a give and take. If you see a way you can help someone, let them know. Facilitate connections within your own network to broaden the reach.
  4. Avoiding technology. So many people believe that social media is a fad that will eventually pass. The truth is that social media has changed the way our entire culture communicates. Avoiding LinkedIn is missing a huge opportunity and it is only the start. Once you have a complete LinkedIn profile consider adding other social media platforms and starting a blog.
  5. Know when to say no. Not every opportunity or connection is right for you. You don’t have to be rude or negative but you can politely turn down the connections or situations that don’t make sense for you. If you can, refer them to someone else who may be a better fit. Instead, try to keep focused on your long term goals and only follow leads that can get you there.

Do you want to know more about networking? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Austin TX and can help today!

How Much is Too Much: The Guide to Making Your Resume Stand Out – But Still Look Professional

September 19th, 2014

Resumes are a tricky art. You want to put enough information on them so your potential employers are genuinely interested in calling back but you don’t want to submit a 19 page manifesto about everything you have ever done professionally. How much is too much? Here are a few ideas for making your resume stand out and still look professional.

  • Design an infographic. Are you applying for a job where creativity or visual media is part of the job? Or does the company take pride in a culture where innovation is cultivated? Infographics are fun ways to visually showcase your experience, skills, and accomplishments. Create one in conjunction with a traditional resume so you have both tools available when applying to different companies. However, avoid too much added fluff to your regular resume. Keep the font readable and stick to black and white with no graphics.
  • Use good keywords and avoid buzzwords. Keywords are good, buzzwords are bad. How can you tell the difference? A keyword provides very specific information about your and your background. They are often action words or language that is common in your field of expertise. For example, an administrative assistant should have comprehensive knowledge of Microsoft Office so spell it out on your resume. A buzzword is anything that is commonly used in corporate lingo that doesn’t mean anything when analyzed. These include “outside the box,” “team player,” and “multi-tasker.”
  • Chronological versus functional. There are two primary resume formats you can follow. The chronological lists your jobs in order starting with the most recent. It includes company names, dates of employment, and a bullet point list of experience and accomplishments. A functional resume focuses more on what you’ve learned and is great for someone just out of college or who is changing careers. There are also hybrid approaches that may work best for you. Research these formats on the internet to learn more.
  • Make your presentation fit the job. The most important thing you can do is tailor your resume to the job for which you are applying. This goes beyond rewording the objective statement to fit the different job titles. If you’re applying for a web commerce company, create an online portfolio site that showcases your experience. If you are applying for a restaurant management group, design a resume like a gourmet menu. The options are limitless but always make sure they are appropriate.

Do you need help with your resume? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX and can help you put your best foot forward today!

4 Tips for Onboarding Employees

September 12th, 2014

Did you know that 22% of new employees leave a new job within 45 days of their first day? 4% cite an unredeemable experience on their very first day as their reason for leaving. Top employees are an investment and the right onboarding experience is essential to ensuring that they are comfortable on the job and can succeed. Here are 4 tips for successfully onboarding new employees.

  1. Introductions. Introduce your new employee to everyone in the office, not just their department. They will be interacting with everyone in the company eventually so make the first meeting a pleasant one. That way they feel comfortable approaching anyone if the need help or if a problem needs fixing. Take them on a tour of the office space first thing and facilitate the introductions.
  2. Relaxation. Day one is often overwhelming. Give them an opportunity to sit down halfway through the day and think about their morning. Maybe you want to take them out to lunch and invite other members of the department. This will allow everyone to talk about the job in a comfortable place but also relax and get to know one another better.
  3. Share company culture. Training your new employee should go beyond policies, procedures, and job duties. Also show them the value system, environment, and how everyone works together and has fun at the same time. This is part of your company culture and is the heart and soul of the organization.
  4. Provide feedback. Waiting until the 90 day review may be too late to provide and receive feedback. Make helpful and gentle corrections if things need improvement. Also be sure to provide positive reinforcement when they are doing a great job. You hired them because they were good at what they do, so give them an opportunity to succeed.

Are you looking for new staff for your organization? Meador Staffing Agencies in Pasadena TX can help today!

3 Ways to Prep For Your First Day at Work

September 5th, 2014

 

You sent out resume after resume, interviewed until you thought you couldn’t talk about yourself for one more second, and faced plenty of rejection. Finally, you got that job offer and you’re excited to start a new opportunity with a new business. Your time to make a great, professional impression is not over. Your first day is a time to demonstrate to your supervisor, your teammates, and yourself that you are the perfect person for this job. Here are three things you can do on your first day to make a great impression.

  1. Don’t be late. Before you actually start the job you should make sure that you have your transportation and commute figured out. You may have already been to the office for an interview but the drive may be quite different during rush hour traffic. Make sure you have enough gas, you’ve maintained your car to prevent unnecessary breakdowns, and that you can be to the company at least 15 minutes early. Have a backup plan in place just in case. Being late on your first day will be an immediate red flag for your new employer and they may question if they’ve made the right decision.
  2. Know the dress code. At your interview observe the dress code in the office. Ask the hiring manager about policies and see if there is anything specific in the employee hand book. Even if a company is casual it doesn’t mean that sloppy clothes are okay. Plan your first day outfit the night before just like you did when you were in elementary school. Make sure nothing is stained or damaged. Err on the side of professional the first day so you can get a better feel for the office culture. Wear comfortable shoes because you may be touring the office.
  3. Bring a notebook and ask questions. There is a lot of training that goes into onboarding a new employee. Your supervisor and your coworkers will need to show you not only how to do your job in their office but also about the company culture and other intangible things about the company. Have a notebook and a pen on you at all times so you can write down things as you learn them. Don’t be afraid to ask questions or for clarification on certain items so you can get them right the first time.

Do you want to ensure that you have a great first day on the job? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Austin TX and can help you today!

The Top 10 Reasons to Quit – And What to Do After

August 29th, 2014

Some people feel like they have no choice in a tight economy but this is not entirely true. Staying in a bad work situation can be devastating. There are good reasons to quit a job and start looking for a new opportunity. How do you know the difference between a bad day and a reason to quit? Here are the top 10 reasons to quit your job and what you can do after.

  1. The company is losing business rapidly. It is normal for business to ebb and flow throughout the year or even over several years but if you start to notice a long term pattern it may be signaling the end.
  2. You have an extremely poor relationship with your boss. Respect is a cornerstone for a good working relationship. If you do not have respect for your boss or they don’t treat you with respect it will be unlikely to change.
  3. You have a new life situation. Sometimes quitting is unrelated to dissatisfaction. You may have recently had a child or you might be moving to a new city. There are many valid reasons for leaving a job.
  4. Your values don’t match the corporate culture. If you don’t feel the same way about your corporate mission statement as everyone else in the company you may want to rethink your employment. You would be happier at a job with similar values.
  5. You no longer enjoy your job. If you are having trouble getting to work every day or if you’re coming home upset or angry more times than not you may need to rethink your employment.
  6. You have concerns about the company ethics. Unethical behavior on the part of your management team is a really good reason for leaving a company.
  7. You’ve caused a problem with your unprofessional behavior. Unfortunately, the onus may be on you when it comes to leaving the job. If you have made a crucial mistake that is difficult to recover from you may wish to leave on your own terms.
  8. You do not get along with your coworkers. You spend more time with your coworkers than you do your family or friends so it is important that you get along with them.
  9. Your stress level is too high for your health. If your job is making you physically and emotionally sick it may be time to rethink it.
  10. You need more responsibility. If you’re feeling unchallenged in your job it may be time to move on to something that is more engaging for you.

Do you think you should leave your current job and find something else? Meador can help you find jobs in Austin TX and the surrounding areas so call us to learn more!

4 Ways to Screen Candidates Using Social Media

August 22nd, 2014

As a modern employer you are probably interested in using social media to prescreen potential candidates before inviting them for interviews or making job offers. However, there are a lot of concerns about the way to use these sites effectively, legally, and with regard to privacy. Before you get caught in a legal gray area, here are four tips for using social media to screen candidates you’re considering for employment.

  1. Review for grammar and spelling. Twitter is a great place to see the communications styles of potential employees. Are their posts riddled with misspellings or bad grammar? Even within the confines of 140 characters there are ways to communicate that don’t use 4 and U instead of “for” and “you.” Especially if the position requires effective written communication this can be something you at least address with the candidate.
  2. Check for professional background. You do want to see if their resume matches their actual experience. Look on LinkedIn to see past employers and recommendations. Review the dates of employment and see if they match. Any discrepancies should be addressed and the employee needs to be able to provide adequate responses. You may also reach out directly to supervisors.
  3. Don’t use it as a background check. Background checking companies exist to provide services to review the criminal background of potential candidates. These companies are vetted and certified. Googling a candidate’s name will not provide access to reliable information. While arrest records and mug shots are often public they don’t provide the full picture on the guilt or innocence of the individual.
  4. Don’t write off candidates for the wrong reasons. It is also important to view social media as a means to obtain casual information rather than reasons to rule out top candidates. If a candidate is a huge fan of a rival football team you may be tempted to disqualify them for the job but you may also lose out on a perfect employee. Also, keep in mind all of the things that can land you or your company in trouble for discriminatory practices.

Do you want to know more about how to use social media effectively for hiring? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies in Houston TX to learn more!

Meador Staffing Services is a Company to Watch: Major Growth Ahead

August 19th, 2014

Meador Adds New Positions to Company Roster to Meet Demand

In order for Meador Staffing to continue to grow and meet the demands of the job market in Houston, Austin, and surrounding areas, President Melinda Torrison has made several major role changes effective this week in the operations of the 46-year-old company.

Valerie Smith, former Pearland Branch Manager, has moved in to the full-time position of Training Director for the entire company. She has been training employees this summer on a part-time basis and it is evident that Meador needs her in this role full time. She will be training with employees throughout the entire company along with handling all operations manuals and policies, coordinating all client seminars, and auditing. Valerie will work out of the corporate office in Pasadena.

Michelle Martinez, former Clear Lake Branch Manager, has been promoted to Regional Manager and will oversee the Austin, Clear Lake, and Pearland offices’ operations. Meador Staffing will not have a branch manager in Clear Lake or Pearland at this time with Michelle overseeing operations as Regional Manager. The company is currently focused on recruiting and hiring a senior staffing consultant for the Pearland office as well as an account manager for the Austin location.

Tamara Stucky, previous Deer Park Branch Manager, has also been promoted to Regional Manager for Meador Staffing, overseeing the operations for Deer Park, The Woodlands, and Pasadena’s temporary division.  Meador Staffing will not have a branch manager in Deer Park or Pasadena at this time with Tamara overseeing operations as Regional Manager. The company is currently focused on recruiting and hiring an office coordinator for the Deer Park location.

Ashley Wright will assume the role of Sales Manager, transitioning from her role as Pasadena Branch Manager. She will work out of the corporate office in Pasadena. Ashley’s role as Sales Manager will consist of the administrative duties affiliated with overseeing Meador’s sales team, as well as lead generation for the company. She will work closely with Vice President Linda Fields and President Melinda Torrison in Meador’s sales efforts and support the company’s strong account manager team.

“Meador Staffing is in transition for growth and excited for the season that lies ahead,” said President Melinda Torrison as she made the changes on August 6th. “Congratulations to our growing team. We are positioning ourselves for great things and believe these changes will allow us to grow.”

 

About Meador Staffing Services: Since 1968, the team at Meador Staffing has been matching quality candidates with top employers across the United States in direct hire, contract, temporary, and temporary-to-hire arenas. When you partner with Meador, you are joining a family-oriented business, one that has built a legacy and reputation based on quality and service. Our experienced staffing and recruiting professionals are truly dedicated to finding the best solution for your staffing or career goals.