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.

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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.
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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.
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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!

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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!

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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.

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Promote Yourself with an Online Brand

July 17th, 2015

In today’s digitally connected world the best tool you can have in your job seeker’s tool belt is a strong online presence and digital brand. When you’re positioning yourself on social media, keep consistency in mind and create a brand that will engage potential employees and set you up as a subject matter expert and industry leader. Here are four steps you can take now to establish your brand and promote yourself.

Own Your Online Identity

The first step is to buy your own domain name. Websites all have unique addresses. Don’t let your name get associated with another product. Go to Google Domains or Go Daddy to buy your website name. Use the common combination of your first and last name. If that is used, try your first and middle initial. If you can’t buy a .Com, go for.Net or .Me. Create accounts on social media using this name as well. Consistency will help people find you across a number of mediums.

Showcase Your Knowledge

Once you have a website, you should use it to create a platform to show what makes you different than your competition. Set yourself apart by creating an online portfolio and resume. Include a blog where you can consistently update information to position yourself as an industry expert. Many recruiters today are finding candidates through their blogs so you don’t want to miss out. This will also be a great way to keep your skills sharp as you search for a job. Remember, when you create a blog, don’t fall off. Create a schedule and make yourself stick to it.

Create Shareable Content

When you write on your blog, it is your job to make sure people see it. Few things go viral without some kick start to the process. Use social media that is in line with your ultimate purpose. LinkedIn will be essential, especially for business content, and Facebook is very good at making content go viral. Consider whether or not Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or other formats are right for your message. Don’t just post content to post content. Have a plan and leverage it to your advantage.

Have Consistent Branding

Once you’ve created a brand, make sure it is consistent across all of your platforms. Use the same profile photo, banners, logos, and colors. This will cause new readers to associate your brand with these images. Go ahead and work with a designer who can use their expertise to create a brand that will be something memorable. Put this on your business card as well as your online media.

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New Branch Managers for Meador Staffing

July 15th, 2015

Meador Staffing is planning for the future, for the next 50 years of service to the communities where they are rooted. Leadership within the company is busting at the seams and the company has taken action to recognize that in the promotion of new branch managers in Austin, Clear Lake, Deer Park, Pasadena, Pearland, and The Woodlands, Texas.

Our Austin branch is now overseen by Robin Melitz, a bona fide Austinite with a strong background in relationship management within the staffing industry. As branch manager, she also fulfills duties of account manager, calling on companies in the Austin territory. Robin came to Meador with 15 years of experience that ranges from branch management to regional account direction. Developing and growing business is a thriving force in Robin.

Clear Lake is now under the management of Caryn Martinez. Caryn was promoted from a staffing consultant to branch management, supported by her 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. Her professional drive, dedication, and extensive background in human resources, training, quality assurance, and recruiting make Caryn a valuable team member as well as a huge contributor to the success of the Clear Lake office.

Shirley Feeback, branch manager of Deer Park, joined the Meador team in 2005 as a member of our staff support team. She has climbed the ranks within the company, growing in her strengths in every role. In the years 2007, 2008, and 2009, Shirley received Team of the Year award. Her passion is helping others and assisting her colleagues and clients. She is a loyal and dedicated team player, who thrives on being thorough, precise, and hard working.

The Pasadena Temp team operates out of the corporate office. Ricki Langford has been promoted to branch manager of this team, having served the past few years as senior staffing consultant. She specializes in building solid partnerships with her clients by matching candidates to company culture and creatively solving issues that arise throughout the hiring and temporary employment period.

Keri Campbell now serves as branch manager for our Pearland office. She began working at Meador as a staffing consultant in our Clear Lake office in 2011. In September of 2014, she was promoted to senior staffing consultant and joined the Pearland team. Keri has over 10 years of recruiting and staffing experience. She enjoys building relationships with clients and providing excellent customer service.

In 2014, our Woodlands office gained a valuable employee in, now, Branch Manager Mae Vela. She started at Meador in the role of a staffing consultant. Mae’s staffing background is in accounting, administrative, and industrial arenas. She is motivated to provide exceptional customer service and support by carrying out her work with integrity.

Meador Staffing is excited for the 2015-2016 fiscal year and our employees are encouraged about the changes made internally, the direction the company is headed. Our company subscribes to the highest ethical and professional standards in managing a diversified and profitable human resource firm. We are engaged in providing excellence and quality service to candidates and employers relative to temporary staffing, contract staffing, direct hire placement, and recruiting. We have stood by our mission since 1968 and it inspires our corporate vision. For more information, contact Morgan Sheen, Vice President of Brand Management, at msheen@meador.com.

Endorse a Wellness Plan to Get Better Results

July 10th, 2015

The costs of healthcare and employee stress are not unrelated. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your staff is safe and free from unnecessary tension while on the job. One of the most popular ways that companies are embracing this mindset is to establish wellness plans in the workplace. They don’t have to be overly expensive and often the smallest gesture can go a long way to helping your team get on track with their health. Here are some ideas to start with.

Flu Shot Clinics

While flu season won’t start for a few more months you can plan now by making arrangements to offer flu vaccinations in your office. Contact a local clinic to find out the best way to provide them to your employees. The flu can cause your team to lose days of productivity. It will also spread like wildfire among your staff. If you can’t host a clinic or your insurance doesn’t cover it, offer to reimburse your team for the cost. You also can work with local drug stores who offer free flu shots through insurance plans. Make it easy for your employees and eliminate as many excuses as possible.

Education on Healthy Subjects

Another popular event for some offices is to bring in wellness instructors during lunches or for company-wide meetings. Consider teachers who specialize in healthy eating, yoga, or stress management. While the programs shouldn’t be mandatory, they can be rewarded with incentives (free, healthy lunch) for attending. You will be surprised at how receptive your employees are to learning new things about health and wellness.

Rewards and Incentives

You have probably been encouraged to provide incentives for productivity but have you thought about initiating a reward program for meeting healthy goals? Many companies find it worth their investment to reward healthy behavior in the workplace. Smoking cessation programs and weight loss programs are some examples. It’s not about a competition but about becoming more healthy and feeling better about yourself.

Stress and Mental Health

Many adults are under a lot of stress that can be impacted by their work environment. Stress is also the leading cause of conditions like heart disease and hypertension. Stressed individuals have a hard time sleeping and engage in other unhealthy habits. Don’t leave mental wellness out of the equation when designing your wellness program. Encourage your employees to meet with management to talk about workplace situations that are causing stress.

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Consider These 6 Things Before A Job Relocation

June 26th, 2015

Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
  2. How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
  3. What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
  4. What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
  5. Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
  6. Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.

Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more today about any of your employment questions. We are glad to help and our great team will be a valuable asset to your job search!

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