When It’s Okay To Say “No” To A Job Offer

March 27th, 2015

Some job seekers feel like they have no choice but to accept a job offer especially if they’ve been on the job market for a while. However, this is not the case. There may be times in your career when saying no is the best possible choice you can make. So how do you know when it is okay to refuse a job? Before you walk away, look at these reasons for saying no and how they impact your long-term career strategy.

  • When it doesn’t suit your long-term goals. Taking just any job could pose a challenge for your long-term career goals. If the job offer is not in line with the goals that you have in mind for your career, then you will be better to continue the job search until something more appropriate comes along. While you could be frustrated with your job, taking too many steps back could really hinder your career path.
  • When it doesn’t service your reputation. If taking the job could actually damage your reputation and impact the ability to find jobs later in your career, you should turn it down. If you have concerns about the how this job will be perceived on your resume in the future, it may be best to walk away. Remember, don’t focus too much on the short term.
  • When you can’t imagine doing it every day. It is important that you find yourself not only employed but doing something that helps further your life’s purpose. What do you really love to do? What are you really good at? What does the world need? If you find it difficult to imagine yourself doing this work every day, then it may not be for you.
  • When you have concerns about the ethics. Do you have some concerns about the work the company does and whether or not it is completely ethical? If there is any question about this at all it is much more important to maintain your own personal ethics and not take the job. While the compensation and benefits could be enticing, if you don’t agree with the beliefs of the company then it’s hard to be completely dedicated.
  • When the money isn’t right. There is a reason this is last on the list. Money really shouldn’t be the deal breaker for most situations. If everything else lines up, you will enjoy the work, you feel good about the company, and you see a future in this career you can probably make the money work. However, if the offered salary is in no way aligned with your expectations and the standards in your area you should let them know and decline the offer (or make a counteroffer).

Are you ready to accept the right job offer? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

Are Your Job Requirements Scaring Candidates Away?

March 20th, 2015

Hiring is a delicate dance that involves a lot of moving parts. You need to start with a clear and concise job description. From there, you will match resumes to the job and begin contacting candidates. But what if your job listing doesn’t get the response you were hoping for or expecting? Could your job requirements be scaring away the best candidates for the role? Let’s take a look at the way your company’s requirements might be giving professionals the wrong impression and keeping them away from your doors.

  • Requirements are too specific. After the recession, many companies changed their hiring strategies. Instead of hiring for potential, they began to list every possible skill a candidate must possess in order to qualify for the job. Occasionally, these lists became so cumbersome there was no possibility that any candidate could have all of that experience. This is what effectively created what is known as the skills gap. If your job posting reads like a grocery list and suggests that the unqualified need not apply, you may not be getting any candidates – much less quality ones.
  • Requirements are not specific enough. On the flip side, some job descriptions have the opposite problem. They don’t provide enough information to let the candidates know what the job is or what experience is expected. When this happens, hiring managers see an influx of resumes in their inbox but none of them are qualified. Job seekers aren’t mind readers. You need to strike a balance in your description of what you require versus the employee’s potential to learn.
  • Stay away from industry jargon. Does your job posting look more like alphabet soup than a concise paragraph that would entice someone to work for your company? While some people believe that putting the industry terms in the description is necessary to weed out the candidates without the right experience, it can also be off-putting. The challenge is that even industry jargon varies from company to company, so what you call something may not be what everyone is familiar with or calls it. Write job postings in friendly, personal language.
  • Provide reasons why a candidate would apply. Lastly, you need to make sure there is some incentive to apply. The reward isn’t just the job itself, but the opportunity for the right person to work for your company and be successful. These reasons just can’t be implied. Talk a little about your company values and culture to attract candidates who share similar values to enhance your company. Let candidates know that you want people who are a match for your company and can contribute in the long term.

Are you looking for great candidates to add to your team? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

5 Tips For Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

March 13th, 2015

A strong LinkedIn profile is one of the best tools any job seeker can have in their toolbox. A complete and quality profile will allow you to connect with other professionals and draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Use these 5 tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile.

Maximize your headline

Your LinkedIn headline automatically defaults to the title of your most recent job. But you can change that. Make your headline pop by editing it to reflect the job you’re seeking and make you more marketable. For example, “Professional Executive Administrator | 15 Years’ Experience with Office Organization and Communication.”

Add media

Over the last year, LinkedIn added a media feature which allows you to add documents, images, links, or presentations to any part of your profile. Include things that will allow you to stand out from the competition. These materials can become part of your job portfolio.

Provide numbers

Just like your resume, make sure to include real data in your profile. Use this in your summary as well as throughout your work experience to demonstrate that you are an expert in your field. For example, “Saved the company over $10 million by developing a paperless organizational system.”

Endorse others

When you log into your account, you are often asked to endorse others for their experience. Many people just click past this step. Instead, every once in a while select five people from the list to endorse. This action will encourage others to endorse you as well. However, be sure to only endorse people you know and the skills you can verify.

Ask for recommendations

References are still important, but it also helps to have a number of positive recommendations on your profile that can be viewed by interested employers. This will give them a picture of you as a professional and the type of services you’ve provided for others. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifics such as information about a project you’ve collaborated on.

Are you ready to find your next job? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin TX so call today!

The Pros and Cons of Technology at Work

March 6th, 2015

There is an expectation in today’s business climate that all companies will use the right technology to enhance their products and services. But what if there is also a downside to technology in the workplace? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of having technology at work and what you can do to make it better for your business.

It saves money.

Ultimately, if you have the technology that can streamline multiple functions within your office then it will save money in the long term. The salaries for multiple people to do each of those aspects for your day-to-day business can be costly. Having the software that can allow one person to do the job of several people will always save money for your company, even if there is a high cost of the initial investment.

It saves time.

For the same reason, the right technology will save your company time. Each of your employees will be able to handle more work in the course of a day. The technology, if handled correctly, will aid them rather than making the work more stressful. This will allow your team time to handle other aspects of their job, such as customer service, rather than getting lost in the shuffle of paperwork.

It creates dependence.

There are always downsides to any technology. When you run a business that is reliant upon software or cloud-based services, you run the risk of becoming too dependent. Your staff may not be able to handle the work if something goes wrong or if the system is down for an extended period of time. This can be a problem for your company even for just a few hours when production grinds to a halt.

It needs to be upgraded.

Technology isn’t a one-time investment. Things change quickly in the world of software and the cloud. You may also need to consider security or other services. You will need to account for upgrade costs in your budget every few years based on the needs of your business and your clients. You may also need to integrate new offerings such as mobile optimization.

Do you think technology enhances your business? For more ways to enhance your business contact Meador Staffing Agencies in Pearland TX.

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!