What’s the Best Way to Find a New Job While You Still Have a Job?

November 24th, 2015

Balancing the job search process while you have a job can be a delicate dance. You need to schedule phone and in-person interviews around your current work and keep your confidentiality in check. You also need to keep your focus on your job so things don’t become a bigger issue. How can you navigate the difficult waters of a job search while still employed and get everything that you want? Let’s look at the best tips to get you through this process.

Don’t let your work slide.

The number one job that you have while trying to balance you current job and your job search is to not let any of your duties suffer. You need to remain committed to your current employer while you’re searching or else they may discover that you are looking to leave. Don’t give them a reason to terminate your employment.

Never use company time or tools.

Along those same lines, don’t use your employer’s time or tools to facilitate your job search. Never use the company printer or copier for resumes. Don’t send emails to prospective employers with your business email or even your personal email over the company’s internet. Obviously you will need to take time off but avoid taking excessive time off during your search either.

Ask for confidentiality.

When you are applying with new organizations, go ahead and let them know you’re still employed and don’t want your current boss to know you’re searching. This is a common scenario and any business you want to work for will be happy to keep your discussions confidential – especially if you are a top candidate in their eyes or work for a current competitor.

Choose the right references.

Confidentiality also needs to extend to your references. Obviously you shouldn’t provide the names and phone numbers of your current managers or co-workers (unless they are agreeable to your job search). Instead, go back to former supervisors who would be happy to provide references for the work that you’re doing. Be sure to ask their permission and tell them about your job search ahead of time.

Be cautious of social media.

Lastly, you need to make sure you don’t post something on social media that will give anyone who may have a connection with your employer some insight into your job hunt. You may want to keep you job search of off popular tools like Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn to prevent your managers from seeing something too soon.

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Inspire Curiosity in Your Team Through Perks

November 19th, 2015

Innovation is a key part of business, no matter what it is that you do. Even with the most tried and true policies and procedures, times change. If your company doesn’t embrace new opportunities you may find yourself left behind by your competition. To that end, it is essential that you inspire your employees to remain curious enough to try new things and technologies. Fun office perks don’t always stand the test of time, but continued growth will. Here are some practical perks for your staff.

The Best Software for the Job

Employees are quickly frustrated when the tools they are trying to use for the job they are trying to do are inadequate. Many companies wait far too long to upgrade computer systems because technology changes quickly and is expensive. There are a lot of possibilities with open office access, including free offerings from Google, which will allow you to provide the best software without spending a lot of money. Not only should computers be working well but the speed of the office network also needs to be fast enough to avoid frustration.

Workshops to Learn New Skills

Another way to encourage your staff to learn new things is to give them access to workshops either within the office or in your area. Depending on their skills or their interests, encourage all of them to sign up for the right events and help pay for the expenses. Their experience will enhance the innovation in your company. As a company, when you show that you are investing in your employees, that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Industry Newsletters

Another great source of inspiration are industry newsletters. The options are infinite only limited by your scope and imagination. There have been multiple studies that show how reading can help people continue to create new ideas and innovations. By giving your staff a chance to acquire these publications, you are encouraging their natural curiosity.

Continued Education

Workshops are great, but sometimes your employees need and want more. Are there advanced degrees that would help them? Or maybe a degree completion program for someone who never finished their undergraduate program. Certifications also could help your employees with their career and, by extension, your company.

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Make the Right First Impression at Your New Job

November 12th, 2015

The first days at a new job can be terrifying. You don’t know anyone in the office, save for the interviewers, and you don’t know if they’re going to like you or vice versa. Your co-workers, managers, and all the other employees will begin to form their own first impressions in your first days, weeks, and months on the job. So how do you start off on the right foot and be successful in your new position? Let’s take a closer look.

Prepare ahead of time

Your first day doesn’t actually start on your first day. There are a lot of steps you can take prior to the time you arrive. Consider your wardrobe. Do you need to buy anything new? Do you need to make sure your route will work with the morning rush hour traffic so you’re not late? Do you need to re-acclimate your system to waking up earlier in the morning?

Don’t be late

The single most important thing you can do on the first day of a new job is to arrive on time. You can even arrive early, but not too early. (If you do show up really early, you can stay in your car and read your mobile device. If you’re taking public transportation, go for a short walk and give yourself plenty of time to return.) Arriving late for your first day of work you will set the tone for how everyone else in the office will react to you. They will expect that this will become a pattern. Instead, establish the pattern that you’re reliable.

Take notes

Your first days, and weeks, will be a lot of learning. Even if you’ve done a similar job before you’ll need to learn the policies and procedures of your new organization. Don’t forget to bring a small notebook and a pen with you on the first day. Write down the things you learn so you don’t have to ask again in the near future. Once you write them down, look at the notes to help ingrain the new information. Don’t just leave it on the notepad and never revisit it.

Ask questions

But speaking of questions, don’t forget to ask them as you go. If you don’t understand exactly how something is done, clarify before you write down your notes. If you want to know how one step leads to another, ask. There are no stupid questions, but there are better times to ask the questions than others.

Take initiative

Lastly, don’t be afraid to jump in and contribute. As you begin to get comfortable with the tasks at hand, take more responsibility to finish them on your own. But, don’t go full steam ahead without accepting feedback from your co-workers or supervisors. This combination will give you a good chance at success and a great first impression with the company.

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5 of the 10 Fastest Growing Economies Are in Texas

November 5th, 2015

The news that Texas has 5 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the nation comes as no surprise. Things are always bigger in Texas. So what does this growth mean for both job seekers and businesses in these growing cities? When you’re making any changes for hiring, you may want to keep these ideas in mind. Let’s take a closer look at the five places experiencing rapid growth and how you can harness it for your business.

Corpus Christi

With 6.5 percent GDP growth estimate, this coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico is seeing an increase of commerce in the area. The primary industry is manufacturing. This means that anyone who has experience with warehouse, production, and technology that assists the processes will have a good shot at being employed in Corpus Christi and businesses in this sector are in demand.


Just north of Corpus Christi near the Gulf is the town of Victoria. This city has seen a 6.7 percent growth over the last few years. However, this area is looking at mining as its primary growth industry. Of course, with mining comes a variety of support level industries, including administrative and project management specializations.

DFW and Arlington

At 8.5 percent you can’t leave the Dallas and Fort Worth areas off the list. This includes Arlington as well as the metro area continues to grow. There are several industries that are booming around the region including finance, insurance, real estate, rental markets and leasing. It is no surprise that with the rise of financial businesses that real estate is also popular. The new employees who move into the area need somewhere to live.

San Angelo

Just west of the DFW and Austin areas is the town of San Angelo, which has reached the high rate of an 11.4 percent increase in GDP. The big surprise here is that their growth industry is government. The city is not far from the state capital in Austin, and it is actively hiring for a variety of local government and workforce jobs.


And to the west of San Angelo is the city of Midland, which was number one in the country at a GDP growth estimate of a whopping 24.1 percent! Like Victoria, the primary industry boom in this area is mining. But also like Victoria, this comes with all of the additional jobs that will supplement and support the industry.

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Why Didn’t I Get the Job after the Interview?

October 29th, 2015

You interviewed and you thought you nailed it. So why haven’t they called you back to offer you the job? After a long, frustrating job search it can be devastating to feel rejected. Before you take this frustration out on the next unsuspecting interviewer, you would benefit from learning some ways to constructively handle the situation. Here are some of the reasons you might not have been offered the job and what you can do to improve your chances in the future.

You didn’t thank them.

Of course, you should say thank you when you’re shaking their hand and leaving the office, but that might not be enough. As soon as you get home from the meeting, send over a quick thank-you note. This can either be an email that recaps your discussion and restates your interest, or a hand-written note that you drop in the mail. Either technique will give the interviewer a positive lasting impression.

Your negativity got in the way.

The interview isn’t just reviewing your skills when they meet with you, they want to understand your attitude. Too many job seekers let their frustrations show at exactly the wrong time. You may have answered questions about your last job in a way that raised the red flags. Instead, show them confidence and positivity in your answers.

You didn’t do your homework.

As a job candidate you can’t expect to just show up to the interview and get the job, you need to do some work too. You need to demonstrate not only that you are interested in the position but that you know exactly why. Learn as much as you can about the company before you arrive so you can frame your answers better. The company’s website and LinkedIn are good places to start.

You didn’t hit it off.

The interviewer is also trying to hire someone they believe will be a good match for their company culture, and that might not be you. If the interviewer didn’t feel a personal connection, they may decide on another candidate. You don’t really have much control over this, but know that if the environment wasn’t right, you may be better off continuing your job search elsewhere.

You didn’t ask any questions.

“So, do you have any questions for me?” This is not a rhetorical question. Far too many job seekers answer with no. In fact, the best way to mitigate this is to avoid having this question asked all together. The entire job interview conversation should be a give and take. They want to know you are interested, have done your homework, and want to know more. But don’t ask too many questions either. Let the conversation feel natural.

You didn’t listen.

There are several ways an interviewer might notice your lack of attention. They may ask a question but your answer doesn’t really fit the subject. They may feel that you didn’t get the question or that you aren’t paying attention. People have a habit of listening only long enough to formulate a response, but that means we might miss out on some other important information. Improve your listening skills and you may improve your chances.

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4 Tips to Posting Job Listings on Social Media

October 22nd, 2015

Are you using the best resources to find the candidates that you need for your open jobs? Specifically, are you posting on social media? By using social media you can target your audience where they already are and attract the right candidates to your company. But before you get started, it is important that you have an understanding of how social media works. Here are four tips you can use today.

Know the right target.

Social media, whether you love it or hate it, isn’t going anywhere. It will evolve over time, but there are no signs of it being a fad. This means you need to make sure that you get your message out where your target audience is. For professionals, LinkedIn is a great medium. For general employment, Facebook might be a better target. You also don’t have to use every platform available. Instagram might not be a fit for your organization, but Twitter might be helpful.

Grow your network.

If you create a LinkedIn business page, or a page on Facebook, your number one goal is to grow the network. You need followers. Ask your employees to follow your page. Ask them to ask their network to follow your page. Advertise. Put links in your e-mail signature. Get the word out there that you want to make connections with the right community.

Engage with followers.

Once you have a network, don’t just let it sit there. Engage with your followers. Between job postings, share interesting articles or information about your office or staff. This will encourage people to engage. Respond to their posts and responses. Answer their questions. Any of this personal interaction will make your company seem human and not just a company looking to increase revenue. This engagement will keep them reading for when you do post a job opening.

Encourage sharing.

When you post information, whether it is a job opening or an interesting article, encourage your network to share it. When they share it, more people will see it. This is particularly helpful on Twitter. The more people who retweet information you’ve posted will give you more eyes on your final message. There is a reason the term “viral” is used frequently in relation to content on the internet.

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Stop Being Late – Get Better at Allocating Time

October 16th, 2015

Have you ever been accused of being late to you own funeral? Have you lost jobs or missed out on important events because your employers or friends don’t consider you reliable. Being late to work regularly is one of the worst things that can happen in your career, so you have to learn to make it stop. Before you run out the door five minutes after you need to be at work, consider these tips to stop you from being late.

You’ve got to start earlier.

It sounds simple, and people who are early will always tell you this piece of advice, but it really does work. Stop thinking that you have all the time in the world. Set an alarm, create a schedule, and stick to it. Don’t expect that if you have a 20-minute commute that you can leave exactly 20 minutes before your arrival time. Being 1 minute late is still late. On time is already late in most cases. If you need to get up 15 minutes earlier, you don’t have to lose that sleep. Just go to bed 15 minutes earlier and use DVR!

Determine the steps.

Think backwards. When do you have to be to work or the meeting? How long will it take you to drive there? How long will it take you to get ready? Determine each of these steps and calculate the time you need to start in the morning. Then, make sure to add padding. Nothing is perfect and if you only give yourself just enough time, you can’t solve emergencies that come up like misplaced backpacks or construction.

Block out the sandwich.

People who are early use this technique. They block out time before and after important meetings to ensure that they have time to prepare. For example, if you have a 10 a.m. interview, don’t plan to walk in the door at the top of the hour. Give yourself at least 15 minutes to observe the office before the interview. If the interview is expected to go an hour, don’t schedule something else for 11 a.m. If you do schedule back-to-back meetings, you will be in scramble mode if the original meeting goes longer than scheduled.

Acknowledge your attitude.

When people are chronically late, there are some common characteristics. Do you ever feel resentful that you have to be in traffic for an hour to get somewhere? If you are, this could be a reason that you leave only a half an hour to get somewhere when it should take you an hour. This is self-defeating behavior. It doesn’t matter if you want to do something, being late won’t help it go any smoother.

Learn to say no.

Of course, there is another way to handle the late problem. This may not be a good solution for work commitments, but it can help take the pressure off in other areas of your life to help free up time to keep you from being late to the events and meetings that really matter. Determine your priorities and say no to invitations that don’t fit into your schedule.

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Make Interviewing Simple – Strengths, Motivation, Fit

October 9th, 2015

How can you guarantee that the person you hire will be the best for the job? Of course, nothing in life can be guaranteed to that degree but there is a simple way to refocus your interviewing strategy to ensure the employee checks all the right boxes for your company. How can you make interviewing both simpler and more effective? Let’s take a closer look at three things that can help you determine the best candidates to hire.

What are their strengths?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses is a staple of the interviewing process. But why do you ask this? What you want to know is what they excel at, how accomplished they are with their expertise, and what aspects need improvement. Weaknesses aren’t a deal breaker, everyone has them. What you need to know is what they are doing about them. Motivated job prospects want to improve, so they recognize weaknesses and have a plan to improve. Incorporate these topics in behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of from your previous position.”

How are they motivated?

You also want to know what makes them excited about what they do. Some people are money driven while others are looking for personal fulfillment. How they interact with their own job and how they are naturally motivated will help you determine the way they will work in your office. Ask them questions such as, “What kind of manager do you like to work for?” Or, “How do you like to be recognized for your work?” The keys to effective leadership is learning what drives your employees. Since everyone is different, there is no one method to getting the best out of each member of your team.

How do they fit with your existing team?

Lastly, besides whether or not they can do the job, you need to know if the new employee will be a good fit with your existing team. Why? Because your employees need to be a well-oiled machine and if one cog in that wheel doesn’t work well with the rest, the entire system can quickly break down. One of the best ways to determine this potential fit is to include your employees in the interviewing process. Have them meet with each candidate and then compare notes after the interview. If you like the candidate, don’t totally dismiss their input and feedback. That can have you lose respect since your employees will think they sat in the interview and had no input on the decision.

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Staying Positive Will Help Your Optimistic Outlook

September 24th, 2015

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

Positivity translates as confidence.

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

You’ll have better productivity levels.

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

It helps you set goals for your future.

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

Positive thinking reduces stress.

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

You’ll attract positive people to you.

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

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Help Your Overwhelmed Team with These Leadership Tips

September 18th, 2015

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

Redirect their focus and priorities.

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

Make changes to their workload.

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

Give them uninterrupted work time.

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

Change your approach to meetings.

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

Lead by example.

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

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

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