How To Improve Employee Retention

December 19th, 2014

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

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

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Increasing Workplace Productivity: How Do You Do It?

December 12th, 2014

This time of year can make it difficult to stay focused. All of the distractions of the holiday season can make it harder to stay productive at work. However, the work still needs to get done so what can you do to increase your productivity. Here are some tips that can help you during the holiday but also build good habits that will stick with throughout the New Year.

  1. Eliminate distractions and set a timer. When you need to focus, just focus. Don’t allow yourself to have distractions. Turn off the ringer on your phone and let callers leave messages that you can return later. Avoid interruptions from coworkers. Set a timer to encourage you to complete a task in a timely manner. Focus only on that one task until the timer goes off, then evaluate where you are in the project.
  2. Start with the hardest tasks. So many people fall into the trap of tackling the easiest tasks first to give them a sense of accomplishment. Almost every professional is guilty of this. Instead, turn the tables on yourself. You may be most productive in the morning before the afternoon lull so start with the most difficult tasks to get them off your plate. That way the easiest or most fun projects are left for the afternoon.
  3. Only check email twice a day. Your email inbox is not a to-do list. This is the most important piece of corporate advice you can ever take. Responding immediately to every possible request will get you stranded in email quicksand very quickly. Instead, set aside two times each day to check and respond to emails. You’ll find you’re more productive if you’re not constantly waiting for that new message alert.
  4. Keep your workspace organized. A messy desk will absolutely lead to non-productivity. You could lose essential parts of the project and spend far too much time looking for things that should be at your fingertips. File things immediately, pass on finished tasks when they are completed, and always put things in their proper place.
  5. Take a break. Finally, one of the best things you can do to boost your energy and encourage productivity is to take a break. Get away from your desk, go for a walk, or take a breather in the break room. Constantly pushing yourself to a breaking point isn’t any more effective than procrastinating. Give yourself a chance to breathe and then get back to the task with renewed energy.

Do you want more ways to stay productive during the holidays and into the New Year? Meador is hiring for jobs in Houston TX and can help you today!

4 Benefits to Working with a Texas Recruiter

November 21st, 2014

If you’re in the market for a new job you may not have thought about contacting a local recruiter. All too often recruiters and staffing agencies have received an unfair negative reputation but staffing services also help thousands of people every year find jobs. There is no obligation and a recruiter is simply another potential resource for finding a new position. Here are four benefits of working with a Texas recruiter.

  1. They work with local companies who do not advertise. Many companies take their open jobs directly to staffing agencies before they advertise in the local market. This means that people who work with recruiters will have a first shot at a new job.
  2. They can match you to an opportunity that fits your skills and personality. Recruiters are trained to pre-screen employees to determine the perfect match between an employer and a candidate. Success with a new job is about more than just skills, it is also important that you fit in with the current employees and office environment. The recruiter will take the time to get to know both aspects before submitting your information.
  3. They can offer short term work while you’re looking. Most people, when they have the option, are willing to work short term jobs to make some extra money while they wait for the right full time position to become available. Working on a temporary basis also gives you a chance to prove your reliability and skills to the recruiter who will then be more likely to recommend you to their clients.
  4. They can help sell your resume to their clients. In most traditional situations companies advertise their jobs and candidates send resumes. This means that sometimes clients have hundreds or resumes to review and don’t have the time to do it. Most resumes will go ignored. A staffing company will be able to submit only the top candidates and tell the client why these individuals were hand-selected.

Are you looking for a new job in Texas? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Houston TX today!

Ways to Improve Culture and Attract Candidates

November 14th, 2014

Your company culture is just as important as your salary and benefits packages. Especially with the influx of Generation Y candidates your company will need to stay ahead of the competition to bring on the most talented new employees. Millennials are requiring a better work/life balance in a way that their Baby Boomer counter parts never did. Here are some small changes you can make today to improve your company culture and attract the top candidates.

  1. Flexible hours and work from home options. Organizations are learning that their team wants more freedom. Employees are proving that they are responsible enough to handle it. Several flexible options are available for your company. Allow your team to choose their own start and end times which can help them beat rush hour traffic or be able to pick their kids up from school. Many companies are offering remote working arrangements. This could be 100% work from home or just few days to always have someone to cover the office. Some companies implement a “results oriented” workplace model. This means that the hours spent are not nearly as important as the successful completion of the work.
  2. Community presence and volunteering. Social responsibility is a hot button issue for many young professionals entering the workforce. Millennials want to work for organizations who care about their community, the environment, and other social issues. Find a local cause to support by hosting fundraisers or organizing volunteer programs. Encourage employees to bring ideas to the office and develop social responsibility programs. Offer matches for charitable donations made by employees or replace your annual holiday gifts with a donation instead.
  3. Collaborative environment and work space. Innovation is driven by collaboration. Generation Y have been raised in environments that encourage teamwork and they are bringing these skills to the office. Harness this energy to create a company culture that embraces shared ideas. Design your office to take advantage of communal spaces and start using collaborative tools, many of which are available for free such as Google Docs. Salesforce is also popular for collaborative workplaces.

Are you ready to hire top candidates? Meador Staffing Agencies in Austin TX can help today!

3 Ways to Follow Up if a Job is on Hold

November 7th, 2014

Internal decisions can be just as confusing for an open job as the interviewing process. Sometimes, even after an interview, a job seeker can find out that a job is on hold. It may be due to budget concerns or a hiring freeze established by a corporate office after the job was advertised. In any case a job on hold can be as frustrated for the hiring manager as it can be for the job seeker. If you’ve been told a job is on hold there are some things you can do to follow up the right way.

  1. Email. While some people prefer to talk on the phone the best way to connect with the hiring your interviewer is by email. This way you aren’t perceived as pestering. The hiring manager isn’t happy about this decision as well but they also have their job to do. Send a professional email asking about why it was put on hold and if there is an expectation that it will reopen. And don’t expect an answer right away; they may simply not have one. Use the “read receipt” function in your email client to ensure that the message was received.
  2. Reiterate. When you do email let them know that you’re checking in on the job and offer additional information that will get their attention. You may share something that didn’t come up in the interview that demonstrates that you are genuinely interested in this opportunity. You want them to remember you when they get the go ahead to hire for this job again.
  3. Keep going. Even if this job was perfect for you don’t stop your search and lose momentum. Keep looking for other jobs. You never know what can happen and it is possible that this job will never return even if the manager wants it to. Continue your search as you wait and give this job a time frame to stop following up.

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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.

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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.

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