The Proper Way To Ask Your Employer For A Raise

April 24th, 2015

If you’ve been at your job for a significant amount of time and have yet to receive a raise, it may not be because your employer is being unfair to you. Often the primary reason employees don’t earn more in their jobs is because they simply didn’t ask. Marching down the hall and pounding on the door probably isn’t the most effective method. However, there is an art form to asking for more money in the right way. Here are some tips for asking your manager for a raise in the proper way.

  • Consider the timing. There is never a “good time” to ask for a raise. If you wait for one then you might wait forever. On the other hand, there are also some particularly bad times to approach your manager. For example, don’t ask during a particularly sensitive deadline process. You may also look for clues around the office. Do most reviews happen at the end of the year? If so, schedule a meeting around the same time.
  • Do your homework. Asking for the wrong raise is almost as bad as never asking for one. Before you approach your manager with your request, know what you’re looking for and what is appropriate for your level of service and experience. You can use resources such as Salary.com to review common pay rates in your area and create a case around those numbers.
  • Prepare to make your case. Once you have the information in hand, you need to prepare a presentation to let your manager know why you’re making this request. Collect data from your tenure in your job. What projects have you contributed to? What was the success rate? How has your work specifically impacted the company in a positive way? Being able to show numbers that illustrate your positive effect will help your case.
  • Is this part of a promotion? Do you want more than money? It is important to know what you’re asking for before you approach your manager. Perhaps someone has recently left the organization and an advanced opportunity is available. You want to strike while the iron is hot and before they invest too much money in outside recruiting.
  • Know how to take rejection. It is also important that you know how to react if they refuse your request. Walking into that meeting and envisioning each scenario will have you prepared to respond properly and not through emotion. Keep in mind that this is a negotiation and not an ultimatum. The door isn’t closed forever because they weren’t able to honor your request. Take this opportunity to ask why and do what you can to improve the situation on your side.

Meador Staffing matches quality job candidates and top employers to find the right fit for each side. Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin TX and beyond so call us today!

Should You Pass On A Candidate If They’re Overqualified

April 17th, 2015

There was a time in our culture where the word “overqualified” wasn’t even used. Since the most recent recession, many employers are falling back on this reason to avoid hiring certain professionals. Job seekers are increasingly, and understandably, more frustrated by the job market because of this one word. But overqualified doesn’t have to mean unemployable. You can leverage the candidates’ skills to your advantage. Here are some reasons you may not want to pass on an overqualified employee.

  1. Top-quality experience. An overqualified employee will be able to handle the function of the job with fewer problems. Their years of experience may be more than the job requires, but that also means they have more maturity. They have learned from their mistakes and won’t repeat them at your company. The cost of a bad hire can rack up pretty quickly so someone with business experience can help mitigate that issue.
  2. Innovative mind. Higher levels of experience also lead to the development of new ideas that you were never expecting. They may notice something about the way your company handles the job that they can improve or augment. You will not get this same perspective from an entry-level candidate. Creativity and innovation can make the difference between someone who can do the job and someone who can excel at it.
  3. Extreme professionalism. Life experience will foster professionalism and a mature candidate will have developed better skills to deal with some of the challenges of the job. They also already have a familiarity with business protocol, even if it was for another company, which can translate to the way you run your company. You won’t have to explain what to talk about in the office, how to communicate with executives, or how to avoid over-stepping their roles on a project.
  4. Dedication and loyalty. Due to the way the job market tends to treat overqualified employees, they are looking for companies where they can establish long-term relationships and make a positive impact. They tend to be very loyal while some entry-level candidates are more likely to get their experience and leave for another position. It’s easy to remember the time and resources needed after making a bad hire, but also have to keep in mind those same resources are needed if a new employee leaves for a new position after a short time period.

Are you currently interviewing for new opportunities in your company? Meador Staffing Agencies in Pasadena TX can help you source and hire the right candidates.

Networking Best Practices: How To Make Important Industry Connections

April 10th, 2015

Face-to-face networking is an essential skill, even as we become continually more dependent on technology. Getting your next job opportunity may be reliant on the connections you’ve made throughout your career. Online networking makes this process easier, but it isn’t the whole picture. For the best results, you need to focus on all aspects of networking within your industry as well as online. Here are some best practices to help you get your networking experience off on the right foot.

Online Networking Resources

LinkedIn is the clear winner when it comes to developing and maintaining professional connections online. The site is easy to navigate and provides an entire section dedicated to “People you may know.” Use LinkedIn to connect to former co-workers or managers, other professionals in your area, and groups that apply to your interests or skills. Facebook (interaction) and Twitter (information) can also provide some online networking opportunities. Each social media network provides its own strengths and weaknesses.

In-person Networking Resources

With the ease of connecting online, many people often neglect face-to -face networking. Attend local industry events to meet others in your field where you can feel comfortable talking about your professional and personal interests. If you’re nervous about meeting new people, volunteer so you feel useful and that you are helping others. Join a website like MeetUp.com to find others interested in the same industries or who have the same skills. Online groups often facilitate local meetings as well.

Introduce Yourself Everywhere

Networking in person can be more nuanced than clicking a box on LinkedIn. Carry cards with you at all times. Introduce yourself to people you’re standing in line with at the bank. When you’re out at social events, don’t be afraid to talk about what you do. You never know who you will meet and if they might be able to help you. Gaining more practice by talking with new connections will increase your confidence and make you more comfortable in those situations.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Following up is extremely important when it comes to networking. Contacts you don’t see again are useless and result in thousands of business cards piling up in a drawer. Send a thank-you email the day after you’ve met. Share interesting information you’ve found every once in a while. The best way to keep a connection is to provide a service for them. What can you do that would benefit the relationship? Be a connector and facilitate introductions within your network.

Do you want more networking tips for your career? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX and can help you today!

Unemployment Rate On The Decline In Texas

April 3rd, 2015

If you’ve ever thought about employment in Texas there are a number of reasons our state is a great place to work. Not the least of which includes the decline of the unemployment rate over the last several years. As of December 2014, Texas had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent. The national average still remains at 5.6 percent during the same time period. Let’s take a look at why the unemployment rate is on the decline in Texas and how this translates to better jobs overall.

  • Booming cities. Midland, Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country currently standing at 2.6%. Amarillo, Lubbock, Austin, and Dallas are all significantly below the national numbers as well. Texas is also a great state for a variety of employment benefits including no state income tax, which helps employees keep more of the money they make each week and throughout the year.
  • Increased industry. Texas is leading the way in a number of high tech industries. Careers in aerospace and aviation, biotechnology, information technology, and energy are all booming in the state. Job seekers interested in these roles or open to learning new skills will do well to focus on these industries and explore opportunities in these areas.
  • Housing availability. Because of increased job opportunities in major metropolitan areas, housing is also seeing a boom. This also means that there is an increased need for real estate agents and a variety of housing-related jobs. The current average housing cost for all type of properties in Austin, Texas stands at over $500,000, but there are more affordable options as well. Depending on where you want to live, you may be able to get a good deal on rental properties.
  • Long-term effects. The Austin area remains the top performing city in the state and the long-term forecast remains positive. The service industry, durable manufacturing, and trades will continue to advance the economy of the city along with the industries mentioned above. It is expected that the metropolitan areas of Texas will see growth through 2040 and beyond.

Are you interested in working in Texas? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX so call us now!

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!