3 Interview Questions to Be Ready For

April 28th, 2016

Certainly, not all interviews are going to be the same. But as a job seeker, it is important to understand not just the specific details of what happens in each interview but the overall themes that will come into play. In general, there will be things employers want to know about their candidates and while the questions may be worded differently, they will be consistent across the board. So what are three of the interview questions that you should be prepared for in each interview? Here are some common concepts that appear in many interview situations.

1. What can you tell me that’s not on your resume?

Many job seekers get tripped up with this kind of question because they feel like it is an invitation to launch into their life story. While this should be a personalized response, it isn’t meant to include everything that isn’t on your resume. Instead, consider some stories you can tell about experiences you’ve had. People relate to stories, so think up some circumstances in your professional past that demonstrate how you would benefit a future employer. Engage them. Make it entertaining, interesting and appropriate. If you can tailor a soft skill that shows your value to the hiring manager through a great story, that will be a positive for your chances.

2. What salary do you expect?

Be careful, any talk about money in an initial interview can be a trap. When they ask you about money, the response shouldn’t be a specific number. If you suggest something too low, you’ll be trapped. If you suggest something too high, you’ll miss out. Instead, deflect the question appropriately. Tell them that you want to conduct the proper research into the job, now that you know more about it, and will be able to get back to them with a range. Most employers will respect this answer.

3. Why should I hire you?

A direct question like this also often throws people off guard in an interview. The employer wants to know why you think they should hire you, so put yourself in their shoes and solve their problem. Every job opening is a problem, so tap into their pain points and tell them how you are the right solution for them. Give specific examples, details, and compelling reasons to keep talking to you, asking more questions, or offering you the job.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX!

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Understanding the Importance of Your Company’s Online Reputation

April 21st, 2016

Your company’s brand may be as important an asset as the services or products you provide. Business in the 21st century has changed significantly and companies that fail to rise with the tide often get swept out to sea. Job seekers are going to spend their time researching your business before they decide to apply with your company, just like you might dig deeper into an employee’s history before hiring them. Your company’s online reputation may be all that stands between you and the top candidates in your field. Here are some things you should do to consider and understand the importance of your reputation online.

Search your company.

Before you can understand where you are in the grand scheme of the Internet, you need to see it firsthand. You may be surprised to discover some information that you did not know was out there before you searched for your company. Look at what is on the first two pages of search engine results for your company. Search the names of your top managers or executives. Look at employee review sites such as Glassdoor and JobVent. You have to know what problem you’re solving before you can solve it.

Bury negativity.

The best way to counter negativity on the Internet is to bury it with positive information. This has proven to be a much better technique than attempting to get sites to take down information. Don’t get into online arguments about angry reviews or Tweets (take them offline), but create content on your website and social media that will help counter this information and, over time, bury it deep within the search engine results. The more positive information you can flood the Internet with, the better. Just make sure not to produce that information in a spam-like fashion. The search engines are smart enough to recognize that behavior.

Empower brand ambassadors.

Your greatest tool for creating a positive online reputation is sitting right in your office now. Your employees use social media, sometimes on the job and definitely at home, so allow them to use their voice to promote your company in a productive way. Give them permission to share information online about their experiences to help others determine how working at your company will benefit them as well. This will help attract others to your company brand and, ultimately, become customers or applicants. If your company has a blog, encourage your employees to share the content. When you produce press releases, have your employees share the content. Explain the benefits your company receives when 10 employees “like” a post. The organic results will be nothing but positive for your organization.

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 our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston and locations throughout Texas.

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Who Doesn’t Want a Promotion? Focus on These 3 Tips

April 14th, 2016

You will probably never hear someone say they just want to work in their same job for the rest of their lives. Everyone imagines their career can climb the corporate ladder, and yet, not everyone does. So how can you focus your skills and ambitions to land that next promotion? Before you get started, consider these three tips that can get you from where you are now to where you want to be in your career and the future.

1. Be indispensable.

There is a fine line to walk here, but the bottom line is that you need to demonstrate that you are indispensable to your company. You want to position yourself as an expert at what you do so you are the first person your bosses and co-workers approach when dealing with a specific problem. However, don’t fall into the trap to make yourself so indispensable that you are unable to take days off or refuse to do certain tasks outside the scope of your normal position. Staying humble in this area is important as well. No company or employees want to deal with some who comes across as a know-it-all.

2. Be likable.

To land your next promotion, you also need to ensure that you are someone well liked in the office. It is rare for someone to grant a promotion to a person they dislike. You don’t have to be treated like a literal door mat, but building goodwill and having an amiable personality will help you go far within the company. Be someone well-liked by all levels of the organization. This can help establish and maintain a good reputation with the people who are likely to make the decisions to promote star performers in the future.

3. Be creative.

Someone who is creative and innovative is also likely to be considered over someone who just goes through the motions or follows all of the specific guidelines. Not only should you be creative in your own job, finding new and better ways of doing what you do, you should also have some innovative strategic thinking for the future of the company itself. Organizations want to promote people who have a vision that matches the overall success of the business as a whole. They like to see employees who are committed to helping the company grow, not just employees who do enough to complete their daily tasks.

Our success stories over the years only reaffirm our core belief – people come first! Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX and throughout the rest of the Lone Star State.

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Run Better Meetings by Starting with Small Talk

April 7th, 2016

Are meetings the source of eye rolls and anxiety in your office? Employees often feel like they are a waste of time, and they would be better off working rather than listening in on a meeting. The truth is, meetings run better when people trust each other, so how do you develop that trust? When you create personal connections, you have a means to enhance your meetings in a way that is positive for everyone. The best way to get started is by facilitating small talk between your employees and management. Here are some tips for getting started.

Water cooler philosophy

Every office has a water cooler situation even if they don’t have an actual water cooler. This casual interaction between co-workers has no professional expectation. It is simply about getting to know the people around you in the office and understanding how to work with them better. While you may not think that talking about the latest episode of The Walking Dead or what you did on your vacation can help increase meeting productivity, getting to know others casually absolutely does. No one wants to just come in to work each day and only talk about what’s happening inside the office walls. Create that personal connection to see productivity and engagement increase.

Commonalities between people

This type of conversation sparks a sense of community. Once you know what you have in common with the people around you, it is easier to facilitate the types of things that will enhance teamwork. If you’re on the same page from the start, you will increase communication skills and be able to move forward. All discussions are met with a different attitude, and no one feels that someone is out to get them.

Better cooperation skills

When co-workers have things in common, they are also more likely to be willing to cooperate with each other. They won’t feel like they’re competing for accolades but rather that they are all on the same team. If there is no natural water cooler situation in your office, create it by implementing a few minutes of getting caught up at the beginning of each meeting. Maybe it’s near the coffee pot or in the break area. Let your employees dictate that natural meeting place.

Get down to business

The real key with this tactic is knowing when to stop the idle conversation and move into the business that needs to be accomplished. Never let the small talk become so overwhelming that you are no longer able to get anything done. Cut it off after a few minutes in a natural way to segue into the meeting itself. The worst possible scenario is a 30-minute meeting that features 20 minutes of discussing nothing on the agenda. The leader needs to have a sense of when to get going.

Meador Staffing will help you find the right fit for all of your employment needs. Contact our great team today to get started on working with a leader of staffing services in Texas since 1968.

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Do You Know What to Look for on a Company Website?

March 24th, 2016

As a job seeker, you’ve been told over and over again to do your research before you go into an interview. But what exactly are you looking for and how do you find it? Before your next meeting, consider these strategies for finding the right information on a company website without wasting time going down rabbit holes that won’t serve your job search.

The mission and vision statement

You will find a mission statement and the company’s overall vision usually stated clearly on the landing page, but if you dig deeper you will find a little more. What you want to know is why the company exists. What problems do they solve? How do they see themselves fitting in with the greater industry? Do the mission statement and overall vision actually get implemented when you visit during the job interview or is it just fluff?

Community involvement

Many employees today want to know their employers are in touch with the local community. What is the organization doing in relation to charity, volunteering, or community involvement? This can better help you understand if the company has the same or similar core values to you and if you’ll be a fit in their environment. There is a balance between being active and helpful in the community and going over the top by trying to promote every single thing the company does.

The target audience

It is also helpful to know how they market their products or services. Who is their target audience? How have they built their core customer base? What is their presence on social media? The more you know about how they attract new clients or conduct their business overall can help you better understand your role if you were to be hired.

How it is different from competition

Chances are, this company isn’t the only one in the area conducting this type of business. Do a compare and contrast between the websites of several of their competitors. This will give you a picture of how they are different from other companies in the same industry and why they might be a better match for you.

The company culture

Hopefully, with their website and their social media, you’ll also get a sense of their overall corporate culture. You want to see what an average day is like for the employees in the office and how they interact with others. Look at their Facebook and Twitter accounts to learn more information. Review their staff bios to see if you have common interest with others in the office. You might only bring up one of those details in the interview, but that could be enough to show you did your homework and want the job.

The experts at Meador will tailor your strengths with open job positions. As a leading staffing agency in Houston TX, we have created great relationships with employers since opening in 1968. Contact our great team today to take the next step in your career.
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What Happens When You Get Promoted to Being the Boss?

March 17th, 2016

When you’re rewarded with a promotion in your current company, what happens to your former co-workers? In many cases they become your new team, and you’re thrust into a management role over individuals with whom you’ve worked closely for some time. It is no surprise this can create tension in the workplace. How do you deal effectively with your new role as boss? Here are some tips you can follow to make the transition easier.

Acknowledge the change.

There is really no point in trying to pretend like nothing’s changed. Management is a very different type of position than general employment, and it is critical that you let everyone know that you are now in a position to supervise them. This acknowledgement, instead of insisting things will continue the same as before, is the first step in building trust with your former co-workers.

Communicate your expectations.

You also need to be clear in your communications with your new team. Setting expectations early about what is required and what is not appropriate will help set the tone long term. In this process, also make sure to give your team an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions and provide feedback. Utilize that information to ensure you are a positive force. Establishing guidelines will take time and should evolve. Finding a balance between your management style and what works for your team will take time.

Don’t rule like a dictator.

While you don’t want to continue to pretend things are business as usual once you’re in a supervisor role, you also shouldn’t completely alter your personality and start ruling with an iron fist. Micromanagement is one of the biggest complaints for employees, and they will view it as a direct betrayal when it comes from someone they recently saw as one of their peers.

Address resentment.

If anyone you work with does start to act resentful for the fact that you were promoted and they weren’t, address the issue. If you do not, things could spiral out of control. Their work could suffer and you could have additional conflicts. Talk to them about their feelings and be supportive. Ignoring the issue will lead to bigger problems down the road, either through an office argument or the employee leaving the office.

Create a new network.

Now that you are no longer in the same peer group, it is important that you find a network of other managers that can be your accountability group or mentors to help address your questions along the way. Talk to the individual who was in your role before you, if they are still with the company, or join management groups online to get feedback and help you with problems.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston TX and other locations in Texas.

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Don’t Rely on Luck to Land Your Next Job

March 10th, 2016

Do you ever think if it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all? When you’re looking for a new job, what are your expectations? The truth is, a job finding you is a pretty rare situation. The most successful job seekers are the ones who take control over their search and actively participate. Rather than relying on luck to help you, consider making your own fortune. Here are several ways you can get out and make the right connections to find your next job.

Network, network, network.

People who land a new job seemingly before they took a leap are not usually lucky but are well-connected. It is important to develop a networking habit even while you’re still working so you can build a strong foundation to help you in the future. If you are currently unemployed, challenge yourself to attend a local or industry-related networking event once a week. Once you find a job, keep it up once a month. You don’t want to be the network connection that only talks when you have your hand out and need something. Help your network connections all of the time and reap the benefits when you need them.

Start a blog.

Do you have a website? If not, consider buying your own domain name to ensure that your name is associated with you and your career. Once you do, put something on the site, such as your resume, and start a blog. A blog can help position you as an expert in your industry. You’ll be surprised to find out how often recruiters search for and contact blog writers in their searches. When you do create a blog, be consistent! Create a plan and stick to it. Writing about a topic that you are passionate about will make that consistency easier to achieve.

Build your brand.

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, and that is also true for the job market. Create an online presence that can help others find you in the most common social media sites. Use twitter to promote your blog. Create a page on Facebook that matches your website. Be sure to complete your LinkedIn profile, too. Cross-promote your content across all social media sites so it reaches the biggest target audience possible.

Tell everyone.

Finally, tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. While this falls under the networking category, it doesn’t have to stop there. Talk to people in line at the grocery store or at your local coffee shop to improve your networking skills. The next time you meet someone new at a party, let them know you’re looking for work. You don’t have to beg or sound desperate, but the more people you talk to about it the better chance you have of finding the right opportunity.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters to work with a top staffing agency in Houston.

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Is Managing Millennials Really Different?

March 3rd, 2016

Are management strategies really different between the generations in the workplace? Millennials, you’ve been told, have vastly different requirements than their older professional counterparts. You may have heard that you need to focus more on digital engagement, personal growth and collaboration. While these things are true, there are many similar characteristics that make managing millennials very similar to managing GenX or Baby Boomers. Here are some of the management skills that you need to cultivate to encourage success from millennials.

Transparency for decisions.

Regardless of the age of your employees, everyone who works for you wants to have a better understanding of the decisions that the management team makes. By being secretive or overly confidential, all you do is breed discontent among your employees. Instead, create a culture where decisions and ideas are freely shared and even ask for thoughts or buy-in from your staff. When you’re willing to share the thought process or reasoning behind a decision, employees will be more willing to invest in the overall vision and mission.

Career growth and development.

Another common trait between the various generations in the workplace is the need for continued job growth. No one wants to feel stagnant in their career, and as soon as they begin to feel restless, they may begin to look outside your organization for additional fulfillment. What can you do to encourage them to continue learning? This doesn’t mean they need a promotion six months into their job, but they do want to see that you want them to grow in your organization. It can be in leading projects, sending employees to conferences or investing in continuing education. A commitment from the company to the employee will increase the chances in a longer commitment from the employee to the company.

Rewards for milestones or accomplishments.

All of your employees want to feel appreciated as well. While the rewards themselves may be different between the generations, everyone wants to be recognized for the work they’ve contributed. Talk with your staff to find out what motivates them and how to properly reward them for their efforts. A great way to reinforce the culture and values of the company is to reward the behavior that models those values. Praising employees in a public forum (meeting, email newsletter) will be appreciated and noticed.

A sense of community.

Everyone on your staff is interested in creating a culture and community within the workplace. In fact, this may be an arena where millennials have higher expectations than their baby boomer counterparts. Collaboration and teamwork are a huge motivator for the younger generation and having an office culture that gives them a corporate identity is critical to their continued loyalty. Millennials want to feel that they have a sense of purpose and are making a difference. Establishing that feel through a sense of community is one great method.

Meador will deliver the flexible and customized staffing solutions your company needs. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Houston or any of our six other locations throughout Texas.

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Change These 4 Areas to See Personal Improvement

February 25th, 2016

How you function in your personal and at-home life can easily influence how successful, or stressed out, you are at work every day. Do you sometimes feel overwhelmed? Do you have trouble focusing? Have you started to dread getting up and going to work every day? These may all be signs that you need to make some changes. But before you make drastic changes, consider these four small alterations you can start with to see improvement in your work day.

Commit to more sleep.

Often in offices, you’ll hear people bragging about how little sleep they got because they are too busy being busy. Or, they may be plagued with insomnia because they are stressed. However, a lack of sleep can be the biggest contributor to an unfocused day. Commit to getting a complete night’s rest by choosing a reasonable bed time, turning off any media an hour before bed and creating a calming routine to help you drift to sleep.

Create a to-do list.

Each week, start out with a to-do list. Include four to five critical projects each day. When you complete a task, you can have the satisfaction of crossing it off. You can also compose daily lists that have the tasks broken out into individual steps, which can help you tackle a larger project. The key is to make a manageable to-do list that can keep you on track but not make things more difficult.

Ask questions.

Many people lose productivity because they are too proud to ask for help or get clarification on a project. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when something raises a concern for you. When you are assigned a new task, ask about any aspect that is slightly confusing. Clarify things you think you know how to do. And don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. No one expects you to understand everything at the first time. Asking questions to get more clarification shows that you want to do the job correctly and care about its quality.

Be positive and optimistic.

Your attitude has a big impact on your success. Remaining positive and optimistic can help you not only get through a bad day but it can make every day more pleasant. Positive people are able to avoid complaining about negative situations and determine the right solutions instead. It can really change the way you approach everything in your job. Studies also show that optimistic employees with positive attitudes get promoted at higher rates than critical people with negative attitudes.

Meador matches your career needs and helps you meet your goals. To work with a leading staffing agency in Austin (and throughout Texas), contact our great team of recruiters today!

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Social Media Helps You Reach New Candidates

February 18th, 2016

Some companies are still resisting the transition to social media and mobile technology. But, did you know that more job seekers in the millennial generation are using their cell phones as their primary source of Internet connection, and, therefore, their job searches? Of millennials, 47 percent are using their cell phones to find new jobs, and 30 percent are doing it while they’re still in a current job. The lesson companies need to learn is that embracing social media and mobile technology is the best way to target new employees right where they are. How can you use social media to help you reach these new candidates?

Create a mobile strategy

Before you dig into social media, consider the plan of attack that works best for you and your organization. Many companies utilize each new platform when it becomes available, but soon they are drowning in way too much social media. Facebook and LinkedIn are the most common for staffing companies to share content. Twitter is utilized by many companies to share content and also to post jobs. Other popular social media outlets include Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat among others. Only pick the ones that make sense for your business.

Keep information safe

Your company also wants to make sure that you don’t put too much information out on social media. Whatever is considered confidential in your company’s culture should never be shared on social media. Everything that is published on the Internet is publically accessible and, in extreme cases, legally discoverable. It is helpful to train someone or outsource the duties to a company to handle all of your social media effectively and responsibly.

Engage with your audience

Once you are on these social media sites, the important part of connecting to potential job seekers is to engage with your audience. Post questions to encourage people to participate. Be sure to answer any questions or direct messages you receive because people are turning to social media for instant feedback. Share your knowledge in a way that makes people want to come back to your page regularly.

Make applications easy

If you decide to use social media and online applications to encourage potential employees to apply with your company, work with your IT provider to make sure that it is easy to use. Many job seekers give up with online applications if there are too many steps or it is difficult to access on a mobile phone. One-touch applications can help encourage more potentially qualified candidates to apply.

Guided by our mission and vision, we have a sense of duty to our candidates and customers to find the right match to their career and company aspirations. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin or at any of our other six locations!

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