Our Top Four Tips for Jobseekers from 2018

January 10th, 2019

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Each year we work hard to bring job seekers in the Houston area the best advice to help them in their search. Before we begin creating new content for 2019, we wanted to take a look back at the most popular and helpful tips we wrote about in 2018. Throughout the year, we focus on creating informative blog posts that will provide real-world advice to help professionals in the area find their next career move. Here are the top four tips from 2018.

1. What to say in an interview after you’ve been fired?

In March, we tackled an important subject that can affect a lot of job seekers. If you’ve been fired from your job, how do you pick yourself up and brush yourself off again to find a new job? In this post, we take a look at the ways you can approach an interview after you’ve been let go from a job.

2. What skills do you need to become more hirable?

The next month, we also wanted to showcase some of the things job seekers can do to make themselves more hirable. These are three essential soft skills that will help you sell your hard skills to a potential employer. They include an ability to listen, adaptability on the job, and leadership qualities.

3. Is empathy a useful business skill?

We also wanted to take a closer look at empathy and whether or not it is a good skill to have for business. In this post, our directors of marketing and development teamed up to take an in-depth look at the subject and provide details on what empathy is and how it can be applied to your career for success.

4. Where is the hidden job market?

Another popular post for job seekers this year was a closer look at what’s known as the hidden job market. It provided practical tips such as building relationships with recruiters, determining company decision makers, networking at industry events in the Houston area, and reconnecting with your established network.

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Our Top Five Tips for Employers from 2018

January 3rd, 2019

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What did 2018 look like for you as a business in the Dallas area? Did you accomplish your goals? Did you grow throughout the year? And what are you establishing as your goals for 2019? Before we kick off the new year completely, we thought we would take a closer look at our top posts from 2018. What were people reading about or asking about throughout the year that we could help with? Here are the top five tips we provided to employers last year.

1. How to avoid employee burnout.

Employee burnout can be a huge issue and affect not only the individual employees but your entire team. How can you spot it before it becomes a major issue in the workplace? In this post, we take a closer look at the issue and the steps you can take to address it. We include information about how it affects your company and how making it a priority will go a long way to solving the problem.

2. Addressing employee retention.

In June, we asked the question whether or not the biggest problem affecting companies is hiring or retention. We took a closer look at how retention plays a vital role in the health of a company and what happens when it isn’t addressed. We also encourage our clients to work with an agency to help maintain good hiring practices that turn into good retention

3. Asking what their last boss would say.

Interviews are always a challenge, and how do you know if the person you’re talking to would be a good fit for your company? In this post, we take a look at the question, “would your last boss hire you again.” It will give them an opportunity to talk about their success and accomplishments. It may also allow for you to see any potential red flags before making a hiring decision

4. Why do employees look for a new job?

If your employees are leaving your company, it’s important to look at what is causing their exodus. Why do employees leave? In November, we examined 5 possible reasons that your employees are dissatisfied and may begin looking for a new position, including low pay, underappreciation, and lack of advancement

5. Big growth in Texas.

Throughout the year, we took a closer look at the employment trends affecting businesses in Texas as a whole, and especially the Dallas area. In this popular post in October, we broke down some of the reasons the area is booming. Low unemployment rates and multiple growing industries help keep Dallas at the top of the nation’s list of thriving economies.

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Temporary Jobs – Can You Piece Together a Full-Time Career This Way?

December 27th, 2018

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If you’ve been out of work you’ve probably heard the suggestion to apply with a temporary staffing agency. But is working temp something that will benefit you? Not only can temporary work provide you with an income but it can also be the flexible solution you’re looking for in your career. Working temporary may just be the right answer for the kind of full-time work you’re looking for. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

Working in the gig economy.

The gig economy has been around for a long time. It often refers to individuals who work freelance or contract jobs. Some people have even taken this to a new level to work for companies that pay for small projects like driving for a rideshare or doing small tasks for others. But the primary benefit of working in the gig economy is doing the work you want when you want it. But that could also mean work isn’t available when you need it.

Working with a staffing agency.

Staffing companies provide an alternative. While you still have the ability to select only the positions you want to do, you will have the benefits of an established company backing you up. They will pay you each week you work. They can also help you with your resume and interviews to ensure that you get the assignment. For proven employees, recruiters will often go a long way to ensure you are placed on a great assignment.

Having a flexible schedule.

Either way, the flexible schedule is the primary draw. You can work your own hours or schedule whether you establish it yourself as a freelancer or partner with a recruiter to find the projects that fit within your time frame. You will be able to remain in control of how and when you work, which will give you a handle on your own work/life balance.

Work enough to make enough.

The biggest concern for anyone working in the gig economy or temporary employment is whether or not you can sustain your cost of living. People certainly make enough in the gig economy to live but it can be a hustle every day to find new work and keep things consistent. Working with a temporary staffing agency can give you a little more regularity in your pay, plus you won’t have to pay self-employment taxes when you work with a recruiter.

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Google for Jobs – Why Your Candidates Are Here

December 20th, 2018

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Google for Jobs is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a tool created by the popular search engine that uses their already established algorithms to help connect job seekers to employers. Google for Jobs pulls jobs from a number of different sources to allow for candidates to search for jobs right from the Google home page and even apply directly online. So how can hiring managers ensure that their job will be seen by the right audience and attract top talent? Here are some suggestions.

Why do candidates use Google for Jobs?

The beauty of Google for Jobs is that candidates often don’t realize they’re accessing it directly. They’ll simply type their job search into the Google search engine and they’ll seamlessly see a list of available jobs in the area. It makes the process easy to use, which means more job seekers will use it.

How did Google for Jobs get Started?

As with many of the technology concepts rolled out by Google, it’s designed to make searching easier. They wanted to see if they could use machine learning to match job titles and descriptions to the jobs people are searching for online.

How can you get your job listed?

As of right now, you can’t directly post a job to Google for Jobs. It is picked up by posting them on other specific job search sites such as LinkedIn, Indeed, Glassdoor, Monster, CareerBuilder, and all the others. Your technical team can set up the right schema and markup language to have Google recognize your jobs. But to make sure they are indexed by Google for Jobs, it’s important to have a clear job description and include information like the location and salary levels.

How do candidates apply?

From the applicant’s viewpoint, not much has changed. They will see the jobs pop up in their regular Google search, but as they click on the ones that interest them, they’ll be taken directly to the job site where the post was originally published. The job seeker then completes the online application process as normal.

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New Year, New Job – a Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency

December 13th, 2018

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If you’re looking for a new job this holiday season, have you considered talking with a local staffing agency to help you in your search? Dedicated recruiting professionals are always seeking qualified candidates to present for their clients’ open positions. How do you begin working with a recruiter? Here are some tips to get you started with a staffing agency this month and into the New Year.

Complete the online application process.

Most agencies utilize an online application process for initial intake. This allows them to receive your resume and additional pertinent information to help them make a match between you and an open position. Your first step to working with an agency is to complete the process thoroughly to demonstrate that you are able to follow directions and are detail oriented.

Schedule an interview with a recruiter.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the recruiter to schedule an interview. This initial phone call is as important as the face-to-face meeting as it will allow you to learn more about the agency’s process and their open positions and specializations. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions of your own.

Attend the interview and complete skills assessment.

It’s imperative if you want to build a positive relationship with your recruiter that you attend the interview. Arrive on time to make a great first impression. The recruiter will ask questions about your background to make notes that will help them find you the right placement. You will also be asked to complete skills assessments using a computer-based testing program. Some companies handle the assessments in-house while others will send you access to online testing.

Be honest throughout the process.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the entire process is to be honest. Not only do you need to be honest about your skills and background, but also about what you’re looking for in your next job. The recruiter needs the truth to make there right matches for your skills and interests. This also applies to the skills assessments. Especially when conducted online, your recruiter is trusting you to have integrity in the process.

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StrengthsFinder Series: Belief – Defined Core Values

December 6th, 2018

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Belief – People exceptionally talented in the Belief theme have certain core values that are unchanging. Out of these values emerges a defined purpose for their lives.

Belief Theme in Business

Belief is a powerful tool. If you believe in your company, then you will stand beside every decision made and head into battle to reach the end goal. If you believe in your team, you will knock down doors and go through walls to ensure your teammates have the support they need, and that you are pulling your load to get the job done. If you believe in yourself, you will never be stuck in the perpetual seeking of motivation that others get tangled in throughout their professional careers and personal lives.

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Unchanging is an incredibly powerful word. People that have Belief in their Top 5 Strength Themes will tell you that they have an unwavering sense of what is right and what is wrong. This strength manifests itself as an Executing Theme, meaning it doesn’t just sit around and wait for others to act. Belief takes action when others won’t or can’t. Belief is the driving force of a supervisor to take hold of the yoke alongside her team and push the load up and over the hill. Belief resides in the heart of the young business owner who had no clue what he was doing when he opened his doors in the Winter of 1968, but that Belief is what carried Mr. Meador and Meador Staffing Services into 50 years of business and a legacy in the city of Pasadena that will never be forgotten. It should be no surprise that 10 of our team members have the Belief theme in their top 5 strengths, with 5 of our employees having Belief as their top strength; most in a leadership role. This is the consistency and inspirational force that echoes throughout the organization.

Belief in Action

During this holiday season, belief is in the hearts of many. It is what the holidays should be about. If we stay within the realm of Clifton’s Strengthsfinder, and put on our goggles that highlight this theme, we’d see a man sitting in a chair, volunteering his time to supply joy to children as they sit on his lap and tell him their desires for Christmas morning. We would see a mother pick up multiple shifts to ensure her children get the Christmas that she knows they deserve. We would see strangers come together to provide meals for those that are not as fortunate as themselves, and thus creating a ripple of belief within those that they’ve just touched.

Our strengths are solid. They may shift a few spots with major life situations, but those that have a foundation that can’t be rocked will find Belief near the top no matter the circumstances. As we get closer to Christmas Day, and seek the joys of the holiday season with those around us; be reminded of the ultimate story of Belief. The belief that love is greater than anything. That giving is at the heart of love. “That God so loved the world that he gave…” We know the rest of the story, but it didn’t say God so loved the world that he took. So, I implore you this holiday season to put on your StrengthsFinder goggles, and be on the lookout for belief in action. Because what I believe you will find is love and kindness permeating throughout our cities. And if you look up and don’t see anything, then I encourage you to believe in something greater than only yourself, and reach out to a stranger and show them the love that you believe will change their lives for the better.

~Ryan Meador, Director of Development. Learn more about how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method in ways that will enrich the culture of your teams. Contact Ryan at rmeador@meador.com. Seminars and webinars coming soon!

A Service Process to Calm Your Nerves about a New Employee

December 6th, 2018

 

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Hiring a new employee can be a difficult thing. You never know if someone is going to be the right fit or if they’ll be qualified for the opportunity, no matter what you do to vet them ahead of time. There is some comforting news. If you partner with a staffing agency to bring on your new team member, you will have the satisfaction of their service process to help ease the experience. Here are the things you can expect from our team when you hire a new employee though Meador Staffing.

Provide details to each qualified candidate.

Know that prior to starting their assignment, your new employee will be provided with all of the most important details regarding your company and the specific position. We want to ensure that your new team member, whether short or long term, is prepared to make an immediate and positive impact on your organization.

Follow up with candidate ahead of start time.

We also provide a quick follow up at least one hour before their scheduled start time to make sure they are prepared. We can verify any directions to ensure an on-time arrival and answer any questions that will help them before they show up on their first day. This process is intended to provide peace of mind for our clients as well as our employees.

Check in with the client regarding candidate arrival.

You will also receive a follow up after the start time to ensure that your new team member arrived safety to your workplace. If you have a large group project scheduled to start, we can send a team member to check each employee in on-site so your company does not need to accommodate the influx on your own.

Consistent monitoring through the duration of the assignment.

For every employee assigned to your company, our team will follow up with you on a regular basis to ensure they are meeting your requirements and expectations. This way we can address performance issues in a timely manner and make any adjustments along the way.

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Empathy – a Skill to Show You Understand Others

November 29th, 2018

 

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Empathy is getting a lot of attention these days. But what is it exactly and why can it help you with your career? In short, empathy is the ability to understanding the feelings of the people around you. It’s putting yourself in their shoes, so to speak. And this essential social skill is being lost for many people, so it’s beyond time to cultivate it again in the U.S. workforce. When you’re working with different personality types, it’s essential that you’re able to see things from their perspective. Here are some ways to work on cultivating your empathy.

How to solve problems.

Empathy is the basis of most interpersonal skills, including problem-solving strategies. When you’re dealing with workplace conflict, it’s easy to point fingers and assign blame. But it’s more important to take a step back and evaluate the situation from the other person’s perspective to determine an equitable solution that will help everyone involved.

How to handle different personalities.

At various points in your career, you’ll be working with people who come from different backgrounds or who have very different personalities. Digging in your heels to expect everyone to cater to you specifically is counterproductive. Instead, take time to learn what makes everyone tick so you can have a thoughtful conversation with them whenever a topic arises that may lead to disagreements.

How to handle stress.

Stress is a common occurrence in the workplace, but that certainly doesn’t make it healthy. And while the stress itself can be unavoidable, how you react to it will be essential. Cultivating your empathy can give you the skills you need to better manage your stress or even the stress levels of those around you. It’s all about positive coping strategies rather than self-destructive behaviors.

How to listen better.

But the most important thing that skills in empathy can provide for you and your career is a better ability to listen to others. It’s natural for us to listen just long enough to formulate our response, but that can lead to misunderstandings or the feeling of needing to one-up the other person. Instead, practice active listening techniques. Repeat back what they’ve said and make sure you fully understand. Then take time to formulate a response.

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StrengthsFinder Series – Empathy – A Closer Look at Empathy as a business skill

November 21st, 2018

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Empathy is something we associate more often with social interactions. It’s what some of you may feel when you see a sad movie, hear inspiring stories, or listen to someone talk about an experience they’ve had and it moves you or you can feel what they feel. It could relate to your own experiences or maybe you are just naturally more of an empathetic person. It’s not something that you think you should put on your resume or LinkedIn profile, so, how does empathy fit into the business equation? Let’s start with what it is…

em·pa·thy
/ˈempəTHē
Noun
The ability to understand and share the feelings of another.

Clifton’s StrengthsFinder Definition: People exceptionally talented in the Empathy theme can sense other people’s feeling by imagining themselves in others’ lives or situations.

What better way to start a post about Empathy, than to read a line by a poet on the matter? Poetry enables us to feel a story rather than just read words strung together. This line, by Alexander Pope, happens to work for us on multiple levels; not only does it pull at our heartstrings a bit through his rhyme and language choice, but by the wisdom he shares on empathy, itself. Essentially, he is saying that we can learn a lot from putting ourselves in others’ shoes and seeing their situation for what it is rather than focusing on their faults, while also hoping others give us that same mercy.

How we use empathy in daily business

Empathy is a great characteristic to have in many types of businesses, especially where you an make a direct and important impact on someone. It can also be a good practice to have when you interact with your coworkers or employees. It’s easy to get caught up in where the bottom line is at and sticking to processes, but seeing your peers and coworkers for who they are what they feel can actually help in how you interact with them. It can even improve upon the less emotional things, like how much you sold last month or how many new customers you gained.

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We have a knack for hiring internal employees who listen well and understand our candidates’ and clients’ needs. Not just when filling a position or find a job, but in a way where we connect with them to understand what is important and what drives them in their own missions in life and careers. To some candidates or clients, it can be about success or reaching goals, to others it is about taking care of their family or something greater. Our team is exceptional at applying it with candidates, though. There are times where we have to let an applicant know that they didn’t get a position. Even in uncomfortable situations, they are treated no differently, and politely coached on how to avoid the issue in the future. It’s essential in our offices to treat everyone the same…as if we were in their shoes. We even try to match candidates according to the culture at client companies. This has to be a good match to bring to success to all involved. Listening to and knowing our clients pain points helps us create the best matches. This is our way of applying empathy.

 

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Sharing employee strengths

We actually have about twelve internal employees with this theme, many in our corporate office and others in direct contact with our applicants. It really makes an impact on their experience with us. We do use the Clifton StrengthsFinder method mentioned earlier (if you haven’t heard about it, you should definitely take the time to read about it) as a way to learn more about what drives our employees and applicants. We focus on the top 5 strengths to see how they might fit in with the team and culture and what skills may complement those who already work with us. As a part of our hiring process, we can better understand them through this evaluation. Once they are hired, we display those five strengths on everyone’s desks. This helps each of us choose the best ways to interact, speak, engage, debate, discuss, email, and how to build a positive peer relationship in general. We can understand who they are.

You see, Empathy the definition and Empathy the Strength are two different things all together. Anyone can empathize with someone, but not everyone has the ability to sense emotion of those around them. Those with Empathy in their Top 5 can feel what others are feeling as if the emotions were their own. They intuitively see the world through others’ eyes and share their perspectives. They perceive people’s pain or joy – sometimes before it is even expressed. Their instinctive ability to understand is powerful. They can hear unvoiced questions and anticipate needs. Where others grapple for words, they seem to find the right things to say and strike the right tone. As a result, they help people express their feelings – to themselves as well as to others. They help people give voice to their emotional lives. (Gallup)

How leaders can use empathy

As a leader, you have plenty of chances to use empathy in your decision-making. An employee might be going through something and you need to counsel them or maybe you’ve found out that they need advice on how to handle a client or peer situation. It may not seem like a big deal to you, but if you understand that they have these feelings and maybe why they have them, you can more effectively communicate and advise them. Let’s dig deeper into it-

It’s easy for us to discard Empathy as a strength because we are often taught that emotion is a weakness. What does Empathy look like in the arsenal of a leader? Wouldn’t it be beneficial for your manager to be able to instinctively understand the unvoiced questions of your team? To anticipate the need? To have the right tone and say the right things when your team is under stress?

These are just a few of Empathy’s “Power” and “Edge” traits in the Clifton method. It’s not about feeling pity for the person’s predicament. That would be sympathy. It is to simply understand them. Along with the leader’s other talents in their Top 5, Empathy can be an incredible buffer for some of the more “unemotional” strength themes like Command, Analytical, or Focus.

Applying empathy in the real world

Empathy with Command sounds like this, “I can sense emotions that others may not notice. When I express a strong emotion, it is clear to everyone and delivered with everyone else’s in mind.” Empathy with Analytical says, “My approach to life involves both rational intelligence of my mind and the emotional intelligence of my heart.” Empathy and Focus sounds like, “My intentional concentration on achieving a specific goal never keeps me from being emotionally sensitive or expressive.”

As you can see, Empathy is an incredibly powerful strength theme in the Clifton StrengthFinder’s list of 34 themes. In a season where being thankful is at the forefront of our minds, lean on those with Empathy talents to help you define what thankfulness means. Through their talents, they will be able to help you put into perspective the things that are truly important, and that is the people around you.

To schedule a seminar with your employees at a Meador Staffing training room or in your own to learn how to apply the Clifton StrengthsFinder method, contact rmeador@meador.com.

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Ryan Meador-Director of Development, Meador Staffing Services

Heather Wright-Director of Marketing, Meador Staffing Services

 

Why Do Employees Look for a New Job? Examine These 5 Reasons

November 15th, 2018

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Are you star performers happy on the job? Would you know if they weren’t? Many managers seem surprised when their employees give their two-week notice before leaving a position where they perform well. But there are a lot of reasons employees look for a new job. If you want to reduce turnover in your company, it’s a good idea to examine these give reasons and make changes to keep your team more satisfied

1. They feel underappreciated.

Many managers have the mindset that someone should do what they’re in the office to do every day, no questions asked and without any thanks. But employees want to be noticed for their contribution. If you’re not taking time to appreciate your team, they may be starting to look for other opportunities outside of your company.

2. They don’t get along with their manager.

Of course, there may be instances when personality conflicts inform an employee’s need to consider different employment. If this manager is you, what can you do to change the dynamic? If it is someone else in your company, and the issue is repeated, what can you do to solve that problem?

3. Their pay is poor.

Experts encourage job seekers to look at more than just the salary when making an employment decision, but we have to be honest. Money does impact our decision-making skills, and if they discover they can earn more for a similar role elsewhere, they are likely to reach out and see if they can make a transition. Are your salaries competitive within the industry?

4. The equipment is outdated or unsafe.

Whether the role is in the office or the warehouse, many employees will become frustrated with outdated equipment. For your office worker, it may be slow computers, obsolete software, or clunk printers or copiers that require more babysitting, keeping them away from the work that matters. For your warehouse, outdated equipment can pose a safety concern or worse.

5. They have no chance at advancement.

Finally, you want to look at what kind of advancement your employees have within your company. If they feel like they’ve reached the top of the jobs your company can offer, they may become restless and start looking at other options to help with their career advancement. Companies that invest in their employees’ futures are likely to keep them engaged and satisfied.

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