Here’s How You Get a Long-Term Job Interview

December 15th, 2016

Have you thought about working with an agency to find yourself a job? Sometimes, candidates are scared by the concept of temp work, but agencies don’t only staff for short-term jobs. Many of the jobs they work on are considered Temporary to Hire, which gives you and the client and opportunity to work together before deciding if the position is a good fit for both of you. So, if you think you want to go this route to find your next opportunity, what are the benefits for you and how do you land a long-term job interview? Let’s take a closer look.

Benefits of Temp-to-Hire

  • On the job learning. When you accept a temp-to-hire position, you’re also accepting the possibility of adding new skills to your resume. While you came to the table with the experience they needed in general, there will be additional things that the company does that are different what you’ve done in the past. This will do nothing but boost your resume long term. But it will also give you an inside advantage to this job long term.
  • Getting to know the business. During this time, you will also get to know the business in a new way. You’ll have access to the team, the technology, and the way they conduct business with each other or their clients. Most temp-to-hire opportunities have a 90-day probationary period while both you and the client get to know one another, so take advantage of this time in a positive way.
  • Support for issues as they arise. While you’re working on the temp basis, you will have the continued support of your agency recruiter. They will be in touch with you regularly regarding time sheets and more. But you can also talk with them if you have questions or concerns about the job, coworkers, the company, or the work itself. Take advantage of this support as your work the first part of your temp-to-hire position.
  • Easy transition. Lastly, a temp-to-hire role is a very easy transition between temporary work and full-time placement. The hiring company will work with the agency to transition you over to their own payroll system. In many cases, you may also get a raise in pay after the first 90 days depending on your performance or the company budget.

How to Get an Interview

When you are working with an agency, make sure your recruiter knows that you want to focus on long term placements. After you’re placed on assignment, do your homework. Learn about the company. Focus on making the best impression to ensure that once your probationary period is over, the client will consider for the permanent job.

Do you want to work temp-to-hire? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin!

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Why Workplace Bullying Is a Serious Issue

May 19th, 2016

We hear a lot today about bullying. It is an epidemic in our nation’s schools and it negatively affects not only the children being bullied but the bullies themselves. Bullying isn’t limited to the school yard. Disturbing studies have shown that workplace bullying exists and is a much bigger problem than anyone previously realized. Let’s take a closer look at workplace bullying and why it is a serious issue.

Intimidating Behavior

Intimidation is a serious concern when some members of your staff may feel bullied into certain actions by more dominating personalities. It is important to know the difference between intimidation and a strong personality, but if an employee raises a concern, the onus is on you to investigate. Get information from all parties involved, including people who may have observed the communication. Taking a fact-based approach will help with the analysis.

Social Isolation

Are you seeing certain members of your staff left out of all interactions? This is often coupled with the creation of “cliques” within your work environment. If someone is being specifically shunned by others in the organization, find out why and if the reason is malicious you can take action. Everyone doesn’t have to be friends with each other, but if there is something deep-rooted then you may need to investigate.

Blaming without Cause

Far too often, individuals will blame their failings on others. If they work together in a group and the project fails, finger pointing will generally follow. However, if you’re also seeing individual blame unprompted, this could be a sign of office bullying.

Verbal Abuse and Threats

When bullying escalates, it often becomes abusive. And if it is isn’t physical, it can hard to notice if you’re not paying close attention. Verbal abuse is damaging to the recipient. Worse are threats of violence that may or may not be carried out. A violent threat should be treated as an act of aggression and proper action taken.

Public Humiliation

Bullies, whether they realize it or not, are usually responding to situations in their own life that are out of control. If they feel insecure or frustrated, they will often take this out on the people around them that they perceive as weaker. Public humiliation can be the result. Allowing members of your staff to be subjected to demeaning tasks or other humiliating situations will only breed discord in your company.

When working with Meador, you are joining a family-oriented business with nearly 50 years of experience. Contact our great team today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin and throughout the state of Texas.

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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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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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What Type Of Office Setting Works

December 18th, 2015

The layout of your office is one of the most important decisions you’ll need to make as a business owner. The good news is that this is a flexible decision that can change if you need to any time along the way. So is an open office with no set desks a good decision or a recipe for disaster? Or are cubicles too claustrophobic for your staff? Let’s take a look at the various types of office settings and how to know if they’re right for you.

Traditional Office Environment

This layout is still very popular for many organizations. It usually features smaller, enclosed offices, and a larger meeting space, like you might expect in a law firm. The size will depend on your actual business. If your company has very conservative values then you may want to consider a more traditional office space to showcase your mission statement to your customers.

Individual Cubicles

Cubes gained popularity in the U.S. workplace in the 1960s as a way for businesses to maximize large open spaces for as many employees as possible. Today’s cubes are usually individual workstations with computers, some storage, and a desk chair that will keep individual workers secluded but still in the same general space as their co-workers. Many companies decide on cubes because they are the easiest solution to space management.

Open and Collaborative Spaces

A new trend today is to eliminate both offices and cubicles and promote more collaborative work styles. Millennials are bringing this to the forefront, and many offices are embracing it. No employee has an established work space and all computers are mobile so collaboration can happen organically. This type of office environment is great for the creative company that wants to promote innovation.

Executive Suites

If you’re a very small business, renting an executive suite may be a reasonable solution for any office space concerns. This will give you a private workspace for two or three employees and the professionally amenities of a larger office just with the cost of your rent. They can help create a professional look to show to your clients that will help them perceive you as a larger organization.

Co-working Spaces

If you are looking for something different than an executive suite that embraces the collaborative nature of millennial-driven work places and work-from-home options, co-working may be a great choice for your business. These offices allow members to have both private and open places to work, collaborate or handle other projects. They are popping up all over the country and the trend has been met with a lot of positive energy.

Need a customized staffing solution for your business? Meador Staffing Services offers comprehensive workforce solutions, tailored to your needs. Contact us today to work with our staffing agency in Austin TX or any of our other locations through Texas!

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