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 You Need a Positive Attitude at Work

September 15th, 2016

Experts say that positive people have significant more opportunities in life than their negative counterparts. There is even some evidence that suggests negativity and constant complaining can rewire our brains so we start accepting these hardships as normal, making things difficult to overcome. But if you want to succeed in your career, embracing positivity will be a key to your future. Here are some ways having a positive attitude at work will help you.

You will have less overall stress.

Constantly dwelling on the negative is a surefire way to stress yourself out. Worrying about things over which you have no control, thinking about the most negative outcomes, and complaining do not help you manage your stress. But a positive attitude does. The best way to start reducing your stress at work and being more positive is to start considering how to be more grateful. Start a journal writing all of the positive things that happen to you and be thankful for them.

Your peers will enjoy working with you.

Everyone has a co-worker that they have a hard time relating too. The problem is if you are that co-worker then it can be hard to notice. But the other members of your team don’t always want to tell you that your negativity is bringing them down. They may simply avoid talking to you throughout the day. Being more positive will encourage people to engage and interact with you.

You will increase your job security.

Positive people are also more likely to have better job retention. Why? Because when a company is looking at downsizing their staff, their first thought will be to let the person who seems least happy in their jobs go. By being happy and grateful and engaged with your job, a company will have to think twice about questioning your contributions.

You may be considered for promotions.

This also works for career advancement too. Being positive in an interview will give you a significant edge over your competition. When you’re working for a company that is looking to promote someone, your positive attitude can go a long way to making your case for you. They will see you as a problem solver that is fun to work with.

Do you want to reflect a more positive attitude in your career? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pearland TX, to see how we can help you today!

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Why You Shouldn’t Ignore a Job Candidate Just Because They’re Unemployed

July 21st, 2016

It is commonly believed that an unemployed candidate, especially one who’s been out of work for a while, isn’t a good hire. But is this true? Many employers lose out on hiring great candidates because they’re concerned about the six months or more of a job gap on a resume. Don’t give into this kind of prejudice off the bat when you’re considering resumes for your open position. Here are some things to think about as you’re talking to unemployed job seekers.

Learn about their gap.

Before you make a snap judgment, find out why they have been out of work. Start with their most recent position. Were they laid off? Were they fired, and if so, why? Did they leave the position? If you can find out the reasons for any of these you can start to piece together whether or not they will be a good fit for your company, the job, and the company culture.

Find out what they’ve been doing.

Since they left their last position, what have they been doing? The answer, “looking for a job,” is not the right one. Press them. Find out if they are volunteering or helping out a family member. Find out if they are working on a personal project. Knowing how they spend their time when not working will also help give you a better perspective.

Consider your company reputation.

If you decide not to hire this individual, what will that say about your company? The same consideration should be made if you do hire them. If your only reasons for passing on a candidate is that they are unemployed, consider their social reach. Will they discuss your decision in your community or on social media? And, if you feel they are not a good fit, you may also want to consider the implications to your company if you do hire them and act accordingly.

Understand the benefits of hiring.

While there are a few reasons you may not want to hire someone who is out of work, there are a lot of benefits to hiring them. They are eager to work. They are skilled. They bring with them years of knowledge from their previous employers. They may be willing to work on a trial basis or starting at a lower salary while you evaluate their contributions.

Are you looking for a star candidate for your job opening? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in San Antonio and throughout Texas.

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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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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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Help Your Job Chances with These Post-Interview Actions

February 12th, 2016

Now that you’ve successfully interviewed, the ball is in their court, right? Well, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are some things you can do as a job candidate to increase your chances of landing the job. If you sit back idly, then your competitors for the job might be more active, and you’ll be edged out of a job that might be perfect for you. Before you sit by the phone and wait for your interviewer to call, here are some things you can do after the interview to improve your odds and continue to make a great impression.

Ask them about the next steps.

Before you even leave the interview, ask the potential employer what the next steps are in the hiring process. They will be able to give you an idea of when they want to make a hiring decision or how may more interviews they have. Don’t think that this question is asking for too much information as  it is an accepted part of the job search process. This can help you determine the best ways to follow up moving forward so you don’t position yourself as aggressive or pushy.

Get business cards from everyone you meet.

Also, don’t forget to gather business cards. If the hiring manager doesn’t hand you one out of habit, ask for it. Make sure you ask for one from everyone you speak with in the office, regardless of their role. It doesn’t hurt to get one from the front desk receptionist as well. Having as much contact information as possible will make follow-up correspondence much easier.

Send a thank-you note.

The first thing you should do when you get home is send a thank-you note. You have two options here. You can send a handwritten note through the mail, or you can send an email a few hours after the interview. Either is fine, but an email will be more immediate. You can also use this as a way to add something you may have forgotten to mention. Thank the interviewer(s) for their time and reiterate why you want to work with them.

Follow up one more time.

Finally, set a time to follow up with the company one last time. Based on the information they gave you about when they planned to make a decision, call the hiring manager or send an additional email checking on the position and their decision. This will put you at the top of their mind when they do consider their final decision and you may get the call back for going the extra mile. It’s a delicate balance between appearing desperate and excited about the job, and each company may view follow-up correspondence differently. Use your experience and instincts on how to proceed.

At Meador, we feature talented staffing and recruiting experts who are ready to work with you to identify your strengths and find a position that matches your career goals. Contact our team today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin or any of our other six locations throughout Texas.

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Want to Be a Better Leader? Get to Know Your Employees

February 4th, 2016

Management is about so much more than delegating tasks. As a leader in the workplace, it is your role to motivate your staff and encourage growth. In many ways you can lead by example and be a strong role model, but that isn’t all. So what else can you do as a manager to ensure that your team are happy, excited to work, and engaged? There is a really simple way that far too many business leaders overlook. Get to know them! Here’s how.

Show interest.

Getting to know your employees on a personal level is a great way to encourage them professionally. They may care a lot about their jobs, but they also care about their other interests, their hobbies, and their families. When you embrace that your employees are more than machines, you can nurture their human side and encourage them to work hard and succeed.

Be friendly.

To do this, you need to make sure that you are friendly in the office. If you bark orders, are aggressive, or otherwise inaccessible, your employees will back off from you which will make management difficult. You don’t have to be their best friend, but you can treat them with respect and kindness.

Follow up.

When you learn about something exciting in their lives, make sure you follow up with it later. Ask them about their weekend. Ask them how their kids or pets are doing. Be specific with details, which will help them realize that you were listening and that you do have a vested interest in their happiness.

Set boundaries.

Lastly, you want to make sure you set professional boundaries. While it is perfectly okay to go to a happy hour event with your team, make sure that your behavior doesn’t cross a line into inappropriate. If you set boundaries that foster a professional and friendly relationship, this will easily carry over in the rest of the office and even between coworkers.

Hiring can be a very stressful task and take up a lot of your resources. At Meador Staffing, we have the recruiters and great relationships to help you fill any of your job openings. Contact our talented team today to work with one of the top staffing agencies in Texas.

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Be Careful with These Areas When Negotiating a Job Offer

January 14th, 2016

Negotiating a new job salary and benefits package can be terrifying. What if you ask for the wrong thing? What if they can’t commit to your needs? What if you screw up your chances at this job? Before you enter in negotiations, it is critical that you are careful with certain aspects of the process. Here are three things you need to be cautious about when speaking with a potential employer about money and benefits.

  1. Don’t let greed take over.

    Of course you want to be paid top dollar for your next position, but it is important to be realistic. Before you allow yourself to make an outrageous demand, do your research. Some good sources are the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Salary.com to look into what the job pays in your area. You can search by job title and location, and it will give you the median income as well as the scale, benefits and other information you will need to put together an appropriate request. Use this information to calculate the minimum you could make that will allow you to pay your bills, live comfortably and set aside savings. This is called your “walk away number.” If, in your negotiations, the employer offers that amount or less, thank them for their time and walk away. Otherwise, there is room for negotiation. You want to get fair value but you don’t want to be greedy.

  2. Don’t take too long to make a decision.

    You certainly don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, but if you’ve received a job offer, the ball is officially in your court. If you wait too long to make a decision, you risk missing out on the opportunity all together. It is okay to ask for a day to discuss the opportunity with your family and do more research, but any more than that and you’re just stringing the employer along. If you really don’t think you will take the job, be honest with them as quickly as possible.

  3. Don’t push non-negotiables.

    Lastly, make sure that you fight the right battles. For example, they may have some wiggle room with the salary itself, but they may not be able to offer a different form of healthcare coverage. There are some things that can be negotiable, but you have to ask and if you are refused, don’t push. For example, if having additional personal time off is important to you, ask about that in lieu of a higher salary. If they can accommodate, they will. If they tell you they are unable to handle your request, you need to politely back off. Being difficult in negotiations only sets a negative tone for your employment with the company. Both sides want to reach the same outcome, so don’t set a bad tone before you sign on the dotted line.

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 us today to work with a top staffing agency in Texas!

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