4 Benefits to Working with a Texas Recruiter

November 29th, 2013

Is your company looking to add staff to your team? As the job market continues to improve here in Texas, how can you find the very best candidates for your open positions? Have you considered working with a local recruiter who understands the job landscape right here at home? There are many benefits to selecting and working with a dedicated recruiter who understands the community and knows the job market and candidate pool in the area. Here are just a few reasons to consider working with a recruiter in Texas.

  1. Recruiters have an established network in the Austin and Houston areas. Your recruiter will have already done the hard work for finding qualified individuals for your job openings. They already have a strong pool of candidates they have interviewed and even worked with. Tap into their extended network for the cost of their services to find the best qualified candidates local to your company.
  2. Specialized recruiters understand your industry. Talk with a local recruiting company who specializes in your industry. They will have the knowledge and insight to evaluate candidates who already have experience. The recruiter will ask you to spend some time with them discussing the specifics of the job so they have a good understanding of your needs.
  3. Access to the local candidates. Your Texas recruiter will be able to connect with candidates who are already local to your business. As soon as you present them with an open job order they can begin screening candidates to meet with you. Your recruiter will have access to the best local resources for networking.
  4. They fully understand the needs of the community. There are many large, national staffing firms who say they can help you with your local staffing needs, but they aren’t necessarily equipped with the right knowledge. How can a recruiter in New York understand the neighborhoods and commute experience within the Austin and Houston areas.

Are you looking for a local recruiter who understands your specific needs? If you are looking for recruiters in Austin TX, contact us today.

Keys to a Candidate Profile: What to Look for on Social Media

July 19th, 2013

So many companies are looking at social media profiles to determine the hireablity of a potential candidate. With this practice still deeply within a legal gray area, it is important to know what is okay to use for hiring criteria and how to apply the information to the process. Here are some ideas of what to look for on a public social media profile before making a hiring decision.

  1. Limit the red flags. Of course one of the reasons for reviewing social media is to look for potential red flags. There may be some things that do not fit within your company culture and values that will eliminate a candidate from the running, but try to leave the candidate’s personal life out of the decision making process. Instead, focus on the things that will make them a good candidate.
  2. See their personality. You may be able to determine from their public profiles whether or not their personality will be a fit with the rest of the members of your team. For example, if your team is very outdoor sports oriented and someone has photos of themselves on hikes and rafting trips, they may get along well with the rest of the department.
  3. Professional information not on their resume. Particularly with LinkedIn you may be able to assess some additional information that was not included on their resume. Are they part of organizations or groups that are part of your industry? Have they won awards or received certifications for their skills? This might provide additional insight on them as a candidate.
  4. Evaluate their communications skills. Are they professional, polite, and friendly in their public posts? Do you see a number of misspellings or grammatical errors? Seeing how someone writes when they are being casual can be a good indicator of how they communicate. Twitter is a good way to assess these skills since the 140 character limit means people have to be creative about their message.
  5. References and recommendations. Professional references can be hit or miss. Many companies have policies of not providing anything other than dates of employment. However, LinkedIn offers a referral platform that most candidates use effectively. Look at the recommendations from former co-workers, employers, or clients to see what they have to say about your potential new employee.

Do you want to know the best ways to use social media to pre-screen a candidate? If you are looking for employment agencies in Deer Park, contact the staffing experts at Meador today.