The Basics of Writing a Thank You Note

July 31st, 2015

If you take no other action throughout your job search experience you should always send a thank you note after an interview. The thank you note offers an opportunity to restate your interest in the job while also showing the interviewer that you care about the process. What was once a critical part of the job search is now overlooked by so many applicants that it is seen as a luxury rather than a requirement. If you want to stand out from your competition, a thank you note could be all that is standing in your way. Here are the basics that you need to know about writing a thank you note.

Email or snail mail

What should you do with your thank you note? Some people prefer the personalization of hand writing and mailing a thank you note or card right after the interview. But, due to the function of the U.S. post office, this can take a few days to arrive. If you want something more instant, send a thank you note by email as soon as you are home from the interview. And, there isn’t a rule that you can’t do both. The email can be more formal while the letter can simply be a nice touch to thank the company for their time.

A strong opening paragraph

In the first paragraph, remind them about your conversation. Talk a little about the job, why you want it, and why they should hire you. This should be information that you discussed when you talked in the interview, but you want to ensure that the memory is fresh in their minds. It also gives them documentation to go back to when they’re deliberating over candidates.

Saying the things you forgot

An e-mailed thank you note also gives you a chance to say things you forgot about during the interview. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably played the conversation back in your head over and over again on your way home. If you suddenly think of the perfect way to describe something it isn’t too late. This is a perfect use for the thank you note. This will help the employer know that you do have critical thinking skills and are willing to revisit ideas until they are right.

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Want Fewer Employees To Call In Sick? Make Them Happy

July 24th, 2015

When an illness makes its way through your office, the effects can be devastating. But what happens when the illness isn’t so much physical as it is mental? Regardless of the policies that you have in place surrounding sick days, you may find that many of your employees are taking them to avoid coming to work rather than to recover from an illness. What is causing this epidemic in today’s workplace? Experts suggest that if you want to curb the misuse of sick days then it is important that you focus on making your employees happy and excited to come to work. Here are some tips you can implement now.

Create wellness initiatives.
If you want to keep your employees happy and engaged, one of the best ways is to offer wellness programs right in the office. Provide tools to reduce overall stress. Offer health screening clinics or vaccination drives to prevent the spread of common viruses like the flu. If employees see that you are making time to consider their health, they will also make time for themselves.

Offer flexible schedules.
If sick days are becoming a problem, rather than instituting a number of new more restrictive rules you can try and make them more relaxed. Many companies are finding that eliminating sick days are actually helping employees by keeping them happier and engaged with the job. If they need to take time off for a sick child or a personal errand, they won’t feel threatened with violations or termination.

Offer work from home options.
Some companies have additional flexibility including the ability to allow employees to work remotely. If this is possible, consider embracing it even for just a day or two a week. Chances are your employee already has the right connectivity from home to be able to handle their duties so give it a try. Remote employment is a great benefit that can be earned, with more trust coming as the employee shows they can be productive from their home office.

Provide incentives for results.
Lastly, another way to ensure that your team is happy and interested in coming to work regularly you should make sure they feel appreciated for the work they do. Create incentive programs to specifically reward your employees for their hard work and results. Presenting those incentives and then rewarding the behavior will really get through to employees and show that management is being serious.

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4 Communication Tips to Follow During a Job Search

May 29th, 2015

Are you communicating effectively to potential employers as you search and interview for jobs? There are definitely right and wrong ways to talk to companies while you’re in the job market. Before your next conversation, consider these four communications tips to help you make the right point and get the right attention.

Be direct and answer the question.

Interviewers can get pretty frustrated with candidates who don’t answer a question directly. When you dance around the issue or fail to understand the basics of the question being asked, it is a huge red flag for the hiring manager. Instead, really pay attention to the question, be direct and give an answer that isn’t all over the place.

Listen and absorb information before answering.

To that point, make sure you really listen to every word that the interviewer says. Don’t think about your response while they’re speaking, this will only lead to misunderstandings. Instead, really listen to what they have to say and absorb the information before responding. It is okay to take a moment or two before answering or say, “That’s a great question. Let me talk through my answer.” This will even give them an insight into your thought process.

Always be honest and genuine.

Honesty is extremely important when it comes to your interview. Exaggerating some of your experiences is one thing, but completely making something up is another. Also, be genuine when answering questions. Don’t just say what you think the interviewer wants to hear. You don’t want to tell them you love working for their type of environment and then hate it after a couple of months. Being honest and genuine throughout the entire process will work out in the long term more often than being dishonest.

Tap into your natural humor.

Finally, if you are a naturally funny person don’t try to hide it by being all business. Express your humor, tell jokes, and lighten the mood. Of course, keep your audience in mind and don’t say anything that would be considered controversial or inappropriate. Companies like to work with people who are fun and can keep things light even when there are challenges. If you aren’t a naturally comedic person, then don’t force jokes or humor. Be natural and see if that behavior makes the company feel like a good fit.

Are you looking for interview opportunities to prove your value to a new employer? Contact Meador Staffing today to get started today and work with one of the best staffing agencies in Houston.

The Proper Way To Ask Your Employer For A Raise

April 24th, 2015

If you’ve been at your job for a significant amount of time and have yet to receive a raise, it may not be because your employer is being unfair to you. Often the primary reason employees don’t earn more in their jobs is because they simply didn’t ask. Marching down the hall and pounding on the door probably isn’t the most effective method. However, there is an art form to asking for more money in the right way. Here are some tips for asking your manager for a raise in the proper way.

  • Consider the timing. There is never a “good time” to ask for a raise. If you wait for one then you might wait forever. On the other hand, there are also some particularly bad times to approach your manager. For example, don’t ask during a particularly sensitive deadline process. You may also look for clues around the office. Do most reviews happen at the end of the year? If so, schedule a meeting around the same time.
  • Do your homework. Asking for the wrong raise is almost as bad as never asking for one. Before you approach your manager with your request, know what you’re looking for and what is appropriate for your level of service and experience. You can use resources such as Salary.com to review common pay rates in your area and create a case around those numbers.
  • Prepare to make your case. Once you have the information in hand, you need to prepare a presentation to let your manager know why you’re making this request. Collect data from your tenure in your job. What projects have you contributed to? What was the success rate? How has your work specifically impacted the company in a positive way? Being able to show numbers that illustrate your positive effect will help your case.
  • Is this part of a promotion? Do you want more than money? It is important to know what you’re asking for before you approach your manager. Perhaps someone has recently left the organization and an advanced opportunity is available. You want to strike while the iron is hot and before they invest too much money in outside recruiting.
  • Know how to take rejection. It is also important that you know how to react if they refuse your request. Walking into that meeting and envisioning each scenario will have you prepared to respond properly and not through emotion. Keep in mind that this is a negotiation and not an ultimatum. The door isn’t closed forever because they weren’t able to honor your request. Take this opportunity to ask why and do what you can to improve the situation on your side.

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Interview Preparation: The Importance Of Good Storytelling

February 13th, 2015

They say that telling a good story is the best way to engage an audience. Think about blog posts that really made you laugh or cry or think more about a given subject. Chances are they were stories. You can apply this same concept to your interviews. Instead of providing a list of details about your experience, tell a story about how it helped you or a customer. This method will engage the interviewer and make them see how you could fit into their office. Here are some tips for telling the best stories in an interview.

  • Don’t tell them what to think about it. The point of good storytelling is to evoke a response, whether emotional or intellectual, without telling the listener or reader what they should think about it. Don’t lead the interviewer to the right conclusions. Instead, paint a picture with your words that demonstrate what you know will strike a chord with them.
  • Don’t go on for too long. A story doesn’t need to take forever. You don’t have to start when you were born to make an impact. Tell them about a time when something happened to you on the job that impacted your performance for the better. Keep the story short and to the point, but include aspects that make it engaging.
  • Make it relevant to the job. To this point, you also don’t need to tell a story about a ski trip to Colorado to impress the interviewer. That is, unless you’re applying to be a ski instructor. Always evaluate the appropriateness of the story before you start telling it. Make it relevant to your audience.
  • Inject humor or emotion. Laughter is a universal language and it can help everyone relate to your story better. If you’re funny, be funny. If your story is supposed to be more emotional, don’t be afraid to leave in the parts that hit straight to the heart. Use whatever tools you have to tell the best narrative about your experience and make the interviewer think favorably about you.

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Everything You Need to Know About Presenting Yourself at the Interview

December 28th, 2012

You’ve already made a great first impression. By the time a company calls you for an interview they have already reviewed your qualifications and they feel you might be a fit for their organization. The face to face meeting is to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and determine if you are right for their team. Here is the place where you need to shine. Consider these 5 tips to be the best candidate you can be at the interview.

  1. Research. Before you ever set foot through the door be sure to research everything you can about the company, their industry, and even some of the key players in the organization. All of this information is readily available on the internet and will help you sound prepared and knowledgeable.
  2. Show them how you meet their needs. Now that you know what they do, apply that information to your skills and experience. You want to provide specific examples that relate to their industry. Refer to the job description and explain how your skills can help them take this position, and their company, to the next level.
  3. Practice. Before the interview, take some time to practice your pitch. Have your friends or family members help you. Also, speak in front of mirror so you can get a feeling for your own body language and curb anything that may be inappropriate for the final interview. The more comfortable you are speaking in front of the interviewer the more confident you will sound.
  4. Common interview questions. You’re certainly aware of the common interview questions such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or simply, “Tell me about yourself.” You need to be prepared with answers to these questions. You want to answer simply and truthfully but you also want to sound creative and inventive.
  5. Ask your own questions. Interviews shouldn’t be an interrogation; they should be a conversation. You should prepare some questions of your own, based on your research of the company, to ask the interviewer.

Are you looking for advice to help you prepare for your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you.