Hot Jobs with Meador Staffing: 3D Modeling and Accounting Opportunities Available

February 21st, 2014

Meador staffing is always looking for qualified candidates in the Austin and Houston areas. Here is a small sample of some of the jobs we are working on now.

3D Modeling/SolidWorks Designer

Our client, located in Austin, is currently seeking an experienced candidate for their 3D Modeling direct hire position. Candidates must have 3-5 years experience in Solid Works or AutoCAD.

This position will be working with a rapidly growing and stable manufacturing company in Central Texas. Our client wants to add to their current solid team who believe this is a great place to work! They need a 3D Modeling/Solid Works AutoCad Designer with 3-5 years of experience. They are looking for a candidate local to the North Austin area. The opportunity offers a great salary with possible bonuses twice a year.

To learn more about this role, contact Meador Staffing.

Accountant

Our Fresno, TX, based client is looking for a superstar accountant to add to their team. This direct hire position pays between $50,000 and $70,000 depending on the candidate’s prior experience. They are looking for someone who can hit the ground running and who wants to work in their casual office environment.

This role will serve as the primary on-site financial resource for local management and other locations with oversight responsibilities. This position will include tasks such as coordinating the approval process of all accounts payable invoices, preparing use tax reports on a monthly basis, to preparing a month-end capital cash flow statement as well as other accounting processes.

We are seeking candidates with one or more years’ experience in payroll, accounts payable, general ledger, database and accounting software experience. Previous work within a manufacturing environment is strongly preferred. The right candidate will have a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and bilingual proficiency in Spanish is a plus.

According to Salary.com this position can pay at or more than the average salary for this type of role in the greater Houston area.

Contact the recruiters at Meador Staffing to learn more.

Are you looking for a new opportunity in the greater Austin or Houston areas? Meador Staffing specializes in jobs in Houston TX and beyond so contact us today!

Turning Your Duties Into Resume Accomplishments

February 14th, 2014

Have you ever struggled with your resume? Are you looking for ways to make it more memorable and to stand out from the crowd? There are so many articles that provide resume advice it is difficult to know where to start. The current trend for resumes is to avoid a laundry list of duties and instead showcase your career accomplishments. But how exactly do you do this? Here are some simple tips for turning your duties into accomplishments on your resume.

  • Start by understanding the difference. In the most basic way a duty is what you did and an accomplishment is how you did it. For a resume you want to avoid statements like, “Produced excel spreadsheets for the department.” Instead, replace it with a statement that emphasis how this was particularly helpful or effective for your company. “Developed a spreadsheet report that tracked the department spending and saved over $20,000 for the company in 2012.”
  • Create a list of what sets you apart. Now is the time to ask yourself the questions that will drill down to your accomplishments. How did you go above and beyond? How did you stand out from your coworkers? What kind of recognition or awards did you receive? Were you responsible for any new processes? Did you save the company money? What problems were you able to solve?
  • Quantify the information as much as possible. Now, take this list and add in as many data and numbers as possible. You want to show exactly how much money you saved or how many awards you received. Add percentages to show how much time you dedicated to a specific problem and how it was solved. Be as specific as possible. It is okay to estimate as long as you can justify your numbers in an interview.
  • Now describe the benefit of your efforts. Things that set you apart and the numbers that quantify them are very important but there is a third step. Now you need to show a new employer why your accomplishments are a benefit. Add not only how much money you saved but how those savings benefited your former employer and how, by hiring you, the same can happen for them.

Do you have more questions about preparing a winning resume? If you are looking for jobs in Houston Texas, Meador Staffing can help you today! 

4 Ways to Highlight Your Experience on Your Resume

October 4th, 2013

We all know that the resume is the first step to a successful job hunt. There are so many answers for how to construct a perfect resume that it can be easy to get caught up in the details. You may want to make sure that your existing skills appear transferable to a new type of employer. Or you may want to demonstrate your broad experience to be attractive to a number of potential businesses. Here are 4 simple tips to highlight your experience on your resume to engage the reviewer’s attention and make them want to pick up that phone.

  • Use keywords from the job posting. Before you send a resume to a company review the job description and match up the language they use to your experience. Now spend a little time rewriting portions of your resume, especially your most recent experience, to reflect this language. The closer you get to the specific keywords they use to describe the job the more likely you will be considered a viable candidate.
  • Focus on results. Many people spend a lot of time listing the duties and functions of each of their jobs. Instead, in order to stand out, focus on the results of your contributions. Be specific and provide as much data as possible to highlight your accomplishments. Did you save your company over $600,000 by implementing a small change? Were you able to enhance your company’s organizational processes by creating a new procedure that is now used throughout the office?
  • Include volunteer experience. Companies are interested in hiring complete people with diverse backgrounds. They don’t want to talk to someone who spent 24 hours a day in the office. Show them your contributions to the community. Did you volunteer? Did you work through college to earn your degree? These things show that you are a complex and whole person and will pique their curiosity.
  • Avoid over-used terminology. Many resume resources will encourage you to use action verbs and power words, but be cautious about the overuse of these phrases. Writing that you are a “team player” is almost meaningless in today’s job market. Be aware of corporate speak and try to find new ways to indicate your experience.

Are you looking for more ways to improve your resume? If you are looking for jobs in Austin TX, contact Meador today.

Tough Interview Questions and How to Ace Them!

August 16th, 2013

Interview questions are intended to get to the very root of each individual’s background and determine if you are a viable candidate for the job. Every hiring manager has their own process when it comes to devising questions to ask potential employees. Here are six tough questions you could be asked and the best ways to answer them to be prepared for your next interview.

  1. What accomplishment are you most proud of? This isn’t a time for bragging, but it is a time to share your most impressive professional accomplishment to knock the socks off the hiring managers. You want to make them sit up and take notice and wonder how they could continue to run their department without you. Tailor your answer to the job for which you are applying. Prepare for this answer prior to your interview. Also be sure to give credit to anyone who helped you in the process which will keep you from entering bragging territory.
  2. Why do you want to work for our company? This may be the most important question that an interviewer can ask and the most important one you can answer. Hiring managers aren’t looking for generic answers and they don’t want to hire someone who is looking for just any job. They want to know that you are interested in and dedicated to their specific business. You want to show that you researched their company, share your long term career goals, and demonstrate your commitment.
  3. Can you justify your salary requirements? Before you go into the interview determine your salary range. Your first number should be the bare minimum. If their offering is below this number you would not accept the job. The second number should be what you think you are worth. Be prepared to provide good and positive reasons for your salary range. They don’t want to hear that you are experiencing financial trouble, even if it is true. Tell them about your results and your successes.
  4. What is your biggest weakness? For so many years candidates have been advised to turn this question around and answer with a strength in the form of a weakness. For example, “I’m organized to a fault.” Because this technique is so overdone it can come across as disingenuous. Instead, you should be honest but remain positive. Tell them about the time you got easily frustrated with a customer but also how you solved the problem.

Are you ready for your next interview? If you are looking for jobs in Pearland TX, contact the employment experts at Meador today.

Hot Jobs at Meador: Senior Analyzer Technician and Forklift Operator

July 26th, 2013

Senior Analyzer Technician

Meador Staffing is currently sourcing candidates for our client company who has an immediate need for a Sr. Analyzer Technician based out of their Houston facility.

The right Senior Analyzer Technician will be responsible for inspection and repairs on Process analyzers and sample systems, perform preventive maintenance on process analyzers, work with general contractors and more.

An Associate’s Degree in instrumentation along with 2 years working experience or a minimum of 5 year’s experience in the maintenance of petrochemical analytical equipment

Salary range is in the mid $80,000 which is comparable to similar positions in the area according to Salary.com.

We are also seeking candidates for Area Applications Engineers throughout the U. S.

These engineers will be based in several us states including Texas.  3 to 5 year’s experience as a field engineer performing cementing, acidizing, stimulation and nitrogen services is required along with a Bachelor’s Degree in engineering.   Minimal travel required.  Salary ranges between $80,000 to $100,000 depending on experience and skill set.  A bonus plan is in place as well. Talk to us for more information about the locations for these positions.

Forklift Operator

Our Clear Lake Branch is currently hiring experienced forklift operators to begin working immediately in Pasadena, TX. We are looking for individuals who are dependable, have a stable work history, and who are experience in operating a sit-down forklift in a fast paced warehouse environment.

Ideal candidates will be flexible to consider either first or second shift positions. Pay begins at $10.00 – $11.00 per hour depending on experience which is the current industry average according to Indeed.com. Occasional overtime hours are available.

If you are open to working 1st or 2nd shift hours and have previous forklift experience, please call us at 281-486-1700 or email your resume to mmartinez@meador.com.

Meador Staffing is always looking for talented individuals in the greater Austin and Houston areas for their open positions. If you want to know more about our current openings contact us today.

Be Prepared with an Interview Toolkit

July 12th, 2013

Being prepared for an interview should involve more than printing out your resume and wearing your best navy blue suit. Before scheduling your next meeting, ask yourself, “What can I offer an employer?” It is important to consider the extras that you can provide which will set you apart from the rest of the candidates who interview for the same job. Think of all the ways you can market your specific skills. Consider these tools to add to your interviewing took kit and impress your future employer.

  1. What does the interviewer want? An important shift in your interviewing mindset is to treat the hiring manager like a customer to whom you’re selling a product. Assess your skills and abilities and determine how your “product” can solve immediate problems and improve processes for this company? You need to think creatively about what you have to offer and be able to present it in a way that is above and beyond your competition.
  2. Research the company. Lots of experts give the advice to research the company before an interview, but very few tell you what to do with the information. It isn’t enough just to know who the company is, what they do, and their yearly earnings. A good exercise is to view your role as a consultant. Look at the job description, the company profile, and determine what you can do to help solve their most pressing needs.
  3. Add an extra touch. To make yourself more memorable, think of one thing you can bring with you to the interview to set yourself apart from the competition. Don’t be unprofessional; it is best to leave your pets or knitting projects at home. However, based on your research you can determine something that will prove your value to the company. For example, if their website features humorous bios of each staff member, craft something that fits the overall feel and bring it with you. If you see that their website invites people to “Like!” them on Facebook but they don’t actively post on the site, bring examples of competitors Facebook page or show them how you use Facebook to build an audience.

Are you looking for ways to impress on your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to see how we can help with the interviewing process.

Hot Jobs from Meador Staffing: Accounting Associate and Area Applications Engineer Positions Available

July 5th, 2013

Accounting Associate

We are currently staffing for an accounting associate position in the northwest Austin area. The ideal candidate will have experience working with car dealerships and will have been responsible for statements, Finance & Insurance installment statements, bank deposits, refund checks, receivables, collections, and 1099s. The position is direct hire with benefits after 90 days. Our client is looking for someone with dedication who is interested in building long term relationships with the company.

The best candidates will have knowledge of accounting procedures on both manual and automated systems. They will be expert at MS Office, especially Excel, and be able to type at least 45 words per minutes. We are looking for a self-starter who is able to handle multiple tasks, is innovative, and very accurate. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with co-workers, management, dealers, vendors, and banks. We are looking for someone with an accounting education along with four years or more in an office environment and working with customers. Must have at least two years’ experience with AR and AP. Contact us for information on the salary and benefits.

Area Applications Engineer

Our client is currently seeking qualified Area Applications Engineers for multiple locations including Denver, Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and minimum of three years’ experience working as a field engineer performing cementing, acidizing, stimulation and nitrogen services as well as within an oilfield. Must be knowledgeable about PowerPro, PowerLink, CemFacts, Mfrac, FracPro, and other applicable engineering software.

The right candidates will provide high level of support to the product line, technical selling, and key field product applications. They will identify new product opportunities and development strategies and interface with product line and local management to support direction and strategies to best maximize opportunities. Our client is looking for individuals who will conduct all business activities according to company policies, legal compliance requirements and our core values. Candidates would be needed to travel up to 15% for these positions.

The pay range begins at $83,000 and may increase based on previous experience which is a competitive pay scale based on similar positions at Salary.com.

 For more information on either position, contact Meador Staffing today!

 

What the Employer Needs to Hear From You

June 14th, 2013

There is a lot of interviewing advice on the Internet so how exactly do you know who to listen to and what will help you get a job? Many experts will tell you what to say and how to say it but these sometimes turn out to be disingenuous conversations. We want to share with you some real advice that can help you say the right things to your next interviewer.

  1. You can get the job done. Employees often say they don’t like to work for micro-managers. Most employers say they don’t like being micro-managers. They want to know that they can tell you what needs to get done and you can do it without having someone stand over your shoulder. Let them know you don’t need to be asked more than once to complete a project.
  2. Not only will it get done, but it will be excellent. On top of understanding your employer’s deadlines and being able to complete projects on time, it is important for them to know that you will do your very best work each and every time. No one wants to hire a candidate who only pays half the attention to detail necessary for each project.
  3. You’re a team player. Don’t specifically say the words “team player” because everyone says that, but show your interviewer that you are going to work well within the organization. Tell them you can get along with a lot of personalities and that you’re willing to work through situations to get the job done to the best of your ability.
  4. You can accept criticism. It is sometimes hard to hear that you’re doing something wrong but employers need candidates who are teachable. They need to know that if they have to talk to you about a problem that you won’t get defensive and upset.
  5. You are loyal. An employer wants someone who is going to be on their side. Talking behind their backs about their flaws will eventually get back around to you. Be an advocate for the business even after hours and promote the organization every chance you get.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Talk with Meador Staffing today to find out what positions we currently have available.

Hot Jobs at Meador: AP/AR Clerk and Process Controls Specialist Houston Area

May 31st, 2013

Temporary Accounts Payable and Receivable Clerk

Our client in the Houston area is currently seeking a qualified Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable clerk for a temporary assignment. The position is available immediately. Our client is looking for someone with experience in all aspects of general accounting including accounts payable and accounts receivable. Quickbooks experience is required.

This project is with an exciting and growing company and the position has the opportunity to become a permanent position for the right candidate. Our client values dependability and loyalty and would love to work with an accounting professional who is interested in developing a career with their company.

The position pays between $14 and $16 per hour which is competitive with similar opportunities in the Houston area, according to Salary.com. Contact Meador Staffing right away if you are qualified and interested in this position.

Houston Area Process Controls Specialist.

Are you proficient with Allen Bradley and Delta V. systems? Our client is seeking a specialist with experience in control and maintenance services for all areas of plant control systems. These systems must be applied, utilized, maintained, and developed to meet the needs of the operating units and overall business relating to safety, cost, rate, reliability, and quality. The right candidate will provide routine administrative support for all process control systems including maintaining and adding points to the control system, helping with loop checks, modifying operator displays, responding to system alarms, software backups, documentation, tuning using modern loop tuning techniques, and planned preventive maintenance. Must understand and work with the DCS Alarm system. This position is responsible for completing all safety and environmental training required of a Process Control Specialist.

Our client is looking for 7+ years of experience DCS experience in process controls within the petrochemical, refining or chemical industry. A qualified candidate will have at least an Associate of Applied Science degree in a technical discipline. Our top candidates will possess qualifications using Honeywell TDC3000 including the ability to program and troubleshoot the Honeywell TDC2000/3000. Must be proficient on point building, logic blocks configuration, CL programming, GUS graphic creation, able to understand UCN/LCN configuration and limitations, and hardware troubleshooting. Allen Bradley PLC experience required. Experience in information technologies as applied to process control system design and high degree of computer literacy with loading software, preventative maintenance, Windows Server 2003, and TCP/IP is required.

This direct hire position can pay up to $100K depending on experience.

Contact Meador Staffing today for more information on these or other available jobs.

How Others Find You Online

May 17th, 2013

It is important to understand exactly how hiring managers use social media online to find candidates. This will allow you to participate on the best sites to attract recruiters. Gone is the day you can arrive at a business with your resume in hand and expect to speak with someone about a job. LinkedIn and Facebook is just the tip of the social recruiting iceberg. Here are four places you will want to consider a presence on the Internet.

  1. A Blog. Recruiters want to see subject matter experts and industry leaders. Develop an online brand that will attract them to you rather than only concentrating on applying to jobs online. Create a blog and consistently post relevant information. Comment on other industry blogs to link back to your own. Include this link on your resume along with LinkedIn and your other contact information.
  2. Look at job feeds online. Companies are embracing technology to allow them to reach more candidates than ever before. They will often push job postings to the web with links directly back to their company website and an application. Look at the companies you most want to work for and follow their job feeds.
  3. LinkedIn. 93% of all recruiters use LinkedIn to find candidates, according to a survey by Jobvite in 2012. For LinkedIn to be effective, it is important to create a complete profile which includes a photograph and a well worded headline. Join groups that are relevant to your industry or hobbies as well as your university alumni group and groups local to your area.
  4. Instagram. The popular photo sharing site probably isn’t the first place you think of when looking for a job, but recruiters are getting creative in their searches. Like Twitter, Instagram uses hashtags (#) to make searches easier.  Recruiters are able to find passive candidates by searching for phrases that may have been tagged by photo uploaders. Consider putting your photos on Instagram and tagging things like your city, your job, or your interests.

Do you want more advice about job searching and the Internet? Contact the professional staff at Meador and see how we can help you! The Pasadena TX staffing experts have the experience and network to help you advance your career and land your next job!