The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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Do You Know Why You Got the Job?

July 28th, 2016

After a job search, few people take in to consideration something that may turn out to be incredibly important. Why were you hired? You may just care that you were hired, but it may not be enough information to make you successful. You were the best of the best, but what exactly put you over the top? Why did the company choose you over your competition? You might be surprised to find out that this answer could positively impact your career path with your new employer, if you take the time to find out. Here are some thoughts to get you started.

Ask during the onboarding process.

The first step is to take the time to learn. Ask the hiring manager or the person training you directly. Not only will this help you get the information you need to formulate a plan for your employment, but it will demonstrate to the company that you’re attentive and interested, even though you’ve already gotten the job. This will also help making the onboarding process more of a conversation than just an information dump, and you can build a relationship with your manager, co-workers, or trainer.

Understand what skills they value most.

You brought a lot of things to the table. But which of those things were instrumental to the hiring decision? They may have advertised for an administrative professional and listed a number of qualities that would make an idea candidate. But, in the long run, you had experience in their specific industry or some additional accounting background that they found not only intriguing, but valuable.

Use it to create a plan for your role.

Once you know the reason you were hired, you can decide how to proceed. If it was your skills in accounting, even though you are working in administrative support, find out ways you can utilize these skills outside of the actual job description. This can be a way for you to showcase these skills, solve the problem they didn’t know they had, and demonstrate that you are interested in a long term career within the company.

Make the conversation go both ways.

It feels good to be appreciated. So while you’re allowing yourself to feel appreciated by your new employer, share with them your decision making process. Let them know why you accepted the job. Was it the people you would be working with? Was it the overall company environment? Was it because you could see yourself growing in the job and being challenged? This will help them better understand what to focus on in the future when they’re interviewing new candidates down the 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 our team today to get started with a top staffing agency in Austin and throughout the state!

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Don’t Rely on Luck to Land Your Next Job

March 10th, 2016

Do you ever think if it weren’t for bad luck you’d have no luck at all? When you’re looking for a new job, what are your expectations? The truth is, a job finding you is a pretty rare situation. The most successful job seekers are the ones who take control over their search and actively participate. Rather than relying on luck to help you, consider making your own fortune. Here are several ways you can get out and make the right connections to find your next job.

Network, network, network.

People who land a new job seemingly before they took a leap are not usually lucky but are well-connected. It is important to develop a networking habit even while you’re still working so you can build a strong foundation to help you in the future. If you are currently unemployed, challenge yourself to attend a local or industry-related networking event once a week. Once you find a job, keep it up once a month. You don’t want to be the network connection that only talks when you have your hand out and need something. Help your network connections all of the time and reap the benefits when you need them.

Start a blog.

Do you have a website? If not, consider buying your own domain name to ensure that your name is associated with you and your career. Once you do, put something on the site, such as your resume, and start a blog. A blog can help position you as an expert in your industry. You’ll be surprised to find out how often recruiters search for and contact blog writers in their searches. When you do create a blog, be consistent! Create a plan and stick to it. Writing about a topic that you are passionate about will make that consistency easier to achieve.

Build your brand.

The Internet has changed the way we communicate, and that is also true for the job market. Create an online presence that can help others find you in the most common social media sites. Use twitter to promote your blog. Create a page on Facebook that matches your website. Be sure to complete your LinkedIn profile, too. Cross-promote your content across all social media sites so it reaches the biggest target audience possible.

Tell everyone.

Finally, tell everyone you know that you’re looking for a job. While this falls under the networking category, it doesn’t have to stop there. Talk to people in line at the grocery store or at your local coffee shop to improve your networking skills. The next time you meet someone new at a party, let them know you’re looking for work. You don’t have to beg or sound desperate, but the more people you talk to about it the better chance you have of finding the right opportunity.

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, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters to work with a top staffing agency in Houston.

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