Are Your Talent Screening Technique’s Out of Date? Here’s What to Do

August 17th, 2017

There is so much changing about the job market today. And many companies simply aren’t prepared for the new trends or technologies available for hire. You may be using outdated techniques for screening or vetting the talent before making a job offer. It’s important that you make the right decisions for pre-screening candidates across the board, so we’re here to help. Let’s take a look at some of the current trends.

Ban the box.

Employment laws referred to as “Ban the Box” encourage employers to hold off on asking an applicant about a potential criminal background. This is spreading and will become normal in employment over the next few years. The idea is that basing hiring criteria on a check box prevents valuable contributors from re-entering the workforce. This doesn’t mean that background checks aren’t run, but they may be run much later in the process.

Contingent employees.

Since the economic recovery began, more and more people are working on a project-basis rather than pursuing full time, permanent jobs. This gig economy means that companies are working more with short term or freelance workers than ever before. But what does that mean for your employment screening process? The important part is to keep your process consistent for all employees, traditional and contingent alike.

Continuous screening.

Another trend that is picking up steam is the idea of continuous screening. Make sure the consent form you use when hiring new employees is explicit about the company’s policies on continuous screening. You also need to make sure that you’re continuous screening process is in compliance with the EEOC.

Social media.

Many employers are curious about the role of social media when it comes to screening. It can be so easy to plug someone’s name into Google and read the corresponding social sites that return. But it is important to keep some things in mind if you do this, you may run into illegal or uncertain situations. If you’re not an expert in employment law, you may want to hire a third party company to include social media searches.

Unconscious bias.

You also need to ensure that you’re not allowing your unconscious bias to influence how you hire or what actions you take in the workplace. Unconscious bias can inform your decisions even when you are actively trying to avoid discriminatory behaviors. You may prefer to hire someone who has a similar background to yourself, but this may leave out perfectly qualified candidates.

Work with a recruiter.

There is a lot to be concerned with when it comes to screening potential employees. There are many moving pieces that are governed by different laws and employment regulations. By working with a recruiter, you can allow them to use their expertise to ensure the proper checks are run and the information isn’t being used incorrectly to inform your hiring decision.

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How to Manage Through Sensitive Situations

July 20th, 2017

A tragedy or other sensitive situation can strike an office at any time. An entire company is affected when an employee passes away or become ill. But through everything, management needs to manage to ensure that everyone is provided with the tools they need to cope and continue. What actions should you take to support your team through this situation while still maintaining productivity? Here are some thoughts to get you started in the event you ever have to deal with this kind of situation.

Be aware of your staff’s emotions.

In the case of the death of a coworker or even a serious illness, don’t assume that your entire time will be emotionally able to carry on without a pause or some help. Know that everyone grieves and deals with emotions differently, so simply being aware of how your staff reacts will be important to the healing process. Give them space and support they might need.

Consider how this might affect productivity.

By doing so, you do need to consider how your productivity will be impacted. Will there be people who can pick up the slack? Are you prepared for an emergency in your company? Simply looking ahead at what needs to get done over the next several months will give you an idea of ways you can compensate to ensure everyone’s needs are met.

Organize a gift for the employee or their loved ones.

Often the reason people feel so helpless in situations like this is they can’t do anything about the situation. By asking your team or organize a care package for their coworker who is ill, or finding the appropriate memorial gift for the loved ones of the deceased co-worker they can feel like they have a hand in the grieving process.

Provide professional resources for your staff.

But no matter how much time you give to your team or what kind of gift they organize, there will be individuals who aren’t able to process the information on their own and move on. This is why you need to ensure they have access to a professional who can help them along the way. Partner with a counselor or provide access to group therapy so they can build the personal tools they need to cope.

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How to Write Smarter Job Search Emails

July 13th, 2017

It is simply a reality of the 21st-century job search – you will have to write professional emails throughout the process. There are plenty of times when emailing is going to be preferred both by you and the person you’re connecting with. Let’s look at some of the times when you will be emailing throughout your job search and we can provide some easy to use templates to get you started.

Initial Inquiry

In today’s marketplace, you’re probably sending a lot of resumes via email through online job postings. You may already know that you shouldn’t just attach a document without some accompanying email. If you do that, the recruiter probably won’t open it. But your initial inquiry should act as your cover letter.

This cover letter needs to include important information that might not be on your resume, your contact information, and your interest level. Also be sure to address it directly to the hiring manager or recruiter. If you can’t do that, never use “To Whom It May Concern.” Simply begin with “Good Morning” or “Good Afternoon.”

Here is a template to get you started:

Good Morning [Mr. or Ms. and their Name, if known],

I saw your listing online and I’m interested in learning more about the [job title] position.

I have [# of years] experience with [this work] and believe I would be a good fit.

[Insert a specific example of how this experience has helped you in the past in a similar position.]

I am available to talk at your convenience. Call me at [phone number] or email me at [email address] so we can set up a time to meet.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

[Your Name]

Thank You Note

After any interview, you probably know that you should be sending a Thank You note. Some people prefer the handwritten note over the email, but there are limitations to that option as well. They take longer to arrive and may not include all the details you want to convey.

A Thank You note is a great way to share information you may have forgotten in the interview. For example:

Good Afternoon [name],

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. I enjoyed meeting your staff, loved your office, and am excited about the opportunity.

[In this section, start with something like “I forgot to mention in the interview, your job posting specifically stated that you were looking for someone with (experience.) I have worked with that in the past and (share details about your experience).]

I look forward to hearing back from you.

[Your Name]

Interview Follow Up

After an interview, you should also follow up with a potential employer. During your meeting, you should have asked when they expected to make a decision. Then, after you’ve sent your initial thank you note, you can mark the calendar with the time frame. For instance, if they said “about a week” connect with them 5 days later and remind them you’re still interested. For instance:

Good Morning [name],

I really enjoyed our meeting on [date] and wanted to find out if you had made a decision regarding the open position in [department or office.]

I am available and interested in talking with you more. If you have any more questions for me, you can reach me at [phone number] or [email address].

I look forward to hearing from you.

[Your name]

Online Networking

Emails are also a staple of online networking, such as the generated emails from LinkedIn when you connect with a new person. But these general emails don’t share any information and don’t give any reason the person should accept your invitation. You should always customize it for your specific needs.

For example, you may have a mutual professional acquaintance. You can reference that. Or they may work in an industry you are interested in or have worked in before. They may be in your city and you’re looking for more local connections. Add a paragraph about why you’re reaching out and they’re more likely to connect.

As always, you should customize all of the templates we’ve provided here and use them only as a jumping off point.

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The Right Way to Put Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

May 11th, 2017

When you’ve been working short term, temporary assignments, you may be wondering how to include these on your resume. There is a right way to emphasize this experience and to sell it as a positive to a future employer. So, before you say something that might trigger a negative response, consider these ways to include temp jobs on your resume.

Demonstrate consistency.

Many times, individuals will work temporary jobs to help close the gap between full-time jobs. There is nothing wrong with expressing this on a resume. However, most experts will agree that rather than listing each individual assignment, lump it together under the headline of the staffing agency you’ve worked for. This can also show that you’re consistent in your work with one company and promote your loyalty and skills.

Show skills gained.

You should also use your short-term jobs as a way to showcase the skills you’ve learned or things you’ve accomplished. This is especially effective in a functional resume. Rather than listing each job you’ve had in chronological order, create a section at the top for your accomplishments. Use what you’ve learned in multiple jobs to help sell your skills.

Focus on determination.

Continuing to work temporary positions shows that you’re determined. Companies like to see people without gaps in their resume. So what better way to do that than to stay working even when you know it won’t be a long-term opportunity? Use this to your advantage. Show that you are dedicated to continued learning and continued employment even in the face of adversity.

Provide references.

You can also talk to your staffing agency or particularly successful clients to provide references for you when you apply for future positions. If you are a particularly loyal, skilled, or pleasant employee, they may be happy to talk to potential employers on your behalf. It shows that they had a good experience working with you and will give you more credibility to be hired.

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Want Monday to Feel Like Friday? Tips to Do Just That

April 13th, 2017

The common phrase is “Thank goodness it’s Friday,” but very few people say the same about Mondays. In fact, Mondays have become something of an office joke. “Someone has a case of the Mondays!” But you don’t have to live your life dreading the first day of the workweek. In fact, with just a few lifestyle changes you can make every workday feel full of hope and energy, just like Friday does. Here are some tips to help you start your week off on a positive note.

Get a good night’s sleep

One of the greatest enemies to productivity is poor sleep. While you may feel like the weekend is a good time to get out of your regular routine, but inconsistency can also have a negative effect on your workweek. On Sunday night, treat bedtime like you would on any weeknight. Go to bed at a normal time so you can wake up refreshed. Create a relaxing bedtime routine. Avoid technology after you get in bed. Keep the temperature cooler than you would during the day.

Stay hydrated

Another challenge many people have is staying hydrated. Far too many people operate in a state of constant dehydration because we aren’t as aware of our body’s need for water. Once you feel thirsty, you are already experiencing dehydration. Stay on top of your need for liquids. Focus on water rather than sugary or caffeinated beverages, which might give you a quick boost of energy but the experience will be temporary.

Plan ahead on Fridays

Many people feel like they’re scrambling on Monday to catch up on things they’ve missed over the weekend. But what if you could have a little peace of mind on Monday morning without having to work all weekend long? For the last hour of work on Friday afternoon, take some time to organize your work and make a plan so you can hit the ground running on Monday morning.

Have a positive attitude

Finally, sometimes the difference between a bad day and a good day is all in how you approach it. Maintaining a positive attitude can help you stay focused, not get down about things you can’t control, and approach your work with interest rather than frustration. In some ways, this is similar to the mindset of “fake it until you make it.” You can use your power of positivity to approach even the most boring or difficult of tasks with a fresh mind.

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5 Things Your Employees WANT You to Say

March 23rd, 2017

As the manager of your department or owner of a small business, you’re the leader. As such, your job is to inspire and motivate your staff. By now, everyone understands that micromanagement is not the best solution to a positive work environment, but what is the best way to be the right kind of leader in your office? Consider these 5 things your employees genuinely want to hear from you monthly, weekly, or even daily.

1. I have trust in you.

You don’t just trust your employees, you have trust in them. This means that you believe that they are capable of doing the job at hand. Tell them so. But also show it in your behavior. Don’t micromanage. Don’t hover over them when they are completing a task. Trust in their ability to get the job done without being overly concerned with the processes they follow.

2. This is what we want to achieve.

At the same time, your team wants to understand the end goal of the project or initiative. They don’t need you to micromanage how it is accomplished, but they want buy-in for what it is they should be achieving. Any time you roll out something new, give your staff an idea of what the outcome should be before letting them take control.

3. I want to set you up for success.

Your staff also wants to know that you’re putting processes and tools in place specifically to help them succeed. When you tell your staff that their success is your priority, you are making them feel appreciated on the job. That the ultimate goal isn’t the success of the job or the product, but of each of their individual contributions that make up the whole.

4. What else can I provide for you?

Far too few managers will ask employees to tell them what they need to make something more successful. Don’t be afraid to ask them what you can do to help them succeed in their jobs. If there are tools that can assist or materials that can help, be sure to provide them. If someone feels overwhelmed, get them the additional help them they need to unload some of the burden.

5. Ask if you need help.

They also want to know that you, as a manager, can pitch in and help out if push comes to shove. You’ve worked your way up to your position, so how can you demonstrate that you can still get your hands dirty. If your staff needs you in any capacity, they should feel comfortable coming to you to ask. You can facilitate this process by letting them know they shouldn’t be afraid of asking for help.

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Wellness Trends to Improve Your Employee Relationship

March 9th, 2017

As we gear up for the arrival of spring, many people are ready to shed their winter habits and embrace a healthier lifestyle. And, in many work places around the country, management is actively encouraging healthier choices for their employees. These wellness trends can even help improve your employer/employee relationships moving forward, creating a better workplace culture for everyone. So what trends should you embrace this season to improve work qualify and office interactions? Let’s take a closer look.

Provide tips for better sleep

A good foundation in the workplace starts with healthy sleep habits. Provide tools and support to encourage your staff to get quality sleep so they can wake in the morning ready to go. Productivity will improve with this encouragement. To do this, make sure you’re limiting working hours and not expecting responses late into the evening. Provide flexible work schedules so your team doesn’t have to stay up late to handle other aspects of their lives. You can even set up a nap zone in the office for quick afternoon catnaps to help them recharge their batteries.

Take a holistic approach

It is also important to know that health and wellness isn’t just about the physical body. Mental health is just as important and this can be done in a number of ways. You can provide services to help people manage their stress. Emphasize participation in a spiritual community, taking great care to leave the individual choices up to each employee. Provide them with professional development to help their minds stay active and healthy.

Encourage community service

Volunteering is good for everyone. There have been multiple studies that demonstrate the healthy benefits of giving back to the community. Make it easy for your team to participate in volunteering activities within your area. Give them incentives or provide days of service where they can spend the day outside the office helping others.

Provide healthy incentives

Speaking of incentives, make sure that rewards for good work or increased productivity are in line with your healthy initiatives. Rather than hosting a pizza party, give people an opportunity to do a physical activity, like a kickball game. Rewarding positive behavior with unhealthy choices will quickly lead to a breakdown in the overall healthy initiatives you’ve implemented.

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10 Minutes to Mindfulness Every Day

February 23rd, 2017

You may be skeptical about the practice of meditation. But, not all meditation is created equal. You might think about sitting in a lotus position, closing your eyes, concentrating on your breathing, and clearing your mind. But mindfulness meditation is not like this at all. With this method, you don’t try to turn off your brain. You embrace your thoughts and lean into them. And learning to do this can change the way you think every day. It has helped many successful people achieve the next level of their careers, and it can help you too. Here are some ways you can start a 10 minute a day mindfulness routine to help enhance the way you think.

Choose the time of day

People often try to shoehorn themselves into a schedule that doesn’t work for the natural rhythms of their bodies. The same is true with meditation. If you’re a morning person, then 10 minutes just after you wake up can be a great way to start the day. If you are more of a night owl, then 10 minutes right before settling down for the night can help calm you and establish a good routine for bedtime. Choose the time of day that works with the way your mind and body naturally work together.

Avoid technology

Mindfulness is not the same as trying not to think about anything. But in today’s connected world, technology does serve to keep us tethered to things outside ourselves and outside our control. In the morning and at night, put down technology to connect with yourself and your own thoughts better. Don’t be tempted to use a meditation app to facilitate your mindfulness, this should be a time when you are alone with your thoughts.

Stop multitasking

Another problem many modern workers have is the need to constantly multitask. There is one major problem with that idea. The human brain was never designed to multitask. We may think we are when we find ourselves pulled in many directions at once, but we are much better at focused tasks one at a time than trying to do all things at once. Don’t multitask while spending 10 minutes being mindful and you’ll begin to see how it can affect everything you do.

Check in with yourself

Once you begin a mindfulness meditation practice, check in with yourself once a week or once a month to see how you feel about it. Has it helped you make better decisions? Has it helped you slow down to accomplish things more deliberately? Does it help you keep your thoughts in check? Only you can determine the success of your new meditation routine, but it is still important to see where you are with it on a regular basis.

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3 Questions Your Competition Isn’t Asking in the Job Interview

February 9th, 2017

Do you want to stand out from the competition in your next interview? The best way to do that is to ask the questions that no one else is asking. Experts always suggest that, as a job seeker, you always ask questions in the interview to demonstrate your interest and show what you want to learn about the business. Here are three questions to add to your list to impress a potential employer.

1. How will you view me as a success in 6 months?

What this question says to an interviewer is that you’re dedicated to making the onboarding process work. That you have as much buy-in for making your hire as successful as the company does. But you also want to know what the company expects out of your in the first 6 months. Is it a trial by fire or do they have a dedicated training and onboarding program in place? By what metrics do they measure performance for new employees? How much will they expect you to know and retain? How do they train you in the important aspects of their business?

2. What would you improve about the company?

You’re not looking for dirt. Instead, you’re looking to get deeper into the mind of your interviewer. Everyone has ideas that will make a company a better place. So what makes this person tick? As their potential employee, you could be solving a problem and by getting some insight on what the interviewer thinks is a problem, you could put yourself in a better position to be the solution.

3. Why wouldn’t you hire me?

This is another way of asking for the job directly, but it also gives them a chance to suggest improvements. If you are willing to make these improvements, would this be the job for you? If any of their reasons are deal breakers, then maybe you should consider a different opportunity. But to get this feedback early in the interview process will help both of you narrow down what is necessary for you to get this job.

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Kick Start Your Job Search in 2017 with a Temporary Job

December 29th, 2016

Does a new year mean a new career? Right after the holidays is the best time of the year to start your new job search, and one of the best ways to test the waters is a temporary position. Working with the right agency to help you find a short-term job to fill in the gap or lead to long-term employment is rewarding and beneficial in so many ways. Here are some things to think about when considering temporary work this winter.

Learning new skills.

When you work short term for a company, you will inevitably pick up some new skills. It may be as simple as a different way to do something you already mastered. Or, it may be a completely new skill set that you can take with you to your next opportunity. Whichever is the case, take full advantage of the ability to learn these new things in an environment where you are also being paid for the work you contribute.

Gaining confidence.

This benefit is especially for those who may have been out of work for a significant time. Job searching is hard work, and constant rejection can make you feel pretty low. By accepting a temporary job, you can work toward boosting your confidence in the workplace, which can help you in your continued search.

Networking with professionals.

Temp jobs are also a great place to meet new people. At the very least, you will be able to work with the decision makers in the company and they will be able to see directly what you can do to contribute. Otherwise, you may meet other individuals who will go on to other opportunities, and if you make the right impression, they will remember you.

Partnering with a recruiter.

To find these short-term temporary jobs, the first step is to apply with a staffing agency to help you. A recruiter will work with you to polish your resume, coach you for the interview process, and submit your information to jobs that are a match with your skills. They will become your advocate in situations where the candidate doesn’t often have a strong voice.

Are you looking for a temporary job in the new year? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for temp jobs in Austin and throughout Texas, to learn more today!