Should You Pass On A Candidate If They’re Overqualified

April 17th, 2015

There was a time in our culture where the word “overqualified” wasn’t even used. Since the most recent recession, many employers are falling back on this reason to avoid hiring certain professionals. Job seekers are increasingly, and understandably, more frustrated by the job market because of this one word. But overqualified doesn’t have to mean unemployable. You can leverage the candidates’ skills to your advantage. Here are some reasons you may not want to pass on an overqualified employee.

  1. Top-quality experience. An overqualified employee will be able to handle the function of the job with fewer problems. Their years of experience may be more than the job requires, but that also means they have more maturity. They have learned from their mistakes and won’t repeat them at your company. The cost of a bad hire can rack up pretty quickly so someone with business experience can help mitigate that issue.
  2. Innovative mind. Higher levels of experience also lead to the development of new ideas that you were never expecting. They may notice something about the way your company handles the job that they can improve or augment. You will not get this same perspective from an entry-level candidate. Creativity and innovation can make the difference between someone who can do the job and someone who can excel at it.
  3. Extreme professionalism. Life experience will foster professionalism and a mature candidate will have developed better skills to deal with some of the challenges of the job. They also already have a familiarity with business protocol, even if it was for another company, which can translate to the way you run your company. You won’t have to explain what to talk about in the office, how to communicate with executives, or how to avoid over-stepping their roles on a project.
  4. Dedication and loyalty. Due to the way the job market tends to treat overqualified employees, they are looking for companies where they can establish long-term relationships and make a positive impact. They tend to be very loyal while some entry-level candidates are more likely to get their experience and leave for another position. It’s easy to remember the time and resources needed after making a bad hire, but also have to keep in mind those same resources are needed if a new employee leaves for a new position after a short time period.

Are you currently interviewing for new opportunities in your company? Meador Staffing Agencies in Pasadena TX can help you source and hire the right candidates.

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! 

3 Ways to Follow Up if a Job is on Hold

November 8th, 2013

Job searches are not always cut and dry for seekers, and the same is often true for the process within a company. Sometimes an organization identifies a need for a new staff member but for various reasons, including budget or corporate hiring freeze, the job is put on hold after candidates have been considered. It can be frustrating to learn that the perfect opportunity is no longer available. There are some right and wrong ways to follow up on a job that has been placed on hold. Here are three ways to follow up.

  1. Email your contact. While a phone call may seem like the best way to connect with the hiring manager, it can also be seen as pestering. The hiring manager has their own job to do so it is best to send an email following up on the job opening. Ask why it was put on hold and if there is an expected time frame for the job to reopen. Don’t panic if they don’t email you back right away. You can always include a “read receipt” which will let you know that they did get it and opened it.
  2. Provide additional information. When you email your contact, frame it in a way that shows you are checking in on the job and offer additional data that may intrigue them. Provide information about a certification or an award that shows you’re dedicated and makes an impression.  You want them to remember you when the opportunity is open again.
  3. Don’t lose momentum. Even if you are waiting for your dream job to be taken off hold, it is extremely important to keep searching for other job opportunities. You never know what might happen at any individual company and it necessary to keep your job hunt momentum going. Give the job a time frame. If you haven’t heard anything back within a month or more, you may send another email to reiterate your interest. Continue your search as you wait.

Are you looking for your next job opportunity in the Houston or Austin area? If you are looking for jobs in Pearland TX, contact us today.

Hot Jobs at Meador: Engineering and Legal Positions Available

October 18th, 2013

Environmental Engineer in Austin, Texas

Our client, an established and stable company in the Austin area, is currently seeking an Environmental Engineer to add to their team.

Candidates are required to have five years of experience in air permitting and chemistry of emissions for this industrial plant as well as a BS degree in Environmental Engineering or related science or engineering discipline. The position expects the professional engineer to develop, devise and work with environmental programs for regulatory air, water and other environmental permitting, and care of reporting laws, rules and requirements.

This role will be in charge of technical and engineering projects, reporting of chemicals, hazardous and non-hazardous wastes and waste streams, and will work with governmental agencies to conduct environmental audits and inspections.

Reporting experience is needed to complete information regarding the Toxic Release Inventory, Emissions Inventory and Greenhouse Gas documents.

The right candidate will also be able to climb and inspect the plant facility as well as have a good driving record.

Are you able to learn operational, electrical, and mechanical equipment operations? Do you have managerial ability and a professional demeanor?

Our client offers excellent benefits. The salary is commensurate with experience and competitive for the area and industry.

Contact Meador Staffing today to learn more! 

Senior Docketing Assistant in Austin, Texas

Our client is offering an outstanding opportunity to work with a very successful and stable law firm in Austin with worldwide offices. They are a full service law firm and this is a direct hire opportunity.

The position is for a senior level Assistant in the Intellectual Property Docketing division.  Once hired, this employee will devise records in the database, docket and calendaring of the due dates, de-docketing dates and following up with attorneys or paralegals with ongoing tasks.

This individual will perform docketing duties with all US and Foreign prosecution and opposition, interference or appellate information and create new data and overseeing the internal Patent and Trademark verifications. They will also control the attorney’s dockets daily and work on auditing files and developing latest IP rules for domestic and foreign IP.

The right candidate must have 5 years of Intellectual Property and Trademark/Brand experience and Docketing software skills to be considered. A college degree or job experience is preferred.

Contact Meador Staffing today to discuss all available opportunities! 

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.

Hot Job at Meador: Customer Service Representative in La Porte Area

September 27th, 2013

Our client is currently seeking a successful customer service professional to add to their current team. The right candidate will have a thorough knowledge of procedures and processes associated with customer service, supply, storage, and distribution functions in a fast paced environment.

This role will be the primary point of contact for their client base. They must have strong organizational skills, be assertive and flexible, and customer service minded. They must be able to work in a close team environment, perform basic mathematical calculations, and have a high standard for quality. Our client’s environment is primarily office based with occasional visits to the warehouse which is not climate controlled. This employee is expected to maintain a clean and organized work area. The candidate is also required to perform various tasks to assist or support the remainder of the organization.

Some overtime or non-normal hours may be required including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays. The candidates must have a strong working knowledge of MS Office programs especially Outlook. They must be capable of learning the proprietary software that is required for the customer service department. This candidate must maintain an accurate filing system to include the archived files and also be able to perform invoicing, keeping in mind tariffs and conditions determined in the client rate agreements.

Pay rate starts at $12 which is competitive for the industry and area according to Salary.com.

If you are looking for customer service jobs in La Porte, 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.