Preparation for a Skills Test: Skill Set Exam Study Guide

April 18th, 2014

Temporary jobs in Pasadena, TX are growing, and if you are able to pass an employer’s skills test you will have a better opportunity to be considered for employment. Before you will be considered for employment by a temporary staffing service you will be required to take skills test based on your previous experience or the requirements of their client. How do you prepare for these types of exams when what they are testing is your ability to perform certain functions on the job? Here are a few things you can brush up on before you take the test and ensure you have the necessary scores for job placement.

  • Reading comprehension. Most skills tests will have a section designed to gauge your reading comprehension and other basic language skills. Practice by reading news stories and recalling important information to a friend or family member. Test yourself by going back and seeing what details you got right or wrong. You may also want to brush up on spelling and grammar.
  • Math and numbers. Some positions require specific skills when it comes to mathematics. You may need to brush up on measurements, basic calculations, or even story problems. There are a number of math tutorials on-line that can take you through problems step by step. You may also need to review information like recalling a series of numbers or transcribing numbers properly.
  • Data entry and typing. Administrative roles often depend on the entry of data into a system. Data entry can be numeric, which only uses the numbers keypad on the computer, or alpha numeric with a combination of letters and numbers. The tests gauge how quickly and accurately you are able to enter information. Typing is similar but uses only the QWERTY keyboard on a computer. The accuracy of typing and data entry is just as important at the speed.
  • Computer skills. Tests involving computer skills can take a number of forms. Depending on your experience you may be tested in basic Microsoft Office or more detailed offerings such as Adobe, Great Plains, or even Linux. Most staffing services will be able to choose the version of these computer programs to match your experience. However, it is important to recognize that if your experience on a computer program is too far out of date you may wish to obtain a newer version of the software and learn the changes before testing.

Do you need more help preparing for skills testing? Talk to the recruiters at Meador, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and the Austin area, to help you today!

Hot Jobs: Accounts Payable Clerk and Business Processor

March 28th, 2014

Temporary to Hire Accounts Payable Clerk in La Porte TX

Our client, an inspection and engineering company in La Porte TX, is currently seeking a candidate for a temporary to permanent accounts payable role.

Qualified candidates will need to have experience with the inspection and engineering industry. The opportunity pays $14 per hour with the possibility of a long term transition to a permanent role. This individual would be responsible for full cycle accounts payable and will interact with vendors, set up travel arrangements, handle expenses, maintain confidentiality, and pay attention to detail. Must have excellent skills in Microsoft Word and Excel as well as experience with expenses and travel arrangements.

Temp to hire Business Processor position available in the Woodlands area.

Our client is seeking an ambitious self-starter for a business processing position handling high volumes and levels of data entry. Position pays $15 to $17 per hour; rate dependent on experience.

Qualified candidates will have a minimum of 12,500 keystrokes per hour and at least 3 to 5 years’ experience. As part of the business processing team, this role will be responsible for entering, reconciling, and quality checking large batches of contracts. They will perform data entry and verify contract accuracy necessary to process business. Strong data entry, telephone, and customer service skills are required. Must have the ability to perform a variety of technical tasks accurately and interact with other team members. This role requires independent thinking, good judgment, and problem-solving. Must be able to communicate effectively and be courteous to clients and customers. Qualifications include 5 years contract warranty administration experience or related work experience, and/or a degree in Business Administration, Accounting, or Math. Candidates must have a strong aptitude for numbers and be accurate and organized with attention to detail. Strong computer skills with the ability to learn specialized software, spreadsheets and databases, typing and keyboarding skills are required. This opportunity is perfect for recent college graduates or qualified professionals looking for a career change.

Are you looking for a new opportunity to kick start the next phase of your career? Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and the surrounding areas, can help you today!

4 Ways to Get Noticed by Your Ideal Employer

March 18th, 2014

You’ve followed all of the advice online about updating your social media profiles and adding accomplishments to your resume. You’ve created a list of the top 5 or 10 companies you want to work for. So now what do you do? How do you get your ideal employers to notice you and, more importantly, to follow up. Here are a few tips designed to get your information in front of the right people.

  • Always present yourself in a professional way both online and in person. Many employers review public social media before extending a job offer or even considering a resume. Everything they find will help them form opinions of who you are as a candidate. Spend time cleaning up your online reputation to ensure that you are putting your best foot forward. Also, always be professional and courteous over the phone and in person, even to the receptionist.
  • Reach out to set up a meeting at a conference. Your dream company probably has a presence at a trade event or conference that you can attend. Use social media to let them know you’re going to be there and that you want to meet with them. Tell who you are and what you’re looking for before you arrive at their booth. This will give them an opportunity to get to know you and be prepared for a casual meet and greet.
  • Update your accomplishments regularly. Peppering your resume with a list of accomplishments isn’t exactly what is necessary to attract attention. So many people create resumes when they are looking for a job and don’t think about them again once they are working. This leads to a cycle of scrambling to remember all the things you need to include on your next resume. Every year, keep a list of your professional accomplishments and update your resume even if you’re not actively seeking a job.
  • Create a network to keep you accountable for your goals. Setting goals won’t mean much if you aren’t able to follow through. Your dream company wants to see candidates who take action and get things done. Create an accountability group of people you trust. Let them know what you’re working on and keep them update on the progress. This can help keep you on track.

Are you looking to work with your dream employer? Meador Staffing can help you find jobs in Pasadena TX and beyond!

Spring Clean Your Resume!

February 28th, 2014

Will March roar in like a lion and leave like a lamb this year? The groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter at the beginning of February but we are inching every closer to spring. As with many things, this is a good time of year to do the spring cleaning, and this includes your resume. How can you can dust off your current resume and better attract employers? Here are a few tips.

  • Know what you’re working with. Here is where you determine just what you need to include on your resume. Focus on these three categories: hard skills, soft skills, and accomplishments. Hard skills are the specific skills that you can demonstrate such as a speaking Spanish or how fast you type. Soft skills are intangible and include customer service skills and how well you stay organized. Accomplishments show not only what you did but how you did them. For example, write about how much money you saved your last employer and how it impacted the company.
  • Search and destroy the typos. One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is not going over their resume enough times to find all of the typos. Eliminate spelling mistakes and grammar errors. Go one step further and make sure all your formatting is correct. Don’t switch between things like $5,000,000 and $5 Million. Keep it consistent. Read your resume out loud and this can help you catch things you miss when look it over. Ask a friend or family member to look ti over as well.
  • Eliminate catch phrases and specific language. It is important to remember that the person who reads your resume first probably doesn’t share your exact experience. Write your resume so it can be read and understood by anyone. Eliminate technical language or industry jargon and write it plainly. Also, avoid overused buzz words such as team player or multi-tasking.
  • Know what to cut out. Many people spend too much time making an all-inclusive resume that describes every last job they’ve ever held. Instead, a good rule to work with is to only go back 10 years on your resume. Take out the jobs you had in high school and the list of every course you took in college. Also, makes sure to include dates for each job but eliminate them from your college experience. Also, be cautious about adding hobbies or interests. Only include things that might be useful at the job for which you are applying.

Are you thinking of changing your resume to revamp your job search this spring? Meador Staffing, currently hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, can help you with your resume today!

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.

What Your Resume Needs to Say

March 15th, 2013

There is really only one thing your resume needs to say to a hiring manager. It needs to ask the question “what makes me a better candidate than all the other people who have submitted their resume to this job?” It is important for that to be recognizable and stand out from the crowd. Recruiters spend only seconds with their initial evaluation of a resume so choose your information wisely. Here are some ways you can answer that question.

  • What you’ve achieved. Showcase your promotions. If your upward movement was with the same company be sure to spit your roles up along with the dates you held those jobs. If you left a company to go to a position with more responsibility, be sure to indicate the increased requirements in the description.
  • What you’ve accomplished. Recruiters like to see tangible results. Did you increase sales by 75% in just one year? Did you save your company over $10,000 by implementing an improvement process? Be specific and provide numbers and data to back up your accomplishments.
  • How you’ve been rewarded. Were you ever Employee of the Year? Were you one of only 100 people in your large company to be given a president’s award? Share this information for each of your positions to show that you brought greatness to the table and were recognized for it.
  • Your proven competence. Many resume experts suggest you tread lightly on going into detail about your job duties. It is believed that the functions of the job are less important than your ability to outperform your competition. However, you still want to include enough of your experience and background to indicate to the hiring manager that you are qualified for the job.
  • Your expertise. Showing that you are competent at the job requirements is not enough, you need to show that you are an expert in that field. Many recruiters like to see candidates who write a blog on their subject. Develop an online brand and begin to write about the things you are most knowledgeable about.

Are you looking for more practical resume advice? Contact the professional recruiters at Meador Staffing and find out how we can help you!