Our 5 Best Job Search Tips from 2017

January 11th, 2018

Every year, our goal is to provide the best possible information for job seekers in Texas. Whether you’re unhappy in your current role or you’re unemployed looking for a new position, we want to be a resource for advice to help you in your job search. So what were our top tips from 2017? Before we begin with new content in 2018, let’s take a look back at the top 5 posts last year.

Red flags in your job search.

There may be ample opportunity to determine a company isn’t a good fit for you before you even start. Look for these warning signs may help you make the right decision. We suggest looking at their overall communication, attitude, and reputation. Also look for any personality conflicts, a lack of clarity in the job description, and inconsistent policies.

The real truth about job searching.

We also wanted to give job seekers a sort of behind the scenes look at the truth about looking for a job. What are some of the biggest misconceptions and myths? We wanted to share why you shouldn’t apply to everything, how job hopping really affects your chances, how to find hidden opportunities, and how to follow up after applying.

How to include temp work on your resume.

If you’ve done temporary work between full-time jobs, how do you effectively put that on your resume? Since the situation is so common, we wanted to provide some insider information on the process. You can show the consistency in your work experience, new skills you learned, your overall determination, and even use the agency as a reference for your continued search.

Questions for employers that set you apart.

If you really want to make a good impression in the interviewing process, there are some questions that would set you apart from your competition. They demonstrate your interest in the job and your thoughtfulness for making a decision. Ask questions about their process for determining success, how they think the company can be improved, and why they might not choose to hire you. We’ve also offered insight as to why these questions and how to position them.

How to apply when you’re not qualified.

Of course, there may be times when you see a job ad that looks great but you’re missing some of the experience they’re looking for. What do you do? We believe there are ways to position yourself as the right candidate even if you don’t check all the boxes. In this post, we talk about how to read the job description to understand the top requirements, how to sell the skills you do have, and avoid focusing on the things you don’t bring to the table.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Pasadena TX

What were your favorite posts from 2017 and how can we help you in the new year? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn more today.

houston-tx-staffing

Is Temp-to-Hire Your Path to a Full-Time Job in 2018?

December 14th, 2017

If you’ve been in the job market you’re probably aware of temp to hire opportunities. But maybe you’ve been concerned about taking on a role like this because you’re uncertain how it would impact your career path. But there are many reasons to consider temp-to-hire. Before you kick off the New Year in 2018, consider these potential benefits to working with a staffing agency to find a temp-to-hire position for you.

It can lead to full-time work.

The ultimate goal of a temp-to-hire position is to lead to full-time work, but that doesn’t mean your work is done when you accept the job. The employer is using this time to evaluate your performance and experience to make sure you’re the right person for their permanent position. If you do a great job throughout the temporary portion, you will be offered that permanent position.

It gives you a chance to try out the job.

But the experience goes both ways. Temp-to-hire means that you also get to check out the company and the specific job to determine if it is right for you. If you have any concerns or hesitations, you can discuss it with your recruiter and work out a solution for the problem or terminate the assignment and look for something else.

It builds relationships with a recruiter.

Your recruiter becomes your employment partner. They can work with you to find the right position. If one doesn’t work out, you can use that experience to find a better match. But it will also build a long-term working relationship that can last into the future if you’re ever in the hunt for another position or you are in a position to hire for your new organization.

It can get you working faster.

Many companies approach a staffing agency before they advertise a position to the general public. This means when you are established with an agency you will hear about new positions before they are published online or through any other local channels. Your recruiter wants to have you working as quickly as possible so they will do what they can to ensure that you are not out of the job market for very long.

Work With a Top Staffing Agency in Clear Lake TX

Do you think temp-to-hire could be right for you? Talk to the recruiters at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Clear Lake TX, to learn more today.

houston-tx-staffing

Quotes to Show Gratitude Every Day

November 30th, 2017

Now that Thanksgiving has passed us by and we’re starting to get ready for the December Holiday season, we should continue to take the time to be grateful every day. Gratitude shouldn’t be reserved for one Thursday in November, it should be a mindset to help you every day of the year. If you want to be more grateful this year and into 2018, here are some wise words to give you continued inspiration through the season and beyond.

1. “Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.” William Arthur Ward.

Don’t just think it, say it. No matter what, and no matter when. If you are thankful for the actions of others, tell them. If you are thankful for a situation or an outcome, say it out loud. Gratitude is contagious and if you begin to spread it, a culture of gratitude will emerge.

2. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words but to live by them.” John F. Kennedy.

Additionally, just saying the words is a great start, but thankfulness is an attitude. It involves more than just statements but actions that demonstrate your gratitude toward others in your family, work, and community.

3. “Silent gratitude isn’t very much to anyone.” Gertrude Stein.


W
e can’t stress enough that the true key to having gratitude in your life is expressing gratitude towards others. Say it loud, say it often, and don’t only say it when expected. Silence is the killer of gratitude and, often, productivity as well.

4. “You cannot do a kindness too soon because you never know how soon it will be too late.” Ralph Waldo Emerson.

One of the reasons for making sure you say thank you when it matters is because you never know when it will be too late to say it at all. On a macro level, this applies to your loved ones. But also applies to situations at your work in your community because you may never get that chance back to tell someone they’ve made a difference.

5. “This a wonderful day. I’ve never seen this one before.” Maya Angelou.

Remember, gratitude is something you can feel each and every day regardless of the specific situation. If you’re having a bad day, for example, focus on the positive things rather than what’s going wrong. That can change your entire attitude for the better and turn the tide.

At Meador, we strive to be a leader in staffing excellence

How do you express your gratitude every day? Contact Meador Staffing,  a top staffing agency in Houston TX, and learn how our team of recruiters will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner.

houston-tx-staffing

Why You Need a Positive Attitude at Work

September 15th, 2016

Experts say that positive people have significant more opportunities in life than their negative counterparts. There is even some evidence that suggests negativity and constant complaining can rewire our brains so we start accepting these hardships as normal, making things difficult to overcome. But if you want to succeed in your career, embracing positivity will be a key to your future. Here are some ways having a positive attitude at work will help you.

You will have less overall stress.

Constantly dwelling on the negative is a surefire way to stress yourself out. Worrying about things over which you have no control, thinking about the most negative outcomes, and complaining do not help you manage your stress. But a positive attitude does. The best way to start reducing your stress at work and being more positive is to start considering how to be more grateful. Start a journal writing all of the positive things that happen to you and be thankful for them.

Your peers will enjoy working with you.

Everyone has a co-worker that they have a hard time relating too. The problem is if you are that co-worker then it can be hard to notice. But the other members of your team don’t always want to tell you that your negativity is bringing them down. They may simply avoid talking to you throughout the day. Being more positive will encourage people to engage and interact with you.

You will increase your job security.

Positive people are also more likely to have better job retention. Why? Because when a company is looking at downsizing their staff, their first thought will be to let the person who seems least happy in their jobs go. By being happy and grateful and engaged with your job, a company will have to think twice about questioning your contributions.

You may be considered for promotions.

This also works for career advancement too. Being positive in an interview will give you a significant edge over your competition. When you’re working for a company that is looking to promote someone, your positive attitude can go a long way to making your case for you. They will see you as a problem solver that is fun to work with.

Do you want to reflect a more positive attitude in your career? Contact Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Pearland TX, to see how we can help you today!

houston-tx-staffing

How to Land a Job Out of School

July 18th, 2014

There has been a lot of attention paid to the demographic of individuals unable to find work as they graduate from college. It doesn’t have to be like that. If you’re are graduating soon or in the job market after finishing college this year there are a few things you can do to help accelerate your job search. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

  • Develop your LinkedIn profile. The way we find jobs has been fundamentally changed with social media. LinkedIn is no longer a luxury of the technological elite but a resource that needs to be tapped into by anyone in a professional capacity. The site is relatively user friendly and easy to navigate. Pay special attention to your headline, photo, and keywords.
  • Start a blog. Companies are looking for subject matter experts and thought leaders. The best way to position yourself this way in the market is to start a blog. Use it to share your ideas for new ways of doing things and showcase your expertise. This is also a great way to cultivate your voice and create an online brand.
  • Land an internship. So many college students skip the internship in favor of earning money in part time summer jobs. While the internship may not pay it does so much more in terms of benefits to your career. This will be the kick start to your resume experience. If an internship isn’t available, see about volunteering your services in the community.
  • Find a mentor. You should also start reaching out to professionals in your industry. These individuals can become a sounding board for new ideas and help you navigate the path to employment. They can help with stories about how they made it to where they are today.
  • Join a professional organization. Networking is essential to finding a job in your field. The best way to do that is to join up with a local professional organization. They will have seminars, meetings, and social events that help get you involved and allow you to meet up with others who work in your industry.

Are you looking for your first professional job out of college? Contact Meador Staffing, currently hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX, to see how we can help!

Senior Accountant Jobs in Texas | Salary Breakdown

July 11th, 2014

Are you in the market for a Senior Accountant position in Texas? It is important to know the current trends and salary breakdown for the greater Austin area so you can understand if jobs and offers are competitive. Negotiations will be easier with more information at hand. To ensure these discussions are fair to you, here are some basics to keep in mind about senior accounting salaries in our corner of Texas.

  • Consider the size of the organization. Larger firms have more flexibility to pay a higher salary – even to an entry-level candidate. Smaller companies may not but could offer some additional benefits as an incentive instead. The median salary in Austin for senior-level accounting roles is around $67,000, which is similar to the national average. However, the final salary will depend not only on the size of the company but also the specific requirements for the job.
  • Do you know the growth rate for accounting? If you are looking into salaries for senior accountant jobs in the area, it is also essential to know the path to get there. There are some typical stepping-stone roles that lead to this level in accounting. Your background may be in staff accounting or you may have a CPA. Managers may make more money than a senior accountant depending on the job duties. Review websites such as Salary.com to see where you are in your career path.
  • What to know when negotiating a salary. The exact location of the company will play a big role in the amount of money they can offer candidates. Companies located in the heart of Austin will be able to offer more than the surrounding areas. Career growth will also often happen quicker in the metro area. A government job will pay less than one in the private sector. Be as prepared as you can be when approaching the negotiations and determine a fair “walk away” number. This is a salary that you would not accept. Your rejection will allow them to counter with more or give you an opportunity to move on in your search.

Are you looking for a job as a senior accountant? Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pearland TX and beyond, can help today!

6 Interview Prep Questions from Recruiting Pros

June 6th, 2014

People who go into an interview thinking that they will “wing it” almost never receive a job offer. A recruiter or hiring manager wants to see that you’ve done your homework and that you are invested in their company specifically, not just any job. Here are 6 questions from recruiting professionals that you should consider when preparing for your next interview.

  1. Why are you interested in our company? Here is where the recruiter is looking for your ability to do research prior to arriving to the interview. Before you step foot in the company doors look them up on the internet. Review their LinkedIn information and be as knowledgeable as you can about their product and services.
  2. What can you offer our business that your competition can’t? You have something that makes you stand out from the crowd: what is it? You don’t want to simply parrot the job description back to the recruiter; you want to show that you bring something more to the table. Talk about your accomplishments and how you can be of service to the company.
  3. What kind of manager do you like to work with? Recruiters place candidates with a number of different companies and in those organizations are different management styles. They want to match you up to the right one. Do you like someone who is hands on and works directly with their staff? Or do you prefer to be given more creative autonomy?
  4. Describe the type of environment you prefer? Some organizations are fast paced while some have a more casual approach to business. Companies can be conservative and professional or have a culture that includes ping pong tables in the break room. Your recruiter won’t want to place you somewhere that doesn’t match your personality.
  5. How would former coworkers describe you? References are extremely important to the hiring process. They want you to provide names of contacts who will give them a clear picture of who you really are. They also want to know how you think these people would respond when being asked about you. They want to see how closely your answer matches your references.
  6. Where you do see yourself in 5 to 10 years? The recruiter also wants to know that your career goals are in line with their client’s needs. As much as you may feel you need a job, accepting a position with a company that doesn’t match your long term goals will not serve your career.

Are you looking for your next interview opportunity? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX, to learn more!

3 Questions to Ask When You Don’t Get Offered the Job

May 23rd, 2014

There will always be times in the lives of job seekers when they do not get the offered a job for which they felt perfectly qualified. There are simply too many good candidates currently available for everyone to be offered the job of their dreams. However, if this happens to you it may be a perfect learning experience. When you aren’t offer a job take an opportunity to check with the hiring manager and get some feedback.

  1. Is there anything I could improve for my next interview? You never know what someone might prefer or what small things can set them on a path to make a decision. Ask them how you conducted yourself in the interview and if there is anything you can do to improve your chances with the next company. You may be surprised by the helpful feedback they are able to provide.
  2. How did you select the individual that you hired? It is good to know not only why you weren’t selected but also how they made the decision to select someone else. Was it a personality fit? Did this person possess more skills that could help them in the job? The rejection for a job is almost never personal so it will feel good to hear some of the reasons that are beyond your control.
  3. Can you keep me in mind for other opportunities or refer me to someone else? Most importantly, you should never burn a professional bridge even if you don’t get the job or may never work for the company. The hiring manager knows other professionals and they may feel like you would be a good fit for a different opportunity in the future. However, if you don’t ask you probably won’t be considered.

Are you looking for an opportunity for your next job? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and beyond.

4 Steps for First Day on the Job Success

May 9th, 2014

Congratulations! You’ve made it through the nerve-wracking interview process and you’ve secured a position with a great company. Your next challenge is getting through the first day. This experience can be traumatic, but just remember that everyone’s had a first day at least once. Small mistakes won’t impact your long-term career. However, there are a few things you may want to keep in mind to alleviate any unnecessary tension.

  1. Plan your commute. Hopefully you already know your way to the location of the job because of the interviews. Keep in mind that the commute may be significantly different during morning rush hour. Determine how long you need to give yourself to get ready in the morning and make the commute so you’re not late on your first day. Pay special attention to traffic patterns and construction.
  2. Dress for success. In generations past the recommendation might have been to wear a power suit or a shirt and tie. In today’s workplace dress codes can be all over the map. Consider what everyone was wearing while you were visiting during the interview and put together an outfit that is appropriate for the specific environment. If the office is casual don’t allow that to translate into sloppy. Always look put-together even if you’re in jeans and a t-shirt.
  3. Bring a notebook. Training can be difficult and there will be a lot of information thrown at you on the first day. You won’t be expected to remember everything, but a manager also doesn’t want to answer the same questions over and over again. Take notes as you learn so you can refer to them when you have questions. Write notes in the style that works best for your learning style.
  4. Meet everyone you can. On your first day it may seem more comfortable to keep to yourself but that isn’t how you will make an impression. Be sociable and friendly but not distracting. Introduce yourself to everyone you’ll be working with and to any management you might come across. You never know who will be able to help you along as your work with this company.

Are you ready to face the first day on a new job? Contact Meador Staffing, offering jobs in Pasadena TX and throughout the Austin area.

Hot Jobs: Analytical Research Manager and Administrative Assistant Positions Available

April 25th, 2014

Meador Staffing provides jobs throughout the Austin and Houston areas. Here are two of our hottest jobs available today!

Analytical Research Manager

Our client, located in Houston, has an immediate need for an Analytical Research Manager in their Technical Center. This role will be responsible for managing the team to ensure top service while providing analytical expertise and continuity. This person will serve as the analytical advisor at the Technical Center. Job Responsibilities include managing resources and workflows to ensure timely completion of analysis of both technology-derived operational samples for the Gas Technologies division and sales-focusing samples for the Caustic Services division. They will also be responsible providing expert analysis using a number of analytical programs. This role will also develop new analytical methods to meet new project needs and manage the Analytical Team by establishing goals, motivating, and conducting performance reviews to make the best use of their talents and skills.

The salary range is between $105,000 and $120,000 depending on experience. This is competitive for this type of position in Houston based on calculations from Salary.com Candidates must have a  postgraduate degree in analytical chemistry such as a PhD. with a minimum of five years of experience or Master Degree with a minimum of 10 years of experience. They must have proven related experience in chemical, refinery, and gas processing industries. Must have experience managing a project team or lab with proven supervisory experience preferred.

Contact Meador Staffing to learn more about this opportunity.

Temp to Hire Administrative Assistant Role in Conroe

Our client is seeking a qualified administrative support professional for an immediate need in a fact paced office in Conroe. This position requires reporting on a daily basis and executing various tasks.

This is a temp to hire position with standard business hours Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm. The position will start out at $10 to $12 an hour on a temporary basis.

The position is responsible for preparing and maintaining reports and analyzing data. It will report to both the Directional Operations Administrator and Operations Manager.  Other duties will include assisting with monthly payroll and transferring reports electronically.

Qualifications include proficiency with Microsoft Office, managing processes, analyzing information, and solving problems. Candidates must have excellent communication, reporting, and organizational skills.

For more information on this and other opportunities throughout the Austin and Houston areas contact Meador Staffing.

Are you looking for opportunities in the area? Meador Staffing, employment agencies Austin TX, can help you!