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!

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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.

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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!