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!

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: Electrical Engineer and Multiple Mechanical Positions Avaialble

August 30th, 2013

Electrical Engineer in Clear Lake

We are currently working with a company in Clear Lake who is seeking Electrical Engineering candidates for an open position. The right candidate must have excellent experience in substations, high voltages and power generation as well as at least 6 years industry experience. An electrical engineering degree is required along with a license in either E.I.T or P.E.

Our client will consider relocation for a superstar candidate. The salary is dependent on previous experience and success but is competitive for the industry starting around $125,000 annually. Please contact us for more information and to submit your resume.

Multiple Mechanical Manufacturing Positions Available in the South East Houston Area

A manufacturing client in Southeast Houston is ramping up and will be hiring for a number of new positions. These opportunities are temporary but our history with this client has proven that a strong work performance can result in a permanent job offer. Our client is currently seeking individuals with mechanical aptitude for positions involving valves. Duties will range from machine operation to valve tear downs.

Qualified applicants must have mechanical aptitude, experience with valves, gaskets, or pumps, and the ability to work 12 hours a day 7 days a week on call as needed. Inventory system experience such as Oracle or SAP required. Candidates must pass a pre-employment drug screen. Contact us today to find out more about the opportunity as well as the pay rate offered.

Contact Meador Staffing today to learn about these and other available positions. We staff throughout the Austin and Houston areas and can work with you to find the right opportunity for your specific skills. If you are looking for additional jobs in Pearland TX, visit our job board 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.