Make Interviewing Simple – Strengths, Motivation, Fit

October 9th, 2015

How can you guarantee that the person you hire will be the best for the job? Of course, nothing in life can be guaranteed to that degree but there is a simple way to refocus your interviewing strategy to ensure the employee checks all the right boxes for your company. How can you make interviewing both simpler and more effective? Let’s take a closer look at three things that can help you determine the best candidates to hire.

What are their strengths?

Asking a candidate about their strengths and weaknesses is a staple of the interviewing process. But why do you ask this? What you want to know is what they excel at, how accomplished they are with their expertise, and what aspects need improvement. Weaknesses aren’t a deal breaker, everyone has them. What you need to know is what they are doing about them. Motivated job prospects want to improve, so they recognize weaknesses and have a plan to improve. Incorporate these topics in behavioral questions such as, “Tell me about an accomplishment that you’re most proud of from your previous position.”

How are they motivated?

You also want to know what makes them excited about what they do. Some people are money driven while others are looking for personal fulfillment. How they interact with their own job and how they are naturally motivated will help you determine the way they will work in your office. Ask them questions such as, “What kind of manager do you like to work for?” Or, “How do you like to be recognized for your work?” The keys to effective leadership is learning what drives your employees. Since everyone is different, there is no one method to getting the best out of each member of your team.

How do they fit with your existing team?

Lastly, besides whether or not they can do the job, you need to know if the new employee will be a good fit with your existing team. Why? Because your employees need to be a well-oiled machine and if one cog in that wheel doesn’t work well with the rest, the entire system can quickly break down. One of the best ways to determine this potential fit is to include your employees in the interviewing process. Have them meet with each candidate and then compare notes after the interview. If you like the candidate, don’t totally dismiss their input and feedback. That can have you lose respect since your employees will think they sat in the interview and had no input on the decision.

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Staying Positive Will Help Your Optimistic Outlook

September 24th, 2015

Did you know that a successful job search is as much about your attitude as it is about your skills? Having a positive attitude throughout your pre-employment connections will make a huge impression on potential employers as well as potential mentors and professionals in your industry. Positivity is the best tool you can have throughout your career as well. So how can staying positive help you with your optimistic outlook? Here are a few ways.

Positivity translates as confidence.

If you’re keeping a positive outlook on your job search then you are going to project confidence. Interviewers and employers like to work with confident employees. However, remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance and don’t cross it. People prefer not to be associated with attitudes that come across as “I’m better than you.” They want people who believe in their abilities and are humble enough to know there’s room for improvement.

You’ll have better productivity levels.

When you’re negative about the way a project is going, it can be difficult to convince yourself to finish it. Rather than thinking about all the ways that a project won’t work, start to think about creative ways you can make it work. Stay positive and engaged and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Changing that outlook from why won’t this work to how can we get this to work will make a big difference.

It helps you set goals for your future.

If you’re positive about your career goals in general, it will be easier to set them and to work toward attaining them. Look not only at what is practical but also at what it is that you truly want to do. The more positive you are, the more doors will open for you along the way allowing you to reach each goal and beyond.

Positive thinking reduces stress.

It should not be surprising to learn that stress and negativity are closely related. If you are negative about your job, the people you work with, or your manager you are far more likely to feel the effects of stress. This can be devastating to you and your health long term. When you are feeling stressed – and everyone feels stress – remember that the difference comes in how you handle it. Using that confidence and trust in yourself will overcome that stress and lead to success.

You’ll attract positive people to you.

Lastly, being positive during your job search and at work will help you attract and network with other positive people. Working with positive people will only enhance your career path. Don’t let negative people become a staple in your life. Make the tough decisions to only engage with positive people as much as possible.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers for jobs in Austin TX and the rest of the state. We have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Call us today!

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Hiring Candidates with Disabilities Pays Off

September 3rd, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act strictly prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Provided the candidate has all of the right skills to perform the job in question or can accomplish it with the help of reasonable accommodations, the person should be considered for the job. Could you be missing out by not hiring these candidates? What do you need to know about the ADA and how it affects your business?

What are reasonable accommodations?

According to the ADA, companies are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. This could be wheelchair ramps or screens for computers that help the visually impaired. The employee must still be able to perform the job duties as initially described.

Candidates with developmental disabilities

There is an invisible group when it comes to working with disabled employees. Adults with developmental disabilities often are not considered for traditional employment settings. In fact, 85 percent of developmentally disabled adults don’t work paid jobs at all. But could companies be missing out on great employees by not even considering this group?

Dependability, engagement, and motivation

Employers who hire and work with the developmentally disabled often say that these individuals are among the most dependable workers they have on staff. They are genuinely excited to work and motivated to do a good job. This can be critical to many companies as any employees with energy and in a good mood help the overall culture of the workplace.

Demonstrate social responsibilities

Professionals often cite a company’s civic involvement as a reason for continued engagement. Working with the community by helping developmentally disabled adults find meaningful, paying work can be a great way to demonstrate the social responsibility of your company.

How to effectively utilize these employees

In compliance with the ADA, a company is not required to employee anyone who is unable to perform the job duties of the position for which they are hired. For developmentally disabled employees, it is best to determine what each candidate has to offer and develop a program that benefits both you and them in the workplace.

Meador helps you increase your workforce without adding to your overhead. Meador has locations in six cities, including a staffing agency in Pasadena TX. Contact us today and find out how we can help!

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The Basics of Writing a Thank You Note

July 31st, 2015

If you take no other action throughout your job search experience you should always send a thank you note after an interview. The thank you note offers an opportunity to restate your interest in the job while also showing the interviewer that you care about the process. What was once a critical part of the job search is now overlooked by so many applicants that it is seen as a luxury rather than a requirement. If you want to stand out from your competition, a thank you note could be all that is standing in your way. Here are the basics that you need to know about writing a thank you note.

Email or snail mail

What should you do with your thank you note? Some people prefer the personalization of hand writing and mailing a thank you note or card right after the interview. But, due to the function of the U.S. post office, this can take a few days to arrive. If you want something more instant, send a thank you note by email as soon as you are home from the interview. And, there isn’t a rule that you can’t do both. The email can be more formal while the letter can simply be a nice touch to thank the company for their time.

A strong opening paragraph

In the first paragraph, remind them about your conversation. Talk a little about the job, why you want it, and why they should hire you. This should be information that you discussed when you talked in the interview, but you want to ensure that the memory is fresh in their minds. It also gives them documentation to go back to when they’re deliberating over candidates.

Saying the things you forgot

An e-mailed thank you note also gives you a chance to say things you forgot about during the interview. If you’re like most people, you’ve probably played the conversation back in your head over and over again on your way home. If you suddenly think of the perfect way to describe something it isn’t too late. This is a perfect use for the thank you note. This will help the employer know that you do have critical thinking skills and are willing to revisit ideas until they are right.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs – many of which are not advertised elsewhere. Contact our great team of recruiters to get started on finding your next job opportunity in Texas!

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Endorse a Wellness Plan to Get Better Results

July 10th, 2015

The costs of healthcare and employee stress are not unrelated. As an employer, it is your responsibility to ensure that your staff is safe and free from unnecessary tension while on the job. One of the most popular ways that companies are embracing this mindset is to establish wellness plans in the workplace. They don’t have to be overly expensive and often the smallest gesture can go a long way to helping your team get on track with their health. Here are some ideas to start with.

Flu Shot Clinics

While flu season won’t start for a few more months you can plan now by making arrangements to offer flu vaccinations in your office. Contact a local clinic to find out the best way to provide them to your employees. The flu can cause your team to lose days of productivity. It will also spread like wildfire among your staff. If you can’t host a clinic or your insurance doesn’t cover it, offer to reimburse your team for the cost. You also can work with local drug stores who offer free flu shots through insurance plans. Make it easy for your employees and eliminate as many excuses as possible.

Education on Healthy Subjects

Another popular event for some offices is to bring in wellness instructors during lunches or for company-wide meetings. Consider teachers who specialize in healthy eating, yoga, or stress management. While the programs shouldn’t be mandatory, they can be rewarded with incentives (free, healthy lunch) for attending. You will be surprised at how receptive your employees are to learning new things about health and wellness.

Rewards and Incentives

You have probably been encouraged to provide incentives for productivity but have you thought about initiating a reward program for meeting healthy goals? Many companies find it worth their investment to reward healthy behavior in the workplace. Smoking cessation programs and weight loss programs are some examples. It’s not about a competition but about becoming more healthy and feeling better about yourself.

Stress and Mental Health

Many adults are under a lot of stress that can be impacted by their work environment. Stress is also the leading cause of conditions like heart disease and hypertension. Stressed individuals have a hard time sleeping and engage in other unhealthy habits. Don’t leave mental wellness out of the equation when designing your wellness program. Encourage your employees to meet with management to talk about workplace situations that are causing stress.

At Meador, a leading Houston staffing agency, we maintain and cultivate high expectations in our workplace, and do our best to help those we work with recognize and perform to their highest potential. Contact our staff today to get started!

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Consider These 6 Things Before A Job Relocation

June 26th, 2015

Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
  2. How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
  3. What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
  4. What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
  5. Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
  6. Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.

Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more today about any of your employment questions. We are glad to help and our great team will be a valuable asset to your job search!

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Networking Best Practices: How To Make Important Industry Connections

April 10th, 2015

Face-to-face networking is an essential skill, even as we become continually more dependent on technology. Getting your next job opportunity may be reliant on the connections you’ve made throughout your career. Online networking makes this process easier, but it isn’t the whole picture. For the best results, you need to focus on all aspects of networking within your industry as well as online. Here are some best practices to help you get your networking experience off on the right foot.

Online Networking Resources

LinkedIn is the clear winner when it comes to developing and maintaining professional connections online. The site is easy to navigate and provides an entire section dedicated to “People you may know.” Use LinkedIn to connect to former co-workers or managers, other professionals in your area, and groups that apply to your interests or skills. Facebook (interaction) and Twitter (information) can also provide some online networking opportunities. Each social media network provides its own strengths and weaknesses.

In-person Networking Resources

With the ease of connecting online, many people often neglect face-to -face networking. Attend local industry events to meet others in your field where you can feel comfortable talking about your professional and personal interests. If you’re nervous about meeting new people, volunteer so you feel useful and that you are helping others. Join a website like MeetUp.com to find others interested in the same industries or who have the same skills. Online groups often facilitate local meetings as well.

Introduce Yourself Everywhere

Networking in person can be more nuanced than clicking a box on LinkedIn. Carry cards with you at all times. Introduce yourself to people you’re standing in line with at the bank. When you’re out at social events, don’t be afraid to talk about what you do. You never know who you will meet and if they might be able to help you. Gaining more practice by talking with new connections will increase your confidence and make you more comfortable in those situations.

Perform Regular Maintenance

Following up is extremely important when it comes to networking. Contacts you don’t see again are useless and result in thousands of business cards piling up in a drawer. Send a thank-you email the day after you’ve met. Share interesting information you’ve found every once in a while. The best way to keep a connection is to provide a service for them. What can you do that would benefit the relationship? Be a connector and facilitate introductions within your network.

Do you want more networking tips for your career? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX and can help you today!

Unemployment Rate On The Decline In Texas

April 3rd, 2015

If you’ve ever thought about employment in Texas there are a number of reasons our state is a great place to work. Not the least of which includes the decline of the unemployment rate over the last several years. As of December 2014, Texas had an unemployment rate of 4.6 percent. The national average still remains at 5.6 percent during the same time period. Let’s take a look at why the unemployment rate is on the decline in Texas and how this translates to better jobs overall.

  • Booming cities. Midland, Texas has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country currently standing at 2.6%. Amarillo, Lubbock, Austin, and Dallas are all significantly below the national numbers as well. Texas is also a great state for a variety of employment benefits including no state income tax, which helps employees keep more of the money they make each week and throughout the year.
  • Increased industry. Texas is leading the way in a number of high tech industries. Careers in aerospace and aviation, biotechnology, information technology, and energy are all booming in the state. Job seekers interested in these roles or open to learning new skills will do well to focus on these industries and explore opportunities in these areas.
  • Housing availability. Because of increased job opportunities in major metropolitan areas, housing is also seeing a boom. This also means that there is an increased need for real estate agents and a variety of housing-related jobs. The current average housing cost for all type of properties in Austin, Texas stands at over $500,000, but there are more affordable options as well. Depending on where you want to live, you may be able to get a good deal on rental properties.
  • Long-term effects. The Austin area remains the top performing city in the state and the long-term forecast remains positive. The service industry, durable manufacturing, and trades will continue to advance the economy of the city along with the industries mentioned above. It is expected that the metropolitan areas of Texas will see growth through 2040 and beyond.

Are you interested in working in Texas? Meador Staffing is now hiring for jobs in Austin TX so call us now!

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.

Hot Jobs from Meador Staffing: Accounting Associate and Area Applications Engineer Positions Available

July 5th, 2013

Accounting Associate

We are currently staffing for an accounting associate position in the northwest Austin area. The ideal candidate will have experience working with car dealerships and will have been responsible for statements, Finance & Insurance installment statements, bank deposits, refund checks, receivables, collections, and 1099s. The position is direct hire with benefits after 90 days. Our client is looking for someone with dedication who is interested in building long term relationships with the company.

The best candidates will have knowledge of accounting procedures on both manual and automated systems. They will be expert at MS Office, especially Excel, and be able to type at least 45 words per minutes. We are looking for a self-starter who is able to handle multiple tasks, is innovative, and very accurate. Must have excellent communication skills and be able to work well with co-workers, management, dealers, vendors, and banks. We are looking for someone with an accounting education along with four years or more in an office environment and working with customers. Must have at least two years’ experience with AR and AP. Contact us for information on the salary and benefits.

Area Applications Engineer

Our client is currently seeking qualified Area Applications Engineers for multiple locations including Denver, Oklahoma City, Dallas/Fort Worth and Houston. Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in Engineering and minimum of three years’ experience working as a field engineer performing cementing, acidizing, stimulation and nitrogen services as well as within an oilfield. Must be knowledgeable about PowerPro, PowerLink, CemFacts, Mfrac, FracPro, and other applicable engineering software.

The right candidates will provide high level of support to the product line, technical selling, and key field product applications. They will identify new product opportunities and development strategies and interface with product line and local management to support direction and strategies to best maximize opportunities. Our client is looking for individuals who will conduct all business activities according to company policies, legal compliance requirements and our core values. Candidates would be needed to travel up to 15% for these positions.

The pay range begins at $83,000 and may increase based on previous experience which is a competitive pay scale based on similar positions at Salary.com.

 For more information on either position, contact Meador Staffing today!