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!