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!

When It’s Okay To Say “No” To A Job Offer

March 27th, 2015

Some job seekers feel like they have no choice but to accept a job offer especially if they’ve been on the job market for a while. However, this is not the case. There may be times in your career when saying no is the best possible choice you can make. So how do you know when it is okay to refuse a job? Before you walk away, look at these reasons for saying no and how they impact your long-term career strategy.

  • When it doesn’t suit your long-term goals. Taking just any job could pose a challenge for your long-term career goals. If the job offer is not in line with the goals that you have in mind for your career, then you will be better to continue the job search until something more appropriate comes along. While you could be frustrated with your job, taking too many steps back could really hinder your career path.
  • When it doesn’t service your reputation. If taking the job could actually damage your reputation and impact the ability to find jobs later in your career, you should turn it down. If you have concerns about the how this job will be perceived on your resume in the future, it may be best to walk away. Remember, don’t focus too much on the short term.
  • When you can’t imagine doing it every day. It is important that you find yourself not only employed but doing something that helps further your life’s purpose. What do you really love to do? What are you really good at? What does the world need? If you find it difficult to imagine yourself doing this work every day, then it may not be for you.
  • When you have concerns about the ethics. Do you have some concerns about the work the company does and whether or not it is completely ethical? If there is any question about this at all it is much more important to maintain your own personal ethics and not take the job. While the compensation and benefits could be enticing, if you don’t agree with the beliefs of the company then it’s hard to be completely dedicated.
  • When the money isn’t right. There is a reason this is last on the list. Money really shouldn’t be the deal breaker for most situations. If everything else lines up, you will enjoy the work, you feel good about the company, and you see a future in this career you can probably make the money work. However, if the offered salary is in no way aligned with your expectations and the standards in your area you should let them know and decline the offer (or make a counteroffer).

Are you ready to accept the right job offer? Meador Staffing is currently hiring for jobs in Houston TX so call today!

5 Tips For Optimizing Your LinkedIn Profile

March 13th, 2015

A strong LinkedIn profile is one of the best tools any job seeker can have in their toolbox. A complete and quality profile will allow you to connect with other professionals and draw the attention of recruiters and hiring managers. Use these 5 tips to optimize your LinkedIn profile.

Maximize your headline

Your LinkedIn headline automatically defaults to the title of your most recent job. But you can change that. Make your headline pop by editing it to reflect the job you’re seeking and make you more marketable. For example, “Professional Executive Administrator | 15 Years’ Experience with Office Organization and Communication.”

Add media

Over the last year, LinkedIn added a media feature which allows you to add documents, images, links, or presentations to any part of your profile. Include things that will allow you to stand out from the competition. These materials can become part of your job portfolio.

Provide numbers

Just like your resume, make sure to include real data in your profile. Use this in your summary as well as throughout your work experience to demonstrate that you are an expert in your field. For example, “Saved the company over $10 million by developing a paperless organizational system.”

Endorse others

When you log into your account, you are often asked to endorse others for their experience. Many people just click past this step. Instead, every once in a while select five people from the list to endorse. This action will encourage others to endorse you as well. However, be sure to only endorse people you know and the skills you can verify.

Ask for recommendations

References are still important, but it also helps to have a number of positive recommendations on your profile that can be viewed by interested employers. This will give them a picture of you as a professional and the type of services you’ve provided for others. Don’t be afraid to ask for specifics such as information about a project you’ve collaborated on.

Are you ready to find your next job? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Austin TX so call today!

The Pros and Cons of Technology at Work

March 6th, 2015

There is an expectation in today’s business climate that all companies will use the right technology to enhance their products and services. But what if there is also a downside to technology in the workplace? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of having technology at work and what you can do to make it better for your business.

It saves money.

Ultimately, if you have the technology that can streamline multiple functions within your office then it will save money in the long term. The salaries for multiple people to do each of those aspects for your day-to-day business can be costly. Having the software that can allow one person to do the job of several people will always save money for your company, even if there is a high cost of the initial investment.

It saves time.

For the same reason, the right technology will save your company time. Each of your employees will be able to handle more work in the course of a day. The technology, if handled correctly, will aid them rather than making the work more stressful. This will allow your team time to handle other aspects of their job, such as customer service, rather than getting lost in the shuffle of paperwork.

It creates dependence.

There are always downsides to any technology. When you run a business that is reliant upon software or cloud-based services, you run the risk of becoming too dependent. Your staff may not be able to handle the work if something goes wrong or if the system is down for an extended period of time. This can be a problem for your company even for just a few hours when production grinds to a halt.

It needs to be upgraded.

Technology isn’t a one-time investment. Things change quickly in the world of software and the cloud. You may also need to consider security or other services. You will need to account for upgrade costs in your budget every few years based on the needs of your business and your clients. You may also need to integrate new offerings such as mobile optimization.

Do you think technology enhances your business? For more ways to enhance your business contact Meador Staffing Agencies in Pearland TX.

Getting An Interview Requires More Than Just A Resume And Cover Letter

February 27th, 2015

Have you been in the job market for a while? You may look at your resume and  cover letter and wonder why you haven’t had any of your calls returned. Everything appears to be in order. You’ve listed your accomplishments and included data to support your role in the past. You’ve personalized your cover letter each time for the specific job. So what are you missing? Getting an interview requires a little more than just a resume and a cover letter. Here are some of the things you can be doing to increase your chances.

Create a list of target companies.

The worst thing a job seeker can do is blindly send resumes into the recruiting black hole. To avoid getting your resume lost in a lot of shuffles, spend some time researching the companies that you really want to work for. Learn what they do, how they do it, their company values, and how you may fit in with their work culture. Then create a strategy to apply with them.

Develop personal marketing material.

Think about the brands you love. They have logos and marketing campaigns that help demonstrate their quality and worth to potential customers. These visual cues are what make people remember Coca-Cola, Apple, and Nike (to name a few). There are many online resources that can help you create logos and produce business cards to represent yourself to potential employers.

Take your brand online.

But don’t just keep your brand in your back pocket. Share it with the world. The internet makes it very easy to share information, and the best and brightest are creating online profiles and portfolios to attract employers to them. Buy a website domain name, create a blog, and join the major social media networks. Use these platforms to promote yourself as a thought leader.

Network in your community.

While it is important to use online tools to successfully conduct a job search, it is also essential that you get out in your community and meet other professionals. You never know who can help you with a new job or who they might know. Attend industry events or mixers to get your brand out there.

Call the hiring manager.

Lastly, before you apply for a job and after you’ve submitted your resume, it is perfectly acceptable to contact the hiring manager. Unless the job posting indicates they do not accept phone calls, call the company and ask to speak with the manager before sending your resume. Be polite and not aggressive. Ask them what they’re looking for so you can customize your application. Then, after you’ve submitted your resume, you can follow up after about a week if you haven’t heard back.

Are you ready to take your job search to the next level? Meador Staffing is hiring for jobs in Pasadena TX so call us now!