Don’t Hold Yourself Back: Overcoming Obstacles that Are Hindering Your Ability to Find a Great Position

September 28th, 2017

Are you feeling frustrated by your job search? Have you taken a step back to have a critical look at what might be in your way? There may be several obstacles holding you back, so it’s important to see them and determine the best solution. Whether the hurdle is self-imposed or from an outside source, they can be overcome. Let’s take a look at some of the common obstacles job seekers face and what you can do about them.

Only using one method to apply.

Many job seekers make a big mistake by following only the path of least resistance in the job market. Applying for jobs online using the popular job boards is, by far, the easiest way. But it isn’t always the most effective. Instead, vary your methods by applying online, connecting through social media, networking in person, and more.

Not having enough experience.

You may find yourself not applying for jobs you really want because you’re worried you don’t have enough experience. And in some cases, this may be a reasonable strategy. But not having all of the exact experience isn’t always an issue on the job market. Look at the experience you do have. Could it be transferable? Could you market yourself differently?

Saying you can’t network.

Networking in person can be scary, especially if you’re introverted or shy. But simply avoiding it can be the very difference in your job search. Challenge yourself to get out there. Pick just one event a month. Make sure to bring business cards with you. But also push yourself to get at least 5 business cards. Then make sure you’re following up.

Thinking the employer holds the cards.

Many job seekers believe that the only power in the job market lies with the employer. But that isn’t always the case. You have the talent they need, so leverage that. Create a list of employers you want to work within your community. Next, connect with them on social media. When the time is right, ask them how you can apply with their company. You’ll be surprised by the results.

Not looking at all your options.

Finally, many job seekers pigeonhole themselves without even realizing it. If you’re avoiding certain opportunities or avenues, you may be cutting yourself off from the very job that’s perfect. Always weigh your options. Always look outside of the box. Give yourself a chance to be creative in your search and try new things.

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5 of the 10 Fastest Growing Economies Are in Texas

November 5th, 2015

The news that Texas has 5 of the 10 fastest growing economies in the nation comes as no surprise. Things are always bigger in Texas. So what does this growth mean for both job seekers and businesses in these growing cities? When you’re making any changes for hiring, you may want to keep these ideas in mind. Let’s take a closer look at the five places experiencing rapid growth and how you can harness it for your business.

Corpus Christi

With 6.5 percent GDP growth estimate, this coastal town on the Gulf of Mexico is seeing an increase of commerce in the area. The primary industry is manufacturing. This means that anyone who has experience with warehouse, production, and technology that assists the processes will have a good shot at being employed in Corpus Christi and businesses in this sector are in demand.

Victoria

Just north of Corpus Christi near the Gulf is the town of Victoria. This city has seen a 6.7 percent growth over the last few years. However, this area is looking at mining as its primary growth industry. Of course, with mining comes a variety of support level industries, including administrative and project management specializations.

DFW and Arlington

At 8.5 percent you can’t leave the Dallas and Fort Worth areas off the list. This includes Arlington as well as the metro area continues to grow. There are several industries that are booming around the region including finance, insurance, real estate, rental markets and leasing. It is no surprise that with the rise of financial businesses that real estate is also popular. The new employees who move into the area need somewhere to live.

San Angelo

Just west of the DFW and Austin areas is the town of San Angelo, which has reached the high rate of an 11.4 percent increase in GDP. The big surprise here is that their growth industry is government. The city is not far from the state capital in Austin, and it is actively hiring for a variety of local government and workforce jobs.

Midland

And to the west of San Angelo is the city of Midland, which was number one in the country at a GDP growth estimate of a whopping 24.1 percent! Like Victoria, the primary industry boom in this area is mining. But also like Victoria, this comes with all of the additional jobs that will supplement and support the industry.

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Help Your Overwhelmed Team with These Leadership Tips

September 18th, 2015

Even if your staff is made up of superstars, there will come a time in their career where things become overwhelming. While the first reaction might be to suggest they get it together, there may be a better way to approach the situation as a manager. Can you help your team become less overwhelmed simply by becoming a better leader? You can, and here’s how.

Redirect their focus and priorities.

The biggest reason for job burnout is taking on too much too fast and feeling pressure to do everything. If your employees can’t see the forest through the trees then it is your job to steer them on a better path. Determine the overall priorities and redirect their focus on what really matters.

Make changes to their workload.

Some employees have a hard time saying no. While they should have take ownership of this, it is also part of your job as their manager to assess when things are getting out of hand. If you notice that deadlines are being missed and your team is overwhelmed, make changes to their workload. Hiring a temporary employee to help out is one great solution.

Give them uninterrupted work time.

Another big challenge for employees is time management. Not that they can’t appropriately manage their own time but interruptions are expected and often a big problem. Allow them to let their calls go to voice mail and not check email except during certain times of the day. Follow-ups can happen between specified hours.

Change your approach to meetings.

Speaking of distractions, meetings can be the biggest time waster in the workday. Often meetings go longer than expected and become a forum for everyone to state everything they want to say. This can be counterproductive during the work day. Change your approach to have fewer, shorter meetings. Keep things on track.

Lead by example.

Lastly, you can’t expect your team to feel less stress in the workplace if you’re consistently overwhelmed as a manager. They will see how you handle yourself and will begin to reflect that behavior in their day-to-day work. Learn to manage your own tasks and calendar and demonstrate how it works to be confident about doing your job.

Hiring can be a stressful task for any organization. Finding the right fit, and using valuable company time to do it, can be a costly burden. When you partner with Meador, we will take care of all the work for you. Contact Meador Staffing to help find jobs in Austin TX or at any of our other six locations.

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Have a Plan When Attending Your Next Job Fair

September 11th, 2015

Job fairs can be a colossal waste of time if you’re not properly prepared. But if you have a plan of attack and stick to it, then the job fair can be one of the best hidden tools of a job search. Because of their popularity, not everyone in the building will have created a plan to help them navigate and network the best way possible. Here are some things you can do to make sure you’re ahead of the competition at your next job fair.

Make a good first impression

Your plan should start before you even set foot in the convention center. You won’t be meeting for interviews, but you should treat it like one. Dress professionally, establish an elevator speech that will give the person an idea of who you are and what you’re looking for, and always be courteous. Bring your resume and business cards and be sure to get their contact info.

Create a map and plan

Job fairs sometimes feel like a herd of cattle shuffling along. It shouldn’t feel like that. You may be just one person in a sea of thousands of job seekers but you don’t have to act that way. You are the one in complete control. When you arrive review the list of businesses attending and make a game plan. Only visit the top companies and introduce yourself to them in a professional manner. If you can’t see yourself working for that company then don’t waste your time standing in line to meet with their representatives.

Introduce yourself

There will be a good portion of the event spent standing in line. You can use this time to make connections with others in your community. Introduce yourself, ask them what they’re looking for, and see if you can connect them to others in your network. A lot of people will have nerves, so breaking the ice and getting the ball rolling can open unexpected connections. You will get a reputation in your community as a connector, which will only enhance your position as a professional. You can give them your business cards as well.

Always follow up

Now that you’ve collected all of these business cards you need to do something with them. The very next day, sit down and send out thank you emails that reference the conversations you had with them at their booth or in line. This is your opportunity to make a lasting impression and help you stand out from the crowd. If you feel comfortable, connect with those people on LinkedIn and continue the networking process.

Meador Staffing works with some of the best employers across Texas, and we have access to a range of top jobs . Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more about those great opportunities and others throughout Texas!

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Manage Your Team Without Being a Jerk

August 7th, 2015

Some organizations believe it takes a strong personality to corral and motivate a team. Managers with abrasive personalities may feel like they are getting more accomplished when they raise their voice to their employees, but are they really? When many professionals are asked why they left their previous job, their honest answer would be “management.” People don’t quit jobs, they quit managers they feel are abusive or difficult to work for. You can avoid these situations by managing your team in a way that doesn’t make you out to be a jerk. Here are some ways you can do that starting today.

It’s not the people but the system
When you decide to place blame on individuals, you may be missing an important component to the problem. Often the people aren’t to blame but the system they are attempting to follow. Before you call someone to the carpet, consider looking at how they are handling the job, what tools they have at their disposal, and if there are any improvements that could be made.

Look for solutions, not accusations
To this point, never verbally abuse an employee in front of other employees. It isn’t a good idea to do it in private either. No one likes to work for someone who yells, and bosses who do it often will quickly get a negative reputation with the company. Instead, look for the solutions to the problem and work with your team members to solve them. Maintain a cool, level head and you’ll solve more of them.

Recognize strengths and play to them
Everyone on your team has particular strengths. Encourage them to excel by providing assignments, duties, and projects based on what it is they love to do and what they’re particularly good at. When you engage them with work they like, they are also more likely to succeed at the other parts of their job as well. Setting your employees up to succeed will lead to less chances where criticism is needed.

Trust your team as the professionals you hired
Micromanagement is a dirty word in the workplace. Many bosses feel that the work won’t be done sufficiently if they aren’t constantly supervising their employees. Don’t they say, “If you want it done right, do it yourself?” If this is the case then you may have hired the wrong people. Your employees are professionals and are skilled at what they do, so let them do it!

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Promote Yourself with an Online Brand

July 17th, 2015

In today’s digitally connected world the best tool you can have in your job seeker’s tool belt is a strong online presence and digital brand. When you’re positioning yourself on social media, keep consistency in mind and create a brand that will engage potential employees and set you up as a subject matter expert and industry leader. Here are four steps you can take now to establish your brand and promote yourself.

Own Your Online Identity

The first step is to buy your own domain name. Websites all have unique addresses. Don’t let your name get associated with another product. Go to Google Domains or Go Daddy to buy your website name. Use the common combination of your first and last name. If that is used, try your first and middle initial. If you can’t buy a .Com, go for.Net or .Me. Create accounts on social media using this name as well. Consistency will help people find you across a number of mediums.

Showcase Your Knowledge

Once you have a website, you should use it to create a platform to show what makes you different than your competition. Set yourself apart by creating an online portfolio and resume. Include a blog where you can consistently update information to position yourself as an industry expert. Many recruiters today are finding candidates through their blogs so you don’t want to miss out. This will also be a great way to keep your skills sharp as you search for a job. Remember, when you create a blog, don’t fall off. Create a schedule and make yourself stick to it.

Create Shareable Content

When you write on your blog, it is your job to make sure people see it. Few things go viral without some kick start to the process. Use social media that is in line with your ultimate purpose. LinkedIn will be essential, especially for business content, and Facebook is very good at making content go viral. Consider whether or not Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, or other formats are right for your message. Don’t just post content to post content. Have a plan and leverage it to your advantage.

Have Consistent Branding

Once you’ve created a brand, make sure it is consistent across all of your platforms. Use the same profile photo, banners, logos, and colors. This will cause new readers to associate your brand with these images. Go ahead and work with a designer who can use their expertise to create a brand that will be something memorable. Put this on your business card as well as your online media.

When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, someone who is genuinely invested in your success. One of the top staffing agencies in Texas, Meador has a great team that is ready to hear from you today!
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