Think You Know Everything About Interviewing? Think Again!

June 10th, 2016

Too many job seekers go into an interview woefully unprepared. This becomes a poor reflection on the potential candidates in the market. Companies get just as frustrated and jaded when they’re not able to find the right person for their job. How can you overcome that unfair stigma? Wow them and land the job by being more prepared than your competition. Here are some ways you can make the best first impression on a company and get the job offer you’ve been wanting.

Study the job description.

You would be surprised to learn that many candidates don’t even review the job description again after they originally send their resume. In fact, many don’t thoroughly read the job posting when they send their resume either. There are subtle clues in every posting and if you can pick up on them, you’ll have an advantage over your competition.

Prepare for interview questions.

Interview questions come in all shapes and sizes. There will be detailed questions about your background. There will also be behavioral questions that are designed for the interviewer to see how you react in certain common situations. Don’t just prepare for the individual questions, but consider the techniques that can help you answer any questions you’re asked. Don’t worry about memorizing your answers but have general points and thoughts so you can pull from different talking points whenever you need them.

Research the company in detail.

You’ve probably been told to research the company before the interview. So, you go to their website and read the “About” page and think you’ve got everything you need, right? Well, not exactly. By researching the company, look for mentions in the media and other information you can find. Did they contribute to a local charity? Did they make the news for something impressive and positive? Look at their social media pages for even more context.

Dress for success.

Lastly, it is important to remember to make a good visual impression. Many companies today are casual, so candidates think it will be fine to present more casually in an interview. But unless an interviewer has specifically coached you about wearing casual clothes, always err on the side of professional. You don’t necessarily need to wear a full suit, but choose a smart and professional outfit for your first face-to-face meeting with the company.

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Does Your Cover Letter Follow the New Format?

May 12th, 2016

Have you considered your cover letter lately? It could be the reason your job search has stalled. This correspondence can set the tone for your entire job search, so it needs to be on point. The modern cover letter follows a specific format that allows employers to obtain the information they need to make a decision about their next move. You want to draw them into your story and entice someone to contact you based on what you can bring to the table. Here are three ways you can format your cover letter to be ahead of your competition.

1. Get to the point.

Your job is not to extensively describe all of the many reasons they want to hire you. What you want to do is wet their appetite. You can save details of your accomplishments for the interview. Instead, start with a strong opening paragraph that will get their attention and make them want to learn more. To do this, the best strategy is to get right to the point. Let them know what you want, why you want it and what you can do to get it. Let them know how you can fit into their environment and what you can do for them. And do this all in two or three sentences.

2. Provide a notes area.

When recruiters or hiring managers are reading resumes, they like to keep all of their information in one place. Most will jot down notes right on your resume or cover letter while they’re talking with you on the phone, during an interview or as they are comparing information about the candidates. Invite them to do this on your cover letter by giving them space in the margins to easily write their thoughts down. Bring them in a little bit, but not too much as to make it obvious.

3. Sell yourself.

Finally, it is your one job to make the hiring manager know that you are the very best person to contact for this position. Use your cover letter as a way to pitch yourself. Ask questions. Provide information that will make them pick up the phone because you have shown the value you will bring to their company. And then, to seal the deal, include your contact information in the conclusion paragraph of the letter itself. This means they don’t have to look up anything to give you a call right away.

When you partner with Meador Staffing, you are gaining a career advisor. We will help you conduct an effective job search that matches your skill set and schedule. Contact our great team today to work with a leader in staffing in Clear Lake and throughout Texas.

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Who Doesn’t Want a Promotion? Focus on These 3 Tips

April 14th, 2016

You will probably never hear someone say they just want to work in their same job for the rest of their lives. Everyone imagines their career can climb the corporate ladder, and yet, not everyone does. So how can you focus your skills and ambitions to land that next promotion? Before you get started, consider these three tips that can get you from where you are now to where you want to be in your career and the future.

1. Be indispensable.

There is a fine line to walk here, but the bottom line is that you need to demonstrate that you are indispensable to your company. You want to position yourself as an expert at what you do so you are the first person your bosses and co-workers approach when dealing with a specific problem. However, don’t fall into the trap to make yourself so indispensable that you are unable to take days off or refuse to do certain tasks outside the scope of your normal position. Staying humble in this area is important as well. No company or employees want to deal with some who comes across as a know-it-all.

2. Be likable.

To land your next promotion, you also need to ensure that you are someone well liked in the office. It is rare for someone to grant a promotion to a person they dislike. You don’t have to be treated like a literal door mat, but building goodwill and having an amiable personality will help you go far within the company. Be someone well-liked by all levels of the organization. This can help establish and maintain a good reputation with the people who are likely to make the decisions to promote star performers in the future.

3. Be creative.

Someone who is creative and innovative is also likely to be considered over someone who just goes through the motions or follows all of the specific guidelines. Not only should you be creative in your own job, finding new and better ways of doing what you do, you should also have some innovative strategic thinking for the future of the company itself. Organizations want to promote people who have a vision that matches the overall success of the business as a whole. They like to see employees who are committed to helping the company grow, not just employees who do enough to complete their daily tasks.

Our success stories over the years only reaffirm our core belief – people come first! Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX and throughout the rest of the Lone Star State.

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