Is Employee Training Worth Your Money and Your Employees’ Time?

August 4th, 2016

Employee development is an important aspect of growing your business. But is it really something that will enhance your staff’s experience and be worth their time. Not only will their training enhance their experience, it will improve your company’s productivity. There are a few things to consider before implementing a training program to ensure that everyone has equal access to training and will benefit from it. Here are things to consider.

It decreases turnover

Your staff wants to increase their knowledge base, but if you don’t offer it, they will find that kind of career development with someone else. If you are able to provide them training in a variety of things that will enhance their experience, they are far more likely to be loyal to you in the future. You will also have less turnover based on someone lacking the skills to perform their job at the highest level.

It demonstrates that you care

And, while their increased knowledge will serve your company, it will also show that you care about them as individuals. You want to ensure that each member of your staff has personalized training that is appropriate for their skill set as well as their future goals. When an employee feels valued, they will also perform to meet your highest standards.

It will improve your business

When your staff better understands their own job or improve their skills to be able to handle more functions, your business will only see a positive increase in your businesses overall performance, as well as the performance of each staff member. When both you and your employees have benefits, not only will the training improve performance but also the satisfaction.

It will make employees more flexible

If you have a more knowledgeable team, you will also find that they are more flexible in their roles. They will be able to pitch in if someone else is unable to do their job or if a special project needs attention. When they are more flexible, it also decreases the potential for burnout.

For nearly 50 years, Meador Staffing has been delivering flexible and customized staffing solutions for employers across Texas. Contact our great team today to work with a top staffing agency in Webster TX or any of our locations in the Lone Star State.

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3 Interview Questions to Be Ready For

April 28th, 2016

Certainly, not all interviews are going to be the same. But as a job seeker, it is important to understand not just the specific details of what happens in each interview but the overall themes that will come into play. In general, there will be things employers want to know about their candidates and while the questions may be worded differently, they will be consistent across the board. So what are three of the interview questions that you should be prepared for in each interview? Here are some common concepts that appear in many interview situations.

1. What can you tell me that’s not on your resume?

Many job seekers get tripped up with this kind of question because they feel like it is an invitation to launch into their life story. While this should be a personalized response, it isn’t meant to include everything that isn’t on your resume. Instead, consider some stories you can tell about experiences you’ve had. People relate to stories, so think up some circumstances in your professional past that demonstrate how you would benefit a future employer. Engage them. Make it entertaining, interesting and appropriate. If you can tailor a soft skill that shows your value to the hiring manager through a great story, that will be a positive for your chances.

2. What salary do you expect?

Be careful, any talk about money in an initial interview can be a trap. When they ask you about money, the response shouldn’t be a specific number. If you suggest something too low, you’ll be trapped. If you suggest something too high, you’ll miss out. Instead, deflect the question appropriately. Tell them that you want to conduct the proper research into the job, now that you know more about it, and will be able to get back to them with a range. Most employers will respect this answer.

3. Why should I hire you?

A direct question like this also often throws people off guard in an interview. The employer wants to know why you think they should hire you, so put yourself in their shoes and solve their problem. Every job opening is a problem, so tap into their pain points and tell them how you are the right solution for them. Give specific examples, details, and compelling reasons to keep talking to you, asking more questions, or offering you the job.

Forget hours of blindly sending resumes to job boards and cold-calling potential employers. When you partner with Meador, you’re gaining a career advisor, a partner who is genuinely invested in your success. Contact our great team of recruiters today to work with a leader in staffing in Austin TX!

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Social Media Helps You Reach New Candidates

February 18th, 2016

Some companies are still resisting the transition to social media and mobile technology. But, did you know that more job seekers in the millennial generation are using their cell phones as their primary source of Internet connection, and, therefore, their job searches? Of millennials, 47 percent are using their cell phones to find new jobs, and 30 percent are doing it while they’re still in a current job. The lesson companies need to learn is that embracing social media and mobile technology is the best way to target new employees right where they are. How can you use social media to help you reach these new candidates?

Create a mobile strategy

Before you dig into social media, consider the plan of attack that works best for you and your organization. Many companies utilize each new platform when it becomes available, but soon they are drowning in way too much social media. Facebook and LinkedIn are the most common for staffing companies to share content. Twitter is utilized by many companies to share content and also to post jobs. Other popular social media outlets include Pinterest, Instagram and Snapchat among others. Only pick the ones that make sense for your business.

Keep information safe

Your company also wants to make sure that you don’t put too much information out on social media. Whatever is considered confidential in your company’s culture should never be shared on social media. Everything that is published on the Internet is publically accessible and, in extreme cases, legally discoverable. It is helpful to train someone or outsource the duties to a company to handle all of your social media effectively and responsibly.

Engage with your audience

Once you are on these social media sites, the important part of connecting to potential job seekers is to engage with your audience. Post questions to encourage people to participate. Be sure to answer any questions or direct messages you receive because people are turning to social media for instant feedback. Share your knowledge in a way that makes people want to come back to your page regularly.

Make applications easy

If you decide to use social media and online applications to encourage potential employees to apply with your company, work with your IT provider to make sure that it is easy to use. Many job seekers give up with online applications if there are too many steps or it is difficult to access on a mobile phone. One-touch applications can help encourage more potentially qualified candidates to apply.

Guided by our mission and vision, we have a sense of duty to our candidates and customers to find the right match to their career and company aspirations. Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a top staffing agency in Austin or at any of our other six locations!

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