Social Media Recruitment Myths

January 4th, 2013

Recruiting through social media has been a hot topic in the human resources industry for a few years now. What is it and how can you use it most effectively? There are many ways to approach the concept of social media recruiting and everyone believes that their ideas are the best. However, here are 8 myths about social recruiting.

  1. Candidates aren’t on social media! Of course the candidates are on social media. Almost everyone is on social media to one degree or another. If they aren’t on professional services like LinkedIn they are probably on Facebook to connect to their friends and family. The key is figuring out where they are and how to target them.
  2. I need to join every network! New networks pop up every day. It may feel like you need to access everything, but you don’t. Pick the ones that best fit your business and focus on creating great content for those sites.
  3. No one uses Google+! Google+ appears to be the black sheep of the social media family but people really are using it. It has almost become a combination of Facebook and LinkedIn which is perfect for many recruiting applications.
  4. You can’t recruit on Pinterest! You can recruit anywhere. Pinterest has been the fastest growing social media outlet for the last year and it continues to attract more users. The key with using Pinterest for recruiting is to think creatively. You may not be able to pin traditional job postings, but what about pinning a photo of something awesome from your company instead?
  5. I don’t need a lot of fans! Actually, you do. Fans are what drive traffic to your site. Continuously add content to your page and run campaigns to get your current fans to recommend it to their friends. And remember, just your own friends and family aren’t enough.
  6. Don’t be personal! Many people want to keep their business life and personal life very separate, but readers like to relate to companies on a less material level. Occasionally add a funny story or personal wish to let readers know there is a real person behind these posts and tweets.
  7. Use all the hashtags! You can’t scroll through twitter without seeing thousands of number signs before just about every other word. Hashtags allow twitter to keep track of words that “trend” on the site. Figure out the best hashtags to use and use them responsibly. #Don’t #write #this #sentence.
  8. Social media is free! It might not cost money but social media needs a pretty significant investment of time to provide any sort of benefit. You can’t just create a Facebook page or a twitter account and expect people to read them. You need to provide fresh and interesting contend frequently.

Are you looking to partner with a company who understands the importance of social media? Contact the professional recruiters and account managers at Meador today! 

Everything You Need to Know About Presenting Yourself at the Interview

December 28th, 2012

You’ve already made a great first impression. By the time a company calls you for an interview they have already reviewed your qualifications and they feel you might be a fit for their organization. The face to face meeting is to demonstrate your interpersonal skills and determine if you are right for their team. Here is the place where you need to shine. Consider these 5 tips to be the best candidate you can be at the interview.

  1. Research. Before you ever set foot through the door be sure to research everything you can about the company, their industry, and even some of the key players in the organization. All of this information is readily available on the internet and will help you sound prepared and knowledgeable.
  2. Show them how you meet their needs. Now that you know what they do, apply that information to your skills and experience. You want to provide specific examples that relate to their industry. Refer to the job description and explain how your skills can help them take this position, and their company, to the next level.
  3. Practice. Before the interview, take some time to practice your pitch. Have your friends or family members help you. Also, speak in front of mirror so you can get a feeling for your own body language and curb anything that may be inappropriate for the final interview. The more comfortable you are speaking in front of the interviewer the more confident you will sound.
  4. Common interview questions. You’re certainly aware of the common interview questions such as “Where do you see yourself in 5 years?” or simply, “Tell me about yourself.” You need to be prepared with answers to these questions. You want to answer simply and truthfully but you also want to sound creative and inventive.
  5. Ask your own questions. Interviews shouldn’t be an interrogation; they should be a conversation. You should prepare some questions of your own, based on your research of the company, to ask the interviewer.

Are you looking for advice to help you prepare for your next interview? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you.

Save Money! While Keeping Your Employees Safe

December 7th, 2012

It is a common misconception that working in an office is one of the safest environments when it comes to workplace injuries. We ask ourselves “how dangerous could it possibly be?”  In 2011, Liberty Mutual released the statistic that almost all workplace injuries happen in the office. While manufacturing companies have systems in place to deal with injuries or to prevent them in the first place, many office based businesses don’t think about it much. Ultimately, having plans to handle situations that may cause injury will save your company money when it comes to workers compensation claims. Here are some of the things to consider when putting together a safety plan.

  1. Heavy or improper lifting. We all do it. We know that we are supposed to bend at the knees and use that leverage to lift a heavy box off the floor but we don’t always pay attention. However, if an employee does this on your property they can make an injury claim. Encourage your office employees to wear a belt if they will be lifting heavy things or to ask for help from another team member.
  2. Preventable falls. Some falls are going to happen, but there are some tumbles that are 100% preventable. If there is debris, water, or other hazards on the floor, most commonly in the break room, deal with it immediately upon discovery. Encourage your employees to clean up after themselves if they spill something creating a hazard for others. The parking lot is also another zone of potential injury. Watch for cracks or loose gravel and establish a way to mark these areas and fix the problem.
  3. The staircases. Falling in the break room or hallway is a different sort of injury than falling down the stairs. Often these types of injuries occur when an employee is carrying something up or down with them. This can obscure their vision or cause them to be unable to hold onto the railing for support. Prevent this kind of behavior by having processes in place to move large items between floors in your office.
  4. Repetitive motion. Another common office workplace injury is caused by repetitive motion. This can cause syndromes such as carpel tunnel. Allow your employees to take breaks from repetitive tasks or create environments where these projects are split up among several employees.

Are you looking for more management best practices to implement in your business environment? Contact Meador Staffing today to see how we can assist you!