How to Locate Top Talent

October 25th, 2013

In today’s recovering economy many companies find themselves struggling to hire top talent. A combination of a competitive job market as well as a phenomenon known as the skills gap are making it difficult to attract candidates. However, the right professionals are out there but it is up to each company to learn new sourcing and hiring techniques to find them. Here are a few ideas that you can use for hiring top talent for your business.

  1. Market your company brand. An important tool in any company’s recruiting arsenal today is strong brand content online. Do you have a Facebook page or a LinkedIn company profile? It is important to have these things available so when a potential employee is researching your company they find positive information that will encourage them to apply to your open jobs.
  2. Have flexible requirements. There was a time when companies were willing to train talented individuals on the job. After the recession began in 2007 more and more companies began to recruit under very specific requirements. This has led to what is now known as the skills gap. However, the talent is still out there if you’re willing to be flexible on the experience necessary to perform the job.
  3. Reconsider the salary. Another possible cause of the so-called skills gap is the lack of growth in salaries for many industries. Analysts believe that the reason companies are unable hire talent is because they aren’t willing to pay a fair rate for the position. Research the role and the average salaries in your area before determining what you are willing to offer. Talk to the candidate about their salary expectations and try to come to a good agreement.
  4. Recruit passive candidates. Staffing services have long known that the secret to recruiting the best candidates is to seek out those who don’t know they were looking for a better opportunity. These are referred to as passive candidates. Social media is a great avenue for attracting passive candidates to your company culture and your open jobs.

Are you looking for the best and brightest for your next job opening? If you are looking for staffing agencies in Pasadena, contact Meador today.

Hiring is a Science

August 23rd, 2013

Experts have shown that the hiring process works best when it is formulaic and scientific. All too often managers find themselves making decisions based on emotional criteria such as “I’ll know it when I see it,” or “they reminded me of me.” When an employee fails in their new role the hiring manager is left wondering what happened. Here are some ways you can improve your hiring process by treating it as a scientific method.

  1. What is the hiring process? A typical hiring experience will consist of three phases: source candidates, engage, and hire. Each of these steps requires their own set of tools to use and rules to follow. Sourcing will need access to online job boards and social media while engagement means reaching out to interested applicants and talking with them about their experience and your company.
  2. Pre-employment screening. One tool that it is important to add to the hiring process is pre-employment screening. When you conduct background checks and require drug screening for each candidate considered for the role you are creating a baseline that each potential employee needs to reach before they can be offered a position with your company. Screening products can be expensive so work with a local staffing company who will offer this as part of the cost of their service.
  3. Additional assessments. Beyond drug and background checking are other pre-screening options for you to consider. Once again you can work with your staffing provider to determine which are right for you. You may want to implement behavioral testing along with tests for certain skills. Behavioral tests can give you insight on the candidate’s personality, integrity, cognitive ability, and how they will fit into your current team.
  4. Reference checks. With so many companies instituting a policy of only providing dates of employment it is harder than ever to confirm professional references. However, it is an important step that should not be skipped. You can utilize the recommendations on LinkedIn to get a picture of their previous work. A staffing service can also help you with this process and conduct reference checks on your behalf.

Do you want to perfect your recruiting and hiring methods? If you are looking for staffing agencies in Pasadena TX, contact the employment experts at Meador today.

Improve Yourself as a Leader: Engaged Employees

March 8th, 2013

Everyone today is dealing with an overwhelming amount of information. We have constant access to the internet and much of our business is conducted this way. Streams of information can easily bog down managers and employees alike. Feeling pressure from this kind of information overflow occasionally leads to decreased communication skills. However, a good leader can overcome these challenges and step up to the plate. There are several simple ways improve leadership skills and keep your employees engaged on the job. Here are four tips for keeping employees satisfied and becoming a better manager.

  1. Focus on your employees. The most important, but simple, thing you can do to engage your employees is to recognize their challenges and concerns. Put yourself in their shoes to see the things they have to deal with every day and determine if there are ways to make improvements. Active listening will create a better relationship between you and your team.
  2. Honest is the best policy. Some managers feel that they need to provide delicate answers to their employees’ questions. The truth is most employees want straight and honest answers to their concerns. Being transparent and authentic will win more employee loyalty than trying to be spare feelings around the office. Don’t be unnecessarily cruel, but be honest with your feedback.
  3. Avoid over complicating the issues. Many businesses have industry specific language that they use as a way to keep themselves distant from everyone else. Employees don’t like to be the ones who are kept at a distance. Not only should you keep your messages honest but keep them simple and understandable so you don’t lose your employees attention before you even have it.
  4. Be interesting and they’ll be interested. To engage in any relationship it is a give and take. People gravitate towards others to whom they feel a connection. When you are sharing an important message with your team wrap it in a story or some other inviting language. This will get, and keep, their attention. Your employees will be more likely to listen to your next request or set of instructions if they feel empowered by your message.

Are you looking for a staffing company with strong leadership to partner with you on your hiring needs? Call Meador Staffing today to see how we can help you!