Be Careful with These Areas When Negotiating a Job Offer

January 14th, 2016

Negotiating a new job salary and benefits package can be terrifying. What if you ask for the wrong thing? What if they can’t commit to your needs? What if you screw up your chances at this job? Before you enter in negotiations, it is critical that you are careful with certain aspects of the process. Here are three things you need to be cautious about when speaking with a potential employer about money and benefits.

  1. Don’t let greed take over.

    Of course you want to be paid top dollar for your next position, but it is important to be realistic. Before you allow yourself to make an outrageous demand, do your research. Some good sources are the Bureau of Labor Statistics and Salary.com to look into what the job pays in your area. You can search by job title and location, and it will give you the median income as well as the scale, benefits and other information you will need to put together an appropriate request. Use this information to calculate the minimum you could make that will allow you to pay your bills, live comfortably and set aside savings. This is called your “walk away number.” If, in your negotiations, the employer offers that amount or less, thank them for their time and walk away. Otherwise, there is room for negotiation. You want to get fair value but you don’t want to be greedy.

  2. Don’t take too long to make a decision.

    You certainly don’t want to put all your eggs in one basket, but if you’ve received a job offer, the ball is officially in your court. If you wait too long to make a decision, you risk missing out on the opportunity all together. It is okay to ask for a day to discuss the opportunity with your family and do more research, but any more than that and you’re just stringing the employer along. If you really don’t think you will take the job, be honest with them as quickly as possible.

  3. Don’t push non-negotiables.

    Lastly, make sure that you fight the right battles. For example, they may have some wiggle room with the salary itself, but they may not be able to offer a different form of healthcare coverage. There are some things that can be negotiable, but you have to ask and if you are refused, don’t push. For example, if having additional personal time off is important to you, ask about that in lieu of a higher salary. If they can accommodate, they will. If they tell you they are unable to handle your request, you need to politely back off. Being difficult in negotiations only sets a negative tone for your employment with the company. Both sides want to reach the same outcome, so don’t set a bad tone before you sign on the dotted line.

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Take Your Introverted Personality and Become a Great Leader

December 4th, 2015

The first thing that comes to mind when most people think about what it means to be a successful leader is an extroverted personality. But do you really have to be that type of a people person to effectively lead others? The truth is that introverts have plenty of skills they can offer, and can easily excel in a leadership position. So how can you make your wallflower personality work for you in your career? Here are some tips to get started.

Good listening skills

This isn’t to say that extroverts are bad listeners, but introverts approach conversations in a different manner. Often, people listen only long enough to formulate their own response. But good leadership revolves around really understanding what it is your employees have to say. Use your instincts to your advantage. Offer to listen to questions, concerns or ideas and then really think about them before circling back to discuss further.

Ability to be prepared

Some extroverts love to live their life by barreling full speed ahead without much thought to the consequences. Introverts, on the other hands, tend to over think things in general. Over thinking isn’t a negative behavior, but it can stifle the ability to move forward. In a leadership role, allow yourself time to over think things and ask for help from your staff to implement them.

A calm, even presence in the office

You are also less likely to have mood swings that affect the team in general. Not to say you don’t have good days or bad days, but you probably are more even-tempered than some of your extroverted counterparts. Everyone knows the bosses that are quick to fly of the handle. The problem is, everyone has had one but no one likes to work for them. Remaining calm is a good first step to smart leadership.

Empathy to better understand

Another aspect where introverts have the market cornered is the ability to put yourself in the shoes of those around you. Introverts are known for their empathy, and this can be crucial in an office where there are a variety of diverse personalities working together. You can take a step back and allow yourself to understand where people are coming from. After taking that assessment, good leaders work out ways to communicate to the staff in a positive way.

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Staying Positive Will Help Your Optimistic Outlook

September 24th, 2015

Did you know that a successful job search is as much about your attitude as it is about your skills? Having a positive attitude throughout your pre-employment connections will make a huge impression on potential employers as well as potential mentors and professionals in your industry. Positivity is the best tool you can have throughout your career as well. So how can staying positive help you with your optimistic outlook? Here are a few ways.

Positivity translates as confidence.

If you’re keeping a positive outlook on your job search then you are going to project confidence. Interviewers and employers like to work with confident employees. However, remember that there is a fine line between confidence and arrogance and don’t cross it. People prefer not to be associated with attitudes that come across as “I’m better than you.” They want people who believe in their abilities and are humble enough to know there’s room for improvement.

You’ll have better productivity levels.

When you’re negative about the way a project is going, it can be difficult to convince yourself to finish it. Rather than thinking about all the ways that a project won’t work, start to think about creative ways you can make it work. Stay positive and engaged and you’ll be surprised by the outcome. Changing that outlook from why won’t this work to how can we get this to work will make a big difference.

It helps you set goals for your future.

If you’re positive about your career goals in general, it will be easier to set them and to work toward attaining them. Look not only at what is practical but also at what it is that you truly want to do. The more positive you are, the more doors will open for you along the way allowing you to reach each goal and beyond.

Positive thinking reduces stress.

It should not be surprising to learn that stress and negativity are closely related. If you are negative about your job, the people you work with, or your manager you are far more likely to feel the effects of stress. This can be devastating to you and your health long term. When you are feeling stressed – and everyone feels stress – remember that the difference comes in how you handle it. Using that confidence and trust in yourself will overcome that stress and lead to success.

You’ll attract positive people to you.

Lastly, being positive during your job search and at work will help you attract and network with other positive people. Working with positive people will only enhance your career path. Don’t let negative people become a staple in your life. Make the tough decisions to only engage with positive people as much as possible.

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Hiring Candidates with Disabilities Pays Off

September 3rd, 2015

The Americans with Disabilities Act strictly prohibits the discrimination against individuals with disabilities in the workplace. Provided the candidate has all of the right skills to perform the job in question or can accomplish it with the help of reasonable accommodations, the person should be considered for the job. Could you be missing out by not hiring these candidates? What do you need to know about the ADA and how it affects your business?

What are reasonable accommodations?

According to the ADA, companies are obligated to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified employees with disabilities. This could be wheelchair ramps or screens for computers that help the visually impaired. The employee must still be able to perform the job duties as initially described.

Candidates with developmental disabilities

There is an invisible group when it comes to working with disabled employees. Adults with developmental disabilities often are not considered for traditional employment settings. In fact, 85 percent of developmentally disabled adults don’t work paid jobs at all. But could companies be missing out on great employees by not even considering this group?

Dependability, engagement, and motivation

Employers who hire and work with the developmentally disabled often say that these individuals are among the most dependable workers they have on staff. They are genuinely excited to work and motivated to do a good job. This can be critical to many companies as any employees with energy and in a good mood help the overall culture of the workplace.

Demonstrate social responsibilities

Professionals often cite a company’s civic involvement as a reason for continued engagement. Working with the community by helping developmentally disabled adults find meaningful, paying work can be a great way to demonstrate the social responsibility of your company.

How to effectively utilize these employees

In compliance with the ADA, a company is not required to employee anyone who is unable to perform the job duties of the position for which they are hired. For developmentally disabled employees, it is best to determine what each candidate has to offer and develop a program that benefits both you and them in the workplace.

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3 Networking Tips for Introverted Personalities

August 28th, 2015

For introverts, the idea of networking can be overwhelming. Not only does face-to-face contact cause anxiety but even being on the phone can cause the blood pressure to rise and the palms to sweat. Being introverted is not a flaw in your personality, it just means you have to determine different ways to approach the same situations as your extroverted colleagues. Before you allow panic to drive you away from networking events, here are three tips that can help you stay cool, calm, and collected.

Give yourself a job

If you’re shy then you may do better if you give yourself a task to complete. Before attending a networking event, create a goal. It should be quantifiable, such as getting 10 business cards or making an effort to talk to three different people. Another good option is to volunteer at the event. Local trade organizations are usually volunteer-based, so they might need someone to help set up or give out name tags at the door. This can help you feel a little more comfortable in the networking environment since you are in control of the situation.

Create a killer online brand

The Internet was practically designed for introverted professionals. Facebook can’t replace face-to-face interaction but it can enhance the interaction and even make it easier to meet new people. LinkedIn is the best place to start on a professional level. Create and complete a profile that includes all the most important information about you as a professional. From that point, you can design your own portfolio website or start a blog. Don’t forget to join local professional groups online so you can interact and even work up the courage to attend a meeting. If you already know some of the members online then it will be easier to strike up a conversation in person.

Always follow up

A common trait for introverted job seekers, and shy people in general, is to second guess everything that you say. After a conversation you may start to overthink what you said, how you said it, and what you could have said different. Following up can give you a chance to restate yourself or even make corrections along the way. When you meet someone new, don’t forget to get their contact information. After the event, send a follow-up email. You can recap your conversation and even make additional points that you wish you had said in person.

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Create a Productive Phone Interview Outline

August 21st, 2015

Phone interviews can be one of the most critical tools to help you narrow down a wide field of candidates for one open position. You may receive hundreds of resumes for the job, and you can screen them down to a few contenders. Before you schedule in-person interviews, conduct a phone interview to answer some basic questions and see who might be the best fit before committing to a meeting. Here is an outline you can follow for productive, effective phone interviews with potential employees.

Prepare Ahead of Time

You should never start a phone call with a candidate without knowing who you’re speaking with. Before the call, review the resume and make notes on specific things you want to talk more about. Make sure you know their name, even if you’re not quite sure how to pronounce it. The job candidate will have a negative impression of your company if you don’t sound prepared for the interview.

Be Present

A big problem with phone interviews is that too many interviewers tend to zone out during the call. They might be multi-tasking by answering emails or reading reports at the same time. This can be a huge problem not only for you but for the perception the potential employee will have of you and your organization. It’s another way to give a potential talented candidate a reason for not continuing their pursuit of the position. Block off this time and be fully present during this call.

Lay off on Sales

It is also common for recruiters and hiring managers to spend too much time selling the company over the phone. They want to make sure that the employee has everything they need to know about the job and the organization. Instead, you should expect the candidate to have conducted their own research. Ask them what they already know and if they have any questions about it. This will also tell you how prepared they are for this process.

Expect the Unexpected

Candidates are coached to expect curve ball questions. But you should be prepared for them too. Humans are unpredictable so you may find yourself faced with a question you never thought about before. It could even be the one thing that will change your opinion about the candidate. In any case, keep your cool and take your time to think of an appropriate answer.

Next Steps

The call should always conclude with your expectations for the next steps. Let the candidate know that you’ll be evaluating all of the calls and contacting everyone. Make it a policy to contact people even to let them know you won’t be moving forward with their application. This gives them a sense of closure and the ability to continue on their own job search.

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 one of the top staffing agencies in Houston and throughout Texas to meet all of your employment needs.
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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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3 Tips for Onboarding Temps

October 11th, 2013

Temporary employees require special consideration. Often bringing a temp on board is a process that is taken for granted. We expect them to “hit the ground running” but fail to realize that they need some coaching on the company culture and environment to be successful. If you want to ensure the success of your new temporary employee consider an onboarding program to get them acclimated to the job and business. Here are three tips for an easy start to your temp’s assignment.

  • Keep your staff in the know. Your current team often holds the key to creating a comfortable environment for your temporary employee. Before the temp starts work talk to your staff about who will be joining them, how long their assignment will be, and what they are there to accomplish. This will also give you an opportunity to assure your staff that their jobs are not going to be threatened by this new, short term employee. They are there to make the job easier, not harder.
  • Provide continuous communication. You trust your new temp employee and believe that they can do the duties assigned, but that doesn’t mean you can ignore them for three months. Provide consistent feedback, both good and bad, to help them with their assignment. Negative situations have a way of accumulating and if you don’t address issues right away you may find that they can’t be fixed. Also, be sure to offer feedback to your recruiter. This will help them understand how their employee is performing.
  • Designate a mentor. Ask one of your trusted team members to help ease the transition of the new temporary employee. This person can work as a mentor and help the temp learn about the office and be a go-to person for questions. Everything from where the copy machine is located to best place to grab lunch in the area are ways the mentor can help the temp. The mentor employee can also check in with the temp and will become someone your new employee can trust to answer questions.

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Avoid Top Job Search Mistakes

November 16th, 2012

No one is immune to the occasional stupid mistake when it comes to job searches. You may find typos in your resume or you may address someone by the wrong gender specific greeting from time to time. There are many ways to flub on the job search and sometimes they are unavoidable. Here are some simple mistakes you can look for and correct immediately.

  1. Resting on your laurels. Past achievements are great and you should showcase them but doing impressive things in the past won’t get you hired. Your job is to convince a target company that your experience means you can contribute impressive things they hire you. Research the company and apply your experience to their requirements when sending over a resume and cover letter.
  2. Too Much Information.  It is okay to be proud of what you’ve done but you don’t need to put every bit of information on your resume. Make your resume pop and show the potential employer that you have what it takes to make it at their organization. Leave off information that is not relevant to the position you are seeking.
  3. This is not a battle. Many people see recruiters as an obstacle that they need to overcome to get a job. Recruiters are in the business of placing the right person with their clients so you really want to make a good impression. Being combative or negative will have exactly the opposite impact. Think of a recruiter as a partner in your job search and show them why they want to endorse you as a candidate.
  4. Avoiding digital media. Many people indicate that they have no interest in developing online profiles on sites such as LinkedIn or even Facebook. However, this is a new era for employment and these tools are becoming increasingly more relevant. If you avoid them you may be missing out on opportunities. Google yourself and see what is out there already and then take steps to create a positive and professional online image.
  5. Not asking for help. It can be frustrating to be out of work, but if you keep it to yourself you may find that you are missing out on opportunities. Networking is a great resource of information. Contact former colleagues or reach out to contacts at local companies. Ask them to help review your resume or to meet you coffee to informally discuss your options. Talk with the recruiters at your local staffing service. You never know how someone might be able to help you until you ask.

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Compensating Outside the Box!

November 9th, 2012

As the job market begins to open up due to lower unemployment employers need to know what perks and incentives to provide employees. On top of a fair salary package, good benefits, and a reasonable vacation policy, what are other ways you can compensate and engage your employees? Here are 7 low cost ways to make your employees happy at their jobs.

  1. Work from home.  Many companies no longer need a physical office presence for an employee to be able to do a good job. Offer your employees the ability to work from home all or part of the time.
  2. Flexible work schedule. Some companies chose to establish a flexible work schedule such as allowing employees to work 4 ten hour days and have an extra day off each week. Or you may be flexible on start or end times provided the employees are able to complete their work effectively.
  3. Pizza party. Once a month, order pizza for the whole office and allow employees to take a break to socialize and eat their lunch with the other departments in your business. This will foster good will and positive team attitudes.
  4. Movie day. Consider going completely out of the box and take your employees to see a movie. Shut down the office and go see the newest blockbuster action or hilarious comedy. If you can’t close the office offer your employees movie gift certificates so they can enjoy the show with their families.
  5. Bring your dog to work day. People love their pets. And dogs often love other dogs. Allow your employees to bring their dogs to work for a day.
  6. Holiday parties. Many companies stopped the practice of hosting a holiday party due to cutting costs measures. Employees have missed them. You don’t have to host an expensive dinner party. Have the team meet at a local sports bar and bring their spouses to enjoy some holiday cheer.
  7. Game room. This was a big trend in the early days of IT and many companies are bringing it back. You can often get used and refurbished arcade or table top games at a reasonable price. Put them in your break room and allow employees to enjoy themselves.

Are you looking for creative ways to improve your employee relations? Contact Meador Staffing to find out how we can help you!