Empathy – a Skill to Show You Understand Others

November 29th, 2018

 

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Empathy is getting a lot of attention these days. But what is it exactly and why can it help you with your career? In short, empathy is the ability to understanding the feelings of the people around you. It’s putting yourself in their shoes, so to speak. And this essential social skill is being lost for many people, so it’s beyond time to cultivate it again in the U.S. workforce. When you’re working with different personality types, it’s essential that you’re able to see things from their perspective. Here are some ways to work on cultivating your empathy.

How to solve problems.

Empathy is the basis of most interpersonal skills, including problem-solving strategies. When you’re dealing with workplace conflict, it’s easy to point fingers and assign blame. But it’s more important to take a step back and evaluate the situation from the other person’s perspective to determine an equitable solution that will help everyone involved.

How to handle different personalities.

At various points in your career, you’ll be working with people who come from different backgrounds or who have very different personalities. Digging in your heels to expect everyone to cater to you specifically is counterproductive. Instead, take time to learn what makes everyone tick so you can have a thoughtful conversation with them whenever a topic arises that may lead to disagreements.

How to handle stress.

Stress is a common occurrence in the workplace, but that certainly doesn’t make it healthy. And while the stress itself can be unavoidable, how you react to it will be essential. Cultivating your empathy can give you the skills you need to better manage your stress or even the stress levels of those around you. It’s all about positive coping strategies rather than self-destructive behaviors.

How to listen better.

But the most important thing that skills in empathy can provide for you and your career is a better ability to listen to others. It’s natural for us to listen just long enough to formulate our response, but that can lead to misunderstandings or the feeling of needing to one-up the other person. Instead, practice active listening techniques. Repeat back what they’ve said and make sure you fully understand. Then take time to formulate a response.

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How Can You Prepare Candidates for the Interview?

November 1st, 2018

 

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What is a company’s responsibility for educating potential candidates about their open positions and company culture? Experts tell job seekers that they need to do their research and be prepared for interviews, but do all job seekers know how to find this kind of information? What if a company could help the process by providing more information ahead of time? Would it be worth it for your company to better prepare candidates for your interviews? Let’s take a closer look.

Write a thorough job description.

You can help candidates be better prepared before they ever even apply to your job. How many times have you placed a job posting only to get too many resumes with not enough of the right experience? By creating a more thorough job description, you can bring in more qualified candidates who have a better understanding of the job right from the start.

Share rich media about your company.

Rich media is a term used in marketing to describe advertising that includes visual or video components. For example, you may create an infographic that describes your company culture and share it on your website and social platforms. Or put out a series of videos for the open positions. People are more likely to click on these posts and retain the information.

Share videos on with your networks.

Creating rich media is important, but it’s also essential that you share video content to make the information easily discoverable and accessible for potential candidates. When you create video content about your company culture or the jobs you hire for, share it on your social media sites. This is the way that candidates will search your company to learn more, so make it easy to find.

Create a job seeker FAQ.

Frequently Asked Questions pages have been a staple on the web since the invention of the internet. It can really help candidates better understand your company, your application process, and the specific job. What do you with people would know before interviewing with your company? Use that as a start for beginning an FAQ.

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Want Better Candidates? Reduce Time-to-Fill with These Tips

February 2nd, 2017

Far too often, recruiting experts hear businesses say they want to keep interviewing to “see if there is anything better out there.” Sometimes these same clients can’t express exactly what they’re looking for and simply suggest “they’ll know it when they see it.” The time it takes to fill your open position is as critical as filling it with the right candidate. While the opening stays vacant, your costs are rising. The longer you take to make a hiring decision, the less your top candidates are interested in accepting your job. So reducing your time to hire will actually give you better access to the right new employee. Here are three tips that can help you reduce your hiring time frame and bring on the best candidates in the market.

1. Stay engaged with past candidates.

When you have a new position become available, don’t immediately start by searching for new talent through job boards and social media. Start by reviewing the candidates you have interviewed in the past for the same or similar jobs. In fact, it is a good idea to maintain contact with the candidates who just missed the mark in the past. You can even automate this connection by including them on your social media, especially LinkedIn, and reaching out from time to time. If you already knew they possessed the skill but didn’t make the cut for a variety of reasons at the time, you could fill your job much quicker when it opens up.

2. Connect with people on social media.

Using social media has evolved. Our culture is now connected almost entirely through the internet and this is a powerful tool. Using your social media platforms, such as LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and more you can reach out to more people faster. Don’t just reach out when you have a new job, keep your audience and followers engaged with important information throughout the year. But when you do have an open job, you can showcase it on social media and reach better-qualified candidates faster.

3. Streamline your application and hiring process.

One issue companies are having today is that candidates find the application process difficult or overinvolved. Studies have found that if an online application is too long, even qualified candidates will abandon the process before completing it. Use an easy application form or allow people to apply with their LinkedIn profiles. Once the process has moved on to resume reviewing and interviewing, you should also keep the focus on your time frame and candidate experience. While you want to be thorough, too many pre-screening steps can turn off a potential employee rather than allow them to feel comfortable with your process.

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The Truth About the Job Search

January 26th, 2017

A job search can be frustrating at best. But it doesn’t have to be as long as you know a few universal truths about how to find your next opportunity. You are multi-faceted, and so is the job market. There are so many options it can be overwhelming. Before you get lost in a sea of online applications and details on job ads, consider these truths to help you better focus your search and come out on top.

Don’t apply to everything

Conventional job search wisdom suggests that the best way to find a new job is to apply to anything and everything. The idea is that the more you apply to, the more calls back you’ll receive. But, it actually can create an opposite effect. Instead, you should pick a few jobs and focus your efforts. Choose jobs with target companies, ones that request skills you excel it, and things you want to learn more about.

Don’t miss out on hidden jobs

Many people believe that job postings are public, but this simply isn’t the case. Often, a job posting never makes it off an internal job board. Or, the company may choose to work with a staffing agency to help them source candidates. Individuals who don’t consider working with a recruiter may miss out on important jobs in their field or area.

Know the truth about job hopping

Another big concern for job seekers is job hopping. They believe that the market has a negative perception of someone who has left multiple jobs in the past. While too many over too short a period of time can be a red flag, most companies are more than happy to consider someone who has worked a year or so at several companies. Those durations can be easily justified and explained.

Don’t stop with the application

You haven’t done enough by simply applying to an open job. There is so much more to a successful job search than sending your resume to an anonymous email address. This is when you need to work your network. Check LinkedIn to see if you know someone or someone who knows someone, working for the company. Try to reach out to gain some insight or more information.

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What Happens When You Get Promoted to Being the Boss?

March 17th, 2016

When you’re rewarded with a promotion in your current company, what happens to your former co-workers? In many cases they become your new team, and you’re thrust into a management role over individuals with whom you’ve worked closely for some time. It is no surprise this can create tension in the workplace. How do you deal effectively with your new role as boss? Here are some tips you can follow to make the transition easier.

Acknowledge the change.

There is really no point in trying to pretend like nothing’s changed. Management is a very different type of position than general employment, and it is critical that you let everyone know that you are now in a position to supervise them. This acknowledgement, instead of insisting things will continue the same as before, is the first step in building trust with your former co-workers.

Communicate your expectations.

You also need to be clear in your communications with your new team. Setting expectations early about what is required and what is not appropriate will help set the tone long term. In this process, also make sure to give your team an opportunity to ask questions, offer suggestions and provide feedback. Utilize that information to ensure you are a positive force. Establishing guidelines will take time and should evolve. Finding a balance between your management style and what works for your team will take time.

Don’t rule like a dictator.

While you don’t want to continue to pretend things are business as usual once you’re in a supervisor role, you also shouldn’t completely alter your personality and start ruling with an iron fist. Micromanagement is one of the biggest complaints for employees, and they will view it as a direct betrayal when it comes from someone they recently saw as one of their peers.

Address resentment.

If anyone you work with does start to act resentful for the fact that you were promoted and they weren’t, address the issue. If you do not, things could spiral out of control. Their work could suffer and you could have additional conflicts. Talk to them about their feelings and be supportive. Ignoring the issue will lead to bigger problems down the road, either through an office argument or the employee leaving the office.

Create a new network.

Now that you are no longer in the same peer group, it is important that you find a network of other managers that can be your accountability group or mentors to help address your questions along the way. Talk to the individual who was in your role before you, if they are still with the company, or join management groups online to get feedback and help you with problems.

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Inspire Curiosity in Your Team Through Perks

November 19th, 2015

Innovation is a key part of business, no matter what it is that you do. Even with the most tried and true policies and procedures, times change. If your company doesn’t embrace new opportunities you may find yourself left behind by your competition. To that end, it is essential that you inspire your employees to remain curious enough to try new things and technologies. Fun office perks don’t always stand the test of time, but continued growth will. Here are some practical perks for your staff.

The Best Software for the Job

Employees are quickly frustrated when the tools they are trying to use for the job they are trying to do are inadequate. Many companies wait far too long to upgrade computer systems because technology changes quickly and is expensive. There are a lot of possibilities with open office access, including free offerings from Google, which will allow you to provide the best software without spending a lot of money. Not only should computers be working well but the speed of the office network also needs to be fast enough to avoid frustration.

Workshops to Learn New Skills

Another way to encourage your staff to learn new things is to give them access to workshops either within the office or in your area. Depending on their skills or their interests, encourage all of them to sign up for the right events and help pay for the expenses. Their experience will enhance the innovation in your company. As a company, when you show that you are investing in your employees, that doesn’t go unnoticed.

Industry Newsletters

Another great source of inspiration are industry newsletters. The options are infinite only limited by your scope and imagination. There have been multiple studies that show how reading can help people continue to create new ideas and innovations. By giving your staff a chance to acquire these publications, you are encouraging their natural curiosity.

Continued Education

Workshops are great, but sometimes your employees need and want more. Are there advanced degrees that would help them? Or maybe a degree completion program for someone who never finished their undergraduate program. Certifications also could help your employees with their career and, by extension, your company.

At Meador Staffing, we will empower and motivate our candidates and employees to achieve their career goals by providing support, guidance, and accountability as a trusted career partner. Contact one of the top staffing agencies in Pearland TX today!

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Consider These 6 Things Before A Job Relocation

June 26th, 2015

Do you want to leverage your career to help you move to a new city? Job relocation is a great way to shake up your routine, give your family more resources, or simply find a change of scenery. Before you sign on the dotted line or book the moving van, there are a few things you should know about the process of job relocation that can help enhance your experience. Let’s take a closer look.

  1. Does this affect your relationship or marriage? Are you in a relationship? If so, your partner’s feeling on the effects of moving is as important and valid as yours. Are they excited about the opportunity? Will they be leaving a stable job? Will they, or you, be leaving family or friends who are your primary support system?
  2. How old are your kids and how will this impact them? Once you add children to the equation, the dynamic shifts drastically. How old are the kids? Will they need to be taken out of school? Are the schools in the new area a good match for their learning styles? How will they feel about leaving friends and family behind?
  3. What is the company’s financial outlook? Before you decide to take the new job and move, at your expense or theirs, look at the long-term financial viability of the company. If there is any concern at all about the stability of the organization or whether or not this move could put you in a bad position, it may be time to walk away.
  4. What is the cost of living in the new city? You also need to compare and contrast your current living expenses with the cost of living in the new place. Evaluate this against your salary and any raise you expect, or have been offered, in conjunction with the relocation. If you can’t at least break even, then this might not be an advantageous move.
  5. Have you visited the area to get a feel for locations? Before you accept an offer officially, take a business trip to the new area. Look at locations where you may want to rent or buy a house and how that fits in with the commute to the new office. Look at social activities that you like to do and find out how accessible all of these things are to your lifestyle.
  6. Have you talked to others who have made this move? Lastly, ask the company for names and contact information of others who have successfully made this transfer. Strike up a conversation and find out what they think about the opportunity, their new city, and their work with the company. This firsthand information can be invaluable when it comes to making a decision.

Contact the team at Meador Staffing, now hiring for jobs in Austin TX, to learn more today about any of your employment questions. We are glad to help and our great team will be a valuable asset to your job search!

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Get Yourself Ready for Your First Post-College Job

May 15th, 2015

Your first job out of college may be the most important step on your career path. It can set the tone for everything in your future so you want to ensure that you are set up for success. If you’ve graduated this year and are looking for your first professional job out of college, here are some ideas to get you started. The more prepared you are then the better you will be in this job and in all of your future jobs.

Prepare your image.

They say dress for the job you want not the job you have. When you’re applying for your first jobs out of college, you need to make an impression. There is a perception of young people in the corporate world, and it is important you don’t play into any negative stereotypes. Choose an interviewing wardrobe that is professional, clean, and tailored. And even if you get hired in a casual environment, keep up your professional standards. There’s no reason to stand out from the crowd but when you dress well, then you will fit in and gain respect of your co-workers.

Meet your employer’s expectations.

When you land that first job, the most important thing you can do is prove to your employer that you were worth hiring. Not only should you meet their expectations but try to exceed them at every chance you get. Make the best first impression as well as second and third impressions. Just doing enough will allow you to keep your job but won’t do anything to help with your career progression. This will blaze the trail for your career in this company.

Learn new things every day.

Just because you’re out of college doesn’t mean you have to stop learning. Successful people say that the key to their success is that they continue to learn new things each and every day. This can be in the context of the job itself or just acquiring new knowledge in general. Don’t stop reading and don’t stop learning. Blog articles and podcasts make that simple. Listening to co-workers or mentors also will provide valuable information.

Always stay positive.

Finally, your success after graduation is largely dependent on your overall attitude. Confidence and positivity go much farther than arrogance and negativity when it comes to creating a professional identity for yourself after college. Maintain a upbeat attitude and try not to let negativity influence your overall performance.

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