New Year, New Job – a Guide to Working with a Staffing Agency

December 13th, 2018

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If you’re looking for a new job this holiday season, have you considered talking with a local staffing agency to help you in your search? Dedicated recruiting professionals are always seeking qualified candidates to present for their clients’ open positions. How do you begin working with a recruiter? Here are some tips to get you started with a staffing agency this month and into the New Year.

Complete the online application process.

Most agencies utilize an online application process for initial intake. This allows them to receive your resume and additional pertinent information to help them make a match between you and an open position. Your first step to working with an agency is to complete the process thoroughly to demonstrate that you are able to follow directions and are detail oriented.

Schedule an interview with a recruiter.

Once your application has been reviewed, you will be contacted by the recruiter to schedule an interview. This initial phone call is as important as the face-to-face meeting as it will allow you to learn more about the agency’s process and their open positions and specializations. It will also give you a chance to ask any questions of your own.

Attend the interview and complete skills assessment.

It’s imperative if you want to build a positive relationship with your recruiter that you attend the interview. Arrive on time to make a great first impression. The recruiter will ask questions about your background to make notes that will help them find you the right placement. You will also be asked to complete skills assessments using a computer-based testing program. Some companies handle the assessments in-house while others will send you access to online testing.

Be honest throughout the process.

The most important thing to keep in mind throughout the entire process is to be honest. Not only do you need to be honest about your skills and background, but also about what you’re looking for in your next job. The recruiter needs the truth to make there right matches for your skills and interests. This also applies to the skills assessments. Especially when conducted online, your recruiter is trusting you to have integrity in the process.

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Quiet Personalities CAN Stand Out in the Job Interview!

November 8th, 2018

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Being shy or an introvert doesn’t mean you can’t shine in your interview. A quiet personality can have a lot of benefits for an employer, so you just need to know how to sell your strengths in your next interview. But if you’re quiet, an interview can be a very terrifying prospect. How do you effectively communicate the reasons someone should hire you even when you feel intimidated by the process? Here are some tips for you to let your quiet personality stand out in your next interview.

Plan ahead.

Start with your homework. As a quiet, potentially introverted personality, you probably shine when it comes to empathy, critical thinking, and complex problem-solving. Use that to your advantage by researching the company and the job ahead of time. You can also research common interview questions and be prepared to answer them. You should also be ready for anything that might go wrong and have a plan to turn the situation around.

Be who you are.

You shouldn’t go in with the false dichotomy that extroverts are good and introverts are bad. There are a lot of amazing things about being a quiet, introspective person so make sure you focus on those. For example, be sure to tell them about your ability to think through complex problems before providing an answer. Or how you are empathetic to others in the workplace.

Consider the other side.

Of course, extroverts do have a lot of positive personality traits as well. And you can certainly look at their behavior to help you ace your interview. For example, determine how to be more confident in your interview by observing extroverts in the company environment. You can talk to more boisterous people in your life and get some advice on things to incorporate into your interview strategy.

Follow up.

If you’re quiet, you may find yourself better able to communicate in writing than in person. So, take the time after the interview to send a thank you email. This allows to reiterate your interest in the position and even add some things you might have forgotten to say in the interview.

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Scared of a New Career? Why a Temporary Job Is the Perfect Option

October 25th, 2018

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Boo! Did we scare you? We’re not trying to, but it is the season for spooky greetings and creepy feelings. But if you’re afraid of a new career, there are quite a few things you can do to avoid the nightmare. A journey into a new career doesn’t have to feel like the twist and turns of a haunted house. Have you considered temporary work while you’re looking for the right role to come your way? Here are a few reasons a temporary job might be the perfect fit while you sort out what you want in a new career.

Try a new industry.

By working a temporary assignment, you can see what it’s like to work in a different industry. This will give you an inside look at what you would need to pursue a career in that industry as well as practical experience when you’re ready to make the professional move. You will also be able to see if it truly is something you want to do for the future.

Learn new skills.

In the same way, working temporary will give you tangible experience that you can put on your resume. Career changers are often, unfairly, viewed as a liability for companies. They may not be willing to take a chance on someone who doesn’t bring the exact experience to the table. But when you learn these skills and the background of the industry in a temporary position, this becomes part of your background when you apply for a new job.

A foot in the door.

Sometimes, that temporary position can lead to more than just experience. You may find yourself already working for the right employer. If both you and the company recognize a beneficial relationship, you may find yourself with a new permanent position in your chosen field. It is not uncommon for employers to hire from their temporary employees because they recognize the training and experience is important.

Limited commitment.

Of course, if you don’t like the job or the industry, working temporary is still to your advantage. If you dislike the project, job, or employer you only have to finish the assignment before looking for another opportunity. You can also speak with your recruiter about any challenges or concerns you have about the job while you’re there.

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Big State, Big Growth – How Much Is Job Growth in Texas?

October 4th, 2018

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Things are bigger in Texas. That’s true about a lot of things, but it is certainly the case with the current job market. The Lone Star State is currently experiencing the best job growth among the biggest states. But what does that really mean? How fast are jobs growing and what is the market like for the average job seeker? Here are some facts about the current job market and how the boom is helping people right here in our own area.

High GDP, low poverty rates.

The Texas GDP has been growing over the last decade, which demonstrates the stability of the economy in the state. There are also lower poverty rates in the city centers around the state, which means employment is up and salaries are generally competitive. Also contributing to the lower poverty rate is the affordability in cities around the state when compared to other large U.S. cities.

Low unemployment rate.

At the height of the recession, in 2010, the U.S. unemployment rate was 9.9 percent while Texas was at 8.25 percent. Since the recovery, unemployment has gone down throughout the U.S., making the national rate at 4.1 percent currently. In Texas, the current unemployment rate is 4 percent. This is low compared to other large population centers.

25 straight months of growth.

Job growth is one of the leading indicators of a strong economy, and the employment industry and economic experts have tracked 25 straight months of growth in the Texas employment arena. This makes the state a great place for business to settle as well as for professionals to find good employment.

Industries affected.

There are a variety of industries in Texas, including several that have recently discovered the state. For example, energy and oil have long been associated with the state, but now the major cities like Houston and Austin are experiencing a tech boom where major technology companies are moving into the area to take advantages of fewer business regulations and more top talent. Banking and tourism also rank high in the state.

The economy overall.

There are so many things that contribute to a strong economy in the state of Texas. The cost of living, for instance, is really playing into the success of businesses within the state. When a professional can live affordably but salaries continue to be competitive, companies can attract professionals to their offices in Texas.

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Conflict Resolution – 4 Tips to Help in a Heated Call Center Discussion

September 27th, 2018

Every call center employee knows the experience. A caller is already angry and upset before their call is answered and they’re immediately on the defensive. Often, they’ll take out their frustrations on the one person they feel has control over the situation, whether or not that’s actually true. So how do call center professionals manage conflict on customer calls? Here are four tips to help in a heated call center discussion

1. Let them vent.

The first thing is to let the customer vent about their frustrations. Sometimes, this is all they really want is for someone to listen. So regardless of whether or not it’s all relevant, let them tell you about why they’re unhappy. Listen to them and when you can ask clarifying questions to help them get to the point where you can help them.

2. Be kind.

When we are attacked, even if it isn’t personal, it’s easy to respond by getting defensive. But when dealing with angry customers on the phone, the key is to be kind and not argue with them. They don’t understand the rules of your workplace, and that isn’t their job. By not taking it personally, you can try to get to the bottom line and be kind to them when answering their questions.

3. Compromise.

In some cases, there may be ownership of the problem on all sides. But your customer just wants it fixed. If there are ways you can, try to compromise as much as possible when the issue requires advanced problem-solving needs. Even if you feel the customer is entitled to nothing, try to do what you can to give them what they need to be satisfied without compromising your company.

4. Deliver more.

If you can, try to deliver more than they’re expecting. This can go a long way toward encouraging continued customer loyalty. Consumers just want things to be easy, so if you can go above and beyond their expectations, they are much more likely to not only continue with your products or services but to refer people. You are often only as good as the last problem you solved.

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Leadership Development Starts with a Belief

August 2nd, 2018

It’s not often that someone mentions belief as an important value for a business. But that doesn’t mean that belief isn’t important. It also doesn’t mean that belief is specific. No, in this case, it represents the idea that leadership development begins with a belief that it is important. If a company doesn’t believe this is the case, then employee development and leadership values will fall to the wayside in an effort to boost productivity and profits. But they do all go hand in hand. So here is how a belief that leadership skills are important can benefit your company.

Return on investment.

For most organizations, it comes down to the bottom line. You want to know that what you put into the company will be something you can get out of the company. Can developing leaders within your organization provide you with that return on your investment that you’re looking for? Consider that it is cheaper to maintain a current employee than to hire new employees, it will help you retain top talent and keep your company profitable.

Desire to make changes.

So many companies are worried about change. If the way they’ve always done it is the way that’s always worked, they’re reticent to make changes even when it proves to be the wrong decision. The world is evolving, and so is business. A desire to make changes and an openness to allow these new ideas to permeate business will truly help with leadership development.

Fear of inaction.

Most people would cite a fear of failure the reason they don’t move forward with their lives, their careers, or more. But true leaders fear something else entirely. They fear the consequences of standing still for too long. Inaction breeds frustration, sluggishness, and stagnation. Leadership development offers a counterbalance to that.

A drive for self-improvement.

Ultimately, leadership development begins with the belief that you are worth improving. That there are things you can achieve if you continuously push forward. If you’re unwilling to believe that about yourself, then there will be little chance for career advancement but also the possibility of becoming stifled in other aspects of your life.

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3 Lies to Ignore When Making a Hiring Decision

September 22nd, 2016

Hiring is hard, there is no doubt about that. It can be an imperfect science since your role as a hiring manager is to evaluate whether or not a person you’ve never met before will be a good long-term fit for your organization. Because of all the uncertainty involved in hiring, there is also a lot of advice provided by anyone who has ever done it before. Some of this so-called perfect advice can be deceiving, so be careful to follow anything that is said to be fool-proof. Here are the top three lies about hiring that you should ignore.

1. You can learn everything you need from a resume.

Many hiring managers assume a resume is a complete picture of a candidate. Yet, candidates are specifically advised not to put every last piece of information on a resume. Consider that most people have enough experience in their lives to fill a book, not just two pages of bullet points. A resume is just an introduction, and hiring managers would do well to use it for that purpose. Use it to determine if someone is generally qualified for your role. Use some of their accomplishments to decide if they might be a fit for your company. Then pick up the phone. Talk to the candidate about what they’ve done and, more importantly, who they are as a person.

2. Hiring a passive candidate is better than an active one.

There is also a bias in HR and staffing that the holy grail of perfect employees is someone still working. That’s a passive candidate. A person who is currently employed and not looking for a new position. Which means they need to be recruited away from their good job to work for you. If they are so easily swayed, will they do the same to you in the future for a better offer? An active candidate is someone who is looking for a new job either due to unemployment or dissatisfaction. They are people willing to be proactive about their careers. If you decide to only hire one or the other, you could be missing out on some great working relationships.

3. There is no such thing as a perfect hire.

Yes, it is possible to find an individual who checks all your boxes. They exist, but they may not take the form you’re expecting. A perfect hire isn’t someone who is a clone of your successful individuals. They aren’t someone who reminds you of you earlier in your career. A perfect candidate can take many forms, the important part is to be open to different kinds of perfection. You can hold out for someone you think is perfect for your open job, but understand that you may be rejecting other perfect candidates along the way and not even know it.

Are you ready to hire a great candidate for your open position? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leading temp agency in Austin TX.

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