When Does Onboarding Stop?

January 5th, 2017

If you’re an employer, you have probably heard, and read, about the need for a good onboarding program. This opportunity to provide a company orientation to your new staff members is imperative for informing their experience overall. And to maintain good retention, it is the best investment you can make into your organization. But what is the time frame for onboarding? How do you know when their orientation ends? If you want to make the right impact for your new team members, consider everything you can offer within the first 90 days and beyond.

Be ready

Your new employee will make their impression of your company on the very first day of work. If you’re not ready for them, they’ll notice that and act accordingly. You need to ensure that the desk space is prepared. Have the computer already set up for them with everything they need to accomplish their tasks. Give them a tour of your entire facility and introduce them to key people around the office. Letting a new employee stumble through the first day is a recipe for disaster, so don’t let that happen.

Assign a mentor

A great way to provide added value to a new hire is to allow them to shadow a veteran employee. Create a mentorship program within your office where seasoned workers will help train new employees. This also keeps your current staff engaged so they don’t feel like the addition of a new employee is a threat to their position.

Assess weekly

Far too many companies wait until the first 90 days are up to do a formal review. And while this review can be helpful, much of the feedback you provide can be too little too late. If you’re not communicating with your new employee on a daily basis, at least recap with them each week. Let them know how they can improve, but also provide information about ways they’ve already contributed. Positive feedback is essential.

Ask for input

It is also important that feedback goes both ways. Ask the new employee for their input on their onboarding process, what they need or want in order to be more successful, and allow them to come to you when they have questions, concerns, or problems. Establishing positive communication patterns right from the start will be necessary or a healthy working relationship.

Focus on results

Lastly, you want to focus on the results of the onboarding process rather than the process itself. Why? Because each new employee will have a different learning curve and style and that needs to be respected. If they are shoehorned into a situation that won’t work for them, they will become disgruntled rather than engaged. Don’t focus on how they go somewhere, but whether or not the end result is what you wanted. Details can be tweaked over time.

Are you looking for great employees this year? Contact the team at Meador Staffing today to work with a leading staffing agency in Austin.

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5 Quotes to Keep You Motivated in Your Job Search

October 27th, 2016

Job searching can be difficult and frustrating. You feel like you’re going through all the same motions day after day, but with little reward. When you do get a bite, not every action will turn into a job offer. But job searching is sometimes a numbers game, and you have to apply to as many jobs as you’re qualified for to even get an interview. Do you need to be motivated to stick to it and keep working on finding your next dream job? Here are some words of wisdom to help you move forward.

1. “You can be absolutely afraid and completely brave in the very same moment.” – Brene Brown. One thing to know is that you’re not the first person to be in this position. And it is okay to be terrified of what happens next, but still be prepared to make it happen. Don’t let your fear paralyze you. Bravery and fear are not mutually exclusive.

2. “If you don’t ask, you don’t get.” – Cathie Black. Remember, no one is a mind reader. You can’t get the job if you don’t ask for it. You can’t negotiate the right salary if you’re not willing to start the conversation. Know that no one else is going to give you everything you want if you don’t let them know you want it.

3. “The pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.” – Winston Churchill. Employment experts often say that positivity is the most important aspect of your job search. There is a reason for that. Companies don’t want to hire someone who is negative or speaks poorly about past experiences. Instead, they want someone who is willing to take a negative situation and turn it into a positive experience.

4. “People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.” – Rob Siltanen. You have to take a chance to make a difference. That isn’t just relegated to Gandhi or Mother Theresa, but everyone can make a difference even in their own small way. Know that when you’re applying for a job, you are there to solve a specific problem. Encompass that solution and communicate it.

5. “The man who has confidence in himself gains the confidence of others.” – Hasidic Proverb. Another aspect of finding the right job is to be confident. When you’re confident in your own skills and in your own skin, others will take you more seriously. You need to be confidence, but not arrogant when you’re meeting with potential employers.

Are you ready to shake up your job search and try something new? Contact Meador Staffing today to work with a leader in Texas staffing!

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How Do You Choose a Staffing Agency?

October 13th, 2016

Are you looking to work with a staffing agency to help you find your next job? If you’ve never worked with a recruiter in the past, it can be complicated to determine how to choose a staffing agency that will help you in your job search. Before you apply with agencies in your area, here are some things to consider to help you determine which recruiter will be a better fit for you, your goals, and your career path.

Recruiting Basics

The basics of recruiting are simple. A staffing agency will work with their clients to determine the requirements for open positions. They will then begin the recruiting process to find qualified candidates. The client pays the recruiting fee, not the employee. In fact, if you’re asked to pay a fee for a company to help you find a job, this is not considered professional or appropriate.

Job Advertisements

Beyond the basics of recruiting, you will need to know how they go about advertising for their job. Do they post them publically online? Do they use job boards? Do they send out a blast to their candidates? Do they offer an online job portal so you can review new jobs and apply to any that match your qualifications?

Placement Percentage

You will also want to know the details of their job placement success. How many of their applicants are they able to place each month. How long does it take to get a job from the time someone has applied? The placement rates are sometimes stunningly low, so it is important to understand the measurement for success before you decide to work with a recruiter.

Recruiting Process

It is also important to know how they source employees and what the process is to apply. Do you fill out an online application? Do they do skills testing? Can you maintain your own applicant portal online to update skills and education as you go? When do they check references? Do they perform background checks or other pre-employment screenings?

Candidate Responsibility

You should also know what you need to do in this process. Many people falsely believe that once an application is submitted, their work as a candidate is done. But recruiters want to work with people who are motivated and are interested in ensuring that their job search goes smoothly. Learn when they would like you to follow up. And how they would like you to proceed if you have your own lead.

Are you interested in working with a qualified recruiter to help you find your next job? Contact Meador Staffing Agencies, a leading in staffing services in Houston TX.

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