By: Brenda James, Managing Director, Clayton Services
“I know it’s my first day, but I’m going to resign. These people are nuts!” That was a recent conversation I had with a former client/friend on his first day at his new job. Recently riffed, it took “John” several long weeks to find a new position. The current economic situation along with falling oil prices had taken their toll on his job search and had left him a little stunned and scared. John is a competent, well respected manager who is heavily recruited and has never really had to look for a job.
The onboarding process left a lot to be desired as there was confusion about his hours. They were never discussed in the interview and the company was not flexible. There was no orientation or training plan, except for the one that left John being trained by the demoted, somewhat disgruntled employee he was replacing. That employee also declined to give up his office until he felt John was properly trained. This left John searching for a desk to plug in his used, sticky, company assigned laptop that only worked when plugged in. The final straw was when a member of the senior management team told John that he, “liked to spy on his employees to catch them doing something wrong”. He also offered John advice, encouraging him “to be sure to let his employees know he was the boss.” All this on the first day? Wow.
I wanted to shout, run for the hills, but prudence held me back. This was, after all, a well-known, Fortune 500 company offering good pay and benefits. There was also a family to feed, a mortgage to pay and no other offers on the horizon. So instead we talked about sacrifice. After discussing his options, he decided that sticking it out and designing a game plan might be a better option than bailing. That was several months ago and while sure that he will not be there long term, as the corporate culture leaves a lot to be desired, some of the issues were resolved and he is learning new skills to further his career and take to his next position. John also learned that he is stronger than he thought and he can persevere.
Then there’s “Jane”. “We need to talk. I think coming here was a big mistake.” Uh-oh. Another phone call from a client/friend. Jane had gone as far as she could in her role with her previous company. She left on good terms and quickly found another position offering her the more strategic role that she felt was the necessary next step to advance her career. Unfortunately, Jane’s new boss saw her role as much more transactional. Jane also never dreamed that she would not be able to attend industry meetings or take time off for a sick child without being chastised. The morale in the company was bad and the management style was dictatorial. Very high fear, low trust. As a single mom, she too felt the need to sacrifice and stick it out, hoping to affect some culture change. After several months, her mental and physical health wore out and she and her boss agreed on a time frame for her transition out of the company. She is looking for her next opportunity.
John hadn’t done a lot of research. He was contacted by the company recruiter and had a short interview with his direct supervisor. A quick offer was made and he accepted a role he felt comfortable and competent in performing. He was relieved his job search was over. John hadn’t seen any red flags and expected things to fall into place as usual.
Jane was glad she found her position so quickly and was excited to get started. She had checked the company out on Glassdoor. While she knew morale was bad, she hoped she would be able to affect positive change in her new “strategic” role. She brushed aside her concerns, opting to concentrate on the new challenges and opportunities.
John and Jane found some silver linings in their circumstances, but both agree that they’ve mostly learned to do their research before making their next career move.
This could be a story about many things, including corporate cultures that resemble a Dilbert cartoon, however this is a cautionary tale about doing a little homework and research before jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
Do Additional Research - In addition to the basic research, website, products, etc., add these to your research on the company.
Use your Network - Call anyone you know that might have a connection with or information about the company.
Ask Questions - Know your deal breakers in addition to what trade-offs you can accept.
Pay attention to the vibe you get when you are at the company. Look at the employees and how they interact. Are people friendly and engaging or dejected and deflated? Companies have personalities. There’s always an energy or lack of one. Key in and observe.
Finally, talk with a trusted advisor and don’t ignore red flags or nagging doubts you encounter during the process. Research and explore them to increase your chances of not getting burned in your next job.
There are many different ways to search for a job in Houston. In today's world of automated technology, no job search in Houston is complete without utilizing the online resources that are available at your fingertips. Even though it can be overwhelming, using these resources are a must in any job search.
Luckily, we have made it easy for you - the job seeker - by listing out, in alphabetical order, websites and strategies that we feel can help you immensely when looking for a job in Houston.
CareerBuilder is the granddaddy of them all when it comes to job sites. CareerBuilder has great features that all job seekers can benefit from. CareerBuilder allows you to sort job positions by a variety of criteria. This can eliminate the headache of looking at an exciting opportunity only to find out that you are not qualified for the position after reading the entire job post. CareerBuilder saves job seekers a lot of time during the long process of job searching on the internet. You can also upload your resume to the site so recruiters from companies all over Houston can view it in their searches.
#2 Clayton Services
Isn't it nice to talk to a real person every now and again in today's world of automated technology? Clayton Services is a leading Houston staffing agency that has been helping thousands of jobs seekers in Houston find jobs for over 32 years. Our staffing specialists are standing by, ready to assist you with your job search. Job seekers, you can apply and upload your resume here.
Glassdoor is a valuable resource for job seekers that want to get an 'inside look' at what it's like working for a company. Glassdoor allows employees to anonymously post reviews/insights and share salary information about their company. Most of this information is not available anywhere the company's website. But beware of some of the reviews you read and take them objectively, because people are much more likely to promote a negative aspect of a company than to dish out praise on the internet.
#4 Government Jobs
If you're interested in working for the government in Houston, then you have to check out this website. This site allows you to view the details, salaries and job requirements for every open government related job in Houston.
Indeed may not have the most technological advanced search interface when compared to other job sites but it still gets the job done. Indeed allows you to keep your job search in Houston 'simple' by utilizing their keyword and location based search engine. Indeed's search engine is very user-friendly and doesn't require you to create an account to search for job opportunities.
No savvy job seeker is searching for a job in Houston without using LinkedIn. A good LinkedIn profiles can go a long way when promoting yourself to potential employers. But, be sure to keep your profile picture, information and actions on LinkedIn professional (it's not Facebook)!
If CareerBuilder is the leader of job sites then Monster is a close second. Monster allows you to search one of the biggest job databases to find opportunities in Houston. You can also sign up to get email alerts every time a position becomes available in Houston that matches your profile preferences. This can be beneficial if you are short on time and prefer applying directly to a position rather than just uploading your resume and hoping a recruiter finds it.
Networking can play to your advantage when searching for a job in Houston. Even as the fourth largest city in the United States, you would be surprised to see how interconnected the business community is. Use this time to reach out to people you know (old coworkers, ex-clients, friends, family and acquaintances) and ask them for help with you search. You never know who knows who and when you will be at the right place at the right time to take advantage of an opportunity. Don't underestimate the power of networking!
#9 Simply Hired
Simply Hired is another trusty job search engine that allows you to search for jobs using a number of criteria. You can browse for job openings by job category, employer, city, state and more. If you are already using other job sites you might as well add this one to your list as well.
Ziprecruiter is an excellent tool for you to use in your job search. Every time you apply to a position on ZipRecruiter, it notifies the company you applied with, that your resume is ready to be looked at. It also lets you -the job seeker - know when a company has viewed your resume and application. This can be a valuable insight for you since it gives you a hint that a phone screening may be in your future (so you better be prepared)!
As a leading Houston staffing agency, Clayton Services knows that there are no magic tricks or secret strategies when it comes to finding a job in Houston. Oftentimes, it comes down to hard work, determination and perseverance. If searching for a job was easy then everyone in Houston would have a job. If you use these websites and strategies to your advantage then you're going to increase your chances of landing your dream job!
Need help finding a job in Houston? Apply today with Clayton Services and let our recruiters help you find a great opportunity.
As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton Services knows that not every recent college graduate is able to secure full-time employment on their own. Even with the help of on campus career fairs, counselors and internships, finding a job after graduation isn't always an easy task.
"I've found a bunch of great positions on the internet but they want someone with at least five years of experience."
At Clayton Services, we hear this narrative all the time from candidates, especially recent college graduates with little to no professional experience. If you're finding yourself in this situation, rest assured you are not alone. We understand that there are a lot of job seekers that posses the necessary skills to do these jobs that are often requiring years of experience to be considered for. We also realize that short of buying a time machine and fast forwarding to the future there is not much you can do to make up for the experience required.
An extended period of time searching for employment on the internet and having no success can cause anyone to start feeling hopeless. So if you find yourself having difficulty securing employment on your own, it may be the perfect time to kick those feelings of hopelessness aside and turn to Clayton Services to assist you with your job search. We are constantly looking for talented and skilled candidates for our clients, no matter how much experience they have. At Clayton Services, we recognize that a candidate with years of experience doesn't always mean they are skilled and a candidate with little to no experience doesn't always mean they are unskilled.
"I've applied to hundreds of positions on the internet and have yet to get a call back."
As a recent college graduate, if you've said this before it's probably time to start working with a staffing service to find employment. If you're contemplating working with Clayton Services here are a couple of things to consider:
#1 You'll be able to stop doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results
You've heard it many times growing up, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This same concept applies to your job search. As a job seeker, you must be willing to get out of your comfort zone to achieve your goal of finding employment. If you're not having any luck with your current plan of action then you may want to make a change in your plan. Working with a staffing service is a great way to increase your odds of finding employment.
#2 You're going to be more than just a resume at Clayton Services
Once you meet with a staffing specialist and go through the interview process, they will know much more about you, your skills and your career goals than you could write on your resume. Our staffing specialists will then be able to match you with job openings and companies that fit exactly what you're searching for.
#3 Practice, practice, practice
Let's face it, you're a recent college graduate and no matter how many mock interviews you did in college, nothing compares to interviewing in front of a real potential employer. The more real interviews you take part in, the better prepared you will be for your next one. When you work with Clayton Services you are working with professionals who make a living finding people jobs. Our staffing specialists have seen thousands of resumes and interviewed hundreds of candidates. Therefore, they can provide you with invaluable advice and feedback regarding your resume and interviewing skills.
As one of the top staffing agencies in Houston, Clayton Services is aware of the struggles that recent college graduates go through when searching for employment. Our goal is to help you find the career opportunity you've been searching for. So maybe it's the perfect time for you to contact us.
Ready to hire a candidate or find a great job? Contact Clayton Services, one of the top staffing agencies in Houston today!
Clayton Services, a leading staffing agency in Houston, realizes that many people currently hold a negative opinion about staffing companies. We hear about it and see it everyday at Clayton Services. Our staffing specialists speak with dozens of candidates that have little interest in working with a staffing company to find employment because of a bad experience they’ve had within the industry. Our sales representatives are frequently frowned upon in the sales field once they say the words ‘staffing company’.
So why has the staffing industry developed such a bad reputation in candidate’s and client’s eyes? In our opinion, this reputation has been created by staffing companies doing business with only one goal in mind, the bottom line. When focusing only on the bottom line, staffing companies have neglected candidates and clients alike by under delivering on promises and unfulfilling expectations.
This singular focus on the bottom line is seen in overly aggressive recruiters and sales representatives that are prominent fixtures within the staffing industry today. To their defense, most recruiters and sales representatives have unrealistic quotas they must meet each day, week, month and year. The pressure that these recruiters and sales representative face can cause them to take the human element out of their job. Their thinking shifts from helping a candidate or client reach their goals to meeting their own 'numbers'.
As a candidate, you must be aware that you may just be another 'number' on your recruiters' interview sheet. When selecting a staffing company to work with, you need to ask good questions about the position you’re being called for. If your recruiter is being hesitant or misleading about the details of the position this is usually a tell-tale sign that you are just another 'number' to help that recruiter meet their weekly interview quota.
As a client, you may be working with a staffing company that does not have your best interests in mind, if they are consistently sending you candidates that are not qualified for the position you have available. This is often a result of a staffing company just wanting to fill your order as quickly as possible (for billing purposes) instead of taking the time to find the ideal candidate for your company.
These things can be avoided if you are working with a staffing company that understands this business is about much more than just the bottom line. Clayton Services’ staffing specialists and sales representatives value relationships that are built on trust, honesty and hard work. At Clayton Services, we realize that if we help our candidates and clients reach their goals that we are going to reach ours too. We do this by matching our candidates with job opportunities at our client companies that put them in the best possible situation to be successful. When a candidate is placed in an ideal position they are able to thrive because they are more productive, efficient and satisfied. As a result, our clients are pleased because they now have a invaluable asset for their company (a qualified, hardworking and productive employee).
At Clayton Services, we are fortunate to work with leading companies in the Greater Houston area that understand it’s not always about how fast we can fill an order but rather about how strong of a candidate we can send them. We understand that we will not be able to find everyone we speak to a job or fill every job order we get, but we will be honest with you and let you know one way or another if we can help you achieve your goals.
Clayton Services is attempting to fix the reputation of the staffing industry one candidate and one client at a time. If you are tired of just being another 'number' to the recruiter or sales representative you are currently working with, call Clayton Services to experience the best service the staffing industry has to offer in the Houston area!
Ready to hire a candidate or find a great job? Contact the top staffing agency in Houston today!
As a top Houston staffing agency, Clayton Services understands that looking for a job can be a daunting task, especially in our world of automated technology. Unlike searching for a job 20 years ago, a majority of the application process takes place over the internet. The days of walking into a prospective employers' office making a good impression and dropping off your resume are practically over. Today more than ever, your resume is extremely vital to your success in finding employment. People with good resumes are being called for opportunities more so than candidates with bad resumes.
However, you don't have to leave your career in the hands of a sheet of paper. Instead of aimlessly submitting your resume (that you've formatted differently a dozen times because a random article on Google told you to do so) and hoping that it will stick, you could work with a real person and get real career advice from a staffing specialist.
But beware because not all recruiters/staffing specialists are created equal. Unfortunately, there are some recruiters that look at their candidates as just a number to help them meet their weekly interview quota. At Clayton Services, we realize that searching for a job is serious business. Therefore, we don't take a candidate's job search lightly. When you work with a Clayton Services' recruiter you're working with a professional who takes the time to get to know their candidates' needs, desires and aspirations. Our recruiters have the innate ability to match Clayton Services' candidates with opportunities that fit what they're looking for and put them in the best position to grow and thrive.
You could leave your job search up to an automated program/numbers driven recruiter or you can start working with a staffing professional that has a vested interest in your job search. We understand that everyone doesn't know how to correctly put together a resume or properly prepare for an interview and that's alright. The recruiters at Clayton Services are going to provide you with invaluable advice on all of the aspects regarding your job search (e.g. resume writing, interviewing skills, etc.).
Clayton Services' ultimate goal is to help people to find work, whether that be a position with us or through another avenue, our end goal is helping people become successful. Yes, we know that we won't be able to find everyone we speak to a job. But after meeting with one of our staffing specialists we hope that you are better prepared to take advantage of the next job opportunity that comes your way.
Ready to hire a candidate or find a job? Clayton Services is a leading Houston staffing agency, contact us today!