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Want to Hire More Rock Stars this Year? 4 Tips to Help

January 17th, 2017

As the new year approaches, you may be thinking about bringing new talent to your team. But you just don’t want new hires, you want star employees – ones that will propel your entire company towards success. With some guidance and a little extra effort put into your interviewing process, you can find those rock star candidates.

Follow these 4 Tips to Find the Best

Finding star candidates takes more than just posting an open position on popular job sites. It takes looking within your company for inspiration and guidance and even adding an extra step to the traditional interviewing process.

If you’re ready to hire rock star employees to kick off 2017, look at these tips to help you find them!

  1. Get Input from Your Team. Start with getting feedback from your current employees. Ask them for input regarding the responsibilities of the position and the experience they think the new hires should have. Gathering input from your team from the start can help you hire a star employee while truly filling a need of the company.
  2. Ask Role-Specific Questions. When you are interviewing the candidates, ask specific questions about the roles you need them to fulfill. You should also ask them to describe specific examples in their previous job experiences that demonstrate their abilities to fulfill the needs of the position.
  3. Give an Assignment or Test. Growing in popularity is another step to the interviewing process – giving an assignment to demonstrate qualifications and skills in a realistic scenario. After narrowing down some candidates, giving a test to a select few can help you find the rock star you’re looking for.
  4. Don’t Underestimate a Star’s Value or Needs. If you’re looking for the best, you must understand that you also might have competition. A rock star candidate might be looking at other job opportunities. You will need to be fair and competitive in both the salary/compensation and also other benefits like a 401K plan, health insurance, and even vacation/PTO days.

Begin Your Search for the Best

If you’re ready to find rock star employees to join your company in 2017, contact Concorde Personnel. Our great team of recruiters is ready to find the top talent to help your organization!

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How to Move from a Temp Employee to a Permanent Hire in 2017

January 3rd, 2017

Are you looking to find a great job in 2017? The only thing better than kicking off the new year with a new job is beginning the new year with a job that has the promise to turn into a solid career. When you’re looking for a job, you should consider a temp-to-hire position.

What is Temp-to-Hire?

A temp-to-hire position is a hiring practice that allows companies to make educated hiring decisions. Companies offer potential employees a “trial” period before bringing them on full-time. It’s a similar idea to “try before you buy.” During this time period, the company is able to assess and evaluate job performance.

This temp-to-hire opportunity is also beneficial to you, the prospective employee. You’re able to see the workings of the company and the culture first-hand. Just as they are evaluating your performance, you can also consider how you fit within the company.

How to Find & Convert a Temp-to-Hire Position

Working with a staffing agency is your best way to find temp-to-hire opportunities. They have a pool of client companies who are looking to fill those positions and can help you find a match that is promising for your skills and career goals.

Once you land a temp-to-hire position, it’s time to work hard and prove that you are the right addition to the company. You will be evaluated closely, basically auditioning, for the job. Be yourself of course, and don’t create a false image, but absolutely do your best. Just as you want to excel and perform your best at a permanent job, this is no different. Get to know the team you’re working with, ask questions, collaborate, and meet your deadlines.

Find Your Temp-to-Hire Position

Does the temp-to-hire opportunity sound good to you? If you want to get started on the process to finding the right temp-to-hire position for you, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Which Jobs Provide an Option for Work-Life Balance?

December 20th, 2016

If you’re looking for a job that allows you to exercise the sought-after work-life balance, here is a list of the top 10 jobs you should consider. The jobs are categorized but are in no particular rank.

The first category is made up of jobs that are more technical, solitaire jobs. Yes, you’ll have to work with people, but most interaction will be with software systems, computers, and there’s a greater possibility to work remotely.

Research Engineer – Research engineers apply their expertise and knowledge to technical projects, finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve research, techniques, procedures, and/or products and technologies.

Devops Engineer – DevOps (a compound of development and operations) emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.

Mobile Application Developer – Mobile application developer is a person who creates, tests, and programs mobile applications for end-users.

User Interface Designer – User interface (UI) designers are responsible for how the product is laid out. They are in charge of designing each screen or page of user interaction and ensures that the UI visually communicates the path that a UX (user experience) designer has laid out.

Data Scientist – A Data scientist is someone who makes value out of data. Responsibilities typically include creating various machine learning-based tools or processes within the company, such as recommendation engines or automated lead scoring systems. People within this role should also be able to perform statistical analysis.

The second category of jobs includes positions that would require more person-to-person collaboration, working with a team, and would require more time in an office or in meetings.

Technical Account Manager – Technical account managers are the people responsible for managing all the technical aspects of a company’s relationship with its clients. Their job description involves them working closely with the business and sales account management team in order to win new business and increase sales.

Recruiting Coordinator – Recruiting coordinators are responsible for attracting candidates, evaluating resumes, scheduling and conducting interviews and managing the hiring paperwork. They have a thorough knowledge of HR best practices and have innovative ideas.

Strategy Manager – A strategic manager helps top leadership establish and prioritize business objectives that align the company with opportunities and protect it from unwarranted risks. These managers use analytical and problem-solving skills to build roadmaps to lead the company toward gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

User Experience Designer – User experience (UX) designers have a very good understanding of technology, business goals, and psychology. Their main task is to conduct user research, interviews, and surveys, and then use the gathered information to create sitemaps, wireframes, and prototypes.

Corporate Recruiter – The corporate recruiter is responsible for more than just finding great talent to fill one position; they must also write job descriptions, screen resumes, interview candidates, extend job offers, implement onboarding strategies and keep accurate records of all candidates and new hires.

Land the Premier Work-Life Balance Job for You

To find one of these jobs or another fantastic job opportunity, contact Concorde Personnel. We’ve been helping people find their dream job for 30 years!

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What Do You Do with an Employee Having a Bad Annual Review?

December 6th, 2016

It goes without saying that annual reviews are a big deal. They are important for every team member involved in the company and will help unify the team in achieving their goals. Good reviews and bad reviews happen all the time, and it’s important to have a plan when you will be meeting with an employee who has a bad review. Remember, an employee with a bad annual review could be your next shining star with a little bit of mentoring and action steps from you!

What To Do in a Bad Annual Review

  • Tell them how to improve. Sounds quite simple, right? If you have a rubric, or standards to measure performance, you should be able to give them simple directions for how to improve their performance. You don’t want to turn into a micromanager, but you absolutely do want to give specific examples in your directions to help them improve. After all, if you can help them succeed at the job, the entire company benefits.
  • Create an achievable action plan. To take your suggestions for improvement to the next level, you and your employee should create a realistic action plan. Set them up for success with breaking their larger goals into smaller steps. This will help them build confidence along the way, while still meeting the goals and tasks necessary for their job.
  • Pair them with star employees. Often times, the best resources for your employees who are struggling are their colleagues. Consider the skills you want your employee to improve upon, and find an employee who could help teach them. Maybe they do a small training session, maybe they shadow them for a project or task. This is a great way to not only help your employee but also help your star employee with leadership and mentoring opportunities.
  • Have another review. When an employee has a bad annual review, don’t wait a whole year before meeting again. Often times, a review every six months is practiced, but you could also do a smaller review every quarter to monitor progress.

Do More

Your employees should be eager to improve regardless of whether they have a good annual review or a bad one. Be ready to coach them and make your company more successful by taking advantage of our many resources. Visit our website or contact Concorde Personnel learn more about motivating and managing employees.

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Shut Down the Negative Job Hopper Perception in Your Next Interview

November 21st, 2016

Since your first job in high school, you’ve been told that it’s best to spend some time at the same company for a while because it looks good on your resume. While we may still be hearing that advice, and even thinking it ourselves, the career path is different for everyone and so-called “job hopping” is becoming more regular.

A Negative Perception

There is a negative perception connected to job hopping. Among other reasons, three main concerns are:

  • Commitment Issues
  • Impatience
  • Doesn’t Play Well with Others

While it’s easy to see why these could be concerns of your hiring managers and interviewers, you can help them see that there can be other, respectable, reasons why job hopping occurs.

Shut Down Negative Perceptions

When you interview for a job, the hiring manager may not bring up these concerns specifically, but you can still shut down the unspoken perceptions by communicating the strengths that you’ve gained along the way as a job hopper.

  • Adaptable

Each time you start a new job, you are starting over. These transitions aren’t a piece of cake and it’s important to communicate your adaptability in the workplace. New systems, procedures, new people – you’re good at adapting to the new environment and finding your place at the company.

  • Thrives with Challenges

Job hopping really isn’t a bad thing when in fact you’re doing it to stay challenged and to meet each challenge head-on. You absolutely want to dispel thoughts that the reason you’re job hopping is because you felt challenged at previous jobs and you weren’t comfortable rolling with change at the office – whether it be new systems, new bosses, or new team members to work with. Instead, gently assure your interviewer that you want to stay challenged in the workplace, continuing to grow as a professional.

  • Passion for Fulfilling Work

Some hiring managers may see a job hopper as someone who doesn’t easily get along with others, someone who isn’t a team player. In your interview, be sure to speak to examples of your ability to work as a member of the team. If your motivation at work lies beyond your coworkers, explain that as well. Your career is about doing fulfilling work to the best of your abilities, and making friends along the way is an added bonus, but not a reason to stay in a particular position, just to log hours there.

Interviewing and Job Hunting Advice

For more interviewing insights and job hunting advice, or to find amazing job opportunities, contact Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester, NY.

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How to Avoid Hiring Mediocre Talent in a Candidate Market

November 8th, 2016

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Nothing is worse than going through the interviewing and hiring process, even the onboarding process, only to realize that you hired a mediocre employee. Not terrible, but not the man or woman you thought you hired, not the one you need to help your company reach their goals and succeed.

To avoid making this costly and time-consuming mistake, follow these five pointers.

1. Don’t Give In

When you decide the qualifications you need for the position you are hiring for, you need to stand firm. Don’t give in or be lenient with those qualifications. You might have to look longer or ask more questions in interviews, but it’s worth the time to find the qualified candidate who can do the job the way you need it to be done.

2. Find the Right Characteristics that Match Your Company

Before you begin the interviewing or hiring process, you should first take a step back and determine the characteristics of your company culture. When you determine the characteristics and qualities of your company culture, you will then make those qualities must-haves with your new hires. Don’t compromise on these characteristics either – they will impact your company’s environment, the morale of employees, and ultimately the degree of your company’s success.

3. Recruit Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are already employed at another company and not even looking for a job. You won’t be recruiting passive candidates when you have an urgent need to fill a position. This is an exercise that you will practice consistently. It allows you to comb through the professionals in your industry who have the qualifications and characteristics that you need.

4. Use a Staffing Agency

Partnering with a professional staffing agency takes the recruitment process to the next level. The staffing agency has a large network of potential hires who they know have created relationships with. They will also begin a relationship with you and will let you know when they have someone who meets the criteria you have and who they think will help your company succeed.

5. If You Can, Hire More than One

If it at all possible, hire more than one candidate for the position. In this situation, you will be able to see which candidate is better suited for your company and the position in the true element. It might sound odd, but it’s a practice that several companies use. You may see that one candidate truly shines for the position you need to fill, and you also might notice that the other candidate will fit in a different department.

Hire Stellar Candidates for Your Company

For more guidance on how to hire the best employees for your company, contact Concorde Group. As a leader in Westchester staffing, we have been matching employees to companies for years.

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Do You Have the Correct Networking Mindset?

October 26th, 2016

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One of the biggest buzzwords in the career world is “networking.” Despite its popularity, few people begin knowing how to really network effectively. There are two key factors you need to understand when you go to a networking event.

Be Yourself

Age-old advice for making friends on the playground is relevant to the world of networking, too. Go into any networking event with the intention of being yourself and making connections that feel natural.

Being genuine will be refreshing to your fellow networking friends and just like how you would want to help a friend, this approach will end up helping you in the long run. If you are trying to be someone you aren’t, you might see success in the short term but it won’t be beneficial in the long term.

Don’t Come On Too Strong

Don’t go into a networking event with a huge agenda. One pitfall you want to avoid is spewing out your resume and skill set when you begin meeting people. If you are too rehearsed in giving out your resume, you will only be remembered as the person who was too desperate and was too self-involved.

Remember, you want to make casual friends, not apply for an unlisted job. People don’t want to hear your resume, they want to make connections. As you continue to go to networking events, you want to be excited to see some of these people, and you’ll want them to be excited to catch up with you, too.

Help Others

As you begin to make friendly connections, look for ways that you can help them. Maybe you have a skill that can help them at their office, or maybe you know of someone else who can fill a need. Be a resource for others and remember that every side project or favor you do is giving you experience.

For every opportunity you seize to help others, there is a chance that those people will also want to help you as well. Networking often works as a give-and-take. If you see a job opening that works for a colleague, share it with them and even offer to serve as a reference. Those types of favors will pay off when you need them.

For Job Leads, Look Here

As you enjoy your networking events, visit Concorde Personnel. You can create a relationship with a professional staffing agency in White Plains that can help you find a job, while you immerse yourself in your local networking scene.

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4 Ways Job Seekers Are Finding Your Jobs

October 12th, 2016

Are you looking to list a job opening for your company? It’s no longer sufficient to just post it on your website. With a diverse job market, you need to post your job openings and seek out the best candidate in a variety ways.

What are four platforms to use when posting your job?

1. Company Website

Tried and true, make sure to post job openings on the career section of your company website. If job seekers are visiting your website, they should be able to easily find open positions at your company. Make the call to actions on your site easily seen and appealing. Don’t rely on the website visitor to find your job board. Make it simple to find and easy to use.

2. Social Media

The potential hires that make up the current job market are on social media. In addition to your other social media posts, you should post your job openings on the social platforms where you are active. Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter are all great social media sites to use when posting your job openings. Think about the type of job opening and consider your audience. Facebook can be better for administrative and clerical jobs while LinkedIn is a great place for management-level positions.

3. Referrals

You have colleagues, clients, and networking friends who know you well. Use those relationships to put out feelers for good candidates. Your connections won’t want to give you any employees who could let you down, so they’ll send you the best they know!

4. Staffing Companies/Recruiters

Another great resource for finding top candidates is using a local staffing company. They have a steady stream of people who need help finding a job and will have a vast network created. Plus, since they get to know their job seekers and what position will suit them best, they’ll send you candidates that are a good match for the opening you have.

Finding the right fit for a job position is an important part of building a successful company. When it comes to posting your job openings, make sure to be thorough and utilize the four ideas above. It might take more time in the beginning, but you’ll have a better pool of candidates to choose from and therefore, you’ll be able to hire the person best for the job. Creating a process for posting in multiple locations will make it easier and more efficient to locate the right candidate for your job.

Work with a Leader in Staffing in White Plains

For more information on how to hire the best candidates, or to find out how to get your positions posted with a professional staffing company, contact Concorde Personnel. As a leader in Westchester staffing, we have great job candidates ready to join your company and help you grow!

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Want to Get Ahead? Work on This

September 28th, 2016

Looking for ways to stand out at work? Trying to impress your boss? It might not be as complicated as you think. Many companies are looking for their employees to possess basic office and people skills. We’ll bring you back to the basics and as you master them, you’ll find yourself excelling in the office.

Get Ahead by Mastering these Skills

  • Listen & Respond. Truly listening and giving relevant responses is the first major way to impress your coworkers and superiors. So often, it’s easy to get distracted in conversations and meetings. It’s also common to only think about your response before the person talking has even finished their piece. Truly listening in meetings and conversations is very important and something your coworkers will appreciate. Email communication is quite possibly the most common way to discuss ideas in the office. Read each email with full attention (same as listening) and when it comes time for you to respond, be thorough and timely.
  • Be accountable. It’s impossible to get ahead in the office if your coworkers can’t rely on you. Be accountable and reliable. Confess if you’ve made a mistake (we all make them!) and always put forth your best effort in the work you are meant to complete. Your honesty and accountability will help gain your coworkers’ trust and favorability.
  • Be a team player. Working in a company, you are automatically working on a team, no matter the size of the department you work in. Being on a team means you are open to collaboration and flexibility. Be supportive, open to new ideas, and be ready to help if needed. To get ahead and maybe take on a role in leadership, you first need to prove that you can play well and do good work on a team.
  • Continue to learn. The journey to “get ahead” is never-ending. Have the mindset that there is always more for you to learn, always room to improve. Continuing to better yourself will set you apart from other employees and your superiors will take notice. They’ll want to give more responsibility (reward) to the thirsty, thoughtful and trustful team player.

The Get-Ahead Track

At Concorde Personnel, our staff of experienced professionals is trained to help you find the job that best suits you. Work with our great team today to partner with the premier boutique staffing agency in Westchester County/

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Happy at Work: Best 5 Incentive Ideas for Short-term Employees

September 22nd, 2016


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Employee incentive programs are designed to motivate and inspire employees in workplaces everywhere. Therefore, it only makes perfect sense to provide incentives for both permanent employees as well as temp workers. There are several ways to give deserving workers thoughtful incentives without taking on a time consuming program or spending a fortune.

If you want more productive and happier employees, here are the top 5 short-term employee incentives you can start using now.

Printed Certificates – A super easy (and cheap) way to provide short-term incentives is to print out recognition certificates for your employees. You can design and print free certificates of achievement online, and customize them for each employee. Then be sure to present them, along with a balloon or a coupon for a free lunch to your temps who have demonstrated work beyond their duties.

Gift and Prepaid Cards– One of the easiest ways to provide incentives for short-term employees is to purchase gift cards in bulk from local vendors. Choose retail, restaurant and entertainment cards so that employees can enjoy some quality family time outside of work. For more substantial rewards, purchase prepaid Visa gift cards and present them at the conclusion of staff contests or large projects.

Discount Programs – A great way to add value to your work benefits and a nice incentive for short-term employees is to include them in a corporate sponsored discount program. This can include relationships with local vendors, such as restaurants and retail establishments, fitness centers, daycares, and even housing management companies – who can all offer a substantial discount to your workers.

Paid Time Off – Because short-term employees are not generally able to benefit from paid time off incentives of their full time counterparts, using a PTO incentive program for temp workers can be very helpful. Offer a half hour of time off for every 8 hour shift completed, and allow temps to take much needed time off with pay for important appointments and personal days.

Contract Bonuses – Oftentimes, it can be difficult to keep good workers, particularly those who are temps. Provide an incentive to short-term employees who complete their full contract with an attractive cash bonus at the end. You’ll be amazed at the number of temps who work hard to  ensure they receive this bonus, increasing your productivity and practically paying for this incentive.

Want quality temporary staff to fill key roles at your company? Partner with the career experts at Concorde Personnel today!

 

 

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