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Top 5 Resolutions for Job Seekers

January 9th, 2020

As the new year begins, many job seekers find a boost in motivation to amp up their search for their next job. It’s not unusual for people to start a new year with a goal of finding a better job, but with a new year, should come a fresh start.  To be successful and make the most of this job-seeking energy kick, you should focus on these top resolutions for your search.

Consider these five resolutions to help you find a great job as you start the new year.

Revisit Your Resume & Cover Letter

Hopefully, after a refreshing holiday break, you can revisit your resume and cover letter with fresh eyes and a fresh outlook. First of all, be sure you update it with any new job experience, accomplishments, and skills, Be sure to use active language that engages recruiters and also include hard numbers when applicable. While you will tailor these documents slightly for each position to apply to, it’s essential to have an updated base version that serves as a solid foundation for you in your job search.

To have a professional review your resume and cover letter, you can always contact a staffing agency or career professional.

Evaluate Your Online Presence

Searching for a job in 2020 (like recent years) is much different than several years prior. Your online presence is actually just as important as that resume and cover letter you worked so hard to update! Be sure to update your LinkedIn profile to reflect your resume. You will also want to consider your other social media profiles, like Facebook, Instagram, etc. While these platforms do not share the same purpose as LinkedIn or a professional blog that you may have, they are still scoured by recruiters and hiring managers, so clean up your content if it doesn’t portray you in a responsible, professional, or likable manner.

Learn New Skills & Volunteer

It’s essential to continue to grow as a person and a professional with each year. So, what better time to add new skills and experience to your resume than the start of a new year? Whether you take a class or become certified in a new skill, or look to serving your community, these are all great ways to become a better person while also boosting your resume. These experiences and new skills may be just what you need to become qualified for your dream job.

Network

To be considered for new opportunities, or to know about new job openings, you need to put in the effort to network and build your brand. You can network on LinkedIn or other professional sites, but you should also get connected to your local professional networks. Building your own brand and reputation will take effort, but it’s definitely worth it! Not only might you find a job that can catapult your career, but you may make lifelong friends and colleagues along the way who will enrich your life even more.

Focus on the Job You Want

Once you determine the type of job you want, stay focused on that goal of working at that job. Maybe you want to work at a specific company, or perhaps you just want to get a promotion to a new position at any company. Whatever the goal for you, stay focused and do something every day to achieve that dream. Create a reminder on your phone, or a note on your computer as a simple reminder of why you are working so hard, staying focused, and not giving up. 

Find the Right Job for You in 2020

Want to start the year off at the right job for your career goals? Contact Concorde Personnel for all your job search needs and questions.

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Best Strategies for Recruiting Passive Talent

December 20th, 2019

If you’re having a hard time filling your open positions, it’s easy to get frustrated. After all, most often the perfect job candidates are already employed. This doesn’t mean all of these candidates are perfectly happy at their current job and wouldn’t switch for the right opportunity. 

To find passive talent to fill your open positions, you need to create a separate hiring strategy. While this may seem like a lot of work upfront, it’s worth it to find the right candidate. 

4 Strategic Ways to Recruit Passive Talent

Here are four proven ways to attract passive talent to your company and any open positions that you may have.

Be Proactive on Social Media

It’s important to be visible when it comes to social media. LinkedIn and Facebook are both great options, but these days, it will take more than just creating a profile. Create groups, educational videos, or virtual hangouts to connect with both your own employees and passive talent in your industry. You can also reach out to specific passive candidates who you think would be a good fit for your company. Whether you discuss job opportunities or invite them to these social media events, making connections is essential.

Get Involved with the Professional Community

Your community has professional networking groups and events, and it’s essential that you are there as well. Creating a presence in your community can help passive talent know more about the company and will make you stay top-of-mind if and when they are looking for a new job opportunity. 

Encourage Employee Referrals

Some of your best resources to find new employees are your current employees. A current employee may have a friend who is looking for a job that will be a perfect fit for your company. A current worker will also be sure to make a quality referral because it’s a reflection on them as well. Some companies decide to create referral incentive programs but to test drive this strategy, you can simply encourage it!

Maintain a Database

As you begin to implement these strategies for recruiting passive talent, it’s important that these efforts don’t go to waste. Maintain a database of passive, yet potential talent, who you can contact when the right job opportunity becomes available.

Find the Right Talent for Your Open Positions

If you want professional help finding the best talent for your open positions or are looking to implement other recruiting and hiring strategies, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Feeling Job Burnout? Identify it and Take Action

December 6th, 2019

Have you ever experienced burnout? You’re motivated, taking on projects, firing on all cylinders, saying yes to helping with extra projects, maybe even working overtime to pay off extra on bills, and then, all of a sudden, you crash.

Everything hits you like a ton of bricks. You feel exhausted, stressed, and suddenly unmotivated to do anything. This is burnout. It crushes momentum, can undo your positive morale and productivity, but it’s also avoidable.

5 Tips to Avoid Burnout at Work

The holiday season is joyful, yet it’s also stressful for nearly everyone. During this time of year, it can increase your chances of experiencing job burnout. Since your best work will happen when you avoid burnout, follow these tips to stay on top of your performance.

Get Enough Sleep

Sleep is so essential for your overall health and also your professional performance. If you are on track to burnout, you may begin to experience insomnia or trouble sleeping. Do your best to get back on a healthy sleep schedule so you can perform your best at work and stay healthy.

It is also important to note that chronic lack of sleep can lead to severe mental and physical health issues. It can also be dangerous to drive or do your work with machinery while suffering from sleep deprivation.

Exercise & Stay Active

Staying active is another way to avoid burnout. Exercise is vital for both your physical and mental health. It decreases stress, improves work performance, will help you sleep better, and gives you more energy. Taking care of yourself will help you perform your best at work without experiencing physical or emotional exhaustion and avoid burnout.

Socialize Outside of Work

Making connections and nurturing relationships outside of the workplace is very important. Socializing outside of the office is emotionally fulfilling and for many, is energizing. Plus, when you get together with people other than your coworkers, you will talk about other topics so you can be connected to more than just work-related matters.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say No

It’s also important to remember that it is OK to say no sometimes. While it is good to help out a boss or coworker from time to time, if you never say no, you will not only experience burnout, but you may also be turning in subpar work; therefore, you won’t be doing anyone any favors. It is actually responsible to say no when you are already quite busy with work. 

Take the Next Step

If you feel like you’re ready to take the next step in your career to find more success, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Minimize Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

November 20th, 2019

The holiday season is just around the corner! While many people are excited about the celebrations, it can also be the most stressful time of the year for some people. As a leader of your team, you need to pay attention to employee performance as well as employee well-being. During the holiday season, you should do your best to reduce your employees’ stress levels. This can lead to greater productivity and also lead to an increase in employee satisfaction.

3 Ways to Reduce Stress Among Your Employees During the Holidays

Here are three easy tips to minimize your employees’ stress during this busy time of year. 

Encourage Casual Dress for Holiday Functions

Most companies will have at least one holiday event. While this is a great time to celebrate, for some of your employees, it may add some stress to their life. Encourage your employees to be a bit more casual for the holiday functions, regardless of how fancy the food may be. Being able to dress casually can also help your employees feel more at ease throughout the entire workday and can lead to an increase in employee happiness and productivity. 

Schedule Holiday Events During Normal Hours

Employees will want to attend the holiday events, but it’s an extremely busy time of year. Do your absolute best to schedule any and all holiday events or activities during normal business hours so your employees can celebrate without being stressed about losing time to tend to other responsibilities. Remember, attendance at these events can boost employee morale, so you want your employees to be excited to attend.

Limit Mandatory Overtime

During such a busy time of year, it’s important that work is completed before PTO is used. Encourage your employees to get their work done, but limit mandatory overtime to reduce stress.

Keep Your Office Running Smoothly Throughout The Year

If you need help staffing your office to remain productive and running smoothly, contact Concorde Personnel.

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The Right Way to Follow Up After Your Job Interview

November 6th, 2019

Phew! A sigh of relief after your interview might be one of the best feelings you’ll have during your job search. But alas, you are not done. It’s important to follow up the right way with the people you had the pleasure of interviewing with and there are some key tips you should follow. 

First, Three Things You Should NOT Do

Before we get into what you should do, it’s important that you don’t do these things.

Don’t Post About It on Social Media

In a time when people post every thought on social media, resist the urge to share all your post-interview feelings with your peers. The hiring team may be checking out your profiles and it’s unprofessional, even immature, to post about a job interview experience right away.

Don’t Make Assumptions

Feeling like you rocked the interview? That’s great! But before you put in any notices or arrangements to start the job, just stop. Be patient and wait for the official offer. Not feeling entirely content with your interview performance? Don’t worry and don’t assume the worst. Consider how you did well at the interview, and explore ways in which you can improve your interview skills in the future if needed. Remember, there’s no such thing as a fruitless interview.

Don’t Overdo It

As you put into practice the tips below, be sure to stay genuine and don’t overdo it. If you come across as pushy or as a nuisance, you won’t increase your chances of landing the job. In fact, you could actually decrease the likeness of getting a job offer.

Now, Follow These Tips to Follow Up Your Job Interview the Right Way

Increase your chances of getting a job offer by following these best practices for post-interview etiquette.

Write a Thank You Note

Sending a thank-you note is the most important thing to do after your interview. Each person you interview with should receive a thank-you note. Before you leave each interview, be sure to get the person’s information (hopefully you get a business card to make it easy!). As always, proofread your note to make sure you don’t have any silly errors and pay special attention to the person’s name. These notes should be brief and sincere. There is no rule for how to send them, however email generally ensures a quick delivery and therefore a quick impression upon your recipient.

Stay in Touch

Regardless of whether or not you feel like you have a job offer on the horizon, consider connecting with anyone you interviewed with at the company. LinkedIn is a great place to do this, especially if you felt like there was a good connection. Don’t feel self conscious about seeking to stay in touch as many professionals use LinkedIn and other networking sites on a regular basis. But, if you feel like it’s not true to yourself, you can stay in touch via email or even a phone call.

Still Looking for The Right Job?

Are you still on the hunt for a job that excites you? Contact Concorde Personnel for professional guidance on what job may be best for you and your career goals.

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No Tricks, Just Treats – Find Confidence in Starting a New Job

October 23rd, 2019

Starting a new job is quite exciting. But it can also be incredibly nerve-wracking. After all, you don’t know anyone at this new company, you don’t know how things are done, you might only have a slight idea about their office culture, and even the office layout is new to you. It’s no surprise that you may feel some new job jitters.

3 Tips to Boost Your Confidence When Starting a New Job

No matter how unsure you may be on your first day, here are some important tips to boost your confidence so you can push fears aside and focus on success.

Relax

Before you enter the new workplace, you need to take a few minutes to relax. Put your body and mind at ease so you don’t come across as short or tense to your new coworkers. Maybe you listen to your favorite music or podcast on the commute. You could wake up extra early to read a book or get in a workout. These are all different ways to help you relax so when you get to your new job, it’s a lot easier to roll your shoulders back, take a deep breath and walk in with a confident smile. 

Remember WHY You’re There

Sometimes the fears and jitters of starting a new job can make you feel completely inadequate to step into your new role. Fight the urge to be unsure of yourself and remember why you are there. You were chosen out of many candidates to perform successfully at this job. It’s important to also remember that your managers don’t expect you to be perfect right away, either. They are looking forward to helping you succeed in this position and they are confident that you will flourish here. 

Another important idea to remember is why you are excited to start this new gig. This job will help propel you in your career. The idea of starting a new job that will help you achieve your goals is extremely motivating.

Normalize New

Starting anything that is new will automatically wire you to be a little bit, or even a lot, nervous. It’s how your brain is wired to respond. So, instead of getting too wrapped up in your new job anxiety and fears, understand that all these new experiences at your new job will quickly pass. The less power and fear you give to things being new, the faster your fears will fade and be replaced with professional confidence.

Still Looking for Your Next Job?

If you haven’t found the job that excites you, contact Concorde Personnel. They will match you with a job that fits your career goals and gives you a boost of professional confidence.

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How is Technology Bringing Change to HR Roles?

October 9th, 2019

For a few years, HR has seen a rise in data-driven technologies that have revolutionized the industry. While many companies have adapted to these changes, there’s even more development. 

With all of this technological development, there is a shift from manual to automation and companies must revamp their practices as well to stay competitive in hiring the best candidates. Thankfully, the automation practices don’t mean there are fewer positions for human resource professionals, just some new roles with different responsibilities.

3 HR Roles that Center Around Technology

A common concern with technological advancements is that people will lose their jobs. In the case of human resources, this really just means that roles will change to embrace technology. Here are a few new roles that technology has created.

Human Experience Strategist

This role is focused on the entire experience of an employee but focuses on treating the employee as a valued human being, not just a worker who has to deliver results. Instead of just creating umbrella programs that will accomodate all employees, this position will sculpt individual plans and programs for their employees to make sure each person feels valuable.

This role will also shift the question from “What are the roles and responsibilities to each job?” to “What is the value of each position?” 

AI Auditor

While AI has created a way to gather vast amounts of data, a company must utilize that information wisely to actually reap the benefits of it. An AI Auditor will leverage their data science skills to make sense of the data that is collected from various human resources software systems. The ability to work data and analytics is of high importance for human resources professionals. 

Some skills you will need to be successful as an AI Auditor is critical thinking and sound judgment for how to best utilize the data and technological advancements.

AI Bias Expert

Just because data can be collected, that doesn’t mean that all data is significant. It’s important that human resources professionals don’t rely on data just because there is data available. This is where the AI Bias Expert comes in.

In this position, a professional will verify data and will create algorithms for key HR functions, like recruiting, to make sure it is bias-free. It’s important that during these processes, the data is also ethically collected to avoid discrimination. As companies begin to rely more on technology to make their hiring and retention decisions, they must be able to demonstrate that they are also responsibly utilizing the data. 

Critical thinking, sound judgment, and the ability to keep up with technological advancements are all key skills for the AI Bias Expert.

Find Qualified Employees and Be Ready for the Future

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Effective Recruiting Methods for Top Talent

September 18th, 2019

Finding the right talent can be difficult for any company. Between having a good pool of applicants to not being swayed by a good interview, even though the candidate might not be the right fit for the job, there are a lot of challenges you face as the interviewer.

Fortunately, there is a lot you can do to improve your successes in finding the workers that you need to take your company to the next level.

Follow These 3 Tips to Hire the Best Candidate

Set a Clear Job Description

The first step to make sure you find the best hire is to create a clear and concise job description, complete with qualifications and desired experience. When you have a clear job description, you’re more likely to get applicants who fit your needs instead of unqualified contenders.

Consider a Non-Traditional Interview

Some experts find that they learn most about their applicants when they throw a few curveballs in the actual interview. Anything from asking unique questions to taking your job applicant on a tour of the company can change the environment of the interview, helping you gain more insight about whether or not this candidate will be a good fit at your company.

Gather Feedback From Coworkers 

During your interview process, take the job candidates on a quick tour of the office. You can even plan to have a few key current employees greet the prospective hire. This way, you can gather some feedback from your employees later. These small interactions can actually show you a lot about the candidate that you might not see in the formal interview.

Find the Right Talent Today

If you need help on how to find the right talent for your open position, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Need More Cash for the Holidays?

September 4th, 2019

A staffing agency is a great job search resource. Whether you want their help to propel you toward your career goals or help you find extra work for the holiday season, turning to professionals is a good idea. If you’re unsure how a staffing agency, or recruitment company, can benefit you, let’s take a look.

How Does a Staffing Agency Work?

Companies pay a staffing agency to help them find qualified employees. Job seekers can apply to job positions through the staffing agency or can contact the agency directly, asking for help finding a job that fits their experience, career goals, or even when searching for temp work.

The staffing agency will match job seekers to employment opportunities through the companies they are partnered with. To begin, the staffing agency will pay the hired employee. If the company decides it’s a good fit, they will hire the employee and proceed to be the ones paying their new hire.

Work with a Staffing Agency to Save Money this Holiday Season

These are some ways working with a staffing agency can help you earn more money for the holiday season.

It’s Free

One of the biggest misconceptions is that working through a staffing agency will cost you money. It doesn’t. Since the companies pay the staffing agency, they are not searching to take any fees or commission from you, the job seeker. This will definitely help you save money as you look to budget for the holiday season.

Professionals Match You to a Job

Consider this: people who work at a staffing agency match job seekers to open job positions for a living. That is their job. The success of their entire company relies on how well they can match job seekers to a company hiring. Not only will they know of a variety of open positions that would take you hours of effort to find, but they also have your best interest in mind. They want you to not only find a job, but find a job that you would succeed at and enjoy for the long term.

They Know of Temporary and Seasonal Jobs Early

Some of the most popular jobs that a staffing company can match you with are temporary and seasonal work. Plus, many of their clients have been relying on them to match them with seasonal workers for years, so you will have the ability to secure extra work ahead of time. You can give the recruiters your schedule and they will find a match for you.

Find Your Next Great Job with Professional Help

If you are ready for a job change that will help your career or help you earn extra cash for the holiday season, contact Concorde Personnel.

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How Does Your ATS Help You Hire the Best Candidates

August 26th, 2019

Hiring the best candidate is a tough task, to say the least. Thankfully both large and small companies alike can benefit from ATS, or applicant tracking systems.

What is an ATS?

An applicant tracking system is a software program or tool that automates, streamlines, and improves the hiring process. From receiving applications to hiring employees, these systems can be as comprehensive as needed, allowing you to save time during the hiring process while improving the quality of candidates you consider.

3 Ways to Use Your ATS to Hire the Best Candidates

Even professionals who use ATS to hire candidates might not use them as effectively as possible. To utilize your ATS to hire the best candidates possible, consider these three helpful tips.

Leverage Database of Past Candidates

As new positions open up at your company, you will continue to receive more first-time applicants. But what about past candidates who weren’t right for the job then, but are now? There is no efficient way to find these past candidates using another system. Your ATS, however, will keep profiles of all candidates, making it easier for you to consider them for any new position.

Take Action on Data

In today’s world, sophisticated systems can collect a wide variety of data. Utilize these important stats to effortlessly sort and compare candidates, merge duplicate contacts, and review passive candidates. You can also use your ATS for help with background checks, reference checks, personality assessments, and other information that is valuable when making your hiring decision.

Communicate Regularly

Applicant tracking systems make it easy to communicate with applicants regularly and professionally. This helps you save time and also build relationships, which will attract the right candidate, especially when a job offer is on the table.

Compare Qualified Candidates to Find the Right Fit

If you are looking for more candidates to fill your open jobs in this challenging recruitment market, contact Concorde Personnel for expert advice and assistance to recruit the best talent for your open positions. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in Westchester is ready to help!

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