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What Does the Recruiter Want to See on Your LinkedIn Profile?

March 29th, 2017

Social networking is no longer a way to express each and every thought without any consequence. Even more so, is the importance of using each social platform differently. What you post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter will most likely differ from what you should post on LinkedIn.

If LinkedIn is a way to connect with others for networking and searching for a job, you have to think about how a recruiter would read your profile. So, what does a recruiter want to see on a profile of a person they want to hire?

4 Things a Recruiter Wants to See on Your LinkedIn Profile

Different Information from Your Resume

Your resume is quick and concise. It almost acts as an “at-a-glance” look at your employment history. With your LinkedIn profile, you can tell more of a story. It’s by no means an autobiography, but you should go into some details of skills, accomplishments, and responsibilities. You can talk about how you worked with coworkers, and different clients or companies that you’ve worked with at each position.

You can also discuss training you have beyond higher education, volunteer and outreach efforts.

Quantifiable Data or Examples

Within your job experiences and responsibilities, it’s a good idea to give examples of your work and even quantifiable data. By what percentage did you increase sales? How many new clients did you bring to the company? This information is very intriguing to recruiters and provides some more depth to your accomplishments. They’ll want to ask you more about it in an interview.

Connection or Activity with Others

Obviously, recruiters want to see that you are connected to people. But don’t go overboard and think that the more connections you have the better that seems. Too many connections can sometimes raid a red flag that you’re just collecting connections instead of actually engaging with (or knowing) them. Similar to other social platforms, the more you engage with your connections, that will be reciprocated and your profile becomes robust with genuine connections and networking efforts.

Writing Blogs & Sharing Content

Sharing content, or producing your own blogs is definitely something that gets recruiters excited. Content should be relevant to your industry or general business and leadership. Absolutely keep it professional. When sharing other’s content, be sure to add something to it. Do you agree or disagree with the article? Do you see these trends in your local area? Don’t just reblog for the sake of reblogging.

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Whether you’re looking for a job, need help making your resume stand out or want to gain confidence for an interview, contact Concorde Personnel for guidance. We are the top staffing agency in Westchester and are ready to help with any aspect of your job search!

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If You Need to Remind Your Employees You’re the Boss, Then You’re Not a Leader

March 16th, 2017

Managers, directors, and executives might ask themselves what it means to be a good boss. However, the more beneficial reflection would be to question what makes a good leader.

Being a boss and being a leader aren’t entirely the same. Many people mistaken leadership as being bossy or controlling, when in fact, that behavior limits the potential of leading a team towards cohesive success. Whether your company operates with a traditional hierarchy structure or a lateral structure, leaders can emerge who are managers or even in other roles.

Main Differences Between Bosses & Leaders

Regardless of company structure, how you work with your employees, and your demeanor managing them, will affect whether they see you as the confident yet approachable leader or the micromanaging boss.

Take a look at these examples:

  • A boss uses for tasks, a leader wants to collaborate with coworkers.
  • A boss takes credit, where a leader likes to shine credit on others.
  • A boss gives orders, while a leader gives direction.
  • A boss micromanages, but a leader delegates, showing their trust and allowing their fellow employees grow in skill.
  • A boss can get caught up in the short term goals, but a leader is interested in long-term growth and success.

Ways to Be a Good Leader and Avoid Being Just a Boss

The nuances in the above examples make a huge difference when creating a positive work environment and being seen as a leader instead of a boss.

If you want to become a better leader, try to do more from the leader column, and you can take it slowly, to give yourself time to accept these changes. Remember, it might not be smooth sailing from day one, but the more you practice good leadership, the better your company will get used to it, and the more it can thrive.

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If you are looking for great employees to add to your team, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top staffing agency in Westchester.

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The Best Employees All Have This

February 22nd, 2017

Enthusiastic and dedicated employees are key to a vibrant, successful company. These employees add incredible value to the company, outside of their experience and skill set.

Look Beyond Experience

It’s true, you need qualified employees who can do the jobs you hire them to do; you can’t spend all hours of the day training or educating your employees. However, you absolutely should hire a candidate who has enthusiasm, dedication, and love for their work. These qualities aren’t easily taught but a few holes in knowledge or experience can be filled in time and simple mentoring. Because they have drive, they are more likely to pay attention to detail, ensuring their work is done well and not just done.

Through Thick & Thin

When employees love their job and are enthusiastic about their work, they are able to overcome challenging times in the company. Long hours or difficult days don’t dampen their spirits. If they feel excited about their work, they won’t just “punch a clock.” Motivated employees will also lift up other employees with their energy and enthusiasm.

How to Encourage Enthusiastic Employees

There are three things you can do to help spot the employees who love their job and maybe even help your other employees increase their enthusiasm for the job.

  1. Schedule team lunches. Regularly scheduled team lunches are a great way to bring your employees together to have laid-back brainstorming or conversation. These lunches should be mandatory but without an intense agenda. Topics to can include upcoming initiatives or related to team performance. Team lunches are great for bonding in addition to increasing employee morale and enthusiasm for the success of the company.
  2. Communicate strategic initiatives while being a team player. When employees have some understanding of where the company is headed, it can help them find excitement – even in the sometimes boring day-to-day tasks. A good leader will also be a hard worker, not just at giving out action items. Your employees will feel more motivated to help you succeed when they feel you are truly a part of the team, working hard to meet goals or deadlines.
  3. Help employees create a work-life balance. As you encourage your employees to get involved in higher-level projects, it’s also important to help them avoid burnout. Be on the lookout for ways you can help support your employees, especially if they are going through a hard time. By doing this, your employees will feel appreciated which can help improve morale and productivity and also increase their enthusiasm for the company.

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If you are looking to add great employees to join your team, contact Concorde Personnel today to work with a top staffing agency in Westchester!

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5 Podcasts to Help Develop Your Career

February 8th, 2017

One of the best things you can do for your career is continuing to learn. Develop and strengthen your skills and expand your knowledge. While job or industry-specific knowledge is helpful, even broadening your general business knowledge is beneficial to your career. A great way to continue your education is to listen to podcasts. Maybe you can listen while driving in the car, or even while you take your lunch break. Fitting these helpful and educational podcasts into your day certainly add up and will make a difference!

5 Podcasts to Develop Your Career

There are several podcasts out there, spanning a number of topics. It can be a little overwhelming to sift through, so here’s a list of five that are worth a listen.

  1. Career Tools – This podcast is produced by the Manager Tools organization. It covers a variety of topics including business travel, tracking results, calendar management, and keeping effective business relationships.
  2. HBR IdeaCast – Created and inspired by one of the most prestigious business publications, Harvard Business Review, this podcast is filled with great topics. While the publication has an expensive subscription, the podcast does not, making these high-level educational topics accessible to many!
  3. NPR’s Planet Money – If you ever thought economics and business were boring, you’ll change your mind after listening to this entertaining and educational podcast. The use of interviews and storytelling make basic economics and business topics interesting; so interesting that you’ll want to keep listening to one right after the next!
  4. TED Radio Hour – Are you a fan of TED Talks? This podcast is just as fascinating as the original series and includes a wide variety of topics. You’ll always have something fun to talk about with coworkers or at networking events.
  5. The Leadership Dojo – This podcast is geared towards building leadership skills and confidence, helping you boost your career and your personal life. All the tips and insight are from interviews with a wide range of pros: Olympic athletes, motivational CEOs, best-selling authors, and more.

Work with a Top Staffing Agency in Westchester

If you are looking to take the next step in your career, contact Concorde Personnel today and work with a leading staffing agency in Westchester. 

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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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