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How to Make Temporary Work Look Great on a Resume

May 23rd, 2017

Temporary work is nothing to hide, but it can be a little confusing when laying out your resume. There are a few different ways to approach how you can organize your resume. Depending on your situation, there are better options than others.

Great Ways to Highlight Temporary Work Experience

Temporary work can do a lot for your career. Your experience may have taught you essential skills, or allowed you to gain better insight into how you want to progress in your career. Just as you want to highlight all the positive experience and contributions you made at any job, it’s no different for a temporary position. What could be different is how you present the information.

Label Your Work as Temporary

When you list your time of employment in that position, add a label explaining that it was a temporary position.

Example:

Event Coordinator, Visit New Mexico (March 2015 – September 2015, temporary)

This is an easy way to identify why the time period is shorter than most positions, and it doesn’t require any additional explanations on your resume.

Consider Grouping Your Experience

There are a couple of ways to group temporary experience together. Maybe you have had multiple temporary jobs from using the same staffing agency. You could consider grouping your experience underneath a category named after the staffing agency. If you’ve had multiple temporary jobs from the same company, you can also group together those positions in this manner. Either option makes sense, and no matter what way you group your temporary experience, it would highlight your accomplishments well.

Keep It Chronological

No matter how you want to group or identify your temporary work on your resume, you should try to make it fit chronologically within the rest of your work experience. This is how most resumes are structured and you should try to keep to this format also.

Have a Plan for the Interview

If you follow any of the tips above, you’ll have a great looking resume that highlights your accomplishments during your temporary work. Now, just be sure to have a plan for how you want to talk about it at your interview.

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Could Email Become Outdated in Workplace Communication?

May 9th, 2017

For the last several years, nothing seemed more constant in the workplace than email communications. But just as there was a time before work emails, there will be a time when emails will become a thing of the past and something new will take over as the main form of office communication.

Two big questions (among many other questions) are: “What will replace email?” and “When will this change happen?”

What will replace email in workplace communication?

Today, office emails keep most companies running smoothly. It’s hard to imagine getting work done if you spent a full day without email access. In fact, most professionals spend an average of 6.3 hours a day sending and receiving 123 emails! Emails do everything from facilitate communications within or outside a company, acquire new customers or projects, submit proposals, hire new employees, etc. Lots of work is done with emails, so what could replace it?

As technology is always evolving, some companies and innovators are looking at how developments like smart software could provide better solutions for the workplace. While email does a lot for workers now, it has limitations and there are people out there trying to solve these issues. One area of the office that is already using smart software is the human resources department. These interactive options save a lot of time and money for companies as they are implemented and can show some promising hopes for the next advancement in communication beyond office emails.

When will email be outdated in the workplace?

There’s no specific date when a new technological development could take over email. Just as office emails took some time to become a staple, any new development will take some time to gain adoption and then popularity.

One thing to consider is the new generation of professionals entering the workforce. Generation Z has grown up with smartphones, tablets, and social software that allows for real-time interaction and feedback. Email is slow, sloppy, and archaic to this generation. Much of this generation (and previous graduates) say they would consider leaving a job if the company didn’t provide the technology to best complete their tasks and responsibilities. These professionals see technological adoption as a way to measure a company’s competency. While there is no solution in the near and absolute future, there is absolutely a reason to be watchful and excited about new workplace communication developments.

Want to know more?

Whether you want to know more about the smart software already in place, or about office management best practices, or if you’re looking to find new employees for your team, contact Concorde Personnel.

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What Should You Include on an Admin Assistant Resume?

April 25th, 2017

The role of the administrative professional is often not thought about by those who aren’t in that position. However, working in that position, you understand that you are the heart of the organization, keeping everything else running smoothly by how well you complete your tasks and do your job – all while keeping your cool.

Your resume needs to reflect just how much a company relies on your skills.

If you’re looking for a job as an administrative assistant, freshen up your resume and be sure to include these very important points that help communicate your integral role at the company.

Ability to Handle Multiple Projects

As an administrative professional, you are never working on just one assignment. You juggle many responsibilities that spread across a variety of departments and topics. Be sure to communicate this in your resume.

Example: “Assisted in office management duties ranging from welcoming guests, coordinating meetings and travel arrangements of associates, implemented filing system, to name a few.”

Data on the Impact you Made

When possible, provide some numbers and data that support the influence you had on the company. These are good at jumping off the page, but they also provide some initial proof to your accomplishments.

Example: “Coordinated a new project tracking system for administrative staff, increasing our efficiency and enabling us to do 15% more work each day.”

Skill Sets – Provide Samples if Needed

It’s important to list the skills you have. Microsoft Word is no longer compelling. Lead your skill section with compelling and differentiating skills that help you stand out among the other applicants. You can provide examples if needed, or even make a notation that you have examples to share during a future interview.

Example: “Software skills include: video and photo editing, Google Docs, Microsoft Office. Examples available. Job skills include event planning, multi-line phones, switchboards, database management, scheduling, presentations, purchasing, facilities management, etc.”

Communication Skills – Internally and Externally

As the hub of the office, you not only deal with potential clients and other constituents outside your company, but you p
lay a major role in keeping the company culture positive and cohesive. It’s absolutely important that you include this in your resume because it can sometimes be overlooked from other applicants. But this is a quality that is not easy to teach and sorely noticed when absent from a busy office.

Example: Resolved various employee-relations problems to the satisfaction of five department heads and 500 employees.”

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4 Ways to Motivate Temporary Employees

April 11th, 2017

Temporary employees are often experts in your area of industry and can provide immense benefits because of their knowledge and also flexibility within your company. For all the positive effects they have on your company, it can be difficult to figure out how to motivate these temporary or contracted employees.

By implementing these four suggestions, you are making an invaluable investment in these workers and their productivity at your company.

Get them onboarded and trained.

The onboarding process is never one that you should just throw together haphazardly – regardless if the employee is full-time or temporary. Making your employees feel welcome is crucial. It sets the tone for how valued they feel within your company and boosts motivation to do their very best work.

They should also receive thorough training, making them feel a part of the team and also ensuring that their work is done to expected standards.

Communicate their potential for the future.

If you begin to realize ways you might need your temporary employees in the future, be sure to tell them. This could help boost their morale, but it also helps you forecast your needs and how they can be met. Ultimately, open communication can help everyone be more productive.

Immerse them in the company.

Including your temporary employees in company events and culture is a sure way to make them feel welcome, valued, and motivated.

It’s also a good idea to pair up every temporary worker with a full-time employee is a great way to help your workforce feel cohesive and keep everyone involved in both big and small goals or tasks. You should choose full-time employees who are excellent trainers, who are organized, friendly and are closely related in departments so they can help monitor performance and also be a resource for questions for your temporary staffers.

Provide simple incentives.

Incentives like gift cards or small cash bonuses is a sure-fire way to motivate your temporary employees. Tie those incentives to performance goals or tasks, and you will see that they value the reward. An extra tip: find out what interests them as an incentive so your plan is effective.

Temporary Employees at Your Company

To learn more about how temporary employees can help your company, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top temporary staffing agency in Westchester.

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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.

Work with a Top Staffing Agency in Westchester

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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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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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.

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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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