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Can You Become an Agile Manager?

June 27th, 2017

Today’s business world requires those in leadership positions to be able to react and adapt to changes. Managers must be quick yet strategic to respond to everything from industry trends to employees’ needs, and budgetary restrictions. A sure way to become the best manager you can be is to be agile.

What does it take to be agile?

A relatively new set of managerial qualities is getting attention in the office place and that is the ability to be agile during both the ups and downs of daily operations.

Some characteristics of an agile manager are the ability to stay flexible, grow from mistakes, and rise to any (reasonable) challenge. While these qualities may sound quite easy, you become a better agile manager with practice and experience.

How can you be an agile manager?

After understanding some of the characteristics of an agile manager, here are some specific ways you can put into practice the agile management style.

Constant & Instant Feedback

An agile manager needs to provide frequent feedback to their team members. It can be words of encouragement or constructive critiques, but employees, especially Millennials, thrive off of feedback to help them do their best.

Talk About Current Projects & Upcoming Needs

Similar to hearing feedback, employees want to know the status of the projects they’re working on. Open communication is an extremely important practice of an agile manager. Not only do employees appreciate being in-the-know, but it also makes them feel more valued and boosts morale and productivity.

In addition to the status of current projects, when it’s possible, an agile leader lets their employees know about upcoming needs and expectations. Responsible employees thrive off of schedules or plans and this is a way to help them feel prepared for what responsibilities lie ahead.

Know How to Adjust Expectations

An agile manager would understand that sometimes they make mistakes, and it’s prudent to give themselves some feedback. Throughout projects, it might become clear that original expectations or deadlines weren’t feasible, or can’t be met anymore. When this happens, the leader who is agile will be able to adjust expectations, keep morale high, and get good work done.

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What Questions Are You Guaranteed to Get in Your Next Call with a Recruiter

June 13th, 2017

Phone interviews and phone calls with recruiters can be a nerve-wracking experience when you’re looking to land a job. Before understanding what recruiters want to know, first remember that many people experience jitters before those calls and the recruiters expect it.

The 3 Things Recruiters Want to Know

In preparation for your next call with a recruiter, here’s what you need to know. The recruiters on the phone aren’t looking for you to solve all the company problems. They’re not looking for a prodigy. They’re mainly interested to know three things.

Did you do your homework?

This isn’t the first time you’ve been given the advice to do your homework on the company you want to work for. A recruiter will absolutely know whether you researched the company or if you are just trying to wing it.

Checking out the company’s history, learning their business goals and reading news headlines is a great place to start when doing your research. Keep notes if that makes you comfortable with some names or information that you think you want to bring up in your call with the recruiter.

Salary requirements/expectations

Talking about salary can be tricky. As the applicant, you don’t want to ask for too little, but you also don’t want to ask for too much and take yourself out of the running for the position. Most recruiters understand this predicament, and they’re asking this question to avoid wasting both their time and yours.

Before the call, take some time to do some calculations. Consider both the salary that you were previously making and also what you absolutely need to make ends meet. Experts suggest making a range for your salary requirements: what you need to keep the lights on, and what you need to live comfortably while contributing to a savings account.

Why are you excited for this position?

Don’t be fooled – this question should be answered with sincerity. Recruiters have heard all the canned answers to this question out there. They don’t want those answers; those answers don’t make you stand out.

Instead, add some authenticity to what truly makes you passionate or excited about this job. Again, take some time to consider how you would answer this question before your phone call.

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Whether you have phone interviews, in-person interviews, or a combination of the two on your calendar, the professionals at Concorde Personnel can help you prepare so you feel confident in any interview setting. Contact our team today to work with a top staffing agency in Westchester!

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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.

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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.

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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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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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