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The Best Way to Get a Job – It’s Easier Than You Think

August 13th, 2019

During the process of searching for a job, it’s easy to get caught in a cycle of only looking at online job sites. This can end up making you bored, frustrated, and even exhausted.

Yes, job sites are extremely convenient, but it’s not the only way to find a job. In fact, the best way to find a job is to utilize your own network of colleagues, friends, and family.

How to Find a Job with Your Current Network

While some people feel uncomfortable asking friends or family members for job connections, it’s one of the best ways to find a great job. Here’s how to utilize your current network in three easy ways.

1. Talk to Trusted Friends

You won’t want to ask every Facebook friend for a job, but you should consider which of your friends can relate to you on a professional level. Seek out these friends to talk to about possible job opportunities. One of these friends could be a trusted referral.

2. Stay Top of Mind

While some people utilize networking sites like LinkedIn properly, many people don’t truly take advantage of how beneficial this site can be for professional growth. To reap the benefits, one thing you must do is stay top of mind. You cannot just have an account and not do anything on it, but still, expect to see results. Instead, post thoughtful content that is relevant to your job or your career goals. This is an easy way to stay top of mind so your current network will be more likely to consider you for a job opportunity.

3. Keep in Touch with Connections 

Once you’ve made valuable connections in your professional life, it’s beneficial – and enriching – to keep in touch with them throughout the year. If you only reach out to people when you need something, they won’t be as inclined to be helpful. However, by maintaining genuine connections with your professional network, you will have the chance to help them, and will also be introduced to job opportunities when you need them.

Utilize a Staffing Agency to Help Find a Great Job

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Afraid of Giving Bad News? Why You Can’t Ghost Candidates

July 23rd, 2019

Without getting too buried in nostalgia, nearly everything has changed in the last several years. How recruiting is conducted is of course included.

Why Recruiters May Ghost Job Candidates

Unfortunately, recruiters have likely been on both the giving and receiving end of ghosting during the job search or hiring process.

Anyone who has ever applied to or interviewed for a job and not heard back understands the pain of ghosting. While ghosting wasn’t as common in the past, it has become more acceptable to recruiters for a couple reasons.

  • Recruiters and the general public are getting used to technology and being able to “hide” behind a screen. The idea of delivering bad news to hopeful job candidates has become uncomfortable to unbearable. 
  • With a larger pool of candidates for each job posting, recruiting is not as personal. Several stages of recruiting is done through automation, taking out the opportunity to make a connection. This makes it easier for a recruiter to forget that just because there is no personal connection, the applicant doesn’t have a personal investment in this job opportunity.

Why Recruiters CAN’T Ghost Their Candidates

Even though recruiters may feel that the changes in the last several years to the job hiring processes make it acceptable to ghost candidates, that is not actually true.

Companies have a brand that they work hard to create and maintain, and the company image is affected by the candidate experience as well. If a company becomes known for ghosting candidates, word will spread and may negatively impact future talent acquisition, or even employee retention.

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3 Tips for Getting Real References that Get You the Job

July 8th, 2019

Even though many people just say “References Available Upon Request” at the end of their resume, acquiring quality references should not be an afterthought. In fact, you need to consider who your references can be before you need them. The more prepared you are with your references, the better testimony they can give.

3 Tips to Get Real References that Land You the Job You Want

Some job seekers feel awkward asking for a reference, but that is only because they aren’t following these tips. Using these guidelines will not only help you get great references, but it will take away any uneasy feelings you may have.

Stay in Touch

One of the best ways to get real references that are truly beneficial to your job search is to keep in touch with your potential references on a regular basis. Using networks like LinkedIn make this very easy, but you can always meet up for coffee or lunch, attend networking events together, or chat on the phone periodically. When you create a solid relationship, instead of only asking this person for a reference, you build a strong connection and increase the quality of the reference for future employment opportunities.

Give Background Information

Once you are ready to ask for a reference, send them information that will help them tailor their reference to the job opportunity. Give them a summary of the job, plus any details that you think are necessary. You will also want to share with them why you are choosing them as a reference. Maybe they’ve worked with you on a similar job, or they have seen you overcome certain workplace hardships that speak to your character. Whatever the reasons may be, let them know.

Ask Them to Share Specifics

Since you’ve maintained a relationship with your references, you should feel comfortable to ask them to share specifics during their testimony. You want them to share quantitative information or project specifics. If you have anything specific that you know they can share with your potential employer, let them know. You want your reference to give details rather than just a general reference that anyone could give.

Find a Job that Excites You

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Are You a New Boss? Properly Build Strong Workforce Relationships

June 25th, 2019

Becoming a new boss is an exciting and important step in your career! This step of growth will bring about new challenges that will eventually propel you even further, but it can be intimidating in the beginning.

One of the most important things you must do as a new boss or manager is to build strong and professional workforce relationships. These relationships will help make you and your entire team more successful.

Two Ways to Properly Build Strong Relationships with Your Workforce

As you settle into your new role as a manager, one of your first tasks should be to build cohesive and strong relationships with your team. Follow these two suggestions to help make this possible.

Establish Boundaries

As a new boss, your relationships in the office need to adjust. It’s crucial to do this as soon as possible. If you’re unsure how to start, first take some time to think about your own superiors and how they interacted with you. These boundaries can help you establish your own. You can also ask a mentor some questions:

  • How often do you check in on employees throughout the day?
  • How do you treat co-workers who are now under your leadership?
  • How do you welcome new employees?

Reach Out to Your New Peers & Build Connections

Now that you are a manager, you should get to know the other managers in your company. They will face similar challenges that you will face, like managing employees, meeting deadlines, keeping schedules and budgets, etc. Ask them questions, seek advice, and build relationships so you have strong connections with your new peers at the workplace.

Need to Staff Your Team?

As you begin to build your team, 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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The Simple Guide to Asking For and Getting a Raise

June 11th, 2019

Asking for a raise can be one of the most nerve-wracking conversations you will have in your career – especially if you’ve never done it before. Discussing anything financial tends to be stressful, but there are a few simple ways to take away the anxiety and increase your chances of getting the raise you deserve.

When to Ask for a Raise

Generally, your company will have annual or performance reviews. This is the most appropriate time to ask for a raise if you aren’t automatically given one. The safest route is to wait at least one year in your current position before asking your manager about a pay increase, however, some sources suggest that six months is acceptable as well.

Whenever you decide the time is right within your tenure at your current position, approach your supervisor confidently and after thoughtful preparation.

Prove You Deserve a Raise

The best way to prove that you deserve a raise is to communicate your accomplishments with your boss. What have you achieved at your job and what have you improved at the company? It’s absolutely necessary that you get specific. Whether you can discuss percentages or statistics or have a small presentation to go with it, you must be able to share, in detail, what you’ve done to add success to the company. This is the most effective way to ask for a raise.

Is a Raise Unrealistic at Your Job No Matter What?

If there is no way you can be eligible for a raise at your company, but you’re doing more work than necessary, then it might be time to honestly consider a career move. Whether it’s a lateral move to a company with growth potential or searching for an entirely new position, a recruiting agency can take your specific salary or wage goals into consideration when they help you find a job opportunity.

Excel in Your Career

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Informed Candidates Make the Best Candidates – Here’s How to Become One

May 21st, 2019

When employers want to hire top talent, they are looking for an informed candidate. An informed candidate does more than just basic research on the company and job description. This candidate has also engaged in the company already so they will be more comfortable to fit in with the company culture and complete onboarding faster.

3 Ways to Become an Informed Job Candidate

To stand out as top talent and be a desirable informed candidate, do these three things.

Dig into the Job Description & Responsibilities

Go beyond just glancing over the job description to quickly determine if it matches your skills. Dig into every part of the description and responsibilities. This will help you tailor your resume, as well as give you plenty of engaging talking points during the interview.

Learn About the Company

An informed candidate is recognizable when they know more about the company than just the basic information. You should know the purpose of the company, its vision, history, and any current news or information.

Utilize the company website, social media profiles, and internet search to help you become thoroughly informed to impress your interviewers.

Look into the Background of the Hiring Manager

As best as you can, try to learn about the background of the hiring manager. Don’t be shy about looking up the person on LinkedIn and other sites. This will help you ask pointed questions during your interview that can both be beneficial to the knowledge you’d like to gain, as well as demonstrate that you are interested in the position and informed.

Why Being Informed is Beneficial to YOU

Being an informed candidate definitely helps you stand apart from the competition and may increase your chances of receiving a job offer, but it’s also beneficial for you. By going the extra steps in conducting thorough research and preparing for the interview, you can make a better decision about whether you want to accept or reject a job offer.

Find the Next Job for Your Career with Concorde Personnel

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3 Ways a Chatbot Drives Leads for Your Recruiters

May 8th, 2019

Recruiting has evolved to meet the demands of the constantly changing industry since its inception. When a roadblock or issue arises, the industry has been able to find a new way to solve problems and continue to effectively recruit the best candidate for the company’s open positions.

One of the more recent developments in the recruiting field is the use of chatbots. Financial constraints, increasing expectations, and a highly competitive market were just a few of the reasons that it was time to find another solution to aid in effective recruiting. Chatbots are a solution with considering, especially with the improvements to technology and the use of artificial intelligence.

3 Ways a Chatbot Can Help Recruiting

More specifically, a chatbot can help to fix some of the key issues that recruiters face today. Here are a few ways that the use of chatbots can drive quality leads to your recruiters, making their job more efficient, which will ultimately keep the company running smoothly and successfully.

Answers Questions Right Away

While searching for the right job, candidates often have several questions about the organization. Instead of having to navigate to the FAQ page, in the hopes that their specific question appears on the list, a chatbot can help. A visitor can ask any question and either the chatbot provides the correct answer, or can suggest the contact information of a person at the organization who can answer the question. This approach helps to create a small relationship and positive experience with possible candidate immediately.

The chatbot can and should be connected to a system that tracks the information that people are interested in the most. Not only can this provide valuable insight as to what candidates want, but it can also help you edit your website to make it more user-friendly.

Active 24/7 – delivers leads to their inbox

While your recruiters get to work on their other responsibilities, the chatbots are actively working 24 hours per day and seven days per week – collecting information and fielding questions. This means that instead of having to search for leads, they are being delivered straight to your inbox. Obviously, this is a huge time-saver.

Along the lines of data collection, the chatbot can also filter the leads based on keywords and sort candidates based on the skills or attributes they asked about.

Aids in Positive Candidate Experience

When a job seeker is able to be in communication with a company, especially in a timely fashion, this aids in a positive candidate experience. This positive experience can sway a candidate to work for you, even with other job offers on the table.

Enhance Your Recruitment Efforts with Concorde Personnel

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Career in a Slump? Here’s How to Break Out

April 23rd, 2019

Are you currently working but feel like you’re in a career slump? If you’re feeling chronically bored or complacent, it may be time to evaluate your career goals or even your current job. Are you staying in your current job because it’s familiar and easy? Maybe that’s why you’re feeling like you’re in a slump.

The solution is to get out of that comfort zone.

4 Ways to Break Out of a Career Slump

Leaving your comfort zone, especially when it comes to your career can seem scary and daunting. After all, your livelihood is on the line. However, the prospect is a lot less worrisome if you break it down into easy, simple steps.

Try Something New

A reliable way to break out of a career slump is to try something new. It doesn’t have to be a new job at first. Start with something less intimidating like volunteering. Another option is to learn a new skill that would contribute to your work. This may include outside classes or training, or even meeting with a colleague and asking to shadow them.

Talk to Different People

If you only talk to the same people every day, you may be losing out on valuable conversation that could inspire you and your career. Consider meeting new co-workers, or join some professional networking groups. These groups are meant to help people make connections so everyone is open to being social. You may be energized just by talking to new people and you might even realize an opportunity that you never would have considered had you not opened up your circle a bit.

Take a Class

A great way to break out of a slump is to take a class. Of course, a class that will contribute to your work is a great way to excel in your career and meet other professionals in the same field as you. However, learning something new that’s outside your industry is also a valuable way to become inspired and can still help you become motivated in your career.

Use a Recruiter or Staffing Agency

If you definitely need to find another job but are having a hard time finding what will excite you and help you achieve your goals, it’s good to consider a staffing agency. They exist to help qualified workers stay employed at secure jobs in their industry. The professionals at a staffing agency are aware of jobs before they are even posted so they can help you secure a job fast, and stay employed for the long run.

Get the Professional Help You Need to Break Out of Your Career Slump

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Which Candidate Do You Want: One Who Knows a Little of Everything or a Lot about One Thing?

April 9th, 2019

There are many different kinds of candidates that you will interview as a hiring manager. Two who are on opposite sides of the spectrum are the “jack of all trades” and “the master of one.” So which one is the better choice?

Who is the Better Hire?

While this will ultimately depend on the industry and job position, let’s break it down.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Little About Everything

  • Diverse Skill Set

A candidate who knows a little bit about a lot of topics possesses a diverse skill set that allows them to remain competitive in this fast-paced world. They are versatile, confident and proficient in their abilities to add value with the skills they’ve acquired, and if those skills match your company’s needs, they can be a great hire.

  • Adaptable & Flexible

Since this candidate is used to learning new skills, they are comfortable if they have to learn new skills or information on the fly. Whether it’s a new software system, a new client, or a change in processes, this candidate is able to adapt.

  • Long-Term Learner

A candidate who knows a bit of everything is used to learning new things of varying complexities. This is a great strength in a candidate because you can rely on their ability and willingness to learn new things when the need arises.

  • Great for Leadership Roles

A leader is someone who knows almost every aspect of a business rather than just one area or department. This is a great opportunity to hire this particular candidate if you’re looking for an employee who can grow into leadership roles.

Pros of Hiring a Candidate Who Knows a Lot About One Thing

  • Expertise is Valuable

It’s rare to find a candidate who is so knowledgeable in a particular area to be considered an expert. This can be a huge benefit for your company if you want this employee to help with training other employees or need someone who can propel your company to success within a specific discipline.

  • Quality in Productivity

While productivity is crucial to a company’s success, quality work is of even greater importance. For a company to be productive and still produce quality work is becoming a challenge but a candidate who is so knowledgeable in one discipline can help turn that around. This can help the company save time and money as well.

  • Save Time in Training

If you choose to hire a candidate who is an expert in their particular field or discipline, you can rest assured that you will save time in training them during the onboarding process. Aside from company-specific policies, they will be ready to hit the ground running which can help your team be successful faster.

  • Can Learn More When Required

An employee who is an expert in their specific discipline clearly demonstrates their ability to learn and excel. This means that if you need them to add on to their skill set, they will be able to do so – and become completely competent in that area as well. This is a very promising quality when looking to add to your team.

Grow Your Pool of Qualified Candidates

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Why Does a Staffing Agency Keep You Employed?

March 21st, 2019

If you’re exploring a variety of work options that will help you reach your career goals, working with a staffing agency is an avenue to consider. But if you’re unfamiliar with how the relationship works, or some of the unique benefits, it’s good to understand why a staffing agency wants to keep you employed.

3 Main Reasons a Staffing Agency Wants to Keep You Employed

While it may seem odd for a company to work hard to keep you employed and successful – you’re not used to companies caring so much about your wellbeing – it is actually one of the key benefits to working with a staffing agency. Their success is affected by your success.

They Get Paid When You Are Working

Since companies are paying clients with the staffing agency, it’s key to keep workers steady. It’s best for everyone involved when a staffing agency can place a qualified and driven candidate at a company for consistent employment. The agency will thoroughly recruit to find the best match for each company and candidate there is less turnover and more regular pay for them as well.

They Want to Keep You on Assignment

A great reason to partner with a staffing agency is that in addition to wanting to keep you employed, they want to develop your skills so you can shape your career to fit your goals and continue to grow. Not only will this help you develop as a well-rounded professional, but it gives you more opportunities to grow within your position and stay employed on a long-term basis at a company.

Consistent Employment Fosters Positive Relationships with Their Clients

Just as employers don’t prefer frequent turnover for salaried employees, they don’t want high rates of employee turnover for temporary or contract workers either. To help keep their clients happy and successful, staffing agencies do their best to match the right workers with each of their client companies to reduce turnover. Each time they can recruit workers and keep them working for a longer time, they help to create a positive relationship with their clients.

Explore Employment Security with a Local Staffing Agency

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