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Managing Personnel Demands with a Contract Workforce

December 30th, 2011

As the economy continues to struggle to recover, many companies have turned to the services of quality staffing agencies and independent sources for contract workers. Traditionally, when the economy sinks, the use of contract labor goes up. But instead of being viewed as ‘temps’ today, many businesses are viewing a contingent workforce as meeting an important role – helping to keep up with the demands of changing industries and work demands. This can be especially critical during periods of workforce reductions, limited budgets, hiring freezes and other situations that frequently arise.

A ready supply of contract workers allows a company to supplement existing staff during times when there are higher levels of production or for seasonal demands. Contract employees can bring a wide array of backgrounds, skills, and knowledge that can actually enhance operations. Many contract workers have worked in specialized roles and in a variety of industries, and very often have additional credentials, which can make them valuable additions to any team.

In a recent Contingent Labor Management study conducted by Aberdeen Group in 2011, looked at over 300 organizations that had used a contract workforce to improve productivity. Of these organizations, 22.5% of their workforce was on contract basis. This leads to the understanding that a good many leading organizations understand the value of a contract workforce as a whole. Instead of viewing a contract workforce as a temporary solution, many organizations have switched to using contractors on an ongoing basis to meet project and production demands.

If your company is struggling to keep up with the challenges of an ever-changing economy, as we go into the upcoming elections cycle, it makes good business sense to consider the use of a contract workforce. Instead of worrying about the costs and time of recruiting, screening and training employees, only to have to let people go when the economy sours – a contract workforce may be the right solution for your business?

Learn more about the benefits of a contract workforce by talking to the professionals at Concorde Personnel today.

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Improving the Job Application Process for Candidates

December 23rd, 2011

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How well is your company focused on making sure applicants have a pleasant experience? As an hiring manager you know it’s one thing to source great candidates and get them interested in applying for an opening at your company, but it’s an entirely different ball game walking them through an outdated application process. This can become frustrating for not only you, but immensely so for candidates who expect a lot more from a progressive company like yours. Not to mention that a bad hiring practice results in poor hiring options.

Here are a few tips for making your application process a lot more productive and enjoyable for candidates to bring in the appropriate people.

Introduce your company culture. One advantage of creating a new onboarding system is that you get to tell your story to potential employees by sharing a little of your corporate culture. Along with reviewing the “About us” page found on your corporate website, the best candidates will be searching for more information about what it’s really like 9 to 5. Give them more to go on with a fun company blog that highlights recent events and photos. Or get a video crew to come in and take a 360 degree view of your business and its people on an average day. This can do a lot for your image when it comes to attracting the right kinds of candidates.

Use technology to your advantage. There are many ways to let others know about opportunities at your company that can include social networks, online career boards, mobile alerts and even internal referral systems. How and where candidates hear about your company is just as important as when. Take the time to develop attractive help wanted advertisements and post them with reputable sources. Contract with quality staffing agencies to find a great pool of interested candidates. By using technology to go where your primary candidates are, you’ll to give your company a positive image.

Create the best online application. One of the biggest pet peeves of job searchers today is the lack of good online applications. Some companies use only paper applications which are troublesome to deal with, while others go overboard with a lengthy online application. Both of these scenarios can result in candidates who refuse to complete them, or those who have nothing better to do than to sit for hours filling them out; leaving out people who may have been good fits for open assignments. To eliminate this, opt for a simple online application that requests the basics, and allows for the uploading of a resume and a short assessment.

Have a good follow up system. Another major concern for many job seekers is the lack of follow-up communication that occurs after an application has been submitted. Candidates often wait weeks without so much as a “thank you” for taking the time to apply from a human being. In order to create a more positive impression with applicants, take the time to develop a system for sending a thank you email within 24 hours of receipt of an application, then a thank you post card mailed within a week. This can help applicants feel more positively about the potential of working for your company, and you may even get some great referrals this way even if you don’t interview these particular candidates.

Take advantage of all the resources offered by Concorde Personnel and greatly improve the impression you are making with your recruitment and hiring processes.

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5 Ways to Give Your Resume New Life

December 15th, 2011

Did you know that it is not necessary to redo your entire resume?  Instead, it is a good idea to freshen it up from time to time. Doing so will improve your chances of being hired since the information contained on the resume may offer more recent information about you. By taking a few minutes to refresh your resume, you could spark new opportunities for your future.

Resume Updates to Focus On

If you are ready to give your resume a fresh new look (to capture the right kind of attention from recruiters) there are a few specific places to start. Though some resumes do require rewriting to keep them up-to-date, the following tips will aid in a quick update

  1. Add in anything that you’ve been doing recently at the bottom of your resume. For example, if you’ve attended a workshop or received professional training, this is the place to add it. Ensure anything new and not on the resume is added in.
  2. Get rid of anything that’s not relevant or no longer true. Look through your resume and ask yourself if each entry into it provides something in line with your career or application goals. If not – omit it
  3. Keep your current job, or your most important job, the most detailed on the resume. If your first job doesn’t really fit in to your career goals, edit that portion of the resume down. Ensure that your current job is getting all of the attention it needs. Update your resume to include any new tasks or accomplishments at your current position as well.
  4. Does your resume look modern, clean and organized? If not, it may be time to give it a new look overall. Use a different resume format that focuses on what’s most valuable to a potential employer. Then, make sure your resume is available in various formats, including a printed version, a .doc and a PDF file.
  5. Edit and proofread the resume. Anytime there are any changes to a resume, go back and read them a few hours later. You want to ensure no errors exist in the content that could keep you from landing that big job. You may also want to ask a friend to look over the resume for any potential errors.

Re-doing a resume may mean you get a fresh perspective on your career options. You may realize you need a bit more training or that you could add a bit more detail about the things you do each day. By creating a resume that’s current and structured for the types of positions you are applying for today, you are more likely to land the position you are looking for in the long term.

For those still handing out that old, tired resume, do not expect to get call backs frequently. Ensure that each time you hand your resume to a potential client, it presents the best you can offer to the potential employer. If you need some guidance concerning your resume, look to the career experts at Concorde Personnel.

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Don’t Let Your Job Search Steal Your Self Worth

December 8th, 2011

There cannot be anything more damaging to your self-esteem than a long-term job search. Each day, you submit applications, go to interviews and wait for the phone to ring. It does not happen. There always seems to be someone else that is a better fit for the position or may be better qualified. It can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to avoid this type of depreciation of self worth.

You Have to Hold Onto Self Confidence

When you do head in for an interview, the interviewer knows right away just how self-confident you are from the way you carry yourself. Most employers want an individual who is confident (not arrogant) and can do the job with a positive attitude. The question is, then, how do you balance a self esteem-bashing job search with a job-landing attitude?

The following are some tips to help you to keep your motivation high and your self-worth intact throughout your job search.

  • Make sure you have motivation each day. That means being active in motivating yourself through positive thinking, rewarding yourself for small accomplishments and through monitoring your success.
  • Read your resume. Look at your qualifications closely. You have accomplished a great deal and it is right there, on paper.
  • Do something beneficial to your overall attitude at least once a week. Some experts say that doing culturally significant activities help. This includes going to see a musical or taking in a museum. It shows what the mind can accomplish if you give it a chance.
  • Be active in your professional organization or industry even if it is in a non-paying way. Attend local organization meetings. Join in the conversation online. Stay up to date and be involved.
  • Do something good for others. This allows you to count your blessings and to feel good about yourself. Volunteer your time to help the disabled or to work with children who are less fortunate. Be involved in community activities. These are all great networking opportunities, too.
  • Remove yourself from the constant negative environment around you. For example, avoid reading the newspaper. Avoid being around negative people who pull you down with them. Rather, surrounding yourself with a positive environment so your mind frame is naturally uplifting.

Be realistic, too. There will be times when you feel awful and you simply cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Those who are in a long, drawn out job search are likely to go through periods where it seems futile applying for jobs or going to interviews. However, it pays to keep doing so.

While at interviews, learn what is making the employer hire another person over you. Ask what you could do to have landed the job instead. Then, keep pushing forward. You may need more education. If so, work towards that. If you learn that the person got a job because of their experience, find ways to intern or volunteer to boost your resume.

Your self-esteem may take a beating from time to time when you are dealing with job searching, but if you keep plugging away and keep looking for positive things along the route, you will get to your final destination faster. For help in your job search, be sure to check out the employment resources that Concorde Personnel offers today!

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