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Should You Move to a New Town for a Job? The Pros and Cons

January 27th, 2012

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Job offers for careers filled with the promise of professional advancement are becoming increasingly difficult to find. Many job markets are saturated by the wide range of recent layoffs. This has left many people facing the decision to seek greener pastures elsewhere and casting their job application nets farther and wider. In the end, it means that a lot of people are forced to face the “relocation factor” when deciding whether or not a job is a good choice for them.

There are plenty of reasons to consider moving to a new town in order to take a job. Here are just a few of the benefits you might want to consider when facing this choice for yourself.

Pros of Relocating for Work

When you make “the big move” and relocate for work, you’re advancing your career and your experience. Most people don’t make these types of moves without an improvement in working conditions, rate of pay, or living conditions. Even in a poor economy, very few people are going to relocate to a position that was worse than the one they currently or most recently held. The pay increases that go along with typical relocations are great. But the real reward for people who are “upward” bound in their chosen professions is the career boost received from a willingness to not only change jobs but also to relocate.

Relocating can open the door to new opportunities for your family as well. This is something that will depend on where you happen to be relocating. The goal is to only relocate if it provides you with an improvement in your current situation. No man is an island. If you have family, they must be a concern in your decision for or against relocation. Consider the area where you’ll be moving and what types of educational, cultural, and financial opportunities are waiting for them there compared to what exists where you are now.

The Downside of Relocation for Work

The first one is a pretty big one to consider. It’s the financial aspect of doing so. The current housing market is great for those interested in buying. Not so much so for those who need to sell their homes and/or are “underwater” on their mortgages. Money is the goal of getting a new job but it can also be the thing that holds you back from taking one too – if a move is necessary.

Leaving behind friends and family is another hard sell – especially if you have deep family and community ties. The older your children are and the more “settled” your family is, the harder it is to pick up the pieces and move. It’s hard for everyone involved.

The bottom line is that there are fairly strong arguments for and against relocating for work. In the end, you must decide what the best choice for yourself and your family will be.

For support with finding a new career and opportunities in other cities, be sure to visit our current job listings at Concorde Personnel…and let the journey begin!

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9 Employment Laws That Will Impact Your Business in 2012

January 24th, 2012

As most of us are flipping our calendars to 2012 to start a brand new year, there will be many changes for the small business world – including many human resource and employment laws that will impact the way small businesses operate. Being aware of these changes in employment and hiring laws is critical to your success. To help you get a jump start on the year ahead, here’s a brief rundown of 12 regulatory changes that may impact your business, to help you stay out of legal hot water.

  1. Employee Classification – Now is the time to review your employee classification system, because several US states are enacting stricture guidelines and fines for companies that misclassify workers. This includes actual job descriptions, salary vs. non-salaried, employee vs. contractor, work hours, and overtime.
  2. Immigration Reform – This is a big one with many states and the federal government, that will be cracking down on the hiring of illegals and employers who don’t pay minimum wage or provide benefits to green-card carrying immigrants. More use of E-verify will become mandatory in the USA as a way to identify illegals.
  3. Job Creation – As President Obama continues to focus on bringing tax credits to small businesses as well as tax cuts to ordinary working citizens, we will keep seeing legislation geared towards job creation in America. Consider making some of your temporary workers into permanent employees to see these benefits. Also, there will be more funds available for those who wish to start their own businesses in 2012.
  4. Employment Laws – Many states, supported by the US Department of Labor, are looking into creating new employment laws that will clarify and set standards in the overtime and minimum wage requirements on the part of employers so they can help workers understand these laws. Good time to update your minimum wage and overtime posters on the company bulletin board.
  5. Debt and Deficit Reduction – Going into 2012 be aware that Congress has a focus on reducing the national debt in big ways, starting with tax reform for businesses and individuals. While the recent extension of payroll-tax cuts for an additional two months  benefits many, expect that some of the tax credits you enjoy now may be gone by the end of this election year, and plan accordingly.
  6. Business Security and Privacy – With  cybercrimes on the rise in recent years, many businesses are ramping up privacy and security in a big way going into the New Year. This means you may need to review your current safety and security policies to make sure they comply with state and federal laws, including the way you store data about your employees.
  7. Health Insurance Reform – The Affordable Care Act of 2010 started the ball rolling in terms of how health care insurance works in the USA, including how businesses provide access to group benefits. Be aware of these laws by visiting http://www.healthcare.gov/ for updates on these laws. This includes the new dependent care laws that require insurance coverage for young adults up to age 26. Additionally, employers filing 250 or more W-2 forms in the past year will need to include the cost of employer-sponsored health coverage on the 2012 W-2 form.
  8. Unemployment Insurance – Congress is working on reinstating the federal unemployment surtax, which could cause businesses to see increases in unemployment taxes going into 2012. This is to offset the burdens of a national average of just under 9 percent unemployment nation-wide, and to cut down on unemployment insurance fraud.
  9. 401(k) Retirement Savings – In 2012, employers will also have to provide additional fee disclosures to employees who participate. Reforms in 401(k) laws will also restrict how many loans employees can take from their funds for emergencies and hardships. Look for alternatives to 401(k) plans to give employees more options when it comes to saving for retirement.

Want more up-to-date information and resources on various HR and career topics? Be sure to come back often to Concorde Personnel’s blog, and be sure to add your questions and comments below. We love feedback!

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Do’s and Don’ts of a Company Social Media Page

January 15th, 2012

Social media is the wave of the future for many businesses of all sizes. It’s not flash in the pan way of doing things. Those who haven’t already embraced it are falling way behind in their marketing efforts and are beginning to feel the pinch.

Unfortunately, social media is still relatively new in the scope of business marketing. This means that there is plenty of room to make costly mistakes along the way. If your business plans to make  venture into social media, here are a few “do’s and don’ts” to help keep your social media page from becoming a social faux pas.

Social Media Page Do’s You Need to Know

The first and most important thing about a social media page for your business is to make it as unique to your business as possible. You don’t want to copy the page of a competitor. You most certainly don’t want to copy the page of someone in another industry.

Second, you need to make your social media page relevant to your industry. Who’s looking for your product or service? What information, incentives, and advice do you have to offer that will matter to the people who are in the market for your goods?

Third, before you put up a social media page for your company it’s absolutely vital to have a plan for your page. You need to have long and short-term goals as well as a written plan of action for how to achieve them. You can’t just throw the page out there and hope it does the work for you either. You need to have someone responsible for monitoring your social media page and responding to the needs that arise as a result. This can require full time attention once things really take off. It’s the main reason why so many companies today are hiring full-time social media managers.

Use your social media page to actively recruit skilled professionals. This will be a bigger boost for your business and the reputation of your company as an industry leader and trend setter than you’ll ever realize. While many prospective employees are making the most to social media for the purpose of finding jobs, it’s still fairly uncommon for employers. That trend is about to change and you can be on the leading edge if you start now.

Social Media Page Don’ts You Can’t Afford to Miss

Don’t leave your social media page unattended. The entire purpose of social media is to have a two-way conversation with your potential audience. How will it look when no one is there for your side of the conversation? It’s worse than simply not having a social media page in the first place.

Don’t forget to update your social media page regularly. This is another sign that no one is home on your side of the equation. It’s a signal you don’t want to send to your audience. Let them know that you are committed to them by providing new information, updates, reminders, upgrades, and even discounts to show your audience how much you care about them.

The key to getting more from your social media page is to make sure you’re giving it what it needs to be successful. These do’s and don’ts will give you an excellent start.

These helpful social media tips are brought to you by Concorde Personnel, a leading staffing agency in Westchester, New York.

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How to Land a New Job in 2012

January 7th, 2012

Getting a new job in 2012 is a high priority for many Americans who continue to find themselves numbered among the unemployed. There is finally a little light at the end of the job search tunnel. Those candidates who had given up hope of finding new jobs in the past, are suddenly beginning to take a second look at the job market. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re a standout among the sea of people competing for the same great jobs this year.

Skip the Generic

Whether it’s cover letters, resumes, or the interview process you want to stand out – in a positive way – with prospective employers. Your cover letter is your first opportunity to show potential employers what you have to offer. You need to make sure the cover letter you provide is custom-made for each job for which you are applying.

More importantly, your cover letter needs to be something other than a reiteration of your resume. Let the hiring managers know how excited you are about the opportunity to join their organization. Then give them a little nugget about why you’re such a perfect fit for the job in question as well as their corporate culture.

Use Your Social Networks Wisely

Every person you know both in person and online is part of your social network. When you’re in the job market you need to work long and hard to make sure the image you project online is one you want potential employers to see and associate with you.

But the use of social networks goes much deeper than the negative. Use online social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to let people know you’re in the market for a new job and what kind of skills you bring to the table. People in your immediate circle of friends and acquaintances may not have a great job for you but the odds are good that some of them know someone who could use your talents.

According to Jobvite, one in six workers used social networks in order to get hired in 2011. There’s no reason to believe this trend will decline in 2012. But the real news is the number of businesses that are now turning to social networks in order to find job candidates as well. A different Jobvite survey also reveals that 89 percent of businesses in the US will turn to social networks for recruiting purposes.

Whether you’re in the market because you need a job, are underemployed, or simply want to switch jobs (or even, perhaps, careers) it’s important that you upgrade your job search skills and efforts to maximize your job search reach and exposure. Regardless of the reason, the job market is more crowded today than ever before and that means that you must look for creative avenues to make yourself stand out among the crowd.

To find a great job this year, consider the advantages of contracting with a quality recruitment firm like Concorde Personnel. You’ll gain access to a wide network of job search resources and companies that work with us to find candidates like you.

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