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5 Ways To Improve Your Resume To Make it Great

July 30th, 2014

Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. You announce a job opening and all of a sudden your office is flooded with hundreds of resumes. It’s your job to read through each one, but they are all so bland, similar, and underwhelming that they start to run together. By the end, you can’t say for sure if the right candidate is anywhere in the pile.

If you are looking for a job, your resume is how you introduce yourself. Unfortunately, most resumes make a bad first impression. You might be the perfect person for the job, but if your resume doesn’t scream that out, there is no way for a hiring manager to pick you out of the crowd. Make sure you don’t get overlooked by including these to improve your resume every time you send out.

Be Concise

This tip is more important than any other, and it’s really more about what you shouldn’t include. The average resume only gets scanned for 30 seconds. If you can’t present the most impressive and relevant details about yourself in that amount of time, you are wasting an opportunity. Revise your resume over and over until it includes only the most essential details, and make sure that it is formatted in a way that is easy to scan and digest.

Career Objective

Why are you applying for this job? What is the number one thing that makes you qualified? What do you have to contribute specifically? A career objective summarizes all of this into a single sentence that you include at the top of your resume. Be creative, honest, and personal, and you can grab a hiring manager’s attention from the very start.

Skills and Capabilities

Too many job seekers make education and job experience the focus of their resume rather than skills and capabilities. Hiring managers don’t care what you’ve done in the past, they care what you can do in the future. Listing your experience points the focus backward. Listing your skills and capabilities points it forward.

Provable Accomplishments

All hiring managers are looking for recruits that can see a project through to the end and rise above expectations. Include any notable professional success on your resume, and be sure that they are tied to clear and verifiable metrics.

Reference Section

All resumes should have a section for references, but instead of writing out names and phone numbers, simply write “references available upon request.” Hiring managers want to know they can contact personal and professional references, but including the contact information on your resume is an unnecessary waste of space.

Even if you follow all these tips, crafting a great resume isn’t easy. It takes a lot of time, thought, revision, and frustration. But simply making the effort immediately sets you apart from a majority of other job seekers. Work with the team at The Concorde Group, and find more valuable job-seeking resources.

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Enhance the Appeal of Your Listings with Inexpensive Job “Perks”

July 26th, 2014

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Gone are the days when hiring managers simply hung a “help wanted” sign on the front door and ended up with stellar employees. In today’s world, due to the high number of average candidates out there looking for work, it is actually more challenging to find the best person for the job. This can mean spending too much time trying to weed out unqualified candidates and too little time focused on candidates who have the right skills.

In order to attract great candidates, oftentimes it is necessary to create a job listing that has more street appeal to your target candidates. This can mean thinking outside of the box to add inexpensive “perks” to the job description to bring in qualified professionals. Here are some suggestions, even if you have a small company or limited resources to offer job seekers.

Create an atmosphere appealing to the candidates you want to attract. Some of the most successful companies landed super employees because of a unique corporate environment. For example, many technology firms allow a very casual dress code, free meals and on-site recreational outlets. To attract brilliant job seekers who may work well in these types of atmospheres, be sure to list this as an emphasis in any job postings published.

Offer candidates work-life balance as part of the benefits. In sharp contrast with the past, today’s best candidates are looking for jobs that will allow them more balance in their personal lives. This can mean flexible schedules, healthier work environments, and earning paid time off for high performance on the job. Increase the chances of attracting better candidates by being open to these things and offering flextime or work at home options to sweeten the deal.

Provide a corporate discount program. Your business may not be able to include such benefits as an on-site daycare center, a gym or a food court, as some of the big companies do, however you can add things that have value to potential employees. Try offering perceived benefits like discounts to local attractions, sports and fitness membership vouchers, and employee savings plans, which include the option to use funds for daycare, gas or other work related expenses. These can appeal to candidates who are already struggling to make ends meet, without actually adding to their salaries.

When developing your job advertisements, it is always a good thing to get input from recent hires on what would be most attractive for job candidates. Consider carefully what makes your business a great place to work, and emphasize these aspects during your recruiting process. By thinking from the perspective of job seekers, you can easily identify additional perks that will not cost your company anything extra.

Want more support with your recruiting program? Please visit Concorde Personnel’s Employer Portal for helpful advice, and feel free to contact us directly for more information.

 

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5 Benefits of Hiring Temporary Employees

July 16th, 2014

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In the ever-evolving business world of the 21st century, traditional notions about staffing, recruitment, and employment are quickly becoming irrelevant. In addition to full and part-time workers, a growing number of companies is turning to temporary and contract workers to give their workforce the dynamism it requires.

Temporary employment is nothing new, but it is being used in ways that it never has before. Prestigious companies in a wide variety of industries are eager to add these professionals to their ranks, and their forward-thinking attitudes are paying off. These are some of the greatest benefits of hiring temporary employees:

Vet Potential Hires

If you need to fill a full or part-time position, consider hiring a temporary employee and carefully monitoring their performance. You make a much smaller commitment, but you still have the opportunity to analyze their fit for the job. No matter how carefully you vet a potential hire, no indicator is more revealing than his on-the-job performance.

Fill Gaps in Your Workforce

With an increasing number of highly-skilled workers becoming open to temporary employment, it’s easier than ever to fill a short-term gap in your workforce. That keeps your day to day operations running smoothly, and gives you the freedom to offer you permanent employees maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, or other extended absences.

Enhance Your Intellectual Capital

Lets say you get a new contract that requires you to work with a technology, process, or set of regulations that you are unfamiliar with. Specialized temporary employees can bring their expertise into your office for as long as you need it, and then move on when the contract or project is complete. That is much more cost-effective than permanently expanding your workforce.

Keep Your Costs in Check

We just mentioned cost effectiveness, and the simple fact is that temporary employees cost you a lot less in the long run than any other kind of employee. You only have to pay them for as long as they contribute value to your company, and you don’t have to offer them the same perks as more permanent employees.

Unburden You HR Department

The time and money you spend recruiting even a single employee is significant. Temporary employees, by contrast, are typically recruited by a third party and supplied to you based on criteria that you establish. You don’t have to dedicate resources to the recruitment process, but you still end up with exactly the employee you were looking for.

Temporary employees are more than just temps. They are a highly educated, impressively experienced, and unwaveringly professional part of today’s employment pool that can bring a lot of value to any company. To get expert help recruiting the very best of today’s temporary employees, work with the team at The Concorde Group.

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