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How to Properly Deal with the Counteroffer

August 31st, 2015

Dealing with a counteroffer can be one of the most challenging parts of the recruiting process for a job seeker, which is something of a paradox. You’ve been looking for a job, and now more than one company wants to work with you. It should be cause for celebration, but often it just produces stress and anxiety. After all, you want to make sure you pick the right company, but it’s not always easy to choose. If you find yourself in this situation, use these strategies.

Determine What You Really Want

Ultimately, your objective is to find the right position for your long-term personal and professional goals. So what features would help you get to where you want to be in your career? Are you looking for more money, more advancement potential, more interesting work, or more flexible scheduling options? It’s unlikely that any one job can offer you all of these, so pick your priorities and examine each offer in those terms.

Don’t Start a Bidding War

It can be tempting to try and play both sides against each other to get more money, better benefits, or a more esteemed job title. In practice, however, this is always a bad idea. It takes a fair amount of cunning and strategizing, and if you overplay your hand, you might end up losing both offers. That being said, if you have multiple offers on the table, you should make that known to each of the hiring managers you’re working with.

Understand the Consequences

If you already have a job and another company is trying to lure you away with a counteroffer, there can be serious consequences if you accept a promotion or raise and agree to stay where you are. You may have gotten more, but now your employer will always question your loyalty and may begin to push you to the margins of the company, whether consciously or unconsciously. A seemingly rosy situation can quickly turn into a workplace nightmare.

Remain Professional and Gracious

Any time a counteroffer gets thrown out, there will end up being a winner and a loser in the end. Make sure you don’t gloat or disrespect the company you end up turning down. That kind of behavior is petty and unprofessional, and there is no reason for you to burn bridges. If they were eager to recruit you now they may be eager to recruit you in the future.

If your goal is to make the smartest possible choices for your career, rely on the recruiting experts at The Concorde Group.

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Turn Temporary Assignments Into Permanent Positions

August 19th, 2015

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Despite the challenges of starting or re-establishing a stable career, there is a smart option for landing a rewarding job that can last. By signing up for temporary assignments through a quality staffing agency, like Concorde Personnel, you can turn temp work into permanent positions in very little time. The key is knowing how to use temporary staffing to your advantage to land a great long term career with a top company. Here’s how to turn your next temporary assignment into a permanent position.

Dress for a Successful Image

One of the best ways to impress the company for which you will be temping for is to show up to work on time, always dressed for the part. People judge temporary workers on many levels, so you don’t want your appearance to be one of them. Come to work in the right attire, wear socks or hosiery, and be neat and groomed professionally to give a great impression at all times. This will give you a successful image early on.

Be Adaptable and Flexible

In order to position yourself for a possible regular assignment in the future, be willing to adapt to the needs of the company for this you are temping. This can mean taking on extra work hours, new tasks and accepting change as part of the assignment. When the company decides to make permanent placements, this will give you the advantage because you will be known for being ready to take on the challenges of the company.

Demonstrate Your Skills

Outside of the interview you will be doing with the recruiter at the staffing firm, make sure your immediate supervisor on the work site knows your full capabilities as a candidate. Ask to take on new work duties and really show your stuff. Demonstrate what you are capable of and why you would be a valuable member of the team if the company were to make you an offer of employment in the future.

Adopt the Corporate Environment

Another great way to turn that temp job into a more permanent situation is by learning what the company stands for and adopting the values of the workplace environment. The more you can show that you fit in well with the rest of the permanent employees, the better chance you have of being thought of for regular work opportunities.

Convey Your Desire to be Permanent

A mistake that many temporary workers make is forgetting to let the immediate supervisor know being hired permanently is desired. Do not assume that the people you work with know that you want to become permanent. After a few days on the job, take a moment to let your immediate supervisor know this, as well as the staffing agent who has placed you on the assignment.

Become Indispensable

The very best way to get offered a permanent job as a temp worker is to become an indispensable member of the team. Work hard in the first 2-3 months on the assignment and provide a great value to the company. If you do this, you will most likely be considered when it’s time to make a decision about your contract. Remember, it’s up to you to make the most of your temporary assignment so that you can end up with a great long-term career.

Want to find a great temporary to permanent assignment? Visit Concorde Group today and take advantage of our candidate resources!

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Be Ready to Accept Job Applications from Mobile Devices

August 12th, 2015

The differences separating computers from phones, tablets, and other types of mobile devices are murkier than ever these days. And many contemporary job seekers prefer using their mobile device to submit job applications. It’s worth your time and effort to make this possible, because you would hate to turn away a talented candidate simply because of the device they used to connect with your company. Use these tips to ensure you’re ready:

Standardize the Experience Between Desktop and Mobile Sites

Make sure your mobile site mimics your desktop site as closely as possible. That makes things easier for you from a design perspective, and helps eliminate a lot of common misunderstandings. Go a step further and make sure your mobile site is optimized for usability with easy navigation tools, clear menus, and a simple interface for submitting applications.

Streamline the Application Process

Users are becoming increasingly comfortable with using mobile devices as their primary portal to the Internet. That being said, the mobile Web is fundamentally different. Job seekers may be willing to work though a long and complex application process when they are sitting in front of a computer screen, but they will have a lot less patience when staring at a phone. Examine your application process carefully and eliminate any steps that are unnecessary, redundant, confusing, or overly complex. If you do this thoughtfully, you can simplify the process without compromising its quality.

Test Your Efforts Carefully and Consistently

As you work to improve your mobile site and application portal, test your efforts carefully. Have independent users run through the process, closely observe what works and what does not, and be willing to use these insights to revise your efforts. This should not be a one-time process either. Test your portal regularly, and realize that the mobile Web changes so frequently and so quickly that you will need to make updates regularly.

Is it really worth it to put so much emphasis on receiving job applications from mobile sites? Just consider the fact that 71 percent of job seekers aged 18-34 want to use a mobile device to apply for a job. And they already are. Mobile job searches were up 33 percent in 2013 and 50 percent in 2015. Go where the job seekers are, make it easy for them to reach out to you, and you can easily develop broader and deeper candidate pools that improve your recruiting efforts significantly. Learn more about connecting with the talent you need for Connecticut jobs by contacting The Concorde Group.

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Hiring Candidates Who are Unemployed vs. Employed but Looking

August 5th, 2015

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Despite the increase in the unemployment rate in the USA, it’s still a challenge for hiring managers to find qualified candidates for skilled assignments. Today, most recruiters are faced with selecting candidates from a pool of either unemployed people or those who are employed but casually looking for better career opportunities. Unfortunately, there still exists a general stigma associated with being unemployed. As if somehow unemployed candidates are somehow “flawed” or less worthy of consideration, they oftentimes get ignored.

While it can be easy to fall into the trap of only choosing candidates who are currently employed over unemployed candidates, this is not a productive way to find the best candidates. Unemployed candidates can and should be considered equally with those who are currently employed and looking for work. In the future, due to changes in hiring laws, recruiters will have no choice but to disregard the employment status of candidates. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is backing a bill in Congress that will make it illegal for companies to willfully discriminate against candidates who are unemployed.

Here’s a breakdown of unemployed vs. employed but looking candidates, with the benefits and disadvantages of hiring each.

Unemployed Candidates make up more than half of the candidate pool, and are made up of professionals who have varying degrees of work experience, education and training. From entry level to advanced level candidates, you are likely to find unemployed candidates who are proactively seeking suitable employment. While you are going to have some candidates that have outdated or non-marketable skills, many are back in school trying to learn new trades. With some 48% of all unemployed candidates out of work for six months or more, you’ll most likely find those who are willing to accept less glamorous assignments than passive candidates will accept. In addition, unemployed candidates are usually ready to start work immediately, and also very trainable in new roles.

Employed but Looking Candidates have many appealing factors, such as up-to-date work skills, high levels of education and training, and stable employment histories. However, people who are employed and looking are only interested in one thing – finding a better job. If you don’t have a mid to upper level assignment available, you will basically waste your time with passive candidates. If you have an assignment that needs specialized skills, then an employed but looking candidate is going to be a great resource. When talking with passive candidates, also consider that you will need plenty of time to find a candidate because he or she will need to give a resignation notice to the current employer before being available to accept your assignment; a process that can require several weeks.

As you search for people to fill key assignments for your clients or your company, be sure to give unemployed candidates more than just a first glance. You’ll find seasoned professionals with great qualities, who are just “between jobs” looking for an opportunity to shine in a new role.

Want assistance with finding great candidates for assignments at your organization? Please be sure to contact The Concorde Group  for responsive staffing support!

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