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LinkedIn Isn’t Your Resume, But it Has Unique Features to Help Your Job Search

July 24th, 2018

Every job seeker knows that LinkedIn is an important and useful professional networking site. From welders to bankers, this social network connects professionals and creates successful business relationships on a daily basis.

Even though it can’t be your formal resume, it does have unique features that can make your job search even more successful.

4 LinkedIn Features to Help Your Job Search

If you’re looking for a job, you definitely need to spend some time updating your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to fill out all relevant fields and even ask for some recommendations from coworkers. After those basic profile fields are complete, take advantage of these four features to help you find your next job.

Include Your Location

Be sure to include your location in your profile. When recruiting managers or headhunters are looking for candidates, they will often filter geographically. You don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity, just because you didn’t include your location on your LinkedIn profile! If you are open to relocating for a job, you can list all your possible cities in your “Career Interest” section.

Turn On “Open Candidate” feature

If you’re currently employed, but you are looking for a different job, you can take advantage of this fantastic feature in the “Career Interests” section. By turning on the “Open Candidate” feature, you can let recruiters at other companies know that you are interested in a new job, but the managers at your current job will have no idea so you won’t be in jeopardy of losing your job based on your searching. In this feature, you can also specify the type of position you are interested in, as well as the location.

Use “How You Match” feature

When you are looking at job listings on LinkedIn, you are able to view a checklist of how well you match the qualifications of that position. This checklist includes factors like education, years of experience, and job title. If you are a Premium member of LinkedIn, you will also be able to see how you rank with other applicants. It’s a fantastic way to see whether or not you should take the time to apply for the job position.

Connect with Your Alumni Base

It doesn’t matter when you graduated, alumni are always interested to help each other. You can use the “See Alumni” feature to find make more alumni connections. You will also be able to filter the location or even companies they work for to find alumni connections you may know or make new connections as well.

Need Help Crafting Your Resume?

If you need help writing your best resume, updating your LinkedIn profile with eye-catching info, or finding the perfect job, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Empathy – How Can You See It in the Job Candidate?

July 10th, 2018

There’s a lot that goes into a great employee. Skills, qualification, stellar references, etc. But an important quality that you shouldn’t overlook is empathy. An employee who can be empathetic often has a higher emotional intelligence, which means they will usually be a great listener, level-headed in tough situations, and a great leader or valuable team member.

While a lot of the value in an empathetic employee is demonstrated in action, there are some reliable cues that will help you determine in the interview process whether or not a job candidate has this quality.

4 Ways to See Empathy in a Job Candidate

Use these tips during the interview process to see if job candidates are empathetic.

How do they treat every person they interact with?

You might assume that during the interview process, a job candidate will be as welcoming, friendly, and responsive as possible as they try to make a good impression. In reality, even a hopeful candidate might only show respect and kindness to the gatekeepers at a company. Pay attention to how the candidate interacts with everyone they meet. Do they smile at a passerby? Are they comfortable meeting an unscheduled worker? Do they make room in a crowded hallway for others to get by? These are just a few ways you can observe empathy in action with a prospective hire.

Ask behavioral interview questions that replicate realistic situations.

This point is especially relevant for candidates who are interviewing for a management position, but it can apply to other applicants as well. During the interview, be sure to ask behavioral interview questions about handling certain situations. These situations should be realistic and will demonstrate how the potential employee would handle or react to an awkward, stressful, or emotional situation with another employee. Whether it’s solving a problem, or helping a coworker, you will gain a lot of insight as to how empathetic the job candidate might be at your office.

Read their body language.

While you are listening to the job candidates, you also need to pay attention to their body language. Are they relaxed or tense? When you are speaking, are they looking at you? Do they make eye contact, gesture in a friendly manner, or show their interest by slightly tilting their head? Do they smile? These may seem like very simple or common cues, but as you begin to pay more attention to body language, you will see how these cues match up with employee behavior.

Are they listening to you speak or just politely waiting for the opening to talk?

This is one of the most telling signs during an interview of whether or not the job candidate has empathy. Even though a candidate might feel a lot of pressure or excitement to be hired, they will still truly listen to you, rather than just plan their next selling point or answer. Instead of being totally self-involved, they will understand that an interview is a conversation and even a small relationship, not just a one-man performance.

Do you need help finding quality candidates?

If you have an opening at your company and need help finding top-notch job candidates, contact Concorde Personnel to work with a top employment agency in White Plains!

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