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Five Job Search Tips to Help You in 2018

December 6th, 2017

The New Year is just around the corner, which means that you might be thinking about new goals for yourself and your career. For many, finding a new or better job is one of those goals. As the job industry continues to shift year after year, it’s important to reconsider how you go about finding the right job for you, and yes, even getting hired at the  job.

In 2018, these are the five go-to tips to help you find the right job for you.

1. Don’t Rely on Qualifications

Yes, you read that correctly. Don’t rely on the qualifications listed in the job description as a clear indicator of whether or not you should apply for the position. If it’s a job you feel passionate about and that excites you, you should apply – even if you don’t have every qualification listed. It’s a small risk to take for what could be a major reward.

2. Create a Support System

As you look for and apply for jobs, begin to create a solid support system. This support system can help you find great job opportunities as well as act as your references when you get to that stage of your job search. Connect with previous coworkers and managers who would be happy to speak on your behalf. They may also know of open positions in your industry that you would be a great fit for. You also may want to consider using a staffing agency to help you along the way. They can assist in finding the right job for you, interview coaching, and you can use them for the short- or long-term.

3. Get to Know Mentors

If you look up to a mentor in your profession or admire a coworker or supervisor, get to know them. Ask them to have coffee with you one morning so you can get to know them, hear about their own career experience, and learn from their advice. It might seem awkward to you, but they’ll be flattered and eager to help another colleague find the success they’re looking for.

4. Make Your Own Decisions

As you seek for career advice and inspiration, remember to always come back to home base on considering what you truly want. People are always willing to give their opinions and feedback, which is great and often valuable, but ultimately, you need to find a job that you will be happy with, that can provide for you the life you want to live, and will help you reach your professional goals. Before you make any decision as you search for a job, make sure that it’s your decision and not someone else’s.

5. Adjust Your Resume for Keywords

As you apply to jobs, it’s important that you adjust each resume for the unique job position. Not only do you want to make sure it’s relevant to the qualifications and requirements, but you want to include keywords that match the job description. Especially when applying through job boards or career sites, the software can automatically scan for keywords, making some resumes jump to the top if they have more keyword matches.

Get the Job You Want in 2018

If you want more advice for finding the right job for you in the New Year, or you want help with your resume and cover letter, contact Concorde Personnel.

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In the Job Interview, How Can You Show You’ll Be a Successful Sales Employee?

October 10th, 2017

If you have an interview coming up, you know that you have to be prepared in every way possible. From what you’re going to wear, to researching the company, there’s a lot you need to do. One other thing you need to do is determine how you can convince your interviewer that you will be a successful salesperson on their team.

How to Show You’ll Be a Successful Salesperson

The best way to show your interviewer that you’ll be a successful salesperson at their company is to explain your strengths. You’ll want to match these particular strengths with characteristics of a good salesperson.
Here are four examples:

Empathy
Focus
Responsibility
Optimism

After identifying which strengths you possess that will make you a successful salesperson, you’ll need to brainstorm examples that illustrate how you will apply these qualities on the job. If you have specific scenarios to explain from previous experience, that is fantastic. If this is a first job, you can draw on other relevant life experience.

How to Explain Salesperson Strengths

If you need some help explaining the strengths of a successful salesperson, consider these examples for the above qualities.

Empathy

  • Ability identify and react appropriately to the behaviors and emotions of customers
  • Ability to build rapport easily and make customers feel comfortable in their presence
  • Great listening skills
  • Understands how to ask questions that dive deeper than only ‘yes’ or ‘no’ answers

Focus

  • Goal oriented; can articulate and break down larger goals to manageable steps
  • Does not depend on manager for direction or motivation

Responsibility

  • Positive outlook, regardless of difficulty, and does not make excuses for hard times
  • Accepts valid criticism and suggestions for performance improvement

Optimism

  • Can take rejection without being deflated
  • Focuses on opportunities and solutions instead of roadblocks to achieving sales and career goals

When preparing for your sales interview, you may want to consider these qualities and if you’ve been able to demonstrate these in your career to show your interviewer that you’re going to be successful at the job, and at their company.

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Best Practices for Applying to a Job on Facebook

September 6th, 2017

Back in the day, job hunters would pick up a newspaper to find a job. Today, there are many different websites and search engines that you can use to find openings in your field. One of those ways is by using the social media giant Facebook. Just this year, Facebook rolled out a new offering, Facebook Jobs. With so many companies having an active presence on the platform, you should consider using their new feature when searching for your next job.

What is Facebook Jobs?

This new feature allows businesses to post jobs directly on their Facebook page while keeping those postings collected in a convenient area for job hunters. Instead of just writing a post and including an external link, hiring managers and business owners can easily post a job and keep it separated from other daily posts.

As an applicant, you can easily find open positions and apply to them directly from Facebook. Your information is pulled directly from your Facebook profile but you (thankfully) have the ability to edit all those fields.

Tidy Up Your Profile

If you’ve been delaying cleaning up your Facebook content, do it before using Facebook Jobs. Since many people who are in the workforce have had their accounts for several years, it’s likely you should invest some time in cleaning up your photos, posts, tags, etc. When you use the convenient Facebook Jobs feature, you need to also increase your responsibility when using social media. You don’t have to make your Facebook profile read like LinkedIn, but it also shouldn’t be a scrapbook of questionable decisions.

Nothing is Truly Private

Yes, you probably increased your privacy settings over the course of having a Facebook account. No, nothing is truly private on the internet. Everyone from government leaders to high-level business executives have felt the pain of assuming what they post is private to the masses. In reality, most of what you post on the internet, including Facebook, can be seen by people you don’t even know. Assume that hiring managers can see your rants, dirty laundry, or sentimental memories and use proper judgment.

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Whether you need help writing your resume, finding a job, or are interested in interview coaching, contact Concorde Personnel. We can help you make the most of the changing job market and help you strategize your job search.

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Results Get a Cover Letter to the Top of a Recruiter’s Profile

August 8th, 2017

Writing a cover letter can be one of the hardest writing you will ever do. It can be tempting to write too much, to ramble, and to lose focus. One of the best ways to stay on topic and get noticed with your cover letter is to write about results that you’ve accomplished throughout your career.

How to Write About Results in Your Cover Letter to Get Noticed

Grab Attention & Be Concise

Recruiters skim over cover letters, so it’s important to grab attention in the beginning and remain concise throughout your writing to keep them interested. It’s also worth mentioning that just like your resume, your cover letter should be tailored to the position you’re applying for. An irrelevant cover letter will quickly get tossed aside and forgotten.

Communicate How You Can Add Value

It’s important to quickly and effectively communicate that you can add value to the company. A great way to do this is to grab attention in the opening sentences then include three to four specific examples of results that you’ve accomplished in your career history. These examples should also be closely related to the needs of the company and what they are asking for in the job description.

Include Compelling Results

Cover letters are not the place to talk about personality or soft topics. Instead, you want to share specific results that will grab the interest of recruiters. Here are some examples you should consider:

  • Increase in profits
  • Projects or people you’ve managed
  • Improvements to company procedures or processes
  • Increase in new business

As you look back at your career, you should try to think about any accomplishments that demonstrate your ability to meet the needs of the job. It might take a little brainstorming, but that will pay off as the more relevant it will be to the recruiters, the higher chance you have of getting an interview with the company.

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Looking for a great job to apply to? Contact Concorde Personnel today and work with a top staffing agency in Westchester to find a job that fits your strengths, interests, and career goals.

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3 Effective Tips to Using LinkedIn’s Open Candidate Feature to Find a Job

July 11th, 2017

The job seeking world is constantly evolving. From job listing aggregators like Monster.com to using social media like Facebook and LinkedIn, job seekers need to stay on top of new features offered by technology. One of these is the LinkedIn Open Candidate feature.

A new way to help you find a job is by using the Open Candidate feature on the popular professional social networking site, LinkedIn. This feature allows those who already have a job to discreetly let other companies or recruiters know that they interested in other opportunities, while also keeping this hidden from their bosses or coworkers at their existing company. If you’re not familiar with it yet, don’t worry. Just read ahead and put into practice these three tips.

1. Turn on the Open Candidate feature

This might seem straightforward but turn on the feature using your account settings so you can understand exactly what it’s all about and get started. Once you do this, you will also be able to make a list of job categories that you’re interested in. You can always adjust these categories. LinkedIn says the information won’t be shared with your current company but always be aware that any information you put on the Internet could get back to anyone.

2. Have an Updated Profile

If you want to put your best self out there and make the most of the Open Candidate feature, then you need to continually update your profile. Be sure to list your results, accomplishments, responsibilities, or skills to peak the interest of those looking for your talents. Like all social media platforms, a stagnant account doesn’t get as much attention. In addition, you’ll also want to see recommendations or referrals. This is something that all professionals should seek to do, so you could reciprocate a recommendation or referral with a co-worker or friend without drawing attention to the fact that you might be looking for another job.

3. Share Information with Your Profile

Lastly, find relevant and professional content to share to your profile. If you have a personal blog that touches on professional topics, you could also share that. Share that content to the LinkedIn Pulse to reach a wider audience. Take a blog post and share it in LinkedIn groups to reach your target audience. Again, staying current and active on LinkedIn will help boost your presence while using the Open Candidate feature.

A full-service staffing agency in White Plains, Concorde Personnel is ready to help you find the job you’re looking for. Contact our great team of recruiters to get started!

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What Questions Are You Guaranteed to Get in Your Next Call with a Recruiter

June 13th, 2017

Phone interviews and phone calls with recruiters can be a nerve-wracking experience when you’re looking to land a job. Before understanding what recruiters want to know, first remember that many people experience jitters before those calls and the recruiters expect it.

The 3 Things Recruiters Want to Know

In preparation for your next call with a recruiter, here’s what you need to know. The recruiters on the phone aren’t looking for you to solve all the company problems. They’re not looking for a prodigy. They’re mainly interested to know three things.

Did you do your homework?

This isn’t the first time you’ve been given the advice to do your homework on the company you want to work for. A recruiter will absolutely know whether you researched the company or if you are just trying to wing it.

Checking out the company’s history, learning their business goals and reading news headlines is a great place to start when doing your research. Keep notes if that makes you comfortable with some names or information that you think you want to bring up in your call with the recruiter.

Salary requirements/expectations

Talking about salary can be tricky. As the applicant, you don’t want to ask for too little, but you also don’t want to ask for too much and take yourself out of the running for the position. Most recruiters understand this predicament, and they’re asking this question to avoid wasting both their time and yours.

Before the call, take some time to do some calculations. Consider both the salary that you were previously making and also what you absolutely need to make ends meet. Experts suggest making a range for your salary requirements: what you need to keep the lights on, and what you need to live comfortably while contributing to a savings account.

Why are you excited for this position?

Don’t be fooled – this question should be answered with sincerity. Recruiters have heard all the canned answers to this question out there. They don’t want those answers; those answers don’t make you stand out.

Instead, add some authenticity to what truly makes you passionate or excited about this job. Again, take some time to consider how you would answer this question before your phone call.

Ace any interview

Whether you have phone interviews, in-person interviews, or a combination of the two on your calendar, the professionals at Concorde Personnel can help you prepare so you feel confident in any interview setting. Contact our team today to work with a top staffing agency in Westchester!

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How to Make Temporary Work Look Great on a Resume

May 23rd, 2017

Temporary work is nothing to hide, but it can be a little confusing when laying out your resume. There are a few different ways to approach how you can organize your resume. Depending on your situation, there are better options than others.

Great Ways to Highlight Temporary Work Experience

Temporary work can do a lot for your career. Your experience may have taught you essential skills, or allowed you to gain better insight into how you want to progress in your career. Just as you want to highlight all the positive experience and contributions you made at any job, it’s no different for a temporary position. What could be different is how you present the information.

Label Your Work as Temporary

When you list your time of employment in that position, add a label explaining that it was a temporary position.

Example:

Event Coordinator, Visit New Mexico (March 2015 – September 2015, temporary)

This is an easy way to identify why the time period is shorter than most positions, and it doesn’t require any additional explanations on your resume.

Consider Grouping Your Experience

There are a couple of ways to group temporary experience together. Maybe you have had multiple temporary jobs from using the same staffing agency. You could consider grouping your experience underneath a category named after the staffing agency. If you’ve had multiple temporary jobs from the same company, you can also group together those positions in this manner. Either option makes sense, and no matter what way you group your temporary experience, it would highlight your accomplishments well.

Keep It Chronological

No matter how you want to group or identify your temporary work on your resume, you should try to make it fit chronologically within the rest of your work experience. This is how most resumes are structured and you should try to keep to this format also.

Have a Plan for the Interview

If you follow any of the tips above, you’ll have a great looking resume that highlights your accomplishments during your temporary work. Now, just be sure to have a plan for how you want to talk about it at your interview.

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What Should You Include on an Admin Assistant Resume?

April 25th, 2017

The role of the administrative professional is often not thought about by those who aren’t in that position. However, working in that position, you understand that you are the heart of the organization, keeping everything else running smoothly by how well you complete your tasks and do your job – all while keeping your cool.

Your resume needs to reflect just how much a company relies on your skills.

If you’re looking for a job as an administrative assistant, freshen up your resume and be sure to include these very important points that help communicate your integral role at the company.

Ability to Handle Multiple Projects

As an administrative professional, you are never working on just one assignment. You juggle many responsibilities that spread across a variety of departments and topics. Be sure to communicate this in your resume.

Example: “Assisted in office management duties ranging from welcoming guests, coordinating meetings and travel arrangements of associates, implemented filing system, to name a few.”

Data on the Impact you Made

When possible, provide some numbers and data that support the influence you had on the company. These are good at jumping off the page, but they also provide some initial proof to your accomplishments.

Example: “Coordinated a new project tracking system for administrative staff, increasing our efficiency and enabling us to do 15% more work each day.”

Skill Sets – Provide Samples if Needed

It’s important to list the skills you have. Microsoft Word is no longer compelling. Lead your skill section with compelling and differentiating skills that help you stand out among the other applicants. You can provide examples if needed, or even make a notation that you have examples to share during a future interview.

Example: “Software skills include: video and photo editing, Google Docs, Microsoft Office. Examples available. Job skills include event planning, multi-line phones, switchboards, database management, scheduling, presentations, purchasing, facilities management, etc.”

Communication Skills – Internally and Externally

As the hub of the office, you not only deal with potential clients and other constituents outside your company, but you p
lay a major role in keeping the company culture positive and cohesive. It’s absolutely important that you include this in your resume because it can sometimes be overlooked from other applicants. But this is a quality that is not easy to teach and sorely noticed when absent from a busy office.

Example: Resolved various employee-relations problems to the satisfaction of five department heads and 500 employees.”

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What Does the Recruiter Want to See on Your LinkedIn Profile?

March 29th, 2017

Social networking is no longer a way to express each and every thought without any consequence. Even more so, is the importance of using each social platform differently. What you post on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter will most likely differ from what you should post on LinkedIn.

If LinkedIn is a way to connect with others for networking and searching for a job, you have to think about how a recruiter would read your profile. So, what does a recruiter want to see on a profile of a person they want to hire?

4 Things a Recruiter Wants to See on Your LinkedIn Profile

Different Information from Your Resume

Your resume is quick and concise. It almost acts as an “at-a-glance” look at your employment history. With your LinkedIn profile, you can tell more of a story. It’s by no means an autobiography, but you should go into some details of skills, accomplishments, and responsibilities. You can talk about how you worked with coworkers, and different clients or companies that you’ve worked with at each position.

You can also discuss training you have beyond higher education, volunteer and outreach efforts.

Quantifiable Data or Examples

Within your job experiences and responsibilities, it’s a good idea to give examples of your work and even quantifiable data. By what percentage did you increase sales? How many new clients did you bring to the company? This information is very intriguing to recruiters and provides some more depth to your accomplishments. They’ll want to ask you more about it in an interview.

Connection or Activity with Others

Obviously, recruiters want to see that you are connected to people. But don’t go overboard and think that the more connections you have the better that seems. Too many connections can sometimes raid a red flag that you’re just collecting connections instead of actually engaging with (or knowing) them. Similar to other social platforms, the more you engage with your connections, that will be reciprocated and your profile becomes robust with genuine connections and networking efforts.

Writing Blogs & Sharing Content

Sharing content, or producing your own blogs is definitely something that gets recruiters excited. Content should be relevant to your industry or general business and leadership. Absolutely keep it professional. When sharing other’s content, be sure to add something to it. Do you agree or disagree with the article? Do you see these trends in your local area? Don’t just reblog for the sake of reblogging.

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Whether you’re looking for a job, need help making your resume stand out or want to gain confidence for an interview, contact Concorde Personnel for guidance. We are the top staffing agency in Westchester and are ready to help with any aspect of your job search!

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5 Podcasts to Help Develop Your Career

February 8th, 2017

One of the best things you can do for your career is continuing to learn. Develop and strengthen your skills and expand your knowledge. While job or industry-specific knowledge is helpful, even broadening your general business knowledge is beneficial to your career. A great way to continue your education is to listen to podcasts. Maybe you can listen while driving in the car, or even while you take your lunch break. Fitting these helpful and educational podcasts into your day certainly add up and will make a difference!

5 Podcasts to Develop Your Career

There are several podcasts out there, spanning a number of topics. It can be a little overwhelming to sift through, so here’s a list of five that are worth a listen.

  1. Career Tools – This podcast is produced by the Manager Tools organization. It covers a variety of topics including business travel, tracking results, calendar management, and keeping effective business relationships.
  2. HBR IdeaCast – Created and inspired by one of the most prestigious business publications, Harvard Business Review, this podcast is filled with great topics. While the publication has an expensive subscription, the podcast does not, making these high-level educational topics accessible to many!
  3. NPR’s Planet Money – If you ever thought economics and business were boring, you’ll change your mind after listening to this entertaining and educational podcast. The use of interviews and storytelling make basic economics and business topics interesting; so interesting that you’ll want to keep listening to one right after the next!
  4. TED Radio Hour – Are you a fan of TED Talks? This podcast is just as fascinating as the original series and includes a wide variety of topics. You’ll always have something fun to talk about with coworkers or at networking events.
  5. The Leadership Dojo – This podcast is geared towards building leadership skills and confidence, helping you boost your career and your personal life. All the tips and insight are from interviews with a wide range of pros: Olympic athletes, motivational CEOs, best-selling authors, and more.

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