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5 Tips for an Improved Temporary Employment Cover Letter

December 23rd, 2013

Looking for a new job, whether full-time or temporary, is a time-consuming task. Putting together resumes and cover letters requires your full attention to detail. You have to make sure that there are no mistakes on either document, plus that all of the information is factual. When it comes to applying for a temporary job in NY or CT, you should tailor your cover letter accordingly. Do not submit the same cover letter you would send out for a full-time position.

#1 – Tailor the Cover Letter to the Specified Job

Our first tip is to create the temp cover letter to match the specific job for which you are applying. This will show the recruiter or hiring manager that you have taken the time to craft the letter and are being personal. The cover letter needs to mention the job title at the beginning and should have any work experience removed that does not match the needs of the position that is being advertised.

#2 – Describe Your Temporary Work

The middle of the cover letter for a temporary position should include descriptions of the temporary work you have performed in the past. This information needs to include the location of the previous positions, the type of the work, the salary you earned, the industry in which you worked, the name of the company and any other pertinent information you deem necessary to the application.

#3 – Short, Sweet, and to the Point

It has been mentioned in the past that cover letters need to be short, no longer than one page, but we really mean it here. With a temporary job, you will not have to explain as much about your prior work experience compared to applying for a full-time position. This type of cover letter can be kept to anywhere from two to three paragraphs long instead of the normal three to five paragraphs. The letter still needs to be professional, courteous, and free of spelling and grammar errors to catch the attention of the hiring manager.

#4 – Close the Letter with an Accomplishment

If you have been working with a staffing agency while looking for temporary work you can close your cover letter with an accomplishment. The accomplishment can define anything you have succeeded at during your history of temporary employment. For example, you can let the hiring managers know that you are the most requested temp employee at the agency.

#5 – Double-Check for Proper Flow

Once you have finished writing the letter, check to make sure that it flows from start to finish. The opening and concluding paragraphs need to flow with the body paragraph so all of the information being presented is related and targets the requirements posted in the company’s job advertisement.

If you are looking for recruiters in Fairfield County CT, contact us today.

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3 Ways to Turn a Temp Position into a Permanent Job

November 25th, 2013

As the economy rebounds, many working professionals are finding permanent career opportunities via temporary assignments. Temping can be a great way to build a career path while keeping skills fresh in a regular assignment. Yet, as the weeks go on and the temp contract comes to an end, there are some steps you can take to secure permanent employment at the company if you choose. Use these 3 ways to successfully turn your temp position into a permanent job.

  1. Indicate as soon as possible your interest in permanent employment.

When you accept a temporary assignment, it’s assumed that you are happy to work for the length of time that the contract indicates. However, many temps automatically think that the temp job will turn into a perm one, which is not the case. If you are genuinely interested in becoming a permanent employee with the company you are assigned to, then you must speak up. Let the recruiter and the on-site HR manager know you would like to be considered for perm placement in your present assignment or in another related employment opportunity there.

  1. Be punctual, professional, and productive on the temp assignment.

As a temp, you have to work twice as hard to impress the management team at your assignment. Therefore, you will want to be sure to arrive to work early or on time every day. Dress very smartly and conduct yourself in a highly professional manner at all times to stand out from other temps. Complete all assigned tasks, provide quality work, and ask for projects when you have time to spare. Demonstrate your worth to the employer to be thought of as someone that has potential. The harder you work, the more likely you are to be recommended for a permanent job when one comes along.

  1. Find ways to blend in with the team and the corporate culture.

Temps often feel left out or ostracized in some ways by permanent employees while on assignment. Don’t fall into this way of thinking. Instead, look for every opportunity to blend in with the rest of the team by being a participant and getting along with others. Respect perm employees and they will return the favor. Learn what the corporate culture is all about and do your best to become part of it. Dress and act the part at all times. Be someone that others can rely on to get the job done well. Claim the job you want by understanding how your role as a temp contributes to the success of the company.

While these are just a handful of ways you can support your goal of becoming a permanent member of the team, your focus should always be on providing superior results and a good attitude about your work as a temp.

If you are looking for temporary jobs in Westchester NY, contact Concorde Personnel today.

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How to Include Temporary Assignments on Your Resume

October 22nd, 2013

Temporary and short-term assignments are great in the beginning of your career or when you are looking to change careers, because they provide you with valid work experience. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat difficult to list them on your resume – in a way that makes sense to recruiters. If you have worked only one or two temporary jobs, it is a little easier to list them. But when you have a handful of assignments that were all short term, it gets more difficult. Here are some tips for including them on your resume.

List the Agency as Your Employer

If you worked multiple assignments for a single temporary agency, include the temporary agency’s name first. This is who you worked for, who provided you with temporary assignments, and who paid you. They are the company that is going to come up on your background check. While you probably worked for multiple companies, you were not employed by them. You were employed by the temporary agency, so that is who should be listed on your resume.

List the Job Titles

After listing the agency you worked for, make a list of job titles you held. If you had just one type of position through different temporary assignments, you only need to list it once. However, many temporary agencies place you with slightly different job titles, such as “accounting assistant,” “data entry processor” or “payroll assistant.” While it takes approximately the same education and skills for these three positions, they are varied in the type of job titles. Enter them separately in the temporary agency section of your resume.

Detail Your Job Duties

Next, make a place on the resume where you detail the duties you completed. The clients you worked for are not as important as the type of assignments you had. This is where the interviewer or recruiter is going to verify your experience. Most recruiters don’t care as much about the fact that you were a temporary employee, but they do care about what kind of skills you acquired while employed. Be specific with what was expected of you in those positions.

The Length of Assignments

It also helps to provide the length of assignments and why they ended. Recruiters want to know the only reason you left those temporary assignments was because you were simply providing support for an extra project for a company or filling in for an employee who was ill or on maternity leave. It looks much better than if you say it wasn’t the right fit or you didn’t like the assignment. Your temporary agency will be your primary reference for these assignments, so they will also be able to answer these questions when the recruiter calls to verify your employment.

You can also consider omitting this experience if the temporary assignments were very short (less than a week or two). Look at your overall resume and the experience included. If the temporary assignments didn’t provide much experience compared to other jobs you have had, or if they are unrelated to the types of full-time work you desire, consider not including them.

If you are looking for Fairfield CT recruiting agencies, contact Concorde today.

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4 Ways to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

September 24th, 2013

When you are on the prowl for a new job, using LinkedIn can be a positive way to get in front of more hiring companies. According to a 2013 Jobvite survey of over 1,000 companies, 94 percent of employers use or plan to use social networks for recruiting purposes. If you are not actively looking for work on LinkedIn, then you could be missing out on a large market of interested employers. The key is to create a presence on LinkedIn that will help you stand out in a positive way.

Developing a Better LinkedIn Profile as a Job Seeker

There are some ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine as a job seeker. While this will take a little time to manage, it’s well worth the effort. Here are four ways to create an outstanding LinkedIn profile.

  1. Add a professional image.  Many scientific studies have shown that people form an initial opinion of you within 10-seconds of seeing you either in person or via a photo. Therefore you will want to take the time to get a photographer to take your head shot photo and choose the best image for your profile. It should speak to your industry and the way you want others to think of you. Avoid any pictures that could be misinterpreted or are poor quality.
  2. Create a keyword focused description. When searching for candidates for open assignments, recruiters will often use the built-in search engine on LinkedIn to pinpoint members who may be a good fit. This means you will want to include keywords in your description that puts you in front of recruiters during the search process. Refer to the industry terms and assignment keywords found in the LinkedIn job section.
  3. Provide relevant career and educational data. Your LinkedIn profile is not meant to be a complete online resume. Instead, it should be a general outline and listing of the work achievements you’ve accomplished. Focus on just the last 10-15 years of your work history and then create short descriptions of your roles and any awards or recognition you’ve received. Share links to your professional portfolio, projects you’ve completed, and any websites/blogs you own. Save the smaller details for any interviews you may be invited to.
  4. Get endorsed and recommended by peers. A powerful way to build a better LinkedIn profile is to gather as many written recommendations and endorsements you can from your peers and any past employers. LinkedIn makes this easier for members as there is an automatic list of people to endorse upon login. You can give yourself a boost by recommending and endorsing others and then asking for that in return.

There’s a reason why nearly 300 million people are connecting on LinkedIn as of this article. Take the time to develop a killer profile and you’ll have a much better chance at getting noticed by the best hiring managers and that much closer to your dream job.

Enjoy some previous posts from Concorde Personnel on using social media as part of a job search:

Is Your Networking Helping or Hurting?

Stay Connected to Your Job Networks Without Being a Pest

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3 Tips for Creating Your Career Plan

August 29th, 2013

Does your career have a clear plan? For many people, the answer is “um, not really”. This isn’t surprising considering a large number of people are unemployed or in between careers as a result of the economy. A good number of these people are realizing that they need a plan to get back on track in a career. Writing an updated career plan can help anyone discover a career that honors their unique strengths, skills, and experience.

How to create a dream career plan in 3 steps.

Use these 3 basic steps to start writing your career plan out, so you can have a guide as you work on a new career and a new life.

1 – Develop your vision.

In order to get on the right track with a career plan, you need a vision of where you are heading in the next year or two. Ask yourself where you picture yourself in 2 years? What kind of work environment do you want to be in, what tasks do you want to be doing, and what people do you want to serve? If you are not sure, take a career assessment to see how your skills and interest align with a career.

This mental picture will help you to focus on what you need to be satisfied in the work you do. You can even go so far as to create a dream career board with actual images of your future work – kept in a place you can see it daily.

2 – Get the training.

Now that you have a better idea of what your ideal career looks like, it’s time to do some research as to what training or credentials you need to get into an assignment. If you are not sure where to start, consider the results of any career assessments you have taken and check those recommendations. Get a copy of the current Occupational Outlook Handbook, readily available at your local library or a workforce development center. The US Department of Labor Statistics also has information online about degrees, earning potential, and training for specific careers.

Take the time to look for the right training and degree programs that best meet your career needs and that of your personal life. You may need to take classes online if you are currently working. Or you may want to go to a certification program to earn your training sooner. Either case, the time is now to get started.

3 – Join the network.

Getting into your dream career is the last leg of the 3-part career plan. This can be accomplished in several ways, but they all involve connecting to a network in your new field. Start out with a professional social networking profile and becoming part of online industry groups to learn about career opportunities. Join a local chapter of professional associations. Get a mentor in your new career so you have the guidance you need to be successful.

Take on some volunteer work or even temporary assignments in the area you will be working in, so you can be in the right place at the right time. Over time, you will be able to experience your new career and the path will be laid out plainly in front of you. One day you will realize you’ve reached your goal.

If you are looking for an opportunity to begin your own dream career, look to the staffing agencies in White Plains NY, and contact the employment experts at Concorde Personnel today.

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Your Strategy After You Write the Resume – Job Seeker Tips

July 29th, 2013

Writing your resume is only the first step in getting a new job or advancing your career. After writing it, you have to start looking for jobs and create a system for applying for them. Most likely, you’re not going to get the very first job you find, so pay close attention to how you look for and apply for jobs. It takes a combination of organizational skills and dedication when you’re looking for your dream job, which all begin after completing your resume.

Read on to learn how to create a job search strategy that begins with writing the resume and ends with a new career.

Start a Job Search Schedule

Once you have your resume completed, don’t just start applying for every job you find. Create a realistic schedule and become organized. This is going to help you by setting aside some time every day to fill out applications and submit your resume, plus organizing everything keeps you for applying for the same job twice. This is embarrassing and almost instantly assures you don’t get the job. Make sure to keep a copy of the original job posting, as well as notes about how and when you applied for it, so you can get back to them if you don’t hear anything.

Find Jobs Relating to Your Experience and Skills

If you’re applying for every job available, it is taking you way too long and you’re going to get burnt out. If you face burnout from jobs you aren’t qualified for, then you’re not finding ones you are qualified for. Be picky from the beginning, and narrow down your search results to positions specifically relating to your skills, education and experience. This keeps the amount of jobs you’re applying for to a minimum, simplifying the entire process. Sending your resume to 10 jobs you don’t qualify for is a waste of time, since most of them won’t give your resume a second glance. You should also not look for jobs you’re overqualified for, because human resources don’t usually like hiring this way either. Find a good match for your experience and skills.

Network and Contact Companies

If you have ever had personal contact with someone at a particular company who has an opening, send your resume to that individual. Even if they don’t work for human resources or they aren’t the hiring manager, it gets your foot in the door. It is likely they remember you so they will forward your resume to the appropriate person. This shouldn’t be your only source of sending your resume, but definitely let them know you’re interested in the position. In a competitive business world, networking is key to getting a good job.

Practice Time Management

This goes hand-in-hand with scheduling tasks and not applying for jobs you aren’t properly qualified for. If you don’t manage your time wisely, you’re spending too much time on sending resumes to companies who won’t be interested in you. Similarly, if you have another job or projects, you’re taking time away from them with all of this resume forwarding and filling out job applications. But you also want to commit to your job search daily, if only for an hour a day.

If you are looking for open jobs in White Plains NY, contact Concorde Personnel today.

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Ways to Stand Out During your Interview

May 27th, 2013

When you are thinking about applying for a new job, you should pick a career that you have passion for. If you don’t have passion for the job, this will show during the interview.

When speaking to the hiring manager, be sure to mention your passion for the job and its responsibilities. Speak with the manager about your goals and interest. This will allow the manager to see a personal side of you.

Show them how eager you are

Although you don’t want to come off too strong, you must let the employer know how eager you are to get started. They love to hear how anxious you are to learn about the company. Make sure to ask questions about the company culture and values. This will let the manager know you are interested in working for their company, and not just looking for any job.

If this is the place you see yourself working for many years from now, you need to be up-front with the employer, and share these feelings and thoughts. Tell them you are very interested in building your career with this company.

Let your energy out

Even if you may not be the type to talk much, you need to break out of your shell. This is your one chance in front of this employer to show them how eager you are. Your passion needs to shine through. Here are some ways the manager will know that you are truly passionate about the position.

  • You are knowledgeable about the company and its culture
  • You respond to questions with confidence
  • You ask educated questions to learn more about the job responsibilities
  • You provide insight into your career goals and how the company can help you reach them
  • You are proactive and reach out to the hiring manager to confirm the interview and thank them afterwards

In addition, here are some questions and statements you should consider asking the employer to show you are interested:

  • “Your company must be hard-working to receive those rewards. Please tell me about some of the values your company prides itself on.”
  • “I noticed on your website that you were one of the top companies to work for in your area. What are some of the things employees currently love about working here?”
  • “I saw your company donated to a fund raiser. This makes me want to be part of this company even more, knowing you reach out to the community. Giving back to the community is extremely important to me”

If you want to stand out among others during the interview process, these tips need to be considered. The worse thing someone can do is to apply to a job they don’t care for. Choose what you are passionate about and you will notice finding a job will be more successful. Contact the experts at Concorde Personnel today. We have the network and resources to help you find a job you are truly passionate about.

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Interview Questions You Never Want to Ask at the Interview!

April 23rd, 2013

It’s happened to all job seekers at some point or another. The recruiter asks at the end of the interview if the candidate has any questions, and the candidate immediately puts his foot in his mouth with a bad question. This can occur for a couple of reasons. One, the candidate is not prepared for the interview therefore lacks confidence. Two, the candidate is extremely nervous and this causes him to mess things up.

The good news is that you don’t have to be like the unprepared candidate. Instead you will walk into that interview with poise and the ability to ask great questions.

Here are some examples of interview questions you want to avoid at all costs when in the hot seat.

What is the salary / pay rate for the assignment? This is the number one interview question that all candidates are dying to ask. However, it’s always best for the recruiter to bring this up. Asking this question gives the impression you are just looking for money, not a career experience.

I read an article (any negative press) about the company recently, can we discuss? This is a definite no-no when it comes to interviews. You never want to bring up any negatives about a company, even if they have to do with recent layoffs or controversy. Do your research quietly and decide for yourself if the company is worth a chance, or not.

Does your company offer flextime or telecommuting? While this can be a perk offered by some companies, the option to work flexible hours or from a remote location is not something all companies are comfortable with at this time. Asking this may allude to potential personal problems you may have getting to work on time.

How often can I expect performance reviews/raises? Again, this goes back to the issue of money. By asking this question you are basically saying you will do just enough to get a good review and a pay raise. Instead, learn about this when you actually get hired.

Who is your competitor? Do your homework and learn as much as you can about the company before you arrive for an interview. No hiring manager wants to hear about a competitor and you could be placed under scrutiny by bringing one up in the interview. You could also give the impression that you are digging around for industry information to pass on to a competitor.

Can I still check my Facebook account while at work? Social networking is an everyday practice that most employers are aware of. However, the use of company computers to check your social updates is still frowned upon. The last thing you want to do is bring this up during an interview, because you’ll only end up looking like a slacker.

Rule of thumb during an interview, if you think a question is awkward or potentially harmful – just don’t ask it!

If you are looking for more resources to help land you a job in the White Plains NY area, contact the staffing experts at Concorde Personnel today!

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The Importance of Your Introduction | Job Seeker Advice

March 26th, 2013

When you introduce yourself to potential employers, the introduction you choose says a lot more about you than you realize. That’s why it’s so important to work on your introductions whether you’re preparing to network, getting job interviews, or are simply working to make your first professional connection among peers.

Here are a few tips to help you nail your introductions and really influence others, including recruiters. 

1)   Keep it low key. You aren’t trying to intimidate anyone with your introduction. More importantly, those who try too hard to impress others with their introductions typically fail. Don’t recite your resume, provide your alma matter, or give a fancy title that no one in the group really understands. Unless you’re in a situation where your job title, college degree, or resume are relevant to the moment, it’s best to leave them out of the introduction. Those things can come later.

2)   Make it about others. One of the best job skills you can develop in life is that of a good listener. There’s so much you can learn from listening. In this instance, there’s so much you can learn from listening. Ask questions when appropriate and listen the rest of the time. They’ll be far more impressed by the things you didn’t say, most of the time, than they would be if you filled in the silences talking only about yourself.

3)   Keep your introductions appropriate to the occasion. Whether it’s a business or social engagement you need to keep your introduction appropriate for the occasion. That will gain you far more respect in the long run than many other types of introductions you may muster.

4)   Avoid an obvious agenda. The longer you’ve been seeking work, the more difficult this becomes. However, there are two things that will almost kill any hope of job prospects coming from an introduction. One is demanding work. The other is begging for it – even in round about manners. The job market has certainly been unkind over the past several years. Take some comfort from the fact that things are beginning to look up for job seekers and look for more creative and inventive ways to introduce yourself to others while still making a favorable first impression.

Don’t prop yourself or attempt to make yourself appear important in your introduction. Instead, offer the torch of friendship and see who takes it willingly. The value of making a connection with another human being may not be one that lands you a job in these trying times. But, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t offer something of great value that would have been lost to you without a proper introduction to get things started.

Enjoy a previous popular post on a related topic:

3 Ways to Avoid Job Search Desperation | Career Candidate Tips

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3 Ways to Avoid Job Search Desperation | Career Candidate Tips

February 25th, 2013

More than ever it is becoming difficult for the unemployed to find work. Yes, companies are hiring. Yes, new opportunities are out there. But, the problem is that there’s incredible competition in the career market, and this means there will be rejections from companies. For many of those who are looking for work, the job search is going from being challenging to being a process of desperation.

How can you avoid finding yourself in a situation where you are desperately trying to find work?

#1 – You Have to Be Realistic

One of the biggest things you don’t want to do is to settle for a job that is not right for you or your future. On the other hand, you have to be realistic. That’s the hard line to walk. If you see a position advertised but know it will not be good for you, don’t apply to it. It may be tempting but that job desperation is going to hurt you in the long run.

Make a list of the jobs you want to have, such as a dream job. Then, make a list of those that you will be okay holding. Write down the salaries, responsibilities and the title you will hold. It will help you to define just how low you are willing to go for that position.

#2 – Take the Time to Look Further

One of the mistakes many people make is not looking out into the horizon far enough. Instead of using the same way to find a job every single day, (you know the job boards you love and use all the time) switch things up. Give yourself something new to look at.

At the same time, consider how you are looking for a job. Are you trying to do it on your own and failing? It may be time to consider another option. Work with a recruiter instead. Use a temp agency, like Concorde Personnel, to get your feet wet. Look towards career support options as alumni.

#3 – Get Positive People Around You

It is hard to be positive and to keep working towards your goals when there is no end line in sight, but that is exactly what you have to do. You need to look past the rejections you are getting.

Those negative thoughts are hard to fight off on your own, though. That is why it is best to turn to other people who can help you. Be sure you have a support system that is honest (and can smack you around a bit when you need it) but one that is not going to let you give up or settle. It may be a professor from school or someone you’ve worked with in the past that you view as a mentor.

It’s never easy to find a job, especially when there is so much you are working against to find out. Yet, falling into a position of job search desperation is not going to help. It may even delay your ability to find the position that you’ve wanted and needed.

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