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How to Look for a New Job While Still Working At Your Old One

December 16th, 2014

Looking for a job while also working full or part time can seem like a daunting proposal. But looking for a job with no income coming in at all is probably even harder. Luckily, there are ways to stay at the job you have currently while effectively and discreetly looking for something new. Rely on these strategies:

Continue to Excel

Don’t let your performance at your current job slip just because you’ve decided to move on. Continue showing up on time, working hard, and accepting extra work. You don’t want to risk losing your job unexpectedly, and you might later be relying on your boss to give you a recommendation.

Keep Your Job Search at Home

Don’t conduct any part of your job search on company time, at the office, or on a company computer. You might face penalties from your employer if you are caught. Plus, it’s harder to search for a job when you are trying to be sneaky.

Stay Off Social Media

Don’t broadcast that you are searching for a job on social media, even if your boss and coworkers are not in your network of friends. This kind of information has a way of spreading unintentionally, and, again, you could face penalties if your employer finds out.

Revise Your Reference List

Make sure that your current employer is not on your list of references. It is appropriate to include them after your have left the position, but not while you are still employed. If you need someone to speak to your recent professional performance, consider enlisting a trusted coworker.

Dress Appropriately

Many job seekers make the mistake of wearing a suit to a casual office on a day when they have a secret afternoon job interview. Make sure that you don’t accidentally reveal your intentions by changing your routine.

Be Honest if Caught

If your boss does find out that you are looking for a job, be honest with them. If you lie, it could damage your credibility and reputation. Explain the situation honestly, and assure your superior that your search is not jeopardizing your current responsibilities.

Schedule Appropriately

As much as possible, try to schedule phone and face-to-face interviews during non-working hours. If necessary, take a personal day. Trying to fit a secret interview into your workday creates extra stress that only degrades your performance.

Finally, if you do get a new job, make sure that you give the job you are leaving the customary two weeks notice. Just because you are moving on doesn’t mean you can disregard basic professional courtesies. Once your job search starts, partner with Concorde Staffing Group to find more of the vacancies you are looking for.


You Just Got a Job! Now What?

November 24th, 2014

The job search process is often long, stressful, and exhausting. When do you finally get an offer, it’s easy to conclude that your work is done and that you can simply relax and settle into your new position. The reality, however, is that your work is just beginning, and if you take your foot off the gas now you jeopardize your long-term employment prospects. Follow these tips to help you get the most from your time right after you get a job.

Establish Positive Relationships

You are making a first impression on everyone at your new job. Make sure that it’s a positive one. Be outgoing, make the effort to introduce yourself, and strive to be open, honest, and clear in all your interactions.

Produce Results

You have a lot to prove in your first weeks and month on the job. Establish yourself as a person who delivers on promises, meets deadlines, and produces tangible results. It is not unreasonable to keep a “success file” tracking your early accomplishments.

Be Ambitious

Don’t be afraid to take on and even seek out extra responsibilities. These show your superiors that you are a value to the company and that you have even more to offer than expected. Just make sure you don’t comprise your core responsibilities by taking on new ones.

Build Your Network

Get to know your coworkers, your superiors, and all the people below you including the security guard, the IT guy and the people in other departments. The stronger and wider your network, the more resources you have to draw on when you need information or assistance.

Create a Plan and Review it

Make a “personal development plan” for yourself that accounts for your short, medium, and long-term goals. This can help you better align the work you’re doing with your personal and professional ambitions. Review and update this plan regularly.

Fine Tune Your Job Description

Sometime within the first 90 days, sit down with your manger and review your job description in the context of your early experiences. Try to fine tune the details so that you and your manager are on the same page about what’s expected of you.

Maintain Balance

It’s easy to throw yourself into a new job, but make sure that you maintain some kind of work/life balance. If not, you risk burning out, or creating expectations for yourself that you can’t deliver on over the long term.

Remember that the impression you make in the first stages of a new job is one that will stick with you throughout your entire period of employment. Look great from the start, and you’ll ultimately rise higher, faster. Find more resources to help you further your career by working with the professionals at The Concorde Group.


Is the Job You’re Applying for a Good Fit?

September 30th, 2014

When you’re looking for a job, it’s easy to reach a point when you are willing to apply for anything and everything. But in your urgency to find something, anything, you might end up applying with companies that are a bad fit for your skills and long-term goals. Remember, the point isn’t just to find a job, it’s to find a great job that you can imagine sticking with. Use these strategies to assess if the position you’re applying for is a good fit.

Examine the Compensation

Ultimately, you go to work to make money. If the position you’re applying for does not compensate you enough to live the lifestyle you require, it’s only going to cause stress down the road. Consider the entire compensation package, too. The salary might be enough, but if you rely on having medical benefits that your future employer can’t offer, it will make it hard to stick with the company.

Consider Your Aptitude

It’s great to be ambitious and to strive for higher plateaus, but if you find that you are offered a position that you are woefully unqualified for, it’s only going to cause problems. You will feel constantly stressed and have to deal with an embarrassing string of disappointments. Your employer will also notice your mistakes and question your future with the company.

Factor in Your Family

You may be the one going to the office everyday, but your job affects your entire family and everyone who depends on you. Jobs that require lots of travel, long hours, or exposure to dangerous environments can place a serious strain on your family. Be sure to consider their needs before you accept a position. If you are single, think about how the position will affect your ability to start a family in the future.

Gauge Your Level of Excitement

If you have been out of work for a while, it’s tempting to jump at the first position offered to you. But if you don’t feel an ounce of excitement about the job responsibilities, the office environment, or your chances for advancement, it’s going to be very hard to come to work every morning. Earning a regular paycheck is great, but not if it makes you miserable.

Find a Job You Can Believe in

Before you accept a job, ask yourself if you believe in the mission of the company, the quality of the work they do, the way they treat their employees, and their position in the community. Lots of people work for companies that don’t meet all these criteria, but if you can find a company that does, you are much more likely to stick with them long term. You can’t wait forever to find the ideal position, but don’t toss all your values aside in your scramble to get hired on with somebody.

Finding a job isn’t easy, and finding the perfect job is even harder. Access resources that can help your search by contacting The Concorde Group.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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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