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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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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.

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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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If you want more help on how to stand out in your resume and cover letter, or if you need help finding the job of your dreams, contact Concorde Personnel. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in White Plains is ready to help!

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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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How to Move from a Temp Employee to a Permanent Hire in 2017

January 3rd, 2017

Are you looking to find a great job in 2017? The only thing better than kicking off the new year with a new job is beginning the new year with a job that has the promise to turn into a solid career. When you’re looking for a job, you should consider a temp-to-hire position.

What is Temp-to-Hire?

A temp-to-hire position is a hiring practice that allows companies to make educated hiring decisions. Companies offer potential employees a “trial” period before bringing them on full-time. It’s a similar idea to “try before you buy.” During this time period, the company is able to assess and evaluate job performance.

This temp-to-hire opportunity is also beneficial to you, the prospective employee. You’re able to see the workings of the company and the culture first-hand. Just as they are evaluating your performance, you can also consider how you fit within the company.

How to Find & Convert a Temp-to-Hire Position

Working with a staffing agency is your best way to find temp-to-hire opportunities. They have a pool of client companies who are looking to fill those positions and can help you find a match that is promising for your skills and career goals.

Once you land a temp-to-hire position, it’s time to work hard and prove that you are the right addition to the company. You will be evaluated closely, basically auditioning, for the job. Be yourself of course, and don’t create a false image, but absolutely do your best. Just as you want to excel and perform your best at a permanent job, this is no different. Get to know the team you’re working with, ask questions, collaborate, and meet your deadlines.

Find Your Temp-to-Hire Position

Does the temp-to-hire opportunity sound good to you? If you want to get started on the process to finding the right temp-to-hire position for you, contact Concorde Personnel.

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Which Jobs Provide an Option for Work-Life Balance?

December 20th, 2016

If you’re looking for a job that allows you to exercise the sought-after work-life balance, here is a list of the top 10 jobs you should consider. The jobs are categorized but are in no particular rank.

The first category is made up of jobs that are more technical, solitaire jobs. Yes, you’ll have to work with people, but most interaction will be with software systems, computers, and there’s a greater possibility to work remotely.

Research Engineer – Research engineers apply their expertise and knowledge to technical projects, finding innovative, cost-effective means to improve research, techniques, procedures, and/or products and technologies.

Devops Engineer – DevOps (a compound of development and operations) emphasizes the collaboration and communication of both software developers and other information-technology (IT) professionals while automating the process of software delivery and infrastructure changes.

Mobile Application Developer – Mobile application developer is a person who creates, tests, and programs mobile applications for end-users.

User Interface Designer – User interface (UI) designers are responsible for how the product is laid out. They are in charge of designing each screen or page of user interaction and ensures that the UI visually communicates the path that a UX (user experience) designer has laid out.

Data Scientist – A Data scientist is someone who makes value out of data. Responsibilities typically include creating various machine learning-based tools or processes within the company, such as recommendation engines or automated lead scoring systems. People within this role should also be able to perform statistical analysis.

The second category of jobs includes positions that would require more person-to-person collaboration, working with a team, and would require more time in an office or in meetings.

Technical Account Manager – Technical account managers are the people responsible for managing all the technical aspects of a company’s relationship with its clients. Their job description involves them working closely with the business and sales account management team in order to win new business and increase sales.

Recruiting Coordinator – Recruiting coordinators are responsible for attracting candidates, evaluating resumes, scheduling and conducting interviews and managing the hiring paperwork. They have a thorough knowledge of HR best practices and have innovative ideas.

Strategy Manager – A strategic manager helps top leadership establish and prioritize business objectives that align the company with opportunities and protect it from unwarranted risks. These managers use analytical and problem-solving skills to build roadmaps to lead the company toward gaining a sustainable competitive advantage.

User Experience Designer – User experience (UX) designers have a very good understanding of technology, business goals, and psychology. Their main task is to conduct user research, interviews, and surveys, and then use the gathered information to create sitemaps, wireframes, and prototypes.

Corporate Recruiter – The corporate recruiter is responsible for more than just finding great talent to fill one position; they must also write job descriptions, screen resumes, interview candidates, extend job offers, implement onboarding strategies and keep accurate records of all candidates and new hires.

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Shut Down the Negative Job Hopper Perception in Your Next Interview

November 21st, 2016

Since your first job in high school, you’ve been told that it’s best to spend some time at the same company for a while because it looks good on your resume. While we may still be hearing that advice, and even thinking it ourselves, the career path is different for everyone and so-called “job hopping” is becoming more regular.

A Negative Perception

There is a negative perception connected to job hopping. Among other reasons, three main concerns are:

  • Commitment Issues
  • Impatience
  • Doesn’t Play Well with Others

While it’s easy to see why these could be concerns of your hiring managers and interviewers, you can help them see that there can be other, respectable, reasons why job hopping occurs.

Shut Down Negative Perceptions

When you interview for a job, the hiring manager may not bring up these concerns specifically, but you can still shut down the unspoken perceptions by communicating the strengths that you’ve gained along the way as a job hopper.

  • Adaptable

Each time you start a new job, you are starting over. These transitions aren’t a piece of cake and it’s important to communicate your adaptability in the workplace. New systems, procedures, new people – you’re good at adapting to the new environment and finding your place at the company.

  • Thrives with Challenges

Job hopping really isn’t a bad thing when in fact you’re doing it to stay challenged and to meet each challenge head-on. You absolutely want to dispel thoughts that the reason you’re job hopping is because you felt challenged at previous jobs and you weren’t comfortable rolling with change at the office – whether it be new systems, new bosses, or new team members to work with. Instead, gently assure your interviewer that you want to stay challenged in the workplace, continuing to grow as a professional.

  • Passion for Fulfilling Work

Some hiring managers may see a job hopper as someone who doesn’t easily get along with others, someone who isn’t a team player. In your interview, be sure to speak to examples of your ability to work as a member of the team. If your motivation at work lies beyond your coworkers, explain that as well. Your career is about doing fulfilling work to the best of your abilities, and making friends along the way is an added bonus, but not a reason to stay in a particular position, just to log hours there.

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For more interviewing insights and job hunting advice, or to find amazing job opportunities, contact Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester, NY.

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