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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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If you are looking to take the next step in your career, contact Concorde Personnel today and work with a leading staffing agency in Westchester. 

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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.

Land the Premier Work-Life Balance Job for You

To find one of these jobs or another fantastic job opportunity, contact Concorde Personnel. We’ve been helping people find their dream job for 30 years!

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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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Do You Have the Correct Networking Mindset?

October 26th, 2016

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One of the biggest buzzwords in the career world is “networking.” Despite its popularity, few people begin knowing how to really network effectively. There are two key factors you need to understand when you go to a networking event.

Be Yourself

Age-old advice for making friends on the playground is relevant to the world of networking, too. Go into any networking event with the intention of being yourself and making connections that feel natural.

Being genuine will be refreshing to your fellow networking friends and just like how you would want to help a friend, this approach will end up helping you in the long run. If you are trying to be someone you aren’t, you might see success in the short term but it won’t be beneficial in the long term.

Don’t Come On Too Strong

Don’t go into a networking event with a huge agenda. One pitfall you want to avoid is spewing out your resume and skill set when you begin meeting people. If you are too rehearsed in giving out your resume, you will only be remembered as the person who was too desperate and was too self-involved.

Remember, you want to make casual friends, not apply for an unlisted job. People don’t want to hear your resume, they want to make connections. As you continue to go to networking events, you want to be excited to see some of these people, and you’ll want them to be excited to catch up with you, too.

Help Others

As you begin to make friendly connections, look for ways that you can help them. Maybe you have a skill that can help them at their office, or maybe you know of someone else who can fill a need. Be a resource for others and remember that every side project or favor you do is giving you experience.

For every opportunity you seize to help others, there is a chance that those people will also want to help you as well. Networking often works as a give-and-take. If you see a job opening that works for a colleague, share it with them and even offer to serve as a reference. Those types of favors will pay off when you need them.

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As you enjoy your networking events, visit Concorde Personnel. You can create a relationship with a professional staffing agency in White Plains that can help you find a job, while you immerse yourself in your local networking scene.

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5 Tips to Nail Your Next Phone Interview

July 27th, 2016

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The hiring process has gotten longer over the years. It’s rare to have just one interview anymore. Instead, companies are taking advantage of technology by having preliminary, although just as important, interviews over the phone or using a video call service.

In this post we’ll talk about ways to feel confident in your phone interview, allowing you to make a lasting impression – without even meeting your interviewers face-to-face.

1. Be Prepared.

You might be able to hold the interview in the comfort of your own home, but that does not mean that you should split any focus. Be just as prepared for this interview as you would be for an in-person interview. The people on the other end will be able to tell if you came prepared or slacked off before you got on the call. Have a notebook ready with talking points or for taking notes, and have your resume out to reference. Good preparation is the start of a great phone interview!

2. Find a Quiet Location.

Nothing is worse in a phone interview than having a lot of noise in the background distracting from your conversation. Phones are sensitive to noise, a public space will probably give away your location to your interviewers on the other end.  They should not hear friends or family members having a good time, nor should they hear a coffee drink being artfully prepared.

3. Dress the Part.

Of course, this is optional. You could do a phone interview in your pajamas if you’ve nailed all the other points. However, many job candidates find that dressing to impress actually helps them feel put together and in a professional mindset for the interview.

4. Walk Around and Project Your Voice.

Having a phone interview gives you the option to walk around and talk with your hands in a judgment-free zone. Go for it! You need to be able to communicate your enthusiasm and expertise over the phone, so if you keep yourself lively, people will be able to hear your passion on the other end.

5. Smile!

Next time you’re on the phone, listen for the difference in your voice inflection when you smile versus other times. It changes, and people want to hire happy people. Plus, smiling, even to yourself, keeps you engaged in the phone interview and helps communicate the enthusiasm and drive you have for the job position.

For more helpful insight on finding a job and navigating the job market, contact Concorde Personnel. As a leader in staffing in Westchester, we have a number of great career opportunities that match your skill set!

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You Have a Gap in Your Resume – Why It’s OK!

June 30th, 2016

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Traditional job search wisdom says that a gap in your resume is a deal breaker for hiring managers. The gap is viewed as a period when you were either unemployable or too disengaged to look for work in a meaningful way. The reality of that gap period, of course, is often much different, but resumes are not great storytellers. Luckily, you can overcome this obstacle to employment and possibly even use it to your advantage. Take advantage of these strategies to bridge your resume gap.

Switch to a Skills-Based Resume

Most resumes are organized as a chronological timeline of your employment history. In this configuration, gaps are glaring. Instead, switch to a skills-based resume that emphasizes what you can do rather than when and where you have done it. Focus on the hard and soft skills that you possess that are most relevant to the position you’re trying to secure, and mention how those skills have produced positive results for past employers. When a hiring manager sees your resume they will be more focused on your future than your past.

Create a Positive Spin

A gap in your employment doesn’t have to be a bad thing if you used the time productively. Maybe you dedicated yourself to picking up new skills or to volunteering with a worthy cause in a meaningful way. In that context, your gap was more about personal and professional development than laziness. Even if you took the time off to do things irrelevant to your career, you can stress that now that you’ve fulfilled your lifelong dream of traveling through Asia or writing a screenplay, you’re ready to throw yourself back into the world of work. A potential employer will be more willing to accept a gap in your past than a gap looming in your future.

Be Open and Honest

A gap in your employment is likely to come up during the job interview. When answering, be honest about why the gap happened and what you did with your time. A dishonest answer will raise red flags at best, and expose you as a liar at worst. In anticipation of this question, prepare your answer in advance so that you don’t get flustered in your interview. As much as possible, try to frame your gap as a positive, or at least as unavoidable. Finally, deliver your response with confidence. If you don’t view your gap as a negative trait, your interviewer might not also.

We’ve shown you one way to frame yourself as a candidate who is not unqualified. But you need to make an equal or greater effort to frame yourself as a candidate who is uniquely qualified. Learn how to do that by working with The Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester.

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Is Your Cover Letter Ready for a Job Search in 2016?

April 27th, 2016

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Your resume and cover letter are equally important but completely opposite kinds of documents. Your resume is basically an outline of your skills and experiences. It gives hiring managers an easy way to scan your credentials. Your cover letter is where you make the case for why you’re fit for the job and better than any other candidate. It frames your credentials in the most relevant and enticing way possible. That’s why it’s so important to craft and revise the document carefully. Watch out for these common mistakes:

  • Bad Writing. Your cover letter must be impeccable. Typos, grammar mistakes, and awkward phrasing all make you look unprofessional. If you don’t consider yourself a strong writer, have a friend or family member help you edit.
  • Too Long. The goal is to make the biggest impression in the least amount of time. You cover letter should not be longer than one page, and should ideally be only three paragraphs. Make sure every sentence communicates something important.
  • Too General. It’s never a good idea to rely on a stock cover letter. Start each one from scratch, and be sure that the language and details you include relate directly to the company and available job. Show them your the best fit for this
  • Being Humble. Your cover letter is not a place to qualify your credentials, downplay your accomplishments, or be brutally honest about your strengths and weaknessses. In the short window of time you have, make yourself look as good as possible, just make sure you don’t lie.
  • Being Arrogant. The opposite is just as big a problem. If you were a totally perfect, one-of-a-kind professional, you would either have a job or have recruiters beating down your door. Don’t make it sound like you deserve a job without being fully vetted.
  • Over Explaining. You may be tempted to describe why you quit or were laid off from your past job. In most cases, this information is irrelevant and will only hurt your case. Focus on the positives and focus on the future.
  • Bad Formatting. Something that looks great on a printed piece of paper may not look great in an email, inside a form, or posted on a social network. Make sure that you format your cover letter so that it makes an equal impact across platforms.
  • Stopping Short. Most cover letters end with a pledge to follow up with the employer. End yours the right way, and then actually follow up. This helps demonstrate your interest in the position and keeps your name fresh in the hiring manager’s mind.

A great cover letter is important, but remember that it’s only one piece of the puzzle. You also need to have a polished resume, and turn in a great interview performance. Find resources to help you through every step in the process by working with The Concorde Group, a top staffing agency in Westchester.

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Is Your Online Job Presence Ready for Your Job Search?

February 24th, 2016

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As a job seeker, you need to put your very best face forward at all times. That means submitting carefully crafted and edited employment documents, acing your job interview, and acting professionally at all networking events. It also means you need to clean up your online presence.

The simple fact is that many of us have information that is “less than professional” floating around online. And while it may not be embarrassing, it’s not the kind of thing you want a potential employer to see as they evaluate your credentials and character. Here a few tips to help you clean up your online image:

Search for Your Name

It’s now standard practice for any employer to do a basic internet search of a candidate. Visit the major search engines and do the same – you might be surprised at what comes up. Information that you thought was lost in your past or buried deep in the list of search rankings might show up in the top few spots. Look at both sites and images.

Check Your Social Media

This is an area that trips up a lot of job seekers. You might not like the idea of an employer going onto your Facebook profile, but that doesn’t mean they won’t. If they are able to view photos of you getting wild on a vacation or acting in a way that calls your character into question, it’s going to reduce your standing as a candidate.  The first step is to remove any embarrassing photos and information. The second step is to set all but the most basic information to private viewing. Make sure you don’t overlook any old profiles that may have sat dormant for years.

Watch Out for Your Friends

You may not have posted anything embarrassing online, but that doesn’t mean your friends and family haven’t. Don’t make the shortsighted mistake of only cleaning up your own profile. Scrutinize your entire presence on social media, even if it takes some digging. Get rid of the content you have control over, and politely ask friends and family to remove anything you don’t have control over.

Turn Negatives into Positives

There is some information that it’s simply impossible to scrub off of the internet. If you find embarrassing information that’s permanently imbedded, the solution is to bury it. You can do this by establishing profiles on additional social media sites, starting a blog or personal website, and getting active on message boards and professional sites. Over time the embarrassing content will fall in the rankings and eventually become invisible to all but the most determined searchers.

Cleaning up your online presence is not something you should do, it’s something you MUST do. To learn about other job search essentials, connect with the team at The Concorde Group to work with a top staffing agency in Connecticut and Westchester.

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