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Are You a New Boss? Properly Build Strong Workforce Relationships

June 25th, 2019

Becoming a new boss is an exciting and important step in your career! This step of growth will bring about new challenges that will eventually propel you even further, but it can be intimidating in the beginning.

One of the most important things you must do as a new boss or manager is to build strong and professional workforce relationships. These relationships will help make you and your entire team more successful.

Two Ways to Properly Build Strong Relationships with Your Workforce

As you settle into your new role as a manager, one of your first tasks should be to build cohesive and strong relationships with your team. Follow these two suggestions to help make this possible.

Establish Boundaries

As a new boss, your relationships in the office need to adjust. It’s crucial to do this as soon as possible. If you’re unsure how to start, first take some time to think about your own superiors and how they interacted with you. These boundaries can help you establish your own. You can also ask a mentor some questions:

  • How often do you check in on employees throughout the day?
  • How do you treat co-workers who are now under your leadership?
  • How do you welcome new employees?

Reach Out to Your New Peers & Build Connections

Now that you are a manager, you should get to know the other managers in your company. They will face similar challenges that you will face, like managing employees, meeting deadlines, keeping schedules and budgets, etc. Ask them questions, seek advice, and build relationships so you have strong connections with your new peers at the workplace.

Need to Staff Your Team?

As you begin to build your team, contact Concorde Personnel for expert advice and assistance to recruit the best talent for your open positions. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in Westchester is ready to help!

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Career in a Slump? Here’s How to Break Out

April 23rd, 2019

Are you currently working but feel like you’re in a career slump? If you’re feeling chronically bored or complacent, it may be time to evaluate your career goals or even your current job. Are you staying in your current job because it’s familiar and easy? Maybe that’s why you’re feeling like you’re in a slump.

The solution is to get out of that comfort zone.

4 Ways to Break Out of a Career Slump

Leaving your comfort zone, especially when it comes to your career can seem scary and daunting. After all, your livelihood is on the line. However, the prospect is a lot less worrisome if you break it down into easy, simple steps.

Try Something New

A reliable way to break out of a career slump is to try something new. It doesn’t have to be a new job at first. Start with something less intimidating like volunteering. Another option is to learn a new skill that would contribute to your work. This may include outside classes or training, or even meeting with a colleague and asking to shadow them.

Talk to Different People

If you only talk to the same people every day, you may be losing out on valuable conversation that could inspire you and your career. Consider meeting new co-workers, or join some professional networking groups. These groups are meant to help people make connections so everyone is open to being social. You may be energized just by talking to new people and you might even realize an opportunity that you never would have considered had you not opened up your circle a bit.

Take a Class

A great way to break out of a slump is to take a class. Of course, a class that will contribute to your work is a great way to excel in your career and meet other professionals in the same field as you. However, learning something new that’s outside your industry is also a valuable way to become inspired and can still help you become motivated in your career.

Use a Recruiter or Staffing Agency

If you definitely need to find another job but are having a hard time finding what will excite you and help you achieve your goals, it’s good to consider a staffing agency. They exist to help qualified workers stay employed at secure jobs in their industry. The professionals at a staffing agency are aware of jobs before they are even posted so they can help you secure a job fast, and stay employed for the long run.

Get the Professional Help You Need to Break Out of Your Career Slump

Find a job that will propel you towards your career goals and contact Concorde Personnel, a leading staffing agency in Norwalk.

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Performance Reviews – The Guide to Standing Out to Your Boss

December 19th, 2018

Performance reviews are necessary at any company and while they may cause some anxiety, they can also be a great way to improve at your job, get a raise, and even discover valuable growth opportunities. In order for all these positive outcomes, you need to continue to do your best work, and follow these guidelines to stand out to your boss during your performance review.

Do These 4 Things to Stand Out in Your Performance Review

During your performance review, you will be evaluated on the work you’ve done since your last review, with both your strengths and weaknesses being acknowledged. Consider these four points to make the most of your review and stand out to your boss.

Be Prepared

Your performance review is definitely a time to listen to your manager, but it doesn’t mean that you should be completely unprepared for your review. Take notes throughout the year of any questions you might have or topics you want to discuss with your boss. Your boss will be happy that you are considering different ways for how you can improve your work and even grow within the company.

Accept Feedback

One of the main reasons to have a performance review is to accept feedback and constructive criticism from your supervisor. So you have to accept and welcome the feedback. Don’t get offended and remember that this feedback is meant to help you become a better employee and strengthen your professional offerings. If you need clarification on any of the feedback they give, just ask. Your boss will be happy to discuss it more.

Encourage Advice to Improve

If your performance review seems to lack any constructive criticism or critique, take the time to ask for advice on how you can improve your work and offer more to your team. The review is a time to understand how you can grow so you want to have that opportunity. Even if your manager can’t come up with an answer right then, they could always follow up the review with an email that includes some advice for improvement.

Set Up a Process for Continual Feedback

To truly grow professionally and stay motivated at your job, it’s best to have professional feedback and praise year-round. If your company typically only has formal performance reviews on an annual basis, ask your manager if you can set up a process with them that can make this happen more often. Your manager will be very happy to hear that you are willing to reflect on your performance and improve on your work throughout the year.

Find a Job to Be Excited About

If you are searching for a job to get you excited and revitalize your career goals, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a leading temp agency in Stamford.

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Company Branding – Why It’s More than Just Your Colors and Logos

October 23rd, 2018

When some people hear the phrase “company branding” they only think of colors and logos. While this is a part of the branding effort, it’s much more integrated and layered than that.

What Does Branding Mean to You?

It’s not necessary to get into the nitty gritty of creating a brand as a marketing professional would think about it. However, it is important to consider how your company’s branding is affecting the hiring functions in your office.

As managers or professionals in charge of talent acquisition, you must consider how your company’s brand and message might affect job recruitment. You have to ask yourself (and maybe colleagues in a brainstorming effort) these questions:

What messages are being sent out to your hiring audience?

  • Is your company sending out messages that attract the right level of talent? For example, you do not want to be posing as a hip or cool place for millennials if you are looking for a C-level job position.

What quality are your job postings, recruitment materials, or general marketing material?

  • Are your job postings easy to read and understand or are they too lengthy?
  • Is the application process straightforward?
  • Are your marketing materials (or any other form of presence) done professionally? Or do they look like an intern took an inexperienced try at Photoshop?

What does your social media presence say about your company?

  • Social media should look different depending on the brand of each company. Make sure your company’s personality and branding message are conveyed across all marketing platforms, including social media.

Understand Your Company’s Brand as a Job Seeker

As part of your company brand audit or reflection, you should consider how job seekers view your company. In particular, focus on what a job candidate would experience when applying to a job at the company. Consider these questions:

What is the experience like for job seekers?

  • Do you post clear job descriptions? If a job posting is confusing, too long, or too short, a potentially great fit for your company may not even apply. Be sure to communicate or demonstrate relevant company brand attributes in the job description.
  • Are you or team prompt with responses? Communication during the hiring process is a crucial way for the job seeker to develop a relationship with your company. While they might be in need of a job, they may think twice about a company who doesn’t communicate in a timely manner. This could, unfortunately, make them believe that the whole company operates at a slow, unproductive or unprofessional pace.

How does your company culture affect your true brand?

During the interview process, job seekers will get a preview of your company’s culture, which should be a delineation of your company’s branding efforts. To better understand if this is true for your company, you will want to know:

  • What do your current employees think about your company?
  • What are they sharing with the public?

After you take the time to review these branding ideas, you will have a better time understanding how your company’s brand is truly affecting your recruitment and even employee retention efforts.

Reach Your Ideal Talent with a Company Branding Analysis

If you would like any help revamping how your company is viewed by job seekers or recruiters, contact Concorde Personnel. We can help be sure your company is attracting the ideal talent for your job postings.

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MarTech – How Can You Shape Your Skills Into This New Industry?

September 19th, 2018

One of the fastest growing industries is marketing technology, which is why it has been given its own buzzword, MarTech. Even though professionals that can contribute to this field are in high demand, it’s still an unfamiliar industry. Understand more about what this industry is and how you can become a skilled professional in this new and exciting industry.

What is MarTech?

MarTech is the field of marketing that requires digital skills. Rather than digital marketing, this industry is even more focused on technology, rather than account management. If you are familiar with the social media marketing tool, Hootsuite, then you are familiar with marketing technology. Hootsuite, as a product or tool, is a perfect example of marketing technology.

Another example of a MarTech tool is retargeting software. This level of MarTech is when businesses can use one interaction from a customer to advertise to that same customer on another website or social media site.

Both of these applications of MarTech are seen every day, but may not even be noticed by the consumer. While it seems simple, there is a lot of coding, analytics, and even artificial intelligence involved. And that’s where this industry is headed.

What Training Do You Need to Get a Job in MarTech?

Since this is a very complicated and technically advanced industry, these are a few areas of specific training or experience you need before you will be considered for a MarTech job.

  • Email communication management
  • Customer management software (CMS)
  • Real-time decision-making through AI

These Are Useful Transferable Skills for MarTech

While most of the training involved in MarTech are specific, there are a few transferable skills that will be beneficial as you look to make a career in MarTech.

  • Creative problem solving
  • Effective communication
  • Collaborative teamwork

Find Your Career in MarTech

If you are intrigued about how you can enter the MarTech industry and need help finding the right opportunity, contact Concorde Personnel.

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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.

Need Some More Tips on Crafting Your Resume

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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.

Work with a Top Staffing Agency in Westchester

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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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.

For Job Leads, Look Here

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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What Should Be Your Theme When Talking to Your Team?

August 24th, 2016

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As a leader in your company, you have a lot to think about and you have a lot of responsibilities. Have you ever thought about being responsible for the morale and motivation of your co-workers and colleagues? Whether you realized it or not, the way you talk to, and with, your employees’ matters!

No matter what the subject matter of your conversations and meetings, there is one theme that should be present throughout – positivity!

How does positivity affect your employees?

Improves Productivity

When you set a positive tone, your co-workers’ and colleagues’ moods are lifted. They are buoyed to continue their work and reach the goals or deadlines ahead. Positivity in employees feeds off each other and can have a productive ripple effect. As employees reach their goals and deadlines, that positivity can continue to grow, leading to more success throughout the company.

Morale Boost

Nothing kills morale like negativity. It’s so important to always try to be more positive than negative in workplace relations. Keeping a positive attitude and theme in conversations or team meetings is one way to boost morale. Employee morale is extremely important when it comes to workplace performance, meeting deadlines, client relationships, punctuality, and even talent retention.

Motivates Employees

Employees need a motivation boost every so often, just like you! When you keep the theme of your conversations and meetings positive, this can be the extra push they need to feel motivated. Motivation is not an easy element to sustain in an office and the underlying theme of positivity in the workplace can help your employees reach their goals.

Helps with Engagement

When the office environment has positive vibes running throughout, employees are more likely to engage with one another. They are more likely to collaborate on projects, creating a more integrated team. It’s not a bad bonus to have them engage in small talk either. A closer team is a more cohesive team that helps to boost the positivity you’re working to foster.

Create a better work environment

A theme of positivity in your conversations and meetings with co-workers and colleagues can be the simplest way to boost everything from morale and motivation, company culture, performance, and productivity. These make the office a pleasant place to be and ultimately, a more successful company.

At Concorde Personnel, candidates are treated like clients! Our staff of experienced professionals is trained to help you find the job that best suits you. Contact our team of recruiters today to work with a top staffing agency in Westchester!

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Are You Burned Out? Do You Know What It Feels Like?

November 30th, 2015

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We hear the term “burned out” all the time, and it’s often the culprit that gets blamed when a person decides to suddenly walk away from a job. But how do you tell the difference between being burned out and simply having a bad day or week? Differentiating one from the other is tricky but essential for your personal and professional success. With that in mind, we’ve listed some common signs of burn out.

Sleeping Habits

  • You hit the snooze button over and over every morning before going to work.
  • You get home from work feeling exhausted and having no motivation to do the things that you like.
  • You have trouble sleeping or find yourself sleeping at unusual times.
  • You constantly feel like you are overwhelmed and at risk of collapse.

Work Problems

  • You feel especially liberated by the thought of a weekend away from work.
  • You dread the thought of Monday morning and feel depression and anxiety on Sundays.
  • You are hesitant to talk about work with friends and family and describe everything with one-word answers.
  • You avoid spending time with coworkers outside of work.
  • You often fantasize about quitting and plan the imaginary moment out in lurid detail.
  • You can’t remember the last time you felt proud of one of your work accomplishments or satisfied by your professional life.
  • You feel stuck in place and lost in a loop of endless repetition.

Personal Behavior and Reactions

  • You have become more cynical than normal, and your cynicism begins to express itself at inappropriate times.
  • You often lose your temper and begin to lash out at coworkers, friends, family, and strangers.
  • You spend too much of your time complaining about your job to the people close to you.
  • You want to move on from your job but you feel completely unmotivated to look for something new.
  • You notice that your coworkers seem to be walking on eggshells when you are around.
  • You often get asked by coworkers and friends if you are doing ok.
  • You are annoyed when people ask you what you do for a living.
  • You begin to treat coworkers, clients, and customers with disregard and open hostility.

Exhibiting a few of these symptoms is probably not a sign of burnout. But if this list seems particularly familiar then it should raise some red flags. The good news is that moving out of your current job and into something better is likely faster and easier than your expect. Work with The Concorde Group, a leading staffing agency in Westchester County, to get to a place you would rather be.

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