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Premium LinkedIn Accounts – Are They Worth Your Money?

November 7th, 2018

When you are looking for a job, it’s important to consider a variety of tools and resources so that you can find the right opportunity and next step in your career. One social platform feature available for job seekers is LinkedIn Premium.

What is LinkedIn Premium?

Any LinkedIn user can upgrade their standard account to Premium, and it does way more than let you know who has viewed your profile. In fact, you can try the Premium account for free for an entire month. During this month trial, you will be able to better understand the many features that it offers to job seekers and see if it makes sense for you.

LinkedIn Premium accounts allow a job seeker to contact or connect with hiring managers and recruiters easily. First, the well-known feature of knowing who has viewed your profile can allow you to see whether or not a company is interested in you after applying. This could give you a reason to reach out directly. Another feature making it easy to contact a hiring professional is the ability to send messages to people outside of your connections. Want to send a message to a potential supervisor at a company you want to work for, but are unsure of sending them a connection invitation? No problem. You can send them a message with a LinkedIn Premium account.

The upgraded account also includes the feature to see additional job posting and salary information, as well as informs you which searches you appeared in. You will also have access to learning videos.

How Much Does the Upgrade Cost?

A LinkedIn Premium account costs $29/month.

Is it Worth Your Investment?

First, you should take advantage of the Premium account for the trial period. Next, be sure to utilize and explore all the features as best you can during your free month. If you are looking to make a major career jump, are in a very popular industry, or are looking for a high-level job, you might be more likely to find the features of a Premium account vital to a successful job search. Think of the monthly cost as an investment to a new job with a raise that will cover the cost, and then some.

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LinkedIn Isn’t Your Resume, But it Has Unique Features to Help Your Job Search

July 24th, 2018

Every job seeker knows that LinkedIn is an important and useful professional networking site. From welders to bankers, this social network connects professionals and creates successful business relationships on a daily basis.

Even though it can’t be your formal resume, it does have unique features that can make your job search even more successful.

4 LinkedIn Features to Help Your Job Search

If you’re looking for a job, you definitely need to spend some time updating your LinkedIn profile. Be sure to fill out all relevant fields and even ask for some recommendations from coworkers. After those basic profile fields are complete, take advantage of these four features to help you find your next job.

Include Your Location

Be sure to include your location in your profile. When recruiting managers or headhunters are looking for candidates, they will often filter geographically. You don’t want to miss out on a great opportunity, just because you didn’t include your location on your LinkedIn profile! If you are open to relocating for a job, you can list all your possible cities in your “Career Interest” section.

Turn On “Open Candidate” feature

If you’re currently employed, but you are looking for a different job, you can take advantage of this fantastic feature in the “Career Interests” section. By turning on the “Open Candidate” feature, you can let recruiters at other companies know that you are interested in a new job, but the managers at your current job will have no idea so you won’t be in jeopardy of losing your job based on your searching. In this feature, you can also specify the type of position you are interested in, as well as the location.

Use “How You Match” feature

When you are looking at job listings on LinkedIn, you are able to view a checklist of how well you match the qualifications of that position. This checklist includes factors like education, years of experience, and job title. If you are a Premium member of LinkedIn, you will also be able to see how you rank with other applicants. It’s a fantastic way to see whether or not you should take the time to apply for the job position.

Connect with Your Alumni Base

It doesn’t matter when you graduated, alumni are always interested to help each other. You can use the “See Alumni” feature to find make more alumni connections. You will also be able to filter the location or even companies they work for to find alumni connections you may know or make new connections as well.

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If you need help writing your best resume, updating your LinkedIn profile with eye-catching info, or finding the perfect job, contact Concorde Personnel.

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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 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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Advice on Attracting and Retaining Generation Y Employees

June 7th, 2016

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Businesses today are beginning to understand just how important it is to attract Generation Y employees. These are the employees of the future. Companies that have an aging employee pool may be missing out on staff who are qualified to make the most of the latest technology. Many are struggling with coming up with ideas that will to appeal to the buying public – the Gen Y crowd.

Attracting Generation Y Workers

What makes the Generation Y so different, and hard to attract as career candidates? First off, Generation Y is a little different than the generations past. They are uniquely tied to technology in an intricate and live their lives out loud for the world to see on Facebook, Twitter, and the likes. If you want to get their attention and attract them to the jobs available, you have to introduce your company to them where they spend all their time.

Where, you ask, might that be? On the Internet, of course. Positions announced online are much more likely to be noticed by Gen Y than other generations  and more likely to get a response as well. Online and social network announcements of openings let them know that your company is technologically savvy, forward-thinking, and committed to the future rather than dwelling in the past. It makes a good impression with this up and coming group of talent and with them, first impressions are very important.

In addition to announcing the positions you have available online, you must make it a point to develop and maintain a significant web presence. Create a company blog, consider dedicating one or more members of your staff to social media and/or social networking. Start a Facebook account, and maintain a Twitter feed in order to start things off right when it comes to tech-savvy job seekers. These things, when done well, will create a web presence that attracts the top-tier candidates among the Gen Y pool of potential employees and that should be your ultimate goal.

Retaining Gen Y Employees

Once you’ve attracted Gen Y candidates enough to get their resumes and hire them, the next goal for you to work toward is keeping them. There are several things you can do, but one of the most important is by keeping them engaged in what’s going on in your business. Offer contests or competitions among the employees to keep them on task and on target. More importantly, it keeps them engaged in the work they’re doing. Offer incentives for reaching production goals rather than bonuses for simply being employed. Make the incentives attainable, but ambitious so they don’t become bored or frustrated with the process.

Give all employees, especially your Gen Y folks, a stake and a voice in the future of the company. Don’t patronize them. This will get under their skin in a really big way. Let them know that they are valuable members of the team and take what they have to offer to heart rather than giving it the slightest hint of “ear” service. Help them find the path to advancement, learn new skills, and cross over into other compatible tasks and assignments whenever possible. This is definitely a multi-tasking generation if ever there was one.

Most importantly of all, Generation Y workers grew up with parents who worked 80 or more hours per week and sacrificed a lot for a retirement that’s proving to be far less comfortable than anticipated. They place a high value on time away from the office. They want personal lives rather than to be tied to work 24/7. Give them the time off they want and need in order to recharge, in addition to the other things mentioned above and they are sure to be long-term and loyal employees for your company.

For help in recruiting and retaining Generation Y employees, or those with specialized skills in all generational groups, be sure to work with the experts at Concorde Personnel.

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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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Stay Connected to Your Job Networks Without Being a Pest

February 15th, 2016

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Networking is a crucial component to getting a job. Hands down, who you know is going to make a difference in if you get the job, or not. Sometimes, even the most determined HR executive is going to choose someone they know over someone with a stellar resume. However, there is a fine line to cross. Asking friends and family, or other connections, for a job on a regular basis gets annoying. How can you stay in the back of their mind without pushing yourself on them?

Use the Right Networking Tools the Right Way

When networking, stay connected using the right tools and methods. You can do so without overwhelming your network. Here are a few key ways to keep the connection without burning the bridge.

  • Take a few minutes out of your day to use social media. Using websites like Facebook and Twitter keep your name and information in from of those you want it to be in front of. However, you are not pushing yourself on that recruiter. He or she keeps your name in mind but your message does not have to be an asking-for-a-job message.
  • Be social without just throwing your name around. Sometimes you will need to put yourself out there. You will want to schedule a meeting with a top recruiter or HR manager to discuss options and let them know you are looking for a position. What you do not want to do is to push the envelope too often.  Going out to lunch once every few months is enough.
  • Talk to those who like you. There is no benefit to talking, working with or trying to network with people who do not like you for some reason. They are unlikely to hand over your name in a discussion with an employer. Rather, spend your time building networks with those who do like you.
  • Become a resource for the other person. In other words, you will want to ensure you are offering them something. You may become their go-to person for industry news, for example. They learn something or better themselves by talking to you. You become valuable and they keep you in mind because of it.
  • Do ensure you are not overdoing it by watching the way the person reacts to you. If you notice, he or she stops responding to you or is not willing to meet your eye-to-eye, take the cue.

Networking is a critical component to building a successful career. Those who are looking for a job may easily overdo it, though. This happens when people get into positions where they simply need a job. However, pull it back and use networking effectively. It will make a significant difference in how successful you are with finding a job as well. Get your name out there and keep it in the back of the mind of the right person and you will land the right job if it is out there.

For more support with your job search, be sure to check out the resources at Concorde Personnel today! We welcome your comments below.

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Small Business Web Design Tips That Appeal to Customers and Attract Job Seekers

February 8th, 2016

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Designing a website for your company is more than just creating one that attracts the right customers. It also has to take into consideration the job seekers you are hoping will apply. Candidates should benefit from visiting the site to learn about your corporate culture and any career opportunities available as well. It is possible to create a website that serves the needs of all of these potential visitors, but doing so requires more than just putting up your average three-page website.

Attracting Customers with a Website 

Most businesses need to use their website as a tool for attracting customers – this could be your first and primary tool. If this is important, use these tips:

  • Stand out with your design. Ensure your site is different from everyone else’s.
  • Use images and lots of them. You do not want the website to load slowly, but you do want to use images to attract customers.
  • Make sure the site is easy to navigate. One of the biggest drawbacks of a website can be making it hard to find products or services.

If your website has personality and properly markets your brand, it will do well with customers. This makes it easy to meet your business goals.

A Website Focusing on Job Seekers

A business website can also appeal to those who are looking for a job. If you are hiring and are seeking employees to fit key roles, or just want to make sure you are accessible when the very best applicant is looking, design your site with job seeker benefits. Here are some tips.

  • Do not just say you are hiring. Most applicants will not apply unless there is potential in getting hired. If your site does nothing more than say you are hiring, it is not doing enough.
  • Provide information about the positions available. You should list information about the skills, experience and even the pay for the potential employee.
  • Ensure there is a way for candidates to apply to you. Provide a specific email address. Some companies allow applicants to apply for positions on the site by submitting resumes.
  • Use a hiring page to convey your needs, but also to encourage those with skills to apply. You will want to ensure the best apply, not just anyone. A hiring page can provide all of the information an applicant needs to answer the question, “Should I apply?”
  • Use your company blog to discuss working aspects of your job. This is the ideal place to discuss what it is like to work with your company. It is also a good way to get traffic to your hiring page if you are looking for candidates.

For applicants, finding a hiring page that lists positions and hiring requirements is like getting all of the information they need to know if they should apply. Hands down, this is one of the most effective ways to ensuring you get the best applicants.

Your business website needs to meet the goals and needs of any person visiting it. Just as you do not want to lose that value customer who stops by, you also don’t want to lose the top notch employee who is looking for a position. Make it work for all.

 

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5 Smart Ways to Boost Your Earnings Potential

October 30th, 2015

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Everybody can use a little extra cash in their pocket. If you want to make more money or feel that you should be making more there are ways to achieve this goal. People can take advantage of self- improvement and making the most out of their positions to increase their earnings potential. Workers can position themselves for better pay and increase their value to their employer. Here are some ways to start boosting your income.

Recognize Your Worth 

One way to explore earnings potential is to see how much room you have to improve in this area. Research similar positions to the one you hold with other companies. See what they make in comparison to you.  The key is to quantify your worth in dollars and cents that your employer can understand.  A company’s first concern is bringing in revenue. The second is saving money. Show tour employer how you can contribute to this with accomplishments for the benefit of the organization. .

Be Open to Learning

Due to the tough economy, many companies are being forced to do more with less.  They need people who can multi-task with different skill sets.  Education is one way to increase your skills and command more income. Areas of training should be where companies have the most need.  There are also specialized areas that employers have problems filling positions on a regular basis. By mastering these fields, employees can enhance their  position with the company.

Develop Skills

Another method to increase your earning potential is to work part-time in a new trade, otherwise known as “moonlighting”. This can enhance your present work skills or give you the opportunity to learn a new career. You could start by finding a position similar to what you work in now, giving you more experience. There is also the option of working in a completely different area and learning something new. You can also easily work remotely doing flexible freelance work .

Develop a Career Track

If you feel you have not been given the right opportunities to advance in your organization, discuss this with superiors. Try to determine if there are certain skills holding you back. Always be open to improving skills and experience. Take advantage of in-house training. Volunteering to improve some areas is also an option.  Many companies work with outside community agencies sponsoring additional learning programs. Work with these relationships to enhance skills.

Start a Blog

There are now millions of blogs out in cyberspace. Free blog platforms like Blogger and WordPress make it easy to start one. This helps to create an online presence that future employers can review. It also provides the opportunity to make extra money. People can monetize a blog by placing ads and affiliate banners on them. Certain restrictions may apply depending on the platform used.

Taking advantage of ways to increasing earning potential can be a learning process. Identifying what an organization needs and being in a position to provide it can bring in a better salary.

 

Want to learn how to fully maximize all your career skills, and become a highly sought after professional (and well paid) in your field? Consider all the advantages of working with a staffing company like Concorde Personnel today!

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Social Networking Duties – Divvying Up Your Social Media Plan for Effective Results

September 18th, 2015

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One of the biggest potential responsibilities business owners today have to tackle is the one of social networking duties. Social media isn’t simply a means of getting new customers. It’s about networking, building relationships, and attracting talented people in your industry to come work for your company. But it’s also about building your brand and reputation on the World Wide Web. That’s why it’s important that you don’t trust these important responsibilities and duties to just anyone but only give them to people who have a vested interest in the future success of your business.

Create a Team Platform

Some businesses require multiple people to interact with others through their social media and networking accounts. There are several different platforms that allow businesses to assign certain social networking duties to multiple people who can either sign in with various profiles or however the particular platform allows. Hootsuite is one of the many platforms you might want to consider for creating and organizing your team social media platform.

Define Your Objectives

You have to know what you want to accomplish from your efforts. You need have an idea of why you’re diving into social media in the first place. Are you looking to broaden your customer base? Do you want to raise awareness about your company and/or products? Are you interested in recruiting new employees? Understanding what you want is the first part of the process. Then you can move on to the next stage.

Develop a Strategy

The last thing you want to do is mindlessly wade into the shark-infested water of social media. It can be a colossal failure for your company to do so. It’s not enough to simply have objectives or goals for your business. You need to develop a step by step process of how you propose to accomplish those objectives through social media. That is when you can begin divvying out responsibility to various employees of the company.

Divide Responsibility Appropriately

You now have your goals and expectations along with a roadmap for how to accomplish those. Now it’s time to put your talented staff to work implementing the fine plans you’ve made. How do you decide who goes where and who does what?

It’s always wise to divide the responsibilities according to the jobs that are done within the business. In other words, customer service and product information responsibilities are best handled by those who deal with customer service and product information in the company. Recruitment efforts are often best left in the capable hands of human resources employees that work within the company. This way no one is truly operating outside their comfort zones or skill sets when bringing social media into the mix.

The most effective social media efforts don’t seem forced and are appropriate to the business. Find your top talent in the field’s social media is addressing and put them to work creating the presence you want in your social media efforts. The one requirement, by far, is that the person be a genuine people person. Other than that, match strengths with strengths and see what happens.

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