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The Job Market is Tight. What Does the Passive Talent Want the Switch Jobs (Then Stay There!)

February 7th, 2019

The job market is incredibly tight, which can make finding qualified and driven workers tough. If you’re not finding recruiting success with the methods you’ve been doing, then it’s time to take a new approach.

3 Ways to Catch the Attention of Passive Talent

If you’re having a hard time finding workers in the tight job market or keeping new hires, consider these three suggestions.

Create an Online Persona that is Exciting

Recruiting talent is not just about a job posting. Take time to enhance your online presence and create a persona that is exciting for active or passive talent. First and foremost, invest in your own website. It’s important that your website is inviting as well as informative. Your employee bios should be friendly and professional.

You also need to do your best to carry out that image or persona to your social media pages as well. Everything from Facebook to LinkedIn should be considered a place to attract prospective or passive talent.

Personalize the Recruiting, Interview, and Onboarding Processes

Stand out from other hiring companies and personalize your processes. Everything from early recruitment emails to onboarding your new hire should be personalized. This is often overlooked, especially in the recruiting process, but can make a major difference when trying to attract new talent and also make your new hires feel confident and comfortable.

Simple gestures like using the candidate’s name in emails or during the interview are very effective. During the onboarding process, be sure to tailor the experience to what will be most valuable to your new hire. Also, feel free to engage in harmless chatting during lunch in their first week. Getting to know your new hire, even if it’s just what sports they like to watch, will help ease some nerves and make them feel welcome and excited to be at your company.

Provide Continuous Feedback – Even for Small Milestones

Be available to answer any questions for your new hire. Let them know right away that they can always come to you for clarification. You should also provide continuous feedback so that your new hire can be successful early on. It’s also important that you recognize small achievements, especially in the beginning.

These strategies can be attractive reasons for passive talent to switch their jobs – and stay for the long haul.

Attract Strong Talent for Your Company

To attract the right talent to help your company succeed, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top staffing agency in Westchester.

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Common Interview Questions (and Answers You Should Have) in 2019

January 22nd, 2019

As you prepare for your job interview, you must be ready to answer basic questions, job-specific questions, and difficult ones as well. If you are looking at the new year as the perfect time to get a new and better job, you should consider how you will answer some interview questions.

How to Answer These 3 Interview Questions with Confidence

No matter how many interviews you’ve had in your professional career, certain questions can still feel awkward to answer. These three interview questions are commonly asked, and also difficult to answer. Use this guide to help you during your next interview in 2019.

Address your biggest weakness.

Everyone has weaknesses, so don’t even think about telling your interviewer that you have none! Be honest and focus on the progress that you have already made in correcting your weaknesses and how you plan on continuing overcoming this weakness. Focusing on how you can improve your weakness shows that you don’t shy away from challenges and that you are strong enough to overcome obstacles. Acknowledging your weaknesses also shows your integrity and honesty, two great qualities that every hiring manager wants to see.

How did you solve a difficult problem?

When giving your response to this question, consider it an opportunity to illustrate your abilities to overcome roadblocks, rather than a time to complain. Before the interview, think back on specific examples so you can recall the details. Since specifics are important when telling stories, if you have numbers to share with the interviewer, that would be an added bonus. Sharing the details of how you solved a particular problem will also build credibility.

How did you deal with a difficult co-worker?

No matter what the position, hiring managers are looking for team players. Since nobody is perfect, nearly every job has had to work with a difficult co-worker, so you should be ready to answer this question during your next interview. As previously mentioned, think back throughout your work experience so you can talk specifically about how you were able to look beyond a difficult co-worker and still complete your job, working alongside respectfully. You may find that both the difficult problem at work and the difficult co-worker questions are connected for your responses, and that is OK!

Get a Great Job in 2019

For help finding the right job for your career, and interview advice for your big day, contact Concorde Personnel to work with a leading temp agency in Stamford CT.

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You’re Not Alone in Struggling to Find Talent. Looking Internal Might be Your Answer in 2019

January 8th, 2019

If you are struggling to find the right talent to fill your vacant positions, you are not alone. You and many other hiring managers are finding themselves searching hard to find qualified candidates because there are in fact more jobs in need of skilled talent than there are job seekers.

To add to the pressure, it’s a costly mistake if you hire the wrong person. If you want a fresh approach on searching for the right talent for your open positions, you may want to consider internal hiring.

How to Best Approach Internal Hiring for Your Open Positions

There are a few key factors to keep in mind if you want to consider your internal team members for open positions at the company.

Gather Career Goal Input from Your Employees

Since most managers conduct performance reviews or have regular one-on-one meetings with their employees, it is easy to add a mandatory question that will help you understand the type of future that your employees want for their career path. Understanding professional goals and aspirations can help you determine whether or not they would be interested in additional training for higher-level jobs, or even lateral moves to a different department in your company.

Not only will nurturing their career aspirations build trust and morale, but it can also help you discover that the right talent for your open positions is already working at your company.

Forecast Workforce Gaps & Changes

Many companies have busy seasons, and times that are more laid back. This natural pattern of business, plus any information that you gather from the above suggestion are effective ways to be prepared for workforce changes. To avoid a gap that can set back productivity or add extra stress to your work, create a forecast for your workforce. This way, you can begin the hiring process before there is any rush, and it will give you time to train any of your internal team members if you choose to fill the position internally.

Train Internal Team Members for Higher-Level Positions

If you want to consider internal hiring, you will also want to implement training programs, workshops, or procedures to prepare your current workforce for higher-level positions. Leadership workshops or skill-specific training programs are a great way to increase the qualifications of candidates who would want to move into a higher role when it is available or when they have the required skill set.

Bonus Perk: Your Current Employees Already Know Your Culture

An added bonus when you hire internally is that the employee already knows, and embraces the company culture. This is an important part to making a good choice when hiring any job candidate, and in the case of looking internally, you don’t even have to question it!

Get the Help You Need in 2019

If you want expert help to get your office performing at its best, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a leading employment agency in Westchester NY.

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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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Create a Fair and Effective Performance Review Process

December 6th, 2018

Performance reviews cause both the employee and the manager anxiety. The manager may struggle with balancing the positive feedback with constructive criticism, while the employee might stress from hearing any type of critique.

The anxiety can be minimized with a fair and effective performance review, which is up to the manager to create and implement.

What is a Fair and Effective Performance Review?

First of all, the performance review is not a time to unleash negativity. It’s quite the opposite, actually. A performance review should be a motivational meeting that includes:

  • Highlights of praise for an employee’s accomplishments
  • Constructive feedback on areas that the employee has room for improvement
  • Time to ask and answer both big-picture and detail-oriented questions.

Once your employees know that these are metrics and topics of discussion, they will be better prepared for their review. Because the meeting is a chance for clarifications as well, they may even look forward to it!

3 Go-To Tips for Conducting a Fair and Effective Performance Review

To make sure you can make the best use of the performance review, follow these tips.

Utilize the Job Description

When deciding how to design the performance review, a great resource to use the job description. Does the employee fulfill the duties and expectations listed in the job description? This is also a good chance to see whether or not you need to revise or update the job description for this position. Any updates would only be relevant moving forward, beyond the performance review when you have a chance to discuss these updates with your employee.

Consider How Often You Want to Evaluate

Every expert will tell you that you need to review your employees’ performance more than only on an annual basis. Some companies hold reviews after major projects or busy seasons. Other companies choose to hold performance evaluations quarterly. Look at your own business and schedule to determine what makes the most sense for your business. Holding reviews at least a few times a year will help your employees grow and contribute more effectively.

Use the Right Language

Each employee responds differently to praise and critique. The performance review is a crucial time to help nurture the employee and foster improvement, so be sure to use language that is clear and concise to avoid any misunderstandings. Here are a few examples of effective language to use instead of words like “good” or “great.”

  • Excels
  • Dedicated
  • Focus
  • Thorough
  • Decisive

Create Your Performance Review Process with Experts

For more help on implementing an effective and fair performance review process, contact Concorde Personnel and work with a top staffing agency in Westchester.

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Keep it Simple – What Do Job Seekers Want in a New Job?

November 20th, 2018

The first step in attracting star talent to apply to your open positions is to include the right information in your job posting.

Thankfully, applicants aren’t looking for wit or humor in a job post. What they want is simply valuable and relevant information. Give them what they are looking for and don’t get skimmed over just because you left out key points.

Job Seekers are Looking for These Factors in a Job Post

Be sure to include these pieces of key information in your next job post to recruit top applicants for your company.

Salary Information

No surprise here. Applicants want to see something regarding the salary of the position. Whether it’s a range or specific number, job seekers want to know whether or not this job will be able to fulfill their financial and lifestyle needs. Even though this is the most sought-after piece of information in a job post, it is not the biggest consideration when a person decides to apply for a job.

Office Perks and Benefits

The next rank of information has to deal with benefits, like health insurance, and office perks like on-site cafes or courtyards. The job post does not need to go into details about perks or benefits, but a quick acknowledgment that the company provides health insurance for that position or as coffee and snacks for employees is valuable information for job seekers.

Job Location

In addition to the actual location of the company, job seekers are also interested to know whether or not the position offers remote work days. Be sure to list this option if it’s relevant to your company and the job position.

Employee Reviews

Finally, job seekers are very interested to hear what other employees, current or past, have to say about the company. If you don’t already ask your employees to submit reviews, now is a great time to do so. Then, you can provide a direct link to your company reviews on the job listing.

Find Your Next Star Talent with Concorde Personnel

Are you looking to hire star employees to work at your company? Let the professionals at Concorde Personnel help you. As a top employment agency in Westchester, our team is ready to bring the right talent to your company!

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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.

Upgrade Your Resume, Interview Skills, & Everything In between

For complete guidance on your job search, from resume writing to interview coaching, contact Concorde Personnel. to work with a top staffing agency in Stamford CT.

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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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Recruiter or Hiring Manager Ghosted You After the Interview? Here’s Why it Happened

October 9th, 2018

Have you ever been so exhilarated about a potential job because you were certain you were going to get it? Everything was going so well, and then, after the interview, the hiring manager or recruiter just completely dropped any and all communication? This is getting “ghosted” and it’s a huge bummer.

3 Top Reasons Why You Were Ghosted After Your Interview

It’s not easy to forget about what you thought was going to be your next great job. However, it is important to move on. In order to better move on, you should understand a few reasons as to why the employer ghosted you.

The Interview Didn’t Match Up to Your Resume

Even if you thought the interview went well because conversation came easily, and personalities matched, it doesn’t mean that the hiring manager or recruiter felt like you matched your resume. You may have missed opportunities to talk about key points of past experience, skills, or job responsibilities that you highlighted on your resume.

Other Company Priorities Came Up

Even though it’s inconsiderate to you, the eager job seeker, a hiring manager or recruiter may have had to switch focus with more pressing issues at the company. It could mean that they are reconsidering hiring anyone for that position, or other unrelated issues popped up that take priority over.

You Just Weren’t the Right Fit & Rejection Communication is Difficult

Even though you would rather receive an official rejection than wait around, wondering if you got the job, some hiring managers or recruiters are very uncomfortable sending rejection communication. This is unfortunate and yes, unprofessional, but you have to move beyond it.

How to Bounce Back from Being Ghosted

Nobody likes to be ghosted, but it, unfortunately, happens more often than you would think. If it does happen to you, don’t let it get you down and unmotivated. In fact, feel free to reach out to the company, in a very relaxed and professional manner. Wish your contact well, and ask them if they have the time to respond about whether or not they are still in the interviewing process. You can even ask them to help you understand why they passed over you so you can improve yourself for the next opportunity. This humble communication is a breath of fresh air and if your contact isn’t too busy, they will be happy to help you.

Rebound from Being Ghosted & Find the Right Job

Overcome the sting of being ghosted and contact Concorde Personnel to help you find a new job opportunity that will help you reach your career goals. Our team of recruiters at a top staffing agency in Stamford CT is ready to help. Contact us today!

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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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