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Want to Get Ahead? Work on This

September 28th, 2016

Looking for ways to stand out at work? Trying to impress your boss? It might not be as complicated as you think. Many companies are looking for their employees to possess basic office and people skills. We’ll bring you back to the basics and as you master them, you’ll find yourself excelling in the office.

Get Ahead by Mastering these Skills

  • Listen & Respond. Truly listening and giving relevant responses is the first major way to impress your coworkers and superiors. So often, it’s easy to get distracted in conversations and meetings. It’s also common to only think about your response before the person talking has even finished their piece. Truly listening in meetings and conversations is very important and something your coworkers will appreciate. Email communication is quite possibly the most common way to discuss ideas in the office. Read each email with full attention (same as listening) and when it comes time for you to respond, be thorough and timely.
  • Be accountable. It’s impossible to get ahead in the office if your coworkers can’t rely on you. Be accountable and reliable. Confess if you’ve made a mistake (we all make them!) and always put forth your best effort in the work you are meant to complete. Your honesty and accountability will help gain your coworkers’ trust and favorability.
  • Be a team player. Working in a company, you are automatically working on a team, no matter the size of the department you work in. Being on a team means you are open to collaboration and flexibility. Be supportive, open to new ideas, and be ready to help if needed. To get ahead and maybe take on a role in leadership, you first need to prove that you can play well and do good work on a team.
  • Continue to learn. The journey to “get ahead” is never-ending. Have the mindset that there is always more for you to learn, always room to improve. Continuing to better yourself will set you apart from other employees and your superiors will take notice. They’ll want to give more responsibility (reward) to the thirsty, thoughtful and trustful team player.

The Get-Ahead Track

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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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Turn Temporary Assignments Into Permanent Positions

August 19th, 2015

July 13th Candidates

Despite the challenges of starting or re-establishing a stable career, there is a smart option for landing a rewarding job that can last. By signing up for temporary assignments through a quality staffing agency, like Concorde Personnel, you can turn temp work into permanent positions in very little time. The key is knowing how to use temporary staffing to your advantage to land a great long term career with a top company. Here’s how to turn your next temporary assignment into a permanent position.

Dress for a Successful Image

One of the best ways to impress the company for which you will be temping for is to show up to work on time, always dressed for the part. People judge temporary workers on many levels, so you don’t want your appearance to be one of them. Come to work in the right attire, wear socks or hosiery, and be neat and groomed professionally to give a great impression at all times. This will give you a successful image early on.

Be Adaptable and Flexible

In order to position yourself for a possible regular assignment in the future, be willing to adapt to the needs of the company for this you are temping. This can mean taking on extra work hours, new tasks and accepting change as part of the assignment. When the company decides to make permanent placements, this will give you the advantage because you will be known for being ready to take on the challenges of the company.

Demonstrate Your Skills

Outside of the interview you will be doing with the recruiter at the staffing firm, make sure your immediate supervisor on the work site knows your full capabilities as a candidate. Ask to take on new work duties and really show your stuff. Demonstrate what you are capable of and why you would be a valuable member of the team if the company were to make you an offer of employment in the future.

Adopt the Corporate Environment

Another great way to turn that temp job into a more permanent situation is by learning what the company stands for and adopting the values of the workplace environment. The more you can show that you fit in well with the rest of the permanent employees, the better chance you have of being thought of for regular work opportunities.

Convey Your Desire to be Permanent

A mistake that many temporary workers make is forgetting to let the immediate supervisor know being hired permanently is desired. Do not assume that the people you work with know that you want to become permanent. After a few days on the job, take a moment to let your immediate supervisor know this, as well as the staffing agent who has placed you on the assignment.

Become Indispensable

The very best way to get offered a permanent job as a temp worker is to become an indispensable member of the team. Work hard in the first 2-3 months on the assignment and provide a great value to the company. If you do this, you will most likely be considered when it’s time to make a decision about your contract. Remember, it’s up to you to make the most of your temporary assignment so that you can end up with a great long-term career.

Want to find a great temporary to permanent assignment? Visit Concorde Group today and take advantage of our candidate resources!

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Do You Have Enough Experience for That Job?

February 28th, 2012

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Job candidates today need to evaluate each application individually and, so it becomes critical to put job titles to the side. Do you really have the necessary experience for the job you plan to apply for? A common misconception is that a job title at one company means the same thing at another business. You may be upper management at one company and just a mid-level manager at another position. The question is, how can you know if you are qualified to apply for the job then?

When searching for a job, do not just consider the job title. Look further at the information provided to find out if you are truly qualified. In some situations, you may be surprised to find that you have experience and training that qualifies you for a higher tiered position than you have applied to in the past.

First Consider Entry Level Positions

Although entry level seems like a degrading term, it does not have to be. In fact, individuals who have less than five years of experience in their field may fall into this position. You can apply for these positions. To land these positions, ensure you have great communication and make eye contact with the hiring manager. You want to show you are genuinely interested in the company and working there.

Mid-level Is Common

A mid-level position can be ideal for those who have more than five years of experience and show some type of manager-level skill or training. Here, hiring managers will expect you to have the ability to direct others, lead teams, manage projects on your own and handle budgets well. These employers do not want to hire people they have to train to do the job. To land this position, be sure to display your skills and your ability to do the job on hand. Use your experience as a tool to help you to excel.

Executive Position? Don’t Forget Them

Do not overlook the executive position you see a job ad for in the classifieds. You may still qualify for it. However, realize that your senior level position at a previous company does not automatically help you to qualify at this company. To apply for and land this position, you will need to display the job you have done at previous companies. Be sure you tailor these resumes and cover letters to the position listed.  You will need to explain convey your qualifications in detail.

When applying for a job, read the actual ad thoroughly. Do not look at the time – they are misleading. Rather, put more time into examining the actual description of the required experience and training. Apply based on how well your skills meet the needs of the job not what your tied was. In some cases, companies will be looking at the skills listed on your resume, not what the title is anyway. Apply for jobs when you are confident you have the ability to meet the requirements of the position.

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