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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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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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4 Skills to Showcase to Stand Out to Hiring Managers

January 26th, 2016

Put yourself in the shoes of a hiring manager. You’ve listed a vacancy, and the resumes have begun to pour in. As you read through the stack, you notice that the majority of the candidates have degrees from solid colleges, skills that are relevant to the position, and experience working in the industry. Basically, everyone is equally qualified. When this dilemma presents itself (and it often does) hiring managers have to look past hard credentials and evaluate candidates based on character and personality – soft skills. There are the four soft skills that you will want to showcase in order to stand out from all the other candidates:

Manageability

You might be a top performer, but if you are hard to manage, you will only be a disruption to a team. Hiring managers want to know that the person they hire can take direction, respond to criticism and feedback, accept assigned roles, and defer to the decision of superiors. Candidates can demonstrate this skill by highlighting instances when they met goals and earned extra responsibilities.

Communication

You can have tons of great ideas, but if you can’t communicate them, they don’t do anyone any good. Conversely, if you can’t hear and digest the ideas of others, then you will cause a lot more problems than you solve. Hiring managers will hesitate to hire anyone who can’t communicate clearly in all formats and all settings. Candidates can demonstrate this skill by submitting a polished resume/cover letter and turning in a great interview performance.

Cooperation

You don’t get hired to work on your own; you get hired to work as part of a team. That is true regardless of the position or setting. If you can’t be a team player, you will hold everyone else around you back and put the biggest and most important plans in jeopardy. For obvious reasons, hiring managers don’t want to hire people who can’t work with those around them. Candidates can demonstrate this skill by highlighting team accomplishments and describing their individual contribution.

Resilience

You might do great when things are going smoothly, but if you fall apart in stressful situations you’re not much of an asset to a company. In business, the unexpected is inevitable and stress is unavoidable. Hiring managers only want to bring someone onboard who can perform during the good times and the bad. Candidates can highlight this skill by describing moments of adversity and how they overcame them.

Rather than explicitly stating that you have these skills, prove that you have them using anecdotes, metrics, and demonstrations. Those carry a lot more weight with hiring managers. Find more resources to help you catch attention by contacting the Concorde Group.

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What Does “We’ll Keep Your Resume on File” Actually Mean?

December 28th, 2015

All job seekers have heard it before – “We’ll keep your resume on file.” Most of us interpret this as a polite way to say “Thanks but no thanks,” but there is always the tantalizing possibility that someone will reference your resume in the future and offer you a job out of the blue. So what does this overused phrase actually mean? Should you look elsewhere or hold out hope? It all depends on the job and the company, but usually this phrase means one of three things:

“We Like You as a Candidate, but Not for This Job”

There are some job seekers who have a lot of impressive credentials and interpersonal skills but simply aren’t the best fit for the job they’ve applied for. In this case the hiring manager may be legitimately interested in keeping you in the recruiting orbit, but doesn’t have a job to offer right now. You should only come to this conclusion if you have had at least one interview that you felt went well and received warm sentiments when you reached out to the hiring manager subsequently.

“There Was Never Really a Job Available”

Too often recruiting is more about optics than efficiency. Companies will often initiate a perfunctory recruiting process knowing the entire time that an internal candidate will be tapped to fill the role. That means you likely haven’t been vetted very closely and the offer to keep the resume on file is simply a polite sentiment. The good news, however, is that while you didn’t dazzle, you didn’t make a bad impression either. You should feel welcome to apply for future opportunities and can use your previous experience to demonstrate a longstanding interest in the company.

“Please Do Not Contact Us Again”

After an interview, it’s appropriate to follow up once but not more than that. There are a number of professionals, unfortunately, who haven’t learned this lesson and incessantly reach out to hiring managers post-interview. They will often get the resume on file line simply as a way to sever the string of contact. If you proved yourself to be a bit too eager (be honest with yourself), you should give up on this opportunity and look elsewhere. Use the experience as a learning opportunity and find a better way to demonstrate your enthusiasm.

No matter which of these responses applies to you, one thing is clear – you’re going to need to continue your job search. Don’t be deflated, just do things better. Access resources from The Concorde Group to help you find superior job opportunities in Westchester NY and get your foot in the door faster.

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How to Land a New Job in 2012

January 7th, 2012

Getting a new job in 2012 is a high priority for many Americans who continue to find themselves numbered among the unemployed. There is finally a little light at the end of the job search tunnel. Those candidates who had given up hope of finding new jobs in the past, are suddenly beginning to take a second look at the job market. Here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re a standout among the sea of people competing for the same great jobs this year.

Skip the Generic

Whether it’s cover letters, resumes, or the interview process you want to stand out – in a positive way – with prospective employers. Your cover letter is your first opportunity to show potential employers what you have to offer. You need to make sure the cover letter you provide is custom-made for each job for which you are applying.

More importantly, your cover letter needs to be something other than a reiteration of your resume. Let the hiring managers know how excited you are about the opportunity to join their organization. Then give them a little nugget about why you’re such a perfect fit for the job in question as well as their corporate culture.

Use Your Social Networks Wisely

Every person you know both in person and online is part of your social network. When you’re in the job market you need to work long and hard to make sure the image you project online is one you want potential employers to see and associate with you.

But the use of social networks goes much deeper than the negative. Use online social networks such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook to let people know you’re in the market for a new job and what kind of skills you bring to the table. People in your immediate circle of friends and acquaintances may not have a great job for you but the odds are good that some of them know someone who could use your talents.

According to Jobvite, one in six workers used social networks in order to get hired in 2011. There’s no reason to believe this trend will decline in 2012. But the real news is the number of businesses that are now turning to social networks in order to find job candidates as well. A different Jobvite survey also reveals that 89 percent of businesses in the US will turn to social networks for recruiting purposes.

Whether you’re in the market because you need a job, are underemployed, or simply want to switch jobs (or even, perhaps, careers) it’s important that you upgrade your job search skills and efforts to maximize your job search reach and exposure. Regardless of the reason, the job market is more crowded today than ever before and that means that you must look for creative avenues to make yourself stand out among the crowd.

To find a great job this year, consider the advantages of contracting with a quality recruitment firm like Concorde Personnel. You’ll gain access to a wide network of job search resources and companies that work with us to find candidates like you.

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Don’t Let Your Job Search Steal Your Self Worth

December 8th, 2011

There cannot be anything more damaging to your self-esteem than a long-term job search. Each day, you submit applications, go to interviews and wait for the phone to ring. It does not happen. There always seems to be someone else that is a better fit for the position or may be better qualified. It can be frustrating, but there are steps you can take to avoid this type of depreciation of self worth.

You Have to Hold Onto Self Confidence

When you do head in for an interview, the interviewer knows right away just how self-confident you are from the way you carry yourself. Most employers want an individual who is confident (not arrogant) and can do the job with a positive attitude. The question is, then, how do you balance a self esteem-bashing job search with a job-landing attitude?

The following are some tips to help you to keep your motivation high and your self-worth intact throughout your job search.

  • Make sure you have motivation each day. That means being active in motivating yourself through positive thinking, rewarding yourself for small accomplishments and through monitoring your success.
  • Read your resume. Look at your qualifications closely. You have accomplished a great deal and it is right there, on paper.
  • Do something beneficial to your overall attitude at least once a week. Some experts say that doing culturally significant activities help. This includes going to see a musical or taking in a museum. It shows what the mind can accomplish if you give it a chance.
  • Be active in your professional organization or industry even if it is in a non-paying way. Attend local organization meetings. Join in the conversation online. Stay up to date and be involved.
  • Do something good for others. This allows you to count your blessings and to feel good about yourself. Volunteer your time to help the disabled or to work with children who are less fortunate. Be involved in community activities. These are all great networking opportunities, too.
  • Remove yourself from the constant negative environment around you. For example, avoid reading the newspaper. Avoid being around negative people who pull you down with them. Rather, surrounding yourself with a positive environment so your mind frame is naturally uplifting.

Be realistic, too. There will be times when you feel awful and you simply cannot see the light at the end of the tunnel. Those who are in a long, drawn out job search are likely to go through periods where it seems futile applying for jobs or going to interviews. However, it pays to keep doing so.

While at interviews, learn what is making the employer hire another person over you. Ask what you could do to have landed the job instead. Then, keep pushing forward. You may need more education. If so, work towards that. If you learn that the person got a job because of their experience, find ways to intern or volunteer to boost your resume.

Your self-esteem may take a beating from time to time when you are dealing with job searching, but if you keep plugging away and keep looking for positive things along the route, you will get to your final destination faster. For help in your job search, be sure to check out the employment resources that Concorde Personnel offers today!

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Win the Race: Change Your Job Search Strategy to Get Hired Faster

October 15th, 2011

On average, it takes today’s job seeker approximately five months to land a great job. This is due to the influx of candidates on the market due to the sluggish economic pattern currently leaving many people without a decent job. Oftentimes, this can be a seriously depressing and frustrating time for job seekers, especially those who are looking for a job for the first time or following long-term unemployment.

Did you know that you don’t have to be one of the statistics if you learn a new method for finding a job that’s more effective? You don’t have to use the same worn out “wait and hope” approach that other job seekers use, which consists of:

  1. Searching for Job Openings
  2. Applying for Jobs You Want
  3. Waiting and Hoping for Someone to Call…eventually

Believe it or not, there are other options. Here’s what you need to know about changing your job search strategy to get hired by a good company faster!

Step One – Make a List of Your Target Employers

You have a fairly good idea about what industry you want to work in, and the best companies to work with. The beauty here is that in today’s world you are no longer limited by geography or who you know at the best organizations. You can literally do a Google search and locate hundreds of companies in your field that have viable employment options. Start making a list of the companies you want to work for, and use this list as the basis of your job search instead of the paltry job ads that everyone else is looking at.

Step Two – Do Your Research on Each Company

Take the time to thoroughly research each company on your target list to find those that fits your needs as a job seeker. Look for things like the company mission statement and the objectives of each company to gain a better understanding of how well you might fit into the corporate culture. Peruse the company leadership information, client portfolios and sales reports to find out what makes the company tick. This will give you greater insight and help you during the interviewing process.

Step Three – Review Employer Career Portals

A vast majority of job ads never make it past company career portals. In fact, it is widely known that less than 20% of all jobs are ever advertised to the general job seeker population. No wonder the “wait and hope” approach doesn’t work that well! Get the advantage by setting up an individual career account on each company’s job board, and then set up job alerts to ease your time spent searching for an opening.

Step Four – Make Direct Contact and Apply

Now it’s time to make contact. Browse through all entry and mid-level posts first, even if they are older, then go ahead and apply to those that relate to your skills. Remember that very often these are the standard job openings that the company has frequent needs to fill, so the date doesn’t always matter all that much. Keep checking back to the career portal when a job alert sends you an email about a new position.

Step Five – Follow Up with Persistence

Just because you submit your application doesn’t mean you are going to get a lot of attention, unless you stand out from other candidates. Take the time to send a friendly email to the HR department, along with a copy of your resume letting them know you applied for an opening. Detail your skills, credentials and ability to become a valuable member of their team. Follow up at least once per week for the best results, but be polite and stop if you are told not to contact them again. Respect the HR department and you’ll get respect in return.

Want more job search success? Get on the fast track to a great new career when you register for work with Concorde Personnel!

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Getting the Interview: 5 Things That Will Make Employers Ignore Your Resume

September 26th, 2011

As a job seeker, it’s generally common sense to put your best foot forward to garner positive attention from recruiters. The problem is that oftentimes candidates may do things that cause hiring managers to avoid them, without actually realizing it. If you aren’t getting the kind of responses you need from the companies you are applying for, perhaps you are doing one of the 5 things that can make employers ignore your resume?

  1. Failure to Follow Instructions – When responding to a job advertisement found on a career board or online job posting, you should really take the time to read the instructions and follow them. It’s surprising then that many candidates fail to follow this first easy step when inquiring about a job, which makes them look careless. Take the time to read the job ad and visit the company career page for more information before making this mistake.
  2. Not Qualified for the Job – You may see a job that appears to be interesting, and besides it’s with a company you’ve been dying to get on with. Before you click “apply”, read the job description and requirements before firing off your resume. Why? Because if you get in the habit of applying for jobs you are not qualified for and waste the recruiters’ time, they will ignore you on all future jobs.
  3. Generic Resume/Cover Letter –In an effort to save time, often well-meaning candidates will develop a form letter cover sheet and a generic resume, which applies to all jobs. While this may seem like an efficient way to search for work, it’s a real turn off for recruiters who can spot a cover letter or resume like this from a mile away. To avoid looking like a thoughtless job seeker, put some time into crafting an original cover letter for every job you apply to.
  4. Unprofessional Email Address – Whether you realize it or not, the email address that you use to send out your resume speaks volumes about you as a person. Avoid using an email address that sounds cute, sexy or funny. Hotman69@email.com or sweetlovergurl@email.com are NOT appropriate emails to use, nor should you use your current workplace email addresses or a friend’s email address. Instead, opt for an email address that simply states your name so the recruiters can easily track you down to call you for an interview.
  5. Over-Applying for the Same Company – You may think that sending your resume to the same company umpteen times will get the attention of a recruiter there eventually, and in fact you are right. Only, you won’t get the kind of attention you want. Instead, you will give the impression that you are highly desperate and annoying at the same time. Be careful and don’t re-apply for a company more than a few times a year.

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