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Should You Start Using Video Interviews?

September 15th, 2015

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Thanks to advances in technology, the feasibility of holding video interviews has improved greatly in recent years. And with recruiting being such a time- and labor-intensive process, utilizing video interviews can add a helpful tool to the process. So, should you start using video interviews? Ask yourself the following questions.

Have You Struggled to Attract Top Talent?

Every company is desperate to recruit top talent, meaning that these impressive performers are often being actively courted by multiple companies at once. One way to differentiate your company from the competition is by making the hiring process faster and more efficient, and using video interviews is one way to do that. You can introduce your company and your job offer to the candidate without putting a strain on the candidate’s time or schedule. That’s a thoughtful touch they will appreciate.

Do You Spend Too Much on Travel Costs?

The cost of flying a candidate into town and putting them up in a hotel is significant. And if your company is not shouldering this cost, the candidate is – meaning they will be less inclined to pursue your open positions. Using video interviews is an easy and effective way to eliminate this cost entirely. You get the same benefits of having a face-to-face interview, even when you are located on opposite coasts.

Would You Like to Recruit Internationally?

Some of the today’s top talent is coming from abroad, and recruiting internationally can connect your company with a huge new pool of truly exciting talent. Unfortunately, the fiscal and logistical challenges of trying to interview international talent makes it a prohibitive process for both the candidate and the employer. Video interviewing gives you a fast, cheap and flexible way of connecting with this talent, without trying to coordinate international travel.

Has Traditional Recruiting Become Ineffective?

Just because something is established doesn’t mean it’s effective. This is especially true in the case of interviewing candidates. For decades we have conducted the process in the exact same way – but it continues to produce uncertain, sometimes disastrous results. Video interviewing allows you to combine the features of a face-to-face interview with intriguing multimedia enhancements. Both parties have the ability to send files back and forth, deliver rich presentations, reference information online, and more. In practice, this represents a significant upgrade over the way we currently conduct interviews.

Are you ready to start holding video interviews? If so, you first need to begin assembling a candidate pool. Find resources to help you connect with better candidates faster for White Plains jobs and more by partnering with The Concorde Group.

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How to Properly Deal with the Counteroffer

August 31st, 2015

Dealing with a counteroffer can be one of the most challenging parts of the recruiting process for a job seeker, which is something of a paradox. You’ve been looking for a job, and now more than one company wants to work with you. It should be cause for celebration, but often it just produces stress and anxiety. After all, you want to make sure you pick the right company, but it’s not always easy to choose. If you find yourself in this situation, use these strategies.

Determine What You Really Want

Ultimately, your objective is to find the right position for your long-term personal and professional goals. So what features would help you get to where you want to be in your career? Are you looking for more money, more advancement potential, more interesting work, or more flexible scheduling options? It’s unlikely that any one job can offer you all of these, so pick your priorities and examine each offer in those terms.

Don’t Start a Bidding War

It can be tempting to try and play both sides against each other to get more money, better benefits, or a more esteemed job title. In practice, however, this is always a bad idea. It takes a fair amount of cunning and strategizing, and if you overplay your hand, you might end up losing both offers. That being said, if you have multiple offers on the table, you should make that known to each of the hiring managers you’re working with.

Understand the Consequences

If you already have a job and another company is trying to lure you away with a counteroffer, there can be serious consequences if you accept a promotion or raise and agree to stay where you are. You may have gotten more, but now your employer will always question your loyalty and may begin to push you to the margins of the company, whether consciously or unconsciously. A seemingly rosy situation can quickly turn into a workplace nightmare.

Remain Professional and Gracious

Any time a counteroffer gets thrown out, there will end up being a winner and a loser in the end. Make sure you don’t gloat or disrespect the company you end up turning down. That kind of behavior is petty and unprofessional, and there is no reason for you to burn bridges. If they were eager to recruit you now they may be eager to recruit you in the future.

If your goal is to make the smartest possible choices for your career, rely on the recruiting experts at The Concorde Group.

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How to Write a Solid Cover Letter

March 26th, 2015

If you are struggling to write a great cover letter, you are like most job seekers. These documents are notoriously hard to craft, and if you don’t consider written communications to be your strong suit, they can seem like a big obstacle to getting the job you want. The good news is that all writers and all job seekers can craft a cover letter that sounds great and commands attention if they focus on some basic strategies:

Don’t Summarize Your Resume

This is a common mistake. Instead of just rehashing your education and experience, use the cover letter to show off some of your personality, to mention your passions, and to state explicitly why you are a valuable candidate.

Write With the Company in Mind

You should never send out a generic cover letter. Instead, start fresh with each one, and tailor it to the position you are applying for and the company you are applying with. Sprinkling in company-specific details helps demonstrates your enthusiasm and highlights your level of preparation.

Always Be Concise

The general rule of thumb is that your cover letter shouldn’t be longer than three paragraphs and half a page. Exceptions can be made in certain instances, but you should make it as brief as possible, strip out all redundancies and repetitions, and focus on making every sentence valuable.

Nix the Greeting

Lots of times you don’t have an individual’s name or even a title to address your cover letter to. Instead of falling back on a generic greeting like “To Whom it May Concern” or “Dear Sir or Madame,” leave the greeting off entirely and just jump straight into your introduction.

Use PDF Format

You will probably be submitting your cover letter electronically. Don’t risk sending it in a format that the recipient’s computer can’t access. The most reliable cross-platform format to use is PDF.

Start Strong

A recruiter might not read your whole letter, but they will probably read at least the first few lines. Don’t waste this space on a bland, casual, or unfocused introduction. Make a statement right off the bat that will grab their attention and make them want to keep reading.

Close Strong

If the recruiter has made it all the way to the end of your letter, you’ve done something right. Make sure that the last idea you leave in their head is a strong one. Be bold, and, as always, say it as quickly and clearly as you can.

Now that you know how to write great cover letters you need to find eager employers to send them out to. Kickstart your search for Westchester County jobs by partnering with The Concorde Group.

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