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Using a Staffing Firm Will Get You Talent, Not Just a Body

December 14th, 2015

 

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It’s a common misconception that staffing firms only supply low-level candidates who fill temporary roles in times of an emergency vacancy. The reality is just the opposite. Staffing firms work with accomplished talent who have versatile skill sets, often supply candidates who grow into full-time employees, and support the strategic staffing initiatives of the county’s top companies. If your recruiting is costing too much, taking too long, and producing unimpressive applicants, partnering with a staffing firm is likely the solution. Here’s why:

  • Access the Entire Candidate Pool – Staffing firms work with both active and passive candidates (professionals currently employed). Since more professionals are included in this group, your candidate pool is both larger and more dynamic.
  • Enhance the Vetting Process – Since staffing firms recruit on a limited basis they can dedicate more time and resources to vetting candidates. The candidates they deliver to you tend to be of a higher caliber overall.
  • Connect with Top Talent – Top professionals have learned that working with a staffing agency is a great way to find more career opportunities and move up the ladder faster. That means the candidate rosters these firms have built have a lot of impressive talent among the ranks.
  • Speed Up the Recruiting Process – When you need a qualified candidate fast, the resources of a staffing firm directly support your interests. They can dip into established candidate pools strategically and find you the professional you need in a fraction of the time.
  • Find Talent to Meet Real Needs – Staffing firms succeed by understanding the real needs of client companies and hiring managers, and the real abilities of the candidates they source. That makes these firms uniquely capable of delivering employees who can make an immediate impact.
  • Shrink Your Candidate Pool – For the most part, staffing firms get paid when they make a placement, not when they produce a flurry of candidates. That creates a powerful incentive for them to locate a limited number of highly qualified candidates. You have the luxury of selecting the best of the best.
  • Lure Away Passive Candidates – It stands to reason that professionals who are gainfully employed will have more to offer than professionals scrambling for a job. Unfortunately, recruiting this talent is a time – and labor-intensive process that requires a lot of finesse. Most corporate recruiters simply don’t have the necessary resources, but staffing firms do.

If you’re intrigued by the opportunities that come from partnering with a staffing firm, have a conversation with the team at The Concorde Group today to work with a top staffing agency in Westchester!

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Three Tips to Improve Your Ability to Hold a Conversation with Anyone

October 29th, 2015

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There are few skills absolutely essential for success in business no matter what role you work in. Right at the top of that list is communication skills. Being able to communicate effectively helps you sidestep common problems, identify hidden opportunities, and increase your value to your company. Conversely, having poor communication skills can put your career on hold, even if you have talents elsewhere. With that fact in mind, we have identified three tips that can help anyone hold a better conversation no matter who they are talking to.

Watch Your Body Language

You communicate with a lot more than just your voice. If you are having a conversation with someone but you are constantly fidgeting while your eyes are darting around the room, your audience won’t feel like you are invested and engaged. When you are speaking to someone, be sure to make eye contact, to use expressive gestures (but not too many), and to give the other person your undivided attention. When you are speaking, talk slowly rather than rushing to the end of your sentences. Basically, be the person you wish you were talking to.

Look for Detail

One of the hardest things about having a conversation is that small talk is boring by definition. You have to get through it to connect with a stranger, but you can only spend so much time talking about the weather. For that reason make sure to keep your eyes out for details that reveal something about your audience. You might notice a wedding ring, a pin for a college or sports team, a candid photo on a desk, or a movie reference on an office wall. Make the effort to get to know the other person as a real person.

Study Your Vocabulary

The reason that a lot of people are poor communicators is that they simply use the wrong words to say what they want. They use 10 words when two will do, or try to express big, complex ideas in clipped, confusing sentences. That habit can be a conversation killer, and it can get you into hot water in a business environment. In most cases there is one perfect word that will be descriptive but brief, expressive but appropriate, and surprising but understandable. Study your own word choices, and you will likely unearth some room for improvement.

Communication skills really can be learned, developed, and improved. If you’re not great in conversation now, there is no reason you can’t be later. Start developing those skills, and when you’re ready to leverage them to enhance your career, contact the Concorde Group.

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Be Ready to Accept Job Applications from Mobile Devices

August 12th, 2015

The differences separating computers from phones, tablets, and other types of mobile devices are murkier than ever these days. And many contemporary job seekers prefer using their mobile device to submit job applications. It’s worth your time and effort to make this possible, because you would hate to turn away a talented candidate simply because of the device they used to connect with your company. Use these tips to ensure you’re ready:

Standardize the Experience Between Desktop and Mobile Sites

Make sure your mobile site mimics your desktop site as closely as possible. That makes things easier for you from a design perspective, and helps eliminate a lot of common misunderstandings. Go a step further and make sure your mobile site is optimized for usability with easy navigation tools, clear menus, and a simple interface for submitting applications.

Streamline the Application Process

Users are becoming increasingly comfortable with using mobile devices as their primary portal to the Internet. That being said, the mobile Web is fundamentally different. Job seekers may be willing to work though a long and complex application process when they are sitting in front of a computer screen, but they will have a lot less patience when staring at a phone. Examine your application process carefully and eliminate any steps that are unnecessary, redundant, confusing, or overly complex. If you do this thoughtfully, you can simplify the process without compromising its quality.

Test Your Efforts Carefully and Consistently

As you work to improve your mobile site and application portal, test your efforts carefully. Have independent users run through the process, closely observe what works and what does not, and be willing to use these insights to revise your efforts. This should not be a one-time process either. Test your portal regularly, and realize that the mobile Web changes so frequently and so quickly that you will need to make updates regularly.

Is it really worth it to put so much emphasis on receiving job applications from mobile sites? Just consider the fact that 71 percent of job seekers aged 18-34 want to use a mobile device to apply for a job. And they already are. Mobile job searches were up 33 percent in 2013 and 50 percent in 2015. Go where the job seekers are, make it easy for them to reach out to you, and you can easily develop broader and deeper candidate pools that improve your recruiting efforts significantly. Learn more about connecting with the talent you need for Connecticut jobs by contacting The Concorde Group.

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Am I Ready for a Career Change?

May 28th, 2015

These days it’s common for people to bounce between companies, move to a new city for work, and even change career several times over the course of their working life. Unfortunately, it’s always difficult to know if now is the time to make a big change or to stay where you are. If you are feeling restless and thinking of doing something entirely different, ask yourself the following questions to determine if this is the right time for a bold move:

Is Work Taking a Toll on You Mentally and Physically?

No one expects work to be a walk in the park. But that doesn’t mean you should come home every day feeling exhausted, depressed, and even in pain. The cause could be something besides the office, however, you spend a huge amount of time working, and it has an inevitable effect on your health. If it’s starting to run you into the ground, it’s probably time to look for other opportunities.

Are Your Skills Out of Step with Your Personality?

We all go to work out of necessity, and most of us strive to be good at what we do. And it’s possible to become really good at something you don’t particularly like doing. Things might be fine now, but over time this internal struggle will start to affect your performance and your mood. Before that happens, think of moving on to something you genuinely like doing, even if you’re not very good at it initially.

Is Your Salary No Longer Enough?

The biggest obstacle to making a career change is giving up a steady source of income and embracing financial uncertainty. But if you have reached the point in your career where no amount of salary, benefits, or perks can make you happy with what you are doing, it’s time rethink your priorities, and your career.

Do You Feel Like Your True Talents Are Wasted?

They say that each of us has a gift, and by and large, it’s true. Unfortunately, most of us don’t get to apply those gifts to our working life. Over time, that can lead you to feel that you are wasting your time, spinning your wheels, and living entirely for the short term. If you have a true talent or passion and you feel like it’s being squandered in your current position, it’s probably time to move on.

Changing the course of your career is a lot easier if you have a partner to help point you in the direction you would rather be heading. Think long and hard about what you want to do next, and then contact The Concorde Group to learn about jobs in Fairfield County and more!

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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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Your Strategy After You Write the Resume – Job Seeker Tips

July 29th, 2013

Writing your resume is only the first step in getting a new job or advancing your career. After writing it, you have to start looking for jobs and create a system for applying for them. Most likely, you’re not going to get the very first job you find, so pay close attention to how you look for and apply for jobs. It takes a combination of organizational skills and dedication when you’re looking for your dream job, which all begin after completing your resume.

Read on to learn how to create a job search strategy that begins with writing the resume and ends with a new career.

Start a Job Search Schedule

Once you have your resume completed, don’t just start applying for every job you find. Create a realistic schedule and become organized. This is going to help you by setting aside some time every day to fill out applications and submit your resume, plus organizing everything keeps you for applying for the same job twice. This is embarrassing and almost instantly assures you don’t get the job. Make sure to keep a copy of the original job posting, as well as notes about how and when you applied for it, so you can get back to them if you don’t hear anything.

Find Jobs Relating to Your Experience and Skills

If you’re applying for every job available, it is taking you way too long and you’re going to get burnt out. If you face burnout from jobs you aren’t qualified for, then you’re not finding ones you are qualified for. Be picky from the beginning, and narrow down your search results to positions specifically relating to your skills, education and experience. This keeps the amount of jobs you’re applying for to a minimum, simplifying the entire process. Sending your resume to 10 jobs you don’t qualify for is a waste of time, since most of them won’t give your resume a second glance. You should also not look for jobs you’re overqualified for, because human resources don’t usually like hiring this way either. Find a good match for your experience and skills.

Network and Contact Companies

If you have ever had personal contact with someone at a particular company who has an opening, send your resume to that individual. Even if they don’t work for human resources or they aren’t the hiring manager, it gets your foot in the door. It is likely they remember you so they will forward your resume to the appropriate person. This shouldn’t be your only source of sending your resume, but definitely let them know you’re interested in the position. In a competitive business world, networking is key to getting a good job.

Practice Time Management

This goes hand-in-hand with scheduling tasks and not applying for jobs you aren’t properly qualified for. If you don’t manage your time wisely, you’re spending too much time on sending resumes to companies who won’t be interested in you. Similarly, if you have another job or projects, you’re taking time away from them with all of this resume forwarding and filling out job applications. But you also want to commit to your job search daily, if only for an hour a day.

If you are looking for open jobs in White Plains NY, contact Concorde Personnel today.

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