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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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