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Want to Find a Job? Increase Your Networking

July 30th, 2015

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Ask any hiring manager to name the most dependable way to find new hires and they will tell you referrals and recommendations. No matter how polished your resume and cover letter, they can’t make as strong a statement as someone already in a company or industry giving your their endorsement. And to get those endorsements, you need to network more and network better. If you are new to the process or not getting the results you want, rely on these tips.

Introduce Value to Your Network

Too often people approach networking wondering “what can you do for me?” The better approach is to ask “what can I do for you?” Not only will this help you connect with a more valuable group of professionals, it allows you to show off some of the experience and expertise you want to demonstrate to employers.

Try to Make Quality Connections

Rather than reaching out to every relevant professional on LinkedIn or trying to meet every person at a professional conference, try to make meaningful connections with fewer people. It’s great to have a huge network, but if none of the members really know you, they won’t feel comfortable recommending you for a job. Focus your efforts on quality over quantity and you’ll get better results.

Make an Invitation

Lots of networking these days takes place online, but often this only leads to the kind of shallow networking we warned about in the previous point. Make it a priority to actually invite people to meet with you in person, over lunch, at their office, wherever you both feel comfortable. If you buy someone a meal, they are a lot more likely to remember you when they hear about a vacancy.

Stay on Top Of Your Connections

If you wait until you’re actively looking for a job to reach out to members of your network, don’t expect to get a very enthusiastic response. The better strategy is to regularly connect with valuable professionals in your network and keep them informed about the kinds of projects you’re working on or industry issues you’re following. If you’re already out of work, don’t make the focus of your network-building process simply finding a new job.

Connect Your Connections

Networking goes both ways. If you have made connections with exciting members of your field, make sure they’re connected to each other as well. That helps you provide the value we talked about in the first point, and helps all of you ultimately connect with more people.

This may sound unorthodox, but one of the best ways to grow and improve your network is to partner with a staffing agency. After all, these professional recruiters already have hundreds of connections with companies in your field and professionals just like you. Get the process started and begin reaping the rewards by contacting The Concorde Group. We place jobs in Connecticut and more!

 

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Red Flags to Watch for on a Resume

June 29th, 2015

Evaluating a resume is something of an art form. You have to look past the candidate’s skills and experience and really analyze the information they have chosen to present you with. Hone your skills even further by learning about subtle red flags to watch out for.

  • Too Much Employment – If a candidate has demonstrated a pattern of jumping from job to job every year or two, it suggests they are discontent in their career and unlikely to show your company any meaningful loyalty.
  • A Lie – Sometimes a lie can be spotted simply by looking for contradictory information on a resume. If one is present, it raises serious questions about that candidate’s character and the true nature of their credentials.
  • Meaningless Skills – In 2015, every professional is proficient in Microsoft Office. If you read a resume that lists this as one of the candidate’s skills, it means they are trying to pad out their qualifications and probably can’t make the big impact you want.
  • Focus on Strategy – Strategy is an overused buzzword that appears a shocking number of times on some resumes. You are interested in accomplishments, not approaches.
  • Claims of Expertise – True experts don’t go out looking for jobs; they get recruited by the top global companies. This word indicates that the candidate’s proficiency has probably been greatly exaggerated.
  • Outdated Email Addresses – Today’s business requires nimble adaptability. Candidates still using outdated email platforms probably can’t adapt as quickly as you would like.
  • Inputs Over Outputs – When a resume lists a candidate’s job responsibilities and project participation and fails to mention the outcomes of those, it should make you question what kind of value they can really bring to your company.
  • An Objective Statement – These statement’s can only state the obvious – I want a job at your company – or the irrelevant – I want something besides a job at your company. The presence of one is evidence of a poorly crafted resume.
  • An Extended History – Jobs or internships the candidate had a decade ago are probably irrelevant to the position they’re seeking now. Resumes that look too far into the past suggest the candidate is struggling to align their qualifications with your requirements.

Think back – how many resumes have you seen with these red flags on them? Did you invite those candidates for interviews, and did you end up hiring any of them? Possibly yes, but more likely no. Now that you know how to spot these warning signs early, you can streamline your recruiting process and connect with only the best possible candidates. Further improve your staffing strategies by contacting The Concorde Group.

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4 Ways to Make Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

September 24th, 2013

When you are on the prowl for a new job, using LinkedIn can be a positive way to get in front of more hiring companies. According to a 2013 Jobvite survey of over 1,000 companies, 94 percent of employers use or plan to use social networks for recruiting purposes. If you are not actively looking for work on LinkedIn, then you could be missing out on a large market of interested employers. The key is to create a presence on LinkedIn that will help you stand out in a positive way.

Developing a Better LinkedIn Profile as a Job Seeker

There are some ways to make your LinkedIn profile shine as a job seeker. While this will take a little time to manage, it’s well worth the effort. Here are four ways to create an outstanding LinkedIn profile.

  1. Add a professional image.  Many scientific studies have shown that people form an initial opinion of you within 10-seconds of seeing you either in person or via a photo. Therefore you will want to take the time to get a photographer to take your head shot photo and choose the best image for your profile. It should speak to your industry and the way you want others to think of you. Avoid any pictures that could be misinterpreted or are poor quality.
  2. Create a keyword focused description. When searching for candidates for open assignments, recruiters will often use the built-in search engine on LinkedIn to pinpoint members who may be a good fit. This means you will want to include keywords in your description that puts you in front of recruiters during the search process. Refer to the industry terms and assignment keywords found in the LinkedIn job section.
  3. Provide relevant career and educational data. Your LinkedIn profile is not meant to be a complete online resume. Instead, it should be a general outline and listing of the work achievements you’ve accomplished. Focus on just the last 10-15 years of your work history and then create short descriptions of your roles and any awards or recognition you’ve received. Share links to your professional portfolio, projects you’ve completed, and any websites/blogs you own. Save the smaller details for any interviews you may be invited to.
  4. Get endorsed and recommended by peers. A powerful way to build a better LinkedIn profile is to gather as many written recommendations and endorsements you can from your peers and any past employers. LinkedIn makes this easier for members as there is an automatic list of people to endorse upon login. You can give yourself a boost by recommending and endorsing others and then asking for that in return.

There’s a reason why nearly 300 million people are connecting on LinkedIn as of this article. Take the time to develop a killer profile and you’ll have a much better chance at getting noticed by the best hiring managers and that much closer to your dream job.

Enjoy some previous posts from Concorde Personnel on using social media as part of a job search:

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