Santa Claus

JSG is More Similar to Santa Claus Than You Might Think

Santa Claus

Once a year, Santa Claus gets to spread Christmas spirit and cheer to all the good boys and girls across the world. He has an army of elves helping him prepare for the big day and a team of reindeer to guide his sleigh through the night. But do you know what the best part about Santa is? He gets to bring everyone together and spread joy to all the good boys and girls.

Does this sound at all familiar? Who else gets to spread joy to well-deserving people? Well, here at JSG, we get the privilege of matching great candidates with fantastic organizations 365-days a year. You may not have ever put the two-and-two together, but Johnson Service Group is a lot like Santa Clause, and here’s why.

Instead of building toys, JSG builds relationships

At the North Pole, hundreds of elves are building toys for Santa to deliver to children around the world. At JSG, our recruiters and account executives are busy building lasting relationships with employers and building upon our current ones.

We pride ourselves on fostering strong relationships with our clients and truly understanding their hiring needs. We consider ourselves matchmakers by finding talented candidates that want to go and work with well-respected companies.

Instead of making a list, JSG checks our clients’ needs (twice)

As we all know, Santa makes a list (and checks it twice)! Instead of making a list, we help our clients find candidates that meet all of the requirements on their candidate “wish list.” We take the time to understand what our clients need.

Whether it’s a software engineer, automation technician, or even a pipeline project manager, we ensure we thoroughly understand the needs of each and every one of our clients before we ever submit a candidate to them. With this practice, we know exactly what they’re looking for, so we can assure our clients that we’ll find the candidates they truly need. Just like when Santa checks his list twice!

Instead of one day of gifts, JSG spreads joy year-round

Santa is a great guy in all, but he only delivers presents ONE day a year. In contrast, JSG delivers presents 365-days a year. Each day, we have the privilege of changing the lives of candidates in the U.S. and Canada. We get to help hardworking people find the next step in their careers and help them find jobs that fulfill their dreams and put food on their tables.

Our entire staff gets to come to work knowing that they’re directly having a positive impact on the lives and careers of thousands of candidates each year.

Instead of Santa’s little helpers, JSG has a great support team

Speaking of our staff, we may not have elves working at JSG, but we have a fantastic group of employees that make it possible for us to help candidates find their next position (and sometimes even their next home). Our employees don’t make toys at Santa’s workshop, but they play an integral part in helping JSG’s clients find the candidates on their Christmas list.

From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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How to Make Up for a Lack of Experience

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Are you struggling to break into an industry, or have been repeatedly turned down for jobs? Often, this is because of a lack of experience, which is paradoxical in the sense that it’s difficult to gain experience without said job. While this is one of the most frustrating predicaments that many people can relate to, it’s important to focus on what we can control. You may not be able to replicate the direct experience that a specific job provides. However, you can do several things to boost your stock as a hirable candidate.

Form Meaningful Connections

When interviewing, you can’t rely on talking points from your resume. Don’t count on things like former titles, notable education, or references to directly translate to a new job. Often, these attributes are beneficial when securing an interview, but in the interview itself, it’s imperative to show why your past experiences are relevant. Forming meaningful connections between these experiences and the expectations of a job communicate why you are the best candidate. Being able to explain what you gained from an internship or former job and how you plan to apply it if hired, will result in a much more notable interview session.

If you are wondering where to start building your professional network, LinkedIn is a tremendous networking tool.

Acquire New Skills

Another way to tackle the lack of experience when you can’t seem to land a certain job is to identify key skills that you’re missing. The depth and time associated with learning a new skill are dependent on the industry and role. Going back to school to obtain a degree can do wonders to advance a career. But it’s often expensive and time-consuming. For a more specialized interest, online resources are abundant and relevant to almost any industry in the world.

Every day, more and more people are learning new skills via tutorials or programs on the internet, doing everything from learning a new language to coding boot camps. And with how tight the job market is right now, soft skills are becoming more and more important. Many clients are willing to overlook certain “hard” skills if you have the necessary soft skills. Rememver, soft skills are those you can’t teach, which is why they can be so desirable!

Learn from Failures

Failure is a normal part of life. While it is never ideal to fail or make mistakes, these shortcomings happen to be some of the best teachers a person has. If you interview for a job, only to be informed you will not be receiving an offer, ask why. It seems intrusive, but most hiring managers will willingly inform you as to why they made their decision. This insight gives you the ability to continuously build and learn for your next interview, task, or relevant event.

As long as we don’t repeat the same mistakes and look to continuously grow and build off what we’ve learned, past failures will go a long way in ensuring we do better next time.

Ask Why

It can be overwhelming when you get that dreadful email saying something to the effect of: “You did a tremendous job on your interview, but we’re ultimately moving forward with another candidate.” This can make you feel defeated. However, don’t just hang up the phone and kick yourself when your down. Ask the hiring manager why. “Why didn’t I get the job?” “What could I do to improve to become a stronger candidate?”

By figuring out where you fell short, you can build upon your shortcomings. Acquire a new skill and learn from your failures to make yourself that much stronger of a candidate next time.

Read This if You’re Ready for a Fresh Start to Your Career Goals This New Year

We all like to make new year resolutions for ourselves. And sometimes, they are hard for us to keep. But with a fresh start, the new year is a great time to buckle down and make career goals that are attainable, and hopefully, worthwhile to achieve. We all like to say we have goals and dreams in our careers. But if we don’t write them down, plan out how we will accomplish them, and start putting them into action, we won’t ever achieve what we are hoping to. It’s all about accountability.

And, if you’re looking for that fresh start in your career, why not start now? Whether that’s finding a new job or applying yourself even more at your current one. There are steps you should take that will help you achieve your resolutions. So… They aren’t just a 2-month wish you give up on.

Hold Yourself Accountable

When the new year comes around and you’re on the mission to accomplish career goals, these aren’t ones you just hope you can achieve. They are goals you don’t want to drop because they mean something more than just losing a few pounds. They mean advancement in your career, a happier work environment, financial freedom. It can mean so much more than an ordinary new year’s resolution. So why not make it one?

Holding yourself accountable will keep you on track to achieving your goals. When your career future is a goal, it’s easier to do this. Because we all know that the only way we can get anywhere is by putting our best foot forward and only relying on our actions to speak for us. By doing this we will, in turn, get noticed at work for our dedication and perseverance.

Make a To-Do List

To-do lists can be your best friend when you’re trying to accomplish work-related goals. You can make them to where they take you step-by-step through your goals and how you want to achieve them. Career goals normally have steps that are perfect for to-do lists and if you follow them, you’re sure to accomplish what you set out to. But it’s all about the follow through and consistency!

Have Quarterly/Monthly Goals

When you cut your year into smaller achievable goals it helps you break things up. This makes your aspirations not seem too out of reach and keeps you on track to reach them. It also gets you excited about taking the steps you need to take to reach your career’s new year resolutions. Overall, splitting up your goals into sections will only make you more successful in achieving them.

Celebrate Your Wins

Make sure to celebrate your wins! Just because they are small doesn’t mean they do not deserve to be celebrated. The small successes are what get you through the hard times and help you achieve the great ones! And they are not something to sniff at. So do that happy dance and make sure to give yourself the appreciation you deserve when you accomplish steps toward your true career goals.

Think of the Reward

Reminding yourself why you are working so hard will keep you on track. There is no doubt that 2019 will bring you struggles, not only in work but also in your home life… But if you remember what you’re working towards and why you want that reward, nothing will stop you from getting there.

We normally give up on New Year’s resolutions due to talking our goals and dreams down because it’s easier to not try as hard. It’s easy to say, “Oh, I’ll do it next year.” Or, “I only really wanted to do this for myself, I don’t need to do it.” This thought process is only selling yourself short. And when it comes to the job market today, working your butt off will only get you amazing opportunities! So don’t give up, and do everything you can to remind yourself that you can accomplish whatever you want, as long as you hold yourself accountable and follow the process.

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‘Tis the Season For Annual Reviews

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A new year can often feel like a fresh start in the workplace. That is after you’ve completed your annual review with your employer; a practice that has become more and more common in businesses across the world. These reviews typically serve two functions. They are a form of validation regarding the work you have been completing. They can provide valuable insights for your employer to get a better feel for your skills and abilities.

Annual reviews should serve as a tool

As you get closer to your own review, you may begin experiencing feelings of added pressure or stress. You are not alone in this, as more and more people report similar feelings around review season, each year. It’s important to remember to relax, and that ultimately, these reviews are a tool for both you and your employer.

Chances are, there is room for improvement, even with the best workers. Maybe you’re not being challenged enough on a regular basis and your hours in the workplace could be going farther. Maybe management has spread you too thin, and a reduction in tasks will result in higher work quality and employee efficiency. These are just two examples of what could come from a productive review, as they reveal areas of improvement and possible solutions. What’s important is that you lean on this tool to continuously improve, as many feel that the outcomes of such meetings are regulated to either keeping or losing your job.

This is your time to shine

An annual review is a perfect time to showcase what you have accomplished and how you reached those sales goals or increased your company’s social media following. Bosses and management are often extremely busy with their day-to-day tasks, so the face time you receive in this meeting is also extremely valuable. Be honest about your accomplishments, and ask for constructive criticism. If everything goes well, these are great indicators of what areas to focus on this coming year.

Be realistic with your goals

You may also be asked about the future. It may seem like a good idea to try and impress your boss with lofty goals or projections, but make sure they are realistic. If you struggled this year, promising high results and increasing expectations can feel like the right thing to do, as you have an entire year to figure out how you’re going to get there. But a year can pass much faster than it seems. And suddenly, it’s November again and you are nowhere close to that goal you set to appease the boss. Being realistic saves you from this metaphorical hole you’ve dug.

If you have a review coming up soon, remember to make the most of it. Weaponize what you learn from your review to become a better employee, coworker, or leader as the annual review is just another part of the continuous process of improving.

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It’s Only Failure If You Don’t Learn Something

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In society, we tend to focus more on the celebrations than the disappointments. At the end of each year, websites and television shows recap all the highs and milestones accomplished throughout the months; they praise Super Bowl winners and Billboard chart-toppers. But that’s often all we see. No emphasis on an actor’s history of being passed over again and again, before finally landing that life-changing role.

No highlights from an athlete who spent the year rehabbing and killing herself in the gym, just for a second chance at the sport she loves. Social media plants these celebrations in front of us every day, but lost amongst the winners and success are the stories of how they got to be where they are today.

Failure is the foundation of success

Final products don’t just happen. They are the result of an ongoing process, much of which is hard to see. Colin Powell said, “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.” While striving to succeed, it’s important to prepare and work hard, but failure is the most important component of the three. Failures are the foundation that future successes are built on.

We cannot grow if we do not learn, and our own short-comings can be the best teachers. But failing to recognize this is can be dangerous. Mistakes happen but are only detrimental if we do not learn from them. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, and expecting a different result. Learn from past decisions, change routine accordingly, and repeat.

Learn from your mistakes and focus on the good

Failures can also range in size, but not importance. Whether you flopped in an interview for your dream job or pursued your own business that went bankrupt, these experiences give you the knowledge and opportunity to improve. Failing can feel like the end of the line, but it doesn’t have to be. If you view your journey towards an end goal as a straight line from point-A to point-B, it’s time to reimagine this.

You need to instead focus on the process of becoming greater and on continuous improvement. In a world so engulfed in trying to save time, whether that be free two-day shipping or mobile food delivery, this sounds impossible. We crave instant gratification, and the thought of a slow, methodical grind (often filled with failures) is daunting. But as Eric Thomas says, “Fall in love with the process and the results will follow.

Next time you make a mistake, view it not as a failure, but as the first stepping-stone towards the results you crave.

Land a Job

You Can Still Land a Job by The End of The Year

Land a JobWith December upon us, it can be easy to assume that stopping your job search until the new year, is a good idea. But truth is, most companies are looking to fill their critical roles before the end of the year. This way they can have you trained early in the new year. Stopping your search at this time could just add to the length of your job search. And if you have the right tools and strategies, it is possible to land a job by Christmas!

Now is one of the best times to find a job

Not only is the job market hot and an awesome place for candidates, but this time of year is also a great time to land a job. Summer and the end of the year months are usually the perfect time to make a move. Not only for you as a candidate, but for clients as well. It’s a time where there is more vacation, budgets are being discussed, and there is less work on people’s plate. And to be honest, a lot of companies have needs to hire before the beginning of the year begins.

So, just because it’s the holiday season and people are on vacation, doesn’t mean it’s a time for you to stop looking. It really should be the time you speed up your search.

You have more time to apply

With extra vacation being taken you probably have more downtime to apply to the jobs you’re wanting to. This allows you more opportunities to personalize your resume and find the great opportunities you would have missed if you were rushing to find a job. Also, a lot of companies are on a time crunch. So, if they can get you in for interviews as soon as possible, it only helps your chances of being given an offer and for you to land the job you’ve been hoping for.

Scheduling interviews can be easier

So with that, scheduling interviews can be easier during this time of year because everyone is usually slowing down. There aren’t doing as many meetings, projects, or finishing of proposals as they are holding out on those until the new year. Which means, they can then focus more time on interviews.

Reach out to contacts

This is a great time to check in with references or people you know who may have awesome positions you can apply to! Networking is a great way to stay on top of new adventures in your career. And using them to your advantage can take you on a path you never thought you’d take. You never know, someone may be the in you need for your next dream job!

Companies are wanting to move quickly

During this time of year, budgets are getting set, and companies are also realizing where they need help. If there’s a critical position that still isn’t filled, it could really be affecting their production. Which in turn, will make them want to move even quicker, with the right candidate.

December is an impactful time for companies to hire, too. They know for certain what they need. And if they can get that from you, they will pick you up in a heartbeat. Especially, in today’s job market. Companies are starting to realize how important it is to move fast on great candidates.

The end of the year may seem like a bad time to job hunt, but it can actually be the best time. Whether it’s time crunches, needing to fill a critical role or budgets, most companies are willing to hire and beat the first of the year rush.

So, if you’re looking for a role, and are ready to move, reach out to one of our recruiters here at Johnson Service Group. We would love to see what we can do for you and your future career goals!

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Why December is the Best Time for a Career Change

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Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away!? If you’re anything like me, the thought that there are less than 40 days of 2018 makes you a little nervous. There is still so much to get done before the end of 2018!

Many of you are probably thinking of all of the deadlines and holiday shopping that needs to be done. But has the idea of a career change crossed your mind? You might think I’m crazy, but the month of December is a great time for a career change.

Less competition

While other workers are counting down the days until their vacation, there is less competition on the job market this time of year. Let’s face it, more people are focused on holiday shopping and spending time with their friends and family than looking for a new job.

In other words, take advantage of the reduced level of competition and start looking for other job opportunities! If you need help getting started, JSG has hundreds of open positions across the nation that could be a perfect fit for you!

Companies are finalizing budgets

Many companies are still tweaking and finalizing budgets for the new year. And some even have extra money that needs to be spent before the end of the year or they’ll lose it. Thus, employers often have the budget for new hires and are actively thinking about their teams going into the new year.

And with budget surpluses in some departments, it may be easier to negotiate a higher salary. If an employer has money that they have to spend by the end of the year, there may be a little wiggle room for you to get that much-needed salary bump!

More time

The best part about job searching this time of year? That extra time you may have to devote towards your search! Most people have some vacation days they have to burn before the end of the year. If you find yourself in that boat, use some of that extra time off to search for new opportunities.

Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your favorite holiday movie, and take a few minutes to look at what’s out there. With an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, your options are abundant. Take advantage of this scorching hot job market and that extra time off to find your next career move.

A fresh start to the new year

Sometimes, it’s nice having a fresh start. Many of us make new year’s resolutions like getting healthier or stopping a bad habit. However, how many of you have made finding a job that truly makes you happy as a resolution?

Starting a new job can be refreshing and there may be no better kickoff to 2019 than with a career change! The market is too hot right now for you to be working at a job that doesn’t make you happy. If you want to start the new year with a fresh start, reach out to a recruiter at JSG. We’ll help you make 2019 your best year yet.

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How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and there are only a few short weeks until 2019. Can you believe that? During this time of year, it can be challenging to balance your family and holiday obligations with your everyday work tasks. As a result, many of you are probably feeling more stressed than joyful.

The holidays can be distracting; I’m sure most of you are counting down the days until that much-needed vacation time and all of those holiday goodies. However, those end-of-the-year projects and finalizing those budgets won’t get finished by themselves. Here’s how to stay productive during the holidays and finish the year strong.

Make a list (and check it twice!)

The best way to make the most of your time is to make a to-do list. Start with the most important tasks that need to be accomplished and give them timelines. By assigning due dates on all of your tasks, it will help you stay on top of things and complete tasks on time.

This is true for both work and all of your holiday-related tasks, such as grocery shopping, cleaning, or cleaning that messy house before all of your guests come over. By making lists, you will be able to ensure everything gets accomplished when needed, giving you more time to spend on other things.

Burn off some of that stress

Let’s be honest, this time of the year is often stressful. To alleviate some of that stress, do something to burn off some of that tension. Go to the gym, take a walk with your four-legged friend, or anything that helps you burn off stress.

By doing something that helps get your mind off all the holiday chaos, you’ll have a few moments to de-stress, refocus, and remain productive throughout the end of the year.

Take breaks throughout the day

It’s important to take breaks during your busy day. Even if it’s just stepping away from your desk for a few minutes, it will help you stay motivated. Try taking a five-minute break every hour or so to stretch your legs and take a step back from the line of chaps.

I know you’re busy and you may not feel like you have time for a break but taking a few minutes to regain your focus will help you stay motivated throughout the day. Go for a brief walk around the office to get some blood flowing and release some tension. Trust me, these little breaks will help.

And put that lunch break to good use. If you can, go run one of your many holiday errands at lunch. The more you can get done during the day, the more you can accomplish once you get home from the day!

Have some fun

This is important. After all, this is what the holidays are all about, right? Go and enjoy some holiday fun! This time of year can be stressful, but if you stay proactive, plan accordingly, and take a deep breath, you will be able to stay productive through the end of the year and have a little fun, too.

Thanksgiving

Let JSG Make Your Thanksgiving Holiday Easier

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During this time of year, we are often asked to reflect upon what we’re thankful for. Many of us are thankful for our careers, family, or our friends. Throughout the year, JSG has many things to be thankful for, including our latest SIA awards.

However, what we are truly grateful for is the scorching hot job market! Over the last two months, the unemployment rate hit a 49-year low of 3.7 percent. And throughout the last 12 months, the number of unemployed Americans has decreased by 449,000, or a rate of 0.4 percent.

Candidates are loving this job market

This is absolutely fantastic for candidates! Many Americans are happy to say they’re extremely thankful for a new career opportunity they secured earlier this year. But this is a completely different story for many employers out there.

With such a competitive job market, employers are battling to attract qualified, talented candidates to come and work for them. And even if they get a candidate to accept a job offer, many employers are faced with candidates failing to show up on the first day of work. The market is so hot that candidates have options (and lots of them!).

Employers are feeling the pain of this tight market

And if you are one of these struggling hiring managers, you are not alone. 60 percent of companies are experiencing longer fill times for vacant positions. What makes matters worse is that nearly 51 percent of candidates continue to search for other opportunities AFTER accepting a job offer.

So, while you are waiting for pre-employment screening and paperwork to get finished up, candidates are still looking for other opportunities. If something better shows up, many candidates don’t have a problem with jumping ship to the better opportunity. And many of which are doing it without so much as a heads-up email.

Let JSG work for you this Thanksgiving season

Workers around the country are thankful for the bountiful job opportunities. For hiring managers, not so much. The holidays can be the most stressful time of year. Go take a much-needed break, spend time with your loved ones this holiday season, and let JSG take some of that stress off your plate. That way you have more room to breathe (and for more of that delicious turkey on your plate!).

Happy Thanksgiving to all our wonderful clients and candidates. And if you need help filling your critical roles this holiday season, reach out to us. After all, that’s not just what we do, but it is also what we love to do.

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Leave These 5 Things Off Your Resume if You Want the Job

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If you haven’t heard, the job market is the strongest it’s been in nearly 50 years. The unemployment rate is at 3.7 percent and 250,000 jobs were added last month. And despite it being the most hectic time of the year, now is the perfect time to search for a new career.

If you decide to test the waters and see what other opportunities are out there, you probably need to spruce up that resume. If you haven’t had to update your resume in recent history, here are five things you must avoid if you want to get offered a job interview.

Take that picture off

Pictures can be distracting to the viewer. It can deviate the hiring manager, recruiter, or human resources professional’s attention away from your great experience. And that’s something you never want to do.

Some people argue that a picture gives your resume personality. However, most recruiters agree that an image should be left off the resume. Even though it’s illegal to discriminate on a candidate’s appearance, ethnicity, or age, it’s better to just avoid the situation altogether.

A good compromise would be to link your LinkedIn profile to your resume where employers can get a better feel of your personality.

Remove irrelevant work experience

If you are well into your career, there is no need to include every single job or position you have held, unless it relevant to the job you are applying for. If you worked at McDonald’s 34 years ago while you were in school, you probably can leave that off of your resume.

Employers and recruiters only care about relevant work experience. So, unless you are fresh out of school, you can safely leave off some of your older work experience that may not be relevant to your prospective new position.

Your address

It’s almost 2019. There is no need to include your address on your resume. No employer is going to respond to your application by sending something to you in the mail.

If you are applying for a job in another city or even out of state, an employer or ATS may weed out your resume just because of where you are located. An employer, for example, may only be looking for a local candidate to avoid the subject of a relocation. By adding your address, you may be filtering yourself out without even knowing it.

Adding your address is also a privacy concern in this day an age. An employer will not need your address until you make it further along in the interviewing process, so please do yourself a favor and leave it off your resume.

List of references

Never include your references in the initial stages of the interviewing process. No employer is going to ask for references until you get further along the interview. by adding your references on your resume, it gives employers the opportunity to ask for an opinion on you before you even have the change to speak with the hiring manager.

To make matters worse, an employer can call an old boss of yours and ask them to come in for an interview. Believe it or not, it’s happened before. It also can put your current position at risk by prematurely calling your boss and letting them know you’re searching for other opportunities.

Fancy fonts or designs

Please forgo all of the fancy fonts, designs, and layouts. These can often look unprofessional and make your resume difficult to read. Plus, when submitting your resume online, some of the formatting may get messed up and your resume could quickly turn into a hot mess. I am sure you’ve heard of this old saying: “keep it simple, stupid.” This motto is great to keep in the back of your mind when updating that resume.

If you still need help updating your resume, we have much more resume advice to help you stand out from the competition and make a lasting impression on a prospective employer. Good luck!