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What You Should Do When You Don’t Get the Job

Even in today’s candidate-driven market, it’s possible to be turned down for a job. Getting passed up for a job opportunity is part of life, and it can be a great learning experience along the way to help you hone your interviewing skills in the future. Almost every job seeker will be denied for a job at some point in their career, and it can really be destructive to your job search if taken the wrong way. If you get that dreadful rejection message in your inbox, here is what you should do when you don’t get the job.

Ask for feedback

The first thing you should do, whether it’s over the phone or through an email response, is to ask for feedback. Sometimes, hiring managers or HR will voluntarily provide feedback on why you didn’t get the job. But more often than not, you will just receive a vague email that goes on the lines of:

“Thank you for your interest in <insert company name> for the <insert job title> position. I am writing you to inform you that we have ultimately selected another candidate that best matches the job requirements for the position. We appreciate your time, and we wish you luck on your future career endeavors.”

Pretty unhelpful, right? This is your opportunity to respond thanking them for the opportunity and asking for feedback. This feedback will be crucial because it can help you change how you prepare for interviews in the future. It can also help you identify what hard skills you should add to your repertoire this year.

Ask to connect with the hiring manager on LinkedIn

While you are requesting interview feedback from the hiring manager, ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn. Express your interest with the company and let them know that you will be open to other opportunities in the future. Connecting with them on LinkedIn allows you to stay engaged with them and the company, so you stay at the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind when they need to add a new team member.

Keep your chin up – it may not be your fault

When you ask the hiring manager for feedback, you may realize that it may not have been your fault. There are dozens of reasons why you may have been passed up for the job, reasons completely out of your control. They may have promoted an internal employee, or your salary requirements were not within their pay range. Ultimately, it may not be your fault and can sometimes be entirely out of your control. However, you won’t know until you ask!

Work with a recruiter

So, now you know a few things you should do when you don’t get the job. If you really want to take your job search to the next level, partner with an experienced recruiter. Our team of dedicated recruiters at Johnson Service Group will champion you throughout the entire hiring process. We will work with you to find a job that suits your needs and skillsets. Reach out to us today, and let’s find you a new career in 2020.

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Why You Should Respond to a Recruiter’s LinkedIn InMail

Feeling spammed by all of the LinkedIn InMails you receive? We understand that recruiters can have a bad reputation. They send you too many “generic” InMails that have nothing to do with your job search, you aren’t actively searching for a new position, or you simply aren’t interested in the job. So, you think, what’s the point?

If you do not want to receive InMails via LinkedIn, there is a simple solution: you can turn them off. You won’t receive unwanted approaches. You won’t receive any. But then you’ll never hear about that cushy $200,000-a-year role for one of your target companies. However, that’s the price you pay if you don’t put yourself out there.

You can always change your settings

If you decide to keep your settings “open to new opportunities” because you have a fear of missing out on your dream job, please don’t act surprised by my efforts to connect with you! If you truly aren’t interested in new opportunities, make that change in your LinkedIn settings. You wouldn’t believe how drastically it will reduce the number of InMails you receive!

You may think that a seemingly generic message was sent to thousands of people, but then again, maybe it wasn’t. There’s a good chance that great recruiters use their time to read through your profile before deciding to reach out to you. The least you can do for them is send a quick reply! Not everyone gets hundreds of InMail messages every day. If that was the case, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to answer.

As a recruiter, I’m searching for the best candidates for my clients. If I send you a message, I have read your profile and used one of my best resources to engage with you.

Even if you’re not interested in this opportunity now, it doesn’t cost you anything more than a moment of your time to give a quick response. If you reply – even if to say, “thanks but no thanks” – I value that interaction! It allows me to either continue the conversation or move on to a candidate that is interested in making a move.

Why you should respond to your InMails

And you never know when one of those connections could come in handy. From our brief interaction, you can:

  • Expand your network
  • Learn more about your prospective career path
  • Open yourself to future opportunities

When I reach out, it’s with your benefit in mind! So please respond with a quick yes or no! Ready for a new job opportunity? Connect with me on LinkedIn, and let’s have a conversation!

20 Things To Change At Work In 2020

20 Things To Change At Work In 2020

The new year is here, and it’s an excellent time for a fresh start at work. Whether it’s developing healthy habits or improving productivity, the new year is a great time to make a change at work. Start with making these 20 changes at work to help you achieve success in 2020. 

1. Set goals 

There’s no better time to set ambitious goals than a new year! And by reading this, you’re off to a great start. Our goal with this list is to provide you with some inspiration for setting milestones you’d like to achieve in 2020. 

2. Achieve a better work-life balance 

Work-life balance is one of the hottest topics in the working world today. This year, try to strike a balance between the two! See if your employer is open to flexible working hours or occasionally working remotely. If nothing else, leave work at the office and be fully present when you’re at home. 

3. Improve Your Focus 

The number one thing you can do to improve your focus is cut down on distractions. Put your phone down and focus on the tasks at hand. You would be amazed at how your productivity will increase

4. Change Your Attitude 

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart 

5. Try something new 

2020 will provide plenty of opportunities for you to get out of your comfort zone. Volunteer for a new responsibility at work, pick up an unfamiliar hobby, or approach an old issue in a new way. 

6. Find your motivation 

What motivates you to get up in the morning? Once you understand your motives, your passion will start to shine through your work, and everything will have more meaning. 

7. Self-educate 

We are huge proponents or self-education. With the number of resources available to you today, there are endless opportunities to learn something new. Start by reading at least one industry-related article per day. 

8. Jump at new opportunities 

Whether you’re offered a new project, a raise, or even a new job, this year, we encourage you to say yes to whatever opportunities come your way. 

9. Take on a new skill 

You can acquire a skill directly related to your job, or branch out to learn something completely new that you’ve always wondered about or been interested in. Could a lean Six Sigma course add value to your title? Have you always wanted to try your hand at Photoshop? Employers value people who go out and actively develop their professional skills. 

10. Help others 

At work and in your personal life, it’s always a good idea to pay it forward. If you see a coworker struggling to meet a deadline, offer to jump in and help.  

11. Create relationships 

At work, we can often get stuck in a rut of only socializing with those we work closely with. This year, go out on a limb and get to know others in your office. Introduce yourself to the Accounting team, or get coffee with the IT department. You might be surprised about the things you’ll learn and the relationships you’ll build.  

12. Increase productivity 

Examine your day-to-day routines. We guarantee there are ways you can streamline your processes. Make a change at work by eliminating time-consuming meetings or implement a “power hour” in which you put your nose to the grindstone and get as much done as possible with no interruptions. 

13. Prioritize 

As you set new goals for 2020, be sure to prioritize them as you go. Give each goal a deadline and even incorporate mini-milestones throughout. That way, you’ll always have direction and know what needs the most attention when. 

14. Establish a routine 

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell 

15. Get moving 

According to a large-scale study, getting outside lowers anxiety and depression and boosts your mood and well-being. Among numerous other health benefits, a little exposure to natural light will help you feel more relaxed throughout the day.  

16. Get organized 

Organization leads to huge boosts in productivity, so clear off that desk, clean up your inbox, and organize every file. Your future self will thank you. 

17. Build your network 

LinkedIn is a great place to start building your network. Reach out to people in your field, alumni from your University, or someone you’ve always admired. 

18. Recognize your accomplishments 

There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back every once in a while! Take a moment to reflect on everything you accomplished in the last year. 

19. Analyze your progress 

After implementing a few of these changes at work, how do you feel? Analyze how each step has affected you and how you work. 

20. Think about what’s next 

If you’ve worked your way through this list, made changes at work, and still feel that something is lacking in your professional life, it may be time for a new position. In today’s candidate-driven market, there are hundreds of companies out there looking for employees just like you. Partner with a recruiter from Johnson Service Group to discover what opportunity awaits you in 2020!

How To Find A Job In 2020

How To Find A Job In 2020

As many of you know, the labor market is extremely tight. That’s great news for all you job seekers out there! There are millions of opportunities available across the nation. So, if you’re ready to find a new job in 2020, here are a few easy tips to jumpstart your New Year job search.

Update your resume 

Before you even start your job search, you must update your resume. Review your most recent copy of your resume and start filling in gaps and making changes. Have a new job? Add it. Completed a successful project or gained some additional responsibilities at work? Make sure you add those, as well. The last thing you want is feeling rushed to completely overhaul your resume right as you found what appears to be the job of your dreams! However, don’t forget to tailor your resume to each position you apply for to beat those pesky ATS. 

Take a look at your LinkedIn 

Did you know that LinkedIn has over 165 million members in the United States alone? And employers have over 20 million job postings on the platform across the globe. That’s a lot of jobs! But what’s even more notable for job seekers is that over 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a sourcing tool. In other words, if you aren’t on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on some great career opportunities! So, if you have a LinkedIn, make sure it’s up to date. Have your most current position on there, any relevant skills, list any achievements or certificates, and update your profile picture to stand out in the crowd! 

Partner with a recruiter 

If you are serious about accelerating your job search, we recommend partnering with a recruiter. Recruiting firms, like Johnson Service Group, have great relationships with hiring managers and HR professionals. If you work with us, we will help facilitate the interview and onboarding process to help you find that exciting new opportunity before the end of the year. So, if you really want to find a job before 2020, let’s work together! 

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How to Overhaul Your Resume for 2020

The labor market has been tight all year, and with a current 50-year low unemployment rate, the state of the market doesn’t look to be changing in 2020. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this candidate-driven market, here are three ways to overhaul your resume before 2020.

Quantify your accomplishments

To stand out to recruiters and hiring managers, you must quantify your resume. Instead of just listing out your job duties, add numbers to beef it up. Which sounds better to you?

· Improved engagement and followers on corporate social media platforms

OR

· Improved engagement on our company’s LinkedIn page by 73% and increased our number of followers on Twitter by 208% over the last six months

Anytime you can quantify your accomplishments, do so. You will make a better impression on those reading your resume and sell yourself as an A-level candidate.

Illustrate your soft skills

Soft skills are becoming more and more important for hiring managers. You can teach almost anyone how to use a new computer program or learn how to utilize a new tool in the workplace. However, you cannot teach someone a soft skill. Including soft skills can really set you apart from your competition and show that you are teachable and ready to learn. Here are three of the best top skills to display on your resume.

Forget the one-page myth

Many job seekers still believe that your resume must be trimmed down to one page. However, that’s only true is you are fresh out of school with little experience, and you’re applying for your first job. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the first page. We look at thousands of resumes each week, and the best ones are typically over one page. If you are well into your career and have numerous awards, certificates, or degrees, you will more than likely need more than one page to display all of your greatness. So, don’t fall for this myth; I encourage you to go past the first page if you need more room for those hard-earned qualifications!

If you follow these three tips to overhaul your resume, you’ll be ready to start your job search off on the right foot! And if you’re looking for a job before the end of the year, we have hundreds of great opportunities on our job board. Check them out here!

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How to Pull Off Your Next Phone Interview

If you’re hunting for a new job, chances are you’re going to have an upcoming phone interview. Many job seekers tend to brush off the phone interview and think it’s just a simple screening process. That may be partially true, but a phone interview is nothing to take lightly. It’s often your first impression with a hiring manager (aka your potential boss), and you must prepare accordingly. Here are four simple tips to help you successfully pull off your next phone interview.

Have your resume and job description in front of you

Even after doing some thorough research, you want to ensure you have a copy of your resume and the job description in front of you. You obviously know what’s on your resume, but it’s always a good idea to have it next to you so you can answer any questions the interviewer may have. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, things can slip your mind, so be sure to have it by your side! Also, having the job description in front of you will help guide you through any interview questions to ensure you communicate that you are capable of the key functions of the position.

Be next to your computer or tablet

Additionally, it’s a great idea to be near your computer or laptop. Have a couple of internet tabs open before the phone interview: the company’s website, their “about” page, their social media pages, and any blogs or news releases. You want to have as much information as possible to help you answer (as well as ask) questions intelligently.

A typical phone interview question is, “What do you know about our company?” Having these resources at your hand will help you navigate this question successfully!

Communicate professionally and clearly

This goes for every type of interview, but you always want to ensure you are communicating professionally and clearly on the phone. Now, some of these may be common sense, but it’s still good to remind yourself of these before the interview nerves start kicking in:

  • Don’t chew gum or have anything else in your mouth
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Never interrupt your interviewer
  • And speak professionally (no slang)

And don’t forget to smile! It may sound weird, but you can typically tell if an interview is bored or disinterested during a phone interview. So, put on your best smile and let the interviewer hear some of your personality and excitement!

Don’t forget the thank you!             

A lot of candidates brush off a thank you note for a phone interview. However, sending a nice thank you note can really make a difference when employers are discussing each of the candidates. Send a nice thank you note shortly after your phone conversation. Thank them for their time and highlight a few of the things you enjoyed discussing. And if you like what you hear, don’t be afraid to let them know that in your thank you!

Need some help crafting your thank you note? Here are some helpful tips that might help!

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How to Find a Job Before 2020

As many of you know, the labor market is extremely tight. That’s great news for all you job seekers out there! There are millions of opportunities available across the nation. So, if you’re ready to take on a new role before the end of the year, here are a few tips to help you find a job before 2020.

Update your resume

Before you even start your job search, you must update your resume. Review your most recent copy of your resume and start filling in any changes. Have a new job? Add it. Completed a successful project or gained some additional responsibilities at work? Make sure you add those, as well. The last thing you want is feeling rushed to completely overhaul your resume right as you found what appears to be the job of your dreams! However, don’t forget to tailor your resume for each position you apply for to beat those pesky ATS.

Take a look at your LinkedIn

Did you know that LinkedIn has over 165 million members in the United States alone? And employers have over 20 million job postings on the platform across the globe. That’s a lot of jobs! But what’s even more notable for job seekers is that over 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a sourcing tool. In other words, if you aren’t on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on some great career opportunities! So, if you have a LinkedIn, make sure it’s up to date. Have your most current position on there, any relevant skills, list any achievements or certificates, and update your profile picture to stand out in the crowd! Essentially, LinkedIn is your digital resume.

Partner with a recruiter

If you really want to accelerate your job search, we recommend partnering with a recruiter. Recruiting firms, like Johnson Service Group, have great relationships with hiring managers and HR professionals. If you work with us, we will help facilitate the interview and onboarding processes to find that exciting new opportunity before the end of the year. So, if you want to find a job before 2020, let’s work together!

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5 Insightful Interview Questions You Should be Asking

If you have an interview coming up, chances are you’ve spent a decent amount of time preparing answers to typical interview questions. And while it’s essential that you are ready for whatever questions are thrown your way, have you thought about the questions you’ll ask? Inevitably at the end of every interview, your interviewer will ask, “So, what questions do you have for us?” Don’t get caught empty-handed! These are just a few insightful interview questions for candidates to ask at the end of an interview that will leave a great impression.

How could I make an immediate impact in this role?

This is a great question to kick off the last part of your interview. Most importantly, it allows the interviewer to picture you in the role. However, it also gives you a significant hint as to how you can be successful if hired. Listen for key indicators of success; do they expect you to hit benchmarks immediately? Or is there an extensive training period that you need to conquer first?

How does this role interact with other team members and departments?

The answer to this question will be valuable in understanding how you would fit into the greater company puzzle. Depending on the response, you will also gain insight into whether it’s a good fit for you personally. It may be a more independent role with limited interaction with other team members, or it could be highly social with interactions on multiple levels.

What excites you most about working for this company?

This question is strategically worded for the interviewer to answer depending on their interpretation. They may talk about all of the things they love about working there. Or, they may delve into some exciting future projects. Either way, feel free to ask a follow-up question to get the other answer!

How would you describe the company culture here?

Hopefully, you did your due diligence before the interview and gained a basic understanding of the company culture. However, asking an interviewer this question can give you insights you can’t get online! Moreover, they may share some insider information about company get-togethers and office comradery.

What are the next steps in the hiring process?

You will find this question on every list we write because it’s arguably the most important! Asking about the next steps shows your interest in continuing with the process. Additionally, it will give you valuable information about when you can follow up without feeling like a pest.

Hopefully, these five insightful interview questions will help you reach success in your next job interview. And if you’re looking for some great answers to common interview questions, here’s our helpful guide.

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How to Include Numbers on Your Resume

You may have heard that you need to include numbers on your resume to set benchmarks and establish credibility. But how in the world do you do this? Depending on your position and which industry you work in, this can be challenging. No matter your circumstances, there are numbers you can include that will leave a lasting impression on the hiring manager. Here are three easy ways to incorporate numbers on your resume.

Track Accomplishments

There are ways you can quantify your accomplishments. Instead of simply stating what you do, put numbers to it! For example, if you currently have “Managed Project team” as a bullet point, update it to include the number of employees you supervised. Here’s an example: “Managed Project team of six team members.” Which one sounds more impactful? You can also add a timeframe or percentages that demonstrate your achievements throughout the project.

Think Bigger

Don’t forget that you are part of a larger team! If a company achieved significant growth goals during your time there, be sure to mention it. Include any ways you contributed, directly or indirectly. For example, “Assisting in achieving $450m growth goal over three years through organic Marketing efforts.”

Quantify Your Daily Tasks

Sometimes the things we do every day start to get lost in the shuffle. However, you probably accomplish some pretty significant tasks once you think about it! Assign numbers to your daily tasks so that hiring managers can understand your level of commitment and productivity. For example, “Oversaw care for 40 patients daily” or “Managed billing activities for over 150 clients.” By quantifying these, you’re substantiating your achievements in a way that allows a potential employer to picture you doing for their company.

Providing numbers on your resume not only proves your credibility, but it is also a great conversation starter. Giving a little background on your achievements opens the door for hiring managers to ask thoughtful questions that will steer conversations in the right direction.

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How to Answer 5 Modern Interview Questions

Interviewing has changed significantly over the years. From handshake agreements to video conference interviews from halfway around the world, modernization has changed how we find and hire candidates. As a job seeker, this means that you could always encounter something new during the hiring process. Today, we’re covering five modern interview questions and how you should answer so that you can nail your next interview!

What’s something you could teach me?

In today’s modern workforce, there is a large discrepancy in age and, thus, experience. Baby Boomers have years of industry experience that comes with a wealth of valuable knowledge. Likewise, Millennials and Generation Z grew up in the age of tech, which often comes with its own advantages. To answer this question, focus on a unique value that you have acquired throughout your career or experiences. Try not to make assumptions about what the interviewer knows or doesn’t know right off the bat!

What Podcasts do you like to listen to?

According to 2019 statistics, 51% of Americans have listened to a Podcast. If you are part of that group, you probably have a great answer ready to go! If not, we suggest jumping on board. There are thousands of Podcasts available for consumption on anything from industry news to pop culture. Depending on how formal the interview is, you may want to adjust your answer. Although, you never know if a bond over Bachelor-related Podcasts could be what makes you stand out from the rest of the candidates!

Do you keep up with current events? How do you consume your news?

Of course, you should be keeping up with current events daily, but how you are consuming news can be a bit tricky. We’re going to spoil it for you a bit by saying that social media alone is not an acceptable answer. We encourage you to add industry news to your daily email subscriptions. No matter what your specialty is, there are always new advancements and industry trends of which you want to be aware.

Pro tip: check out our blog to stay up-to-date with industry news and the current state of the labor market!

What’s your go-to karaoke song?

Questions like this bring levity to an interview. There is absolutely no right or wrong answer (as long as the song is appropriate)! The interviewer is merely trying to make you feel more comfortable and turn the interview more conversational. Have fun with your answer (and be prepared to follow through if you get hired and invited to employee karaoke night!)

Why are manhole covers round?

This popular modern interview question comes up in interviews with large companies more frequently than you’d think. You may know the answer (click here to find out!), or you may not. What really matters is the thought process behind your answer. With thought-provoking questions like these, feel free to think out loud so that your interviewer can get a glimpse into your thought process.

Keep these five answers in mind when you head into your next interview. And if you are looking for some more interview advice, check out all of our great interview recourses!