COVID-19 Outbreak

Employers Are Still Hiring During the COVID-19 Outbreak

As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc on the economy, more and more Americans are being furloughed as a result of mandatory “stay at home” orders. In a recent report from the BLS, jobless claims surged to 3.28 million last week (March 15 to 21). This is, no doubt, horrible news. It’s the highest level of seasonally adjusted initial claims ever recorded. For context, the previous record number of claims was 695,000 in October of 1982.

Some relief for Americans

There is no disputing that the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted the livelihood of every American. And although these numbers are scary, they don’t report the entire picture of today’s landscape. Even with a record-setting number of jobless claims, the U.S. stock market has surged for three days straight as a result of a new $2 trillion coronavirus stimulus package being passed by the Senate on Wednesday, March 25. The bill is expected to pass through the House on Friday.

The bill includes “one-time direct payments to individuals, stronger unemployment insurance, loans and grants to businesses and more health-care resources for hospitals, states, and municipalities.” It also requires insurance providers to cover preventative services for COVID-19, such as testing. Here is a summary of the aid the bill offers:

  • More than $350 billion to aid small businesses
  • $150 billion to hospitals and other health-care providers for equipment and supplies
  • Direct payments in early April to lower- and middle-income Americans of $1,200 for each adult. Families will also receive $500 for each child
  • Unemployment insurance extension to four months, plus an extra $600 weekly, with more workers eligible
  • $500 billion for distressed companies, including industry-specific loans for airlines, hotel companies, and others battered by the economic downturn

All of these things above are an intent to subsidize the income millions of Americans and the lost revenue of companies across the nation. Obviously, this isn’t an ideal situation, but this aid will definitely help the American economy and job market strongly recover once we are ”over the hill” with the battle against COVID-19. And as a result, the Dow Jones has been rebounding nicely the last few days. On Tuesday, March 24th, The Dow closed over 11% ahead, the strongest single-day gain since 1933.

The COVID-19 outbreak is creating jobs

Although millions of jobs are temporarily slashed, and many others are forced to work remotely, thousands of jobs are being generated. Several companies in various industries are experiencing surges in hiring as they attempt to keep up with the demand created by the virus. For example, Amazon is one of many distributors building up its staff to accommodate the explosive growth of online sales, as many Americans are stuck in quarantine. Currently,  Amazon is looking to add over 100,000 warehouse and shipping workers. CVS is also ready to add 50,000 workers to their team. So yes, while some employers, especially smaller businesses, are feeling the pressure of the COVID-19 outbreak, other companies are thriving.

We’re ready to lend a hand

We’ll know more about the impact of this virus on the labor market from the upcoming Jobs Report. There is no doubt that many are struggling right now; however, there is some good news out there amongst all the negativity. And at JSG, we are here to help those struggling at this time. There are still employers out there hiring, and we are ready to work for you to find you a great opportunity during these trying times. And if you’re a hiring manager feeling the sudden pressure, we are here to help you build up your staff. So, whether it’s on a temporary or permanent basis, we are ready to work for you. Stay safe out there.

Should I Stop My Jobs Search Because of COVID-19?

Should I Stop My Job Search Because of COVID-19?

There’s a lot of uncertainty around the country, thanks to the coronavirus. Nearly 158 million Americans in over 16 states are being forced to work from home, while millions of other workers are facing layoffs. So, if you were thinking about pursuing a new career path before the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be a little discouraging. However, don’t let this outbreak stop your job search altogether. Things may look a bit different, and your interviews may move from face-to-face to video formats, but many employers are still actively hiring.

Many employers are ramping up hiring efforts

Hundreds of employers in a few different industries are kicking their hiring efforts into high gear, including grocery stores, shipping centers, and the food services industry. For example, Amazon is looking to hire nearly 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers across the nation. They are even increasing hourly pay by $2 to accommodate those working amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Big pizza chains are currently hiring thousands of permanent workers. Pizza Hut is attempting to hire 30,000 new employees, while Domino’s is aiming to increase its staff by at least 10,000. Grocery stores and pharmacies are in massive need of new employees to accommodate their surging customer base. CVS, for example, is estimating it will add 50,000 new staff members.

Obviously, there are thousands of small and large companies that are struggling at this time. However, that doesn’t mean hiring as a whole has halted due to the virus, and thus, you shouldn’t postpone your job search just yet.

There’s still competition out there

If you’re serious about your job search, now is definitely not the time to pump the brakes. According to SHRM’s President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, JR, “There will be an end to this. If you take yourself out of the process, someone else may take that job you would get.”

There is no telling how long the effects of the virus will last, but President Trump is hopeful that the majority of “non-essential” businesses will be back up and running by Easter Sunday (April 12th). That may be an optimistic timeline for us to return to business as usual, but that’s only a couple weeks away. In other words, don’t let the virus stop you from submitting your application. If some states are only in lockdown for a couple more weeks, they will be looking to jumpstart their hiring efforts again. Therefore, if you try and wait out the storm, you may miss out on some great job opportunities.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel

This coronavirus is scary, and there is currently no telling of the economic or social impact of the virus. However, we will get through this together. Some positive news on the virus: Hubei, the Chinese province and the COVID-19’s “ground zero,” is preparing to lift most of its lockdown measure on Wednesday, March 25th. This is proof that we can and will overcome this together. Stay calm and stay healthy.

Resume Essentials

8 Essential Elements To A Great Resume

Now, we know that a successful resume relies heavily on which job you’re applying to, what industry you work in, and of course, the experiences you have to fill it with. However, there are a few crucial things you should include, no matter which industry you’re in. A thoughtful resume is absolutely essential to landing your dream job. It’s the first impression your future employer will have of you, so it’s crucial to nail the details. Here are eight non-negotiables that are necessary to create a great resume. 

Contact Info Front and Center

You would be surprised at the number of people who leave the most important thing off their resume—their name and contact information! How can your future employer give you the great news that you scored an interview if they don’t know how to get ahold of you? This should be front and center on your resume, making them remember your name!

Education & Experience

Your education, experience, and specific achievements are what demonstrate to a hiring manager that you are a good match for the job! What you focus on in these areas depends on the job. No matter what, your education should be short and sweet. It should include dates of attendance, where you received your degree, and other details if they are applicable to your job (i.e., Certifications, honors, GPA, relevant coursework)

Your work experience is the main area that potential employers focus on. They want to see if your past work history aligns with what you would be doing in the role you are applying for. This section should include the tangible impacts that you made throughout your work history. Don’t be afraid to brag a little! Be sure to cater your resume to each job to which you apply. Try to use similar words in your resume that you found in the job description.

Awards and Certifications

Displaying your awards and certifications is very dependent on if they apply to this specific open position. Your resume is a great place to show off your accomplishments. However, if you don’t have any that an employer would be impressed by, don’t feel pressured to include anything! While it’s great to include awards and certifications, not having any does not put you out of the running for a job.

List a Balance of Both Soft Skills and Technical Skills 

Soft skills are becoming more and more important to employers. Show what you can bring to a team through examples of your leadership, communication, and adaptability throughout your career. And of course, technical skills are always necessary to get the job done. Highlight your technical skills through your field accomplishments and define what sets you apart from others through numbers and tangible achievements.

Integrate a Healthy Amount of Active Words

Replace passive verbs with active verbs in your resume if you want to stand out. Using active verbs shows the things that you have accomplished in your career. Some examples of active verbs include directed, generated, influenced, etc. The list goes on and on, but these words are much more influential and persuasive than passive ones.

 

Great Formatting

Formatting is everything when it comes to your resume. If it is too loud, it can stray hiring managers away from the critical information about you! Having a resume that is clean, clear, and well organized will always be the most successful.

Exceptional Spelling

Some hiring managers consider just a single typo on a resume an automatic veto and they trash the resume on the spot. Many take any misspellings or grammatical errors as a sign of poor attention to detail and a lack of care. Make sure you proofread your resume multiple times and maybe even have someone else look over it with fresh eyes.

Avoid Clichés

Exaggerating your skills is a cliché that will come back to haunt you after you’re hired. If you feel the need to inflate your skills, this job just isn’t the right fit for you. Another cliché you need to avoid is including irrelevant skills to the job. It takes up unnecessary space, making your resume look less clean and distracting from what’s most important.

With these tips in mind, remember that it is very important to customize your resume for every job. Read the job description and find a way to tailor your skills and experiences to mirror the job description, without exaggerating your skillsets. Stick to these resume guidelines, and your resume will be looking better than ever! 

work from home

How to Work from Home During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Have you found yourself suddenly working from home due to the Coronavirus outbreak? If so, you’re definitely not alone! In fact, I am actually writing this blog from the comfort of my home. It can be quite the adjustment if this is the first time you have had this opportunity. Some people may flourish in this situation, while others may struggle to build a healthy work-life balance from their own homes. If the COVID-19 virus has you working from home, here are a few tips to ensure your spirits and productivity stay up.

Dress for success

Many people want to just roll out of bed, grab their laptop, and sit on the couch in their PJs. But according to a study from Northwestern University, workers perform tasks better when wearing an outfit that has more “symbolic meaning.” It’s kind of like the expression “look good, feel good.” Dressing for success changes your mindset, and thus, will allow you to be more productive and accomplish tasks more efficiently. It will also save you from rushing to make yourself look presentable when you have an unexpected video meeting. Thus, it’s important to get up, shower, and get ready for the day as you would any other.

Setting boundaries and creating a schedule

One of the biggest mistakes newbies make when working from home is not sticking to a schedule. It’s essential to create a schedule and stick to it, just like you would at the office. Wake up at the same time every day, take a lunch break, and create a to-do list. This will help you build healthy work from home habits and improve your productivity. There are a lot of distractions at work: kids, pets, neighbors, laundry… the list goes on and on. But by creating structure in your day and a list of tasks that you need to accomplish, you will be able to make the most out of your day.

Don’t forget to remove yourself from work

It’s essential to create a healthy work-life balance when working from home. When you have your laptop and phone notifications buzzing all day, it can be challenging to remove yourself from work, even when you’re in the comfort of your home. That is why it’s a good idea to create a working station in your home. Whether that’s your dining room table or a home office, it’s key to create an organized space for yourself; a place that all you do is work there. Essentially, by creating a workplace in your home, you will be able to detach yourself from your work and avoid the work from home burnout.

Set yourself up for success

These are just a few tips to help you succeed while working from home. It can be challenging to focus on your work while quarantining yourself, but if you follow these easy steps, you will be on your way to success. Good luck, and stay safe!

What Hiring Managers Really Want When Hiring New Grads

What Hiring Managers Really Want When Hiring New Grads

There is a wealth of information about “how to get a job” out there. And honestly, a lot of it can feel confusing and contradictory. So we’re breaking down exactly what hiring managers are REALLY looking for when hiring new grads. (And how you can meet those requirements and then some!)

Experience

We know, how can you have experience when applying to an entry-level job?! Try and think outside the box here. Experience doesn’t have to be other jobs! Consider securing an internship or taking online courses. In some cases, you may even be able to volunteer with a company to gain experience in your field. In today’s day and age, self-education is extremely valuable. Hiring Manager’s love to see new grads taking initiative to teach themselves 

Reliability

You may have seen headlines that hint at the millennial generation being unreliable. While we acknowledge that this is a sweeping (incorrect) generalization, and certainly doesn’t apply to all young professionals, it can be a difficult stigma to shake. Find a way to prove to the hiring manager that you would be in it for the long haul. Some of our favorite strategies for accomplishing this? Do your research on the company. Go beyond their website. Read recent news articles, check out their social media. Jot down a few thoughtful, relevant talking points that only an “insider” would know. Come to an interview with a few ideas already formulated. Based on the job description and your research on the company, what are a few key things you could right off the bat if hired? Don’t be afraid to pitch an idea or develop a new strategy. These small steps can make a big impression on the Hiring Manager, showing your dedication to the position. (Before you’re even hired!)

Drive

What you lack in experience, you can make up for in ambition. When hiring new grads, employers value drive  and are on the hunt for “movers and shakers.” They want someone willing to jump in and get their hands dirty. You can often demonstrate this during an interview by answering choice questions thoughtfully. “If someone asks you to do something that is not part of your job, how would you handle it?” Respond by saying you would help out however you can, and if you can’t offer assistance, you’ll find someone who can! “That’s not in my job description,” should not even be part of your vocabulary.

Looking for more career tips for New Grads? Explore more blogs and subscribe to our Career Kickoff Newsletter!

Modern Women Makes Strides In The Workforce

Modern Women Make Strides In The Workforce

It’s Women’s Rights month, and we have something to celebrate in the staffing industry! Over the past 15 years, modern women have made huge strides when it comes to establishing and growing their careers. In fact, according to a recent LinkedIn study, 23 different jobs have flipped to hiring majority women. This is a tremendous step in the right direction. But what has been driving this change? Here are three things that have significantly impacted the gender hiring landscape recently.

Modern Women Making Strides In The Workforce

Leading The Pack

With modern technology, barriers to entry to entrepreneurship and innovation are smaller than ever. So, as long as you have the drive and the inspiration, you can achieve anything. Just ask Spanx Founder, Sarah Blakely. “Don’t be intimidated by what you don’t know. That can be your greatest strength and ensure that you do things differently from everyone else. This has opened the doors for many females to gain traction and stand out amongst the crowd by merely doing great work.

Early Education

Since the diversity-lacking tech boom in Silicon Valley, many companies and educators have sought to inspire young girls to dream big. Organizations like “She Can STEM” focus on shining a spotlight on women in STEM careers, so girls can be inspired to have a future in the industry also.

Universities are inviting girls to campus to participate in STEM events put on by campus groups. Duke’s recent Capstone event included looking at flies under a microscope, creating 3-D animations, and learning first-aid skills.

Diversity Initiatives

Most companies have instilled some level of diversity hiring initiatives. Of course, everyone must abide by diversity hiring laws. Still, there are further steps that outstanding companies are taking to ensure they are making unbiased hiring decisions and hiring the best candidate possible. For example, Intel offers up to $4,000 in bonuses to employees that refer a woman.

Be part of the movement

Want to join the movement? Talk to a Johnson Service Group team member about how we can help you achieve your diversity hiring initiatives. You, too, can contribute to the growing statistic of gender equality at work!

Video Interview Tips

Video Interview Tips to Know Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak

Have you suddenly found yourself transitioning from an in-person interview to a video interview? If so, you’re not alone. Hundreds of companies are canceling face-to-face job interviews due to the growing concerns of the Coronavirus. As a result, more employers, such as Google and Microsoft, are moving their interviews to a virtual format. If you find yourself in this situation, it can be overwhelming; especially if it happened suddenly. However, here are a few video interview tips to ensure you pass it with flying colors.

Test your video equipment

The first thing you want to do is test your equipment and software. Be sure that your laptop or tablet is up to date to assure you don’t have any issues. Test out the video software that you will be using. Whether it’s Skype or Zoom, it’s essential to be familiar with the software to limit potential “operator errors.” Also, test your internet connection and ensure that it’s strong enough to video chat. You definitely don’t want your internet connection to time out and lose your connection mid-interview. Last but not least, make sure everything is charged up and ready to go!

Eliminate all distractions

When you’re sitting down to do your video interview, you want to ensure you eliminate any distractions around you. Get the kids out of the house, let the dog out in the backyard, and turn off anything that can and will make noise. Have a tidy desk and a clean space around you. Pick a nice area in your home to conduct your video interview with nothing incriminating or distracting in the background. The fewer distractions around you, the better you will be able to focus on the conversation and make a strong impression!

Treat it like any other interview

At the end of the day, the principles for a video interview are similar to any other interview. Do your due diligence on the company before your conversation, dress for success, have good posture and eye contact, and don’t forget that thank you note! Our friends over at Indeed produced a short video that does an excellent job summarizing how to prepare for a video interview:

Take advantage of the booming labor market

There are a lot of concerns about the Coronavirus’s impact on hiring as we approach the end of the first quarter. However, this media-crazed virus has yet to impact the job market. Thus, don’t let COVID-19 derail your job search. You may be doing more video interviews as a precaution, but at the end of the day, your job search will carry on as usual. Hopefully, these video interview tips will calm some of those job search jitters. Good luck!

Guide To LinkedIn

The New Grad’s Guide To LinkedIn

When you start to look for a job to kick off your career, one of the first steps is to set up your LinkedIn. Once you have your profile created and polished, you’re probably wondering what to do next. There are a few key actions you can take on the professional social media network that will really help in setting you up for long-term success. Here is our new grad’s guide to LinkedIn.

Connect With Fellow Alumnus on LinkedIn

LinkedIn makes it very easy to find and connect with people who went to your school. When they notice you have something in common, they are significantly more likely to connect! Before you send a connection request, however, be sure to write a personalized message to include as well. Here’s an example:

“Hi {NAME},

I am reaching out to connect with fellow graduates of [UNIVERSITY] in hopes of learning more about your career path and how you like working in the [INDUSTRY}. 

I look forward to connecting with you!”

Reach Out To Professionals In Your Industry

It can be extremely beneficial to establish relationships and even mentorships with people across your industry. Don’t be afraid to send LinkedIn connection requests, or to simply follow industry leaders to discover insights from their LinkedIn feed posts.

Browse Jobs on LinkedIn

You can subscribe to job alert emails that will trigger based on your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you have completed your profile to the max in order to collect the most job listings. Browse the daily emails in addition to doing active searches. You never know what you might find!

Follow Your Favorite Companies

Here’s an insider tip for you: Companies share exclusive job postings on their profiles. Job spots on LinkedIn are expensive, so not all available jobs are posted to the site. Most companies will, however, share links to their website with endless job listings no matter what!

Additionally, you can glean a lot from what companies share on LinkedIn. You can get an inside glimpse into their company culture, learn more about their mission and values, and even discover tidbits about the history of how they got where they are today. These things will come in handy when you land an interview!

Hopefully, this new grad guide to LinkedIn helps kickstart your professional networking. We wish you all the luck, and if you’re looking to begin your job search, check out our job board!

Coronavirus may affect your job search

How the Coronavirus May Affect Your Job Search

You see headlines on the news and social media about the Coronavirus all day long. People are talking about how it’s affecting travel, school, annual events, sports, and many other things in our daily lives. But will this virus jeopardize your job search? Some people are worried that it will negatively impact hiring or even stall it. However, I am here to put your minds at ease. Yes, COVID-19 might change how companies hire over the next few months, but it’s not going to halt altogether. Here are a few ways the Coronavirus may affect your job search.

COVID-19 didn’t tank February’s Job Report

According to the February Jobs Report that was released last week, the U.S. economy added a mind-blowing 273,000 jobs! As a result of the push in hiring over the last couple of months, the unemployment rate also dipped back down to 3.5% (that’s a 50-year low!). So, as of now, the Coronavirus has yet to significantly impact hiring in the first quarter of 2020.

Others will keep looking for a job

Don’t let this virus discourage you from your job search. Yes, the virus can be scary, but your life and everything else around you are still proceeding as usual. If you let COVID-19 stop your job search, you’ll probably miss out on a fantastic job opportunity. According to Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of SHRM, “There will be an end to this. If you take yourself out of the process, someone else may take that job you would get.”

Taylor also stressed the importance of not pulling your candidacy from the interviewing process. Unless you’re sick or don’t feel well, pulling out just because you are fearful of the virus will likely send the wrong message to recruiters or hiring managers. In other words, carry your job search on as normal.

The Coronavirus will increase video interviews

As a precaution, many employers are canceling in-person interviews in favor of video interviews. This shouldn’t alarm or frighten anyone. In fact, in many situations, this is probably easier for both hiring managers and candidates. Instead of having to take time off work and kill half of a day for an in-person interview, you now have the chance to have the same conversation over video. So, instead of burning through some sick time to attend a formal interview, you can now potentially schedule an hour-long video interview outside of your working day. It’s a win-win situation.

But if you need to brush up on your video interview skills, here are a few of our favorite tips to nail your virtual job interview.

The best thing you can do is keep calm

Sure, the Coronavirus is a scary situation with a lot of uncertainties. But as of now, uncertainties should not be enough to affect your job search. Yes, there are some reports about the virus hurting hiring for several employers, such as airline companies; however, the overall impact of the Coronavirus is still unknown. The best thing you can do is keep calm and proceed as normal. As of now, the hiring market is strong, and there are millions of job opportunities out there! If you’re now convinced that COVID-19 won’t halt your job search, take a look at our job board! We have great job openings across North America! Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

March Hiring Madness

March Hiring Madness

It’s finally March, the best month of the year! The weather is getting a little warmer, and the days are lasting longer. Oh yeah, and a lot of people are burning through their sick days with the epidemic known as March Madness. This month is the most competitive month of the year, as 68 teams look to make a splash in the “Big Dance” and bring home some hardware. But college basketball isn’t the only thing competitive in March.

The job market is HOT, and the unemployment rate remains at a 50-year low. If you’re thinking about looking for greener pastures, now is a perfect time to start your search. But if you’re a hiring manager, now is the right time to add some fresh talent to your team. Here’s why the March hiring madness is kicking into high gear and how to take advantage of it.

The competition is heating up

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, April is the month with the most advertised jobs and the largest volume of hiring in the first half of the year. So, if you’re a hiring manager, get ahead of the competition by starting your talent search now! If you wait until next month, you will have more companies fighting for the same talent. And if you’re a job seeker, this is a great time to start your search. The last Jobs Report yielded job gains of 225,000, with an unemployment rate of 3.6%. The labor market is holding steady and the hiring madness only looks to be ramping up this Spring.

Last month of Q1

March is the last month of the First Quarter. Before now, your open positions were for new positions to facilitate freshly launched projects or initiatives. January and February are big months for hiring. With renewed department budgets, employers are looking to snap out of the holiday season with a big hiring push. However, with March now upon us, the end of Q1 is already quickly approaching! Thus, employers have a solid understanding of where they stand with achieving the goals they set at the beginning of the year.

Many hiring managers begin to evaluate the team they currently have and identify gaps that need to be filled to meet expectations. Therefore, hiring managers are looking for problem solvers, someone to come in with a fresh pair of eyes, and excellent leadership skills to get the team back on track. So, if you are selected for a new position or reached out to by a recruiter, you should be feeling pretty good about yourself as a potential applicant in this situation!

The impact of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Coronavirus is starting to impact employers across the country. As a result, it may begin to change your hiring and interviewing practices as we continue to learn more about this outbreak. But that doesn’t necessarily mean this virus needs to stall your hiring efforts. For example, many companies, like Google, are moving all their in-person interviews to a video format. This may take some getting used to, but it actually might save your team valuable time and money in the long run. Video interviews allow for more flexibility for employers and job seekers. Therefore, you may be able to speed up your hiring process and hire the talent you need more efficiently. The COVID-19 outbreak may also be a prime opportunity to discuss hiring more employees on a remote basis, giving you a competitive advantage for those looking to have a more flexible working environment.

How to navigate this March hiring madness

The March hiring madness is real, and it can be overwhelming for you or your team. If you are struggling to find your next position or to source the talent you need to finish the First Quarter off strong, let’s have a conversation. At Johnson Service Group, we can help bring you the talent you need to keep your (talent) bracket from busting.

And if you’re ready to take advantage of this competitive job market, check out our job board. We have hundreds of exciting opportunities across the U.S. and Canada!