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How to Beat the Resume Bots

How to Beat the Resume Bots

Did you know that 75% of job applications are rejected before a pair of eyes even lay on it? Now more than ever, employers will be utilizing application tracking systems (ATS) to filter out candidates’ resumes. Millions of people looking for new employment opportunities and an ATS helps hiring professionals to weed out resumes to make the hiring process more manageable. So, how can you optimize your resume to get past the resume bots and into the hands of the hiring manager?

What is an application tracking system?

An ATS is essentially a software hiring professionals use to collect, sort, scan, and rank the job applications they receive. They are basically a gatekeeper for employers and recruiters to efficiently filter out or find candidates for open positions. ATS software was initially designed for larger corporations that receive thousands of applications each week but are commonly used by many employers to streamline their hiring processes.

So, how can job seekers get past these resume bots and get their resumes seen by a human being?

Clean formatting and layout

ATS is a piece of software – it can’t use logic to analyze unique resumes with fancy designs. In other words, your resume should have a clean format and layout. Don’t try and cram everything on a single page (your resume can be longer), don’t hide your contact details, omit any graphics or headshots, and use a standard font and headings. Also, be sure to save your resume as a Word document or PDF file because 43% of resumes are submitted in an incompatible file type. Keep it simple and easy to read if you want to get past the resume bots.

Use keywords from the job description

If you want your resume to enter a hiring manager’s hands, you must tailor your resume. Gone are the days of submitting the same resume over and over and hoping your get a call to schedule an interview. To get past an ATS, you need to include keywords and phrases that match the job description. The ATS is looking for specific skill sets, experiences, certifications, and other essential qualifications. Take time to review the job description and tweak your resume carefully so it matches it (without lying about your qualifications, of course). If you don’t tailor your resume for each position, the ATS will filter you out no matter how strong of a candidate you are.

Use bulleted lists

Bulleted lists are easy for both bots and humans to read. You can use lists for your accomplishments, skills section, and job duties. However, it’s best to keep it simple. Don’t use fancy bullet points or other indications for your bullets. Stick to classic bullet points like solid circles, squares, or dashes to ensure your resume is compatible with an ATS. We often see elaborate bullet points that you might think make your resume stand out but, in reality, are impossible for an ATS to scan and comprehend.

Need more resume advice?

These are three simple ways you can optimize your resume to beat the bots. If you are looking for more resume advice, check out our resume resources page. We have dozens of helpful tips, tricks, and insight to help your job search end with an offer letter.

Three Surprising Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

Three Surprising Reasons Why You Didn’t Get the Job

You recently finished a lengthy interviewing process and are patiently waiting for that offer letter in your inbox. You tailored your resume, you thought your interview went well, and a new job is almost in your grasp. But instead of an offer letter, you receive an email with the subject line: “thank you for your time.” What went wrong? How did you not receive the job you thought you had in the bag? Here are three surprising reasons why you didn’t get the job.

There is a more qualified candidate

One surprising reason why you didn’t get the job is that the market is too competitive. Not too long ago, it was a candidate-driven market. Almost every employer was hiring, and job seekers had plenty of power (and opportunities!). Fast forward to 2021 and we are still recovering from the pandemic. Employers are beginning to hire again, but with unemployment numbers soaring, your competition will be fierce. So, you could be a great candidate who is perfectly qualified for the position; however, there is sadly just someone with more experience or a stronger skill set in today’s competitive market.

Your transferrable skills didn’t translate well

Many job seekers are transitioning into new careers or a different industry, with better hiring prospects in the post-pandemic world. As a result, hiring managers and recruiters are looking for transferrable skills, which you acquire from previous positions or education, and transfer them to a new position. They are current skills that you can shift to another position. These skills will allow you to transition into a new career, even if you don’t have direct experience in the industry. For example, you can transfer management or leadership skills from one job to another. So, since your current occupation may not be hiring due to the pandemic, you might be in the process of entering another. Thus, if you fail to express how your skills set can be transferred to the position you are interviewing for, it may be a reason why you didn’t receive the job.

You didn’t ask good questions in your interview

Job interviews are typically not one-sided. At some point, you will have the opportunity to ask your interview some questions about the role, the company, or something else you discussed in your meeting. If you leave your interview without asking engaging questions that reiterate your knowledge and interest in the position, you likely won’t receive a job offer. You must ask some insightful questions if you want to make a lasting impression. These are questions that can give you more insight into the job’s day-to-day duties, the team dynamic, department goals, and other valuable information. These questions will likely come naturally as your conversation progresses but if you need some excellent questions to have in your back pocket, here are four questions you should ask in your next interview.

Need more job search tips?

These are just three common reasons why you didn’t receive the job. There are obviously many different reasons you didn’t get an offer; however, these three reasons are things to be conscious of before your next interview. If you are looking for more career advice or job searching tips, review our candidate resources for tons of helpful advice. Good luck!

5 COVID Questions To Ask At Your Next Interview

5 COVID Questions To Ask At Your Next Interview

It’s important that you show up to any interview with a few great questions at the ready. However, in today’s day and age, those questions may look a little bit different. There’s no doubt that the Coronavirus pandemic is on everybody’s mind. And that doesn’t change just because you’re looking for a new job! If COVID-19 policies and procedures are a priority for you (and they should be), it is perfectly acceptable to ask COVID-related questions during your interview. As always, read the room to gauge which questions would be most appropriate. Here are five possible COVID questions you can ask at your next interview.

How has COVID-19 impacted your company?

No matter what industry they are in, their company’s size, or the role you’re interviewing for, the company has most certainly been impacted by COVID-19. Work may have slowed or stopped altogether, they may have shifted to remote work, or the company may have even implemented layoffs and furloughs. What you’re looking for in the interviewer’s answer here is transparency. You should not expect them to have handled it perfectly; that is unrealistic. However, if they are transparent about the struggles they experienced, that’s a good sign that they’ll be transparent with employees!

Will I be expected to come into the office, or are you offering remote work?

Hopefully, this was covered earlier in the interview. However, if it wasn’t, it’s essential to address it! Additionally, you can gain further clarification into their remote work policies. Is it temporary? How much flexibility do they offer? Are employees expected to secure additional childcare when working from home?

What are your COVID-19 procedures?

This is a great lead-in question to discuss COVID-19 safety measures. If the company requires employees to work in-office, are they following social distancing guidelines, providing hand sanitizer, and adhering to mask requirements? Additionally, you’ll want to understand their procedures if an employee is diagnosed with COVID-19. Do they require all employees to quarantine? Is it possible to complete your work while quarantined? The interviewer’s answers to this challenging question will give you a glimpse into how much they prioritize their staff’s health.

How has COVID-19 affected your vacation and sick leave policies?

Prior to the pandemic, it was utterly taboo to ask about paid time off during the interview. However, things have changed in the past year! COVID-19 has forced many companies to rethink their traditional vacation and sick leave policies. With a minimum self-isolation period of 10 days after exposure, you could burn through traditional PTO very quickly if they haven’t made accommodations. Just be sure to frame the question as above rather than the greedy “how many vacation days would I get?”

What have you done to support employees working from home?

Lastly, if the company is allowing employees to work from home, please ask more about it! Starting a new job isn’t easy, and it’s intimidating if you’re in a traditional office setting, not to mention working from home during a global pandemic without having met anyone in person! You will want to hear that they have established a remote onboarding program, prioritize employee development, and make significant efforts to decrease isolation through various communication software.

As we mentioned above, it’s impossible to expect picture-perfect answers to these challenging COVID questions. Instead, look for transparency, organization, and active actions. And remember, it’s okay for you to prioritize your health and safety during an interview! If you want to feel extra prepared for your Coronavirus-era interview, explore our candidate resources for more tips and tricks!

Modern Updates To Old School Interview Rules

Modern Updates To Old School Interview Rules

Job interviews have always come with a common set of rules. Make good eye contact, ask great questions, etc. However, due to recent events, these old school interview rules require an update! Here are three old school interview rules along with their socially acceptable modern updates.

Old Rule: Greet The Interviewer With A Firm Handshake

Since the dawn of time, one of the pinnacle interview tips was to greet your interviewer with a firm handshake. Then, a global pandemic hit, and suddenly everyone became much more aware of their personal hygiene and interactions with others. Now, reaching a hand out in greeting could put your interviewer in an awkward spot or, even worse, make a bad first impression.

New Rule: Instead of a handshake, offer a polite smile and wave.

Even if you’re wearing a mask, an interviewer will be able to see your smile in your eyes! And if the interviewer does reach out for a handshake, it is perfectly acceptable to politely decline. Try to reserve judgment; old habits die hard!

Old Rule: Don’t Ask About PTO

 It was frowned upon for you to inquire about paid time off (PTO) during an interview as early as last year. It was seen as eager and tasteless. However, we have undergone some significant global changes since then! Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the priorities of most professionals have shifted.

New Rule: You can ask about PTO policies (if you do it the right way!)

No, we aren’t recommending that you barge into your interview demanding to know how much vacation time they’re offering. However, as you progress through the hiring process, it is understood that how companies handle PTO is important during unprecedented times.

Try framing it this way: “What are your PTO policies in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic?” Or, if you need to dig a little further, “How has COVID-19 affected your company-wide policies? Do you offer remote work options? Has it impacted vacation or sick leave policies?

Old Rule: If they ask about salary, you have to tell them what you’re making

It was common for an interviewer to ask you to share your current salary in the not so distant past. Moreover, it was expected that you answer!

New Rule: Not only is it okay for you to not answer this question directly; in some states, it is even illegal for an interviewer to ask!

Here are the states which have implemented state-wide salary history bans:

  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Illinois
  • Maine
  • Alabama
  • Washington
  • North Carolina
  • Michigan
  • Hawaii
  • Connecticut
  • Pennsylvania
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts
  • California
  • Delaware
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico

Additionally, 17 cities have implemented local bans on inquiring about salary history.

But what if you’re in a state where it is still technically legal for an employer to ask what you make? Well, the good news is you have options. You can certainly decline to answer; however, we recommend you do your research first. If you go into an interview knowing your value, you can instead provide the interviewer with a desired salary range.

Your answer would look like this: “In my next position, I am looking to make between $65,000 and $70,000.” An even better option? Partner with a JSG Recruiter to find your next position, and you can refer the interviewer to us. We’ll handle it for you!

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, head over to our candidate resources to browse jobs, explore job search tips, and get a jump start on your journey.

How to Shorten Your Resume

How to Shorten Your Resume

Have you ever spent a decent chunk of time updating your resume only to review it and ask yourself, “Is my resume too long?” Most of us have been in this position before; it can be challenging to shorten your resume without removing crucial skillsets, achievements, or working experience. Here are a few easy tips to trim down your resume.

Keep your resume objective short

More and more job seekers are including a resume objective, and that’s great. We encourage it, especially if you have been unemployed due to the pandemic. A resume objective is an excellent means to express your career goals, share what you are looking for in a new job, and explain why you may be out of work or transitioning into a new career path. However, an objective should be brief, just a sentence or two in length. If you feel the need to explain anything else, you can easily do so in your cover letter. Keeping your resume objective concise will help you shorten your resume without trimming any of your work experience.

Reduce your education section

Another easy way to shorten your resume is to slim down your education section. Your education is essential, and you should be proud of it, but you can keep it relatively short if you are an experienced job seeker. If you are 5+ years into your career, you can safely remove your GPA, course work, and other details. In most cases, all you need is your university or program’s name, the degree or certificate you received, and the date you completed your education. That’s it! Hiring managers and recruiters don’t care that you took a Macro Economics class if you are applying for a leadership role that has nothing to do with econ.

The only exception here is if you are fresh out of school. If you recently graduated, then you can leave some more details about your education.

Cutback irrelevant working experience

If you still need to shorten your resume, try cutting back some of your more irrelevant working experience. Many job seekers feel obligated to put every single job they have ever had on their resume. Instead, only include relevant work history if you are further into your career. A great example of this is internships or summer jobs. If you are 15 years into your career, you don’t need to put your four-month job at Dairy Queen on there. Remove any unnecessary work experience to make your resume more concise, giving you more room to elaborate on your more relevant work experience.

Remove your headshot

If you are one of those who have a headshot on the top of your resume, you can eliminate that to save some space. Your headshot has no place on your resume, and it can actually hurt your chances of advancing through the interview process. Also, with an increased emphasis on diversity, equality, and inclusion efforts, a picture of yourself can hinder your chances of securing an interview. Plus, it frees up some valuable real estate on your resume!

Does my resume have to be one page long?

So, those are four easy ways to shorten your resume. If you are trying to shorten because you feel your resume needs to be on a single page, stop right there. It is acceptable to have a resume longer than a single page in most circumstances. By keeping it under a page, you can be leaving off valuable skills and experiences. For more details on the one-page resume, check out our blog here.

These Jobs Will Be Hiring Like Crazy In 2021

These Jobs Will Be Hiring Like Crazy In 2021

There’s no denying that the job market is volatile right now. However, with a COVID vaccine making the rounds, families, and businesses settling in to “the new normal,” and hope on the horizon, many people are feeling optimistic about hiring. In fact, 2021 could be one of the best years for hiring in recent history. Regardless, these jobs will be hiring this year, so if you’re looking to make a change – explore these professions.

Professional Services

There are a variety of professional services positions that will be hiring in abundance in 2021. As the housing market continues to rise, Loan & Mortgage Professionals will be in high demand. And according to LinkedIn, roughly a quarter of loan officer job postings mention remote work. Additionally, as companies ramp up business again, they will need to bulk up their Business Development teams.

2020 brought about a lot of positive changes. People focused on personal development more than ever with an abundance of time on their hands. And that self-improvement isn’t going anywhere soon! Thus, the need for Professional and Life Coaches will definitely spill over into this year. Businesses made great strides too, in growing their diversity efforts. Many companies will be scrambling to hire experts in workplace diversity to help them improve and stay competitive.

Last, but most certainly not least of the professional services jobs that will be hiring: Educators. The past year has been unbelievably challenging for North American teachers, by constantly having to adapt to ever-changing regulations. In addition to traditional teaching roles, LinkedIn data shows that demand for educator support such as tutors has grown significantly as well.

Healthcare

There was a Healthcare talent shortage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then it has only intensified. According to LinkedIn data, demand for Nurses and Healthcare Support Staff such as Healthcare Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and more, has been up more than 34% since 2009. Additionally, the demand for Mental Health Specialists skyrocketed during the global crisis, and more and more people are prioritizing their mental health in 2021.

Marketing

Now that the majority of business and advertising is done online, the need for Marketing experts with digital experience is higher than ever. As companies scramble to grab the attention of digital consumers through social media and search engines, Digital Marketing Professionals grew nearly 33% year-over-year. Unless you live under a rock, you probably absorbed some Digital Content in 2020. This content crash-landed in the likes of TikTok, Instagram Reels, Youtube, and Podcasts last year. With people soaking up as much digital entertainment as possible, the relatively new role of Digital Content Creators has doubled in popularity since 2019.

Information Technology

In 2020, the world was thrust into working remotely, raising new challenges in information technology, security, and artificial intelligence. According to LinkedIn data, the most in-demand jobs in the technology sector are Specialized Engineers, User Experience Experts, Data Science Specialists, and Artificial Intelligence Professionals.

If you’re looking to make a career change in 2021, let Johnson Service Group help. We have strong relationships with hiring managers throughout the United States and Canada, partnering on exclusive job opportunities. We work hard, we work together, we work for you.

Should My Resume Be One Page?

Should My Resume Be One Page?

Many of you are diligently working on updating your resume in hopes of finding a new career opportunity. You start adding all your unique skills and updating your work experience, and suddenly, you are running out of space on that one-page resume. So, you begin to think, should my resume be on one page? The short answer is, no, it can surpass one page in length. A one-page resume is one of the biggest resume myths out there – here’s why.

Emphasis on skills and resume objective

In 2021, candidates should emphasize their skills (both soft and hard) and possibly add a resume objective. 2020 was a crazy year, and many of you will have a job search story to tell. An easy way to give a brief overview of your job search is a resume objective. If you are currently unemployed due to the coronavirus, you can illustrate that in your objective. Or, if you are looking for a new opportunity to grow your career, you can express that in this section as well. The resume objective should go at the top, underneath your contact details, and only be a sentence or two. Adding an objective can easily bring your resume over one page long.

Additionally, we recommend adding a skills section to your resume. The best way to format your skills section is with a bulleted list of all the skills that coincide with the job description. If you have twelve or more skills, you can quickly bump your resume beyond the one-page mark. Therefore, don’t feel obligated to limit your resume to one page while adding these useful sections to your resume.

You have too much work experience to cram on one page

If you are fresh out of school or have only been working for a couple of years, you want to aim for the one-page mark. However, if you are 10 years or more into your career, you have likely held several titles or worked for multiple companies. Thus, it is nearly impossible to cram all of that great working experience onto a single page. Don’t do yourself an injustice by eliminating valuable working experience just to reduce your resume to one page. By trimming significant accomplishments, skills, or other experiences, you can be hurting your chances of landing a job.

Or, if you are applying for a leadership role, there is absolutely no way you should be cutting things out of your resume to make it fit onto one page. If you have 20+ years of experience or the job is for a management position, you won’t make the cut by removing your valuable responsibilities, achievements, and leadership skills.

You should be tailoring your resume

If you tailor your resume for each job application, it is almost impossible to keep your resume under one page. When you tailor your resume, you examine the job description and pick out the essential qualifications they want. Once you know what the hiring manager is looking for, you can tweak how you phrase specific duties, responsibilities, and other information to align with the job description. This makes it easy for hiring managers to see that you are a good fit for the job and improve your odds of receiving a job interview. So, if you are making the most of your resume by tailoring it, don’t be afraid to go beyond a single page.

Need more resume advice?

So, next time you ask yourself whether your resume should be one page, remember these three points. If you are searching for more resume advice to help secure a new job this year, review our candidate resources on our blog!

Having Your Picture on A Resume Could Hurt Your Job Search

Having Your Picture on A Resume Could Hurt Your Job Search

You decided to update your resume to kick off your 2021 job search. Instead of just making a few tweaks, you are completely rebuilding it from scratch; you are crafting a new skills section, updating your work experience, and adding a resume objective. You start to look at templates online to give your resume a little flare and notice some with a space for a headshot. So, you begin to think, “should I add a picture of myself on my resume?” Having your picture on a resume could hurt your job search – here’s why.

Diversity and inclusion hiring efforts

Many companies are focusing on diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in their hiring efforts this year. Companies across the country are implementing new DEI policies to offer safe and fair hiring practices and committing to hiring more diverse talent in 2021. Therefore, adding your picture to your resume could hurt your chances of receiving a callback due to an increased emphasis on DEI hiring. Your image can also trigger unconscious biases of hiring professionals, so it’s best to leave your photo off your resume.

It can be distracting

In 2021, there will be a ton of competition for job seekers. You will be going head-to-head with many other talented people, and you cannot afford any distractions. And that is what your photo on your resume will do – distract. If you put your headshot (or any image) on your resume, it pulls the attention away from your skills, work experience, and background. Many people believe adding a photo of themselves will make their resume stand out in a sea of applicants. However, as a recruiter or hiring manager sifts through endless resumes, the last thing they want to see is a headshot of a candidate. They are looking for your qualifications, not a tiny thumbnail image of yourself. Keep the attention on your skills by omitting your headshot on your resume.

It takes up too much space

When crafting your resume, you only have so much space to convey your work experience and other qualifications. Typically, your resume is a very concise document, with only a page or two (depending on the stage of your career) to share your qualifications with a hiring manager or recruiter. Why take up valuable space with a headshop instead of using that area to add more skills, certifications, or other information? Adding a headshot doesn’t add as much value as your skill sets and experience.

There are a few exceptions

These are three reasons why having your picture on your resume can hurt your job search. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, it is customary for some countries to have a resume picture, such as Spain, Germany, and Italy. In some industries, it may be acceptable to use a photo, too. Although you generally want to avoid using a resume photo in the United States, it’s ultimately up to you. If you are going to use one, please make sure it is a professional headshot.

Here is how and where you should use a professional headshot

A professional headshot doesn’t necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer – it just has to look professional. Use great natural lighting, have a neutral background, dress for success.

Make sure your photo is from the shoulders up. The point of a headshot is to see your face, not your entire body.

Don’t crop yourself out of a picture with others. It looks cheesy and unprofessional. Sorry, you cannot crop yourself out of a wedding photo with your spouse!

Upload your professional headshot to your LinkedIn profile, professional online portfolio, or add it to your email account. These are all excellent ways to show off your headshot without including it on your resume.

If you want more advice on how to take a DIY professional headshot, check out our guide below!

5 Ways to Grow Your Career in 2021

5 Ways to Grow Your Career in 2021

A new year is symbolic of a fresh start or for establishing healthy habits. Many people use this time as an opportunity to reflect on their careers and understand where they are and where they would like to be. Doing this under our current economic climate can be intimidating. However, even if you feel discouraged, there’s never a wrong time to advance your career trajectory. Here are five ways to grow your career in 2021.

Establish your career goals

If you want to grow your career in 2021, the first thing you must do is establish your goals. If you want to improve your career prospects or make yourself a more valuable employee, you have to set goals to get you where you want to be. Are you looking to add a new skill? Do you want to grow into your leadership role? Regardless of what you want to achieve, you must set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).

Seek mentorship

Once you have your goals set, you should seek mentorship. Find a mentor that you can trust, one that can offer feedback and support to help grow your career. Reach out to them and ask them if they are willing to guide you, offer advice, and be honest with you. One of the keys to a successful mentorship is it has to be a mutual relationship. In other words, this person has to want to mentor you. Otherwise, it won’t be an effective mentorship relationship.

If you are looking for advice on being a more coachable employee, we recently wrote a blog on that!

Hone new skills or strengthen current ones

Another great way to reach these goals is to hone new skills or sharpen skills you already have. Identify if there are any skill sets, tools, or techniques to help you achieve your career goals this year. Once you understand what these skills are, you can work on improving them. Take online courses, watch how-to videos on YouTube, or attend webinars. Actively working on skills that will help you take your career to the next level will make you marketable, improve your career prospects, and make you a more valuable employee.

Here are three must-have skills to help you grow your career in 2021.

Regularly track your progress

After you know what you want to accomplish and how you will do it, set milestones; write these milestones down and regularly track your progress toward completing them. This will help you stay on track and remain focused on these career goals throughout the year. Tracking your progress is part of setting SMART goals because your goals should be attainable. If they are achievable, you can track your progress, and you can check-in with yourself and your mentor.

Celebrate your wins

Many people forget to celebrate their wins, even if they are small. When you are tracking your progress, and you complete one of these milestones, take a moment to celebrate! Pat yourself on the back and reflect on all of your hard work! Share these wins with your mentor, too, as they should be equally invested in your success. Celebrating your wins will make this journey more rewarding, and you will appreciate your growth.

Cities with The Largest Population Booms

Cities with The Largest Population Booms Amidst the Pandemic

The coronavirus is shaping more than just how or where we work; it influences how we live our everyday lives, including where we physically live. Thousands of Americans are relocating to seek better opportunities, lower costs of living, and improve their quality of life. So, where are these “pandemic birds” flocking during these challenging times? Here are the cities with the largest population booms amidst the pandemic.

Cities with significant population influxes

People nationwide have been relocating as many are now working remotely (and likely will continue to do so permanently). People are escaping expensive, crowded cities and opting to move to states with lower taxes, cheaper overall costs of living, and more enjoyable lifestyles. For example, people are fleeing crazy-expensive Silicon Valley to other areas that offer a better quality of life.

States with the most significant population influxes over the last few months are Florida and Texas. According to new Census data, Florida has added 241,256 new residents while Texas has welcomed nearly 374,000 new citizens. It’s essential to note that this data spans from July 2019 to July 2020. Therefore, the pandemic is not entirely causing this surge. However, it is too early to tell how much the virus has impacted this migration, but it unquestionably has played a part.

According to LinkedIn data, the top five locations with inflows of new residents (with their cost-of-living ranking) are as follows:

  • Austin (77)
  • Phoenix (76)
  • Nashville (121)
  • Tampa (107)
  • Jacksonville (196)

And the cities with the most significant outflows in 2020? They are Hartford, New York City, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Cleveland – which are large, expensive metropolitan areas. California’s Silicon Valley, which is notorious for its tech and startup companies, has had two years in a row where more people left the state than moved there.

What are the industries relocating during the pandemic?

The most notable industries making a move during the pandemic are tech companies, finance firms, and other corporations. For example, Elon Musk announced he is departing California and moving to Austin, where he is planning on building a new factory for Tesla. Other entrepreneurs and tech leaders are following suit.

According to Bloomberg, “Big employers are also relocating. Software giant Oracle Corp. has moved its headquarters to Austin, and computer maker Hewlett Packard Enterprise Co. is shifting its headquarters to Houston. Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is considering opening a new Florida hub, and the head of Moelis & Co. has said his bankers can pack up and go where they please.”

This migration will be an exciting trend to watch this year as more companies announce a relocation. If you are considering a move to one of these booming ecosystems, visit our job board for the latest opportunities across the country. And if you are one of these employers making this transition, let’s have a conversation to see how JSG can fit into your new hiring strategy in 2021.