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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 add 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!

Best Time to Find a New Job

Why This is the Best Time to Find a New Job

What’s the best time of year to look for a new job? It’s kind of a loaded question, isn’t it? Various factors play into a successful job search – your industry, location, your experiences… The list goes on. However, this time of year is a fantastic time to look for a new opportunity! Yes, you heard that right. It may seem like a challenging time to nail down a new job opportunity at the end of the year, but this is a great time to explore new job prospects. Here are three reasons why this is the best time to find a new job.

It’s easier to schedule interviews

At this time of year, you’re probably taking some time off for the holidays. So, instead of awkwardly lying to your boss and calling in sick or making up a fake appointment to attend an interview, why not schedule one on your vacation? Most face-to-face interviews are only about an hour-long, and thus, doesn’t take a huge dent out of your holiday. However, if you take a half-day to sneak out of work for an interview, it will more than likely derail your productivity for an entire day.

Hiring managers are budgeting for the new year

Right now, hiring managers are finalizing their budgets for the new year. They are planning how to allocate their budget and how their team is going to grow. This is an excellent time for you to advance your career and get that much-needed raise. As a candidate, it’s a little easier to ask for the money you need to make a move as hiring managers are creating their budgets. If you try to get a job earlier in the year, their budget is likely set in stone, and it may be more challenging to get the money you are after. In other words, employers maybe a little bit more flexible with your salary requirements this time of year!

Time is on your side

Time is always of the essence in the hiring process. When interviewing for new opportunities, employers can’t afford to take their time making hiring decisions at this time of the year. With several holidays and lots of hiring managers/HR taking vacation time, employers have to move quickly to get candidates hired before the end of the year. If you’re looking for a new job and don’t want to be dragged around while employers make hiring decisions, this is a great time to kick off your job search!

Let JSG help find you your next opportunity

So, if you’re convinced that this is the best time to find a new job, let us help you make your next career move. We have hundreds of exciting job opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. Partner with a recruiter that is passionate about helping job seekers find great job opportunities. Contact us today!

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4 Easy Steps To Getting A Great Recommendation

When you need to provide a reference or recommendation, of course, you want it to be in support of your landing this new role! That’s why it’s essential to take things into your own hands and ensure that your reference has all of the right information to give you a stellar recommendation. Here are four easy ways to ensure you get a glowing reference. 

Inform Your Reference 

First and foremost, you must let someone know that they are on your reference list. If you’re actively searching for a new job, we recommend asking their permission. That way, not only can they prepare before someone calls, they may also be able to connect you with a great opportunity. (Don’t forget – 70-85% of open positions are filled through networking.) 

Let Them Know More About The Position 

You should be informing your reference about every position you use them as a reference. Include a link to the job description to give them some context. Next, you can even include a short write up about why you think you’d be a great fit! Explain what stage in the application process you are at, and any pertinent information that can help guide them in providing a strong recommendation.

Guide Your Reference 

Now, we’re not recommending that you write the recommendation for them. However, it is perfectly okay to guide your reference gently. If there was a specific project you worked on together or an accomplishment that you discussed during the interview that you would like to emphasize, mention it! It may have been some time since you worked together, or they might not remember off the top of their heads. 

Follow Up 

Unfortunately, you won’t always get the first job that you apply to. However, once you involve someone in your job search as a reference, they become invested! Follow up whether you receive the job or not. The more you keep them in the loop, the more inclined they’ll be to provide a reference in the future! (Which is never a bad thing to keep in your back pocket.) 

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How To Make Your Resume Stand Out

It’s a candidate-driven market, meaning it’s a wonderful time to apply for a new job. The only downside? You’re not the only one who thinks so! In a sea of qualified job seekers, how do you make your resume stand out? We’re breaking down a few of our favorite ways to make a stellar first impression.

 Clean Formatting

Before they read a word, the very first thing a hiring manager will notice about your resume is the formatting. Ensure your format is clean, uncluttered, and organized properly. Don’t try to cram too much text onto one page, and utilize have easy-to-read headings throughout. Utilize bullet points under each section to make it easy for employers to skim your accomplishments.

 Tailor Your Resume For Every Job 

This is absolutely essential to make your resume stand out among the rest. First of all, if you’re applying online, including relevant keywords will help your resume get through any ATS system. Once it’s reached the hiring manager, they will keep an eye out for the specific qualifications they detailed in the job description. So if you’re serious about the job, be sure to submit a custom resume that matches the highlights of the job description.

 Include Numbers 

Including statistics and measurable achievements on your resume will make a huge difference. Before a hiring manager even meets you, they’ll get an in-depth understanding of your accomplishments. It will immediately set benchmarks and establish credibility for you as a candidate.

Proofread!

Unfortunately, even one little mistake or typo can distract the hiring manager from your qualifications. There’s something about our brains that will automatically draw our eye to something that isn’t quite right! Once you’ve proofread, send it to a family member or friend to look over as well. The more eyes on it, the better!

For more resume advice, read our resume blogs, or partner with one of our recruiters to find your next role!

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Five Things That Will Haunt Your Job Search

Did you know that October is the hottest month for hiring? If you’re interested in taking advantage of today’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate, there are millions of opportunities across the country. However, regardless of the condition of today’s labor market, you still have to be conscious of how you pursue your job search. Here are five things that will haunt your job search, even in today’s tight market.

Not doing your homework

Whether it’s writing your resume or preparing for an interview, you must do your homework on the company. When drafting your resume, take a close look at what’s on the job description. You essentially want your resume to mirror their job description to demonstrate that you’re qualified for the position. And for an interview, you want to take a deep dive online to prepare. Check out their website, social media accounts, and do a quick Google search. Try to gather an idea of their company culture, mission and values, and recent news about the company. These will all help you create talking points during your interview. More and more companies are beginning to ask candidates what they know about their company to see if they came prepared and to evaluate how serious they are about the position.

Apply for too many jobs at the same company

Be careful where you apply. It’s never a good idea to apply for numerous positions at the same company during the same period. It comes across as desperate to hiring managers and human resources professionals. Sure, applying for a couple of jobs is fine if you’re qualified for each of them. However, if you go down the list of open positions and apply for a handful of them, it can spook the company. And if you’re applying for a bunch of jobs, be cautious; it’s easier than you think to apply to the same company multiple times without realizing it. So, don’t scare away your chances of receiving a job before you even get a shot at an interview.

Not dressing appropriately for your interview

If you’re heading into an interview, make sure you dress appropriately. And that doesn’t always mean wearing a suit and tie. If it’s an onsite interview at a manufacturing plant or mining facility, bring your steel-toed boots. If it’s an office setting, you’ll want to dress at least business casual. The key is to dress one step above the company’s typical office attire. If you’re not sure what to wear, ask HR. But when in doubt, always dress for success.

Poor communication

In this candidate-driven market, hiring managers are struggling with being ghosted – candidates who suddenly drop out of the interviewing process. If you stop communicating with hiring managers or HR, they’ll probably assume you’re no longer interested. Strong and clear communication is vital throughout the entire process. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. But when a hiring manager reaches out to you, respond appropriately, or they may assume you’re dropping your name out of the race.

Not working with a recruiter

Have you worked with a recruiter before? If you really want to step up your job search game, then team up with a professional recruiter, like one from JSG. We have a talented team of recruiters that specialize in a wide array of industries. We build strong relationships with hiring managers and will help get your resume on the top of their desks instead of it just sitting in a pile on their computer. We’ll walk you through every step to ensure your job search isn’t haunted. Ready to take your career to the next level? Reach out to us today, and we’ll help you find your next opportunity!

How To Determine If A Company Will Be A Good Culture Fit

How To Determine If A Company Will Be A Good Culture Fit

In a candidate-driven job market, it can seem like the world is your oyster when it comes to making a career move. But that doesn’t mean you want to take just any job! You want to find one that is a fit for your skills and experience; you want a job that will allow for continued growth. Something else you want to be on the lookout for? A company and team that will be a good culture fit. Use these three tactics to discover your next step!

Do Your Research

Before you interview, or even before you apply, research the company. Of course, you’ll want to check out their website, but also be sure to browse their various social media accounts. This may give you a peek into what the office is like if they frequently do events outside of work, and a more in-depth demonstration of their mission and values. Last, but certainly not least, LinkedIn is your best friend. Find the company on LinkedIn, click on “see all employees on LinkedIn.” Peruse employee profiles to get an idea of the company culture. A few specific things to look for: how long employees have been at the company, how they describe their job, and if they have recommendations and endorsements from coworkers.

Ask Great Questions

Once you get to the end of your interview and the Hiring Manager asks, “do you have any questions for us?” This is your chance! Use this opportunity to ask a couple of great questions that will give you further insight into the company culture. Here are a few of our favorites:

“What is your favorite thing about working for ABC Company?”

“How will this position interact with other team members and departments?”

“How does ABC Company tie their values into their day-to-day operations?”

Pay Attention To The Little Things

The smallest details can give you a hint as to the culture fit of a company! When you go in for an in-person interview, be aware of your surroundings. What is the general attitude or vibe of the office? Do the current employees seem friendly and welcoming? If you have the opportunity to meet with other team members, be sure to ask the same questions you would ask leadership and more! Don’t be afraid to ask questions about working with the leadership team. This can give you a better understanding of how to be successful if you are to be hired.

How To Network In Modern Society

How To Network In Modern Society

You have probably heard some version of the statistic regarding how many open positions are filled through networking. Ranging anywhere from seventy to eighty-five percent, the ratio is significant! However, networking in today’s modern society looks a bit different than it used to. There are certainly upsides and downsides to how technology has transformed the way we make contacts and grow relationships in our professional world. But not to worry, we’re here to help you navigate it all!

Join Online Networking Groups

The internet has cracked the world of professional introductions wide open. You are now able to connect with people from around the world with a quick click of a button. Not only that, but there are also dozens of different ways to do it! Check out industry Facebook groups where your peers are bouncing ideas off one another, sharing job opportunities, and working together. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit can also join a Mastermind group, to meet with like-minded individuals and “create the success you want.”

Check Out Local Societies & Associations

Many local communities have different groups that get together and share a common interest. Do a quick online search for local societies or associations that align with your professional goals. Whether it’s a Young Professionals group that combines people from all industries or an industry-related Association, it gives you the opportunity to build incredible relationships within your communities. Some of these groups may require a membership fee, but they often share exclusive job opportunities, the chance to network with local leaders, and at the very least – valuable education!

Connect With A Recruiter

Even if you’re not currently on the job market, connecting with a recruiter could be one of the best things you do for your professional career. Oftentimes, recruiters have exclusive relationships with Hiring Managers at the top companies in your industry. This means that they hear about jobs before they even hit the job boards. (And did you know that “professionals who are among the first 25 to apply to a role are 3x more likely to land the job?”) And in today’s competitive hiring market, you never know what opportunity might cross a recruiter’s desk!

When it comes down to it, networking is still an incredibly effective way to get your foot in the door, and the benefits are endless. So, what are you waiting for? Put yourself out there and start reaping the rewards!