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4 Reasons You’ll Love Partnering with a Recruiter

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Many hiring managers and HR professionals have misconceptions about working with a recruiter. A common misunderstanding is that recruiters only care about filling jobs for our clients. That’s simply not true. It’s just as important to us to find qualified candidates that will add value to your organization!

Working with a recruiter takes stress off of your plate and allows you to focus on what’s truly important: your job. And since Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, here are four reasons why you’ll love partnering with a recruiter.

Recruiters are (professional) match-makes

Recruiters don’t just find any candidate for your open position. We work diligently to find candidates that are a perfect match for both the position and your organization. We take the time to truly understand your needs and find you candidates that will make a significant impact within your organization. And we don’t just find candidates that look good on paper. JSG takes pride in ensuring that it will be a perfect match for both you and the candidate.

We do the heavy lifting for you

We get it, you’re busy. Let us take some of that stress off your plate. We know how stressful it is to find a talented candidate for your open positions AND continue all of YOUR day-to-day duties. And with 304,000 jobs created in the month of January, you are probably one of the numerous organizations that are dealing with staffing shortages. Allow us to help you find the candidates you need so you can focus on your job.

We can help find a diamond in the rough

Did you know the best candidates are the ones that aren’t even looking? That’s right. Passive candidates are the ones your company wants to hire. They are good at their jobs and happily employed elsewhere. And since they are not actively looking, you probably won’t find their resumes hitting your desk. However, recruiters have strong relationships with candidates that are casually open to new opportunities. We can help find you the “best of the best.” Let us work our magic and help you find those hidden gems that your team would likely never be able to locate.

Recruiters are experienced in your industry

And finally, recruiters have experience in your industry. Yes, you heard that right. We know the Staffing & Recruiting industry well, but we know the ins and outs of your industry, too. We understand that needs, challenges, and hurdles you face. That’s why working with a recruiter is great! We won’t just send you bodies to fill jobs; we care about your needs and want to help match candidates that can fill those needs. By truly understanding your struggles and your industry, we can help find you candidates that are qualified and competent. It’s a match made in heaven.

If you’re ready to fall in love with a recruiter, let’s work together today.


3 Ways to Be Happier at Work


Although the majority of Americans (51%) report that they are satisfied with their jobs, what does that mean for the other 49%? Considering that employee happiness can be directly tied to employee productivity, the quality of our work is affected by how you feel on any given day. This can become even more problematic during the winter months when Seasonal Depression is at its highest and our jobs are especially demanding with the start of a new year. So, what can you do at work to be happier and as a result, more productive?

Start the Day Off Right

How you start your day matters. In this study, researchers observed the moods and productivity of customer service representatives. Those who had positive interactions with customers were in better moods in the morning and went on to champion more productive days. So, do whatever you need to do before work to get yourself in this mindset. For some, it may be eating a full, nutritious breakfast. It is hard to stay focused if your stomach won’t stop growling.

For others, it may be taking a walk before work, or even walking for your commute to the office. Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes of walking can leave you with a greater sense of positivity and energy – two things that can be likened to a happier start to your day and more productivity in the office. Even an act as simple as listening to your favorite music while enjoying a cup of coffee can shift your mood into a happier, more productive place.

Begin your day with whatever works for you and get your mind right. The day infinitely times harder when you show up to work with a sense of dread, rather than a smile.

Minimize Controllable Stresses

Stress is one thing that can bury a person’s happiness, which in turn shrinks productivity. Stress is a normal part of life and experienced by everyone; however, some have a better handle on stress-management than others. If you are stressed out before you even sit down at your desk, you are setting yourself up for a miserable day. We control the things we can control. If you are constantly barely on time to work, consider leaving about ten to fifteen minutes earlier. This extra time will ease your mind of tardiness as a result of unexpected delays along your commute, like traffic.

If you manage others, check-in with them in the mornings so you know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t, you may spend part of your day concerned with what others should be working on. Put this out of your mind by communicating early, so you can focus on your tasks for the day.

Take Care of Yourself

This one sounds so obvious but is often the most neglected by professionals of any field. We all tend to get caught up in our work. Often this is because we are proud of what we do, we want to be successful, it’s busy, or you may be short staffed. Whatever the reason, failure to take care of your personal needs will undoubtedly decrease your happiness and likely your productivity.

You are a person, not a machine. People need exercise, healthy foods, socialization, relationships, and sleep to reach their maximum potential. The time demanded of these things is often sacrificed in favor of more time in the office, working on the weekends, or company travel. But failure to address your basic needs will lead to more stress and feeling burnt out of your job.


How to Millennial


This is nothing new. As one generation moves closer to retirement, a crop of new, young professionals enters the workforce. So why has there been so much emphasis on the millennials in the workplace lately? You’ve seen the headlines or read the articles about millennial laziness, narcissism, and wavering loyalty. You may have also seen statistics like millennials making up 35% of the workforce by 2020, or 75% by 2025. So, what are you supposed to do as an employer or manager when those you will be working with, leading, and hiring have such negative stereotypes?

You make an effort to understand them better because while stereotypical millennials exist, they are not the rule. Overcoming these stereotypes and reaching a common understanding of workplace expectations and long-term goals is key to leading a successful team. Especially with teams becoming increasingly more “millennial-heavy.”

Work-Life Balance, Reimagined

A common topic up for discussion in the workplace is around the traditional 8-hour work day. Millennials have grown up in a world where their parents typically worked between the hours of 8 am and 5 pm, spending large chunks of their time in between commuting.

With the rise of technology in business, people are realizing there may be other options available. Between cell phones, tablets, and laptops we have never been more connected. Web conferencing has become more stable and consistent, allowing for meetings across vast distances.

The need to be physically present in the office has become smaller recently; more employers should be offering options like working remotely or from home. Employees should obviously reciprocate and ensure work is being completed, well and on time, communicating the necessary details, but this change can both save money, and keep your millennial employees happy.

Loyalty on Both Sides

Millennials and serial job-hoppers normally go hand-in-hand. Stereotypically, they move from one job to the next, only looking to further their own careers. As an employer, you want to hire people who will stay. You invest a lot of time and money into this process, from the job search to their training. All of this is lost when someone walks out the door for another role. How do you avoid the revolving door that is so commonly associated with millennial employees?

You treat them like a person, and not a number. A study by Capital Group revealed that 67% of millennials say being loyal to their employer is important to them, a figure that lines up previous generations. Millennials are more likely to stay long-term when their employer shares their values and desires for long-term personal development. If your business struggles to retain young talent, it may be less about their work ethic and loyalty, and more so a testament to how you treat your employees.

They Want Benefits, Not Foosball Tables

During the late 2000s and early 2010s, the office landscape began to undergo a certain change. Companies like Google started sharing new office concepts, with open layouts and bright colors. Some companies looked to transform offices further, ditching cubicles for beanbag chairs, adding giant slides instead of stairs, always having an assortment of snacks in the breakroom or areas dedicated to employee ping-pong or foosball.

While these are all fun ideas, millennials don’t want them as much as they want benefits; they want benefits like health or dental insurance, steady retirement plans, and help. The stress associated with being unable to pay their debt or retire one day hang heavily on a millennial’s mind. Solutions to these problems will attract and keep top talent, as opposed to that foosball table in the break room.


A Lesson in Leadership from a Four-Time World Champion


We are midway through this year’s NFL playoffs; a few weeks away from the NFL’s February 3rd Super Bowl matchup. While we are unsure who will be playing in the big game, one player seems like a safe bet, but not because of a record-shattering offense or a standout defense. No, that player is 41 years old, in his 19th year in the league, and his name is Tom Brady.

While Tom may be a four-time NFL MVP and the rest of us haven’t played organized sports since childhood, we can learn a lot about what it takes to be a leader from the example he’s been setting for nearly two decades. The “Super Bowl” in Brady’s life is just that, a win at football’s highest level – but what is your “Super Bowl?” For those of us with jobs that take place in offices, as opposed to the gridiron, the “Super Bowl” could be meeting projections or a large project. In whatever challenge we may face, the culminated effort of a group of people or team is often what determines whether you succeed or fail. Leaders affect outcomes. It’s what they do. Brady is no exception, and you can improve your own leadership skills by taking a page from his playbook.

Leaders Come from Anywhere

What holds many of us back in the realm of leadership is our own self-confidence. Often, people don’t view themselves as leaders, and because of this, are content to let others take charge. We all have a preconceived idea of how a leader looks, acts, talks, works and dresses like. If we don’t fit the charismatic mold or speak in the way we feel a leader should, many never consider the positives that they bring to the table.

Out of college, Tom Brady did not fit the mold of a typical NFL quarterback. His scouting report dogged him for having a weak arm, and emphasized his lack of athleticism, citing his 5.28 40-yard dash time. Intangibles like these dropped Brady to the 199th pick in the 2000 NFL draft – an experience he’s said, that made him cry.

Almost twenty years later, who would have thought that the same former 6th round pick would lead the New England Patriots into the conversation of greatest NFL franchise of all-time, and five Super Bowl rings.

Leaders Overcome

Whether the main tool you use at work is a computer or a football helmet, you will face challenges in your career. Sometimes, approaching deadlines can feel an awful lot like an approaching defensive lineman, closing in for a sack to end the game. Sometimes, someone on our team drops the ball, whether that be losing a sale or in Tom’s case, literally fumbling the football. Unexpected events in the workplace happen. It’s how you react to them that defines you as a leader.

Next time you face an unfortunate event in the workplace, channel your inner Tom Brady under duress. Down 28-3 midway through the third quarter of the 2017 Super Bowl, it looked like Brady and his Patriots had finally met their match. The remainder of the game is a testament to the leadership of Brady, who would go on to force overtime and then a win in the greatest comeback in Super Bowl history.

In recent seasons, Brady and the Patriots have battled injuries to players who were key to the Patriots success. Competing and winning with an incomplete team is a sign of a great football team. Good leaders dig deep with themselves and bring out the best in others when situations are less than ideal. In the workforce, unexpected departures are a common occurrence too. Leaders pick up the slack and encourage those around them when times are less than ideal.

Leaders Sacrifice

Often, the hardest part of leadership is taking the things that you don’t want to do and doing them anyway. Things like working weekends, coming in early and leaving late are never popular. You will be far more respected for making these sacrifices, as opposed to forcing them on someone else. It will show that you hold yourself responsible for both the successes and failures of whatever organization you are leading. You allow those under you to learn this responsibility so that when they are leading, they remember the example you’ve set.

Tom Brady exemplifies this most notably through his bank account. At this point in his career, Brady is often regarded as the greatest to ever put on an NFL uniform. Over his career, he has never been the highest paid player in the NFL. And his 2018 salary isn’t in the top half of the entire league. But this is how Brady wins championships in a league that caps the salaries of players. Tom has regularly sacrificed his own salary, so the Patriots have more money to spend on other players.

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Hiring Trends to Watch Out for in 2019

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As we begin our journey into 2019, it is important to remember that with a new year come new challenges. In the world of hiring, staying on top of these new hiring trends is imperative for your organization to remain competitive in your industry. Regardless of trade, businesses will always need new people. You, of course, want to attract and hire the most talented and best fitting employees. But how do we gain an edge in such a candidate-driven job market?

Speed Up!

As mentioned above, the job market capped off a strong run in 2018 by adding 312,000 jobs in December, with wages posting its highest annual gain since 2008. With so many opportunities available, both active and passive candidates have a wealth of options when looking to switch careers. Tools like LinkedIn make these options much more visible and allows for quick and easy connections between you and prospective employees.

In order to gain an edge and stand out from competitors, you must act quick! Speeding up your hiring process allows you to stand out if the candidate is receiving multiple job offers. Review the current hiring process in place and remove any unnecessary steps that could lengthen the process.

One Size Does Not Fit All

Branching off our last point, the purpose of the hiring process (resumes, interviews, etc.) is to find and place the best candidate available. Many organizations use the same process when hiring a position, regardless of what the position entails. While structure and consistency is a key value of almost any business, it doesn’t always provide the most beneficial means of getting to know a candidate. The key skills demanded of a graphic designer and an HR manager have night and day differences.

While these differences may be reflected in the job description, the interviews themselves should stress the specific traits the position requires. “What is your biggest failure?” and “Where do you see yourself in ten years?” are decent ways to gauge a person. However, we need those nitty-gritty details that will determine if a candidate is a right (and a smart) hire. For this example, it would be more efficient to ask our design candidate a question like, “How do you get unstuck creatively?” When reviewing potential HR managers, questions about creativity may provide some insight into their problem-solving ability. But in reality, it would be more beneficial to present them with a more general problem-solving test.

Work with a Professional

Sometimes, your best option is asking for someone’s help. Third-party recruiting firms, like Johnson Service Group, take the leg-work out of the hiring process. If some of the suggestions listed above sound too time-consuming, leaning on executive recruiters may be your best option. Partnering ensures your company will be interviewing are qualified; vetted candidates that are wanting to work for you!

Finding and vetting candidates is often the most time-consuming part of the hiring process. Plus, it does not always translate into a successful hire. Working with an industry leader like JSG ensures the person you are interviewing is already sold on components like salary and location, is equipped with the necessary skills, and will be a good fit for your company’s culture.

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How to Start the New Year Off Right

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A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether that’s kicking a bad habit, starting a new one, or even finding a new career that you’re passionate about, the New Year is a great time for a new beginning.

But developing these new habits and changing your daily routines can be challenging. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as setting a New Year’s resolution and watching the magic happen. You have to work for that change. And here’s how you can start the New Year off the right way.

Figure out your goals for the New Year

For some people, setting goals is easy. For others, it can be difficult to sit down and figure out what you want to accomplish. However, whether your goal is big or small, your goals you set must be S.M.A.R.T.

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

You may have heard of these, but a S.M.A.R.T. goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Essentially, you must set specific goals that you can measure. Whether that’s losing 15 pounds or making 60 more sales calls per week, your goals must be measurable, so you can track your progress. You also need to set goals that are actually attainable and meaningful or they won’t be accomplished.

To successfully accomplish your goals for the New Year, you must set timelines to your goals. You can’t just say I want to make 60 more calls per week; you have to set a timetable to help keep yourself accountable. So instead of saying you want to 60 more calls each week next year, you can, for example, give yourself a 3-month timeline to accomplish this goal. That allows you to break down your goal.

So, for this example, you can increase your monthly phone volume by 20 calls per month to gradually reach that 60-phone call mark by the end of March. This will all you to track your progress and hold yourself accountable throughout the New Year.

The 5-Second Rule

Have you heard of Mel Robin’s 5-Second Rule? If you haven’t, this tool is a great resource to help train your brain to stop overthinking. Instead of dwelling on something that makes you feel uncomfortable and talking yourself out of action, the 5-Second Rule helps you think less and do more.

Whether it’s having that difficult conversation with your boss about a raise or making one more sale call to land that deal, this tool will help you from talking yourself out of action. Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemies and our biggest roadblocks. In just five seconds, we can come up with a million excuses to talk ourselves out of anything. While 5 seconds may not seem like much, it can be the difference between you reaching your goals.

The value of mentorship

You may already have a mentor or someone you’re close with that you can rely on to keep you on track. But if you don’t, I highly recommend finding someone you can turn to when things get tough. Whether it’s your boss, a colleague, or a family member, it’s beneficial to have someone you can rely on for advice and encouragement.

And do you know what’s the best part about having a mentor in your life? Having someone who will hold you accountable and keep you on track. It can be hard to hold ourselves accountable for our goals. However, a mentor will keep you focused on your goals and be there when it gets tough.

Hopefully, this helps you set yourself up for success for next year. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success next year and accomplish more than you ever thought you could. Happy New Year!


‘Tis The Season for Giving at JSG

During the holiday season, our JSG team loves to give back. Many of our offices around the United States and Canada partner with local communities and charities to help share the spirit of giving. Here’s how some of our offices here at JSG gave back to the community.

The Chicago Office Donates Presents and Hosts a Food Drive


Our Chicago office adopted several families from the Naperville, IL area. The team donated presents and wrapped them for families who wouldn’t have otherwise had gifts for the holidays.

Chicago Office Food Drive


The team in Chicago also hosted a food drive and donated the food items to a local food pantry.

North Charleston, SC office spends the day at Low Country Food Bank


Our team in North Charleston spent an afternoon volunteering at local Low Country Food Bank helping prepare for the busy holiday season!

Tampa, FL office spent the day volunteering  Metropolitan Ministries


The Tampa Team volunteered for Metropolitan Ministries who are local, grassroots, donor and volunteer-fueled community nonprofit. They provide practical solutions for poor and homeless families and individuals throughout Tampa Bay.  We volunteered in their Kitchen for meal prep for their locations.

Johnson Search Group in Spokane, WA donates gifts for Toys for Tots

Each year, the Johnson Search Group team has a gift exchange. They draw random names and give the person they draw a gift they think they would have liked as a kid. They wrap up all the presents and do a gift exchange at their office Christmas party. Afterward, they donate all of the toys and gifts for Toys for Tots.

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JSG is More Similar to Santa Claus Than You Might Think

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

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

Instead of building toys, JSG builds relationships

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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How to Get a Candidate to Accept Your Job Offer in This Tight Market

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With this year being at an all-time low for unemployment rates, companies, like you, are being pushed to give higher wages, be more willing to relocate, and overall do a lot more to get and have great candidates take their job offer. And since the market is so great for candidates, companies are seeing a huge increase in ghosting from candidates when given an offer letter and even after accepting it.

But there are a few things you can do from your companies perspective that will keep those great candidates from leaving and going to another “better” opportunity.

Move Quickly

Moving quickly is a huge way to keep candidates on the hook and not looking for other positions. This way you can decrease the likelihood of them having counter offers, that will take them away from your position.

The killer of all deals is time. If you don’t move quickly, you will almost always lose the candidates you want to another company that is moving quicker. Even though the job market is great, candidates are still wanting to move quickly, and will not just wait for your company if they have another job offer on the table.

Be Unique

Make sure to juice up your company. Do you have a great company culture? Do you help employee’s support charities? There are tons of different things that make your company special. So, showcasing your best attributes will only keep candidates interested in your company and hopefully pass on other interviews and job offers. When you have a candidate that is excited about your company and morally loves what you do, almost nothing will keep them from accepting your offer.

Make Personal Connections

Making your company and people they will be working with accessible, is pertinent to keeping candidates on the hook. When they are in contact constantly with people they will be working with, they will want to stay on board with your company. It helps make them feel important and every person enjoys that feeling. So, instead of backing off after giving an offer, make sure to check in and have those personal connections with your candidates.

Opportunities for Growth

This is an important one to make sure you hammer into candidates you want to hire. Everyone wants to grow and well, earn more money. So, if you can explain to them how climbing the ladder works, it will help them realize how they can grow in their career. Explaining how promotions work and what they can expect helps them not be blindsided when they want to ask for promotions. And in turn, makes them more excited to work with a company that is so upfront. Being honest with growth potential and promotions will help you, in the long run, find great employees who want to stay. And keep your retention numbers even higher.

Overall, these tips can and will help you retain talent that you are dying to have. In today’s job market a lot of companies are hurting because there are not enough people to fill their open positions. And when you find a good candidate you do not want to lose them over small mistakes. If you keep in mind these tip’s you’ll be on the road to success with hiring great employee’s, who accept your job offer and you’ll have fewer candidates ghosting your company.


Let JSG Make Your Thanksgiving Holiday Easier


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

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

Candidates are loving this job market

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

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

Employers are feeling the pain of this tight market

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

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

Let JSG work for you this Thanksgiving season

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

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