Santa Claus

JSG is More Similar to Santa Claus Than You Might Think

Santa Claus

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!

December Anniversaries

December Anniversaries and November New Hires

December Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our team members with anniversaries in December! Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff for their dedication and service to JSG. We love having you on the team.

JSG Anniversaries

Atlanta, GA

Dennis White – 10 years

Dawn Fossati – 2 years

Mario Miranda – 1 year

Bedford, TX

Candace Pham – 10 years

Jamie Tran – 9 years

Ana Blanco – 1 year

Chicago, IL

Nicole Clark – 1 year

San Jose, CA

Cathy Kennedy – 5 years

Celeste Glascock – 2 years

Spokane, WA

Tracy Isakson – 4 years

November New Hires

We gained some fresh faces in November here at JSG, and we’d love for you to join us in welcoming them to the family!

JSG New Hires

Atlanta, GA

Kylvin Carter and Sarah Black

Blue Bell, PA

Stephen Harwan

Canada

Kyle Hill

Chicago, IL

Brent Davis

Haddon Heights, NJ

Justin Taylor

North Charleston, SC

Liana Presti

San Jose, CA

Kevin Fedor

Read This if You’re Ready for a Fresh Start to Your Career Goals This New Year

We all like to make new year resolutions for ourselves. And sometimes, they are hard for us to keep. But with a fresh start, the new year is a great time to buckle down and make career goals that are attainable, and hopefully, worthwhile to achieve. We all like to say we have goals and dreams in our careers. But if we don’t write them down, plan out how we will accomplish them, and start putting them into action, we won’t ever achieve what we are hoping to. It’s all about accountability.

And, if you’re looking for that fresh start in your career, why not start now? Whether that’s finding a new job or applying yourself even more at your current one. There are steps you should take that will help you achieve your resolutions. So… They aren’t just a 2-month wish you give up on.

Hold Yourself Accountable

When the new year comes around and you’re on the mission to accomplish career goals, these aren’t ones you just hope you can achieve. They are goals you don’t want to drop because they mean something more than just losing a few pounds. They mean advancement in your career, a happier work environment, financial freedom. It can mean so much more than an ordinary new year’s resolution. So why not make it one?

Holding yourself accountable will keep you on track to achieving your goals. When your career future is a goal, it’s easier to do this. Because we all know that the only way we can get anywhere is by putting our best foot forward and only relying on our actions to speak for us. By doing this we will, in turn, get noticed at work for our dedication and perseverance.

Make a To-Do List

To-do lists can be your best friend when you’re trying to accomplish work-related goals. You can make them to where they take you step-by-step through your goals and how you want to achieve them. Career goals normally have steps that are perfect for to-do lists and if you follow them, you’re sure to accomplish what you set out to. But it’s all about the follow through and consistency!

Have Quarterly/Monthly Goals

When you cut your year into smaller achievable goals it helps you break things up. This makes your aspirations not seem too out of reach and keeps you on track to reach them. It also gets you excited about taking the steps you need to take to reach your career’s new year resolutions. Overall, splitting up your goals into sections will only make you more successful in achieving them.

Celebrate Your Wins

Make sure to celebrate your wins! Just because they are small doesn’t mean they do not deserve to be celebrated. The small successes are what get you through the hard times and help you achieve the great ones! And they are not something to sniff at. So do that happy dance and make sure to give yourself the appreciation you deserve when you accomplish steps toward your true career goals.

Think of the Reward

Reminding yourself why you are working so hard will keep you on track. There is no doubt that 2019 will bring you struggles, not only in work but also in your home life… But if you remember what you’re working towards and why you want that reward, nothing will stop you from getting there.

We normally give up on New Year’s resolutions due to talking our goals and dreams down because it’s easier to not try as hard. It’s easy to say, “Oh, I’ll do it next year.” Or, “I only really wanted to do this for myself, I don’t need to do it.” This thought process is only selling yourself short. And when it comes to the job market today, working your butt off will only get you amazing opportunities! So don’t give up, and do everything you can to remind yourself that you can accomplish whatever you want, as long as you hold yourself accountable and follow the process.

Land a Job

You Can Still Land a Job by The End of The Year

Land a JobWith December upon us, it can be easy to assume that stopping your job search until the new year, is a good idea. But truth is, most companies are looking to fill their critical roles before the end of the year. This way they can have you trained early in the new year. Stopping your search at this time could just add to the length of your job search. And if you have the right tools and strategies, it is possible to land a job by Christmas!

Now is one of the best times to find a job

Not only is the job market hot and an awesome place for candidates, but this time of year is also a great time to land a job. Summer and the end of the year months are usually the perfect time to make a move. Not only for you as a candidate, but for clients as well. It’s a time where there is more vacation, budgets are being discussed, and there is less work on people’s plate. And to be honest, a lot of companies have needs to hire before the beginning of the year begins.

So, just because it’s the holiday season and people are on vacation, doesn’t mean it’s a time for you to stop looking. It really should be the time you speed up your search.

You have more time to apply

With extra vacation being taken you probably have more downtime to apply to the jobs you’re wanting to. This allows you more opportunities to personalize your resume and find the great opportunities you would have missed if you were rushing to find a job. Also, a lot of companies are on a time crunch. So, if they can get you in for interviews as soon as possible, it only helps your chances of being given an offer and for you to land the job you’ve been hoping for.

Scheduling interviews can be easier

So with that, scheduling interviews can be easier during this time of year because everyone is usually slowing down. There aren’t doing as many meetings, projects, or finishing of proposals as they are holding out on those until the new year. Which means, they can then focus more time on interviews.

Reach out to contacts

This is a great time to check in with references or people you know who may have awesome positions you can apply to! Networking is a great way to stay on top of new adventures in your career. And using them to your advantage can take you on a path you never thought you’d take. You never know, someone may be the in you need for your next dream job!

Companies are wanting to move quickly

During this time of year, budgets are getting set, and companies are also realizing where they need help. If there’s a critical position that still isn’t filled, it could really be affecting their production. Which in turn, will make them want to move even quicker, with the right candidate.

December is an impactful time for companies to hire, too. They know for certain what they need. And if they can get that from you, they will pick you up in a heartbeat. Especially, in today’s job market. Companies are starting to realize how important it is to move fast on great candidates.

The end of the year may seem like a bad time to job hunt, but it can actually be the best time. Whether it’s time crunches, needing to fill a critical role or budgets, most companies are willing to hire and beat the first of the year rush.

So, if you’re looking for a role, and are ready to move, reach out to one of our recruiters here at Johnson Service Group. We would love to see what we can do for you and your future career goals!

Accept Job Offer

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

Accept Job Offer

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.

new year

7 Reasons Why the Holiday’s Should be Your Career’s Busy Season

new year

When you think about the holidays, it’s probably a stressful time outside of work. This is the time we all normally slack off in our career’s because we’re finishing up budgets, have completed most of our projects, and are just ready to relax. But, this should actually be the time you are working your butt off to start the new year off with a bang instead of a, “oh my gosh, I need to catch up.”

By doing this, you’re setting yourself up for even more success in the new year and putting an awesome step forward into a new and fresh year. A year that could make you even more successful. And here are some reasons why you should do this instead of just slide into the new year.

Advantage at the end of the year

Depending on your career, you could be the only one taking December full steam. Which means you could end up getting more people excited to work with you or buy from you. When you decide to keep grinding, it helps not only your work ethic but keeps you from slacking off and hurting you in the long run.

Others are slacking off in their career’s

This is a great reason to keep working hard and making an impact on your job. This not only puts you ahead of the game but if you are in any sales position at all, your competitors have most likely checked out for the year… BUT, that doesn’t mean your clients have. So, you end up getting the advantage with them before your competitors do.

You are ahead of the game for the new year

By working hard this last month, you will be able to accomplish the end of the year needs and have all your goals set and started for 2019. This time of year is a great time to get organized and prepared so that you can hit the ground running in the new year without any hiccups. Being ahead of the game is only going to benefit you and your job and when you are ahead of your competitors, it’s always going to be the best feeling.

You will feel more accomplished

When you’re working hard, you will always feel accomplished. And what’s a better time to work your butt off? A time when you have vacation, family, and happiness just flowing around you.

Hold yourself accountable for goals

If you continue to work through December, it will keep you accountable. Not every year will you finish or accomplish all your goals especially if you stop working for them in November or December. Just because you feel like you’ve already “failed” and that you won’t hit them isn’t an excuse to stop trying.

You end up only hurting yourself which will casue you to not hold yourself accountable. Goals are supposed to be difficult to reach. However, they are impossible to reach if you stop trying for them. So, staying positive and remembering to hold yourself accountable will keep you on track to reach your goals.

Keeps you driven and wanting to work

When you don’t let yourself slack off during the end of the year, you affect your career outcome in an amazing way. Your drive to continue to work and stay strong only helps you enjoy your job and in turn will help you get promotions, find better opportunities, and leave you more successful.

Will lead you to success in your career

When you decide to make the end of the year just as important as the beginning, it makes you an irreplaceable employee. And a work ethic like yours is very hard to find. And coming from a company like JSG that continues to work for our clients year round, we know the impact it has made. Especially, for our clients who know we aren’t just waiting for the vacation days. They know we are continuing to work hard for them so they don’t have to worry about their hiring needs.

If you’re looking for a new career that pushes you to work hard all the time or a company looking for those kinds of employees, reach out to one of our recruiters today. We would love to help your find your next career step before the beginning of the new year.

November Anniversaries and October New Hires

November Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our team members with anniversaries in November! Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff for their dedication and service to JSG. We love having you on the team.

JSG Anniversaries

Atlanta, GA

Monique Humphrey and Margaret Allen – 1 year

Blue Bell, PA

Mike Adelman – 14 years

Chicago, IL

Frank D’Amico – 31 years

Tracy Corbett – 13 years

Kailey Fritz – 2 years

Michael McGough and Krishna Nalla – 1 year

Irvine, CA

Dina Romero – 5 years

Jacksonville, FL

Jeff Paarlber – 8 years

Jason Kennedy – 4 years

San Jose, CA

Alejandro Duenas – 3 years

Spokane, WA

Shahna Jacks – 3 years

Matthew Bennett – 1 year

October New Hires

We gained some fresh faces in October here at JSG, and we’d love for you to join us in welcoming them to the family!

JSG New Hires

Atlanta, GA

Arnita Hayes-Eckles, DeLisa Chambers, and Gloria Moreno Ortiz

Bedford, TX

Conor Reen

Jacksonville, FL

Jordan Ellet, Jared Larson, Cherie Marquez, and Piola Mikaya

North Charleston, SC

Jacqueline Pyatte

Spokane, WA

Rachelle Pederson and Gaige Baisch

5-Second Rule

It Only Takes 5 Seconds to Change Your Career Path

5-Second Rule

When it comes to making a change and impact in your career it all comes down to just 5 seconds. Our brains are wired to keep us safe and comfortable. And when you think about it, it makes sense. We like feeling safe and comfortable.

But when it comes to being successful and different, does being comfortable help us get there? This question could be up for debate, but most career gurus would say comfortability is the success killer that holds us back from achieving our goals. And to fix this, all it takes is the 5-second rule.

The 5-second rule

The 5-second rule is all about disciplining yourself. It’s about making that decision you don’t necessarily want to do but know you should do, within 5 seconds. Because after those 5 seconds are gone, you’ve decided to stay in your comfortable box and not make a change.

This 5-second rule can change how you work and your productivity. Not every day is going to be fun or easy. Not every day will you want to do that monotonous task that isn’t due till the end of the week, but you know you should just get it done sooner than later. There are tons of excuses you can make and when you do, you choose to be ordinary. You choose to be safe.

But in those 5 seconds, you can also decide to be great. You can decide to take a risk that could end up being one of the best things for your career.

How to implement the 5-second rule

To implement this rule all you need is self-discipline and to think about what you’re wanting to accomplish and how you will get there. You will not be successful or achieve your career goals if you do not work hard for them. Nothing you’ve accomplished thus far in your life has just fallen into your lap, you worked hard for it.

And if you can start to think about how the 5-second rule can change the way you make decisions to help you achieve your goals, you’ll start to realize the only person holding you back from accomplishing them, is you. You can decide if you want to work late today so that you can get that proposal done for work early instead of procrastinating.

You’re able to decide to discuss with your boss about that raise instead of choosing not to when you have the opportunity. You can change the course of your career in literally 5 seconds.

Be daring and step outside your comfort zone

The whole idea of this rule is to help everyone get past themselves. We are our biggest roadblocks at times. Especially, when it comes to sticking to what we are used to or stepping outside of our comfort zone.

Taking these little steps can help you grow not only in your career but also in your personal life. While 5 seconds may not seem like a lot amount of time, it can be the difference between you reaching your goals and you not. Which are you wanting to choose?

Anniversaries

October Anniversaries and September New Hires

Anniversaries

Congratulations to all of our team members with anniversaries in October! Please join us in celebrating our tenured staff for their dedication and service to JSG. We love having you on the team.

JSG Anniversaries

Atlanta, GA

John Orr – 4 years

Chris Yates 1 year

Bedford, TX

Mark Godfrey – 2 years

Rich Geil – 10 years

Joe Segovia – 1 year

Birmingham, AL

Brigette Starr – 5 years

Chicago, IL

Melissa Paz – 6 years

Pam Rose – 1 year

Haddon Heights, NJ

Chris Minutola – 2 years

Irvine, CA

Diane Lacson – 4 years

North Charleston, SC

Lindsay Pate – 13 years

Spokane, WA

Krista Portolesi – 2 years

Ken Heller – 1 year

JSG September New Hires

We gained some fresh faces in September here at JSG, and we’d love for you to join us in welcoming them to the family!

JSG New Hires

Chicago, IL

George Dabagia

Knoxville, TN

Stanley Crawford and Eddie Chin

San Jose, CA

Sasa Seto

Tampa, FL

Chris Brien

4th Quarter

4th Quarter and Beyond: Ken Slater Gives Insight About This Tight Market

4th Quarter

With over 25 years of experience in the staffing and recruiting industry, JSG Executive Vice President Ken Slater brings a lifetime of industry knowledge and leadership to how we conduct business. We sat down with Ken to hear his thoughts on our candidate-driven market. He offers insight on what JSG is focusing on moving into 4th Quarter and 2019.

What industries are experiencing the fastest growth in this tight market?

Many industries are experiencing large growth moving into the 4th Quarter. And it appears that this trend will continue into the new year.  However, the industries Johnson Service Group specializes in have all experienced growth throughout the year and have no signs of slowing down.  Year-over-year hiring increased in Software & IT Services by 7.1% and Engineering illustrated a 7.7% increase. Across all industries, hiring is up 2.9% over the past 12 months. The disparity between job openings and the number of workers available continues to grow. As a result, I believe our clients will look to remain competitive in this candidate-driven market.

With a 49-year low for the number of unemployment claims, organizations must fight to attract (and retain) top talent. We believe the staffing solutions we provide to our clients in the industries we serve will remain in demand as we provide specialized services, flexibility, and a people-centric approach to our business.

What is on the horizon for JSG moving into the 4th Quarter and 2019?

Throughout the 4th Quarter, we plan to successfully grow our relationships with our clients and foster new ones. As a company, our dedication to providing superior recruiting experiences allows us to maintain our growth and success throughout the years. Our mission is to continuously generate value for our clients by providing quality talent to match their needs in this tight market.

The unemployment rate has dipped below 4 percent over the last few months. And better yet, there is no indication that it will change as we approach the new year. As the industries that JSG services continue to develop, we’ll efficiently align our strengths with our clients’ needs. We have always been dedicated to helping our clients achieve their goals, because when they succeed, so do we.