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?


October Anniversaries and September New Hires


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.

Passive Candidates

The Best Candidates (And the Hardest to Attract) Are Passive Candidates

Passive Candidates

Yes, we mean currently employed candidates! Who are usually, just casually looking at available job opportunities. You probably understand the logic of why passive candidates are the best candidates for your open positions. But how do you impress them enough to leave a comfortable job for a new one? Well, with 6.7 million open jobs and only 6.2 million available workers, we know your search must start somewhere when it comes to recruiting passive candidates. And here is how.

Why Passive Candidates are the Best

When you know that someone is already employed you know a few things: They have strong skills, they’re creating value, they are willing to do the job, and are gaining the experience, the open positions like yours, need. They are the candidates you want applying to your jobs, and ultimately, the ones you want to hire. But to convince and attract these types of employee’s is difficult.

They normally are comfortable with where they are at, but with the help of a recruiter, you can tap into the passive candidate demographic.

Why Focus on Passive Candidates?

Passive candidates are 122 percent more likely to want to make a big impact on your business. They are hard-working and looking for an opportunity to grow in their career. These candidates have the skills, experience, and knowledge of what being a successful employee is. And for any company, this is the most desirable candidate.

study from LinkedIn, states that 75 percent of the people an organization would hire aren’t even looking for a new job. And for critical roles, 95 percent of the people you’d want to hire also aren’t looking. So, what does that mean? That the best candidates out there are not even on the market.

Why are Passive Candidates the Hardest to Attract?

With recruiting someone who’s already employed, you must know how to approach them. Most people are comfortable with their job, location, and money. Recruiting passive candidates is hard because they are content. They do not need a job and do not feel the burden of having to find one immediately.

But, that does not mean they aren’t casually looking for other opportunities! If they have the option to move up, start their dream career, move closer to family, or have more of a work-life balance, they more than likely could be willing to take another position. It’s just all about timing, which recruiters know well.

How a Recruiter can Help You Reach Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are still on the market, just in a different way. 85 percent of workers worldwide are open to new positions! That’s pretty good odds of being able to find the person you’re looking for. They just need to be approached in a different way, which is where a recruiter comes in.

When partnering with a Johnson Service Group recruiter, you’re guaranteed we are working in the passive candidate market. As you know, they are the best candidates for a company and that’s what we’re here to do. Our recruiters are here to help our clients and candidates find the perfect fit, and in today’s market, it can be difficult. But with our knowledge of the job market and with access to the best candidates, we’re sure to find you the best person for the job. Let’s work together.

Recruiting Trends

Mid-Year Roundup: Recruiting Trends to Watch for in 2018

Recruiting Trends

For the first time since 2000, there are more job openings than available workers. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were just under 6.7 million job openings available in April but only 6.35 million eligible candidates to fill them. The unemployment rate has been hovering around 4% all year, and just in the last month, 601,000 workers re-entered the workforce.

The market for top-talent is tight and organizations must move quickly to secure the best candidates. If your hiring process is not efficient, you will find yourself missing out on the top candidates. The best prospective candidates are entertaining multiple offers and are sometimes not even actively on the job market.

Is your hiring process hurting you?

According to a report conducted by the Society of Human Resource Management (SHRM), it takes an average of 36 days to fill a position. That’s 36 days from the decision to open the position to the acceptance of an offer. That’s a long time!

If you want to ensure your team doesn’t miss out on the best candidates, you must streamline your hiring process. If you are taking 36 days or longer to extend an offer to a candidate, you will likely lose out on first-rate talent. With our candidate-driven market, interviewees have options (and plenty of them!). If your hiring process forces the candidate to jump through hoops to get an offer, they’ll likely move on.

How to improve your hiring process

If you are wondering where in your hiring process you can make improvements, here’s some food for thought:

As you can see, there’s room to improve your hiring process. Depending on your industry and the type of job opening, these impediments may obviously change. However, for most job openings, your organization can speed things up. Even if you speed up your interview process by just a few days, you will have top candidates in the running for your company!

And by having better candidates, you will likely experience better retention. The average number of separations within the first three months of employment is 16%. And with the average cost-per-hire hovering around $4,425, your organization will save money AND increase retention by being able to hire the best candidates available.

Partner with a recruiter

The easiest possible way to improve your hiring process is to work with a professional. Your team has enough to worry about. Let JSG help you quickly hire the top candidates on the market that will stick around and make an immediate impact.

soft skills

Top 5 Soft Skills Managers Look For When Hiring

soft skills

If you’re on the job market, you’ve probably heard about the importance of “soft-skills.” In today’s day and age, they can be the difference between you landing the job or getting yet another turn down. So hone in on these five soft skills to impress next time you put yourself out there.

1.     Work Ethic

This should be a no-brainer, but companies want to hire employees who will work hard – period. To highlight this on your resume, emphasize major projects and how you were involved from beginning to end. Include any “outside the job description” tasks you tackled. Also, mention any volunteer opportunities or personal development you’ve done outside the office. Managers love someone who can take initiative!

2.     Dependability

If a manager has been burned by an employee once, they’ve been burned a thousand times. Companies look for people who will stick around for awhile and be someone they can rely on. To demonstrate your dependability during an interview, mention times where you went above and beyond what was asked of you.

3.     Positivity

Positivity is contagious and employers want to create a team full of people who constantly build each other up. The best opportunities to highlight your positivity are when an interviewer asks you to share a time you were challenged, asks why you’re leaving your current position, or how your coworkers would describe you. Always keep your tone positive, and even if your current position is making you miserable, don’t give in and complain!

4.     Self-Motivation

Are you the type of person to jump right into a project and get your hands dirty? Managers are always looking for employees who take initiative and don’t need to be micro-managed. You can bring this up during your interview by explaining a time when you set your own goals and then went after them. Whether they were achieved or not, share how you either celebrated or strategized how to do better next time.

5.     Teamwork

With companies putting such an emphasis on creating a strong company culture lately, it’s absolutely essential that you show them you can get along with a team! No matter if you’re a leader or more of a collaborative employee, explain in detail how you have worked on teams before. Be sure to include what was most essential to the teams’ success – things such as communication, honesty, and enthusiasm.


Video Interview

V is for Video Interview: How to Prepare for a Video Interview

Video Interview

Have you ever had to do a video interview? I have been forced to do a handful of them, and I’ll be honest, they can be intimidating. It can be awkward talking with someone of a video chat like Skype or FaceTime. It’s even more awkward if you’re just recording your audio responses to interview questions.

However, with how technology is advancing, it’s becoming more and more common to conduct video interviews. They are more efficient for non-local candidates, and they allow you to have the interview at more convenient times and locations. Here are eight tips to nail that scary video interview.

Ensure you have a strong WiFi connection

This is one of the most important tips for a successful video interview. If your WiFi connection is weak or spotty, your interview won’t go well. The connection may be laggy, or worse, the video call may drop altogether.

Nothing is more distracting than poor video quality! To improve your WiFi signal, hardwire your computer directly into your router if possible. Also, ensure nobody else on the network is streaming Netflix during the interview. The less traffic on your network, the better the signal will be for your interview!

Charge it up

This may seem obvious, but when the stress kicks in before an interview, it can be easy to forget the little things. Ensure your computer is charged up! You don’t want your device dying on you in the middle of the interview.

Double-check your audio/video

Video calling software can be tricky. Sometimes the audio is playing right, or the video won’t play on one end or the other. My advice would be to test it out the night before the interview. Call a friend to do a quick test call to make sure the video and audio are working like it should be.

Choose an appropriate background

You want the focus to be on you, not the background. Thus, pick a clean background that won’t cause a distraction. Avoid windows that are bringing in too much light. Remove any posters from your college dorm room and ensure there isn’t anything behind you that could hurt your chances of getting a callback.

Having proper lighting

Lighting is a key to a great video interview. You want the room to be well-lit, so the interviewers can see your face, but you don’t want the room to be too bright that the video looks washed out. If your room isn’t well-lit, temporarily move another lamp into the room to improve the lighting. Trust me, it will be worth the hassle.

Dress for success

Just because your interview at home, doesn’t mean that you get the luxury of interviewing in your pajamas. You want to dress as if you are interviewing in person. You always want to look your best in an interview, so a video interview is no different.

Proper camera angle and eye contact

Just like any other interview, good eye contact and posture are crucial. You want to be looking at the camera as you speak, not down at your notes. Sitting up straight illustrates confidence and professionalism, so avoid slouching in your chair.

You also want to make sure the camera angle is good. Make sure the camera is capturing your entire head, all the way down to your chest. This will show off your interview outfit and so you don’t look like a floating head.

Prep like a normal interview

Keep in mind that a video interview is no different than any other interview; all of the same rules and guidelines exist. You want to make sure you know the job description like the back of your hand.

Do your due diligence and have a good understanding of the organization you are applying to and the industry they operate. And as always, have a handful of questions ready to ask at the end of the interview and be sure to follow up afterward. Good luck!

Why should we hire you?

Why Should We Hire You?

Why should we hire you?

Ah, yes. The age-old question that gets every one of us second-guessing ourselves. I remember the first time that I was asked this I was extremely confused. How do I answer? What do they want me to say? Is there even a right answer to this question?

At the time, all I really wanted was money. I was a junior in high school and just wanted some extra cash to go to a few baseball games in the summer. But I knew I couldn’t just say that.

Since then, I’ve interviewed for more positions than I can count, and trust me when I say this question comes up more than anyone would like. Speaking from experience in interviews and with our recruiters at JSG, I can tell you that this question is doable, so long as you do these three things:

Stay Calm!

This one obviously applies to the entire interview, but when you’re asked why you should be hired, it is really easy to get nervous about how you should answer it. Just remember you need to stay calm.

Personally, I’ve found it easiest to just take a breath and smile. This question tells the company a lot about who you are, and when you show that you’re calm and confident, they’ll know you’re the right candidate for the job.

Sell Yourself!

Potential employers ask this question for a reason. They want to know how you’ll help them. How are you going to be the best asset to them? Tell them! Explain exactly how you’ll come in and make a change. Show yourself off!

Personally, I like to give examples of how I have impacted my previous employers. I like to speak about my skills, work ethic, and personality. I tell them the skills I have that will allow me to succeed, my willingness to get anything done, and my positive attitude. Believe me when I say selling yourself as an asset does wonder to answer this question.

Be Genuine!

It can take a lot of practice to feel comfortable talking about yourself. I’m just leaving college and I still find it difficult to brag about my accomplishments. What you must remember is that you need to be genuine when talking about yourself. Don’t stretch the truth – just make yourself sound better than the next person!

In my own experiences, I’ve even admitted that it’s hard for me to speak about myself and my accomplishments. It’s completely understandable! However, it’s necessary that you break out of that shell so you can tell your future employer why you’re perfect for their team.

These three guidelines can go a very long way into helping you ace one of the toughest questions in an interview. Once you master this question, interviews will be a breeze!

4 Reasons to Love Contract Work

4 Reasons To LOVE Contract Work

4 Reasons to Love Contract Work

According to the U.S. Government Accountability Office, 40.4% of the U.S. workforce is now made of contingent workers. In an era that many experts are deeming “the gig economy,” people are taking control of their careers. If you’ve ever considered jumping on the contracting bandwagon, here are 4 reasons to convince yourself that you’ll love contract work:

Exercise Your Freedom

Working on a contract term allows you flexibility and freedom. If you’re the type of person that doesn’t like to be tied down to one company or location, contract work is the perfect option. You can find contract opportunities of all kinds, from short-term to long-term or local to traveling.

Experience Varied Opportunities

Contract work allows you to “try on” different positions and specialties. You may think you know what industry and/or position you ultimately want out of a career; however, this is a great opportunity to try different options. For example, you may be surprised to find that you have a passion for IT in small mining communities, even though you previously dreamed of doing IT for a big software company.

Get Your Foot In The Door

In addition, contract work is a great way to “try before you buy.” It’s the perfect opportunity to get a feel for a company or a role that you are unsure of, while making contacts and connections within the industry. Sometimes contract jobs evolve into full-time offers, making it a great way to get your foot in the door.

Hone Your Expertise

Contract jobs give you the opportunity to really hone in on your expertise. Rather than working a full-time job that juggles multiple responsibilities, contract work often concentrates on a narrow specialty. And the more contracts you take, the more skilled you become at your craft. This makes your expertise in specific areas extremely valuable – and can be great leverage for future contract opportunities or even full-time positions.

Katie Kuebler JSG Internal Recruiter

Meet Katie Kuebler, JSG’s New Corporate Recruiter

JSG is excited to introduce our new Corporate Recruiter, Katie Kuebler! Katie has been a Senior Technical Recruiter with JSG for almost 5 years.  She knows our company inside out and brings a wealth of expertise in recruiting top candidates. Prior to joining JSG, Katie was an Account Manager/Business Development Consultant with CareerBuilder, where she gained experience with building lasting relationships and developed a love for the world of recruiting. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts & English.

Learn a little more about Katie and join us in welcoming her to the team!

Katie Kuebler JSG Internal Recruiter

How long have you been with JSG?

Since April 2013

What made you decide to make the switch to being our corporate recruiter?

Funnily enough – when I originally applied to JSG it was for the corporate recruiting role. At that time, however, I was transitioning from a business development role at CareerBuilder and did not have enough actual recruitment experience to hit the ground running. Now that I’ve gotten several years of recruiting under my belt, when the corporate recruiting position opened again I jumped at the chance. Helping our clients find the best quality talent out there was very rewarding, but I’m even more excited to apply all that I’ve learned to recruit talent that will benefit our company and culture directly.

What’s your favorite thing about working for JSG?

My co-workers. Our Chicago team is a fun, feisty bunch and they make the daily grind a lot easier. I feel lucky to have gotten to work alongside and learn from some awesome, talented people here in the Chicago office. I very much look forward to getting the opportunity to learn more about and work with our other offices as well.

What’s your favorite thing about being a recruiter?

The opportunity to help someone better their current situation. Whether it’s better benefits, a better work environment, more money, or career advancement – knowing I helped someone make their life better in some way is very fulfilling to me.

What do you like to do away from the office?

I just had my first child, a baby boy, in October – so spending time with him is my absolute favorite thing to do. I also love trying new restaurants, Netflix & chilling, and playing old-school video games like Mario Kart.

Katie Kuebler Baby

What inspires you?

My son and getting to experience the world freshly through his eyes. Everything is so new and exciting for him and it makes you realize how much you can take for granted in your daily life.

If you could learn one random skill, what would it be?

Card counting. I’d moonlight as a Blackjack shark at the casinos. Babies are expensive!

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I try my best to make the most out of each work day so that when I’m home I can really focus on being home and present.

What’s on your wish list for your future with JSG?

Now that I’m getting the opportunity to step into the Corporate Recruiting role, I’m excited to partner with all of our offices more closely to help them achieve their hiring goals and pipeline candidates where applicable so our recruiting efforts are more proactive than reactive. I also hope to bring a fresh perspective to this role to make the recruiting process more seamless and to market JSG as a choice employer in our key market areas.