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How to Fill Your Critical Roles by the End of the Year

Can you believe it’s already December? 2019 flew by quickly – especially if you’re a hiring manager in this competitive job market. It can be challenging to find the talent you need during this time of year with all of the holidays and time off. However, that doesn’t mean your team should push your hiring efforts to January. Here are three tips to fill your critical roles by the end of the year.

Move quickly

With only a few weeks left in 2019, you cannot have a slow hiring process. With an unemployment rate of 3.6 percent, job seekers have lots of options to choose from. If a resume comes across your desk that looks like a good fit, act with haste! If they seem qualified, give them a call, and schedule an interview. Try to schedule it before the holidays, so you have the opportunity to get that offer letter out before everyone is out of office. If your hiring process isn’t efficient, you will miss out on the best candidates on the market to your competition.

Offer competitive compensation

In this tight market, you have to come in with a firm offer. Many job seekers are entertaining multiple job offers, and thus, will likely accept the most competitive offer. Now is not the time to low ball your candidates. If you like what you see, present an offer that is worthy of their talent and experience.

Moreover, have you thought about the cost of a vacant position (or even multiple) on your team? You might be surprised the amount vacancies can cost your bottom line. In fact, it may also be cheaper in the long run to pay a talented candidate a competitive wage than absorb the lost in production and manpower.

Work with a recruiter

If you really want to streamline your hiring process, why not try and work with a recruiter? We understand you’re busy – especially at this time of the year. With holiday parties, wrapping up budgets, and finishing up those projects before the end of the year, it can be challenging to find time to fill your open positions quickly. But when you partner with a recruiter from JSG, we’ll do all the heavy lifting for you. We will call candidates, screen them, schedule interviews, and so much more. All you have to do is focus on your day-to-day tasks, and we’ll do the rest. Partner with a recruiter today, and let’s work together to fill your critical roles by the end of the year.

IT Hiring Trends in 2019

IT Hiring Trends In 2019

IT Hiring Trends in 2019

Every company has a need for IT talent. But these days, it may not be so easy to come by! From Application Developers to Systems Administration, the demand for qualified IT professionals is on the rise. IT hiring is projected to grow 13% by 2026, which is faster than the average of all occupations. Here are four trends affecting the industry this year.

The industry is experiencing a labor shortage

Over the next two years, there will be 1.4 million open technology jobs, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. In that same time, only 400,000 people will graduate with computer science degrees. As companies strive to meet consumer demands, their IT hiring requirements are steadily increasing. This disconnect creates a huge burden.

Flexible work options are popping up everywhere

“Technology mobility is here to stay, and companies need a combination of in-office workplaces and flexible remote work options,” says Jeb Ory, CEO of Washington, D.C.-based Phone2Action. Interestingly enough, companies and candidates alike are moving away from full-time remote work. They see value in having face-to-face time with team members and also having the flexibility to work remotely as needed.

Compensation is extremely competitive

With the shortage of qualified candidates, competition for talent is fierce. Additionally, high demand certifications such as Cisco Certified Architects (CCAr), are driving salary premiums at a rapid pace. Hiring managers need to put their best offers on the table when it comes to hiring IT professionals. If you don’t offer a competitive salary, IT professionals will move on to another employer who will.

Faster hiring processes secure talent

Two-thirds of non-executive technology professionals say they would “lose interest in a job if there was no follow-up within two weeks of an interview.” However, the average time to fill a staff-level role is 4.5 weeks. In order to secure top talent in the IT space, companies will have to move quickly!

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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 comes 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. However, 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 of 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 job entails. While structure and consistency is a fundamental 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 candidate’s competence. However, you 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 a design candidate a question like, “How do you get out of a creative rut?” When reviewing potential HR managers, questions about creativity may provide some insight into their problem-solving ability. However, 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, don’t get overwhelmed. Partner with a staffing firm to ensure your company will be interviewing qualified; vetted candidates that want to work for you!

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9 Things You Can Do Differently at Work in 2019

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When you think about it, the new year is a great time to make resolutions. You get to start off the year fresh, and it’s a perfect time to take initiative and fall in love with your job again! As the year goes on, New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside but making positive changes at work can be easy to keep. A great attitude, organization, and holding yourself accountable are just a few of the many things you can do this year that will improve your work!

Here are nine ways to help you achieve more at work in 2019.

Positive Attitude

It’s always easy to say things like, “this year I’m going to be happier.” But there are certain steps we all must take to achieve this, and one of them is staying positive. At work, a positive attitude can change a lot of things for you. It can help you get along with co-workers who can be a struggle. It can help you be someone who tries to make every day count no matter what happens.

And the biggest one is it helps you enjoy what you’re doing more. Attitude is a huge part of feeling like you’ve made a difference and accomplished something. Without it, work, no matter how much you like it, can be something you dread. And in 2019 that’s not what anyone wants!

Organization

Keeping yourself more organized with work will help you in more ways than you think. It will help you accomplish projects sooner, be able to take on more responsibilities, and feel less stressed when things get busy. Being able to keep things organized well is a step that will show your appreciation for your job and your willingness to go over and beyond to get things accomplished.

Accountability

Hold yourself accountable. When you make a mistake, take the blame. When you didn’t finish a project by its deadline, or you know you will need more time, tell someone. Being accountable is a huge step that employers want to see in an employee. No matter good or bad, if you’re accountable for what you have promised to do, you will be very successful.

Take Credit for your Accomplishments

When you achieve something, help the company reach a goal, or win an award, take credit for it. Staying humble is an important part of any job but don’t let your hard work go unnoticed. If you’ve put in tons of time for something, it’s okay to be proud and show it off. If you worked hard and won an award don’t shy away from sharing it with your network. Accomplishments are something everyone strives to have. Granted, you don’t always want to be recognized for the little things. But, instead of shying away from the recognition, take credit for what you’re rightfully deserving of it.

Goal Setting

Setting goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable not only for work but for 2019. We all have things we can work on and that are weaknesses, especially at work. So, taking the time to write down the goals you really want to achieve and how you will accomplish them only helps you be more successful. And by writing them down, you’re more likely to accomplish them.

Help Others

Sometimes going over and beyond your duties can make an impact on not only your company but yourself in general. Helping others at work shows your initiative to want to make the company better as a whole. It demonstrates that you’re a team player who helps your team and company accomplish more. A great leader is one who wants to see their team succeed. So, if you’re wanting a change of pace or to really move up in your company do more than what is expected of you.

Push Yourself and Your Team

No matter if you’re the manager, team lead, or just your average Joe, you have the capability to make a direct impact on your team and your company. By pushing yourself you will help others strive to be better too. The impact you have is greater than you think, especially when it comes to achieving goals and accomplishing them as a team unit.

Step out of your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone at work. You know what you need to accomplish and what keeps you getting a good job from your boss. But by stepping outside your comfort zone you not only set yourself up for success, but you also help push yourself to achieve more and be a better employee. At times, you can feel like your extra and hard work may go unnoticed but by doing this, you’re allowing yourself to reach your full potential. And that will never go unnoticed.

Say Yes More and No Less

When you’re in a position you enjoy and at a company you love, saying yes more and no less will tremendously impact your time there. Not only will it help you move up the ladder quicker, but it will also get you noticed by those who matter. Helping and being present to always do what you need to do even if it’s extra work is rare to find nowadays. So, if you try implementing this technique in 2019, it will surely help you accomplish and receive kudos you never thought you’d receive this year.

Starting off the new year right at work is important. It provides a clean slate for you to make improvements and it gives you the chance to really hold yourself to a higher bar. Because you will only achieve what you set your mind to. We’re wishing you a great year and we hope these tips help you be more successful at work in 2019!

4th Quarter

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

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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.