How To Finish Your Job Search Strong In 2020

What a year it has been. If you’re one of the millions of North Americans who spent the greater part of this year searching for a new opportunity, you’re not alone. As you prepare for a new year and look forward to a fresh start, here are a few ways to finish your job search strong in 2020.

Establish Productive Goals

There are many factors affecting your job search that are totally out of your control, especially this year. So, to end the year on a positive and productive note, focus on creating goals for things you can control. Whether it’s applying to a particular number of jobs per week, dedicating a certain number of hours towards free online courses per day, or even just reaching out to contacts at target daily. Achieving small goals will give you a sense of accomplishment and help you take concrete steps towards progress.

Continue Expanding Your Network

Referrals are one of the most powerful tools you can have in your job search. It’s important to continue expanding your network of professional contacts during your downtime. Write personalized messages on LinkedIn to people at your dream companies, join mastermind groups focused on your industry, and even put yourself out there with a social media post. No one can help you land a new job if they don’t know you’re looking!

Cultivate Your Online Presence

In today’s world of social distancing, your online presence is more important than ever. Do you have a personal website featuring your resume and highlighting your skills? It can be an excellent way for a potential employer to browse your portfolio. If your career is in sales, marketing, or customer service, it can even be beneficial to start a blog!

Take Some Time To Recharge

Yes, it’s okay to take some time off from an active job search! It’s imperative that you recharge so that you’re able to fully commit yourself to find your next career step. Be sure to soak up time with your loved ones and reflect on what you really want in your next position.

Don’t be discouraged if you’re ending 2020 without your dream job. Take this time to reset and prepare for a new year full of new opportunities. If one of your goals is to add more job search experience to your arsenal, explore our candidate resources!

Job Market Outlook For The Second Half Of 2020

So far, the 2020 job market has been a wild roller coaster ride. It kicked off as one of the strongest job markets in our nation’s history. Sustained job creation, healthy earnings gains, and record-low unemployment rates had both employers and candidates feeling stable and optimistic. However, after just two months, we experienced a complete shock as the Coronavirus Pandemic led our economy to a screeching halt. Now, as states start to open back up, companies resume normal business activities, and as infection rates continue to decline, we begin to wonder about the future. Here are some of the trends you’ll see in the job market throughout the second half of 2020.

Hiring Steady Or Increasing In These Industries

As gloomy as the job market may seem, there are a few bright spots. Tech companies that have been able to transition to working remotely have largely remained unaffected. Some that focus on further enabling online connections such as Microsoft and Zoom have experienced considerable boosts in revenue. Online retailers and delivery companies have watched their business boom hand-in-hand as more consumers get more comfortable ordering online.

Additionally, industries that have been on the front lines of the pandemic have been hiring to keep up with demand. Healthcare providers, pharmaceutical companies, and supermarket chains have been scrambling to staff their workforce. Businesses that provide entertainment such as video streaming, online games, and traditional games and puzzles have been thriving as people spend more time at home.

Networking Will Be More Important Than Ever

You’ve probably heard that landing a job is “all about who you know.” And that statement will ring true now more than ever! Even prior to the pandemic, it had been estimated that as many as 70% of open positions are never even posted to job boards. One of the most lucrative forms of networking is via your alumni network.

Take Colby College, a small liberal arts college in Maine, for example. Amidst the rocky labor market, they implemented a “Pay It Northward” program, a promise to all 500 graduates to use the alumni network to find them jobs. After only ten days, the graduates had received over 500 offers, about half of them for full-time positions.

An Increase In Remote Work

As most companies throughout the nation scrambled to shift to working from home in March, the stigma and uneasiness about lack of control started to melt away. Now, many are extending remote work orders or offering it as a permanent option. Employees and Managers alike are reaping benefits from working from home. A report from USA Today found that 54% of workers are more productive than working in the office. Additionally, as many as 40% of workers would prefer to work remotely full-time in the future.

Lasting Impacts To These Industries

Some industries, such as travel and tourism and traditional retail, will likely feel the effects of this pandemic for years to come. Even as states slowly start to open up, people remain cautious. With unemployment currently hovering around 13%, many have been forced to change their spending habits. This trend will probably last well beyond the lingering threat of the virus as, unfortunately, millions of people have felt the effects of living off of little to no savings.

Economists aren’t optimistic about a fast-approaching recovery. “There’s just been too much damage to come back that quickly. People will self-regulate. Just because your governor says you can go out, doesn’t mean you will do it,” said Ethan Harris, Head of Global Economics Research at Bank of America.

If you need help navigating this unpredictable job market, whether you’re a candidate or a client, we’re here. At Johnson Service Group – we work hard, we work together, we work for you. Contact us today to get started!

January 2020 Jobs Report: 225,000 Jobs Added

The new decade is off to a strong start with the U.S. economy adding 225,000 jobs in January. The unemployment rate also ticked up to 3.6% as more Americans decide to look for new career opportunities. Additionally, year-over-year hourly wages are up 3.1%. As you can see, all signs are indicating an active labor market as we make our way into 2020. Let’s take a closer look at the January 2020 Jobs Report.

January 2020 Jobs Report Breakdown

January is the 112th month of consecutive job gains and was definitive proof that the labor market is speeding up. The unemployment rate also increased a tenth of a percent (to 3.6%) above last month’s 50-year low. These results blew away economists’ predictions of a measly 164,000 jobs for January. And if that isn’t impressive enough, last month’s gains clocked in at 50,000 more jobs than 2019’s monthly average of 175,000.

Over the previous two months, employment gains were slightly revised up by 7,000 jobs. Job gains in November were revised up by 5,000 (from +256,000 to +261,000) and gains from December increased by 2,000 jobs (from +145,000 to +147,000). However, over the last three months, employment gains are averaging 211,000 per month, much higher than the monthly average over the last 12 months.

Average hourly earnings also saw a bump in January with an increase of $0.07 to $28.44. Over the last 12 months, average hourly earnings have climbed by 3.1%. Average hourly earnings have been relatively flat over the last year or so, but regardless, remain on the positive side.

Jobs gains by industry:

  • Construction: +44,000 jobs (+12,000 monthly average in 2019)
    • Residential: +18,000
    • Nonresidential: +17,000
  • Healthcare: +36,000 jobs (+361,000 jobs over last 12 months)
    • Ambulatory Healthcare Services: +23,000
    • Hospitals: +10,000
  • Leisure and Hospitality: +36,000 jobs (+288,000 jobs over last 6 months)
  • Transportation and Warehousing: +28,000 jobs (+106,000 jobs over last 12 months)
    • Couriers and Messengers: +14,000
    • Warehousing and Storage: +6,000
  • Professional and Business Services: +21,000 jobs (+390,000 over last 12 months)
  • Manufacturing: -12,000 jobs
    • Motor Vehicles: -11,000 jobs

To summarize, jobs continue to increase at a steady rate, and more job seekers are entering the job market as their confidence continues to grow. If your team needs help sourcing talent in this tight market, let’s work together. Our team of recruiters is ready to help make an impact on your hiring efforts in 2020. Reach out to us today!

Employee Experience Matters in 2020

The new decade is triggering significant shifts in how we approach recruiting. LinkedIn recently surveyed talent professionals from 35 different countries to understand the lay of the land for talent acquisition. The most significant recruiting trend to watch is employee experience. But what is employee experience, and how do employers improve it to attract top talent better? Let’s break it down to understand this trend.

What is employee experience?

Employee experience is essentially the relationship between an employee and an employer. As the talent market continues to tighten, employers need to change how they view their employees. There must be a shift in mindset so that employers start to understand that their company works for their employees – not the other way around.

According to the LinkedIn survey, 94% of talent professionals believe that employee experience will be crucial for recruiting in 2020. This is both beneficial for employees and employers as 77% of surveyed talent professionals believe better employee experience results in improved retention rates. Better retention rates save employers time and costly expenses related to recruiting.

How can you improve your team’s experience?

There is really no one way to improve employee experience. However, your team can implement small changes that will have an overall positive effect on your employees. Here are a few examples:

Flexible workplace

Remote work is becoming more popular as new technologies make it easier to work offsite. It’s incredibly easy to work remotely while keeping in close communication with your team. An easy way to transition into this is to offer your employees periodic days to work from home. Whether that’s once a week or after achieving a certain production goal, adding flexibility to the workplace is a great way to boost your employee experience.

Invest in your team

Another great way to improve your employee experience is to invest in your team. Acquire the necessary tools your team needs to be successful. The fewer barriers keeping your team from getting their jobs done, the more satisfied they’ll be. Additionally, ensure that you are adequately taking care of your employees, so they don’t have to worry about their well-being. Offer competitive wages, benefits, and other perks that will encourage them to work hard and stay at your organization. It’s your talent that helps your company be successful, so you must take care of them!

Celebrate your successes

Celebrate the “little” things with your team. Successfully launch a new product? Order lunch for your staff! Achieve a new safety milestone in your department? Celebrate with a reward or treat! Have staff members with anniversaries or birthdays? Get some cupcakes and have a little fun! These are inexpensive ways to boost morale and celebrate your team.

Having a workplace with a positive employee experience is going to help your team be successful in 2020. And it’s also an easy way to recruit the Millennial job seekers that are taking over the workplace. Start making these small changes today and watch your employees soar to new heights.

How to Attract Millennial Talent in 2020

Did you know that Millennials will make up nearly 75% of the workforce by 2025? In just five short years, the generation that roughly ranges from ages 24-39 will be the largest group in the workforce. In other words, your team must change the way they attract and retain talent to ensure they aren’t pushing away the largest workforce population. Here are three ways your team can attract Millennials in 2020.

Try to better understand Millennials

Millennials are often misunderstood. There is a lot of controversy and confusion when discussing where this generation begins and where it ends. According to Pew Research, Millennials are the generation born between 1981 and 1996. And there are a lot of misconceptions and stereotypes plaguing this generation. At the top of the list are generalizations such as they’re narcissistic, lazy, and technology addicted. But these are just stereotypes. You can say all these things about anyone in any generation. So instead of just falling victim to all of these fallacies, employers need to take time to understand the soon-to-be largest workforce in the world.

Positive employee experience

Once you develop a better understanding of who Millennials are, we can examine what they want in an employer. We’ve all seen movies and memes that exaggerate Millennials in the workplace with foosball tables, unlimited snacks, and dogs in the office. Sure, those things are all nice, but that’s not what Millennials genuinely desire in a prospective employer.

According to a recent survey, these are the top six things Millennials want in the workplace:

  • To be understood by their employer
  • The opportunity to learn and grow
  • They want to be highly engaged
  • They want to make a difference
  • The authenticity of your company
  • Flexibility

In other words, Millennials just want to be respected, feel like they belong, and flexibility within their job. One of the key features employers can offer to their employees to attract this generation is a healthy work-life balance. Millennials care deeply about their lives outside of work. They want to be able to spend time with their families, work from home on occasion, and take time off to “unplug” from their job.

recent study also illustrates that Millennials are willing to take a pay cut for a better work-life balance, and 58% of them rank work-life balance as being more important than financial benefits. Therefore, you may not be able to entice Millennial candidates with just financial benefits alone.

Stick to your company values (and mean them!)

This generation is passionate about their beliefs, and they want their employers to value them as well. Millennials are the most environmentally conscious generation in today’s workforce. They want a company that cares about sustainability just as much as they do. According to another survey, 75% of Millennial workers are willing to accept a smaller salary to work for a company that values sustainability.

Additionally, another study illustrates that Millennials won’t accept a job offer if the company isn’t socially responsible. Therefore, if you want to hire Millenials in 2020, your mission statement and core values have to be more than just text on your website. To attract this generation, you must stand behind your company values.

Be conscious of your Millennial hiring strategy

Millennials are taking over the workforce, and it’s essential to have a better understanding of them. Keep these three things in mind when developing your hiring strategy to help you attract Millennials in 2020.

20 Things To Change At Work In 2020

The new year is here, and it’s an excellent time for a fresh start at work. Whether it’s developing healthy habits or improving productivity, the new year is a great time to make a change at work. Start with making these 20 changes at work to help you achieve success in 2020. 

1. Set goals 

There’s no better time to set ambitious goals than a new year! And by reading this, you’re off to a great start. Our goal with this list is to provide you with some inspiration for setting milestones you’d like to achieve in 2020. 

2. Achieve a better work-life balance 

Work-life balance is one of the hottest topics in the working world today. This year, try to strike a balance between the two! See if your employer is open to flexible working hours or occasionally working remotely. If nothing else, leave work at the office and be fully present when you’re at home. 

3. Improve Your Focus 

The number one thing you can do to improve your focus is cut down on distractions. Put your phone down and focus on the tasks at hand. You would be amazed at how your productivity will increase

4. Change Your Attitude 

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make makes you. Choose wisely.” – Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart 

5. Try something new 

2020 will provide plenty of opportunities for you to get out of your comfort zone. Volunteer for a new responsibility at work, pick up an unfamiliar hobby, or approach an old issue in a new way. 

6. Find your motivation 

What motivates you to get up in the morning? Once you understand your motives, your passion will start to shine through your work, and everything will have more meaning. 

7. Self-educate 

We are huge proponents or self-education. With the number of resources available to you today, there are endless opportunities to learn something new. Start by reading at least one industry-related article per day. 

8. Jump at new opportunities 

Whether you’re offered a new project, a raise, or even a new job, this year, we encourage you to say yes to whatever opportunities come your way. 

9. Take on a new skill 

You can acquire a skill directly related to your job, or branch out to learn something completely new that you’ve always wondered about or been interested in. Could a lean Six Sigma course add value to your title? Have you always wanted to try your hand at Photoshop? Employers value people who go out and actively develop their professional skills. 

10. Help others 

At work and in your personal life, it’s always a good idea to pay it forward. If you see a coworker struggling to meet a deadline, offer to jump in and help.  

11. Create relationships 

At work, we can often get stuck in a rut of only socializing with those we work closely with. This year, go out on a limb and get to know others in your office. Introduce yourself to the Accounting team, or get coffee with the IT department. You might be surprised about the things you’ll learn and the relationships you’ll build.  

12. Increase productivity 

Examine your day-to-day routines. We guarantee there are ways you can streamline your processes. Make a change at work by eliminating time-consuming meetings or implement a “power hour” in which you put your nose to the grindstone and get as much done as possible with no interruptions. 

13. Prioritize 

As you set new goals for 2020, be sure to prioritize them as you go. Give each goal a deadline and even incorporate mini-milestones throughout. That way, you’ll always have direction and know what needs the most attention when. 

14. Establish a routine 

“You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.” – John C. Maxwell 

15. Get moving 

According to a large-scale study, getting outside lowers anxiety and depression and boosts your mood and well-being. Among numerous other health benefits, a little exposure to natural light will help you feel more relaxed throughout the day.  

16. Get organized 

Organization leads to huge boosts in productivity, so clear off that desk, clean up your inbox, and organize every file. Your future self will thank you. 

17. Build your network 

LinkedIn is a great place to start building your network. Reach out to people in your field, alumni from your University, or someone you’ve always admired. 

18. Recognize your accomplishments 

There is nothing wrong with giving yourself a pat on the back every once in a while! Take a moment to reflect on everything you accomplished in the last year. 

19. Analyze your progress 

After implementing a few of these changes at work, how do you feel? Analyze how each step has affected you and how you work. 

20. Think about what’s next 

If you’ve worked your way through this list, made changes at work, and still feel that something is lacking in your professional life, it may be time for a new position. In today’s candidate-driven market, there are hundreds of companies out there looking for employees just like you. Partner with a recruiter from Johnson Service Group to discover what opportunity awaits you in 2020!

December 2019 Jobs Report: U.S. Creates 145,000 Jobs

The numbers are in for the final Jobs Report of the decade, and the BLS reported job gains of 145,000 throughout the month of December. As a result, 2019 was the ninth straight year of annual employment gains surpassing 2 million. Despite missing economists’ estimates of 164,000 job gains, the unemployment rate has remained a steady 3.5 percent (a half-century low) over the last three months. In other words, the labor market is holding steady as we enter the new year.

December 2019 Jobs Report breakdown

December also marks the 111th month in a row of job gains. With the addition of 145,000 jobs last month, employment rose to 2.1 million throughout 2019. And although short of economists’ projections, Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics, labeled last month’s job growth as “solid” even though it missed estimates and said, “We expect solid gains in payrolls to extend through 2020.” And if that isn’t impressive enough for you, jobless claims fell for a 4th week in a row to 214,000, which is back near post-recession lows.

Over the previous two months, employment gains from the previous two months were slightly revised down by 14,000 jobs. Job gains in October were revised down by 4,000 (from +156,000 to +152,000) and gains from November decreased by 10,000 jobs (from +266,000 to +255,000). However, over the last three months, employment gains are averaging 184,000 per month. And over the last 12 months, the economy added an average of 176,000 jobs a month in 2019.

Average hourly earnings continued to rise with an increase of $0.03, for a total hourly rate of $28.32. Over the last 12 months, average hourly earnings have increased by 2.9 percent – the lowest annual pace since July 2018. Additionally, the labor force participation rate remained little changed at 63.2 percent. Overall, the labor market is primed for another big year as we enter a new decade.

Job gains by industry

Here is a break down of the nonfarm payroll job gains for the month of December:

  • Retail Trade: +41,000 jobs
    • Clothing and Accessories Stores: +33,000 jobs
    • Building Material & Garden Supply: +7,000
  • Leisure and Hospitality: +40,000 (+359,000 jobs over the last 12 months)
  • Healthcare: +28,000 (+399,000 over the last 12 months)
    • Ambulatory Healthcare Services: +23,000
    • Hospitals: +9,000
  • Construction: +20,000 (+151,000 jobs over the last 12 months)
  • Professional and Business Services: +10,000 (+397,000 jobs over the last 12 months)
  • Mining: -8,000 (-24,000 jobs over the last 12 months)
  • Transportation and Warehousing: -10,000 (+57,000 jobs over the last 12 months)
  • Manufacturing: -12,000 (+46,000 jobs over the last 12 months)

Get the talent acquisition assistance you need in 2020

All signs are indicating that 2020 will be another strong year of growth for the U.S. economy labor force. If you had struggles filling your critical roles and sourcing skilled candidates in 2019, you’ll likely face the same challenges in the new year. If you want to get a kickstart on your hiring efforts this year, partner with a recruiter. At JSG, we have a team of recruiters ready to partner with your organization to source the talent you need to have another successful year in 2020. Reach out to us today, and let’s get to work!

Understanding Your Hiring Metrics in 2020

LinkedIn just released its new Future of Recruiting Report with insights into the hiring metrics that you should be tracking in the new year. In 2020, they are encouraging businesses to monitor “the direct business outcome of your efforts.” To help you achieve hiring success this year, we’re breaking down how you can utilize these essential hiring metrics.

Quality of Hire

While the quality of hire is incredibly challenging to measure, it can be one of the most effective ways to understand the value of your efforts. When you partner with a recruiting team like Johnson Service Group, we work to help you define your own metrics for success when it comes to a successful hire. From the start of our recruiting efforts, we strive to understand what it takes for a candidate to be successful within a specific role, team, and at your company as a whole. We apply those standards throughout our entire recruiting and hiring process. 

Additionally, we keep in touch with our candidates and hiring managers after they’re on-boarded to ensure a successful hire.

Sourcing Channel Effectiveness

With a plethora of recruiting tools on the market, it’s essential to understand which channels are yielding the most value. While some sourcing and recruiting tools may appear affordable on the surface, when tracked against the quality of hire, you may find that they actually cost you MORE money in the long run.

Assessment Effectiveness

Many companies use assessments to understand candidates better and how they may fit on a particular team. But when was the last time you measured the effectiveness of the assessment and interview process? Examine your hires over the past few years and study their assessments and interview notes. More than likely, you’ll be able to pick up on a few patterns. Is there anything in particular about candidates that went on to be rockstars? What do you notice about candidates that didn’t work out?

The better you understand your hiring metrics, the more effectively you can allocate your time and money. Need help with forming your hiring strategy in 2020? Talk to a Johnson Service Group expert to find out how you can hire the talent you need this year.

How to Streamline Your Hiring Process in 2020

Many companies are slowing down right now. The holidays are just around the corner, and that much-needed time off is directly in your sight. But if you’re a hiring manager, the opposite is likely occurring. You’re figuring out ways to get your critical roles filled and how to do it more efficiently next year. However, this can be challenging if you have an inefficient hiring process. If you’re reflecting on how you and your team can better navigate our tight job market, here’s how to streamline your hiring process in 2020.

Write better job descriptions

The first thing you want to do is take a 10,000-foot view of your job descriptions. No matter how great your hiring process is, if your job descriptions stink, you’re not going to get the right resumes on your desk. Many job seekers are only casually browsing, and thus, your job description really needs to stand out at them. Make them concise, engaging, but not too fluffy. Share a little glimpse of your culture and why your company would be an excellent employer. If you’re ever unsure about your descriptions, read one over and ask yourself if you’d apply for the job. If the answer is no, you have some work to do!

Ask for interview feedback

If you are hosting interview after interview with no luck, why not ask your candidates for some feedback? Whether it’s a brief survey you send them or a simple email, it’s never a bad idea to hear how you can improve from those going through your hiring process. If a candidate backs out of the process or declines your job offer, don’t be afraid to ask for some constructive criticism. This can be an invaluable exercise to help improve your hiring process in 2020.

Move it along efficiently

We won’t spend too much time here as we have discussed this topic numerous times throughout the year. Your team must speed up your hiring process. We have a saying in our industry: “time kills all deals.” In this hot market, you will lose out on your candidates if you take too long to interview, onboard them, or fail to provide feedback to your recruiters.

Partner with a recruiting firm

Speaking of recruiters, one of the easiest ways to streamline your hiring process in 2020 is to partner with a recruiting firm, like Johnson Service Group. We will take the leg work out of your recruiting efforts by sourcing, interviewing, and communicating with candidates. If you’re looking to improve your hiring next year, let’s work together and help you find the talent you need.