2021 May Be the Biggest Year for Job Growth

Last year was challenging, to say the least. Over 22 million U.S. jobs were lost due to the coronavirus crises, and as of December 2020, there are still 10.7 million unemployed Americans. However, with several COVID-19 vaccines rolling out, 2021 is poised for a massive year for job growth and may even be the biggest year for job growth ever recorded.

Largest job growth since 1939

Job market experts and economists project a colossal year for job gains – bigger than any other on records dating back to 1939. According to economic forecasting from Oxford Economics, job growth will climb to 5.8 million in 2021. Economists at the University of Michigan’s economists are predicting gains to reach 5.3 million. Both projections for 2021 will put job gains well above the 4.3 million created in 1946, the start of the post-WWII economic boom.

Hiring is expected to start slowly this year; however, it will pick up steam as vaccines become more accessible and people can resume activities currently under lockdown. So, where will this growth be generated?

What industries will soar?

Throughout the pandemic, some industries are struggling while others are flourishing. Last year, leisure and hospitality, retail, restaurants and bars, and professional and business activities were hit the hardest. In December, employment in construction, transportation and warehousing, manufacturing, and wholesale trade grew despite a cumulative loss of 140,000 jobs. These industries will continue to experience job growth well beyond the virus.

Other industries that are ripe for a strong year of job growth are information technology services. In December, tech companies added more than 20,000 jobs. Furthermore, job postings for core IT positions grew to nearly 207,000 jobs. This trend will continue throughout the year as more Americans continue to work from home permanently.

Consumer habits have shifted during the pandemic, and many of these new routines are here to stay. Ecommerce has skyrocketed during the pandemic, and as a result, transportation and warehousing are surging. For example, Amazon has officially taken over Boeing as Washington state’s largest employer. With this boom in online shopping, employment in couriers and messengers has increased by 222,000 since February 2020. This trend will continue to climb in 2021.

Need help finding talent this year?

If you are one of the many companies preparing your hiring strategy for the new year, JSG is here to help. The market will be competitive, and you may need to seek the aid of a hiring professional. So, partner with JSG today to find the workers your company needs to keep pushing forward.

5 Ways to Grow Your Career in 2021

A new year is symbolic of a fresh start or for establishing healthy habits. Many people use this time as an opportunity to reflect on their careers and understand where they are and where they would like to be. Doing this under our current economic climate can be intimidating. However, even if you feel discouraged, there’s never a wrong time to advance your career trajectory. Here are five ways to grow your career in 2021.

Establish your career goals

If you want to grow your career in 2021, the first thing you must do is establish your goals. If you want to improve your career prospects or make yourself a more valuable employee, you have to set goals to get you where you want to be. Are you looking to add a new skill? Do you want to grow into your leadership role? Regardless of what you want to achieve, you must set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).

Seek mentorship

Once you have your goals set, you should seek mentorship. Find a mentor that you can trust, one that can offer feedback and support to help grow your career. Reach out to them and ask them if they are willing to guide you, offer advice, and be honest with you. One of the keys to a successful mentorship is it has to be a mutual relationship. In other words, this person has to want to mentor you. Otherwise, it won’t be an effective mentorship relationship.

If you are looking for advice on being a more coachable employee, we recently wrote a blog on that!

Hone new skills or strengthen current ones

Another great way to reach these goals is to hone new skills or sharpen skills you already have. Identify if there are any skill sets, tools, or techniques to help you achieve your career goals this year. Once you understand what these skills are, you can work on improving them. Take online courses, watch how-to videos on YouTube, or attend webinars. Actively working on skills that will help you take your career to the next level will make you marketable, improve your career prospects, and make you a more valuable employee.

Here are three must-have skills to help you grow your career in 2021.

Regularly track your progress

After you know what you want to accomplish and how you will do it, set milestones; write these milestones down and regularly track your progress toward completing them. This will help you stay on track and remain focused on these career goals throughout the year. Tracking your progress is part of setting SMART goals because your goals should be attainable. If they are achievable, you can track your progress, and you can check-in with yourself and your mentor.

Celebrate your wins

Many people forget to celebrate their wins, even if they are small. When you are tracking your progress, and you complete one of these milestones, take a moment to celebrate! Pat yourself on the back and reflect on all of your hard work! Share these wins with your mentor, too, as they should be equally invested in your success. Celebrating your wins will make this journey more rewarding, and you will appreciate your growth.

Four Essential Job Search Tips Everyone Should Follow

If one of your goals for 2021 is to find a new job, you are probably looking for some tips or tricks to help your search end successfully. Searching for a new job can be stressful, especially if you are currently out of work. Lucky for you, you came to the right place! If you want this career transition to be smooth, here are four essential job search tips you should follow.

Set up job alerts

One of the biggest mistakes job searchers make is aimlessly scouring job boards for new postings. Many of us have been in this position before. You insistently check your go-to job boards or social media platforms for brand new job postings. This process can be time consuming and exhausting. Instead of checking your phone every other minute, sign up for job alerts. You can set up job alerts on almost any major job board, such as our Talent Network. You can set up specific job search parameters to receive notifications or emails when new jobs that match your criteria are available. Gone are the days of mindlessly refreshing job boards. Work smarter, not harder, and you will have more energy to pour into your search.

Tailor your resume and cover letter

After you set up your job search alerts, you can spend some of that extra time tailoring your resume and cover letter. Yes, we still recommend cover letters in this stiff job market. You can create templates for these two documents, but you should always take some time to tweak them for each application. For your resume, you want to mirror the job description and pinpoint things in your resume that fit well with the description. Essentially, you want to highlight your skills that match what the employer is looking for in a prospective candidate. In your cover letter, you get the opportunity to be a little more creative. This is your platform to elaborate on your background or skillsets that fit the company’s culture, industry, and mission or vision. Again, you can have a generic template for your cover letter, but you want to tweak it to help you stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter.

Network throughout your job search

Additionally, you want to continue to network throughout your job search. Join groups on social media, become affiliated with professional organizations, and engage with your network. If you are out of work, let your network know! There is no shame in being in-between jobs – it happens to more people than you may think. Share your resume with one of these groups, let old colleagues know you are searching, and introduce yourself to new professionals in your target companies or industries. You never know how a simple conversation can transpire into an interview. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

Be engaging during your interview

Our final job search tip is to be engaging during your interview. Once you secure an interview, you have to do your homework. Research the hiring manager you are interviewing with, do a deep dive search on the company and practice commonly asked interview questions. However, the best way to be engaging is to have questions prepared ahead of time. Your interview will be much more interactive if you have questions ready to ask. This is how your interview can transition into a more casual conversation, allowing you to build rapport with your interviewer(s). Interviews can be awkward for both parties, but acting engaged throughout the entire interview will help you stand out and illustrate your interest in the position.

Are you looking for more job search tips?

So, there you have it. These four essential job search tips will help you excel in your search and improve your odds of securing an exciting opportunity. If you are looking for more job search tips, review our candidate resources! We have hundreds of helpful tips and tricks to share with you.

Top 5 Hiring Trends for 2021

As we kick off the new year, many hiring managers are planning their hiring strategy for 2021. While this is difficult for many in a standard year, there is more uncertainty than ever now. To help you prepare, we’re sharing the top five hiring trends for 2021.

Safety & wellness

On the tails of the Coronavirus pandemic, safety and wellness will continue to be a top priority for companies worldwide. Hiring managers are having to pivot to remote interviewing, flexible work policies, and extended PTO policies to accommodate the ever-changing modern environment.

Continued growth of diversity & inclusion

2020 reignited concerns about racial and gender inequality throughout the United States. With many companies establishing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) taskforces, appointing DEI executives, and implementing DEI policies, changes will continue into the new year. In order to continue hiring top talent in 2021, you must prioritize diversity. So, examine your hiring strategy and candidates to allow more diverse hires in the future, and commit to supporting and promoting your current BIPOC employees.

Remote work

Even after the pandemic is in our rearview, remote work will remain a constant in the world of hiring trends. So, to stay competitive in the hiring market throughout 2021, consider expanding your remote work policies. Candidates will be looking for remote or flexible opportunities. Additionally, make sure your interviewing process is remote-friendly to make for seamless hiring.

Streamline hiring

Speaking of seamless hiring, is your hiring process as smooth as possible? With an influx of candidates on the market, you’ll be more overwhelmed than ever trying to hire in 2021. Allow for remote interviewing and cut down on the number of necessary interviews. Instead, focus on asking better questions to assess candidates faster!

Greater emphasis on employer brand

With so many companies starting off the year virtual, candidates will be heading to your social media and website to learn more about your brand. They will want to learn about all of the above topics and more, so make sure to expand on your virtual employer brand. Link your careers page to your diversity statement, share stories about your company culture and give a quick preview of the hiring process. The more information a candidate has, the more likely they’ll become passionate about working for your company!

Looking for more hiring trends and tips on how to hire successfully in 2021? Explore our client resources here!

Four Tips for Landing A Job in 2021

A new year often signifies a new beginning, an opportunity for a fresh start. For many people, that new chapter means finding a new job opportunity. Over the past few years, this didn’t seem like such a daunting task as it may feel in today’s market. 2020 was a challenging year for many employers and job seekers, but this year will hopefully bring some much-needed change. Here are four tips for landing a job in 2021.

Broaden your job search

During the course of 2020, some industries absolutely thrived while others were devasted during the pandemic. As a result, it may be time to search beyond your current industry to one that is primed for success. Technology, E-Commerce, and healthcare are three industries that come to mind. These fields flourished during the pandemic and will continue to grow well beyond 2021. If you last worked in an industry that was hit pretty hard by the virus, it may be time to seek new opportunities in a different sector. This is where you want to illustrate your transferrable skills. You may not have the direct experience for a particular job, but do you have skills that can easily transfer into a new role and help you be successful?

Brush up on common interview questions

If you are preparing to land a job in 2021, you will need to brush up on your interview prep. One of the best ways to do that is to practice answering common interview questions. There are always a select group of interview questions you can count on the hiring manager to ask you. From “What motivates you?” to “Can you explain this gap in your employment?” there are dozens of common questions you will likely be asked, and the best way to successfully approach them is to practice your answers.

Here is a group of the most common interview questions with tips on answering them and examples to help you land a job in 2021.

Don’t be afraid to find something new

If you are one of the many job seekers still employed but looking for something different, don’t be afraid to take the plunge. This market can seem intimidating, but don’t let that keep you from finding something new. Take a chance on yourself, stick your neck out, and start looking. Yes, the market isn’t as strong as it was a year ago, but that doesn’t mean there are not great opportunities out there for you. You don’t know until you take that step forward towards a new career. This might mean venturing off into one of the booming industries we spoke of above, or it might mean making a complete shift in your career. Whatever you decide, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

Let recruiters know your open to work

An easy way to land a new job in 2021 is to let recruiters know you are open to work. That can be as simple as letting recruiters on LinkedIn know that you are open to work. Or, if you are serious about finding a new opportunity, partner with a recruiting firm. Recruiters, like ones from JSG, are here to help you find a new role that matches your career goals and skill sets. We can help bridge the gap between your transferrable skills and the requirements of another position. Partner with us today and let JSG work alongside you to accomplish your career goals this year.

3 Things Recruiters Will Look for in 2021

Most companies don’t completely shift their hiring strategies or processes throughout the year. However, the pandemic has forced many employers to rethink how they hire talent. As we (hopefully) near an end to this misery, some of these changes will permanently affect how employers hire. Here are three things recruiters will look for in 2021.

Your COVID-19 story

The virus impacted everyone differently. Some people were fortunate enough to shift to remote working while others sadly were furloughed or laid off. Regardless of your circumstances, recruiters will be looking for how you used this time. So, if you were out of work, how did you use your “free” time? Did you take some online courses or earn a new certification to improve your professional development? Did you spend some much-needed time with your family and reflect on your career goals? Or have you been working from home since last March? Regardless of your situation, recruiters will want to hear how you used this time.

You can share this in a cover letter, a resume summary, or even have it prepared during an interview question. Either way, be prepared to answer this question in 2021.

Time management proficiency

Solid time management is always something recruiters want to see in a prospective candidate. But with the possibility of working remotely, demonstrating that you can manage your time will be crucial. There will likely be questions in your interviews that relate to your time management skills. If you are working in the office or on-site, it’s easy for your manager to check-in to ensure you’re on track. However, when you are remote, you will have a lot more leeway on how you manage your time, and recruiters want to know that you are capable of finishing your daily tasks and projects promptly.

Even if you are physically working at your employer’s location, you might be working with a remote teammate in another time zone. Being capable of working with others across different time zones is something recruiters will be looking for closely.

Transferrable skills

Finally, recruiters will be looking for transferrable skills. Before the pandemic hit, recruiters were looking for candidates with the right skill sets and core competencies. Fast forward to today, and there are millions of Americans out of work. As a result, people are in the process of a career transformation and may not have all of the job-specific skills that a recruiter would typically require. But do you have similar skill sets that can transfer to this new position? That’s what recruiters are looking for right now. You can teach a good candidate any job-specific skills if they have the right background and comparable skills. Transferrable skills are the way of the future for hiring the best talent on the market.

Ready to make your career move?

So, these are just three of the skills recruiters will look for in 2021. If you are ready to transition into a new position, now is the perfect time to partner with a recruiter. We have hundreds of job opportunities across North America with fantastic clients looking to hire immediately. If you are ready to soar to new career heights, visit our job board!

Job Search Resolutions For 2021

As we approach the new year, it’s the season for making resolutions. And for millions of Americans, their goal for 2021 is to get a new job. We thought we could assist in your job search by helping you craft resolutions for landing the next step in your career. Here are five resolutions to jump start your job search in the new year:

1. Don’t blindly submit your resume to any and every job

If there is one thing that you need to change in 2021, it’s this. Stop blindly submitting your resume to every job that comes up in your search. This is not doing you any favors! In fact, it could actually be the thing keeping you from landing your next job. In a competitive job market, you must tailor your resume to every job opening to which you apply. Carefully curate a list of jobs that align with your professional goals, qualifications, and culture fit. Then, comb through the description to spot keywords and requirements that match your experience. Use these relative terms to craft a custom resume for each position, and you’ll have a better chance of standing out amongst the competition during your job search.

2. Don’t ghost companies or recruiters

You might think that just because millions of people are unemployed across the country, candidates aren’t ghosting companies or recruiters. But, this is simply not the case. People ghost potential employers for a variety of reasons. Maybe they decided the company wasn’t a great fit, or perhaps they were lucky enough to score another position. No matter the reason, you must add “don’t ghost” to your new year’s resolutions.

3. Build a professional portfolio

In a competitive market, you need to do everything possible to set yourself apart from other applicants. One of our favorite modern ways to do this is via a virtual professional portfolio. No matter what field you specialize in, a portfolio is a perfect way to showcase your talents. You can add some basic things: your resume, cover letter, career objective, links to examples of your work, and your contact details. This can include projects, press releases, blogs, images, spreadsheets, reports, and other works. Learn more about building a professional portfolio here.

4. Grow my professional network

This new year’s job search resolution is arguably the easiest, and you can start right now. Start a search on LinkedIn for other professionals in your field. Send each person a customized invitation to connect, and voila – you’re growing your professional network! If you are looking for more networking tips on LinkedIn, check out this blog.

5. Ask for help when you need it

It can be challenging to be vulnerable. However, it can be one of the most lucrative paths to a new job. Create a post on LinkedIn sharing that you’re looking for work. Let family and friends know about your job search, and even send them a copy of your resume in case they have any contacts to connect you with. Finally, consider partnering with a recruiting firm for your job search. We have connections with thousands of companies throughout North America. We specialize in coordinating relocations, navigating negotiations, and have insider info on the best opportunities on the market.

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, give us a call. In the meantime, explore our candidate resources and start committing to your job search resolutions for 2021.

How to Prep for An Interview in 2021

A new year is often a symbol for a fresh start, and for many people, that means a career change. 2020 was a rough year for many of us, and a new job opportunity might be a much-needed spark. If you are planning on hitting the job market hard during the new year, here is how to prep for an interview in 2021.

Be physically and mentally prepared

The best way to prep for an interview in 2021 is to be physically and mentally ready. To physically prepare, have a notepad ready to take notes throughout the interview; this will help you craft the perfect thank you note or ask thoughtful questions later on during your interview. Additionally, you should take the time to research the company, its mission and values, and the hiring manager. Proper research will help you confidently answer interview questions and tie them back into the company or the role.

To mentally prepare, get a good night’s sleep before your interview. If you are sleep-deprived, it will be difficult for you to be on you’re A-game. Also, try not to work yourself up too much. Interviews can be stressful, especially if you are out of work. To mitigate this stress, do something that relaxes you beforehand. Go for a walk to clear your mind, drink your favorite tea or coffee, read a book, or whatever it is that will put you in a calm mindset. If you enter your interview with a load of stress on your shoulders, it will come through during your meeting.

Brush up on common interview questions

Another great way to prep for an interview in 2021 is to brush up on some common interview questions. Every interview is different, but most hiring managers will ask you a set of fundamental questions. These questions can range from “what is your biggest weakness?” to “tell us about a time you overcame a failure.” Lucky for you, we have compiled a list of the most common job interview questions with tips on how to answer them successfully (and with examples!).

Take a look at them here if you really want to ace your interview.

Prepare to interview virtually

As you prepare for an interview in 2021, you must be ready to interview virtually. Even as the pandemic winds down, many companies will continue to interview virtually as it is much more efficient. It’s easier for hiring managers to hop on a Zoom meeting for an interview instead of forcing candidates to come to the office or facility to meet face-to-face.

So, to prepare, ensure your equipment is up and running. If possible, use a web camera on a computer as you won’t have to worry about fumbling around with a phone. If not possible, prop up your phone or tablet, so the camera is steady and clear. Make sure your audio is working well and that you have a strong internet connection. Also, dress for success. Even though the interview is virtual, that doesn’t mean you can relax on your dress code. Dress appropriately for the interview to set a good impression. Most importantly, sit in a clean, quiet room with no distractions. The last thing you want to do is display your messy kitchen or have your kids running around in the background!

Hiring Resolutions For The New Year

Ah, the new year. A chance for a fresh start, a time to implement changes, and an opportunity to reflect on what hasn’t worked in the past and how we can improve. Everyone loves to make new year’s resolutions to improve in the new year. And this year, we’re sharing the best hiring resolutions you can make in 2021 as a manager. These five resolutions will help your team start off on a strong note, even during these uncertain times.

1. Do not ghost candidates

Alright, hiring managers, we know this is a tough one. Especially in today’s market, you’re receiving an influx of qualified candidate resumes. So many, in fact, that it’s nearly impossible to keep up with! But hear us out; today’s candidates are desperate for open communication. They will respect you and your brand all that much more if they receive a simple automated rejection email. And as we’ve learned through economic times, both prosperous and dire, reputation is everything!

2. Streamline our hiring process

Many of you are probably still hiring remotely, making this resolution challenging. However, as your competitors start to regain speed throughout 2021, you will get left in the dust with a slow and antiquated hiring process. Instead, take this time to focus on improving your strategy – getting people face-to-face (or on video chat) immediately, reducing the number of required interviews, and sending a solid offer as soon as possible.

3. Write better job descriptions

Believe it or not, one thing that will help you attract better candidates (and reducing the number of resumes you have to sift through) is writing a stellar job description. Not too long, not too short, enticing enough to grab people’s interest, but simple enough to retain it. Does your current job description paint a vivid picture of your company culture? Do you share your company’s stance on hot button issues like diversity, equality, and benefits? Today’s candidates want to know all of this information upfront before they invest time in submitting an application.

4. Retain the great employees we already have

Yes, we know these are “hiring resolutions,” but if you do a great job retaining the talent you already have, it will make hiring new talent that much easier. Especially while working remotely, be sure to check in with your employees often. Ask them how they are coping – both professionally and personally. The first few months of the year can be tough on people, particularly cooped up in their own house juggling home and work life.

5. Ask for help when we need it

You can refer to this resolution as “work smarter, not harder.” When you’re balancing managing your team, working remotely, hiring great team members, and a global pandemic, it can be overwhelming. However, you are not alone. Let us carry the burden of hiring your next talented employees, so you can keep the focus on what you do best. Your team needs you now more than ever, and when we work together, you can be more available to them.

Partner with Johnson Service Group in 2021 to help you check off all of your hiring resolutions this year.

2021 Resume Must-Haves

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to secure a new job, know that it is a dog-eat-dog world out there. The job market is more competitive than ever, and employers are faced with difficult decisions when it comes to hiring people for their team. In order to set yourself apart, you must make some changes to your application materials. Here are three 2021 resume must-haves.

An Updated Skills Section

If you’ve been unemployed throughout 2020, hopefully, you’ve used that time wisely! Maybe you’ve taken an online course, taught yourself a new technique, or polished something you’ve been trying to add to your toolbelt. These new skills might not fit under an existing umbrella on your resume, so a “skills” section is an appropriate addition. Feel free to arrange them in a brief list using commas, or even bullet points if space allows.

A Resume Objective

It’s true that in the past, we have stated that resume objectives are unnecessary. However, everything has changed due to the global pandemic and multiple economic shutdowns. Many job seekers are venturing outside of their comfort zones, pivoting their careers, or applying for jobs that might not quite fit their surface-level qualifications. If this is you, it’s invaluable to explain your reason for applying to this specific position.

A Link To More Information

In such a competitive job market, it’s essential that you stand out on your 2021 resume. One great way to do this is by including a link to more information. This link could be to your LinkedIn profile, a website you designed, or a personal website featuring your portfolio.

One thing is for sure, navigating the job market in 2021 won’t be easy. But the good news is, you don’t have to do it alone! Explore our resources for more advice on job searching, resumes, interviewing, and more.