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How To Get Hired In Today’s Job Market

How To Get Hired In Today’s Job Market

There’s no doubt that today’s job market is volatile. No one knows what to expect from day to day. And while that may be intimidating, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to get hired. It does, however, require a bit of creativity when it comes to your job search. Follow our tips below, and you’ll be well on your way to your next position.

Give Your Resume A Major Boost

As employers start to reopen their doors to hiring, they will be on the lookout for self-starters. While millions of people were put in the same position during the economic shutdown, those who continued to work on their professional development will shine brighter than the rest. Take advantage of free online courses like the ones offered by LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Github.

Prepare To Pivot

The Coronavirus pandemic has permanently altered the way our world goes to work. Millions of jobs have been streamlined, and some won’t return at all. This means you may need to pivot your career path and try something completely different. The good news is that some industries are absolutely booming and are on the hunt for new employees. Explore LinkedIn’s Economic Graph for up to date data on which companies are hiring, the most in-demand job titles, and essential skills.

Put Yourself Out There

We have seen an extremely high number of people gaining employment from a simple post on social media. During challenging economic times, it’s incredible how people band together to lift one another up. Additionally, there are thousands of recruiters combing LinkedIn looking for qualified candidates. Chances are, you’ll be able to make a connection just from putting yourself out there. And the more connections you have, the more exposure you’ll have to opportunities.

Keep An Open Mind

The best thing you can do during uncertain times is to keep an open mind! Nothing is as we imagined it would be right now, and that’s okay. In the meantime, consider doing something totally out of your comfort zone to bring in income. Put your professional skills to use by freelancing. Squeeze your creative juices by opening an Etsy shop to make your favorite hobby profitable. Apply for a contract position to “test-drive” a new role before you dive in full time.

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June 2020 Jobs Report

June 2020 Jobs Report: A Spark of Light in the Labor Market

Despite recent spikes in COVID-19 cases, the U.S. labor market exemplified signs of recovery in the June 2020 Jobs Report. Last month, non-farm payrolls added 4.8 million jobs in June, much higher than the +2.9 million expected by economists. As a result, the unemployment rate dropped to 11.1%, which is also better than the predicted rate of 12.4%. Overall, we still have a long way to go before we return to our pre-pandemic state, but we have seen a spark of light in the U.S. labor market for two consecutive months.

June 2020 Jobs Report Overview

The addition of 4.8 million jobs is a massive jump from May’s gain of 2.7 million jobs, marking the most significant single-month increase in U.S. history. “The 4.8 million rise in non-farm payrolls in June provides further confirmation that the initial economic rebound has been far faster than we and most others anticipated,” said Michael Pearce, senior U.S. economist at Capital Economics.

These numbers are a little surprising since jobless claims keep rolling in each week. In another report released by the Department of Labor, U.S. unemployment claims clocked in at 1.427 million. However, this contrast is partly because not every unemployed American is returning to work, even after states and counties continue to open. Thus, many of the 4.8 million jobs are new jobs that have been created over the last month.

The unemployment rate declined by 2.2%, from 13.3% in May to 11.1% last month. The labor force participation rate also saw a nice bump to 61.5%, another strong indication that we are well on our way to recovery. Additionally, the number of temporary layoffs in June fell by 4.8 million to a total of 10.6 million, following last month’s trend.

Where are the job gains at?

Significant employment increases occurred in leisure and hospitality (+2.1 million), retail trade (+740,000), education and health services (+568,000), manufacturing (+356,000), professional and business services (+306,000), construction (+158,000), transportation and warehousing (+99,000), wholesale trade (+68,000), financial activities (+32,000), and government (+33,000). Unfortunately, the mining industry continued to lose jobs (-10,000). Employment in all other services industries increased by +357,000.

Revisions from previous months

Over the last couple of months, non-farm payroll employment was revised. In April, employment was declined by 100,000 from -20.7 million to -20.8 million. However, May’s employment levels saw a positive change of +190,000 from +2.5 million to +2.7 million. With these revisions, employment in April and May combined was +90,000 higher than previously reported.

Employers are hiring again

The last two job reports illustrate that the country is beginning to recover. We are far from our pre-pandemic job gain levels and historic-low unemployment rates, but we are making progress. These numbers show the resiliency of our country and employers across the country. If you are currently on the job market, we have hundreds of opportunities with employers that need talent like you. Check out our job board and find the next step in your career today.

Find a Job During the Pandemic

How to Find a Job During the Pandemic

Finding a job in 2020 is surprisingly not as easy as it was a few months ago. With social distancing, face mask requirements, and other safety procedures to mitigate the spreading of the Coronavirus, your job search and networking are looking a little different. So, how do you find a job if you can’t attend a career fair? How do you meet new professionals in your industry without networking events? Here are three ways to find a job during the pandemic.

Virtual career fairs

You may not be able to attend a job fair physically, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t job fairs hosted virtually by companies and organizations. Instead of heading to your local convention center, companies are hosting virtual career fairs. These virtual job fairs vary. Some are simply a list of employers hiring, and you can visit their “virtual booth” to learn more information about the company and their hiring needs. Others are hosting job fairs with online booths where job seekers can sit in on live presentations and schedule one-on-one conversations with hiring managers. This may seem like an odd format, but this could be a great avenue to find a job during the pandemic.

Shift your virtual networking into high drive

With the postponement and cancellation of dozens of networking events, tradeshows, and other events, it’s time to kick your virtual networking into high drive. Some of these events are going virtual, so there is still an opportunity to connect with other professionals. However, it can be challenging to facilitate conversations when you don’t have the chance to meet in person.

Join professional groups on LinkedIn or even Facebook to connect with others in your industry. In these groups, you will find hiring managers sharing job opportunities and people discussing industry trends. The best thing you can do is make yourself visible. Post meaningful content in these groups and engage with others. This allows you to demonstrate your expertise and connect with other professionals in your market. These groups are an excellent way to turn another member into a resourceful contact and possibly even someone that can help you find a job during the pandemic.

Working with a recruiter

If you’re really looking to make an impact on your job search, have you thought about partnering with a recruiter? Working with a recruiter is an excellent way to get a leg up on the competition and discover job opportunities that you may not have found on the traditional job boards. Reach out to our recruiting team at Johnson Service Group. We will work with you to find a job that matches your career goals, even during these challenging economic times.

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Best Places to Restart Your Career After the Pandemic

With over 45 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits, many workers across the country are looking to restart their careers. As a result, many are searching elsewhere for the right job opportunity. Over one-third of Americans are considering relocating to a less densely populated area. Others are looking to different metropolitan areas with more opportunities and better commutes. So, where are all the jobs located? Here are the best places to restart your career after the pandemic.

The Midwest

We recently discussed why the Midwest is such a hotspot for those looking to leave the “hustle and bustle” of the big cities. After the pandemic, many Americans are reconsidering the appeal of the busy city life; they are looking for a new home that is a little more remote and quiet. Job satisfaction and the cost of living are two significant factors for the new flock of people. Cities in Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, and Wisconsin are all hitting Business Insider’s list of 30 best American cities to live in after the pandemic. These locations have affordable housing options and lower unemployment rates (even before the outbreak).

The West Coast

If you are looking for a new home that’s a little less rural, there are some markets on the West Coast that look like strong prospects. A recent study from Bloomberg illustrates that the San Jose and the San Francisco markets have actually benefited from the pandemic. Companies like Netflix and Zoom saw massive revenue boosts because of the Coronavirus. Other tech companies weren’t hit hard by the virus because their workforce was able to pivot from the office to working from home. And although Western Washington was hit early on in the pandemic, The Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue market is a great place to restart your career. The cost of living is cheaper than the big cities on the east or in California, and companies like Amazon and Microsoft are thriving right now.

The East Coast

Some areas on the east coast, like New York, were hit pretty hard by the Coronavirus. However, some of the largest cities in the eastern part of the country are doing well. Cities like Boston and Worcester are inelastic to the recent economic impacts. These two metropolitan areas are home to a couple of dozen hospitals and roughly 40 different universities, both of which are industries that are flexible even during the worst economic climates. So if you are searching for a new career in healthcare or higher education, these are excellent markets in which to look!

We can help restart your career

So, these are some of the best places to restart your career. Whether you are looking to relocate to a more rural area or for a different metropolitan scene, Johnson Service Group can help. We have hundreds of jobs across the country and are here to help you get back to work! Visit our job board below and launch your career in a new market!

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How to Make Your Post-Pandemic Company Better Than Before

COVID-19 has been a very tricky time for companies around the world to navigate. Businesses needed to do things they have never done before, like work from home, attend video conference calls, and experience a lapse in breakroom donuts. As we strive into the future together, we cannot revert to the same ways; let COVID-19 be an opportunity for a better, brighter future for your company. Here are five things your organization can do to make your post-pandemic company even better than before.

Increased Flexibility

COVID-19 has shown us the importance of workplace flexibility, and now, it is no longer a benefit, but an expectation from employers. In a survey from Zenefits, they found that 77% of workers have flexibility as a top priority in their job search, which means offering a flexible workplace will be crucial to hiring great talent. The transition to a more flexible working environment must happen quickly because about 30% percent of workers have left jobs due to their lack of flexibility. 

So, the spectrum of flexibility will vary from team to team. Still, you can offer flexibility with better PTO policies, WFH benefits, and empathy for sick employees – because if this pandemic taught us anything, it is to stay home when you feel sick! 

Enhanced Digitization

The quickness of the pandemic pushed workers around the world to dial in on their digital skills. Suddenly, workers needed to establish a WFH office to maintain a “normal” workday. For a boost in efficiency, we expect an increase in video conferences and other technologies to make your workforce more agile. Make the necessary investments in the technology your post-pandemic company needs to keep the ball rolling and your team more productive.

An Overload of Sanitizer

Once everyone returns to the office, workplace hygiene will be at an all-time high. Employees washing their hands and sanitizing throughout the day will become habitual, and honestly, completely necessary. An overload of hand sanitizer and other cleaning routines should be encouraged to ensure the safety of all employees.

Clear Expectations

Transitioning into a post-pandemic world will have its own set of challenges. It is different than it was previously, and you need to lay out clear expectations for what you want from your employees. Clear communication and building trust with your team will be essential as we start to return to work.

Laid-Back Dress Code

Professional outfits hit the back burner while WFH parents had to work from home and watch their children. As we transition to a new normal, there’s a trend toward casual dressing. If appropriate, relax your dress code protocol to make your team feel a little more comfortable as they return.

So, let’s reimagine your post-pandemic company: more flexible, caring, and safe. Relax the strict workplace rules that have been around for decades and offer your employees a workplace experience that they won’t want to leave.

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How to Support Your Remote Workers

The majority of states have finally started reducing restrictions imposed because of the Coronavirus pandemic. However, millions of workers across the country are still hard at work from their homes. With a large chunk (if not your whole team) working remotely, it’s not easy to offer the same support as you can in the office. Here are a few ways you can support your remote workers.

Set expectations

It’s imperative to set expectations from the very beginning with your entire team. Establish guidelines for everyone and make them crystal clear. Put them in writing and send them to your staff. Setting boundaries and expectations are essential, and doing it early on will reinforce good habits from the get-go. However, please don’t go overboard or it might seem like you don’t trust your staff. Remember, your employees are adults, not children. Guidelines are good for everyone when they are not overbearing.

Build loyalty

Building loyalty and trust in each of your relationships is vital during these challenging times. Now is not the time to micromanage your staff. If you trusted them in the office, you should be able to trust them while working remotely. Trust builds loyalty, and loyalty goes a long way, especially during these uncharted waters. Hold regular meetings, regular check-ins, and be encouraging. Trust us; it will go a long way and support your remote workers.

Take care of each individual

Make sure you take care of each staff member. Not everyone is in the same situation right now. Some are handling the pandemic better than others and have fewer responsibilities at home. Some workers are balancing childcare, schooling, and work, while others may have a partner that is currently unemployed. As a result, ensure each team member is doing well, both mentally and physically.

Also, not everyone has the same work-from-home setting. Make sure each employee is taken care of with their home “office” goes. Some of your employees may need a desk, a new office chair, a second monitor, or other items to make their working hours a little more productive and comfortable. Taking care of your employees during these challenging times will help build much-needed morale.

Emphasize accomplishments not hours

Don’t emphasize the actual hours worked of each employee. Instead, focus on accomplishments. Some of your workers might be flourishing with their new working environment. But on the other hand, some of your staff members may struggle a little more. A recent report illustrated that 54% of workers are more productive at home. That’s great for both workers and employers! However, employees working from home will work an average of 1.4 more days’ worth of hours each month. That translates to 16.8 more days a year. As a result, your team can easily get burnt out as the boundaries of work and home often become blurry. Thus, support your remote workers by focusing on accomplishments, not actual hours worked.

Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our client resources for all the information you need!

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!

How To Ease Back Into Office Life After Working From Home

How To Ease Back Into Office Life After Working From Home

As many states start to ease back into a semi-normal routine, many workers throughout the country are returning to the office. After over two months of working from home, this may be quite a shell-shock. Not to mention, so many things have changed! As you begin to establish your new normal, be sure to take these three things into consideration.

Be Flexible

In a post-pandemic world, flexibility is going to be key. Companies and employees alike are trying to navigate totally uncharted waters. Your workplace has been working around the clock to implement safe and sanitary procedures. Please have patience and practice being flexible! It will take some time to get used to foregoing handshakes, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing everything constantly.

Take Time To Check In With Your Coworkers & Partners

It has been a whirlwind couple of months. As you step foot back in the office, take the time to check in with everyone. This is an excellent opportunity to spark meaningful conversations that go beyond the current weather. Ask people how they spent their time working from home – did they binge-watch anything great? Catch up on a fantastic book? How was balancing homeschooling with work? It won’t do any good to jump straight to business. Your coworkers and business contacts will appreciate the chance to socialize and catch up!

Give Yourself Some Grace

It can be tempting just to jump right back into your old way of working. However, don’t forget that things are very different now. It may take a little while to get back into the swing of things (and that’s okay!). Ask for support from your team or leaders if you need it. Most importantly, if you feel sick or rundown at any point, STAY HOME.

Heading back into the office is probably stirring up a large variety of emotions. Be sure to check in with yourself and take advantage of the resources at hand both at your workplace and online!

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How to Attract Job Seekers During COVID-19

Jobless claims in the United States jumped yet again today. On Thursday, the BLS reported another 1.9 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits, bringing the total number of unemployed to 43+ million. Yet employers that are hiring are struggling to attract the right candidates. This rift is perplexing with so many people out of work. Some workers that are laid off are enjoying their newfound free time, some are making even more money on unemployment than when they were working, and others are just difficult to find. If you are one of the many employers that need talent, here is how your team can attract job seekers during COVID-19.

Share your benefits and perks

With an extra $600 per month on unemployment, thousands of workers are making more than they were while employed. So, how do you attract those people that are making extra money each week while enjoying a little free time? Your organization should make your company’s benefits and perks transparent. In your job descriptions, layout the benefits you offer, as well as the perks your team gets to have. Offer occasional remote work or have an outstanding 401(k) program? Share that early (and often) in your recruitment efforts! These perks are challenging to come by for many job seekers, so sharing your benefits will be your secret weapon.

Share a glimpse of your culture

Another excellent way to attract top-notch job seekers is to share a glimpse of your company culture. Culture is huge right now, and job seekers want to work for an employer that aligns with their values and beliefs. When you write your job descriptions, add a section that briefly discusses what it’s like to be part of your team. Include links to videos, social media posts, or sections of your website that illustrate your culture.

If your new employees will be working remotely at first or even temporarily, ensure you make them feel welcome from their first day. It can be challenging to build a strong culture remotely. If you are looking for ways to create a positive employee experience for your remote team, here are a few things you can implement to help you attract and retain your staff.

Referral programs

Do you offer a referral program? If you have a teammate that refers a candidate to an open position of yours, reward their efforts! If that referral leads to a hire, give that employee a nice thank you and a small token of your appreciation. Whether it’s a gift card or even a cash bonus, creating a referral program is a great way to attract qualified candidates, even during a global pandemic. If you have a program, ensure your entire staff knows about it so they are incentivized to send over great resumes!

Work with a recruiting firm

These are just a few things your team can do to attract job seekers during COVID-19. But if your team is still struggling to attract candidates during the pandemic, don’t give up hope. Work with a recruiting firm, like Johnson Service Group, that can help you source the right candidates for your team. We have a pipeline of excellent candidates that are ready to get back to work now.

How To Improve Your Soft Skills During Quarantine

How To Improve Your Soft Skills During Quarantine

If you are like so many other professionals throughout North America, you probably have found yourself with some extra time on your hands lately. As such, it is the perfect opportunity to beef up your resume and add some in-demand soft skills to your repertoire. Today we’re covering the five most in-demand soft skills in 2020 and how you can develop and nurture them during this time of growth.

Creativity

When all of this is over, you can almost be certain that employers will ask how you spent your free time during quarantine. Make sure you have a great answer! Get in touch with your creative side, whether or not it’s “professional” or not is up to you! Consider taking a course in Photoshop, or engineer a creative marble course with your kids. Expressing your creativity will tap into previously uncovered soft skills and widen your horizon.

Persuasion

You may already be working on this skill more than you think. Have you convinced yourself to resist the temptation of the “Are you still watching?” prompt on Netflix? Have you argued with your kid about finishing their online schoolwork? There you have it; you’re an expert in persuasion. Professionally, consider creating a plan for yourself and what you want out of your career during this time. That way, in the future, you’ll have a clear guide of your desired direction and the steps it will take to get there.

Collaboration

Believe it or not, isolation is a great time to work on your social skills. Take this opportunity to expand your virtual professional network. Post frequently on social media sites, follow companies you admire, and craft custom connection requests to leaders and peers in your industry. With stay at home orders in place throughout the world, people are craving connection and will be more willing to collaborate than ever before.

Adaptability

Of all the soft skills, adaptability is arguably the most important. And COVID-19 wielded unbelievable power in forcing the whole world to adapt at once. Almost every single person throughout the globe has been affected. Whether you were laid off, forced to work from home, or suddenly found yourself overhauling your day-to-day procedures to ensure the utmost safety, you most certainly showed adaptability during this time.

Emotional Intelligence

There has truly never been a better time to work on your emotional intelligence. Empathy is a necessary skill in today’s climate, so look around you for opportunities to act with compassion and respect. If you take a step back from almost any obstacle you witness or face, you’ll be able to better assess the big picture.

Soft skills are an important part of your resume and what you bring to the table as an employee. If you are lacking in any of these five areas, take this time filled with so much unknown as an opportunity for growth.