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October Hiring Is The Most Competitive

A new LinkedIn survey found that October has the highest number of job openings on the site. Additionally, a whopping 89% of hiring managers filled those roles in less than four weeks. So what does this mean for companies trying to onboard new staff before the holidays? Well, you’ve got some competition. Here are a few ways you can stand out and secure the talent you’re looking for during this competitive hiring market.

Streamline Your Hiring Process

With companies hiring in less than four weeks, it’s absolutely essential that you move quickly. Candidates will most likely be juggling multiple job offers this month. Create room in your schedule for interviews, make decisions quickly, and get a written offer out as soon as possible. This is not the time to “see a couple more resumes” after you’ve interviewed a potential perfect candidate. If you don’t swoop them up, someone else will!

Consider Hiring Contract

Contract hiring is an excellent option for getting team members on board ASAP. There are fewer hoops to jump through during the hiring process, and you’re able to “try before you buy.” Additionally, you often have the opportunity to convert any contractor to a full-time employee if you find that it’s a great fit. We have even partnered with multiple companies to get contractors started in less than a week, meaning reduced cost of vacancy for your bottom line.

Actively Recruit

With the job market as hot as it is, sitting back and waiting for resumes won’t be enough. You need a team of experienced recruiters out there actively searching for the talent you need to take your organization to the next level. Unfortunately, many HR teams don’t have the capacity to prioritize active recruiting for critical jobs.

That’s where we come in. We have a recruiting team that has the experience and drive to bring you the candidates you need. We actively recruit for the best of the best and have an exclusive database of qualified talent that just maybe your next great employee. Ready to have a conversation about how we can help you compete throughout the month of October and beyond? Contact us today.

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Is Candidate Experience Hindering Your Hiring?

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Hiring experienced talent is getting awfully competitive out there! Your internal recruiting team is doing their best to keep up with a growing demand for open positions. However, the number of people on the market is slim and the best candidates are comparing multiple offers at once. One of the main factors affecting your company’s ability to attract and retain qualified talent is your candidate experience. Here are the make or break steps throughout your hiring process.

Internet Presence

Oftentimes, the first contact candidates will have with your brand is through the internet. This is where the candidate experience begins. Once they apply for your job or have an initial conversation with a recruiter, they’ll head straight to Google. An engaged candidate will browse your website, check out your social media presence, and read online reviews. Consider how your company is portrayed online – is it an accurate representation of your culture and team as a whole?

Timing

In a job market where candidates are receiving multiple job offers at a time, it’s absolutely essential to move the process along as quickly as possible. Scheduling interviews needs to be your first priority, and if you’re particularly interested in a candidate, go ahead and bring them onsite! Finally, when you decide on a candidate you’d like to hire, extend your offer ASAP.

Communication

The number one thing that will improve your candidate experience is open and honest communication throughout the entire process. If you would like to bring someone in for an interview, go ahead and let them know. Even if you still need to coordinate timing, informing the candidate of your interest will make them feel respected and give them something to look forward to and prepare for.

Support

The recruiting team you partner with can make a big difference in a candidate’s overall experience. When you work with JSG to fill your critical needs, we work with both you and the candidate every step of the way. Our team helps facilitate interviews, communicate questions and timelines, and coordinate offer delivery. So, when you need to add a member to your growing team, contact us. JSG can help make it a seamless process, allowing you to secure the talent you need when you need it!

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What Today’s Talent Really Wants

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In today’s candidate-driven market, the competition for top talent is fierce. When a professional candidate puts the feelers out for jobs, they’re often receiving multiple offers in a matter of weeks. As a result, companies are finding themselves laying out more robust offers than ever before. When thinking about your recruiting strategy, be sure to push the boundaries of “standard” job offerings by incorporating some of the following elements:

Work-Life Balance

You may think “work-life balance” refers strictly to flexible working schedules and environments when in reality, it’s so much more. Candidates are on the hunt for positions that complement their personal lives in a sustainable way. Think outside the box for perks such as gym memberships, childcare, and opportunities for training and education.

Strong Leadership

You’ve probably heard the old adage, “people leave managers, not jobs.” This rings especially true now that candidates have more career opportunities available to them. In a candidate-driven market, constant change is inevitable. Top talent is seeking out leaders that will challenge yet support them while navigating uncharted waters.

Commitment To Technology

Technology is advancing so rapidly, it can be hard to keep up. However, organizations must commit to making strides in technology or talent will be drawn elsewhere. Focus your efforts on things that will make your employees’ every day easier. Consider HR software, computers, mobile devices, and CRMs.

Opportunities For Advancement

Of course, employees want the opportunity to climb the ladder. Moreover, have you considered the skills and traits they’ll need when they reach their goals? Providing proper training for leadership makes all the difference in your company from the top-down. When you have leaders that are committed to your team AND possess rockstar management skills, you’ll strengthen your department from the inside-out.

A Sense Of Purpose

Last, but certainly not least, candidates are moving on to opportunities that give them a sense of purpose. This can be a result of their job function or even a simple sense of belonging to a great team. When employees are emotionally invested in their job, it shows in both their performance and the atmosphere. And it will really show during interviews as your best team members share their infectious passion with impressionable candidates.

We know how tough it can be to compete in a tight labor market. Partnering with a professional staffing firm will give your organization the extra boost it needs to secure the best candidates. Contact us today and let’s find you the candidates your team needs!

Why Job Hopping Isn’t as Bad as People Think

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The stereotypes of job hopping include people who are only out for the money, lack reliability and think they’re better than they are. Well, that’s normally what you hear, right? The thing is though, this normally isn’t the case.

Most people are wanting to find a job and company they’d love to stay with. It’s not always about making more money or moving around every chance you get. So here are some reasons why job hopping isn’t as bad as people think.

Help People Grow Their Expertise

When people move to a different company, they take skills from their previous position, but they also learn new ones. It’s one of the fastest ways for an employee to grow their portfolio, knowledge, and experience. It helps them hone their skills but also learn new ways of approaching projects, people, and different tasks.

As someone grows in their career, it’s important to make moves to other companies. This helps them move forward and climb up the ladder of command. Fearing leaving a job that doesn’t give you that same opportunity is only holding great employees back from achieving a management position and great pay raises.

Know What They Want from a Job and Company

The one thing job hoppers understand is what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a well-run company. They know what they want in a manager as well as the type of environment they work best in. When they are looking for a move, it’s to find an even better company as well as a chance to move up and gain more responsibility.

You’re always told your first job won’t be your last but when it comes to jobs you shouldn’t be staying with a company or position you’re not happy with. So, before thinking people are just job hopping for selfish and money-driven reasons, remember, chasing happiness in a position is also a big reason why people are doing it now.

Find Their Passion

With job hopping people are searching for that one position that makes all their work experience and passion click. When you find that position, you do everything in your power to keep it because happiness at work turns into happiness at home. Passion at your job should be everyone’s goal and if that means job hopping until they find that position, that should be okay.

More Money

And of course, when changing companies and positions, you’re likely to get a higher pay raise! And so yes, job hoppers may be seen as money hungry but it’s just a part of the process. When it comes to finding a new job, everyone is hoping for a little more money and when you have the experience, that’s what you get paid off of.

And who is going to say no to an average 10% – 20% salary increase when you find a new job? Exactly!

When it comes to being a “job hopper” just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you’re wanting to move up, be happier, gain more responsibility, or find a better company fit, then it may be time to find a new job. And as we all know, today’s job market is the perfect time to do it!

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How To Hire In 2018 – Your New Year Guide

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With a new year come new and unexpected hiring trends. The tactics that worked last year may not serve your recruiting team as well in 2018. With the lowest unemployment rate we’ve seen in years, candidate’s have more and more options and their strategies for finding new positions are evolving. This year, change your hiring game plan by implementing these five actions to hire the people your organization needs to grow.

Speed up your process

Competition for hiring in this candidate-driven market is getting tighter every single day. 92% of employers expect to see an increase in competition for talent this year. Active and passive candidates alike are entertaining several interviews and receiving multiple offers in an extremely short amount of time (we’re talking days!). In order to compete for the best candidates on the market, you need to speed up your hiring process. Interviews especially should happen in a matter of days from receiving a resume and you should eliminate any unnecessary steps.

Look at different hiring options

You’ve probably heard that we are in a “gig economy.” Contract and temporary positions are on the rise as companies attempt to fill gaps created by our candidate-driven market. Technological advancements also foster a gig economy as work becomes increasingly mobile and people are able to work for organizations around the world. A study by Intuit predicted that by 2020, 40% of American workers would be independent contractors. If you don’t start hiring contract now, you will be behind the curve. It also gives you the ability to “try before you buy.” This ensures that a candidate’s skills and personality will be a great fit for your company.

Write better job descriptions

Oftentimes, your job description is a candidate’s first impression of your company. If that perspective made you say “yikes,” you’re not alone! Since the beginning of time, job descriptions have been a boring laundry list of skills and experiences necessary to complete a job. That’s not enough anymore. Think of your job description as an opportunity to sell your company and team to a candidate. Give a sneak peak of your culture, explain the best and worst parts of this job. Allow a candidate to picture themselves working at your company before they even apply!

Ask better interview questions

Gone are the days of “if you could be any animal, what would it be?” Candidates are looking for real, interactive conversations during interviews. Ask questions that allow them to share stories that demonstrate their experience and personality. On the flipside, be prepared to answer the candidate’s tough questions as well. You may be asked to expand upon your company culture, mission, and vision, as candidates are placing more and more importance on these during their searches.

Partner with a third-party recruiting firm

No hiring strategy can give you a leg up like a third-party recruiting firm. When you partner with a company like JSG, we present you with qualified, vetted candidates that are exclusive to our network. These people are ready to become your employees – today. They’re sold on money, availability, and location and we’ve pre-screened them to ensure they’ll be a great fit, culturally and skills-wise.

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

6 Hiring & Staffing Trends On The Rise In 2018

2018 Hiring & Staffing Trends

We’re in a new year which means new goals for candidates and companies alike. Many organizations are desperate to boost their talent by hiring employees poised for growth and advancement. Candidates, however, have a wealth of options in today’s candidate-driven market. Here’s a look at the staffing and hiring trends that will drive the job market in 2018.

Hiring Will Increase

Hiring was strong in 2017, the year ending with around a 4% unemployment rate. This push for hiring will continue to grow into 2018, with 61% of companies expecting to hire more talent in 2018 than the year previous. The best part? Companies are hiring to support growth – with 56% of employers aiming to use fresh talent to push growth agendas, and only 13% hiring to backfill open positions. (Source: Indeed)

Competition Is Hot

With the unemployment rate being so low, competition for hiring top talent is at an all-time high. 42% of employers are concerned about finding the candidate’s they need to fill new and existing positions.

The U.S. Tax Reform Bill

Whether you are for it or against it, the U.S. Tax Reform Bill was signed into law by President Trump on December 22. The tax reform will provide a whopping $1.5 trillion in tax cuts to corporations and businesses. These reductions in taxes may result in a boom in the economy and companies may look to create more jobs with their tax savings.

Increase In Contract Work

“In 2018 we expect to see a continued imbalance between a tight labor supply and fairly robust demand,” says Patrick Beharelle, CEO of TrueBlue. “And with such low unemployment, you tend to see more churn.” (Source: Monster) Rapid turnover in a candidate-driven market often increases the demand for temporary or temp-to-perm hiring. In 2018, employers will be eager to hire employees and train as they go in an effort to fill critical needs quickly.

Tech & STEM Will Lead The Way

2018 will continue to be a year of technological advancement and companies who want to stay competitive will be looking to hire top tech talent. Other STEM positions will also be in high demand as drones, streamlined product development, and data analysis become more and more prevalent in business operations. Between now and 2022, over one million new STEM jobs are expected to be created, with about half not even requiring a Bachelor’s degree. Additionally, 93% of STEM occupations boast wages above the national average and these numbers are expected to continue rising as competition for this skilled talent increases.

Healthcare is Now the U.S.’s Largest Employer

Due to the escalation of medical spending and the inevitable aging of the U.S. population, the Healthcare industry just surpassed the manufacturing and retail markets as the largest source of jobs in the United States.

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Why You Should Partner With a Recruiter for your Next Hire: From Someone on the Outside

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When I first found out about a marketing internship available at Johnson Service Group, I was slightly confused. What was this company? I had so many questions, so I dove into the website and did my research. “Ooooh okay. They’re a recruiting firm,” I thought to myself.

I had answered parts of my questions, but I was still confused. Sure, I saw the front page of the website that says, “We help businesses hire talented people.” However, I still didn’t understand what that really meant.

I still had questions that were left unanswered until my interview. Once I learned what I would potentially be doing, it became clearer to me what Johnson Service Group was and what they did. And on my first day it all finally clicked when I took a walk through the office.

It has been just over three months since I began here, and let me tell you it has been a lot of fun and I have learned so much. Not just about marketing, but about recruiting firms and why they are so important. The people here do three distinct things, and those make them who they are. These three things are so invaluable, and they’re why you should partner with a recruiter for your next hire.

1. They are relationship builders

This was something I noticed right away. As soon as I met all of the recruiters, I felt like I had been in the office for years. Not only did they make me feel welcome, but they made an effort to get to know me and they made me feel like I was part of the team. And as I got to know who they are over the course of the summer, every day in the office has felt like a family gathering.

In the same way that they all built a relationship with me, they build relationships with their clients and candidates. Every conversation they have is way more than just “work.” They build a relationship with each and every person they talk to and get to know them on a personal AND professional level. They learn as much as they can about candidates so that their you get the best fit for your open position. And they’re constantly going the extra mile for their clients, too. They make an effort to know more than just the job description. They want to fill your position with a candidate that is not only qualified, but one that will gel with your company and make a lasting impact.

2. They are professional

This may seem like a no-brainer, but there’s more to it than you think. When I ask for industry help, they are constantly there to answer my questions, and when I ask for feedback, they are honest and helpful.

Likewise, the recruiters here show so much respect and are extremely professional with their clients and candidates. They’re available practically 24/7 for both clients and candidates. They know when to push, and they know when to ease off the pedal. They know what you want to hear, but they aren’t afraid to tell you the truth. If they can’t find a candidate perfect for your opening, they’ll tell you. They won’t sugar coat it and they won’t lie to you. They’ll always ask the tough questions so that they can give you the best service possible.

3. They care

This is what sets the recruiters here over the top. They are constantly checking in on me and making sure I am succeeding. Whenever I go to them with new ideas or projects, they’re always willing to help. They are constantly enjoying the time they spend in the office and on the phone because they really do care about their work, and it shows.

You can hear it in their voices and see it in their messages. The team of recruiters here live and breathe what they do. I have experienced it first-hand. When they fail, they’re disappointed in themselves. When they succeed, they’re ready for the next challenge. No matter what they are doing they put everything into it. They make you feel special and they want you to succeed as well. Recruiters will get you the best candidate for your opening because they care about their work, and they want to make a difference for you.

As someone who knew nothing about the recruiting industry coming into this position, I sure am confident in saying that using JSG is any company’s best bet. These recruiters will not only have your back through the hiring process, but most importantly, they will help you find the perfect fit for your company’s opening.

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What Are Candidates Looking For In A Great Company?

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We spend a lot of time talking about how candidates can impress employers: “How You Answer This One Question Could Make Or Break Your Interview,” “The Best Soft Skills To Include On Your Resume,” and “10 Things You Should Never Say In An Interview.” But it is just as important that we talk about what candidates are looking for in a great company, especially in this candidate-driven market.

  1. Stability

Everyone wants their life and job to feel stable, especially if it involves a major change in life such as relocation or an industry jump. Candidates will look at the history of the organization: Are they financially stable? Do they have a high turnover rate? With the accessibility of information courtesy of sites like Glassdoor, Indeed, and LinkedIn, employees have more access to company history than ever before. Make sure your story is a great one!

  1. Security

With everything going on in the world, employees want to know that they are safe. Make sure your company is an environment that makes employees feel joy instead of fear. Transform your office into an inviting setting where candidates and employees feel comfortable. Foster an environment that becomes an extension of their home.

  1. Opportunities For Growth

In a candidate-driven market, candidates are overwhelmed with wonderful opportunities. So what’s the one thing that will keep them at your organization and not have one foot out the door? Opportunities for growth. Starting as early as the interview, speak often about the trajectory of each position and the possibility for advancement.

  1. Vision

Employees want to work for companies that have a clear future. They want to know your five-year plan and where their position fits into that puzzle. Candidates see the vision of a company as their driving force to keep moving and accomplish goals together.

  1. Culture

Culture has become such a big factor for happiness at work. Culture isn’t just going out as a team to a baseball game or having dinner after a hard day at work. It is about what the organization stands for, what employees want and care about in life, and how they view the world. Do you make it clear to potential and current employees what your company culture is?

  1. Benefits

Of course basic benefits have always been important: health care, dental, vision, 401K etc., but candidates are looking for even more these days. With how busy everyone is juggling home and work life, flexibility has become a priority for many candidates. Companies that offer flex or work-from-home opportunities are rising quickly to the top of everyone’s “dream job wish list.”

  1. Innovation

Everyone wants to know how their company is better than everyone else. What does your company do to challenge the norm and think outside of the box? Be open and transparent with your current and potential employees about the awesome things that your company is doing!

Keep in mind that your employees are giving so much time and energy to your company and goals. You need to support them as much as they support you. This doesn’t always mean unlimited vacation or huge concerts… but if they’re having a rough day or just need a little push towards a new skill, it can be monumental if they have their leaders and company to fall back on.

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4 Simple Steps to Hiring for Culture Fit

Hiring for Culture Fit

4 Simple Stpes to Hire for Culture Fit

As a company, we have been putting more and more emphasis on hiring for culture fit both internally and for our clients. “Culture fit” is more than just a buzzword, it is rapidly becoming a standard in business around the world. But… what exactly is it and how the heck do you hire for it? At its core, cultural fit means that employees’ beliefs and behaviors are in alignment with their employer’s core values and company culture. (Business News Daily) And as important as it is for us to define culture fit, it’s just as important to define what culture fit is NOT.

It is not a way to hire all of your best friends, it is not a strategy to hire people who are all the same. You still need to hire a diverse team that brings different experiences, different points of view, and even different goals. So how do you sort through the thousands of candidates on the market to find the one or two people who are not only going to be a great fit but also make an immediate impact on the growth of your team?

1. Have a strong and clearly defined culture

This may seem like an obvious suggestion, but please take a moment to step outside your shoes and look at your company through the eyes of a candidate. Is your company culture obvious right off the bat? Does what you read online align with what you’ll see in the office and hear when you talk to current employees? If the answers to these questions aren’t clear, it’s time to make some adjustments. Simply, make your brand known. Or, more complicated, define your culture and get everyone on board.

2. Don’t be so strict when reviewing resumes

So often, we put candidates in rigid boxes because they do or don’t check off every box on our desired skills list. This is resulting in so much missed value! Just because someone doesn’t have every skill doesn’t mean they can’t come into your open job and make a huge impact. Remember, skills can be taught but culture fit cannot. If you’re intrigued by someone’s background, or they fit some criteria but not all, put them in the “yes” pile. You will be amazed at how much you learn and gain just by talking to these candidates.

3. Think outside the box during the interview process

We’ve all seen the standard list of questions that everyone asks during an interview. “What are your weaknesses?” “Tell us about yourself…” By changing the way you ask questions, you change the type of talent you bring on board. I love this list of culture-fit specific questions from Harvard Business Review. And don’t stop at just changing the questions you ask! Maybe ask the candidate to sit in on a meeting and give their thoughts on a current project. Or give them a homework assignment very similar to what they would be doing day to day. You could even take them out to a team lunch to see how they interact with everyone. By taking candidates out of the “typical” interview process, you will be able to uncover outstanding talent.

4. Give the power to the candidate

Something that I love to say when I’m interviewing someone is “this interview is a two-way street.” I like to put the power in the candidate’s hands by asking them to tell me what they are looking for in a job or career. Trust your candidates. Make them feel like they can open up to you. By doing this you’ll be able to get to know their true selves. This alone will determine if they will truly be a culture fit on your team.

6 Essential Steps for Job Interview Preparation

What is your first step after finding out you landed that interview for your dream job? Google.

So there you go, the top steps on how to prepare for an interview, right? While this list can be helpful, it doesn’t expand much on what to do. Let’s dive deeper into what to do when preparing for an interview.

1. Research the organization

This step is crucial because as a future employee (positive thinking!) you need to get as much background information you can. Yes, Google is a good place to start, but go a step further and find their website, check the mission statement and values. Make sure you know something about the culture and not just what the company does. If the company has social media check that out— typically social media holds more recent information.

Also during this step, prepare questions to ask the hiring manager or recruiter. There will ALWAYS be time for a question from the interviewee, if you don’t have one, this shows you didn’t prepare like you were going to receive the position. There is no way the recruiter covered all the information you need to know about the company or position to the fullest.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements

Look at the job description and figure out what qualities you possess that will help you during the interview. Additionally, figure out which skills you might not have in your tool box – prepare to be asked for both highs and lows. Figure out the strengths and weaknesses you have for the position before the interview, making sure you’re aware of what you might be questioned about.

3. Prepare Responses

So far you have *hopefully* planned questions to ask the recruiter and figured out what strengths and weakness you have for this position. Now think about what matters to the employer and try to figure out what types of questions you might be asked. There are the typical ones like “tell me about yourself” which is answered with an elevator pitch, a short one minute answer covering your career story. There also will be questions like “tell us about a time you had a difficult experience with a coworker” and “how did you hear about us?” These are all common questions that generally come up in interviews. Outside of the typical questions, each interview has job-specific questions which are really the nuts and bolts of the job. The recruiter is trying to figure out if you have what it takes for this job.

4. Plan what to wear

Of course, this is critical for interview preparation. No one wants to experience that last-minute panic when those black blazer pants are in the wash and you forgot! Everyone has one outfit they love interviewing in because it makes them feel good. ALWAYS have a backup! Here are the basic tips and tricks for an interview outfit

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5. Plan what to bring

Prepare a bag or briefcase to bring to the interview. Make sure to have everything in it. Pen, paper, the questions you’ve prepared, resume, cover letter (if needed), references, etc. Putting all documents in one folder looks very professional and shows the recruiter you’re organized. Just make sure everything fits in the bag nice and neat.

6. Follow Up

This seems so straight forward, yet very few individuals follow through with it. This could be a message on LinkedIn thanking the member of the organization you spoke to, or a quick email to your contact at the company. It’s the experience that counts, you learn something from every experience and individual you speak with. Where previously a handwritten note was the best way to thank someone, it’s not realistic in this day and age. If you’re going to do a handwritten note, make sure you also send an email to keep your name in the forefront of the recruiter’s mind. These notes show you really do care about the company and want to express your real passion for the position.