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3 Tips to Boost Your Time Management During the Holiday Season

3 Tips to Boost Your Time Management During the Holiday Season

During the chaotic last two months of the year, time management becomes one of our biggest challenges. With end-of-the-year projects, budgets, and the holidays, this time of year can really be stressful. Add a pandemic in the mix, and things get a whole lot more interesting. If you are struggling to stay focused during this time of the year, here are three tips to boost your time management during the holidays.

Make a list (and check it twice)

We have published numerous articles about utilizing lists to help you stay on track, and that is because it works. Write down all of your weekly tasks or break them down into daily accomplishments, if that works better for you. Write these tasks down and cross them off once you’ve completed them. Nothing feels more satisfying than checking off something from your to-do list! The holidays are hectic, and making lists can help mitigate some stress and improve your time management.

Eliminate distractions

The holidays create a lot of distractions: shopping, family get-togethers, and everything in between. This year might look different for most, but that doesn’t mean there are no distractions. Many of you are still working remotely, which creates a whole new field of possible distractions. Maybe it’s your kids finishing off the year with distanced learning, your partner or roommate bugging you all day, or even your pets; working from home creates a bunch of distractions.

This year, to boost your time management during the holiday season, try and eliminate some of these distractions. Turn off the Christmas movies, put on some headphones, lock yourself in another room … whatever it is that you have to do to be more productive. By removing some of these distractions, you can improve your time management and start crossing some tasks off that list!

Don’t be afraid to delegate or ask for help

People often struggle to delegate, especially right now. Many workers feel obligated to be connected 24/7 to prove that they are still working hard, even from their own homes. As a result, this might prevent you from delegating tasks to your team or even asking for help. Don’t be afraid to reach out to your team or boss if you need assistance. It’s better to ask for help on a project or delegate a task to a team member then be late on an assignment. Leveraging your team for support is one of the easiest ways to boost your time management this time of year.

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Jobs with the Most Demand in November

Another month down, another group of jobs in high demand. Once again, LinkedIn revealed the jobs that are in the fastest-growing demand this month. Although some jobs from the previous month continue to top the list, we see a new job with outrageous demand. Here is a closer look at the jobs with the most demand in November.

COVID-19 impacts tax season

There are two things guaranteed in life, and one of them is taxes. According to LinkedIn’s job posting data, job openings for Tax Specialists skyrocketed 579%. That is no surprise, as this year’s tax filing deadline was pushed back again to October 15th. Previously, the deadline was postponed from April to July, so we saw a similar spike this past summer. Taxes will be challenging for both companies and the American people, so Tax Specialists will be a hot commodity for months to come.

The holidays spur seasonal hiring

Retail positions remain in high demand as brick and mortar and online retailers ramp up their hiring efforts for the holidays. Retail Associates (+426%), Customer Representatives (+406%), and Merchandisers (+191%) were some of the jobs with the fastest-growing demand. This trend will likely continue into next month as holiday shopping picks up. With even more people relying on Ecommerce for their holiday shopping, there is a massive surge in Fulfillment Specialists (+184%) and Drivers (+155%).

Are more people traveling?

A new job cracked the top ten list: Automotive Technicians. In October, the demand for Automotive Techs jumped +177%, the eighth fastest-growing job in the month. This is likely due to more people traveling, a sign that people are feeling a little more optimistic about the pandemic. And while fewer people are commuting for traditional office jobs, food delivery companies experience a massive spike in business. Last month, Food Delivery Drivers were the sixth-most in-demand job. Thus, as more people utilize these services, vehicles will need maintenance. It will be interesting to watch this trend as more states impose stricter lockdown measures with rising coronavirus cases.

Need help sourcing for these roles?

So, these are the jobs with the fastest-growing demand in December. If you are searching for a new career path, consider exploring one of these roles. And if you are an employer that needs some assistance sourcing some talent for one of these positions (or any other role), reach out to us today. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

Merry Christmas

Wishing You A Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Our team at Johnson Service Group was feeling very festive this year. Check out some photos from our offices across the U.S. and Canada showing off their Christmas spirit. We also had several of our offices spend some time giving back to their local communities during this holiday season.

From all of us at Johnson Service Group, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We hope you all have a fun and safe holiday season.

JSG IT Team

JSG IT Team Christmas Photo

Best Time to Find a New Job

Why This is the Best Time to Find a New Job

What’s the best time of year to look for a new job? It’s kind of a loaded question, isn’t it? Various factors play into a successful job search – your industry, location, your experiences… The list goes on. However, this time of year is a fantastic time to look for a new opportunity! Yes, you heard that right. It may seem like a challenging time to nail down a new job opportunity at the end of the year, but this is a great time to explore new job prospects. Here are three reasons why this is the best time to find a new job.

It’s easier to schedule interviews

At this time of year, you’re probably taking some time off for the holidays. So, instead of awkwardly lying to your boss and calling in sick or making up a fake appointment to attend an interview, why not schedule one on your vacation? Most face-to-face interviews are only about an hour-long, and thus, doesn’t take a huge dent out of your holiday. However, if you take a half-day to sneak out of work for an interview, it will more than likely derail your productivity for an entire day.

Hiring managers are budgeting for the new year

Right now, hiring managers are finalizing their budgets for the new year. They are planning how to allocate their budget and how their team is going to grow. This is an excellent time for you to advance your career and get that much-needed raise. As a candidate, it’s a little easier to ask for the money you need to make a move as hiring managers are creating their budgets. If you try to get a job earlier in the year, their budget is likely set in stone, and it may be more challenging to get the money you are after. In other words, employers maybe a little bit more flexible with your salary requirements this time of year!

Time is on your side

Time is always of the essence in the hiring process. When interviewing for new opportunities, employers can’t afford to take their time making hiring decisions at this time of the year. With several holidays and lots of hiring managers/HR taking vacation time, employers have to move quickly to get candidates hired before the end of the year. If you’re looking for a new job and don’t want to be dragged around while employers make hiring decisions, this is a great time to kick off your job search!

Let JSG help find you your next opportunity

So, if you’re convinced that this is the best time to find a new job, let us help you make your next career move. We have hundreds of exciting job opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. Partner with a recruiter that is passionate about helping job seekers find great job opportunities. Contact us today!

The Christmas Spirit Felt Throughout JSG

Here are just some of our offices showing off their Christmas spirit! We wanted to say thank you to our Clients, Candidates, and staff for an amazing 2018. We can’t wait to see what 2019 brings us. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

Ken Slater and Jim Filarski

Birmingham, Alabama

Wishing you Happy Holidays all the way from Birmingham, Alabama!

Atlanta, Georgia

Warmest wishes from our Atlanta, Georgia team!

Blue Bell, Pennsylvania

Wishing you a Blessed Holiday Season from Blue Bell, Pennsylvania!

Jacksonville, Florida

Sending Happy Holidays all the way from Jacksonville, Florida!

Calabasas, California

We here in Calabasas, California are you wishing you the best Holiday Season!

Bedford, Texas

Celebrating the Holidays and wishing you the best from Bedford, Texas!

Haddon Heights, New Jersey

New Jersey Christmas Photo

North Charleston, South Carolina

Wishing you a safe and healthy Holiday Season from North Charleston!

Tampa, Florida

May Magic and Wonder fill your Holidays! Sincerely, the Tampa, Florida team

Tennessee Region

Wishing you a safe, healthy, and wonderful Holiday Season from our Tennessee Team!

JSG Canada

Wishing you a Festive Holiday Season from JSG Professional Services!

Chicago, Illinois

We are wishing you a Merry Christmas and Bright Holiday Season from Chicago!

Jacksonville, Florida

Jacksonville Florida Photo

Spokane, Washington

Merry Christmas from Johnson Search Group!

Santa Claus

JSG is More Similar to Santa Claus Than You Might Think

Santa Claus

Once a year, Santa Claus gets to spread Christmas spirit and cheer to all the good boys and girls across the world. He has an army of elves helping him prepare for the big day and a team of reindeer to guide his sleigh through the night. But do you know what the best part about Santa is? He gets to bring everyone together and spread joy to all the good boys and girls.

Does this sound at all familiar? Who else gets to spread joy to well-deserving people? Well, here at JSG, we get the privilege of matching great candidates with fantastic organizations 365-days a year. You may not have ever put the two-and-two together, but Johnson Service Group is a lot like Santa Clause, and here’s why.

Instead of building toys, JSG builds relationships

At the North Pole, hundreds of elves are building toys for Santa to deliver to children around the world. At JSG, our recruiters and account executives are busy building lasting relationships with employers and building upon our current ones.

We pride ourselves on fostering strong relationships with our clients and truly understanding their hiring needs. We consider ourselves matchmakers by finding talented candidates that want to go and work with well-respected companies.

Instead of making a list, JSG checks our clients’ needs (twice)

As we all know, Santa makes a list (and checks it twice)! Instead of making a list, we help our clients find candidates that meet all of the requirements on their candidate “wish list.” We take the time to understand what our clients need.

Whether it’s a software engineer, automation technician, or even a pipeline project manager, we ensure we thoroughly understand the needs of each and every one of our clients before we ever submit a candidate to them. With this practice, we know exactly what they’re looking for, so we can assure our clients that we’ll find the candidates they truly need. Just like when Santa checks his list twice!

Instead of one day of gifts, JSG spreads joy year-round

Santa is a great guy in all, but he only delivers presents ONE day a year. In contrast, JSG delivers presents 365-days a year. Each day, we have the privilege of changing the lives of candidates in the U.S. and Canada. We get to help hardworking people find the next step in their careers and help them find jobs that fulfill their dreams and put food on their tables.

Our entire staff gets to come to work knowing that they’re directly having a positive impact on the lives and careers of thousands of candidates each year.

Instead of Santa’s little helpers, JSG has a great support team

Speaking of our staff, we may not have elves working at JSG, but we have a fantastic group of employees that make it possible for us to help candidates find their next position (and sometimes even their next home). Our employees don’t make toys at Santa’s workshop, but they play an integral part in helping JSG’s clients find the candidates on their Christmas list.

From our family to yours, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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7 Reasons Why the Holiday’s Should be Your Career’s Busy Season

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When you think about the holidays, it’s probably a stressful time outside of work. This is the time we all normally slack off in our career’s because we’re finishing up budgets, have completed most of our projects, and are just ready to relax. But, this should actually be the time you are working your butt off to start the new year off with a bang instead of a, “oh my gosh, I need to catch up.”

By doing this, you’re setting yourself up for even more success in the new year and putting an awesome step forward into a new and fresh year. A year that could make you even more successful. And here are some reasons why you should do this instead of just slide into the new year.

Advantage at the end of the year

Depending on your career, you could be the only one taking December full steam. Which means you could end up getting more people excited to work with you or buy from you. When you decide to keep grinding, it helps not only your work ethic but keeps you from slacking off and hurting you in the long run.

Others are slacking off in their career’s

This is a great reason to keep working hard and making an impact on your job. This not only puts you ahead of the game but if you are in any sales position at all, your competitors have most likely checked out for the year… BUT, that doesn’t mean your clients have. So, you end up getting the advantage with them before your competitors do.

You are ahead of the game for the new year

By working hard this last month, you will be able to accomplish the end of the year needs and have all your goals set and started for 2019. This time of year is a great time to get organized and prepared so that you can hit the ground running in the new year without any hiccups. Being ahead of the game is only going to benefit you and your job and when you are ahead of your competitors, it’s always going to be the best feeling.

You will feel more accomplished

When you’re working hard, you will always feel accomplished. And what’s a better time to work your butt off? A time when you have vacation, family, and happiness just flowing around you.

Hold yourself accountable for goals

If you continue to work through December, it will keep you accountable. Not every year will you finish or accomplish all your goals especially if you stop working for them in November or December. Just because you feel like you’ve already “failed” and that you won’t hit them isn’t an excuse to stop trying.

You end up only hurting yourself which will casue you to not hold yourself accountable. Goals are supposed to be difficult to reach. However, they are impossible to reach if you stop trying for them. So, staying positive and remembering to hold yourself accountable will keep you on track to reach your goals.

Keeps you driven and wanting to work

When you don’t let yourself slack off during the end of the year, you affect your career outcome in an amazing way. Your drive to continue to work and stay strong only helps you enjoy your job and in turn will help you get promotions, find better opportunities, and leave you more successful.

Will lead you to success in your career

When you decide to make the end of the year just as important as the beginning, it makes you an irreplaceable employee. And a work ethic like yours is very hard to find. And coming from a company like JSG that continues to work for our clients year round, we know the impact it has made. Especially, for our clients who know we aren’t just waiting for the vacation days. They know we are continuing to work hard for them so they don’t have to worry about their hiring needs.

If you’re looking for a new career that pushes you to work hard all the time or a company looking for those kinds of employees, reach out to one of our recruiters today. We would love to help your find your next career step before the beginning of the new year.

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Why December is the Best Time for a Career Change

career change

Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away!? If you’re anything like me, the thought that there are less than 40 days of 2018 makes you a little nervous. There is still so much to get done before the end of 2018!

Many of you are probably thinking of all of the deadlines and holiday shopping that needs to be done. But has the idea of a career change crossed your mind? You might think I’m crazy, but the month of December is a great time for a career change.

Less competition

While other workers are counting down the days until their vacation, there is less competition on the job market this time of year. Let’s face it, more people are focused on holiday shopping and spending time with their friends and family than looking for a new job.

In other words, take advantage of the reduced level of competition and start looking for other job opportunities! If you need help getting started, JSG has hundreds of open positions across the nation that could be a perfect fit for you!

Companies are finalizing budgets

Many companies are still tweaking and finalizing budgets for the new year. And some even have extra money that needs to be spent before the end of the year or they’ll lose it. Thus, employers often have the budget for new hires and are actively thinking about their teams going into the new year.

And with budget surpluses in some departments, it may be easier to negotiate a higher salary. If an employer has money that they have to spend by the end of the year, there may be a little wiggle room for you to get that much-needed salary bump!

More time

The best part about job searching this time of year? That extra time you may have to devote towards your search! Most people have some vacation days they have to burn before the end of the year. If you find yourself in that boat, use some of that extra time off to search for new opportunities.

Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your favorite holiday movie, and take a few minutes to look at what’s out there. With an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, your options are abundant. Take advantage of this scorching hot job market and that extra time off to find your next career move.

A fresh start to the new year

Sometimes, it’s nice having a fresh start. Many of us make new year’s resolutions like getting healthier or stopping a bad habit. However, how many of you have made finding a job that truly makes you happy as a resolution?

Starting a new job can be refreshing and there may be no better kickoff to 2019 than with a career change! The market is too hot right now for you to be working at a job that doesn’t make you happy. If you want to start the new year with a fresh start, reach out to a recruiter at JSG. We’ll help you make 2019 your best year yet.

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How to Stay Productive at Work During the Holidays

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The holidays are just around the corner and there are only a few short weeks until 2019. Can you believe that? During this time of year, it can be challenging to balance your family and holiday obligations with your everyday work tasks. As a result, many of you are probably feeling more stressed than joyful.

The holidays can be distracting; I’m sure most of you are counting down the days until that much-needed vacation time and all of those holiday goodies. However, those end-of-the-year projects and finalizing those budgets won’t get finished by themselves. Here’s how to stay productive during the holidays and finish the year strong.

Make a list (and check it twice!)

The best way to make the most of your time is to make a to-do list. Start with the most important tasks that need to be accomplished and give them timelines. By assigning due dates on all of your tasks, it will help you stay on top of things and complete tasks on time.

This is true for both work and all of your holiday-related tasks, such as grocery shopping, cleaning, or cleaning that messy house before all of your guests come over. By making lists, you will be able to ensure everything gets accomplished when needed, giving you more time to spend on other things.

Burn off some of that stress

Let’s be honest, this time of the year is often stressful. To alleviate some of that stress, do something to burn off some of that tension. Go to the gym, take a walk with your four-legged friend, or anything that helps you burn off stress.

By doing something that helps get your mind off all the holiday chaos, you’ll have a few moments to de-stress, refocus, and remain productive throughout the end of the year.

Take breaks throughout the day

It’s important to take breaks during your busy day. Even if it’s just stepping away from your desk for a few minutes, it will help you stay motivated. Try taking a five-minute break every hour or so to stretch your legs and take a step back from the line of chaps.

I know you’re busy and you may not feel like you have time for a break but taking a few minutes to regain your focus will help you stay motivated throughout the day. Go for a brief walk around the office to get some blood flowing and release some tension. Trust me, these little breaks will help.

And put that lunch break to good use. If you can, go run one of your many holiday errands at lunch. The more you can get done during the day, the more you can accomplish once you get home from the day!

Have some fun

This is important. After all, this is what the holidays are all about, right? Go and enjoy some holiday fun! This time of year can be stressful, but if you stay proactive, plan accordingly, and take a deep breath, you will be able to stay productive through the end of the year and have a little fun, too.

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‘Tis the Season to Search for a New Job

job search

The months of November and December are often busy, both personally and professionally. It can be stressful doing typical holiday activities, like traveling to see family or shopping for gifts, while not falling behind in our professional responsibilities. With all these extra commitments and a general feeling of not having enough hours in a day, the thought of changing jobs during the holidays sounds insane.

If this is your initial reaction to the thought of changing jobs or starting a new career during a time often filled with turkeys and Christmas music, your sentiment is popular. Many staffing and recruiting agencies list January and February as the best times to make a change. Many employees use the new year to evaluate where they are in their careers and make changes.

However, in November, hiring managers are often working to meet goals set at the beginning of the year. Often times, this includes looking to make their final hires before the year ends. Into December, while offices stereotypically slow down, managers are developing budgets and goals for the upcoming year. This is the time where managers are identifying the new roles that need to be filled.

Now is the perfect time to job search

With the job outlook as good as it is right now, it is important to take advantage of these opportunities while the competition is at its lowest. While most applicants will wait for January to begin the process of applying to new jobs, strike early to stand-out, and at the very least, ensure your resume is one of the first that crosses the hiring manager’s desk.

It’s easy to feel fragmented this time of the year; most of our responsibilities and attention are closely tied to this time of year. Winter months become synonymous with holidays. The fall sends our kids back to school and the spring reminds us of tax season. But it is important to remember your career does not have a time frame, season, or month. Self-improvement and self-advancement are on-going processes. And November or December could be your month to take advantage of it. If you find yourself searching for a new job this time of year, check out the JSG job board. We just may have the job opportunity to perfectly cap off your 2018.