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Qualified Applicants Only

Don’t Be Afraid to Apply to a “Qualified Applicants Only” Job

Qualified Applicants Only

It can be intimidating applying for jobs. That’s just the hard-honest truth. But when you see a job you’re excited about, you read through it, and then see at the bottom, “Qualified Applicants Only.” You start to second guess yourself. The what if’s start swirling through your mind and realize how some of the things that they say they “need,” you may not fully have. But does that really mean you’re unqualified? No, not necessarily!

Here’s how you can read through any job description and still apply to those that only want a “qualified” applicant.

The job market is tight, companies are having a hard time finding the perfect candidate

In today’s job market, clients are struggling daily to fill their job openings. According to February’s 2019 JOLTS report, there are 7.6 million job openings and only 6.2 million people are unemployed. As you can see, this almost leaves a gap of 1.4 million people to fill all the job openings. So, just because a job description is crazy detailed and you may not have everything on it, it’s okay to apply. Because companies do not have the luxury to find that perfect candidate.

Evaluate the importance of the skills and qualifications

Use your better judgment. If you’re reading through the job description and believe you can perform these, you’re probably a close to perfect fit. Companies are having to rely a lot more on soft skills due to today’s labor market. So even if you do not have all the hard skills listed on the job description, your soft skills could make up for it. Soft skills can be your saving grace in today’s job market. If you have the right soft skills for the job, you will probably easily be able to learn the hard skills as you go.

Use a recruiter to help you get past the “Qualified Applicants Only” wall

If you’re working with a recruiter, they are your advocate. They help you get on the hiring managers desks and get your resume seen by the right people. You get to pass the whole confusion on if you’re “qualified” or not. And thus, give you a greater chance to get an interview, and in turn, the job. Using a recruiter can help you in multiple ways but mainly they will help illustrate that you have what it takes to successfully work in that position.

So, say yes, and do yourself a favor! Apply to that job and reach out to one of our recruiters here at Johnson Service Group and see what they can do to help you find your next dream job!

spring cleaning

It’s Time To Spring Clean… Your Career!

spring cleaning

Spring is on its way (at least we hope) and that means it’s a great time to refresh your resume, brush up on your interview skills, and take a look at what’s out there. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new position, it never hurts to be prepared. Some of the best candidates that we’ve placed have been passive, and they are now in a new position that has completely re-enhanced their career.

With recruiting being JSG’s specialty, we essentially go through the job search process over and over again, and we’ve learned a thing or two on the way. Through the JSG blog, we’re able to share our exclusive expertise on what it takes to get through every stage of a search for a new position, from resumes and references to final interviews and accepting offers. To assist you with “spring cleaning your career,” we’ve gathered some of our best candidate resources:

To help you explain that “gap year” you took to travel…
How To Explain A Gap In Your Resume During An Interview

For when your head is in the clouds dreaming about your next position…
E Is For Expectations: Setting Realistic Expectations Will Boost Your Job Hunt

On the best interview advice straight from your peers…
The Best Interview Advice On LinkedIn

For when you don’t know if you’re a passive candidate…
Active vs. Passive Candidates: What’s the Difference?

To help take the agonizing out of rewriting your cover letter for every job you apply to…
C Is For Cover Letter: How To Write A Killer Cover Letter

On what is keeping you from landing that dream job…
3 Problems With The Traditional Job Search (And How They’re Keeping You From Getting Hired!)

For when you just aren’t feeling inspired…
30 Motivational Quotes To Kickstart Your Job Search

On why it’s okay that you’ve held multiple positions over the last few years…
J Is For Job Hopping: 3 Benefits Of Hopping Job To Job

To keep in mind when you are updating that resume…
3 Phrases To Live By When Writing Or Updating Your Resume

For when you’re wondering if your resume is even reaching the decision makers…
K Is For Keywords: Using Keywords To Get Past An ATS

How blogging will help you get noticed by recruiters

B is for Blogging: How Blogging Will Help You Get Noticed By Recruiters

How blogging will help you get noticed by recruiters

It’s a candidate-driven market. The national unemployment rate is the lowest it’s been in 17 years. Employers are filtering through hundreds of candidates. You need to find a way to stand out to hiring managers and recruiters if you even want to be given the opportunity to interview.

But how will you stand out in a sea of qualified candidates? Blogging is a fun and relatively easy way to rise to the top of your fellow job applicants. Here are four benefits of blogging that will help you catch the attention of recruiters.

Increase online visibility

Showing up on LinkedIn is simply not good enough anymore. You know why? It’s finally 2018, and everyone has a LinkedIn page! But do you know what not everyone on the job market is doing? Yup, you guessed it. Blogging.

Writing blog posts is a great way to be found by recruiters on LinkedIn. If you are sharing your blogs on LinkedIn or posting your blog posts natively to your LinkedIn profile, recruiters and hiring managers will notice you.

You can create your own blog using one of many free blogging sites (WordPress, Medium, or Blogger, just to name a few). Or, to make your life easier, you can just post blog posts directly to your LinkedIn page. All you need to do is log in to LinkedIn and press “Write an article.” Choose a header image, a title, and start plugging away. It’s that simple.

When searching for new candidates, recruiters will check out your LinkedIn page. If you have published blog posts on your profile. it will increase your chances of standing out in the crowd of candidates.

Demonstrate your passion and expertise

You don’t have to be an accomplished author to write a blog post. Just start writing about your industry or something you are passionate about. Show recruiters that you are an expert in your industry. Discuss new trends or issues within your industry and propose solutions on how to address them. Or you can even talk about a complex problem that you were faced with in the workplace and how you overcame it.

Blogging will help demonstrate your communication and writing skills to potential employers. Sharing your thoughts with your professional network will get you noticed by recruiters searching for applicants. Recruiters love to see you doing what you do best.

Showcase your unique personality

Writing and publishing blog posts will help you illustrate your personality and your personal brand with potential employers. As we all know, it can be difficult to show your personality on a resume or even a cover letter. However, writing blog posts provides a medium to showcase who you are and how you communicate with others in a professional manner.

When recruiters or HR read through your blog posts, they will be able to get an idea of who you are before they even bring you in for an interview. This is great because potential employers can assess whether you would be a good culture fit for their organization before you even step foot into their building.

Provide talking points in your interview

When you are fortunate enough to get offered an interview, your blog posts may provide valuable talking points during your interview. You can reference one of your blog posts when answering a question that the hiring manager is asking you. Or you can even discuss an applicable accomplishment that you are proud of.

The interviewers may even bring up your blog in the interview and ask you about it! Blogging will help you not only stand out during the recruiting process but will make you memorable in the eyes of your interviewers during the decision process.

3 Problems With The Traditional Job Search (And How They're Keeping You From Getting Hired!)

3 Problems With The Traditional Job Search (And How They’re Keeping You From Getting Hired!)

3 Problems With The Traditional Job Search (And How They're Keeping You From Getting Hired!)

It’s not an easy decision to commit to searching for a new job. It takes you out of your comfort zone, it’s a huge time commitment, and the possibility of change is on the horizon. But did you know that you are probably wasting your time with a traditional job search? There are 3 major problems with doing it the old-school way:

1. Your resume is getting stuck in an ATS (Application Tracking System)

Application tracking systems have become pretty standard in the job market. When you submit your resume to a company online, it most likely goes through an ATS and gets screened based on certain keywords. This means that if you don’t have the right keywords, or even if you use abbreviations vs. the whole word or phrase, your resume might not even be making it to HR.

2. If your resume does get through, you’re being judged by a piece of paper, not your whole story

Sure, your resume shows your work history, but does it really tell your story? HR and Hiring Managers receive hundreds of resumes for each position, and they only have a short amount of time to judge if you’re qualified or not. So if your resume contains things that need further explanation like gaps or ambiguous titles, you’re missing an opportunity to sell yourself by just submitting a resume.

3. You don’t have someone championing you through the process.

There’s nothing that will sell your qualifications more than someone who is invested in your career and landing you this new position. When you submit your resume straight to a company online (the traditional way), you don’t have that cheerleader on your side.

Before you get discouraged by these major job search obstacles, consider partnering with a recruiter for the next step in your career. Recruiters have a direct line to the hiring manager and will ensure your resume will be front and center on their desk. Every time we submit a candidate, we tell a story. We address any potential issues up front and highlight your exemplary qualifications. And because we’re invested in you getting hired with our clients, we champion you throughout the whole process – maintaining a steady stream of communication, answering questions as soon as they arise, and scheduling interviews that work for both parties.

To find out more about what it’s like to be a JSG Candidate, click here.

'Tis The Season To Find A New Job!

‘Tis The Season To Find A New Job!

'Tis The Season To Find A New Job!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s Christmas music wafting through the shops, tons of yummy comfort food crossing family tables, and busier schedules than most people can manage. It can be tempting to push your job search off until the new year, but trust us when we say that is a huge mistake! There are so many reasons November and December are actually the perfect time to find a new job, so read on to get a jump start and land that next step in your career.

  1. Companies are hiring.

Many departments have annual budgets that they need to use before the end of the year. That means they may be making a push to hire during November and December. For many companies and industries, this is also a slow time in production, allowing them to focus on the year ahead and growth.

  1. Competition is less intense.

Other job seekers who don’t follow JSG or read our awesome blogs lay off the job search this time. Lucky for you, because in this candidate-driven market, the competition for top positions can be fierce. Keeping up with your search during this busy time will give you a leg up when it comes to landing that dream job.

  1. Who wants to be unhappy during the holidays?

Why are you open to a new position in the first place? For most candidates, it’s because they’re unhappy in their current role. Maybe you’re overloaded with tasks, or you don’t get along with your boss, or you’re not feeling challenged enough. No matter the reason, you know that there are better opportunities out there, so go after them! If you land a new position during the holidays that is more closely aligned with your vision or values, it will be easier to actually relax and enjoy the season.

  1. It can be easier to take time off.

As mentioned before, for many industries, things slow down a bit this time of year. Many companies take a few extra days off to celebrate, and even if yours doesn’t, it’s a great time to use a couple personal days to hit the job search (and the Christmas cookies) extra hard.

  1. It’s the best way to start the new year off on the right foot.

“New year, new me!” Around 40% of Americans make New Years Resolutions, but only 8% of those people follow through on them. So instead of waiting until the new year to do something good for yourself, start now. That way, you can check off three resolutions: find a new job, be more productive, AND be happier all in one fell swoop, all before Christmas!

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome: The Not-So-Obvious Roadblock To Your Dream Job

Imposter Syndrome

If you continually get to the interview stage without receiving an offer, there’s a really good chance that the culprit is Impostor Syndrome. According to Merriam-Webster, “Impostor syndrome is commonly understood as a false and sometimes crippling belief that one’s successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill.” And some estimates state that around 70% of people have impostor syndrome, so you’re definitely not alone! But the good news is that it is TOTALLY possible to overcome. Doing these three things will help you conquer those feelings of inadequacies and land that dream job:

  1. Fake it til you make it

As Tina Fey once said, “just say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” This requires a heavy dose of bravery, but it will be worth it. Most likely, you already have what it takes, it just FEELS like you don’t. So jump in feet first and gather the tools to master it along the way.

  1. Meditate

No matter how you feel about meditation, job interviews are the prime place to practice. Multiple times before the interview (the night before, the morning of, while you’re in the car, even in the lobby) take a moment to close your eyes, and slow your breathing.  Just taking a second to bring mindfulness to yourself will increase your confidence, slow down those negative thoughts, and give you the strength to not only get through an interview, but totally rock it!

  1. Positive affirmations

It may sound cheesy, and feel incredibly silly, but positive affirmations have proven to work time after time. Words are extremely powerful and have a way of manifesting greatness. Whether you say them out loud in front of a mirror like the kiddo in the video above, or write them on strategically placed sticky notes throughout your home, come up with a few positive, encouraging reminders. They can be anything from things you’re grateful for, your personal strengths, or even goals you want to realize. (We love this list from Rachel Gadiel!)

3 Phrases To Live By When Writing Or Updating Your Resume

3 Phrases To Live By When Writing Or Updating Your Resume

3 Phrases To Live By When Writing Or Updating Your Resume

There’s nothing more frustrating than trying to figure out what to put on your resume and make it all look cohesive and impressive. We’ve all been there before: Just staring at your computer screen wondering how to make it better. As you’re writing, updating, or just tweaking – keep these 3 phrases at the front of your mind.

Keep it Simple

I know what you’re thinking; “Aren’t I supposed to stand out from the others? How is making it simple helping me?” Here’s how: By keeping your resume simple you get straight to the point. There isn’t a whole bunch of fluff that a recruiter or hiring manager has to go through to get to the main points of your work experience and other parts of the resume.

When you keep your resume simple, you’ll be able to stand out with all of the things you have accomplished, and you won’t make the hiring manager regret looking at your resume. It’ll also help you keep your resume consistent, which is something every hiring manager looks for.

Keep it Honest

This one seems so easy, but it so often gets broken. Don’t say you’re bilingual if you can only speak a few sentences in a different language, and certainly don’t say you’re an expert in anything you would need help with. It’s so much better to be honest on your resume than trying to stretch the truth.

When you keep your resume honest, not only will you be able to have a strong conversation about your skills in an interview, but once you get hired you’ll be in the exact place your resume depicts you’d be able to succeed in.

Keep it Real

Keep it you. You’re a brand and it is vital that you stay on brand with yourself. If you’re a positive person, make sure you highlight that! Don’t use words you wouldn’t use in regular conversation. As difficult as it may be, you want to make sure that your real personality is coming across on your resume, because after all that is who a company will be hiring.

These three easy tips will not only help you build a resume, but they will also help you keep it consistent and make you stand out from the pile of resumes on a hiring manager’s desk.