How to Evaluate A Job Offer in 2021

How to Evaluate A Job Offer in 2021

Receiving a job offer is one of the most exciting feelings imaginable, especially if you have been unemployed for an extensive amount of time. However, before you sign your name on the dotted line, you must review the offer; this is a major decision, and you must understand if this is a good fit. Here are three aspects to consider when you evaluate a job offer in 2021.

Compensation and Perks

Reviewing the salary of the position will always be crucial. However, there are other compensation offerings and perks to consider while you evaluate a job offer in 2021. It’s essential to review the salary, commission structure, bonuses, and other items that affect your income. You must also take a look at the benefits package to ensure this is a position that can support your retirement goals and medical needs. Don’t jump to signing the offer letter before you review the entire compensation package. If the numbers are not precisely where they should be, prepare to negotiate. Do some research on the compensation of other professionals with similar experience in your location. Working from home may impact salaries in the future, so be sure you are satisfied with the compensation before accepting the position.


If the pandemic has taught us anything is that flexibility is vital for both employers and workers. It is essential to understand what kind of flexibility the employer offers while you evaluate a job offer. After the virus is in the rearview mirror, will this employer return to its old, rigid ways? Or are they committing to being innovative, open-minded, and adaptable? For example, are you going to have the option to work remotely periodically or have a hybrid schedule where you work both from the office and home? These are questions that you will want to answer before signing your offer letter. It is important for your future employer to offer flexibility when needed to take care of you and your family.

DEI Initiatives

When we were in a candidate-driven market a couple of years ago, many job seekers were searching for a job with the right “culture fit.” However, finding a company with a good culture isn’t everything. When evaluating a job offer this year, take a good look at the company’s diversity, equality, and inclusion initiatives. But how can you analyze a company’s DEI initiatives without being part of the team yet?

First of all, the best way to understand an employer’s DEI programs is to ask about them in your interview. Ask the hiring manager to elaborate on them and provide examples of how the company supports them. Additionally, you can do some research online to understand them better. Review the company’s core values, mission statement, and online reviews from past and current employees. You can also see what people are saying about them on social media. DEI will be an essential item to consider with any future company, and you want to ensure it’s a priority for your prospective employer.

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Should You Include References on Your Resume

Should You Include References on Your Resume?

If you are currently searching for a new job, you may be wondering if you should include references on your resume. Should you put your references directly on your resume, submit them as a separate file, or not have any at all? The answer depends, and here is what you need to understand about including references on your resume.

Employers don’t use references right away

When deciding whether you should include references on your resume, think about how an employer will use them. In almost every hiring scenario, a hiring manager or recruiter won’t check references until the end of the interview process. Checking your references is typically the last step before making a final hiring decision or deciding between two candidates. Hiring professionals won’t check references as they sift through references. Instead, they will likely ask you to submit them after a final interview to help them make a decision. So, the answer to this question is only to include them if it explicitly requests them in the job description or application.

References take up valuable resume space

If you need to submit references, don’t include them on your resume (unless instructed in the job description). If you are displaying references the correct way, you will have several lines of text for each reference. Thus, including references on your resume takes up valuable space. If you typically have your contacts on your resume, this is an easy way to shorten your resume if you think it’s a little too long; it also helps keeps the focus on your experience, achievements, and other valuable qualifications.

How to send references

Instead of including your references on your resume, you can create a note at the end of it that says, “references attached” and have them on a separate document. By creating a separate reference document, you can keep your application more organized. The easier you make your application materials to follow, the better results you will receive. You want to keep your reference document’s format similar to your resume – use the same layout, fonts, headings, and other formatting styles. For each reference, you will want to include the following:

  • Full name
  • Job title
  • Company name
  • Location
  • Contact information
  • A brief description of your relationship

Include this information for each contact, and you are on your way to creating the ultimate references sheet.

If you are searching for more job-search guidance, JSG has precisely what you need! We have job search advice, interview insights, and more resume tips on our blog.

Why Remote Interviewing is Here to Stay

Why Remote Interviewing is Here to Stay

Almost every company that was hiring throughout the pandemic was forced to shift to a remote hiring process. Employers were making difficult hiring decisions without even meeting a candidate face-to-face. As we continue to recover from the virus and return to our old ways, many companies will maintain remote interviewing practices that they adopted last year. Of course, some employers will return to the office, and it will be “business as usual;” however, remote interviewing is here to stay, at least in some facets, for most companies. Here’s why.

Less geographic barriers

In a traditional face-to-face interview, there are limitations on talent pools. You will receive the majority of your candidates from your local market or others that are nearby. But with remote hiring processes, an employer’s candidate pool is vastly different. You can essentially interview candidates from across the country. Employers can hire anyone from anywhere! With larger talent pools, employers can fill their vacant jobs faster and tap into groups of talent that would otherwise be unavailable. Less geographic barriers result in better hires and fewer turnovers.

Increased flexibility

Also, with remote interviewing, there is a tremendous amount of flexibility for both parties. For candidates, this means you don’t have to squeeze in an interview during a lunch break, call in sick, or rush after work to throw on your interview outfit. For employers, you don’t have to block out a massive chunk of your day or even week to host a group of candidates. With more flexibility, employers have more time to focus on their other responsibilities or even schedule additional interviews to expand their talent pool.

Easier on the budget

Remote interviewing is also easier on the budget. You no longer have to fly out candidates to spend an entire day or afternoon interviewing, going out to lunch or dinner, and parading them around the office or job site. With virtual interviewing becoming a staple, you no longer have to pay for a candidate’s airfare, hotel, meals, and other expenses. Of course, there will be circumstances where you will need to fly a candidate in, maybe for a leadership role. However, most candidates don’t need an all-day interviewing event before an employer can make a decision.

Supports diversity and Inclusion efforts

A big push for many companies is an emphasis on diversity and inclusion programs. Employers are diligently working towards fostering a more inclusive hiring process and working environment. Remote hiring can aid these efforts by eliminating hiring biases. Hiring professionals tend to gravitate towards candidates that mirror their own backgrounds. As a result, recruiters and hiring managers may overvalue hard skills instead of considering a candidate’s interpersonal or soft skills. With remote interviews, a candidate’s skills have the opportunity to speak for themselves instead of allowing unconscious biases from affecting a hiring decision.

Need to prepare for an upcoming remote interview?

So, these are just a few reasons why remote interviewing is here to stay long after the pandemic. If you are looking for resources to help you prepare for your upcoming virtual interview, you’ve come to the right place! Please take a look at our interviewing tips, tricks, and insights here. Good luck!

Love Working with a Recruiter

4 Reasons Why You’ll Love Working with a Recruiter

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your career? Or are you actively searching for a new job due to the pandemic? There is a lot to adore about working with a recruiter, and now more than ever, partnering with one can elevate your job search. If you are ready to fall head over heels with your career again, here are four reasons why you’ll love working with a recruiter.

Relationships with hiring managers

First of all, recruiters have strong relationships with hiring managers. We often work directly with hiring managers, allowing us to build close connections with them. We understand their hiring needs, culture, and their company’s goals. Because we have close relationships with the hiring managers we work with, we can champion your resume to their desk. Instead of your resume getting caught up in an ATS, we will directly send it to the hiring manager and discuss your qualifications. Just having them view your resume boosts your odds of getting an interview tenfold.

We match you with jobs that meet your career goals

You’ll also love working for a recruiter because we are expert matchmakers. We take the time to understand your career goals so we can successfully match you with a new role. Are you looking for a contract role in a new location that has a better cost of living? Or are you ready to take on a leadership role and put your skills to the test? Regardless of your goals, we will work hard to match you with an opportunity that meets your career aspirations. We never force opportunities upon our candidates. That is a lose-lose-lose situation for you, our client, and us.

We can streamline communication

Have you ever interviewed for a job where there is a lot of back-and-forth communication? It can be frustrating and stressful to communicate with a hiring team during the interview process. Well, when you work with a recruiter, that’s another thing you don’t have to worry about. Recruiters represent you from the beginning to the end of the process. We submit your resume, work with your availability to schedule interviews and handle any necessary negotiations. We take on all of the communication, so all you have to worry about is bringing you’re A-game to your interview.

Help you find positions in the future

Sometimes an opportunity is just not meant to be. It happens to the best of us. However, when working with a recruiter, we can continue to aid you with your job search. If one opportunity doesn’t work out, we can work with you on another that matches what you are looking for in a new role. On the other hand, we can be life-long partners with you. We have contractors we have worked with for decades, working with them year after year to find exciting, new contract opportunities. Some of these contractors become more like family after such a long, successful relationship. 

You’ll love working with a recruiter because we can aid you with your current search as well as searches down the road.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thus, these are four reasons why you’ll love working with a recruiter. So, if you are ready to kick off your job search, reach out to JSG today. We are ready to be your matchmaker.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

If you partner with a recruiter,

Your career will thank you.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at JSG!

What to Prioritize in Your Job Search

What to Prioritize in Your Job Search

Have you been searching for a new job for a few months and feel stuck in a rut? It is easy to get lost in your search after striking out over and over again. You start to over-analyze things and either become a little lazy in your search or start treating it like a full-time job. Regardless of how your search is going, there are a few things you should prioritize in your job search. Here are four tips to optimize your time and experience better results.

Quality Over Quantity

Many job seekers make the mistake of applying for virtually every job they come across. That is a massive waste of your time and can be demoralizing after gaining zero traction because you didn’t put enough effort into each application. Instead, focus on quality over quantity. Be more selective in your search and focus on jobs that match your skill sets and career goals. Spend the time you were wasting on submitting countless applications to tailor your resume for each position. Customizing your resume will help you get past those pesky resume bots and land your resume in the hands of a hiring manager.

Actively Networking

It is essential to network during and after your job search. You want to keep engaging with your professional network on LinkedIn, Facebook Groups, and other networking platforms. Join professional organizations to grow your network and potentially discover new opportunities. Ask your network for interviewing tips, introductions to hiring managers, and share your good news with them when you finally land a job. They will want to celebrate this victory with you and know your hard work paid off!

Here are a few tips if you are new to the virtual networking scene.


Throughout your job search, it is crucial to self-educate. There are thousands of free courses and certifications you can earn to bolster your resume and hone new skills that make you more marketable. These can be courses related to your industry or field of work; they can also be diversity and inclusion training, programs that are a high priority for employers. So whether you earn a certification, pass a free online course, or attend a DEI training seminar, be sure to share these accomplishments on your resume!

Your Mental Health

Kindling your mental health is arguably the most important thing you should prioritize in your job search. It is easy to get overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious while searching for your next career move. Add a pandemic to the mix, and your job search can really bring you down. It is essential to take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, (safely) spend time with your family, and take time away from your job search. There is a myth that you should treat your job search like a job, working on it all day, every day. It is crucial to step away from your search so you can take care of yourself.

Take breaks in between applications, set up job alerts, so you are not scouring job boards all day, and if you need more assistance, partner with a recruiter. Recruiters can aid you in your job search and take some of the stress off of your shoulders. We can introduce you to new opportunities, champion you to the hiring manager, and offer interviewing advice. If this sounds like a good fit for you, reach out to us today, and let’s find you your next job!

Soft Skills with the Most Demand in 2021

Soft Skills with the Most Demand in 2021

Over the last few years, soft skills have been at the forefront of hiring professionals’ minds. Throughout the pandemic, these skills are becoming even more essential. With millions of people working from home and many others transitioning into a new career journey, soft skills are highly sought after. But what are the skills that employers are in the most need of during these challenging, unpredictable times? Here are the soft skills with the most demand in 2021.

Communication and collaboration

Employers are always looking for prospective employees with solid communication skills, but with remote work becoming normalized, communication skills will be in high demand in 2021. Communication skills come in different shapes and sizes – meeting with clients, working with colleagues, and speaking to various stakeholders. With so many different avenues to convey your thoughts (email, phone, video, chat tools, etc.), strong communications skills will be crucial. You must convey your communication skills in your resume and you can expect to be asked questions regarding your communication capabilities.


Adaptability is another soft skill in high demand this year (and beyond). When the pandemic first hit, companies scrambled to stay afloat and keep work operations running. Many people began working from home while others returned to the office with new rules and safety protocols. The workers who stood out from the rest were flexible and adaptable to what was going on around us. Employers are looking for candidates that can roll with the punches and improvise as needed. Whether that’s a sudden adoption of new tools or a unique working environment, adaptability will be key moving forward.


It’s easier for employers to motivate their teams when everyone is working onsite. However, with millions of people working from home for the foreseeable future, hiring managers are looking for candidates with drive and self-motivation. Employers will be looking for candidates that can illustrate their enthusiasm, know their purpose, and work hard. These hiring professionals are looking for go-getters that have the determination to get work done and step in to help others when needed. Instead of waiting around being asked to work on something, employers want to see you move on to another task or project.

Time Management

Finally, employers are looking for candidates was excellent time management skills. You won’t have your manager breathing down your neck or walking into your office to check in with you. You will be expected to manage your day and efficiently use your time to complete your work assignments. Hiring managers will be looking for job seekers that can manage their working schedules and complete tasks on time. If you are working from home, there are distractions around every corner. It’s up to you to establish a schedule that works for both you and your team.

Are you looking for tips to demonstrate these soft skills?

Now that you know the soft skill with the most demand, it’s time to illustrate them to the hiring manager. You can do this in both your resume and during your interview. If you are looking for some advice on how to show a prospective employer that you possess these four skills, review our job search resources today!

How to Beat the Resume Bots

How to Beat the Resume Bots

Did you know that 75% of job applications are rejected before a pair of eyes even lay on it? Now more than ever, employers will be utilizing application tracking systems (ATS) to filter out candidates’ resumes. Millions of people looking for new employment opportunities and an ATS helps hiring professionals to weed out resumes to make the hiring process more manageable. So, how can you optimize your resume to get past the resume bots and into the hands of the hiring manager?

What is an application tracking system?

An ATS is essentially a software hiring professionals use to collect, sort, scan, and rank the job applications they receive. They are basically a gatekeeper for employers and recruiters to efficiently filter out or find candidates for open positions. ATS software was initially designed for larger corporations that receive thousands of applications each week but are commonly used by many employers to streamline their hiring processes.

So, how can job seekers get past these resume bots and get their resumes seen by a human being?

Clean formatting and layout

ATS is a piece of software – it can’t use logic to analyze unique resumes with fancy designs. In other words, your resume should have a clean format and layout. Don’t try and cram everything on a single page (your resume can be longer), don’t hide your contact details, omit any graphics or headshots, and use a standard font and headings. Also, be sure to save your resume as a Word document or PDF file because 43% of resumes are submitted in an incompatible file type. Keep it simple and easy to read if you want to get past the resume bots.

Use keywords from the job description

If you want your resume to enter a hiring manager’s hands, you must tailor your resume. Gone are the days of submitting the same resume over and over and hoping your get a call to schedule an interview. To get past an ATS, you need to include keywords and phrases that match the job description. The ATS is looking for specific skill sets, experiences, certifications, and other essential qualifications. Take time to review the job description and tweak your resume carefully so it matches it (without lying about your qualifications, of course). If you don’t tailor your resume for each position, the ATS will filter you out no matter how strong of a candidate you are.

Use bulleted lists

Bulleted lists are easy for both bots and humans to read. You can use lists for your accomplishments, skills section, and job duties. However, it’s best to keep it simple. Don’t use fancy bullet points or other indications for your bullets. Stick to classic bullet points like solid circles, squares, or dashes to ensure your resume is compatible with an ATS. We often see elaborate bullet points that you might think make your resume stand out but, in reality, are impossible for an ATS to scan and comprehend.

Need more resume advice?

These are three simple ways you can optimize your resume to beat the bots. If you are looking for more resume advice, check out our resume resources page. We have dozens of helpful tips, tricks, and insight to help your job search end with an offer letter.

These Jobs Will Be Hiring Like Crazy In 2021

These Jobs Will Be Hiring Like Crazy In 2021

There’s no denying that the job market is volatile right now. However, with a COVID vaccine making the rounds, families, and businesses settling in to “the new normal,” and hope on the horizon, many people are feeling optimistic about hiring. In fact, 2021 could be one of the best years for hiring in recent history. Regardless, these jobs will be hiring this year, so if you’re looking to make a change – explore these professions.

Professional Services

There are a variety of professional services positions that will be hiring in abundance in 2021. As the housing market continues to rise, Loan & Mortgage Professionals will be in high demand. And according to LinkedIn, roughly a quarter of loan officer job postings mention remote work. Additionally, as companies ramp up business again, they will need to bulk up their Business Development teams.

2020 brought about a lot of positive changes. People focused on personal development more than ever with an abundance of time on their hands. And that self-improvement isn’t going anywhere soon! Thus, the need for Professional and Life Coaches will definitely spill over into this year. Businesses made great strides too, in growing their diversity efforts. Many companies will be scrambling to hire experts in workplace diversity to help them improve and stay competitive.

Last, but most certainly not least of the professional services jobs that will be hiring: Educators. The past year has been unbelievably challenging for North American teachers, by constantly having to adapt to ever-changing regulations. In addition to traditional teaching roles, LinkedIn data shows that demand for educator support such as tutors has grown significantly as well.


There was a Healthcare talent shortage prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, and since then it has only intensified. According to LinkedIn data, demand for Nurses and Healthcare Support Staff such as Healthcare Assistants, Pharmacy Technicians, and more, has been up more than 34% since 2009. Additionally, the demand for Mental Health Specialists skyrocketed during the global crisis, and more and more people are prioritizing their mental health in 2021.


Now that the majority of business and advertising is done online, the need for Marketing experts with digital experience is higher than ever. As companies scramble to grab the attention of digital consumers through social media and search engines, Digital Marketing Professionals grew nearly 33% year-over-year. Unless you live under a rock, you probably absorbed some Digital Content in 2020. This content crash-landed in the likes of TikTok, Instagram Reels, Youtube, and Podcasts last year. With people soaking up as much digital entertainment as possible, the relatively new role of Digital Content Creators has doubled in popularity since 2019.

Information Technology

In 2020, the world was thrust into working remotely, raising new challenges in information technology, security, and artificial intelligence. According to LinkedIn data, the most in-demand jobs in the technology sector are Specialized Engineers, User Experience Experts, Data Science Specialists, and Artificial Intelligence Professionals.

If you’re looking to make a career change in 2021, let Johnson Service Group help. We have strong relationships with hiring managers throughout the United States and Canada, partnering on exclusive job opportunities. We work hard, we work together, we work for you.

Should My Resume Be One Page?

Should My Resume Be One Page?

Many of you are diligently working on updating your resume in hopes of finding a new career opportunity. You start adding all your unique skills and updating your work experience, and suddenly, you are running out of space on that one-page resume. So, you begin to think, should my resume be on one page? The short answer is, no, it can surpass one page in length. A one-page resume is one of the biggest resume myths out there – here’s why.

Emphasis on skills and resume objective

In 2021, candidates should emphasize their skills (both soft and hard) and possibly add a resume objective. 2020 was a crazy year, and many of you will have a job search story to tell. An easy way to give a brief overview of your job search is a resume objective. If you are currently unemployed due to the coronavirus, you can illustrate that in your objective. Or, if you are looking for a new opportunity to grow your career, you can express that in this section as well. The resume objective should go at the top, underneath your contact details, and only be a sentence or two. Adding an objective can easily bring your resume over one page long.

Additionally, we recommend adding a skills section to your resume. The best way to format your skills section is with a bulleted list of all the skills that coincide with the job description. If you have twelve or more skills, you can quickly bump your resume beyond the one-page mark. Therefore, don’t feel obligated to limit your resume to one page while adding these useful sections to your resume.

You have too much work experience to cram on one page

If you are fresh out of school or have only been working for a couple of years, you want to aim for the one-page mark. However, if you are 10 years or more into your career, you have likely held several titles or worked for multiple companies. Thus, it is nearly impossible to cram all of that great working experience onto a single page. Don’t do yourself an injustice by eliminating valuable working experience just to reduce your resume to one page. By trimming significant accomplishments, skills, or other experiences, you can be hurting your chances of landing a job.

Or, if you are applying for a leadership role, there is absolutely no way you should be cutting things out of your resume to make it fit onto one page. If you have 20+ years of experience or the job is for a management position, you won’t make the cut by removing your valuable responsibilities, achievements, and leadership skills.

You should be tailoring your resume

If you tailor your resume for each job application, it is almost impossible to keep your resume under one page. When you tailor your resume, you examine the job description and pick out the essential qualifications they want. Once you know what the hiring manager is looking for, you can tweak how you phrase specific duties, responsibilities, and other information to align with the job description. This makes it easy for hiring managers to see that you are a good fit for the job and improve your odds of receiving a job interview. So, if you are making the most of your resume by tailoring it, don’t be afraid to go beyond a single page.

Need more resume advice?

So, next time you ask yourself whether your resume should be one page, remember these three points. If you are searching for more resume advice to help secure a new job this year, review our candidate resources on our blog!

Having Your Picture on A Resume Could Hurt Your Job Search

Having Your Picture on A Resume Could Hurt Your Job Search

You decided to update your resume to kick off your 2021 job search. Instead of just making a few tweaks, you are completely rebuilding it from scratch; you are crafting a new skills section, updating your work experience, and adding a resume objective. You start to look at templates online to give your resume a little flare and notice some with a space for a headshot. So, you begin to think, “should I add a picture of myself on my resume?” Having your picture on a resume could hurt your job search – here’s why.

Diversity and inclusion hiring efforts

Many companies are focusing on diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) in their hiring efforts this year. Companies across the country are implementing new DEI policies to offer safe and fair hiring practices and committing to hiring more diverse talent in 2021. Therefore, adding your picture to your resume could hurt your chances of receiving a callback due to an increased emphasis on DEI hiring. Your image can also trigger unconscious biases of hiring professionals, so it’s best to leave your photo off your resume.

It can be distracting

In 2021, there will be a ton of competition for job seekers. You will be going head-to-head with many other talented people, and you cannot afford any distractions. And that is what your photo on your resume will do – distract. If you put your headshot (or any image) on your resume, it pulls the attention away from your skills, work experience, and background. Many people believe adding a photo of themselves will make their resume stand out in a sea of applicants. However, as a recruiter or hiring manager sifts through endless resumes, the last thing they want to see is a headshot of a candidate. They are looking for your qualifications, not a tiny thumbnail image of yourself. Keep the attention on your skills by omitting your headshot on your resume.

It takes up too much space

When crafting your resume, you only have so much space to convey your work experience and other qualifications. Typically, your resume is a very concise document, with only a page or two (depending on the stage of your career) to share your qualifications with a hiring manager or recruiter. Why take up valuable space with a headshop instead of using that area to add more skills, certifications, or other information? Adding a headshot doesn’t add as much value as your skill sets and experience.

There are a few exceptions

These are three reasons why having your picture on your resume can hurt your job search. There are some exceptions to this rule. For example, it is customary for some countries to have a resume picture, such as Spain, Germany, and Italy. In some industries, it may be acceptable to use a photo, too. Although you generally want to avoid using a resume photo in the United States, it’s ultimately up to you. If you are going to use one, please make sure it is a professional headshot.

Here is how and where you should use a professional headshot

A professional headshot doesn’t necessarily have to be taken by a professional photographer – it just has to look professional. Use great natural lighting, have a neutral background, dress for success.

Make sure your photo is from the shoulders up. The point of a headshot is to see your face, not your entire body.

Don’t crop yourself out of a picture with others. It looks cheesy and unprofessional. Sorry, you cannot crop yourself out of a wedding photo with your spouse!

Upload your professional headshot to your LinkedIn profile, professional online portfolio, or add it to your email account. These are all excellent ways to show off your headshot without including it on your resume.

If you want more advice on how to take a DIY professional headshot, check out our guide below!