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Should I Stop My Jobs Search Because of COVID-19?

Should I Stop My Job Search Because of COVID-19?

There’s a lot of uncertainty around the country, thanks to the coronavirus. Nearly 158 million Americans in over 16 states are being forced to work from home, while millions of other workers are facing layoffs. So, if you were thinking about pursuing a new career path before the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be a little discouraging. However, don’t let this outbreak stop your job search altogether. Things may look a bit different, and your interviews may move from face-to-face to video formats, but many employers are still actively hiring.

Many employers are ramping up hiring efforts

Hundreds of employers in a few different industries are kicking their hiring efforts into high gear, including grocery stores, shipping centers, and the food services industry. For example, Amazon is looking to hire nearly 100,000 warehouse and delivery workers across the nation. They are even increasing hourly pay by $2 to accommodate those working amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Big pizza chains are currently hiring thousands of permanent workers. Pizza Hut is attempting to hire 30,000 new employees, while Domino’s is aiming to increase its staff by at least 10,000. Grocery stores and pharmacies are in massive need of new employees to accommodate their surging customer base. CVS, for example, is estimating it will add 50,000 new staff members.

Obviously, there are thousands of small and large companies that are struggling at this time. However, that doesn’t mean hiring as a whole has halted due to the virus, and thus, you shouldn’t postpone your job search just yet.

There’s still competition out there

If you’re serious about your job search, now is definitely not the time to pump the brakes. According to SHRM’s President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, JR, “There will be an end to this. If you take yourself out of the process, someone else may take that job you would get.”

There is no telling how long the effects of the virus will last, but President Trump is hopeful that the majority of “non-essential” businesses will be back up and running by Easter Sunday (April 12th). That may be an optimistic timeline for us to return to business as usual, but that’s only a couple weeks away. In other words, don’t let the virus stop you from submitting your application. If some states are only in lockdown for a couple more weeks, they will be looking to jumpstart their hiring efforts again. Therefore, if you try and wait out the storm, you may miss out on some great job opportunities.

There’s light at the end of the tunnel

This coronavirus is scary, and there is currently no telling of the economic or social impact of the virus. However, we will get through this together. Some positive news on the virus: Hubei, the Chinese province and the COVID-19’s “ground zero,” is preparing to lift most of its lockdown measure on Wednesday, March 25th. This is proof that we can and will overcome this together. Stay calm and stay healthy.

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Video Interview Tips to Know Amidst the Coronavirus Outbreak

Have you suddenly found yourself transitioning from an in-person interview to a video interview? If so, you’re not alone. Hundreds of companies are canceling face-to-face job interviews due to the growing concerns of the Coronavirus. As a result, more employers, such as Google and Microsoft, are moving their interviews to a virtual format. If you find yourself in this situation, it can be overwhelming; especially if it happened suddenly. However, here are a few video interview tips to ensure you pass it with flying colors.

Test your video equipment

The first thing you want to do is test your equipment and software. Be sure that your laptop or tablet is up to date to assure you don’t have any issues. Test out the video software that you will be using. Whether it’s Skype or Zoom, it’s essential to be familiar with the software to limit potential “operator errors.” Also, test your internet connection and ensure that it’s strong enough to video chat. You definitely don’t want your internet connection to time out and lose your connection mid-interview. Last but not least, make sure everything is charged up and ready to go!

Eliminate all distractions

When you’re sitting down to do your video interview, you want to ensure you eliminate any distractions around you. Get the kids out of the house, let the dog out in the backyard, and turn off anything that can and will make noise. Have a tidy desk and a clean space around you. Pick a nice area in your home to conduct your video interview with nothing incriminating or distracting in the background. The fewer distractions around you, the better you will be able to focus on the conversation and make a strong impression!

Treat it like any other interview

At the end of the day, the principles for a video interview are similar to any other interview. Do your due diligence on the company before your conversation, dress for success, have good posture and eye contact, and don’t forget that thank you note! Our friends over at Indeed produced a short video that does an excellent job summarizing how to prepare for a video interview:

Take advantage of the booming labor market

There are a lot of concerns about the Coronavirus’s impact on hiring as we approach the end of the first quarter. However, this media-crazed virus has yet to impact the job market. Thus, don’t let COVID-19 derail your job search. You may be doing more video interviews as a precaution, but at the end of the day, your job search will carry on as usual. Hopefully, these video interview tips will calm some of those job search jitters. Good luck!

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How the Coronavirus May Affect Your Job Search

You see headlines on the news and social media about the Coronavirus all day long. People are talking about how it’s affecting travel, school, annual events, sports, and many other things in our daily lives. But will this virus jeopardize your job search? Some people are worried that it will negatively impact hiring or even stall it. However, I am here to put your minds at ease. Yes, COVID-19 might change how companies hire over the next few months, but it’s not going to halt altogether. Here are a few ways the Coronavirus may affect your job search.

COVID-19 didn’t tank February’s Job Report

According to the February Jobs Report that was released last week, the U.S. economy added a mind-blowing 273,000 jobs! As a result of the push in hiring over the last couple of months, the unemployment rate also dipped back down to 3.5% (that’s a 50-year low!). So, as of now, the Coronavirus has yet to significantly impact hiring in the first quarter of 2020.

Others will keep looking for a job

Don’t let this virus discourage you from your job search. Yes, the virus can be scary, but your life and everything else around you are still proceeding as usual. If you let COVID-19 stop your job search, you’ll probably miss out on a fantastic job opportunity. According to Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., the President and CEO of SHRM, “There will be an end to this. If you take yourself out of the process, someone else may take that job you would get.”

Taylor also stressed the importance of not pulling your candidacy from the interviewing process. Unless you’re sick or don’t feel well, pulling out just because you are fearful of the virus will likely send the wrong message to recruiters or hiring managers. In other words, carry your job search on as normal.

The Coronavirus will increase video interviews

As a precaution, many employers are canceling in-person interviews in favor of video interviews. This shouldn’t alarm or frighten anyone. In fact, in many situations, this is probably easier for both hiring managers and candidates. Instead of having to take time off work and kill half of a day for an in-person interview, you now have the chance to have the same conversation over video. So, instead of burning through some sick time to attend a formal interview, you can now potentially schedule an hour-long video interview outside of your working day. It’s a win-win situation.

But if you need to brush up on your video interview skills, here are a few of our favorite tips to nail your virtual job interview.

The best thing you can do is keep calm

Sure, the Coronavirus is a scary situation with a lot of uncertainties. But as of now, uncertainties should not be enough to affect your job search. Yes, there are some reports about the virus hurting hiring for several employers, such as airline companies; however, the overall impact of the Coronavirus is still unknown. The best thing you can do is keep calm and proceed as normal. As of now, the hiring market is strong, and there are millions of job opportunities out there! If you’re now convinced that COVID-19 won’t halt your job search, take a look at our job board! We have great job openings across North America! Oh, and don’t forget to wash your hands!

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Do Cover Letters Still Matter?

In a world where we can apply to a job with a single click of a button, it’s becoming incredibly easy to apply for dozens of jobs in a matter of minutes. And today’s technology sparks an interesting question to many job seekers (especially the younger generations) – do cover letters still matter? Are they still important? The short answer is yes; they can still be an essential component of your job application and a great one-two punch with your resume.

Are cover letters still necessary?

Not too long ago, especially when the job market wasn’t as hot, cover letters were almost mandatory. In today’s market, they may not be necessary, but they are still a great addition to your application. A cover letter intends to introduce yourself as an applicant, highlight your skills, showcase some of your achievements, and briefly explain why you’re a good fit for the team and the position. And you may feel that this isn’t essential in today’s tight talent market, but a recent study illustrates that 26% of recruiters still read cover letters. Another survey revealed that 49% of hiring managers believe cover letters are a great way to bolster a job seeker’s application. So, regardless of what you think, recruiters and employers still value them.

Why are cover letters still important?

Cover letters are a great supplemental resource to reinforce your application. They are a great way to illustrate your soft skills that may be difficult to showcase on your resume. Your cover letter is also an opportunity to explain your passion for a particular industry or career path; it’s also a chance for you to describe situations like job gaps or lack of experience to your prospective employer. Essentially, a cover letter is a great way to highlight anything unique about you and your work experience.

What should they include?

Now that you’re convinced that a cover letter is an excellent asset to your job application, what should you include in it? Here is a brief overview of what they should incorporate:

  • Your contact information
  • Address the letter to the appropriate hiring manager
  • State which job you’re are applying for
  • Explain why you want the job and what you bring to the table
  • Demonstrate that you understand what the company does or stands for and how you fit into that picture

So, whether a job posting directly states a cover letter is mandatory or not, it is always a smart idea to include one. But if you’re going to submit one, ensure you do it right. Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same one over and over. You must tailor it to each position to really impress your future employer.

Ready to kick off your job search? Check out our available opportunities! JSG is ready to help you find that new job opportunity in 2020.

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Why You’ll Love Working with a Recruiter

Have you ever worked with a recruiter? If so, you understand how helpful they can be to your job search. Since Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, now is a perfect opportunity to find a new job that you will fall in love with. Here are four reasons why you’ll love working with a recruiter.

They are expert matchmakers

It’s true what they say about recruiters: they are expert matchmakers. Recruiters help pair talented job seekers with excellent clients. We are there throughout the entire hiring and interviewing process to ensure each “date” goes smoothly for both you and our clients. Recruiters don’t try to match you with an opportunity or an organization that isn’t the right fit for you or the client. We genuinely want you to be successful and enjoy your new opportunity. In other words, we will only match you with a job that will make you want to swipe right.

They do the heavy lifting for you

As recruiters, we do a lot of the leg work on your behalf. It’s literally our job to facilitate the interviewing process for you. From scheduling interviews to communicating with hiring managers, we organize all of that! All you have to do is rock your interview(s), and wait for that offer letter to roll in. We even prep you for your interviews and any other meetings with your prospective employer beforehand, so you are ready to make a great impression.

This is beneficial to both job seekers and clients. As a candidate, you are probably already employed and are taking advantage of today’s candidate-driven job market. While you’re at work and busy with your family, we will take care of the little details, so all you have to worry about is bringing you’re A-game to your interview. And for employers, you’re busy with your day-to-day job duties. Let us focus on recruiting top talent for your team so you can continue to focus on your job.

They have exclusive job opportunities

Many of the jobs our recruiters work hard to fill are exclusive. What does that mean? That means you won’t find a lot of our job opportunities posted on sites like Indeed or CareerBuilder. They are exclusively being promoted on our internal job board. Don’t believe us? Check out the JSG job site! We have hundreds of new job opportunities across North America that you will fall in love with.

It also pays to connect with recruiters on LinkedIn. Did you know that over 60% of job opportunities are only found through networking? In other words, it’s essential to build relationships with recruiting professionals on LinkedIn to learn about exclusive job opportunities that you won’t find anywhere else! Don’t know where to start? Follow us on LinkedIn, and start networking!

Let’s work together

If you’re ready to love working with a recruiter, let’s get connected. We are ready to help you find the job of your dreams. Reach out to one of our expert recruiters today, and let’s start working together!

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What You Should Do When You Don’t Get the Job

Even in today’s candidate-driven market, it’s possible to be turned down for a job. Getting passed up for a job opportunity is part of life, and it can be a great learning experience along the way to help you hone your interviewing skills in the future. Almost every job seeker will be denied for a job at some point in their career, and it can really be destructive to your job search if taken the wrong way. If you get that dreadful rejection message in your inbox, here is what you should do when you don’t get the job.

Ask for feedback

The first thing you should do, whether it’s over the phone or through an email response, is to ask for feedback. Sometimes, hiring managers or HR will voluntarily provide feedback on why you didn’t get the job. But more often than not, you will just receive a vague email that goes on the lines of:

“Thank you for your interest in <insert company name> for the <insert job title> position. I am writing you to inform you that we have ultimately selected another candidate that best matches the job requirements for the position. We appreciate your time, and we wish you luck on your future career endeavors.”

Pretty unhelpful, right? This is your opportunity to respond thanking them for the opportunity and asking for feedback. This feedback will be crucial because it can help you change how you prepare for interviews in the future. It can also help you identify what hard skills you should add to your repertoire this year.

Ask to connect with the hiring manager on LinkedIn

While you are requesting interview feedback from the hiring manager, ask if you can connect with them on LinkedIn. Express your interest with the company and let them know that you will be open to other opportunities in the future. Connecting with them on LinkedIn allows you to stay engaged with them and the company, so you stay at the forefront of the hiring manager’s mind when they need to add a new team member.

Keep your chin up – it may not be your fault

When you ask the hiring manager for feedback, you may realize that it may not have been your fault. There are dozens of reasons why you may have been passed up for the job, reasons completely out of your control. They may have promoted an internal employee, or your salary requirements were not within their pay range. Ultimately, it may not be your fault and can sometimes be entirely out of your control. However, you won’t know until you ask!

Work with a recruiter

So, now you know a few things you should do when you don’t get the job. If you really want to take your job search to the next level, partner with an experienced recruiter. Our team of dedicated recruiters at Johnson Service Group will champion you throughout the entire hiring process. We will work with you to find a job that suits your needs and skillsets. Reach out to us today, and let’s find you a new career in 2020.

How To Find A Job In 2020

How To Find A Job In 2020

As many of you know, the labor market is extremely tight. That’s great news for all you job seekers out there! There are millions of opportunities available across the nation. So, if you’re ready to find a new job in 2020, here are a few easy tips to jumpstart your New Year job search.

Update your resume 

Before you even start your job search, you must update your resume. Review your most recent copy of your resume and start filling in gaps and making changes. Have a new job? Add it. Completed a successful project or gained some additional responsibilities at work? Make sure you add those, as well. The last thing you want is feeling rushed to completely overhaul your resume right as you found what appears to be the job of your dreams! However, don’t forget to tailor your resume to each position you apply for to beat those pesky ATS. 

Take a look at your LinkedIn 

Did you know that LinkedIn has over 165 million members in the United States alone? And employers have over 20 million job postings on the platform across the globe. That’s a lot of jobs! But what’s even more notable for job seekers is that over 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a sourcing tool. In other words, if you aren’t on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on some great career opportunities! So, if you have a LinkedIn, make sure it’s up to date. Have your most current position on there, any relevant skills, list any achievements or certificates, and update your profile picture to stand out in the crowd! 

Partner with a recruiter 

If you are serious about accelerating your job search, we recommend partnering with a recruiter. Recruiting firms, like Johnson Service Group, have great relationships with hiring managers and HR professionals. If you work with us, we will help facilitate the interview and onboarding process to help you find that exciting new opportunity before the end of the year. So, if you really want to find a job before 2020, let’s work together! 

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How to Overhaul Your Resume for 2020

The labor market has been tight all year, and with a current 50-year low unemployment rate, the state of the market doesn’t look to be changing in 2020. If you’re interested in taking advantage of this candidate-driven market, here are three ways to overhaul your resume before 2020.

Quantify your accomplishments

To stand out to recruiters and hiring managers, you must quantify your resume. Instead of just listing out your job duties, add numbers to beef it up. Which sounds better to you?

· Improved engagement and followers on corporate social media platforms

OR

· Improved engagement on our company’s LinkedIn page by 73% and increased our number of followers on Twitter by 208% over the last six months

Anytime you can quantify your accomplishments, do so. You will make a better impression on those reading your resume and sell yourself as an A-level candidate.

Illustrate your soft skills

Soft skills are becoming more and more important for hiring managers. You can teach almost anyone how to use a new computer program or learn how to utilize a new tool in the workplace. However, you cannot teach someone a soft skill. Including soft skills can really set you apart from your competition and show that you are teachable and ready to learn. Here are three of the best top skills to display on your resume.

Forget the one-page myth

Many job seekers still believe that your resume must be trimmed down to one page. However, that’s only true is you are fresh out of school with little experience, and you’re applying for your first job. Don’t be afraid to go beyond the first page. We look at thousands of resumes each week, and the best ones are typically over one page. If you are well into your career and have numerous awards, certificates, or degrees, you will more than likely need more than one page to display all of your greatness. So, don’t fall for this myth; I encourage you to go past the first page if you need more room for those hard-earned qualifications!

If you follow these three tips to overhaul your resume, you’ll be ready to start your job search off on the right foot! And if you’re looking for a job before the end of the year, we have hundreds of great opportunities on our job board. Check them out here!

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How to Pull Off Your Next Phone Interview

If you’re hunting for a new job, chances are you’re going to have an upcoming phone interview. Many job seekers tend to brush off the phone interview and think it’s just a simple screening process. That may be partially true, but a phone interview is nothing to take lightly. It’s often your first impression with a hiring manager (aka your potential boss), and you must prepare accordingly. Here are four simple tips to help you successfully pull off your next phone interview.

Have your resume and job description in front of you

Even after doing some thorough research, you want to ensure you have a copy of your resume and the job description in front of you. You obviously know what’s on your resume, but it’s always a good idea to have it next to you so you can answer any questions the interviewer may have. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment, things can slip your mind, so be sure to have it by your side! Also, having the job description in front of you will help guide you through any interview questions to ensure you communicate that you are capable of the key functions of the position.

Be next to your computer or tablet

Additionally, it’s a great idea to be near your computer or laptop. Have a couple of internet tabs open before the phone interview: the company’s website, their “about” page, their social media pages, and any blogs or news releases. You want to have as much information as possible to help you answer (as well as ask) questions intelligently.

A typical phone interview question is, “What do you know about our company?” Having these resources at your hand will help you navigate this question successfully!

Communicate professionally and clearly

This goes for every type of interview, but you always want to ensure you are communicating professionally and clearly on the phone. Now, some of these may be common sense, but it’s still good to remind yourself of these before the interview nerves start kicking in:

  • Don’t chew gum or have anything else in your mouth
  • Speak slowly and clearly
  • Never interrupt your interviewer
  • And speak professionally (no slang)

And don’t forget to smile! It may sound weird, but you can typically tell if an interview is bored or disinterested during a phone interview. So, put on your best smile and let the interviewer hear some of your personality and excitement!

Don’t forget the thank you!             

A lot of candidates brush off a thank you note for a phone interview. However, sending a nice thank you note can really make a difference when employers are discussing each of the candidates. Send a nice thank you note shortly after your phone conversation. Thank them for their time and highlight a few of the things you enjoyed discussing. And if you like what you hear, don’t be afraid to let them know that in your thank you!

Need some help crafting your thank you note? Here are some helpful tips that might help!

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How to Find a Job Before 2020

As many of you know, the labor market is extremely tight. That’s great news for all you job seekers out there! There are millions of opportunities available across the nation. So, if you’re ready to take on a new role before the end of the year, here are a few tips to help you find a job before 2020.

Update your resume

Before you even start your job search, you must update your resume. Review your most recent copy of your resume and start filling in any changes. Have a new job? Add it. Completed a successful project or gained some additional responsibilities at work? Make sure you add those, as well. The last thing you want is feeling rushed to completely overhaul your resume right as you found what appears to be the job of your dreams! However, don’t forget to tailor your resume for each position you apply for to beat those pesky ATS.

Take a look at your LinkedIn

Did you know that LinkedIn has over 165 million members in the United States alone? And employers have over 20 million job postings on the platform across the globe. That’s a lot of jobs! But what’s even more notable for job seekers is that over 95 percent of recruiters utilize LinkedIn as a sourcing tool. In other words, if you aren’t on LinkedIn, you’re missing out on some great career opportunities! So, if you have a LinkedIn, make sure it’s up to date. Have your most current position on there, any relevant skills, list any achievements or certificates, and update your profile picture to stand out in the crowd! Essentially, LinkedIn is your digital resume.

Partner with a recruiter

If you really want to accelerate your job search, we recommend partnering with a recruiter. Recruiting firms, like Johnson Service Group, have great relationships with hiring managers and HR professionals. If you work with us, we will help facilitate the interview and onboarding processes to find that exciting new opportunity before the end of the year. So, if you want to find a job before 2020, let’s work together!