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4 Sites You Need to Use in Your Job Search

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If you are currently unemployed or unhappy in your current role, you’re probably looking to make a career move. But this is often easier said than done, and individuals are often less than excited about the thought of a job search. It brings a sense of vulnerability and stress, as we try to sell an employer on the idea of hiring us, while your skills, experience, and personality are picked apart by resume-sorting algorithms or hiring managers.

There are several resources at your disposal when looking to navigate these processes and uncertainty; however, the ones we’ll focus on today live online and are available to you, free of charge.

Google

Everyone knows what Google is and what it can do. But when searching for a job, are you ensuring you’re getting the most out of this search engine as you could be? Google provides us the information (or entertainment) on just about anything. So, why would careers be any different?

At its base, Google is a functioning (and free) job board. Searching “engineering jobs” yields 100+ results for related jobs, automatically filtering to openings near your location. You also have the option to filter the results, find related openings, or apply right there.

Maybe you have applied for a job and are scheduled for an interview. To adequately prepare, use Google to research the company you are applying for and the industry they operate in. Background information like this is one of the basics that a hiring manager will look for, as it shows initiative and interest in the company, versus viewing it as just another job.

Google is also a great way to find an awesome recruiter, like the ones at Johnson Service Group, connecting you with a professional job searcher to ensure you find the opportunities best fit for you.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is commonly known as the professional social network, and for good reason. It operates in a similar fashion to sites like Twitter, where users post updates, images, and videos, driving communication and connecting people around the world. But it also comes with a number of features you need to be taking advantage of during your job search.

LinkedIn has its own job board (and so does JSG!) you can use to find open roles based on several criteria, like skills or company preference. Perusing a company’s LinkedIn page can also give great insights into a company’s culture. This will allow you to get a better idea of what it would be like to work there. LinkedIn is also a great place to house your digital resume; you can link past roles, experiences, and have others vouch for skills you claim to have in the form of online endorsements.

With so many people on LinkedIn, it’s a great way to grow your network and expand the opportunities available to you. This is especially true of recruiters who use LinkedIn to source professionals for open jobs they are looking to fill. LinkedIn is an easy way to let a recruiter know you are open to new opportunities!

Glassdoor

Glassdoor is a fitting name as it provides insights into a company based on the first-hand experiences of others. This site hosts its own job board like the other sites discussed in this article, but it provides other services as well. In-depth company reviews listing both pros and cons are of great use when assessing the employer. You can also find descriptions of job interviews for various companies; information you can use to prepare yourself when you interview with that company.

JSG’s Job Board

Johnson Service Group hosts our own job board, filled with hundreds of different opportunities. Whether you’re looking for your very first role or another opportunity to advance your career, we have job opportunities across the U.S. and Canada. Check out our job board and work with a recruiter today to find the opportunity you’ve been searching for!

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Your Secret Weapon in the Job Search

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For many professionals across the country, the job search is one of the most dreaded and stressful processes that a person must undertake. Between screening job descriptions online, filling out applications, submitting resumes, writing cover letters, and interviewing, there are a ton of moving parts and things to keep track of. It’s no wonder that individuals often avoid looking for a new job unless they absolutely have to. Because every company has different processes, people, and expectations there’s no perfect way to tackle your job search. But you do have a secret weapon at your disposal in the form of your recruiter.

While recruiters are people just like me and you, they have expertise in areas that many of us shy away from. Whether you’re trying to identify the best opportunity for you or need advice on successfully navigating an interview, recruiters are here to help you go from applicant to new hire. Here are several ways your secret weapon can better your chances at successfully landing a new role:

Increased Opportunities

Regardless of how large of a network you have, recruiters help increase the number of opportunities available to you. While online job boards seem to contain countless open roles, not all companies have every open job posted. A recruiter may be tasked with finding the right candidate, as opposed to sorting through resume submissions. They are also experts at deciphering job descriptions and connecting you with opportunities that may be perfect for your skill set but take some searching to uncover.

And in some cases, a search can be confidential. That means it may not appear on any external job board. The only way you may ever know about it is if you’re working with a recruiter, like one form Johnson Service Group.

The Job Search is Time Consuming

While your job could be anything from computer programmer to CEO, recruiters are in the business of finding you the best possible outcome. An in-depth job search takes time, time that we often don’t have because of other responsibilities in life. Whether that’s your current job or your family, it’s easy to give up on your search. Sometimes, there’s simply not enough hours in the day. Even finding the right job listing can feel impossible with the sheer amount of jobs open right now. In this candidate-driven market, job boards may even start feeling a little oversaturated.

This is why partnering with a recruiter from JSG is in your best interest. They understand that life pulls you in several directions every day. Why not turn to someone who has made a career out of connecting people with jobs they love for help?

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

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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!

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Take the Luck Out of Your Job Search this March

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Let’s be honest. Searching for a new job can be hard. If you are submitting resume after resume with little to no results, it can start to feel like more of a raffle than a job search. You go into each interview hoping that this one will be the one, but find yourself being passed over, again and again. However, if we are proactive and control what we can control, luck in this process is irrelevant.

Do Your Homework

This is the most important piece of your job search; the beginning stages will shape the rest of your process. You first want to identify the types of opportunities open and attractive to you. Try to find jobs with relevancy between your education, experiences, and skills. With thousands of job openings nationwide, online job boards are filled to the brim with opportunity. Other sites like LinkedIn or Glassdoor include similar resources and should be routinely checked during your search.

Be sure to review their salary insights to determine that you’ll be fairly compensated, and you can even set alerts on LinkedIn so you never miss a company’s update or job listing. Sites like ours also host jobs for numerous companies and industries across the country, as well as provides articles giving advice on anything from what to wear to learning to deal with failure.

When you reach the interview stage of the process, the studying ramps up even further. Leverage the internet to find any relevant information you can on a company, industry, or the role you’re interviewing for. It is imperative to demonstrate competence in these areas, as anything but will convey being underprepared or disinterested. Two traits that will deem you unfit for hire. Glassdoor is again a great resource. You can find first-hand testimony from current or former employees who shed light on anything from company culture to the questions asked during an interview.

Work with a Recruiter

If you really want to take the luck out of your search, turn to a professional. Recruiters, like the ones at Johnson Service Group, are trained to connect highly qualified people with open job opportunities. Often, they are aware of openings that you may not be. Sometimes, these jobs may not be public, as the recruiter actively reaches out to potential candidates online. To be available for these opportunities, make sure you “Let recruiters know you’re open” on your LinkedIn is switched to “on.”

The search itself can also be time-consuming, especially if you are juggling other responsibilities. A recruiter takes this weight off your shoulders, knowing a trained professional is helping you find a new job on the other end of the rainbow.

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You’ve Probably Forgotten These Job Search Basics

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Are you one of the 5.5 million people who left their jobs in December of 2018? Are you trying to take advantage of the 7.3 million job openings reported over the same period? Whatever your situation, the fact remains that there has never been a better time to be a candidate. With such a competitive market, workers across the country are leaving their old roles for greener pastures. Before you set out on your own journey towards a new career, it’s best to revisit some basics you may have forgotten. It may have been a while since your last job search.

Be Polite

This one is so obvious it seems laughable, but it goes further than one would initially assume. Clearly, you should shake hands and introduce yourself to the people conducting your interview. Please, thank you, and eye contact can only go so far with potential employers or managers. Respect for the leadership is a given, but how do you treat everyone else? You never know who is watching, or who’s opinion will play a large part in your hiring decision.

When you arrive at a job interview, talk with the office administrator or secretary for a few minutes instead of burying your head in your phone. Being open and friendly, as well as polite leaves a lasting impression. If you have the skills and experience, any indication that you are enjoyable to be around will set you apart from the competition.

Update Your Credentials

This is especially true if it has been a while since your last job search. It’s crucial you re-evaluate your resume, beginning with removing any materials or information that is irrelevant or unnecessary. Items like a personal address or being an expert in Microsoft Word have become dated, and you can read more about what not to put on your resume, here. You should also update your resume with any new relevant skills or experiences you have obtained since you last searched for a job.

Remember to review any references you’ve listed, ensuring contact information is up to date, and reach out so they know someone may be contacting them. You should repeat the steps listed above online on your LinkedIn account. If you are unfamiliar with LinkedIn, don’t worry we’ve got you covered. Click here to learn more about the best practices for your LinkedIn profile. Also, remember to review any other social media accounts. A potential employer will likely research their candidates to the best of their ability, and this often begins with personal social media accounts. Now is the best time to un-tag yourself from that embarrassing photo.

Be You

Be polite. Be professional. But don’t be a robot. While relevant skills and experiences are a necessity, your potential employer is searching for other traits too. With companies valuing culture fit and soft skills more and more, your personality is what will likely tip the scales in your favor, and ultimately land you the job. It’s one thing to be capable of the work. It’s another to be someone that people want to be around and work with.

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How to Stay Motivated While Job Searching

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The job search. It’s often the initial step in what eventually becomes someone’s career but is a process seemingly despised by working professionals everywhere. From the monotony of filling out an application with the same information your resume provides to crafting unique and specific cover letters, the job search process can be stressful and exhausting. Details like these can derail the searches of even the most enthusiastic candidates. And it can lead some people to give up on their search for a new career or remain in a role that makes them unhappy.

So how do you combat this and hold on to the motivation that made you consider a search in the first place?

Knowing You’re Not Alone

A job search can leave you feeling isolated or disconnected. Our careers are very attuned with our lives, and uncertainty in our jobs may bleed into other parts of your day, week, or month. If searching for a new job leaves you uncomfortable or stressed, throwing in the towel may begin to cross your mind; especially if you’ve been searching for a while or turned down following interviews. But let me remind you there are 6.5 million Americans currently unemployed and 71% of Americans confess to job searching while employed.

Millions of people around the country are going through the same process you are, experiencing the ups and downs in their own ways. It’s highly unlikely you have been passed over because you are completely unqualified; it’s more-so a sign you just haven’t found your perfect role yet.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Let’s be honest. It’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed over the course of a job search. Today, searching for a job involves more technology than ever before. There are hundreds of online job-boards that post openings across the world. Many companies have gone to digital resumes and applications. It’s likely you’ll participate in an online video interview at some point in your career. Between the changes listed above, the chance you’ll have to travel for an interview, and the job you currently have, it’s easy to see why some people choose to remain where they are.

But technology can help alleviate some of these challenges. Leverage resources like LinkedIn to network and reach out to employers to stand out amongst the hundreds of applications they’ll receive. Work with a JSG Recruiter to save yourself time and opens the door to opportunities you didn’t know existed. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, remember to work smarter, not harder.

Remember Why You Started

If you begin to find yourself questioning your job search, it’s important to remember your situation is temporary. The void between unemployment or an unfulfilling job and a career you love can feel uncrossable. This feeling compounds when a search hasn’t gone how you expected or is taking longer than anticipated. You begin to romanticize a situation your current job which you couldn’t wait to leave. Furthermore, you may start questioning if you should just settle because interviews are stressful and you are critical of skills you were once proud of, trying to rationalize why you haven’t been hired yet. You need to remember that good things take work and time; careers aren’t built in instants.

If you began looking for a new career, focus on this when you think about giving up. We crave familiarity, and a job we once hated can suddenly seem enticing because of this. Remember why you started and trust yourself, your skills, your experience, and the process. You will eventually find exactly what you’re looking for.

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Looking for A New Job? Here’s Where to Start

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Are you looking for a fresh start to your career this year? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Thousands of people have made new year’s resolutions to find the next step in their career. But where does one start? Here are a few steps to get you prepared to find that new job in 2019.

Update your LinkedIn

Before you even think about applying for a job, you need to update your LinkedIn profile. And if you don’t have one, now is a perfect opportunity to create one. When you apply for a job and you look like a qualified candidate, hiring managers and recruiters will look you up on LinkedIn.

They will want to learn more about you and get a better idea of who you are as a prospective candidate. If your LinkedIn is not up to date, you may be sending the wrong message to the employer and it may illustrate that you are not as qualified as you stated on your resume. Ensure your LinkedIn is up to date with your recent work history, education, skills, and any certifications you may have earned!

Update your resume

Once your LinkedIn is up to date, you’re going to want to update your resume. If you haven’t had to update your resume in a while, this may seem a little daunting. However, if you sit down and take your time, it’s a lot easier than you think!

You should be tailoring your resume for each position you apply to. To easily do this, carefully read through the job description a few times. You want your resume to read off similarly to the job description. For example, if the job description says they are looking for someone with project management skills, you will definitely want to elaborate on your project management experience in your resume.

If your resume matches the job description well, you’re in good shape. If you need help updating your resume, don’t worry! JSG has tons of resources to ensure your resume is in tip-top shape.

Work with a recruiter

One of the best ways to find a new job opportunity is to work with a recruiter. Recruiters, like the ones from Johnson Service Group, can help you find opportunities that are not advertised anywhere else. We can help you get your resume on the hiring manager’s deck instead of just sitting there in a pile of applicants.

If you’re serious about finding a new job this year, partner with a JSG recruiter. We will help you find a position that matches your skill sets. Let’s get your 2019 off on a good note with the next step in your career.

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A Better Job is Out There. The Trick is Finding It!

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The process of beginning to look for a new job can feel overwhelming. With seemingly more and more jobs available each month, Americans are being forced to reevaluate their current financial situations. Many workers find themselves asking, “Am I content with my current employer?” Roughly half of Americans reported adequate satisfaction, but what do you do if you are a part of the group that wants more?

While there are numerous ways to begin your job search, the most important component is to simply start your search. You won’t find your dream career without searching or assuming it will come to you.

Your Friend: Social Media

As we enter 2019, one thing is for certain: Social media dominates our lives and the society we live in. Over the past decade, it has grown to play larger and larger roles in our everyday lives. Our jobs and means of employment are no exception. Companies often advertise roles they are looking to fill on their sites like Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.

They may use a Staffing and Recruiting company, like Johnson Service Group, to find these candidates for them directly through recruiters. Sometimes they employ third-party sites like Indeed to host job opportunities and means for applying online. Regardless, job openings and employers needs are readily available over the internet. Finding and accessing them is a matter of knowing where to look.

Your Friend: Your Friends/Colleagues

The best weapon in your arsenal when looking for a new job may seem obvious, but networking has withstood the test of time and remains the best way to land a new career. And while the landscape of the networking world has evolved to incorporate cell phones, social media, video calls, and other technologies, the goal remains the same: to form valuable connections between one or more people.

Touch base with peers or colleagues from your past. A simple direct message on LinkedIn or Twitter asking about someone’s current state is both a friendly hello, and a way to learn about their place of work. If appropriate and they are willing, a first-hand account of an employer is one of the most valuable pieces of information during a job search. From here, we could ask them to formally introduce us; a formal introduction creates a more lasting and meaningful connection, increasing your chance of being remembered (and hopefully hired).

If you have no immediate connections that interest you, look at potential employers through LinkedIn. Employees are listed on their company profile, and you may be surprised to find someone you’re connected with working there.

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2019 Job Search Best Practices

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If you’re starting the new year out with the resolution of finding an amazing new job, congratulations! You’ve decided to take a step that will not only make you happier but hopefully find you the job you’ve been searching for. But with that being said… The job search isn’t always as smooth and easy as we’d like it to be. So, we came up with some best practices that will make your New Year’s job search result in that dream job quickly.

Tailor Your Resume

Tailoring your resume may seem like a hassle but it can actually be the best thing you do to stand out. When you’re looking for new opportunities, you want to do everything in your power to be different. And if changing a few keywords and re-ordering your skills for specific jobs will get you your dream position, wouldn’t you want to do that?

So, instead of looking at it as a hassle, just do it! You’ll see the difference and how many more interviews and opportunities you’ll get by just tailoring that resume.

“Open to new opportunities” turned on

LinkedIn is your best friend when it comes to finding new job opportunities. And this is because you have opted into the “open to new opportunities” and are able to get contacted by recruiters and get notifications on jobs that match your skill sets. By turning on that setting, you will instantly become more discoverable by recruiters and employers will know you’re open to new job opportunities.

Use LinkedIn

Like I said above, LinkedIn can be your end-all-be-all for finding jobs and networking. If you are serious about finding a new job in It’s a site everyone who has or wants a career should have. Not only does it give you tons of opportunity to grow your network it helps you find new jobs. It can be the one-stop shop you’ve been looking for and hopefully help you find that 2019 new years job!

Use Job Boards

Job boards like LinkedIn, Indeed, CareerBuilder, Glassdoor, or even JSG’s Talent Network are great places to start when looking for jobs. But it can sometimes be overwhelming and underdelivering. And on a new job hunt is not something you want to deal with forever. Which is where professional staffing firms like Johnson Service Group come in.

If you’re in the Engineering, Aerospace, Mining, Healthcare, Banking, Oil and Gas, and other technical fields, using our job board is a great place to start and it helps narrow down your search!

Use Recruiters

When applying through our job boards, you get access to our experienced recruiters who match great candidates like you with fantastic job opportunities. The best part about using a recruiter is they are a great resource to help you through every step of the interviewing process. From updating your resume to interview questions, you know you will have help that others wish they did. And you’ll have a head start compared to other candidates because recruiters have the connections with hiring managers to get your resume on their desks.

So, if you’re ready for a new and exciting journey, you’ll be able to make your job search a little smoother by following these steps. It’s all about patience and consistency when it comes to finding a new job you’re excited about. Good luck!

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Looking for A New Job in 2019? Here’s What to Look for

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Can you believe it’s already 2019? Many of you have recently set goals for the New Year. Some of you hope to lose a few pounds while others want to kick a bad habit. However, many people are looking for a new chapter in their careers. A new year is a great time to look for a new job and find a position that you’re passionate about.

If you are looking for a new job in 2019, here are some things to look out for.

Work-Life balance

Many people make new year’s resolutions to improve their work-life balance. To do so, one of the easiest ways may be to find a new career. When searching for a new job, it’s essential to understand if this next step in your career will provide the right work-life balance for you.

Whether you’re looking for a 9:00 to 5:00 or you’re happy working 60 hours per week, you need to understand what the balance between your work and personal life will be.

Potential growth

Many candidates are looking for more than just a job; they want to find a position that will allow them to grow as a professional. Some people are looking to advance their career; they are looking for the next stepping stone in their career. If this sounds like you, you want to ensure this employer has the opportunity for you to advance through the ranks to get to where you want to be, in say, five years.

However, growing as a professional is not always about making a career jump. You can grow and become a better professional by working for an employer that offers opportunities for you to take chances and learn from both your success and your mistakes.

When going through the interview process, be sure to ask questions that give you a better understanding of what the future looks like for the organization. You also want to develop a better idea of what the company culture looks like. If you are looking for a position that will allow you to grow, you must find an employer that is willing to give you the opportunities and mentorship to hone your skills.

Mentorship

Speaking of mentorship, it’s essential to find a position where you have a mentor. A professional mentor is someone that works closely with you in the workplace. They can be your boss, supervisor, or even just one of your co-workers. However, it’s important to develop a relationship with someone within the company that you can rely on for honest feedback and encouragement.

Mentors are there to hold you accountable. They help you overcome your obstacles and celebrate your wins with you. Finding mentorship in a new position is key to your success and happiness within your new employer.

Hopefully, this gives you a few more things to look into when hitting the job search hard at the beginning of 2019. Happy New Year!