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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!

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Partnership With A Recruiter

If you’ve decided to partner with a recruiter to fill your critical needs, you may already be ahead of your competition. However, more and more companies are joining forces with recruiting powerhouses in order to compete in this candidate-driven market. So how can you ensure that you are getting the most out of your partnership with a recruiter? Follow these three steps, and you’ll be on your way to hiring top talent in no time!

Communicate Often

Open lines of communication are absolutely essential to maximizing a recruiter’s value to your team. At JSG, we hustle to get the best candidates in front of you as quickly as possible. Oftentimes, these candidates are juggling multiple interviews, with offers from several companies rolling in at once. So it’s vital that you let us know who you want to interview quickly and provide feedback immediately.

Likewise, if you have questions or find yourself wanting more from the candidates we submit, let us know! The more information we have about the position, your team dynamic, and company culture, the more accurate our search is for finding your next great hire.

Be Open To Advice

At Johnson Service Group, we have placed tens-of-thousands of candidates with hundreds of companies. Along the way, we’ve gathered some insights into hiring trends and processes. We do our best to ensure that you are able to hire the best candidates available. Thus, we’ll offer advice along the way! Maybe your salary is a bit too low for the skill set, or you’ll be able to get an out-of-this-world candidate if you offer relocation. Open yourselves to our feedback for a chance to secure the talent you need to take your team to the next level.

Streamline Your Hiring Process

Last, but certainly not least, you must streamline your hiring process as much as possible! In this candidate-driven market, competition for great candidates is hot, and they are not available for long. And while we try to submit our candidates exclusively to our clients, it may be out of our control if they are ready to make a move right now. Consider skipping multiple phone interviews and bring candidates on-site as soon as possible. Did you receive a candidate you absolutely loved? Don’t hesitate and continue interviewing “just because.” Let us know when you’re ready to extend an offer, and you’ll have a next-level employee in no time!

If you’re ready to start your partnership with a recruiter, reach out to us today and let’s work together.

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How to Include Numbers on Your Resume

You may have heard that you need to include numbers on your resume to set benchmarks and establish credibility. But how in the world do you do this? Depending on your position and which industry you work in, this can be challenging. No matter your circumstances, there are numbers you can include that will leave a lasting impression on the hiring manager. Here are three easy ways to add incorporate numbers on your resume.

Track Accomplishments

There are ways you can quantify your accomplishments. Instead of simply stating what you do, put numbers to it! For example, if you currently have “Managed Project team” as a bullet point, update it to include the number of employees you supervised. Here’s an example: “Managed Project team of six team members.” Which one sounds more impactful? You can also add a timeframe or percentages that demonstrate your achievements throughout the project.

Think Bigger

Don’t forget that you are part of a larger team! If a company achieved significant growth goals during your time there, be sure to mention it. Include any ways you contributed, directly or indirectly. For example, “Assisting in achieving $450m growth goal over three years through organic Marketing efforts.”

Quantify Your Daily Tasks

Sometimes the things we do every day start to get lost in the shuffle. However, you probably accomplish some pretty significant tasks once you think about it! Assign numbers to your daily tasks so that hiring managers can understand your level of commitment and productivity. For example, “Oversaw care for 40 patients daily” or “Managed billing activities for over 150 clients.” By quantifying these, you’re substantiating your achievements in a way that allows a potential employer to picture you doing for their company.

Providing numbers on your resume not only proves your credibility, but it is also a great conversation starter. Giving a little background on your achievements opens the door for hiring managers to ask thoughtful questions that will steer conversations in the right direction.

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Why This is the Best Time to Find a New Job

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

It’s easier to schedule interviews

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

Hiring managers are budgeting for the new year

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

Time is on your side

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

Let JSG help find you your next opportunity

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

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4 Easy Steps To Getting A Great Recommendation

When you need to provide a reference or recommendation, of course, you want it to be in support of your landing this new role! That’s why it’s essential to take things into your own hands and ensure that your reference has all of the right information to give you a stellar recommendation. Here are four easy ways to ensure you get a glowing reference. 

Inform Your Reference 

First and foremost, you must let someone know that they are on your reference list. If you’re actively searching for a new job, we recommend asking their permission. That way, not only can they prepare before someone calls, they may also be able to connect you with a great opportunity. (Don’t forget – 70-85% of open positions are filled through networking.) 

Let Them Know More About The Position 

You should be informing your reference about every position you use them as a reference. Include a link to the job description to give them some context. Next, you can even include a short write up about why you think you’d be a great fit! Explain what stage in the application process you are at, and any pertinent information that can help guide them in providing a strong recommendation.

Guide Your Reference 

Now, we’re not recommending that you write the recommendation for them. However, it is perfectly okay to guide your reference gently. If there was a specific project you worked on together or an accomplishment that you discussed during the interview that you would like to emphasize, mention it! It may have been some time since you worked together, or they might not remember off the top of their heads. 

Follow Up 

Unfortunately, you won’t always get the first job that you apply to. However, once you involve someone in your job search as a reference, they become invested! Follow up whether you receive the job or not. The more you keep them in the loop, the more inclined they’ll be to provide a reference in the future! (Which is never a bad thing to keep in your back pocket.) 

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How To Make Your Resume Stand Out

It’s a candidate-driven market, meaning it’s a wonderful time to apply for a new job. The only downside? You’re not the only one who thinks so! In a sea of qualified job seekers, how do you make your resume stand out? We’re breaking down a few of our favorite ways to make a stellar first impression.

 Clean Formatting

Before they read a word, the very first thing a hiring manager will notice about your resume is the formatting. Ensure your format is clean, uncluttered, and organized properly. Don’t try to cram too much text onto one page, and utilize have easy-to-read headings throughout. Utilize bullet points under each section to make it easy for employers to skim your accomplishments.

 Tailor Your Resume For Every Job 

This is absolutely essential to make your resume stand out among the rest. First of all, if you’re applying online, including relevant keywords will help your resume get through any ATS system. Once it’s reached the hiring manager, they will keep an eye out for the specific qualifications they detailed in the job description. So if you’re serious about the job, be sure to submit a custom resume that matches the highlights of the job description.

 Include Numbers 

Including statistics and measurable achievements on your resume will make a huge difference. Before a hiring manager even meets you, they’ll get an in-depth understanding of your accomplishments. It will immediately set benchmarks and establish credibility for you as a candidate.

Proofread!

Unfortunately, even one little mistake or typo can distract the hiring manager from your qualifications. There’s something about our brains that will automatically draw our eye to something that isn’t quite right! Once you’ve proofread, send it to a family member or friend to look over as well. The more eyes on it, the better!

For more resume advice, read our resume blogs, or partner with one of our recruiters to find your next role!

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Five Things That Will Haunt Your Job Search

Did you know that October is the hottest month for hiring? If you’re interested in taking advantage of today’s 3.5 percent unemployment rate, there are millions of opportunities across the country. However, regardless of the condition of today’s labor market, you still have to be conscious of how you pursue your job search. Here are five things that will haunt your job search, even in today’s tight market.

Not doing your homework

Whether it’s writing your resume or preparing for an interview, you must do your homework on the company. When drafting your resume, take a close look at what’s on the job description. You essentially want your resume to mirror their job description to demonstrate that you’re qualified for the position. And for an interview, you want to take a deep dive online to prepare. Check out their website, social media accounts, and do a quick Google search. Try to gather an idea of their company culture, mission and values, and recent news about the company. These will all help you create talking points during your interview. More and more companies are beginning to ask candidates what they know about their company to see if they came prepared and to evaluate how serious they are about the position.

Apply for too many jobs at the same company

Be careful where you apply. It’s never a good idea to apply for numerous positions at the same company during the same period. It comes across as desperate to hiring managers and human resources professionals. Sure, applying for a couple of jobs is fine if you’re qualified for each of them. However, if you go down the list of open positions and apply for a handful of them, it can spook the company. And if you’re applying for a bunch of jobs, be cautious; it’s easier than you think to apply to the same company multiple times without realizing it. So, don’t scare away your chances of receiving a job before you even get a shot at an interview.

Not dressing appropriately for your interview

If you’re heading into an interview, make sure you dress appropriately. And that doesn’t always mean wearing a suit and tie. If it’s an onsite interview at a manufacturing plant or mining facility, bring your steel-toed boots. If it’s an office setting, you’ll want to dress at least business casual. The key is to dress one step above the company’s typical office attire. If you’re not sure what to wear, ask HR. But when in doubt, always dress for success.

Poor communication

In this candidate-driven market, hiring managers are struggling with being ghosted – candidates who suddenly drop out of the interviewing process. If you stop communicating with hiring managers or HR, they’ll probably assume you’re no longer interested. Strong and clear communication is vital throughout the entire process. If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to ask them. But when a hiring manager reaches out to you, respond appropriately, or they may assume you’re dropping your name out of the race.

Not working with a recruiter

Have you worked with a recruiter before? If you really want to step up your job search game, then team up with a professional recruiter, like one from JSG. We have a talented team of recruiters that specialize in a wide array of industries. We build strong relationships with hiring managers and will help get your resume on the top of their desks instead of it just sitting in a pile on their computer. We’ll walk you through every step to ensure your job search isn’t haunted. Ready to take your career to the next level? Reach out to us today, and we’ll help you find your next opportunity!

How To Network In Modern Society

How To Network In Modern Society

You have probably heard some version of the statistic regarding how many open positions are filled through networking. Ranging anywhere from seventy to eighty-five percent, the ratio is significant! However, networking in today’s modern society looks a bit different than it used to. There are certainly upsides and downsides to how technology has transformed the way we make contacts and grow relationships in our professional world. But not to worry, we’re here to help you navigate it all!

Join Online Networking Groups

The internet has cracked the world of professional introductions wide open. You are now able to connect with people from around the world with a quick click of a button. Not only that, but there are also dozens of different ways to do it! Check out industry Facebook groups where your peers are bouncing ideas off one another, sharing job opportunities, and working together. Those with an entrepreneurial spirit can also join a Mastermind group, to meet with like-minded individuals and “create the success you want.”

Check Out Local Societies & Associations

Many local communities have different groups that get together and share a common interest. Do a quick online search for local societies or associations that align with your professional goals. Whether it’s a Young Professionals group that combines people from all industries or an industry-related Association, it gives you the opportunity to build incredible relationships within your communities. Some of these groups may require a membership fee, but they often share exclusive job opportunities, the chance to network with local leaders, and at the very least – valuable education!

Connect With A Recruiter

Even if you’re not currently on the job market, connecting with a recruiter could be one of the best things you do for your professional career. Oftentimes, recruiters have exclusive relationships with Hiring Managers at the top companies in your industry. This means that they hear about jobs before they even hit the job boards. (And did you know that “professionals who are among the first 25 to apply to a role are 3x more likely to land the job?”) And in today’s competitive hiring market, you never know what opportunity might cross a recruiter’s desk!

When it comes down to it, networking is still an incredibly effective way to get your foot in the door, and the benefits are endless. So, what are you waiting for? Put yourself out there and start reaping the rewards!

3 Red Flags To Avoid In Your Job Hunt

3 Red Flags To Avoid In Your Job Hunt

Whether you are actively looking for a new position, or passively keeping your options open, now is a perfect time. The job market is booming, and hundreds of companies are on the hunt for their next great employee. But how do you sort through dozens of opportunities to find that ideal next step? Employers want to ensure that candidates will be a good fit for their teams and organizations, and candidates should absolutely do the same! Keep an eye out for these red flags throughout your job search journey, and you’ll find yourself a great position in no time!

Less Than Stellar Job Descriptions

A job description’s purpose is to describe what the job entails. That way, a candidate can decide whether they’re qualified or not. Lack of details in a job description can indicate a role with an unclear definition. The company could potentially be putting out feelers for what kind of talent is on the market and then base the job around the type of candidate they hire. Or, in a worst-case scenario, the department may be unorganized, signaling that the job may be chaotic.

Asking for bizarre requirements in a job description could indicate a potential scam. Online scams centered around jobs are becoming increasingly more common. If you come across a help wanted ad on Craigslist asking only for date of birth, and if you have a bank account, chances are it’s not real. Most employers will ask for education and experiences – not for your banking information to set up a direct deposit before you’ve even interviewed.

Off-Kilter Titles

Job titles can be a major red flag. If a description includes a mash-up title, they may be trying to cram too many responsibilities under one person’s umbrella.

Additionally, if a title is confusing, it can indicate confusion in the role itself. For example, an “entry-level” position that requires 5-8 years of experience. A mismatch of skill sets could indicate disorganization or simply that a company is trying to hire someone with expert-level skill at an entry-level price.

Last, but certainly not least, you may want to think twice about a job listing with a “fun and clever” title. While “Super Marketing Ninja” may catch your attention, it could be vague to distract from the actual level of seniority. Just be sure to take a more in-depth look into what the job entails and if it’s a good match. (And if you are hired, see if you can change your title to something more universal!)

Long Drawn-Out Interview Process

While a long, drawn-out interview process may be a red flag, it’s unfortunately very common. Companies may take weeks to schedule interviews, which may be an indication that hiring for this role is not a priority at the moment. At every step of the interview process, be sure to ask about what to expect next. That way, you know when it’s appropriate to follow up!

The best way to avoid these red flags throughout your job hunt? Partner with a JSG recruiter! We have personal relationships with the hiring managers, work with outstanding companies, and walk you through each step of the process. We also serve as a guide if you have any questions that may come up along the way. Contact us today to start the search for your next great position!

The Top Soft Skills You Need on Your Resume

The Top Soft Skills You Need on Your Resume

There’s been a lot of buzz about soft skills over the last couple of years. Employers are starting to pay more attention to them as it’s becoming increasingly difficult to find strong candidates in today’s market. Candidates with some of the hard skills hiring managers are looking for may not be available in this tight market. Thus, illustrating soft skills on your resume will help you stand out to employers.

Here are the top three soft skills and an example of how to demonstrate them in your resume.

Leadership

Even if the role you are applying for isn’t a leadership role, it’s essential to show examples of your leadership skills throughout your resume. Hiring managers want candidates that know how to take initiative, make tough decisions, and when necessary, navigate difficult situations. Showing off your leadership skills can also make you look attractive if this role has advancement where these skills will come in handy one day.

Example:

“Mentored my project management team on how to successfully adopt and utilize our new project scheduling software.”

Communication

Hiring managers are always looking through a resume to find candidates who possess great communication skills. And no, that doesn’t necessarily mean public speaking experience. Hiring managers want to ensure their next employee can clearly and effectively communicate with stakeholders, team members, and customers. Strong communication skills translate into excellent listening skills, attention to detail, and so many other desirable soft skills.

Example:

“Facilitated conversations between senior leadership and the quality control team to ensure everyone involved in our project was on the same page and aware of any potential quality issues.”

Adaptability

Adaptability is a soft skill that will be a HUGE asset to any team. Hiring managers want to find employees that are flexible and capable of successfully performing under changing environments. Just like in life, things happen in the workplace, and hiring managers want employees who can “roll with the punches.” This is especially true in fast-paced working environments when you have to think on your feet and adjust as challenges surface.

Example:

“Quickly learned how to proficiently use Adobe InDesign to help our marketing team develop brochures for our annual board meeting.”