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How to Maintain Motivation During a Job Search

The path of any job search has obstacles and challenges to navigate. Even seasoned professionals can struggle to find motivation while searching for a new opportunity. This lack of motivation, especially with everything going on in the world today, can be detrimental. If you have been looking for a new job for months, it is easy to lose focus and feel defeated. As a result, the process tends to linger on. If the outcome is looking a little foggy, here are three ways you can maintain motivation during a job search.

Develop a search strategy

The most efficient way to tackle your job search is to develop a strategy. You will likely find yourself stuck in the mud if you are just aimlessly applying for jobs. Instead, create a plan that will help elevate your search. Take a hard look at your skills, experience, and industry background to mindfully apply for jobs. Your strategy will help you identify positions that are a good fit for your background and career goals; it will also assist with weeding out jobs that may not be a good use of your time and energy.

Be sure to regularly reassess your strategy as your job search continues. If you have been looking for months with no luck, it may be time to rethink it.

Take care of yourself

There is an old myth that your job search should be your top priority, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This belief is absolutely incorrect – YOU should be the top priority at all times. That means your mental and physical health, as well as your family, should take precedent. If you are not your best self, your job search will suffer, so be sure to make yourself a priority. Schedule breaks, (safely) socialize with friends and family, get some exercise, and ensure you are getting enough rest. If you hit a brick wall with your search, don’t be afraid to take some time off. Like with work, you have to separate yourself so you can maintain motivation during a job search and come back feeling refreshed.

Continue to leverage your network

Throughout your search, you must consistently leverage your network. That means you cannot just reach out to a few people initially and call it good. To be effective, you must engage with your network and reach out and introduce yourself to new professionals in your desired fields. LinkedIn is your best bet for building up your network.

Make a post sharing that you are open to new opportunities and ask connections for introductions to hiring managers. You never know who someone else knows until you ask. Also, if you don’t share that you are out of work, how can your network support you? Continue to leverage your network through every step of your job search (and be sure to share with them when you finally succeed!). Talking with your network will help you maintain motivation during a job search and unlock doors you didn’t know existed.

These are just a few ways to maintain motivation during a job search. Please take care of yourself, take time to separate yourself from a stressful search, and use your connections to help you succeed!

How To Address A Layoff Throughout Your Job Search

How To Address A Layoff Throughout Your Job Search

Unfortunately, layoffs have been an all-too-common occurrence recently. As companies try to adjust to a volatile market and ever-changing circumstances, millions of people are suddenly without a job. As you jump back into the job seeker pool, it can be uncomfortable to discuss your layoff. Keep reading for some tips on navigating a layoff, and even making it work in your favor when taking the next step in your career.

Leave On A Positive Note

Your job search starts the moment you receive notice of being laid off. As unfortunate of a situation as it is, handling it gracefully at the moment can pay off in spades. Leaving on a positive note opens the door for a favorable recommendation and the ability for a future employer to confirm that you were indeed laid off rather than fired. So, keep an upbeat attitude and vow to continue a business relationship with your peers and leaders. 

Note It In Your Job Application Materials

Every piece of material you submit should note your layoff. You can include it in your resume, cover letter, LinkedIn profile, and actual application. Keep the mention of it brief and as simple as possible. Seeing it in your materials explains a short stint of employment and gives the hiring manager context surrounding your past employment. Additionally, it will likely spark further conversation during an interview.

Briefly Discuss It During Your Interview

“Why did you leave your last position?” is an extremely common interview question. Knowing that it will probably be addressed allows you to prepare ahead of time. Write a quick pitch explaining the layoff. Most importantly, keep it simple. Your interviewer doesn’t need to know the details, only that you were laid off, when, and why. Leave any personal feelings out of it! Then, you can pivot into your future career.

Use It As An Opportunity

While it’s easy to get bogged down in the negative details of being laid off, there can actually be plus sides! Craft your narrative to explain what you’ve been doing since your last position to further your career. Maybe you’ve taken an online course, attended a training, freelanced, volunteered, or even took the time to refresh and redefine your career goals. Employers love to see a candidate that makes lemonade out of lemons!

Need more job search tips?

Addressing a layoff is only one piece of the job search puzzle. If you are looking for more helpful job search resources, we have you covered. Johnson Service Group has hundreds of useful tips and tricks to help you take the next step in your career. Check out our candidate resources today and rise above the competition!

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Three Simple Reasons You Didn’t Receive A Job Offer

Have you ever walked into an interview, thought you nailed it, only to be stunned a few days later when you didn’t receive a job offer? That is one of the most gut-wrenching feelings, especially in this economic climate. Not receiving that job offer can fill you with self-doubt and throw your entire job search off. It can leave you asking questions like, “what’s wrong with me?”

The good news is that you are receiving job interviews, which is one of the most challenging steps in any job search! In other words, there is nothing wrong with you or your qualifications. However, it means there is something during the interviewing process that can be improved upon to secure that elusive job offer! Here are three simple reasons you didn’t receive a job offer after a solid interview.

You didn’t do your homework before your interview

No matter how qualified you are for a job, you have to do your homework before your interview. You must do some research on the employer’s website, social media, or a quick Google search. Hiring managers will ask you a variety of interview questions to test your knowledge of the company or to assess your fit with the team. These questions are challenging to answer if you don’t do your due diligence. You could be the most qualified applicant for the role but fail to receive an offer because you didn’t connect the dots between you and the company.

You didn’t portray confidence throughout the process

It is crucial to portray confidence throughout the hiring process. From your first interaction to your last, you have to prove that you can succeed in the role. If you are uncertain about your fit with the position, hiring managers will notice. Illustrating confidence in your background and abilities is even more crucial if you switch industries or career paths altogether. If you can’t trust yourself, how is your new employer supposed to trust that you are the right applicant for the job?

Doing your research will help you confidently answer interview questions. Body language and appearance also play a significant role in how your confidence is illustrated. If you are slouching in your chair, not making eye contact, or underdressed, these will all show a lack of focus and confidence. It is even more challenging to show off your confidence over a video interview, so be sure that you are prepared if you haven’t had one in a while.

Here are a few tips to help you ace your next video interview.

You didn’t follow up with a thank-you note

Many candidates believe a thank you note is an outdated or unnecessary step in the interviewing process. Unfortunately, these job seekers could not be more mistaken. A thoughtful, personal thank note is like a big red ribbon on a present. It will help you stand out in a sea of applicants in today’s competitive job market. A thank-you note is your final elevator pitch; it gives you the ability to concisely thank your interviews while reminding them of your skills, background, and culture fit. Too many candidates fail to send a genuine thank you note. By spending a few minutes after your interview to thank each of your interviewers, you could separate yourself from the competition.

Here are some of our favorite templates for post-interview thank-you notes that will leave a lasting impression.

Need more job search tips?

These are just a few simple reasons why you may not have received a job offer, even if you are a strong candidate. If you are looking for more helpful job search resources, we have you covered. Johnson Service Group has hundreds of useful tips and tricks to help your job search excel. Check out our candidate resources today and rise above the competition!

Resume Mistakes

This is One of the Biggest Resume Mistakes

With over 14.5 million Americans receiving unemployment benefits right now, many people around the country are working hard to update their resumes. Whether it’s been a few years or just a few months, updating your resume can be a daunting task. It’s very easy to update it once and submit your “masterpiece” with every job application you complete. However, not tailoring it is one of the biggest resume mistakes you can make. If you want to elevate your job search in today’s competitive job market, you must tailor each resume you submit.

You don’t have to rewrite your entire resume

Let us clear something up when we say you should be tailoring your resume for each position; we don’t mean you need to completely overhaul it. Rather, you must customize it to match each position. Chris Villanueva, Founder and CEO of resume writing company Let’s Eat, Grandma, articulated this well. In a recent interview on LinkedIn’s #GetHired Live, he suggests having a universal resume with all your basic information and positions but making “micro tweaks” for each job.

In other words, build a basic copy of your resume with your contact information, education, experience, and all of your other essential responsibilities. That will be your template. Then, before you apply for a new position, make these small tweaks to better match your resume to the position. Tailoring it will help you attract the eyes of hiring managers and recruiters, helping you avoid one of the biggest resume mistakes out there!

How to tailor your resume

Tailoring your resume to each new position may sound cumbersome. But with a resume template that you have thoughtfully crafted, it’s actually pretty easy. If you find a job that you would like to apply for, carefully review the job description and highlight the most critical skill sets, needs, or qualifications. Then, take a look at your resume and see what you need to add, remove, or tweak to make it better fit this position. It’s hard to customize a resume if you don’t understand what the hiring manager or recruiter is looking for in a potential candidate!

Looking to avoid more resume mistakes?

If you are looking for more resources for crafting the perfect resume, check out our candidate resources. We have dozens of blogs with helpful resume advice to help you secure your next opportunity!

How To Handle Being Ghosted During Your Job Search

How To Handle Being Ghosted During Your Job Search

Almost every single professional has dealt with being ghosted during a job search. It is absolutely agonizing waiting to hear back about a job in which you have invested both time and emotions. Even worse is the pit in your stomach when you realize you will never hear back. If you find yourself in this situation, you need to understand why it happens and what you can do about it.

Understand Why It Happens

While we wish no one ever had to deal with being ghosted by a prospective employer, it is unavoidable. Especially in today’s market, hiring managers are receiving thousands of applications for a single position. Unfortunately, it means they aren’t able to follow up with each and every applicant.  

If you’re being ghosted farther along in the hiring process, that certainly leaves a stronger impression. However, you have to understand that a company’s only objective is to fill their open position, so that is where they are focusing all of their energy. On the plus side, it does mean you have a bit more leverage.

What You Can Do About It

Once you’ve been in contact with a company during a hiring process (meaning you’ve had an interview or two), there are a few things you can do after being ghosted. Career Strategist Bob McIntosh recently recommended following up with your primary contact up to three times. Keep your follow-ups short, professional, and positive. If you haven’t heard back after the third attempt, it’s time to move on.

Further ghost-proof your job search by keeping an open mind. Don’t limit yourself to the one position you’re interviewing for. Continue applying for jobs and accepting interviews as they come your way. Most importantly, don’t take ghosting personally. Being ghosted during your job search is lamentably an inevitable part of the modern hiring process. Finally, when you eventually climb the corporate ladder, you’ll have the opportunity to break the cycle

Job Market Survival Guide

2020 Job Market Survival Guide

The job market is unpredictable right now to say the least. Hiring Managers and candidates alike are feeling lost and unsure of what the future holds. Companies need to staff their teams, while trying to navigate a huge influx of qualified candidates. Meanwhile, millions of incredible candidates have been displaced and are now juggling video interviews on top of already complicated application processes. Well, don’t worry. We’ve been hard at work monitoring statistics and analyzing the job market to craft resources that will help you maneuver your professional world.

Follow the links below to jump to the guide that best matches your professional status right now.

                                                           


Candidate Survival Guide 2

Chapter 1: Where Do I Start?

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed applying to jobs when everything feels so chaotic. However, there are jobs out there! It just helps if you know where to look. Check out the industries and areas that are hiring most right now.

Jobs On The Rise In The Wake Of COVID-19

Best Places To Restart Your Career After The Pandemic

The Midwest Becomes Increasingly Attractive To Job Seekers

Chapter 2: Market Yourself

One of the best things you can do during uncertain times is to make yourself even more valuable. Take this opportunity to build up your portfolio and make yourself even more marketable.

3 Ways To Sell Yourself For A Remote Position

How To Show Off Your Quarantine Skills

How To Prove Your Value During Tough Economic Times

Making Your LinkedIn Profile Stand Out

Chapter 3: Nail The Hiring Process

With millions of candidates on the market right now, it’s essential that you stand out. Follow our tips to shine throughout the hiring process.

How To Get Hired In Today’s Job Market

How To Stand Out In A Sea Of Applicants

The Future of The Job Interview

What Is An On-Demand Video Interview And How Can You Nail It?

Chapter 4: You Did It. Now What?

Congratulations, you got the job! But, how do you start a new job from your own home? We’ve got you covered!

6 Tips For Starting a New Job Remotely

Hiring Manager Survival Guide

Chapter 1: Manage Your Current Team

We get it, it feels like your company is in crisis mode. Before you hire new employees, make sure your current team is thriving under these unusual circumstances.

How To Make Your Post-Pandemic Company Better Than Before

How To Support Your Remote Workers

Easing Back Into Office Life After Working From Home

Managing A Remote Team: How To Keep Morale Up

Chapter 2: Discover Great Candidates

There are some incredible candidates on the market right now, and you’d be remiss to not take advantage! Create a recruiting game plan and get started today!

How To Manage A Surge of Applicants

Your Diversity & Inclusion Hiring Playbook

How To Attract Job Seekers During COVID-19

Chapter 3: Switch Up Your Hiring Process

As the times change, so should your hiring process. Change up the way you hire so you can get great candidates in the door right away.

You Need To Interview Differently, Starting Today

4 Virtual Interview Red Flags

How To Hire Virtually & Offer A Great Candidate Experience

Chapter 4: Run The Welcome Committee

Once your new employees are on board, make them feel at home. (Even if they are literally in their own homes!)

How To Make New Employees Feel Welcomed Virtually

5 Ways To Have Fun At Work

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How to Stand Out in a Sea of Applicants

Millions of job seekers are filling out application after application in an attempt to find the next step in their career journey. It can be demoralizing to spend hours filling out the same information (work experience, education, references, skills, etc.) and striking out repeatedly. Most of us, including myself, have been there. It’s frustrating and makes you feel defeated. To mitigate the pitfalls that come with job applications, you need to think outside the box. Here are a few things you can do to stand out in a sea of applicants and land the job of you deserve.

Leverage your network

One of the best steps you can take to propel your job search is to leverage your professional network. For some reason, people are afraid to ask for help. It may be a pride thing, but you should never be ashamed to reach out to your network for a helping hand. If you are applying for a job and know someone that works at that company, do not be afraid to ask for them to make an introduction. Send them a quick email, shoot them a text, or pick up the phone and call them. Tell them which job you are applying for and see if they can connect you with the hiring manager. Who knows, they may even be able to give you a solid recommendation!

On the other hand, if you don’t even know where to start your job search, alert your network that you are on the hunt. Write a post on LinkedIn to let your network know you are looking for a new opportunity. You never know what’s out there if you do not make it know that you are looking!

Put in that extra work

If you want to stand out in a sea of applicants, you have to be willing to put in the extra work. Trust us; it will pay off! Tailor your resume for each position instead of submitting the same old resume over and over. Really read the job description and identify the key points the hiring manager desires. Taking a few extra minutes to tweak your resume to fit the position better can make all the difference (and help you get past an applicant tracking system!).

Are you crafting cover letters for your job applications? Sometimes cover letters are required while other times there are optional. And you might be giving yourself a high-five in your mind when you see the word “optional;” but if you really want to land the job, optional is not an option. Cover letters are your opportunity to show some of your personality. Sure, your resume can speak for your education, work experience, and skillsets. But your cover letter is your opportunity to really sell yourself to the hiring manager. It’s your chance to bridge the gap between your qualifications and why you are an excellent fit for the company. So, instead of passing on the cover letter, spend the time to craft one that will make your application rise above the competition!

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Jobs on the Rise in the Wake of COVID-19

The Coronavirus has definitely left a lasting impact on the U.S. economy for the foreseeable future. The number of unemployment claims skyrocketed from 281,000 to over 3.3 million in a single week in March 2020, the most significant jump since 1982. However, as the economy and labor force start recovering from this mayhem, the pandemic is creating a mini-boom in various parts of the labor market. Here are some of the jobs on the rise in the wake of COVID-19, according to the LinkedIn Workforce Insights:

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Fast-gaining jobs in the wake of COVID-19

The jobs above are just a few areas in the labor force experiencing a tremendous surge, thanks to the pandemic. Some of the job titles listed above are probably not all that surprising. How many of you have utilized a personal shopper over the last few months? Instacart just raised another $100 million to expand its services throughout the country, demonstrating the growth of personal shoppers throughout the country.

And loan specialists are in high demand with Americans applying for home loans with record-low mortgage rates. Or maybe your family decided to cancel your vacation plans and splurge for an RV loan to have some fun in the outdoors this summer rather than hopping on a plane. Loan specialists are needed at almost every banking institution to accommodate a spike in loan applications.

Oh, and let’s not forget about all of the hard-working warehouse workers. Giants like Walmart and Amazon are in high demand for more warehouse workers as they facilitate a flood of online sales. To illustrate the growth of these workers, the Labor Department reported +99,000 jobs were added in Transportation and Warehousing in last month’s Jobs Report.

Again, these are just a few of the areas that are seeing growth during the pandemic. So, if you are currently looking for a new job or pondering a shift in your career, these areas are an excellent place to start searching!

How to secure one of these growing jobs

So, how do you find one of these jobs on the rise in the wake of COVID-19? This question might be easier than you think. Mostly, it’s just putting in a little extra work and shifting your mindset. That entails boosting your resume and keeping an open mind. However, if you are serious about a pivot in your career, try partnering with a JSG recruiter. We have hundreds of job opportunities with employers that are ready to hire great candidates like you. Take a glimpse at our job board, and let’s work together.

What To Do If You Feel Stuck In Your Job

What To Do If You Feel Stuck In Your Job

One of the worst feelings in the world is feeling stuck where you are. Maybe you’re yearning for a promotion, searching for a better company culture, or even pivoting your career entirely. It can be intimidating to let go of stability, the ability to provide for your family, and comfort. However, your choices aren’t just black and white if you feel stuck in your job: you either stay in a lackluster position for security or quit and dive into the complete unknown. Here are some concrete steps you can take to start discovering a fulfilling career, starting today.

Self-Reflect

You can’t get ahead if you don’t put yourself out there. Start by figuring out what you want your next step to look like. Is it the same role with more responsibilities and a more supportive team? Or do you want to do something completely different? Write out your must-haves, nice-to-haves, and must-avoids. Browse job boards and LinkedIn, taking note of what catches your eye. Is it a particular job title or perk (i.e., working from home)? Understanding your ultimate goals will help guide the rest of your career.

Research

You can’t move on to the next step if you don’t know what’s out there. Now that you know which direction you want to take, search for those jobs and skills. Keep in mind that a single job can have varying titles. While we’re not huge fans of “Data Analytics Wizard,” as a job title – it’s out there. So, keep an open mind!

Additionally, research your “dream companies.” Find out the types of roles they typically hire for, learn more about their company culture, and even connect with some of their employees on LinkedIn. Just because a company isn’t hiring for your ideal role now, doesn’t mean they won’t in the future. And it pays off to start building a foundation well before that door opens up!

Grow Your Skillsets

Whether you want to continue in your field or completely pivot to a new job, growing your skillsets is an excellent step for your career development. If you feel stuck in your job, it will expose you to your passions and help you discover what you truly love doing. Even taking free online courses looks great on a resume. It shows hiring managers that you choose to actively advance your career in your free time, and increases your skill toolbox. (Which can often result in a significant bump in pay!)

Connect With A Recruiter

One of the best ways to invest in yourself and your career is to build a relationship with a recruiter. Recruiters who work at reputable firms are an incredible resource for job seekers. It is their job to monitor the pulse of the market and identify the latest and greatest opportunities (many of which don’t even hit job boards!). They keep your search completely confidential and can purposefully pursue your dream companies.

When it comes down to it, you do not have to feel stuck in your job. As Karamo Brown recently said in an interview with LinkedIn, “you just have to, first of all, tell yourself that you deserve it and then believe that is out there. One of the ways I do that is by remembering the job that I’m in. At one point, I didn’t have, and I had to believe that this was here. So I have to go back to that mindset to believe that there’s another job out there as well that’s going to make me happy, to fulfill me, it’s going to bring me closer to my dreams.”

Are you ready to start the conversation about the next step in your career? Explore our opportunities or contact one of our recruiters today!

Is The Education Section Of Your Resume Up To Par?

Is The Education Section Of Your Resume Up To Par?

With the latest announcement that the United States government will no longer be prioritizing education over skills, many are left wondering what that means for their resume. However, your education section is not “one-size fits all.” There are different standards, depending on where you are in your career. But don’t worry, we’re breaking down the education section of your resume, whether you are a seasoned professional or a recent grad.

If You’re A Seasoned Professional

When you’ve been out of school for a while, the resume section of your resume loses its importance. Of course, it’s still important to include it, but you won’t need to add nearly as much detail. Things like GPA, academic achievements, and relevant courses do not need to be included once you are a few years past earning your degree. Simply use the space to note where and when you attended and the degree you earned.

Example:

EDUCATION

ABC University – Chicago, Illinois – May 2012

Bachelor of Science in Structural Engineering

If You’re a Recent Grad

When you’re fresh out of college, you may have less content and experience to include on your resume. This is where your education shines! Feel free to include details that highlight your qualifications for the job to which you’re applying. Significant achievements or awards and an impressive GPA help to show your self-motivation and accomplishments. (However, only include your GPA if it is noteworthy – 3.5 or above.) List out your relevant course work to showcase your experience in certain areas.

Because your education may be the most relevant display of your qualifications, recent grads can choose to move it to the top of their resume. Featuring the education section of your resume first will catch a hiring manger’s attention right off the bat and will be a bit more appealing than your summer job at GAP.

Example:

EDUCATION

ABC University, Chicago – Illinois – May 2020

Bachelor of Business Administration – Concentration in Marketing,

GPA: 3.8 – Achievements: Dean’s List 2019-2020, Senior Class President

Relevant Coursework: Marketing Research, Graphic Design, Consumer Behavior, Marketing Research

Overall best practices, no matter your experience, keep it simple! If you have a college degree, there’s no need to mention anything before that. And as a general rule, if you find yourself questioning whether you should include something – leave it off!

Now that you have the education section of your resume in tip-top shape give the rest of your curriculum vitae a refresh with our resume tips!