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Graduating During the Pandemic? Here’s How to Secure A Job

Two months ago, everything was looking pretty rosy for all the soon-to-be grads. However, there is a lot of uncertainty about the labor market for all college seniors looking for jobs. In fact, 6.6 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week. There is a lot of negative news out there, and that can be discouraging for all your college students looking to transition into their first real job out of school.

Don’t let all the negativity get to you. Yes, employers are still hiring, and there are opportunities out there. It’s crucial now more than ever to ensure you’re ready to take the next steps in your career. Here’s how to secure a job during (and after) the COVID-19 outbreak.

Spruce up your LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a powerful job search and networking tool. You probably have an account, but are you maximizing this social platform’s full potential? First off, add a professional headshot to your profile. Having a professional photo makes your profile 14 times more likely to be viewed by others. If you don’t have a good headshot, grab a collared shirt, pick a nice background, and have a friend take a picture of you from the chest up. Sounds pretty easy, right?

Be sure to build up your network by reaching out to your classmates, professors, and alumnus from your school. This is a great way to enhance your network and see what opportunities are out there. Make sure you’re also following companies and industry professionals you admire to stay in touch with what’s happening in your industry. Oh! And most importantly, there are millions of great job opportunities posted right onto LinkedIn’s platform. If you really want to secure a job right outside of school, utilize LinkedIn.

Acquire some new skills

The majority of seniors are finishing up their final semester of school online. As a result, you may find a little extra time on your hands. This is a perfect opportunity to acquire some new skills that will make you more marketable. There are dozens of online resources (both free and paid) that you can complete to learn something new and make yourself stand out from your competition. For example, LinkedIn Premium gives you access to thousands of online courses to hone new skills. You can learn anything from Adobe Premiere Pro to HTML with easy-to-watch videos and course documents to follow along. And the best part? There is a free trial! What do you have to lose? In 30 days, you can quickly learn several skills to add to your resume and make your job applications shine!

Spice up your resume

If you really want to land a post-college job, you need to craft an excellent resume. Your resume is often your first impression with a hiring manager or HR professional. Therefore, you must have a resume that looks and sounds great if you want to impress a prospective employer. Here is a solid overview of how to build a great resume from JSG.

Keep calm and keep applying

Graduating from college is a massive step in your life and the first step of your professional career.  Trying to secure a job can be overwhelming, especially during a viral outbreak that has thrown your world upside down. All I can suggest is to keep calm and keep applying. These are uncertain times for everyone, but everything will be okay in the long-run. Good luck, and remember never to give up! There are opportunities out there; you just need to find them!

Guide To LinkedIn

The New Grad’s Guide To LinkedIn

When you start to look for a job to kick off your career, one of the first steps is to set up your LinkedIn. Once you have your profile created and polished, you’re probably wondering what to do next. There are a few key actions you can take on the professional social media network that will really help in setting you up for long-term success. Here is our new grad’s guide to LinkedIn.

Connect With Fellow Alumnus on LinkedIn

LinkedIn makes it very easy to find and connect with people who went to your school. When they notice you have something in common, they are significantly more likely to connect! Before you send a connection request, however, be sure to write a personalized message to include as well. Here’s an example:

“Hi {NAME},

I am reaching out to connect with fellow graduates of [UNIVERSITY] in hopes of learning more about your career path and how you like working in the [INDUSTRY}. 

I look forward to connecting with you!”

Reach Out To Professionals In Your Industry

It can be extremely beneficial to establish relationships and even mentorships with people across your industry. Don’t be afraid to send LinkedIn connection requests, or to simply follow industry leaders to discover insights from their LinkedIn feed posts.

Browse Jobs on LinkedIn

You can subscribe to job alert emails that will trigger based on your LinkedIn profile. Make sure you have completed your profile to the max in order to collect the most job listings. Browse the daily emails in addition to doing active searches. You never know what you might find!

Follow Your Favorite Companies

Here’s an insider tip for you: Companies share exclusive job postings on their profiles. Job spots on LinkedIn are expensive, so not all available jobs are posted to the site. Most companies will, however, share links to their website with endless job listings no matter what!

Additionally, you can glean a lot from what companies share on LinkedIn. You can get an inside glimpse into their company culture, learn more about their mission and values, and even discover tidbits about the history of how they got where they are today. These things will come in handy when you land an interview!

Hopefully, this new grad guide to LinkedIn helps kickstart your professional networking. We wish you all the luck, and if you’re looking to begin your job search, check out our job board!

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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.

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Why You Should Respond to a Recruiter’s LinkedIn InMail

Feeling spammed by all of the LinkedIn InMails you receive? We understand that recruiters can have a bad reputation. They send you too many “generic” InMails that have nothing to do with your job search, you aren’t actively searching for a new position, or you simply aren’t interested in the job. So, you think, what’s the point?

If you do not want to receive InMails via LinkedIn, there is a simple solution: you can turn them off. You won’t receive unwanted approaches. You won’t receive any. But then you’ll never hear about that cushy $200,000-a-year role for one of your target companies. However, that’s the price you pay if you don’t put yourself out there.

You can always change your settings

If you decide to keep your settings “open to new opportunities” because you have a fear of missing out on your dream job, please don’t act surprised by my efforts to connect with you! If you truly aren’t interested in new opportunities, make that change in your LinkedIn settings. You wouldn’t believe how drastically it will reduce the number of InMails you receive!

You may think that a seemingly generic message was sent to thousands of people, but then again, maybe it wasn’t. There’s a good chance that great recruiters use their time to read through your profile before deciding to reach out to you. The least you can do for them is send a quick reply! Not everyone gets hundreds of InMail messages every day. If that was the case, I can understand why you wouldn’t want to answer.

As a recruiter, I’m searching for the best candidates for my clients. If I send you a message, I have read your profile and used one of my best resources to engage with you.

Even if you’re not interested in this opportunity now, it doesn’t cost you anything more than a moment of your time to give a quick response. If you reply – even if to say, “thanks but no thanks” – I value that interaction! It allows me to either continue the conversation or move on to a candidate that is interested in making a move.

Why you should respond to your InMails

And you never know when one of those connections could come in handy. From our brief interaction, you can:

  • Expand your network
  • Learn more about your prospective career path
  • Open yourself to future opportunities

When I reach out, it’s with your benefit in mind! So please respond with a quick yes or no! Ready for a new job opportunity? Connect with me on LinkedIn, and let’s have a conversation!

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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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So, You Decided to Look for a New Job. Now What?

look for a new jobSo, you keep hearing how great the job market is. The unemployment rate has consistently been below 4 percent all year, and we are now on our 105th consecutive month of jobs gains. In other words, it is tempting to take advantage of this hot market and see what other opportunities are out there. But where do you even start? If you’ve decided to explore some new opportunities, here are a few tips for setting your job search up for success.

Update your resume

To kick off your job search, the first thing you will want to do is ensure your resume is up to date. From top to bottom, give your resume a careful review and note anything that needs to be updated. Double-check that your contact information at the top of your resume is correct and add any new achievements or employers. Keep in mind that you should be tailoring your resume to each job that you apply for.

To get the most bang for your buck, carefully review the job description and customize your resume to match it. Pull specific achievements and duties from your positions to illustrate that your background makes you qualified (and capable) of performing the job.

Ensure your LinkedIn is ready to roll

Once your resume is good to go, jump on your LinkedIn profile and give it a good scrub. Add a new, professional headshot if yours is out of date. The first thing a recruiter or HR professional will see is your profile picture, so confirm it’s a good representation of you. Like your resume, make sure you have all your work history and achievements up to date.

Once your profile is looking sharp, be sure to head to your settings and update the feature “Let recruiters know you’re open?” Essentially, this setting allows your profile to be shown in searches of recruiters as they search for prospective candidates on LinkedIn. By having this feature on, you are signaling that you’re open to hearing about new job opportunities, and thus, increase your odds of recruiters reaching out to you.

Gather up your reference list

Now that your resume and LinkedIn profile are good to go, it’s time to gather up that reference list. If you’re serious about pursuing a new position, it’s always good to have an updated reference list. To do so, ask permission from those you decided to trust with the future of your career. That exciting new job opportunity could very well be in the hands of a reference you listed. Therefore, ensure that your references are okay with you listing them as a trusted source for a recommendation. Verify that their contact details are correct and they are aware you are looking for a new opportunity.

However, never submit your references with your resume, especially if one of your references is a current co-worker. The last thing you want to do is let your employer know you’re on the move. Because guess what? If you don’t receive that job opportunity and your boss finds out you’re looking, you may be out of a job entirely.

Reach out to a recruiter

If you truly want to elevate your job search, why not partner up with a recruiter? Our recruiting teams here at Johnson Service Group are industry experts. We can help match your skillsets with a great job opportunity. Whether you’re a mechanical engineer or an I&E technician, we have hundreds of job openings available. If you are serious about finding the next step in your career, reach out to us today and let’s work together to find the position you’ve been looking for!

5 Ways To Refresh Your LinkedIn In Less Than 5 Minutes

LinkedIn has experienced steady growth since its establishment, with over 590 million users by the end of 2018. So, not only are a lot of people using LinkedIn, but many of them are in upper management, exactly 45 percent, making it the perfect platform to make yourself seen in the professional world. Chances are, however, that your LinkedIn profile is in need of a refresh. We’ve pulled together 5 quick updates you can make to your profile, which will take less than 5 minutes each!

Update your LinkedIn profile picture

Put on your favorite work outfit and have a coworker snap a photo of you in front of a blank wall! A fancy camera is great if you have one on hand, but today’s smartphones have some pretty incredible photo capabilities as well. An updated profile picture is the fastest way to give your whole professional persona a facelift.

Choose a new cover photo

See if your company has any branded cover photos. Are you feeling extra creative? You can always head to a free stock photo site like Unsplash and download something related to your industry. Ultimately, you want your cover photo to be a reflection of your personality and or profession, giving people who view your profile an inside look at what it’s like to work with you.

Rethink your headline

If you’re like most people on LinkedIn, your headline is just a copy of your current job title and company. While this is fine, there’s definitely an opportunity for improvement! Try including a few of your key skills, or expanding upon your job title. Also, don’t forget to include any special certifications or designations. After all, you’ve earned them!

Give a LinkedIn recommendation

Giving a colleague a recommendation serves a few great purposes. First, it allows you to give them a professional boost. It also prompts the recipient to reciprocate the favor! One benefit you may not have considered is that you will also be featured on their profile next to a sincere compliment. (And with your standout new headshot, you’ll be sure to catch everyone’s eye!)

Share an article

The best way to continuously establish yourself as a thought leader in your industry is to share articles, blogs, and other posts on LinkedIn. In an ideal world, you would share something every single day. Make sure to go beyond “liking” or other reactions to posts, or even just quickly sharing. It’s worth the extra minute to add an insightful comment that will help others understand what compelled you to share this content. And if you are really trying to make a good impression with your network, publish your very own article! Publishing your own articles on LinkedIn helps demonstrate your industry knowledge to your peers.

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LinkedIn Reactions Best Practices

LinkedIn Reactions

 

Many of you have probably seen LinkedIn’s new reactions. Like Facebook, a LinkedIn reaction is a new way to “like” a post, video, or image on LinkedIn. Instead of just liking a post, you can now engage on LinkedIn in five different ways:

  • Like
    • The default and traditional option to like a post.
  • Celebrate
    • Congratulate a co-worker, colleague, or a professional milestone, such as getting a new job or welcoming a new team member.
  • Love
    • Expresses that the post is heartwarming, resonates with you, or makes you feel an overall sense of appreciation or happiness. Good examples of this are thanking a past mentor or saying goodbye to a co-working leaving the company.
  • Insightful
    • Expressing that a post was insightful, made your think, offered a new idea, or shared a great point.
  • Curious
    • Expresses that you’re intrigued by a thought-provoking question or idea; expresses that you’re curious and want to learn more.

Now, these new reactions might seem fun or cute, but we must remember, LinkedIn is a professional networking tool. Many of us use LinkedIn to source new candidates and find new clients to engage with. Since every single one of us is representing Johnson Service Group, it’s essential that we use these new features appropriately.

Here are some best practices for using LinkedIn’s new reactions:

  • LinkedIn isn’t Facebook. We must keep our profiles and engagements professional.
  • Refrain from using unnecessary or excessive “love” reactions. Using this reaction can generate the wrong impression.
  • When in doubt, just use the traditional “like” button

Here’s how to use LinkedIn’s new reactions:

When on a desktop computer, simply hover your cursor over the “like” button and the five different reactions will pop up for you to select.

On a mobile device, press and hold the “like” button on a post to select the reaction you would like to use.

To learn more about these reactions, please reach out to the Marketing Team or check out LinkedIn’s Help Center for more details.

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4 Sites You Need to Use in Your Job Search

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If you’re currently looking to make a career move, it can be overwhelming at first. However, there are several resources at your disposal when looking to navigate these job search processes and uncertainty. Luckily, the ones we’re sharing with you 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 actually getting the most out of this search engine? 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 recruiter ensures you find the opportunities that will be the 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 a prospective 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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It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Resume

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Last week was the first day of Spring. The sun is finally shining, and we are finally seeing some better weather. This is the time of year when most Americans take some time to deep-clean the house, car, or yard to get ready for summer. However, have you ever thought about sprucing up that resume of yours?

If you don’t update your resume regularly, it can be difficult to try and remember all of the great things you accomplished three, six, or even 12 months ago. So while you’re in the cleaning spirit, here’s how to give your resume a good spring cleaning!

Remove that resume objective

Honestly, resume objectives are a waste of space and can distract hiring managers or HR from the rest of your resume. “I am a hard-working individual seeking a long-term career in the Healthcare industry with opportunities for career growth.”

This example, and like the majority of other resume objectives, says nothing about you as a professional. I am sure you are a hard worker looking for a new job. But so is everyone else. Instead of an objective, illustrate your passion and skills throughout your resume with concrete examples and figures.

Review your work history

You should take a close look at your work history every time you update your resume. There is a debate over how much work experience you should include. Some people think you should only limit your work experience to the past 10 or 15 years. However, if you’re well into your career, you may be doing yourself an injustice by cutting work history just to save space.

A good rule of thumb is if it’s relevant to the job you’re applying for, keep it on there. Now, you should go through each part of your career and tweak, add, or remove duties and achievements when necessary. But don’t just remove valuable work history because of an unwritten rule.

Eliminate some of your personal information

We’re almost a quarter of the way through 2019. In this day and age, we can leave out some of our personal information on our resumes. You no longer need to include your address on your resume. After all, you’re not mailing your resume in to submit for a job. All you truly need is your first and last name, your email address, and your phone number.

Besides, if you include your address on your resume, you may be filtering yourself out of consideration without even knowing it. If you apply for a position out of state or in a different city, you may not ever hear back if they assume you require relocation and the employer isn’t offering one.

Also never include your references on your resume. The last thing you want to do is include a reference without their knowledge. And if one of your references is from your current employer, the last thing you want is for the word to get out that you’re passively looking for a new job. Besides, an employer won’t even check them until further along in the hiring process.

Refresh your LinkedIn profile

Your LinkedIn profile is essentially your online resume. Your resume has your work experience, accomplishments, certifications, and a little bio about you. More and more people are beginning to include their links to their LinkedIn profiles on their resume. And recruiters, human resources professionals, and the like use LinkedIn to find candidates for their open positions.

Use your profile as an opportunity to share a little bit more about you professionally, personally, and show a little bit of your personality. It can be difficult to get the full picture of a candidate on their resume. But your LinkedIn profile is your time to show off your personal brand as well as a more detailed account of your career.

Here are a few resources to help spruce up your LinkedIn profile and make it really stand out: