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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 Add a new, professional headshot if yours is out of date.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:

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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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Get More Out of LinkedIn

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In 2019, it’s no secret that social media has woven itself into almost all aspects of our lives. In the business world, the hiring process is no different. Sites like LinkedIn provide several tools to increase your chances of getting hired. LinkedIn offers everything from building up your endorsements to building connections with other professionals in your industry. Now all you need to do is take advantage of them.

Leveraging your Network

One of the basics of LinkedIn is connecting with other people to grow your network. Keep track of your relationships with former classmates, co-worker, and friends to learn more about the companies they work for and any potential job opportunities. A company’s LinkedIn page will inform you of any connections you have already formed with current employees, or which employees graduated from your same university. Either of these is a great conversation starter when inquiring about a job.

Your network can also help your credibility. On your LinkedIn page, individuals can list the various skills they hold. Others can then vouch for you, showing anyone reviewing your credentials that you are in fact certified and hirable.

Educate Yourself

One of LinkedIn’s strongest components is its use of educational resources. There is so much information available throughout their site, ranging from personal development to company insight that you NEED to be taking advantage of. Industry and job market updates are posted regularly, allowing you to stay up to date on the latest trends relevant to your job and life. Salary insights and company comparisons allow you to find out if your pay is on par with others in your profession. Companies post content that can be a snapshot into their company culture, allowing you to learn what it’s like to work there before even going in for an interview.

Recruiters Come to You

LinkedIn can also serve as your personal “lighthouse,” letting potential employers and recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. While being proactive in your job search is always important, sometimes the perfect opportunity comes to you. Recruiters specialize in placing candidates with job opportunities that match their skillsets. Just because you can’t find the ideal help wanted ad, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist!

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The Benefits of Using Pictures When Sharing Jobs on LinkedIn

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Did you know that you’re 12 times MORE likely to get engagement on a LinkedIn post if you include an image? This means when you’re posting about jobs, a person is 12 times more likely to see your job post and apply than if you were to just copy and paste the job description on your LinkedIn without an image.

In this blog, I’ll be explaining step by step how to find and post a picture that will help your LinkedIn job postings reach even more prospective candidates than ever before! You can also watch the video below for a detailed walkthrough.

Step 1 – Have the Marketing team make you a picture or find one yourself

As a member of the Marketing team, I know how busy you are. We are here to help you! If you have a job you’d like to post with an image, we can make you one in 5 minutes flat. This will include branding, a logo, your job title, location, and of course a corresponding picture.

This is probably the easiest way to get a graphic because all you have to do is send us the information and we will get it to you as soon as we can. You can also find pictures on your own. Just make sure you use one of the following sites:

These three sites contain royalty-free images that are free for anyone to publish. If you just find an image on  Google or another site, you put yourself and the company in possible legal trouble because we don’t have permission or the rights from the owners to use their images. So, if you decide to use your own photos, please only take them from these above sites.

Step 2 – Upload Photo on LinkedIn Post

Once you are on LinkedIn, press the photo icon on your publishing content tool. This will bring up your files and you can choose your picture from it’s saved location. Make sure you upload the picture first. If you don’t, it may affect the rest of the process.

Step 3 – Write in Your Job Description

The next thing you want to do is write in a short and catchy job description. Add in some requirements, location, and maybe some fun facts about the position. Don’t copy and paste the job description! This is your opportunity to show your personality and SELL the job, so use it to your advantage!

Step 4 – Add Website Link and Contact Information

After you have finalized your awesome and enticing job description, make sure to add some sort of contact information. Whether that is your phone number, email, or both, adding your contact details will help people reach out to you and ask questions or find out more about the position.

You also want to go to the JSG job board and find the hyperlink to your job post. Adding this link into your LinkedIn post allows potential candidates to directly apply to your job and all of their details and resume will get uploaded straight into Bullhorn.

Step 5 – Publish

And the last thing you need to do is publish your LinkedIn post! This allows candidates to get excited, see an engaging image, and hopefully, help you receive more qualified candidates.

If you need any help or would like to work with us on pictures, blogs, or even videos, the Marketing team is here to help you succeed! Don’t be afraid to reach out to us! Thank you, and good luck! This should be a fun and exciting new avenue for finding awesome candidates.

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Keep Your LinkedIn Professional by Avoiding These 4 Things

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When using LinkedIn, it can be hard to remember that it’s a social platform solely designed to help you make career connections, NOT share your recent life updates. The following tips will help you excel at LinkedIn as well as help you to “keep it professional!”

LinkedIn is not Facebook

LinkedIn was solely created to share career success, network with professionals, and find new career opportunities. It’s not the place to share gym selfies, or what you’re eating today. It’s the professional social site. The site you can use to congratulate colleagues on promotions and share your career achievements.

When you start posting unprofessional things, it can damage your credibility as a capable and achieved professional. So, the best advice is before you post something, ask yourself if you’d be proud to share it with your boss.

Don’t write in the Third Person

When you’re writing summaries or any post, make sure you’re writing in the first person. LinkedIn is about you and your career in the present; It’s not a biography of what you do and who you are. Writing in the first person allows people to get to know you as a professional.

Avoid Religious and Political Comments/Posts

Your opinions and point of view are very important! But LinkedIn is not the place to post them. In your work life, these are the two topics you should avoid. Everyone has their own thoughts and opinions. And it’s a sure-fire way to trigger an argument.

Avoiding these posts will help you stay out of scenarios you don’t want to be in, especially on a professional platform.

When messaging people keep it professional

As a career-based platform, messaging someone for career advice, an endorsement, or job postings are the main objectives when contacting someone. If you have personal objectives, they should be kept to yourself and not discussed on this platform.

Even though you can meet people anywhere, it’s important to know your audience and understand there’s a time and a place for every type of conversation. But LinkedIn is meant solely for professional connections, not anything more.

LinkedIn is an amazing platform to grow as a professional and can help you make amazing connections that help you get to your next career stepping stones. Making sure you avoid doing these things will you tremendously and keep you from using LinkedIn in an inappropriate manner.

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A Recruiter Contacted You – Now What?

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It finally happened – a recruiter found you and reached out to you. They sent you an InMail on LinkedIn, emailed you, or called you directly. They have a position that seems like a perfect fit with a company that’s even better. Now what? Here are the first things you must do once a recruiter contacts you.

Take a moment to reflect

Before you even think about responding, take a moment to reflect on where you currently are in your career. You may be perfectly content with where you are now, but how will that change in the next six months? Year? Two Years?

Do you see yourself growing into your current position and within the organization? No matter how satisfied you are with your current position, it’s worth hearing out the recruiter. With today’s candidate-driven market, this may just be the best move for your career! Candidates have lots of options and accepting a new opportunity may be the best way to grow your career and lock down that pay raise you’ve been working hard for!

Do some research

Was it a third-party recruiter or an internal recruiter that contacted you? If it was an internal recruiter, it’s time to do some research!

Head over to their website to learn more about the organization. Check out their mission and vision statements. Visit their ‘About Us’ page and try to feel out the company. While you’re there, go to their open jobs and see if you can find the job description to learn a little more about the position.

You can also check out their social media pages to see what’s happening with the organization. Look out for new product launches, events, awards they received, etc. When doing your research, try to envision if this is a company you can see yourself working for.

If a third-party recruiter reached out to you, you may not know the actual company’s name yet. Instead, find the recruiter on LinkedIn and get a feel for them. Read their summary to learn a little more about them. Check to see if they have any recommendations from other clients or past candidates. Be sure to do a little research on the recruiting company they work for to ensure everything checks out.

Update your resume

This is probably self-explanatory, but the recruiter is going to want an updated copy of your resume. They may have found an old resume online or just found your experience on LinkedIn, but you want to be sure they have a fresh copy of your resume with your most recent experiences and accomplishments.

Even if your resume is up to date, this is a perfect opportunity to look at it with a pair of fresh eyes. Besides, once you know what the job is, you can tailor your resume to match the position and really demonstrate that you’re a great fit for the role.

If you need some help tweaking your resume, we have a ton of resources to help make that resume stand out to the hiring manager!

It can be really exciting to be recruited. The best thing you can do as a candidate is be prepared! Good luck!