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How to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

How to Tap Into the Hidden Job Market

Over the last couple of years, there has been a lot of hype about the hidden job market. No, this is not an underground job market where employers list their jobs in secrecy. This market is all of the jobs that employers are not publicly promoting on their websites. These are jobs that can be executive-level roles, jobs for internal candidates, openings to replace a current employee or jobs that are private for other reasons. It’s hard to pin down the total number of jobs in this “hidden” market; however, a survey from Jobvites reveals that 35% found job postings on social media, 50% of respondents heard about jobs from friends, and 37% say they also learn about jobs from professional networks.

In other word’s there are tens of thousands of jobs on this market, and we are going to help you tap into it to find your next career opportunity.

How can you tap into the hidden job market?

There are a few different ways job seekers can access these hidden jobs.

Reach out to your professional network

The first thing you should do to access the hidden job market is leverage your professional network. Head to LinkedIn and let recruiters know that you are open to new job opportunities. You can turn on a setting that signals to recruiters looking for candidates that you are interested in new positions. Once that game-changing setting is active, start reaching out to your network. Have conversations with your current connections, reach out to new people at your dream companies, and engage with others on LinkedIn. Actively post on LinkedIn as well as comment on other’s posts. Join professional groups on LinkedIn and other social media sites to meet professionals in your industry.

Once you start connecting with new people and re-engage with your connections, you will quickly discover some of these “hidden” jobs that you can only find through networking and social media.

Do your due diligence

Besides networking, you can uncover jobs on the hidden job market by doing a little research. Start following companies you are interested in working at on social media, subscribe to their newsletters, and introduce yourself to people at these companies. Employers often share they are hiring on their social media sites and newsletters to help get the word out about new openings. If you are following companies that fit your career goals, you can quickly identify brand new jobs. These aren’t advertised on traditional job boards because they are costly and take time to publish.

Also, once you find a job that sparks your interest, do some research on the hiring manager or others on that team and reach out to them. Send them a personalized LinkedIn request or email and briefly introduce yourself. If you go straight to the horse’s mouth, you can bypass an ATS and get your resume in the hands of those that matter most.

Work with a recruiting firm

Probably the most effective way to tap into the hidden job market is working with a recruiting firm. Recruiters often have exclusive job opportunities – jobs that are not available anywhere else. Employers work with a select group of recruiters that they trust to fill their positions with excellent candidates. Partnering with a recruiter is a sure-fire way to learn about opportunities that are hidden to the public.

At JSG, our recruiters have cultivated strong relationships with our clients. We pride ourselves on our industry expertise and our emphasis on customer service. So, if you are ready to take the plunge, reach out to us today or take a peek at our job board. We want to partner with job seekers like you and help you find the next step in your career.

Why Your Job Search Isn’t Producing Results

Why Your Job Search Isn’t Producing Results

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your job search? If so, you may be one of the 25% of Americans who believe there are no suitable employment opportunities. If you are sitting there scratching your head and wondering why your job search isn’t producing results, it may be time to rethink your strategy. Here are four reasons why your search is not generating the results you are working hard to achieve.

Your job search is too vague

Is your job search broad enough? Many job seekers make the mistake of looking for a similar role with a different company in the same industry. In the post-pandemic labor market, this strategy is not as effective as it once was. Sure, it’s easy and comfortable to transition to a very similar role with a new company. However, some industries are performing better than others in today’s market. In other words, you may need to broaden your job search and tap into industries and employers that are thriving. Use your transferrable skills and apply them to a new position. If your job search isn’t producing results, it’s time to look at expanding your career pursuit.

You are not tailoring your resume

When was the last time you took a deep look at your resume? In today’s market, you cannot simply update your work experience and fire it off for every application. You must tailor your resume for every application. We get it; that sounds like a ton of work. But truthfully, it’s not as challenging as you may think. First, craft an updated resume with all of your latest experiences, achievements, certifications, and skills. Once you have a solid foundation, it’s pretty easy to tailor your resume.

Carefully review the job description and note the most important qualifications or skill sets the employer is looking for. Once you have identified the crucial qualifications, you want to reflect them in your resume. Tweak how you phrase your responsibilities and other details to beat the resume bots (aka an ATS) and land on a hiring manager’s desk. If you aren’t investing in the time to tailor your resume, you likely won’t yield the results you want.

Your networking isn’t effective

If your job search results are a little lackluster, it’s time to kick your networking into high gear. With the lack of in-person networking events, it’s time to turn to LinkedIn and other social media platforms to build your professional network. First of all, head to LinkedIn and let recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. (Work smarter, not harder!) Next, start building connections with those in your desired companies. Connect with people at your targeted companies on LinkedIn by sending them a personalized connection request. Briefly introduce yourself and explain why you wish to connect with them. They are more likely to accept your invitation if you send them a personal message introducing yourself.

You are not tapping into the hidden job market

The hidden job market is essentially all of the jobs that employers are not advertising online. In fact, only 40% of jobs are estimated to be advertised online. You can tap into the other 60% by networking or partnering with a professional recruiting firm, like JSG. Employers often give recruiters exclusive job orders, and thus, you won’t find these jobs on the employer’s website or anywhere else. If you are tired of your job search not producing results, let’s work together. We have hundreds of exciting opportunities across North America. If you are ready to take the next step in your career path, explore our jobs or reach out to us today.

How to Get Noticed By A Prospective Employer

How to Get Noticed By A Prospective Employer

Do you feel like you are failing to get noticed by your target companies during your job search? It can be challenging to earn the attention of competitive companies when the job market is so tight. If you are looking to make a splash with your job search this year, here is how to get noticed by a prospective employer.

Start building connections

The first thing you can do to start gaining a prospective employer’s attention is build some connections within the company. If you know someone who works there, this will be much easier. Reach out to your network and ask them to introduce you to the hiring manager of a job that interests you. If you don’t have a connection, you will have to stick your neck out a little more. Find people that are in similar fields with you at this company and start introducing yourself. Send them a LinkedIn connection request with a custom message. Introduce yourself and share (very briefly) why you are connecting with them.

Apply directly to the hiring manager

Once you start building these connections with employers you wish to work for, it’s time to start applying. Of course, you will want to submit your resume through the company’s career portal. However, if you know who the hiring manager is, you can submit your application directly to them. Competitive companies receive hundreds or even thousands of applications for a single position. So, instead of getting your resume thrown into the pile in an applicant tracking system, get your resume right to the source. A hiring manager or recruiter is much more likely to review your resume if you stick it right in front of them instead of letting an ATS do the work for them. Bypass the competition by sending your resume directly to the hiring manager, and you will start to get noticed by a prospective employer.

Go above and beyond with your application

If you are just blindly submitting your resume to every position in your field, you won’t experience much success. Due to the pandemic, we are in a competitive job market. You have to put in more effort to beat your competition and receive a callback. Tailor your resume to each position you apply for to ensure it illustrates that you are a strong fit. Write a custom cover letter for each application, even if one is not required. A thoughtfully crafted cover letter will help you stand out and connect the dots between your transferable skills and the position. Also, an excellent way to showcase all your skills and qualifications is an online portfolio. Submitting a link to your portfolio with your other application materials is a great way to show off your work examples, experience, and other things that make you a fantastic candidate. They are easy to make and often free to build on certain websites.

Need more help?

These three things will drastically help you get noticed by a prospective employer. But if you are looking to take your job search up a notch, consider working with a recruiter. JSG’s recruiting team can work with you to find the career that matches your skill sets and career goals. We have opportunities across North America and are ready to get you back to work. Reach out to us today!

What to Prioritize in Your Job Search

What to Prioritize in Your Job Search

Have you been searching for a new job for a few months and feel stuck in a rut? It is easy to get lost in your search after striking out over and over again. You start to over-analyze things and either become a little lazy in your search or start treating it like a full-time job. Regardless of how your search is going, there are a few things you should prioritize in your job search. Here are four tips to optimize your time and experience better results.

Quality Over Quantity

Many job seekers make the mistake of applying for virtually every job they come across. That is a massive waste of your time and can be demoralizing after gaining zero traction because you didn’t put enough effort into each application. Instead, focus on quality over quantity. Be more selective in your search and focus on jobs that match your skill sets and career goals. Spend the time you were wasting on submitting countless applications to tailor your resume for each position. Customizing your resume will help you get past those pesky resume bots and land your resume in the hands of a hiring manager.

Actively Networking

It is essential to network during and after your job search. You want to keep engaging with your professional network on LinkedIn, Facebook Groups, and other networking platforms. Join professional organizations to grow your network and potentially discover new opportunities. Ask your network for interviewing tips, introductions to hiring managers, and share your good news with them when you finally land a job. They will want to celebrate this victory with you and know your hard work paid off!

Here are a few tips if you are new to the virtual networking scene.

Self-Education

Throughout your job search, it is crucial to self-educate. There are thousands of free courses and certifications you can earn to bolster your resume and hone new skills that make you more marketable. These can be courses related to your industry or field of work; they can also be diversity and inclusion training, programs that are a high priority for employers. So whether you earn a certification, pass a free online course, or attend a DEI training seminar, be sure to share these accomplishments on your resume!

Your Mental Health

Kindling your mental health is arguably the most important thing you should prioritize in your job search. It is easy to get overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious while searching for your next career move. Add a pandemic to the mix, and your job search can really bring you down. It is essential to take care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, (safely) spend time with your family, and take time away from your job search. There is a myth that you should treat your job search like a job, working on it all day, every day. It is crucial to step away from your search so you can take care of yourself.

Take breaks in between applications, set up job alerts, so you are not scouring job boards all day, and if you need more assistance, partner with a recruiter. Recruiters can aid you in your job search and take some of the stress off of your shoulders. We can introduce you to new opportunities, champion you to the hiring manager, and offer interviewing advice. If this sounds like a good fit for you, reach out to us today, and let’s find you your next job!

Four Essential Job Search Tips Everyone Should Follow

Four Essential Job Search Tips Everyone Should Follow

If one of your goals for 2021 is to find a new job, you are probably looking for some tips or tricks to help your search end successfully. Searching for a new job can be stressful, especially if you are currently out of work. Lucky for you, you came to the right place! If you want this career transition to be smooth, here are four essential job search tips you should follow.

Set up job alerts

One of the biggest mistakes job searchers make is aimlessly scouring job boards for new postings. Many of us have been in this position before. You insistently check your go-to job boards or social media platforms for brand new job postings. This process can be time consuming and exhausting. Instead of checking your phone every other minute, sign up for job alerts. You can set up job alerts on almost any major job board, such as our Talent Network. You can set up specific job search parameters to receive notifications or emails when new jobs that match your criteria are available. Gone are the days of mindlessly refreshing job boards. Work smarter, not harder, and you will have more energy to pour into your search.

Tailor your resume and cover letter

After you set up your job search alerts, you can spend some of that extra time tailoring your resume and cover letter. Yes, we still recommend cover letters in this stiff job market. You can create templates for these two documents, but you should always take some time to tweak them for each application. For your resume, you want to mirror the job description and pinpoint things in your resume that fit well with the description. Essentially, you want to highlight your skills that match what the employer is looking for in a prospective candidate. In your cover letter, you get the opportunity to be a little more creative. This is your platform to elaborate on your background or skillsets that fit the company’s culture, industry, and mission or vision. Again, you can have a generic template for your cover letter, but you want to tweak it to help you stand out to a hiring manager or recruiter.

Network throughout your job search

Additionally, you want to continue to network throughout your job search. Join groups on social media, become affiliated with professional organizations, and engage with your network. If you are out of work, let your network know! There is no shame in being in-between jobs – it happens to more people than you may think. Share your resume with one of these groups, let old colleagues know you are searching, and introduce yourself to new professionals in your target companies or industries. You never know how a simple conversation can transpire into an interview. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there.

Be engaging during your interview

Our final job search tip is to be engaging during your interview. Once you secure an interview, you have to do your homework. Research the hiring manager you are interviewing with, do a deep dive search on the company and practice commonly asked interview questions. However, the best way to be engaging is to have questions prepared ahead of time. Your interview will be much more interactive if you have questions ready to ask. This is how your interview can transition into a more casual conversation, allowing you to build rapport with your interviewer(s). Interviews can be awkward for both parties, but acting engaged throughout the entire interview will help you stand out and illustrate your interest in the position.

Are you looking for more job search tips?

So, there you have it. These four essential job search tips will help you excel in your search and improve your odds of securing an exciting opportunity. If you are looking for more job search tips, review our candidate resources! We have hundreds of helpful tips and tricks to share with you.

Virtual Networking Tips for Newbies

Virtual Networking Tips for Newbies

Is it one of your new year’s resolutions to step up your virtual networking game? If not, it should be. Whether you are happily employed or deep into your job search adventure, networking is a vital professional tool to expand your knowledge, meet industry leaders, and maybe even discover new job opportunities. This is especially true with the lack of in-person networking events, a trend that might stick around more than you think. So, if you are new to networking, here are a few tips for newbies.

Don’t limit your virtual networking to LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a fabulous professional networking tool, but it’s not the only one. So many people new to virtual networking make the mistake of limiting themselves to LinkedIn. Facebook, for example, is also a valuable virtual networking tool with a growing platform of Mastermind/Facebook Groups. These groups can be anything from like-minded professionals in your field sharing new ideas, job search tips, or even local groups dedicated to hiring events and job postings. Joining these groups and interacting with others is just as valuable as LinkedIn or any other networking site.

Be active and consistent

Regardless of what platform you are using to network virtually, you need to be active and consistent. If you want to make a splash, you must engage with others. You can do this by commenting on other people’s posts, reaching out to them to hear their opinion, or sending them a calendar invite to have a further conversation. These are all great ways to interact and network with others. Also, don’t be afraid to post something new in one of these groups. It can be a little intimidating to ask questions or share your thoughts, but sharing your ideas can spark an interesting conversation. Starting a discussion is an excellent way to meet new people and gain valuable connections!

Attend virtual events

Thanks to the pandemic, many tradeshows and other networking events around the world have gone online. These online events and webinars are an excellent way to gain valuable information about a topic in your field and meet new professionals to add to your network. With all of these events going virtual, they have become more readily accessible to attendees. Instead of having to drop everything to attend one of these events, you can register online and join from the comfort of your home or office. Say hello to hundreds of exciting virtual events that you can now attend, regardless of your location or travel budget!

Now, it can be a little more challenging to meet other attendees at these virtual events. However, it’s not impossible. With everything going virtual, these events are promoted online. Event hosts will likely be discussing these events on social media and encourage attendees to share their experiences with specific hashtags. Thus, you can browse who is engaging with this event online and reach out to them virtually to share your experience or thoughts on the event. This may seem less authentic than bumping into someone in person, but this is a great way to build your network.

Join us on LinkedIn for job search and hiring advice

These are three easy virtual networking tips for those looking to bolster their networking this year. If you are searching for more career advice, job search tips, or hiring secrets, join the conversation on LinkedIn. We regularly share helpful tips and tricks with anything to do with hiring and job searching. Follow us on LinkedIn today and come say hello!

The 2021 Job Search Checklist

The 2021 Job Search Checklist

If you are ready to seek new employment opportunities in 2021, there are a few things you need to do to be successful. The labor market is still in recovery mode, and you will need to put in a little extra work to land a job this year. Here is the 2021 job search checklist to help ensure you land the job you’ve been working hard to find.

Are you ready to work remotely?

When you are looking for a new job this year, there are a few questions you should ask yourself; one of these questions is, are you ready to work remotely? Even after the virus is long-gone, remote work will be here to stay in some fashion. Many employers are permanently moving to remote working environments, while others will offer a hybrid system where you will work both onsite and at home. So like it or not, working from home is the new normal. And that’s not a bad thing! There are many benefits to working from home, like a more extensive job market pool for you to enter. You may no longer be restricted to local job opportunities. Remote work allows job seekers to apply for exciting opportunities across the nation or even globally.

Give your resume a facelift

Giving your resume an upgrade is one of the most critical points on this job search checklist. Your resume is often your first impression, and if it’s not up to par, you could be disqualified from the hiring process. In 2021, there will be a lot of competition throughout your job search. To stay a step ahead of your fellow job seekers, you must tailor your resume for each position. If you blindly submit your resume to every job posting you see, you won’t have a lot of luck. Quality is better than quality when it comes to your job search. Customize your resume objective, tweak your skills section, and reword your bullets to fit the job description better.

Look outside your current field

We have been talking about this a lot lately. 2021 may be the year of a career shift. And we are not just talking about switching jobs; we are talking about changing careers entirely or transitioning to an unfamiliar sector. Some industries are performing better than others right now, and it may be time to shift to one of these areas. If you have the right transferrable skills, your opportunities are virtually endless. Don’t be afraid to take the plunge into a new career.

Network early and often

Another essential bullet point on the 2021 job search checklist is networking. Many people underestimate the value of networking. It unlocks doors to opportunities you would never find on job boards. Also, networking gives you a sense of camaraderie. If you have been hunting for a new job for a while, you are not alone. Networking allows you to share your stories with others that are also struggling and provides a platform to help one another out. You never know who can lead you in the right direction or make an introduction in your network. Network early and often to make the most out of your job search. And once you land a job, don’t forget to share with your network. They are invested in your career adventure and would love to share this exciting moment with you.

Partner with a recruiter

The final mark on the job search checklist is to reach out to a recruiter. If you really want to optimize your energy and time spent on your job search, work with a recruiting firm. Our JSG recruiters have access to exclusive job opportunities, work with clients that are ready to make hiring decisions immediately, and have your best interest at heart. Partner with us today and let us help you find your next job opportunity this year. Take a look at our job board and let’s work together.

maintain motivation during a job search

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!

Virtual Internship

How to Secure A Virtual Internship This Fall

It is hard to believe that universities across the country are already welcoming their students back. Some are returning to campus while most students are taking on their Fall 2020 semester or quarter from their homes’ safety. The pandemic has impacted more than the college experience and classroom setting – it has totally changed the landscape for students looking for internships. With more companies embracing remote work, students will likely have to look for an internship opportunity that they can obtain from home. If you are stuck in this boat, here are some helpful tips to secure a virtual internship this fall.

Don’t forget about your school’s career center

Even if you are starting this semester from home, your school’s career center is still available. Obviously, you may not be able just to walk in and ask for help from a career coach. Most universities are pivoting to offer the same experience and resources remotely. Visit your career center’s webpage on the university or colleges’ website and take advantage of the resources available to you.

These coaches can help you craft the perfect resume, assist with interview prep, and even help you secure virtual internships. Many local companies or organizations with strong alumni ties frequently post internship opportunities on your school’s student job board. So, just because you are tackling this semester from home, your school is still offering professional career advice and sharing job opportunities.

Partner with local businesses or non-profits

If you are struggling to find a more traditional virtual internship, you can partner with a local business or non-profit. There are thousands of local businesses and non-profits struggling right not due to our current economic climate that would love a helping hand. Make a list of potential organizations you think you can impact and offer your talents. Whether you are a proficient writer, social media enthusiast, or web developer, reach out and see if they need assistance. Consequently, there are dozens of ways you can impact a local organization with your talents from your home. Plus, you will be working with a real organization and be making a positive impact. So, it’s a win-win situation for everyone and a fantastic resume booster for you.

Tap into your school’s alumni network

Almost every university has a strong alumni network or program that you can tap into for virtual internship opportunities. LinkedIn or Facebook Groups are frequently a popular home for these networks. Reach out to alumni from your school and start networking. You might be surprised by how many beneficial connections you can build and job opportunities you can discover. Connect with specific alumnus within industries that interest you. Moreover, you can post in these groups and express your interest in virtually helping an organization. Utilizing your alumni network is an excellent way to secure a virtual internship and possibly even a job offer in the future!

Find a Job During the Pandemic

How to Find a Job During the Pandemic

Finding a job in 2020 is surprisingly not as easy as it was a few months ago. With social distancing, face mask requirements, and other safety procedures to mitigate the spreading of the Coronavirus, your job search and networking are looking a little different. So, how do you find a job if you can’t attend a career fair? How do you meet new professionals in your industry without networking events? Here are three ways to find a job during the pandemic.

Virtual career fairs

You may not be able to attend a job fair physically, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t job fairs hosted virtually by companies and organizations. Instead of heading to your local convention center, companies are hosting virtual career fairs. These virtual job fairs vary. Some are simply a list of employers hiring, and you can visit their “virtual booth” to learn more information about the company and their hiring needs. Others are hosting job fairs with online booths where job seekers can sit in on live presentations and schedule one-on-one conversations with hiring managers. This may seem like an odd format, but this could be a great avenue to find a job during the pandemic.

Shift your virtual networking into high drive

With the postponement and cancellation of dozens of networking events, tradeshows, and other events, it’s time to kick your virtual networking into high drive. Some of these events are going virtual, so there is still an opportunity to connect with other professionals. However, it can be challenging to facilitate conversations when you don’t have the chance to meet in person.

Join professional groups on LinkedIn or even Facebook to connect with others in your industry. In these groups, you will find hiring managers sharing job opportunities and people discussing industry trends. The best thing you can do is make yourself visible. Post meaningful content in these groups and engage with others. This allows you to demonstrate your expertise and connect with other professionals in your market. These groups are an excellent way to turn another member into a resourceful contact and possibly even someone that can help you find a job during the pandemic.

Working with a recruiter

If you’re really looking to make an impact on your job search, have you thought about partnering with a recruiter? Working with a recruiter is an excellent way to get a leg up on the competition and discover job opportunities that you may not have found on the traditional job boards. Reach out to our recruiting team at Johnson Service Group. We will work with you to find a job that matches your career goals, even during these challenging economic times.