How to Quit Your Job in 2019

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With more job openings than people unemployed, there has never been a better time to be a passive job candidate. Hiring managers and recruiters are trying to fill roles and are reaching out to individuals who may already be employed. Congruently, companies have seen a rise in employee ghosting – where a person gives no notice and stops coming to work. People are searching for any alternative to having an actual conversation. (Some even resorting to paying a company to quit on their behalf!)

However, quitting is as much a part of your job as the process you went through to get hired. And it’s easier than you’d think. Exiting the correct way will make life easier for your (soon-to-be) former employer as well as yourself.

Don’t get ahead of yourself

Often, this process will begin with a recruiter reaching out via email, LinkedIn, or with a phone call. It’s tempting to share this information with your office buddy; however, it’s in your best interest to keep it to yourself. With these being the beginning stages with nothing written in stone, you could be setting yourself up for failure – especially if you’re just in the interviewing stage. This includes asking the recruiter or hiring manager to wait on contacting your current employer, giving you a chance to prepare for the upcoming conversations around a departure.

Putting in your notice

Once you receive a job offer and decide to accept it, the next step is having that tough conversation. It’s time to tell your boss or manager that you’re quitting your job. This conversation needs to take place in person, as it communicates respect. While this conversation may cause some anxiety, departing with an email or voicemail will likely have a longer-lasting, negative effect. Give them at least two weeks’ notice so they have time to begin finding a replacement. Moreover, if they promote from within, your boss may ask you to help train your replacement.

Whatever they ask of you in your remaining time during this transitional period, do it and do it well. Knowing you are moving on sometimes brings out the slacker in people. Typical consequences for falling behind or being under-motivated may hurt as well as your career in the future.

Express gratitude

Whether you and your employer agree to two last weeks or two last months, document the agreement in writing following the conversation. Now is the time to send an email restating your agreement, just to ensure there is no miscommunication down the road. If you have a specific mentor or coworkers you appreciated working with, let them now! Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to work there and with whom you did is a great last step to a productive exit. Whether this is in person or with a thank you note, a formal goodbye is better for your career and peace-of-mind.

5 Tips For Those of You Passively Looking For New Jobs

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When passively looking for a new job opportunity, all you’re wanting to do is see what’s out there. Especially, in today’s job market, you may be a little curious to see if your dream position is currently available! And that’s okay. Because 85 percent of people who already have jobs are open to new job opportunities, just like you.

So, there is nothing wrong with passively looking. But here are some tips that will keep you on the right track. And well, not get you fired from your current job in hopes of helping you find your next career move.

Be an Active LinkedIn User

LinkedIn is one of the best ways to stay connected, not only just for yourself, but also for hiring managers and recruiters. It’s easy to look for jobs and say that you’re open to new opportunities without your current company seeing! So learning the ins and outs of LinkedIn is a great way to keep yourself passively looking for an awesome new opportunity.

Build a Career Network

Making career connections is always important. Whether you are at a work conference or meet someone in the same field as you, making career contacts will always be beneficial. You never know when someone will have an opportunity and think of you as a good fit. As long as you remember to treat everyone with respect, you won’t ever have to worry about losing an opportunity you’d really enjoy.

We forget at times how important personal contact and touches are in a world that’s full of technology. But nothing will replace a warm smile and strong handshake when it comes to meeting people who may end up helping you in the future.

Check Job Listings

Job boards, including LinkedIn, are a great place to skim when you’re on the hunt for a new position. It gives you the opportunity to see what requirements you hit, and of course, what is currently out there. In today’s job market though, companies are struggling to find the skilled workers they are looking for. And it may surprise you how many recruiters will start to reach out to you if you turn on that “I’m open to new opportunities” button on LinkedIn.

But again, checking job listings will give you a great idea of what is out there. And it could even help you make a decision on if you’re happy about where you’re at or if you’re really looking for something more!

Update Your Resume

This is a must when you start to think about looking for a new job. It’s important to stay up to date on your resume throughout your career. If you’re thinking about moving companies, this is a good time to do a little resume clean up and make sure everything you’ve accomplished is up to date.

Of course, if you decide to apply for a job, you need to make sure to customize your resume to the job listing. But having everything written down and designed how you want will help the customization part of your resume, tremendously!

Be Interview-Ready

Once you’ve decided that you’re ready for a change, making sure that you don’t use up all your vacation days are important. Companies are starting to see the necessity of making offers quickly if they want to keep and hire qualified candidates. So, you want to ensure you can take a day off as soon as possible. Especially, because without that opportunity, you could miss out on the job you’ve been waiting for.

There are a ton of tips we could throw your way, but if you’re just passively looking, these are the main ones. Remember, you can always reach out to one of our JSG recruiters to help you find your next big move. We are here to help, and we’d love to show you the amazing opportunities out there that you won’t find on other job boards!

The Best Candidates (And the Hardest to Attract) Are Passive Candidates

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Yes, we mean currently employed candidates! Who are usually, just casually looking at available job opportunities. You probably understand the logic of why passive candidates are the best candidates for your open positions. But how do you impress them enough to leave a comfortable job for a new one? Well, with 6.7 million open jobs and only 6.2 million available workers, we know your search must start somewhere when it comes to recruiting passive candidates. And here is how.

Why Passive Candidates are the Best

When you know that someone is already employed you know a few things: They have strong skills, they’re creating value, they are willing to do the job, and are gaining the experience, the open positions like yours, need. They are the candidates you want applying to your jobs, and ultimately, the ones you want to hire. But to convince and attract these types of employee’s is difficult.

They normally are comfortable with where they are at, but with the help of a recruiter, you can tap into the passive candidate demographic.

Why Focus on Passive Candidates?

Passive candidates are 122 percent more likely to want to make a big impact on your business. They are hard-working and looking for an opportunity to grow in their career. These candidates have the skills, experience, and knowledge of what being a successful employee is. And for any company, this is the most desirable candidate.

study from LinkedIn, states that 75 percent of the people an organization would hire aren’t even looking for a new job. And for critical roles, 95 percent of the people you’d want to hire also aren’t looking. So, what does that mean? That the best candidates out there are not even on the market.

Why are Passive Candidates the Hardest to Attract?

With recruiting someone who’s already employed, you must know how to approach them. Most people are comfortable with their job, location, and money. Recruiting passive candidates is hard because they are content. They do not need a job and do not feel the burden of having to find one immediately.

But, that does not mean they aren’t casually looking for other opportunities! If they have the option to move up, start their dream career, move closer to family, or have more of a work-life balance, they more than likely could be willing to take another position. It’s just all about timing, which recruiters know well.

How a Recruiter can Help You Reach Passive Candidates

Passive candidates are still on the market, just in a different way. 85 percent of workers worldwide are open to new positions! That’s pretty good odds of being able to find the person you’re looking for. They just need to be approached in a different way, which is where a recruiter comes in.

When partnering with a Johnson Service Group recruiter, you’re guaranteed we are working in the passive candidate market. As you know, they are the best candidates for a company and that’s what we’re here to do. Our recruiters are here to help our clients and candidates find the perfect fit, and in today’s market, it can be difficult. But with our knowledge of the job market and with access to the best candidates, we’re sure to find you the best person for the job. Let’s work together.

Active vs. Passive Candidates: What’s The Difference?

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You’ve probably heard recruiters reference “active” and “passive” candidates. But what is actually the difference? And how do you know which one you want to hire? If you’re considering a new job, which type of candidate are you? Don’t worry, we’re breaking down each term and what it means to you if you’re a hiring manager or candidate.

Active Candidates

Active candidates are just what their moniker implies – people who are actively searching for a new job. While many active candidates are unemployed, about 25% of employed professionals in the United States are actively searching for their next role. This can be due to a variety of reasons from uncertain futures to misaligned culture fit to unsatisfactory work-life balance.

Active candidates often get a bad rep. Because they’re actively looking for a new position, employers often assume they are job hoppers or unskilled/inexperienced. However, there are a few benefits to hiring active candidates. These candidates are easy to find. They probably applied for your job and are eager to interview ASAP.

Active candidates are looking for the next step in their career and will be much more likely to accept offers and hit the ground running throughout the hiring process. In order to hire a great active candidate, be sure to ask them the tough questions about why they’re looking for a new position, what they know about your company, and what their career goals are.

Passive Candidates

A passive job candidate is someone who is being considered for a position but is not actively searching for a job. This does not mean they aren’t interested in a new position. They may be browsing relevant jobs, but only applying to a few or even none at all. They may be unhappy in their current position but can’t justify making a move just yet. In all reality, they’re holding out for that one “perfect” position. According to LinkedIn, 75% of the people you want to hire are passive candidates.

Yes, passive candidates are extremely desirable; however, it’s a lot of work to hire a successful passive candidate. You have to dig for them on job sites, social media, or even by calling them at their current job. They need to be convinced to make a move and sold on your company and position. And when it comes to the offer stage, they’re much more volatile.

Passive candidates are much more likely to stay in their current position/accept a counteroffer/use new opportunities as leverage. All that being said, passive candidates are often loyal employees and aren’t interviewing anywhere else. They are most likely highly skilled and have extensive experience. If you can land a passive candidate, you will probably be very happy with your hire.