What Recruiters Want You to Know

Recruiters spend their entire workdays talking to job applicants. They see many great candidates and a lot of. . .not so good applications. There are some triggers that can lead to an automatic “no,” as well as some signs recruiters look for that give them a good feeling about an applicant. Naturally, there are a few tips they wish all of their applicants knew!

First impressions matter: you make yours before you even speak.

Here is a five-word horror story: Recruiters check your social media. Social media is casual—that is good! It can be a way for a recruiter to better understand your personality outside of your professional resume and qualifications. Things can get horror-worthy if you post inappropriate content on social media—hateful speech, badmouthing others, or over-sharing personal details. While most of your social media does not need to be “professional,” it should be presentable. Don’t post anything you would be embarrassed to see on a public billboard—recruiters will see it. If they get a bad feeling from your socials, it can be difficult to dig yourself out of that hole.

While you are cleaning up your social media, you might as well get rid of all the buzzwords in your resume and interview notes—recruiters see right through them. Many of these words are either already expected by employers, or they do not actually say much about you. Instead of telling a recruiter you are “results-oriented” (or another buzzword), show them through tangible examples. Read about how to write a stand-out resume here!  

Showing your interest goes a long way.

Be sure to do your research about the company before you interview. While a recruiter may tell you some information about the company when they initially connect you with the position, it is important that you investigate the company for yourself before the interview. Use information about the company and position to show your interest in them. Be clear about your needs and expectations while also communicating what about the position excites you.

Recruiters are there to advocate, not negotiate. 

Working with a recruiter can lead to a great partnership. When things go well, this relationship benefits everyone involved. While this is great, it is important to remember that recruiters are there to initially present your resume, give their reasons why you would be a good fit, and then introduce you. They are there to support you, but they will not be holding your hand, negotiating your salary or benefits for you without you lifting a finger. You MUST ask if you want higher pay or better benefits—recruiters cannot request better pay, etc., for you unless you come back with a counter-suggestion. They want to see you thrive, but you need to want it enough to ask!

Knowing these things and taking them into account can set you apart from other candidates. Looking for a new position? Check out our openings here.


Different Types of Recruiters & How They Can Help You Find a Job

You probably know that a Recruiter can help you find a job. But what does that mean exactly? First, it’s important to understand that Recruiters work for companies, NOT for candidates. Thus, you should never have to pay for a Recruiter’s services. There are four major types of recruiters, and we’re breaking them down and giving a definition of each. So next time a recruiter contacts you or you’re looking for a job, you’ll know which partnership is right for you.

Corporate Recruiter

A Corporate Recruiter works internally at the company they recruit for. They typically have direct lines of communication with the Hiring Managers. A Corporate Recruiter’s job entails distributing and advertising jobs, sourcing candidates, screening resumes, and potentially conducting first-round interviews. In most companies, Corporate Recruiters coordinate the hiring process for the entire company. As a result, they have a lot on their plates. A Corporate Recruiter is not who you partner with if you’re hunting for a new position.

Retainer-Based Recruiter

A retainer-based Recruiter is a third-party partner hired by the company to recruit higher-level positions. They receive payment upfront to find candidates with specific, hard-to-find experience. Sometimes these searches can take months to find just the right fit. Also, a retainer-based Recruiter will come to you if you match the requirements they are looking for. You may not even be searching for a job and a recruiter working on a contain basis can reach out to you!

Contingency-Based Recruiter

A contingency-based Recruiter is what you typically run into at a staffing agency. They receive compensation for successful candidate placements. Additionally, a contingency-based Recruiter is usually competing against other firms. As a result, a contingency-based Recruiter is highly motivated to help you get the job. Thus, they are a useful advocate and tool for landing your next position. Contingency-based Recruiters typically have a large network of qualified candidates in their industries

Full-Cycle Recruiter

A full-cycle Recruiter can work on a retainer or contingency basis. The difference is that they work directly with the hiring manager in addition to the candidates they submit. Full-cycle Recruiters are the unicorns of the staffing world. Not only do they have a direct line of communication with the Hiring Manager, but also a deep understanding of the company, position, and the skillsets required. If you establish a relationship with a full-cycle Recruiter, they may even be able to champion you to your dream company.

At JSG, we employ all four types of recruiters. We know the ins and outs of our clients and the positions they are looking to fill. We have a thorough knowledge of the industries we work in and the companies we partner with. So, if you’re ready to take the next step in your career, partner with a JSG recruiter. Get started today!

4 Reasons Why You’ll Love Working with a Recruiter

Do you feel like you are stuck in a rut with your career? Or are you actively searching for a new job due to the pandemic? There is a lot to adore about working with a recruiter, and now more than ever, partnering with one can elevate your job search. If you are ready to fall head over heels with your career again, here are four reasons why you’ll love working with a recruiter.

Relationships with hiring managers

First of all, recruiters have strong relationships with hiring managers. We often work directly with hiring managers, allowing us to build close connections with them. We understand their hiring needs, culture, and their company’s goals. Because we have close relationships with the hiring managers we work with, we can champion your resume to their desk. Instead of your resume getting caught up in an ATS, we will directly send it to the hiring manager and discuss your qualifications. Just having them view your resume boosts your odds of getting an interview tenfold.

We match you with jobs that meet your career goals

You’ll also love working for a recruiter because we are expert matchmakers. We take the time to understand your career goals so we can successfully match you with a new role. Are you looking for a contract role in a new location that has a better cost of living? Or are you ready to take on a leadership role and put your skills to the test? Regardless of your goals, we will work hard to match you with an opportunity that meets your career aspirations. We never force opportunities upon our candidates. That is a lose-lose-lose situation for you, our client, and us.

We can streamline communication

Have you ever interviewed for a job where there is a lot of back-and-forth communication? It can be frustrating and stressful to communicate with a hiring team during the interview process. Well, when you work with a recruiter, that’s another thing you don’t have to worry about. Recruiters represent you from the beginning to the end of the process. We submit your resume, work with your availability to schedule interviews and handle any necessary negotiations. We take on all of the communication, so all you have to worry about is bringing you’re A-game to your interview.

Help you find positions in the future

Sometimes an opportunity is just not meant to be. It happens to the best of us. However, when working with a recruiter, we can continue to aid you with your job search. If one opportunity doesn’t work out, we can work with you on another that matches what you are looking for in a new role. On the other hand, we can be life-long partners with you. We have contractors we have worked with for decades, working with them year after year to find exciting, new contract opportunities. Some of these contractors become more like family after such a long, successful relationship. 

You’ll love working with a recruiter because we can aid you with your current search as well as searches down the road.

Happy Valentine’s Day

Thus, these are four reasons why you’ll love working with a recruiter. So, if you are ready to kick off your job search, reach out to JSG today. We are ready to be your matchmaker.

Roses are red,

Violets are blue.

If you partner with a recruiter,

Your career will thank you.

Happy Valentine’s Day from all of us at JSG!

3 Things Recruiters Will Look for in 2021

Most companies don’t completely shift their hiring strategies or processes throughout the year. However, the pandemic has forced many employers to rethink how they hire talent. As we (hopefully) near an end to this misery, some of these changes will permanently affect how employers hire. Here are three things recruiters will look for in 2021.

Your COVID-19 story

The virus impacted everyone differently. Some people were fortunate enough to shift to remote working while others sadly were furloughed or laid off. Regardless of your circumstances, recruiters will be looking for how you used this time. So, if you were out of work, how did you use your “free” time? Did you take some online courses or earn a new certification to improve your professional development? Did you spend some much-needed time with your family and reflect on your career goals? Or have you been working from home since last March? Regardless of your situation, recruiters will want to hear how you used this time.

You can share this in a cover letter, a resume summary, or even have it prepared during an interview question. Either way, be prepared to answer this question in 2021.

Time management proficiency

Solid time management is always something recruiters want to see in a prospective candidate. But with the possibility of working remotely, demonstrating that you can manage your time will be crucial. There will likely be questions in your interviews that relate to your time management skills. If you are working in the office or on-site, it’s easy for your manager to check-in to ensure you’re on track. However, when you are remote, you will have a lot more leeway on how you manage your time, and recruiters want to know that you are capable of finishing your daily tasks and projects promptly.

Even if you are physically working at your employer’s location, you might be working with a remote teammate in another time zone. Being capable of working with others across different time zones is something recruiters will be looking for closely.

Transferrable skills

Finally, recruiters will be looking for transferrable skills. Before the pandemic hit, recruiters were looking for candidates with the right skill sets and core competencies. Fast forward to today, and there are millions of Americans out of work. As a result, people are in the process of a career transformation and may not have all of the job-specific skills that a recruiter would typically require. But do you have similar skill sets that can transfer to this new position? That’s what recruiters are looking for right now. You can teach a good candidate any job-specific skills if they have the right background and comparable skills. Transferrable skills are the way of the future for hiring the best talent on the market.

Ready to make your career move?

So, these are just three of the skills recruiters will look for in 2021. If you are ready to transition into a new position, now is the perfect time to partner with a recruiter. We have hundreds of job opportunities across North America with fantastic clients looking to hire immediately. If you are ready to soar to new career heights, visit our job board!

Here’s Why You Want Resume Advice From A Recruiter


Recruiters like myself with over 20 years’ of experience have seen thousands of resumes throughout our careers. I have seen the good, bad, and the downright ugly over my years. I have even blogged about how to write a great resume. But you might still find yourself needing some help. One of the best things you can do for your career is to make the most of your relationship with a recruiter. We want to invest in your success and help you land your dream job.

We’re your biggest advocate

Recruiters have one goal: to fill an open position with the right person. Whether they are working for an agency or in a corporate recruiting role, their job is to source great talent. If we think you’re the best person to fill our opening, we can be an asset in getting your resume to the top of the hiring manager’s pile.

When you partner with a recruiter, they may make suggestions on how to improve upon what you have already written. This might include fundamentals such as formatting, highlighting your skills and strengths, or even pointing out grammatical errors. A recruiter will help you fine-tune the details. Good recruiters will talk you through their process and what changes they are proposing. If you don’t agree or if you have questions, let them know! This is your resume and should be a reflection of you!

Resume formats are both an art and a science. There are parsing techniques, keywords, and current trends that are proven to be effective. And good recruiters keep up with changes in the market so you can focus on job hunting.

Proofread, proofread, proofread

Now, some of the biggest mistakes made by candidates are minor spelling and grammar issues. Talented recruiters who can format resumes in their sleep can easily spot these. Margins and formatting are other areas that can be tricky. Managers often glance over resumes while running to their next meeting, so it’s important to make your skills pop off the screen. This improves your ability to earn that important interview where you can shine with your skills.

Honest recruiters don’t want to misrepresent your skills, but they do want to help you put your best foot forward. Thus, listening to us can be a great benefit for you. If a recruiter offers you resume writing assistance, make sure you are clear about your skills and expectations! If they offer to completely re-write your resume, run.

Make sure to ask to see the resume before it goes out to ensure it is a good representation of you and what you can offer the company! Recruiters want to find and showcase the best talent which could be YOU!

Your Secret Weapon in the Job Search

job search

Because every company has different processes, people, and expectations, there’s no perfect way to tackle your job search. But you do have a secret weapon at your disposal in the form of your recruiter!

Professional recruiters have expertise in areas that many of us are unfamiliar with. Whether you’re trying to identify the best opportunity for you, or need advice on successfully navigating an interview, recruiters are here to help you go from being an applicant to a trusted employee. Here are several ways your secret weapon can better your chances at successfully landing a new role:

Increased Opportunities

Regardless of how large of a network you have, recruiters help increase the number of opportunities available to you. While online job boards seem to contain countless open roles, not all companies have every open job posted. Recruiters are often tasked with actively finding the right candidate, as opposed to passively sorting through online resume submissions. They are also experts at deciphering job descriptions and connecting you with opportunities that may be perfect for your skillset but take some searching to uncover.

And in some cases, a search can be confidential. That means it may not appear on any external job board. The only way you may ever know about it is if you’re working with a recruiter, like one from Johnson Service Group.

The Job Search is Time Consuming

While your job could be anything from computer programmer to CEO, recruiters are in the business of finding you the best possible outcome. An in-depth job search takes time, time that you often don’t have because of other responsibilities in life. Whether time constraints are due to your current job or personal obligations, sometimes there are simply not enough hours in the day. Even finding the right job listing can feel impossible with the sheer amount of jobs open right now. In this candidate-driven market, job boards may even start feeling a little oversaturated.

This is why partnering with a recruiter from JSG is in your best interest. Why not turn to someone who has made a career out of connecting people with jobs they love?

4 Reasons to LOVE Working With a Recruiter

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, it’s important to remember there are so many things to love in this world. Whether it’s loving your line of work or a recruiter who will help you fall in love with your career again. You never know what Valentine’s Day could bring! But this year it will bring the knowledge of why you’ll love working with a recruiter.

Career Match-Makers

Think about it. Recruiters are out to find the BEST candidates for their clients. This means if they reach out to you, they feel you have amazing potential and that should be a big compliment. Recruiters are the perfect match-makers for you because they don’t cost you a thing and could help you find the company and job you’ve been dreaming of. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me! Once they reach out to you about a position, hear them out! You never know what great opportunity they found for you!

Hiring Managers Love Recruiters Help

If you’re wanting your resume seen nowadays, having a recruiter in your corner is a surefire way for that to happen. Being in a candidate-driven market, where unemployment is some of the lowest we’ve seen in a long time, hiring managers are struggling to keep up. Instead of being able to focus on that stack of resumes they need to look through, they are being spread way too thin doing other’s jobs because they don’t have enough people. It’s this endless cycle unless you’re working with a recruiter.

Recruiters are hired by companies to help them fill their critical needs. Which means if they’re reaching out to you, you can almost bet that your resume will be reviewed before it ever would have been if you applied online. Loving a recruiter may seem impossible, but in today’s job market, they could be your one in into a great company you’ve been eyeing!

Recruiters Have the Connections

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” pertains to recruiters more than probably any field out there. They know the people and companies and what they’re looking for. Again, they are that match-maker everyone can fall in love with and appreciate. Because they do not just help you find a job, they help their clients find a great employee. So, it’s important that they have these connections and trusting in them is easy when you know they are the connection person.

They Are Passionate About Helping You

When it comes down to it recruiters love helping people. They enjoy the fact that they get to place qualified people with companies who care and it’s a process that pays them in more ways than one. They are passionate people who understand the importance of enjoying what you do and not staying somewhere that makes you miserable.

So, if you’re ready for a move and to fall in love with a recruiter who understands your needs, reach out to us today and check out the exciting opportunities, we have on our Job Board!

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

Passive Candidates

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.

5 Reasons Working with a Recruiter Will Help Your Career

Negotiate a raiseWhen you think of a recruiter you may think they are just trying to fill roles so they can get paid. And even though they have a job and goals just like everyone else, they do this tough job to help their clients and candidates find the perfect fit. Recruiters rely on relationships with clients and candidates that build bridges, not burn them. And here are some of the ways they do that.

Help Find Your Dream Job

When a recruiter reaches out to you it’s because they know you have amazing skills that A. would be a great fit for a company they are working with or B. you’re a candidate they want to help find a great new position. Your skills, knowledge, and the way you’ve presented yourself catch their eye because you’re an amazing candidate that companies, especially in today’s candidate-driven market, want and need.

With that, recruiters know they can help you find your dream job and they really want to do that. So, when a recruiter reaches out to you, make sure you give them the opportunity to talk with you. They could end up placing you in the best opportunity you’ve had yet.

Exclusive Access to Positions not yet on the Job Market

If you’re looking for a new position it can be overwhelming to do it all on your own. Especially, when you still have your current job to keep up with and you may be on the search for a very specific position. This is what recruiters are here for!

They live for helping candidates, like you, find the position they’ve been searching for. And when it comes to exclusive positions you wouldn’t even be able to apply to, they are the ones who can help you tremendously when it comes to finding those positions.

Working with a recruiter only helps you on your journey and takes nothing away from your job search.

They Help you Hone Your Interview Skills

This is a huge advantage when it comes to the interviewing process. Recruiters help you on an individual level excel at the most important part of landing a job. Since they are working exclusively with the client, they can prep you and help you nail the interview better than anyone else can. They will tell you what to research about the client, how to answer hard questions, and overall make you feel more prepared for an interview.

Interviewing is what makes or breaks your chances of landing the job, and with a recruiter helping you nail it, you’re sure to have more chances of it being a success.

They do the “Heavy Lifting”

You don’t have to worry about all the applications, the waiting, the sending your resumes to companies that never see it. Because recruiters are working directly with hiring managers, getting your name and expertise out there, so all you must do is send in your resume and help them fill out questions when needed!

They are the ones pushing you out to their clients and helping you set up interviews. You get to enjoy the process instead of stressing about whether your resume and application is reaching the right people to get a chance at an interview in the first place.

Life Long Connection

Recruiters become much more than just the person that helped you land that job. They become a relationship that helps you find a new job, place to live, better opportunity for your family, and so much more. So the connection you build with them becomes more like a friendship.

They also are amazing lifelong connections that will be willing to help you whenever you need them.

So, give the recruiters who are calling you a chance to help you. You may just be surprised how helpful they can be to finding that dream job you’ve been looking for.

If You Think The Holidays Are Stressful, Try Being A Recruiter!

weeks of planning, an expensive shopping list, trying to please everyone’s varying tastes and trading your leisure time for a week’s worth of cooking to the list. Now, just imagine that this is what recruiters do. Every. Single. Day.

We all know that the Holidays are for gathering together with family and friends to celebrate the past year, exchange gifts, and eat tons and tons of delicious food. Unless, of course, you’re the host. In that case, you can add weeks of planning, an expensive shopping list, trying to please everyone’s varying tastes and trading your leisure time for a week’s worth of cooking to the list. Now, just imagine that this is what recruiters do. Every. Single. Day.


When you decide to host the holidays in your home, you are going to spend a minimum of two weeks planning ahead of time. You have to be cognizant of how to accommodate everyone’s different tastes and needs, you must decide where in the world you’re going to put everyone, and how the heck you’re going to pull off an amazing holiday for everyone.

When recruiters take on a new search assignment, we more or less follow the same exact steps. We take into consideration the hiring manager and team’s preferences, browse through candidate resumes and imagine how they will fit into the role, and try to come up with an interviewing timeline that will work for all parties.


Hosting the holidays requires a significant investment of time, energy, and money. Most often it involves a variety of commitments from cooking, to shopping and wrapping, to providing entertainment.

Our recruiters put the same investment into every project they work on. We customize every search to fit the needs of each specific client, the culture, the community, and of course the desired skill set. Starting from the second an agreement is signed, our recruiters are committed to providing our clients with qualified candidate who will fill every box on their wish list.


The holidays require a lot of patience. With extra family in town, kids hopped up on sugar, and a highly elevated stress level, you need to channel your inner zen to get through it all. The best things you can do? Plan ahead, communicate clearly, and be ready for anything.

Recruiters do these things every day. After we’ve submitted a great candidate, we have to wait hours, or sometimes days, to receive feedback from our clients. This is why we try to establish a clear communication plan ahead of time and why we keep our phones on at night – so we can take care of things at a moment’s notice!


Hosting the holidays isn’t ALL bad! If you’re lucky enough to have kids in your group, then you get to experience the joy of seeing their faces light up with anticipation throughout the week at the thought of Santa shimmying down their chimney.

This is our favorite AND least favorite thing about our jobs! As recruiters, we anxiously wait by the phone while our candidates are in interviews or constantly refresh our email when we’re anticipating an offer to come through. But the satisfaction that comes with finally getting word that your candidate will be hired is the absolute best and why we love what we do!