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Take the Luck Out of Your Job Search this March

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We know that sometimes landing a new position can feel like the luck of the draw. However, you can increase your odds of advancing your career during a job search by following a few simple steps. (And you don’t even need the luck of the Irish to do it!)

Do Your Homework

This is arguably the most important step in your job search. Doing your homework upfront can completely transform the rest of the process. First of all, you want to identify the types of opportunities open and attractive to you. Try to find jobs with relevancy between your education, experiences, and skills. With thousands of job openings nationwide, online job boards are full of opportunity. Other sites like LinkedIn or Glassdoor include similar resources, and you should definitely bookmark them during your search.

Be sure to review in-depth information on these sites as well. With a quick search, you can learn about company culture, interview questions, and even average salary ranges. (And don’t forget to sign up for newsletters or set alerts on LinkedIn so you never miss a company’s update or job listing!) For example, the Johnson Service Group website is home to job listings for hundreds of great companies throughout the U.S. and Canada. Furthermore, it provides articles giving job search advice on anything from what to wear to learning to deal with failure.

Work with a Recruiter

If you really want to take the luck out of your search, turn to a professional. Recruiters, like the ones at Johnson Service Group, are trained to connect highly qualified people with open job opportunities. Often, they have exclusive access to job openings. These jobs may not be public, as the recruiter has direct relationships with hiring managers. To be available for these opportunities, make sure you connect with a recruiter!

How to Take the Luck Out of Your Hiring Process

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With St. Patrick’s Day around the corner, you’ve probably started seeing lots of four-leaf clovers, leprechauns, and pots of gold. However, with this candidate-driven market, you’ll need a little more than luck to ensure you’re hiring process is effective. Instead of relying on your good ol’ lucky charm, here’s how to streamline your hiring process to find the candidates your organization needs.

Pick up the pace

If you want to stop relying on luck, you have to stop dragging your feet. It’s a candidate-driven market. Do you know what that means? It means candidates have options (and lots of them!). You need to make hiring decisions quickly to ensure the candidates you’re interviewing don’t disappear into thin air.

You’ve probably heard the complaints of candidates “ghosting” employers. Without so much of a moment’s notice, candidates are vanishing; they aren’t calling back recruiters or HR, they’re not showing up to scheduled interviews, and even failing to show up on the first day of work.

If you don’t want this to happen to your company, you need to speed up your process. Try to identify some slack in your hiring process and eliminate it. The more you streamline your process, the better your chances of finding a great candidate on the other end of the rainbow.

Stop looking for that “leprechaun”

A great candidate is like a four-leaf clover: hard to find and lucky to have. In this tight job market, you don’t have the luxury of waiting for the perfect candidate, that magical leprechaun, to show up on your desk. According to the last JOLTS Report, there are a staggering 7.3 million job openings across the country! However, there is currently only 6.5 million unemployed persons. With open jobs substantially outnumbering people available to fill them, it’s getting harder and harder for employers to find that “perfect” candidate.

Instead of looking for a candidate that checks off all your boxes, look for a candidate that’s qualified, but maybe is missing a thing or two from your candidate wish list. Don’t just turn down a candidate because they don’t seem like a perfect fit. Invest some time and see if they have the potential to be a great addition to your team. They may not have all of the hard skills or years of experience you’d like, but unfortunately, in this crazy labor market, employers don’t have that luxury. If they have the soft skills needed and have a good attitude, the candidate may be a great fit for your team!

Team up with a recruiter

If you’re sick of relying on luck to fill your critical roles, why not team up with a professional? Working with a recruiter, like one from Johnson Service Group, will help you navigate this competitive labor market. We’ll help you streamline your hiring process and find you the candidates your team needs. Reach out to us today and lets Sham-rock and roll.