Candidate Resources

This is your one-stop-shop for resources to help you prevail through your job search. Whether you’re looking for interview advice, job search tips, or an outlook on the labor market, Johnson Search Group has you covered. We have tons of resources to help guide you to a successful job search. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

How To Make Your Resume Stand Out In The Banking Industry

How To Make Your Resume Stand Out In The Banking Industry

Creating a great resume in the banking industry can be just as stressful as trying to find a great one (with a great person attached to it). There is so much to think about, and it can quickly get overwhelming. It is the first impression a prospective employer gets of you, and it’s so important to make sure that you set the right tone. Here are a few tips and hints that will help set your banking resume apart from the crowd.

Awards & Special Achievements

Be sure to include any awards or notable achievements on your resume. It’s easy to think to yourself, “they will make my resume too long,” or “why do they care if I earned an award for my volunteerism?” I’m here to tell you, whatever that negative talk looks like in your head, stop it. This is one of the biggest keys a potential boss gets into finding out who you really are, so don’t hold back! Celebrate your accomplishments while giving a little insight into who you are along the way.

Objective

This is your mission statement of sorts. If you could sum up your passion for your career into just a sentence or two, make it count here. The objective is your opportunity to truly grab your audience quickly and make the best first impression. Did you know that many hiring managers read through only objective lines before deciding to proceed further or not? (Click here for some great objective statement examples!)

Education

Banks love to see relevant degree/certification information on a resume. Be specific, and remember to add any additional courses or certificates you have earned. Education is often used as the tiebreaker if it comes down to a bank having to choose between two very evenly matched candidates.

In the end, write your resume with the intention of making yourself stand out from the crowd. Put genuine thought and effort into this, and it will shine through. In the end, it may just end up being what gets you that interview you have been hoping for!

If you’ve got your resume in hand, ready to take the next step in your banking career, contact me! Let’s get you out on the market and on your way to your next position.

How Healthcare Careers Offer Long-Term Growth & Stability

How Healthcare Careers Offer Long-Term Growth & Stability

Many industries are leading the way to a swift recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic and the recession that came with it. However, healthcare will always be a stable and predictable industry that offers long-term growth and stability.

Why join the healthcare industry?

Job Security

The healthcare industry is expected to grow 14% in the next ten years, which means you will have an easier time finding a job as a professional in this field. So, whether you have 13 years of specialized education or two years of a community college education, there will be opportunities available.

Location Options and Competitive Salaries

Healthcare professionals are in high demand worldwide, meaning you have the option to work in many locations. Additionally, healthcare facilities tend to offer high pay, thus, even entry-level salaries will be competitive. Plus, the more experience, training, and education you receive, the more lucrative your career can be.

Career Advancement

There are many opportunities to grow in your career within healthcare. You can further your education and acquire certification. (Some employers even may reimburse you!) Additionally, there are plenty of opportunities for advancement once you start a career in healthcare. Employers often prefer to promote a trusted employee instead of finding someone new for a higher-paying role, especially in healthcare.

Opportunities in High Demand

Medical Coding and Billing Specialists

Jobs in this field are plentiful because every healthcare provider uses coded documentation and records. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) estimates that demand for medical billing and coding specialists will rise by 8% in the next decade. Those who have completed a Medical Coding Certification program will be in particular demand.

Registered Nurses

According to the American Nurses Association, there’s a shortage of nurses, and their demand is only expected to go up. Nursing careers offer valuable benefits such as strong salaries, numerous opportunities, and a feeling of fulfillment and accomplishment. Additionally, there are many nursing specialties to choose from, and the expected growth for this field is 15% in the next decade.

Information Technology Specialists

Growing telemedicine needs, emerging technologies, and potential security threats create an even greater demand for talent. As healthcare continues to evolve, more jobs are developing that combine the skills of both IT workers and healthcare workers, which means IT is here to stay.

How to find your next career move…

When you look for a job in the healthcare industry, it is crucial to find a position you’re interested in with steady growth that you will enjoy for many years to come. If you could use a hand with updating your resume or finding your next opportunity with a reputable healthcare organization, please reach out to Ivonne Garcia at JSG. I will consult with you and discuss your options thoroughly to find you your next career move.

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Career

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Career

This time of year is always known for spring cleaning. We clean out our garages, organize the storage sheds, and bring out the spring/summer stuff. It always feels great when we are all geared up for spring (even though we’re never a fan of starting it). We clean out the closets and work through last year’s clothes and donate anything we no longer need. Spring is also a time to check in on our careers by cleaning up those areas that we need to work on.

This time of year is an excellent opportunity to really focus our efforts on re-shifting our focus on our careers. That also means looking at our current employer. Do you still love your boss, or have things changed? Maybe a change in leadership or a shift in your leader’s attitude towards you or work. Sometimes it is just time to say enough of the same old stuff that we have been “putting up with” for years. As employers begin to shift their hiring into high gear, now might be the right time to make a career move.

Letting your career bloom

Spring is also a time of renewal. The flowers and plants start to re-grow and sprout up from the earth. The weather is warmer, and we all want to have some change in our lives from winter. Sometimes that is just needing to spend some time outside. Use this time to reflect on your career and decide whether you are growing and sprouting or stagnant and wilting. There is nothing more devastating to a person than a stagnant or wilting career. Now is the time to determine if your current employer and position complement your career goals or if you need to make a change. If you are not content where you are, you may need to consider transitioning in a new direction.

Picking up the slack

Springtime is also your cue to pick up the pine needles and leaves that we didn’t get to before winter arrived. Pulling up your sleeves and working in the yard is also symbolic of picking up the slack at work. In other words, we don’t always need a new career opportunity to spring clean your career. Frequently it’s a change in our work ethics and a mindset adjustment. Just like putting off your yardwork to the spring, it’s easy to procrastinate things at work. So, spring is the time to re-evaluate our careers and identify areas to improve our work lives. Whether that’s seeking an internal move, learning a new skill, putting yourself out there, or contributing more, this is the chance to make these career adjustments.

Need help spring cleaning your career?

So, get out there this spring and start cleaning up your career. If you evaluate your job and need a hand finding your next move, reach out to us today. We can help you find a new position with a fantastic employer that will allow you to achieve your work goals.

Impressions Are Everything During A Job Search

Impressions Are Everything During Your Job Search

Job searching can be a stressful endeavor, especially if you are unemployed and need to get back to work ASAP. Many candidates just focus on their resume on a job search, but that’s not always what leaves a lasting impression. Here are five other factors that affect your impressions during a job search.

Voicemail Greetings

One would think a professional voicemail greeting is standard practice. However, as a recruiter, I hear an astonishing amount of unprofessional greetings. When job hunting, make sure your voicemail message is professional and reflects well on your professional persona. Impressions are everything. Whether it is a third-party recruiting firm, such as Johnson Search Group, or a corporate recruiter reaching out, you want to make the best second impression possible (your resume is your first). Joking messages are great for friends but not for potential employers. Leaving a voicemail greeting where you pretend to be unable to hear the caller might be funny, but I am 99% sure that it won’t help you in your job search. Another message I often hear – believe it or not – is: “Hey, this is John Doe, you know what to do.”   

Yes – hang up.

References

If you are actively searching for your next job, make sure you have at least three professional references ready. References should be relatively fresh, and you should make sure that you have spoken with them to let them know that you are actively job searching. Always get their permission to use them as a reference – and above all else – make sure that you know they will go to bat for you. Having a reference with a grudge that throws you under the bus is the fastest way to lose an opportunity. And yes – it does happen.

Drug Testing

Our world has changed in the past ten years, and while many states have either decriminalized certain drugs or have made them legal for medical use, they may still be illegal under federal guidelines. Many have the misconception that because a State may consider a certain drug legal, companies cannot or will not consider it in a drug test. Companies can and do rescind job offers due to a positive drug test, whether “legal” at a state level or not.   

Response Time

Communication makes the world go around. Effectively communicating and responding in a timely manner can leave a great impression and help you land that job! Nothing more sends a red flag to recruiters than an unresponsive candidate. 

If you are serious about pursuing an opportunity, then you need to be available.  

Being a Diva

Every job seeker wants to get the best opportunity and salary available. Working with Johnson Search Group helps bring this to fruition. We discuss what you are looking for ahead of time and make sure that our clients are aware of your requirements. No one likes surprises! A candidate might be all that – but only to a point. If you have communicated your needs to your recruiter, rest assured, it will be passed on to the HR Manager.  

Another quick way to lose out on a job offer is to keep coming back with more and more demands. This can be a significant red flag, and your offer may even be rescinded. No matter how good you think you are – there could always be someone else making a better impression.

If you are searching for a new opportunity, Johnson Search Group can help.

We will be with you every step of the way and help you put your best foot forward. Give us a call and let us help you land your next job!

How To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market

How To Stand Out In A Competitive Job Market

The good news is companies are hiring! The hard part is, we are seeing more willing applicants than ever. 2020 significantly changed the hiring landscape, and we are seeing those effects play out in the hiring market now. In light of this competitive job market, I wanted to share some of the latest interviewing and hiring trends and best practices to navigate seeking employment.

2021 Job Market Trends 

First, we need to talk about the job market. More jobs open up every day, with states across the country reopening at an increasingly faster pace and mandates being rolled back or removed. Many of these jobs are backfilled with candidates laid off or furloughed in 2020 and are nearly filling themselves. However, there is a tremendous number of new jobs opening as well. This can result in candidates not returning to previous employers, changes in the companies hiring needs, and numerous other company-related factors. As a result, people are ready to get back to work and even confidently changing their careers. Overall, there is a sense of urgency and excitement amongst candidates and hiring managers.

Candidate Challenges

While a competitive job market is a good thing for employers, it can create challenges for candidates seeking employment. Finding a way to stand out is critical. First, you have to always assume you are in competition for the position you are pursuing. There are generally several strong candidates and many unqualified candidates applying for the same position as you. Just browsing LinkedIn, many of the job posts have hundreds of applicants in the first few days, resulting in a talent acquisition professional qualifying the resumes. The best and easiest way to stand out is having a recruiter represent you for the position.

The Benefits of Partnering With A Recruiter

Working with a recruiter to find your next job will do several things. A recruiter will have already done an initial screening with you to ensure your qualifications, experience, location, and desired compensation align with the company’s needs. Secondly and most importantly, a great recruiter will already have a relationship with the company. This essentially can result in you “skipping the line.” (The line being those other 100 applicants currently waiting for a response!) Suppose you are not working with a recruiter. In that case, I recommend connecting with some of the company’s hiring team on LinkedIn. Then, ensure your resume is incredibly clear and concise with directly related experience to the job listing.

Navigating the job market is tough for anyone. If you are a company looking to hire, I strongly recommend connecting with a recruiting agency specializing in your industry for the best and quickest result. If you’re on the job market, make sure to do significant due diligence on the company you are applying for. Partnering with a recruiter to represent you and share new opportunities with you may be your quickest way to landing new employment in a competitive job market. Reach out to me, let’s work together.

Contract Staffing in the Post-Pandemic Workforce

Contract Staffing in the Post-Pandemic Workforce

It is safe to say that the world has changed both in our personal and work lives. Being able to adapt to change is the key to surviving the unknown. So, as a career professional, what do you do when life throws you those lemons? That’s right! You make lemonade.

Old myths about contract staffing

Typically, there are two types of professionals: those that join a company for a full-time job – with benefits and perks, and contractors. For professionals who have never worked as a contractor, the thought could be daunting and may seem like a step backward. We are programmed by society to believe that the only way to get ahead is to find a company, settle in, and in the past, retire. But that mindset is dated. Retiring these days from a company after 30 years is not realistic, which brings us to the plethora of benefits from contract staffing.

Companies benefit, too!

Like job seekers, companies can benefit highly from partnering with a contract staffing agency, such as JSG. As a company, you can leverage talent in your Finance and IT Departments and more! Companies in the past have opted to hire people on a contract basis for short-term projects, interim situations, or to cover someone who may be on a leave of absence. Hiring an employee on a contract basis allows both the employer and the employee to decide if they are going to “click.” Contract staffing solutions are ideal for the company, especially as employers ramp up their hiring efforts.

Recently unemployed?

It is competitive out there! Johnson Search Group has put many people to work on a contract basis, and we can help you find a new opportunity. One of the best parts about contract opportunities is that they can transition into a full-time position! Don’t narrow your job search to just direct hire opportunities! Reach out to a JSG recruiter and let them know your situation. Contract positions can offer great pay, solid benefits, and can convert into a permanent role! If you ignore contract staffing, you may miss out on a fantastic job opportunity.

Ready to get started with contract staffing?

So whether you are a company needing a staffing solution or a job seeker, Johnson Search Group is the staffing firm to call! We cover many industries and have 30 offices across North America. Our professional recruiters will help you navigate your situation and suggest the best staffing scenario for your career.  

Put Some Spring Into Your Job Search!

Put Some Spring Into Your Job Search!

The snow is melting, the sun is making frequent appearances, and the job market has been on a strong growth trajectory for a few months now. This combination makes for a perfect catalyst for change! The market is extremely competitive right now, so even if you’re just considering making a move, it’s the perfect time to revamp your job search materials and brush up on your interviewing skills. Here are just a few of our recent blogs to assist in putting some spring into your job search!

Four Activities To Master During Your Job Search

Searching for a new job is much more than just scouring online job boards and refreshing your inbox every five minutes. There are many ways you can bolster your search in the background of your job hunting journey. If you are looking for better results, here are four activities to master during your job search.

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

With bonus season upon us in the banking industry, many people are starting to evaluate their current positions. Additionally, managers are assessing the weaknesses of their teams and where they can add talent. This might land you in a position to look for the next step in your career. But, did you know there are advantages to utilizing a recruiter for your job search? Here’s why you should partner with a recruiter to find your next job.

Interview Questions For Every Stage Of The Interview Process

If you’ve spent any time on our blog at all, you know you need to ask questions during your interviews. However, it can be challenging to determine which questions to ask at which stage. Modern interviews feature anywhere from one to eight different interviews for one job. And the questions you ask during the initial phone screen should be different from the questions you ask at a final interview. Today, we’re breaking down the differences and laying out interview questions for every stage of the process.

How To Address Salary Requirements During An Interview

One of the most panic-inducing parts of an interview is addressing salary requirements. To best tackle this question, you need to prepare ahead of time! Here are three steps to take in order to share your salary requirements with confidence.

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find A Job In 2021

I must say, I am feeling the optimism – things are moving along in the right direction. In my last blog wrapping up 2020, I left off explaining how I felt good momentum moving into the new year. Companies are hiring in Q1, not as much as I have seen in previous years, but certainly an uptick from the majority of last year. One of the trends I am currently experiencing as I continue my candidate searches is the emphasis on transferrable skills.

Five Video Interview Mistakes To Avoid This Year

As employers begin their return to the office or working onsite, virtual interviewing is here to stay. Even when the virus is in the rearview mirror, most employers will rely on video interviews to streamline the hiring process, cut hiring costs, and expand their talent pools. With this newly adopted interviewing format, here are five video interview mistakes to avoid this year.

How To Evaluate A Job Offer In 2021

Receiving a job offer is one of the most exciting feelings imaginable, especially if you have been unemployed for an extensive amount of time. However, before you sign your name on the dotted line, you must review the offer; this is a major decision, and you must understand if this is a good fit. Here are three aspects to consider when you evaluate a job offer in 2021.

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

With bonus season upon us in the banking industry, many people are starting to evaluate their current positions. Additionally, managers are assessing the weaknesses of their teams and where they can add talent. This might land you in a position to look for the next step in your career. But, did you know there are advantages to utilizing a recruiter for your job search? Here’s why you should partner with a recruiter to find your next job.

Employers are hiring again

If you are getting your bonus right now or are finding out that dividends won’t be paid this year due to the coronavirus, you are probably ready to look at potential job changes. I am here to tell you that after hiring restrictions prevalent throughout most of 2020 due to COVID-19, companies are now ready to grow their teams.

Hiring managers are looking for experienced professionals that can add immediate value to their team. You need to be able to articulate your passion and how your skills and experience will bring value. Sound intimidating? Working with a great recruiter can help you understand the value you bring and prepare you for grueling interviews.

Great recruiters can help you articulate in a way that speaks directly to a hiring manager’s needs. Sometimes just getting the interview isn’t enough to land the job you want, especially in today’s competitive market. You need someone to help you evaluate your skills and experience and coach you on how to sell them.

How A Recruiter Can Help You Pass The Interview Stage

So, you say you don’t need a recruiting team to help you in the interviewing stage. Let’s talk about that for a minute. You might be a strong interviewer. However, if you have been in the same company for the last 5-20 years, you’re out of practice and your interviewing skills are out of date. If you partner with Johnson Search Group to find your next position, we will help you prepare for the interview. We provide you insider company information, hiring manager backgrounds, and job descriptions. Additionally, we will help you thoroughly understand the job, walk you through the interviewing stage, and help you land the next best career move.

So, let’s have a conversation about your next step. Give me a call and let’s find out what your future has in store!

Top Three Soft Skills for HR Professionals

Top Three Soft Skills for HR Professionals

HR is an ever-changing role within the banking and financial services industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, HR jobs are “projected to grow 7% from 2019 to 2029, faster than the average for all occupations.” I have seen a significant increase in the need for not only permanent, full-time roles, but clients have been asking for HR professionals on a short-term temp assignment to help get through different projects or overflow.

There are some soft skill commonalities amongst the HR jobs I’ve recently been recruiting on for my clients. This focus is due to today’s climate with COVID-19 and some because of the steady digital transformation of financial institutions. Here are the top three skills that HR candidates must possess in today’s world within the financial services industry.

Organizational change experience

As most companies have had to adjust their remote flexibility policies, it’s essential for HR professionals to understand how to navigate organizational changes; they need to understand the impact of the changes on the employees and the organization as a whole. This year will be huge for organizational change as many companies anticipate returning to the office later this year. Attrition, morale, and employee engagement will be the most significant organizational change factors as adjustments happen.

Takes a collaborative approach

Taking a collaborative approach decentralizes power and allows for shared knowledge, input, and expertise from others around. Having this sort of collective process can have a massive impact on how employees view their leaders, which can be detrimental to employee morale if it’s not done right.

Strong communicator

HR must align with the companies’ leadership and workforce to support the organization’s overall strategy and mission. According to HR Technologist, “57% of employees report not being given clear directions, and 69% of managers are not comfortable communicating with the employees in general.” HR plays an integral role within any organization, and if the communication is not clear, problems can begin to emerge later on down the road.

Are you an HR professional looking for a new job?

So, if you’re an HR professional that possesses qualities or know someone who does, I’d like to chat with you! I have HR roles I am recruiting on across the board, from an HR Coordinator all the way up to VP, Human Resources & Organizational Development. Reach out to me today, and let’s work together!

3 Benefits of Connecting With A Recruiter

3 Benefits Of Connecting With A Recruiter

At some point in your career, you’ve probably been contacted by a recruiter. When I reach someone who is not open to new opportunities, I get shut down pretty quickly. However, if I speak to someone who is, I typically share the opportunity I am recruiting on, and we go from there.

However, having a conversation with a recruiter offers many advantages, even when you’re not open to new opportunities. Here are three benefits you can get from talking to a recruiter, even when you’re not immediately available for a new opportunity.

Understand your market value

As a recruiter in the banking and financial services industry, I need to know the market value for people within the industry. I have conversations with candidates all day long. We talk about compensation, incentive programs, and benefits. We can quickly look at your skill-set and tell you what you may be worth based upon your background. Sometimes candidates are shocked to find out that they are underpaid in their current situation. Alternatively, some are happy to discover that they are very well-compensated for someone in their position.

Recruiters tell you which institutions are desirable (and which are not)

I have a lot of conversations with people open to new opportunities in Washington. I hear about the ins & outs of teams, the leadership turnover, and the culture of institutions. As a result, I can speak to which ones may not be the best to go work for and which are highly desirable based on certain factors. I enjoy having candid conversations with folks. It helps me understand why you’re ready to take the next step in your career. Additionally, I uncover what a good next step looks like for a candidate.

Networking

You may not be open to new opportunities now, but things can always change down the road. Speaking to a recruiter is a great way to build a networking relationship for future opportunities. They can be a wealth of knowledge in the industry and can even give job search, resume, and interviewing tips. Additionally, you can refer the recruiter to someone you know who may be looking. You never know; it may be the opportunity that they’re looking for, and you can make an enormous impact on their life!

These are just a few of the many benefits of talking to a recruiter, even if you may not be open to new opportunities. So, connect with us today and have a conversation!