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2nd Quarter Roundup: It Remains A Tight Job Market

Can you believe that we are already halfway through the year? It’s officially summer and just like the weather, employers are feeling the blaze of today’s job market. While not as strong as the First Quarter, the job market in Q2 experienced steady growth. The unemployment rate has been hovering at 3.6 percent, a near 50-year low. Moreover, June was officially the 105th consecutive month of job gains.

The gap between job openings and available workers seeking new employment opportunities is still a headache for most employers. In April 2019, there were 1.63 million more job openings than available workers. In fact, this was the largest gap ever recorded! As you can see, the labor market is tight and doesn’t look like it’s cooling down as we enter Q3.

Check out our Second Quarter roundup of today’s candidate-driven market and learn a few ways you can navigate it, regardless if you’re an employer or a candidate.

Why Summertime is a Great Time to Hire


Summer is finally here! The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. It’s a common misconception that summertime is a notorious slow season for hiring. But in today’s job market, this simply isn’t true. Don’t believe us? Check out the Johnson Search Group job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the country.

It’s time to officially get this myth out of your head! Here are a few reasons why summer is a great time for hiring, for both candidates looking for opportunities and employers searching for new talent.

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How to Attract Millennial Talent to Your Organization

How To Attract Millennial Talent To Your Organization

Many well-established companies find themselves with a new problem these days: how to attract fresh talent with new skill sets and new ideas. By 2025, Millennials will make up 75% of the workforce. Organizations are now having to change their approach to attract and retain these young candidates. So what can your team do to secure this majority workforce? Here are a few dos and don’ts for hiring Millennials.

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How to Negotiate in a Candidate-Driven Market

How To Negotiate In A Candidate-Driven Market

You may have heard that the current job market is “candidate-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? First and foremost, it means that there are lots of great jobs available to a limited number of qualified candidates. For people looking to advance their careers, this results in better-negotiating power when it comes to wages, incentives, location, and work-life balance. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when negotiating a new position.

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How to Prepare for Your Next Interview

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Do you have an upcoming job interview? If so, proper interview prep is one of the most critical contributions to successfully landing a new job opportunity. Today, we want to share what I believe is the most valuable part of the interview process: the prep. Prepping for your job interview helps you as a candidate land your dream job. Getting an interview is sometimes the hardest part. Although this may be true, it’s not uncommon for qualified candidates not to be selected for the job. This is all due to them not being prepared for their big day.

No matter what industry or stage of the interviewing process, it’s always wise to prep for your upcoming interview. Here are three tips to help you nail your next interview.

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Timing Is Everything In Healthcare Hiring

Healthcare has an inherent nature of change. It is and always will be a huge platform for change, simply due to the basic tenants and morphology of disease. In addition, breakthroughs in research, population health concerns, new physiological discoveries, and battling terminal illnesses spark continuous change.

Qualified candidates are a huge part of this equation for success. The healthcare industry continues to grow. Growing shortages in trained and certified professionals and turnover rates still drive financial bottom lines significantly in one direction or the other. In the months of March and April alone, the turnover rate in healthcare exceeded 1.1 million! With an average cost of turnover of $50k, that number is a staggering $56,100,000,000 to healthcare organizations over a two-month time period.

What sparks changes in employment?

The most common reasons for a change in employment is often not even career advancement. I often hear it is company culture, new leadership, or changes in state regulations or community environment. The important aspect of all four of these reasons is that they are, for the most part, completely beyond one person’s control. If you experience any of these changes and they are to your liking, great! If not, it’s time to make a change in your career and/or location.

So, you made the decision to make a change. You update your resume and field the first call from a recruiter or hesitantly hit ‘apply’ on a job you see in a great location. The gauntlet has been thrown! The next steps are pretty predictable: First phone interview, second phone or video, and finally an onsite. This final step will determine fit – if you like them, they like you, and the location is ‘all it’s cracked up to be.’

What happens if a wrench gets thrown in your plans?

Unfortunately… life can get in the way. You get a call from a family member that there is a serious health issue, or you have put your house on the market and you don’t get five offers from the first showings as your realtor promised. Maybe you even find out you have an extra month or two on your lease that you did not figure into the cost factor of relocation. Or you have a family member that has a current issue that needs your support, and… Well, you can fill in the blanks.

Now don’t get me wrong, these are all valid concerns and issues that give pause for consideration; after all, family is everything in my book. However, how does that change the nature of the situation that caused you to look in the first place? Will putting off pursuing your career change provide any sort of solution? If you put off an interview or offer, will that change the atmosphere of your current employment situation or community conundrum?

There are some valid reasons to turn down an offer. Although situations outside of your control, that can be managed via telephone or travel on your time off, are not on the list. Bluntly, that’s what airports are for. Fearing change as a reason to postpone what is best for you and your future is not advisable. My advice is to do yourself a favor: When you make the decision that it’s time for a change, see it through. You owe it to yourself and the healthcare industry where you can make a difference. If you made the decision to make a career change, reach out to me or my healthcare team. We can help you make the change you deserve.

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

Relocating For A Job? Here’s What You Need To Know

In case you haven’t heard, the hiring market is hot right now. If you have been thinking about making a move, now is a perfect time! However, relocation always involves multiple factors. Here are a few things you should consider when approached with a relocation, from the interview process to the actual move!

Involve your family

Whenever you’re considering a relocation, before you make any official decisions it’s important to talk about it with everyone involved. Whether you will have people making the move with you, or just loved ones who would be affected by your move, discuss it with them during the interview process.

Understand relocation costs

If you are relocating for a job, it’s essential to understand costs. If your new employer is covering some or all of your moving costs, that will be discussed during the hiring process and explained in your offer letter. If they are not covering costs, you need to establish a personal budget to following during the move. We love this article that breaks down the true cost of relocating.

Do your research

Before you pack your bags, research the area you’ll be relocating to. Contact local realtors to inquire about school districts and the housing market. Local social media groups are also a great place to reach out and get some insider information on the location! The more you know about the area, the more it will feel like home once you settle in.

Get organized

Once you’ve talked with your family, figured out costs, and do your research on the area, it’s time to commit to the move and make a plan. Create a timeline and make lists of everything that will need to be done before you move. It’s a big decision for companies to hire a non-local candidate and they appreciate your dedication to starting the job on time and with minimal hiccups along the way.

How To Find Your Next Job Through #Hashtags

Hashtags are becoming an increasingly popular medium for job postings. We have all seen hashtags across multiple social media platforms, but how does this infamous “#” sign really work?

The Value of a Hashtag

Hashtags are an integral part of social media trends. Hashtags organize content, create discussions, increase outreach, and group relevant posts. Finding posts about a specific topic has become easy with hashtags. Every post around the hashtag will be grouped together, so you will only see hashtags relevant to the specific topic you want.

Commonly, hashtags filter posts based on interests. For example, people use hashtags to find related posts about the newest #GameofThrones episode, a new #paleorecipe, or best #travel spots to visit, but now hashtags can also be used to launch your career. You can use hashtags to find jobs and also connect with recruiters.

In fact, 84 percent of employers use social media to find the right candidate for a variety of job openings. Searching for jobs with hashtags easily filters content and directly connects job seekers to employers.

Using Hashtags to Find a Job

The first step to finding your dream career through social media hashtags is to identify which hashtags are relevant to you based on topic, industry, or location. Next, determine which social platform to pursue. LinkedIn reigns king in the career and professional development world, making this platform the first stop in your job pursuit. While LinkedIn is preferred, Facebook and Twitter are also great resources in this process.

On the job hunt, be sure to search and follow hashtags on social media that are trending and relevant to your specific needs. As a result, this exposes you to the most relevant job opportunities possible.

To locate a job through a hashtag, start broad by searching for topics regarding the job search. These hashtags collect and display all social media posts of companies looking to hire:

  • #hiring
  • #jobsearch
  • #joblisting
  • #job
  • #recruiting
  • #jobopening
  • #careers
  • #employment

If you want to narrow down your search, try a hashtag specific to your industry:

  • #healthcare
  • #engineering
  • #mining
  • #sales
  • #accounting
  • #finance

To narrow your search down even further, search hashtags that are relevant based on the specific location you want to work:

  • #(yourlocation)jobs
  • #(yourlocation)careers
  • #(yourlocations)employment

In conclusion, finding the right job is becoming increasingly easier with the use of social recruiting. Simply search and follow relevant hashtags on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to find your next career advancement.


Why Summer is a Great Time to Hire


Can you believe it’s already June? The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. In fact, June 21st is the first day of summer. It’s a common misconception that summertime is a notorious slow season for hiring. But in today’s job market, this simply isn’t true. Don’t believe us? Check out the Johnson Search Group job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the United States.

It’s time to officially get this myth out of your head! Here are a few reasons why summer is a great time for hiring, for both candidates looking for opportunities and employers searching for new talent.

For candidates looking for new opportunities

Now is a perfect time to hit the job search hard. The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low of 3.7 percent and there are still more jobs than available workers to fill them. Today’s market is definitely a candidate-driven one! There are plenty of fantastic opportunities to choose from. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 7.5 million job openings.

June is the sixth month of the year. In other words, if you see a job posted, it’s more than likely a critical position. That means these roles are essential to the operations of the employer, and thus, they will likely make a decision quickly. Additionally, many people are out on vacations and not even thinking about new opportunities. That’s great for you if you’re on the job hunt! You have less competition out there fighting for the same job opportunities you are applying for.

As a prospective candidate, now is a fantastic time to find the next step in your career. Don’t let this summertime myth derail your job search.

For employers searching for new hires

As employers, we know how you feel, it’s summer. Employees in every department are out of the office taking vacations or enjoying “summer Fridays.” During this time, it can be difficult to get everyone together to form a panel interview or make a hiring decision. However, regardless of the season, you can’t drag your feet when it comes to hiring in this candidate-driven market. You just need to be a little more flexible.

Candidates are only on the job market for an average of 17 days. This means you need to streamline your hiring process to fit within this timeline. This will help you secure the best talent on the market and save money. On average, an open position is costing your company $4,129 every 42 days. The cost of vacancies really starts to add up when you have multiple positions open. So being forced to make quick hiring decisions may actually save your department money and fill your critical needs efficiently.

The stereotype of summer being a difficult hiring season simply isn’t true. Don’t let this age-old myth postpone your hiring needs. Take advantage of your competitors that are buying into this misconception and fill those hiring needs in this busy labor market.

And if your team is struggling this summer to find the talent you need, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry and streamline your hiring process.

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

Video Interview? Here Are 5 Ways You Need To Prepare

In this day and age, video interviews are becoming more and more standard practice. As the competition for hiring increases, managers are looking to streamline the hiring process however they can. If you get scheduled for a video interview, don’t fret! Follow these 5 preparation tips and you’ll be well on your way to landing that next step in your career.  

Practice, practice, practice 

One of the most difficult things about a video interview is the propensity for technological issues. From slow internet to software slipups, there are so many tech obstacles that can arise. The best way to head these off is by practicing ahead of time. Make sure you download any necessary software and try to run through a trial connection. Hardwire your computer, if possible. The stronger your connection, the better! 

Prepare like it’s an in-person interview 

A video interview is between a phone interview and an in-person interview. Thus, you should be prepared for anything. Your interviewer may ask some more in-depth questions. One advantage of a video interview is that you can have some quick notes up on your screen.  Just be sure to keep them concise, so you’re not spending the entire interview reading! 

Dress for success 

Just because you’re able to do a video interview from the comfort of your own home, doesn’t mean you’re off the hook. You still need to dress in full professional attire, from head to toe. Stick with neutral colors and plain patterns. Not only will this help you look sharp on screen, but it will also give your confidence a boost! 

Clear the background 

It’s absolutely essential that you have a minimalist background for your video interview. Make sure there’s no clutter and that you are in a professional setting. Interviewers don’t want to see bed pillows behind you! If you can, try to set up in an office or at a kitchen table with tasteful décor. 

Send a thank you note immediately 

This one stands true for all interviews, but is definitely worth repeating! After your video interview, you’ll already be settled at your computer. Take the opportunity to type of a quick thank you note to your interviewer. Don’t forget to include details from your interview that will help set you apart and leave a memorable impression. 

Why You Need To Customize Your Resume To Every Job

We can all agree that putting together a resume isn’t one of our favorite ways to spend our free time. Which makes the thought of creating a different version of your resume for every single job you apply to just a tad intimidating. If you’re actively on the market for a new position, it’s downright overwhelming. However, the key to landing your next job and advancing your career lies in a well thought-out and tailored resume.

Employers Are Looking For Specific Keywords

Many employers still use an ATS system to filter candidates. When they’re sifting through hundreds of resumes, it is the fastest way for them to identify those who are qualified. (Other than working with a recruiter, of course!) Knowing this, check out the job description and pick out keywords that match your qualifications. Be sure to highlight and feature those throughout your resume. This will push you right through the ATS system and onto the next round.

Titles Are Ambiguous

Just because two roles might have the same title doesn’t mean the duties and necessary skills will be the exact same. Job descriptions and duties can vary drastically depending on the industry, company, and seniority of the position. While you’re going through the job description looking for keywords, pay close attention to the subtleties of how this position may be different or similar to roles you’ve had in the past. Pull out experiences, quantified achievements, and skills that you’ve accumulated over the years that pertain to each specific listing.

Varied Skillsets Offer Unique Value

Just because your past experiences don’t exactly match the job description you’re applying to, doesn’t mean you should take them off your resume completely. Think about each role that you’ve held. Paint a picture of all the different skill sets that you have gained over the years and how they might pertain to this specific application. Many employers value a variety of past experiences and the depth of knowledge that brings to a team.

The couple extra minutes you put into your resume for each position will pay some serious dividends when it comes to securing that offer. Think of it as a precursor to the dedication you will put into the job once you’re hired!

How To Negotiate In A Candidate-Driven Market

How To Negotiate In A Candidate-Driven Market

How To Negotiate In A Candidate-Driven Market

You may have heard that the current job market is “candidate-driven,” but what exactly does that mean? First and foremost, it means that there are lots of great jobs available to a limited number of qualified candidates. For people looking to advance their careers, this results in better-negotiating power when it comes to wages, incentives, location, and work-life balance. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when negotiating a new position.

Be Timely

Just because we’re in a candidate-driven market now, doesn’t mean it will last forever. If you have been thinking about making a move, now is the time to jump! Your ideal companies can probably offer a better career trajectory, increased stability, or better work-life balance. Even if you’re fairly content in your current position, you should at least entertain the option of moving during a candidate-driven market, because you’ll have greater bargaining power.

Be Consistent

Make sure that you come in with a strong demand from the start and be sure to remain consistent the entire way through the hiring process. You can only negotiate so much more after they have given you an offer. The likelihood of the company pulling the offer is greater with every additional request you continue to tack on. Figure out your worth and must-have benefits early on in the process, so that when they ask “what’s your expected salary?” you have a great answer right off the bat.

Think Long-Term

Don’t limit your negotiation power to only salary. Ask for growth opportunities over the long term, instead of a salary increase. Oftentimes, paid time off is a better compromise for companies. They would much rather reallocate a few resources for an additional week while you take a relaxing vacation, returning to work feeling refreshed and productive.

Partner With A Recruiter

The absolute best thing you can do to negotiate in a candidate-driven market is to partner with a recruiter. They have a great overview of the industry, understand the market value of your position, and have the relationship with hiring managers in order to negotiate on your behalf. So the next time a recruiter contacts you on LinkedIn, sends you a newsletter, or gives you a call, be open to having a conversation. It just may lead to the best negotiation of your life!

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Searching for a New Job? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you thinking about searching for a new job? Or are you already actively looking for your next role? If so, now’s a great time to be on the hunt! Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking for the next step in your career, here’s what you need to know about today’s job market.

You have plenty of options to choose from

It’s a candidate’s market. You have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, according to the last JOLTS Report from the BLS, there are currently 7.5 million job openings. Pair that with a near 50-year low unemployment rate (3.6 percent) and you are in an ideal environment for your job hunt.

In this market, you don’t have to worry about a lack of job opportunities. Additionally, March was the 13th consecutive month of available jobs outnumbering the number of unemployed people who are actively searching. So, as a candidate, now is a great time to find an opportunity that’s right for you. You have the ability to take your time and be picky.

Your market value is strong

Your market value is robust (and will keep going up!). With more jobs than available workers to fill them, many employers are in desperate need of qualified candidates. Thus, a lot of hiring managers are willing to sacrifice certain skill sets or experiences because they need talent now. Thus, if you don’t have all the hard skills or background to do the job, you may be considered if you have the right attitude and soft skills to learn.

With such a tight market, you, as a candidate, may even see yourself with stronger compensation packages than you were expecting. Employers need good talent. And they need them immediately. You may be able to get a nice pay bump or better benefits by transitioning to a new employer. To illustrate, over the last 12 months, average hourly wages have increased by 3.2 percent, or $0.88 an hour.

Recruiters are here to help

In this competitive market, the best candidates are often the ones that are still employed. If a recruiter, like one from Johnson Search Group, reaches out to you about a new opportunity, hear them out. A recruiter will be your biggest advocate and help you tackle the hiring process. If find yourself searching for a new job, reach out to one of our recruiters today and let’s see if we can help you find your next opportunity!

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Considering A Career Move?

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There are a lot of factors that can go into helping you make the right decision. This age-old method can be very useful in everyday decisions, but I find it invaluable in considering a career move. Make it as simple as considering the pros and cons of your next step. Here are a few things to keep in mind when contemplating a shift in your career.

Research is key

If you have found yourself considering new employment, research is critical. Learning as much as you can about your prospective employer and the community can help you make the right decision, for both your professional and personal life.

First, why are you looking? Management, growth opportunity, stability? You can do some research and ask yourself those questions to get to the bottom of your job search.

What types of things do you enjoy? Look at the local area for things to do that fit your interests. It’s just important to find a community and environment that matches your lifestyle.

As a recruiter in the Mining and Heavy Industrial space, I try to provide my candidates with as much information as possible. I try to help the process be less about leg work and more about being excited about the new opportunity and location.

We have written a number of articles on dusting off your resume and interviewing tips. Here are a few that will help you through the job search process:

Think of the big picture

If your favorite pastime is fishing, and your prospective job is in the fishing capital of the world, with more time off and a competing company, you’ve checked off the personal and professional boxes, it might be time for a career move.

If you’re looking at a company with no growth potential, and a big component of you considering another career is that your current job has become stagnant, this just might not be the right role for you.

I’m proud to say that I’ve seen each of my coworkers here at JSG help candidates make informed decisions about their career and life moves. If you’re reading this and part of that group considering making a move, get ahold of one of us here or check out our jobs board. Let us help you with your next career move. In any event, good luck with your job search!