Client Resources

If you’re an employer, navigating the labor market can be challenging. But at Johnson Search Group, we are here to simplify things. Here is a collection of hiring process recommendations, overviews of the current landscape of the labor market, industry news, and much more. At Johnson Search Group, we work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

surge in remote work

Are You Ready for A Surge in Remote Work?

Millions of workers across the country have been working from home for months. According to a recent poll from JSG, 55% of workers are still working remotely. Some are preparing to return to the office in the next couple of weeks, while others are working from home for the foreseeable future. For example, Google CEO Sundar Pichai just announced earlier this week that nearly all of their employees worldwide will now be working from home until June 2021. Other companies will likely follow through as they have experienced positive results from the transition to a remote workforce. Like it or not, working from home will be much more common going forward. Are you ready for a surge in remote work?

Remote work positions are skyrocketing

Job postings for remote positions have almost tripled over the last couple of months. According to LinkedIn, job postings for remote opportunities have increased 2.8x since March 2020. Some of these roles are listed as “temporarily remote,” while other postings are for permanent remote positions. And although remote hiring is skyrocketing in the U.S., we are not the only country seeing a push. In fact, we only rank #14 out of the top 18 countries experiencing a boost in remote job postings. Brazil (4.9x), Spain (3.8x), and the United Kingdom (3.8x) are leading the way in remote hiring. Canada clocked it at the 18th spot, with only a 1.5x increase. So even though there is a spike in the States, many other countries are supporting the notion of working from home in some capacity.

Job searches and applications for remote positions are climbing

Just as remote job postings are surging, job searches and applications for remote roles are climbing. Searches have increased by a towering 60%, and job applications have jumped 2.3x. Now that more workers have been exposed to working from home, the stigma has been marginalized. Job seekers are more susceptible to searching for a role that offers the safety and luxuries of WFH. Also, some parents are worried that their kids will be stuck attending school online, so they might have to find a new role that offers a flexible schedule and working environment.

What remote positions are available?

There is a broad mix of positions that are seeing a spike in remote job postings. The types of jobs that top the list are services, technology, and marketing. There are also some recruiting and creative roles breaking into the top job listings, too.

Here is a list from LinkedIn of the fastest-growing remote jobs by application volume:

fastest growing remote jobs

Source: LinkedIn

Customer service, IT, and, creative positions are topping out this list. Obviously, some of the positions are seeing a spike because of the pandemic, but do you see any commonality in these positions? They are all positions that can be down from home with the right technologies and set up. So, even after we get back to normal (whenever that will be), remote hiring will likely be here to stay.

Is your team ready for this surge in remote work? If you need some assistance for this transition, reach out to us today. Our team of recruiters at Johnson Search Group can help you make the shift in your hiring. We can help you source the best talent in the market before your competition. Reach out to us today, and let us help you simplify your hiring process!

simplify your hiring process

How to Simplify Your Hiring Process in Today’s Market

Today’s labor market is unlike any market we have witnessed before. The unemployment rate is currently sitting at 11.1%, and the employment-population ratio is 54.6%, meaning nearly half of the U.S. adult population is without work. If your team is hiring right now, there are a ton of stellar candidates on the market looking for new opportunities. However, the best candidates won’t last long and will likely find new employment quickly as more companies continue to restart their hiring efforts. If you want to secure top talent in today’s market, here are a few tips to simplify your hiring process.

Consider contract staffing solutions

Thousands of companies across the country have urgent staffing needs but are skeptical about pulling the trigger. If this is the position your organization is, have you thought about utilizing contractors to supplement these vacant positions? Contract workers are an excellent solution for bringing in talented workers to complete a project or fill an employment gap.

Contractors are flexible – you can hire them for a select time that fits your budget and timeline. So whether that’s three months, six months, or a year, you can hire professionals NOW and keep production moving along. And if you’re happy with their work, you can convert them to a full-time staff member! It’s a win-win.

Don’t be afraid to hire over video calls

If you want to simplify your hiring process, you must be ready to extend a candidate an offer over a video call. Long gone are the days of flying in a candidate for a “final interview” or to “meet the team.” With everything going on in the world, it just isn’t financially feasible or safe. Why spend weeks trying to coordinate a candidate for an on-site interview, clear everyone’s schedules, and put on a big show? Instead, all you have to do is get people to commit to a few minutes for a brief video “meet and greet.” It is much more efficient to coordinate a video interview than a physical in-person meeting.

Many employers out there are hesitant to make this change. However, if you don’t, one of your competitors will. And in the process, they’ll scoop up the talent your team needs just as badly. So, shift your hiring process to make offers over video calls to save both time and money.

Work with a recruiter

The easiest way to simplify your hiring process is to partner with a recruiting firm. You undoubtedly have a lot going on. You are making changes daily to keep up with what’s going on in the labor market and economy. Partner with a recruiter specializing in your industry to streamline your hiring process and attract the best talent. To learn more about how a professional, award-winning recruiting firm can impact your hiring process, reach out to us today.

Hiring insights from industry experts

Hiring Insights From Industry Experts

Interested in more insights on today’s labor market? Hear from some of our industry experts at Johnson Search Group! Hear from two of our best recruiters on how you can take advantage of today’s market.

Hiring Insights From Industry Experts

Hiring Insights From Industry Experts

Today’s hiring market is unlike any we’ve seen before. While some companies are feeling unstable and unsure of the future, others are thriving and ready to grow. No matter which mindset you are in currently, there is an opportunity to take advantage of the incredible talent on the market today. We sat down with two of our expert recruiters who have been successfully serving their clients during this uncertain time as well as partnering with new clients to help them develop an effective hiring strategy. Learn more from Krista Portolesi, Division Lead of our Banking and Finance team, and Beth Tensfeld, Mining and Heavy Industrial Recruiter for our Mountain West Region.

What are you hearing from clients about the current hiring landscape?

Krista: People are doing lots of virtual interviews and offering flexible working options like working remotely. As well as requiring proper social distancing protocols. This is allowing our clients to hire during this time while still being safe.

Can you describe some of the candidates you’re working with?

Beth: Due to recent layoffs, I am working with some amazing candidates. These workers span from entry-level Laborers to Safety Managers with decades of experience.

Krista: I also have extraordinary candidates with leadership skills due to downsizing or consolidating. I have noticed that candidates are open to contract work as they are more flexible with what they’re looking for.

How can companies take advantage of this incredible talent on the market right now?

Beth: Start recruiting immediately! Whether you’re in a hiring freeze or not, you need to start building your candidate bench now.

Krista: Companies can benefit from partnering with a recruiter to discover passive candidates that are currently working, as many people are open to changing positions right now!

What about companies who may be hesitant to hire but need to fill critical positions?

Beth: Utilize contract options! We can fill the role temporarily, and we can convert to permanent once the company is stable. At that time, your candidate will already be trained and easy to transition.

What is your #1 tip for companies in today’s market?

Beth: Don’t wait! These great candidates won’t wait for you to decide it’s time to go.

Krista: Absolutely. Companies must implement a quick hiring process because your competitors are looking for the same type of people!

Even if you are unsure of your current hiring needs, build a relationship with a recruiter today. We can evaluate your situation, assess your current team makeup, and build a custom strategy that works for you, when you need it.

How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

We have been facing the most unusual circumstances for over four months now. Companies and employees alike have fallen into some sort of “pandemic rhythm,” allowing them to survive. However, as we look towards the future, there’s no certainty to how long this will last. Companies are desperately trying to adapt to a long-term strategy for continuing to do business while also accommodating unknown obstacles. The best place to start? Taking care of your employees. Here are three strategies you must implement in order to maintain a happy and healthy team during a global pandemic.

Be available

Working from home can be incredibly isolating. Making yourself available to your team will give them a sense of comfort and support. And this is more than sending an email letting people know they can contact you. Therefore, go out of your way to check in with your employees frequently. Have conversations about their productivity, challenges they’re facing, and perhaps most importantly, how they are coping. Everyone is struggling with different battles right now, and a supportive hand goes a long way.

Be flexible

Your employees’ worlds have been turned totally upside down. Many are juggling working from home while also homeschooling and parenting full time, for instance. Appointments and vacations have been scheduled and rescheduled multiple times. As a result, flexibility will go miles and miles in building respect with your team during a pandemic. Over half of people who are telecommuting said they are experiencing burnout and overwork. Allowing flexibility will take one more concern off of their overloaded pandemic plates.

Be proactive

A lot of employees are navigating uncharted waters, unsure of how policies and procedures may have changed due to the extenuating circumstances, which means it’s up to you to proactively explain and encourage them. For example, with many employees working from home and travel plans put on hold, fewer people are requesting time off for vacations. This can lead to various problems, including team burnouts and employees stockpiling PTO. A proactive approach encouraging employees to step away from their desk will help to quell balance sheet problems and lead to a happier and healthier remote team.

What’s the one leadership skill all of these things have in common? Listening. Take the time to listen to your team members and accommodate their feedback while addressing their concerns. Use these tactics to support your team during a pandemic or any other challenging time. Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our Client Resources.

Contract Staffing Is Key In Today's Market

Contract Staffing Is Key In Today’s Market

There are a lot of uncertainties in the world today. As both companies and workers try to navigate this unknown territory, it can feel like you’re doing it blindfolded. Many workers are unsure of what’s in store for their future careers, and that can be unsettling. However, businesses must continue to grow and provide the products and services necessary to keep our society in motion. What if we told you it is possible to do this while mitigating risks and offering employment to the incredible talent on the market today? With contract staffing, this can easily be achieved. In today’s post-pandemic market, contract staffing offers a stable yet flexible workforce solution for both companies and employees.

Why Contract Employment Is The Right Move For Your Career

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent shutdowns throughout the country, millions of talented workers found themselves suddenly displaced. If you are in this situation, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Job listings are slim, especially in the trajectory of your ideal career. The jobs that are available jobs aren’t probably part of your long-term career goals. However, you also don’t want to look like a “job hopper.” It’s almost a catch-22.

Contract employment is the perfect middle-ground. It allows you to get back to work quickly, provide benefits for your family, and continue advancing your career. Simultaneously, you are afforded the opportunity to work temporarily or on projects as needed. As an added bonus, you may also get to work in areas that you usually wouldn’t, giving you a chance to actually beef up your skills and resume. And in a perfect world, your contract assignment may even turn into a full-time opportunity if it’s a good fit!

How Contract Staffing Can Keep Your Company Moving Forward

While business starts to pick back up, many companies are cautiously optimistic. And as a result of the millions of furloughs and layoffs, there are some incredibly talented candidates on the market right now. If you’re itching to take advantage but unsure of the stability of the economy, contract staffing is the perfect solution.

It allows you to hire employees on an as-needed basis; whether that is for a specific project or to fill critical gaps in your workforce. You can hire contractors on a long-term or short-term basis to choose what works best for your current needs. And at any time, you can terminate the contract, which is much more amicable than implementing layoffs. Hiring contract reduces fixed costs and helps you save by paying straight time for hours worked. And finally, contract staffing allows you to get someone in the door immediately.

So, whether you are looking for a contract position or to hire a contractor, partner with Johnson Search Group. We’ll help you build a contract staffing solution that solves your immediate needs and paves the way to a brighter future.

candidate bench

How’s Your Candidate Bench Looking?

One thing we can all agree on: the last few months have had no script to follow. With all of the uncertainty, we cannot run our businesses without critical staff members. Although some positions may be on hold, this does not mean you have to wait. Now is the time to dig in and have your candidate bench filled with top talent that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

I’ve had these tough conversations with candidates 

I have a critical position ready to go, submit a qualified candidate to the client, and then the job goes on hold. Two steps forward and three steps back? None of us like being put on hold, but if you are upfront and honest with people, somehow, we will get through this together; new relationships are built, and old ones are stronger than before.

Now that we see businesses getting back into the office and back to work, we also see a lot of empty critical roles that need to be filled immediately. But wait… you are in a hiring freeze!? So, is now the time to panic? Absolutely not!

With so many companies going through layoffs, furloughs, or even tenured people taking a step away from work, guess what? Many of them are not coming back to work!

There is absolutely no reason you cannot pull the details required for the critical positions and start to look for the perfect candidate NOW. Partnering with a recruiter takes some of this stress off your shoulders. Give us the opportunity, and we will do a confidential search for you.  

This strategy has many advantages:

  • This gives us the time (even if it’s a day or two) we need to find the perfect candidate versus waiting possibly another 3-4 weeks before you even start the search. This instant jump will increase your success, not to mention beating out your competition for these great candidates.
  • With the right recruiter on your side, we can have difficult conversations with the candidate and advise them that their perfect career path is right around the corner.
  • The talent is out there; you just have to go after it! 

Having your candidate bench full is so much easier than not being adequately prepared for when your leadership teams give you the “thumbs up.” How great will it be when you get the approval to start filling these critical roles, and can you immediately have the perfect candidates that are already pre-screened, prepped, and ready to go?

Partner with a recruiter

This will make you the hero! Being prepared now will eliminate the panic later down the road. Reach out to our team at Johnson Search Group today, and let’s get that candidate bench stock up for you.

contract staffing

Why Contract Staffing Works in the Post-Pandemic Era

As our country begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are starting to retool their staff (or at least preparing to do so shortly). This dilemma can be overwhelming for hiring managers as many need employees now but are fearful of what the future has in store for us. Insert contract staffing. Utilizing contractors might be the safest and most cost-effective solution in the post-pandemic era. Here is why contract staffing will be your best tool in the second half of 2020.

Contract staffing offers flexibility

Contract staffing is a great way to get the help you need now without worrying too much about your staffing bandwidth in the future. The latest Jobs Report from the Department of Labor shared some positive signs that the worst of the Coronavirus is behind us. However, it was recently confirmed that February 2020 was the official start of a recession. How long this recession will last is unknown, but economists speculate it will take at least a couple of years to recover.

You get to choose the terms of your contract assignments. They can be as short as a couple of months or be long-term contracts of up to a year. So, your team is in the driver seat and can pick contract lengths that work for your company. And if you don’t need your contractors anymore, you can terminate the contract assignment much easier than laying off a full-time employee.

A more fiscally responsible solution

Utilizing contractors will help your bottom line during these economic difficulties. Hiring contract workers reduce fixed costs, such as benefits, and allows your company to only pay for the hours each contractor works. Using temporary workers will allow you to be more flexible as your team weathers this economic hardship.

Contractors streamline your hiring process

Hiring contractors is a great way to streamline your hiring process. If you need workers immediately to keep production on track, the turnaround time is much faster. Under normal economic and social conditions, it takes roughly 42 days to fill a permanent position. However, hiring contractors is much more efficient, especially if you are working with a recruiting firm. At Johnson Search Group, we do all the hard work on your behalf. We conduct reference checks, facilitate the background checks, and ensure onboarding is smooth throughout the process.

We can build a contract staffing solution with you

If you’re ready to build your contract staffing solution today, reach out to our recruiting team. We will work hard to find the talent that fits your needs and environment. Let’s have a conversation today and build a relationship that lasts well beyond the global pandemic.

Start Building Your Customized Staffing Strategy

Start Building Your Customized Staffing Strategy Today

Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak and continuing as we adjust to a new normal, companies are finding themselves unsure of how to proceed with hiring. Some teams are still working from home and may continue to be remote for the foreseeable future. Unfortunately, others had to trim their workforce and are now finding remaining employees feeling stressed and overworked. And in some cases, companies have had to totally rethink existing structures to meet increasing demand (we’re talking about you, Amazon!). Now more than ever is a perfect time to have a customized staffing strategy in place.

So how do you go about crafting a hiring plan that will meet current demands, account for uncertain futures, and provide a safety net for critical openings? We’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide to creating a staffing strategy perfectly customized to meet your specific hiring needs.

Hire Contract Workers

In uncertain economic times, contractors will be essential to your team makeup. Contractor workers help your bottom line by reducing fixed personnel costs and paying strictly for time worked. Hiring temporary workers allows your department to weather economic rollercoasters with little to no effect as you are able to adjust your workforce accordingly.

Prioritize Critical Searches

If you are one of the many hiring managers ramping up your hiring, you may find yourself faced with some fierce competition for both top candidates and for your recruiting team’s time. As your internal recruiting team balances hiring for the entire company, make sure you communicate your priority roles, preferred strategy, and a strict deadline for when you need the position filled.

Streamline Your Hiring Process

Speaking of hiring deadlines, it’s essential to have a streamlined hiring process. There may be a lot of candidates on the job market currently; however, a smaller percentage are highly qualified for your specific position. Additionally, many of your competitors are going to take advantage of that. Once you find a candidate you like, interview them, and present an offer as soon as possible; even if that means conducting a virtual interview!

Partner With A Recruiting Firm

Does all of that sound a little overwhelming on top of your essential day-to-day duties? That’s what we’re here for. At Johnson Search Group, we work together with you to build a customized staffing solution that will fit your needs when you need them. Whether that’s a combination of direct hire and contract, a mass hiring event, or even just establishing a relationship with a recruiter so you have a professional at the ready when you need them. Get started today!

June is National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month

The month of June is National Safety Month. Making safety a top priority, inside and outside the workplace, is imperative now more than ever. With the Coronavirus pandemic and everything else going on throughout the country, we all must have safety, both mental and physical, at the forefront of our minds.

We help our clients staff safety-minded professionals

At Johnson Search Group, we have the pleasure of working with numerous professionals that ensure the safety of their work environment and those around them. Two of our largest industries of expertise – healthcare and mining & heavy industrial – require candidates that are aware of their co-workers and customers’ safety.

We often directly place safety managers, EHS professionals, and even C-level safety officers. However, many of the search assignments we work on are still responsible for the safety of others; even if “safety” is not in their job title. We place healthcare professionals, such as infection control nurses, social workers, and production managers.

Safety starts with “s” but begins with “you.” We all play a role in ensuring a safe working environment. If you see something that doesn’t look right or poses a potential safety hazard, speak up. Tell your supervisor or your company’s safety manager and let your voice be heard. You may very well be saving a life or preventing a serious work-related injury. Remember, Safe Work is Great Work!

ultimate guide to references

The Ultimate Guide to References

Believe it or not, there is a lot involved with crafting an excellent group of professional references. If you’re one of the 40+ million workers unfortunately out of work because of the coronavirus, you may be preparing to hit the job market as cities, counties, and even states begin to open back up. So, while you’re sprucing up your resume, updating your LinkedIn profile, and searching the job boards, don’t forget to rebuild your references! Here is the ultimate guide to references, so you have them ready to go when you need them most.

Who to add as a reference

When it comes to assembling your group of references, you must take your time and pick carefully. These are the people that are going to help you seal the deal and get that new job you’ve worked your tail off to get! You can’t just ask anyone – you want to ask professionals that will stick their necks out for you and give you a good recommendation.

Pick former managers, co-workers, colleagues, or even workers that reported to you as a professional reference. If you’re fresh out of school, you can list a professor that you worked with closely.

Always ask for permission

Whoever you decide to add, ensure you ask for their permission beforehand. It’s crucial to ask them for permission and give them a heads up before submitting their contact details to a potential employer. The last thing you want to do is catch a reference off guard when instead, they should be expecting a call or email from a hiring manager or HR professional. Don’t just notify them; give them a brief overview of the job you are applying for, so they know how to tailor their answers. Essentially, coach them a bit on how you would like them to answer any questions.

While you reach out to your contacts, ensure their contact details and titles/employers are current on your list to make sure you are providing the correct information!

What to include on your list of references

You cannot just throw a handful of professional references on a sheet of paper and submit them. You have to organize them neatly and add a little context to each reference. Include:

  • The references name
  • Current job and position
  • Company
  • Phone number
  • Email address
  • And a brief description of the reference explaining your relationship and how you worked together in the past

Don’t forget to put your name and contact information at the top, too! You would be surprised by how many people forget to do that.

When to submit them

Typically, you only need to submit a reference list at the end of the interviewing process. If you are working with a recruiter from Johnson Search Group, we will take care of this for you. Send us your list of references, and we will do the rest. We will submit them on your behalf (with your permission, of course) at the appropriate time. We often even reach out to them on behalf of our clients to help the process move along seamlessly.

Hopefully, this ultimate guide to references is helpful in your job search. If you’re on the market for a new job, check out our job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the nation with employers that are looking to hire great candidates like you quickly.