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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.

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.

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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 the look for the perfect candidate NOW. Partnering with a recruiter takes some of this stress of 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.

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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.

Why Now Is The Time To Start Hiring

Why Now Is The Time To Start Hiring

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, you have probably read countless articles regarding businesses shuttering or making layoffs. And while this may have some companies hesitant to hire during this climate, it’s actually an opportune time to start recruiting. Here’s why:

Your Hiring Process May Take Longer

It’s true; we don’t know exactly how long restrictions will be in place. Even after governors lighten the social distancing restrictions, hiring processes will probably still look a bit different. With many employees working remotely, it may take longer to sift through candidates, coordinate interviews, run background checks, and set up onboarding. Start crafting your job description today so that you can get a head start!

Candidates Are Available

As a result of layoffs and furloughs, there are some incredibly talented candidates on the market today. And once lockdowns are lifted, and states get back to normal, your competition will be scooping them up. By starting your hiring process today, you can get a jump on competitors and hire candidates that previously weren’t even on the market.

You Will Be Able To Hit The Ground Running

Once the world returns back to normal, you’re going to want your team to be fully loaded. In order to hit the ground running, you’ll need employees that have already been onboarded, trained in all the necessary areas, and have had the opportunity to get to know their team. This isolation period is actually the perfect time for your team to train and learn without distractions!

Are you ready to hire now? Or maybe you just want to put some feelers out there for what kind of talent is on the market today. Speak with one of our experienced recruiters and get the conversation started. They have connections with talented candidates throughout the United States, and they specialize in your industry and community.

The Job Description That Will Get You A Great Candidate Post COVID-19

The Job Description That Will Get You A Great Candidate Post COVID-19

Today’s age will make a significant change in how companies recruit and hire employees. In fact, it will probably be easy to look back and see a clear definition of pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 hiring practices. But just because the hiring landscape is changing, doesn’t mean you have to be left behind. Get a head start on the competition by revamping your job descriptions TODAY. Incorporate these three things into your job description to secure top talent in this uncharted hiring territory.

Include Work Environment Details

The hottest topic in the professional world coming out of the Coronavirus is remote work. Many employers who would have never considered offering remote work were forced to do some for months. This opened their eyes to a whole new level of productivity and trust. From here on out, most candidates will be demanding remote working options and/or flexible schedules. Include these details regarding the work environment right in the job description. If you don’t offer remote work – be sure to include that to weed out incompatible candidates. Likewise, if you do offer flexible working arrangements, spell it out! That could be a huge attractor for many in-demand employees on the market.

Cover Benefits & Work Perks

In addition to remote work, the concept of PTO caused quite a bit of controversy during the COVID-19 crisis. Some professionals were even caught in the unfortunate dilemma of feeling ill and being required to quarantine for two weeks. With only five days of sick time and no flexibility, this created an incredible burden. Benefits will only continue to increase in importance to candidates and will be a huge factor in their future career decisions. Consider your current benefits package and additional perks, and ask yourself if they are meeting the needs of the market today. If so, make sure to lay it all out in the job description so candidates prioritize your company as one that will take great care of them.

Expand The Parameters

The COVID-19 pandemic only further proved that we are capable of accomplishing anything in a short amount of time with limited resources. Gone are the days of requiring 3-5 years of experience. There are fantastic candidates out there with less traditional experience but a whole arsenal of knowledge and diversity that they can bring to the table. They’ve acquired additional skills online, worked in adverse conditions, and are eager to learn and grow. Once you increase flexibility in your hiring parameters, you will open your company up to a brand new slew of incredible talent.

If you’re ready to hire top talent, you’ll need more than just a great job description. Partner with an experienced Recruiter from Johnson Search Group, and we will help you fill your critical hiring needs quickly and effectively. Contact us today to get started.

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How Employers Are Hiring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Over the last three weeks, I have had hundreds of conversations with some of my clients and hiring managers. We have discussed their strategy for hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are weathering this unprecedented storm. Although the impact varies for each company based on their industry and location, they’re falling into one of two camps: it’s either business as usual or they’re pumping the brakes.

Keep the pipeline moving

These companies have quickly adapted to this fast-changing landscape. They are relying heavily on industry-specific recruiters (like our team at Johnson Search Group) to help them source the talent they need now. These employers are also starting to utilize technology such as FaceTime, Zoom, and Skype to keep their hiring process moving along. These employers understand that if they want to land A+ talent, they must make a move before their competition can. Plus, many of my clients, such as those in the Pulp & Paper industry, are up and running because they are considered essential. Therefore, it’s business as usual for a lot of companies out there.

Pipeline building

These companies understand their hiring needs but have chosen to build their pipeline of candidates for a time that best fits their hiring strategy. They are engaging industry-specific recruiters to identify the top talent. They are also searching for a recruiting partner that can keep the candidates engaged throughout the process. However, if you wait to make a move, they may be gone when you’re ready to hire. We can help you build this pipeline, but the best candidates will only stick around for so long.

How We Can Help

Regardless of which boat you’re in, I hear a lot of optimism out there. And that optimism feels great for those hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our incredible and resilient country will weather the storm, come out stronger than ever, and get back to business. So, whether your strategy is to continue your hiring process and grab the talent now, or build your pipeline for later on down the road, partner with an industry-specific recruiter at Johnson Search Group because we can make a difference. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

How COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

There is no disputing that the coronavirus has shaken up the workforce. The viral pandemic has made working from home the new norm for millions of workers. Thousands of employers have been encouraging or mandating employers to work remotely the last two months or so, and with the virus still hitting the labor market hard, working from home may last a few more. As a result, this shift in working environments is going to have a permanent impact even after the virus is no more. Here are three ways COVID-19 will shape the future workplace.

More flexibility

With millions of people now working from home, employers have to be more flexible. Even though more and more employers are offering the versatility of occasionally working remotely, most typically don’t offer remote work opportunities. However, with employers now allowing remote work to keep business running during mandated quarantine orders, mindsets are starting to change. Employers now realize that their workers can be just as productive (if not more so) while working from home. As a result, employers will likely be more susceptible to working from home days to offer a better work-life balance and use it as a tool to attract new employees in the future.

Better communication

Now that many of us are working from home, collaborating and communicating with our co-workers is looking much different. Instead of walking down the hall to ask a quick question or attend a weekly meeting, we are now using technologies like Microsoft Teams or Zoom to “meet.” In fact, Zoom’s stocks soared by an impressive 39% last month alone. These communication tools are allowing workers to stay in close contact with one another, even outside of the office. So now, instead of a long, drawn-out meeting that eats away a huge chunk of your day, we can send a quick message to a teammate and receive an answer in minutes. This gives us all time back in our schedules to get more work done.

this meeting could have been an email

Stronger employer-employee trust

This one is crucial. A lot of employers are skeptical (which is understandable) about allowing their employees to work remotely. Well, during this pandemic, many no longer have a choice. Employers that were once completely against working from home now have a complete team working remotely. And many are experiencing excellent results come from it. A recent survey found that working from home “not only benefits employees by eliminating their daily commutes, it also increases productivity and leads to healthier lifestyles.” This is a massive relief for employers that were against working from home before the virus impacted our workforce. As a result, employers will be more comfortable letting their teams work remotely in the future. And this trust will go a long way with employee retention.

Working from home is definitely an adjustment for both employers and their workers. However, there is a lot of good results from it and it’s safe to say that COVID-19 will shape the future workplace in a positive way.