COVID-19 Pandemic

There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic is changing the workforce. Here is a collection of blogs that discuss how the Coronavirus is impacting the workplace and information on how to make the best of this situation. We also share job search tips to help you navigate the job market during the viral outbreak.

We Have A Lot to Be Thankful for in 2020

We Have A Lot to Be Thankful for in 2020

At Johnson Search Group, we always have a lot to be thankful for; however, we are feeling a little more grateful this year. 2020 has been a challenging year, to say the least; a year that has brought hardships and heartache. But in all the chaos, there were some bright spots.

We have the privilege of working with the best candidates on the market. Our team is fortunate enough to work with hundreds of contractors and help hardworking professionals find new career opportunities.

We are also grateful for our amazing clients that have worked diligently to accommodate this new normal we are all living in. From flexible working environments to transitioning into virtual interviews, watching our clients shift their hiring processes to keep their workers employed has been truly remarkable. Thank you for your tenacity, grit, and determination to keep pushing forward throughout the pandemic.

What Johnson Search Group is thankful for

Our team at JSG took some time to reflect on what they are thankful for this year.

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President

“I am thankful that no one in our office became ill this year from COVID-19 and they stayed focused during these troubled times. I am also grateful to our entire staff for becoming an engaging team and working together to support and mentor each other.”

Alex Price, Mining Team Lead

“This year, I am especially thankful for a job where I can help people advance their own career search.”

Krista Portolesi, Banking Team Lead

“I am thankful for the flexibility to work from home to help my kids with their schoolwork. I am also grateful for the health and safety of my friends, family, and colleagues. In a world full of craziness, there is still so much to be thankful for when you have a mindset of gratitude!”

Stephanie Brown, Healthcare Recruiter

“I am thankful for my healthy, fun-loving, and kind teenage girls, my family/friends, my two dogs, a job I am passionate about, and my cozy little house.”

Dana Belstler, Director of Sales

“I am thankful for the incredible team that I have the honor of leading and for the handful of clients and candidates that I have met over the years, who I now happily call ‘friends.’”

Shahna Jacks, Administrative Assistant

I’m so thankful that God has watched over our family this year. My parents, our children, and grandchildren are all healthy. In spite of all the crazy stuff happening this year, we are beyond blessed.

Nolan Laabs, Recruiter

“I am thankful for being employed with a great company during this crisis. I am also thankful for my family’s health.”

Jessica Rohrbach, Recruiter

“I am thankful for the love and support of my family, friends, and even my work family! It’s a blessing to have so many people to help support my growth professionally as well as personally.”

Ivonne Caro-Garcia, Healthcare Recruiter

“I am thankful for the great team I get to work with at JSG and my wonderful husband, family, and health through these crazy times.”

Tyanne Bashore, Banking Recruiter

“I’m thankful to be a part of such a fantastic, supportive team and for all of the relationships built during the course of the year.”

Tracy Isakson, Banking Manager

“I am thankful that I have a job during these challenging economic times; one that gives me the opportunity to help people find new career opportunities. I am also grateful to be part of a team that helps and encourages one another to be successful.”

From all of us at JSG, we wish you a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

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Workforce Confidence Reaches Pandemic-Era High

In a breath of fresh air, U.S. workers’ confidence is at the highest level since April, according to LinkedIn’s Workforce Confidence Index. This index measures workers’ confidence levels based on their feelings towards their job security, finances, and career prospects. This positive transition is a result of upturns in several vital industries despite growing concerns of coronavirus cases. Here are the industries inspiring the greatest workforce confidence as of October 2020.

Manufacturing

The manufacturing sector has shown substantial flexibility throughout the pandemic. They found ways to shift their efforts to survive during this tough economy by manufacturing PPEs or converting their distilleries into creating hand sanitizer, for example. Now, these efforts are paying off as the manufacturing sector in the U.S. continues to grow.

In last month’s Jobs Report, the Labor Department reported that 66,000 manufacturing jobs were created. This is the fifth consecutive month of growth for this sector, and it is currently being led by the production of durable goods and motor vehicles and parts.

Healthcare

The confidence of healthcare professionals is finally stabilizing. At the beginning of the pandemic, nurses and doctors felt anxious about the transition of new safety protocols, lack of PPE, and the overall unknown of the virus. Fast forward to today, and healthcare professionals are feeling more confident and safer.

Telemedicine has been a tremendous efficiency booster this year. Patients can now seek a doctor’s help from the safety of their homes, which is helping streamline patient visits and allowing healthcare professionals to focus on more serious matters.

Public Administration and Media & Communication

Confidence in public administration and media & communication made a huge seven-point jump in September. A leap in public administration is a surprise for most because of declining tax revenues this year, and as a result, a tighter payroll. However, some entities are on a hiring spree, as some cities are recovering faster than others.

The media & communication sector’s confidence was hit hard throughout the pandemic. Although currently sitting at a modest level, professionals’ outlooks on their careers and finances are looking up. As companies continue to shift their gears to reach consumers, demand for media & communication professionals will remain high. Many in-person marketing events and tradeshows were canceled at the beginning of the pandemic; however, hosts of such events are finding creative ways to shift these events to a virtual platform. Just like how employers are shifting to virtual interviews to streamline their hiring process and keep everyone safe.

Are you looking to change career directions?

With some industries surviving better than others, job seekers are contemplating a career redirect. According to LinkedIn, 74% of job seekers are open to pivoting their careers to a new industry or even a completely different employment opportunity. If you fall into this pool of job seekers, we can help bridge this gap. At JSG, we have dozens of exciting job opportunities across the country. Check out our job board and let one of our hardworking recruiters find you your next gig.

4 Next-Level Tips To Help You Rock Your Video Interview

4 Next-Level Tips To Help You Rock Your Video Interview

With so many professionals working remotely in 2020, hiring processes have changed significantly—one of the most prevalent changes being the migration towards video interviewing. If you are looking to take the next step in your career sometime in the near future, you will likely encounter a video interview. You probably know that you should dress professionally and sit in a quiet, uncluttered room. However, these four tips will help you launch your video interview to the next level.

Prep Some Small Talk

Video interviews are awkward enough without scrambling to throw together small talk on-screen. Oftentimes, a hiring manager will kick off a meeting with “So, how’s it going?” Don’t get caught off guard! It will give you a boost of confidence to have a couple of classic small-talk conversations ready. Even if it’s as simple as a podcast you enjoyed recently, a funny anecdote, or something you’re looking forward to. Pro tip: Do your research on the company ahead of time. Scour their website and social media for any stand-out talking points.

Get Comfortable With Downtime

There will be downtime throughout a video interview, whether it’s due to technical difficulties, interviewer transitions, or while they’re jotting down notes. You mustn’t let these awkward silences throw you off. Embrace a slow period and use that time to prepare for your next question, write down notes yourself, or simply to recenter.

Prepare Situational Examples

Chances are, your interviewer will ask some behavioral interview questions. Your answer should include a recount of past experiences. One of the benefits of video interviewing is that you can prep ahead of time and keep notes right next to you to reference. So, you would be remiss not to brainstorm some of the biggest moments over your career and have them on hand. Think of things like your most significant accomplishment, a time you faced conflict at work, a time you had to work together as a team, etc. For more common behavioral interview questions, check out our post here.

Keep It Candid

With millions of people suddenly thrown into working remotely, we are all in uncharted territory here. And with kids participating in remote learning, animals running rampant, and Amazon delivering limitless packages, there are bound to be some interruptions. Simply be candid about this at the beginning of your interview! Full disclosure is best, and it actually provides an opportunity to show your human side. You do miss out on the face-to-face interaction with a video interview. So, a touch of humanity during a video call allows your interviewer the opportunity to relate to you. Additionally, it helps to break down the professional barrier just a bit.

For more video interviewing tips, head over here and explore the rest of our candidate resources.

Job Market Trends

Q4 Job Market Trends Amidst the Pandemic

January, February, Quarantine, October. This year has felt like a blur for many as we adjust to a new way of life. Surprisingly, we are already at the tail-end of the year, leaving many of us concerned about the rest of 2020. Although this has been a tough year, both economically and emotionally, the labor market is finally starting to rebound. Employers are slowly starting to lift their hiring freezes and bring back workers that have been on the sidelines for months. Other companies have been on a hiring frenzy to keep up with new demands and consumer lifestyles. Here are some Q4 job market trends to keep an eye on amidst the pandemic.

The competition will be tight

Even though the U.S. economy and the labor market are still in recovery mode, jobless claims rose 4,000 to 870,000 in the week ending September 17th. That puts the total number of claims to over 12.5 million. This is the lowest level of continued claims since mid-April but is still much higher than pre-pandemic levels.

As a result, millions of Americans are still out of work and will be competing for the same jobs as they slowly open back up. As competition rises, job seekers in every industry will have to be on their A-game. That means tailoring your resume, doing research, reaching out to your professional network, and putting yourself out there if you want to secure a new position by the end of the year. Employers are now in the driver’s seat for the foreseeable future, and job seekers will have to be resilient in their job search.

WFH migration

The work from home migration has been a heavy topic of discussion this year. Many employers embraced remote work, while others were resistant. Regardless of your stance, working from home is here to stay. Job postings for remote positions are skyrocketing as the pandemic lingers on, and it is encouraging a work from home migration away from big metro areas. Workers in markets such as Seattle, New York, and Silicon Valley are relocating to markets with a lower cost of living. After all, why work from an expensive, densely populated big city when you are working remotely?

This migration has a significant impact on companies’ hiring strategies and will likely impact salaries going forward. The five cities with the biggest gains in net arrivals are:

  1. Jacksonville, FL (+10.7%)
  2. Salt Lake City, UT (+9.6%)
  3. Sacramento, CA (+7.6%)
  4. Milwaukee, WI (+4.5%)
  5. Kansas City, MO (+3.9%)

The mid-west is also a hot spot for migration as workers look for a better quality of life and cheaper cost of living. However, are employers willing to pay their staff the same salaries if they move from the Bay Area to Sacramento? Job seekers will want to be conscious of this job market trend when relocating or searching for new remote positions.

Industries with the most robust outlook

Some industries were hit harder than others throughout the pandemic, while others are thriving with a new customer base and a change in consumer habits. The pandemic hit retail trade, professional and business services, and leisure and hospitality the hardest. However, these are now the industries with the fastest growth and recovery rates.

Education and health services also are on the rise as many Americans are more reliant on these services. Additionally, transportation and warehousing have gone through tremendous growth as Americans shift their buying habits from brick and mortar stores to online purchases.

If you are looking for some of the hottest jobs right now, check out this article highlighting the jobs with the most demand.

Take your career to the next level

The country is still recovering, and there are still a lot of unknowns for the rest of 2020. However, these are a few job market trends that will happen in the last quarter of 2020. We asked Perry Paden, Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group, his thoughts on hiring in Q4 and he said, “Budgets for 2021 are currently in full swing. Many companies are finding out that they have a considerable amount of their 2020 hiring budget remaining this quarter. Even though the hiring process has changed, hiring top talent has not. Many of our clients and prospective clients are struggling to find the best candidates on the market, and Johnson Search Group is here to help.”

If you are a job seeker looking to secure a new opportunity before the end of the year, look at our job board. We have hundreds of jobs available across the country, with clients looking for excellent candidates like you! Or if your department is in need of great candidates this quarter, we can help find the talent you need to end 2020 on a strong note. Partner with JSG today, and let’s take your career to the next level.

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The 2020 Hiring Process Revolution

This year has forced many, if not all, employers to think outside of the box with their hiring efforts. Over the past six months, I have been extremely impressed with companies rapidly adjusting their interviewing practices to adhere to social distancing and safety protocols. As a recruiter in the mining and heavy industrial industry, I have witnessed my clients create creative new interviewing and onboarding tactics to fill their critical positions. Some companies are more resistant to change than others, but I think the following hiring process innovations will forever change how companies operate.

Phone interviews are no longer an initial screening

While the phone interview has always been an initial screening of candidates, they have become a much more integral part of the hiring process. Phone interviews are essential to determine if the candidate has the skill set needed to be efficient in the role. Gone are the days when a hiring manager or HR professional calls you up to ask you a few basic questions. Phone interviews are now typically the first round of interviews and should be taken as seriously as an in-person interview. Here are a few pointers on how to prepare for these interviews.

Many of my clients that traditionally do onsite interviews at the mining facility or job site have now switched over to phone interviews. My clients and I are even working together to make job offers to candidates over the phone instead of flying them in to tour the facilities. However, for some of the more technical or collaborative team-focused positions, the video or Skype interview can give you a better understanding of the candidate and how they may fit in with the team.

Video interviewing is the new norm

Video interviews have skyrocketed this year. Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and even Face Time interviews have become a mainstay in the hiring process. I have found these tools excellent for employers that want to see how a candidate interacts with the team. I still believe the face to face interview is ideal for both candidates and employers, but when circumstances make these interviews difficult, I found these video interviews to be the next best thing.

Onsite interviews during the pandemic

Nothing compares to the good old fashion in-person interview. But getting into the facility has proven more difficult due to health and safety concerns. If you have an onsite interview, you can almost guarantee someone will check your temperature at the door. Also, you will be asked a series of health questions to ensure you are feeling well. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your mask! When going to a facility to interview, my advice is to follow the company’s safety guidelines. Resistance to safety guidelines can most certainly affect the company’s decision to hire you no matter your qualifications.

Need help navigating this hiring process revolution?

My biggest take away from this year regarding interviews is that clients are still hiring. While processes may have changed, companies are actively interviewing and onboarding qualified candidates. If your company is currently struggling to find candidates to fill your roles, reach out to me. We can work together to streamline your hiring process and get the talent you need today. Or, if you are a job seeker, I have dozens of opportunities that might be a great fit for you!

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How To Boost Your Resume And Lend A Helping Hand

As the country continues to recover from the pandemic’s economic toll, initial jobless claims are (once again) beginning to decline. On Thursday, August 27th, jobless claims tallied to 1.006 million, over 100,000 fewer claims than the week prior. However, there are still 14.5 million total claims as of the week ending August 15th. As a result, job seekers are looking for productive activities that utilize their talents and beef up their resumes to better stand out in the sea of applicants. If this sounds like your current situation, here are three things you can do to offer a helping hand, improve your career trajectory, and boost your resume.

Volunteer your time

Volunteering is on the rise during the pandemic. Since millions of Americans have more free time right now, people are putting their time to good use by volunteering. According to LinkedIn, U.S. members have been adding over 110,000 volunteering experiences and activities per month throughout the year. That’s 2.5x the monthly amount recorded in 2017. Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time and help out an organization in need. Here are the top 10 volunteering organizations in 2020:

Volunteering Organizations LinkedIn

Most of these organizations are recognizable to you. If you are thinking about volunteering, think about donating your time to some local organizations that may be struggling right now. That could be a local food bank, community center, or animal shelter. You can even offer your professional services to aid them, such as web design or social media assistance, for example, to put your skills to work and aid an organization in need. Either way, volunteering is an excellent resume booster and fulfilling activity!

Earn free certifications

Many bloggers and companies are suggesting to enroll in some online courses or earn certifications to advance your marketability and skillsets. We have actually been suggesting this for months! Earning a certificate is a great way to hone a talent, acquire a new skill, and make you a more valuable employee. Plus, there are tons of free options out there for pretty much every profession. Here are a few examples:

  • The Google Skill Shop offers free courses and certifications to help you master Google products such as AdWords or Analytics
  • SEMrush offers free SEO and content marketing courses to give your business an online boost
  • The Codecademy has a free option that gives you access to basic coding classes to teach you HTML, CSS, and other programming skills
  • LinkedIn Learning offers courses and podcasts to help you learn new business, tech, and creative skills from industry experts

Work as a freelancer

Another activity you can do to give your resume a boost is freelance work. There are dozens of websites like fivver and UpWork, where you can post your services and expertise. Whether you’re a marketing professional, blogger, graphic designer, engineer, or IT professional, you can use these sites to be hired for your talents. The cool part? You may have the opportunity to work with some of the biggest companies out there! Dozens of organizations utilize talent from these freelancing sites to tap the best talent on the market.

These are just a few things you can do to boost your resume if you are currently out of work. They are a great use of your time, will make you feel valued, and give you some confidence to get through this rough patch. You got this!

The Expensive Cost Of Vacancy In Healthcare

The Expensive Cost Of Vacancy In Healthcare

Here at Johnson Search Group, we understand that times are different for healthcare organizations. Stress is high, and according to recent studies, some healthcare workers are experiencing high levels of insomnia, and many are sleeping restlessly due to bad dreams. Basically, we are all on overdrive. This tends to be more problematic for healthcare professionals than others as it may affect your patient care, working relationships, and even bleed over to your personal life. Additionally, have you considered how the cost of vacancy is even more elevated during this period of uncertainty?

How Cost Of Vacancy Comes Into Play

On top of everything else, when positions are left unfilled, it puts a strain on the entire department, and everyone must pick up the slack. It’s hard for anyone to smile when they are exhausted to the core, let alone make sound decisions

And now you start to see how the cost of vacancy can be so taxing. Let’s say you have a position with a salary of $50,000 per year, which is critical to your organization’s functionality. The daily cost of not filling that position is $681.82, which means if left unfilled for 34 days, it will cost you $23,000. Then, pair that with overworked staff and, “Houston, we have a problem.”

Want to know more about how we calculate cost of vacancy and what yours is for any given position? Contact us today and we’ll give you a custom cost of vacancy and help you build a strategy to mitigate it.

How We Can Help

Last week I was tasked with filling two critical positions for my client, an EVS Manager, and an Accountant. Not only was I able to find qualified candidates, but also candidates that would be a great culture fit. The best part? My client was able to hire these incredible candidates within a week of issuing the requisition. 

There are incredibly talented people all over the United States, whose situations change daily. Your recruiter can find them for you. We have built the networks, we foster the relationships, and we know exactly what you’re looking for. Let us fill that position, drive down your cost of vacancy, and help your patients, all while helping your staff.

We have extended our service fee deadline for clients in need, and we have no problem doing so if you are as serious about the process as we are here at Johnson Search Group. We have not just your organization in mind while finding you top talent; your staff, your communities, your patient care, and your health are top of mind as well. So, let us work together to fill the vacancies that are costing your team more than money can buy.

Let’s Get Started

Call me today, Stephanie Brown at 205-588-8075, because I understand the needs of your organization. I only bring candidates that are a strong culture fit and qualified, so they make work more enjoyable during these hard times (for you and your patients!). Together let’s work towards the best patient care and self-care we can.

Take Vacation Time During the Pandemic

Why You Should Take Vacation Time During the Pandemic

Have you taken any vacation time or PTO during the pandemic? If your answer is no, then you are not alone. In a recent survey, nearly one-third of employees believe it is almost impossible to take time off because they have too much work. Another study found that workers utilize less than 25% of the vacation time that they have earned on average. And these shocking statistics are under normal circumstances. Of course, during the pandemic, it can be even more discouraging to take time off. There are millions of people unemployed, revenue is down for many companies, and you might feel awkward requesting time off if you are working from home. However, taking a few days off right now might be more beneficial for your productivity than ever before. Here are a couple of reasons why you should take vacation time during the pandemic.

You may be overworked

Many of you are probably working longer hours during the pandemic. If you are working from home, the days are possibly blurring together; it’s easy to respond to an email or answer a call “after hours” when your computer or phone is at arm’s length. According to the National Bureau of Economy Research, the average workday is 48.5 minutes longer than usual. The survey also found that the number of meetings increased by 13%, and people sent 1.4 more emails per day to their colleagues. If this extra workload has been going on since mid-March, you can start to feel the burnout.

These new work patterns are causing many people to become overworked during the pandemic. As a result, it’s essential to take time off when you can. If you’re on the verge of burnout, your work will start to suffer, and so will your mental health. It’s in yours, your company’s, and your customers’ best interest to take time off to rest and recharge.

It isn’t easy to take time off right now

It is really easy to convince yourself not to take vacation time during the pandemic. You might feel guilty asking to take a few days off. If your company is struggling and has looming layoffs (or already had some), it can be discouraging to take time off that you need. Plus, there isn’t much to do right now for a vacation. Many places are closed down or have restrictions, air travel might feel too dangerous, and you may just be tight on funds right now. These are are all concerns, but they should not stop you from taking time off to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

Have a conversation with your manager. Express how you feel and how some time off will make you a more productive employee in the long run. You might be surprised how that conversation will help your manager better understand what you’re going through and how it might positively impact your work-life balance. Even if you are just staying home, it’s essential to take vacation time during the pandemic to take a step back from work and return with a renewed sense of purpose and motivation!

Jobs with the Most Demand in July

The Jobs with the Most Demand in July

Despite surging COVID-19 cases across the country, hiring is picking back up for many employers. Last month, the Labor Department reported +4.8 million job gains and a steep decline in the unemployment rate. However, many people are asking where these job gains are coming from. According to a recent LinkedIn report, many of these job gains are deriving from essential workers. Openings for some of the most critical roles more than doubled from June to July. Here is a brief breakdown of the jobs with the most demand in July.

The need for essential workers is surging

So, what is an essential worker? An essential worker is those who must be physically present at their job to keep society running smoothly. Demand for these hardworking individuals has been steadily increasing over the last few weeks as more employers begin to slowly re-open.

According to LinkedIn, below are the jobs with the fastest growing demand based on month-over-month increases in job posts:

  1. Driver
  2. Software Architect
  3. Cook
  4. Nurse
  5. Customer Service Specialist
  6. Home Health Nurse
  7. Site Reliability Engineer 
  8. Stock Clerk
  9. General Manager
  10. Architect 

Globally, retail and travel/recreational industries saw the most significant boost in job posts. LinkedIn reports that these sectors experienced declines in previous months, so this is an excellent indication of the global recovery from the pandemic.

Jobs with the Most Demand in July

Moreover, the following list is the top ten jobs that are the most in-demand this month:

  1. Salesperson
  2. Registered Nurse
  3. Food Delivery Driver
  4. Store Associate
  5. Software Engineer
  6. Driver
  7. Project Manager
  8. Store Clerk
  9. Certified Nursing Assistant
  10. Licensed Practical Nurse

Some of these jobs were in high demand pre-pandemic; however, the need for some has skyrocketed because of COVID-19. Some of these roles are obvious. The healthcare sector has been one of the largest growing industries for several years now, and the Coronavirus has only boosted this rush. RNs, nursing assistants, and nurse practitioners have been on the rise for years and are one of our recruiting specialties.

Food delivery drivers and personal shoppers, for example, are seeing a massive spike as thousands of people try to limit their exposure. Instacart, probably the most popular personal shopping company, just rose another $100 million in fundraising to expand its services.

These are just a few of the roles that are seeing explosive demand this month. If you are searching for a new job and need a little help, look no further. We have dozens of jobs available with employers across the nation. Partner with a JSG recruiter today to start the next phase of your career.

The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Networking

The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Networking

Over the past few months, much of our professional world has moved to online. And while this may seem temporary, we have a feeling that many companies and groups will look to continue hosting virtual events to reduce risks and costs. With that being said, we need to get comfortable with the concept of virtual networking. Whether your goal is to find a new position, connect with people of influence, or even just create a mastermind group for support, here are a few things you can do to start building a community online.

Find Your Platform

There are a ton of different professional groups out there, and they all serve different needs. Consider your ultimate goal. Are you looking to advance your career or add new skills to your toolbelt? Try joining a virtual conference in your industry. If you’re looking to build a community of like-minded professionals, head over to Facebook groups! Once considered only for oversharing about your personal life, Facebook has become a platform that can really bring people together.

Get Used To Being Uncomfortable

Yep, we said it. This could get uncomfortable. You may have an awkward “pick your brain” session over Zoom with someone you don’t know! But the simple act of putting yourself out there could significantly advance your career. Sending cold messages to people in your field that you admire is intimidating. But just imagine the knowledge you can gain and the connections you can build by pushing the limits of your comfort zone.

Think Outside The Box

One of the best things about networking virtually is that the sky is the limit. Don’t ground yourself by networking strictly within your local area or even solely in your industry. Research global networking events to expand your reach. Look into groups that cover areas you’re interested in (even if you have no experience!) Most of the time; people will be happy to share beginner tips, answer questions, and expose you to a whole new industry or skillset.

Just because we are social-distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t be connected. Once you’ve honed your networking skills, check out the rest of our candidate resources.