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These Are The Most In-Demand Skills In 2020

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020, and technology remains king. They develop this comprehensive list by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” While the skills featured on this list are tech-heavy, they may prove valuable in a variety of positions. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s list and why you need to consider honing them in 2020!

1. Blockchain

Blockchain is the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With the rise in popularity of online payments, blockchain experience has become incredibly valuable to employers.

2. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.” Almost every single company today is utilizing cloud computing in one way or another; therefore, experience in this area is an asset no matter what field you’re in!

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information.” Analytical Reasoning is particularly helpful in STEM jobs, but this essential skill can be used in problem-solving across all industries and roles.

4. Artificial Intelligence

As companies seek to automate processes and become more efficient throughout every department, artificial intelligence plays an integral role in advancement. Artificial Intelligence is when computers adapt human characteristics in order to achieve tasks. If you have experience in developing AI, Hiring Managers will find value in your ability to take their business to the next level.

5. UX Design

The term “UX” stands for user experience. “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with the company, its services, and its products.” Today’s customers are all about easy to use products, so UX design is absolutely integral to a company’s foundation and how they do business. However, even if you aren’t involved with actually designing the product or service, being able to speak to user experience at any level is extremely valuable!

6. Business Analysis

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” So, in other words, business analysis helps companies do business better. Someone who is successful in business analysis is able to take a 360-degree view of a business and see opportunities for growth and improvement.

7. Affiliate Marketing

When you see your favorite influencers or celebrities promoting products, that’s affiliate marketing. By definition, it’s “an advertising model in which a company compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products and services.” This has become a huge part of many businesses’ strategies. In fact, companies are expected to spend $6.8 billion on their affiliate marketing efforts in 2020.

8. Sales

It may sound old-school, but sales are skill king. This profit-making skill will not be going anywhere and is beneficial no matter what area of business you’re in! Additionally, it’s fairly easy to pick up sales to add to your resume. For example, take a free online class or read a highly-rated book!

9. Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing is an extremely specialized field. “It is mainly the idea of the development of mathematical models, the use of quantitative analysis techniques, and the use of computers for solving scientific problems.” While not an easy skill to pick up on the side, hiring managers will be looking for scientific computing for any of their open STEM roles.

10. Video Production

According to Statista, 85% of internet users in the United States watched online video content monthly in 2018, and it is safe to assume that number is even higher today. Video production is absolutely essential to any company’s marketing strategy in 2020. Additionally, there are tons of online tutorials about video production that can help boost your resume!

So, which one of these valuable skills will you be adding to your arsenal in 2020? It’s not too late for a resolution to improve your career! And if you’re looking to hone your soft skills, check out our blog of 2020’s most in-demand soft skills here!

Mining and Heavy Industrial

2019 Recap: Mining and Heavy Industrial Recruiting Trends

We had another record-breaking year at Johnson Search Group in 2019, and we are excited to continue to help our clients fill their critical positions in 2020. When planning for the new year, I was reflecting on 2019 and noticed some common trends in the Mining and Heavy Industrial Industry: the tight job market, the gap in skilled trades, and the most popular jobs. These are popular trends from 2019 that I experienced and believe will continue to be prevalent in 2020.

Job Market

The unemployment rate staying under four percent throughout 2019 created a very tight and competitive job market. This directly affects companies and how they must go about landing top talent. Most candidates are not on the job market for long, and companies needed to adjust their hiring process to get the candidates they desire successfully.

This also results in candidates having the ability to be pickier when selecting the opportunities they pursue. Moreover, candidates can also demand more cards when negotiating their compensations and other benefits.

The skilled trade gap

This trend is probably the one that affected my recruiting efforts the most in 2019. So much so that I wrote a blog about this particular topic last August. Every client I work with has come to me in need of maintenance technicians, millwrights, mechanics, welders, etc. These are some of the hardest working and dedicated people I have had the pleasure to work with, and I was fortunate enough to provide new opportunities for a significant number of them last year. The hard part is, with the how in demand these skilled trade candidates are, you won’t find them unemployed. As an employer in need of these highly skilled professionals, you must be willing to provide better compensation and benefits to get them to move.

Most wanted mining and heavy industrial jobs

Throughout last year, many roles were in high demand all year long; however, there were three positions in Mining and Heavy Industrial Manufacturing that were hotter than the rest for my clients. EHS positions, Process Engineers, and I&E professionals were by far the most wanted candidates in 2019. And guess what? In the first two weeks of 2020, I am working on all three of these roles! I don’t see the demand for these positions slowing down in 2020. And with the push for Six Sigma and continuous improvement, I can see myself recruiting on Process Engineers all year long. And I can’t complain, I love filling these roles and working with that specific workforce.

Let’s work together to navigate today’s tight market

2019 was personally my most successful year, and I am looking forward to taking this momentum into the new year. If you are currently struggling to find the talent to help grow your organization or boost production, please get in contact with me ASAP so we can discuss working together.

career change

2020 Vision: Put Your Career in Perspective

You’ve heard the stereotypical adage “new year, new me.” And while some might roll their eyes at this cliched idea of transformation in January, it’s actually the perfect time to reevaluate your career goals. If you have even briefly considered making a career change in 2020, here are a few steps you should take this month to kick off the new year.

Evaluate your current position

Are you happy where you are now? Consider your role, level, company, and how your employer is currently utilizing your skills. If there’s any room for improvement, now is the time to consider a change. The labor market is as tight as it ever has been, and there are more job openings than there are available workers to fill them. So, whether you’re looking for an increase in salary, better benefits, or a challenge to push you to new heights, there are opportunities out there! 

Think about where you’d like to be

Make a list of goals. Jot down your target companies, and don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG! With how competitive the market is, the world is your oyster. Companies that may have seemed out of reach are now looking for team members just like you. Do your research! Compare mission statements, comb through social media, and talk to a recruiter. Your perfect opportunity is probably out there; you just don’t know it yet!  

Define what’s important to you 

Make a list of what you’d like in your next position. Include the obvious benefits such as salary, health insurance, and bonus structure, of course. However, you should also think outside the box. Many companies are looking for remote employees, allow flexible working schedules, and even offer additional perks like gym memberships. Keep in mind you might not be able to find a position that includes ALL of your dream benefits, but knowing what’s most important will help guide you in your job search.  

Now, are you ready to make a career change? Connect with a Johnson Search Group recruiter today to discover what could be on the horizon for your career in 2020.

Christmas

Dear Santa: Our 2019 Christmas List

Dear Santa,

Wow, can you believe it’s already that time of year again? It’s been almost a year since we last wrote to you, and we are so grateful for everything you brought us! We had great success in 2019 and celebrated several milestones, like our 35 anniversary and receiving three more SIA awards (thanks, Santa!). Our team is continuing to grow, and we are having a lot of fun filling our clients’ critical positions with talented candidates. This year, we have a few more requests for you. But don’t worry, we’ve been (mostly) good this year! So if you’re reading this, here is what’s on Johnson Search Group’s Christmas list for 2020.

Perry Paden – Senior Vice President

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas this year is the opportunity for our team to make a significant impact on our client’s organizations in 2020. We would all be grateful for the opportunity to help our clients fill their critical positions and for the labor market to remain strong in the New Year. If you could do that for us Santa, that would be fantastic!

Dana Belstler – Director of Sales

Dear Santa,

I have been waiting all year to write you another letter and am so excited that the time is finally here! I want to say thank you for making my wish from Christmas 2018 come true!

The relationships built, the successful “matchmaking” between clients and candidates, and the 10 pounds I lost have made me very happy! This year, I would like to ask for continued prosperity for all and a mild winter. Please.

Shahna Jacks – Administrative Assistant

Dear Santa,

What I really want for Christmas this year is for our hard-working contractors to remember to turn in their timesheets on time each week. I would also really enjoy the gift of patience during our home remodel next year. Thanks, Santa!

Jeremy Johnson – Mining & Heavy Industrial Recruiter

I really want the mining industry to experience more growth and success in 2020. We are very dependent on the resources and raw materials produced by mining. Without the men and women of mining, we would not be able to enjoy our current standard of living and technological advancements. Oh, and I would love to be able to spend more time on the lake with my friends and family. If you could do that Santa, I would greatly appreciate it!

Alex Price – Mining & Heavy Industrial Recruiter

Last year, I asked for a new client with a lightning-fast hiring process, and I received several (thanks, Santa!) This year, I am asking for a retained fee as fat as your belly. Oh, and for the Seahawks to win the Superbowl. If you can bring me this, I promise to be so good in 2020!

Tracy Isakson – Banking Recruiter

Last year, I asked for a strong U.S. banking market, and my wish came true! Thanks, Santa! This year, I wish for the ability to find all the right candidates for all my positions in 2020. 

Krista Portolesi – Banking Recruiter

Santa, I would love the opportunity to help more institutions with their contract/temp job openings. I’ve been given the opportunity to recruit so many great candidates on a contract basis and would really enjoy making an impact on another institution next year.

On a personal note, I would very much enjoy a spa day and a full night’s sleep. I’m thankful for all of the great people I’ve worked with this year and looking forward to working with new folks next year!

Stephanie Brown – Healthcare Recruiter

Dearest Santa,

As we approach this next year, where so many blessings have already been given in 2019, I don’t know what this girl could ask for other than a few simple things: First and foremost, I wish for happy and healthy children and to have much laughter in 2020 with those I love! I hope next year I can continue to build great relationships within the healthcare industry. I want the opportunity to return the favor of my daughter being cancer-free for 10 years now! Without every single one of them, who knows where we would be, and I shall forever feel gratitude. I also wish more than anything to bring top talent to Western Washington as my heart is in the water there with my grandparents.

Sending you much love and blessings. Cheers, Santa!

Christian Southerland – Healthcare Recruiter

Create great relationships with clients and to make 2020 a great year for myself, family, and Johnson Search Group.

Patrice MacMillan – Director of Marketing

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a viral blog post. That way, everyone can see how effective we are at placing incredible candidates at successful companies! Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a trip to a tropical location. Winters in the Northwest are COLD!

Matthew Bennett – Digital Marketing Manager

Hey Big Guy,

What I really want for Christmas is for the engagement of our monthly newsletters to keep growing. Is that so much to ask, Santa? After all, there’s some great stuff in there! Industry trends, exclusive job opportunities… the list goes on and on (much like your list!) If you could encourage our clients and candidates to open up our newsletter, I would be forever grateful! Also, I would enjoy a few more days at our family cabin this summer. Thank you, Santa!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!

Thank you to all of our clients and candidates for making 2019 such a year of success. We had a lot of fun this year, and we look forward to working with you all in 2020. Santa, we know some of these items won’t exactly fit in your bag, but since we’ve been so good this year, please see if you can squeeze them into your sleigh.

From all of us at Johnson Search Group, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

2020 Banking Industry

Top 5 Jobs in the 2020 Banking Industry

As we make our way into the Fourth Quarter, many banking organizations are preparing for the new year. As you’ve probably heard, the market is hot. Throughout the year, the unemployment rate edged down to a 50-year low, with a record-breaking quit rate. As your institution prepares for next year, here are the top 5 most in-demand jobs we’re going to see in the 2020 banking industry.

Mortgage roles

With the rates declining and nearing all-time lows, the mortgage industry will continue to be hot. We just received a large number of mortgage support roles with multiple banks throughout the country. This is usually the slow time, and banks/mortgage shops are laying off or “restructuring” (aka letting people go). However, many are growing through this “slow” time. It helps that unemployment is at an all-time low. If you need these professionals for the short term (contract/temp) or perm, we can help you get them in place immediately.

Risk/Quant roles

Again, with the super M&A playground in the banking industry, banks are merging and growing, thus needing to add to the risk team. This includes Quants (Model Developers, Model Validators, etc.) to help calculate risk for the bank and how the bank will grow. Again, we partner with multiple banks that have recently gone through a merger and now are needing to add these people to their teams.

The other day, a bank we work with asked us to fill a Risk Manager role. My team and I were able to close that deal out in record time with a relocation for the candidate. These people are in high demand, and with the lack of available talent, banks are utilizing our expertise in finding talent. You need an expert, like Johnson Search Group, with all the connections in this industry to help you fill these roles in today’s tight market.

Audit/Accounting roles

These are always going to be a constant in the banking space. Accounting is so interchangeable in all industries; they can get great talent from anywhere. However, Audit is a little more challenging. Finding the talent that understands the Audit space and working with outsourced and insourced providers, as well as working within the business lines, is incredibly hard. Especially if you’re looking for talent that is going to stay with you for a few years of audits.

That is where a firm like ours comes into play. We recruit so heavily in this area that we have people on the bench that are ready to go on the contract or perm side. If you are sick and tired of spending hundreds of thousands of dollars on “Big 4” audit firms, it’s time to bring a pro onto your internal team.

User Experience roles

This comes in the form of both Marketing and IT as a whole. With the marketplace so competitive and every bank trying to be on the leading edge of what people/businesses want in their bank, these UX folks are going to be invaluable to the team. Many times, you can add contractors to your team to tackle a project or if you are doing a complete overhaul that will take years. We can help you find the perm talent that will be the difference makers and help keep your project on time and on budget. 

Commercial Lender roles

(Or really all lending roles.) Most banks are finding the commercial side to be most profitable, and they want to continue that growth. Again, this is one of the hardest areas to find top talent. We just moved a candidate that was with the same bank for over 25 years to a new bank. Every bank wants those candidates that have proven longevity. These are the type of producers we bring to the table.

We also recently placed another candidate that was with their former bank for 13 years. Our team helps them see why your organization will help get their career to the next level. We are truly subject matter experts when it comes to commercial lending. If you need talented lenders on your team, don’t wait to contact us!

Partner with a recruiting firm that knows your industry

At Johnson Search Group, we pride ourselves on knowing the ins and outs of the banking industry. Reach out to us today if you need a helping hand with your hiring process. We’ll help you get the talent you need to enter 2020 on a strong note.