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Balance: How Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Career’s Success

When it comes to your work-life balance it’s about juggling all your responsibilities in just 24 hours, every day. And it can be difficult trying to manage your time between family, work, friends, and of course, you. But balancing your work and life is a crucial part of you having a successful career.

Ways to instill work-life balance effectively

Something that is super important in becoming successful with your career and at home, is balancing your responsibilities. You can do this by making sure you’re doing things you enjoy. Whether that means enjoying your job or having fun outside of work. It can help balance you out when one of those two things are stressful or vice-versa.

Also, make sure you’re with a good company that respects you and your home life. This is key to any working relationship. When you feel appreciated and cared for, you come into work knowing what you have to do that day, as well as knowing it will not be coming home with you.

When you interview for a job, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if they are the right fit for you! You get to choose who you share your talents with (especially, with the candidate-driven market we are in). And you want to make sure it’s a company that respects and knows the difference between your family time and work time.

By taking initiative upfront, it will be easier to focus on your work-life balance and help you understand the importance of it. Without that balance, your work production and health could suffer due to unnecessary stress. Which no one wants to deal with when you’re just trying to enjoy your life and career.

How to ensure you have a good Work-Life Balance

With these simple steps, you can make sure you’re taking steps to de-stress and unplug from work and life stresses.

Workout and eat healthily – whether that is going for a walk 3-4 times a week or going to the gym. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical health. Giving yourself that time to work on improving your health will only help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more in your day to day duties.

Hobbies – Reminding yourself of the importance of doing things other than work and house chores keeps you happy and excited for what the next day brings. Having different hobbies helps you relax and take that time you need to debrief from life and work. Because de-stressing and doing the things you love to do ‘just because’ will help you stay healthy and happy. Which only keeps you more productive in the office and life.

Un-Plug from work and technology – With work and technology being so hand-in-hand nowadays, it makes it hard to truly leave work… at work. But it’s important to remember that work will always be there tomorrow. Your loved ones, friends, that age your child is today, is and will always be changing. Make sure you’re spending that time with them. Enjoying every stage of life, because one day you won’t be able to.

Your work-life balance will determine your career and life successes, so make sure you take the time to focus on each role and balance them accordingly.

“As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes around once and time is precious. When (your) not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.”Benjamin Bratt

 

3 Lessons From The Army That I Still Use At Work Every Day

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During my 20 years of service to my country, I learned and grew a lot (Literally – I was a 17 year old scrawny kid when I first entered). And now that I’ve transferred to the civilian working world as a recruiter, I’ve found that many of the lessons I learned were not left behind. Here are three things that I continue to apply to my professional life every single day:

Training

Any time I try to tackle something new, my military experience kicks in. Whether it’s recruiting for a new position, writing a blog, or putting together a toy for my son, I take it step by step. In the Army we learned everything A-Z, one letter at a time. Before moving on to the next step, I mastered all the steps before it. This strategy makes any task, no matter how daunting it may seem, easy to accomplish and by the end you are an expert.

Repetition

So many of the things we do in today’s world are complicated and multi-faceted. We’re expected to multitask and accomplish tasks instantly and with precision. In the Army, we were taught to combat overwhelming processes through repetition. Most people come in throwing a grenade incorrectly. But after thousands of repetitions doing it correctly, our muscle memory starts to take over. This practice of repetition is what allows me to consistently have the highest call volume in the company.

Persistence

For any goal that I was given or set in the Army, I gave 100% until it was accomplished. You didn’t question why you were doing this or ponder over how in the world you would get it done, you pulled up your bootstraps, set a strategy, and went after it. When I have a client with a critical need, I do whatever it takes to get them the all-star candidate they need.

How to Compete in a Candidate-Driven Market

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All predictions point to 2016 being a true candidate-driven market, and the best advice that experts have given is “get ahead of the curve.” Recruit and hire to round out your team now, before multiple offers and counter offers become common place. It’s more important now than ever to attract the best talent on the market.

Even with all of the great tools that are out in today’s world of sophisticated technology, growing databases, and social media, it’s still about the individual person. Candidates are people with lives who want a career to support their families, dreams, and aspirations. This becomes evident when you analyze the top reasons people leave their jobs:

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Infographic from BambooHR

Candidates will have more choices in 2016, and to attract the best talent, employers will have to adjust their strategy. The key factors for hiring in 2016 will be team enhancement and fresh perspective, rather than industry knowledge.

It will be essential for companies to identify their mission and values in order to compete. Employers must differentiate themselves and partner with recruiters who understand the company’s branding and values.

Standard hiring processes will no longer be viable. While hiring managers are out on scheduled meetings, taking vacations, and following business as usual, top talent will be in a final interview with a competitor. Hiring managers need to be prepared to make a decision quickly when the right person is placed in front of them. It will be important to extend the offer and secure the top candidate because as they say “time kills all deals.”

Salary will continue to be a main driver, but the entire offer package will come into play. Things like cultural development, education, work-life balance, and team outings will affect a candidate’s decision to accept an offer.

As we approach this increasingly competitive market, don’t solely rely on internal processes to secure top talent. Great recruiters understand the game and they want to assist in your success. They will incorporate your passion for your work into finding you your next great team member.

Want to learn more about partnering with JSG in 2016? Contact Mike Muglia today.

Looking Forward With SVP Perry Paden

We caught up with Johnson Search Group’s Senior Vice President to find out what’s in store for the hiring forecast, JSG, and what companies can do to keep up.

What does hiring look like for the rest of 2015?

Here at JSG, we are seeing an increase in hiring essential positions across all of our industries.  According to a September report from the American Staffing Association, the recovery has not been as robust as companies had hoped. The report references the fall of unemployment from a high of 10% in mid-2009 to somewhere around 5% as of August 2015. But what the numbers do not indicate is what JSG clients and prospective clients are telling us. Hiring for pivotal positions is more important now than ever. Some of the most in-demand positions stem from the following spaces: Marketing, Accounting, Information Technology, Compliance, and Security. For the remainder of 2015, hiring will continue at a brisk pace in these areas and others. Some companies must fill positions by the end of the year for budgetary reasons, while others are seeking crucial skill sets to remain in compliance into 2016. One thing is for certain: 2016 could shape up to be a true candidate-driven market, making it imperative that companies hire top talent now.

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What is JSG doing to prepare for 2016?

With candidates driving the market in 2016, JSG is taking steps to ensure that our clients and candidates are prepared. Focus will be on continuing to expand our network, building on strong relationships, and helping our clients get the best talent possible. We recently launched a user and mobile-friendly website that provides access JSG at any time, including a job alert function so you can always stay up-to-date on our latest positions. Our newsletter continues to grow to over 40,000 subscribers, sharing industry insights and JSG information monthly. Above all, we continue to grow our internal team allowing us to better serve more clients and candidates across the country.

What advice would you give companies in order to stay competitive in today’s market?

  1. Plan your growth. If growth is on the horizon, build or create a team within your bank plan for that growth. Do not wait until 2 weeks before you need that person to engage a recruiting firm to assist in filling that roll. Average time to fill is now averaging 52 days. Our recruiting team can play an important role in the planning stages of these roles, and can relate your opening to our pipeline of candidates.
  2. Many hiring managers interview candidates with a “Why should I hire you?” attitude. I advise companies to be prepared to answer the candidate question “Why should I come to work for your organization?” in 2016. Thousands of organizations across the US are in need of qualified professionals. For example, there are over 1 million management jobs currently available across the country. This competition is forcing companies to be prepared to attract top talent with the culture and benefits of your organization.
  3. When it comes to a hiring process, companies that have a stream-lined hiring process will win the talent war. At JSG, we have seen it progress throughout 2015 and most reports say it could worsen in 2016. My advice to our readers is when you find a candidate you like, engage with them early, often and with urgency. Don’t hold off thinking you can find that perfect fit, because you may miss a great fit right in front of you.