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How Your Social Media is Hurting Your Job Search

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It’s 2018, and almost everyone has at least one social media account. 81 percent of Americans have at least one social media profile. And employers are aware of this. In fact, 93% of recruiters and human resource professionals check out candidates’ social media profiles before extending a job offer.

Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the content you publish on these sites can prevent you from landing your next job. Here are some things to avoid to ensure your social media doesn’t ruin your chances of being hired.

Bad mouthing your employer, job, or clients

We’ve all been frustrated with our job or employer at times. And if you work in a customer service-oriented industry, you’ve probably been irritated with a customer/client as well. However, social media isn’t the appropriate place to vent about your feelings towards your co-workers or clients.

Don’t complain or bad mouth anyone you work with. If a prospective employer sees any post like this, it will surely leave a bad taste in their mouth. If you have any old posts bashing someone you work with, please do yourself a favor and delete these posts.

Inappropriate content

I do not have to go into great detail here; everyone knows what they should and shouldn’t be posting on social media. And if you even have to question whether it’s appropriate to post, it’s probably best to not post it.

Use your common sense and avoid posting/sharing/retweeting/liking something that could offend or scare off a potential employer. Avoid posting anything extremely political, offensive, or controversial.

If you have any old pictures that you wouldn’t want an employer to see, remove them. I would advise you to go through all of your old photos and ensure there is nothing incriminating or embarrassing on there. It may seem like a hassle but it is totally worth the time to ensure your social media doesn’t affect your job search!

Delete old profiles you no longer use

Have any old profiles you maybe forgot about? Is there an old Myspace profile handing out there with tons of embarrassing posts? Have duplicate LinkedIn profiles with one having out-of-date working information? Get these cleaned up before you even submit your application, so you don’t hurt your chances of some old or inaccurate information about you being discovered.

Do a quick Google search with your full name and your city. For example, search “John Smith Dallas, TX” and see what pops up. You may be surprised with what will generate in search results when you search your name and location. If you find an old social media account, recover it and either clean it up or take it down entirely.

Update your social media privacy settings

At the very least, update your privacy settings on your social media accounts so others cannot see your content without your permission. You can easily make your Instagram and Twitter accounts private. This will require people to request permission before they can see your content. Additionally, you can update your Facebook so other users cannot see your content on your newsfeed unless you accept them as a friend.

Just be sure to update your profile and cover photos! Almost anyone will be able to see them (regardless of your privacy settings) as they check out your profiles during the recruiting process.

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4 Things to Look for In Your Next Employer

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As you search for a prospective employer, look for companies that will fit your personal career growth and be willing to find a team that you can impact. Be sure to do so while you are at the top of your game, not when you’re stuck sitting on the bench. Here are four things to look for in your next employer.

Opportunity for Growth

According to a LinkedIn research, 45% of people left their job due to lack of opportunities for advancement. No matter which stage of your career you’re in, you should always be on the lookout for a job that will allow you to learn and grow, while offering challenging opportunities and meaningful investments in your future. This will look different to every candidate, so focus on what you want out of your career and which stage you’re at this moment to determine what’s most important.

Things to look for: Opportunities for advancement, visionary leaders, adaptability to market changes.

Stability

It is important when evaluating job opportunities that you take a strong look at historical stability. Around 50% of new businesses fail within 5 years, and we live in a time when even veteran companies who failed to evolve over time are closing their doors. It’s important to have a strong understanding of the companies you want to work for and their financial stability in the past, present, and future.

Things to look for: Earnings stability, the relative value compared to other companies, employee tenure

Mission and Values

An essential aspect of a modern-day career is to work for a company whose values align with yours. If you’re looking for a career and not “just a job,” you must be able to buy into the mission of the company. It’s the mission that keeps you motivated when the everyday drudgery of the tasks leaves you in the dust. “If the why is strong enough, the how takes care of itself.”

Things to look for: Employee tenure, social media presence, charity work, Glassdoor reviews

Leadership

The second most common reason people leave jobs is being unsatisfied with senior management. Even if the pay is great and the work-life balance is wonderful, poor leadership is like building a house of cards and hoping the wind doesn’t blow. People find themselves drawn to leaders who inspire, advise, mentor, and encourage their employees.

Things to look for: Glassdoor reviews, tenure, LinkedIn recommendations, company reputation

You may have additional things that are important to you during a job search. However, these are most common among mid-to-senior level professionals. Interested in finding a company that matches all four? Shoot me an email with your resume and I’ll show you what’s out there. You might be surprised!

Reignite the Fire for Your Career

3 Ways to Reignite the Fire for Your Career

Reignite the Fire for Your Career

There’s no denying the fact that life is short. I mean, after all, people say it all the time. It seems that no matter where we are in life, we’re always talking about how fast time goes.

Why, then, do we get tired and bored of doing the same old thing? Wake up, drink coffee, go to work, go to sleep, repeat. The simple answer is that the fire has been extinguished!

Don’t worry, it happens to all of us at some point in our career. We see it all the time, and Johnson Search Group helps people through it by finding them a new position that reignites their fiery passion for their career. However, if you’re not looking to switch positions, then you’ve come to the right place! Here’s how to reignite the fire for your career.

Find your passions

This applies both in an out of the office. When you’re at work, see what you’re best at and what part of your job makes you most excited. By doing this, you’ll actually look forward to your work and ignite that fire once more. You’ll be good at it and your performance will improve little by little.

You can also do this by creating a better work-life balance. By doing so, you’ll find passion and fire for things you enjoy outside of work. Take a five-mile walk every day with your dog. Choose a part of your yard to tend to every evening. You can even choose a show to binge-watch for a few hours every night. By finding that one thing outside of work that really makes you tick, you’ll be able to ignite the fire at home and at work!

Ask for advice

When it comes to igniting your fire once it’s lost, you can bet someone in your office knows what you’re going through. Talk to your manager or mentor and ask them if they’ve ever had anyone go through this. After all, they are there to help guide you through your work, and this applies right to that.

Don’t be afraid to reach out to friends and family, too! They know you better than most, and they’ll know exactly what you need in order to get the fire going again. Even If they give you tough love, you’ll be glad you asked!

Try something new

Reorganize your desk or change up your daily routine. Maybe drink some coffee before you get dressed. Changing up your routine will get you out of the boredom you’re feeling. It’ll also allow your day to go by faster, which can also increase your passion for work.

Some managers might even be open to tweaking your job description. If you love numbers, try asking your manager if you can move into a more analytical approach role. If you love people, try calling a few more clients or seeing how you can have more human interaction during the week. The change may not happen right away, but any change, no matter when it occurs, can be the first step in reigniting your fire for your career.

These are just a few ways you can reignite that fire in your career. If you keep trying, you’ll definitely be able to keep that fire going!

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5 Factors to Consider When Faced With Multiple Job Offers

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It happens a lot. You get recruited for a job through LinkedIn, and then another one. Now that you’re in the mindset you apply to a few jobs that interest you. There’s no way that you’ll actually get multiple offers, right?

Then, once you’ve interviewed with a few different companies, all of a sudden multiple offers start coming your way. It’s as if your inbox is raining offers and you can’t find an umbrella. What do you do? How do you decide? As you consider the options, stress starts to creep in. I mean, after all, it is your career, and you don’t want to make the wrong decision.

The stress lies in the decision. Whether it’s a choice between two jobs or ten, it’s important that you consider all of the factors and implications that come with each choice. As a senior in college looking to start a career in the summer, I currently find myself in this situation. And trust me when I say it’s a fun ride.

As I receive these offers, it’s tough to figure out how to decide on which offer to accept. Do I go with the higher salary but longer hours? What about the job with great benefits and an excellent work-life balance? As time winds down, I rank each job on a few different qualities so that I know exactly what I’m getting with all of them. It’s a great way to make the best decision that you really want to make.

Location

This one isn’t necessarily the most important one, but it is still a huge factor in deciding what offer to accept. If you legitimately don’t care what city you work in, then this won’t be a factor at all. However, an office in downtown will have different implications than one in a suburban or industrial area. It’s important to decide where you’d like to work so that you don’t regret the commute to work each day.

Office Culture

Hopefully, in your interview process, you get to meet the people you’ll be working with. In just a few minutes, you’ll get a good understanding of what kind of people they are and how you’ll be able to work with them. Whether it’s a culture that you’re on the fence about or one that you know you’ll thrive in, office culture is something that cannot be overlooked when making a career decision.

Training/Mentorship

This one is huge for me. If I’m starting a completely new career, then I want to start with a company that will allow me to learn the most. I want a place where I can go and soak up loads of information about the company and the most successful way for me to do my job. Whether it’s learning by doing right away or a classroom style training for a few months, I want to be sure I can learn as much as possible.

Growth Potential

You don’t want to be in a position that offers no room for growth. You want to work at a company where growth is expected from each employee because that way you know you’ll be set up for success. If you don’t have anything to work towards then the new start may lose its pizazz really quickly.

Money

This is another huge factor that goes into making a decision, and it goes deeper than just wages. You want to make sure that you’re not being undervalued as a new employee, so make sure you know what you’re worth. Wages and benefits need to play a factor in a position so that you know you’re not losing any money.

It’s also important to keep in mind the expenses side of the money equation. Before you accept any position, you need to consider relocation expenses and see if any company will help you with it. Next, you need to make sure that your yearly wages exceed your yearly expenses. I personally lay out my potential wages and expenses for each position on a spreadsheet. This makes it easy for me to see my after-tax savings I’ll be able to earn with each position.

Deciding on a job is no easy task, and at certain times in your life, different factors will be more important to you than others. At the end of the day, your heart will tell you where you want to go. And after weighing these different factors you’ll know exactly where that is.

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3 Signs You Waited Too Long to Change Jobs

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Professionals in the workforce are experiencing a security that the business sector has not felt for over a decade. The unemployment rate is down to record lows, business is expanding in multiple industries (especially in mining, healthcare, and financial institutions), and there is a buzz of excitement in the air of prosperity.

Companies are releasing hiring freezes and investing again in the economy. The ‘average’ person is lightening up on the purse strings just a little bit. As a consequence, many are comfortable in their current jobs and think it’s time to relax and enjoy the ride.

However, in times like these, many fail to recognize the exit signs. In the ever-changing world of business, it is important to recognize when it’s time to take the next step in your career.

Is it time for you to take the plunge?

If you’re picking up on any of these 3 signs in your current role, you’ve probably waited too long to make a change.

  1. Is leadership changing rapidly or do you find yourself under different management often?
  2. Are key parts of the organization downsizing or outsourcing?
  3. Does your performance meet expectation, while the company’s promises or commitments fail?

It is always easier to make a transition before your new boss decides you are no longer needed. Are there rumors that your department is being relocated to another city? Or are you frustrated about never actually receiving that promised bonus (despite accomplishing all your goals)? These may be signs that it’s time to pursue other job opportunities.

If one of these signs are evident within your company, be sure to not take them lightly. While you are gainfully employed, passively start looking for other opportunities and contact your recruiter to start a confidential search.

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You!

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

How awesome would it be if you could paint a picture for your prospective employer and tell them exactly what type of position you want? Would you believe me if I told you it was totally possible to create your own dream job?

There are so many organizations out there with different structures from one another, even if they’re in the same industry. Some are more siloed, and some require their employees to wear many different hats. Larger companies that have a larger headcount will naturally be more siloed than smaller companies, which require their employees to cover a wide-range of roles.

Recently, I submitted a candidate over to a bank that was a larger than the one she was currently working at. In her current role, she has a wider range of responsibility than what the interviewing bank required for the role. However, in the world of lending, the more products you can sell, the better! The hiring manager ended up loving the candidate. The candidate didn’t want to limit herself on her scope of responsibilities, so the interviewing bank ended up asking her to write up a plan, detailing information on what her “dream position” looked like if she were to come work for them. This gave her the opportunity for her to sell them on why they should create her dream position for her. It’s a win-win for both sides!

Now we know, this won’t always happen, however it is possible!

Here are some ways you can make it happen:

1. Get a clear understanding of what you want.

If your background includes a wide range of responsibility, use this to your advantage! Especially if you know the company can use your skills.

2. Apply or reach out to a recruiter, even if your dream job isn’t listed.

Recruiters usually have direct communication with the hiring manager and can get an idea of what exactly they’re looking for. If they could use someone on their team that possesses the skills that you have, you and your recruiter may be able to come with a plan to leverage this.

3. Pitch it and sell it!

Most institutions can’t afford to let a great candidate go. Especially if you’re able to add value! Create a strong value statement before approaching a recruiter and understand what your expertise would add to a brand new position. You have to make it enticing for the company to want to create a whole new role just for you!

3 Things You MUST Do Before Applying for A Job

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So, you’re sick and tired of your current job and decide to start searching for other opportunities. You hop online and start scrolling through dozens of job openings. After a few hours of searching (and a couple cups of coffee later), you find your absolute dream job. But WAIT – before you even think about submitting your application, there are a few things you need to review to ensure you’re not impulsively hitting the ‘send’ button.

Check Review Sites

Before you get your heart set on that dream job you think you’ve found, it’s a good idea to jump on your computer or phone and check online reviews on the employer. You can go to sites like Glassdoor or Vault and get tons of information on prospective employers before you even apply.

These sites have a wealth of knowledge, including employee reviews, reviews on the interviewing process, salary information, and much more. These review sites can give you an idea what the culture is like of the organization, how tough the interviewing process is, and what current and former employers think of the organization.

This may help you gain some valuable insight on some tough questions that may be asked during an interview, spark some inspiration for questions to ask during an interview, or depending on the reviews, persuade you not to apply for the job altogether.

Check Out The Employer’s Website

Another source to check out is the company’s website. I know this seems obvious, but it’s shocking how many candidates fail to do a deep dive on a potential employer’s website before applying for a job.

Most employers have tons of information on their website that will help you tailor your resume and cover letter for the position. You can find things like the company’s mission and vision statements, news and events, and insights into the company culture.

Almost every employer has an ‘About’ page with all the information you need to write a masterpiece of a resume to impress the hiring manager, and ultimately, help yourself standout in the sea of applicants.

Do A Social Media Audit

Before you apply for ANY job, take a peek at the employer’s social media accounts. This will give you a better understanding of what the company culture is like. You will likely find things like press releases, new product launches, company events, and much more. Social media is a great outlet to find the latest news about the organization you are interested in. And sometimes, you may even learn more about a company from their social media than from their website.

You can also do a little digging on the hiring manager on LinkedIn. Head over to LinkedIn and search the employer in the search bar at the top of the page. Then, filter the search results by ‘People.’ This will allow you to see current employees of the organization and find the people you’ll likely be working with. Also, this will provide insight on the makeup of the team and help you decide if you really want to apply for the position or not.

Audit Your Own Social Media, Too

While you’re at it, this is a great opportunity to do a little research on your own social media. Before you hit the job market, it’s a good idea to run a social media audit on yourself. Go to your profiles and double-check what you’ve published and what you’re tagged in. If you wouldn’t want an employer to see it, it’s best to delete it from your profile. And at the very least, you can change your profiles privacy settings so others cannot see your content without your permission.

To kick your online cleansing up a notch, do a quick Google search on yourself. Google your first and last name and the city you live in. You’ll be surprised what will appear! There may be an old embarrassing MySpace account or another social media profile that you almost forgot about. Again, if you find something that you don’t want prospective employers to see, it’s best to delete or hide it.

You best believe employers will do a quick search on you before they call you in for an interview!

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4 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Submitting Your Resume

4 questions to ask yourself before submitting resume

Believe it or not, almost nobody enjoys writing a resume. And if you are customizing your resume for every single job that you are applying for (which you should), it can be easy to overlook a simple mistake.

Even the tiniest of mistakes can leave a lasting impression on a hiring manager, and unfortunately, cost you a job interview. So, how do you prevent yourself from making silly mistakes on your resume? Ask yourself these four questions before you submit your resume to a job vacancy.

Is it free of grammatical errors?

Obviously, everyone knows that it’s important to ensure your resume is free of typos and grammatical errors. However, it’s nearly impossible to eliminate your biases and catch your own mistakes. Even professional writers use editors to review their work!

Ask a friend or family member to take a few minutes to go over your resume. Even if they don’t catch a grammatical error, they may offer other suggestions to help improve a certain bullet point or statement to kick it up a notch.

After you have someone review your resume, print it out and read it out loud. You’d be surprised at how many typos or funky wording you’ll catch when reading your resume out loud to yourself.

Should I add my address to my resume?

Even in the year 2018, many candidates still include their address on their resumes. However, it is perfectly acceptable to leave it off our resume.

If the job you are applying for is out of town, we recommend leaving your address off. An employer may or may not offer relocation, yet oftentimes, local candidates can take precedent. By forgoing your location on your resume, you eliminate any local biases and you’re judged on your qualifications and experiences alone!

Besides, people no longer communicate via snail mail when applying to or responding to job applications. It’s the 21st Century. Everyone communicates via email or using a smartphone, so it’s no longer essential to include your address on your resume. We are all connected and if your address is needed later in the recruiting process, it can easily be sent to the appropriate hiring manager in seconds.

Is it in a professional format?

Nothing is a bigger turnoff to recruiters than a poorly formatted resume. Whether it’s the use of an unusual font or inconsistent margins, formatting mistakes generate the impression that you are not a very detail-oriented person. This may seem obvious, but it’s crazy how many resumes we’ve seen with silly formatting issues that ruin the appearance of the resume.

More often than not, formatting issues are caused by sending your resume in an improper file format. When submitting your resume to an Application Tracking System (ATS) or emailing it to a recruiter, the formatting may get messed up. Margins can look funky or fonts may look different on another device. To avoid these issues, you must submit it as a PDF to ensure recruiters see your resume the way it was meant to appear.

Is my resume written in the proper verb tense?

This is one of the biggest mistakes we see when candidates submit their resumes. Except when discussing your current position, resumes should be written in the past tense. We often see the wrong tense being used when using action verbs at the beginning of each bullet point.

For example, for an old position on your resume, you should say “Develop marketing plans to…” instead of “Developed marketing plans to…” Not only is this issue an easy fix for you to make, it is also obvious for recruiters to notice. Make sure you doublecheck it for proper verb tense before you send it off to a recruiter!

Having trouble choosing the right verb tense? Here is a helpful guide to get you started.

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You Landed The Interview, Now What? – Part 1

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With 2018 being a strong candidate-driven market, you are getting more looks from the companies you are interested in. In our first edition of our “You Landed the Interview, Now What?” blog series, we highlighted the different types of job interviews.

The phone interview is an essential part of any recruiting process and is often overlooked. Let’s break down the phone interview to ensure you’re prepared.

Phone Interview with HR or Recruiter

If the call is with HR or a recruiter, this is where you need to know and understand the job description and your resume. You should pull up both on your tablet or laptop, so you can reference them during the conversation. HR is looking for two essential things.

First of all, they want to ensure you’re able to talk the talk and that your experience lives up to your resume and/or cover letter. Let me be clear: Don’t stretch the truth on your job application. This will come back to haunt you in the long run. Again, if you don’t have the exact experience they’re looking for, you need to have clear talking points as to why your skills and background have brought you to this point, as well as why your experience satisfies the hiring manager’s desired qualifications.

To address this, we recommend the three Ps of interviewing, especially if it is a stretch role. Those are practice, prepare and practice again!

Additionally, HR is looking to see if you are a good “cultural fit” with the company.

Generally, here are the questions HR wants to be answered during a phone interview to determine culture fit:

  • Does this person add value to the discussion?
  • Do they “smile” on the phone?
  • Are they enthusiastic?
  • Do they seem like a good fit for the organization?
  • Do they have awards or other skills that aren’t on the resume/CV that could add value to the organization?

Some companies look for candidates that vibe with their current employees and hold the same values and vision. Others are eager to embrace different skill sets and diversify their team. There are good arguments for both, and it really just depends on where the company and culture are at any given time.

Regardless, HR and recruiters are screening you to make sure you’re a good fit for the position and the company.

Phone Interview with Hiring Manager

If the call is with the hiring manager, you need to embrace the 3 P’s (which we discussed above) and do extensive research on the company, hiring manager, and even the team. Do your research on LinkedIn, (and no, it’s not “unprofessional” to look at their profiles) and search for common ground that can ultimately become talking points during your phone call.

Also, make sure to check out the company’s social media accounts. Corporate social media is a wonderful place to get a better feel for the company, check out any recent press releases, or even product launches. (This can also often give you a sneak peek into their company culture!) Remember, they will be doing the same with your social accounts. Do an online audit of yourself and make sure everything is professional.

Again, like with a phone call with HR or a recruiter, have any necessary documents you need in front of you to reference during the interview.

Above all else, be yourself and be confident in your skills. You got this!

3 signs that show you're a bad team player

3 Signs That Show You’re A Bad Team Player at Work

Most of us enjoy watching or even playing our favorite sports with our friends. But what about your team members in the office? Whether it’s a large assignment or a work-related task, it’s important to use all the resources at your disposal to be a successful team player. The most resourceful tools around you are your co-workers.

Some of us don’t like to take advise or are just too lazy to listen to our co-workers. Here are signs of what a bad team player looks like:

Not sharing your challenges with your team

Many of us hit walls when it comes to working on assignments or tasks. We run out of ideas or find difficulty in the process. Challenges or obstacles are common at work and they are bound to come at every step. Sharing your challenges on a one-on-one basis with your team leader or in a group ‘brain storming’ session will help create solutions and get you moving forward.

Not taking advise on defining your goals

Goals help us to stay focused and on track. If your goals are blurred, unachievable, or unrealistic, then you are likely aiming for disappointment. We should not take advise on our goals out of fear or rejection. Taking advise from our more experienced team leaders and teammates through clear questions and dialogue will help solidify concrete SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time Bound) goals. Your team members and mentors can help give you actionable ideas on how to enhance your goals and become more successful in the workplace. Asking your team for support will improve your overall productivity as a team player in the office.

Not following the leader

Remember the movie Remember the Titans? If it wasn’t for the direction and leadership of Coach Boone (Denzel Washington), the team (in my opinion) wouldn’t have succeeded. We tend to disagree with our bosses and team leaders, and that’s fine. Voicing our concerns in a healthy manner will help ease tensions. I encourage you to share your ‘counter-thoughts’ with them. The outcome may even be constructive in making your teamwork assignment a success!