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How to Successfully Recruit Remote Workers

Before the pandemic flipped the labor market upside-down, remote work was gaining popularity. Fast forward to today, and millions of Americans are working from home (and likely well into the future). In fact, even as hiring growth has slowed for many companies, there was a 12% increase in remote job listings from July to August. Thus, if you want to be competitive in the post-pandemic labor market, you must be able to attract job seekers searching for remote opportunities. Here is how your hiring team can successfully recruit remote workers.

Use appropriate keywords

To attract the right candidates, you need to use appropriate keywords. This will help weed out candidates uninterested in remote opportunities; the right keywords can also help job seekers find your job posts easier on job boards. Consider adding the word “remote” or other keywords in the job title.

For example, your job title could be “Cloud Engineer – Temporarily Remote.” This helps job seekers know right off the bat that this is a (temporarily) remote opportunity. Some other useful keywords are:

  • Work from home
  • Work from anywhere
  • Virtual
  • Remote
  • Remote Opportunity

Be transparent about what “remote” means

If you want to recruit remote workers, you have to be transparent about what “remote” means to your company. Is this job temporarily because of the pandemic? Is it only remote for a specific amount of time, say six months? Or is it remote permanently? To attract the right candidates, you must clarify this in your job descriptions.

If this position is just remote due to the pandemic, specify what the transition will be like afterward. Just because the job description says “remote,” it does not mean the job is 100% remote. Whatever the opportunity is, define it clearly to ensure you are not deceiving candidates.

Specify location requirements

A common misconception for remote opportunities is that candidates can live or work from anywhere. This is likely not the case for several reasons, such as employment laws, taxes, travel, and so on. Do you require your remote workers to come into the office once a week? If so, they have to live close enough to commute. Does the role involve a lot of travel? If it does, you may need candidates close to metro hubs for easy access to transportation and airports.

If there are location requirements, even if the position is mostly remote, you must clarify that in the job description to successfully recruit remote workers.

Partner with a recruiting firm

Working from home is a new concept for thousands of employers and employees alike. As a result, it will be challenging to recruit remote workers in the post-pandemic era. If your team is struggling to hire strong candidates in today’s market, partner with a recruiting firm. Johnson Search Group has connections all over the country with talented candidates ready to get back to work. Reach out today, and let’s discuss a partnership.

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.

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.

Post-Pandemic Resume

The Post-Pandemic Resume

With millions of unemployed Americans, many people are diligently working on your resume to prepare for their next career move. This is a stressful situation, and with so many Americans unemployed, competition is going to be tough. Lucky for you, we have a few pointers to help you craft the perfect post-pandemic resume.

Don’t include that you were laid off

If you were laid off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, don’t say so on your resume. If you do, it ruins the flow of a good resume. Although you are trying to be upfront and honest, there is no need to include that information on there. Instead, you can share this information in your cover letter that you submit with your job application.

So, instead of mentioning your layoff on your resume, write down the time frame you worked for that position. For example, have the time frame be something like “February 2017 – March 2020.” It’s unnecessary to create a bullet that says something like, “I was laid off in March 2020 because of mandatory company layoffs due to the Coronavirus.” This is taking the attention away from all of your accomplishments, skillsets, and experience! It’s great that you want to be transparent, but you can explain your current employment situation in a cover letter and again during an interview )if it comes up).

Display those quarantine skills

If you are currently out of work, you probably have acquired a few skills to your toolbelt. Many furloughed or unemployed workers are acquiring new skills to make good use of their time and make themselves more marketable. Whether you took a course online, taught yourself a new skill, or earned a new certification, it’s crucial to add these hard-earned skills to your resume. Our best advice is to make a skills section towards the bottom of your resume and put all your skills in a nice, organized list. You can do the same with any achievements or awards you have earned, too! This format makes it easy for a hiring manager and an ATS system to skim through your resume.

Tailor your resume

Instead of just slapping your latest work experience on your resume, ensure you are tailoring your resume to each job. This is time well spent if you want to get a leg up on the competition. Plus, it will guarantee you more success when you start applying. Carefully go through each job description and highlight the essential things needed. Then, do your best to mirror those critical points in your resume before you submit it. Obviously, don’t exaggerate the truth or flat out lie about your experience. However, if it’s on the job description and you meet those requirements, you must add those to your post-pandemic resume if you want an interview.

If you’re ready to put that new resume to the test, check out our job opportunities. We will work with you to pair your skills and background with a job that meets your career goals. Take a look, and let’s work together!

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How’s Your Candidate Bench Looking?

One thing we can all agree on: the last few months have had no script to follow. With all of the uncertainty, we cannot run our businesses without critical staff members. Although some positions may be on hold, this does not mean you have to wait. Now is the time to dig in and have your candidate bench filled with top talent that’s ready to go at a moment’s notice.

I’ve had these tough conversations with candidates 

I have a critical position ready to go, submit a qualified candidate to the client, and then the job goes on hold. Two steps forward and three steps back? None of us like being put on hold, but if you are upfront and honest with people, somehow, we will get through this together; new relationships are built, and old ones are stronger than before.

Now that we see businesses getting back into the office and back to work, we also see a lot of empty critical roles that need to be filled immediately. But wait… you are in a hiring freeze!? So, is now the time to panic? Absolutely not!

With so many companies going through layoffs, furloughs, or even tenured people taking a step away from work, guess what? Many of them are not coming back to work!

There is absolutely no reason you cannot pull the details required for the critical positions and start to look for the perfect candidate NOW. Partnering with a recruiter takes some of this stress off your shoulders. Give us the opportunity, and we will do a confidential search for you.  

This strategy has many advantages:

  • This gives us the time (even if it’s a day or two) we need to find the perfect candidate versus waiting possibly another 3-4 weeks before you even start the search. This instant jump will increase your success, not to mention beating out your competition for these great candidates.
  • With the right recruiter on your side, we can have difficult conversations with the candidate and advise them that their perfect career path is right around the corner.
  • The talent is out there; you just have to go after it! 

Having your candidate bench full is so much easier than not being adequately prepared for when your leadership teams give you the “thumbs up.” How great will it be when you get the approval to start filling these critical roles, and can you immediately have the perfect candidates that are already pre-screened, prepped, and ready to go?

Partner with a recruiter

This will make you the hero! Being prepared now will eliminate the panic later down the road. Reach out to our team at Johnson Search Group today, and let’s get that candidate bench stock up for you.

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How to Explain An Employment Gap

As of this Thursday, another 1.55 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits. That brings the current total to over 44 million workers that are unfortunately going through a rough employment patch. As a result, numerous workers are now going to have a gap in their employment history and resume. This circumstance can bring up a challenging interview question as these workers search for their next opportunities. If you are in this situation, this is how you can successfully answer any question that may come up regarding an employment gap.

Be straightforward and honest

The best thing you can do when this question arises is to be honest and upfront about your situation. If you were laid off because of the Coronavirus, don’t be ashamed. A significant chunk of American workers is in the same boat as you. And if you were laid off or fired for a completely different reason, you should still be honest. Your interviewers will likely check your references and with your last employer if you make it to the finish line of the hiring process. If you are caught in a lie, it won’t look good, and you may even have your candidacy pulled.

Whatever your reason, keep your answer positive.

Share what you have done with your free time

Speaking of positive, if you have been out of work and need to explain your employment gap, share the good things that you were able to accomplish in the meantime. If you completed a course to improve your knowledge on a subject or earned a certification, share that! It shows that your lapse in employment didn’t stop you from bettering yourself and enhancing your career.

Another way to approach your answer is to share your self-reflection. Did you take this time to reflect on your career and decide where you would like to be? That’s a great answer, too! There is nothing wrong with taking this hardship and using it to pivot your career in another direction.

Keep it short and sweet

Regardless of your situation or answer, less is more. Don’t get caught up in the details, especially if you were fired. Attack the question straight on and express what you learned because of the situation. That’s it. Too many candidates find themselves oversharing and getting lost in the details. Keep your answer honest, straightforward, and concise to master this awkward interview question!

contract staffing

Why Contract Staffing Works in the Post-Pandemic Era

As our country begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are starting to retool their staff (or at least preparing to do so shortly). This dilemma can be overwhelming for hiring managers as many need employees now but are fearful of what the future has in store for us. Insert contract staffing. Utilizing contractors might be the safest and most cost-effective solution in the post-pandemic era. Here is why contract staffing will be your best tool in the second half of 2020.

Contract staffing offers flexibility

Contract staffing is a great way to get the help you need now without worrying too much about your staffing bandwidth in the future. The latest Jobs Report from the Department of Labor shared some positive signs that the worst of the Coronavirus is behind us. However, it was recently confirmed that February 2020 was the official start of a recession. How long this recession will last is unknown, but economists speculate it will take at least a couple of years to recover.

You get to choose the terms of your contract assignments. They can be as short as a couple of months or be long-term contracts of up to a year. So, your team is in the driver seat and can pick contract lengths that work for your company. And if you don’t need your contractors anymore, you can terminate the contract assignment much easier than laying off a full-time employee.

A more fiscally responsible solution

Utilizing contractors will help your bottom line during these economic difficulties. Hiring contract workers reduce fixed costs, such as benefits, and allows your company to only pay for the hours each contractor works. Using temporary workers will allow you to be more flexible as your team weathers this economic hardship.

Contractors streamline your hiring process

Hiring contractors is a great way to streamline your hiring process. If you need workers immediately to keep production on track, the turnaround time is much faster. Under normal economic and social conditions, it takes roughly 42 days to fill a permanent position. However, hiring contractors is much more efficient, especially if you are working with a recruiting firm. At Johnson Search Group, we do all the hard work on your behalf. We conduct reference checks, facilitate the background checks, and ensure onboarding is smooth throughout the process.

We can build a contract staffing solution with you

If you’re ready to build your contract staffing solution today, reach out to our recruiting team. We will work hard to find the talent that fits your needs and environment. Let’s have a conversation today and build a relationship that lasts well beyond the global pandemic.

second half of 2020

What Will the Second Half of 2020 Look Like?

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed the landscape of the labor market. In the first two months of 2020, the year started where 2019 left off – a red hot job market and record low unemployment rate. Fast forward to today, and there are now over 40 million U.S. jobless claims in the first week of June. Despite this horrendous downfall, things are starting to look up. States are opening back up, virus numbers are declining, and the unemployment rate declined to 13.3% as people are finally returning to work. So, now that we are over the hill, what will the rest of the year entail regarding the labor market? Here is what the second half of 2020 will look like for our workforce.

Where are the jobs at?

Employers across the country are still hiring during the pandemic. And as things continue to simmer down as far as COVID-19 cases go, more employers will restart their hiring efforts. Some industries are actually doing well, and even going on hiring spurts right now. For example, hardware stores have been going through a growth spurt over the last couple of months. Have you tried to go to Home Depot or Lowes lately? If you haven’t, there is usually a line to get it inside. Ace Hardware will be hiring roughly 30,000 workers over the upcoming weeks. This is just one of many industries that experienced a boost in hiring thanks to the pandemic.

As more states open back up, these numbers will continue to grow. According to the Business Insider, only seven states are in a partial lockdown, with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico the only U.S. territories with a complete lockdown. That means the vast majority of the country is either completely reopened or working hard to get to that point.

And if you are in one of the few states still in a lockdown period, don’t panic. You can always secure a remote position from a company located elsewhere. At the peak of the outbreak, 62% of Americans were working from home. And this trend will not be going away, even after we overcome this crisis. Many employers, such as Twitter, are allowing workers to work from home permanently. As a result, this will open the door for new work opportunities in the second half of 2020.

The key thing to remember is that companies are still hiring; however, you may have to work a little harder to find them.

The skills that employers need most right now

If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for new employment opportunities in the second half of 2020, there are a handful of skills you will want to demonstrate to hiring managers.

Adaptability and flexibility

These skills have and always will be crucial. Now more than ever, employers need workers capable of adapting to new environments, workloads, and pretty much everything else around them. We are in unchartered waters, and depending on the industry you work in, every day may be a little different. Try and use examples in an interview to convey this to employers or use specific points on your resume that illustrate your ability to be flexible in the most challenging environments.

Creative and innovative

Employers want to see that you are not afraid to think outside the box. These are tough times, and a little innovation goes a long way. There are dozens of examples of employees showing innovation during these challenging times. One excellent example is automakers shifting their efforts from making vehicles to respiratory equipment. You can find a creative way to solve a problem, save the company money, or improve efficiency; these are things hiring managers will want to see.

Problem-solving

Day to day tasks may be more difficult now with social distancing in the workplace or while part of your team is working remotely. Simple activities may need new solutions to make them more efficient in the post-pandemic workplace. Make sure you are illustrating to your prospective employers your accomplishments and clearly define what issues they resolved.

Recruiters will be your best friends

Whether you’re a hiring manager struggling to find talented workers or a job seeker looking for their next opportunity, partnering with a recruiter will be a must. Hiring managers won’t have to sift through hundreds of resumes and hire the workers they need, fast. And as a job seeker, you can rest assured that you have a professional in your back pocket, walking you through every step of the hiring process. At Johnson Search Group, we work hard, we work together, and we work for you. Reach out to us today!

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Rural Healthcare is Making a Comeback from COVID-19

Over the past three months, I have had many conversations with the rural healthcare facilities I partner with in Washington state about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted them. Lately, my searches for critical need positions have certainly looked different during this crisis; many of my clients have expressed that they don’t want to hire clients poached from other hospitals, given the circumstances. This mindset is very respectable, and thankfully, my team and I can source fantastic job seekers in the healthcare industry without stealing them from other hospitals that are also in need of staff members.

Some good stories amongst the negative

These past three months have been filled with wonderful phone conversations and lots of touching stories. Hearing these stories of communities coming together to support their local hospitals has made my heart happy. There have been parades, small businesses making masks and shields for their hospitals, financial support from the communities, and a sense of comradery. This is especially true for rural healthcare, which has taken quite the hit this year. There is so much light during these uncertain times, and this is what keeps us pushing forward.

Rural healthcare is taking a hit

Of course, there were the hard stories, the scary stories regarding rural health. Many of my clients had to furlough great employees, lay off staff members, take a low census, and freeze all elective surgeries. Nurses were begging to work; coders are without outpatient or inpatient work; it was a standstill. I often heard the Tom Petty song playing in my head, “The Waiting.” Everyone was merely scared and did not know what to expect with this pandemic. Therefore, many stayed away from the safest place of all, our hospitals.

We are slowly making a comeback

However, things are starting to turnaround for our rural healthcare facilities. All 50 states have eased their “stay at home” orders, and 26 states have officially reopened. These past two weeks have been so positive; patients are no longer scared to walk the hallways, and elective surgeries can proceed again. In my personal experience, the hospital is the safest place you can be. Perhaps we are no longer as fearful as we were three months ago when the pandemic was spreading like wildfire. Rural healthcare is finally making a comeback.

We can help your healthcare facility

As we start to move into this new normalcy, your rural healthcare facility may need help retooling their staff. My team and I at Johnson Search Group can help source the best talent on the market that fits into your budget and organization’s culture. The candidates we present to our clients are thoroughly vetted to fit both your team and your community. I deliver resumes that are backed with positive people with a want and need to serve, not just your hospital but also your communities. Let’s have a conversation about the needs of your organization and community. We are all in this together.

Post-Coronavirus Workplace

The Post-Coronavirus Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected each and every one of us. Some of us are working from home, while others are unfortunately laid off for the time being. Interviews will probably never be the same, and some employers are permanently implementing new policies to offer a more agile working environment. As a result of all of these changes, our place of work will look much different, at least for the time being. Here are just three ways the post-Coronavirus workplace will change.

Exercise more caution

Every single one of us will (or should) be more cautious going forward. If you don’t feel well, work from home, if possible. If you can’t work from home, take a sick day. If COVID-19 has taught us anything over the last couple of months, our health and the health of those around us is imperative. Even if it’s just a head cold, most people will take the precaution and stay home.

Regularly cleaning will be a must. It might even be part of your new daily or weekly routine to disinfect your tools and workstation. It may seem like overkill to some, but it’s better than the alternative. Some people may stop shaking hands as a greeting or congregating in a small breakroom for a cup of coffee. Some of these new routines will relax over time, but the workplace may look like this upon your return.

A leaner workforce

As of today, May 28, nearly 42 American workers have applied for unemployment benefits as the number of layoffs continues to grow (although at a slower rate). However, some teams may not build back up as they were before COVID-19. Many employers are doing fine with their new, smaller teams. Sometimes, less is more. So, as a job seeker, that means the market might be more competitive for the foreseeable future. As a result, you’ll have to be on you’re A-game and know how to navigate this environment! If you’re in that position, check out one of our recent blogs that offers helpful job search tips and tricks.

Flexible working conditions

Flexibility will be a huge change for many employers. Work from home will likely be a new perk that many employers were utterly against before COVID-19. Managers and executives alike are realizing that their workforce can be just as (if not more) productive. This shift will likely lead to better benefits, such as working from home for new parents or for when a child is sick. Millions of us are still working from home and successfully balancing our work and home lives. Therefore, your employer maybe a little more open-minded in the new post-Coronavirus workplace.

Since we are still feeling the effects of the pandemic, employers will likely show more flexibility for certain situations. For example, a new report shows that many parents are reluctant to return to the office because they have kids that are home alone finishing the school year online. And with some states or counties still forcing daycares to remain shut, some parents don’t have a choice to stay home with their families. Therefore, employers across the nation will be more understanding of situations like this and allow work from home days when needed.