Posts

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

I must say, I am feeling the optimism – things are moving along in the right direction. In my last blog wrapping up 2020, I left off explaining how I felt good momentum moving into the new year. Over the last few weeks of 2020, I was focusing on the marketing aspect of recruiting. Touching base with previous clients and reaching out to companies in the mining, heavy industrial, and manufacturing sectors. I received some excellent responses from steel mills to food manufacturing and packing companies. Companies are hiring in Q1, not as much as I have seen in previous years, but certainly an uptick from the majority of last year. One of the trends I am currently experiencing as I continue my candidate searches is the emphasis on transferrable skills.

Candidates with transferrable skills

Last year when some of my mining clients in California and aerospace manufacturers took a significant hit due to COVID-19, I expanded into similar manufacturing markets. We started working with more pulp and paper companies and continued building our relationship with the forestry companies we have worked with for years. We also are having new success with food manufacturers and packaging companies. With mining back in the mix and aerospace companies picking up production, I am currently working with the diverse client pool in my recruiting career. As a result, my focus shifted towards looking for candidates with transferrable skills in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Job seekers should look outside their current field

While we are optimistic that 2021 will be a bounce-back year, there are still some other factors to consider. People are eager and ready to get back to work, and unemployment rates are still high. This creates a very competitive job market. As a candidate navigating this job market, it is essential to keep your options open. Going back to transferable skillsets, if you have a solid foundation in leadership, skilled trades, engineers, administration, or a similar skillset, consider looking into other industries. Just because your previous sector isn’t hiring, it doesn’t mean others aren’t. The fact is someone out there is hiring, and putting yourself in the right position for success is vital.

We can help expand your talent pool

Partnering with a recruiting that can help present opportunities to you can be an impactful way to secure employment in 2021. Working with a recruiting agency can help companies with hiring needs help you tap into a whole new talent pool. JSG can provide you a diverse candidate base with local candidates who have the skillset you are looking for. Reach out to us today, and let us help you find the talent you need.

The 5 Hottest Banking Jobs in the New Year

The 5 Hottest Banking Jobs in the New Year

2020 has been a tumultuous year for many industries. The coronavirus has wreaked havoc on the labor market for most of the year, but business is finally returning to (a new) normal for many sectors. The banking space has been able to adapt and even flourish in certain areas. As a result, banks are making significant hiring pushes next year. Here are the five hottest banking jobs in the new year. 

Commercial Lenders

Typically, banks are always looking to add commercial lenders this time of year. If you are searching for greener pastures in the new year, now is a great time to start looking so you can make the change mid-first quarter. If you are a commercial lender, relationship manager, or business development officer and aren’t super happy with your current bank, reach out to me about making a move. I can help you make that career transition to a banking institution that will appreciate you.

Credit roles

Many of my banking clients are looking for additional help within the credit space. This hiring push runs from the entry-level credit analyst roles all the way up to Credit Administrators and credit executives. With the uncertainty in the market, banks are looking for additional talent in this space to help them stay profitable and continue their growth.

Information Technology

Technology is always changing, and innovations are constantly evolving in this space. Plus, with millions of people now working remotely, the demand for IT professionals is at an all-time high in the banking environment. With this new shift to working from home, information technology and information security are in a massive growth state.

Mortgage roles

Usually, the mortgage space is not an area we talk about at the first of the year. However, over the last two years, the mortgage market has been one of the hottest spaces in banking. All things mortgage as well, not just MLOs. We are seeing record numbers of processors, funders, and admin roles. With interest rates at a historic low, mortgages will be a significant revenue stream for banks in 2021.

Risk Management

With the coronavirus causing millions to work remotely, banks are bulking up their risk department to improve their institutions’ safety. This growth is occurring in all areas of risk, such as analysts, VPs, and even SVP-level roles. Some organizations are even hiring Chief Remote Working Officers to improve the safety of their at-home workers.

Are you ready to make a career move?

So, those are the five hottest banking jobs we’ll see in the new year. There might be a few areas that are not as busy, but overall, banking institutions will be off to a hot start in the new year. Employers are finally making a comeback from COVID-19, and business is, for the most part, back to normal (except for the retail front levels). If you are in banking and considering making a career transition, now is the time to accept that recruiter’s call and have a discussion with them about your next career move. It might just be the best thing that happens to you in 2020.

recruit remote workers

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!

How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

How To Support Your Team During A Pandemic

We have been facing the most unusual circumstances for over four months now. Companies and employees alike have fallen into some sort of “pandemic rhythm,” allowing them to survive. However, as we look towards the future, there’s no certainty to how long this will last. Companies are desperately trying to adapt to a long-term strategy for continuing to do business while also accommodating unknown obstacles. The best place to start? Taking care of your employees. Here are three strategies you must implement in order to maintain a happy and healthy team during a global pandemic.

Be available

Working from home can be incredibly isolating. Making yourself available to your team will give them a sense of comfort and support. And this is more than sending an email letting people know they can contact you. Therefore, go out of your way to check in with your employees frequently. Have conversations about their productivity, challenges they’re facing, and perhaps most importantly, how they are coping. Everyone is struggling with different battles right now, and a supportive hand goes a long way.

Be flexible

Your employees’ worlds have been turned totally upside down. Many are juggling working from home while also homeschooling and parenting full time, for instance. Appointments and vacations have been scheduled and rescheduled multiple times. As a result, flexibility will go miles and miles in building respect with your team during a pandemic. Over half of people who are telecommuting said they are experiencing burnout and overwork. Allowing flexibility will take one more concern off of their overloaded pandemic plates.

Be proactive

A lot of employees are navigating uncharted waters, unsure of how policies and procedures may have changed due to the extenuating circumstances, which means it’s up to you to proactively explain and encourage them. For example, with many employees working from home and travel plans put on hold, fewer people are requesting time off for vacations. This can lead to various problems, including team burnouts and employees stockpiling PTO. A proactive approach encouraging employees to step away from their desk will help to quell balance sheet problems and lead to a happier and healthier remote team.

What’s the one leadership skill all of these things have in common? Listening. Take the time to listen to your team members and accommodate their feedback while addressing their concerns. Use these tactics to support your team during a pandemic or any other challenging time. Interested in more management and hiring tips? Explore our Client Resources.

candidate bench

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.

employment gap

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.