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Improve Your Hiring Process: Time Comes with A Price Tag

I couldn’t even imagine sitting in an office trying to juggle a million other tasks as a human resource manager or hiring manager, all while recruiting on critical roles at the same time. Recruiting takes time, lots of time, and pockets full of patience. It is certainly not an easy job, nor for those of the ‘faint of heart.’ The resumes, the people, the falling, and most of all, the getting back up.

Here at Johnson Search Group, we care about both our clients and candidates. Finding that perfect fit for you and your team is at the forefront of our mind as many of the positions we fill are critical to our clients. These roles, if left unfilled, often cost our clients a great deal of money. And besides the cost of vacancies, your current employees are probably working longer hours during the holiday season, and thus, are spending valuable time away from their loved ones.

Cost of vacancies can start to add up

This is why partnering with a recruiter makes sense. In the long run, it’s actually easier on the pocketbook, and I feel confident in saying that it’s better for your brain too. Let us handle the heavy lifting for you so you can focus on your normal day-to-day job responsibilities. We understand that you’re busy, so let’s team up to find the right people for your open positions. The sooner we get those vacant positions filled, the faster you can get your production back on track.

Let us save you time, money, and provide you with peace of mind. However, be aware that when we submit a candidate that is actively on the job market, you must quickly engage before some else does, and you miss out on a stellar candidate.

You have to improve your hiring process

Qualified candidates know their value. I was recently working with a candidate with a strong background in professional facilities management. I submitted them to one of my clients for a Facilities Director position, but he was also interviewing with several other organizations. My client took their time (a couple of weeks) to extend an invitation for an interview. Once they finally decided to pull the trigger and bring them onsite, my candidate declined because they already accepted another position. They even told me, “I had to move forward. I knew it wouldn’t take long for me to land something, and you have to admit, they didn’t move very fast for someone with my background.”

This is a very true statement. We have a saying in our industry: “time kills all deals.” So, for the sake of your team and budget, act fast before someone else picks up your perfect fit!

Partner with a recruiter

So please give me, Stephanie Brown a call to fill your critical roles by the end of the year. At Johnson Search Group, we pride ourselves on our clear, efficient communication with both our clients and candidates. We can partner together to get the people you and your team need so you can move into 2020 with a peace of mind. We’ll even help you find ways to help improve your hiring process. Even if you are working with a few different agencies, add Johnson Search Group to your list and watch as the qualified candidates flow into your organization. Let’s have a conversation today!

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A Survival Kit for Hiring in this Candidate-Driven Market

Yes, by all measurements, it’s a candidate-driven market. With 7.1 million job openings and 3.5 million voluntary quits, candidates know they can be more selective than ever deciding where they want to work. As a result, hiring managers out there are feeling the pain. It can be challenging enough just to find the right person with the required skill set that will fit in well with the team, but then to lose out to a competitor’s offer or counter offer is extremely frustrating! But not all hope is lost. Whereas you can’t change the market, you absolutely can increase your chances of landing the top talent.

Tighten up your hiring process

Remember that time kills all deals, so if you’re looking to hire, get serious about it. If you see a candidate you’re interested in, take action immediately. Make sure everybody that needs to be involved fully understands the importance of moving swiftly and make the initial contact asap. Simplify your interviewing process and use technologies like Skype and FaceTime to eliminate delays due to availability.

Ask the right questions

In addition to skillsets, education, and experience, knowing what the candidate is looking for in their next career move is equally important. Thus, take the time in your initial conversation to find out what they’re looking for. It could be something related to the company, the position in question, or the community. Whatever it is, if your company can offer those things, make sure to take the opportunity to sell it.

Work with an industry-specific recruiter

Traditional recruiting methods will net you the same candidates every other company has access to. Expand your net and tap into a pool of candidates you didn’t even know were out there. We’re in the market every day, talking with candidates, getting referrals, building relationships, and promoting opportunities with great companies. We have a large number of passively looking candidates that are not visiting websites looking for opportunities and not on LinkedIn. Instead, they trust us exclusively to find them an incredible opportunity with a fabulous company. Reach out to us today to better navigate this candidate-driven market.

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Trick or Treat: Don’t Be Fooled By Your Candidates

As a hiring manager, you may be surprised by the following statement: October is the busiest month for hiring. Don’t believe us? There are currently 7.1 million job openings across the nation, and according to LinkedIn, October is their highest volume month for new job postings. And with an all-time low unemployment rate, the job market is the busiest it’s been in decades. So, if you’re trying to fill your vacant positions before the end of the year, here are a few tips so you’re not left with a trick instead of a treat.

Improve your hiring process

We say this a lot, and it’s worth mentioning again. As an employer in today’s tight market, you MUST improve your hiring process. Identify inefficiencies in your process and try to mitigate them. Take a 10,000-foot view of your process and see if there is any room for improvements or areas where you can speed things up. You cannot afford to move slowly with an unemployment rate of 3.5 percent. If you take too long, your candidates will simply ghost you and pursue another opportunity.

Eighty-nine percent of hiring managers are currently filling their open positions in less than four weeks. So, if your hiring process (from the first interview to a candidate’s start date) is much longer than this, you will probably experience some hiring hiccups in the Fourth Quarter. Speed up your process and get the candidates you need, or else they’ll find other opportunities.

Set clear expectations for candidates

You never want to spook your candidates away. Be upfront with your candidates from the very beginning, as communication is vital for a successful hire. Let them know what the next steps are and what you need from them throughout your process. Essentially, provide them with a roadmap of what’s expected.

Enlist help from a recruiter

As a hiring manager, you’re busy. You’re trying to finish up ongoing projects before year-end, work on budgets, as well as perform your typical day-to-day job. Let us take some of that stress off of your plate this season by helping you find the talent you need. Partner with a recruiter from Johnson Search Group. We promise to satisfy your candidate sweet tooth and bring you the top talent your team has been craving.

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4th Quarter Job Market Outlook

A recent LinkedIn survey revealed that October has the highest number of job openings on the LinkedIn platform. Moreover, the majority of hiring managers (89 percent) filled these roles in less than a month. So, as a hiring manager or human resources professional, how do these statistics affect you and your business? It means you have some competition! So, if you are one of the many companies having a difficult time filling your vacant roles, here’s how to navigate today’s job market as we enter the 4th Quarter.

Eliminate hiccups in your hiring process

In today’s labor market, it’s essential to have a streamlined hiring process. You simply cannot afford to take your time when making hiring decisions. In today’s world, candidates actively on the job market are juggling multiple interviews and potentially, several job offers. To ensure you aren’t missing out on strong candidates, schedule interviews quickly, have close communication with candidates, and send out official job offers immediately. Now is not the time to drag your feet and take your sweet time. If a great candidate interviews for an open position, extend an offer to them. Because if you don’t, another employer will, maybe even one of your competitors.

Utilize contract workers

Has your team ever used or considered hiring contract workers to fill your critical positions? Utilizing contractors is an excellent way to fill your critical positions quickly. When hiring contract workers, there are fewer obstacles to go through during the hiring process, and it gives you’re the opportunity to “try before you buy.” They help you keep production going while you continue to find a permanent person for the position. However, if the contractor works out well and is an excellent fit for your team, you have the opportunity to bring them aboard fulltime.

Plus, by using contractors, you avoid the costly cost of vacancies that can really hurt your company’s bottom line over time. This is especially true for all the employers out there with several job openings. So, by hiring contract workers, your team can keep your day-to-day operations running smoothly and avoid throwing thousands of dollars out the window due to the cost of vacancies.

Be active, not reactive

In today’s job market, you cannot be passively recruiting on your open roles. Unfortunately, with a 50-year low unemployment rate, you cannot post a job opening and sit back and relax. You must be actively recruiting on your roles if you need talent showing up at your door. It’s a candidate-driven market, and candidates can pick and choose which opportunities they pursue.

If your team simply doesn’t have the bandwidth to fill your open positions, partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry. We have an experienced team of recruiters here at Johnson Search Group that are ready to find the candidates you need to keep production running strong in the Fourth Quarter. Ready to have a conversation about how we can help you compete throughout the month of October and beyond? Contact us today.

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4th Quarter Job Market Outlook
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Why Candidates Keep Backing Out of Job Offers

Finding talent in today’s competitive labor market is one thing. Having that talent accept your offer and actually come on board? That’s another dilemma. Everything is going smoothly. You find a great candidate that matches your company culture and has all the experience your team needs. They accept your job offer, pass the pre-screening, and agree on a start date. But then, out of nowhere, they call you and say they’ve changed their mind, or they’ve accepted another offer. That is if you’re lucky enough to even receive a call.

In our candidate-driven market, your candidates have options and a lot of bargaining power. It can be frustrating at times for employers. If your company is tired of candidates backing out of your job offers, here are a few suggestions to ensure your new hires show up on the first day of work.

Move quickly and make strong job offers

We’ve said this many times before and we’ll continue to say it. Your hiring process must move fast. If you drag your feet when it comes to making an offer to a candidate, it’s going to cost your organization valuable time and money. According to a recent study, 44 percent of candidates back out of a job offer because they receive a better one. And another 27 percent of candidates back out because their current employers generate a strong counteroffer.

Therefore, the longer you take, the more likely a candidate will receive another offer from one of your competitors or will stick with their current place of employment. That also means you have to come in with an attractive offer from the get-go. If you lowball a candidate, they will likely keep looking elsewhere, even if they do accept your offer.

Get your offer in writing

If you intend to offer a candidate the position, do so quickly and in writing. Don’t just call up the candidate or email them and say you’d like to extend an offer. We’ve heard of and seen employers take DAYS to present an official offer letter. Again, the longer you wait, the more time your candidate has to change their mind or accept another offer. Our best piece of advice is having an offer letter ready to go just during the final interviewing stages. That way, if you find the candidate you’ve been searching for, you’ll be prepared to go right after the final interview. By presenting an official offer letter, it may put your candidates’ mind at ease, and they will be more likely to commit to your company.

Partner with a recruiter

If you are still struggling to keep candidates committed to your offer, we can help with that. At Johnson Search Group, we close the candidates we represent on money, availability, and location throughout the entire process. From day one, they know what to expect from you and are fully invested in your company. We build a strong relationship with both our clients and candidates, so everybody is always on the same page and in constant communication. Partner with one of our rockstar recruiters, and we will help you find candidates that are actually ready to come on board and make an impact on your team.

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How to Get the Candidates Your Team Needs

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If you are like many other employers, it’s becoming incredibly difficult to find talented candidates to fill your open positions. The U.S. Department of Labor recently released a report demonstrating that nine different states have record low unemployment rates. So, are you one of the many employers’ struggling to navigate today’s tight labor market? If so, here’s how to streamline your hiring process.

Speed up your hiring process

The first (and most important) step to successfully recruiting candidates to your team is to speed up your hiring process. And we’re not just talking about getting the job description posted! Think about the entire process, from the beginning to the candidate’s start date. The average time to fill across all industries is 42 days at an average cost of $4,129. The longer your process, the longer your job vacancy will be, and thus, the more money your company is wasting.

Gone are the days of bringing candidates back for three or four interviews and taking your sweet time. In today’s market, employers do not have that luxury. Try to find areas throughout your process to eliminate time or unnecessary steps. If you can remove a phone screening and move straight to an onsite interview, do it. Cutting out unnecessary steps will save you time, money, and ensure you’re getting the talent your team needs to keep producing.

Make decisions quickly

Eliminating redundancies and inefficiencies throughout your hiring process is critical. However, the interviewing process is only just the beginning. Once you and your team choose a candidate, you must make an offer and agree on a relatively soon start date. In this market, if you take your time to extend an offer after the final interview, you’ll likely miss out on a great candidate. It’s a candidate-driven market. That means candidates have options (and lots of them!). The more time before an offer is extended, the more time candidates have to explore additional lucrative job opportunities.

The same thing goes with excessively long start dates. If you make an offer to a candidate and set a start date for a month or more down the road, your organization runs the risk of missing out on your hire. Even if a candidate accepts your offer, a lengthy onboarding process grants them the opportunity to check out other jobs or receive additional offers. In this job market, candidates may move on if they find a job that may offer better benefits, a higher salary, or is more appealing to the candidate. Make your decision quickly and onboard efficiently to ensure your candidates don’t jump ship or ghost you at the last second.

Ask a recruiter for help

Having trouble identifying areas in your hiring process that need improvement? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. It can be challenging to find areas to improve to ensure you’re getting the best candidates possible. If you need a hand finding areas in your process to improve, reach out to one of our talented recruiters today. We can go over your hiring process with you and help find ways to streamline your process and ensure you have the talent needed to keep producing. Reach out to Johnson Search Group today and let’s work together to fill your critical roles.

These Interview Questions Will Reveal The Most About Candidates

When interviewing candidates, not every question is created equal. If you’re referencing an outdated list of interview questions that you found on the internet, you’re doing yourself (and your candidates) a disservice. A focused list of purposeful questions can reveal a lot about a candidate and how they’ll fit into your open position.

Behavioral questions

These questions typically begin with, “tell me about a time…” Your aim is to have the candidate explain past situations and how they handled them. Try to customize the question to accurately represent situations they would encounter if they were to join your team. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Give me an example of a time you faced a conflict while working on a team. How did you handle that?
  • Tell us about a time when you did not meet a customer’s expectations. What happened, and how did you attempt to rectify the situation?
  • When you’re working with a large number of customers, it can be difficult to deliver excellent service to them all. How do you go about prioritizing your customers’ needs?
  • Tell me about a time you failed. How did you deal with the situation?
  • Explain a time you had to be very strategic in order to meet all your top priorities.
  • Tell us about a successful presentation you gave and why you think it was a hit.
  • Describe your proudest professional accomplishment.

Personalized questions

Questions that directly relate to a candidate’s resume and experience will always reveal a lot about them and how they’ll function at your company. Try asking them to expand on statistics listed on their resume. Additionally, choose projects they’ve worked on that are especially pertinent to the role they’re interviewing for and ask them to elaborate.

We encourage you to continue asking personalized interview questions throughout your entire meeting. If something a candidate says sparks your interest, don’t be afraid to follow up and ask for more information.

Application questions

Every company and every team has unique situations that your employees run into. Be sure to ask your candidates real-world application questions that could be a part of their everyday life if they secure this job. Maybe there’s a project that your team is currently brainstorming. Ask the candidate about their ideas or how they would approach that particular situation.

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How to Fill Your Easter Basket with Great Candidates

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Today’s competitive job market is a lot like an Easter egg hunt. Many employers are on the hunt for fantastic candidates. And in this competitive market, it can be challenging to find the “golden egg” of a candidate. According to the latest JOLTS Report, there were 7.1 million job openings in the US in February. That’s a lot of job openings! But the tricky part here is that there are currently only 6.2 unemployed Americans. In other words, there are not enough eggs (candidates) to fill your basket.

No matter how hard employers search for qualified candidates to fill their open roles, they are coming up empty-handed. If you want to efficiently find great candidates to join your team, here’s how to ensure your search doesn’t result in an empty basket.

Stop hunting for golden egg candidates

Like with an Easter Egg hunt, there is often a golden egg; an egg that everyone is after because it’s filled with candy or has some grand prize in it. But in this market, employers cannot afford to be searching for that special egg. You can’t wait around for the “perfect” candidate to walk through your door.

If you find some good candidates that cross off most of the requirements on the job description, take a chance on them. If they have the right soft skills and a great attitude, you can easily teach them some of the hard skills that they may need to acquire.

Take a page out of Peter Cottontail’s book

There’s no time to casually stroll down the bunny trail. You have to swiftly hop down the trail to find the talent your team needs. In other words, you must move candidates along quickly. With more jobs than people to fill them, it’s a candidate’s market. Your team doesn’t have the ability to take your time throughout the hiring process.

Put together a competitive offer

In this market, you have to put together an attractive offer. You have to offer a competitive wage to ensure you keep your prospective candidates on the hook. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, hourly wages have increased 3.2 percent over the last 12 months, for a total hourly rate of $27.70. Wages have steadily been increasing the last year and if your company isn’t offering a strong compensation package, you may be missing out.

Now, we understand that you may have budgetary constraints when putting together offer letters. However, there are other things you can offer besides money to entice candidates. If you can’t offer more money, try offering better benefits, including more vacation days or better work flexibility. In fact, Millennials, the largest growing workforce population, are willing to take an annual pay cut of $7,600 for a more desirable work-life balance and better work culture. So, if offering more money is out of the question, there are other ways to gain the interest of candidates.

Don’t go hunting alone

In this market, it may be difficult to fill your basket with the candidates your team needs. But you don’t have to go hunting alone. Partner up with a professional! Johnson Search Group is here to assist you with your search. Team up with a recruiter who knows the ins and outs of your industry, your organization, and your community. Let’s work together. Happy hunting!

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2019 First Quarter Labor Market Roundup

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In 2018, the labor market was intense, for both candidates and employers. Last year, the unemployment rate nearly fell to a 50-year low, more than 2 million jobs were added, and wages continued to grow month over month.

However, before we entered 2019, there was a lot of mixed projections for the labor market this year. Many people were feeling discouraged about what is yet to come. And some economists were even predicting a downturn or a possible recession.

But over the last three months, the labor market has continued to look strong! In the latest JOLTS Report, it was reported that there were 7.6 million job openings across the country, but there are only 6.2 million people unemployed. And in March, the average hourly wages rose $0.11 to $27.66. The unemployment rate is also back below 3.8%, another strong indication that the labor market is fierce.

We had the opportunity to sit down with the three divisional managers of Johnson Search Group and hear how the first quarter of 2019 was for the Healthcare, Mining, and Banking industries.

First Quarter Labor Market Roundup

Speed up your hiring process

Regardless of what industry you’re in, the biggest trend our teams are seeing is the need for employers to move quickly. Many employers are missing out on fantastic candidates because their hiring process is too slow. If you have an inefficient process, you may be getting edged out by your competition.

In fact, all three of our Division Managers have worked with clients this year who lost out on a candidate to their competitor because they didn’t move fast enough. In this candidate-driven market, employers don’t have the luxury to drag their feet with making hiring decisions. You need to streamline your processes because if you take too long to pull the trigger, your candidates will move onto the next offer.

Throughout the first quarter of 2019, the market was busy and it’s looking like it will be even more competitive than last year. If you need help identifying inadequacies in your hiring process, let’s work together to see how we can improve that.

It won’t be a candidate-driven market forever

The labor market is sure hot right now. But it’s not going to be that way forever. We understand that as a candidate, you may be entertaining multiple offers. You have many options at the tip of your fingers. We don’t see the market dying down anytime soon. But when it does, we caution you to remember that it’s a small world.

If you ghost an interview or completely fail to show up on your scheduled start day after going through the entire hiring process, it will catch up with you one day. Hiring managers and recruiters will remember you if you leave them hanging. And there may be a time in the future where you need to rely on them to help you find your next position.

If you need help finding your next career move, check out our job board. We have dozens of fantastic opportunities that may be perfect for you and your career.

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Take the Luck Out of Your Hiring Process

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Over the last three months, the U.S. has averaged job gains of 186,000. The unemployment rate also ticked down to 3.8% and the average hourly wages increased 11 cents, a 10-year high. Simply put, the job market is hot.

If you don’t have a streamlined hiring process, you and your team may be stuck looking for that lucky four-leaf clover of a candidate. However, with St. Patrick’s Day this weekend, we thought we’d help you take the luck out of your hiring process. Here are three steps to improve your process to find the candidates your team needs.

Time is of the essence

If you’re a hiring manager or HR professional in this labor market, you don’t have time to drag your feet. When you have a critical role that needs to be filled, you must act quickly! It’s a candidate-driven market. Do you know what that means? Candidates have options (and lots of them!).

The longer you take to move candidates through the hiring process, the greater the chance of you being ghosted by a candidate. Since candidates are entertaining multiple job opportunities, you have to move quickly. If you have steps in your process that eat up too much time, you may be missing out on stellar candidates. And if you extend an offer to a candidate, don’t make them wait two months for their start date. It doesn’t take much time for a candidate, even if they have accepted your offer, to find a better (and more time sensitive) down the road.

Stop waiting to find that “leprechaun”

If you find yourself being picky over candidates, you need to cut that out right now. If this is truly a critical role for you, you can’t sit there and wait for the magical leprechaun (or perfect candidate, in the recruiting world) to show up on your desk.

When you find someone who is qualified for the position, give them a callback. They may not have every single criterion on the job description. But if they can do the job, have a great attitude, and have the soft skills necessary to learn the ins and outs of the role, at least have a conversation with them. You may even be surprised! They may end up being that lucky charm you’ve been dreaming of!

Team up with a recruiter

If you’re still struggling to identify areas in your hiring process that need improvement, don’t panic. Trying to change your hiring process can seem daunting and it varies from company to company. But that doesn’t mean you have to go at it alone!

At Johnson Search Group, we’ll help find areas in your hiring process that could use some changes. We can suggest ways to speed up your process so you can avoid the unfortunate event of yet another candidate ghosting you at the last minute. We know you’re busy, so let us do the legwork. Partner with a recruiter and let’s work together to find that pot of gold on the other end of the rainbow.