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How to Write A Perfect Thank-You Email

How to Write A Perfect Thank-You Email

You just finished up with an interview, and you think you crushed it. You’re telling your close friends and family all about it and letting them know how excited you are about this opportunity. But before you pop the bubbly, there is one more task at hand: sending a thank-you email. Here’s a brief overview of why thank-you notes are a powerful job search tool and how to write one after an interview effectively.

Why send a thank-you email?

So, why are thank-you emails so important during a job search? Many people make the mistake of overlooking their significance. They believe they are old school and don’t make an impact on the hiring manager’s decision. If this is how you feel, 13% of job seekers agree with you, according to a recent LinkedIn poll. However, another survey from Topresume reveals that 68% of hiring professionals believe thank-you notes make a difference, and 16% said they ruled out a candidate for not sending one.

So, in today’s competitive labor market, every small detail plays an integral part in your job search, and you cannot overlook the power of a thank-you email. Therefore, sending a brief email shortly after (within 24 hours) your interview is an excellent way to express your gratitude to the interviewers, remind them why you are a good fit for the role, and reiterate your excitement for this opportunity.

What to include in your thank-you email

So, now that you understand how vital a post-interview thank-you note is, what should you include in it?

Personalized greeting

The first thing you must include is a personalized greeting. “To whom it may concern” won’t cut it here. Address the email to your interviewers. If you had multiple interviewers, send each of them a personal, unique thank-you message. Keep the greeting as formal as the interview. Addressing the person with ‘dear’ is excellent for a formal interview, but a simple ‘hello’ will work if the position or meeting was more informal.

Show your gratitude

After your greeting, you want to show your appreciation. Hiring managers are busy, and it’s essential to thank them for their time. While thanking them, ensure you include the title of the position. Hiring managers are likely interviewing candidates for multiple roles, so it’s always wise to mention the job title.

Remind them of your experience and conversation

Next, you want to remind the interviewers about your experience and why you are a good fit for the job. This is where you want to reiterate a piece of your conversation or touch on an area that seemed essential when speaking with the hiring team. This section is also an opportunity to link to some work you mentioned in your meeting. For example, if you discussed your writing experience, you can link to some content or blogs you have recently written.

Hint at next steps

 Finally, it’s time to wrap up your email. This section is where you can reiterate your excitement for the opportunity to work for this company. Also, you can let the hiring team know that you are open to further conversations or to clarify any additional questions they may have about your experience. To conclude your email, thank them again and include your contact details to ensure a seamless response if they choose to reply.

Example of a post-interview thank-you note

“Dear [Hiring Manager Name],

Thank you for meeting with me today about the Project Manager position with [Company Name]. I appreciate you taking the time to interview me and further discuss this position.

I enjoyed talking about the team and think that my PM experience in commercial construction will allow me to be a great asset to the [Company Name] team.

Thank you again, and I look forward to hearing from you regarding the next steps in the hiring process. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information or if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

[Your Name & Contact Details]

How to Impress a Potential Employer

How to Impress a Potential Employer

Whenever you are applying for a job, there is always going to be some competition. Sometimes, to beat out your fellow job seekers, you may try different strategies to gain a potential employer’s attention when you submit your application. However, the best way to make yourself stand out is to give a hiring professional a reason to take a closer look at your application. Pretty simple, right? Well, this process can be a lot harder than you may think. Here are three ways to impress your potential employer and help you stand out from the competition!

Tailor your resume to the job

It’s not uncommon for a job posting to receive hundreds or even thousands of resumes. The bulk of these resumes loosely relate to the position (or are entirely irrelevant). Many job seekers struggle to get past this initial stage of the hiring process because they don’t incorporate anything from the job description in their application materials. The result is your resume may never reach the desk of a hiring manager. To overcome this hurdle, here are some tips on how to make your resume stand out:

  • Include the correct keywords from the job description
  • Have a clean format
  • Be clear and concise
  • Use bulleted lists
  • Incorporate relevant skills and duties

It is also important to note that ATS systems reject up to 75% of qualified applicants. So, you must tailor your resume to get the potential employer’s interest!

Be qualified for the job

This one may seem like a no-brainer, but many people apply for jobs without the necessary qualifications. Sometimes, people apply to these jobs because they match their new career goals but they don’t have much experience in this field or line of work. This strategy is becoming common in the post-pandemic market as people begin to shift to industries that have flourished during the pandemic. If you are missing some of the necessary qualifications, you must have transferable experience or skills related to the job. Otherwise, hiring managers will toss your application to the side. Most of the time, applications are only reviewed by hiring managers for less than thirty seconds. So, before you hit send on that application, make sure you are properly displaying your transferrable skills to avoid rejection.

Sharpen up your interviewing skills

One of the best ways to stand out to any potential employer is to hone your interviewing skills. You can prepare for an upcoming interview by practicing answers to common interview questionsshowing your personality, and doing your due diligence on the employer. Nailing your interview will undoubtfully leave a good impression among the hiring team, which will help you impress a potential employer.

Pro tip: An easy way to impress a prospective employer is to send a thank-you note after an interview. To get more interviewing advice, check out our blog resources for tons of helpful tips!

Check out our candidate resources

The next time you are on the job search and ready to apply for a job, keep these tips in mind to impress any potential employer. Remember, you are going up against stiff competition, so it is vital to prepare yourself to leave a lasting impression on the hiring team. If you are interested in more career advice, check out our candidate resources to help you land your next job!

How to Get a New Job During the Great Resignation

How to Get a New Job During the Great Resignation

You may have heard about the “Great Resignation,” and now you are questioning whether it is time to find a new job or not. Maybe it’s the aftermath of the pandemic, or you are taking advantage of the plethora of jobs currently available. Either way, many people are reshaping their careers during this unprecedented time. But before you quit your current job and go out searching, there are a few steps you must take to ensure this endeavor is successful. Here are four things you must do to get a new job during the Great Resignation.

Update that resume and cover letter

First of all, you must update your resume before you apply for any job. Sending a generic resume doesn’t work anymore, so it’s essential to tailor your resume for the job you are applying for. Tailoring your resume includes modifying your duties with your current and previous positions, adding relevant skills, and of course, including those well-earned certifications. Also, having an updated cover letter is just as important when getting ready to apply for a job. A cover letter explaining how the pandemic has changed your career goals and passions to the job you are applying to is an example of how you can make your application more memorable to hiring managers.

Be ready for video interviews

If you are not used to video interviews yet, it is time to get brought up to speed. Video interviews became the new norm during the pandemic, and for most employers, they are here to stay. To prepare for an interview over Zoom or Microsoft Teams, familiarizing yourself with the technology is imperative. You can do a brief mock interview with a friend, test your audio on the device you will be using, and select a clean, un-distracting background. Being comfortable with the technology will make your virtual interview go smoothly and help you land your next career opportunity!

Don’t settle

Because you are looking for a job in a candidate-driven market right now, there is no pressure to settle for a job you don’t want. If you get to the stage of interviews or get offered a job, ask yourself if this job is the best fit for you. If it is not the best fit, do not be shy to decline the job offer or withdraw your candidacy. As a job seeker, keep in mind that you have a lot more leeway to find the best job that fits your needs instead of settling for a job that doesn’t check off all your boxes. 

Networking 

While you are looking for a new job, networking can also be a great way to open the door for more job opportunities. Using websites like LinkedIn can be a great way to meet more people and tap into more job prospects that you won’t find on any job board. So, it is essential to keep up with your networking skills because you never know when a new opportunity might arise! If you are looking for advice on how to spruce up your LinkedIn profile, here’s how to write a killer LinkedIn summary.

Need more advice?

These four tips can help you secure a new job during the Great Resignation. If you are looking for more advice on how you can take your job search to the next level, take a look at our blog! We are always sharing helpful job search tips to guide you in this post-pandemic labor market.

You Were Fired – Now What?

You Were Fired – Now What?

Being fired is an experience no one wants to have, but during our careers, it does sometimes happen. Disbelief, anger, depression, and resolve are usually the feelings that occur during this unfortunate event. But there is another feeling that can surface, which you cannot share with friends, family, or work acquaintances: humiliation.  

Your confidence level is down

When you start your job search, the typical reaction is to hide the reason you left your last position. As a recruiter, I run into many individuals who struggle with how to answer this question. 

An unprepared candidate will inevitably stammer and struggle with an answer. This is a severe RED FLAG to recruiters and companies.

Don’t avoid the elephant in the room

If you are working with a recruiter, be honest about your situation. 

Being fired will not necessarily disqualify you for the opportunity. Sharing this information with your recruiter will allow them to access the facts and help you formulate a cohesive answer that should satisfy the interviewer, and thus, will enable you to advance through the hiring process. If you are not working with a recruiter, take the time to write out a brief explanation that makes sense. The key is to make the answer concise and coherent, which comes across as a valid explanation.  

Never lie on your resume or to the interviewer

If you lie, you might as well kiss your opportunity goodbye. Lies ultimately surface and are exposed, and whether it is before or after you are hired, it will tarnish your reputation. Humbleness goes a long way. If the situation was so severe that a generalized statement can’t overcome the concern, you might have no choice but to explain what happened. Never come across angry or as the victim when sharing your story – this will be a deal-breaker. 

Take ownership, acknowledge it is a learning experience, and move on.

 JSG is here to help

Johnson Search Group is a valued partner to many companies in the Mining, Banking, and Healthcare sectors. Whether you are a hiring manager in need of qualified candidates, or a job searcher looking for your next opportunity, we are here to help – give us a call.

Unique Interview Questions and Why Interviewers Ask Them

Unique Interview Questions and Why Interviewers Ask Them

Your interview is going great; you came prepared and have the questions you want to ask them in your mind. The interviewer has discussed the position, the company, benefits, and everything else in between. You could walk away right now, fully aware of the company’s goals and mission and how you can contribute to that. In short, you are confident and feel good. Then the interviewer throws you a curveball: One of the weirdest or most unique questions you’ve ever been asked… “If you could be any dog breed, what breed would you be and why?” So, why are hiring managers asking these unique interview questions?

What is the point of asking unique interview questions?

More and more companies are shifting their hiring strategies, and with that can come some curveballs for candidates. Asking strange or off-the-wall interview questions alongside more serious questions can reveal different things about a candidate; they allow hiring managers to see how candidates respond to unexpected situations, showcasing their creativity and flexibility. They are an excellent way to break the ice and help an employee relax at the beginning of an interview or ask them at the end to conclude the conversation on a positive note.

How to respond

When it comes to funny interview questions, the answer is usually not important. Hiring managers are not looking for the correct answer; they are looking at how you arrived there. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you prepare your response:

  • Take your time. Don’t feel pressured to come up with an answer right away. You want to show the interviewer that you are thinking about it thoroughly and not just saying the first thing that came to mind.
  • Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to ask questions! Opening the conversation allows you to better understand what is being asked.
  • Walk them through it. It is all about the process, after all! They want to hear how you solve it, not necessarily just your answer.
  • Engage with the interviewer. These out of the box questions are meant to be interactive, so it doesn’t have to be one-sided.

What now?

Wrapping up an interview successfully after you have made it past all the questions is pivotal. It is essential not to forget to:

Working with a team of recruiters that value your career as much as they value their own, like those from Johnson Search Group, is an excellent way to prepare for your next interview. Reach out to me at icarogarcia@nulljsirecruit.com if you are ready to take your career to the next level.

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This Is Not Your Parents’ Interview

2020 has been an interesting year, to say the least. “Change” has been a constant and given fact. On a personal level, many people have a hard time with change. We are creatures of habit and like our routines – like our daily Starbucks coffee and breakfast muffin. However, our personal lives are not the only things experiencing change. With travel restrictions, and mandated state-level quarantining and social distancing, on-site interviews have become a challenge for many companies, particularly in the mining industry. Suddenly, this is not your parents’ interview.

As a recruiter in the industry, I immediately noticed a change in interviewing trends: they pretty much stopped. It was a hard push on the breaks, and then, silence. Interviews were canceled or put on hold and hiring temporarily halted. It seemed that companies were not sure how to proceed in the new landscape. 

The Interview Evolution

But then – slowly – phone interviews were scheduled; then video interviews started. While for some companies, video interviewing has been a mainstay in their interviewing portfolio, the mining industry was not one that has embraced it – until now. 

What I am seeing is excitement and total adaptation of video interviewing. I am now hosting video interviews for my clients. I even hired an incredible candidate without the candidate and client ever meeting in person! The scalability of the product and clients’ adaptability to embrace the technology has gotten interviews flowing again.

The change in 2020 has been challenging, but good things have come from those challenges. Life goes on. Clients, candidates, and yes – even recruiters – have risen to the occasion.

I think interviews of old are fading, and a new interview landscape is emerging. Change is good.

Johnson Search Group stays on top of current changing trends in the industry and job market. If you are looking for a new opportunity or need help finding that ideal candidate, reach out and let us help you.

What Does Success Look Like in This Position

Post-Interview Question: What Does Success Look Like in This Position?

Why you should ask it

If you’re looking to impress your interviewers and generate insight on how your success will be measured, ask the following question in your next interview: “What does success look like in this position?” This question will let you learn what is expected of you before you even receive an offer. This could either excite you or draw some red flags. Either way, it will give you valuable information on how your success will be measured if you accept it.

When to ask it

This is a question you should typically save for the end of the interview. However, if the interviewer is beginning to discuss expectations or how your performance will be evaluated, you can then bring it up. Some interviewers, especially if they are the hiring manager, may bring up expectations at some point during the interview. If they do, that’s great! But don’t be afraid to ask for more details if it was only touched on slightly.

For example, you can ask, “You briefly touched on expectations for this position a few minutes ago. Can you please go into a little more detail on what success looks like in this position, and explain how it will be measured?” This follow-up question allows you to receive further clarification and also shows off your listening skills.

Possible outcomes

Are the expectations of you in this position clear? Are they realistic and achievable? Or, are they too easy, and you may not be challenged enough? These are all things you can answer when you ask what does success look like in this position. You want to ensure the expectations and measures of success bode well with you. You may find that the expectations are challenging, yet doable and clear enough that you can personally track your success. However, you may also find that this position isn’t the right fit for you because it won’t push you to give your best effort.

Looking for more interview questions you can ask?

If you are looking for more interview questions that you can ask at the end of your interview, we have a group of them ready to share with you. Good luck!

what are the next steps

Post-Interview Question: What Are the Next Steps?

Why you should ask it

“What are the next steps in the interview process?” This question is great to ask as your job interview wraps up. Some interviewers will voluntarily share this information with you at the end of your meeting. However, if your interview is more conversational, this answer can sometimes slip away. As a candidate, you must know the next steps of the interview process, so you know what to expect moving forward.

When to ask it

The only appropriate time to ask this question is at the very end of your interview. Like we mentioned above, your interviewers may address this at some point in the interview. But if you are wrapping things up and it wasn’t discussed, now is the time to fire away.

Possible outcomes

Are they looking to fill this position immediately? Or are they taking their time to find the right candidate? These are answers you will likely get after you ask this question. You need to know when you can expect the next step in the process  – especially if you have multiple interviews lined up.

Your interviewers might even give you a detailed response that can help you prepare for the next step. For example, they may share that the next step in the interview process is a panel interview. This allows you to ask who will be a member of that panel. Then, you can do a little homework and get to know them before your next interview. This will help you get a better feel for your audience, possibly make you more comfortable the day of, and help you find things that you can relate to them.

Note: you can also ask about the next steps of the interview process in a follow-up email if you are still waiting to hear back from the hiring manager.

Looking for more interview questions you can ask?

If you are looking for more interview questions that you can ask at the end of your interview, we have a group of them ready to share with you. Good luck!

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3 Common Job Interview Killers

With over 44 million Americans filing for unemployment benefits over the last 12 weeks, there will soon be literally millions of workers hitting the job boards. That means, if you’re on the job market, the competition will be heating up for the top positions in your industry. As a result, you cannot afford to make any interview mistakes while on the post-pandemic job market. Here are three common job interview killers that you must avoid at all costs to secure a job in today’s challenging economic climate.

Arriving late or not at all

This is one of the worst job interview killers. If you arrive late or completely ghost your interview completely, it will put a bad taste in the hiring manager or HR professional’s mouth. With so much competition right now, they might simply pass on you for your lack of prudence. We get it; things happen unexpectedly. However, to mitigate this, plan on arriving 15 minutes early. That way, if you run into some unexpected traffic or construction, you will have enough wiggle room to make it on time. And if you’re early, use that spare time to go over the job description, the company’s social media, or their website.

Because of the pandemic, there’s a good chance your interview will be in a virtual format. Ensure your equipment is ready to go, you have a strong internet connection, and that you are in a clean, quiet space. Startup the application early as your interviewers will likely be waiting for you a few minutes early.

If you, unfortunately, have to cancel your interview, call your contact who set up the interview immediately. The sooner you tell your interviewers, the better the outcome will be. Do your best to peg down a new date and do it as quickly as possible.

Failing to answer common interview questions

If you were laid off because of the Coronavirus, you might not have had a job interview in a while. Don’t fret – you just need to shake the rust off! Go over common interview questions and prepare an answer for them. Write your answers out as it will help you remember what you’d like to say (muscle memory!). Read your answers out loud, and it will help you answer these questions in person with confidence.

Here’s a collection of some of the most common interview questions with tips on answering them successfully!

Not armed with a few questions

At the end of almost every job interview, you will be asked, “So, what questions do you have for us?” If you really want to make a good impression, you must come with some questions to ask. Hopefully, as your interview goes on, you will be able to come up with some questions to ask later. However, if your meeting is more conversational, you may have already asked them. That’s why it’s imperative to have questions prepared beforehand.

These can be questions about the role, the company culture or team dynamic, the organization’s volunteering opportunities, or mentorship – the list goes on and on. The important thing is to ask thoughtful, relevant questions to show your interest in the role and the company.

Ready to put your skills to the test?

These are just a few common job interview killers; however, if you take the time to prepare for your interview and arrive punctually, you will be in good shape! If you’re ready to put your skills to the test, check out our job board! We have dozens of exciting job opportunities available across the country.

Job Market Guide for the COVID-19 Crises

Your Job Market Guide for the COVID-19 Crises

Whether you are a job seeker or an employer, now is a trying time for us all. The workplace is looking different for many Americans across the country as they work from home to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Others, are not so lucky, and are, unfortunately, out of work as some states remain in lockdown to keep their citizens safe from the pandemic. This has forced over 30 million hardworking Americans to file for unemployment claims over the last six weeks. This is uncharted waters for the majority of us, and as a result, there are people struggling to make the best of this situation. To help aid both job seekers and hiring managers, we have compiled some helpful resources to help you navigate today’s market. Here’s your job market guide for the COVID-19 crises.

What to do if you’ve been laid off

What to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

The BLS reported today that another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week that ended April 11. So, since mid-March, over 22 million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits, shattering the previous record from 2009. If you’re unfortunately one of these millions of hardworking professionals out of work due to COVID-19, it can be discouraging. However, we have a few easy suggestions for you to make the best of a rough situation. Here’s what to do if you’ve been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

How employers are hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic

hiring during the COVID-19

Over the last three weeks, I have had hundreds of conversations with some of my clients and hiring managers. We have discussed their strategy for hiring during the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are weathering this unprecedented storm. Although the impact varies for each company based on their industry and location, they’re falling into one of two camps: it’s either business as usual or they’re pumping the brakes.

How to nail your video interview

Video Interviews May Be The New Norm – Here’s How To Nail Them

The recent global pandemic has changed how we interview and hire, not only during these uncertain times but perhaps forever! As COVID-19 sweeps the globe, employers are finding themselves scrambling to hire essential employees in order to keep their business running smoothly. But with social distancing, stay at home orders, and travel bans, that’s not as easy as it once was. Enter video interviews.

As a result of the increase in remote communication, telecommunication apps such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams have seen increases of up to 500%. All this to say, there’s a good chance that you may have a video interview in your future. And while many of the same principles apply as in-person interviews, there are a few virtual-specific things to note to ensure that you nail your video interview.

The job description that will get you a great candidateThe Job Description That Will Get You A Great Candidate Post COVID-19

Today’s age will make a significant change in how companies recruit and hire employees. In fact, it will probably be easy to look back and see a clear definition of pre-COVID-19 and post-COVID-19 hiring practices. But just because the hiring landscape is changing, doesn’t mean you have to be left behind. Get a head start on the competition by revamping your job descriptions TODAY. Incorporate these three things into your job description to secure top talent in this uncharted hiring territory.

How COVID-19 will shape the future workplace

COVID-19 Will Shape the Future Workplace

There is no disputing that the coronavirus has shaken up the workforce. The viral pandemic has made working from home the new norm for millions of workers. Thousands of employers have been encouraging or mandating employers to work remotely the last two months or so, and with the virus still hitting the labor market hard, working from home may last a few more. As a result, this shift in working environments is going to have a permanent impact even after the virus is no more. Here are three ways COVID-19 will shape the future workplace.