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7 Key Elements Every Resume Needs

7 Key Elements Every Resume Needs

Having a well-crafted resume is essential to landing your dream job. Your resume tells your future employer exactly why they should hire you, so take this time to let your skills shine! What exactly should be included on your resume is very dependent on the job you’re applying for. However, there are a few crucial things to include regardless of the industry or seniority of the role. 

7 Key Elements Every Resume Needs

Contact Info at the Forefront

You would be surprised at the number of people who leave the most important thing off their resume—their name and contact information. How can your future employer give you the great news that you scored an interview if they don’t know your name and how to contact you? This should be front and center of your resume, making them remember your name! 

Education & Experience

Your education and experience demonstrate to a hiring manager that you’re a good match for the job! Your focus in these areas obviously depends on the job. The education section should be short and sweet. Include the school where you received your degree, the dates of attendance, and other details if they apply to your job (i.e. certifications, honors, GPA, relevant coursework). Moving on to experience, this section is often the most important part of a resume. Make sure you place the most relevant and important experiences at the top. Highlight your strong suits with impactful numbers, measurable career achievements, and varying experience with different companies. 

A Hint of Soft Skills & Technical Skills 

Highlight your soft skills and technical skills in your experience section of your resume. Soft skills are becoming more and more important, so show off examples of your leadership, communication, and adaptability in your career experience. Depending on the job, technical skills are needed just as much as soft skills. Illustrate your technical skills through things that you have accomplished and what sets you apart from others. 

Active Verbs

Replace passive verbs with active verbs in your resume if you want to stand out. Using active verbs displays your career accomplishments more effectively. Some examples of active verbs to include are: directed, generated, influenced, managed, and implemented.

Exceptional Formatting

Formatting is everything when it comes to your resume. If the format is too creative, it can distract hiring managers from your qualifications and experience! Having a resume that is clean, clear, and organized will always be the most successful. 

Perfect Spelling

Some hiring managers consider just a single typo on a resume an automatic veto and trash the resume right then and there. And most perceive any misspellings or grammatical errors as a sign of poor attention to detail and a lack of care. Make sure you proofread your resume multiple times and maybe even have someone else look over it with fresh eyes. 

Awards, Achievements, & Certifications

Displaying your awards or certifications is very dependent on if they relate to the job you’re applying to. If you don’t have anything relevant, don’t be afraid to skip it! This section is optional, but it can definitely be a space to impress with the right qualifications.

And Lastly, Avoid Resume Clichés!

Exaggerating your skills is a cliché that will come back to bite you in the butt. Although you want to show off what you’ve got, overselling yourself does not help in the long run. Another cliché would be including irrelevant skills to the job. Employers will just look past this and it just fills up crucial resume space.

Include all these resume essentials, but also remember to customize your resume for every job. Read the job description and find a way to tailor your skills and experiences to more closely match the job description. 

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020. This is a comprehensive list created by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” So if you want to secure a new role in 2020, you’re going to want to highlight your soft skills just as much as your other qualifications. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. Here are the top 5 soft skills you’ll need to tout this year, and how to best demonstrate them to a hiring manager.

1. Creativity

Creativity is best explained through examples. It’s one thing to say you’re creative, but it makes much more of an impact to show it. Throughout the hiring process, take the opportunity to tell a story about a time when you used creativity to solve a problem at work. Or, if appropriate with your field of work, include a portfolio with your application that showcases your creative works.

2. Persuasion

The best way to show off your persuasion skills during your job search is by selling yourself! From the moment you apply to when you have that offer letter in hand, you need to be persuading the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. One of our favorite ways to do this is through your post-interview thank-you note. Use this opportunity to recap your interview and reiterate why you’re a great candidate.

3. Collaboration

Collaboration is so important to employers because they want to ensure you are capable of working on a team. List collaborative team projects on your resume to highlight your teamwork skills. Even better, include people you have collaborated with on your references list so they can speak directly to your abilities!

4. Adaptability

Adaptability can be tricky to demonstrate during the application process. Many employers are using behavioral interview questions to determine if candidates have the soft skills they’re looking for. Wait for a question like “tell us about a time when things didn’t go as planned and how you handled it.” This is your chance to show your adaptability!

5. Emotional Intelligence

This is the only new soft skill to appear on the list this year. Emotional intelligence is a rather complicated skill, comprised of a mix of “self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy, and motivation.” There will be multiple times throughout a hiring process for you to highlight this subtle art. Take every chance you can to show your emotional intelligence. Most importantly, actively listen and don’t be afraid to show vulnerability. Employers value honesty!

Now that you’ve mastered the top soft-skills of 2020, check out our post on the top hard-skills of the year!

In-Demand Skills

These Are The Most In-Demand Skills In 2020

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020, and technology remains king. They develop this comprehensive list by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” While the skills featured on this list are tech-heavy, they may prove valuable in a variety of positions. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s list and why you need to consider honing them in 2020!

1. Blockchain

Blockchain is the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With the rise in popularity of online payments, blockchain experience has become incredibly valuable to employers.

2. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.” Almost every single company today is utilizing cloud computing in one way or another; therefore, experience in this area is an asset no matter what field you’re in!

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information.” Analytical Reasoning is particularly helpful in STEM jobs, but this essential skill can be used in problem-solving across all industries and roles.

4. Artificial Intelligence

As companies seek to automate processes and become more efficient throughout every department, artificial intelligence plays an integral role in advancement. Artificial Intelligence is when computers adapt human characteristics in order to achieve tasks. If you have experience in developing AI, Hiring Managers will find value in your ability to take their business to the next level.

5. UX Design

The term “UX” stands for user experience. “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with the company, its services, and its products.” Today’s customers are all about easy to use products, so UX design is absolutely integral to a company’s foundation and how they do business. However, even if you aren’t involved with actually designing the product or service, being able to speak to user experience at any level is extremely valuable!

6. Business Analysis

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” So, in other words, business analysis helps companies do business better. Someone who is successful in business analysis is able to take a 360-degree view of a business and see opportunities for growth and improvement.

7. Affiliate Marketing

When you see your favorite influencers or celebrities promoting products, that’s affiliate marketing. By definition, it’s “an advertising model in which a company compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products and services.” This has become a huge part of many businesses’ strategies. In fact, companies are expected to spend $6.8 billion on their affiliate marketing efforts in 2020.

8. Sales

It may sound old-school, but sales are skill king. This profit-making skill will not be going anywhere and is beneficial no matter what area of business you’re in! Additionally, it’s fairly easy to pick up sales to add to your resume. For example, take a free online class or read a highly-rated book!

9. Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing is an extremely specialized field. “It is mainly the idea of the development of mathematical models, the use of quantitative analysis techniques, and the use of computers for solving scientific problems.” While not an easy skill to pick up on the side, hiring managers will be looking for scientific computing for any of their open STEM roles.

10. Video Production

According to Statista, 85% of internet users in the United States watched online video content monthly in 2018, and it is safe to assume that number is even higher today. Video production is absolutely essential to any company’s marketing strategy in 2020. Additionally, there are tons of online tutorials about video production that can help boost your resume!

So, which one of these valuable skills will you be adding to your arsenal in 2020? It’s not too late for a resolution to improve your career! And if you’re looking to hone your soft skills, check out our blog of 2020’s most in-demand soft skills here!

3 Common Job Search Mistakes

3 Common Job Search Mistakes

If you’ve decided you’re ready to look for a new job, you’re not alone. The U.S. economy is experiencing 111 consecutive months of job gains, and unemployment is at a 50-year low. It’s a great time to put yourself out there and search for the next step in your career. Be careful, though, because there are a few common job search mistakes that trip up even the most seasoned job seekers.

Applying to everything

If you’re applying to jobs by searching “Electrical Engineer” or “Project Manager” and submitting your resume to every job that pops up, you’re making a huge mistake! It is essential to apply only to jobs that match your experience, skillset, and professional goals. Furthermore, your resume should be customized to each open position.

Not submitting a cover letter

Many applications state “cover letter optional.” However, if you don’t include a cover letter, you are missing a huge opportunity to sell yourself! Your cover letter allows you to give in-depth details on your skills and experiences and demonstrate your knowledge of the company and position. Be sure to do your research to highlight your most relevant qualities and catch the hiring manager’s eye right off the bat.

Searching solo

There is nothing wrong with seeking help to find your next position! Whether you utilize someone in your network or a professional recruiter, support in your job search is always a good thing. Even if you’re just toying with the idea of finding a new position, put some feelers out! Your network might have some insider information about positions that aren’t on the market yet. Recruiters, on the other hand, usually have direct contact with hiring managers. As a result, they could submit your resume before there’s even an opening!

Now that you know which job search mistakes to avoid, explore our jobs for more advice! Craving even more insight on the current job market? Contact one of our experienced recruiters today!

Facebook Jobs

Could You Find Your Next Job Through Facebook?

If you’re ready to take the next step in your career, you may be overwhelmed with all of the options out there. With hundreds of job boards, company websites, and networking events, how do you find the right job for you? You may be surprised when we suggest that you might want to head over to Facebook! Keep reading to find out how your next opportunity may be lurking around on the popular social media site!

Follow Your Favorite Companies

Before you jump headfirst into your search, take a moment to think about your “dream companies.” If you could work anywhere, where would it be? Who are the leaders in your industry? Which companies have a huge presence in your local market? Go seek these organizations out on Facebook. Give them a “like,” and not only will you get notified about jobs, you’ll also get some insider information, perfect for interviews. Keep an eye out for updates about events, company culture, and features in the news.

Additionally, identify recruiting firms that specialize in your industry (like Johnson Search Group!). We post our hot new jobs to Facebook weekly. We also share resume and interview tips, links to subscribe to our monthly newsletters, and videos of our latest updates.

Join Local Facebook Groups

Facebook groups can be a wealth of untapped opportunities. If you live in a larger metro area, search for job-specific groups. For smaller communities, local groups will be your best bet for finding job listings. Often, companies and recruiters will utilize these groups to discover local candidates with specific qualifications.

Keep An Eye Out For Sponsored Posts

It may be human nature to simply scroll past any advertisements or sponsored posts on social media. However, you should keep an eye out for posts related to hiring. Companies have the ability to target exactly who they’re looking for with Facebook Ads and spoiler alert; it might just be you!

So, if you’re ready to take the next leap in your career, don’t discredit Facebook. There are dozens of ways to find employers in your industry and exciting new opportunities. Just be sure to keep your profile clean if you start engaging with prospective employers!

How To Follow-Up During Your Job Search

How To Follow-Up During Your Job Search

When you’re on the hunt for your next opportunity, it can be trying waiting to hear back throughout the hiring process. You want to know what’s going on, but you don’t want to seem overly eager. There are ways you can follow-up that will be appropriate no matter how far along in the process you are, just follow our lead!

After Meeting Someone At A Networking Event

One of the best ways to follow up with someone after meeting them at an event is by sending a personalized LinkedIn invitation. Be sure to give context to the invite by including where you met them and any details you may have discussed.

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

It was so nice meeting you at the [Event Name] yesterday. I really enjoyed getting to know you and learning more about your team. After speaking with you, I believe my experience and passion would make me an excellent fit for [Company Name]. I would love to talk further about joining the team at [Company Name], and I look forward to connecting with you!

Thank you!

[Your Name]

After You’ve Submitted An Application

Already applied to a job and have yet to hear anything? First things first, be patient. Recheck the job description to see if there is a time frame for applications listed. Sometimes, hiring managers won’t even review resumes until the application deadline has passed. If there isn’t a time frame included, and you feel it’s been a reasonable amount of time (we’d recommend about a week), send a quick follow-up email to the HR team. We love this template featured over on The Muse:

Subject: Following Up on [Position Title] Application

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

 I know how busy you probably are, but I recently applied to the [position title] position and wanted to check in on your decision timeline. I am excited about the opportunity to join [company name] and help [bring in new clients/develop world-class content/anything else awesome you would be doing] with your team.

Please let me know if it would be helpful for me to provide any additional information as you move on to the next stage in the hiring process.

I look forward to hearing from you,

[Your Name]

After An Interview

Once you’ve had an interview, you have established a relationship with this company. Hopefully, during the interview, you asked about the next steps and were given a general timeline for their decision. If that timeline has officially gone out the window, it is perfectly acceptable to send a quick follow-up email.

Subject: Following Up On [Position Title] With [Company Name]

Hi [Hiring Manager’s Name],

We met last month regarding the [Position Title] role at [Company Name]. I thoroughly enjoyed our conversation and am really excited about the opportunity to join the team. Please let me know if I can provide any additional information as you make your hiring decision.

I look forward to hearing from you!

[Your Name]

The key to following up during your job search is to keep it polite and concise. Make sure you read and remember all of the details of the position (especially timelines) so that you abide by their directions. And unless you have been invited to contact the Hiring Manager by phone, we recommend you stick with email!

3 Steps To Being Ready For A New Job At Any Moment

3 Steps To Being Ready For A New Job At Any Moment

3 Steps To Being Ready For A New Job At Any Moment

In today’s candidate-driven market, there are hundreds of great job opportunities out there. And while you may not be actively looking for a new position, you never know what may come across your desk. If a recruiter from Johnson Search Group contacts you about a new job that just might be too good to be true, you want to be ready! Here are just a few steps that will make it easier when that time comes.

Take Note Of What Your Next Step Might Look Like

Even if you’re not actively looking for a new job, it can be beneficial to understand what that next step might look like. Would you need a significant bump in pay? Are you focused on work-life balance? Do you want to relocate to be closer to your family? Knowing the answers to these questions ahead of time will make it much easier to make a decision when a recruiter reaches out about that next great opportunity.

Continually Update Your Resume

If you haven’t updated your resume in a while, it can be completely overwhelming. You may find your mind going totally blank when it comes to making updates. Instead of trying to come up with everything on the spot when that next job does come along, make a note of updates now! Keep a document with new skills you’ve acquired, awards you’ve earned, and major projects you’ve completed. That way, it will be a breeze to get your resume up to speed in the future.

Sign Up For The JSG Newsletter

The JSG Newsletter is chock-full of job market updates, helpful blog posts, and most importantly, exclusive job opportunities. Plus, you can stay up-to-date on what is happening in your industry, even if you’re happy in your current position. We won’t spam you; you only receive it once a month. Best of all, you’ll always have our contact information on hand. That way, when you are ready to take the next step in your career, we’re only a quick phone call away!

How To Find Your Next Job Through #Hashtags

Hashtags are becoming an increasingly popular medium for job postings. We have all seen hashtags across multiple social media platforms, but how does this infamous “#” sign really work?

The Value of a Hashtag

Hashtags are an integral part of social media trends. Hashtags organize content, create discussions, increase outreach, and group relevant posts. Finding posts about a specific topic has become easy with hashtags. Every post around the hashtag will be grouped together, so you will only see hashtags relevant to the specific topic you want.

Commonly, hashtags filter posts based on interests. For example, people use hashtags to find related posts about the newest #GameofThrones episode, a new #paleorecipe, or best #travel spots to visit, but now hashtags can also be used to launch your career. You can use hashtags to find jobs and also connect with recruiters.

In fact, 84 percent of employers use social media to find the right candidate for a variety of job openings. Searching for jobs with hashtags easily filters content and directly connects job seekers to employers.

Using Hashtags to Find a Job

The first step to finding your dream career through social media hashtags is to identify which hashtags are relevant to you based on topic, industry, or location. Next, determine which social platform to pursue. LinkedIn reigns king in the career and professional development world, making this platform the first stop in your job pursuit. While LinkedIn is preferred, Facebook and Twitter are also great resources in this process.

On the job hunt, be sure to search and follow hashtags on social media that are trending and relevant to your specific needs. As a result, this exposes you to the most relevant job opportunities possible.

To locate a job through a hashtag, start broad by searching for topics regarding the job search. These hashtags collect and display all social media posts of companies looking to hire:

  • #hiring
  • #jobsearch
  • #joblisting
  • #job
  • #recruiting
  • #jobopening
  • #careers
  • #employment

If you want to narrow down your search, try a hashtag specific to your industry:

  • #healthcare
  • #engineering
  • #mining
  • #sales
  • #accounting
  • #finance

To narrow your search down even further, search hashtags that are relevant based on the specific location you want to work:

  • #(yourlocation)jobs
  • #(yourlocation)careers
  • #(yourlocations)employment

In conclusion, finding the right job is becoming increasingly easier with the use of social recruiting. Simply search and follow relevant hashtags on social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter to find your next career advancement.

soft skills

In Today’s Job Market, Soft Skills Are Just as Valuable as Hard Skills

soft skills

Before you apply to a new job, you’re most likely thinking about the hard skills you have that make you qualified. In other words, the exact experience you’ve had that pertains to this certain position. But do you also think about your soft skills that make you even more valuable?

A job isn’t just about the schooling, experience, and the things you know how to do. It encompasses a lot more than that. Having good personal skills are what makes you a great employee. So, instead of just focusing on your hard skills while looking for a job, here’s how to also quantify your soft skills as being just as valuable.

Stress your soft skills

When it comes to interviews it’s important to remember both your hard skills and soft ones. They make you the employee you are, and companies want to know about them. If you only focus on one or the other, you’ll lose a tremendous opportunity to show your full value and what you can offer to their team.

Stressing your soft skills in today’s job market will help you get the job. Great talent is hard to find. If you have a solid foundation of the hard skills they need, and great soft skills that they want, they’ll want to grab you in a hurry before someone else does. It all comes down to selling yourself and your skills. All of your skills.

You may not have the experience, but you have the foundation

You may have applied for a position where you don’t have all the experience or the background in every part of the job description they’re looking for. But that doesn’t mean you’re not qualified!

Your soft skills can get you over that hurdle, to where the team you’re interviewing with doesn’t focus on your lack of hard skills but realizes your valuable soft skills. Anyone can learn a new skill, especially if they have skills in that field already. Teaching someone soft skills is almost impossible, and if you leverage that, you never know what might happen in your career!

Today’s job Market allows your soft skills to stand out

Companies are struggling to find great candidates to fill their critical roles because there is a talent shortage. The best candidates are the ones with jobs nowadays. Which means companies are having to reach out to those who already have good jobs to see if they’re willing to transition.

So, when they find a candidate who may not have all the experience they’re wanting but has great soft skills, they will jump! No one is wanting to miss out on a great candidate who will help their company grow for something that can be taught. And if you are an employer that does miss out on great candidates, you could suffer by leaving your critical roles vacant.

In the end, use your soft skills to your advantage. Focus on them and try to improve them just like you do with your hard skills. You’ll be surprised to see the impact not only on your current position but your future roles as well.

And remember, if you’re looking to partner with great recruiters, reach out to Johnson Search Group today!

Google

Google: Why Google is Your Best Friend During Your Job Search

Google

We all know that feeling. The moment where you realize you just need something more in your career. So what does that mean? You’re onto searching for a new position! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out when looking for a new job. Especially, when you’re trying to keep it secret from your current employer! But there are some secret tips that help you get through this new journey and one of them is using Google to its full potential.

Why should you use Google?

When you’re on the hunt for your next position, ensuring that you use all the available resources you have makes things easier. And that’s important. Google is one of the best resources for your search because it gives you the opportunity to check out multiple job boards and reach job openings you wouldn’t have seen without it.

Google allows you to define your search and helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. And let’s be honest, when you’re looking for a new job, you want it to be the right one. One where you enjoy the company and what you’re doing! So, having a resource that helps you narrow down the positions and companies you will enjoy helps you not be as stressed when it’s time to find “the one.”

What should you search for when job hunting?

Like you read above, it’s important to use keywords and define what you’re looking for specifically. This will help you find jobs that pertain exactly to your skills and experience, as well as weeding out those that don’t. The more detailed you are, the better the search results you will get and the better job fits you will find.

You can also use Google to find good recruiting firms, like Johnson Search Group, that specialize in your field of work. This way, they can do most of the work for you and will bring you the opportunities! Then you’re not the one doing all the searching and you’ll feel more confident that you’ll find a great new position.

Once you secure an interview, Google becomes irreplaceable

Google becomes irreplaceable once you land interviews. The amount of preparation and interview tips Google provides is spectacular. Once you’ve locked down an interview, you’ll be excited! But having information on how to best polish up your interview skills will be needed and keep you relaxed. Being prepared for an interview is something you will always hear us preach. And if you’re working with a recruiter, you know this first-hand because of how we help you prepare!

But remembering the tools, like Google, that you have at your disposal will only help you excel in your job search, find the right position for you, and hopefully help you land the job! Never forget how helpful Google can be for your next job search. You never know how much it could help you from receiving the job offer or staying on the job market longer than you’d like.