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

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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!

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

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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.

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You!

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

How awesome would it be if you could paint a picture for your prospective employer and tell them exactly what type of position you want? Would you believe me if I told you it was totally possible to create your own dream job?

There are so many organizations out there with different structures from one another, even if they’re in the same industry. Some are more siloed, and some require their employees to wear many different hats. Larger companies that have a larger headcount will naturally be more siloed than smaller companies, which require their employees to cover a wide-range of roles.

Recently, I submitted a candidate over to a bank that was a larger than the one she was currently working at. In her current role, she has a wider range of responsibility than what the interviewing bank required for the role. However, in the world of lending, the more products you can sell, the better! The hiring manager ended up loving the candidate. The candidate didn’t want to limit herself on her scope of responsibilities, so the interviewing bank ended up asking her to write up a plan, detailing information on what her “dream position” looked like if she were to come work for them. This gave her the opportunity for her to sell them on why they should create her dream position for her. It’s a win-win for both sides!

Now we know, this won’t always happen, however it is possible!

Here are some ways you can make it happen:

1. Get a clear understanding of what you want.

If your background includes a wide range of responsibility, use this to your advantage! Especially if you know the company can use your skills.

2. Apply or reach out to a recruiter, even if your dream job isn’t listed.

Recruiters usually have direct communication with the hiring manager and can get an idea of what exactly they’re looking for. If they could use someone on their team that possesses the skills that you have, you and your recruiter may be able to come with a plan to leverage this.

3. Pitch it and sell it!

Most institutions can’t afford to let a great candidate go. Especially if you’re able to add value! Create a strong value statement before approaching a recruiter and understand what your expertise would add to a brand new position. You have to make it enticing for the company to want to create a whole new role just for you!

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

What To Do If Your Recruiter Won’t Call You Back

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

As a recruiter, I talk to hundreds of candidates on a weekly basis. Some of them have had great experiences and some not so great. One of the biggest complaints I get from candidates is that after they talk with a recruiter once or twice, they never get another call. A candidate is excited about the opportunity, important details have been hashed out, the resume was submitted, the recruiter has built up a relationship of trust (and sometimes even a friendship is beginning to form). All of a sudden 3 days go by, then 4 days with no word. Now the candidate calls to get an update or feedback and the recruiter won’t answer the phone.  Sound familiar? If your recruiter has gone dark, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Understand why it’s happening

There are a few different reasons that recruiters stop communicating with candidates. Sometimes, there’s a glitch in tracking or technology and it just slips through the cracks. This is usually an honest mistake. Unfortunately, it’s often because the recruiter gets too caught up in championing a more qualified candidate, or the deal with their client falls through, or they just decide they “don’t have time” to follow up.

  1. Know your value

I don’t know about you, but putting my career in the hands of someone is not something I do lightly, and neither should you. Once you understand that you deserve open and honest communication, it will be much easier to relay that attitude to the recruiter you’re working with.

  1. Communicate your frustrations

If a recruiter won’t communicate, respectfully share with them your frustration. Let them know that good or bad news is better than no news at all.  You may be the catalyst that changes a bad recruiter into a great recruiter.  It is all about the realization that we are affecting people’s lives every time we talk with them.

  1. Don’t assume all recruiters are the same

Just like with any profession, there are good and bad recruiters. It’s important for recruiters to see candidates as more than a means to an end.  Great recruiters not only understand how much a candidate is worth to them at the moment, but that more than a onetime payday, the relationship has value that is not always able to be quantified in numbers.  Great recruiters know that each phone call is how they survive and beyond professionalism, common courtesy sets them above the rest.

How do you know if you’re working with a great recruiter? Set communication standards upfront. Ask, “when should I expect to hear back from you?” “When is the best time to contact you?” “Do you prefer communicating by phone or email?”

Just remember great recruiters will expect the same courtesy and professionalism – relationships are built not entitled

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s Christmas music wafting through the shops, tons of yummy comfort food crossing family tables, and busier schedules than most people can manage. It can be tempting to push your job search off until the new year, but trust us when we say that is a huge mistake! There are so many reasons November and December are actually the perfect time to find a new job, so read on to get a jump start and land that next step in your career.

  1. Companies are hiring.

Many departments have annual budgets that they need to use before the end of the year. That means they may be making a push to hire during November and December. For many companies and industries, this is also a slow time in production, allowing them to focus on the year ahead and growth.

  1. Competition is less intense.

Other job seekers who don’t follow JSG or read our awesome blogs lay off the job search this time. Lucky for you, because in this candidate-driven market, the competition for top positions can be fierce. Keeping up with your search during this busy time will give you a leg up when it comes to landing that dream job.

  1. Who wants to be unhappy during the holidays?

Why are you open to a new position in the first place? For most candidates, it’s because they’re unhappy in their current role. Maybe you’re overloaded with tasks, or you don’t get along with your boss, or you’re not feeling challenged enough. No matter the reason, you know that there are better opportunities out there, so go after them! If you land a new position during the holidays that is more closely aligned with your vision or values, it will be easier to actually relax and enjoy the season.

  1. It can be easier to take time off.

As mentioned before, for many industries, things slow down a bit this time of year. Many companies take a few extra days off to celebrate, and even if yours doesn’t, it’s a great time to use a couple personal days to hit the job search (and the Christmas cookies) extra hard.

  1. It’s the best way to start the new year off on the right foot.

“New year, new me!” Around 40% of Americans make New Years Resolutions, but only 8% of those people follow through on them. So instead of waiting until the new year to do something good for yourself, start now. That way, you can check off three resolutions: find a new job, be more productive, AND be happier all in one fell swoop, all before Christmas!

Why Back To School Time For Kids Means Back To Job Searching For You

Why Back To School Time For The Kids Means Back To Job Searching For You

Summer is coming to an end, which means that back to school time is upon us. For parents, this can be a painful time. It’s hard to watch your youngest go off to school for the first time, hard to send the kiddos back after a long summer of bonding, and for some, it’s hard that it didn’t happen sooner. For those in the workforce, back to school time also means a great opportunity to start thinking about a new job. Here are 4 reasons why it’s the perfect time to make a move to the next step in your career.

1. Fall is rejuvenating. As the great F. Scott Fitzgerald once coined, “life starts all over again when it gets crisp in the fall.” This season seems to bring the life back into people, as it cools down and nature really shows off all of its best colors and wonders. Whether you’ve been stuck in the same job for years, aren’t feeling passionate about your role, or aren’t connecting to your companies mission, take this change in seasons to really contemplate what you want.

2. It’s the perfect time to settle into a new opportunity before the holidays. Holiday schedules are always hectic, making it nearly impossible to search for a job let alone contemplate what you might want that to look like. If you find that new position now, you can be comfortable and stress-free by the time Thanksgiving rolls around, allowing you to focus on family and other important things. Plus, it’s a great way to get a jump start in accomplishing those new years resolutions!

3. Hiring Managers are looking to max out their hiring budgets. As we quickly approach year end, hiring managers have budgets left to hire. This means that there are more opportunities and they are paying top dollar for great candidates. After the new year, companies will be resetting their budgets and spending conservatively, so now is the time to get the edge.

4. The candidate driven market is in full force. Candidates are in control of the job market. This means that what you might not have been able to ask for in the past (a pay raise, an extra week of vacation, etc.) you have full power to request. Of course, that’s within reason, but at least you can job search confidently knowing that your needs will be considered.

How To Get Employers To Come To You For Your Next Role

How To Get Employers To Come To You For Your Next Role

co-authored by Dana Belster

How To Get Employers To Come To You For Your Next Role

According to a report from Glassdoor, the average candidate uses seven different job sites while they are searching for their next role. But if you are the passive candidate who would welcome a new opportunity, but you can’t take a chance that your employer would find out you’re looking, or just plain don’t have time, you want the employer to come to you. How do you get noticed? How do you attract the top companies to seek you out or a good recruiter to find you?

You must get relevant and know how to use the tools that are available. Even if you are in the position where you say you don’t have time, you simply must make the time. It’s easier than you think – start by getting back to the basics!

  • Make sure your resume is updated when you do get that call, email or InMail.
  • If you use a job board like CareerBuilder, Indeed, Monster, Dice, LinkedIn, or Handshake, etc. your profile must include all the current keywords, education, and experience that is going to get you noticed.
  • Make sure your credentials and educational designations (MBA, BA, PE, PMP, EIT, CCP, CFP, etc.) appear on your resume and profiles.
  • If the position you are applying for is a Surgical Services Manager or Director, and that is what you do, but your current company calls you an Operating Room Manager or Director, you might get overlooked. It is completely appropriate to use ‘generic’ titles for a broader reach.
  • Mismatched online profiles only cause confusion to employers and can cause a would-be employer to question your credibility.
  • Keep your job skills updated continuously on your resume. As you grow in your career and experience, add as you go so it does not get forgotten later.
  • There are many tools to strengthen and increase your awareness of best practices such as the new LinkedIn free service to pair users with mentors.

Think of your resume as your first interview and keep in mind you have numerous pieces of information available to prospective employers; they need to be cohesive and relevant. If you objectively looked at your resume and your complete profile, would you hire you?