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Transparency With Your Recruiter Will Land You A Job

Transparency With Your Recruiter Will Land You A Job

In a competitive job market, one of the best tools you can have is a recruiter. We have established relationships with hiring managers at your dream companies, we negotiate on your behalf, and we have an accurate gauge of which positions are available. However, how you work with a recruiter is important. And in 2021, transparency with your recruiter will be key to landing you a job.

Be Honest With Your Recruiter About What’s Important To You

Too many times in my career have candidates talked about wanting a unique job or a different work environment than the average bank. However, when you bring them the perfect unique opportunity, they instead make a move to a bank doing the same thing for just a few dollars more. In the end, they were only interested in more money. If they had been transparent with me initially, I could have focused on finding them the right position that offered a higher salary and a better working environment.

Keep The Lines Of Communication Open

The second biggest issue we see is broken communication. At the beginning of your partnership with a recruiter, it’s similar to when you first start dating someone. You want to stay in almost constant contact with that person about everything that is going on. You call your recruiter to share the deals coming your way, your current bank’s ever-changing credit requirements, and other career updates. Then, as you get more comfortable and the new opportunity’s timing is slightly slower than everyone hoped for, you start communicating less and less. The “honeymoon phase” of the relationship is over. Suddenly, you send your recruiter one-word texts and return every second or third call or email with limited info. However, it’s essential to trust the process and stay the course. Open communication with your recruiter will allow them to keep your best interests at the forefront. 

Be Open To New Opportunities 

Some words of advice from one of the best bosses I had was always to take every interesting or promising interview that is sent your way within reason. If something comes your way that is different and unique that you could interview for, go for it! Going for an interview does not mean you have to take the job. However, you never know what opportunities lie ahead without putting yourself out there. Remember, the company you work for is not as loyal to you as you are to them. So, the next time we give you a call, at least hear us out. It could be the start of a great partnership! 

If you’re interested in pursuing your next opportunity, contact me today. We can discuss your goals, keep communication open, and explore the opportunities available to you on the market. Transparency with your recruiter will be key in landing you that next job. I look forward to our partnership! 

How To Write An Outstanding Cover Letter

How To Write An Outstanding Cover Letter

In an uber-competitive job market, cover letters are more important than ever. Even though the tradition may be outdated, it can help you stand out in a sea of applicants. Here are four guidelines to follow to craft an outstanding cover letter that will leave a lasting impression and land you the job.

Customize A Base Template For Each Job

When you’re in the throes of a job search, you don’t have time to write a completely custom cover letter for each job to which you apply. However, your application materials should feature custom elements throughout. Enter a great cover letter template. Put together the general structure and include your career highlights. Then, as you move through the application process, fill in the blanks, elaborate on what is most relevant to each job, and pepper in actual words used throughout the job description.

Start Strong

Kicking off your cover letter on a strong note will set the tone for your entire hiring process. If you can, search LinkedIn and utilize the hiring manager’s name. If you can’t find a specific person to address your cover letter to, still be as direct as possible. For example, say “Dear Marketing Team” or “Hello Hiring Committee.” This will add an air of familiarity that will open the door for a stable relationship.

Highlight Your Relevant Experiences

As we mentioned above, this is an opportunity to customize your cover letter to each position. Read the job description thoroughly and assess which of your past experiences are most relevant. Then, make sure to go beyond your resume. Include important details like deadlines, goals, and successes. Use this opportunity to paint a picture for the hiring manager. You want them to visualize what it would be like to have you on their team!

Finish With The Future

The closing of your cover letter should reinforce your enthusiasm for the position. This is a great time to mention that you are looking forward to further steps. Include any important details like your availability, willingness to relocate, and any specific notes that the cover letter requested.

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Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Have you heard the rumor that “at least 70% of jobs are not even listed online?” This could be a gross underestimate in today’s market where there are millions of qualified candidates actively looking for a new position. If you are trying to land a job in the near future and networking is not a part of your strategy, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Here are a few strategies you can use to brush up on your virtual networking skills and secure your next job.

Tap Into Your Existing Network

You may have more powerful connections than you ever realized! You never know who has an open position or a connection who is currently hiring. Head to social media to share that you’re looking. Turn on the “open to work” feature on LinkedIn. Upload and share your resume on LinkedIn and Facebook. We understand that putting yourself out there can be awkward, so here’s a template for what to say based on LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork campaign:

Hi everyone – I am looking for a new role related to UX/UI specialties and would appreciate your support. Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer. #OpenToWork

Reach Out To Potential Connections

It can be intimidating to try and grow your connections during a time like this. Additionally, there is a right and wrong way to do reach out to new professionals via virtual networking. Do not cold-contact someone and ask for something right off the bat. It’s most important to establish a connection based on mutual interests. Here’s a great initial message:

Hi {name},

I read the blog you shared on professional networking, and it really resonated with me. It was perfect timing as I am currently working on expanding my network. I’d love to connect so we can stay in touch.

Join A Group

The world of social media is full of networking opportunities. Particularly with the growth of Facebook groups, there are tons of opportunities to grow your professional circles. Do a quick search for your job title or skills on Facebook and filter by groups. Then, do a little browsing to find one that piques your interest. Generally, you want one large enough to foster engagement, but small enough to have meaningful conversations. Only you can decide your sweet spot.

Just because contact is limited doesn’t mean connection has to be. There is no better time to grow and nurture your professional connections through virtual networking. Interested in more job search advice? Explore our blogs here.

The One Job Search Strategy That Is Bound To Fail

The One Job Search Strategy That Is Bound To Fail

There is a lot of job search advice out there, mostly full of conflicting opinions. This will guarantee you will land a job! That is the perfect job search strategy! How in the world are you supposed to discern what actually works? Unfortunately, there is not a “one size fits all” ticket to secure a job. On the other hand, however, there is one job search strategy that is destined to fail (and it’s a big one!) Keep reading to learn more about this inadequate approach and what you can do instead.

Why Mass Applying Is A Terrible Job Search Strategy

There are millions of people throughout the world who are unemployed right now. As a result, you may find yourself thinking, “The more, the better! I’ll take anything I can get!” While we certainly understand this sentiment, it will most likely not result in a successful job search. Here’s why:

It Takes Time Away From Applying Mindfully To The Right Jobs

No matter what, applying to jobs takes time! You must customize your attachment documents, fill out never-ending applications, and contact your references with each new submittal. If you’re spending all of your time applying to hundreds of jobs, the quality of each application will go down. As a result, you won’t speak to the hiring manager, compelling them to hire you! Additionally, it’s essential that you apply to the right jobs that are in your targeted career path. 

You’re More Likely To Make Mistakes

On that same note, applying to hundreds of jobs is a ripe opportunity for mistakes. Spelling errors, incorrect information, and even mixing up application materials are bound to happen. It’s nearly impossible to keep track of all of these different opportunities with perfect precision. As a result, you will come off as unprofessional and someone who doesn’t pay attention to detail. 

Many Of The Jobs You’re Applying For Probably Don’t Fit Your Skillset

And now for the hard truth. Most of those jobs you’re mass applying for are not a fit. As a result, you will probably not get hired. Which really means it’s all a big waste of your time! You could be overqualified, underqualified, or even just totally off base. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have to be perfectly qualified for every job you apply to, but it does mean you have to be prepared to pitch your qualifications!

Final Comments

In conclusion, be wise about how you invest time in your job search. Apply only to jobs that match your experience and skillsets, and that fit the desired trajectory of your career. It will save you a lot of headaches and heartaches in the end. Elena Sabry, a Career Coach, explained it perfectly: “I would recommend assessing your experience, skills, job market, and if there is a good fit, apply mindfully. Mindful application is knowing a company, industry, and writing to a certain hiring manager or recruiter.”

So, if you’re ready to start your mindful job search, Johnson Search Group is the partner for you. Explore our open jobs, contact a recruiter, and read more job search tips

How To Nail Your Online Interview

How To Nail Your Online Interview

There’s a good chance that you have an online interview in your future. Employers are utilizing these virtual assessments as they try to streamline their hiring process and practice safe social distancing. However, it’s not the same as an in-person interview, and you shouldn’t treat it as such. Follow this guide to ensure that you nail your next online interview!

Do Your Research

Just like a traditional interview, you need to do your research on the company and your interviewer. However, you have an added advantage when you’re doing an online interview. You can keep some of the most important notes, right next to you available to reference anytime. Just make sure you don’t read off of them, they’re only there as a reminder!

Style Your Setup

When interviewing online, you’re not in the interviewer’s space. This means you are responsible for your own professional setting. Find a spot that has zero background noise, and use wireless headphones if you can! The background of your video should be simple and clean without any distractions. You want the camera to be facing you straight on, with about a palms width distance between the top of your head and the screen. If necessary, grab a few items from around the house to create the perfect setup.

Practice, Practice, Practice

We’re not going to sugar coat it; there are a lot of things that can go wrong with an online interview. In addition to traditional interview pressure, you have to deal with connection issues, sound technologies, and numerous other obstacles. You cannot practice enough! Do a dry run with a friend or family member, asking them to check for things like sound quality, a lag in Wi-Fi, and even run through some typical interview questions.

Dress For Success

We’ve all heard the horror stories about people who only dress professionally from the waist up for video interviews. You never know what could happen, so it’s non-negotiable that you FULLY dress for success for your virtual meetings. Choose neutral colors and clean lines so as not to distract from you and your thoughtfully prepared answers.

Show Your Personality

With a virtual interview, you miss the opportunity to interact in person, losing some of that chemistry. However, there are ways to show your personality! Be sure to use engaging body language throughout the whole meeting. Sit up straight, smile, and nod. You can use hand gestures, but try to keep them at minimum as they can be distracting. Don’t let the pressure of being on camera intimidate you! Answer every question with enthusiasm while being true to your personality.

If you’re still craving more job search tips, explore our candidate resources!

How To Write A Perfect Post-Interview Thank-You

How To Write A Perfect Post-Interview Thank-You Note

Let’s say you just had a great interview. You nailed all of the questions, you clicked with the hiring manager, and best of all, the job is an excellent fit for your skillset. However, the unthinkable occurs, and you never hear back! What gives? Believe it or not, thousands of candidates are thrown in the “reject” pile for one simple reason: they didn’t send a thank-you note.

While this gesture may seem small and maybe even antiquated, it could be the one thing that sets you apart from dozens of other interviewees. In fact, 57% of job candidates don’t send thank-you notes. So it may be just the thing to help you stand out. And if it’s that important, you want to write one that will knock it out of the park, right? Just follow these guidelines, and you’ll be well on your way to a post-interview thank-you note that just may seal the deal.

Be Timely

It is essential that you send your thank-you note within 24 hours. Ideally, you would send it the same day as your interview and even better if you send one within 1 or 2 hours. You want your email to hit the hiring manager’s inbox when you are still fresh in their minds. That way, they can make a positive association between your interview, your graciousness, and the fact that you’re on top of the ball.

Keep It Short

Hiring Managers have a ton on their plates. As much as they appreciate a thank-you note, they do not want to read a novel! A few short sentences should do the trick. Any longer and you risk them skipping over it entirely. 

Customize It

Your thank-you note should be customized to the person you interviewed with. (Yes, that means if you had a group interview, you need to send separate emails!) So, try to reference specific points from your meeting. You can elaborate on an idea, refer to a personal commonality, or even just share a moment that really resonated with you.

BONUS: Here’s a template for a great post-interview thank-you note:

Hi {Hiring Manager’s Name},

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me today. It was great to learn more about {Company Name}, and the {Job Title} position. I was particularly intrigued by {new campaign, aspect of the job, or fact about the company mentioned during the interview}. The possibility of joining the {Company Name} team and assisting you in making an impact is very exciting.

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.

Have a great weekend,

{Your Name}

Looking for more interviewing and job-search advice? Explore our candidate resources!

Are Cover Letters Dead?

Are Cover Letters Dead?

You probably clicked on this article hoping we would say that cover letters are no longer relevant to the modern job search. Unfortunately, that just isn’t true. And if you believe they are unimportant and don’t put any effort into crafting a thoughtful cover letter, you miss out on a huge opportunity. A cover letter is a platform to sell yourself. It’s a chance to explain your qualifications, share your passion for the job to which you are applying, and show a bit of your personality. So, even though cover letters aren’t dead, they don’t have to make you miserable! Here’s how to write a cover letter with as little pain as possible.

Create An Outline

Yes, you need to customize your cover letter to every single job. However, if you have a great outline to start with, customizing it is a breeze! Here’s a good start:

1. Introduction Paragraph

Use the introduction to do just that, introduce yourself! Launch into your elevator pitch with a strong hook. It’s the perfect opportunity to explain why you are applying for this particular job with this exact company.

2. Body Paragraphs

In one or two body paragraphs, describe your skills in experiences in detail and how they relate to this position. We recommend pulling a couple of requirements from the job description that are in your wheelhouse and expanding on your experience with them. Only discuss your most relevant positions and skills in your cover letter.

3. Closing Paragraph

Your closing paragraph is the perfect place to tie everything together and wrap it up neatly. Reiterate your passion for your career, qualifications, and why you want to work for this company. You can also use this spot to address any possible concerns. If you are relocating, want to explain a gap in employment, or re-emphasize any specific qualifications, do it towards the end. However, always be sure to end on a strong, positive note!

Make Connections

Take the job description and print it out. Then, highlight the requirements that you have and can explain in-depth throughout your cover letter. This will help to give you direction as you start to fill your outline with content.

Run A Grammar Check

Even if you’re writing in a program like Microsoft Word with a spell check built-in, you need to call in reinforcements. We love to use Grammarly to check the grammar and flow of a document. You can also recruit a friend or family member to read over your cover letter and look for any possible slip-ups!

There is no denying that cover letters are a lot of work. However, if that is what makes the difference between landing a job or not, how could you skip it?! Even if the job application says cover letters are optional, we recommend whipping one up to set yourself apart.

Now that you’re an expert on cover letters, let’s refresh that resume!

5 Tips For Getting A Job Through A Recruiter

5 Tips For Getting A Job Through A Recruiter

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, you may want to consider a helping hand from a recruiter. Partnering with a recruiting firm to find your next job opens a whole world of options. We have strong relationships with hiring managers, and often recruit on jobs that aren’t even listed online! Additionally, we’ve helped thousands of candidates find positions throughout North America in dozens of different industries. However, we understand it can be intimidating! Here are five tips that will help you establish a relationship and land your next job with a recruiter.

1. Do Your Research

It is important to understand that not all recruiters are the same. When you put your career in someone else’s hands, it must be someone you trust. Research their company. Browse their online presence – website, social media, and LinkedIn profile. During your initial conversations with them, ask questions! Find out how many years of experience they have, what kind of tools their company uses, and their strategy for placing candidates.

2. Be Honest

Unfortunately, recruiters are lied to all the time. People are hesitant to share how much money they currently make, whether they are interviewing with other companies, or even if they have applied to certain companies before. Being dishonest about these things can only hurt you! Trust us when we say, your recruiter WANTS you to get the job! They WANT you to get the highest salary possible! Being truthful about anything and everything during the hiring process is absolutely essential to establishing a stable relationship and getting a job that will truly be a great fit.

3. Be Quick

Time is money in the recruiting world. When a company is trying to fill an essential role, they want to do so as quickly as possible. And if they’re working with multiple recruiters, they probably have a couple of great candidates in the mix. Being timely with your callbacks, resume submission, and interviewing scheduling could be the one thing that sets you apart from your competition.

4. Trust Their Expertise

Because you’ve done your research, you should feel confident in your recruiter’s ability and judgment. Great recruiters are continually reading the latest news in the job market and industries they specialize in. They are experts in local costs of living and competitive salaries. So, it’s essential that you trust them and the advice they give you throughout your job search journey.

5. Keep In Touch

Even if you don’t get a job through your recruiter now, you need to stay in touch! Let them know if you get a different position. Having an ongoing relationship with a connected recruiter can only bring opportunity to your door. If they have no jobs that would be a fit now, you never know what may come up across their desk tomorrow. And if you do land a job through your recruiter, give us any updates. We love the success stories! We want to know when you accomplish a massive project or get a promotion. We’ll continue to celebrate your wins for years to come.

Ready to get started? Contact one of our Recruiters today!

 

Red Flags To Look For During Your Job Search

Red Flags To Look For During Your Job Search

There are a few things you want to watch out when you’re on the hunt for a new job. While red flags don’t have to be deal-breakers, they are simply things you should pay attention to and thoughtfully consider throughout the hiring process. Take note of these three things as you search for your next position, and you’ll be more likely to end up in a fulfilling job that meets your expectations.

Bad Reviews

Please read this carefully. Just because a company has a few less than stellar reviews does not mean they are a bad company. However, sites like Glassdoor do offer a glimpse into what it may be like to work there. When you’re reading reviews, simply take everything with a grain of salt. Look for reviews that are fair and balanced and cover positives as well as negatives. Typically, the more in-depth the review, the more thoughtful it is.

If you do see reviews that are concerning, don’t be afraid to bring them up. If you’re working with a third-party recruiter, they can address it with their client. You can also mention it during your interview to gain further insight. Hopefully, the interviewer will address it head-on, including steps taken to either fix the issue or stop it from happening in the future.

A Mismatch In Priorities

Now, we understand that a perfect job situation doesn’t exist. You will more than likely have to compromise some of the items on your “dream job” wishlist. Thus, it is essential to understand your non-negotiables. What are the perks or company culture factors that you must have? Additionally, you want to have a grasp on your desires that aren’t necessarily deal-breakers but would be something you’d consider when taking a new job. If you find yourself having to compromise TOO much, you won’t be happy in the long run.

Your Interview Is Short

When it comes time to interview, your interviewer should want to know everything about you. Is your experience a good fit for the job? Would your personality be a good culture fit? A thorough list of thoughtful questions indicates that the interviewer is not only interested in you, but also finding the right person for this job. A disengaged interviewer is either not interested in hiring you, or merely trying to fill a spot with a body. Of course, there are exceptions. Sometimes an interview is simply to confirm what they already knew – you’re perfect for the job! Just be sure to pay attention to the tone and pick up on cues – both verbal and non-verbal – throughout your meeting.

3 Common Resume Killers

3 Common Resume Killers

With an evolving modern job landscape, you may have some fierce competition when you decide to hit the job market. This means you’ll need to be on your A-game when it comes to your resume! While some missteps can be overlooked, these three resume killers will instantly squash your candidacy and chances and landing the job.

Typos

If you’re rolling your eyes at yet another article telling you not to have typos on your resume – STOP! We have seen mistakes from executive-level candidates on down. Go through your resume with a fine-tooth comb. Utilize a service like Grammarly, which might catch spelling or punctuation errors you wouldn’t notice. And after all of that, send your resume to a friend or family member. Tell them not to hold back in looking for mistakes – your career depends on it!

Wacky Formatting

Nothing says, “I don’t have it all together” like a misformatted resume. It’s something that will catch the hiring manager’s eye immediately. That bullet point that you have about being detail-oriented becomes completely irrelevant when it’s out of line with the rest of your points or in a different sized font. Once you have completed your resume and you think it looks perfect, print it out. There’s something about seeing a hard copy that brings formatting mistakes to light.

Incorrect Customization

You have probably read dozens of articles recommending that you customize your resume (and you definitely should!). However, this will require a little bit of that “attention to detail” skill you boast about. Be careful to save each resume with the correct title and/or company you are applying to! For example, as you customize, you are probably saving each resume under a different name to keep track of each version. For example, “John Smith ABC Compan.” If you are applying to multiple jobs and forget to change the name of your resume (sending John Smith ABC Company to DEF Company), chances are the hiring manager won’t even open it!

You may have identified a common theme between these three resume killers – attention to detail. It’s vital that you take your time to thoughtfully apply for each position; it shows that you have a genuine interest in the company and you take pride in your work.

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