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4 Things You Must Look at Before Every Interview

You’ve heard the news and seen all of the stats. The job market is holding firm as we prepare to round out the 4th Quarter of 2019. Many of you might be trying to take advantage of the 3.6 percent unemployment rate and start the new year with a fresh job opportunity. However, if it’s been a while since you were last a job seeker, it can be overwhelming when you do your due diligence before an interview. If you’re thinking of making a change, here are four things you must do before every interview.

Check out their website

Before an interview, the first thing you want to do is take a look at the company’s website. Check out their “about” page; see if they have a mission or vision statement. Many companies do a fantastic job providing insight into their passion and what it’s like to work for them. Check out their blog or news resources to see if they have anything on there that can give you some insight into what they do and why they do it.

During an interview, one of the first questions they’ll likely ask you is, “What do you know about our company?” A quick search on their site will help you start the interview off on the right foot!

Social Media

Another place you need to head to before an interview is the company’s social media. You should be able to easily find links to all their social media platforms on their website. Take a quick look at each of them as the content may differ from site to site. A prospective company’s social media is a great way to get insight into their company culture to see if the opportunity is the right fit for you. It’s also an easy way to find any recent updates, events, or product launches, all of which might be good talking points in your interview!

Reviews

If you want to get an unbiased opinion of a prospective employer, check out their reviews online. You can find reviews on Facebook, Google, and best of all, Glassdoor. These sites provide insight into both the interviewing process and what it’s like to work there. Current and former employees write these reviews, so they will give you a decent understanding of what you can expect before you even step foot into the building.

Prepare accordingly

Last but not least, you must review all the necessary material to prepare yourself! This includes the job description, your resume, and any instructions given to you by HR or the hiring manager. You don’t want to have any surprises during your interview by forgetting what the job is or what you told them on your resume. Believe it or not, it can be easy to forget every single detail on the job description or your resume. The best thing to do is review them before the night before, so they’re fresh on your mind.

If you want to take a look at more of our helpful interviewing advice and tips, check out our blog!

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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!

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How to Find a Job in Today’s Labor Market

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Summer is winding down, and as you start to settle down for the Fourth Quarter, you may be thinking it’s time for a career change. You’ve heard the reports and have seen all the updates on how hot the labor market is. If you’re ready to make the jump and join the 3.6 million people voluntarily quitting their jobs, here are three ways to find a job in today’s market.

Get your resume in order

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your resume, the first thing you will want to do is brush the dust off. Take a few moments and review your latest copy and identify work experiences, accomplishments, certifications, or even volunteer experience you want to add. This will be a strong starting point for your job search because no matter what job you apply to, you’ll need an updated resume.

Keep in mind that you should be tailoring each resume for every application you submit. You can customize your resume to mirror the job description and pull out specific duties or responsibilities that will help sell yourself as a strong candidate. This may take you a little longer, but trust us, it will be worth it when you start receiving more callbacks.

Signup for our newsletter

Another easy way to stay up to date on hot jobs in your industry is to subscribe to the Johnson Search Group Talent Network. By signing up for our Talent Network, you will receive custom email notifications when there are open positions that match your criteria. Whether you’re looking for a relocation across the country or a new opportunity in your current market, we have hundreds of opportunities available.

By signing up, you will also receive our newsletter, which is full of hot, exclusive jobs you won’t find anywhere else, industry trends, and helpful tips and tricks (like the ones in this blog). The content we share will help you master your job search and show you exciting job opportunities.

Partner with a recruiter

If you’re serious about your job search, why not work with a professional? Our recruiters here at Johnson Search Group do one thing and one thing only: place talented candidates with fantastic organizations across the country. Our recruiters have strong connections with the hiring managers we work with. As a result, we can get your resume placed directly on their desk, not just in a virtual stack of resumes. Reach out to our recruiting team today, and let’s work together to find you your next opportunity.

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.

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Why Summer is a Great Time to Hire

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Can you believe it’s already June? The days are getting longer, and the weather is getting warmer. In fact, June 21st is the first day of summer. It’s a common misconception that summertime is a notorious slow season for hiring. But in today’s job market, this simply isn’t true. Don’t believe us? Check out the Johnson Search Group job board. We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the United States.

It’s time to officially get this myth out of your head! Here are a few reasons why summer is a great time for hiring, for both candidates looking for opportunities and employers searching for new talent.

For candidates looking for new opportunities

Now is a perfect time to hit the job search hard. The unemployment rate is at a 50-year low of 3.7 percent and there are still more jobs than available workers to fill them. Today’s market is definitely a candidate-driven one! There are plenty of fantastic opportunities to choose from. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are over 7.5 million job openings.

June is the sixth month of the year. In other words, if you see a job posted, it’s more than likely a critical position. That means these roles are essential to the operations of the employer, and thus, they will likely make a decision quickly. Additionally, many people are out on vacations and not even thinking about new opportunities. That’s great for you if you’re on the job hunt! You have less competition out there fighting for the same job opportunities you are applying for.

As a prospective candidate, now is a fantastic time to find the next step in your career. Don’t let this summertime myth derail your job search.

For employers searching for new hires

As employers, we know how you feel, it’s summer. Employees in every department are out of the office taking vacations or enjoying “summer Fridays.” During this time, it can be difficult to get everyone together to form a panel interview or make a hiring decision. However, regardless of the season, you can’t drag your feet when it comes to hiring in this candidate-driven market. You just need to be a little more flexible.

Candidates are only on the job market for an average of 17 days. This means you need to streamline your hiring process to fit within this timeline. This will help you secure the best talent on the market and save money. On average, an open position is costing your company $4,129 every 42 days. The cost of vacancies really starts to add up when you have multiple positions open. So being forced to make quick hiring decisions may actually save your department money and fill your critical needs efficiently.

The stereotype of summer being a difficult hiring season simply isn’t true. Don’t let this age-old myth postpone your hiring needs. Take advantage of your competitors that are buying into this misconception and fill those hiring needs in this busy labor market.

And if your team is struggling this summer to find the talent you need, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Partner with a recruiter that specializes in your industry and streamline your hiring process.

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Searching for a New Job? Here’s What You Need to Know

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Are you thinking about searching for a new job? Or are you already actively looking for your next role? If so, now’s a great time to be on the hunt! Whether you’re fresh out of college or looking for the next step in your career, here’s what you need to know about today’s job market.

You have plenty of options to choose from

It’s a candidate’s market. You have plenty of options to choose from. In fact, according to the last JOLTS Report from the BLS, there are currently 7.5 million job openings. Pair that with a near 50-year low unemployment rate (3.6 percent) and you are in an ideal environment for your job hunt.

In this market, you don’t have to worry about a lack of job opportunities. Additionally, March was the 13th consecutive month of available jobs outnumbering the number of unemployed people who are actively searching. So, as a candidate, now is a great time to find an opportunity that’s right for you. You have the ability to take your time and be picky.

Your market value is strong

Your market value is robust (and will keep going up!). With more jobs than available workers to fill them, many employers are in desperate need of qualified candidates. Thus, a lot of hiring managers are willing to sacrifice certain skill sets or experiences because they need talent now. Thus, if you don’t have all the hard skills or background to do the job, you may be considered if you have the right attitude and soft skills to learn.

With such a tight market, you, as a candidate, may even see yourself with stronger compensation packages than you were expecting. Employers need good talent. And they need them immediately. You may be able to get a nice pay bump or better benefits by transitioning to a new employer. To illustrate, over the last 12 months, average hourly wages have increased by 3.2 percent, or $0.88 an hour.

Recruiters are here to help

In this competitive market, the best candidates are often the ones that are still employed. If a recruiter, like one from Johnson Search Group, reaches out to you about a new opportunity, hear them out. A recruiter will be your biggest advocate and help you tackle the hiring process. If find yourself searching for a new job, reach out to one of our recruiters today and let’s see if we can help you find your next opportunity!

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Job Hunting? Here Are Some Tips!

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Looking for a new job can be daunting. With job boards, social media, and even Craigslist, it can be confusing as to which resource is going to be the best path for your job hunt. Partnering with a reputable recruiting firm and recruiter is advisable, but let’s take a look at some of the other resources out there.

Job Boards

Traditional job boards are great resources to see what positions are open, as well as to get your resume online for recruiters and companies to find you. Just remember that if you post your resume to one of these sites, you need to be your own advocate and keep the resume updated. You must ensure you do not have outdated resumes already on the site. You could miss out on your dream job if a recruiter found an old resume that had outdated contact info and couldn’t get a hold of you. Keep your data up-to-date and organized, and it will pay off!

Craigslist

Many companies have turned to Craigslist as a resource to find candidates. Like job boards, this is a very “invisible” way of applying. You and everyone out there is sending in their resume and hoping for that call. Human Resource professionals wear multiple hats within their organizations; with a flood of resumes coming into their “in-boxes,” unless yours really stands out – most likely – it will not get the look needed to get your foot in the door.

Facebook

Facebook is a great networking tool, but it is truly a social media site and not necessarily a professional networking site. If you are job hunting, letting your social network know is a good thing; however, unlike LinkedIn, Facebook will be more word of mouth than a target marketing effort on your part. Not all companies use Facebook as a recruiting tool and your network may not be a resource for your line of work.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media site and a valuable resource. Many companies and recruiting firms use LinkedIn as a resource for finding quality candidates. LinkedIn allows you to specifically target your area of expertise and apply for a position directly with the employer. It also allows you to reach out to your network and get the word out that you’re on the market.

At the end of the day, it is all about marketing yourself and doing your due diligence; but, with so many resources, it can be overwhelming and a lot of work. Let Johnson Search Group be your trusted partner in your job hunt and help you find your next career adventure!

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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!