Posts

How To Make A Quarantine Work For Your Career

How To Make A Quarantine Work For Your Career

With everything going on in the world today, you may have found yourself with a bit of extra time on your hands. And while it’s not ideal to be cooped up in your home due to COVID-19, there is a silver lining. It’s a great time to check a few personal development items off your to-do list! Dedicate some of your quarantine time to these three career-enhancing activities, and you’ll be well on your way to productivity.

See What’s Out There

It may have been a while since you’ve let yourself surf the job boards or explore the depths of your industry. Use this time to feel out the market. There are a ton of opportunities out there! Job titles, responsibilities, and technologies are always evolving, and there may be some exciting advancements you hadn’t even considered before. While you’re snuggled up on the couch, browse your competitors’ websites. Ponder what you’d like your career trajectory to look like, and see if any companies speak to your values and vision.

Freshen Up Your Resume

Whether you’re inspired to apply to a position or not, a period of “social distancing” is the perfect time to spring clean your resume. Be sure to add recent projects and accomplishments, and don’t forget to include numbers! Additionally, check out some online templates for resumes and give yours a fresh look. Just changing up the organization can make a significant impact when it comes to making a great first impression!

Take Online Courses

This is the most valuable thing you can do for your career during uncertain times. There is a wealth of resources for online courses, and some are even free! It’s important not to feel pigeon-holed into taking classes only in your field. Have you always wondered what the heck was up with coding? Or dreamed of being able to edit your own memories in Photoshop? Even if they’re not perfectly aligned with your career goals, online courses are an incredible resume booster.

Haven't Heard Back About A Job

3 Reasons You Haven’t Heard Back About A Job

Waiting around to hear back about a job application isn’t fun for anyone. You’re left wondering what you did wrong and if there was anything else you could have done to grab the hiring manager’s attention. Well, there is a multitude of reasons why you haven’t heard back about a job. Here are three common ones we’re seeing in today’s job market.

You Applied Too Late

Yes, there is such a thing as applying to a job too late! In this candidate-driven market, companies are making hiring decisions quickly. Therefore, if a great candidate is the first to apply, they could be hired immediately. The days of months-long hiring processes are over. In-demand positions are receiving dozens of highly-qualified resumes within hours of going public. As a result, companies sometimes hire on the spot during an interview, or sometimes even over the phone!

To avoid this, make sure you closely follow the companies you’re interested in working for most. Set up a Google alert, subscribe to their newsletter, and follow them on LinkedIn. Speaking of LinkedIn, be sure to turn on job alerts in your area! You’ll receive an email with all of the latest jobs straight to your inbox.

You Didn’t Tailor Your Resume

Many companies today use an Applicant Tracking System (ATS) to sort through resumes. These programs rely on keywords to recommend candidates for certain positions. Thus, if your resume is missing a keyword, or you used an acronym instead of spelling out a certification, you could be passed up by a machine.

To avoid this, read the job description carefully. Tailor your resume to match the words used in the job description, as that’s most likely what the ATS will use to compare. So, include both acronyms and full spellings, and don’t be afraid to include a list of your hard and soft skills that fit well with the position!

You’re Not The Best Fit For The Job

Unfortunately, if you haven’t heard back about a job, sometimes it’s just as simple as that. In an ideal world, companies would reach out to each and every person that applied to every job. However, that’s just not realistic. Popular organizations are receiving hundreds of resumes every single day. As a result, they are not able to give everyone a yes or no. 

While there’s no avoiding this, you can be proactive about it. If it’s been a while since you’ve applied, (think two weeks or more), feel free to follow up with the HR department. Hopefully, they can provide a status update on the position, so at the very least, you won’t be waiting around for an answer. But it sadly may not be the best fit for you. However, don’t panic! We have hundreds of jobs that may be the right fit for you and your background! Have a look, and we look forward to helping you find your next opportunity.

job search tips

4 Job Search Tips You Must Know in 2020

Are you looking to reach new career heights this year? If so, you’re not alone. During the first of the year, there are more job openings than any other time of the year. According to a recent report from ZipRecruiter, job postings in January and February typically increase by nearly 15%. In other words, now is a great time to kick off your job search. If you want to get a leg up on the competition, here are four job search tips you must know in 2020.

Networking

Many job seekers underestimate the power of networking. The internet has made it so much easier to network with professionals worldwide and from all industries imaginable. Did you know that at least 60% of all jobs are found through networking? That’s right! More and more job seekers are finding opportunities via networking than by scouring traditional job boards. Therefore, if you’re not networking in 2020, you may be missing out on a great job opportunity!

Create a resume that beats the Application Tracking Systems

Another thing you can do to bolster your job search is to shake the dust off your resume. If it’s been a while since you last updated it, you will want to take a good look and add any new skills or achievements. There are some key things you want to do to your resume:

Tailor your resume

Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same resume with every job application. You must tailor your resume for each position at hand. Now, each variation of your resume will look similar, but you can easily find ways to tweak it to make it beat those pesky Application Tracking Systems (ATS). Add achievements that highlight you’re an excellent fit for the position. Make sure you quantify those achievements so hiring managers can quickly see how great you are!

And last but not least, ensure you are using keywords that are relevant to the job. Take a close look at the job description and pull out key phrases and add them to your resume.

Soft skills are key

Soft skills, especially in today’s tight market, are becoming more valuable to hiring managers. You can teach someone how to use a new program or learn a new process, but you can’t teach things like creativity or emotional intelligence. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. You want to demonstrate that your posses these soft skills through concise, concrete examples.

Interview like a pro

Once your networking and resume are up to par, you can’t forget about the interview prep. Sure, your resume and a connection may get you in the door, but it’s up to you to secure the job by nailing the interview.

Do your due diligence beforehand

Whether it’s a phone interview or a final onsite, you must do your due diligence before your interview. Do some research on the company’s website and social media pages to help develop some talking points. Check to see if the company has any new product launches, press releases, or other important updates. Knowing these will help you shine through the competition by illustrating your interest in the position and your prospective employer.

Have questions prepared

Bring a list of questions to ask your interviewers. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. If it’s easier for you, write them down on a notebook and bring them in with you. Just don’t sit down and stare at them the whole time. Here are some of our favorite questions you can ask to make a lasting impression.

Write a killer thank you note

After the interview is all said and done, you must write a thank you note to your interviewers. Thank them for their time, remind them what you enjoyed discussing, and don’t be afraid to ask for the next steps! This will set a lasting impression and remind them how interested you are in the position. Here’s our fool-proof thank you note guidelines.

Partner with a recruiter

Hopefully, these job search tips help you along your career path. If you really want to jumpstart your job hunt in 2020, team up with a recruiter. At Johnson Search Group, we have a team of recruiters ready to partner with you to help find you your next career. Reach out to our team of experts today, and let’s find you your next job opportunity.

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!

career change

2020 Vision: Put Your Career in Perspective

You’ve heard the stereotypical adage “new year, new me.” And while some might roll their eyes at this cliched idea of transformation in January, it’s actually the perfect time to reevaluate your career goals. If you have even briefly considered making a career change in 2020, here are a few steps you should take this month to kick off the new year.

Evaluate your current position

Are you happy where you are now? Consider your role, level, company, and how your employer is currently utilizing your skills. If there’s any room for improvement, now is the time to consider a change. The labor market is as tight as it ever has been, and there are more job openings than there are available workers to fill them. So, whether you’re looking for an increase in salary, better benefits, or a challenge to push you to new heights, there are opportunities out there! 

Think about where you’d like to be

Make a list of goals. Jot down your target companies, and don’t be afraid to DREAM BIG! With how competitive the market is, the world is your oyster. Companies that may have seemed out of reach are now looking for team members just like you. Do your research! Compare mission statements, comb through social media, and talk to a recruiter. Your perfect opportunity is probably out there; you just don’t know it yet!  

Define what’s important to you 

Make a list of what you’d like in your next position. Include the obvious benefits such as salary, health insurance, and bonus structure, of course. However, you should also think outside the box. Many companies are looking for remote employees, allow flexible working schedules, and even offer additional perks like gym memberships. Keep in mind you might not be able to find a position that includes ALL of your dream benefits, but knowing what’s most important will help guide you in your job search.  

Now, are you ready to make a career change? Connect with a Johnson Search Group recruiter today to discover what could be on the horizon for your career in 2020.

on the job training

Degree or On the Job Training?

I have this debate every day. Every time I vet a job with one of my clients, I always ask what exactly “degree preferred” means on the job description. Does that actually mean the degree is required? Often it does, but there are still many companies and hiring managers who want someone who knows what they’re doing because they’ve done it.

I will tell you as someone who sources people for a living, if I could recommend a master combo, it would be a bachelor’s degree in your field with an appropriate amount of real-world experience. My ideal candidate for well over 50 percent of my salaried jobs is someone with a BS and 5+ years of experience in their field.

As a recruiter, people often ask me for career advice. My friends and family members ask me if they are wasting money, or if their children might be if they go take out a bunch of student loans to go to college.

A degree vs on the job training

I have placed new graduates with degrees in chemical engineering with base salaries above $70,000 annually and know their career paths have them on pace for $110-120k if they can continue to develop their skills over the next decade or so.

I know people who went to trade school with paid on the job training and are earning similar salaries. My advice is this, and it borrows from a time when my hands were a little dirtier from work: measure twice and cut once. Certainly, do the same thing with your career.

What is the degree you’re pursuing? What type of job do you hope to get? Run some searches for job postings and see if those are the types of degrees they are hiring. My experience shows that Chemical, Mechanical, and Electrical Engineering degrees, when pursuing a career in manufacturing, can help you achieve great career success. Essentially, before you rush into anything, spend some time researching potential career paths you want to pursue. Sometimes, a four-year degree will help with that transition. Other times, it may not be necessary. It just depends on what you want to do and where you want to go. But I will say this, there is a definite skills gap across the country, and employers are desperate for skilled trade labor.

Regardless, there are jobs galore in today’s market

So, if you have your degree or some experience under your belt, the companies I work with are hiring. If you are looking for a move or need to work with a recruiter who understands the kind of talent you’re working with, consider partnering with my team at Johnson Search Group. The market is tight, and we have dozens of exciting job opportunities available. Let’s work together to put your hard-earned experience to work.

before your interview

What to do the Night Before Your Interview

Congratulations, you’ve landed an interview! If you’re anything like the rest of us, you’ll probably have some pre-interview jitters the night before. However, there are a few things you can do to prepare ahead of time and help calm those nerves. Here are a few of our favorite “night before” routines!

Prepare Your Outfit

The last thing you want to do the morning of a big interview is run around trying to assemble your best outfit and make sure they are ready to go. Pick out what you’re going to wear, get everything ironed or steamed, and even select your accessories. Are you taking a purse or briefcase? Ensure that everything you need is packed. We recommend a pen and notebook, extra copies of your resume, and maybe a water bottle. That way, when you wake up, you can walk out the door with ease and confidence!

Research The Company

You may already know a lot about the company you’re interviewing with, but it’s still essential to brush up on recent news. On top of reviewing their website and the job description, do a quick Google Search. Have they been featured in the news recently? Check out their different social media pages for recent updates that you can mention during the interview. It may even inspire a great interview question!

Review Interview Questions

While there’s no way to tell precisely what the interviewer will ask, it can’t hurt to review common interview questions. There are a few questions like “why do you think you’d be a good fit for this job?” or “what’s your biggest weakness?” that come up frequently. Mull over these questions and strategize about how you would answer. Then, if they do come up, you won’t be completely caught off guard!

Take A Final Look At The Interview Details

On top of researching the company, review the final details of the interview. Make sure you know who you are meeting with, where you are going, and where you should park. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, make a note to call the receptionist in the morning! As a final step, type the address into your preferred Maps app and get an approximate travel time so you can plan ahead. We recommend getting there at least 15 minutes early to give yourself some wiggle room for the unknowns!

Last but not least, get a good night’s rest! You want to make sure you’re on, you’re A-game for every interview, and that starts with a restful night of sleep.

Be thankful

The Glass is Always Half Full – Be Thankful

It is easy to focus on the negative and to let unfortunate circumstances overtake us. We have all been there. Strength, perseverance, and intestinal fortitude won’t show up as a requirement in a job description or as a skill set on a resume; however, we observe these traits daily (and quietly) by those who choose to see their glass half full. 

Life is a journey, and the paths we take are part of the adventure. As a recruiter, I have seen the challenges job seekers face. If you are having a bad day, just remember it won’t last forever.

Here are some bad days that had happy endings:

  • A candidate printed off their interview itinerary at work, and their manager saw it.
  • Someone confided in a coworker that they were interviewing.
  • Someone got a call from a recruiter and hung up. The next day, they were “downsized.”
  • Someone accepted a position, gave up their apartment, and hit the road to relocate, only to get a frantic call that the company rescinded the offer.

These individuals were having a bad day, but what set them apart is that they saw the glass as half full and showed strengthperseveranceintestinal fortitude, and humility.

Thank you to our clients and candidates

Johnson Search Group is thankful to every one of our clients and candidates with whom we have the privilege to work with. Yes, we all have challenges; but always remember that when the sun sets and darkness ensues, it will rise again and will embrace us in its light and warmth.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, but one thing we can all appreciate is the booming labor market. The market is strong, and all signs indicate that it will only get tighter in 2020. If you interested in exploring a new opportunity, why not partner with a recruiter form Johnson Search Group?

For over 35 years, we have committed ourselves to our specialized staffing services. Our team will help you navigate the entire process, from start to finish. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that you don’t have one of the bad days highlighted above.

The glass is always half full. It’s up to you how you want to perceive it. What are you thankful for?

interview

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!

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!