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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 the 111th straight month 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 seeker.

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!

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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!