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Laid Off – Now What?

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A large percentage of us will experience being laid off from a position in our lifetime. We never want to think about it, but it does happen. I, personally, have experienced four such events during my career and each return into the job market has held a different experience. I will not lie and say it got easier with “practice.” With Millennials on the heels of the Baby Boomers as being the largest living adult generation, there is fierce competition for available jobs.

According to Pew Research, 71 million adult Millennials and 74 million Boomers were registered in 2016. With 2019 being the anticipated break out year, Millennials should surpass the Boomer generation – reaching 73 million – with Boomers declining to 72 million.

The Dreaded Day

You show up for work like any other day and at some point throughout the day, you are notified that your services are no longer needed. Now what? You are most likely going to immediately experience shock and will go into autopilot as you reluctantly leave the premises. Here is what you may experience once you get home. Some take a few days to work through it and others get through it quickly. Everyone is different, but just remember to take the time to understand, acknowledge, and process what you are going through.

The Five Stages of Grief

  • Denial and Isolation
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Once you reach the acceptance stage, you are ready to tackle the job market. The two biggest hurdles of the stages are avoiding putting yourself into isolation and falling into a depression that stymies you getting back into the workforce.

Remember this

You are not alone! LinkedIn is an incredible platform to keep you connected and in charge of your destiny. A good LinkedIn page will get you noticed by recruiters! Make sure you take the time to create a professional and completed profile!

  • Network, network, network! Don’t be ashamed – get the word out – you are on the market, and ready for the next chapter in your life.
  • Update that resume. Resumes are your first interview. Remember to list all your experience, skills, certifications, and degrees. Don’t go into that first interview underdressed!
  • Look at job openings and sign up for job alerts.
  • Update all of your social media sites! If your Facebook profile is a memory lane of a wild Vegas weekend, beer bongs, and crazy nights, you might want to swap it out to something more job search friendly.
  • Avoid dating yourself. You do not need to put the year you graduated high school or college on your resume.  There is debate as to how far back you should go with your career history, but remember this: could you be leaving off vital work experience by only going back 10 years? I personally like to see 15 to 25 years’ experience, where applicable.
  • Above all else, believe in yourself!

Losing a job is extremely stressful and can be life-changing. These are some steps to help you get back into the workforce and on track. It’s okay to have a small pity party, but don’t extend it into a recurring event that overcomes you. Take charge of your life and future. Reinvent yourself if you need to and remember: sometimes a step back will get you five steps ahead.

Pride, ego, and stubbornness are not friends in your job search. Believe in yourself, be humble, take your experience, talent and great attitude and make it happen – I know you can!

If you’re in this unfortunate situation right now, let’s connect! My team and I may be able to help you find your next career move and get you back to work.

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So, A Recruiter Reached Out to You. Now What?

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A strange phone number comes across your phone, so you let it go to voicemail. It’s from a recruiter letting you know about an opportunity that could possibly be the next step in your career.

You decide to give them a call back as your curiosity is peaked and not sure what the next step might be.

They provide you with some information on the job and ask you a few questions and after further discussion, you come to a decision to proceed with the opportunity. It’s part of my job to ensure that you not only have the qualifications they’re looking for but also will be a good fit for both you and the client.

As a recruiter, it’s my responsibility to ensure you have information on the company and the location. If it is a relocation, we will help do a cost comparison for you so you can make an informed decision on if you want to proceed.

So, you submitted my resume. Now what?

Once we submit your resume to the client, we wait for feedback and if I am doing my job correctly, you’ll be getting a first round interview. Depending on the organization and if you are local, this first interview could either be a phone or an onsite interview. At Johnson Search Group, we will provide you with guidance on and walk you through the process of what to expect.

And depending on the type of job and the industry you’re in, you may have other interviews and additional steps throughout the hiring process. Don’t worry. We’ll be here every step of the way to guide you throughout the hiring process to ensure you make the best impression on your prospective employer.

Congratulations, they want to make you an offer!

You did great on your interviews and they want to hire you! If there is any salary negotiation, we will help to ensure you get what was originally discussed. Once we help you get the position, we don’t stop there! We walk you through everything from your potential relocation to you drafting your resignation letter.

Even after you’re hired, we value our commitment to you and we’ll follow up with you. We truly care about you and your career; we want to be certain you like your new position!

Communication

As a recruiter in the healthcare industry, communication is key for both my candidates and clients. If at any time during this process you decide to back out, please tell me. I work hard for you and also my clients to make sure that this position will be a great fit. I would never submit you for a job that wouldn’t be a great fit. At JSG, we’ll never try and put a square peg in a round hole.

The next time you get a call from a recruiter, take a moment and hear what they have to say. It could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Basketball Isn’t the Only Thing Mad This March

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Whether you’re a candidate or client, you can relate the job search to the exciting 18-day roller coaster ride of March Madness. It’s inevitable that when you’re applying for a job, you’re trying to win each step or “game” of getting that offer letter.

The more games/steps in the job process you win, the closer you get to the championship round bracket! Companies and candidates are hoping they both can win in the end. And lucky for you, the only difference between March Madness and the craziness of this candidate-driven market is both parties can win at the end of the day! A candidate finds a job and a company finds a great employee. The main thing is though, you want to effectively navigate the madness of this job market so you can reach the championship round! And whether you’re a candidate or an employer, here’s how you can do it.

Make Job Descriptions Concise and Clear

As a company looking to hire a great new employee, one of the most important things you need to do is find them. The way you can do this is by making your job descriptions concise and clear. It will help you find those winning candidates through the madness of this job market. Make sure to focus on what they will do, the fun things about your company, and of course, the experience and skills they need to have.

Only apply for a job you really want

Being a candidate in this market can be overwhelming. Even though it’s good to see what other opportunities are out there, it’s stressful. There are so many jobs to choose from and it can be hard to narrow down what you’re truly looking for when you’re ready to move. But the first step is knowing what you’re looking for in a new job.

Are you wanting more freedom or maybe a company that has an amazing culture? Are you looking for more money or a different location? These all are questions you need to answer before applying. It will help you weed out the jobs you may like but wouldn’t be a great fit for you. Because let’s be honest, you’re moving because you want bigger and better. Don’t bog yourself down by applying for jobs you wouldn’t absolutely love!

And if you’re having a difficult time finding a job that’s a good fit, that’s where a recruiter, like one from JSG, comes into play. We’ll help you match your skills to a position that you will be successful in!

Make your hiring process quick

When it comes to this tight job market, you have to have a quick process! There are tons of different ways you can do that and sometimes relying on a recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, can be the biggest money saver and helping hand you could ask for. An efficient process will prevent your bracket of good candidates from busting and not leave them vulnerable to receiving other offers.

Prepare for interviews

As a candidate, you have to be prepared. Just because you may have a lot of job options, it doesn’t mean you want to slack on being ready for an interview. A company doesn’t have to hire you, even if they may need to. They still have a choice but so do you! So take this time to find out information about the company.

What are their reviews like? Do they have cool accolades? Are they involved in community service? All of these things will help you understand a little bit more about what this company does and how they treat their employees. And remember, in an interview, they aren’t just interviewing you, you’re interviewing them as well.

Find the Best Candidate

After you’ve gone through the madness of resume reviews, interviews, and on-site tours, you’ve probably had the opportunity to find a great candidate; the one you want to extend an offer to because you know they will truly be a great fit and add a great amount of value to your organization. This is the fun part; you’ve made it to the championship!

Find the Best Company

After going through the wringer, you’ve made it! You’re now onto the championship with a company you’ve found passion in. The ball is now in your court and if you say yes, you’re ending this game with a slam dunk!

Today’s job market is overwhelming not only for companies but also for candidates. If you’re struggling to find the right people or the right job opportunity, Johnson Search Group would love to give you an assist in hopes of finding you your perfect matchup!

Get an assist from JSG to help you navigate this crazy job market.

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Social Media: How to Clean up Your Social Media for a Job Search

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Social media sites are a great way to stay connected with others. You can connect with friends, family, and co-workers. Some of which may not even be in the same country as you. But, with that being said, it’s also a dangerous place that can hurt your future job prospects. If you’re not careful about what’s posted on your social media, you may be hurting your job search. Here’s how to clean up your social media to avoid scaring hiring managers.

Why cleaning your social accounts are important

We have a lot of transitions in life. Whether it’s from high school to college or college to our first real job, these leaps are big and make a tremendous impact on our futures. But the maturity and differences in these milestones do impact your future, especially when social media is involved.

Everyone at times forgets that our private lives aren’t so private anymore. Anyone can look you up. And if you’re between the ages of 18-55, a hiring manager probably will find some sort of social media account that is yours… So, you want to ensure you keep your accounts clean of anything that would get you in trouble with a prospective employer.

As we have seen a lot in the headlines lately, past mistakes will come and bite you so trying to avoid making them is essential.

What should go and what can stay

Social media is there to keep you connected and engage with friends and family. However, if a post is controversial you probably shouldn’t engage with it. If you are having a difficult time with this, ask yourself this question: if an employer you really wanted to work with saw this, would they be okay with it? Or would they want to run to find someone else?

Even though our personal social accounts are supposed to be private, that’s not always the case. So being safe and proactive instead of reactive is smart.

Would you want to hire you?

Like I mentioned above, your presence on social media can make or break your chances, especially on LinkedIn. LinkedIn gives you the power to show your professional self and really make a case for who you are as an employee. If you aren’t being professional or lack the knowledge of making yourself shine on LinkedIn, you could miss the opportunity you’ve been searching for.

Which leads to the question: “Would you want to hire you?” If not, make the changes needed on your social media.

Social media is a great space to stay connected but remembering to go through it and clean it up before you head onto your next job search will never hurt. Happy hunting!

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3 Things That Can Help Your Job Search

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Whether you’re a passive or active candidate, it’s important to remain professional and communicative throughout the hiring process. If not, you may be weeding yourself out of consideration before you even have an interview. Here are three things you can do to boost your job search that has nothing to do with your qualifications.

Be Available, Schedule Time

If you’re on the job market while currently working, I know it can be difficult to make time to pursue opportunities and take calls from recruiters and outside sources. When presented a desirable opportunity, it is important to make time for the calls and interviews the recruiters or employers have arranged for you. Due to the high volume of applicants, companies will often move on from candidates based on a missed phone interview. It seems simple enough, but candidates miss interviews every day. In some instances, it’s easy to reschedule. But based on the hiring manager, one missed phone interview can be enough to eliminate you from consideration.

Be Transparent

We often call this “kicking the tires.” If you are presented with an opportunity, be upfront with what you’re looking for in the next position. Location and compensation are often the most critical deciding factors in accepting a new opportunity. If you’re outside of the salary range or not set on the relocation, pursuing the opportunity further generally results in wasting the time of everyone involved.

On the other hand, during the interviewing process, if you’re truly interested in the position, let the company know! If you really like the position, it’s essential to express your excitement throughout the entire process.

Communication

Communication is the most important step in landing a job. We get it, everyone is busy. But making enough time to keep recruiters and HR in the loop can make all the difference. If something comes up and you’re going to miss an interview, just let the recruiter know as soon as possible. Rescheduling an interview is typically a very fixable situation. But without the communication, or when candidates “go dark,” it’s usually the first sign of red flags or commitment issues. And that’s the last thing you want to portray when going through the interview process.

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Personal Brand: How to Promote Your Personal Brand During A Job Search

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There are so many aspects that go into finding a new job. Your job search takes you on a journey that goes through ups and downs but in the end, will help you find a position you enjoy. It takes time and patience to go through each step. And there is one, in particular, that could really help you stand out in front of those companies you interview with: your personal brand. Promoting your personal brand can seem intimidating but it’s all about using the resources you have to help you be successful, not only in your career but also throughout all your job search.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is all about personal brand. It can have an impact on you not only reaching positions you want but also improves your chances of getting an interview with a company you like. All because your personal brand is easy to see and shows companies that you’re a candidate they want. LinkedIn gives you the opportunity to interact with your career, your company, and just get yourself out there, and in the end, that’s all you really want, especially on a job search.

Network

Network with people in your career, school, and co-workers. This will help you gain more confidence in yourself and help you reinforce the personal brand you’re trying to create when looking for a new job. Most of the time when you’re on the hunt, you’re keeping it quiet because you have a current job. Networking is the perfect place for you to feel out what is out there in your career field and see if anyone knows of a job you just can’t pass up.

Keep Social Media Private & Acceptable

Don’t forget about your personal accounts! Which is easy to do in our society today. It’s rare to meet someone between the ages of 20 – 60 who don’t have a social media account. But you need to make sure that what you’re sharing personally is still professional. It’s necessary for you to keep your personal brand in tip-top shape! Future employers will and DO look at your personal social media account. And if you have something that can seem like a red flag, they’ll probably pass on hiring you.

Share Successes

Using your successes as a stepping stone for a personal brand is a great way to show your dedication to your career and the will to always want to get better. Your “reputation,” or personal brand as we’re calling it, is something that should be handled with care but also celebrated, especially on a job search and interviews. When sharing successes, talk about the hard work you did to accomplish it, praise the people who helped you get there, and always be thankful. This will keep you on the right track of being humble and showing prospective hiring managers that you’re a good fit!

Team Player

In my experience, I would say being a team player is instrumental to not only having a strong and liked personal brand but to nailing job searches, and most importantly, interviews. When you focus on what you can do to help others, whether that’s in a job or just your daily life, it says a lot about who you are. Focusing on what you get out of it and what you can do to help others will be a trait that will take you very far in your career. Which is something every company is looking for in a candidate, right?

Overall, when you think about your personal brand, think about how you want to be perceived. In business, your reputation is everything. So be a good person. Do your best to always be respectful, stay true to your word, and make it a point to try and be better every day. If you can follow these points, you’ll you be successful in your job search and reach your aspirations, too.

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Is 2019 the Year You Find a New Job?

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Is finding a new job one of your New Year’s Resolutions? I’m sure if you’re reading this article, it might just be. Now that we’re a couple weeks into the year, are you feeling a little overwhelmed by the undertaking? Are you feeling anxious because you don’t even know where to start? Don’t worry, here are a handful of very small bite-sized pieces you can attack that will help get you started.

Do your due diligence

What do you want? Be clear about what you want and compile a list of 5-10 companies that fit the bill. If you’re going to invest time in the process, be specific about what companies you want to work for and don’t short change your happiness.

Be ready. It’s not uncommon for companies to immediately reach out once they receive your resume. The more you know about the company, the better that first call will go. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression. And don’t neglect to do your research on the community if you are planning to relocate.

Update your resume

Create a dynamic cover letter: If you’ve done your due diligence, you can create a very strong cover letter that specifically targets the job you want.

Add skills and promotions. If it’s been a while since you’ve last updated your resume, you’ve probably developed some skills along the way that need to be added. Make sure to also add any promotions you may have earned

Make sure your contact info is up to date: As a recruiter, it’s extremely frustrating to find a resume that checks every box my client is looking for only to find a phone number disconnected and rejected email.

Strengthen Your Online Profile

It’s more common than not for companies to “cyber-stalk” job applicants. With so many social media apps out there, take an afternoon and audit your online presence. Make sure your LinkedIn profile is up to date with your work history and consistent with your resume, and clean up any potential embarrassing content.

Your online presence, most of the time, is your true first impression and this could potentially be a deal breaker right out of the gate when searching for a new job.

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Networking: Utilizing Your Network to Find Your Next Job

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When it comes to networking it can sometimes feel like it might be a waste of time. You’re meeting people who are trying to convince you to buy into whatever they sell/do and it can seem like you’re making “fake” connections. The truth about networking though is it’s allowing you to meet like-minded people who are working hard for their dreams.

If you think of networking like a ladder, it only takes one more step to get to a new spot. A spot that could take you to an amazing new career, or help you meet amazing people that want to be a part of your career and or business. So, if you’re ready to start utilizing your network to find a new job, here’s how you do it.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a great place to start, even if you haven’t used this site yet it can be tremendously helpful. Find connections you know and reach out to them. Ask them how they are doing, maybe inquire about their job, and see how they like their employer. If they’re in your same field of work, they will be able to give you a good idea on what they like and don’t like and be able to tell you if they have any openings.

The great part of LinkedIn is it revolves around your career. So, when you’re connecting with someone you used to know or work with, it gives you the opportunity to grow with your network and know a little bit more about the potential opportunities.

Connect with your references

It’s always a good idea to check in with your references, especially from past employers. You never know if they have moved on to another company or up in their career ladder. Checking in and utilizing your network is not only exciting but it helps you keep that connection strong. If they were or are a reference you enjoy using it’s because they know you and know what you’re capable of. So, of course, they will help you get a new job in any way possible!

Go to networking events

Networking events are not only an opportunity to meet people who are wanting to grow their network but also to meet people who may have an amazing job opportunity for you. Networking events help you get outside of your comfort zone and meet people who could become professional connection or even prospective co-workers. The opportunities are truly endless if you’re willing to try and really would like to find a new job you love.

Be active and utilize your network

Being active and utilizing your network can mean many things and there is just no one way of doing it. You can interact with them on LinkedIn, send catch up emails just to see how they’re doing, give them a call every now and then, or even just send them holiday cards are great ways to stay in contact.

At times, we forget how important growing our networks are as well as making an effort to help them stay up to date with you and what you’re doing. The last thing you want to do is neglect the people who have helped you get where you are or will help you land a job in the future.

Ask for help

And always remember to ask for help! There is nothing wrong with utilizing your network and seeing if they have any opportunities or know of someone who might. You will always be surprised at how helpful your network will be when you need it the most. Especially, if you ensure you do your due diligence in getting to know them as well as helping them when you can.

As you may hear a lot, the world is a small place, and your career is even smaller. So, it’s essential to leverage your network when on the hunt for a new job opportunity!

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Job Search: How to Kick off your Job Search

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This is one of the best job markets we’ve seen in decades. And when it comes down to it, that means it’s one of the perfect times to find your dream job or move up in the workforce! So, if you’re ready to kick off your job search, we have some great tips. And they will hopefully help you find a new position that makes you more excited to go to work every morning!

Update Your Resume & Cover Letter

When it comes to applying for new jobs, it’s important to update your resume and cover letter. Obviously, this is to ensure all of your recent experiences are included. However, the main reason you want to update them is to ensure you are catering them to the jobs you’re applying for. Yes, this does mean more work, but it could help you get multiple job offers and allow you to pick the job and place you’ve been wanting!

Gather Great References

When you know you’re looking for a new job, updating your reference list is always a great idea. You don’t want to add them to your resume but it’s wise to have them in your back pocket to hand over to hiring managers when requested. This will help you stay ahead of the game.

Use LinkedIn

LinkedIn will be your best friend during a job search. Not only can you apply to jobs straight from LinkedIn, but you can also say on your profile you’re actively looking for a new position AND do so in private. This way your current company can’t see you’re open to new opportunities. It helps allow recruiters with relevant jobs reach out to you with new jobs you may fall in love with. And LinkedIn allows you to get notifications when companies have an open position that matches what you’re looking for so you can apply.

This is a great tool that makes it a lot easier to find relevant jobs and that makes it easy to apply to them.

Start Applying to Jobs

And of course, you must start applying to the positions. Once you’ve customized your resume for the position, all you need to do next is apply. This can sometimes be the hardest part because the waiting game can be a struggle. But try and do some research. This way, if a recruiter is working on the job, you can reach them sooner and they can get you seen by the company quickly

Be Open to Recruiters

Recruiters are here to try and find the best candidates for their clients. And here at Johnson Search Group, we take great pride in knowing how important active and passive candidates, like you, are. We want to help you find the best position. And if we have the perfect job for you, we’d love to have the opportunity to help you.

So being open to recruiters reaching out to you can be a huge benefit for you. It allows you to not have to do all the hard work and you have someone in your corner rooting for you to nail the job and get the position you’ve been wanting to get. It’s a win, win for everyone!

Prepare for Interviews

After you have landed a few interviews, make sure you prepare for them! You should never think of yourself as a shoo-in for the position. So, making sure you do your due diligence on the company and having some solid questions prepared to ask them will really make you stand out. And hopefully, your interview performance and due diligence will help you get an offer!

Take that Job Offer

Congratulations! Now you get the opportunity to decide that this is the right choice for you and take a new position. This should be an exciting time, so make sure to enjoy it.

These tips should help you kick off your job search with flying colors. And hopefully following them will result in an offer that you won’t be able to refuse!

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

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We all know that feeling. The moment where you realize you just need something more in your career. So what does that mean? You’re onto searching for a new position! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out when looking for a new job. Especially, when you’re trying to keep it secret from your current employer! But there are some secret tips that help you get through this new journey and one of them is using Google to its full potential.

Why should you use Google?

When you’re on the hunt for your next position, ensuring that you use all the available resources you have makes things easier. And that’s important. Google is one of the best resources for your search because it gives you the opportunity to check out multiple job boards and reach job openings you wouldn’t have seen without it.

Google allows you to define your search and helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. And let’s be honest, when you’re looking for a new job, you want it to be the right one. One where you enjoy the company and what you’re doing! So, having a resource that helps you narrow down the positions and companies you will enjoy helps you not be as stressed when it’s time to find “the one.”

What should you search for when job hunting?

Like you read above, it’s important to use keywords and define what you’re looking for specifically. This will help you find jobs that pertain exactly to your skills and experience, as well as weeding out those that don’t. The more detailed you are, the better the search results you will get and the better job fits you will find.

You can also use Google to find good recruiting firms, like Johnson Search Group, that specialize in your field of work. This way, they can do most of the work for you and will bring you the opportunities! Then you’re not the one doing all the searching and you’ll feel more confident that you’ll find a great new position.

Once you secure an interview, Google becomes irreplaceable

Google becomes irreplaceable once you land interviews. The amount of preparation and interview tips Google provides is spectacular. Once you’ve locked down an interview, you’ll be excited! But having information on how to best polish up your interview skills will be needed and keep you relaxed. Being prepared for an interview is something you will always hear us preach. And if you’re working with a recruiter, you know this first-hand because of how we help you prepare!

But remembering the tools, like Google, that you have at your disposal will only help you excel in your job search, find the right position for you, and hopefully help you land the job! Never forget how helpful Google can be for your next job search. You never know how much it could help you from receiving the job offer or staying on the job market longer than you’d like.