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It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Career

It’s Time to Spring Clean Your Career

This time of year is always known for spring cleaning. We clean out our garages, organize the storage sheds, and bring out the spring/summer stuff. It always feels great when we are all geared up for spring (even though we’re never a fan of starting it). We clean out the closets and work through last year’s clothes and donate anything we no longer need. Spring is also a time to check in on our careers by cleaning up those areas that we need to work on.

This time of year is an excellent opportunity to really focus our efforts on re-shifting our focus on our careers. That also means looking at our current employer. Do you still love your boss, or have things changed? Maybe a change in leadership or a shift in your leader’s attitude towards you or work. Sometimes it is just time to say enough of the same old stuff that we have been “putting up with” for years. As employers begin to shift their hiring into high gear, now might be the right time to make a career move.

Letting your career bloom

Spring is also a time of renewal. The flowers and plants start to re-grow and sprout up from the earth. The weather is warmer, and we all want to have some change in our lives from winter. Sometimes that is just needing to spend some time outside. Use this time to reflect on your career and decide whether you are growing and sprouting or stagnant and wilting. There is nothing more devastating to a person than a stagnant or wilting career. Now is the time to determine if your current employer and position complement your career goals or if you need to make a change. If you are not content where you are, you may need to consider transitioning in a new direction.

Picking up the slack

Springtime is also your cue to pick up the pine needles and leaves that we didn’t get to before winter arrived. Pulling up your sleeves and working in the yard is also symbolic of picking up the slack at work. In other words, we don’t always need a new career opportunity to spring clean your career. Frequently it’s a change in our work ethics and a mindset adjustment. Just like putting off your yardwork to the spring, it’s easy to procrastinate things at work. So, spring is the time to re-evaluate our careers and identify areas to improve our work lives. Whether that’s seeking an internal move, learning a new skill, putting yourself out there, or contributing more, this is the chance to make these career adjustments.

Need help spring cleaning your career?

So, get out there this spring and start cleaning up your career. If you evaluate your job and need a hand finding your next move, reach out to us today. We can help you find a new position with a fantastic employer that will allow you to achieve your work goals.

Impressions Are Everything During A Job Search

Impressions Are Everything During Your Job Search

Job searching can be a stressful endeavor, especially if you are unemployed and need to get back to work ASAP. Many candidates just focus on their resume on a job search, but that’s not always what leaves a lasting impression. Here are five other factors that affect your impressions during a job search.

Voicemail Greetings

One would think a professional voicemail greeting is standard practice. However, as a recruiter, I hear an astonishing amount of unprofessional greetings. When job hunting, make sure your voicemail message is professional and reflects well on your professional persona. Impressions are everything. Whether it is a third-party recruiting firm, such as Johnson Search Group, or a corporate recruiter reaching out, you want to make the best second impression possible (your resume is your first). Joking messages are great for friends but not for potential employers. Leaving a voicemail greeting where you pretend to be unable to hear the caller might be funny, but I am 99% sure that it won’t help you in your job search. Another message I often hear – believe it or not – is: “Hey, this is John Doe, you know what to do.”   

Yes – hang up.

References

If you are actively searching for your next job, make sure you have at least three professional references ready. References should be relatively fresh, and you should make sure that you have spoken with them to let them know that you are actively job searching. Always get their permission to use them as a reference – and above all else – make sure that you know they will go to bat for you. Having a reference with a grudge that throws you under the bus is the fastest way to lose an opportunity. And yes – it does happen.

Drug Testing

Our world has changed in the past ten years, and while many states have either decriminalized certain drugs or have made them legal for medical use, they may still be illegal under federal guidelines. Many have the misconception that because a State may consider a certain drug legal, companies cannot or will not consider it in a drug test. Companies can and do rescind job offers due to a positive drug test, whether “legal” at a state level or not.   

Response Time

Communication makes the world go around. Effectively communicating and responding in a timely manner can leave a great impression and help you land that job! Nothing more sends a red flag to recruiters than an unresponsive candidate. 

If you are serious about pursuing an opportunity, then you need to be available.  

Being a Diva

Every job seeker wants to get the best opportunity and salary available. Working with Johnson Search Group helps bring this to fruition. We discuss what you are looking for ahead of time and make sure that our clients are aware of your requirements. No one likes surprises! A candidate might be all that – but only to a point. If you have communicated your needs to your recruiter, rest assured, it will be passed on to the HR Manager.  

Another quick way to lose out on a job offer is to keep coming back with more and more demands. This can be a significant red flag, and your offer may even be rescinded. No matter how good you think you are – there could always be someone else making a better impression.

If you are searching for a new opportunity, Johnson Search Group can help.

We will be with you every step of the way and help you put your best foot forward. Give us a call and let us help you land your next job!

Bonus Time Means It’s Time to Move On

Bonus Time Means It’s Time to Move On

With bonus season upon us for those in the banking industry, now is the time to start exploring other opportunities. Maybe you have been satisfied with your job, but the job has lost its excitement over the years. It might have been a leadership change, a merger, or just the organization’s lack of upward mobility that drove you to read this blog. Let’s jump into why bonus time is the perfect time to move on.

Changes caused by mergers & acquisitions

With the Merger & Acquisition activity increasing over the last few years, you might be affected by this. You have been with the bank for years, and you were happy, but now the new company is entirely different. They are changing everything about how you do your job and maybe even changing the areas that drive your passion. Or your new employer that acquired your company is putting their own people in your role. 

That can be so frustrating and discouraging. Keep in mind, I am not saying don’t be flexible and open to change, but sometimes that change is just too much. But now that you know what the new organization looks like, it’s time to take a serious look at the opportunities a headhunter is trying to discuss with you.

No upward trajectory

Lack of upward mobility is a real killer. This situation is one of the top reasons people are interested in making a move. Maybe you work with a strong company with a good leadership team. However, you have been in the same role for the last 5+ years (may be shorter or longer, depending on the role) and have been asking about moving up, but there is just never room. You got passed up for the promotion early on in your career because you just didn’t have enough time in the role, and now you are getting a little frustrated that you can’t move up (there are only so many leadership slots within a company after all).  

But you just had your review, and maybe a smaller bonus due to Covid, and the frustrations are heavier than they have been in the past. Now is the time to call that recruiter back that reached out to you over the last three months and talked with them about their current job orders. A good recruiter will be honest with you about what they have available and how they can help you. They might not have something today, but the squeaky wheel gets the grease, so keep checking back, and something will pop up sooner rather than later. Keep in mind that a good recruiter talks to 20-40 potential candidates per day, and a great recruiter talks to 60+ people per day. So they don’t always remember every detail about you and your background, but a little patience and good communication will go a long way.

Changes in leadership

Leadership changes are always challenging. You really understand your current boss and their direct line of leadership and what they expect from you. Now, someone gets replaced or leaves, and the company brings in a new leader that is not in line with you. Leadership can be a motivation killer or driver. We all want to work with the best leaders in the world, but we don’t always have this luxury. The new leader is probably excellent, but they just don’t mesh with you, which is typical. However, this is your opportunity to move on and find the leader that fits your needs.  

Your compensation

We all need money and want more of it, and sometimes, it drives our decisions. Either way, it’s bonus season, and the frustrations have mounted. This is the time to make that change. You have probably seen all the LinkedIn updates of professionals in your network changing jobs over the past couple of months. As recruiters, we have tons of companies looking for people right now, and they are looking for solid performers like you. So, when a recruiter, like me, gives you a call or sends you an InMail, let’s discuss what a change looks like for you.

Contract Staffing in the Post-Pandemic Workforce

Contract Staffing in the Post-Pandemic Workforce

It is safe to say that the world has changed both in our personal and work lives. Being able to adapt to change is the key to surviving the unknown. So, as a career professional, what do you do when life throws you those lemons? That’s right! You make lemonade.

Old myths about contract staffing

Typically, there are two types of professionals: those that join a company for a full-time job – with benefits and perks, and contractors. For professionals who have never worked as a contractor, the thought could be daunting and may seem like a step backward. We are programmed by society to believe that the only way to get ahead is to find a company, settle in, and in the past, retire. But that mindset is dated. Retiring these days from a company after 30 years is not realistic, which brings us to the plethora of benefits from contract staffing.

Companies benefit, too!

Like job seekers, companies can benefit highly from partnering with a contract staffing agency, such as JSG. As a company, you can leverage talent in your Finance and IT Departments and more! Companies in the past have opted to hire people on a contract basis for short-term projects, interim situations, or to cover someone who may be on a leave of absence. Hiring an employee on a contract basis allows both the employer and the employee to decide if they are going to “click.” Contract staffing solutions are ideal for the company, especially as employers ramp up their hiring efforts.

Recently unemployed?

It is competitive out there! Johnson Search Group has put many people to work on a contract basis, and we can help you find a new opportunity. One of the best parts about contract opportunities is that they can transition into a full-time position! Don’t narrow your job search to just direct hire opportunities! Reach out to a JSG recruiter and let them know your situation. Contract positions can offer great pay, solid benefits, and can convert into a permanent role! If you ignore contract staffing, you may miss out on a fantastic job opportunity.

Ready to get started with contract staffing?

So whether you are a company needing a staffing solution or a job seeker, Johnson Search Group is the staffing firm to call! We cover many industries and have 30 offices across North America. Our professional recruiters will help you navigate your situation and suggest the best staffing scenario for your career.  

Put Some Spring Into Your Job Search!

Put Some Spring Into Your Job Search!

The snow is melting, the sun is making frequent appearances, and the job market has been on a strong growth trajectory for a few months now. This combination makes for a perfect catalyst for change! The market is extremely competitive right now, so even if you’re just considering making a move, it’s the perfect time to revamp your job search materials and brush up on your interviewing skills. Here are just a few of our recent blogs to assist in putting some spring into your job search!

Four Activities To Master During Your Job Search

Searching for a new job is much more than just scouring online job boards and refreshing your inbox every five minutes. There are many ways you can bolster your search in the background of your job hunting journey. If you are looking for better results, here are four activities to master during your job search.

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

With bonus season upon us in the banking industry, many people are starting to evaluate their current positions. Additionally, managers are assessing the weaknesses of their teams and where they can add talent. This might land you in a position to look for the next step in your career. But, did you know there are advantages to utilizing a recruiter for your job search? Here’s why you should partner with a recruiter to find your next job.

Interview Questions For Every Stage Of The Interview Process

If you’ve spent any time on our blog at all, you know you need to ask questions during your interviews. However, it can be challenging to determine which questions to ask at which stage. Modern interviews feature anywhere from one to eight different interviews for one job. And the questions you ask during the initial phone screen should be different from the questions you ask at a final interview. Today, we’re breaking down the differences and laying out interview questions for every stage of the process.

How To Address Salary Requirements During An Interview

One of the most panic-inducing parts of an interview is addressing salary requirements. To best tackle this question, you need to prepare ahead of time! Here are three steps to take in order to share your salary requirements with confidence.

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find A Job In 2021

I must say, I am feeling the optimism – things are moving along in the right direction. In my last blog wrapping up 2020, I left off explaining how I felt good momentum moving into the new year. Companies are hiring in Q1, not as much as I have seen in previous years, but certainly an uptick from the majority of last year. One of the trends I am currently experiencing as I continue my candidate searches is the emphasis on transferrable skills.

Five Video Interview Mistakes To Avoid This Year

As employers begin their return to the office or working onsite, virtual interviewing is here to stay. Even when the virus is in the rearview mirror, most employers will rely on video interviews to streamline the hiring process, cut hiring costs, and expand their talent pools. With this newly adopted interviewing format, here are five video interview mistakes to avoid this year.

How To Evaluate A Job Offer In 2021

Receiving a job offer is one of the most exciting feelings imaginable, especially if you have been unemployed for an extensive amount of time. However, before you sign your name on the dotted line, you must review the offer; this is a major decision, and you must understand if this is a good fit. Here are three aspects to consider when you evaluate a job offer in 2021.

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

With bonus season upon us in the banking industry, many people are starting to evaluate their current positions. Additionally, managers are assessing the weaknesses of their teams and where they can add talent. This might land you in a position to look for the next step in your career. But, did you know there are advantages to utilizing a recruiter for your job search? Here’s why you should partner with a recruiter to find your next job.

Employers are hiring again

If you are getting your bonus right now or are finding out that dividends won’t be paid this year due to the coronavirus, you are probably ready to look at potential job changes. I am here to tell you that after hiring restrictions prevalent throughout most of 2020 due to COVID-19, companies are now ready to grow their teams.

Hiring managers are looking for experienced professionals that can add immediate value to their team. You need to be able to articulate your passion and how your skills and experience will bring value. Sound intimidating? Working with a great recruiter can help you understand the value you bring and prepare you for grueling interviews.

Great recruiters can help you articulate in a way that speaks directly to a hiring manager’s needs. Sometimes just getting the interview isn’t enough to land the job you want, especially in today’s competitive market. You need someone to help you evaluate your skills and experience and coach you on how to sell them.

How A Recruiter Can Help You Pass The Interview Stage

So, you say you don’t need a recruiting team to help you in the interviewing stage. Let’s talk about that for a minute. You might be a strong interviewer. However, if you have been in the same company for the last 5-20 years, you’re out of practice and your interviewing skills are out of date. If you partner with Johnson Search Group to find your next position, we will help you prepare for the interview. We provide you insider company information, hiring manager backgrounds, and job descriptions. Additionally, we will help you thoroughly understand the job, walk you through the interviewing stage, and help you land the next best career move.

So, let’s have a conversation about your next step. Give me a call and let’s find out what your future has in store!

3 Benefits of Connecting With A Recruiter

3 Benefits Of Connecting With A Recruiter

At some point in your career, you’ve probably been contacted by a recruiter. When I reach someone who is not open to new opportunities, I get shut down pretty quickly. However, if I speak to someone who is, I typically share the opportunity I am recruiting on, and we go from there.

However, having a conversation with a recruiter offers many advantages, even when you’re not open to new opportunities. Here are three benefits you can get from talking to a recruiter, even when you’re not immediately available for a new opportunity.

Understand your market value

As a recruiter in the banking and financial services industry, I need to know the market value for people within the industry. I have conversations with candidates all day long. We talk about compensation, incentive programs, and benefits. We can quickly look at your skill-set and tell you what you may be worth based upon your background. Sometimes candidates are shocked to find out that they are underpaid in their current situation. Alternatively, some are happy to discover that they are very well-compensated for someone in their position.

Recruiters tell you which institutions are desirable (and which are not)

I have a lot of conversations with people open to new opportunities in Washington. I hear about the ins & outs of teams, the leadership turnover, and the culture of institutions. As a result, I can speak to which ones may not be the best to go work for and which are highly desirable based on certain factors. I enjoy having candid conversations with folks. It helps me understand why you’re ready to take the next step in your career. Additionally, I uncover what a good next step looks like for a candidate.

Networking

You may not be open to new opportunities now, but things can always change down the road. Speaking to a recruiter is a great way to build a networking relationship for future opportunities. They can be a wealth of knowledge in the industry and can even give job search, resume, and interviewing tips. Additionally, you can refer the recruiter to someone you know who may be looking. You never know; it may be the opportunity that they’re looking for, and you can make an enormous impact on their life!

These are just a few of the many benefits of talking to a recruiter, even if you may not be open to new opportunities. So, connect with us today and have a conversation!

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

Transferrable Skills Will Help You Find a Job in 2021

I must say, I am feeling the optimism – things are moving along in the right direction. In my last blog wrapping up 2020, I left off explaining how I felt good momentum moving into the new year. Over the last few weeks of 2020, I was focusing on the marketing aspect of recruiting. Touching base with previous clients and reaching out to companies in the mining, heavy industrial, and manufacturing sectors. I received some excellent responses from steel mills to food manufacturing and packing companies. Companies are hiring in Q1, not as much as I have seen in previous years, but certainly an uptick from the majority of last year. One of the trends I am currently experiencing as I continue my candidate searches is the emphasis on transferrable skills.

Candidates with transferrable skills

Last year when some of my mining clients in California and aerospace manufacturers took a significant hit due to COVID-19, I expanded into similar manufacturing markets. We started working with more pulp and paper companies and continued building our relationship with the forestry companies we have worked with for years. We also are having new success with food manufacturers and packaging companies. With mining back in the mix and aerospace companies picking up production, I am currently working with the diverse client pool in my recruiting career. As a result, my focus shifted towards looking for candidates with transferrable skills in the industrial and manufacturing sectors.

Job seekers should look outside their current field

While we are optimistic that 2021 will be a bounce-back year, there are still some other factors to consider. People are eager and ready to get back to work, and unemployment rates are still high. This creates a very competitive job market. As a candidate navigating this job market, it is essential to keep your options open. Going back to transferable skillsets, if you have a solid foundation in leadership, skilled trades, engineers, administration, or a similar skillset, consider looking into other industries. Just because your previous sector isn’t hiring, it doesn’t mean others aren’t. The fact is someone out there is hiring, and putting yourself in the right position for success is vital.

We can help expand your talent pool

Partnering with a recruiting that can help present opportunities to you can be an impactful way to secure employment in 2021. Working with a recruiting agency can help companies with hiring needs help you tap into a whole new talent pool. JSG can provide you a diverse candidate base with local candidates who have the skillset you are looking for. Reach out to us today, and let us help you find the talent you need.

Why Job Seekers Should Utilize A Recruiter in 2021

Why Job Seekers Should Utilize A Recruiter in 2021

Will you be looking for a new career opportunity next year? The job market is in a weird position right now. Some industries are thriving, while others are just trying to keep afloat. If you are searching for a new job, the market is a little rocky, but employers are still hiring. As we edge closer to overcoming the coronavirus, the job market will continue to stabilize, and it may be helpful for you to seek the aid of a hiring professional. Here are three reasons why job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021.

Competition is going to be fierce

Let’s face it; there are millions of people out of work, and the competition on the job market will be fierce. Gone are the days of the candidate being in the driver’s seat with multiple job offers in the works. In 2021, employers will still be recovering from the virus but will have more options to choose from. If you partner with a recruiter, we can ensure your resume gets read by the hiring manager instead of getting added to a stack of other candidates. Working with a recruiter, like one from Johnson Search Group, will help your resume actually get reviewed instead of thrown to the side. Hiring managers will have hundreds of applications to sift through, and we can ensure yours gets the attention it deserves.

Elaborate on your transferrable skills

When you are applying for a new job, you may not have every skill listed on the job description. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t an excellent fit for the role. If you have transferable skills, you can take what you know and adapt to similar job-specific skills needed to perform the job. This might be difficult to identify on your resume, so a recruiter can help elaborate your skills. They can help bridge the gap between what you already know how to do and how you can quickly adapt to perform the job successfully.

Exclusive job opportunities

And finally, job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021 to have access to exclusive job opportunities. Most job seekers use job sites and company career pages to find jobs. But have you heard about the hidden job market? Millions of job postings are not on traditional platforms. Only about 40% of job postings are advertised online. So, where are all the other jobs? Many are exclusive opportunities from recruiters. Clients partner with us to find them the best candidates on the market. As a result, some of these roles are in our hands and not posted anywhere else. If you really want to elevate your job search, utilize a recruiting firm.

Ready to let a recruiter go to work for you?

So, these are just three of the reasons why job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021. If you are ready to get back to work or find a new opportunity, reach out to us today. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you. Please take a look at our available jobs and give us a call today.

You Were Fired – Now What?

You Were Fired – Now What?

Being fired is an experience no one wants to have, but during our careers, it does sometimes happen. Disbelief, anger, depression, and resolve are usually the feelings that occur during this unfortunate event. But there is another feeling that can surface, which you cannot share with friends, family, or work acquaintances: humiliation.  

Your confidence level is down

When you start your job search, the typical reaction is to hide the reason you left your last position. As a recruiter, I run into many individuals who struggle with how to answer this question. 

An unprepared candidate will inevitably stammer and struggle with an answer. This is a severe RED FLAG to recruiters and companies.

Don’t avoid the elephant in the room

If you are working with a recruiter, be honest about your situation. 

Being fired will not necessarily disqualify you for the opportunity. Sharing this information with your recruiter will allow them to access the facts and help you formulate a cohesive answer that should satisfy the interviewer, and thus, will enable you to advance through the hiring process. If you are not working with a recruiter, take the time to write out a brief explanation that makes sense. The key is to make the answer concise and coherent, which comes across as a valid explanation.  

Never lie on your resume or to the interviewer

If you lie, you might as well kiss your opportunity goodbye. Lies ultimately surface and are exposed, and whether it is before or after you are hired, it will tarnish your reputation. Humbleness goes a long way. If the situation was so severe that a generalized statement can’t overcome the concern, you might have no choice but to explain what happened. Never come across angry or as the victim when sharing your story – this will be a deal-breaker. 

Take ownership, acknowledge it is a learning experience, and move on.

 JSG is here to help

Johnson Search Group is a valued partner to many companies in the Mining, Banking, and Healthcare sectors. Whether you are a hiring manager in need of qualified candidates, or a job searcher looking for your next opportunity, we are here to help – give us a call.