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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!

Kick off your job search

Job Search: How to Kick off your Job Search

Kick off your job search

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.

Balance: How Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Career’s Success

When it comes to your work-life balance it’s about juggling all your responsibilities in just 24 hours, every day. And it can be difficult trying to manage your time between family, work, friends, and of course, you. But balancing your work and life is a crucial part of you having a successful career.

Ways to instill work-life balance effectively

Something that is super important in becoming successful with your career and at home, is balancing your responsibilities. You can do this by making sure you’re doing things you enjoy. Whether that means enjoying your job or having fun outside of work. It can help balance you out when one of those two things are stressful or vice-versa.

Also, make sure you’re with a good company that respects you and your home life. This is key to any working relationship. When you feel appreciated and cared for, you come into work knowing what you have to do that day, as well as knowing it will not be coming home with you.

When you interview for a job, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if they are the right fit for you! You get to choose who you share your talents with (especially, with the candidate-driven market we are in). And you want to make sure it’s a company that respects and knows the difference between your family time and work time.

By taking initiative upfront, it will be easier to focus on your work-life balance and help you understand the importance of it. Without that balance, your work production and health could suffer due to unnecessary stress. Which no one wants to deal with when you’re just trying to enjoy your life and career.

How to ensure you have a good Work-Life Balance

With these simple steps, you can make sure you’re taking steps to de-stress and unplug from work and life stresses.

Workout and eat healthily – whether that is going for a walk 3-4 times a week or going to the gym. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical health. Giving yourself that time to work on improving your health will only help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more in your day to day duties.

Hobbies – Reminding yourself of the importance of doing things other than work and house chores keeps you happy and excited for what the next day brings. Having different hobbies helps you relax and take that time you need to debrief from life and work. Because de-stressing and doing the things you love to do ‘just because’ will help you stay healthy and happy. Which only keeps you more productive in the office and life.

Un-Plug from work and technology – With work and technology being so hand-in-hand nowadays, it makes it hard to truly leave work… at work. But it’s important to remember that work will always be there tomorrow. Your loved ones, friends, that age your child is today, is and will always be changing. Make sure you’re spending that time with them. Enjoying every stage of life, because one day you won’t be able to.

Your work-life balance will determine your career and life successes, so make sure you take the time to focus on each role and balance them accordingly.

“As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes around once and time is precious. When (your) not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.”Benjamin Bratt

 

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How Your Social Media is Hurting Your Job Search

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It’s 2018, and almost everyone has at least one social media account. 81 percent of Americans have at least one social media profile. And employers are aware of this. In fact, 93% of recruiters and human resource professionals check out candidates’ social media profiles before extending a job offer.

Whether it’s LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, the content you publish on these sites can prevent you from landing your next job. Here are some things to avoid to ensure your social media doesn’t ruin your chances of being hired.

Bad mouthing your employer, job, or clients

We’ve all been frustrated with our job or employer at times. And if you work in a customer service-oriented industry, you’ve probably been irritated with a customer/client as well. However, social media isn’t the appropriate place to vent about your feelings towards your co-workers or clients.

Don’t complain or bad mouth anyone you work with. If a prospective employer sees any post like this, it will surely leave a bad taste in their mouth. If you have any old posts bashing someone you work with, please do yourself a favor and delete these posts.

Inappropriate content

I do not have to go into great detail here; everyone knows what they should and shouldn’t be posting on social media. And if you even have to question whether it’s appropriate to post, it’s probably best to not post it.

Use your common sense and avoid posting/sharing/retweeting/liking something that could offend or scare off a potential employer. Avoid posting anything extremely political, offensive, or controversial.

If you have any old pictures that you wouldn’t want an employer to see, remove them. I would advise you to go through all of your old photos and ensure there is nothing incriminating or embarrassing on there. It may seem like a hassle but it is totally worth the time to ensure your social media doesn’t affect your job search!

Delete old profiles you no longer use

Have any old profiles you maybe forgot about? Is there an old Myspace profile handing out there with tons of embarrassing posts? Have duplicate LinkedIn profiles with one having out-of-date working information? Get these cleaned up before you even submit your application, so you don’t hurt your chances of some old or inaccurate information about you being discovered.

Do a quick Google search with your full name and your city. For example, search “John Smith Dallas, TX” and see what pops up. You may be surprised with what will generate in search results when you search your name and location. If you find an old social media account, recover it and either clean it up or take it down entirely.

Update your social media privacy settings

At the very least, update your privacy settings on your social media accounts so others cannot see your content without your permission. You can easily make your Instagram and Twitter accounts private. This will require people to request permission before they can see your content. Additionally, you can update your Facebook so other users cannot see your content on your newsfeed unless you accept them as a friend.

Just be sure to update your profile and cover photos! Almost anyone will be able to see them (regardless of your privacy settings) as they check out your profiles during the recruiting process.

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You!

Yes, A Company CAN Create Your Dream Job Just For You

How awesome would it be if you could paint a picture for your prospective employer and tell them exactly what type of position you want? Would you believe me if I told you it was totally possible to create your own dream job?

There are so many organizations out there with different structures from one another, even if they’re in the same industry. Some are more siloed, and some require their employees to wear many different hats. Larger companies that have a larger headcount will naturally be more siloed than smaller companies, which require their employees to cover a wide-range of roles.

Recently, I submitted a candidate over to a bank that was a larger than the one she was currently working at. In her current role, she has a wider range of responsibility than what the interviewing bank required for the role. However, in the world of lending, the more products you can sell, the better! The hiring manager ended up loving the candidate. The candidate didn’t want to limit herself on her scope of responsibilities, so the interviewing bank ended up asking her to write up a plan, detailing information on what her “dream position” looked like if she were to come work for them. This gave her the opportunity for her to sell them on why they should create her dream position for her. It’s a win-win for both sides!

Now we know, this won’t always happen, however it is possible!

Here are some ways you can make it happen:

1. Get a clear understanding of what you want.

If your background includes a wide range of responsibility, use this to your advantage! Especially if you know the company can use your skills.

2. Apply or reach out to a recruiter, even if your dream job isn’t listed.

Recruiters usually have direct communication with the hiring manager and can get an idea of what exactly they’re looking for. If they could use someone on their team that possesses the skills that you have, you and your recruiter may be able to come with a plan to leverage this.

3. Pitch it and sell it!

Most institutions can’t afford to let a great candidate go. Especially if you’re able to add value! Create a strong value statement before approaching a recruiter and understand what your expertise would add to a brand new position. You have to make it enticing for the company to want to create a whole new role just for you!

5 things you must do before applying for jobs

5 Things You Must Do Before You Start Applying For Jobs

5 things you must do before applying for jobs

So, you’re ready to put yourself out there. You’ve decided that you are fed up with your current employment situation and you start looking for greener pastures. But WAIT – before you get too deep into your job search, there are a few things you should do first to ensure a painless and successful process that will end with you landing your dream job.

Decide What You REALLY Want

Before you start applying for jobs, it’s helpful to understand what your future goals are. What do you want out of your next position… an opportunity for growth? Something challenging that pushes your limits? Whatever it is that you want, narrowing it down before you submit applications will help guide you to apply for the right positions.

Update Your Resume

I know, I know, updating your resume is the worst! But it is so much easier to do this before you start searching for jobs. That way, when an exciting opportunity comes along, you can make a couple final tweaks to fit that specific position and submit it within a matter of hours. Pro tip: if your qualifications allow you to apply within a couple different specialty areas, create multiple resume templates.

Create a Cover Letter Template

Cover letters should always be customized to the position you are applying for, no exception. However, it’s helpful to develop a template with a general outline that you can follow every time you need to craft a cover letter. And remember, even if the job description says a cover letter is optional, submit one anyway! It may just be the one thing that sets you apart from your competition. (For more cover letter tips, check out “How To Write A Killer Cover Letter.”)

Put Together a Portfolio

This may or may not be relevant for all careers. If your previous positions or volunteer work has been at all visual, you’ll want to include a portfolio. Examples of your most impressive work can be a huge benefit when it comes to outshining your competition. To go the extra mile, create a free website on Wix or WordPress and include links to any press releases, social media examples, or writing samples. The more accessible you can make it in the digital age, the better!

Sign Up For Job Alerts

Visit your favorite job search sites like Indeed, LinkedIn, and JSG’s Talent Network and subscribe to receive relevant job updates. That way, you’ll be the first to know when a job in your field pops up and you can submit your application right away.

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

What To Do If Your Recruiter Won’t Call You Back

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

As a recruiter, I talk to hundreds of candidates on a weekly basis. Some of them have had great experiences and some not so great. One of the biggest complaints I get from candidates is that after they talk with a recruiter once or twice, they never get another call. A candidate is excited about the opportunity, important details have been hashed out, the resume was submitted, the recruiter has built up a relationship of trust (and sometimes even a friendship is beginning to form). All of a sudden 3 days go by, then 4 days with no word. Now the candidate calls to get an update or feedback and the recruiter won’t answer the phone.  Sound familiar? If your recruiter has gone dark, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Understand why it’s happening

There are a few different reasons that recruiters stop communicating with candidates. Sometimes, there’s a glitch in tracking or technology and it just slips through the cracks. This is usually an honest mistake. Unfortunately, it’s often because the recruiter gets too caught up in championing a more qualified candidate, or the deal with their client falls through, or they just decide they “don’t have time” to follow up.

  1. Know your value

I don’t know about you, but putting my career in the hands of someone is not something I do lightly, and neither should you. Once you understand that you deserve open and honest communication, it will be much easier to relay that attitude to the recruiter you’re working with.

  1. Communicate your frustrations

If a recruiter won’t communicate, respectfully share with them your frustration. Let them know that good or bad news is better than no news at all.  You may be the catalyst that changes a bad recruiter into a great recruiter.  It is all about the realization that we are affecting people’s lives every time we talk with them.

  1. Don’t assume all recruiters are the same

Just like with any profession, there are good and bad recruiters. It’s important for recruiters to see candidates as more than a means to an end.  Great recruiters not only understand how much a candidate is worth to them at the moment, but that more than a onetime payday, the relationship has value that is not always able to be quantified in numbers.  Great recruiters know that each phone call is how they survive and beyond professionalism, common courtesy sets them above the rest.

How do you know if you’re working with a great recruiter? Set communication standards upfront. Ask, “when should I expect to hear back from you?” “When is the best time to contact you?” “Do you prefer communicating by phone or email?”

Just remember great recruiters will expect the same courtesy and professionalism – relationships are built not entitled