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second half of 2020

What Will the Second Half of 2020 Look Like?

The coronavirus pandemic has undoubtedly changed the landscape of the labor market. In the first two months of 2020, the year started where 2019 left off – a red hot job market and record low unemployment rate. Fast forward to today, and there are now over 40 million U.S. jobless claims in the first week of June. Despite this horrendous downfall, things are starting to look up. States are opening back up, virus numbers are declining, and the unemployment rate declined to 13.3% as people are finally returning to work. So, now that we are over the hill, what will the rest of the year entail regarding the labor market? Here is what the second half of 2020 will look like for our workforce.

Where are the jobs at?

Employers across the country are still hiring during the pandemic. And as things continue to simmer down as far as COVID-19 cases go, more employers will restart their hiring efforts. Some industries are actually doing well, and even going on hiring spurts right now. For example, hardware stores have been going through a growth spurt over the last couple of months. Have you tried to go to Home Depot or Lowes lately? If you haven’t, there is usually a line to get it inside. Ace Hardware will be hiring roughly 30,000 workers over the upcoming weeks. This is just one of many industries that experienced a boost in hiring thanks to the pandemic.

As more states open back up, these numbers will continue to grow. According to the Business Insider, only seven states are in a partial lockdown, with Washington D.C. and Puerto Rico the only U.S. territories with a complete lockdown. That means the vast majority of the country is either completely reopened or working hard to get to that point.

And if you are in one of the few states still in a lockdown period, don’t panic. You can always secure a remote position from a company located elsewhere. At the peak of the outbreak, 62% of Americans were working from home. And this trend will not be going away, even after we overcome this crisis. Many employers, such as Twitter, are allowing workers to work from home permanently. As a result, this will open the door for new work opportunities in the second half of 2020.

The key thing to remember is that companies are still hiring; however, you may have to work a little harder to find them.

The skills that employers need most right now

If you’re one of the millions of Americans looking for new employment opportunities in the second half of 2020, there are a handful of skills you will want to demonstrate to hiring managers.

Adaptability and flexibility

These skills have and always will be crucial. Now more than ever, employers need workers capable of adapting to new environments, workloads, and pretty much everything else around them. We are in unchartered waters, and depending on the industry you work in, every day may be a little different. Try and use examples in an interview to convey this to employers or use specific points on your resume that illustrate your ability to be flexible in the most challenging environments.

Creative and innovative

Employers want to see that you are not afraid to think outside the box. These are tough times, and a little innovation goes a long way. There are dozens of examples of employees showing innovation during these challenging times. One excellent example is automakers shifting their efforts from making vehicles to respiratory equipment. You can find a creative way to solve a problem, save the company money, or improve efficiency; these are things hiring managers will want to see.

Problem-solving

Day to day tasks may be more difficult now with social distancing in the workplace or while part of your team is working remotely. Simple activities may need new solutions to make them more efficient in the post-pandemic workplace. Make sure you are illustrating to your prospective employers your accomplishments and clearly define what issues they resolved.

Recruiters will be your best friends

Whether you’re a hiring manager struggling to find talented workers or a job seeker looking for their next opportunity, partnering with a recruiter will be a must. Hiring managers won’t have to sift through hundreds of resumes and hire the workers they need, fast. And as a job seeker, you can rest assured that you have a professional in your back pocket, walking you through every step of the hiring process. At Johnson Search Group, we work hard, we work together, and we work for you. Reach out to us today!

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How a Recruiter Can Help You Find Your Next Job

You likely know what a recruiter is and how they help people find new job opportunities. You may even know of a friend or colleague that has worked with a recruiter in the past. But have you ever considered working with one? Working with a recruiter can help you get a leg up on your competition and boost your career trajectory. Here are three ways a recruiter can help you find your next job.

They have strong relationships

Recruiters have a direct line to hiring managers and human resource professionals. Instead of just submitting your application or resume in an online portal (aka a black hole), recruiters will submit your resume directly to the decision-makers. We have strong relationships with our clients and will get your resume placed on the hiring managers desk instead of stuck in an applicant tracking system.

So instead of letting a piece of software sift through your resume and decide whether or not you’re a qualified candidate, we will have an actual conversation with those who have all of the hiring power. We let them know all about your education, skills, and certifications, and build a case for why you should move onto the next step of the hiring process.

They work on exclusive job opportunities

Recruiters, like ones at Johnson Search Group, often have exclusive job orders. That means you won’t find the jobs we are working on anywhere else. Not on job boards, social media groups, or listed on any website. Our clients trust us to find them the talent they need to grow. Thus, we have opportunities for you that you cannot find or apply to with any other firm or job board. And guess what? A lot of these opportunities are roles with robust compensation packages and within great communities.

They act as your advocate

Recruiters are your biggest advocate. Yes, the client pays our bill for placing you, but if you don’t get hired, we don’t get paid. Thus, your best interest is our best interest. We won’t try to fit a square peg into a round hole. At Johnson Search Group, we will help you find roles that are an excellent match for both you and the client. We want you to enjoy your new role and place you with a company that you’ll be proud to work with every single day. If you’re looking to make a big leap in your career, we can help facilitate that. Or if you are looking to move to a new location, we can help find you a new home and employer. We care about our candidates and want to find your new careers where you will be successful.

If you are interested in reaching out to a recruiter, contact us today. We have hundreds of job opportunities that might be the perfect fit for you and your career goals!

Credit Union Jobs

3 Most Wanted Credit Union Jobs

Credit Union Jobs

Credit Unions have changed their strategies and landscape over the last decade. As I recruit for financial institutions, I’m discussing the hiring pain points of many hiring managers in today’s tight market. These are the top three credit union jobs my clients are in need of in this candidate-driven market.

Loan Officers

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for Loan Officers is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026. Loan Officers have a significant impact on revenue, especially if they farm that customer relationship. If a Loan Officer gets a customer to switch over to the bank or credit union for all of their banking services, they will generate more revenue for their employer. So, whether it’s a Mortgage, Commercial, or Consumer Loan Officer, this position is essential to financial institutions all over the country.

Information Technology

Just 15 years ago, more than half of all banking transactions transpired inside of banking branches, face-to-face. However, that number fell to below 10% in 2019. Financial institutions are continuously needing to make the shift to keep up with the digital era. Therefore, the need for specialized IT folks is in high demand. We see positions often anywhere from Help Desk to System Administrators, all the way up to CIO positions.

I personally am seeing numerous IT changes emerge throughout my clients’ teams. The great thing about these candidates is that their skills are transferrable across any industry! In other words, there are tons of great IT professionals out there. However, they may be difficult to recruit in today’s challenging job market without partnering with an expert. My team and I have a wealthy network of IT professionals with banking experience. And they are exclusively looking for their next opportunity through us!

Financial Analysts

Similar to the first two positions, employment for Financial Analysts is expected to grow 11 percent from 2016 to 2026, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There aren’t a plethora of candidates with this skillset, typically because my clients look for someone with banking or financial services experience.

Let us help you navigate this tight market

If you’re a hiring manager at a Credit Union, I’d love to have a conversation about the candidates I’ve been working within these areas. Or, if you’re a candidate looking for your next opportunity, reach out to me and my team! I would be happy to discuss any opportunities.

Keywords

Keywords: How to Determine Which Keywords are Relevant

Keywords

When you’re wanting to apply for a new job, the first thing that pops into your head probably isn’t what keywords you should use in your resume to get noticed. And that’s normal! But when it comes to customizing your resume before you apply to a job, focusing on keywords can be the reason you get a job!

This action is looked over often, but with so many Application Tracking Systems (ATS) being used to screen resumes before they land on a hiring managers desk, it’s important you take the time to ensure you explain your skills in a way that will get you on their desks. And well, hopefully, hired.

Why Keywords?

When you think about it, keywords are normally the skills and experience companies are looking for you to have. So, finding the right keywords is not as complicated as it may sound. If you focus on mirroring the job description, you will get past the ATS in a breeze. In the job description, there will be great words that you can pull from to help fill your resume.

All of these are specific keywords that an ATS will be looking for before your resume gets passed on to the next level. So, make sure you do your due diligence and see what skills and experience they are really wanting and put them into your resume.

What Keywords are relevant

Depending on the position you’re applying for keywords will vary. But like mentioned above, mirroring the job description will be one sure way to ensure your resume gets seen. You want to use words that explain your experience and include the skills they are looking for. If they need you to have multiple certifications, make sure to include them as well.

The one thing you always need to do though is spelling out acronyms. Because even though an ATS is smart, not spelling out everything could filter out your resume, even if you have the necessary skills. And therefore, knowing the right keywords to put into your resume is essential.

What Keywords you should not use

There are also, of course, keywords you should avoid. When you think about revising your resume, you obviously want to make it the best it can be! Sometimes though, we forget how certain things may seem like a good idea to write down, but in turn, are not. Stay away from negative words and overly used phrases. Avoid lying.

If you aren’t an expert in something, don’t say you are. In this tight market, employers aren’t looking for someone who is an expert in all the skills they would like a candidate to have. They are looking for someone who is trainable, a good fit, and honest about what they can and cannot do. And finally, avoid overcomplicating things with big keywords that you think will make you seem smarter and better for the role.

If you’re applying for a role, it’s most likely because you’re interested in it. Overall, keyword “stuffing” will only hurt your chances of landing the job. Keywords are an important part of applying for new and exciting positions but there is a method to the madness! And hopefully, you have a better understanding of their importance and how to use them properly.

 

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!

Google

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

Google

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.

healthcare

Why Healthcare Hiring Isn’t Slowing Down ANYTIME Soon

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I work closely with clients in the healthcare industry daily to find and bring top talent to their facilities and communities. One trend that’s apparent is hiring for healthcare has no signs of slowing down.

The healthcare job market is growing and is currently the United States’ largest source of jobs. In the last 18 months, the healthcare companies have added an average of 24,000 jobs per month, crawling closer to employing a total of 16 million people.

This places the healthcare industry well above the manufacturing and retail industries. In fact, at the beginning of the year, healthcare officially became the largest employer in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that five of the 10 jobs projected to grow the fastest in the next decade will be in healthcare and elderly assistance.

Competition is heating up

We’re in a candidate-driven market and the competition to secure top-level talent is continuing to heat up.

Companies that are growing alongside the bustling U.S. economy are struggling to find great new candidates to fill the staggering number of job openings. For the first time in years, candidates are picking the companies they want to work for, not vice versa.

Many of the candidates I bring to my clients are passively looking for several things when considering new job opportunities:

  • The right fit for them and the client
  • The opportunity to add to their skill set and experience
  • The right community to raise a family
  • The benefits and perks that are offered
  • The compensation packages and opportunities for advancement

However, these are just a few things candidates are searching for when looking for new job opportunities. Thus, when we speak with potential candidates, we always have a discussion in our vetting process concerning money, availability, and location.

If you’ve been thinking of taking the next step in your career, now is the perfect time to act! Connect with a recruiter at JSG today and we’ll put you in the best position you’re looking for!

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Healthcare Changes On The Horizon That Could Affect Industry Jobs

 

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Due to recent changes in administration, there are bound to be some changes in the healthcare industry that could affect the job landscape. Some negative, some positive, and some neutral, all we know is that change is afoot and the results remain to be seen.

The largest and most prominent catalyst for change is the replacement of the seven-year-old health care law, the “Affordable Care Act” or ACA. The new legislation that is being proposed to replace the ACA is officially called the “American Health Care Act” or AHCA.

One change that will most likely influence healthcare jobs if the AHCA became law is the elimination of the personal mandate. Previously, the Affordable Care Act made it necessary to have health insurance. Under the proposed American Health Care Act this mandate will disappear, making health insurance optional. This means, obviously, that the amount of people who lack insurance will increase, leading to a lack of demand for healthcare professionals. With a forecasted estimate of 24 million people being uninsured within the next few years, it is almost inevitable that jobs within the industry may decrease.

The AHCA is also calling for a change in the way that pre-existing coverage is determined. Under the proposed legislation, states (instead of the Federal Government) will be deciding what qualifies as a pre-existing condition. This could lead to a few different things. The most important being a possibility of changing the allocation of resources. Because states would be determining what qualifies as a pre-existing condition, jobs may be cut in certain areas, and created in others. This could lead to a huge relocation for some healthcare professionals, which may benefit some people, but not all.

Lastly, one change that will make a positive impact on the healthcare job market is the new state pool that will be provided by states who opt for it. The Patient and State Stability fund does just that – provides stability. It provides stability for insurers with expensive patients. This also allows patients who do not have coverage to fall back on this high-risk pool so that they can be treated. What does this mean for healthcare jobs? It means that certain parts of the industry, such as ERs across the nation, will be receiving more patients who rely on this high-risk pool. This will see a steady increase in demand for workers in these places, which will turn into more jobs in the industry.

There is no saying whether these changes I have mentioned will actually happen. As of right now, the American Health Care Act is just a piece of legislation that is on its way to the Senate to get edited, revised, and (maybe) passed. Until then, these are just speculations of what could likely happen to the healthcare industry job market. One thing is for certain though. As the New York Times put it, “While the government reported Friday that unemployment was at its lowest point on more than a decade, the health care industry has been an engine for much of that hiring, adding jobs at more than three times the rate of the rest of the economy since 2007.” The healthcare industry continues to thrive in America, and as long as patients need care, they will continue to thrive for years to come.