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What to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

What to Do If You’ve Been Laid Off

The BLS reported today that another 5.2 million Americans filed for unemployment insurance in the week that ended April 11. So, since mid-March, over 22 million Americans have filed for initial unemployment benefits, shattering the previous record from 2009. If you’re unfortunately one of these millions of hardworking professionals out of work due to COVID-19, it can be discouraging. However, we have a few easy suggestions for you to make the best of a rough situation. Here’s what to do if you’ve been laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Take a few days to reflect

This can be a tough reality to face. Don’t feel the need to rush right into your job search. It’s perfectly acceptable (and recommended) to take some time to reflect on your current situation. Evaluate where you are in your career and where you would like to be. This is an excellent opportunity to reflect on your career and develop a game plan. Take some time to relax, decompress, and enjoy time with your family. This will help you commence your job search with the right mindset and will ultimately set you up for success.

Give your resume facelift

After you’ve taken some time to reflect, the first thing you should do if you’ve been laid off is to give your resume a facelift. Take some time to review the most recent copy of your resume and identify areas that you need to bolster. Make sure your work experience is up to date with your most recent position and accomplishments. Add any certifications or skills that you have recently honed to your arsenal. Go through your accolades and ensure nothing is missing. But most importantly, be sure you tailor your resume to whichever job you are applying for to ensure you get past an ATS and on the (virtual) desk of a hiring manager.

Here’s a great overview we designed to help you build a jaw-dropping resume.

Network your heart out

Now that your resume is looking sharp, you can kickoff your virtual networking efforts. Due to COVID-19, it will probably be challenging to network in person, so you will have to rely on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a great professional networking and relationship building tool. Connect with old classmates, former and current co-workers, and industry leaders you admire. Join groups related to your industry, and start conversations with like-minded professionals. These are easy ways to make new connections that you can leverage on your job search. LinkedIn also has thousands of jobs posted on its site that you won’t want to miss!

Overall, LinkedIn is a wonderful platform to network with other professionals in your field. If you’re new to the platform, here’s an excellent guide our team has provided.

Sign up for our Talent Network

If you really want to start your job search off on the right foot, join our Talent Network. Our Talent Network is filled with exclusive job opportunities across the country. You can create email alerts that match your background and interests, so you never miss an opportunity again. Sign up today to partner with one of our recruiters here at Johnson Search Group. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

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Bored in Quarantine? Do These 3 Things to Better Your Career

How many days have we been in quarantine? What day of the week is it? This is unfamiliar territory for the majority of us. If you’re stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, you may be running out of things to do, especially if you’re sadly on furlough at this time. Lucky for you, we have three easy suggestions to better your career if you are bored in quarantine.

Learn something new

Now is a perfect opportunity to learn a new skill. Have you always wanted to become a master chef? Start cooking! Do you want to enhance your coding skills? Build a new website from scratch! Most of us have some extra time on our hands, so it wouldn’t hurt to pick up a new skill set that you can put on your resume. Lynda.com is an excellent resource with thousands of different courses. You can learn anything from digital photography to CAD to even accounting. So, grab your laptop and have some fun honing a new skill that will help make your resume shine!

Read more

How many times have you told yourself that you want to read more? I know that I am personally guilty of picking up a new book and stopping halfway through because, you know, life happens. Now is a perfect time to grab any career self-help or motivational books that will help put you in the right mindset. There are tons of books out there that can help lift your spirits and teach you something new during these trying times. And as a bonus, it will keep you away from all the negativity on social media right now.

Reengage with your connections on LinkedIn

Has it been a while since you spruced up your LinkedIn profile? Now is a great time to comb through it and update it. If you’re new to LinkedIn, here’s a helpful beginner’s guide from JSG.

Make sure your job history is up to date, and you have a professional-looking headshot. Block out an hour of your day and fill out your profile. Add any skills, accomplishments, certifications, and anything else that will make you stand out. Once your profile is looking sharp, you can start to engage with your network. Have some conversations with people in your industry and reach out to some new faces to bolster your network. This is a fantastic time to reengage with your network and see what other people in your industry are doing.

S0, there you have it. Three easy things you can do while stuck in quarantine to better your career. Have fun and good luck!

Virtual Networking Could Be The Key To Growing Your Career

How Virtual Networking Can Transform Your Career

With all of the changes in the world today from the growth of remote work to advancements in technology, virtual networking is becoming an essential part of any career. No matter which industry or position you’re in, it’s crucial that you establish and grow connections online. To your advantage, there are some great tools and avenues through which you can do this. Start with these three things and watch your connections take off.

Create A Presence On LinkedIn

LinkedIn is touted as a “professional networking site,” so it makes sense to start your virtual networking journey there. Take a few minutes to spruce up your profile, ensuring that everything is up to date. Be sure to add relevant skills and keywords so you’ll show up in searches more often. Then, just focus on engaging! Connect with industry leaders you admire. Share industry articles that you find insightful. Explore your dream companies and get a feeling for their company culture. The more you engage on LinkedIn, the more visible you’ll be.

Join Facebook Groups

If you watched the SuperBowl this year, you noticed a couple of different commercials promoting Facebook Groups. Groups have absolutely exploded onto the social networking scene, with Facebook boasting over 10 million groups, and 1.4 billion people using them. As a result, there is a group for just about anything. You can join local job groups where employers share their latest job listings. You can join nationwide groups that focus on your industry, allowing you the opportunity to connect and bond with others that share your passion and motivations. No matter what, it’s a great way to make connections and learn more about your community or industry.

Offer Your Help

Many professionals go about networking in the entirely wrong way. They go into it with the mindset of “what can you do for me?” asking industry-leaders if they can “pick their brain.” Try flipping this idea on its head. Think of ways that you can offer help to those in your industry. Especially in these uncertain times, everyone appreciates a helping hand. And what better way to get in someone’s good graces than to offer your assistance? Pitch an idea for a sales campaign, or suggest a safety event that was really popular at your last company. Remember: “At the end of the day, people won’t remember what you said or did; they will remember how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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How To Get Noticed By A Recruiter

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You’ve probably heard that the job market is pretty great right now. You may even be considering putting yourself out there to advance your career! However, if you don’t feel like blindly submitting your resume to a black hole of online applicant tracking systems, you should definitely consider partnering with a recruiter. So what’s the best way to get your resume in the hands of a recruiter that will connect you with a great company?

Overhaul Your Resume

First and foremost, you need to update your resume. No matter how long you’ve been off the job market, there are always changes and improvements you can make! (Check out some of our favorites here.) While you should always customize your resume to each job you apply to, there are some general updates you should make as well. Consider the next step in your career and what skills and experiences you have that will lead you there. Make sure to list measurable results that clearly demonstrate your value.

Get Your Name Out There

Once you have a fresh resume, it’s time to let recruiters know you’re available! Start with updating your LinkedIn with many of the same changes you made to your resume. You want to make sure it’s an accurate reflection of your career thus far. The more skills and experiences you have listed on your profile, the easier it will be for people to find you. While you’re at it, switch on that little setting that lets recruiters know you’re open to new opportunities.

If you’ve spoken with a recruiter in the past, reach out again and let them know you’re interested in making a move. If not, do a quick search on LinkedIn and Google for recruiters that specialize in your industry. At Johnson Search Group, we have teams that specialize in your industry throughout the United States. They established a large network of some of the best companies, and have managed to build solid relationships directly with hiring managers.

Communicate Consistently

The absolute best thing you can do to enhance your relationship with a recruiter is to be available, open, and honest. Keep them updated on your job search process. Check before you apply to jobs you find online because you never know if they already have a contact at that organization. Someone calls to schedule an interview? Congratulations, keep your recruiter in the loop! It’s essential to communicate with your recruiter throughout the entire hiring process.

Ready to start the job search process? Check out what it’s like to be a JSG candidate, and contact us today!

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How to Network Your Way to Your Next Job

NetworkingDepending on the industry you work in, networking can be your bread and butter to finding a new job. No matter where you’re at in your career, giving yourself the opportunity to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone can do so much for your future. Whether you love your job or are looking for a new one, networking your skills should always be a priority. Here are some steps you can take to network in fun and easy ways!

LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn is one of the first steps you can take to network with like-minded professionals. It’s the one social platform solely focused on connecting career professionals and showing off your work skills in a fun and interactive way. If you’re looking for a new job or just wanting to connect, LinkedIn is the right tool for you. For every 3 people, one of those people is on LinkedIn, which means you’re going to find great professionals to connect with.

The most important use for LinkedIn is to grow your network and get involved. Not only will this help you connect with people who could have open positions, but people who will support your career growth.

Co-workers

Co-workers are a great way to expand your network. Everyone you meet will eventually go down different paths, but if you establish a connection with each person you work with it can build bridges that last a lifetime. No matter the career path you’re on, making sure you do your best to always make good impressions is important. The world is small after all, and you never know where a former connection may end up and the opportunities it may provide for you in the future.

Networking Events

If you’re in sales, networking events are a great place to mingle and find new clients or connect with industry experts that could maybe help you take your career to the next level. Not only are networking events about growing your community and your business, but they also help you feel more connected and appreciated within your space. Human connection is important for not only our personal lives but for our professional lives as well.

Networking your way to your next job may seem daunting, but it’s truly all about making genuine connections and seeing where those connections take you. These three steps above can help you grow in your career with a variety of different opportunities. Never doubt how far being genuine and just reaching out to people can get you when it comes to your career growth. Now have fun connecting and watch those exciting new opportunities come your way!

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Job Hunting? Here Are Some Tips!

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Looking for a new job can be daunting. With job boards, social media, and even Craigslist, it can be confusing as to which resource is going to be the best path for your job hunt. Partnering with a reputable recruiting firm and recruiter is advisable, but let’s take a look at some of the other resources out there.

Job Boards

Traditional job boards are great resources to see what positions are open, as well as to get your resume online for recruiters and companies to find you. Just remember that if you post your resume to one of these sites, you need to be your own advocate and keep the resume updated. You must ensure you do not have outdated resumes already on the site. You could miss out on your dream job if a recruiter found an old resume that had outdated contact info and couldn’t get a hold of you. Keep your data up-to-date and organized, and it will pay off!

Craigslist

Many companies have turned to Craigslist as a resource to find candidates. Like job boards, this is a very “invisible” way of applying. You and everyone out there is sending in their resume and hoping for that call. Human Resource professionals wear multiple hats within their organizations; with a flood of resumes coming into their “in-boxes,” unless yours really stands out – most likely – it will not get the look needed to get your foot in the door.

Facebook

Facebook is a great networking tool, but it is truly a social media site and not necessarily a professional networking site. If you are job hunting, letting your social network know is a good thing; however, unlike LinkedIn, Facebook will be more word of mouth than a target marketing effort on your part. Not all companies use Facebook as a recruiting tool and your network may not be a resource for your line of work.

LinkedIn

LinkedIn is a professional social media site and a valuable resource. Many companies and recruiting firms use LinkedIn as a resource for finding quality candidates. LinkedIn allows you to specifically target your area of expertise and apply for a position directly with the employer. It also allows you to reach out to your network and get the word out that you’re on the market.

At the end of the day, it is all about marketing yourself and doing your due diligence; but, with so many resources, it can be overwhelming and a lot of work. Let Johnson Search Group be your trusted partner in your job hunt and help you find your next career adventure!

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Marketing: How to Market Yourself in a Tight Job Market

Marketing Yourself

When you think about looking for a new job, there can be so much more to it than just sitting down and finding one. At times you may not be “searching” for one, but you may be open to new opportunities. And if you are, it’s imperative that you market yourself in the right way! This way recruiters and new career opportunities can find you, instead of you having to search for them.

Use LinkedIn

When it comes to great opportunities and finding a network that not only can endorse you but help you find your next career, LinkedIn is a must-have! You’re able to connect with like-minded people and others who could help you find your next move.

Even though LinkedIn is a social media platform, it allows you to grow and market your skills in a network that is all about careers! And what better way to showcase your skills than on a platform that can help you grow your professional network.

Updated Resume

Even if you aren’t actively looking for a new position, it’s still important to ensure you keep your resume as updated as possible. This way if you end up finding an amazing position that you can’t pass up, you have a resume that’s ready to go and doesn’t take a whole day to update. Because as you know, in this tight market, a day could be the difference between you getting a job or not.

Market Your Skills

Another thing to do is to remember to market your skills. Being on LinkedIn is important but utilizing it to its full potential will only give you a greater chance to showcase your skills and experience. It’s also a great idea to write blogs/articles about your career, trends you’re seeing, and anything career related. This helps you market yourself as an expert in your field and gives you a chance to reach more people and expand your network.

Networking is so important nowadays because you never know who could help you make your next career move. And like they always say, sometimes who you know can get you further than what you know.

Use Recruiters

When it comes to marketing yourself in today’s tight job market, you have to remember recruiters can help. And they are hoping to find the perfect career fit for you! So, if a recruiter reaches out to you and you’re looking for a change, talk to them!

One, it means you’ve marketed yourself great and they think you’re a perfect fit for a position they are trying to fill. Two, recruiters help you through the whole process of getting landing a new job. They prep you for interviews, help the company get excited about you, and increase your chance of getting an offer!

If you’re looking for a new opportunity and would like to work with an awesome recruiter, check out Johnson Search Group! We are here to help you find the perfect career fit.

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Excitement: How to Get Hiring Managers Excited About You

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We’ve all been in this situation before. You found the perfect job opening. You apply and quickly get called back for the interview. As you talk to the interviewers, you get more and more excited for the position. But surprisingly, you get passed up after the final round of interviews.

What happened? You were sure you nailed it! Well, you may have been a perfect fit for the job, but if hiring managers aren’t excited about you, you may not make the cut. To ensure you get that dream job, you have to show your excitement! Here are three steps to get hiring managers excited about you.

Do your homework

If you really want to make a good impression with your interviewers, you must do your due diligence. And that doesn’t just mean on the company you’re are interviewing for; you need to also do some research on the interviewers.

Head over to the company’s website and do a little digging. Check out their “About” page to get some insight on their mission statement, vision, and what the company stands for. If they have a blog, you should check that out too to see what’s going on with the company. Maybe there was a recent product launch, or the organization received a prestigious award. All of these will provide great talking points during your interview and help you engage with the hiring managers.

Now to learn a little more about the interviewers, you can simply look them up on LinkedIn. Try and find some commonalities that can help you better relate to them during the interview. Not only with this make you feel more comfortable going into the interview, this will help you come across as more personable and make it easier for them to get excited about you!

Tell them you like what you hear

During the interview, if you like what you hear from the interviewers, you need to tell them! How are they supposed to get excited about you when you don’t show them you’re excited about the opportunity?

Don’t overthink this. If you like what you hear and see, show it in your demeanor! Have a big smile on your face, be more animated when you are speaking and listening throughout the interview. Just demonstrating that you are excited about the job and organization will help get the interviewers excited for you as a candidate. And please don’t be afraid to show your personality in your interview. Hiring managers want to see the real you because they also want to see if you’re a great culture fit.

Write a thoughtful thank you note

If you really want to make a great impression on your hiring manager, you have to write a stellar thank you note. You should send a thank you to every interviewer that met with you. And unfortunately, you can’t just send them the same note; you must make each thank you unique and personalized.

You can mention something interesting they said during the interview or reference a question they answered for you. Either way, personalizing your thank you note shows that you’re ecstatic about the position and will help each interviewer get excited about you. Sending a personal email will go a long way and will remind them what you’ll bring to the table.

If you follow these simple steps, every hiring manager will be just as excited as you are when you walk in the door for an interview!

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

Is social media really a place to build professional relationships or is that just a myth?

The lines between online and offline are getting more blurry by the minute. There are now more than 277 million people on LinkedIn worldwide, and those people are constantly translating their online presence to establishing legitimate professional relationships, growing their skill sets, and even landing new positions. I’ve had a LinkedIn account for years, but haven’t really embraced the idea that we can build real professional relationships in the virtual world of Social Media until recently. Sound familiar?

I am not the guy who believes everything I read online or find on YouTube. Don’t get me wrong, I am sometimes entertained by what I see online. However I never believed I could build a true professional relationship, let alone friendship, by connecting to random strangers on a Social Media platform.

Thanks to my recent experience with Elaine Longmire at Jefferson Bank my belief has been changed forever.

It started with a short message sent on LinkedIn and a brief phone call exchanging stories and experiences with Elaine. Every so often we re-connect through an InMail, email, or a phone call to touch base. Each time learning a little more about each other’s profession, families, and daily lives.

Professional Networking on Social Media: Real or Myth?

One evening I was sitting in a restaurant, and I caught a glimpse of someone who looked uncannily familiar. Bothered by the fact that I felt I somehow knew this person, but unable to remember her name, I began to approach her table. Then, in a flash, it came to me. I didn’t know her, but she looked exactly like Elaine Longmire’LinkedIn profile picture that overtime had grown so familiar. The next day I called Elaine and we had a good laugh about her Spokane-based doppelgänger. This experience exposed the power of social media, because I realized that I had developed a real relationship with someone I had never even physically met. This relationship was even real enough for me to mistakenly recognize an online connection in the “real world.”

Social Media provides many opportunities not just from a professional prospective, but from the ability to establish genuine relationships on and offline. It has always been my goal to make a positive and meaningful impact on each and every person, I encounter in my day to day adventures.

My social networking to “real-world” networking story proves that we impact each other on Social Media every single day. I encourage you to graduate some of your online networking efforts to real world business contacts. You never know what may come of it! If I haven’t had the chance to shake your hand in person or virtually through the phone lines, I look forward to visiting with you soon!