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Hiring Heats Up Across The U.S.

Hiring Heats Up Across the U.S.

As we edge closer to the summer months, our clients are kicking their hiring efforts into high gear! With candidates receiving multiple competing offers and some industries even experiencing an all-out talent shortage, companies are struggling to hire the talent they need to ramp up production. Today, we’re breaking down our team’s hiring activities in our core industries and discussing the greatest hiring needs across the U.S. 

Maintenance, IT, & Communications In Mining  

As mining and manufacturing companies work to get back to pre-pandemic levels, Maintenance is the largest area of need. We caught up with Mining Team Lead Alex Price, and he shared the following firsthand insights into the hottest areas of mining right now: “Across the board with our mining and industrial clients, we are seeing the continued push for maintenance professionals at all levels. My team and I are actively filling anything from entry-level skilled trades to management-level maintenance professionals. Also, as the mining industry continues to modernize, we are receiving more job orders in the IT and Communications space. Therefore, this new emphasis on efficiency improvements has hiring managers searching high and low for IT and Communication professionals.” 

IT & Digital Expertise in Banking  

Banking Team Lead Krista Portolesi shared some insights into the competitive world of digital banking. “Lately, there has been a significant increase in the demand for IT positions, specifically related to digital banking experience, as a result of the pandemic. Within the last few weeks, I have had two product-related positions, specifically dealing with oversight over multi-channel projects as it relates to digital banking and consumer experience. In fact, according to the Financial Brand, ‘almost 80% of respondents to their survey of top financial institutions stated that Covid-19 uncovered shortcomings in their institution’s digital capabilities. In most cases, these challenges were attributed to legacy infrastructure and data fragmentation.’” As a result, hiring in these areas has spiked significantly.  

Finance in Healthcare  

It’s no surprise that healthcare institutions are juggling a lot right now. And according to Healthcare Recruiter Stephanie Brown, one of the most extensive areas of need is the financial sector. “Financials in healthcare are booming because they are looking quite a bit different in 2021 and moving forward. The increasing demand for skilled Revenue Cycle candidates is crazy all across the board! Hospitals need to be on top of their profits right now and are looking for new talent to accomplish that. Additionally, they are hiring now, searching for new ways of sourcing talent quickly. Collaborative leaders are what my clients are requesting, that’s for sure.”  

We are ready to work for you 

So, these are just a few of our specialized industries that are competing for top talent right now. If you find your team struggling to hire the talent you need, contact us today! Or, if you are a candidate ready to take the next step in your career, join our Talent Network to be alerted to new opportunities in your location and area of expertise. 

Q1 Wrap Up – Mining and Heavy Industrial

Q1 Wrap Up – Mining and Heavy Industrial

It’s hard to believe 2021 is already a quarter of the way over. For me and my team and JSG, the first quarter flew by. Already this year, we have seen positive hiring trends and managed to put together some great deals resulting in hiring numbers we are really proud of. I wanted to reflect on some of the results we have seen so far this year and the upcoming trends in the mining and heavy industrial industry.

Mining and heavy industrial companies are hiring

Our mining and heavy industrial clients are hiring across the board. The vast majority of these job orders are the usual suspects: maintenance mechanics, electricians, and the ever-hard-to-find electrical process control technicians. In addition to these typical roles, we are getting an increase in the senior salaried roles. Production managers, maintenance managers, quality positions, and safety positions are growing in demand in 2021. Engineering and supervisory positions are also highly sought after in Q1.

Competition for the best candidates

One of the encouraging trends I am seeing is my clients have great motivation to hire candidates when I present them with qualified individuals. With the influx of applications coming into the workforce in the past few months, companies are seeing an increased number of skilled professionals. This process is a two-way street; most qualified professionals are applying and interviewing with several companies. Thus, employers who have an efficient hiring process become the winners in these situations.

Hiring isn’t slowing down

As the year progresses, I can see these trends continuing. As companies reach full production, there will be an increase in hourly positions that will get filled relatively quickly. However, salaried positions may take a little longer. However, these hard-to-fill roles can typically be filled in the 20–30-day window when working with recruiters. I do foresee an increased focus on hiring management and safety positions throughout the year.

We have a pipeline of Mining and Heavy Industrial candidates

Here at JSG, we anticipate having a robust second quarter with our mining and heavy industrial clients. Thus, if your team is looking to partner with a recruiter specializing in your industry, we are here to help. We have the capacity to assist in filling your staffing needs, whether it is an hourly role, salaried position, contract, contract-to-hire, or direct hire; we are ready to help source the best candidates on the market. So, reach out to us today, and let’s work together.

Moon Mining - Out Of This World

Moon Mining – Out Of This World!

Space (and specifically the moon) has always captured the imagination and interest of humanity. As a result, there has been a lot of discussion about space mining. With new technologies and multiple countries pushing for the stars, it will be interesting to see how the Outer Space Treaty of 1967 holds up. Here are some interesting facts about moon mining!

Moon Mining For Water

The moon has been a subject of curiosity and scientific interest for thousands of years. In 2009, NASA sent LCROSS, a spacecraft carrying a 2-ton rocketto the moon. The spacecraft’s mission was to fire this rocket into the moon, searching for hidden reservoirs of water. The moon has experienced meteor and comet hits for billions of years, and comets contain large amounts of water. As a result, scientists believe that water may exist deep underground.  

Mining For Helium 3

China is looking to the moon for Helium 3, which is dumped on the moon’s surface by solar winds. This rare helium isotope could power clean fusion plants back on Earth. On December 1st, 2020, China successfully completed its’ first-ever sample and return mission and is a milestone in exploration on the moon. The last time lunar samples in pristine condition were collected and delivered to Earth was in 1976 by the Soviet Union’s Luna 24 mission. They returned with 6-ounces of lunar dirt.

Who Will Win The Moon Mining Race?

NASA has made clear its interest in mining the moon. Already purchasing lunar rocks and dirt from a commercial provider, they are pushing forward with their Artemis project to set up bases on and around the moon. The U.S. is once again striving to be the leader in space. 

Interest in the moon and Mars is increasing, and with the recent implementation of Space Force for the U.S. – it is clear – that outer space is the future.

Space is the future of mining and opens the discussion to the benefits of our technological advancements to issues that may arise from expanding into space. It will be interesting to see where this decade takes us!

Johnson Search Group has 35 years of experience in the staffing industry. Whether you are looking for a new job or are a company looking for staffing assistance, JSG can help. Give us a call.

Hottest Mining and Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

Hottest Mining and Manufacturing Jobs in 2021

Things are looking up for the labor market! Every day on LinkedIn, I see more and more new job postings; it’s a beautiful thing. I am a recruiter that specializes in the mining and manufacturing sectors. However, I am witnessing new opportunities open up across the board. Here are the hottest mining and manufacturing jobs in demand so far this year.

The hottest manufacturing jobs

This year I am working on many job orders with multiple clients in the mining and manufacturing industries. I have the privilege of working with both established, newer startups and everything in between.

One of the most exciting companies I am working with is a startup just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. I am searching for numerous leadership positions, including maintenance, quality, and production roles, and hopefully some hourly positions here shortly. These are excellent opportunities that provide substantial room for growth with an exciting organization that directly impacts the building materials sector. I am also working with a metal processing company in Nevada that has a product that will change the recycling industry as we know it. Thus, this client needs skilled-trades professionals and engineers. Candidates with the right attitude, aptitude, and work ethic who can come together to achieve a common goal are precisely the type of candidates my clients are interested in this market.

The hottest mining jobs

Additionally, I am closely working with big producers in the mining industry. These companies are more established and offer excellent job security. Two of these mining clients are in Idaho and Arizona. I am working with them to help develop their maintenance teams. Therefore, I have numerous openings for mechanics, electricians, millwrights, and skilled-trades positions across the nation.

How to secure one of the hottest mining and manufacturing jobs

As for my team here at JSG, they are working on opportunities across the country. We are currently recruiting on manufacturing roles in Wisconsin, mining positions in Tennessee, and opportunities within the forestry and pulp & paper industries. So, if you’re a candidate who is actively on the job market, please don’t hesitate to reach out. If I don’t have what you’re looking for, I can share your resume with our entire recruiting team across North America. And if you’re an organization looking to bring in top talent this year, we have the tools, experience, and resources to bring you the best candidates on the market.

Coal: The Resource That Keeps On Giving

Coal: The Resource That Keeps Giving

Humankind has used coal for thousands of years and has looked upon it as a valuable commodity. Fast forward to the 21st Century, and the viewpoint of coal has changed drastically. Now seen as a detriment to the environment and health, coal has been demonized and regulated almost into extinction. However, this isn’t a full picture of what it has to offer.

The Big Mistake

In 2019, the U.S. became energy independent for the first time in 62 years, meaning that we produced more energy than consumed. This milestone was due to fossil fuels, which comprised 80% of energy production and consumption, and coal was key. Coal is used for much more than energy, and this war on coal could backfire.

Renewable Solar Energy

On the surface, it might appear that renewable energy is much cleaner than coal, but is it really? Solar panels use silver, titanium, and graphite, and these are all products that need to be mined from the ground and processed. While the panel’s final product itself may not be harmful, the manufacturing process emits incredible amounts of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. Discarded solar panels are also a threat to the environment due to their toxicity when they break down.

Coals Reinvention 

Recently, an exciting discovery was made. Mining

Researchers from the University of Wyoming discovered a way to turn coal powder into Nano-Graphite

So, why is this discovery important? 

Graphite is part of the manufacturing process for products ranging from fire extinguishers to lithium-ion batteries. This new process of creating graphite could yield higher quality and quantity of nano-graphite materials. With the help of researchers, coal is reinventing itself.  

Life is a journey

Johnson Search Group has helped thousands of individuals who have reinvented themselves find their next adventure. So, whether you are a company reorganizing and needing a different talent pool, or an individual who has had to reinvent themselves, JSG is the perfect partner to join you on your journey! Give us a call.

Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Mining Is Starting To Dig Technology

Over the last 100 years, the world has seen an explosion of technological innovation and growth that has made our lives more convenient and has given us a better quality of life. Initially, people resisted new technology and looked upon it with suspicion. Here are some fun facts:

  • Less than 10% of families owned a refrigerator in 1930
  • In 1960, less than 10% of families owned dishwashers and color TVs
  • Less than 10% of families owned a cell phone or had access to the internet in 1990

Fast forward to today, and you realize how quickly we have grown and embraced our technology. I think few of us can imagine a world without a refrigerator, dishwasher, color TV, cell phone, or access to the internet!  

Technology In The Mining Industry

The mining industry, pivotal in making those inventions possible, provides the raw materials that human beings have become reliant upon. However, it is one industry that has seemingly stood still in time. Although railcars and conveyors replaced Donkeys, mining has not readily embraced new technology and has traditionally preferred to stay with “the tried and true” methods and equipment. But times, they-are-a-changing! Here are some technological breakthroughs in the industry that have taken mining to the next level:

  • Geographic information system, or GIS as it is now known, was brought into the spotlight in 1968 by Roger Tomlison in his published scientific paper “A Geographic Information System for Regional Planning”  GIS has been lifesaving technology for monitoring and emergency planning in evacuating mines.
  • Drones burst into the mining industry in 2015, when BHP started trialing drones fitted with military-grade cameras to provide 3D maps and real-time images for their sites.
  • Autonomous Vehicles first came on to the scene in the 1990’s when Mining Engineers started to experiment with them. This technology took some time to be accepted. However, it now proves to be a valuable and lifesaving technology for the industry. These vehicles can go into areas that would be considered dangerous for the miners. The vehicles are not only helping production; they are saving lives.

Just as companies are exploring changing technology, Johnson Search Group stays on top of the most current hiring trends. Whether you are a company looking for assistance with a search, or a candidate who is looking for a new opportunity, Johnson Search Group has you covered. 

Give us a call, and let’s have a conversation and see how we can help!

Skilled Trades Positions

The Rise in Skilled Trades Positions

2020 has been one heck of a ride, and like almost everyone, I cannot wait to get off. However, there have been some shining moments through all the negativity. One of these moments is experiencing the work ethic and dedication of all the skilled trade laborers in the mining and heavy industrial industry. I have had the pleasure of working with a variety of roles with manufacturing and mining companies throughout my recruiting career. Nevertheless, the demand for talented maintenance workers, skilled trades professionals, and hourly workers has gone through the roof this year.

A spike in demand for skilled trade workers

Like most companies, my core clients’ hiring needs took a hit this year. As a result, they had to restructure, rearrange, and pivot in different directions. As I watched the job orders for leadership, engineering, and several other departments get put on hold or canceled, many of my clients still needed those skilled trades, operators, and other hourly positions filled. In some instances, the need for these roles became increasingly more critical. This can be an issue because there was already a skilled trades gap, and with this surge in demand, this gap might continue to increase in the future.

The heart of the company’s operations

This year was a great learning experience for me; over the past few years, at least 75% of the positions I recruited were engineering or management roles. This year it has completely flipped; the vast majority of the positions I have filled are on the skilled trades side. For example, I have been focusing on Electricians, Mechanics, I&E Technicians, Millwrights, Welders, Haul Truck Drivers, Plant Operates, Machine Operators, and several other positions. These are some of the skilled trades positions that are in the most demand in 2020. I have had the best experience working with the hardest working, driven, and savvy individuals, and I couldn’t be more thankful. These are the people who are not afraid of rotational shifts, 16-hour days, 60+ hours work weeks, and getting their hands dirty— the men and women who keep the plant operating and producing even in the most uncertain of times.

I just wanted to take a moment to thank all of the skilled tradespeople. I am looking forward to helping the hardest working people find new job opportunities this year and beyond. So, if you are looking for a skilled trades role, reach out to me. I can help match you with one of my fantastic clients that will appreciate your work ethic.

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5 Incredible Places That Were Once Mining Sites

Mining companies are in a continuous environmental battle. We frequently hear about the fines they receive and the lawsuits they have to fight; however, we rarely hear about the other spectrum and the positive stories of mining companies giving back to their communities and environment. Here are five incredible and mind-blowing examples of mine reclamation done right from mining sites across North America.

Butchart Gardens – Vancouver, BC

Robert Pim Buchart got his start in the mining industry when he founded Owen Sound Portland Cement Company in 1888, in Ontario, Canada. In 1904, he and his wife Jeannie Foster Kennedy moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where he opened the Portland Cement Mill to capitalize on the area’s rich limestone deposits.

As the years went by and the deposits diminished, Mr. Buchart’s wife Jeannie took over and started a labor of love, turning the scarred land into a beautiful garden. Mission accomplished! Butchart Gardens is a renowned tourist destination in British Columbia, and it is on the Canadian Register of Historic Places.

Below is a picture of the garden as an active mining site. The image above is the Butchart Garden as it is today!

Six Flags Amusement Park and La Cantera Shopping Center, San Antonio, TX

The McDonnell family started the Beckman quarry in San Antonio, TX, in 1934. Rich in limestone, this quarry produced until a fraction of it exhausted its output. This portion of the mine later became the new home to Six Flags Fiesta Texas and La Cantera Hill Country Resort. Eventually, the active section of the mine was sold to Martin Marietta in 1998.

Louisville Mega Cavern – Louisville, KY

The Louisville Mega Cavern started humbly in the mid-20th Century as a limestone quarry. The Cavern operated for 42 years, from the 1930s through the 1970s. However, it was purchased by a group of private investors in 1989. The investors brought in tons of recycled rock, brick, block, concrete, and dirt into the Cavern to transform it from a cavernous underground quarry to storage and office space with internal roads, spanning 100 acres.

Old Works Golf Course – Anaconda, MT

The Anaconda Copper Mining Company was founded by Marcus Daly in 1881, when he bought a silver mine, only to discover substantial copper deposits. The company built a smelter, and the copper mine went into production. In 1899, Marcus Daly sold his assets to Henry H. Rogers and William Rockefeller. In 1977, Atlantic Richfield Company purchased the mine, and not long after, closed the smelting plant. Tagged as a Superfund site by the EPA, Atlantic Richfield decided on a reclamation plan that became the Old Works Golf Course in 1997.

Subtropolis Technology Center – Kansas City, MO

Boasting itself as the “World’s Largest Underground Business Complex,” this repurposed underground limestone mine is a 55,000,000 square-foot city underneath Kansas City, MO.

The development of this project was lead by the late Lamar Hunt, owner of Hunt Midwest Real Estate Development, Inc. Hunt was also once the owner of the Kansas City Chiefs. The underground industrial park opened in 1964 and is still going strong.

Just as these mines have “reinvented” themselves, job seekers sometimes need to do so, as well. Partner with Johnson Search Group, and let’s work together to help you find your next career challenge.

Like the majority of professions, life as a recruiter has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Recruiting During a Pandemic

Like the majority of professions, life as a recruiter has changed significantly due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I have had to make the personal adjustment from my regular schedule in the office to working remotely out of my home. However, this transition has been the least of my worries as I am genuinely grateful that I still have a job and get to continue helping people. Every day there are new stories of company furloughs, layoffs, shutdowns, and the future is certainly unclear. BUT it isn’t all doom and gloom! There is an extraordinary number of great things going on in the world; people helping each other and coming together (not physically), people and companies growing and adapting, and believe it or not, companies are hiring.

Manufacturers and miners are still hard at work

While most of my manufacturing clients have scaled back hiring, there are companies out there looking for talent. We have seen beverage manufacturers pivot and boost their manufacturing production of drinking water and have had an enormous push for contract employees. We are also seeing other manufacturing companies shifting their focus and resources to manufacturing equipment to support hospitals and healthcare workers.

Mining is a different story. Aside from my California clients, most of my mining clients are deemed essential businesses. As a result, they are still hiring but taking additional safety measures while interviewing candidates. With these new safety protocols, hiring processes have been significantly delayed. But at the end of the day, they are still hiring, which is undoubtedly a bright spot for everyone.

Good things are soon to come

It’s difficult for hiring managers to give a timeline on when hiring processes will get back to normal. However, as I connect with my clients, the general consensus is that things will pick up here in a few weeks. My advice to job seekers is to update that resume, stay positive, apply to jobs you fit for, and try and connect with a recruiter who specializes in your industry. Although companies and recruiters may be a little slower when it comes to hiring, we can still help you find a new role during these challenging times.

If you’re looking for a new opportunity during the pandemic, check out the JSG Talent Network. We have dozens of new jobs available and offer tons of helpful advice on navigating the current job market.

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3 Rare Metals and Minerals You May Not Know

Gold, Silver, Rhodium, and other metals have been mined and used by mankind for thousands of years. It has only been in recent years that we have shifted our gaze skyward and pondered what geological elements are still lurking in the vast frontier of space. While we are just starting to explore what secrets hide beyond our planet in terms of metals and minerals, there are many here on earth that most of us may not recognize. Here are three rare metals and minerals you probably have never heard of.

Indium

Discovered in 1863, Indium is an incredibly soft metal that resembles Tin in appearance. Today, we use Indium mostly for computer touch screens, solar panels, semiconductor products, and touch screen TVs. This rare metal was also used to dye cotton up until the nineteenth century. The “Indigo” color name came from the bright indigo color in its spectrum.

Painite

Next, we have Painite. When Painite was initially discovered, it was misidentified as a Ruby. It was not until 1950 that this rare, beautiful borate mineral received reclassification. For years, we believed Painite to be one of the rarest minerals on earth. Today, we use Painite in the design of jewelry.

Allanite

Finally, we have Allanite. Thomas Allen, a Scottish Mineralogist (1777-1833), was the first to observe Allanite. This mineral, which contains rare earth elements, can have radioactive properties. It was initially only located in specific areas of California and Texas; however, in 2011, it was located in other regions.

Even though the lure of asteroids holding an untold abundance of Gold, Silver, and Rhodium is ever-present, the earth still has untold secrets pertaining to rare earth elements.

Let us help you discover rare talent

Much like these precious elements, our recruiting team at Johnson Search Group are experts at finding the rarest talent throughout the country. We specialize in sourcing, screening, and placing one-of-a-kind candidates. Therefore, we identify talent that isn’t even on the market and find the best professionals in the business that aligns with your goals and culture. If you are having a hard time finding talented employees, we are happy to help you with your hiring efforts in 2020.