3 Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

3 Tips to Take Your Networking to the Next Level

When is the last time you thought about networking? If you have not thought about it recently, it is crucial to brush up on your networking skills as it is a great tool to meet new people and find the best job opportunities. Networking, however, has changed so much due to the impacts of COVID-19. That is why it is essential to understand the basic networking fundamentals through in-person interactions and an online format. So, here are three tips to help you take your networking to the next level.

Attend Events 

The best way to meet new people is to go to any networking events that start to present themselves. Whether this is going to dinner or attending an online event, this is the easiest way to spark conversations with professionals you would otherwise never have met. Before you head into any networking event, you should always think about having an objective. Come up with outcomes you want to accomplish to ensure these networking events are meaningful. This can be as simple as meeting new people or going to these events to discover new job opportunities. Either way, it is crucial to have goals in mind going into any occasion to help you be successful in networking.

Make Your Voice Heard 

If you decide to network in-person or online, you must make your voice heard, so others remember who you are. Especially in an online setting, you must be active and consistent with presenting who you are. The best way to do this online is to reach out to people through LinkedIn, Facebook groups, or invite people from a platform of choice to have a virtual conversation with you. If you ever meet someone in an in-person or online setting, always follow up with them after turning those conversations into a real connection. This strategy can turn that initial networking goal into reality by keeping in touch with the people you met. It also shows that you care about the other person, which helps strengthen your connection even more.

Effectively Engage and Listen

Another important networking tip is actively listening to those you are connecting with. You do this by asking good questions to enable the person to let them tell you more about themselves. Especially in an online setting, there are tons of distractions, even in a direct message chat. Asking good questions can help you get the best conversation, whether it is in-person or online.

Asking engaging questions is where active listening becomes essential. When asking questions that promote the person you are talking to speak, you must hear them out and listen to what they are saying. Active listening will provide important details about your new connection and will help later on when reaching out after the networking event. It also shows that you care about following up with the person in getting to know them more. Taking in as much information by listening can ultimately set you up with valuable information and lead to establishing deep, more meaningful connections.

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The impacts of COVID-19 have changed the way we network and build professional relationships. If you follow these three networking tips, you will be prepared to take your game to the next level this year. If you are looking for more job search or networking tips, explore our candidate resources! We have hundreds of helpful tips and tricks to help you propel your career, even in this wild job market.

Secure A Job by The End of the Year

How to Secure A Job by The End of the Year

With only a few short weeks left of 2020, you may be one of the many Americans looking to lock down a new job by year-end. But with the coronavirus still in full effect, landing a job before January 1 is much easier said than done. So, whether you are unemployed or just looking for greener pastures, here are a few tips to help you secure a job by the end of the year.

Resume must-have items

The first step to secure a job by the end of the year is to craft a top-notch resume. Take a good look at your current resume and analyze what is missing. Did you receive a new certification this past year that needs to be added? Or did you play a significant role in a successful product launch? These are simple items you can add to your resume to make it shine!

The easiest way to beef up your resume is to add a skills section. There, you can nicely display a list of skills that you have worked hard to hone over the years. A simple bulleted list is all you need to illustrate your skills to hiring managers or recruiters.

Writing a killer cover letter

A lot of job seekers underestimate the power of a cover letter. Yes, they can seem a bit dated, and yes, they can be time-consuming, but in this competitive job market, they are more than worth the time! Start with a strong introduction that draws the reader’s attention and expresses why you are interested in the opportunity. Highlight your relevant experiences that a hiring manager will find useful and finish with an enthusiastic closing.

Once you develop a solid template, you can save it and tweak it in the future to streamline the job application process. If you are looking for more help, here’s how to write an outstanding cover letter to help you secure a job by the end of the year.

Step up your virtual networking

If you are serious about securing a job in the next couple of weeks, you need to step up your virtual networking. There are so many benefits to networking; one, of course, is finding a new career opportunity. Tap into your existing network and let them know you are searching. Do you have a connection that works for one of your target companies? Then send them a friendly email on InMail. Also, don’t be afraid to reach out to new connections on LinkedIn that may help you extend your job search reach. Join groups on social networking sites to help you learn new job search hacks or meet other professionals in your industry.

Regardless of how you choose to network, don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. Be confident, be professional, and be kind. There are a lot of other people in the same position, so don’t be shy. You will be surprised how helpful a stranger can be to your job search!

Partnering with a recruiter

The last tip we have for successfully receiving a job offer by the end of the year is to partner with a recruiter. Recruiters can be your secret job search weapon in challenging times like these. The job market is tight, and you have a lot of competition. By enlisting the support of a professional recruiting firm, you have someone who will go to bat for you. They will champion you to the hiring manager and ensure your resume actually gets read. If this sounds like what you need to boost your job search, reach out to us today!

Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Land Your Next Job Through Virtual Networking

Have you heard the rumor that “at least 70% of jobs are not even listed online?” This could be a gross underestimate in today’s market where there are millions of qualified candidates actively looking for a new position. If you are trying to land a job in the near future and networking is not a part of your strategy, you’re doing yourself a huge disservice. Here are a few strategies you can use to brush up on your virtual networking skills and secure your next job.

Tap Into Your Existing Network

You may have more powerful connections than you ever realized! You never know who has an open position or a connection who is currently hiring. Head to social media to share that you’re looking. Turn on the “open to work” feature on LinkedIn. Upload and share your resume on LinkedIn and Facebook. We understand that putting yourself out there can be awkward, so here’s a template for what to say based on LinkedIn’s #OpenToWork campaign:

Hi everyone – I am looking for a new role related to UX/UI specialties and would appreciate your support. Thank you in advance for any connections, advice, or opportunities you can offer. #OpenToWork

Reach Out To Potential Connections

It can be intimidating to try and grow your connections during a time like this. Additionally, there is a right and wrong way to do reach out to new professionals via virtual networking. Do not cold-contact someone and ask for something right off the bat. It’s most important to establish a connection based on mutual interests. Here’s a great initial message:

Hi {name},

I read the blog you shared on professional networking, and it really resonated with me. It was perfect timing as I am currently working on expanding my network. I’d love to connect so we can stay in touch.

Join A Group

The world of social media is full of networking opportunities. Particularly with the growth of Facebook groups, there are tons of opportunities to grow your professional circles. Do a quick search for your job title or skills on Facebook and filter by groups. Then, do a little browsing to find one that piques your interest. Generally, you want one large enough to foster engagement, but small enough to have meaningful conversations. Only you can decide your sweet spot.

Just because contact is limited doesn’t mean connection has to be. There is no better time to grow and nurture your professional connections through virtual networking. Interested in more job search advice? Explore our blogs here.

The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Networking

The Ultimate Guide To Virtual Networking

Over the past few months, much of our professional world has moved to online. And while this may seem temporary, we have a feeling that many companies and groups will look to continue hosting virtual events to reduce risks and costs. With that being said, we need to get comfortable with the concept of virtual networking. Whether your goal is to find a new position, connect with people of influence, or even just create a mastermind group for support, here are a few things you can do to start building a community online.

Find Your Platform

There are a ton of different professional groups out there, and they all serve different needs. Consider your ultimate goal. Are you looking to advance your career or add new skills to your toolbelt? Try joining a virtual conference in your industry. If you’re looking to build a community of like-minded professionals, head over to Facebook groups! Once considered only for oversharing about your personal life, Facebook has become a platform that can really bring people together.

Get Used To Being Uncomfortable

Yep, we said it. This could get uncomfortable. You may have an awkward “pick your brain” session over Zoom with someone you don’t know! But the simple act of putting yourself out there could significantly advance your career. Sending cold messages to people in your field that you admire is intimidating. But just imagine the knowledge you can gain and the connections you can build by pushing the limits of your comfort zone.

Think Outside The Box

One of the best things about networking virtually is that the sky is the limit. Don’t ground yourself by networking strictly within your local area or even solely in your industry. Research global networking events to expand your reach. Look into groups that cover areas you’re interested in (even if you have no experience!) Most of the time; people will be happy to share beginner tips, answer questions, and expose you to a whole new industry or skillset.

Just because we are social-distancing, doesn’t mean we can’t be connected. Once you’ve honed your networking skills, check out the rest of our candidate resources.

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. 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 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!


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 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!


Networking: Utilizing Your Network to Find Your Next Job


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!

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Spring Cleaning Your Career

Spring Cleaning Your Career

Spring is on its way (at least we hope) and that means it’s a great time to refresh your resume, brush up on your interview skills, and take a look at what’s out there. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new position, it never hurts to be prepared. Some of the best candidates that we’ve placed have been passive, and they are now in a new position that has completely re-enhanced their career.

Now, as recruiters, we essentially go through the job search process over and over again, and we’ve learned a thing or two on the way. Through the JSG blog, our recruiters are able to share their exclusive expertise on what it takes to get through every stage of a search for a new position, from resumes and references to final interviews and accepting offers. To assist you with “spring cleaning your career,” we’ve gathered some of our best candidate resources:

To increase your confidence and success pre-interview…
5 Things To Do Before Your Interview To Help You Nail It

For when you decide it’s time for a change…
4 Things You Need To Stop Doing In Order to Be Successful

To determine whether it’s time to leave…
These Warning Signs Will Tell You If Someone Is Bad Leader

On going the extra mile…
The One Degree Of Difference In Your Job Search

To judge the value of your resume…
Is Your Resume Just Wasting the Hiring Manager’s Time?

On who to ask to be a reference…
References 101: What Exactly Is A Professional Reference?

To check if you’ve got the essentials…
These Are The 3 Most Important Parts Of Your Resume

On what NOT to do during your interview…
5 Interview Missteps That Will Guarantee You Don’t Get The Job

For when you need to stand out…
This One Thing Will Set You Apart During An Interview

On using customer service….
The Key To Landing Your Dream Job? Superior Customer Service

For a few things to add to your toolbelt…
To Be A Successful Job Seeker, You Need These 3 Things

On getting to the interview stage…
4 Steps Closer To Your Next Job Interview

To help you get through the phone interview…
How To Ace Your Phone Interview

On our favorite interview questions to ask and answer…
10 Of Our Favorite Interview Questions

For crafting the perfect thank-you email…
Why Is The Thank-You Email So Important?

On getting over those networking jitters…
3 Tips to Elevate Your Networking Game