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Should You Apply For Every Job Posting You See?

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You find yourself in the position of looking for a new job, which of course most of us hate. One of my candidates went so far as to say she would rather go to the dentist and get her car tabs renewed at the same time. That’s a pretty colorful description certainly and a shared opinion by many. The reasons for your search may vary from being your first job, the next step in your career, boredom, dissatisfaction for a myriad of reasons, all the way to just lost your job for one reason or another. Bottom line, you are looking and trying to figure out where to start. Do you slather the planet with your resume? Do you click on every ‘apply’ button you see in hopes that someone will call you?

Best advice, is no and definitely, no. More is not better for this situation. Some would certainly argue that the more you apply, the better your chances, but usually the opposite is true. It can potentially come across that you’re desperate.

Here are pitfalls for the click-happy behavior of apply, apply, apply:

The red flag candidate

When a hiring manager sees your application multiple times or for every job they have open, a common thought is, “Why hasn’t someone else hired you?” This could be a red flag candidate, so the best course of action is avoidance. Often a poor assumption, but the perception none the less.

The desperate candidate

If the impression is that you are desperate, it’s often that your application will be the last one considered. After all, if you so desperately want to work there, you will continue to wait. And they have the time to review other candidates. Sadly, if you are not working, this makes the wait even worse.

Cautiously submit your resume

Many positions that are posted on the web are from recruiting firms. And some recruiters may even post fake jobs online for roles they do not have permission to work on. And if a recruiter attempts to submit you to a role without an agreement with the employer, you will not be considered for the position, no matter how qualified you are. Not really fair, but fairly common. Be careful who you send your resume to. If they do not specifically ask for your permission to submit you to that employer, don’t give them your resume.

If you apply to everything, your ability to be represented by a reputable recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, could be eliminated. You may not even know who the company is but when you get submitted by the recruiter, and the company said you already applied, it can give the wrong impression. It may look as if you lied to the recruiter and the employer about not applying directly.

Tailor your resume

One size does not fit all for resumes. It is almost impossible for a blanket-the-earth-type resume to match all the requirements for every job you’re applying for.

You may not know what you are really applying for, and your resume in its current form may not hit the bells and whistles of their keyword match. You may have thought you made all the custom edits for the jobs you applied for, but how many times do you read a job description and your resume looks like an exact match, only to get a message back that you don’t meet the requirements? As a recruiting team manager, I hear this a lot. The reality is, most job descriptions are written by human resources and are often boilerplate descriptions. Seems counterproductive, but it’s the reality.

Giving the wrong impression

If you apply for everything, especially ones that you aren’t fully qualified for, you may forever brand yourself with that company in a negative light.

If you are hitting apply, apply, apply to all roles, the common thought process from a hiring manager could be, what other companies are you doing the same thing to? Are you someone who is going to jump ship the second something else comes your way?

Passively looking

If you’re currently employed and don’t want word getting back to your boss that you’re looking, never take the chance. I have talked to candidates who have done this and suffered the embarrassment of accidentally applying for a position with their current employer. One word is appropriate here – awkward, or in some cases even – terminated.

Do your research

If you are looking for a new position, my best advice is to do your due diligence. Utilize social media, for example, to find out who else works there that you may be able to introduce yourself to and they can become your advocate. If the name of the company you want to work for is not the exact match on the job posting, call the company to verify. It never hurts to be cautious.

Most companies offer a number or email address for their HR Department on their websites to call with questions. One of those questions could be, “Is the job description accurate?” Others are: “What is their interview and hiring process?” And of course, “Is the position still open?”

Let’s work together

If you are looking for a new position, and especially if you are confidentially looking, let’s get in touch. It could be the best contact you’ve made for your career.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Leaving Your Job

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In today’s candidate-driven market, it’s really easy to think the grass is greener on the other side. But just because you have leverage and people are looking for good talent, it doesn’t mean your current position is not the one for you. Before making the big decision of leaving your job or not, you want to ensure you won’t regret your choice. So, here are three questions to ask yourself to help you evaluate what option you should choose.

Are you appreciated and rewarded for your work?

This is an important question to ask if you’re currently unhappy with your job. If your managers, bosses, and company are rewarding you for your hard work and make you feel appreciated for your time and efforts, what’s the real problem? Are they not compensating you well for these things? Do they make you jump through too many hoops to feel important? If this is the case, you may need to move on. But if they appreciate you and don’t want to lose you, then you may want to reconsider.

Not every company treats its employees well and finding a company that does can really make or break your career happiness. But, if this part of your career is not being met, there are plenty of other companies that will make you feel appreciated and valued.

Do you enjoy your working environment?

A working culture that you love being part of makes you want to wake up every morning and go to work! Even if you’re not too excited about what you have to do for the day, your work culture and co-workers can truly affect your thoughts on your job. So, if it’s not a good environment and you feel like you don’t belong, this may be the time for you to leave your job.

But if you’re able to enjoy your time at work because you have an amazing culture, you may not want to risk losing that. You can always control how you feel about what you do and if there’s an issue with your actual work, be proactive, because nothing will change if you don’t want it to.

If there are problems, have you confronted them head-on?

We all have issues at work. Whether it is someone we don’t get along with or the fact that we’re no longer doing the job we were hired to do, there will always be something. But, if you don’t confront the problem head-on, how do you expect for it to get better? If you’re having issues at work, before you jump ship, hang on. Remember why you wanted the job in the first place and weigh your options. It could all be a miscommunication. A miscommunication that is causing you to second guess, when the truth is, this could be a great position for you.

If you’ve confronted your issues and things have still not changed, this is your opportunity to leave and not feel bad or regret it. You’ve given yourself the chance to try and save a job you once enjoyed because you needed that clarity. Trying to fix issues may seem uncomfortable or useless but you’d be surprised. If you’re a valuable part of the team, they will most likely do everything in their power to keep you. And, if they don’t think so, they don’t deserve your talents anyway!

If after answering these questions you’re ready to move on, reach out to our amazing recruiters here at Johnson Search Group. They will help you find a position you won’t have to question.

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In Today’s Job Market, Soft Skills Are Just as Valuable as Hard Skills

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Before you apply to a new job, you’re most likely thinking about the hard skills you have that make you qualified. In other words, the exact experience you’ve had that pertains to this certain position. But do you also think about your soft skills that make you even more valuable?

A job isn’t just about the schooling, experience, and the things you know how to do. It encompasses a lot more than that. Having good personal skills are what makes you a great employee. So, instead of just focusing on your hard skills while looking for a job, here’s how to also quantify your soft skills as being just as valuable.

Stress your soft skills

When it comes to interviews it’s important to remember both your hard skills and soft ones. They make you the employee you are, and companies want to know about them. If you only focus on one or the other, you’ll lose a tremendous opportunity to show your full value and what you can offer to their team.

Stressing your soft skills in today’s job market will help you get the job. Great talent is hard to find. If you have a solid foundation of the hard skills they need, and great soft skills that they want, they’ll want to grab you in a hurry before someone else does. It all comes down to selling yourself and your skills. All of your skills.

You may not have the experience, but you have the foundation

You may have applied for a position where you don’t have all the experience or the background in every part of the job description they’re looking for. But that doesn’t mean you’re not qualified!

Your soft skills can get you over that hurdle, to where the team you’re interviewing with doesn’t focus on your lack of hard skills but realizes your valuable soft skills. Anyone can learn a new skill, especially if they have skills in that field already. Teaching someone soft skills is almost impossible, and if you leverage that, you never know what might happen in your career!

Today’s job Market allows your soft skills to stand out

Companies are struggling to find great candidates to fill their critical roles because there is a talent shortage. The best candidates are the ones with jobs nowadays. Which means companies are having to reach out to those who already have good jobs to see if they’re willing to transition.

So, when they find a candidate who may not have all the experience they’re wanting but has great soft skills, they will jump! No one is wanting to miss out on a great candidate who will help their company grow for something that can be taught. And if you are an employer that does miss out on great candidates, you could suffer by leaving your critical roles vacant.

In the end, use your soft skills to your advantage. Focus on them and try to improve them just like you do with your hard skills. You’ll be surprised to see the impact not only on your current position but your future roles as well.

And remember, if you’re looking to partner with great recruiters, reach out to Johnson Search Group today!

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

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We all know that feeling. The moment where you realize you just need something more in your career. So what does that mean? You’re onto searching for a new position! It’s easy to get overwhelmed and stressed out when looking for a new job. Especially, when you’re trying to keep it secret from your current employer! But there are some secret tips that help you get through this new journey and one of them is using Google to its full potential.

Why should you use Google?

When you’re on the hunt for your next position, ensuring that you use all the available resources you have makes things easier. And that’s important. Google is one of the best resources for your search because it gives you the opportunity to check out multiple job boards and reach job openings you wouldn’t have seen without it.

Google allows you to define your search and helps you find exactly what you’re looking for. And let’s be honest, when you’re looking for a new job, you want it to be the right one. One where you enjoy the company and what you’re doing! So, having a resource that helps you narrow down the positions and companies you will enjoy helps you not be as stressed when it’s time to find “the one.”

What should you search for when job hunting?

Like you read above, it’s important to use keywords and define what you’re looking for specifically. This will help you find jobs that pertain exactly to your skills and experience, as well as weeding out those that don’t. The more detailed you are, the better the search results you will get and the better job fits you will find.

You can also use Google to find good recruiting firms, like Johnson Search Group, that specialize in your field of work. This way, they can do most of the work for you and will bring you the opportunities! Then you’re not the one doing all the searching and you’ll feel more confident that you’ll find a great new position.

Once you secure an interview, Google becomes irreplaceable

Google becomes irreplaceable once you land interviews. The amount of preparation and interview tips Google provides is spectacular. Once you’ve locked down an interview, you’ll be excited! But having information on how to best polish up your interview skills will be needed and keep you relaxed. Being prepared for an interview is something you will always hear us preach. And if you’re working with a recruiter, you know this first-hand because of how we help you prepare!

But remembering the tools, like Google, that you have at your disposal will only help you excel in your job search, find the right position for you, and hopefully help you land the job! Never forget how helpful Google can be for your next job search. You never know how much it could help you from receiving the job offer or staying on the job market longer than you’d like.

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A Recruiter Contacted Me – Now What?

A Recruiter Contacted Me - Now What?

You’ve probably heard stories about friends being recruited through LinkedIn or email and swept off to a new “dream job.” It’s not just a legend, it happens ALL THE TIME. (And it could even happen to you!) When it does, you can be a little caught off guard. You weren’t expecting it, you’re unorganized, and you have a million questions. Well, here is your ultimate checklist so that when you get that message or phone call – you’ll know exactly what to do.

  1. Have a conversation

We cannot stress this enough. You may be really happy in your current position and not looking to move – and that’s great! But remember that friend or coworker that mentioned they were ready to move on to something else? Or maybe you think the position they contacted you about wasn’t a great fit… keep in mind that we are recruiting for dozens of jobs at one time! You never know what may come of a simple conversation, now or down the road.

  1. Keep your “job search” materials up to date

It’s best if you can do this BEFORE your conversation with a recruiter, as in be constantly updating your resume, but ASAP is fine too. Just keep in mind that these hiring managers are on a strict timeline and recruiters are on the clock to find qualified candidates. If it takes you even more than a day to update your resume, you could take yourself out of the running.

  1. Be honest

If this position is not a good fit, or you don’t want a new job, or your spouse doesn’t want to move – just tell us! We totally understand that things come up and the last thing we want is to push you towards an opportunity that is not ideal. That way, we won’t be wasting your time or our clients time and we can make the right match every time!

  1. Ask questions

Throughout a hiring process, you’ll probably have a few questions. (Okay, more than a few.) Don’t be afraid to ask them! As recruiters, we are all about open communication at all times and we will give you straight answers as best we can. We also have a direct line to the hiring manager, so if you want more information about the company, job, or team you’ll be working with, we can get it.

  1. Accept our help

Most of the professional we work with have been in the workforce for years. Oftentimes, they think they “know it all” and don’t need to sit through our interview prep phone call. This is so, so wrong. The job market is constantly changing and it is our job to stay on top of the latest trends, do’s and don’ts, and keys to successful interviewing. Almost every single candidate we’ve ever worked with has learned at least one thing from our interview prep, and we know you will too!