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The 2020 Hiring Process Revolution

This year has forced many, if not all, employers to think outside of the box with their hiring efforts. Over the past six months, I have been extremely impressed with companies rapidly adjusting their interviewing practices to adhere to social distancing and safety protocols. As a recruiter in the mining and heavy industrial industry, I have witnessed my clients create creative new interviewing and onboarding tactics to fill their critical positions. Some companies are more resistant to change than others, but I think the following hiring process innovations will forever change how companies operate.

Phone interviews are no longer an initial screening

While the phone interview has always been an initial screening of candidates, they have become a much more integral part of the hiring process. Phone interviews are essential to determine if the candidate has the skill set needed to be efficient in the role. Gone are the days when a hiring manager or HR professional calls you up to ask you a few basic questions. Phone interviews are now typically the first round of interviews and should be taken as seriously as an in-person interview. Here are a few pointers on how to prepare for these interviews.

Many of my clients that traditionally do onsite interviews at the mining facility or job site have now switched over to phone interviews. My clients and I are even working together to make job offers to candidates over the phone instead of flying them in to tour the facilities. However, for some of the more technical or collaborative team-focused positions, the video or Skype interview can give you a better understanding of the candidate and how they may fit in with the team.

Video interviewing is the new norm

Video interviews have skyrocketed this year. Zoom Meetings, Microsoft Teams, Skype, and even Face Time interviews have become a mainstay in the hiring process. I have found these tools excellent for employers that want to see how a candidate interacts with the team. I still believe the face to face interview is ideal for both candidates and employers, but when circumstances make these interviews difficult, I found these video interviews to be the next best thing.

Onsite interviews during the pandemic

Nothing compares to the good old fashion in-person interview. But getting into the facility has proven more difficult due to health and safety concerns. If you have an onsite interview, you can almost guarantee someone will check your temperature at the door. Also, you will be asked a series of health questions to ensure you are feeling well. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your mask! When going to a facility to interview, my advice is to follow the company’s safety guidelines. Resistance to safety guidelines can most certainly affect the company’s decision to hire you no matter your qualifications.

Need help navigating this hiring process revolution?

My biggest take away from this year regarding interviews is that clients are still hiring. While processes may have changed, companies are actively interviewing and onboarding qualified candidates. If your company is currently struggling to find candidates to fill your roles, reach out to me. We can work together to streamline your hiring process and get the talent you need today. Or, if you are a job seeker, I have dozens of opportunities that might be a great fit for you!

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3 Emerging Medical Technologies and Their Benefits

The pandemic has changed our lives in many ways and has shaken up some of our routines and normalcies. Technology in healthcare has made significant transformations throughout the last six months. This industry has taken an enormous step forward as we become more reliant on new technologies and processes. Here are three emerging medical technologies that are helping us overcome these challenging times and their long-term benefits.

Telehealth and Telemedicine

Telehealth is a quickly developing technology that allows patients to virtually receive medical care through highly personalized mobile apps or video calls like Zoom. Telemedicine enables patients to speak virtually with physicians and other medical professionals to receive instant diagnoses and medical advice instead of waiting for face-to-face appointments with their doctor. Major benefits include improved access to healthcare, cost-effectiveness, and improved quality. This is a great solution to increasing patient demand, especially in rural and remote areas.

At Johnson Search Group, we work with many rural healthcare organizations. One of the biggest struggles we hear in rural areas is access to medical care. It can take hours to drive to the nearest healthcare professional, so telehealth is drastically shaping these communities’ healthcare access.

3D Printing

3D printing enables prototyping, customization, research, and manufacturing for healthcare professionals. Surgeons can replicate patient-specific organs with 3D printed devices to help prepare for procedures, and many medical devices and surgical tools can be 3D printed as well. It makes it easier to cost-effectively develop comfortable prosthetic limbs for patients and print tissues and organs for transplants. It can also ‘print’ pills for patients containing multiple drugs, which improves the organization, timing, and monitoring of numerous medications.

Medical robots

Many believe that an autonomous robot could soon be a regular member of any hospital’s medical staff. These devices may perform duties, such as taking a patient’s pulse and scanning vital signs, reading case notes, and even performing surgery!

One unique example that we may not think of is the Disinfecting Bots that take the place of error-prone humans. Modern disinfecting robots can move autonomously to patient’s rooms and bombard the empty room with high-powered UV rays for several minutes until no microorganism is left alive. These robots are obviously in high demand while our country struggles to combat the virus outbreak. These machines ensure the elimination of bacteria and help keep staff and patients healthy.

We can help staff for these emerging medical technologies

These three technologies are rapidly growing and are quickly becoming a permanent addition to healthcare systems. As a result, hospitals and medical groups are adding new talent to their IT departments to keep up with demand and changing system requirements. My team and I specialize in healthcare recruiting throughout the United States. We have recently seen an increase in IT hiring within the healthcare field. If you want to discuss different staffing strategies to get some great candidates on board, reach out to me. Johnson Search Group is here to help. We offer both direct-hire and contract staffing solutions and would be more than happy to discuss a partnership.

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3 Ways to Beef Up Your Resume

Are you actively updating your resume or thinking about updating it soon? If so, you’re not alone with 13.6 million people currently unemployed, as of August 2020. If you are out of work and need a new job or just browsing for a better opportunity, now is the time to get that resume in tip-top shape. There is a ton of competition in today’s labor market, and you must ensure your CV is sublime. Here are three different ways to beef up your resume.

Add your achievements and certifications

Many displaced workers have been honing new skills and earning certifications over the last several months. Have you taken any new courses or achieved a certification? If so, add those to your resume! Don’t be afraid to list out all of our skills and achievements in a nice bulleted list on your resume. Most job descriptions tell you what software you need to know or what skill sets they require. So, if you possess those attributes, spell that out right on your resume. It’s one of the easiest and most effective ways to tailor it to each position.

Quantify your accomplishments

Sure, you probably have a bunch of accomplishments displayed on your resume. However, are you quantifying them? You should try to quantify almost every aspect possible on your resume to really hit home your achievements and experiences. Which one of these examples sounds better to you?

  • Responsible for organizing an annual charity event
  • Led a group of eight committee members to promote, plan, and execute our company’s annual charity event that generated $157,000

Clearly, the second statement is much more impactful. Sift through your resume and find points that need to be quantified or ones that could be improved. This process is an excellent way to beef up your resume and make it stand out to hiring managers.

Add your volunteer experience

Another underappreciated addition to your resume is including volunteer experience. Millions of Americans volunteer their time for various causes every year. But during the pandemic, volunteering is up as people have more time on their hands and recognize that non-profits and other organizations are struggling as well. According to LinkedIn, U.S. members have been adding over 110,000 volunteering experiences and activities per month to their profiles over the last year.

However you choose to volunteer your time, be sure to add these experiences to your resume. It speaks truth to your character and illustrates that you decided to give back during a challenging time. Plus, you never know what kind of a bond or conversation you can have with a hiring manager over a similar volunteering experience. This is especially true if you identify that a company you apply to is big on volunteering. This can help demonstrate that you are a culture fit and kick your interview off on the right foot.

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How To Boost Your Resume And Lend A Helping Hand

As the country continues to recover from the pandemic’s economic toll, initial jobless claims are (once again) beginning to decline. On Thursday, August 27th, jobless claims tallied to 1.006 million, over 100,000 fewer claims than the week prior. However, there are still 14.5 million total claims as of the week ending August 15th. As a result, job seekers are looking for productive activities that utilize their talents and beef up their resumes to better stand out in the sea of applicants. If this sounds like your current situation, here are three things you can do to offer a helping hand, improve your career trajectory, and boost your resume.

Volunteer your time

Volunteering is on the rise during the pandemic. Since millions of Americans have more free time right now, people are putting their time to good use by volunteering. According to LinkedIn, U.S. members have been adding over 110,000 volunteering experiences and activities per month throughout the year. That’s 2.5x the monthly amount recorded in 2017. Volunteering is a great way to spend your free time and help out an organization in need. Here are the top 10 volunteering organizations in 2020:

Volunteering Organizations LinkedIn

Most of these organizations are recognizable to you. If you are thinking about volunteering, think about donating your time to some local organizations that may be struggling right now. That could be a local food bank, community center, or animal shelter. You can even offer your professional services to aid them, such as web design or social media assistance, for example, to put your skills to work and aid an organization in need. Either way, volunteering is an excellent resume booster and fulfilling activity!

Earn free certifications

Many bloggers and companies are suggesting to enroll in some online courses or earn certifications to advance your marketability and skillsets. We have actually been suggesting this for months! Earning a certificate is a great way to hone a talent, acquire a new skill, and make you a more valuable employee. Plus, there are tons of free options out there for pretty much every profession. Here are a few examples:

  • The Google Skill Shop offers free courses and certifications to help you master Google products such as AdWords or Analytics
  • SEMrush offers free SEO and content marketing courses to give your business an online boost
  • The Codecademy has a free option that gives you access to basic coding classes to teach you HTML, CSS, and other programming skills
  • LinkedIn Learning offers courses and podcasts to help you learn new business, tech, and creative skills from industry experts

Work as a freelancer

Another activity you can do to give your resume a boost is freelance work. There are dozens of websites like fivver and UpWork, where you can post your services and expertise. Whether you’re a marketing professional, blogger, graphic designer, engineer, or IT professional, you can use these sites to be hired for your talents. The cool part? You may have the opportunity to work with some of the biggest companies out there! Dozens of organizations utilize talent from these freelancing sites to tap the best talent on the market.

These are just a few things you can do to boost your resume if you are currently out of work. They are a great use of your time, will make you feel valued, and give you some confidence to get through this rough patch. You got this!

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Why You Should Take Vacation Time During the Pandemic

Have you taken any vacation time or PTO during the pandemic? If your answer is no, then you are not alone. In a recent survey, nearly one-third of employees believe it is almost impossible to take time off because they have too much work. Another study found that workers utilize less than 25% of the vacation time that they have earned on average. And these shocking statistics are under normal circumstances. Of course, during the pandemic, it can be even more discouraging to take time off. There are millions of people unemployed, revenue is down for many companies, and you might feel awkward requesting time off if you are working from home. However, taking a few days off right now might be more beneficial for your productivity than ever before. Here are a couple of reasons why you should take vacation time during the pandemic.

You may be overworked

Many of you are probably working longer hours during the pandemic. If you are working from home, the days are possibly blurring together; it’s easy to respond to an email or answer a call “after hours” when your computer or phone is at arm’s length. According to the National Bureau of Economy Research, the average workday is 48.5 minutes longer than usual. The survey also found that the number of meetings increased by 13%, and people sent 1.4 more emails per day to their colleagues. If this extra workload has been going on since mid-March, you can start to feel the burnout.

These new work patterns are causing many people to become overworked during the pandemic. As a result, it’s essential to take time off when you can. If you’re on the verge of burnout, your work will start to suffer, and so will your mental health. It’s in yours, your company’s, and your customers’ best interest to take time off to rest and recharge.

It isn’t easy to take time off right now

It is really easy to convince yourself not to take vacation time during the pandemic. You might feel guilty asking to take a few days off. If your company is struggling and has looming layoffs (or already had some), it can be discouraging to take time off that you need. Plus, there isn’t much to do right now for a vacation. Many places are closed down or have restrictions, air travel might feel too dangerous, and you may just be tight on funds right now. These are are all concerns, but they should not stop you from taking time off to relax and rejuvenate yourself.

Have a conversation with your manager. Express how you feel and how some time off will make you a more productive employee in the long run. You might be surprised how that conversation will help your manager better understand what you’re going through and how it might positively impact your work-life balance. Even if you are just staying home, it’s essential to take vacation time during the pandemic to take a step back from work and return with a renewed sense of purpose and motivation!