How to go the Extra Mile in Your Job Search

How to go the Extra Mile in Your Job Search

The U.S. Labor Department recently reported that there are currently 10.9 million job openings – the highest mark since the recording of this metric in 2000. However, the department estimates that the number of unemployed Americans is over 8 million people. As this disparity continues to grow, so does the competitiveness of the labor market. If you are looking to make a career move during this time, you need to go the extra mile in your job search, and here’s how you can do that.

Add additional application materials

As you apply for jobs online, most companies have a web portal or third-party job hosting site to collect applications. These applications typically require your basic contact details, resume, EEOC information, and sometimes your references. But that’s not enough in today’s market. In the application process, there is often a space to include additional information. It may be tempting to skip this step to move on to the next job listing, but this area will help you go the extra mile in your job search. Add that “optional” cover letter, submit some certifications, writing samples, examples of work, or even a personal website. Adding these documents may be a little more work, but it’s almost guaranteed to help your stand out from your competition.

Connect with the hiring professional

If you are submitting resume after resume with no luck, it’s time to stick your next out a little bit. You can easily go the extra mile by reaching out to the hiring manager or recruiter working on the role you are applying for. After you submit your resume and fill out the job application, reach out to the hiring professional. Try connecting with them on LinkedIn or shoot them a brief email. In your message, introduce yourself, share the role you applied for, and attach your resume. By personally connecting with the hiring professional, you will increase the likelihood of your resume being seen by human eyes and not just stuck in an ATS.

Partner with a recruiter

Have you thought about working with a recruiter? Third-party recruiters, like the ones at JSG, have strong relationships without our clients. We receive exclusive job orders and can help match your qualifications and career goals with exciting opportunities. So, if you are ready to go the extra mile with your job search, reach out to us today! We have dozens of exciting opportunities across the country and will work with you to find the next step in your career.

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

Why You Should Partner With A Recruiter To Find Your Next Job

With bonus season upon us in the banking industry, many people are starting to evaluate their current positions. Additionally, managers are assessing the weaknesses of their teams and where they can add talent. This might land you in a position to look for the next step in your career. But, did you know there are advantages to utilizing a recruiter for your job search? Here’s why you should partner with a recruiter to find your next job.

Employers are hiring again

If you are getting your bonus right now or are finding out that dividends won’t be paid this year due to the coronavirus, you are probably ready to look at potential job changes. I am here to tell you that after hiring restrictions prevalent throughout most of 2020 due to COVID-19, companies are now ready to grow their teams.

Hiring managers are looking for experienced professionals that can add immediate value to their team. You need to be able to articulate your passion and how your skills and experience will bring value. Sound intimidating? Working with a great recruiter can help you understand the value you bring and prepare you for grueling interviews.

Great recruiters can help you articulate in a way that speaks directly to a hiring manager’s needs. Sometimes just getting the interview isn’t enough to land the job you want, especially in today’s competitive market. You need someone to help you evaluate your skills and experience and coach you on how to sell them.

How A Recruiter Can Help You Pass The Interview Stage

So, you say you don’t need a recruiting team to help you in the interviewing stage. Let’s talk about that for a minute. You might be a strong interviewer. However, if you have been in the same company for the last 5-20 years, you’re out of practice and your interviewing skills are out of date. If you partner with Johnson Search Group to find your next position, we will help you prepare for the interview. We provide you insider company information, hiring manager backgrounds, and job descriptions. Additionally, we will help you thoroughly understand the job, walk you through the interviewing stage, and help you land the next best career move.

So, let’s have a conversation about your next step. Give me a call and let’s find out what your future has in store!

3 Benefits of Connecting With A Recruiter

3 Benefits Of Connecting With A Recruiter

At some point in your career, you’ve probably been contacted by a recruiter. When I reach someone who is not open to new opportunities, I get shut down pretty quickly. However, if I speak to someone who is, I typically share the opportunity I am recruiting on, and we go from there.

However, having a conversation with a recruiter offers many advantages, even when you’re not open to new opportunities. Here are three benefits you can get from talking to a recruiter, even when you’re not immediately available for a new opportunity.

Understand your market value

As a recruiter in the banking and financial services industry, I need to know the market value for people within the industry. I have conversations with candidates all day long. We talk about compensation, incentive programs, and benefits. We can quickly look at your skill-set and tell you what you may be worth based upon your background. Sometimes candidates are shocked to find out that they are underpaid in their current situation. Alternatively, some are happy to discover that they are very well-compensated for someone in their position.

Recruiters tell you which institutions are desirable (and which are not)

I have a lot of conversations with people open to new opportunities in Washington. I hear about the ins & outs of teams, the leadership turnover, and the culture of institutions. As a result, I can speak to which ones may not be the best to go work for and which are highly desirable based on certain factors. I enjoy having candid conversations with folks. It helps me understand why you’re ready to take the next step in your career. Additionally, I uncover what a good next step looks like for a candidate.


You may not be open to new opportunities now, but things can always change down the road. Speaking to a recruiter is a great way to build a networking relationship for future opportunities. They can be a wealth of knowledge in the industry and can even give job search, resume, and interviewing tips. Additionally, you can refer the recruiter to someone you know who may be looking. You never know; it may be the opportunity that they’re looking for, and you can make an enormous impact on their life!

These are just a few of the many benefits of talking to a recruiter, even if you may not be open to new opportunities. So, connect with us today and have a conversation!

What To Do When A JSG Recruiter Contacts You About A Job

What To Do When A JSG Recruiter Contacts You About A Job

So let’s say the phone starts ringing, it’s a random number, and you wonder, “who could that possibly be?!” Well, if you’re lucky, it just might be a recruiter from Johnson Search Group! When we reach out about a potential job opportunity, know that we have exclusive relationships with companies and a proprietary process that results in getting great candidates hired at incredible companies! So, if you’re lucky enough to receive a JSG recruiter phone call, here are three things you should do.

Trust us to apply to the job for you

We have built great relationships with our clients, and when you partner with us, our clients are not just getting your resume but a background on YOU and why YOU want to come work for them. We also boast about how and why you fit their culture and values. If you try to apply directly with the company, we CANNOT represent you, and unfortunately, you lose credibility. Remember, we have exclusive relationships with these hiring managers. They trust us to bring them only the best, often bypassing a stack of online applications for the one or two resumes we present.

Keep the lines of communication open

Even if you’re not interested now, it doesn’t mean you won’t be soon due to unforeseeable circumstances (life is everchanging and crazy)! A quick phone call back says a lot about you as a candidate. And believe me, you want to build that relationship with us. Down the road, our partnership might just be something that benefits you and your future. When you blow us off, you may have missed out on a really great opportunity. Maybe even for an opportunity for a friend (referrals are great, and we are all in this together!) 

Be kind

This may seem like an obvious one. However, you would be surprised at the number of times we are hung up on, or even yelled at, for merely reaching out about a job opportunity! In a competitive job market like today’s, you must keep your options open. Even if it’s not the right fit for you, kindness goes a long way when it comes to future opportunities! I am passionate about putting people to work and helping my clients grow their businesses by hiring extraordinary employees.

So, the next time a recruiter calls you from Johnson Search Group about a job, remember: we work hard, we work together, we work for you. And if you’re ready to take the next step in your career, I’m here for you!

Why Job Seekers Should Utilize A Recruiter in 2021

Why Job Seekers Should Utilize A Recruiter in 2021

Will you be looking for a new career opportunity next year? The job market is in a weird position right now. Some industries are thriving, while others are just trying to keep afloat. If you are searching for a new job, the market is a little rocky, but employers are still hiring. As we edge closer to overcoming the coronavirus, the job market will continue to stabilize, and it may be helpful for you to seek the aid of a hiring professional. Here are three reasons why job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021.

Competition is going to be fierce

Let’s face it; there are millions of people out of work, and the competition on the job market will be fierce. Gone are the days of the candidate being in the driver’s seat with multiple job offers in the works. In 2021, employers will still be recovering from the virus but will have more options to choose from. If you partner with a recruiter, we can ensure your resume gets read by the hiring manager instead of getting added to a stack of other candidates. Working with a recruiter, like one from Johnson Search Group, will help your resume actually get reviewed instead of thrown to the side. Hiring managers will have hundreds of applications to sift through, and we can ensure yours gets the attention it deserves.

Elaborate on your transferrable skills

When you are applying for a new job, you may not have every skill listed on the job description. But that doesn’t mean you aren’t an excellent fit for the role. If you have transferable skills, you can take what you know and adapt to similar job-specific skills needed to perform the job. This might be difficult to identify on your resume, so a recruiter can help elaborate your skills. They can help bridge the gap between what you already know how to do and how you can quickly adapt to perform the job successfully.

Exclusive job opportunities

And finally, job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021 to have access to exclusive job opportunities. Most job seekers use job sites and company career pages to find jobs. But have you heard about the hidden job market? Millions of job postings are not on traditional platforms. Only about 40% of job postings are advertised online. So, where are all the other jobs? Many are exclusive opportunities from recruiters. Clients partner with us to find them the best candidates on the market. As a result, some of these roles are in our hands and not posted anywhere else. If you really want to elevate your job search, utilize a recruiting firm.

Ready to let a recruiter go to work for you?

So, these are just three of the reasons why job seekers should utilize a recruiter in 2021. If you are ready to get back to work or find a new opportunity, reach out to us today. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you. Please take a look at our available jobs and give us a call today.

Why Your Hiring Team Needs A Recruiter by Their Side

Why Your Hiring Team Needs A Recruiter by Their Side

In our current labor market, it is crucial to have a good recruiter by your side. As a healthcare recruiter, my job is to make as many calls a day as possible to source qualified candidates for your organization’s most critical roles. We listen to our clients’ needs, and we get to work. In rural healthcare, it is essential to find candidates with the necessary qualifications and a strong culture fit. In our country’s current situation, you may find yourself needing our help in the future, so next time you receive a call from one of us, hear us out.

An experienced healthcare recruiter helps you read between the lines

Sometimes great candidates had some mishaps in their work history or have recently taken on a completely different challenge or role. As an experienced healthcare recruiter, I provide all of the information you need, so your hiring team can better understand their situation. Everyone’s story is different, and especially in this job market, it can be challenging to find the right candidate for your team. People are so much more than their resumes, and we can help you put the pieces of the puzzle together to make the right hiring decisions.

Recruiters genuinely care about your team

As a recruiter, I strive to ensure no stones are left unturned throughout my search; I work hard for my clients and endlessly. We have the tools at Johnson Search Group that set us apart from many other recruiting agencies and the passion too. My team and I value the relationships we make along the way and the journey we take with our clients and candidates. We are all in this together, that is for sure, and I love staying connected with the hiring managers I get to aid.

Let’s work together

So, if you need help sourcing the right candidates in this ever-changing market, give me a call today. If you are looking for today’s top talent for a critical role, please do not hesitate to reach out to my team at Johnson Search Group.

Working With A Recruiter

What’s it Like Working with A Recruiter

If you’re contemplating a career change or currently looking for a new job, it can be overwhelming. Do you want to make a lateral change and find a company with a better culture or perks (such as working from home)? Or are you looking to shift your career in a different direction? Wherever you land on this spectrum, this is no easy feat. But there is one thing that can improve your job search, regardless of your newfound career goals: working with a recruiter. Here’s what it is like working with a recruiter.

More available job opportunities

Working with a reputable recruiting firm unlocks the door for hundreds of job opportunities you won’t find on traditional job boards. Many of the roles recruiters work on are exclusive jobs, so you likely won’t find them floating around online. Thus, working with a recruiter will allow you to expand your opportunities, and possibly, find the job of your dreams that you otherwise would have never seen!

So, whether you are looking for a contract assignment or a direct-hire job, partnering with a recruiter will take your job search to the next level.

Recruiter have great relationships

Recruiters work hard to establish strong relationships and communication with their clients. We take the time to truly understand our clients’ needs and the type of candidates that will fit their organization. However, through these relationships we have built, we can better serve job seekers like yourself. If you are working with a recruiter, we will submit yours directly to the hiring manager. We give them an overview of your skills, background, and achievements, so they know how great you are right off the bet. Essentially, instead of your resume getting thrown on a digital stack with your competition, we make sure your resume gets in the hands of the hiring manager. That instantly boosts the likelihood of you receiving an interview!

You have someone in your corner

When you are in the middle of the job search, it kind of feels like no man’s land. You are not sure what’s going on throughout the process and constantly waiting for the next step. However, when working with a recruiter, you have someone in your corner to guide you through the entire hiring process. If you have a question about what’s next, they will be right there to answer it and assist you each step of the way. If the client’s hiring process is slow, it’s your recruiter’s job to reach out and see what’s going on and nudge them in the right direction.

When hiccups occur along the way, they work hard to resolve them. All you have to do is bring your A-game to your interviews and the rest is smooth sailing. Working with a recruiter is basically having an ally walk you through the process. They care about your success and want you to receive an offer just as bad as you do.

Ready to partner with a recruiter and kick your job search up a notch? Johnson Search Group has a team of recruiters ready to assist you with finding your next career path. Check out our job board, and let’s get to work!

5 Tips For Getting A Job Through A Recruiter

5 Tips For Getting A Job Through A Recruiter

If you’re looking to take the next step in your career, you may want to consider a helping hand from a recruiter. Partnering with a recruiting firm to find your next job opens a whole world of options. We have strong relationships with hiring managers, and often recruit on jobs that aren’t even listed online! Additionally, we’ve helped thousands of candidates find positions throughout North America in dozens of different industries. However, we understand it can be intimidating! Here are five tips that will help you establish a relationship and land your next job with a recruiter.

1. Do Your Research

It is important to understand that not all recruiters are the same. When you put your career in someone else’s hands, it must be someone you trust. Research their company. Browse their online presence – website, social media, and LinkedIn profile. During your initial conversations with them, ask questions! Find out how many years of experience they have, what kind of tools their company uses, and their strategy for placing candidates.

2. Be Honest

Unfortunately, recruiters are lied to all the time. People are hesitant to share how much money they currently make, whether they are interviewing with other companies, or even if they have applied to certain companies before. Being dishonest about these things can only hurt you! Trust us when we say, your recruiter WANTS you to get the job! They WANT you to get the highest salary possible! Being truthful about anything and everything during the hiring process is absolutely essential to establishing a stable relationship and getting a job that will truly be a great fit.

3. Be Quick

Time is money in the recruiting world. When a company is trying to fill an essential role, they want to do so as quickly as possible. And if they’re working with multiple recruiters, they probably have a couple of great candidates in the mix. Being timely with your callbacks, resume submission, and interviewing scheduling could be the one thing that sets you apart from your competition.

4. Trust Their Expertise

Because you’ve done your research, you should feel confident in your recruiter’s ability and judgment. Great recruiters are continually reading the latest news in the job market and industries they specialize in. They are experts in local costs of living and competitive salaries. So, it’s essential that you trust them and the advice they give you throughout your job search journey.

5. Keep In Touch

Even if you don’t get a job through your recruiter now, you need to stay in touch! Let them know if you get a different position. Having an ongoing relationship with a connected recruiter can only bring opportunity to your door. If they have no jobs that would be a fit now, you never know what may come up across their desk tomorrow. And if you do land a job through your recruiter, give us any updates. We love the success stories! We want to know when you accomplish a massive project or get a promotion. We’ll continue to celebrate your wins for years to come.

Ready to get started? Contact one of our Recruiters today!


recruiting agency

What You Should Look for in a Recruiting Agency

There are thousands of recruiting agencies in the U.S., so selecting the right one to represent your company may seem like a daunting task. It’s essential to do some due diligence and start with identifying the qualities of the agency that will enhance your organization. These intricacies will be specific to your own culture, mission, values, and the overall goals of your organization. However, as a general rule of thumb, there are a few qualities to look for when selecting a recruiting agency.

Specializes in your industry or skillset

In today’s talent market, recruiters need to have a unique skillset to make an impact within an organization. In other words, they need to be knowledgeable of the industry and the types of roles that you’re hiring them to fill. Hiring a recruiting agency that understands the intricacies specific to your industry or the role that needs to be filled will generate more qualified candidates.

Solid Vetting Process

The more structured the vetting process, the more quality candidates you’ll receive. Recruiters should be vetting candidates on their skillsets and develop an understanding of what a hiring manager truly needs. For example, if your team needs someone with a collaborative approach to finishing projects, the recruiter needs to be asking open-ended questions to identify whether they’re collaborative or more of an independent decision-maker.

At Johnson Search Group, we put each and every one of our candidates through a three-step screening process before the hiring manager even sees the resume. There are several attributes recruiters should be looking for when vetting their candidates:

One, they must ensure each candidate is within the compensation range. If they want more money than what your budget allows, the deal will likely bee doomed from the start. Next, each candidate must be sold on the location of the position, especially when it comes to a relocation. Sure, a move across the country might sound fun, but is it realistic for the candidate’s family and lifestyle? And finally, they must be available to transition jobs within a reasonable amount of time. If a candidate can’t accept a job and start within a couple of weeks, there is a good chance the deal will fall apart. These are three things a good recruiter should be on the lookout for when vetting their candidates before submitting them to your team.


If you’re going to take the time to vet an agency for your staffing needs, you’ll ideally find one that’s a one-stop-shop. This can not only help save money but also a ton of time. 

According to the American Staffing Association, there are “more than three million temporary and contract employees work for America’s staffing companies during an average week.” When searching for a recruiting firm, you must hire an agency that can handle all of your staffing needs. You want to find a firm that can hire candidates on a direct-hire, contract-to-hire, or on a temporary basis. And if contract staffing isn’t on your team’s radar, here is how hiring contractors can benefit your organization.

Let’s partner together

It can be overwhelming when selecting a staffing agency to hire. However, if you look for an agency that has these three things, you’ll be in good shape. And if you’re still looking for the right recruiting team for your company, give us a try. At Johnson Search Group, we are industry experts. We take the time to understand your industry and the nuances of your most critical positions. Let’s have a conversation and see if we are the right fit for your team.

Golden Rule

The Golden Rule of Recruiting

You’ve heard of the Golden Rule, right? Treat others the way you would like to be treated. It’s a simple concept to grasp. Treat people with respect because you also want to be treated with respect. However, this rule doesn’t often appear in the world of recruiting. In today’s candidate-driven market, job seekers have tons of opportunities to pick and choose (7.3 million openings to be exact). With so many job openings, job seekers have plenty of options, and thus, often drop out of the interviewing process to pursue another opportunity.

And that’s not a big deal. We understand. At Johnson Search Group, we are always rooting for the candidates we represent. If you are presented with a better opportunity, we don’t blame you for pursuing it! We want what’s best for you, and if that’s another opportunity, then that’s fine. All we ask is if you be honest with us.

Just be honest with your recruiter

Recruiting is hard. We spend hours upon hours to ensure you’re adequately prepared for the entire interviewing process and are fully committed to your success. So please, if something else comes up, just be honest. Yeah, we might be bummed that we no longer get to place you with an excellent job opportunity, but we’ll be excited for you and wish for the best. So, you can stop the ghosting and the lies and just be upfront about it – we’ll respect your decision!

At Johnson Search Group, we’ve heard some crazy stories from our candidates when they decide to drop out of the hiring process. Medical emergencies, family incidents, car issues, or worse, we just randomly stop hearing back from you. And while some of these are definitely true, we know some of these are lies. We get it; it’s hard to tell someone no or turn them away. You are afraid of how a recruiter may react to your decision. However, we talk to thousands of job seekers each week and can pretty much always tell when a candidate is being dishonest. And if you are dishonest with us, we unfortunately probably won’t work with you in the future, no matter how skilled, educated, or qualified you are.

Remember the Golden Rule

So please, be honest with us because we promise always to be honest with you and communicate with you each step of the way.