Turn Your Staffing Tragedy Into A Staffing Strategy

Turn Your Staffing Tragedy Into A Staffing Strategy

A few weeks ago, I was working with a client, and we had just about all of his critical positions taken care of. During a conversation, he point-blank said, “I don’t know what I would have done without you!” He explained that he usually handles all of the recruiting himself, but with everything going on lately, he was completely overwhelmed. He almost felt guilty about having to depend on an outside source to help build his staffing strategy. Then, he realized that they utilize external recruiters for a reason. In the end, he shared that he will never wait that long before calling me again!

Let Us Help Build Your Staffing Strategy

You need to realize, our world is different now. On top of your usual duties, you now have to juggle layoffs, hiring freezes, and even a surge in retirements. You can suffer under the pressure of doing every single detail all by yourself, or you can partner with a recruiter to take advantage of what they do best. Can you handle the requisition and hiring process on your own? Absolutely! But there comes a time when you need to prioritize and realize we can step in a take that load off your shoulders.

So if it comes down to having everything fall upon you or being strategic and utilizing the available tools, which one will you choose? In this era, we don’t know what will happen, but we do know we will always be there for you!

Whether your company is currently in a hiring freeze, struggling to find qualified candidates, or simply feeling overwhelmed by it all, give me a call. I have built an elaborate network of industry experts, ready to make an impact at a growing organization. From contractors to full-time leaders, we can connect you with the candidates you need. We will help you build a flexible staffing strategy that will lead your organization to success.

A Recruiter’s Soliloquy

A Recruiter’s Soliloquy

Recruiting is an interesting profession. Every single day is different. I speak to a wide variety of people, each consisting of their own skills and experiences. A recruiter’s job is to bounce from one activity to the next, balancing client and candidates’ needs. The diversity is limitless, and my day is never boring! And spoiler alert: it’s all worth it!

In just one hour, I listen to stories running the gamut, but I do not mind! Although time management is key in my business, I often force myself to slow down. When I’m on the phone, it’s not with “just a candidate.” I get to talk to dozens of human beings throughout the country. They all have rich histories, future career goals, and incredible stories. Dealing with so many different personalities can be challenging. But at the end of the day, I’m fortunate that I have the ability to build such a diverse network.

My days are packed with phone calls, emails, meetings, interview preps, and prospecting new clients. It is fast-paced and even draining at times, but I would not trade it for the world. I love what I do, and juggling all of these different responsibilities gets me closer to my passion: to find the best possible candidates out there for my clients.

A recruiter’s job is difficult but rewarding. 

It helps that I work for an organization with over 35 years in the staffing industry that has built a solid reputation as a trusted partner with both clients and candidates. If you are a company who needs a little help, or a candidate looking for an opportunity, reach out to Johnson Search Group and have a great experience.  

The next time you get a call from a recruiter, have a brief conversation with them – it could be life-changing.   

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.

Why Now Is The Time To Start Hiring

Why Now Is The Time To Start Hiring

Amidst the Coronavirus pandemic, you have probably read countless articles regarding businesses shuttering or making layoffs. And while this may have some companies hesitant to hire during this climate, it’s actually an opportune time to start recruiting. Here’s why:

Your Hiring Process May Take Longer

It’s true; we don’t know exactly how long restrictions will be in place. Even after governors lighten the social distancing restrictions, hiring processes will probably still look a bit different. With many employees working remotely, it may take longer to sift through candidates, coordinate interviews, run background checks, and set up onboarding. Start crafting your job description today so that you can get a head start!

Candidates Are Available

As a result of layoffs and furloughs, there are some incredibly talented candidates on the market today. And once lockdowns are lifted, and states get back to normal, your competition will be scooping them up. By starting your hiring process today, you can get a jump on competitors and hire candidates that previously weren’t even on the market.

You Will Be Able To Hit The Ground Running

Once the world returns back to normal, you’re going to want your team to be fully loaded. In order to hit the ground running, you’ll need employees that have already been onboarded, trained in all the necessary areas, and have had the opportunity to get to know their team. This isolation period is actually the perfect time for your team to train and learn without distractions!

Are you ready to hire now? Or maybe you just want to put some feelers out there for what kind of talent is on the market today. Speak with one of our experienced recruiters and get the conversation started. They have connections with talented candidates throughout the United States, and they specialize in your industry and community.


Collaboration is Key During COVID-19

Due to COVID-19, almost everyone’s lives have shifted in one way or another. Who learned how to log in from home? Order lunch on a new food delivery app? What about interviewing or even hiring a candidate over video?

The moments in life that we have planned have become things we cannot depend on. With the COVID-19 pandemic, updates are coming fast and frequent. Information is continuously changing, and as a result, so is our understanding of the impact of this virus.

COVID-19 is affecting everyone differently

When I reached out to my clients this week, I would ask them how I can help them during these difficult times. I would simply say, “I’m just calling to check on you and your team… I want to make sure you are all doing okay!” And the emotion was all over the board. You could hear people stop, listen, and take a moment to say, “yeah, we are okay” or “no, we are not okay.” Both responses were utterly valid.

Some people were working from home, which is a whole other challenge. You heard kids in the background, your heard dogs bark, even doorbells ring.  

As I talk with my team, we are all learning different information. Come to find out COVID-19 is a backseat driver to what people were really dealing with. Mining reps are voicing concerns about the price of oil. Bankers are anxious about the volatility of the stock market. And the healthcare professionals we work with are just scared about what’s to come with the growing demand from patients across the nation.

My family and friends know that the one word I hate the most is “overwhelmed.” However, it’s the one word that describes this month to a T. You balance work, kids, spouse, car trouble, your parents, shopping, kids, school, and the list goes on and on (Yes, I mentioned kids twice!).

Don’t be afraid to ask for help

While dealing with all of this, the pressure of our everyday tasks becomes more frustrating. This art of prioritizing has taken on a whole new meaning.  

What we really need to remember is to ask for help. So many times, we hear things like “we have it taken care of,” or “we have an entire department for that.” We also hear phrases like hiring-freeze, cutbacks, and that position is on hold for now. But why? Those roles are essential, NOW more than ever.   

You need to remember there are other resources that can help when frustration kicks in.

With over 3 million unemployment claims between March 15 and 21, there are literally millions of people interested in new job opportunities. We are talking solid and qualified candidates that are out looking. Thus, this is the time to look at the positions that are topping out at 30 days and call a recruiter that has the pipeline of candidates that you don’t. Take advantage of the resources that are at your fingertips. 

We are here for you

This is the time to dig in and adapt to the changes coming our way, not succumb to all the chaos. Therefore, social distancing may be necessary right now, but collaboration and working together are more important than ever. Reach out to the Johnson Search Group team today if you need help with your hiring efforts during these uncertain times. We are here to help and hope you all stay healthy and safe.

Recruiter That Specializes in Your Industry

Why You Should Use A Recruiter That Specializes in Your Industry

The value of the staffing industry will surpass the $157 billion mark in 2020, with over 20,000 staffing firms throughout the country. The industry is incredibly complex, with many different nuances, strategies, and services. With terms like contingency, retained, engaged, contract, direct-hire, temp-to-hire, and many more, selecting a firm to hire can seem like a daunting task. But how do you know which firm is right for your company? Here are a few reasons why you should enlist the help of a recruiter that specializes in your industry.

You get what you pay for

So how do you select which firm is right for you? Several factors go into this; the first that comes to mind is the price. According to Top Echelon, the average recruiting fee for direct-hire placements is 21.5%, but the price isn’t the most crucial aspect of selecting a staffing agency. For instance, there are recruiting companies that will offer aggressively low rates, like 10%, to earn your business and hope to get a placement. But what are you even getting for 10%, 20%, 30%, or even 40% for a fully retained search? While the price is clearly important, there is much more to consider before you choose the recruiting firm that’s right for your company.

Does your recruiter understand your hiring needs?

What does the recruiting agency specialize in? Do they specialize in anything at all? Or just work on whatever role they can get? This is a common practice that often leads to recruiters not knowing much about the industries they are recruiting on because they work on anything and everything. The result of this is sending unqualified candidates to the end client.

For example, if I have never worked with a Chemical Process Engineer, discussed the role with hiring managers, and self-educated myself on the position, how would I successfully determine a qualified candidate? And then, the next day, start working on a Nurse Practitioner while also working on SBA Business Development Officer? It’s a practice that can net results, but it won’t likely provide clients with qualified candidates in a timely fashion. Also, if this is a position that is directly responsible for the safety of others, such as a Safety Manager, you may be putting the lives of others at risk if you submit a candidate that isn’t qualified and competent to do the job.

Find a recruiter that specializes in your industry

Working with a recruiting professional that specializes in your companies’ field is the way to get the best results. It isn’t always the cheapest solution, but time is money, and how often is the most affordable product the best? Here and Johnson Search Group, we specialize in four different industries:

We pride ourselves on self-education and understanding the ins-and-outs of the industries we recruit in to identify qualified candidates, screen those candidates (multiple times), and submit them to our clients in an efficient manner.

Partner with a recruiter that understands your needs

So, I ask you: who have you selected for your staffing partner? Do they understand your hiring needs? Are they supplying the right candidates for your vacancies? If your answer is no, I suggest exploring other options that may achieve better results, and ultimately, fill your staffing needs.

For a recruiter that specializes in YOUR industry, give me a call. I want to work with you and learn how Johnson Search Group can impact your company.

3 Growth Strategies To Lead Your Team To Success

3 Growth Strategies That Will Lead Your Team To Success

Growth can be intimidating. You worry that adding staff to your team may stretch your resources, increase your costs, and worry whether now is the right time or not. However, the job market is hot right now, and competition for qualified talent is at an all-time high. It is the perfect time to add to your team, and there’s a smart way to do it. These three growth strategies will help ensure that your team will grow in a steady, sustainable way.

1. Recruit The Right People

The most costly mistake you can make is hiring the wrong person. If a candidate is not thoroughly vetted or completely closed on the job, they will either leave quickly or stay and underperform. When you partner with a recruiting firm like Johnson Search Group, we meticulously vet each and every candidate we work with a minimum of three times before they are extended an offer. We walk our candidates through the entire hiring process, closing them on the job, money, company, and location every single time we talk with them. It is of utmost importance that we only submit the best candidates that want to join your team and make an impact.

2. Hire Quickly

With how competitive the talent market is right now, you must hire quickly! While it may feel like pushing to hire is an increase in cost, it will actually save you money and resources in the long run. The cost of talent acquisition is a huge burden to many departments and can cause a significant slowdown in production. Streamline your hiring process to shorten the time from first contact (application or submit) to offer and start date. This will ensure that you can secure the most qualified talent for your team.

3. Boost Retention Rates

One of the strongest moves you can make to grow your team is to keep your best employees on board. Again, with the candidate-driven market, there are a lot of opportunities out there. Your most talented staff are more than likely being actively recruited. So, give them a reason to stay! Are you offering fair compensation and benefits? Take a look at your company and team culture. Try implementing frequent reviews with each of your employees to check in on their happiness and satisfaction with their jobs.

Does your growth strategies need a boost? Partner with Johnson Search Group to take your team to the next level and achieve your growth goals this year.

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.

Why Should You Work With A Recruiter

Why Should You Work With A Recruiter?

If you are a human resources professional or a hiring manager, you probably get calls from recruiters regularly. Some of you may have used them in the past, while others have never even considered partnering with a recruiting firm to fill your critical positions. And if you fall in the latter of the two groups, have you ever taken a moment to ask yourself, “why should I work with a recruiter?” Well, if that’s you, here are a few reasons why you should consider partnering with a recruiter in today’s tight job market.

You probably don’t have enough time to recruit

If you are like most of the organizations we speak with, you are juggling a handful of open positions. Some of our clients have dozens of open positions, and thus, just don’t have enough hours in the day to recruit. We get it! If you’re in human resources, hiring is probably not your only (or even most important) task. And if you’re a hiring manager, you have your own job to worry about and cannot spend all day sifting through resumes.

If this sounds like your department, give a recruiting firm, like Johnson Search Group, a call. We will do the heavy lifting for you, so you don’t have to spend your entire day searching for candidates. In other words, we’ll find candidates that are not only interested in your position, but someone qualified and ready to make an impact on your organization.

We have a deep pipeline of candidates

We spend all day talking with candidates across the nation. Our candidates (in both big and small markets) are ready to move, and possess various backgrounds and skillsets to perfectly meet your hiring needs. Before we ever submit a candidate to your team, we vet them to ensure they are a good fit for the position and your culture. We interview them and ensure their resume matches their background and we’ll never submit a candidate that isn’t qualified for your role. We promise to never present candidates to you just to fill a vacant position. Our team doesn’t like wasting your time or ours. Therefore, you can count on us to submit candidates you will want to bring on board.

We will get your jobs more exposure

At Johnson Search Group, we work with companies of all different shapes and sizes. Some of the companies are mid-size, while others are fortune-500 companies. If your organization is on the smaller size, it can be challenging to compete with larger organizations in your market. (Especially with 7.1 million open positions across the nation!) However, when you partner with us, your footprint gets exponentially bigger. We have dozens of different recruiting tools, we post our jobs on multiple platforms, we make hundreds of phone calls each day, and we have a dedicated team of recruiters that specialize in your industry. What more could you ask for?

If you want to take your recruiting to the next level, reach out to one of our recruiters today. We are ready to get to work on your critical roles and fill your vacant positions to help your team end the Fourth Quarter on a strong note.

We Simply Get People Hired

We Simply Get People Hired

When we talk about what we do as recruiters, we simply get people hired. The same way your cell phone is simply purchased and used to make a phone call. It’s a straightforward concept, but there’s a reason why only a handful of firms continue to emerge as the best of the best. According to the American Staffing Association, there are 20,000 staffing companies in the U.S. with combined 39,000 offices.

A lot is going on behind the scenes. When you partner with a recruiter at Johnson Search Group, you’re getting the technical expertise and refined processes tailored to fit your specific needs. We design our process to get you the skillset, attributes, and candidate experience to help you meet your hiring goals.

Take a look at the numbers

Over the last 35 years, JSG has consistently been named to several prestigious industry lists, including SIA’s Fastest Growing, Largest Firms (in the U.S. and Canada), and notably this year, the 13th Largest Engineering Staffing Firm in the U.S.

I work with a very passionate group. We are committed to doing what it takes to bring the talent our clients need. Currently, JSG has over 4,000 hires in the last year. However, we represent only 0.1% of the offices in the country; operating only around 40 of the 39,0000 staffing offices here in the states. These numbers show our dedication to staffing and recruiting only the best for our candidates and clients.

We work to provide quality over quantity

If you don’t want a better and faster hiring process, we might not be the best recruiting firm for you. Or if you are looking to comb through 100s of resumes on one position, again, we might not be the best fit.

We work diligently to do the work behind the scenes. We thoroughly vet candidates to fit your requirements and present to you the best possible talent on the market. So as far as it pertains to your next hire, if you partner with JSG, all you need to know is we simply get people hired.

We want to do the hard work so that you can meet your hiring and production goals. Reach out to one of our experts in your industry today; let’s work together to get your team the talent you need to head into 2020 confidently.