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How to Find A Job During the Pandemic

If you are currently looking for a new job, it can be a daunting task. With many states still in disorder because of the coronavirus, your job search may not be the same as it once was. There are countless companies with hiring freezes while others scramble to find enough talented candidates during these challenging times. Here are a few tips on how to find a job during the pandemic.

Have a positive mindset

It’s a stressful time for us all, and some of us are in worse situations than others. Now more than ever, it’s essential to hold a positive mindset. We are all in this together, and having a good outlook on your circumstances will boost your motivation to find a new job opportunity. The most important thing for us all is to stay healthy and patient. Some states are beginning to open back up, which is a great sign. There is light at the end of the tunnel!

As these states get closer to opening, more job opportunities will begin to present themselves. It’s also imperative to keep an open mind. Don’t be afraid to accept a job opportunity that might feel like a side step in your career. If you need money to support your family, don’t let old stigmas about accepting a temp job get in your way. At the end of the day, you must do what’s best for you and your family. and accepting a job that may be starkly different from your last role will add some great skills to your tool belt.

Tailor your resume

Now more than ever, is it crucial to tailor your resume for each position. Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same old resume with each job application. If you really want to make a splash in today’s challenging job market, you want to customize your resume for each job. Carefully review the job description and ensure it matches all the required skills and qualities the hiring manager is looking for. If you take the time to tailor each resume, you will get more traction in your job search!

If you need some resume assistance, check out this foolproof guide for crafting the perfect resume.

Work with a recruiter

If you really want to find a job during the pandemic, try partnering up with a recruiter. We have close relationships with hiring managers and can help you find an opportunity that fits your career goals and skill sets. We have hundreds of opportunities available across the country. Reach out to us today, and let’s work together!

Things You Can Safely Take Off Your Resume

3 Things You Can Safely Take Off Your Resume

There is no one way to craft an excellent resume effectively. Each resume is unique, just like you and your working experience! However, there are some items that you can remove to make room for more relevant experiences and achievements. If you are currently sprucing up your resume, here are three things you can safely take off your resume.

Your Address

Gone are the days of including your address on your resume. Back in the day, job seekers needed to include their addresses on their resume because people actually had to mail their resumes out to employers. I know that’s hard to believe in today’s world. So, thanks to the internet and email, we no longer need to include our addresses on our resumes. Hiring managers will call or email you if they have any questions or need to contact you. The only time an employer will need your address is if you receive an offer or if you must pass a background check.

Besides, including your address is a security concern in today’s world of job searching. Many job seekers upload their resumes to LinkedIn, CareerBuilder, and other job posting platforms. This allows pretty much anyone to find your resume and figure out where you live, which is obviously concerning. The best thing to do is to leave it off.

Your references

Stop including your references on your resume. If you are just applying for a job, there is no need to include them. Employers typically only check references when you are much further into the hiring process (like if you are about to receive a job offer!). The company will ask for references (if they want to) when you get to that point in the process. Including your references early is distracting and can be a mistake. What if the hiring manager, for some odd reason, actually does prematurely call your references? If one of your references is someone you currently work with, that can cause some issues with your employer. The safe bet is to keep them off your resume and submit them when the employer asks for them.

Too much education information

We see this all the time; job seekers still including too much education-related information on their resumes. We understand that you are a proud alum and worked hard for your degree; however, if you are well into your career, you can safely remove this information from your resume. I’m talking about your GPA, the courses you took, your extracurriculars, and so forth. If you were a student-athlete, you definitely want to keep that on there. But if you’re 3+ years into your career, employers honestly don’t care about your GPA. They want to know about your achievements, real working experiences, and skillsets, not what classes you took in school. All you need to include is your degree, the school you attended, and your graduation date.

However, if you are fresh out of school, these items are totally fine! This point is mostly for professionals well into their careers that continue to waste valuable resume space with course work from their college career.

These are just a few things you can safely take off your resume. If you are looking for more job-search advice, check out our blog for everything you need to know!

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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4 Job Search Tips You Must Know in 2020

Are you looking to reach new career heights this year? If so, you’re not alone. During the first of the year, there are more job openings than any other time of the year. According to a recent report from ZipRecruiter, job postings in January and February typically increase by nearly 15%. In other words, now is a great time to kick off your job search. If you want to get a leg up on the competition, here are four job search tips you must know in 2020.

Networking

Many job seekers underestimate the power of networking. The internet has made it so much easier to network with professionals worldwide and from all industries imaginable. Did you know that at least 60% of all jobs are found through networking? That’s right! More and more job seekers are finding opportunities via networking than by scouring traditional job boards. Therefore, if you’re not networking in 2020, you may be missing out on a great job opportunity!

Create a resume that beats the Application Tracking Systems

Another thing you can do to bolster your job search is to shake the dust off your resume. If it’s been a while since you last updated it, you will want to take a good look and add any new skills or achievements. There are some key things you want to do to your resume:

Tailor your resume

Unfortunately, you cannot submit the same resume with every job application. You must tailor your resume for each position at hand. Now, each variation of your resume will look similar, but you can easily find ways to tweak it to make it beat those pesky Application Tracking Systems (ATS). Add achievements that highlight you’re an excellent fit for the position. Make sure you quantify those achievements so hiring managers can quickly see how great you are!

And last but not least, ensure you are using keywords that are relevant to the job. Take a close look at the job description and pull out key phrases and add them to your resume.

Soft skills are key

Soft skills, especially in today’s tight market, are becoming more valuable to hiring managers. You can teach someone how to use a new program or learn a new process, but you can’t teach things like creativity or emotional intelligence. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. You want to demonstrate that your posses these soft skills through concise, concrete examples.

Interview like a pro

Once your networking and resume are up to par, you can’t forget about the interview prep. Sure, your resume and a connection may get you in the door, but it’s up to you to secure the job by nailing the interview.

Do your due diligence beforehand

Whether it’s a phone interview or a final onsite, you must do your due diligence before your interview. Do some research on the company’s website and social media pages to help develop some talking points. Check to see if the company has any new product launches, press releases, or other important updates. Knowing these will help you shine through the competition by illustrating your interest in the position and your prospective employer.

Have questions prepared

Bring a list of questions to ask your interviewers. Remember, you are interviewing the company as much as they are interviewing you. If it’s easier for you, write them down on a notebook and bring them in with you. Just don’t sit down and stare at them the whole time. Here are some of our favorite questions you can ask to make a lasting impression.

Write a killer thank you note

After the interview is all said and done, you must write a thank you note to your interviewers. Thank them for their time, remind them what you enjoyed discussing, and don’t be afraid to ask for the next steps! This will set a lasting impression and remind them how interested you are in the position. Here’s our fool-proof thank you note guidelines.

Partner with a recruiter

Hopefully, these job search tips help you along your career path. If you really want to jumpstart your job hunt in 2020, team up with a recruiter. At Johnson Search Group, we have a team of recruiters ready to partner with you to help find you your next career. Reach out to our team of experts today, and let’s find you your next job opportunity.

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

Do You Have The Most In-Demand Soft Skills of 2020?

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020. This is a comprehensive list created by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” So if you want to secure a new role in 2020, you’re going to want to highlight your soft skills just as much as your other qualifications. However, you’ll want to do more than simply list these essentials on your resume. Here are the top 5 soft skills you’ll need to tout this year, and how to best demonstrate them to a hiring manager.

1. Creativity

Creativity is best explained through examples. It’s one thing to say you’re creative, but it makes much more of an impact to show it. Throughout the hiring process, take the opportunity to tell a story about a time when you used creativity to solve a problem at work. Or, if appropriate with your field of work, include a portfolio with your application that showcases your creative works.

2. Persuasion

The best way to show off your persuasion skills during your job search is by selling yourself! From the moment you apply to when you have that offer letter in hand, you need to be persuading the hiring manager that you’re the right person for the job. One of our favorite ways to do this is through your post-interview thank-you note. Use this opportunity to recap your interview and reiterate why you’re a great candidate.

3. Collaboration

Collaboration is so important to employers because they want to ensure you are capable of working on a team. List collaborative team projects on your resume to highlight your teamwork skills. Even better, include people you have collaborated with on your references list so they can speak directly to your abilities!

4. Adaptability

Adaptability can be tricky to demonstrate during the application process. Many employers are using behavioral interview questions to determine if candidates have the soft skills they’re looking for. Wait for a question like “tell us about a time when things didn’t go as planned and how you handled it.” This is your chance to show your adaptability!

5. Emotional Intelligence

This is the only new soft skill to appear on the list this year. Emotional intelligence is a rather complicated skill, comprised of a mix of “self-awareness, self-regulation, social skills, empathy, and motivation.” There will be multiple times throughout a hiring process for you to highlight this subtle art. Take every chance you can to show your emotional intelligence. Most importantly, actively listen and don’t be afraid to show vulnerability. Employers value honesty!

Now that you’ve mastered the top soft-skills of 2020, check out our post on the top hard-skills of the year!

In-Demand Skills

These Are The Most In-Demand Skills In 2020

LinkedIn has released its list of the most in-demand skills for 2020, and technology remains king. They develop this comprehensive list by “identifying the skills listed on the LinkedIn profiles of people who are getting hired at the highest rates.” While the skills featured on this list are tech-heavy, they may prove valuable in a variety of positions. Keep reading to learn more about this year’s list and why you need to consider honing them in 2020!

1. Blockchain

Blockchain is the record-keeping technology behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. With the rise in popularity of online payments, blockchain experience has become incredibly valuable to employers.

2. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is the delivery of computing services—including servers, storage, databases, networking, software, analytics, and intelligence—over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovation, flexible resources, and economies of scale.” Almost every single company today is utilizing cloud computing in one way or another; therefore, experience in this area is an asset no matter what field you’re in!

3. Analytical Reasoning

Analytical reasoning refers to the ability to look at information, be it qualitative or quantitative in nature, and discern patterns within the information.” Analytical Reasoning is particularly helpful in STEM jobs, but this essential skill can be used in problem-solving across all industries and roles.

4. Artificial Intelligence

As companies seek to automate processes and become more efficient throughout every department, artificial intelligence plays an integral role in advancement. Artificial Intelligence is when computers adapt human characteristics in order to achieve tasks. If you have experience in developing AI, Hiring Managers will find value in your ability to take their business to the next level.

5. UX Design

The term “UX” stands for user experience. “User experience encompasses all aspects of the end-users interaction with the company, its services, and its products.” Today’s customers are all about easy to use products, so UX design is absolutely integral to a company’s foundation and how they do business. However, even if you aren’t involved with actually designing the product or service, being able to speak to user experience at any level is extremely valuable!

6. Business Analysis

Business Analysis is the practice of enabling change in an organizational context, by defining needs and recommending solutions that deliver value to stakeholders.” So, in other words, business analysis helps companies do business better. Someone who is successful in business analysis is able to take a 360-degree view of a business and see opportunities for growth and improvement.

7. Affiliate Marketing

When you see your favorite influencers or celebrities promoting products, that’s affiliate marketing. By definition, it’s “an advertising model in which a company compensates third-party publishers to generate traffic or leads to the company’s products and services.” This has become a huge part of many businesses’ strategies. In fact, companies are expected to spend $6.8 billion on their affiliate marketing efforts in 2020.

8. Sales

It may sound old-school, but sales are skill king. This profit-making skill will not be going anywhere and is beneficial no matter what area of business you’re in! Additionally, it’s fairly easy to pick up sales to add to your resume. For example, take a free online class or read a highly-rated book!

9. Scientific Computing

Scientific Computing is an extremely specialized field. “It is mainly the idea of the development of mathematical models, the use of quantitative analysis techniques, and the use of computers for solving scientific problems.” While not an easy skill to pick up on the side, hiring managers will be looking for scientific computing for any of their open STEM roles.

10. Video Production

According to Statista, 85% of internet users in the United States watched online video content monthly in 2018, and it is safe to assume that number is even higher today. Video production is absolutely essential to any company’s marketing strategy in 2020. Additionally, there are tons of online tutorials about video production that can help boost your resume!

So, which one of these valuable skills will you be adding to your arsenal in 2020? It’s not too late for a resolution to improve your career! And if you’re looking to hone your soft skills, check out our blog of 2020’s most in-demand soft skills here!

Mining & Heavy Industrial

How to Get a Mining & Heavy Industrial Job in 2020

The world has changed. Industries and technologies are advancing at lightning speed during today’s revolution. Are you still looking at your job search the same way as you used to? Maybe it’s time to change it up! Mining & Heavy Industrial companies have changed. And so has the job market and the technology these companies use (just look at this recent Jobs Report!).

If you find yourself looking to make a career move, now is a great time to do so. The job market has been scorching hot over the last two years. Along with the new year, companies have new budgets and new goals. Additionally, they have grown accustomed to the tight labor market and developed strategies to quickly hire top talent and beat out their competitors.

To make the most out of this fast-paced market and increase your visibility during your job search, consider the following:

Appeal to Applicant Tracking Systems  

When you apply to a job through a website, your resume is probably not going straight to a hiring manager. First, your resume must pass through applicant tracking systems, internal recruiters, and sometimes even HR.

To ensure your resume gets through to the next level, it’s time to think about keywords. Don’t assume the first person looking at your resume is technical enough to know every area of your job function. For example, if you are an electrical maintenance professional, instead of using the acronym PLC, spell out “programmable logic controller.”

Additionally, be sure to cover all your bases. You took the time to apply to the company you want to work for, but did you do your best to ensure they understand your full potential? One of the benefits of working with a recruiter who specializes in the industry is we are your biggest advocate. We have strong relationships with hiring managers, and we will help champion you through the entire hiring process.

Find a company that’s right for you  

I like to think of this blog as a tool for improving your current position or better defining your job search. With the market this hot, there is room to really consider the right opportunity when making a change.

What skills do you have that can benefit an employer? What technologies are you proficient with that an employer will find valuable? Companies are looking to advance technology to increase every aspect of their operations: production, reliability, environmental compliance, safety, and inventory planning. Plant Managers today can look at a tablet, know the time of an order, the inventory on hand to complete it, and study a maintenance schedule all within moments.

This is where you can really bring it all together. Spend some time researching. Look at what development projects companies have in press releases. If you are absolutely against unmanned mining equipment, maybe don’t go work for a company whose mission statement is to decrease workplace injury by reducing the number of machines that require operators.

If you find a company that is continuously investing in R&D, and you just think it’s cool, say so! Stand out during the interviewing process by letting the hiring manager see your excitement. It demonstrates intent. Make yourself the prime candidate. Energy and intention, while highlighting your ability to do the job, could be the thing that puts you over the top.

Try before you buy  

Have you ever considered a contract opportunity? We place a tremendous number of contractors in the mining and heavy industrial space. This is a great way to “try before you buy.” Many contract opportunities also allow you to transition into a full-time position after the completion of your contract assignment. You can really get a first-hand impression of your potential new company with a contract position.

Need help finding your next career move?   

So, if you’re ready to pursue a mining & heavy industrial job in 2020, we can help. With 35 years in business, Johnson Search Group recruits on both contract and permanent roles. We have a team of recruiters that specialize in several industries across the U.S. and Canada. Let’s work together to find you your next big career move!

Be thankful

The Glass is Always Half Full – Be Thankful

It is easy to focus on the negative and to let unfortunate circumstances overtake us. We have all been there. Strength, perseverance, and intestinal fortitude won’t show up as a requirement in a job description or as a skill set on a resume; however, we observe these traits daily (and quietly) by those who choose to see their glass half full. 

Life is a journey, and the paths we take are part of the adventure. As a recruiter, I have seen the challenges job seekers face. If you are having a bad day, just remember it won’t last forever.

Here are some bad days that had happy endings:

  • A candidate printed off their interview itinerary at work, and their manager saw it.
  • Someone confided in a coworker that they were interviewing.
  • Someone got a call from a recruiter and hung up. The next day, they were “downsized.”
  • Someone accepted a position, gave up their apartment, and hit the road to relocate, only to get a frantic call that the company rescinded the offer.

These individuals were having a bad day, but what set them apart is that they saw the glass as half full and showed strengthperseveranceintestinal fortitude, and humility.

Thank you to our clients and candidates

Johnson Search Group is thankful to every one of our clients and candidates with whom we have the privilege to work with. Yes, we all have challenges; but always remember that when the sun sets and darkness ensues, it will rise again and will embrace us in its light and warmth.

We have a lot to be thankful for this year, but one thing we can all appreciate is the booming labor market. The market is strong, and all signs indicate that it will only get tighter in 2020. If you interested in exploring a new opportunity, why not partner with a recruiter form Johnson Search Group?

For over 35 years, we have committed ourselves to our specialized staffing services. Our team will help you navigate the entire process, from start to finish. We’ll do everything in our power to ensure that you don’t have one of the bad days highlighted above.

The glass is always half full. It’s up to you how you want to perceive it. What are you thankful for?

Perfecting The One-Page Resume

Perfecting The One-Page Resume

You may have heard that it’s ideal to keep your resume under one page. And while that’s not always the case, it is a good rule of thumb for a lot of candidates! In fact, 66% of employers say entry-level workers should have one-page resumes, while 77% of employers say seasoned workers shouldn’t use one-page resumes. If you fall into the first category or somewhere in between, it’s worth a shot to keep your work history on one page.

So, let’s say you’re putting together your application and your resume is just over a page. You may have only a couple of lines spilling over onto the next page, or maybe even a whole section. Before you go panicking, here are a couple of tips that can easily make all of your experience and accomplishments fit on a single page.

Tailor Your Resume

It should first be noted that you should be tailoring your resume no matter how long it is! Take a look at the job description and consider the company. Then, leave only your most relevant skills and accomplishments highlighted. Keep an eye out for specific keywords you can incorporate (it just may help fast-track your resume to the “yes” pile!)

Cut Out Unnecessary Sections

There’s still some debate on whether a summary or objective is necessary to include on your resume. It depends on several things, including industry, experience level, and the specific job. If you find yourself in the category of not needing one, cutting it will save you some valuable space! Additionally, you should not include references or even “references available upon request.” Lastly, unless you are fresh out of school, feel free to remove relevant coursework, your GPA, or any other academic achievements. For the most part, employers will focus on your work experience and skills! (And you can always elaborate in a cover letter!)

Check Your Formatting

You would be surprised at how much space a few minor formatting changes can add! Here are a few things to check:

  • Margins

Your margins should be narrow, meaning 0.5” all around. (We wouldn’t recommend going any less than that in case of printing issues)

  • Font

Please note, we are not encouraging you to make your font teeny-tiny in order to cram everything on one page. You can maybe get away with a 10 pt. body font, but we want you to check out those headings! Sometimes heading fonts can be as large as 24 pt., so you can get away with significantly reducing those to save some space.

  • Layout

If you’re reasonably familiar with manipulating documents, try a different layout than the more traditional setup. Multiple columns or added text boxes can fill what would otherwise be wasted white space.

Keep in mind, your resume might not fit on one page (and that’s okay!) However, when it comes to job applications, the simpler the better. Looking for more resume tips? Check out the rest of our blog!

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How to Find a Job in Today’s Labor Market

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Summer is winding down, and as you start to settle down for the Fourth Quarter, you may be thinking it’s time for a career change. You’ve heard the reports and have seen all the updates on how hot the labor market is. If you’re ready to make the jump and join the 3.6 million people voluntarily quitting their jobs, here are three ways to find a job in today’s market.

Get your resume in order

If it’s been a while since you’ve updated your resume, the first thing you will want to do is brush the dust off. Take a few moments and review your latest copy and identify work experiences, accomplishments, certifications, or even volunteer experience you want to add. This will be a strong starting point for your job search because no matter what job you apply to, you’ll need an updated resume.

Keep in mind that you should be tailoring each resume for every application you submit. You can customize your resume to mirror the job description and pull out specific duties or responsibilities that will help sell yourself as a strong candidate. This may take you a little longer, but trust us, it will be worth it when you start receiving more callbacks.

Signup for our newsletter

Another easy way to stay up to date on hot jobs in your industry is to subscribe to the Johnson Search Group Talent Network. By signing up for our Talent Network, you will receive custom email notifications when there are open positions that match your criteria. Whether you’re looking for a relocation across the country or a new opportunity in your current market, we have hundreds of opportunities available.

By signing up, you will also receive our newsletter, which is full of hot, exclusive jobs you won’t find anywhere else, industry trends, and helpful tips and tricks (like the ones in this blog). The content we share will help you master your job search and show you exciting job opportunities.

Partner with a recruiter

If you’re serious about your job search, why not work with a professional? Our recruiters here at Johnson Search Group do one thing and one thing only: place talented candidates with fantastic organizations across the country. Our recruiters have strong connections with the hiring managers we work with. As a result, we can get your resume placed directly on their desk, not just in a virtual stack of resumes. Reach out to our recruiting team today, and let’s work together to find you your next opportunity.