Why You’ll LOVE Working with a Recruiter


The job market is tight, there’s simply no denying that. The unemployment rate is currently 4.0 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released a report that there were 1.2 million fewer hires than job openings. It’s a candidate-driven market and candidates are the ones in control.

If you’re passively looking for a job, you’ll love working with a recruiter. Many people are under the impression that working with a recruiter is only beneficial for employers. However, there are tons of perks to working with a recruiter to find your next career opportunity. Here’s why you’ll be head over heels with working with one.

Hiring managers are busy

Even though the market is tight and hiring managers are in need of talented candidates, they are busy. Many organizations are struggling to fill open positions because they are too busy picking up the slack of their understaffed departments. With this tight of a job market, employees are leaving without so much as a moment’s notice.

Hiring managers are forced to continue doing their jobs and pick up some of the responsibilities of missing team members. If you are simply applying for jobs on a company’s job board, your resume will likely go unnoticed for some time.

Recruiters have all the connections

Have you ever applied for a job and thought “will anyone even review my resume?” Sadly, it does happen. By working with a recruiter, you’ll have a professional working by your side to ensure your resume gets on the top of a hiring manager’s desk. And who doesn’t love the sound of that!?

Recruiters here at JSG have great relationships with our clients. We don’t just send a resume to our hiring managers and wait for them to call you. We have strong communication with each of our clients and can help you get your foot in the door instead of waiting helplessly for a response.

Recruiters are Match Makers for your next career opportunity

Speaking of matches… Recruiters act as a (professional) matchmaker. Recruiters, especially the ones at Johnson Search Group, don’t just try to pair you with a job that isn’t a great fit for you or our client. We care about your career and want to match you with a company and a position that’s right for you.

We take your background, skills, and experiences to find you a perfect opportunity that will make both you and your new employer happy. It’s a match made in heaven.

If you’re interested in taking your career in a different direction, check out our jobs board.

Partner with a recruiter

And if you’re a hiring manager or in human resources, I am sure you are feeling the stress from the lack of candidates hitting your desk. In this market, employers have to shift their efforts to passive candidates to fill their critical roles. But attracting candidates that are already employed can be difficult.

What’s to LOVE about working with a recruiter?

Dana Belstler, our Mining & Heavy Industrial Division Manager, says there’s a lot to love working with a trusted recruiting partner. “Having good communication, accessibility, and receiving great candidates compliments our process and helps fill positions quickly.”

Our recruiters at JSG are industry experts. We know our industries inside and out. When working with Johnson Search Group, you’re “working with a recruiter that completely understands the hurdles of recruiting in your industry,” says Tracy Isakson, our Banking Division Manager. “The roles we work on are hard enough to fill, you need someone who completely understands the nuances of the industry as well as how to attract the best talent to your job and to your community.”

If you need help finding candidates that you’ll fall in love with, let’s work together.

Valentine's Day

Show Your Employees some L.O.V.E. this Valentine’s Day

For most people,  Valentine’s Day is a great day to show the people closest to you that you love them. Whether its flowers, chocolate, or a nice dinner, showing a little extra attention to those most important to you leaves a lasting impression.

Now imagine the impact it would make to give or receive something from a colleague on Valentine’s Day. Feels great, right? You feel loved, cared for, and appreciated.

This Valentine’s Day, you should show some love to your employees. Not only will it make them feel important, it will boost your morale at the same.

Here are four simple ways to spread the L.O.V.E at your office this Valentine’s Day.

Let them eat cake

Give your employees a special treat. Order a Valentine’s Day themed cake or cupcakes. Have a cookie decorating contest where the whole office gets to unwind and have some fun. Any sugar on this day is good, and you can never have too much!

Kick it up a notch by buying them lunch too! It can be as simple as a few pizzas or a tray of sandwiches. Nothing screams company love more than free food!

Offer them incentives

Consider giving some extra time off or half day Fridays for the rest of the month. Give your employees something to work towards and look forward to. Now that we’re over a month removed from December, the holiday cheer is long gone. Your employees will love any and all incentives you have to offer them to get those spirits up.

Take it a step further and offer them dinner for two as an incentive. That way they can use it as a Valentine’s gift for their loved one. It’s a win-win!

Voice your appreciation

This one is easy and takes very little effort. I’m a huge fan of saying “thank you,” and my favorite places I have worked at say it all the time. Not only will the employees feel good, but so will you. They’ll know they’re getting recognized for doing a great job and will strive to do even better.

Kick it up a notch by writing a thank you card to your employees. It only takes two minutes and it goes so much further than you know. Employees will keep looking at it as motivation until they get another one. Now you have a great circle of motivation.

Excite them about the future

No one gets excited to come to work without knowing their plans for the future. Build up that excitement by sharing the latest and greatest accomplishments in the company. Tell them about future plans that will make the company grow, or tell them what they can do to grow within the company. Excited employees almost guarantee an increase in productivity.

Take it a step further by setting goals for them to meet. When you get your employees thinking about the long-term, it’ll allow them to think past the current day. They’ll love the thought of goals and will strive to meet them, ultimately making everyone happier.

Not too hard right? Given that Valentine’s Day falls on a Wednesday this year, doing something to show your love to your employees will get them over that mid-week hump.