Category: Blog

recruiting-firm-JFC

The Benefits of Working With a Recruiting Firm When the Economy is Uncertain

The Advantages of Partnering with a Recruiting Firm like JFC

Finding quality job applicants can be a major expense when it comes to time, energy and money if you don’t partner with a reputable recruiting firm like JFC. In an era of economic uncertainty, businesses find themselves facing unique challenges in maintaining a steady workforce while also focusing on growth and stability. The business landscape can shift rapidly, making it increasingly complex for companies to manage their hiring needs effectively. This is where a proficient recruiting firm like JFC can make a significant difference. In this article, we’ll delve into the valuable benefits that partnering with a recruiting firm can bring to your organization during uncertain times, and answer some common questions about the process and investment of working with one.

Continue reading

Continue Reading

impact-on-your-life

Who Has Had the Greatest Impact on Your Life?

The Greatest Impact

Can you name the six wealthiest people in the world? How about the seven people who were honored as Time Magazine’s Person of the Year? Can you remember who the Super Bowl MVPs for the past five years were?

My guess is that if you’re like me, you couldn’t come up with more than a name or two. Which by the way, was precisely the point. 

Now, can you name a teacher who made an impact on your life? How about a friend or relative who has always been there for you? What about someone who inspired you to be better?

Continue reading

Continue Reading

programming-languages-how-to-list-on-your-resume

How To List Programming Languages On Your Resume

Easy Tips for Listing Your Languages

How To Showcase Your Programming Language Skills On Your Resume 

A successful resume should highlight your experience, skills, and abilities, which includes your knowledge of programming languages. If you’re a software engineer or developer, showcasing programming languages on your resume can be an effective way to demonstrate your skill set and increase your chances of getting the job. Here are some tips for highlighting programming languages on your resume. 

Continue reading

Continue Reading

salary-expectations-job-interview-question

How To Answer “What Are Your Salary Expectations?” 2023 Interview Question

What You Need To Know Before Your Next Interview

When you’re interviewing for a job, one of the most difficult questions to answer is “What are your salary expectations?”. It can be a tricky question to navigate, and to avoid coming off as greedy or undervaluing your worth. The key is to be comfortable and confident when discussing your desired salary with potential employers. This seemingly mysterious question is more clear cut than you might think. If you know how to prepare. Let’s take a look at how to properly answer job interview questions about salary expectations. 

Continue reading

Continue Reading

what-to-do-when-the-job-interviewer-says-they-will-call-but-doens't

What To Do When The Job Interviewer Says They Will Call, But Doesn’t

How to Stay Patient, Persistent, & Professional

Did your job interviewer say they would call, but never did? First of all, don’t panic. This happens a lot more than you might think. There are lots of reasons that your job interviewer might have gotten held up, and by keeping your cool, you can still have a good shot at getting the job. Job interviewers are just like you and me, and sometimes life gets in the way of our “to-do” list. By following a few simple steps, you can usually still get your job interview, and at the same time use the experience as an opportunity to show your patience, perseverance, and professionalism. Here are our tips to making a great impression, in less than ideal circumstances. 

Show Up Early If You Have A Scheduled Interview

By showing up to your interview early, you can make sure you have all of the proper information. This also gives you a chance to relax and get settled. Trying to log in to a video interview just a few minutes before your interview time can lead to stress. If there is a technical error, then at least you have the time to adjust if you logged in a few minutes early. Keep in mind that your interviewer might not arrive early, and may be experiencing technical difficulties, resulting in them being late. Have patience. If you come off as irritated, they probably won’t want to hire you. They are always watching to see how you handle adversity, as this is how you will handle it if hired. 

Keeping Your Cool

Staying cool and giving the interviewer the benefit of the doubt will help you stay confident and relaxed. If you start to stress out over why the job interviewer hasn’t called yet, then you will start to feel and appear desperate. While it is understandable to get your heart set on a company or position, you never want to put all of your eggs in one basket. Having more than one opportunity available also shows the job interviewer your value, and usually makes them more interested.  

Reaching Out To Your Job Interviewer

If you have waited for more than 15-20 minutes, it’s a fair time to reach out. First double check that you have the right time and date. If you do, and you have a phone number, give them a call. If you only have an email, then try that. Keep it short and sweet. Say something like, “Hi, I’m ready and available for our appointment. Are you still able to meet today, or do we need to reschedule?” Usually if they just got tied up, they will ask to just push your interview back a bit. We recommend being easy going with this when possible. If they forgot, they might ask to reschedule.  

Big Picture Thinking

These days the job interview process can last weeks, or even months depending on the scale of the position. This means that your job interviewer isn’t rushing to get things done in a day or two. While waiting through a longer process can be difficult (especially when you are in between jobs), it is something that doesn’t reflect on you. Thinking of the process as more long term, gives you an advantage because you will already assume the patience needed. Companies today are very interested in employee retention. If an interviewee doesn’t have the patience or perseverance to last through a long interview process, then odds are they won’t last through the challenges that arise in the job.

When To Let It Go 

If you have tried reaching back out by phone and email after the 15-20 minute mark, with no success, then wait until the following day. Reach out again, simply asking if they are still able to have the interview. If you still get no response, then wait a few days to reach out again. If you really love the company, you can continue to follow up.

Make sure to sit with yourself first, to analyze if this is the type of company you want to work for or not. If you are set on it, then it doesn’t hurt to stay in contact until you hear something back. However, if you want something more personable, then move on to a company that will at least let you know where you stand with them. Sometimes a missed interview will be followed up with an email saying they found their new hire. Stay graceful, and consider inviting them to contact you if it doesn’t work.

Multiple Job Interviews & Opportunities

Always line up multiple job opportunities just in case. You don’t want to spend weeks or months on one job opportunity,, and not get it with nothing to fall back on. By working with a company like JFC Staffing, you will have access to lots of great companies and job opportunities, so you can stay proactive in your job search. We have a process for connecting job seekers, and employee seekers that saves everyone involved time, energy and money. By utilizing our resources, you can more easily avoid dead end interviews and minimize an abundance of job competition. 

Staying Positive

Don’t let your mind start racing with the worst case scenarios. It isn’t personal, and it may not even be preventable. By staying positive on your overall job search, you will find the right position with the perfect company. When things don’t go as planned, try to remain focussed on the qualities you want  in a job. Sometimes the jobs that don’t work out, turn out to be a good thing! By staying positive, you give yourself a better chance at being in a favorable state when you do have your interview. Remember, companies have enough stress and turbulence to deal with already. If it appears you’re going to add to the stress instead of help relieve it, they will be more inclined to pass on hiring you.

Next Steps For Your Job Hunt

No matter how confident you are in your skills during an interview, there’s no guarantee that you’ll get the job, or even hear back from the interviewer afterwards. While it can be disheartening not getting called back after an interview, there are things you can do in this situation such as sending a polite follow-up email, and exploring other opportunities while you wait for a response. Don’t give up hope, there’s always something better out there waiting for you! Connect with JFC Staffing today for help on your job search. We always have new opportunities available, and great resources to help you prepare for your next interview. 

Continue Reading

is-it-bad-to-apply-for-multiple-jobs-at-the-same-company

Is it Bad to Apply to Multiple Jobs at the Same Company?

Job Search Tips & Best Practices

You’ve found a company you really like, and want to apply to multiple jobs they are offering. The culture feels right, the mission speaks to you, and the commute is manageable (or non-existent). They are hiring for multiple positions that fit your skill sets, so why not apply to all of them? Is it bad to apply to multiple jobs at the same company? What impression does applying for multiple jobs at the same company make? Today, we will look at several factors that should be considered when deciding on how many jobs to apply for at the same company. 

Applying for Multiple Jobs

Applying to multiple jobs at the same company can be a great way to increase your chances of getting noticed. But, will it get you noticed in a good way? While it may show that you are eager to work, it can also come across as desperate or unprofessional. It is acceptable to apply for several jobs at one company, however, there is a caveat to doing so. You want to make sure that you have a very clear understanding about what skills each position requires, and the qualifications needed to successfully fill each role. 

How to Determine Which Jobs to Apply For

One approach to applying for jobs we often see is a job searcher will look up a company they like to see what positions they are hiring for, then create a resume based on the required skills and experience needed for that position. While this approach can work, it can also take a lot of time and energy. Oftentimes it can lead to discouragement as well since you are spreading yourself too thin in a lot of different directions. We recommend starting a different way.

First determine your high level skills, and qualifications. Then search the company you like for their job openings. See if your skills and qualifications match any of the positions they are trying to fill. If not, consider sending in your resume anyway, with a cover letter explaining that you really like the company and would love to be kept on file for when a position that matches your specifications opens up. Then, look to similar companies that are hiring for your skills and qualifications. Working with a staffing company can help you to save time by introducing you to companies that are very actively looking for qualified people. 

Start With Your Strengths

If you start by considering your strengths and weaknesses, you can save time and avoid frustration. Making a list of your top skill sets and qualifications, can help target your job search and get better results. Once you are clear on your skills, experience and qualifications, then you can narrow down jobs at the company of your choice. If they aren’t hiring for a position that is right for you currently, send in your application anyway. You never know when their next opening might be.

It is better to have a very specific application in their hands, then come into a role that isn’t really utilizing your strengths. You don’t want to get hired in a role you compromised for, then see the role you really want open up in a month. Having specialized knowledge and skills is something many employers and companies value. When you apply for too many jobs at the same company, you may water down the impact of your true strengths.

Identify Similarities Between Multiple Jobs Listings

If the company that you really want to work at has several job listings posted, look for similarities in multiple listings. There are some occasions that a company makes several postings for the same position with slightly different approaches. Read job descriptions carefully so you can clearly identify how you can help fill the needs they are searching for.

If your current resume highlights adequate proficiency for multiple positions accurately, then applying for both or several makes sense. Creating new resumes for multiple positions at a company, can result in appearing incongruent or unspecialized. You also may waste a lot of time creating new resumes for every position if you aren’t focussed on a goal. Decide what type of work you are qualified for and want to do most. Then, craft or update your resume highlighting your experience and qualifications for that specific position.

Find Several Companies of Interest

We fully understand falling in love with a company and having a dream or goal to work for them. However, we don’t recommend compromising on your true capabilities or qualifications in order to work there. It might make sense to start in a less qualified role to get your foot in the door. This only makes sense if there is in fact room to grow, and the role is somewhat related to your ideal position. 

We recommend instead, finding several companies that meet the same points of interest that your dream company does. This way you can stay true to your highest skill set, and have more opportunities. Once you get in with a company, you may be surprised that it works out better than your original plan. Or, it may be a great stepping stone into the company you desire. 

You Don’t Have To Do It Alone!

Being on the job search can be overwhelming and confusing. It is also very easy to get discouraged and wonder why you’re not hearing back from anyone, or not getting interviews. Working together with an agency such as JFC Staffing, gives you exclusive job opportunities that have already been vetted. JFC works with job searchers and companies to make the hiring process easier and more successful. We’re in the business of connecting outstanding employees with their best-matched companies in the area.

Get in touch with us today to find out what JFC’s recruiting experts can do for you!

Continue Reading

3-killer-job-interview-questions-to-ask-potential-employer

3 Killer Job Interview Questions to Ask Potential Employers

Ask These 3 Questions In Your Next job Interview

Preparing for a job interview can be nerve-wracking. You want to make a good impression and show that you’re the best candidate for the job, but sometimes in efforts to do this, we forget that a job interview is a two-way street. This is your chance to get to know more about the company and decide if it’s somewhere you could see yourself working for a long period of time. You also want to show your potential new employer that you have interest in making sure it’s a good fit. With that in mind, here are three great questions to ask a potential employer during your next job interview.

Continue reading

Continue Reading

how-to-find-a-job-after-being-unemployed

How to Find a Job After Being Unemployed for a Long Time

6 Tips for Landing Your New Job!

If you’re wondering how to find a job after being unemployed for a long time, you’re not alone. We’ve all been there before for a variety of different reasons, and getting back to the workforce can be overwhelming. With technology rapidly changing and competition rising, getting a job after a long period of unemployment isn’t what it used to be. While it may seem like “everyone is hiring right now”, landing a new job after a break from employment can be challenging. In today’s article, we will share our tips for getting hired after being unemployed for a long time so you can get back to work at a job you love.

Continue reading

Continue Reading

notebook and pen on table

Is it okay to take notes during an interview?

If you’re interviewing for a new job, you’ll want to be as prepared as possible. This includes doing your research on the company and the role, practicing your answers to common interview questions, and more. But is it okay to take notes during an interview?

Taking Notes During the Interview

When You Should Take Notes

Taking notes during an interview is perfectly fine, and in fact, it’s encouraged! Taking notes allows you to make sure you get all the details correct and allows you to formulate answers to questions. It shows that you’re engaged in the conversation and that you’re taking the time to think about what the interviewer is saying. So go ahead and take out your notebook and jot down a few key points!

Taking notes on anything significant about the role, such as elements that the interviewer is seeking for and tasks that the position will be responsible for, are an excellent idea. This will help ensure that during the interview you have a full understanding of what is expected from the role and can speak to your experience in those areas. Not only does this demonstrate that you’re taking the interview seriously, but it also helps build a foundation for a potential future conversation.

When You Shouldn’t Take Notes

Be sure not to take too many notes, as that can make you look scattered. Taking too many notes can give the impression that you cannot remember everything, or that you’re not confident in your memory. So taking notes is encouraged, but be sure to do so a reasonable amount. No need to announce that you’re taking notes, just quietly jot down a few key points here and there. While taking notes is beneficial, making a big deal about the fact that you are taking notes can be detrimental. It can give off the impression that you are trying to boast intelligence.

It might be a hindrance to you if your notes are really messy and unorganized. If you’re a slow note-taker, or need others to repeat things frequently, it isn’t recommended that you take notes at an interview. As soon as you walk in the room, have your pen and paper ready to go. If you’re searching for a pen and a notepad, this might suggest that you’re unorganized. Also, make sure your notepad is clean and professional-looking, and that you aren’t attempting to find a clean page in your notepad or rummaging through a dirty bag for a pen. Looking professional is essential in an interview, and taking notes is just one small way you can show that you’re taking the interview seriously.

Bringing Notes to the Interview

As taking notes is perfectly acceptable, you may be wondering if it’s okay to bring notes into the interview with you. The answer is that it really depends on the situation. If the interview is taking place over Zoom or another virtual platform, then there is no harm in having your notes in front of you As long as you don’t keep looking away from the camera at your notes, the interviewer won’t even know that you have them.

However, if the interview is taking place in person, you want to ensure your notes serve an important purpose.  If you jotted down a few questions you want to ask in the interview, then by all means, feel free to bring them along.  As mentioned previously, it’s important that your notes and notepad be orderly and professional, and that you have things open and ready at the start of the interview.

Bottom Line

So go ahead and take some notes during your next interview – it’ll help you do your best!. If you have any questions or want to learn how one of our recruiters can help prepare you for your interview, reach out to us today. We’d love to hear from you! If you’d like to browse for open positions in your area, check out our job listings database. We’re constantly updating with new positions so that you can find the perfect job for you.

Continue Reading

the hands of two men hold pens and paper across a desk

What are good questions to ask a recruiter?

If you’re looking for a job, it’s important to interview the recruiter just as much as they interview you. After all, this is the person who will be helping you find your dream job! Below, we walk through some smart questions to ask a recruiter in order to get a better idea of what they do and how they can help you.

Questions to Ask When Hiring a Recruiter

Asking About the Basics

You should ask the basics because it will give you a foundation for the interview. These questions will help you understand what it is they actually do on a day-to-day basis.

  • What types of positions do you recruit for?
  • Are you focused in one particular niche?
  • How long has your recruiting firm been servicing this niche?
  • If you are looking for contract/temporary work, and will be employed by the recruiting firm directly, be sure to ask about the benefit package they offer.

Asking About the Process

This set of questions will help you understand how they work and what their process looks like. It’s important to ask these questions so you know what to expect during your job search.

  • What is your process for finding candidates for open positions?
  • How do you determine whether or not a candidate is a good fit for a role?
  • Will I be charged a fee for your service in helping me find a job?
  • Am I obligated to go on interviews for positions that I might not be interested in?
  • How often should I expect to hear from you? 
  • How often would you like me to connect with you so you know I’m still looking for work?

Asking Questions About Your Experience

Finally, you’ll want to ask questions that are specific to your situation. This will help you get a better idea of how they can help you and your search for the perfect job.

  • What do you think your process will look like for finding jobs for me?
  • How do you know if a company is a good fit for me?
  • Do you have any insider knowledge about a potential company’s culture or values?
  • Do you have any tips to improve my current resume?
  • Based on what you’ve seen so far, what kinds of positions do you think might be a good fit for me?

Questions to Ask While Job Hunting

After you’ve selected a recruiter to work with and they’ve begun finding you potential jobs, you’ll want to stay in contact. It’s important to stay involved in the process. This next set of questions will help you do just that.

While Finding Positions

Before you get the interview, you’ll want to ask your recruiter a few questions about the positions they’ve found for you. This will help you better understand each role and decide if it’s something you’re interested in.

  • What kind of feedback have you been getting from employers about my resume?
  • What do you think I can do to improve my chances of being hired?
  • Are there any red flags on my resume that I should be aware of?
  • Is there anything I can do to make myself a more attractive candidate?
  • What is the timeline for this position? When will they be making a decision?

Before the Interview

After your recruiter has secured an interview, you’ll want to ask them a few questions to help you prepare. This is your chance to make a good impression, so you’ll want to be as prepared as possible.

  • What can you tell me about the company?
  • What is the interview process like?
  • Who will I be meeting with and what are their titles?
  • What kind of questions should I expect to be asked?
  • Can you tell me a little bit more about the job?
  • What are the primary responsibilities of the role?
  • What kind of skills or experience is the company looking for?
  • Do you think I’m a good fit for the role?
  • What can I do to prepare for the interview?

After the Interview

After the big interview, make sure to follow up with your recruiter. This is a time where they’ll be asking you questions about the experience, but it’s an opportunity for you to ask questions as well.

  • What do you think the next steps are?
  • When can I expect to hear back from them?
  • Is there anything else I can do to improve my chances of being hired?
  • Do you think they’re interested in me?
  • What do you think I could have done better in the interview?

After You’ve Been Hired

After you’ve been hired, your work with the recruiter isn’t quite done. You’ll want to stay in touch and ask them a few questions about the transition into your new role. By asking these questions, you’ll be able to get the most out of your new role and make a smooth transition into your new company.

  • What do you think I should do to settle into my new role?
  • Do you have any advice for me on how to acclimate to the new company culture?
  • Is there anything I can do to make sure I’m successful in my new position?
  • What are some common mistakes that people make when starting a new job?
  • Do you have any advice on how to avoid those mistakes?

These are just a few questions to get started. Asking questions is a great way to show that you’re interested in the process and that you’re taking an active role in your job search. By asking these questions, you’ll be able to get the most out of your recruiter and find the perfect job for you. At JFC, we’re dedicated to finding the perfect recruiter for you. If you’re interested in getting in touch with one of our recruiters and finding your dream job today, you can contact us here.

Continue Reading