Employment Talent Market Trends

The current state of the employment market has been significantly shaken up as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unemployment is rampant and many individuals are working from their homes if they have not been laid off or furloughed. As businesses begin opening up, here is what we are seeing:

  • Some companies do not need as many employees and others have decided they are not going to hire some back – a turnover selection process.
  • In working from home, employees are evaluating their positions and employers and thinking about looking for other positions in the marketplace – in many instances, these are individuals in top-level or specialty skill positions.

So, what are the implications of what is happening?

  • For front-line workers, the implications are clear. If current career options are limited, employees could do the following differently to secure a better future:
    • Change career choices based on what an individual is passionate about.
    • What types of careers best suit an employee’s behavioral style? Determine a behavioral style by taking an evaluation.
    • Check out career training either online or with career technical colleges.
    • Consider long-term college options that significantly change a career direction.
  • For those that are looking for a new opportunity:
    • What employers are you interested in? Research that organization to determine if it meets your values and has the culture you are looking for.
    • Network to learn more about the organization and determine if there is someone in the organization that you might be able to have a discrete conversation with. You can also use a talent management organization to help you in the process.
  • For employers:
    • Be in touch with employees who are working on a regular basis to find out where they are at and if they are pleased with their current working conditions/environment.
    • At this critical time, who can you not afford to lose and what are you doing to keep them pleased with your organization?
    • What specialty positions would you like to fill for the future and had not considered doing? Now might be the time as individuals may be more open to a move like never before.
    • As an employer, you know that you will not need a number of people, but you want to make it as painless as possible. Consider working with an outplacement organization to assist those who you no longer need in this new environment.
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How COVID-19 is Changing the Hiring Process

Whether you’re facing a layoff or just surveying your options, there are employers that are actively working to keep operations running and hiring new staff. It’s possible to find a new opportunity even during the uncertainty caused by the Coronavirus.

MBJ Group, a talent management agency in Sarasota, Florida, is one organization that is learning to adapt to new practices during this ever-changing job market and is readily working to connect people with the tools they need to succeed.

Jim and Mary Beth Bos, co-owners of MBJ Group, recently led the search for an Executive Director position at a nonprofit. After advertising the position on several websites, an astounding 40 applications were submitted. Jim and Mary Beth utilized Skype as a social distancing-friendly way to narrow down the applicants to the top six.

Prior to beginning the next stage of the interview process for those moving forward, MBJ Group and the nonprofit developed a rating sheet to record their first impressions of all six candidates before any discussion was done by the group.

Using Zoom, the agency and seven interviewers conducted each of the six interviews in a separate chat room. Once an interview concluded, the chat room would be closed and the group moved to the next chat room with a different candidate. One interviewer was assigned to each candidate so follow-up questions could be addressed.

Together, the group selected the top three candidates to proceed with a more stringent Zoom interview, which was longer and addressed specific questions. In preparation of this process, the candidates were given a virtual tour of the agency and were asked to complete an assortment of Behavioral Assessments online from MBJ Group.

Throughout the entire process, MBJ Group was able to eliminate many of the traditional ways of interviewing and hiring. While the hiring process will slowly return to the way it once used to operate, there is no doubt many organizations will continue to use these new ways of working paired with new technologies. To learn more, visit MBJGroup.com.

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5 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Employment Change

5 Ways to Take Advantage of Your Employment Change

Have you recently found yourself unemployed? You’re not alone. In the past week, 3.28 million new unemployment claims were reported, which is 4.7 times higher than the prior weekly record of 695,000 in October of 1982. In these unprecedented times, it’s challenging to navigate the workforce and adjust to the ever-changing job market.

While we can’t predict what will happen in the next 30 days or even three months, we have compiled some tips to help you handle whatever job changes are coming your way – whether that’s unemployment, reduced hours or a career change.

Define your employment status

Before you start thinking about if you need a new job or not, figure out what your employment status is with your current company. Were you laid off or furloughed? An employee is typically laid off when an employer does not have enough work to sustain your employment and terminates you from their payroll. Furloughed occurs when a company forces you to take a period of unpaid time off or some type of leave with the ability to potentially come back to the company when things return to normal. In either of these cases, think about reaching out to your previous employer with an interest in returning should any positions open up when things return to normal.

If you are in need of a job for the time being, a number of essential businesses are currently hiring. You can also visit CareerSourceSuncoast.com for a current list of available jobs, reemployment assistance, hiring events and more.

Research resources available to you

The COVID-19 crisis has introduced a number of new sources that unemployed individuals can take advantage of in order to assist with a sudden loss of income. Some examples are tax filing deadlines being extended, credit card companies offering reduced interest rates on debt and fees being waived on late payments. In addition, interest has been waived on all federally held student loans and you can also ask for administrative forbearance so that you can temporarily stop making your federal student loan payments without becoming delinquent.

Revamp yourself

You might find that you have some extra time on your hands due to this unprecedented period. Since it is very rare to ever feel like you have extra time on your hands, take advantage of it by updating your current resume and LinkedIn profile. When you’re sending in your resume to a company, do your research and be sure to include a compelling and compassionate reason why you’re interested in the company. Don’t just list the qualifications you have.

There are also a number of free resources available online like webinars and tutorials to help you polish off old documents and present the best version of yourself.

Practice your interview skills

Just because social distancing prohibits you from being around people doesn’t mean that you can’t work on your interview skills. Practice on the interview process with a friend. Whether it’s a phone interview or an interview done via Skype or Zoom, there are still plenty of alternatives to help you nail it.


Be cognizant of who your networking group is. Whether you utilize a talent management service like MBJ Group or you prefer something like Linkedin, make it known that you are looking for employment and ask individuals to keep an eye out. If you have a good relationship with someone at a company you’re interested in or who one has a contact there, the referral can do wonders for you. Sometimes your resume doesn’t always convey your talents and qualifications for a particular position. However, your potential referrals or references may be what secures you an interview.

While the workforce will eventually return to normal, many companies are learning to adapt to different practices, which will reflect over into the future job market. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact MBJ Group for more guidance and best practices. We are here and happy to help!

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MBJ Group presents at regional hospitality conference

SARASOTA, Fla. — Mary Beth Bos and Jim Bos, co-owners from the talent management company MBJ Group, recently presented at the 2018 Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals (HFTP) Florida Regional Conference.

More than 150 professionals in the hospitality finance and technology fields attended the three-day conference, held July 25-27, at the Sarasota Westin. The event featured speakers for educational advancement and approximately 19 vendor exhibitors.

On Thursday, July 26, three concurrent sessions were held from 9:45 – 11:00 a.m. During one of those sessions, the MBJ Group co-owners talked to participants about tackling their career, with stories, tips and guidelines for a path to success.

Other presentations included an analysis of the latest trends, tactics and news of the cyber threat landscape, an update on employment law and information on ethics, insurance, taxes, fraud and human resources, among other topics.

“The opportunity to speak at this hospitality conference allowed us to reach a new market,” said Jim Bos. “We had a great session with the industry’s professionals to help them reach their full potential.”

Nick Bollettieri, the creator of the tennis academy concept, which is now the IMG Academy, made the conference’s keynote presentation. He was a 2014 inductee into the International Tennis Hall of Fame.

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How understanding your skills and abilities can lead to career development

Almost everyone has questions about their career.

Did I make the right choice? Are my skills and talents being used to the best of their ability? Where do I see myself going in the future?

It’s not uncommon to have questions, but what happens when the answers to those questions transform into a series of frustrations?

Whether it’s frustration with the job, frustration with a boss or frustration with the location, for some people there comes a point where those frustrations become too much to handle on their own. They know they need to do something to better themselves, but they just don’t know how.

That’s where MBJ Group comes into play.

Founded in 2000 by Sarasota residents Jim and Mary Beth Bos, MBJ Group, a talent management company, have spent the past 18 years offering career transition services to clients and business professionals.

“We work through the whole issue of who am I and where best should I be going,” says Jim. “That’s really what career transition is all about.”

The frustration of wanting to pursue a new career but not knowing how to go about doing so is ultimately what leads many clients to MBJ Group.

Whether it’s an employee in their 50s who suddenly realizes they are not happy with what they have been doing and is need of a change; a client who has grown tired of the cold and is looking to relocate to sunny Sarasota with little knowledge of the marketplace; or a trailing spouse who is suddenly looking for a job in a new community, MBJ Group has worked with clients across the spectrum.

Career transition services are designed to help those individuals in the midst of developing their careers further or changing their career altogether by determining their skills and talents, through a series of online assessments, and how they can be applied in today’s marketplace.

If you’re considering investing in a career, one of the most common questions you need to ask yourself is “What am I best suited for based on my skills and talents?”

“Transitional skills become very important if you’re going to move to a new position,” says Jim.

The career transition process begins with a series of assessments, which help the MBJ Group determine a client’s individual skills, talents and passions. In doing so, clients gain a better understanding of themselves and can ultimately focus on finding those organizations that will be able to best utilize their skills and talents.

“Now all of a sudden you can’t hide,” says Jim. “It’s a little bit of reality staring back at you and consequently you have to deal with that. That really starts helping us and them understand who they are and potentially where they might fit.”

At that point, focus becomes key. By helping their clients focus on what they didn’t like about their previous job, MBJ Group is able to get a better understanding of their clients’ thinking process and help them set realistic expectations for the future.

Once a client has a better idea of where his or her talents lie and expresses an interest in a potential career path, MBJ Group sets up exploratory interviews with business professionals within the desired industry to help clients get a better idea of the options available to them. The talent management company also receives feedback on how their clients presented themselves during the interview process, which helps MBJ Group determine what, if any, adjustments need to be made to the career transition process.

While MBJ Group works with corporate and not-for-profit clients of all backgrounds, in recent years, the firm has worked with a number of trailing spouse clients. They are also in transition, having recently moved to a new community, as a result of their spouse’s job, and wanting to get back to their own career.

By working together, MBJ Group helps trailing spouses explore what their new community has to offer and how they can use their transitional skills for their betterment.

“Our marketplace here doesn’t necessarily have a breadth of careers, positions and industries that you might find in New York City, New Jersey or Boston,” says Jim. “Clients need to be realistic about their job expectations.”

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MBJ Group co-owners return from prominent international conference

SARASOTA, Fla. — Jim and Mary Beth Bos, co-owners of MBJ Group, a talent management company, recently returned from
Scottsdale, Ariz., after attending the prominent Target Training International Success Insights’ Conference.

Themed “Reimagining Excellence”, the annual conference, which was held Jan. 12-14, allowed the Bos’ the opportunity to
meet and network with other talent management professionals from around the world. The couple learned about new
approaches and methods, shared ideas and explored possible strategic alliances.

More than 400 renowned coaches, trainers, recruiters and consultants attended the conference, which is considered the
cornerstone of the talent management industry. The TTI Success Insights’ International Conference is designed to
celebrate the legacy of TTI Success Insights, which provides behavior assessment tools to help business professionals
learn more about themselves and their communication styles, while supporting and connecting talent management
professionals worldwide.

This year marked the 12th time the couple, who have been using Target Training Behavioral Assessments in their business
for more than 15 years, have attended the TTI Success Insights’ International Conference.

“The conference allows us the opportunity to look at our services in a whole new way and how we can make them even
better,” said Mary Beth Bos. “This was probably one of the best conferences that we have attended.”

Featuring keynote speakers, dozens of breakout sessions and leadership panels, the conference brings together the
voices and insights of coaches, consultants and trainers from more than 30 countries.

Throughout this year’s session, representatives from TTI Success Insights, ADDO Worldwide, Bluewater Advisory and
Bluewater Search, The Metiss Group and Projectivity Solutions, among others, spoke on a variety of business-related
topics, including behavior, the impact of demographics on business, generating quality leads, collaboration and more.

Attendees familiarized themselves with the assessments and also learned what the evaluations can do in influencing
others and their perspectives. TTI Success Insights leaders also discussed some revisions to some of the assessments
that will be released March 1.

“We enjoyed seeing how the company is making sure that the assessments meet validity and statistical standards as well
as seeing some of the revisions to some of the assessments that are going to make them better,” said Jim Bos.

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