t's a great time to be launching a career. Jobs are plentiful, and it seems like everyone's hiring. In fact, the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that in April 2018, the U.S. economy added jobs for the 91st consecutive month, the longest growth streak on record since the BLS began compiling labor-market figures in the 1930s. And at Johnson & Johnson, we're always adding jobs, too.
But to take advantage of all the opportunities, you need to have a plan in place. Here are four steps you can take to help kick-start your job search today and land the job of your dreams at Johnson & Johnson in the near future.
Identify Jobs—and Skill Areas—That Are the Right Fit for You
We're constantly hiring for roles and specialties across the board. So even if your background isn't in one of the four most in-demand skills at Johnson & Johnson for 2018, we still have plenty of opportunities where you could be a valuable contributor. The trick is identifying which those are.
For many—especially for recent college grads who won't necessarily have directly relevant professional experience—that can be a daunting task. Plus, some fields of study line up with professional opportunities at Johnson & Johnson more clearly than others. For instance, undergrads who studied chemistry, or postdocs in bioengineering, may see obvious continuities and obvious job titles to pursue with us.
On the other hand, liberal arts majors may not see direct correlations between their degrees and the roles on our site, but that doesn't mean they don't have plenty to contribute. Liberal arts majors tend to be analytical, yet creative thinkers with great verbal and written communication skills. They're thoughtful listeners capable of synthesizing information in innovative ways and delivering excellent presentations. At Johnson & Johnson, those are skills that can open the door to careers in communication, sales, business analysis and more.
Think Hard About How Your Goals and Interests Line Up With Our Credo
One of the keys to landing a job with a top company today is demonstrating that you are aligned with the organization's culture and mission. If you're serious about a career at Johnson & Johnson, you should know that everything we do goes back to the values outlined in Our Credo.
Do you share our passion for making a positive impact and improving health outcomes for people around the globe? Try to align the overall messaging of your resume with Our Credo, and tell us what it means to you.
Take Advantage of Opportunities to Connect (and Save Time) Using LinkedIn
You can always search for openings at Johnson & Johnson by job title or functional area—and even set up job alerts related to your searches—but there are other ways of looking for jobs with us that you should be aware of as well. For instance, our LinkedIn page is continually updated with the latest opportunities at Johnson & Johnson. And because LinkedIn already knows your unique skill set, your background and the types of jobs you're interested in (if you've got a complete profile, that is), it automatically surfaces jobs that you're a good match for, saving you time and possibly showing you jobs you might have missed otherwise.
Another benefit of LinkedIn is the one-click application feature, which auto-fills most of the fields in job-application forms. That can greatly expedite the application process. Of course, to get the most out of either of these features, you'll need to have an up-to-date LinkedIn profile and upload your most current resume.
Finally, there's our “Get Referred” feature available on all of our job descriptions. You can use this feature to search your LinkedIn network for Johnson & Johnson connections and request to be referred for the specific roles you're interested in. If the Johnson & Johnson employee elects to proceed with the referral, an email confirmation will be delivered to you detailing next steps.
Join Johnson & Johnson's Global Talent Community
Curious about job openings in your field at Johnson & Johnson? It only takes a minute to join our Global Talent Community, and by doing so, you can sign up to receive job notifications that match your interests.
Launch Your Career With Us Today
When you're ready, take a look at all of the opportunities we have available right now. Just make sure your resume aligns with the latest resume best practices. You might also brush up on how to really wow prospective employers with a few tips from Johnson & Johnson's Vice President of Global Talent Acquisition, Sjoerd Gehring.
Once you've applied for a job with us, you'll be able to use our new platform Shine to gain visibility into the entire application process—including updates on the progress of your application, information about what to expect at every step and much, much more. And, should you need clarification at any point, you can always use the @JNJShine Twitter handle to ask questions directly and get answers.