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Your Next Career Awaits
Exciting Job Opportunities
Resume Resources
Interview Tips
Job Search Advice

WE WORK HARD. WE WORK TOGETHER. WE WORK FOR YOU.

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Your Next Career Awaits
Exciting Job Opportunities
Resume Resources
Interview Tips
Job Search Advice

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Exciting Job Opportunities
Resume Resources
Interview Tips
Job Search Advice

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This is your one-stop-shop for resources to help you prevail through your job search. Whether you’re looking for interview advice, job search tips, or an outlook on the labor market, JSG has you covered. We have tons of resources to help guide you to a successful job search. We work hard, we work together, and we work for you.

Become An Expert, Get Hired

Become An Expert And Get Hired

Have you ever heard people sing the praises of being a “jack of all trades?” Well, when it comes to your career, this might not be the best advice. In fact, some professionals claim it makes you much more marketable to become an expert in one or two topics. To get hired for your next position, try following these three steps to become a subject matter expert while enhancing your career along the way.

Pick Something You’re Passionate About

If you’re going to become an expert in something, it might as well be something you’re passionate about! Dig deep inside yourself to find a facet of your professional skillset that you love. Whatever you choose, make sure it adds to your marketability. Think of skills that will take your career to the next level while simultaneously fueling your fire.

Find Where You Can Add Value

Now that you’ve chosen your topic of expertise, assess how it fits into your career. How can you utilize this skill set to add value to companies and specific teams? Once you have realized your value, find where you can apply it on the job market. It may be a job similar to your past experiences, or it may be a whole new path. Mapping out your expertise allows you to develop a strong elevator pitch for job interviews.

Do Your Research

According to BJ Fogg, author of the book “Tiny Habits,” it takes approximately 40-60 hours to become a subject-matter expert. So, now that you’ve chosen your area of expertise and how you want to apply it, it’s time to go to work. Stock up on literature, find a mentor, and completely immerse yourself in this topic.

Honing your expertise to one or two topics you are passionate about will help you get hired for the job you want. Not only will you be more marketable, but you’ll also have more fun! Looking for more ways to take your career to the next level? Explore our candidate resources!

Should You Make A TikTok Resume?

Should You Make A TikTok Resume?

In September, the social media giant TikTok announced it surpassed 1 billion global monthly users. Over the last few years, this social platform has been surging, and thanks to the pandemic, more users are signing up to watch funny videos and keep up to date with social media trends. One of these trends is a new job search strategy: making a TikTok resume. But is creating a video resume and posting it on TikTok a suitable strategy for your job search?

Why TikTok resumes?

Besides the massive user base, TikTok recently launched a new program called TikTok Resumes. This new tool encourages users to create and post video resumes and helps employers find new talent. A video resume is a short recording highlighting your skill sets, background, and what you can bring to the table. However, TikTok provides a platform to insert fun visuals, music, and other effects to make your video resume stand out in the masses. Plus, with 130+ million users using #careertok and another 445+ million using #jobsearch, you have plenty of ways to be discovered. Nevertheless, this job search strategy may not be for everyone.

When is it appropriate to make a TikTok resume?

Making a TikTok resume can be an effective and fun strategy to catch the eyes of hiring managers or recruiters. But is this strategy appropriate for everyone? The short answer is no. If you are a marketing professional or recent graduate, this can be an effective strategy to get your resume out there. Creating a TikTok resume is an excellent way to highlight your strengths, illustrate your personality, and can be relevant to specific roles you are applying for. Big companies like Target and Shopify are leveraging this social media to tap into new talent pools. So, if an employer is openly using TikTok as a recruiting tool, it may be wise to consider creating one. But if you are unfamiliar with this platform or you are applying for a senior-level role, this may not be the strategy for you.

Regular social media job search rules still apply

TikTok can be a creative tool for your job search; however, regular social media rules still apply as they affect your job search. Review your privacy settings and ensure they are what you want. Of course, if you are making a resume on TikTok, you want it to be discovered. Therefore, you must have your privacy settings set up accordingly. But remember that with a public social media account, hiring professionals can see other content, such as the videos you like and share, the people you follow, and your personal posts. Be mindful of the accounts and content you engage with, as it can impact your chances of receiving an interview (or even a job offer!).

Here’s an example of a TikTok Resume if you are ready to make your own!

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Tiktok do your thing! Check out ➡️ #TikTokResumes #TikTokPartner #productmanagment #jobsearch #graduated

♬ original sound – Christian 🚀

Outdated Interview “Rules” That No Longer Apply

Outdated Interview “Rules” That No Longer Apply

For as long as interviews have been around, there have been a set of “Interview Rules.” Some were explicit, and some unwritten, but all were standard practice for years. However, the hiring process has recently undergone a significant transformation. Both hiring managers and candidates are now challenging once standard practices. Here are three examples of outdated interview rules that no longer apply.

You always need to dress “business formal”

Business formal used to be the standard for interviews. It was expected that you showed up in a formal suit and tie or plain skirt and blazer. This still may be the case for more traditional business industries such as banking or investments. However, it is no longer the rule for all interviews. We encourage you to dress “one step up” from the company’s dress code. Check out our guide to dressing business casual for an interview here.

You must kick off the interview with a firm handshake

A global pandemic stopped this outdated interview rule in its tracks. Not only is it a quick way to spread germs, but it also makes people uncomfortable. Many hiring managers are coming around to the idea of allowing a candidate to dictate which greeting they are comfortable with. It is now perfectly acceptable to give a wave or a friendly nod and smile as you meet your interviewer.

You cannot ask about salary or PTO during an interview

Until recently, it was completely taboo to discuss salary or PTO during an interview. However, the tables have recently shifted. It is now understood that people have a right to know the salary range and if it will be a good fit with your goals. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic changed how employers and employees alike think about PTO. If it is important to you to know how a prospective employer handles sick time, potential exposures, and benefits, don’t be afraid to address it.

These interview rules and more are being challenged every day. Just remember that when you’re interviewing, it is a two-way street. You may want the job, but employers are looking for someone who will be a good fit and voice their opinions and questions! So, don’t be afraid to ask questions, stick to what you’re comfortable with, and dress in a way that represents you and the company.

Resume 101: Back to the Basics

Resume 101: Back to the Basics

Writing a resume is both intimidating and overwhelming. It’s challenging to sum up your background, work history, skill sets, and education in a concise document that you then submit to a complete stranger. Your resume is often your first impression during your job search, so it must be bulletproof. However, that’s easier said than done. As your career changes, so does your resume, so it can be tricky to craft a perfect document for your job application. So, we are bringing you back to the basics to help you construct a winning CV!

Avoid overcomplicated resume templates

When you go to create or redesign your resume, stick to simple and clean templates. Services like Canva or Microsoft Word offer creative and colorful templates. Some of these templates and designs are fair game, but it’s best to pass on overly complicated templates. Unless you are a graphic designer, keep your format simple. Use nice, easy-to-read fonts, use clear section headings to organize the different content on your resume, and avoid adding a headshot to eliminate any unconscious biases. Plus, “fancy” resume formats can confuse application tracking systems, and thus, filter your application out before a human can even review it.

Don’t forget your contact details!

This may seem like common sense, but you would be surprised with how many people forget to include part or all of their contact information. The best location for your contact details is right at the top, so hiring managers and recruiters can quickly reach out to you about the positions you are applying for. Also, now is a great time to review your contact details. Is your email address one you check often? Is it professional? If it’s a goofy or inappropriate email you made back in high school, it might be time to create a new email address.

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Work history, in reverse chronological order

After your contact details, it’s time to add your work history. Display your work history in reverse chronological order and include your job title, company name, time frames you worked there, and the location. For each role, add key responsibilities and duties and tailor them for each position. Use concise bullet points and include action verbs, specific numbers to illustrate your achievements, and use keywords that tie back into the job description.

Education section

After your work experience, you can display your education. Include the school’s name or program’s title, your degree or certification, relevant course work, and attendance dates. Unless you are fresh out of school, it’s best not to include your GPA (if you include it, don’t add it if it’s under a 3.5 GPA). If you are applying for mid-level positions or higher, you can forgo everything except the school, program, and degrees or certifications. If you are well into your career, you can save some space by removing your graduation dates and relevant coursework.

Skills section

Adding a skills section may be new to many job seekers, but it’s one of the most important areas on your resume. This section is your opportunity to illustrate how well you fit for the position you are applying for. Carefully review the job description and reflect on your hard and soft skills that are relevant for this position. For this section, all you have to do is list your skills to show the hiring professional that you are a solid match for the position. This area is also an excellent place to insert your transferrable skills. Transferable skills are vital for job seekers transitioning to new industries or career paths because they allow you to demonstrate your fit for the role, even if you don’t have direct experience.

Certifications

Your certifications section is straightforward. All you need to do is nicely list out any certifications you have earned, the issuer of that cert, and the date the cert was achieved. List out all your certifications, with your most relevant ones at the top of the list.

Looking for more resume assistance?

So, there you have it. This is a concise overview of crafting a bulletproof resume. If you are looking for more resume advice to take your job search to the next level, check out our candidate resources. We have dozens of articles with helpful resume guidance to help you find your next career opportunity!

Will a New Job Pay You More?

Will A New Job Pay You More?

It has long been rumored that in order to “get what you’re worth,” you need to be constantly on the move. In fact, it was recommended that you change jobs as often as every two or three years to get the most bang for your buck. However, this might not be the case anymore. According to the ADP’s latest Workforce Vitality Report, employees who stayed at their jobs in 2020 garnered an average pay raise of 4%, while those who landed new jobs averaged a raise of 5%. So, the question remains, is that 1% worth a switch? Here are four instances in which a new job that pays more would be worth it.

You are being paid below-market-rate

This is an instance in which you may be able to secure more than a 5% raise when switching jobs. Do your research on sites like LinkedInsalary.com, or Payscale to discover the market rate for someone with the same amount of experience in your role. Additionally, search job boards or talk to a recruiter to see what people hiring are willing to pay. Employers that are satisfied with paying employees less than they are worth will have difficulty retaining talent in today’s modern job market.

You are not happy in your current work environment

This may seem obvious, but it is notoriously easy to stay in a role that pays well but drains your happiness. If you are unhappy at your current job, even a lateral move can make an enormous difference in total value. Certainly, it’s worth investigating and having a conversation to see what else is out there.

You are receiving interest from other employers

It’s no secret that companies are hiring right now. In fact, many are desperate to add to their teams. If recruiters are contacting you, it is absolutely worth having a conversation. Likewise, have an updated resume and cover letter template ready to go. That way, if a job pops up on your LinkedIn feed, you can be ready to apply quickly. You might just be surprised to discover how much interest you receive!

If you feel that it’s time to make a move, follow your gut! Explore our open positions here, or contact us to speak with a recruiter in your area.

Look Out For These Job Search Red Flags

Look Out For These Job Search Red Flags 🚩

There are millions of open jobs right now, with thousands of companies desperate to add to their teams. So, how do you sift through this abundance to find the job that is right for you? In addition to finding a position that matches your skillset, experience, and target benefits, there are a few things you’ll want to avoid. Here are three major job search red flags you should dodge at all costs.

High Turnover Rate

According to a LinkedIn poll, this was the most glaring job search red flag. A high turnover rate implies that there is a reason employees keep leaving. This trend could be due to several factors such as low salaries, overworking, or poor leadership. No matter what, it’s worth further investigation. Don’t be afraid to address this observation during an interview to understand the company culture better.

Lack of Salary Transparency

While lack of salary transparency was the norm for many years, it is now becoming unacceptable. (In California, it’s even illegal!) A company or recruiter should be open to discussing a salary range for the position throughout the interview process. That way, both parties can ensure that they aren’t wasting time. “Depends on experience” isn’t a satisfactory answer, either.

Saying “We’re Like A Family”

This job search red flag is a little more obscure but still important to note. While it may not seem negative at first, consider what a “family” atmosphere at work is like. Oftentimes, this means the boundaries of professionalism are blurred. Personal drama may be the norm in this work atmosphere, and you could potentially find yourself immersed in a culture of overwork and unhealthy expectations. If someone mentions this during an interview, ask them to clarify further what makes the culture feel “like a family.”

Lack of Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion

The biggest “other” red flag that people mentioned in the comments of the LinkedIn poll was a lack of commitment to diversity and inclusion. While this has been a hot-button issue over the last few years, few companies are acting on it appropriately. Look for a company that commits to diversity and inclusion and the programs and resources to back it up. No one wants to feel like a pawn, hired solely to help fulfill a diversity quota. Dig deep during your job search and interview process to understand the full spectrum of steps a company takes to improve diversity and inclusion on their teams.

Remember, a red flag isn’t a conclusive decision about whether a company or job is good or not. Instead, it is a sign that you should investigate further. Looking for more job search and interview advice? Explore our candidate resources here.

How To Create The Best Hybrid Work Schedule

How To Create The Best Hybrid Work Schedule

With the recent announcement from Amazon that they will be letting individual teams decide their work environments and schedules, many are left wondering how to create the best hybrid work schedule. When the decision is left up to the employee, how do you decide? To determine which days to work from home, ask yourself these three questions.

Which days and in which environments are you most productive?

Most of us have days of the week on which we are most productive. Oftentimes, Mondays are spent catching up after the weekend that passed, and Fridays are spent dreaming of the weekend to come. This is why Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, are often the sweet spots for productivity. However, it varies from person to person! Once you’ve determined the days on which you are most productive, consider the environment that best lends itself to accomplishing tasks. For some, this may be the office where you are free from the distractions of home. For others, it may be at home if you work in a loud or busy office with a lot going on. To create your best hybrid work schedule, discover your productivity sweet spots.

Which days do you have the most meetings?

Meetings can be a productivity killer. And in modern days, when many meetings are held virtually, they can truly dictate your entire day! If all of your meetings are virtual, it can be challenging to participate in the office with lots of noise and distractions. However, if your team is meeting in person, you’re going to want to be in-office for those, naturally. So, consider your team’s working and meeting style to create your best hybrid word schedule. And once you’ve decided, let your team know which days you prefer to have meetings so you can meet effectively moving forward.

Is your company open to “work from anywhere”?

If your company is comfortable with you working from anywhere, it can be beneficial to WFH on Mondays and/or Fridays. This enables you to work from the lake cabin or start work a little earlier and kick off your weekend early on Friday. What’s most important in this scenario is that you respect the policy. Working remotely on Fridays or Mondays doesn’t just give you a “3 day weekend.” You must treat it as a typical workday, with added flexibility. And as always, be sure to discuss expectations with your manager!

Everyone’s situation is unique, and what works best for one person might not work best for someone else. When crafting your best hybrid work schedule, have open conversations with management about what will be most effective for you. And most importantly? Be flexible! The most significant benefit of hybrid work is that it allows for adaptability, so you must be adaptable along with it for best results.

Trick or Treat Yourself to a New Job

Trick Or Treat Yourself To A New Job

If you are one of the millions of Americans considering joining “The Great Resignation,” you are certainly not alone. Approximately four million people quit their jobs in July 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Additionally, LinkedIn noted that 176 million U.S. members added new employers to their profiles in September alone. Due to job uncertainty surrounding the pandemic, many people stayed put throughout 2020, drastically decreasing quit rates. But now that hiring has increased, employees are recognizing burnout and seizing new opportunities. If this sounds like you, October is a great month to kick off your job search. But you don’t want to run into any tricks along the way! We’re breaking down of few of the tricks and treats you might encounter if you’re looking for a new job this fall.

Trick: COVID-Related Questions

No matter what you have encountered in your professional life over the last two years, you will be asked COVID-related interview questions. These questions can range from addressing layoffs or why you’re leaving your current position, to skills you added during lockdowns, to how you think your company handled the pandemic.

When these questions come up, try to avoid getting bogged down in negativity. Give a brief and direct answer, and then pivot the question into your excitement for this opportunity. Highlight the skills you gained, the lessons you learned, and the goals you established for your next job.

Treat: More Remote Openings

One of the few upsides to the pandemic is that it forced companies to get familiar with flexible work environments. On LinkedIn alone, there are over 480,000 remote job openings currently. This is in stark comparison to a mere 7,000 remote job opportunities listed online in March of 2020.

While these openings are remote, it can give you a leg up to look for companies hiring remote positions in your city. Eventually, these companies may go back to in-person or a hybrid work model. Thus, they will see value in having someone local who can join meetings face-to-face or even meet for the occasional happy hour.

Trick: Navigating Virtual Interviews

No matter how many tools we have at our disposal, virtual interviews will always be tricky. They are challenging to navigate between connection issues, missed social cues, background distractions, and the inevitable “what do I do with my hands?” they are challenging to navigate.

When preparing for a virtual interview, it’s essential to do a trial run (or two.) Make sure your background is clean and clutter-free, your notes don’t make too much rustling noise, and your wifi connection is strong. Right as you kick off the interview, share any potential distractions with your interviewer. Luckily, most employers are understanding of a pup warding off the mailman or a toddler looking for an extra hug.

Treat: Flexible Interview Situations

One of the upsides of interviewing in a virtual professional world is that it’s typically easier to squeeze an interview into your schedule. If you’re currently working remotely, you can avoid the awkward excuses or sneaking around that usually accompany interviewing for a new role.

Even though it’s easier to schedule an interview, remember to stay respectful of your current employer. Take a late lunch and block it off on your calendar or let your manager know you will have to step out for an appointment.

Trick: Competitive Market

With so many remote openings, lots of people are putting feelers out there. This is especially true for mid-career employees between the ages of 30 and 45. If you’re in one of the more competitive age groups or industries, you could be going up against dozens of highly qualified applicants.

To stand out from the crowd, do something that goes above and beyond. If the job requests an optional cover letter, submit one! Create a mockup of what you could do for the company. Highlight a personal connection to the mission. To top it off, send a thank you note immediately after your interview. These little things will make a big difference when it comes to landing a job during a uniquely competitive market.

Treat: A Renewed Focus On Diversity & Inclusion

Many companies have experienced tremendous growth over the past two years, and we aren’t talking about headcount. As a result of major social movements and leaderships committed to change, organizations are boosting their diversity and inclusion programs.

Don’t be afraid to ask about diversity and inclusion during the interview. In a candidate’s market, you should feel empowered to hold companies accountable. And ultimately, you want to work for a team that shares the same values as you!

Hopefully, your job search is more treats than tricks! But for all the advice you need to make it through, explore our candidate resources here.

How To Dress For A Casual Interview (With Examples)

How To Dress For A Casual Interview (With Examples)

You have an in-person interview, congratulations! You’ve done your research on the company and are excited about the prospect of working there. But now you’re channeling your inner grinch thinking, “but what will I wear?!” From social media photos of the office, you can tell that the dress code is casual – everyone is wearing jeans and t-shirts. What does that mean for you? Don’t fret; here’s a fool-proof guide to dressing for a casual interview.

How To Dress For A Casual Interview

Always Dress One Step Up

First, the golden rule. Always dress one step above the company dress code. So, with a casual dress code, there’s a lot of room for interpretation. Our preference is to go “smart casual.” This typically looks like slacks or a Ponte-style pant paired with a button-down shirt or a nice blouse. However, you can get away with jeans if you really want to. Be sure they are as dark as possible, and pair them with a dressier shirt or blazer to balance. Simple business casual dresses or skirts are always acceptable for a casual interview as well!

Keep Accessories Simple

If you’re already dressing one step above the dress code, keep your accessories simple. There’s no need for a tie or elaborate jewelry. Include a simple watch or an understated necklace. Choose nice, polished shoes and a matching belt. When it comes to accessorizing, an interview is not the time to experiment. Stick with what you know and love!

Tread Carefully With Colors And Prints

There’s no need to avoid colors and prints altogether, but we advise you to choose wisely. Stick with colors that give a professional vibe, like cobalt blue or red. Leave the neon blouse at home to avoid looking too casual or distracting. Likewise, large, loud prints can distract and take the focus away from you and your qualifications. Instead, focus on subtle details that will leave a great impression.

Even at an office with a casual dress code, it’s important to look polished and professional for an interview. Aim for a balance between formal elements and casual touches to make a great first impression.

Should You Apply To A Job For Which You Are Underqualified?

Should You Apply to A Job For Which You Are Underqualified?

When you’re job searching, it can be overwhelming. Reading description after description, looking for that “perfect fit.” But what if you stopped trying to fit yourself into a hypothetical mold? Instead, teach yourself to read between the lines of a job description to determine what’s most important. A popular saying in the career space is, “you should apply to roles even if you only meet ~80% of the requirements.” Keep reading to find out when (and how) you should apply for a job for which you are underqualified.

You Have All The Skills, But Not The Years Of Experience

Think about it, years of experience is just an arbitrary number. There is no hard and fast rule stating that the more years of experience you have, the better you will be at your job. Someone who has been in the field for only 1 or 2 years in a fast-paced role with a great mentor might be significantly more qualified than someone who has worked for 5 to 7 years for a mediocre company. So, focus on the skills you bring to the table and be sure to emphasize these in your cover letter or application email.

You’re A Fast Learner

If you tend you pick things up quickly, you can be a great underqualified candidate. Now, this doesn’t mean going from zero to 60. If you have absolutely no experience in a field or skillset, the learning curve is probably too steep. Instead, determine if you have parallel skills or minimal experience with a particular requirement. For example, maybe you’re well versed in Photoshop, but the position requires experience with InDesign. Because they are both Adobe products with similar infrastructure, you’ll probably be able to learn InDesign pretty quickly.

You Have Something Else To Bring To The Table

Just because you don’t meet 100% of the qualifications doesn’t mean that you can’t add value. If you can add value in other ways, apply away! Just be sure to convey that somewhere in your application so the recruiter or Hiring Manager doesn’t immediately count you out.

So, the general answer is yes; you should apply for a job for which you are underqualified. However, you do need to meet basic requirements (especially with so many companies utilizing ATS.) Companies are willing to look past hard and fast lines in order to find the best person for the job. Just be sure to make it clear that person is you!

If you are ready to put your skills and experience to the test, check out our job board! We have hundreds of exciting opportunities all across North America.