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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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.

What is Construction Management?

Some of the many roles we hire for at JSG fall under Construction Management. These roles work closely with engineers, architects, property owners, and contractors. With plenty of room for growth, Construction Management is ranked #1 in Best Construction Jobs by U.S. News and World Report.

Primary Responsibilities: Planning and Overseeing

The Construction Manager sees a project through from the planning phase to the close-out. According to procore.com, the four main sectors of a project are planning, preconstruction, construction, and close-out. During the planning phase, the construction manager works alongside others to establish goals, determine needs, set a schedule, and agree on a budget. Preconstruction involves laying out basic plans to obtain building permits and hiring contractors for different parts of the job. Moving into the construction phase, the building/breaking ground begins, and the Construction Manager monitors EVERYTHING—quality control, safety, budget, schedule/timeliness, and insurance. The Construction Manager also continues to submit permits and monitor them when necessary. Lastly, during close-out, everything is passed over to the property owner. They are given the keys, the manuals/warranties, and all project information. At this point, as the Construction Manager, your work here is done!

Challenges of the Job

As a high-stakes job, Construction Management keeps you on your toes. With any construction project comes unexpected changes and bumps in the road. You never know what exactly you will find when you break ground. If you like to problem solve on the fly, Construction Management may be for you! You must be meticulous about safety, as construction involves quite a bit of safety risk management. Construction timelines often get extended, and budgets are often surpassed. The Construction Manager must be flexible and able to adapt quickly and efficiently to changes and bumps in the road (both literally and figuratively).

Construction Management can be a fascinating career. Responsible to the property owner, they are in charge of getting the job DONE. If you like the sound of an exciting job with some twists and turns and a rewarding end product, Construction Management may be the job for you!

Moving Up in Your Career

Sometimes, it is easy to feel stuck in your current role in your career. For a while, it may just be comfortable. However, if you want to progress in your career, you will need to push yourself a little and put in the work, possibly making some changes.

Face Time

Be sure to get face time with the people who are in charge! These may be people at the company you already work for, or they may just be others in your field you respect. Connect with people you can learn from, and do not hesitate to ask them for advice. Find out what they did to get to the position they are in now. Check out this recent article about networking!

Changing Jobs

You may be at a point in your current position where there is really no way to move up at your company. This requires you to push yourself a little and start looking for another job with growth opportunities. It may be necessary to do some networking to figure out which companies in your field foster growth within their company.

Continuing Education

Depending on your career path, it could be necessary to go back to school or enroll in more training in order to move higher in your field. Not only does this prepare you with more knowledge for the potential jobs ahead of you, but it shows your dedication to your career. Some companies will even help pay for you to enroll in programs at local schools while you work for them.

Although staying in your current role can be comfortable, moving up usually requires you to push yourself out of your comfort zone. This could mean putting yourself out there and networking, taking the risk to change jobs, or taking the time to get a new certification or degree.

Five Aviation Facts

The Aviation Industry is one of the exciting industries that JSG works with closely. Whether you are a career Aviation guru, interested in pursuing a career in it, or just a curious observer and plane frequenter, you may learn something below:

  1. The airplane fleet size worldwide is expected to nearly double by 2040. According to Statista, North America’s fleet will increase by 42 percent. In comparison, the Asia Pacific fleet is projected to increase by a whopping 139 percent! The European fleet falls somewhere in the middle, expected to grow by 76 percent.
  2. The busiest airport in the U.S. (and one of the most active globally) is the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson airport. Pre-pandemic in 2019, ATL had over 110.5 million passengers come through their facilities, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. While passenger numbers are steadily climbing back up from 2020, the Atlanta airport has yet to bounce back to its normal traffic levels.
  3. According to the Sheffield School of Aeronautics, flying is the safest mode of travel. There are many crew members involved in the flight of a plane—pilots, flight attendants, ground crew, air traffic control, etc. These different teams constantly check and balance each other to ensure a safe flight. Crews have in-depth training, and the technology used is top-of-the-line.
  4. The oldest operating airline, KLM, is almost 103 years old! This Dutch company was started on October 7th, 1919.
  5. Airplane lifespans are based on the number of pressurizations the plane is subjected to. According to The Aviation Base, most planes are retired around 75,000 pressurizations. This usually calculates out to 20-25 years of service.

This is just scratching the surface! Aviation is a fascinating industry that JSG is privileged to work with. Are you interested in pursuing a job in Aviation? Our Atlanta office specializes in hiring for Aviation jobs across the country! Check out our job search page to look for opportunities near you.

 

Check out last week’s “Look into HR!

A Look into HR

Are you considering a job in Human Resources? You may be wondering what different roles HR offers or what exactly goes into working an HR job. Let’s take a look at a few options in the HR field:

Learning & Development

An HR employee overseeing Learning and Development is responsible for uptraining employees in the best practices for their roles. Learning and Development can work with both new and current employees. Often, they train new employees, but they can also continue training for employees where they see a need for more skills training. They work to develop employees’ skills and track engagement to make the company the more efficient it can be!

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion 

The HR employee responsible for Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion ensures that the company gathers employees from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. It is crucial that a company employs people from all walks of life and treats everyone equally. As a DEI HR employee, you would be responsible for monitoring hiring and office dynamics to ensure all are heard and given an equal chance. You will be the driving force behind creating a company culture that fosters inclusion and collaboration.

Benefits

This area of Human Resources is pretty self-explanatory. If you were to specialize in benefits, you would be processing employees’ selected healthcare and 401k plans, as well as disability and life insurance. A Benefits Coordinator will be the contact person for employees that need help navigating or changing their plans. In addition to this, they work with brokers to get the best options for yhe company and employees.

Payroll

HR employees that work in payroll process timecards, PTO, and expenses. Suppose you work in the payroll corner of Human Resources. You will likely be receiving employees’ timecards/expenses, processing the data, and ensuring that everyone gets paid the correct amount on time.

 

Human Resources offers many options, from those that are more business-focused to those that focus on people and interpersonal dynamics. Check out JSG’s current HR position openings at careers.jsginc.com!

 

Benefits of Working with a Recruiting Firm

You are looking for a job, and a recruiter reaches out to you, asking to speak more about your resume. As a job seeker, you may be wondering why it may be helpful to work with a recruiter to land your next position. Recruiting companies, like Johnson Service Group, can be great to work with for many reasons, a few of which are mentioned below!

Reach

Recruiting firms have direct access to MANY different job openings. They likely have information on positions that are not publicly posted. If they have confidence in your resume and skills, they can submit you to multiple jobs. This can drastically increase the likelihood of you landing a position. If one client company does not move forward with you, you can have other options to try out as well!

Advocacy

In many instances, recruiters can advocate for you as a job candidate. Recruiters are on your side! They want you to land the positions they submit you for. After interviewing you, recruiters will point out your best qualities and relevant experience to the client they are trying to get you hired for. Because a recruiter is experienced in the hiring world, the client looking to fill a position is more likely to put more weight on the words of a recruiter than a random application sent in.

Repetition

Recruiters at recruiting firms often keep lists of people/resumes that seem promising. When they have worked with you before, you have most likely been filed onto one of these lists! If your contract with the company they placed you with is running out, the recruiter may have another placement that they would like to submit you for. If you were a good worker, your recruiter will want to work with you again!

Try out working with a recruiter! You can check out the listings of open jobs JSG has on our website at careers.jsginc.com, and maybe you will end up working with one of our wonderful recruiters.

Negotiating a Job Offer

When looking for a job, it can be intimidating to make demands about your salary, benefits, and anything else important to you about a job. However, it is crucial that you advocate for what you deserve when it comes to compensation. Negotiation is necessary!

Use industry standards to set expectations.

The first step to determining your “worth” as an employee is researching what those around you are being paid. You can use websites like those listed here to gather information about salaries in your area for positions with your education level and work experience. Use the average of your findings to create a range of what to reasonable to expect. Before going into an interview or negotiation situation, determine your goal compensation, the lowest you will go, and the highest you will ask for. This way, there is little to no need for you to do quick math on your toes during the conversation.

Weigh your benefits

Remember to take benefits (or lack thereof) into account when negotiating. Benefits have a monetary value as well, so make sure you are not overselling or shortchanging yourself! Are you looking to work from home or have flexible hours? Ask about these things—they have value too!

Shoot high

Typically, you should ask for a little above what you would like to be paid. Most employers will try to meet you somewhere between their offer and your counteroffer. Avoid suggesting an outlandishly high number—this will only result in laughs. Counteroffer with the high end of the salary range for your position and try to meet them in the middle at your goal rate.

Consider other options

If you have multiple job offers on the table, it doesn’t hurt to let them know! If another company offers you better compensation, ask the company you want to work at to match it! While it doesn’t hurt to ask, be careful how you do it—threatening to go to the other company instead can come off as insolent. A respectful suggestion could go like this, “{Company} offered me $000,000 for the same position. Is there any chance you could match that?” Asking lets them know that you have other options, but you are still serious about accepting the position at their company.

KEY TIP: Do not “threaten” to decline a job offer unless you are ACTUALLY willing to let it go. Otherwise, you may have significant regrets if the company does not budge on its offer.  

For some rules to follow when negotiating, check out this Harvard Business Review article. As always, go into these interviews and meetings with confidence and humility!

Five Fun Fabrication Facts

Here at JSG, we employ many in the fabrication industry. Let’s celebrate our talented workers with some interesting facts about metal fabrication!

  1. Fabrication can be dated back to as early as 4000 B.C. Archeologists see evidence of the process used to shape gold and other metal jewelry. Source: MetroSteel.com
  2. According to EVSmetal.commetal fabrication can help save the trees! They assert that the metal framing for a home can be built with the recycled metal of 4 cars. If the same house were constructed with wood, it would require 40 trees to be cut down!
  3. More than 50% of products used daily were created with some form of fabrication. This includes cars, cell phones, and things as simple as your fork and knife! Source: ManyFabrication.com
  4. Earth’s atmosphere is the only barrier keeping two metals from automatically bonding! If we were in a vacuum, any two pieces of metal that touched would automatically bond. On Earth, a minute layer of oxidized material is the only thing keeping two touching metals from becoming one! Source: TWS.edu
  5. The deepest wet weld ever performed underwater was at a depth of 2000ft. This weld was performed by the U.S. Navy. The deepest dry weld was performed at a depth of 1075ft. Source: EVSmetal.com

Check out this previous article for some cool facts about mining!

Benefits of Accepting a Contract Position

When working with a staffing company like JSG, many open positions may be contract positions. Why should you take a contract position? What are the benefits? First, let’s define what a contract position is.

According to ZipRecruiter, it is “. . .an arrangement between an employer and a person who works as an independent contractor—not as an official employee of the company. Businesses and government organizations hire independent contractors to perform all types of work—computer engineering, marketing, technical or content writing, construction, and more.”

Flexibility

Often, contract positions are shorter assignments (usually around six months to one year). This is generally because the company hires for a specific project. As a result, there is flexibility for people who like to try new things and go to new places. If you want to work for concentrated periods and travel between jobs, contract work may be perfect for you!

Higher Pay

Many (not ALL) contract positions offer higher pay because of the brevity of the work and (sometimes) absence of benefits. This allows you to choose what you want to do with your money, whether health insurance, investing, etc.

Experience

Contract work can allow you to get experience in many different roles. Because it tends to be project-based, you can try a plethora of projects in your field to figure out what you like best. Many companies have opportunities for their contract employees to be hired as direct employees after working with them for some time. This means that if you find something you like to do and want to stick around, there is a good chance you could be offered a direct contract with that company.

If contract work sounds like a good fit for you, check out our listings across the U.S. and Canada here. You may just find your perfect fit!

Selling Yourself without Sounding Prideful

Are you scared of sounding pridefully unaware in an interview? There are a few ways to communicate how great a worker you are while still sounding humble.

Quantify

Instead of saying something like, “I am great at recruiting,” give quantities. Quantities = credibility. Saying something like, “At my previous job, I helped place over {number} of candidates throughout the year.” By giving statistics of your work, you are simply stating facts, not making judgments about the quality of work you do. Providing numbers can signal to the interviewer that you are talented at your job, without them having to rely on a subjective judgment.

Credit

Give credit to those you worked with if people helped you with certain achievements. If you worked on a team to reach a goal, mention them. If you talk about the skills you have acquired or grown, note those who helped you grow or learn. This shows humility and awareness of the importance of working with and learning from others.

Quote

If previous employers have said some encouraging words about your work that stuck with you, mention them to your interviewer. Once again, this gives your words more credibility without the interviewer blindly trusting your judgment about yourself. You could say something like, “My previous boss encouraged me to sell more because he thought I had a good rapport with clients, so I pushed myself and doubled my sales in 3 months.” Slip in a few bits of praise from previous employers if you can, even if it may not come very naturally.

Companies love employees who do great work while knowing where they need help. Show them your strengths while also practicing self-awareness!

Setting Yourself Apart from Other Candidates

When interviewing, it never hurts to stick out from others who are up for the job. There is no need to bring company-themed cupcakes to the interview. Simply follow the guidelines below–a few genuine ways to set yourself apart from your contenders.

Follow up

If you walked away from the interview wanting the job, follow up with your interviewer. Thank them for their time while letting them know that you are interested in the position. This does not mean that you can’t play your cards close to the vest for the sake of negotiating. You do not have to say, “I AM READY TO TAKE THIS POSITION AT ANY COST!” Just let them know that you are interested and would like to talk further.

Be real

Don’t be stiff! Try to seem like a real person; after all, you (most likely) are one. It is okay not to have every perfect answer during an interview. Most companies want to employ people, not robots. Find ways to connect with your interviewer. If they ask you any questions about your personal life, try to use that as a segue to learn more about them!

Example:

Interviewer: What do you do in your free time?

You: I really like to {insert fun activity here}. Have you ever done {fun activity}?

This allows the interviewer to open up and tell you more about them, giving you the chance to make a personal connection with them outside of the run-of-the-mill interview question/answer time.

Ask good questions

Be sure to ask questions whose answers you actually want to know! Of course, you can ask the basic questions (i.e., What is your favorite part about the job?), but also make sure you get answers to the questions that will impact your decision about the job. You could ask what they think of the area that the building is in. Ask what makes people stick around at the company. Returning to the last point, do not be afraid to ask them questions about themselves (without derailing the interview too much). Just like they are trying to get to know you as a candidate and person, you need to get to know them as a potential coworker and person! ALWAYS ask questions. It signals that you are interested and invested in the position you have applied for.

When you are vying for a sought-after position, it always helps to stand out for what you can bring to the table (NOT for bad things)! Go into your interview with confidence and self-assurance. You’ve got this!