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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.

Workplace Safety: Fire Safety

Fire Prevention week is October 9-15th! Make sure your workplace is safe (whether it is your office or your home) and make sure you have a plan if a flame does catch. By staying vigilant, you can create a safe environment both at work and at home. Check out NFPA’s website for helpful educational resources about fire safety!

Educate yourself about the office

Ensure that you know where the stairway exits are. Additionally, it is helpful to know where the fire extinguishers are kept in your office space. If you cannot locate them, please ensure to check you’re your supervisor as to their location. These simple steps can result in a much safer and calmer response to an office fire emergency.

Create a plan for your home

Come up with a plan in the case that a fire catches in your home. Make sure that all members of the household are aware of safe exits and alternative ways to get out of the house if doors are unreachable. Know where your fire extinguishers are and be aware of what could easily catch flame in your home (appliances, candles, etc.).

Use this week to check in and make your workspace and home fire safety conscious places! Make sure those around you are aware of safety measures, and work together to make your spaces as safe as possible.

Balancing Your Job Search with Your Education

Finally launching yourself into the career you have literally been preparing years for can be pretty intimidating, especially when you are attempting to job search while finishing up your degree. Never fear! You are in one of the best stages to be searching right now.

Use your Resources

Campuses are packed with resources to launch you into your field—career coaches, professors with connections, and other students. Use this built-in community to your advantage! Ask for help with refining your resume. Discuss career options with your professors. Discover who your classmates/friends have connections with, and try to speak with anyone who could offer you insights. For the most part, people love sharing their wisdom and experience with others. Do not be afraid to ask for help or advice.

Set Goals

Instead of aimlessly shouting into the void, define precisely what you want to achieve. Would you like to be signed with a company by February? Shoot for that goal! Maybe you want to have interviewed with at least three companies by the start of your last semester. Write it on a post-it note, stick it on your wall, and know what you are aiming for. Set realistic goals. If you aim too high and keep falling short, you will only get discouraged and fall even further behind.

Schedule Smart

Instead of just finding time when you can in between classes and assignments, schedule time in your week to dedicate to your job search. This can fall in line with setting goals or be time-based. You can schedule your goals (e.g., apply to one job each week) or set time aside (e.g., 2 hours per week working on building connections and job searching). Giving yourself these windows of time or small goals to accomplish can make a huge difference in the ground you are covering in your job search. This time can also make you feel more productive since you can quantify your time spent working to reach your goals, even if you do not see immediate results.

Remember: It only takes one! Sometimes the job search can feel endless. Don’t let this discourage you. Dedicate your time and resources wisely and find the job that works for you!

Time Saving Tip: Resumes

Compiling and applying resumes can be EXHAUSTING. Oh, you think you can simply attach your resume to a job application and go on your merry way? WRONG. The website on which you are applying is making you fill in your job experience separately as well. Oh, and you also just realized that you forgot what your job responsibilities were when you were on a four-month contract two years ago. Do not let application complications deter you from submitting your impressive resume!

Create a Template 

Just like your cover letter, creating a base template for your resume is key to saving yourself time and energy during the job search process. You may be applying to a few different job types within your field. For example, you could be applying to nonprofit marketing positions as well as marketing positions for small businesses. You will want your resume to highlight slightly different content between nonprofit and small business applications. Keep separate base resume templates for each of these niches, then tailor each base for the specific company you are applying to.

Add as You Work

The last thing you want to do when applying for a new job is to try to remember all of the relevant experience you had in the last [X] number of years. Add experiences to your resume as you participate in work, training, degrees, or certifications. Even if you are not looking for a job any time soon, you will thank yourself later when the time does come. Your memory of these experiences will be the freshest right after/when they happen, so add them to your resume ASAP!

Bonus Tip: Jot down some unofficial notes about your experiences in one big document. They may help refresh your memory before job interviews!

Avoiding Autofill Woes

We’ve all been there: You upload your resume to a job website, and autofill has started to tear apart your resume in a way that makes it unrecognizable. According to AI, the title of your first job was “Lancaster, PA, 2004.” You can use helpful websites like Jobscan or My Perfect Resume to create resume documents that work well with ATS (applicant tracking systems). No one knows AI better than, well, AI! Using these resources will make the application process quicker and less strenuous.

Get those applications out there! Use these tips to expedite your process so you can apply with confidence. Happy hunting!

5 Career Fields for Women to Break into this Year

While women have made great strides in the past few years by entering typically male-dominated fields, a few still need more females to join the force. They provide great, exciting opportunities. Here are five fields that women should consider this year!

Piloting

According to NPR, only 7% of pilots are women! Companies like United Airlines are working on multiplying that number, offering more affordable ways to attend flight school and obtain your license. With companies making an effort to make a career in piloting more attainable for women (and people of color), it is clear that they are trying to broaden and diversify. Become a part of it!

Architecture

How often do you hear of the work of female architects? Chances are that the answer is RARELY. You can help to change that! If you are interested in design, architecture may be for you. You can enhance our cities and towns.

Upper-Level Finance

Though there are actually more females than males in finance and banking as a whole, there are few women in senior positions. Navigating your way to the top in finance can be difficult when you have few examples of people like you to look to for guidance. Companies like Ellevest and business schools like Meredith College work to provide women with resources that will make them successful in the field. Tap into these resources and climb to the top!

Construction

Currently at 14%, the space women take up in construction is on the rise. Now is the time to join! With roles from Purchasing Administrator to Project Manager, there are many pathways to take in construction. Organizations like the National Association of Women in Construction seek to support and gather women in the field to provide them with resources to bolster their success.

IT

Information Technology remains a male-dominated field. It is time to bring more women into Tech! Organizations like Women in Tech work to empower women in Tech/looking to enter into Tech. It is important that women and girls see people like them in roles that they desire. Joining Tech can be intimidating, but it will be worth it for your professional growth!

Entering into a field with few people like you can be intimidating. Seek support systems that want you to grow in your profession and break down those barriers!

Benefits of a Hybrid Work Schedule

Work environments have changed drastically over the past couple of years. The ideal has quickly changed from free beer and nap pods to your kitchen table and taking the dog out to “go potty.” While there are major benefits to working from home, you may miss the in-person interaction between coworkers. We have adjusted ourselves to be “ok” with little to no human interaction through quarantine, but is this the best way to work? Hybrid may be the answer. 

Preparedness for Anything

A hybrid location work schedule allows for flexibility like none other. Employees have adjusted to working at home but are still accustomed to coming into the office. This allows for the flexibility for employees to continue to work without having to disrupt projects, use their PTO, etc. when plans change suddenly. When kids get sick, pet care falls through, or inclement weather would typically prevent them from coming into the office, they can choose to work from home if necessary. Likewise, if a project or meeting requires more in-office collaboration than usual, employees can come into work together in person as a team.

Mental/Physical Health

The flexibility of hybrid work also allows employees to better care for themselves mentally and physically. If any employee feels mentally or physically unwell but still wants to work or not use their sick days, they can request to be remote and work from the comfort of their home to recuperate. In addition to this, employees have more flexibility to use their lunch breaks or the time they would normally use commuting to get outside, get exercise, or just get some sunlight. Because of the mix between office and home time, employees can be filled by the comforts and benefits of home without feeling isolated from their coworkers.

The hybrid schedule is something that many companies are making permanent. They have seen the benefits of giving their employees this flexibility.

Narrowing Your Job Search

Searching for a job can be extremely overwhelming. There are plenty of job postings vying for your attention. How can you weed through all of them to get to the postings you are actually interested in?

Find ideal positions

Look for positions that are your ideal (attainable) job, given your qualifications. Search for an open position at a well-known company. Note what the job entails. What are the responsibilities? Qualifications? You can use this as a base to compare other listings. It can be easy to apply to a position just because it has your desired title. Make sure that you are looking at the descriptions to weed out those with responsibilities that are undesirable to you.

Select key words

Within your ideal job position description, look for keywords that could narrow the pool of potential jobs. Instead of simply searching something like “social media manager,” you may look at a description and notice that it includes the words “designer,” “marketing,” and “analyst.” Include these words in your search when trying to narrow the results to find the best fit for you.

Work with recruiters

An excellent way to specify your search is to work with a recruiter at a staffing company. Recruiters have a pulse on what is out there in the job market that would require your qualifications while meeting your desired criteria. A recruiter can help guide you in the right direction and advise you on how to make yourself more desirable to their client. The recruiter knows their open positions well, so they will not throw options at you that are not a good fit.

We get it. The job search can be simply too much sometimes. Knowing how to search for jobs you actually want can be a game-changer. Use those tools!

Tips for Staying Focused Working Remote

Are you considering accepting a remote position, but you are unsure how it will impact your productivity? Environments can majorly impact how you work and interact with your coworkers. Keep reading for a few tips on how to focus and perform well remotely.

Accountability

If you feel it would be helpful to have some accountability system in place to keep you on task, create one! Set hourly goals with rewards if that motivates you to get things done. Work alongside a friend, spouse, or coworker, virtual or in person. Set a specific place in your home that is “office space.” It can be challenging to get work done in a space usually intended for play and relaxation. Having a designated workspace allows you to get into work mode and get things done.

Balance

Setting rigid boundaries for yourself when it comes to work-life balance in a remote position is essential. Because you work in the same place you live and relax, it can be easy to go back to work just to check your email quickly or shoot an IM to your boss about the project you have been working on. RESIST THE URGE. If you have pretty hard-set work hours (8-5, 9-6, etc.), stick to those unless otherwise absolutely necessary. Set boundaries, turn off your computer, and live your life outside of work too!

Communication

If you need something to improve your work experience, say so! Maintain communication with your coworkers throughout the day. If you never go into the office, this can help you build and grow relationships with your coworkers that you might have if you did go into the office. In addition to basic communication, it is crucial to communicate your needs to your supervisor. If your equipment is not working properly or you need additional resources to work more efficiently, share this with them. It never hurts to ask, even if the answer is “no” or “wait.”

Working remotely can be a fantastic experience. It allows for flexibility and comfort. Keep up the good work, and put these tips to use!

Keeping Your Workplace Safe: Heat Illness

One of the major work dangers is heat illness. Though more common in the summer months, it can be a problem throughout the year. Read on for a few tips on what to look out for and how to prevent heat illness.

Causes

The overarching cause of heat illness is unpreparedness. One must always be prepared for the conditions of their work environment. If working outside, it is important to always come prepared with sun protection and something to hydrate yourself with. If you are working inside in extremely hot conditions, you can fall ill if not dressed or hydrated properly. Oftentimes, heat illness strikes with heavy physical labor. Your body gives you signs when you need a break from the current conditions—do not ignore these signs! Not finding a way to cool down when your body is alerting you can bring no heat illness.

Signs

There is a multitude of symptoms that can point to heat illness. Many experience a headache or nausea. They will feel weak or dizzy in addition to this. Someone experiencing heat illness will either sweat heavily or experience the opposite—hot, dry skin. Either way, their body temperature will be elevated, and they will experience thirst and decreased urine output. In more extreme situations, the individual could have slurred speech, seizures, loss of consciousness, and abnormal thinking/behavior.

Prevention

There are a plethora of ways to prevent heat illness. Some key ways are hydration, sun protection, and listening to your body. Wear breathable clothing and a hat to protect yourself from direct sunlight. Keep hydrated with cool water, even if you do not feel thirsty. Check on your coworkers and make sure you are taking breaks in the shade when possible. If starting a new job, make sure you are acclimated to the environment before you go in headfirst. It takes time to acclimate to the heat and physical working conditions.

Watch out this summer! Protect yourself, look out for others, and when in doubt, take the safe route. Stay cool!

What is a Professional Buyer?

Has the “Buyer” job title piqued your interest? It can be an exciting position that provides you with growth opportunities. You may be wondering what exactly goes in to being a buyer and how you become one. Read on!

What does a buyer do?

A buyer is responsible for purchasing all items either used or sold in an organization. Buyers research the best options for suppliers, pricing, and quality. Buyers work with suppliers and vendors to negotiate pricing and contracts, with the goal of creating some sort of long-term contract with the supplier. The buyer evaluates the company’s needs, recognizes trends in product sales/use, and uses this information to stay within budget when purchasing. In addition to this, it is important that a buyer keeps up with the current market and supply chain trends in order to predict how the company may need to prepare.

How does one become a buyer?

Although it is not absolutely necessary, most “Buyer” positions require a bachelor’s degree. Companies like to see a business or managing degree, or a degree in a field related to the company you are working for (i.e., a farming and feed company might value an agriculture degree). You must have excellent negotiation skills/be able to hold your ground. You should be confident in your decisions and capable of asserting yourself with vendors and suppliers.

Should you be a buyer?

Being a buyer requires someone to be quick on their feet. People who are good at negotiation thrive in the role, especially when they work well with others. A good fit for this role will have a talent for persuading vendors and suppliers to see their side of the deal, often resulting in lower costs for the buyer’s company. If you see yourself as a go-getter who does not back down from a challenge, this could be the right role for you!

Check out JSG’s open roles to see if there is a fit for you!

5 Entry Level Psychology Jobs

Are you a recent psychology graduate trying to figure out what you can do with your bachelor’s degree? Never fear—JSG is here to help. Check out the five options below to launch your career!

Psychiatric Technician

Psychiatric Technicians work in psychiatric hospitals, residential care homes, or other healthcare facilities. They care for people with mental illnesses or developmental disabilities. Most of their time is spent moving around and on their feet. They assist with the patient’s daily activities, administer medication, and monitor & record their condition. A psychology degree can set you up well to work with people in this way.

Social Service Specialist

A social service specialist executes social services for patients of various backgrounds and needs. These people can be children, families, veterans, people with mental illnesses, the elderly, homeless populations, and many others. Social Service Specialists work to provide support and care plans for these people by working with psychologists/psychiatrists, running safety checks, and continuing communication with their patients. Their goal is to help their patients function well in their daily lives.

Human Resources

The purpose of a Human Resources worker is to keep a business running smoothly based on the company’s policies and systems. HR can work in areas anywhere from hiring to benefits. They keep track of employee records, legal information, and employee benefits. HR also handles conflicts in office and assists employees with their questions and concerns.

Rehabilitation Specialist

A Rehabilitation Specialist helps those with mental or physical disabilities to adjust to daily independent living. This could be someone with an injury, a physical illness, mental illness, or substance abuse struggles. A Rehab Specialist assists their patient with finding jobs that would be healthy for them to work, educates them about how their condition can impact them and how to function with it daily, and supports them in working toward a healthier life.

Case Manager

In basic terms, Case Managers help facilitate care to meet an individual’s specific needs. Many Case Managers right out of college work in the foster care or adoption system. Case Managers often do home visits and help to coordinate meetings and appointments for their patients based on their assessment of what they need.

The positions above are just scratching the surface. There is a plethora of jobs you can get with a psychology degree. Go out and share your skills with the world around you!