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How to Stay Motivated While Job Searching

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The job search. It’s often the initial step in what eventually becomes someone’s career but is a process seemingly despised by working professionals everywhere. From the monotony of filling out an application with the same information your resume provides to crafting unique and specific cover letters, the job search process can be stressful and exhausting. Details like these can derail the searches of even the most enthusiastic candidates. And it can lead some people to give up on their search for a new career or remain in a role that makes them unhappy.

So how do you combat this and hold on to the motivation that made you consider a search in the first place?

Knowing You’re Not Alone

A job search can leave you feeling isolated or disconnected. Our careers are very attuned with our lives, and uncertainty in our jobs may bleed into other parts of your day, week, or month. If searching for a new job leaves you uncomfortable or stressed, throwing in the towel may begin to cross your mind; especially if you’ve been searching for a while or turned down following interviews. But let me remind you there are 6.5 million Americans currently unemployed and 71% of Americans confess to job searching while employed.

Millions of people around the country are going through the same process you are, experiencing the ups and downs in their own ways. It’s highly unlikely you have been passed over because you are completely unqualified; it’s more-so a sign you just haven’t found your perfect role yet.

Don’t Get Overwhelmed

Let’s be honest. It’s easy to get lost or overwhelmed over the course of a job search. Today, searching for a job involves more technology than ever before. There are hundreds of online job-boards that post openings across the world. Many companies have gone to digital resumes and applications. It’s likely you’ll participate in an online video interview at some point in your career. Between the changes listed above, the chance you’ll have to travel for an interview, and the job you currently have, it’s easy to see why some people choose to remain where they are.

But technology can help alleviate some of these challenges. Leverage resources like LinkedIn to network and reach out to employers to stand out amongst the hundreds of applications they’ll receive. Work with a JSG Recruiter to save yourself time and opens the door to opportunities you didn’t know existed. If you begin to feel overwhelmed, remember to work smarter, not harder.

Remember Why You Started

If you begin to find yourself questioning your job search, it’s important to remember your situation is temporary. The void between unemployment or an unfulfilling job and a career you love can feel uncrossable. This feeling compounds when a search hasn’t gone how you expected or is taking longer than anticipated. You begin to romanticize a situation your current job which you couldn’t wait to leave. Furthermore, you may start questioning if you should just settle because interviews are stressful and you are critical of skills you were once proud of, trying to rationalize why you haven’t been hired yet. You need to remember that good things take work and time; careers aren’t built in instants.

If you began looking for a new career, focus on this when you think about giving up. We crave familiarity, and a job we once hated can suddenly seem enticing because of this. Remember why you started and trust yourself, your skills, your experience, and the process. You will eventually find exactly what you’re looking for.

4 Reasons to LOVE Working With a Recruiter

With Valentine’s Day only a few days away, it’s important to remember there are so many things to love in this world. Whether it’s loving your line of work or a recruiter who will help you fall in love with your career again. You never know what Valentine’s Day could bring! But this year it will bring the knowledge of why you’ll love working with a recruiter.

Career Match-Makers

Think about it. Recruiters are out to find the BEST candidates for their clients. This means if they reach out to you, they feel you have amazing potential and that should be a big compliment. Recruiters are the perfect match-makers for you because they don’t cost you a thing and could help you find the company and job you’ve been dreaming of. Doesn’t sound like a bad deal to me! Once they reach out to you about a position, hear them out! You never know what great opportunity they found for you!

Hiring Managers Love Recruiters Help

If you’re wanting your resume seen nowadays, having a recruiter in your corner is a surefire way for that to happen. Being in a candidate-driven market, where unemployment is some of the lowest we’ve seen in a long time, hiring managers are struggling to keep up. Instead of being able to focus on that stack of resumes they need to look through, they are being spread way too thin doing other’s jobs because they don’t have enough people. It’s this endless cycle unless you’re working with a recruiter.

Recruiters are hired by companies to help them fill their critical needs. Which means if they’re reaching out to you, you can almost bet that your resume will be reviewed before it ever would have been if you applied online. Loving a recruiter may seem impossible, but in today’s job market, they could be your one in into a great company you’ve been eyeing!

Recruiters Have the Connections

“It’s not what you know, it’s who you know” pertains to recruiters more than probably any field out there. They know the people and companies and what they’re looking for. Again, they are that match-maker everyone can fall in love with and appreciate. Because they do not just help you find a job, they help their clients find a great employee. So, it’s important that they have these connections and trusting in them is easy when you know they are the connection person.

They Are Passionate About Helping You

When it comes down to it recruiters love helping people. They enjoy the fact that they get to place qualified people with companies who care and it’s a process that pays them in more ways than one. They are passionate people who understand the importance of enjoying what you do and not staying somewhere that makes you miserable.

So, if you’re ready for a move and to fall in love with a recruiter who understands your needs, reach out to us today and check out the exciting opportunities, we have on our Job Board!

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Your Best Friend in a Job Search is Your Recruiter

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Whether you are searching passively or are currently on the hunt while unemployed, there is no better person to assist you on your job search than a recruiter. They may contact you through social media on sites like LinkedIn or through email. Or you can always reach out to them! While trusting your career in the hands of someone you may not personally know, there are tons of reasons why working with a recruiter is in your best interest. Here are my top three.

They Save You Time

While you may work in any number of industries, they are completely devoted to finding others jobs. If you are struggling in your job search, don’t fret. Finding jobs isn’t your career, it’s theirs. Therefore, you can focus on any number of other items, whether that be a job you currently hold or raising a family. Those hours spent filling out job applications and navigating job boards can be insufferable, but for a recruiter, it’s just another day at the office.

Cast a Larger Net

Even the best networkers or relationship builders can benefit from a recruiter. The value they add to your job search by including their network and relationships increase the number of potential jobs you are qualified for. More opportunities mean a greater chance you land in a role you love with fair compensation.

They may even open job opportunities you never knew existed! Recruiters, like the ones at JSG, have great relationships with their clients. Recruiters often source candidates that are nowhere to be found on a job board online.

It’s Their Job

Recruiters will do everything in their power to place you in a job. While they love that their career revolves around helping people find jobs that are rewarding, they do have other incentives. Recruiters are paid for placing successful candidates with companies, at no cost to you. Our recruiters do this quickly, honestly, and work with you through the entire process to find you a situation that you will love. Thus, they are just as invested in finding you a job as you are; their job is done and successful once you are comfortable, and not a second sooner.

So, are you ready to work with a recruiter to find your next opportunity?

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3 Ways to Be Happier at Work

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Although the majority of Americans (51%) report that they are satisfied with their jobs, what does that mean for the other 49%? Considering that employee happiness can be directly tied to employee productivity, the quality of our work is affected by how you feel on any given day. This can become even more problematic during the winter months when Seasonal Depression is at its highest and our jobs are especially demanding with the start of a new year. So, what can you do at work to be happier and as a result, more productive?

Start the Day Off Right

How you start your day matters. In this study, researchers observed the moods and productivity of customer service representatives. Those who had positive interactions with customers were in better moods in the morning and went on to champion more productive days. So, do whatever you need to do before work to get yourself in this mindset. For some, it may be eating a full, nutritious breakfast. It is hard to stay focused if your stomach won’t stop growling.

For others, it may be taking a walk before work, or even walking for your commute to the office. Studies have shown that as little as 20 minutes of walking can leave you with a greater sense of positivity and energy – two things that can be likened to a happier start to your day and more productivity in the office. Even an act as simple as listening to your favorite music while enjoying a cup of coffee can shift your mood into a happier, more productive place.

Begin your day with whatever works for you and get your mind right. The day infinitely times harder when you show up to work with a sense of dread, rather than a smile.

Minimize Controllable Stresses

Stress is one thing that can bury a person’s happiness, which in turn shrinks productivity. Stress is a normal part of life and experienced by everyone; however, some have a better handle on stress-management than others. If you are stressed out before you even sit down at your desk, you are setting yourself up for a miserable day. We control the things we can control. If you are constantly barely on time to work, consider leaving about ten to fifteen minutes earlier. This extra time will ease your mind of tardiness as a result of unexpected delays along your commute, like traffic.

If you manage others, check-in with them in the mornings so you know exactly what they are doing. If you don’t, you may spend part of your day concerned with what others should be working on. Put this out of your mind by communicating early, so you can focus on your tasks for the day.

Take Care of Yourself

This one sounds so obvious but is often the most neglected by professionals of any field. We all tend to get caught up in our work. Often this is because we are proud of what we do, we want to be successful, it’s busy, or you may be short staffed. Whatever the reason, failure to take care of your personal needs will undoubtedly decrease your happiness and likely your productivity.

You are a person, not a machine. People need exercise, healthy foods, socialization, relationships, and sleep to reach their maximum potential. The time demanded of these things is often sacrificed in favor of more time in the office, working on the weekends, or company travel. But failure to address your basic needs will lead to more stress and feeling burnt out of your job.

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A Cheat-Sheet for Interviewing

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So, this is it. After spending hours filling out applications, fine-tuning resumes, and writing cover letter after cover letter, you receive a callback; you finally get an interview. The interview in this hypothetical situation could be face-to-face, or it could be done through video conferencing. Regardless of your proximity to the interviewer, what doesn’t change in either situation is the intent of the interview.

This potential employer needs to decide if you’d be a good fit for this company, for their culture. They need to verify the skills you claim to have, and what you would bring to their organization, should they decide to hire you. They will make this decision based on your education, experiences, references, and your answers to the various questions they’ll raise. These interview questions will vary industry to industry; however, there are a few questions that are applicable and seem to be asked, regardless of what the job is.

Tell Me a Little Bit About Yourself

This question is easy! It’s all about you – and who knows you better than you? However, it is not uncommon for people to overthink and mess up. This question’s only purpose is to serve as your introduction. It’s not your life story, it’s two or three specific accomplishments unique to yourself or your life. This is a quick-pitch, a summary of your skills, and how those skills connect to the company or job you are interviewing for. You need to prioritize relevancy. If you are sharing a story about a program you coded in college while interviewing in Information Technology? Perfect. A story about your love of fishing while interviewing with a bank? Less than useful.

What is your Biggest Weakness?

Believe it or not, this question is not meant to highlight your weak skills, but to test a person’s self-awareness. While there are answers that are clear red-flags, like answering leadership when interviewing for a management position, most interviewers are looking for internal-reflection. Try to provide an example that balances your weakness with examples of how you combat this.

Someone who answers with time management, and then goes on to explain that they use planners, email reminders, and calendars is a perfect example. You show you’re aware of that weakness and the steps you’re taking so it doesn’t get the best of you. The ability to come up with a weakness also shows you cannot just take criticism but can look critically inward for self-improvement.

Do You Have Any Questions for Us?

This question is often presented at the end of the interview. It is one last chance to leave the interviewers with a lasting impression, and stand out from the competition. While information about the company, the job, and its basics will likely be topics during the main portion of the interview, asking good questions will do two things. It indicates high interest in the job and allows you to showcase any additional research you’ve done leading up to the interview. The question I recommend is, “If you hire me, what are your expectations for the first month, first six months and first year?” This example demonstrates you are a forward-thinker. As well as a planner and lets those making the hiring decision envision an outcome where you are the chosen applicant.

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Doing Better Than 80% of Americans

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This week we wrap up the first month of the new year, 2019! Chances are good you joined millions of other Americans in creating your New Year’s resolutions. Whether you committed to joining a gym, eating better, or finding a new job, it is important to see these goals through. On January 1st, backed by the fresh-start feelings that motivated us to set the goal in the first place, you were excited! But chances are, four weeks in your excitement may be waning.

What was at first invigorating now feels like a chore. Feelings of dedication turn to dread. And you still have 11 months to go in 2019! If you are encountering any feelings similar to the ones listed above, you’re not alone. Whether you believe in the phenomenon of “Blue Monday” or are just having a hard time sticking to your goals, it’s reported that only 80% of American New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. In order to see your goals through to completion and avoid becoming part of this 80%, use these simple strategies.

Revisiting motivational strategies to achieve your goals

In November we published an article titled “The Only Thing Standing in the Way of Your Goals is You.” This sentiment remains truer than ever, especially concerning New Year’s Resolutions. When trying to make any significant lifestyle changes, starting is often the hardest but most important step. We want to change and improve but change is hard. So we procrastinate and make excuses like, “I didn’t have enough time to make healthy food today, so McDonald’s it is,” or “Finding a new job is hard so maybe I’ll stay in this one for another year.”

These excuses and delays are what often derails any goals or resolutions we establish to better ourselves. And the fallout from failing to reach them can demean one’s self-esteem even further.

Take back control of your goals

To shake ourselves from this mindset and break free from the rut of procrastination, you need to take back control. And in your decision making. One way to do this is as simple as making your bed each morning. Accomplishing your first task early in your day makes all proceeding tasks easier to manage and conquer. Just ask Navy Adm. William H. McCraven, the man behind this philosophy who says, “Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that the little things in life matter. If you can’t do the little things right, you’ll never be able to do the big things right. And if by chance you have a miserable day, you will come home to a bed that is made — that you made. And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

Another strategy removes the cushion that is time. Time, when making decisions, can be a killer in the sense that when we have a lot of it, we take too long to make these decisions. Failure to act can trap us in our current situations until we eventually accept the way things are. If you exercise the 5-Second Rule, you can remove this time spent pandering and get right to action.

When faced with a task, begin counting down from five. It sounds ridiculous, but by attaching a tangible timeline to our decision-making process (even if it is only 5 seconds), we force ourselves into a productive, decision-making role, as opposed to a passive state. After being used regularly, you’ll find yourself making decisions without having to countdown from five, and you’ll come home to a nicely made bed.

You are your biggest roadblock

If you are struggling to achieve the goals you established for the new year, remember these steps.

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How to Quit Your Job in 2019

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With more job openings than people unemployed, there has never been a better time to be a passive job candidate. Hiring managers and recruiters are trying to fill roles and are reaching out to individuals who may already be employed. Congruently, companies have seen a rise in employee ghosting – where a person simply gives no notice and stops coming to work. People are searching for any alternative other than having a conversation, even resorting to paying a company to quit on their behalf.

However, quitting is as much a part of your job as the process you went through to get hired. And it’s easier than you’d think. Exiting the correct way will make life easier for your (soon-to-be) former employer as well as yourself.

Don’t get ahead of yourself

Often, this process will begin with a recruiter reaching out via email, LinkedIn, or with a phone call. It’s tempting to share this information with your office buddy; however, it’s in your best interest to keep it to yourself. With these being the beginning stages with nothing written in stone, you could be setting yourself up for failure – especially if you’re interviewing versus being outright offered. This includes asking the recruiter or hiring manager to wait on contacting your current employer, giving you a chance to prepare for the upcoming conversations around a departure.

Putting in your notice

Once you receive a job offer and decide to accept it, the next step is having that tough conversation. It’s time to tell your boss or manager that you’re quitting your job. This conversation needs to take place in person, as it communicates respect. While this conversation may cause some anxiety, departing with an email or voicemail will likely have a longer-lasting, negative effect. Give them at least two weeks’ notice so they have time to begin finding a replacement. And if they promote from within, your boss may ask you to help train your replacement.

Whatever they ask of you in your remaining time during this transitional period, do it and do it well. Knowing you are moving on sometimes brings out the slacker in people. Typical consequences for falling behind or being under-motivated may hurt as well as your career in the future.

Express gratitude

Whether you and your employer agree to two last weeks or two last months, document the agreement in writing following the conversation. Now is the time to send an email restating your agreement, just to ensure you cannot be accused of any wrong-doing down the road. If you have a specific mentor or coworkers you appreciated working with, let them now! Expressing gratitude for the opportunity to work there and with who you did is a great last step to a productive exit. Whether this is in person or with a thank you note, a formal goodbye is better for your career and peace-of-mind.

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Looking for A New Job? Here’s Where to Start

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Are you looking for a fresh start to your career this year? If your answer is yes, you’re not alone. Thousands of people have made new year’s resolutions to find the next step in their career. But where does one start? Here are a few steps to get you prepared to find that new job in 2019.

Update your LinkedIn

Before you even think about applying for a job, you need to update your LinkedIn profile. And if you don’t have one, now is a perfect opportunity to create one. When you apply for a job and you look like a qualified candidate, hiring managers and recruiters will look you up on LinkedIn.

They will want to learn more about you and get a better idea of who you are as a prospective candidate. If your LinkedIn is not up to date, you may be sending the wrong message to the employer and it may illustrate that you are not as qualified as you stated on your resume. Ensure your LinkedIn is up to date with your recent work history, education, skills, and any certifications you may have earned!

Update your resume

Once your LinkedIn is up to date, you’re going to want to update your resume. If you haven’t had to update your resume in a while, this may seem a little daunting. However, if you sit down and take your time, it’s a lot easier than you think!

You should be tailoring your resume for each position you apply to. To easily do this, carefully read through the job description a few times. You want your resume to read off similarly to the job description. For example, if the job description says they are looking for someone with project management skills, you will definitely want to elaborate on your project management experience in your resume.

If your resume matches the job description well, you’re in good shape. If you need help updating your resume, don’t worry! JSG has tons of resources to ensure your resume is in tip-top shape.

Work with a recruiter

One of the best ways to find a new job opportunity is to work with a recruiter. Recruiters, like the ones from Johnson Service Group, can help you find opportunities that are not advertised anywhere else. We can help you get your resume on the hiring manager’s deck instead of just sitting there in a pile of applicants.

If you’re serious about finding a new job this year, partner with a JSG recruiter. We will help you find a position that matches your skill sets. Let’s get your 2019 off on a good note with the next step in your career.

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Get More Out of LinkedIn

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In 2019, it’s no secret that social media has woven itself into almost all aspects of our lives. In the business world, the hiring process is no different. Sites like LinkedIn provide a number of tools to increase your chances of getting hired. LinkedIn offers everything from building up your endorsements to building connections with other professionals in your industry. Now all you need to do is take advantage of them.

Leveraging your Network

One of the basics of LinkedIn is connecting with other people to grow your network. Keep track of your relationships with former classmates, co-worker, and friends to learn more about the companies they work for and any potential job opportunities. A company’s LinkedIn page will inform you of any connections you have already formed with current employees, or which employees graduated from your same university. Either of these is a great conversation starter when inquiring about a job.

Your network can also help your credibility. On your LinkedIn page, individuals can list the various skills they hold. Others can then vouch for you, showing anyone reviewing your credentials that you are in fact certified and hirable.

Educate Yourself

One of LinkedIn’s strongest components is its use of educational resources. There is so much information available throughout their site, ranging from personal development to company insight, that you NEED to be taking advantage of. Industry and job market updates are posted regularly, allowing you to stay up to date on the latest trends relevant to your job and life. Salary insights and company comparisons allow you to find out if your pay is on par with others in your profession. Companies post content that can be a snapshot into their company culture, allowing you to learn what it’s like to work there before even going in for an interview.

Recruiters Come to You

LinkedIn can also serve as your personal “lighthouse,” letting potential employers and recruiters know you are open to new opportunities. While being proactive in your job search is always important, sometimes the perfect opportunity comes to you. Recruiters specialize in placing candidates with job opportunities that match their skillsets; just because you can’t find the ideal help wanted ad, doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

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Thinking of a Career Change? Start by Asking Yourself Why

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It’s that time of year again. Companies all over the world are actively looking to fill new and exciting roles in their organizations in 2019. There’s just one problem. You already have a job, but you find yourself browsing the various job boards from time to time. Do you actually want a new career, or is this just another case of the grass is always greener? Before making the plunge that is finding and beginning a new job, it’s essential to pinpoint exactly what part of our careers we’re trying to improve.

Find the true reason for your career change

To state the obvious, when making a career change, the expected outcome is an improvement from our previous situation. Gather all the factors that come into play when switching careers, and identify which ones are most important or relevant to your situation. Do you want to be happier or improve your quality of life? Most would answer yes. But for you, is happiness a larger salary, a smaller commute, improved benefits, or something else? Maybe you desire better upward mobility than your current employer provides. Whatever your reasoning, identifying your most important factors is where to begin.

Will a career change make a difference?

Next, with our criteria in place, ask yourself whether a new job fulfills this. You should ask yourself questions throughout the entire process to ensure we improve our current situation. Are you looking for a better job or trying to escape a horrible one? If you belong to the latter, make sure you’re not selling yourself short by taking the first option because it seems like anything is better than where you’re at currently. By identifying the key parts of a job that matter to you, you can find a career that fits your preferences and lowers your risk of ending up in a role just like the one you left.

Once you know what you want out of a career, go out and get it! But it is nearly impossible to be happy in our work lives if we don’t first ask ourselves what fuels that satisfaction. As we grow and progress in a career, our expectations and wants evolve as well. Questioning change is a natural response to this process and helps us discover what we really want out of our careers.

If you are ready to make the plunge, check out our jobs board. We have hundreds of positions. Let JSG help you find that career change you’ve been pondering for some time.