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Your Next Career Awaits
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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 Recruiters Want You to Know

Recruiters spend their entire workdays talking to job applicants. They see many great candidates and a lot of. . .not so good applications. There are some triggers that can lead to an automatic “no,” as well as some signs recruiters look for that give them a good feeling about an applicant. Naturally, there are a few tips they wish all of their applicants knew!

First impressions matter: you make yours before you even speak.

Here is a five-word horror story: Recruiters check your social media. Social media is casual—that is good! It can be a way for a recruiter to better understand your personality outside of your professional resume and qualifications. Things can get horror-worthy if you post inappropriate content on social media—hateful speech, badmouthing others, or over-sharing personal details. While most of your social media does not need to be “professional,” it should be presentable. Don’t post anything you would be embarrassed to see on a public billboard—recruiters will see it. If they get a bad feeling from your socials, it can be difficult to dig yourself out of that hole.

While you are cleaning up your social media, you might as well get rid of all the buzzwords in your resume and interview notes—recruiters see right through them. Many of these words are either already expected by employers, or they do not actually say much about you. Instead of telling a recruiter you are “results-oriented” (or another buzzword), show them through tangible examples. Read about how to write a stand-out resume here!  

Showing your interest goes a long way.

Be sure to do your research about the company before you interview. While a recruiter may tell you some information about the company when they initially connect you with the position, it is important that you investigate the company for yourself before the interview. Use information about the company and position to show your interest in them. Be clear about your needs and expectations while also communicating what about the position excites you.

Recruiters are there to advocate, not negotiate. 

Working with a recruiter can lead to a great partnership. When things go well, this relationship benefits everyone involved. While this is great, it is important to remember that recruiters are there to initially present your resume, give their reasons why you would be a good fit, and then introduce you. They are there to support you, but they will not be holding your hand, negotiating your salary or benefits for you without you lifting a finger. You MUST ask if you want higher pay or better benefits—recruiters cannot request better pay, etc., for you unless you come back with a counter-suggestion. They want to see you thrive, but you need to want it enough to ask!

Knowing these things and taking them into account can set you apart from other candidates. Looking for a new position? Check out our openings here.

 

Remote Interviews: How to Make Connections Over the Phone

When working with a staffing recruiter like those at JSG, it is common for the hiring process to be handled over the phone. If you are interviewing for jobs over the phone like this, some opportunities to show warmth and connection are lost. Read on for some ways to make connections with recruiters when they can only hear your voice.

Choose a good environment.

It can be easy to unintentionally get a little more casual when an interview is over the phone. Generally, recruiters are forgiving if your dog starts barking or there is street noise outside your office window. Those things are often out of your control. However, it is important that you find the quietest space available for your meeting. Make sure you have a good phone connection—do not sit in that one corner of your house where calls always drop. Having a clear voice coming from your end of the phone call shows the recruiter that you are on the ball and care about speaking with them!

Show you are engaged.

You have probably found yourself nodding along emphatically when you are on the phone with someone, only to realize that they cannot see/feel your agreement. Show you are engaged in what they are telling you by saying things like, “Oh,” “Hm,” or “Yes” as they explain things to you over the phone. When they pause, make sure to allow a couple of seconds before answering just in case they have not finished their thought. The last thing you want to do is talk over each other throughout the interview. Not only does this keep you from talking over each other, but it shows that you are truly listening to what your recruiter is saying.

Show emotion through your voice.

In an in-person interview, the interviewer could sense excitement or warmth through the interviewee’s body language. Over the phone, we do not have that luxury. Make sure to communicate these emotions through your voice! If you are interested in or excited about the position, your recruiter needs to know. Staying monotone can be interpreted as being cold or uninterested. Let them know there is a human on the other end of the line!

Are you looking to speak with a recruiter now? Check out our open positions here or learn more about JSG here.

High Paying Jobs for Veterans That Do Not Require Degrees

After serving for a long time in the military, it can be difficult to transition from the fast-paced military to the civilian lifestyle. The ethics, dedication, and discipline that Veterans possess are prized by many employers. Here are a few high paying jobs for Veterans to pursue:

Mechanic

If you worked in any sort of mechanical maintenance in the military, this may be a good transition for you. As you know, mechanic work is very hands-on. If one performed a lot of tactile/mechanical work in the military, becoming a civilian mechanic may be a smooth transition.

Security

Veterans can be highly sought after for security positions. Because of their extensive training in spatial awareness and safety, Veterans make great security personnel. Those hiring for security positions will appreciate attention to detail, hyper-awareness, and strict adherence to policies.

Transportation

Transportation, specifically trucking, is a great career for Veterans! Those who were honorably discharged can earn $75,000 a year immediately, even with no prior experience. According to Military.com, The American Trucking Association has made a commitment to bringing on 100,000 veterans. Many companies have programs that assist Veterans in their training and offer preference to them in the hiring process. The job is steady and pay/benefits have been on a steady increase, according to the ATA.

Information Technology

IT is a great field to pursue for those Veterans who have great computer/programming skills, refined by the military. Their problem-solving skills, refined by the military, are a great addition to any IT team. Tech teams value their forward-thinking and great attention to detail.

Thank you to all who have served

JSG appreciates all Veterans and the sacrifices they have made for our country and our freedom. We would like to say thank you to everyone that has served. You have given the ultimate sacrifice and that is something we are continually grateful for.

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!