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How to Move Into a New Position Without Burning a Bridge

You have landed a new position, and it is time to resign from your current job. If you do not have significant problems with your current company, you may deem it important to leave on good terms with your ex-coworkers/company. Perhaps you would want to do business with them or even return to the company later in your career.

Be straight-forward

Without giving every dirty detail of why you are leaving/taking a new position, let your employer know why you are moving on. People appreciate honesty. Leaving your ex-boss in the dark as to why you left only causes confusion and could breed resentment if not handled correctly. Reasonable people respect reasonable reasons for leaving (i.e., higher pay, a shorter commute, better benefits). Anyone worth staying on good terms with will understand and send you off with well-wishes.

Be grateful

Express your gratitude for the time you have spent in that position. If you are especially thankful for anything specific, mention it! Let your coworkers know you are leaving before you go. Make sure to say goodbye to them before you walk out of the office for the last time and if you appreciated working with them, let them know. Stay connected and check in with those you value—you may be able to help each other out in the future.

Be prompt

As soon as you know you are leaving, let your employer know. It gives them as much time as possible to find your replacement. This way, you can help them prepare for the transition and possibly help to train the new employee. The last thing you want to do is make your employer feel like you left them high and dry with little warning. The more time you give them, the better.

Get excited about your new position! You deserve it. Just make sure to leave your current job with respect—you never know how you could benefit each other!

When is the Best Time to Change Jobs?

Whether you feel a little restless at your current job or realize that you want to change careers completely, it can be challenging to know when to pursue something new. Many personal and professional factors play into what time is “THE” time.

Consider personal security

Are you moving soon? Is your first baby on the way? During significant personal life events like these, it may be best to let the job change take a back seat. Although exciting, a new job can be stressful. You are entering a new environment with a different commute, different coworkers, and different responsibilities. Adjusting can take a lot of energy—know yourself and how much change you can handle at one time. It is ALWAYS helpful to talk to the important people in your life and get their opinions. Sometimes a little outside perspective is what we need to make the right decision—though it may be possible to do everything at once, it may be better for you and those you love if you take on new things one at a time.

Consider job security

The best time to look for a new job is WHEN YOU HAVE ONE! Don’t quit your current job, hoping a new one will magically appear. No, your desperation will not fuel your job search. It will only lead to burnout and frustration. With the security of a steady income, you can take your time to find a job you really want, not just the next one that appears. Before jumping ship at your current company and changing jobs entirely, consider if they may have a place for you to grow/switch to a new position. If you enjoy working for them but are looking for more growth, ask for opportunities before starting over at a new company. You may be surprised by what they are willing to do for you.

Trust your gut

I have coined a new phrase that many of you may not have heard of: “gut knows best.” If you want to change jobs, but you aren’t feeling at peace about any of your options, sit tight. The right thing will come along. If you are comfortable with your current job but feel the urge to search for exciting new opportunities, lean into it! Sometimes your subconscious knows more about what you need than your conscious self does.

Job searching is stressful, no matter how exciting the prospective a new job may seem. Gear yourself up for it. Get support from those around you. You got this—trust your gut!

How To Rebrand Yourself For A Career Transition

If “The Great Resignation” has you considering a career change, you’re certainly not alone. But, it can be challenging to apply for jobs in a new industry or job function when your experiences and brand don’t align. Here are a few tricks you can use during your job search to rebrand yourself for a career transition.

Write a blog or two

Once you have become an expert in your new desired career, you need to show it off. Since your work history doesn’t allow that, you must create a platform for your newly acquired knowledge. LinkedIn is a great place to publish articles for free, and it gives you exposure on the job search site. It doesn’t have to be anything in-depth. Simply pick a topic you’re passionate about, and share your opinions and knowledge. This is a great way to highlight your expertise.

Create a fake project to show off your new skills

Are you itching to get your hands on a project related to your new career path? Don’t wait for a job to come along; create a project yourself! Whether it’s a faux marketing campaign, coding sample, or structural design, just get started. Treat it just like you would a project for work, but you’re in control of the content and deadlines. Again, choose something you’re passionate about and have fun with it! Since you are in the driver’s seat, you want it to reflect your absolute best and let your dedication to this new career shine through. Additionally, this will show how motivated you are to excel in this new role and the level of commitment you would bring should they hire you.

Create a personal website

Head to a user-friendly website builder like Squarespace or Wix to build your own personal website. This should include the classic job seeker materials such as your resume and portfolio, but you can also brand it specifically for your transition. Prominently feature new certifications you’ve acquired or classes you’ve taken. Craft a FAQ page that addresses gaps or lack of experience. Now, you can link to your new think pieces and self-driven projects to demonstrate your skills.

When you’re transitioning to a new career, you need to rebrand yourself. Try implementing these three tricks for rebranding yourself for a career transition, and you’ll be on your way to a new job in no time! If you’re considering a career switch to a STEM role, read more about that transition here.

Is Now The Time For A Career Change?

Recent events may have rocked your career. Maybe you were laid off or furloughed, or a global pandemic put things into perspective, and you realized you just aren’t happy where you are now. Could now be the time for a career change? Even though the job market may be rocky, it could actually be a great time to switch things up. Here are just a few things you can do to get started.

Invest time in passion projects

If you’re unsure about your next step, spend some quality time just doing the things you love. Even if you don’t plan on launching a knitting career, it’s a great way to clear your mind and spark your creative side. On the other hand, you just may discover that your passion for puzzles inspires you to pivot towards a career in engineering.

Make a list

This needs to be more than the usual pros and cons list. Think about your future career. What are your must-haves for a career change? Work-life balance, a competitive salary, opportunities for advancement? Then, dream even bigger! If you could design your dream job from scratch, what would it entail? Rooftop goat yoga, ice cream Fridays, being your own boss? Don’t be afraid to get creative and silly with it! An exercise like this can help you realize what is really most important to you and help guide your decision making during the hiring process.

Browse the job boards

When you’re looking for a fresh start and career change, the world is your oyster. New job titles are gracing the internet every day, some of which you may never have heard of before! Search your area’s job listings, then expand your search to virtual positions. After all, job postings for remote positions were up 42% in March! Check out anything and everything that sounds interesting or different; you never know what you may find.

Ramp up your networking

It can feel incredibly vulnerable to post your career aspirations on social media, but it is also one of the best ways to expose yourself to new opportunities. Did you know that as many as 70% of open positions are never even posted? Instead, they’re filled via networking! Let your contacts know that you are looking for a new job and a total career makeover. And bonus, you’ll usually get a great reference or two out of it as well!

As you prep to make a major career change, keep yourself up to date with all things related to job searching via our Job Search Tips & Tricks Newsletter!

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 real reason for your career change

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. However, for you, is happiness a more substantial salary, a shorter 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. Asking yourself questions throughout the entire process will ensure you improve your current situation. Are you looking for a better job or trying to escape a horrible one? If your answer is the latter, make sure you’re not selling yourself short by taking the first opportunity you come across out of desperation. By identifying the critical 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! However, it is nearly impossible to be happy in your work life if you don’t first ask yourself what fuels that satisfaction. As you grow and progress in a career, your expectations and wants evolve as well. Questioning change is a natural response to this process and helps you discover what you really want out of our careers.

If you are ready to take 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.

Why December is the Best Time for a Career Change

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Can you believe that Christmas is less than a month away!? If you’re anything like me, the thought that there are less than 40 days of 2018 makes you a little nervous. There is still so much to get done before the end of 2018!

Many of you are probably thinking of all of the deadlines and holiday shopping that needs to be done. But has the idea of a career change crossed your mind? You might think I’m crazy, but the month of December is a great time for a career change.

Less competition

While other workers are counting down the days until their vacation, there is less competition on the job market this time of year. Let’s face it, more people are focused on holiday shopping and spending time with their friends and family than looking for a new job.

In other words, take advantage of the reduced level of competition and start looking for other job opportunities! If you need help getting started, JSG has hundreds of open positions across the nation that could be a perfect fit for you!

Companies are finalizing budgets

Many companies are still tweaking and finalizing budgets for the new year. And some even have extra money that needs to be spent before the end of the year or they’ll lose it. Thus, employers often have the budget for new hires and are actively thinking about their teams going into the new year.

And with budget surpluses in some departments, it may be easier to negotiate a higher salary. If an employer has money that they have to spend by the end of the year, there may be a little wiggle room for you to get that much-needed salary bump!

More time

The best part about job searching this time of year? That extra time you may have to devote towards your search! Most people have some vacation days they have to burn before the end of the year. If you find yourself in that boat, use some of that extra time off to search for new opportunities.

Grab a cup of coffee, turn on your favorite holiday movie, and take a few minutes to look at what’s out there. With an unemployment rate of 3.7 percent, your options are abundant. Take advantage of this scorching hot job market and that extra time off to find your next career move.

A fresh start to the new year

Sometimes, it’s nice having a fresh start. Many of us make new year’s resolutions like getting healthier or stopping a bad habit. However, how many of you have made finding a job that truly makes you happy as a resolution?

Starting a new job can be refreshing and there may be no better kickoff to 2019 than with a career change! The market is too hot right now for you to be working at a job that doesn’t make you happy. If you want to start the new year with a fresh start, reach out to a recruiter at JSG. We’ll help you make 2019 your best year yet.

Why Job Hopping Isn’t as Bad as People Think

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The stereotypes of job hopping include people who are only out for the money, lack reliability and think they’re better than they are. Well, that’s normally what you hear, right? The thing is though, this normally isn’t the case.

Most people are wanting to find a job and company they’d love to stay with. It’s not always about making more money or moving around every chance you get. So here are some reasons why job hopping isn’t as bad as people think.

Help People Grow Their Expertise

When people move to a different company, they take skills from their previous position, but they also learn new ones. It’s one of the fastest ways for an employee to grow their portfolio, knowledge, and experience. It helps them hone their skills but also learn new ways of approaching projects, people, and different tasks.

As someone grows in their career, it’s important to make moves to other companies. This helps them move forward and climb up the ladder of command. Fearing leaving a job that doesn’t give you that same opportunity is only holding great employees back from achieving a management position and great pay raises.

Know What They Want from a Job and Company

The one thing job hoppers understand is what works and what doesn’t when it comes to a well-run company. They know what they want in a manager as well as the type of environment they work best in. When they are looking for a move, it’s to find an even better company as well as a chance to move up and gain more responsibility.

You’re always told your first job won’t be your last but when it comes to jobs you shouldn’t be staying with a company or position you’re not happy with. So, before thinking people are just job hopping for selfish and money-driven reasons, remember, chasing happiness in a position is also a big reason why people are doing it now.

Find Their Passion

With job hopping people are searching for that one position that makes all their work experience and passion click. When you find that position, you do everything in your power to keep it because happiness at work turns into happiness at home. Passion at your job should be everyone’s goal and if that means job hopping until they find that position, that should be okay.

More Money

And of course, when changing companies and positions, you’re likely to get a higher pay raise! And so yes, job hoppers may be seen as money hungry but it’s just a part of the process. When it comes to finding a new job, everyone is hoping for a little more money and when you have the experience, that’s what you get paid off of.

And who is going to say no to an average 10% – 20% salary increase when you find a new job? Exactly!

When it comes to being a “job hopper” just make sure you’re doing it for the right reasons. If you’re wanting to move up, be happier, gain more responsibility, or find a better company fit, then it may be time to find a new job. And as we all know, today’s job market is the perfect time to do it!

J is for Job Hopping: 3 Benefits of Hopping Job to Job

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Job hoppers often get a bad rap. Most people (and a lot of career experts) believe hopping from job to job looks bad on your resume.

Some experts believe job hopping is detrimental to your career and gives the impression that you’re not a loyal employee. It also makes it look like all you care about is a paycheck.

However, there are tons of benefits to throwing out the old wise tale that job hopping is career suicide. Don’t be afraid to get labeled a job hopper! Here are three great benefits of being a job hopper.

You gain valuable skills

Recruiters are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds. If you have been doing the exact same thing for 10 or 15 years, it gives the impression that you’re not adaptable. However, having a few positions under your belt can generate valuable experience.

Having a diverse background can make you attractive to recruiters or employers. Working for a handful of companies will provide different perspectives on your industry, and ultimately, allow you to do your job better. Going from job to job might just give you the right mix of skills an employer needs!

By working for multiple companies, you’ll have the opportunity to see how other businesses operate. You’ll learn what’s worked for other companies in the past and what has been a failure. This will give you unique insight and help you grow skills that would be impossible to develop by working for just one employer.

Make your wallet happier

If you stick with the same job for a while, you can expect the standard salary increase of three percent annually. However, did you know that the average increase in salary after changing jobs ranges from 10 to 20 percent? That’s a big jump!

Hopping from job to job can often lead to a higher paycheck as most companies are willing to pay more for the right candidate. Instead of waiting around for your current employer to offer you a promotion, you can fast-track your career by switching jobs. A new job can mean a fancier title, higher wages, and better benefits, all of which will make you (and your wallet) much happier.

Find your passion

It can be hard to find a career or a company that you truly love. Job hopping may help you discover your passion! It’s difficult to figure out what your ‘true calling’ is. But jumping from one job to the next can uncover a career path that keeps you excited about going to work every day.

Additionally, it can be difficult to find an organization that is a good culture fit. You may enjoy what you do for a living, but if you are not happy with the organization, it can be difficult to go every day. Jumping around in the job market will help you find a company with goals and a culture that aligns with your own.

 

A 3 Step Guide for Making a Change in Your Life

Are you feeling stuck in your current stage of life? Maybe you feel unchallenged in your job, or are going through relationship issues. Maybe you just graduated college or want to move closer to your family (or farther away – we don’t judge!) It might be time for a change. This change could be as simple as making small adjustments to your daily life or as significant as moving to a new city or getting a new job.

Kurt Lewin’s Change Model is a three-step guide to prepare yourself for change and make it as seamless as possible.

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Kurt Lewin Chsnge Model

  1. Unfreeze

This step can be the hardest. You have a goal in mind, but no strategy to get there. And before you can move forward, you need to overcome the forces working against you.

These forces could be personal, a family member, a friend etc. or anyone else who doesn’t support this idea. At that point, you will be in a personal battle, asking yourself: “how important is this to me?” You need to know yourself and be ready to battle these forces in order to achieve this goal.

 

  1. Change

OKAY you made it past those real difficult battles. Now what? Mentally, you have figured out why you want this change and what change you want, but in this big world nothing just falls in one’s lap. You need to get out there and strategize about the best way to accomplish this goal.

What do you like to do? Where do you like to be? What is it going to take to get you up and moving towards this new goal? How are you personally motivated? Now, make an action plan. Answer these questions, and prepare yourself to make it all work. Talk with people around you and utilize your network to help!

 

  1. Refreeze

The time has come to make the change. You need to make this new idea a habit or something that will last long term. Due to all the self-reflection you have done in the previous steps, at this point you should feel confident that this will be the right decision for you. When it comes to implementing a change, it’s quite simple: take one small step at a time, slow down and think, and take the courageous step towards the goal, even when it isn’t convenient. Even when it was terrifying. Move forward. The change will happen if it’s something you really want, otherwise was it really something right for you?

 

5 Steps To Get Through A Difficult Job Search

 

Going through the process of trying to find a job? Don’t like interviews or re-re-updating your resume? Guess what…you are just like everyone else in this world. After every interview, it’s easy to feel this need to “treat” yourself for just getting up and going through the motions, even though that is technically your job while unemployed. You should be doing job-related things all day, every day. Yet, somehow you end up sitting in your room with your best friends Ben and Jerry staring at the computer screen, wishing there was a way to make this whole job search go faster. How do I get myself out of this reoccurring slump?

Follow these steps to get you through the low points of your job search, and you’ll be happily employed in no time!

1. Stick To The Plan

The hardest part of being unemployed is going through the day to day life as the bank account dwindles. Having nothing requiring you to get out of the bed creates no motivation. Make sure to keep to a schedule as if you had a full-time position. Set the alarm to go off maybe not 7 a.m. but 9 a.m. at the latest to make sure you don’t just waste away your day in front of Netflix (talking from personal experience).

Take any extra time to visit a company in person, sometimes this simple gesture can be enough to put you on the map. The easiest path isn’t always the best, especially in the job searching world. Keep in mind that consistent contact in some way, shape, or form will get you somewhere in the long run.

2. Polish Your Skills

If you say you’re a master of Photoshop, maybe find a way to keep using the program to not lose the skills with that program. If you want to get some skills you don’t have yet, there are a lot of free programs you can use like CodeAcademy, which teaches coding languages and Duolingo, which helps you learn a new language. The point is: you have the time, so do something that might help you later in life or the job market. Give yourself a new edge.

3. Don’t Be A Hermit

Go see the sunshine, (or in my case clouds…not the point.) Get outside of the bedroom, kitchen, bathroom (the three rooms you’ve only been in for approximately a month). This can be challenging on a limited budget, but with a little creativity, you’ll find yourself catching some fresh air. Go to a park, walk into a store, move around, just get exercise.

4. Update Your Materials

When you’re going through a tough job search, it can be easy to feel like you’re grasping at straws. But, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. So instead focus on changing it up! Try a different resume format, make sure all of your skills are front and center, and be sure to include lots of numerical data to back up your accomplishments.

5. Know That You’re Not Alone

Everyone knows someone who might know an important person! Contact the network of your networks. Get in touch with your dad’s friend’s uncle’s friend that works at the next best company. You never know who can help you get in the door of an organization. There are many other individuals unemployed which yes — this does mean you have competition. But when you find the right position or company then this whole process is worth it.

Last but not least remember this — you are not defined by your occupation. There is more to life than just having some fantastic job. Hobbies, volunteering, family time, vacations… these things are all important. And you have made it through 100% of your bad days, so remember you’ve got a GREAT track record so far!