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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!

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5 Phrases to Never Say in an Interview

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Interviews can make or break your chance of getting a job offer. And when you’re interviewing for a company, it’s important to know what you should and shouldn’t do in certain scenarios. So here are five things you should never say during a job interview.

“So what does your company do exactly?”

First off, this is one of the worst things to ask or say in an interview because it shows you didn’t do your homework. Before every interview, you need to be researching the company and know as many facts as possible. If you walk into an interview not knowing what the company does, how are you supposed to demonstrate that you’re a good fit?

If you don’t show initiative and you expect those interviewing you to be “pitching” their company to you, you’re going to be cut from the running of the position. They’re the ones interviewing you. And if you think that not doing your research before coming into an interview will help land you the job, you’re sadly mistaken.

“I hated working for my last company.”

Even if this is 100 percent true, you shouldn’t say this in an interview. It will just give the hiring manager a bad taste in their mouth. Everyone knows there are obvious reasons you’re looking for a new job. But bashing your old company makes you look pessimistic and that you think you’re too good for people. This is obviously not the impression you want to be giving off in an interview.

So, instead of focusing on the negative that has happened in your past work history, focus on all the skills you learned that have prepared you for this new position. Maybe explain how the difficult working conditions helped you advance your leadership skills. This way the interviewees know that even in adversity, you take the high road and do the best you can.

“I need to be paid X amount”

When it comes to discussing salary and benefits, it’s a huge part of negotiating a new job. But if you are in the first rounds of interviews, it can show that you’re a little too eager and expecting to be hired. Which can be seen in a very negative light.

Don’t bring up salary expectations until it is prompted by the interviewee. This way you don’t make the mistake of hiring yourself before the company does.

“I’ll do anything”

The last thing you want to do in an interview is set yourself up for failure. When saying this phrase, it makes you look desperate and that you might be easily taken advantage of. Every company wants employees that will go over and beyond. But they want each person to know they can’t do everything. And it’s impossible to expect someone to do that.

When you say this in an interview, it looks like you just get walked on in a working environment. The last thing you want a new company to think about is that you’ll get burned out quickly and leave.

“I don’t have any bad qualities.”

First, we all have bad qualities. But not being able to spot them is an even bigger red flag for a future company. Of course, no one wants to talk about these weaknesses, but there is a way to make them sound positive instead of negative. With this answer, you’re coming across as someone who doesn’t want to work on themselves. And someone who might not be much of a team player. In an interview, this isn’t the way you want to come across.

So, instead of saying you don’t have bad qualities, just be honest. Make sure you tell them how working on these characteristics has helped you become a better employee. And more willing to work on yourself to get better so that you can help the company become more successful.

Overall, avoiding these statements in an interview will help you tremendously. Interviews can be hard and stressful, but if you’re prepared on what not to do, you’ll be more successful and could even get that job offer you’ve been waiting for.

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It’s Time To Spring Clean… Your Career!

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Spring is on its way (at least we hope) and that means it’s a great time to refresh your resume, brush up on your interview skills, and take a look at what’s out there. Even if you’re not actively looking for a new position, it never hurts to be prepared. Some of the best candidates that we’ve placed have been passive, and they are now in a new position that has completely re-enhanced their career.

With recruiting being JSG’s specialty, we essentially go through the job search process over and over again, and we’ve learned a thing or two on the way. Through the JSG blog, we’re able to share our exclusive expertise on what it takes to get through every stage of a search for a new position, from resumes and references to final interviews and accepting offers. To assist you with “spring cleaning your career,” we’ve gathered some of our best candidate resources:

To help you explain that “gap year” you took to travel…
How To Explain A Gap In Your Resume During An Interview

For when your head is in the clouds dreaming about your next position…
E Is For Expectations: Setting Realistic Expectations Will Boost Your Job Hunt

On the best interview advice straight from your peers…
The Best Interview Advice On LinkedIn

For when you don’t know if you’re a passive candidate…
Active vs. Passive Candidates: What’s the Difference?

To help take the agonizing out of rewriting your cover letter for every job you apply to…
C Is For Cover Letter: How To Write A Killer Cover Letter

On what is keeping you from landing that dream job…
3 Problems With The Traditional Job Search (And How They’re Keeping You From Getting Hired!)

For when you just aren’t feeling inspired…
30 Motivational Quotes To Kickstart Your Job Search

On why it’s okay that you’ve held multiple positions over the last few years…
J Is For Job Hopping: 3 Benefits Of Hopping Job To Job

To keep in mind when you are updating that resume…
3 Phrases To Live By When Writing Or Updating Your Resume

For when you’re wondering if your resume is even reaching the decision makers…
K Is For Keywords: Using Keywords To Get Past An ATS

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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.

 

Impostor Syndrome

Impostor Syndrome: The Not-So-Obvious Roadblock To Your Dream Job

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If you continually get to the interview stage without receiving an offer, there’s a really good chance that the culprit is Impostor Syndrome. According to Merriam-Webster, “Impostor syndrome is commonly understood as a false and sometimes crippling belief that one’s successes are the product of luck or fraud rather than skill.” And some estimates state that around 70% of people have impostor syndrome, so you’re definitely not alone! But the good news is that it is TOTALLY possible to overcome. Doing these three things will help you conquer those feelings of inadequacies and land that dream job:

  1. Fake it til you make it

As Tina Fey once said, “just say yes and you’ll figure it out afterwards.” This requires a heavy dose of bravery, but it will be worth it. Most likely, you already have what it takes, it just FEELS like you don’t. So jump in feet first and gather the tools to master it along the way.

  1. Meditate

No matter how you feel about meditation, job interviews are the prime place to practice. Multiple times before the interview (the night before, the morning of, while you’re in the car, even in the lobby) take a moment to close your eyes, and slow your breathing.  Just taking a second to bring mindfulness to yourself will increase your confidence, slow down those negative thoughts, and give you the strength to not only get through an interview, but totally rock it!

  1. Positive affirmations

It may sound cheesy, and feel incredibly silly, but positive affirmations have proven to work time after time. Words are extremely powerful and have a way of manifesting greatness. Whether you say them out loud in front of a mirror like the kiddo in the video above, or write them on strategically placed sticky notes throughout your home, come up with a few positive, encouraging reminders. They can be anything from things you’re grateful for, your personal strengths, or even goals you want to realize. (We love this list from Rachel Gadiel!)

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Amazon’s Secrets To Success Could Help You In Your Job Search

Amazon’s Secrets To Success Could Help You In Your Job Search

Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods for almost $14 billion has made headlines around the world. Amazon has slowly risen to stunning success over the past 20 years, sprouted from humble beginnings. It’s the kind of success that is enviable to companies and individuals alike.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, outlined a few secrets to success in his latest annual shareholder letter and they are totally applicable to achieving success in your job search and career.

  1. Putting your customer first is critical

In the case of your job search, your customers are the recruiter, hiring manager, and the company you are applying to. It might feel counterintuitive, but make your application about THEM and not about you. Yes, you’re great and all, but keep in mind that they are hiring because they have a need. Craft a story around how you can fill that need and help them achieve their goals.

  1. Stay curious. Don’t be lulled into thinking you have figured everything out

This is essential if you’re looking to take the next step in your career. Think outside the box! Just because you had a certain title at your last company, doesn’t mean you have to stay in that lane. Candidates have so many transferrable skills these days, you might qualify for different jobs at new companies that you would never have considered!

  1. New trends in your sector are constantly emerging. You have to go after them full steam

No matter which industry you work in, this is always true. Never stop learning. Sign up for free online courses or attend a handful of workshops in your community, even just frequently check in with your network to stay current. Your adaptability and forward-thinking will be seen as an asset to any future employer.

  1. Stop being a bumbling big organization and start making high-quality decisions faster

In a candidate-driven market, the competition for great jobs is fierce! You need to be on your A-game. This means having your materials updated, moving around your schedule to interview as soon as possible, and accepting an offer in a timely manner (less than 24 hours).

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These 3 Social Media Faux Pas Could Totally Ruin Your Career

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Because social media is intertwined with everything we do these days, navigating it in a professional manner can be extremely tricky. You don’t want to share too much, but at the same time it’s essential to career growth to have an established online presence.

So how do you figure out what is appropriate to post about work and what isn’t? Start by avoiding these major faux pas:

1. Posting something inappropriate

The general rule is: if you’re wondering if it would be appropriate to post, the answer is probably not. If it could hurt you or someone you know, don’t post it. Tap into your common sense and consider the content before you click “post/publish/tweet”. If it is not promoting and advancing your personal or professional brand, it’s probably better kept offline.

2. Overusing sarcasm or other unpleasant attitudes

You cannot control the way your online messages are interpreted. People pick up on your tone, and will snap-judge you based solely on that. Social media is for sharing your voice and having your opinions be heard, but you want to make sure that you are coming across as genuine, positive, and an accurate reflection of who you are as a person.

3. Overtagging

Now this can be a hit or miss. You should tag friends and family in content you think they will like, but when it comes to tagging coworkers there is a balance. If something you’re posting is related to the team, try send an email or quick Skype message. When you post on social media, you are speaking to everyone who follows you and then some, so you want to make your content relevant to everyone. The last thing on social media you want to do is exclude someone who could bring a new perspective on something important.

Posting about a dreadful day at work can be tempting, but make sure you remember that even with privacy settings, your social media could be seen by anyone. The globe is small and we live in a very connected world. Don’t be the person who didn’t think before they went out and overshared with the whole word…. think before you post! (Your career will thank you for it.)

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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. Keep Your Diet In Check

Yes, Ben and Jerry’s is always there for you in the tough times but you don’t need them around daily. Eating healthy will keep you alert and ready for the task of putting yourself out there for your dream job. Eating right will keep you strong, as well as keep your energy up through some tough days.

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!

6 Essential Steps for Job Interview Preparation

What is your first step after finding out you landed that interview for your dream job? Google.

So there you go, the top steps on how to prepare for an interview, right? While this list can be helpful, it doesn’t expand much on what to do. Let’s dive deeper into what to do when preparing for an interview.

1. Research the organization

This step is crucial because as a future employee (positive thinking!) you need to get as much background information you can. Yes, Google is a good place to start, but go a step further and find their website, check the mission statement and values. Make sure you know something about the culture and not just what the company does. If the company has social media check that out— typically social media holds more recent information.

Also during this step, prepare questions to ask the hiring manager or recruiter. There will ALWAYS be time for a question from the interviewee, if you don’t have one, this shows you didn’t prepare like you were going to receive the position. There is no way the recruiter covered all the information you need to know about the company or position to the fullest.

2. Compare your skills and qualifications to the job requirements

Look at the job description and figure out what qualities you possess that will help you during the interview. Additionally, figure out which skills you might not have in your tool box – prepare to be asked for both highs and lows. Figure out the strengths and weaknesses you have for the position before the interview, making sure you’re aware of what you might be questioned about.

3. Prepare Responses

So far you have *hopefully* planned questions to ask the recruiter and figured out what strengths and weakness you have for this position. Now think about what matters to the employer and try to figure out what types of questions you might be asked. There are the typical ones like “tell me about yourself” which is answered with an elevator pitch, a short one minute answer covering your career story. There also will be questions like “tell us about a time you had a difficult experience with a coworker” and “how did you hear about us?” These are all common questions that generally come up in interviews. Outside of the typical questions, each interview has job-specific questions which are really the nuts and bolts of the job. The recruiter is trying to figure out if you have what it takes for this job.

4. Plan what to wear

Of course, this is critical for interview preparation. No one wants to experience that last-minute panic when those black blazer pants are in the wash and you forgot! Everyone has one outfit they love interviewing in because it makes them feel good. ALWAYS have a backup! Here are the basic tips and tricks for an interview outfit

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5. Plan what to bring

Prepare a bag or briefcase to bring to the interview. Make sure to have everything in it. Pen, paper, the questions you’ve prepared, resume, cover letter (if needed), references, etc. Putting all documents in one folder looks very professional and shows the recruiter you’re organized. Just make sure everything fits in the bag nice and neat.

6. Follow Up

This seems so straight forward, yet very few individuals follow through with it. This could be a message on LinkedIn thanking the member of the organization you spoke to, or a quick email to your contact at the company. It’s the experience that counts, you learn something from every experience and individual you speak with. Where previously a handwritten note was the best way to thank someone, it’s not realistic in this day and age. If you’re going to do a handwritten note, make sure you also send an email to keep your name in the forefront of the recruiter’s mind. These notes show you really do care about the company and want to express your real passion for the position.

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7 Career Lessons You Can Learn From The Movie “The Intern”

Interns. Most companies have started hiring college students or college graduates to get a new point of view on their departments and provide students with valuable work experience. When joining the JSG family as an intern my goal was of course to learn skills that would help advance my career, but also make an impact on the company in the best way I could. But can you really learn something from someone who is just starting or recently returning to their career? The movie The Intern would argue that you can.

Here are some lessons to keep in mind:

1. Crazy Interview Questions

Sometimes when interviewing for a new job, you will get asked some crazy questions. In these moments keep calm and work through the awkwardness. Stay on topic and answer the question to the best of your ability. There is always a reason you’re being asked whether it’s clear in the moment or not. Even in these types of questions always be true to yourself. When you are talking about items that you understand, you will naturally be more comfortable and create real connections with the recruiter, thus making yourself more memorable.

 2. “The Key is to Keep Moving”

In any job or career path there are moments when you’ll feel stuck or lost. But as Ben reminds us, the key is to keep moving forward. Yes, that’s been told approximately 1,000 times before, but it’s the truth. Stepping stones from one position to the next. In these moments of frustration, ask for advice from those around you. Remember that a company is a team effort not a one-man shop. No one is capable to accomplish everything by themselves.

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 3. “I know there is a hole in my life and I need to fill it soon”

There is a real strength in knowing who you are. Not only on a personal level, but being aware of how you learn or what job environment you excel in, will push you to see what is needed in your life. Don’t be afraid to try something new and exciting! Sometimes you’ll never know you’re good at something until you try it.

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4. Celebrate Wins – Company and Personal

When the company completed a new goal in “The Intern,” they would ring a bell. Now, maybe bell ringing isn’t your cup of tea, but it is a way to share and celebrate your wins. Picture this… you’re sitting in your desk and then all the sudden a bell starts ringing! Wouldn’t you wonder what in the world it was for? It captures your team member’s attention (including your boss), which is the ultimate goal. Keeping a constant positive outlook will increase the joy of not just within yourself but throughout those around you. Congratulate yourself on small or big tasks and you will go far.

5. “Wow…I didn’t see this coming”

Every day is something different at work. Sometimes employees get stuck on the details of the process and forget the big picture. With each project you are given, remember there is a bigger process. If something changes in your daily plans, learn how to cope and adjust. Now, unlike the movie where Ben is driving Jules to work, your new adventure could be the task of creating a new marketing strategy or finding 30 new hires by the end of the month. These tasks may seem frightening at first, but taking it one step at a time will help you see the unexpected.

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6. “You are never wrong to do the right thing”

This may originally be a Mark Twain quote, but it’s still as powerful as ever. There are always multiple ways to accomplish a task. Thinking differently in these moments will help you stand out. Take the path that may seem more difficult and you will be rewarded.

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7. Dress to Impress

Now this has always been a rule for interviews and day 1 on the job, but Ben demonstrates it perfectly — never quit dressing to impress. This skill will get you places you never thought you could go. It’s becoming less popular to wear a full “old-school” suit to work, BUT there is something about dressing up for work that creates a new driving atmosphere and makes you realize new points of view. Remember, if you’re stuck on a project and want a new perspective – maybe try dressing up one day, you never know what will make an idea pop in your head!

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