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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!

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!

5 Entry Level Jobs in Healthcare

Are you looking to work in healthcare, but you are unsure where to start looking? It is an exciting field with many diverse options! Read on for a few job options to get you started in this extensive field.

Certified Nurse Assistant

Known as a CNA for short, a Nurse Assistant is a great jumping point for someone interested in working directly with patients. While being a CNA requires some coursework and a certification exam beforehand in order to be licensed for work, one can usually complete it in 6 months to a year.

Dental Hygienist

This is a (generally) low-pressure job, but that does not mean that it is not fast-paced! Dental Hygienists perform cleanings, administer anesthesia, give specific treatments, and take X-rays, among plenty of other responsibilities. You must be licensed by the state in which you will be practicing. Dental Hygienist responsibilities can vary based on level of education, as one can get up to a master’s degree in dental hygiene.

PT/OT/ST Assistant

Often, one can become an assistant to Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, or Speech Therapists. This person works under the licensed therapist and assists in monitoring patients and their progress, in addition to helping them with exercises. You must be licensed to be an assistant, as you are aiding in one’s healing or growing when their bodies are in very malleable states!

Healthcare Administrator

An entry-level Healthcare Administrator position would include quite a bit of work with billing and managing accounts and authorizations. An administrator will also ensure that the office is following all necessary regulations. This is an excellent position for those looking to enter the business side of healthcare. Typically, a Healthcare Administrator job (or one similar) requires a bachelor’s degree in business, healthcare administration, accounting, or a related field.

Lab Technician

A position as a Lab Tech can be very stimulating, and not all require a degree in a science-related field! A Lab Tech typically does work involving data entry, specimen processing, data collection, sample collection, tool/lab preparation, analysis, and much more. There is an extensive range of types of laboratories that one could work for as a technician, making options diverse.  

Healthcare is an exciting field with many options. There are a plethora of paths one could take of which we have not even scratched the surface. Interested in what healthcare positions JSG is hiring for right now? Check out our open jobs!

Read This if You’re Ready for a Fresh Start to Your Career Goals This New Year

We all like to make new year resolutions for ourselves. And sometimes, they are hard for us to keep. But with a fresh start, the new year is a great time to buckle down and make career goals that are attainable, and hopefully, worthwhile to achieve. We all like to say we have goals and dreams in our careers. But if we don’t write them down, plan out how we will accomplish them, and start putting them into action, we won’t ever achieve what we are hoping to. It’s all about accountability.

And, if you’re looking for that fresh start in your career, why not start now? Whether that’s finding a new job or applying yourself even more at your current one. There are steps you should take that will help you achieve your resolutions. So… They aren’t just a 2-month wish you give up on.

Hold Yourself Accountable

When the new year comes around and you’re on the mission to accomplish career goals, these aren’t ones you just hope you can achieve. They are goals you don’t want to drop because they mean something more than just losing a few pounds. They mean advancement in your career, a happier work environment, financial freedom. It can mean so much more than an ordinary new year’s resolution. So why not make it one?

Holding yourself accountable will keep you on track to achieving your goals. When your career future is a goal, it’s easier to do this. Because we all know that the only way we can get anywhere is by putting our best foot forward and only relying on our actions to speak for us. By doing this we will, in turn, get noticed at work for our dedication and perseverance.

Make a To-Do List

To-do lists can be your best friend when you’re trying to accomplish work-related goals. You can make them to where they take you step-by-step through your goals and how you want to achieve them. Career goals normally have steps that are perfect for to-do lists and if you follow them, you’re sure to accomplish what you set out to. But it’s all about the follow through and consistency!

Have Quarterly/Monthly Goals

When you cut your year into smaller achievable goals it helps you break things up. This makes your aspirations not seem too out of reach and keeps you on track to reach them. It also gets you excited about taking the steps you need to take to reach your career’s new year resolutions. Overall, splitting up your goals into sections will only make you more successful in achieving them.

Celebrate Your Wins

Make sure to celebrate your wins! Just because they are small doesn’t mean they do not deserve to be celebrated. The small successes are what get you through the hard times and help you achieve the great ones! And they are not something to sniff at. So do that happy dance and make sure to give yourself the appreciation you deserve when you accomplish steps toward your true career goals.

Think of the Reward

Reminding yourself why you are working so hard will keep you on track. There is no doubt that 2019 will bring you struggles, not only in work but also in your home life… But if you remember what you’re working towards and why you want that reward, nothing will stop you from getting there.

We normally give up on New Year’s resolutions due to talking our goals and dreams down because it’s easier to not try as hard. It’s easy to say, “Oh, I’ll do it next year.” Or, “I only really wanted to do this for myself, I don’t need to do it.” This thought process is only selling yourself short. And when it comes to the job market today, working your butt off will only get you amazing opportunities! So don’t give up, and do everything you can to remind yourself that you can accomplish whatever you want, as long as you hold yourself accountable and follow the process.