5 Ways to Grow Your Career in 2021

A new year is symbolic of a fresh start or for establishing healthy habits. Many people use this time as an opportunity to reflect on their careers and understand where they are and where they would like to be. Doing this under our current economic climate can be intimidating. However, even if you feel discouraged, there’s never a wrong time to advance your career trajectory. Here are five ways to grow your career in 2021.

Establish your career goals

If you want to grow your career in 2021, the first thing you must do is establish your goals. If you want to improve your career prospects or make yourself a more valuable employee, you have to set goals to get you where you want to be. Are you looking to add a new skill? Do you want to grow into your leadership role? Regardless of what you want to achieve, you must set SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time-bound).

Seek mentorship

Once you have your goals set, you should seek mentorship. Find a mentor that you can trust, one that can offer feedback and support to help grow your career. Reach out to them and ask them if they are willing to guide you, offer advice, and be honest with you. One of the keys to a successful mentorship is it has to be a mutual relationship. In other words, this person has to want to mentor you. Otherwise, it won’t be an effective mentorship relationship.

If you are looking for advice on being a more coachable employee, we recently wrote a blog on that!

Hone new skills or strengthen current ones

Another great way to reach these goals is to hone new skills or sharpen skills you already have. Identify if there are any skill sets, tools, or techniques to help you achieve your career goals this year. Once you understand what these skills are, you can work on improving them. Take online courses, watch how-to videos on YouTube, or attend webinars. Actively working on skills that will help you take your career to the next level will make you marketable, improve your career prospects, and make you a more valuable employee.

Here are three must-have skills to help you grow your career in 2021.

Regularly track your progress

After you know what you want to accomplish and how you will do it, set milestones; write these milestones down and regularly track your progress toward completing them. This will help you stay on track and remain focused on these career goals throughout the year. Tracking your progress is part of setting SMART goals because your goals should be attainable. If they are achievable, you can track your progress, and you can check-in with yourself and your mentor.

Celebrate your wins

Many people forget to celebrate their wins, even if they are small. When you are tracking your progress, and you complete one of these milestones, take a moment to celebrate! Pat yourself on the back and reflect on all of your hard work! Share these wins with your mentor, too, as they should be equally invested in your success. Celebrating your wins will make this journey more rewarding, and you will appreciate your growth.

Are You Doing Better Than 80% of Americans?


This week we wrap up the first month of the new year, 2019! Chances are, you joined millions of Americans in creating New Year’s resolutions. Whether you decided to join a gym, eat better, or find a new job, it is a commitment you made to yourself. Typically, you’re excited and motivated to get started on January 1st! However, the chances are that four weeks in, your excitement may be waning.

What was at first invigorating now feels like a chore — feelings of dedication turn to dread. Moreover, 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, typically 80% of American New Year’s Resolutions fail by February. 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 more accurate than ever, especially concerning New Year’s Resolutions. When trying to make any significant lifestyle changes, starting is often the hardest but most crucial step. We want to change and improve, but change is hard. We procrastinate and make excuses like, “I didn’t have enough time to make healthy food today,” or “finding a new job is overwhelming, so maybe I’ll stick around 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 yourself from this mindset and break free from the rut of procrastination, you need to take back control. One simple way to do this is to make 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 jump right into 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.

9 Things You Can Do Differently at Work in 2019


When you think about it, the new year is a great time to make resolutions. You get to start off the year fresh, and it’s a perfect time to take initiative and fall in love with your job again! As the year goes on, New Year’s resolutions fall to the wayside but making positive changes at work can be easy to keep. A great attitude, organization, and holding yourself accountable are just a few of the many things you can do this year that will improve your work!

Here are nine ways to help you achieve more at work in 2019.

Positive Attitude

It’s always easy to say things like, “this year I’m going to be happier.” But there are certain steps we all must take to achieve this, and one of them is staying positive. At work, a positive attitude can change a lot of things for you. It can help you get along with co-workers who can be a struggle. It can help you be someone who tries to make every day count no matter what happens.

And the biggest one is it helps you enjoy what you’re doing more. Attitude is a huge part of feeling like you’ve made a difference and accomplished something. Without it, work, no matter how much you like it, can be something you dread. And in 2019 that’s not what anyone wants!


Keeping yourself more organized with work will help you in more ways than you think. It will help you accomplish projects sooner, be able to take on more responsibilities, and feel less stressed when things get busy. Being able to keep things organized well is a step that will show your appreciation for your job and your willingness to go over and beyond to get things accomplished.


Hold yourself accountable. When you make a mistake, take the blame. When you didn’t finish a project by its deadline, or you know you will need more time, tell someone. Being accountable is a huge step that employers want to see in an employee. No matter good or bad, if you’re accountable for what you have promised to do, you will be very successful.

Take Credit for your Accomplishments

When you achieve something, help the company reach a goal, or win an award, take credit for it. Staying humble is an important part of any job but don’t let your hard work go unnoticed. If you’ve put in tons of time for something, it’s okay to be proud and show it off. If you worked hard and won an award don’t shy away from sharing it with your network. Accomplishments are something everyone strives to have. Granted, you don’t always want to be recognized for the little things. But, instead of shying away from the recognition, take credit for what you’re rightfully deserving of it.

Goal Setting

Setting goals is a great way to hold yourself accountable not only for work but for 2019. We all have things we can work on and that are weaknesses, especially at work. So, taking the time to write down the goals you really want to achieve and how you will accomplish them only helps you be more successful. And by writing them down, you’re more likely to accomplish them.

Help Others

Sometimes going over and beyond your duties can make an impact on not only your company but yourself in general. Helping others at work shows your initiative to want to make the company better as a whole. It demonstrates that you’re a team player who helps your team and company accomplish more. A great leader is one who wants to see their team succeed. So, if you’re wanting a change of pace or to really move up in your company do more than what is expected of you.

Push Yourself and Your Team

No matter if you’re the manager, team lead, or just your average Joe, you have the capability to make a direct impact on your team and your company. By pushing yourself you will help others strive to be better too. The impact you have is greater than you think, especially when it comes to achieving goals and accomplishing them as a team unit.

Step out of your Comfort Zone

It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone at work. You know what you need to accomplish and what keeps you getting a good job from your boss. But by stepping outside your comfort zone you not only set yourself up for success, but you also help push yourself to achieve more and be a better employee. At times, you can feel like your extra and hard work may go unnoticed but by doing this, you’re allowing yourself to reach your full potential. And that will never go unnoticed.

Say Yes More and No Less

When you’re in a position you enjoy and at a company you love, saying yes more and no less will tremendously impact your time there. Not only will it help you move up the ladder quicker, but it will also get you noticed by those who matter. Helping and being present to always do what you need to do even if it’s extra work is rare to find nowadays. So, if you try implementing this technique in 2019, it will surely help you accomplish and receive kudos you never thought you’d receive this year.

Starting off the new year right at work is important. It provides a clean slate for you to make improvements and it gives you the chance to really hold yourself to a higher bar. Because you will only achieve what you set your mind to. We’re wishing you a great year and we hope these tips help you be more successful at work in 2019!

How to Start the New Year Off Right

New Year

A new year is always an opportunity for a fresh start. Whether that’s kicking a bad habit, starting a new one, or even finding a new career that you’re passionate about, the New Year is a great time for a new beginning.

But developing these new habits and changing your daily routines can be challenging. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as setting a New Year’s resolution and watching the magic happen. You have to work for that change. And here’s how you can start the New Year off the right way.

Figure out your goals for the New Year

For some people, setting goals is easy. For others, it can be difficult to sit down and figure out what you want to accomplish. However, whether your goal is big or small, your goals you set must be S.M.A.R.T.

What are S.M.A.R.T. goals?

You may have heard of these, but a S.M.A.R.T. goal is one that is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound. Essentially, you must set specific goals that you can measure. Whether that’s losing 15 pounds or making 60 more sales calls per week, your goals must be measurable, so you can track your progress. You also need to set goals that are actually attainable and meaningful or they won’t be accomplished.

To successfully accomplish your goals for the New Year, you must set timelines to your goals. You can’t just say I want to make 60 more calls per week; you have to set a timetable to help keep yourself accountable. So instead of saying you want to 60 more calls each week next year, you can, for example, give yourself a 3-month timeline to accomplish this goal. That allows you to break down your goal.

So, for this example, you can increase your monthly phone volume by 20 calls per month to gradually reach that 60-phone call mark by the end of March. This will all you to track your progress and hold yourself accountable throughout the New Year.

The 5-Second Rule

Have you heard of Mel Robin’s 5-Second Rule? If you haven’t, this tool is a great resource to help train your brain to stop overthinking. Instead of dwelling on something that makes you feel uncomfortable and talking yourself out of action, the 5-Second Rule helps you think less and do more.

Whether it’s having that difficult conversation with your boss about a raise or making one more sale call to land that deal, this tool will help you from talking yourself out of action. Unfortunately, we are often our own worst enemies and our biggest roadblocks. In just five seconds, we can come up with a million excuses to talk ourselves out of anything. While 5 seconds may not seem like much, it can be the difference between you reaching your goals.

The value of mentorship

You may already have a mentor or someone you’re close with that you can rely on to keep you on track. But if you don’t, I highly recommend finding someone you can turn to when things get tough. Whether it’s your boss, a colleague, or a family member, it’s beneficial to have someone you can rely on for advice and encouragement.

And do you know what’s the best part about having a mentor in your life? Having someone who will hold you accountable and keep you on track. It can be hard to hold ourselves accountable for our goals. However, a mentor will keep you focused on your goals and be there when it gets tough.

Hopefully, this helps you set yourself up for success for next year. If you follow these simple steps, you’ll be able to set yourself up for success next year and accomplish more than you ever thought you could. Happy New Year!

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.

7 Reasons Why the Holiday’s Should be Your Career’s Busy Season

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When you think about the holidays, it’s probably a stressful time outside of work. This is the time we all normally slack off in our career’s because we’re finishing up budgets, have completed most of our projects, and are just ready to relax. But, this should actually be the time you are working your butt off to start the new year off with a bang instead of a, “oh my gosh, I need to catch up.”

By doing this, you’re setting yourself up for even more success in the new year and putting an awesome step forward into a new and fresh year. A year that could make you even more successful. And here are some reasons why you should do this instead of just slide into the new year.

Advantage at the end of the year

Depending on your career, you could be the only one taking December full steam. Which means you could end up getting more people excited to work with you or buy from you. When you decide to keep grinding, it helps not only your work ethic but keeps you from slacking off and hurting you in the long run.

Others are slacking off in their career’s

This is a great reason to keep working hard and making an impact on your job. This not only puts you ahead of the game but if you are in any sales position at all, your competitors have most likely checked out for the year… BUT, that doesn’t mean your clients have. So, you end up getting the advantage with them before your competitors do.

You are ahead of the game for the new year

By working hard this last month, you will be able to accomplish the end of the year needs and have all your goals set and started for 2019. This time of year is a great time to get organized and prepared so that you can hit the ground running in the new year without any hiccups. Being ahead of the game is only going to benefit you and your job and when you are ahead of your competitors, it’s always going to be the best feeling.

You will feel more accomplished

When you’re working hard, you will always feel accomplished. And what’s a better time to work your butt off? A time when you have vacation, family, and happiness just flowing around you.

Hold yourself accountable for goals

If you continue to work through December, it will keep you accountable. Not every year will you finish or accomplish all your goals especially if you stop working for them in November or December. Just because you feel like you’ve already “failed” and that you won’t hit them isn’t an excuse to stop trying.

You end up only hurting yourself which will casue you to not hold yourself accountable. Goals are supposed to be difficult to reach. However, they are impossible to reach if you stop trying for them. So, staying positive and remembering to hold yourself accountable will keep you on track to reach your goals.

Keeps you driven and wanting to work

When you don’t let yourself slack off during the end of the year, you affect your career outcome in an amazing way. Your drive to continue to work and stay strong only helps you enjoy your job and in turn will help you get promotions, find better opportunities, and leave you more successful.

Will lead you to success in your career

When you decide to make the end of the year just as important as the beginning, it makes you an irreplaceable employee. And a work ethic like yours is very hard to find. And coming from a company like JSG that continues to work for our clients year round, we know the impact it has made. Especially, for our clients who know we aren’t just waiting for the vacation days. They know we are continuing to work hard for them so they don’t have to worry about their hiring needs.

If you’re looking for a new career that pushes you to work hard all the time or a company looking for those kinds of employees, reach out to one of our recruiters today. We would love to help your find your next career step before the beginning of the new year.

The Only Thing Standing in The Way of Your Goals is YOU


Whether you are just entering the workforce or have been working for years, everyone has career goals. While some goals are loftier than others, they are often simple to state or describe. It’s easy to say you one day hope to hold a certain title, start your own business, work in a specific city, or graduate with a Master’s Degree. For most, describing the path to this end goal is a much harder task.

There are so many decisions, variables, and experiences along the way. And many get caught up in daydreaming about what they hope the future holds, instead of actively working towards their desired outcome. Without a plan, the process of attaining these goals can feel overwhelming. This paralyzing feeling can derail your ambitions from becoming reality, but here is how we combat this.

Stop Procrastinating

Procrastination. While this is a term that we familiar with, many of us still suffer from procrastination daily. That paralyzing feeling mentioned earlier is what leads to us procrastinating. And this ultimately prevents us from reaching our long-term goals. Tim Urban, an expert on procrastination,  brilliantly explains why we procrastinate in a Ted Talk from 2016.

While using a colorful metaphor involving monsters and monkeys, Tim argues that people are wired to want instant gratification and make decisions based on this want. When work is required, this gratification is not instant, and people tend to put off this work until panic sets in. Panic takes the form of deadlines, due dates, and other time-sensitive requirements, often associated with short-term tasks, assignments or goals. With a deadline looming, it is as if a switch flips in a person, and all the sudden it is time to make that phone call, send that email or meet with that person.

However, with long-term goals, procrastination can be even more troublesome. Goals that have no deadlines do not come with the benefit of panic motivating you to begin. Things like a career change or going back to the gym can consistently be put on the back burner, telling yourself that you can always start tomorrow. Tim describes this process saying, “It’s that long-term procrastination has made them feel like a spectator, at times, in their own lives. The frustration is not that they couldn’t achieve their dreams; it’s that they weren’t even able to start chasing them.”

From Start to Finish

So how do we escape this cycle, motivate ourselves to start and to finish? For both short-term and long-term goals, the most important step is getting started. Implementing a routine that emphasizes discipline and action is crucial to your success, as it helps accomplish tasks that you do not necessarily want to do, but know we have to do. The 5-Second Rule emphasizes beginning a task by counting down from five, pushing productivity and making decisions. Starting is a choice, made easier by attaching a tangible timeline, which in this case is 5 seconds long.

Another strategy is to consider is making your bed each morning. When you begin your day by accomplishing a task, it makes the tasks that will follow much easier to accomplish. It also gets you in the necessary mindset that enables success in anything you do; no matter how big or small. The man behind this philosophy is Navy Adm. William H. McCraven 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.”

Long-term goals

For goals that are longer-term, the strategies above are great for getting started. But what can we do to constantly be working towards something that is not as clear? The key is forming a solid, strategic plan. Goals that involve several parts, that sometimes can take years, are hard to wrap our heads around. There can be so many variables to consider or changes that may occur, plans can become jumbled if not done well.

First, plan backward and specifically. How do you define success? Then, set benchmarks that will create a clear path moving forward. Ask yourself, “What do I need to do in ten years, five years, one year or in six months to go from where I know, to where I want to be?” Write these benchmarks down and begin each month with a to-do list that is on track with your goal’s nearest benchmark. These benchmarks should be quantifiable, measurable and descriptive. Track things like increases in salary or hours worked, as opposed to variables that can change daily, like your overall happiness. As you accomplish these monthly to-do lists and begin meeting benchmarks, the path to your goal will only become clearer. And you will begin to wonder why you did not start sooner!

It is important to recognize that good things often do not come easy. The ability to reach the goals we set for ourselves requires foresight, patience, and perseverance. Planning backed in research is wonderful, but useless unless implemented and acted on. The first step is always the hardest and most crucial. So why not start today?

G is for Goals: Three Goals That’ll Help You Land Your Dream Job

Three goals that will help you land your dream job

Unless you’re fresh out of school, you’ve probably searched for a job at some point in your life. And if you have, you know the job hunt can be a long, dreadful process. It can be difficult to stay optimistic, especially if you are currently unemployed.

To stay productive while searching for your next career path, you need to set realistic goals during your job search. So, what should your job-hunting goals look like? Obviously, your ultimate goal is to find a job. However, you need to establish smaller goals along the way. Here are the three goals you must set to land your dream job.

Establish a S.M.A.R.T. end goal

Before you submit a single application, you need to set an end goal for what you would like to accomplish. Your end goal of finding a job must be more meaningful. After all, this is the goal that will drive your entire search! It must constantly lead you in the right direction to keep your search focused and get you that dream job.

You are probably familiar with S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Bound) goals. If your goal is not S.M.A.R.T., it will be difficult to maintain motivation throughout the long process of a job search. Developing your S.M.A.R.T. goals will allow you to establish realistic numerical goals or tasks to make the most out of your job hunt.

For example, your goal should be something like: “Within 60 days, I will have accepted a job offer for a marketing specialist position in the Seattle-area with a $55,000 starting salary.”

Create daily numerical goals for yourself

When searching for a new job, you must develop numerical goals for yourself. Start jotting down a to-do list. Write down four or five key things you need to accomplish – every day – and check them off as you complete them.

Create a target number for how many jobs you would like to apply to every day, how many people you want to connect with on LinkedIn, or how many articles you want to read to brush up on industry trends. Making and keeping track of a list of small numerical goals will keep you on the right track and help you feel productive. I promise that setting realistic, numerical goals will put you in the right mindset and lead to a successful job search.

Treat your job search like it’s a job

You need to treat your job hunt like it’s your real job. That’s easier said than done, right? Not if you develop a daily routine!

When you are at work, you have a schedule and must accomplish certain tasks every day. Well, if you treat your job search like that, you will likely be more successful! Take your goals and break them out into daily tasks. Take the list you created and keep track of the things you accomplish. Set time aside each day, ideally the same time schedule, and complete your list before you do anything else.

When you accomplish one of your goals, say apply for five new jobs today, cross them off! Not only is it satisfying to do so, it will help you stay on track and keep plugging away on your job search.

And if you’re still struggling with this, step away from your computer. Go to a local coffee shop or head over to the public library. Removing yourself from home and eliminating distractions will help you create a work-like environment and boost your productivity! You’ll be surprised how a change of scenery will improve your attitude towards your job search.