3 Easy Ways to be More Intentional During the Interview Process

Standing out among other candidates can be as simple as emphasizing three things. By doing so, you can show your interest in the company and your appreciation for their time. It is a way to commit to the interview process and put your best foot forward.

Research the Company.

Do your research! There is no need to know specific numbers and percentages about the company, but it is helpful to know what the company’s basic function is, as well as its mission and values. Not only does this show that you are interested in the company, but it gives you a general idea of why the company runs the way they do and what its values are to see if YOU want to work for THEM!

Ask Questions.

Have a few questions ready to ask during the interview. Having no questions to ask at the end of the interview can be perceived as a lack of interest in the position. Don’t ask boring surface questions; interviewers will be able to see right through them. Ask questions whose answers will help you decide whether you want to accept the position. These could be about company culture, compensation, responsibilities, etc. Not only will you have an inside look into the company, but this shows that you are thinking critically about the role. You are evaluating them, and this shows them that you could be an asset to the company.

Follow up.

Show you care. If you are interested in the position, send a thank you email, and let them know that you are looking forward to hearing from them. If you have yet to hear from them at the beginning of the time frame they suggested, you can send a follow-up email asking for an update and if they need anything else from you. It is important to read the situation and see if a follow-up email is warranted. While it is good to stay in touch, you do not want to hound them. Keep it friendly, not stalker-y.

Showing your interest goes a long way. Are you looking for a new position? Check out our open jobs here!


5 Industries to Break Into

Are you looking to change career paths? Break into one that is currently thriving and looking for more workers! Read below for the top five industries to get a great job this year.


Tech is growing rapidly. From coding to IT, tech is thriving. With more people working remotely or hybrid than ever, companies’ technology needs to advance and function properly. Companies are in great need of tech professionals to keep their offices running smoothly.


With companies searching hard for workers, staffing and recruiting firms are being put to use with increasing frequency. A recruiter can help a company seek out the candidates that are the best fit for the job. They are in demand, and this position can often be entry-level–great if you have not worked in this environment before.


Like tech, media is growing rapidly with the significant shift to work and community being online. Many forms of media communication are growing. From blog writers to film editors, employees are needed in these roles to get the job done.


The healthcare industry is currently looking to fill a lot of positions. The impacts of the pandemic have opened up many roles for jobseekers to fill. The healthcare industry is hiring anyone from hands-on medical care workers to biotech to medical data management.

Office Management/Administration

Working in an administrative role can help you break into any field. They are typically entry-level roles, and can give you exposure to an industry you are interested in before you may commit to more training or schooling.

The job market is your oyster right now! If you are looking for a switch, rumor has it that these industries are some you should be looking into. Check out this article about good timing and see the sources listed below for more industries and information about growing in them.




Sweet, Elite Success


So if you haven’t caught on, we love March and the Madness that comes along with it. While we are going mad over all the college basketball, we also have a blast going mad over career success.

Trust me when I say that JSG is basically a success-atologist. We’ve seen how successful our candidates are in their positions, and we also see how placing certain candidates with a certain company ends up paying huge dividends for both parties.

Needless to say, we know a thing or two about success. So since it’s March and we’re feeling excited about the big tourney, we put together the ultimate guide for achieving that sweet, elite success in your career.

Four Ps of success

To start out, you can learn a few things about success from sushi. Yes, you read that right. Much like the teams in the big dance, there’s one sushi artist who has mastered his craft. He’s had ups and downs, and somehow he’s managed to build a legacy that cannot be matched. If you want to be like the tourney teams, check out these four Ps that will lead you to success.

Making a change in your life

Basketball is all about adjustments. You have to adjust your game in order to beat each opponent on a given night. If you feel like there’s something holding you back in your life or in your career, then you may want to make a change. And sometimes, that change is exactly what you need in order to take your prosperity to the next level. The best part is that it only requires three steps! Make these changes, and success will be knocking on your doorstep.

The motivation you need

We’ve all been there before: so close to victory but needing that extra push to achieve success. This happens all of the time in basketball, and teams get through it in the exact same way. The next time you’re feeling close to victory, or even if you’re just starting out on a new journey, check out these motivational quotes. Chances are, you’ll be inspired to get over the hump and become more successful.

Organizing your career

Last, you can’t be successful if you don’t know where everything is. Just like a team can’t succeed with their players scattered, you can’t be successful without some organization. We put together the ultimate guide for organizing your career. Once you become more organized in your career, success is much easier to accomplish. To put it in basketball terms; career organization will be a slam-dunk for your career!

Job Search Madness

March Madness

It’s the second full week of March, which means it’s finally time to get MAD! Even if you’re not a college basketball fan, the effects of March Madness can be felt everywhere. For three weekends in a row, everyone shuts down. Vacation days are taken, and an unhealthy amount of basketball is watched through the first Monday in April.

Here at JSG, we’re here to tell you that the madness doesn’t need to be limited to basketball. Why not take that same passion and excitement we feel while watching basketball and apply it to our success? So without further adieu, I present to you Job Search Madness – your guide to a successful job search this month.

Understand the job search

First, before you get started, you HAVE to make sure you’re up-to-date on how to complete a job search nowadays. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. These days the traditional job search may not work, so check out how the traditional job search is keeping you from getting hired.

Secrets to success

Next, it is crucial that you’re the best at what you’re doing, even if it’s a job search. When it comes to being the best and being successful, who better to model after than Amazon? Luckily for you, we’ve gathered up their secrets to success and put them all in one place. Check it out here so that your job search is as successful as you can make it!

What to look for in your next job

During your job search, you’re going to come across all sorts of different companies. You’ll be thinking “Ooo that’s not for me!” or “Wow I’d love to work here!” While searching for your next position, let us help guide you in the right direction. We’ve put together great qualities every candidate should be looking for in their next company so you don’t have to! (No thanks required!)

Where to start looking

Lastly, there are a few things you absolutely need in your arsenal in order to have the most successful job search. Three of these things are websites. They are absolutely 100% necessary for you to bookmark during your job search. And you guessed it, we’ve got you covered! The other three things are intangibles. Not only will they help you with your job search, but they’ll also help you be successful in your career (It’s a twofer!). Check out these 3 things you NEED to have in order for your job search to be successful.

March is crazy, and we can all agree it is mad. Make your job search mad this March by following the steps above. And be on the lookout for more ways to make your March a little more madly successful.

These 4 P’s Will Lead You To Success

4 Ps that will lead to success

I recently watched one of the most inspirational and tasty-looking movies ever. It’s a film about one of the most successful restaurants in the world. Sushi master Jiro Ono’s dedication and love for his work are displayed in David Gelb’s Jiro Dreams of Sushi.

In the film, the viewer learns everything from Ono’s childhood to his nonexistent family life. One of the biggest takeaways is his success. He does many things that contribute to his success, and many of them align with some of the most successful people in the world.

We can all learn a thing or two (or four) about success from Jiro and others. So here are the four Ps of success, accompanied by a way you can get closer to achieving them in your career.

Pay Attention to Detail

This can be so hard to do sometimes, especially when the time is of the essence. However, the more attention you give to your detail the better your outcome will be. Whether it’s preparing for a meeting or writing an email, details show someone that you care and will definitely make you look better.

Details are what made Jiro’s sushi restaurant so successful. How long to massage an octopus before cooking it or how long the rice is steamed – down to the second – are things that have put Jiro on the map. The more details you incorporate and perfect will help you gain more success in your career.

What can you do to achieve this? Edit and prepare for everything! Phone calls with clients will be more efficient if you map out the purpose of the call and write down the talking points you want to get across. Ask a coworker to preview any emails or official documents you have written. The more you put into something the more you’ll get out of it.

Put in the Time

There are so many distractions in today’s world. Smartphones, instant-stream content, and personal social media platforms tend to draw us away from our work. In order to be successful, one must know when to work and when to play. Spend time at work and just go for it. Put in the hours now and your success will come later.

At age 85, Jiro was still putting in well over 12 hours a day at his restaurant. He put more time into his career than anything else, even his kids. When you’re around something constantly, you begin to pick it up. Jiro was able to learn by doing at work, and he has reaped the benefits ever since.

You can achieve this by putting in the time both at work and at home. And when you’re at work, be present. No one can learn something as soon as it is presented to them. Everything takes time and success is no exception. Patience is a virtue. The more patience you have and the more time you put into your work will only lead to good things for you in your career.

Perfect your Craft

In order to be the best, you must always strive for perfection. Even if you think there’s nothing else you can do better, there definitely is. There is always room for improvement – whether it’s your time management or your everyday work, there is always something to do better.

Jiro does just that every day. He is constantly perfecting his craft, and never thinks he has fully mastered the art of sushi. He is always looking for ways to maximize his time and resources. Whether it’s creating new sushi plates or preparing certain fish a differently, Jiro is always making sure he’s improving his 3 Michelin star restaurant.

At work it is so easy to get caught up in the same routine, thinking we’re doing everything possible. I do it all the time. It’s important to think about what else you can do. The reality of the situation is that there is always room for improvement, we just need to do it. Next time you’re at work, go above and beyond to perfect all aspects of your craft.

Project your passion

If you want to be successful, you must be doing something you really like. Sure, you might be making a lot of money, but are you really projecting your passion into your work every day?

The movie that captures everything about Jiro shows his passion. In fact, it just about smacks you in the face. Jiro is so passionate about his work that it keeps him going into his eighties. You see it in the ingredients he purchases and the products he creates for his customers. There is nothing Jiro would rather do than making sushi, and it has made him extremely successful.

Even if you’re not in your “dream job,” I’m sure there are things in your daily routine that you love. Project your passion into those, and eventually, you’ll project passion into everything. Not only will passion help you be more successful, but it’ll also help you enjoy waking up for work every day.

The four Ps to success

These four Ps may be a little tough to fully implement, but once you do, the rewards never end. Your successes will be more frequent and work will become more enjoyable. It’s a win-win!