Career Decision Tools

When making a career decision, there are many important factors to consider. Often times, career decisions extend beyond “the job description,” involving things such as a change in salary or a relocation. We’ve gathered some of the best tools on the web for you to consult when weighing these elements.

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Salary Calculator

Knowing how much you’re worth as a professional can help you make sure you’re compensated fairly for the work you do.

www.payscale.com/salary-calculator

Cost of Living Calculator

Not only will cost of living calculators show you the cost of living difference, you’ll know how much you need to make in the new location to maintain your current standard of living.

http://www.payscale.com/cost-of-living-calculator

http://www.bankrate.com/calculators/savings/moving-cost-of-living-calculator.aspx

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Local Information

These websites offer local information on thousands of different areas across the United States. They include information on neighborhoods, rental availability, crime rates, schools and markets.

http://www.realtor.com/local

http://www.cityrating.com

Resume 101

 

Here at JSG, hundreds of resumes come across our desks. We have seen it all! As a result of that, we have made note of the good, the great, and the “opportunities for improvement.” Your resume is the greatest story-telling tool you have. We’re here to provide you with some basic guidelines for making it the best it can be.

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Write Dynamic Content.

You have limited room on a resume, so make sure every statement makes an impact. Add as many numbers, percentages, and real-world examples as you can to quantify your work. Swap our tired and boring verbs and generic adjectives for more interesting and powerful ones. (Say hello to your new best friend, thesaurus.com!)

Enhance Formatting.

Formatting makes all the difference in creating a powerful resume. Keep it simple! Highlight your most recent and relevant experience at the top (that’s the good stuff!) Narrow your margins to fit all necessary information. Choose a font that is easy to read. (We like Helvetica best.) Finally, once you’ve got everything written and organized, take a step back and make sure the formatting is consistent. This includes header styles, indentations, bullet points, etc. Once it’s gotten your stamp of approval, save it as a PDF so your tip-top formatting won’t get compromised on different devices!

Customize to Optimize.

Every job you apply for is different, right? Your resume should be too! Pick up on key words and phrases in the job description that match your skill set and be sure to feature them. Remove any irrelevant education or work history to save room for the important stuff! Also include any significant related skills or interests you might have acquired outside of formal settings.

Interview 101

One of the best things about being a JSG candidate is our interview prep. When you land an interview with a JSG client, we offer you a customized interview strategy that will allow you to showcase your strengths and interview with confidence. Until then, here are some basic interview tips to get you started.

Research the Company.

Take the time to understand the company you are interviewing with. Not only will this show the interviewer your preparedness, it will also help you discern whether this positions is in line with your career goals. You can also take it one step further and research the people you will be interviewing with. Keep an eye out for common ground that you could mention during the interview to help you stand out.

Prepare Answers Ahead of Time.

Let’s be honest, many interview questions are variations of the same theme. (Tell me about yourself, what are your strengths, why do you want to work here, etc.) Use this to your advantage! Prepare answers to common questions ahead of time so that when they come up during the interview, you’ll have a well-crafted and thoughtful answer handy.

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Play the Part.

On interview day, it’s important to make a remarkable first impression. This starts with your attire. Always dress professionally and conservatively. When introducing yourself, practice good posture, make eye contact and offer a firm handshake. Continue to check your body language throughout the interview as it can send strong subliminal messages.

Be Authentic.

Tell your career story by providing real-life examples of projects and accomplishments. Ask thought-provoking questions that will spark a lively discussion. (Here’s one of our favorites: What do you like most about working here?)

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Follow Up.

Send a short and personalized thank-you note as soon as you can after the interview. This will show your enthusiasm and “go-get-em” spirit.

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For more tips like these, contact a JSG Recruiter!