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How to Network Your Way to Your Next Job

NetworkingDepending on the industry you work in, networking can be your bread and butter to finding a new job. No matter where you’re at in your career, giving yourself the opportunity to meet new people and get out of your comfort zone can do so much for your future. Whether you love your job or are looking for a new one, networking your skills should always be a priority. Here are some steps you can take to network in fun and easy ways!

LinkedIn

Your LinkedIn is one of the first steps you can take to network with like-minded professionals. It’s the one social platform solely focused on connecting career professionals and showing off your work skills in a fun and interactive way. If you’re looking for a new job or just wanting to connect, LinkedIn is the right tool for you. For every 3 people, one of those people is on LinkedIn, which means you’re going to find great professionals to connect with.

The most important use for LinkedIn is to grow your network and get involved. Not only will this help you connect with people who could have open positions, but people who will support your career growth.

Co-workers

Co-workers are a great way to expand your network. Everyone you meet will eventually go down different paths, but if you establish a connection with each person you work with it can build bridges that last a lifetime. No matter the career path you’re on, making sure you do your best to always make good impressions is important. The world is small after all, and you never know where a former connection may end up and the opportunities it may provide for you in the future.

Networking Events

If you’re in sales, networking events are a great place to mingle and find new clients or connect with industry experts that could maybe help you take your career to the next level. Not only are networking events about growing your community and your business, but they also help you feel more connected and appreciated within your space. Human connection is important for not only our personal lives but for our professional lives as well.

Networking your way to your next job may seem daunting, but it’s truly all about making genuine connections and seeing where those connections take you. These three steps above can help you grow in your career with a variety of different opportunities. Never doubt how far being genuine and just reaching out to people can get you when it comes to your career growth. Now have fun connecting and watch those exciting new opportunities come your way!

How A Mentor Will Help You Grow Your Career Exponentially

How A Mentor Will Help You Grow Your Career Exponentially

How A Mentor Will Help You Grow Your Career Exponentially

I always thought that I was smart enough or determined enough to figure everything out on my own, and I did very well with that for 20+ years.  Recently, however, I felt that something was missing. So I started seeking advice from a senior executive. It began as just a couple conversations and turned into a bi-weekly conversation that has truly morphed into a mentorship. I never knew how much I could grow as a result of someone holding me accountable and helping me validate my business. Here are the top 3 things that I have learned from this mentorship, and why you need to seek one out ASAP.

1. Your thoughts are biased.

We see what we want to see in our work. We make excuses as to why we do things a certain way and look past some of our downfalls. I plan extensively on a daily basis. I thought I was doing such a great job of planning, but I eventually realized I wasn’t validating my plan from an outside perspective. This led to me having a false sense of “success.” My thoughts wouldn’t allow me to really look at what I was doing and make the necessary changes to become even more successful than I thought was capable.

Look, we all have areas that need improvement, but it is hard to see some of those without outside eyes looking at us. Your mentor will help you feel safe in your growth and struggles. They allow you be vulnerable, so you can grow.

2. Your mentor can see your strengths, even when you can’t.

We all have ideas of what our strengths are, but a mentor can make a true unbiased assessment of what those are. The best part is that they can give you actionable ideas on how to enhance those strengths to eventually grow and become more successful in your work, without changing who you are. Growth is something most people strive for throughout the course of their career. With personal growth comes career growth.

When I realized that I had strengths that I wasn’t aware of and I started to implement some small changes to exploit those strengths, I saw great returns in my career.

3. They will help you stay humble in the right areas.

It’s important to find a mentor that you want to mirror your personal and career growth on. When we read about great leaders and inspiring people, we hear how they are so “down-to-earth” and “personable.” A great mentor is humble, and they understand that they can learn from every person they interact with. The leaders that we strive to emulate are not necessarily quiet and shy, but they listen. You feel important when interacting with them.

I have never been an “arrogant” type of person. I was the person that was so humble, I didn’t want to interact with people. My mentor helped me to see that I can be humble and still be great at what I do. Success is not a bad thing. We should all be striving to be more successful while also maintaining a humble mindset.

So, this is where I want to take a moment to thank all of the great mentors I’ve had throughout my career for helping me grow. I hope that someday I can impact at least one person as much as you have impacted me over the years. 

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

4 Career Tips To Learn From Your Dog

I have long been a self-proclaimed “dog person.” We have a 13 year Labrador and a 7 month old Golden Retriever, and some of my best moments and biggest life lessons have come from those two fur balls. As I started thinking about it, I realized that if we all did our jobs with the same work ethic and attitude of a dog, we might accomplish a lot more and actually enjoy ourselves along the way. So, take these tips from Mickey & Rudy and be on your way to a happier and more successful career:

Fiercely pursue your goals

Our Golden Retriever, Rudy, LOVES to destroy dog toys. In fact, it’s a borderline obsession for him. When he gets a new toy, you can watch the concentration on his face as he works meticulously to get to his goal of removing any and all stuffing. Once he breaches the toy, he removes fluffs of stuffing one at a time and sets them aside. Each time, diving back in with reckless abandon until the job is done. If humans could bring this amount of focus and dedication to accomplishing our career goals, we would be so productive. Sometimes it seems like there’s no light at the end of the tunnel as you slowly chip away at your dreams, but keep in mind that eventually you’ll get there. And you can bask in your glory surrounded by your accomplishments (or stuffing.)

Meet every new challenge with enthusiasm

Mickey, our senior Labrador, has had a long and great life. His hearing and sight are dwindling, his joints cause him to move a lot slower, and he gets out of breath walking up the stairs. Even so, that guy still does tricks for cheese! Rudy has picked up almost every trick we’ve taught him in less than a day. Although he struggles with some, he understands that we want him to do SOMETHING so he always reaches out a paw for a high-five. We don’t always have all of the answers to new obstacles and challenges, but it never hurts to try and if all else fails, give out enthusiastic high-fives!

Maintain a healthy work-life balance

We dubbed Rudy the “Chief Break Officer” of our house because he always reminds us to take break and spend time playing. And even at 13 years old, Mickey still loves to go on walks and manages to balance them with about 20 hours of napping per day. Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in our work and our goals, but it’s important to remember that we simply can’t do it all. Once in a while, you just need to take a break – go for a walk, enjoy some treats, and take a nap.

Enjoy the little things in life

Whether it’s because of a brand-new bully stick or a squirrel sighting in the yard, we love to see their eyes light up and their tails wagging enthusiastically from side to side. The look of sheer joy on their faces when we say the W-A-L-K word or start packing our bags for a weekend trip to the lake is a gentle daily reminder that life isn’t so bad. Take it from the dogs and excited about the little things in life, at work and at home. Maybe you landed a big account, or just FINALLY reached inbox zero, don’t forget to wag your tail every once in a while!

Fall FOWARD into your career

Fall Forward Into Your Career

 

Fall Forward Into Your Career

September is here, which means the leaves will be changing colors, sweaters will soon be worn, and pumpkin spice-something will appear on just about every menu.

Nights will start to come faster and the air will soon have a distinct crisp to it – the perfect recipe for hunkering down to find a new opportunity. So while you’re cozied up on the couch next to the fireplace drinking something warm, crack open that laptop and get to work on your job search.

But don’t worry… we’re here to help – the JSG blog is full of expert advice from those that really know best – our recruiters. Here are some of our best resources to help you fall forward into your job search and hopefully, a new career:

If you think it’s time for a change…4 Signs it’s Time to Look For a New Job

When you want expert advice…Want to Get Hired Through a Recruiter? Here’s How We Find You

To help you create a stellar resume…4 Non-Negotiables You Must Have on Your Resume

When things aren’t going as planned…This One Thing Is Completely Sabotaging Your Job Search

If it’s been a while…If You Haven’t Interviewed in Awhile, Here’s What You Need to Know

On what not to do during the interview…Avoid These Words in an Interview if You Want to Land the Job

To nail your interview…These are the Most Important Parts of Your Interview

When you want to get what you’re worth…How to Hack Your Job Offer and Get What You’re Really Worth

For all the insider secrets…10 Things Recruiters Wish You Knew