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Spotlight on Dana Belstler

Spotlight On Dana Belstler – 2021

This month was monumental for Dana Belstler, an Account Executive in our Mining, Heavy Industrial, and Manufacturing division. Not only did she secure the coveted AE of the Year Award, she also joined the elite “JSG Circle of Achievement.” To join this exclusive group of Account Executives, you must achieve over $1 million in career cash-in. Dana runs a full desk and has been a tremendous asset to her clients throughout the years. Congratulations Dana, and we look forward to seeing what you accomplish in 2022!

Have staffing needs in the Mining, Heavy Industrial, & Manufacturing space? Or are you looking for a new position in one of those industries? Contact Dana today! With a proven track record like this, you can rest assured she will help you accomplish your career goals.


Happy Thanksgiving from JSG’s Leadership Team

This Thanksgiving, our leadership wanted to take some time to acknowledge those that make it possible for us to do the work we love.

To our JSG Partners,

This past year has been extremely challenging for everyone, and I am sure the pandemic has impacted each and every one of you in some way. Through a combined effort with our partners, we have worked tenaciously to create a safe, healthy, and productive work environment throughout this past year. Nothing we accomplished this year would have been achievable without the dedication, loyalty, and enthusiasm of each of our contractors, candidates, and clients.

Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful and count our blessings. We are grateful for your partnerships, flexibility, and hard work.

We wish you and your family a fun, happy, and healthy holiday.


Ken Slater, Executive Vice President at JSG

Dale Slater, CEO & Co-Founder of JSG

As the holiday season approaches,

I reflect on this last year. The team here at Johnson Search Group has gotten up every morning and come to work with the attitude that says, “I will make a difference in someone’s life today.” They have worked tirelessly to understand the needs of their clients and develop strong relationships with their candidates, who have put their trust in them to effect a positive change in their careers, family, and lives. It makes me realize how thankful I am for this team.

I want to wish my team, our clients, and candidates a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving.

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President at Johnson Search Group

JSG Teammates

Meet The Newest JSG Teammates

Our team at Johnson Search Group continues to grow as we help our clients navigate this challenging labor market. We wanted to take a few moments to introduce our newest teammates and share a few fun facts about each of them!

If you’re looking for your next career opportunity or if your hiring team needs help sourcing talent in this competitive market, please reach out to one of our newest teammates!

George Hamel – Banking Recruiter

Territory: Pacific Northwest

Fun facts:

  • I used to work on a daytime talk show called Windy City Live!
  • I did hair and makeup for the movie Boone (filmed in the garland district of Spokane)
  • I am loving my new adventure as a recruiter with JSG
Connect with George on LinkedIn!

Taylor Caitlyn Clark – Banking Recruiter

Territory: Texas

Fun Facts:

  • I have one cat right now and she is about 4 months old. Her name is Dr. Addison Montgomery Clark. I like to name my cats after TV show doctors. For example, my last cat was a grey tabby, so I named her Dr. Merideth Grey. My cat before that was very antisocial with anyone that wasn’t me, so his name was Dr. Sheldon Cooper. I’m thinking my next cat will be Dr. Spencer Reed.
  • I do like trying new coffee places, but I am mostly just very passionate about my favorite place – Mug Shots. They make (in my humble opinion) the very best coffee in town.
  • My kids are my whole world. My daughter Quinn is 10, and started 5th grade this year. She is full of sass, curiosity, independence, and adventure! Declan, my son, will be 8 on the 25th of this month. He started 2nd grade this year. He is very pensive, funny, and persistent. They have both been absolute saints throughout the chaos of the last few years, and I am incredibly proud of them both!
Connect with Taylor on LinkedIn!

Shaun Coyle – Healthcare Recruiter

Territory: Southeast

Fun Facts:

  • I have 2 daughters
  • I like to hunt and bass fish in the great Pacific Northwest
  • I like watching sports
Connect with Shaun on LinkedIn!

Faron Fry – Mining & Heavy Industrial Recruiter

Territory: West Coast

Fun Facts:

  • I have over 100 acres in Idaho that I like to play on with my family and ATV’s
  • I enjoy hunting for crystals and garnets in the mountains of Idaho
  • My son is busy with boxing, my daughter loves all bugs and animals, and my husband is a talented glass artist
Connect with Faron on LinkedIn!
Job Market Insights From An Industry Expert

Job Market Insights From An Industry Expert

Today we’re speaking with Krista Portolesi, Division Lead for Johnson Search Group’s Banking and Finance Team. She has experience working with banks both big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest. Krista is also a two-time winner of our coveted Account Executive of the Year Award and the latest to earn our “Circle of Achievement Award” for one million dollars of career cash-in. Krista gives us some insights into the current job market and what we can expect throughout the rest of 2021.

Your accomplishments are impressive! What do you think has contributed to your success in recruiting over the years?

I’ve really established myself in the financial services industry, so I’ve built up my client base as well as my network of talent, so it’s been a great balance. Many of my clients are motivated to hire, so they have a great hiring process and will move quickly to secure top talent. The tools we use at JSG to find the best candidates have certainly contributed to my success in identifying the right people for the critical positions I fill.

What are you hearing from hiring managers regarding their hiring plans for this year?

A lot of hiring managers are optimistic about the job market in 2021 and that hiring is not slowing down. Some trends I am seeing are an increase in contract work to help carry the workload. Whether it’s a long-term IT project, a short term mortgage contract to help with the influx of loans, or even a contract to hire position in the accounting department, we can help!

What skills do you think hiring managers will be prioritizing in 2021?

Since most employees are still working remotely, they’re looking for self-starters, good communicators, someone who works efficiently and collaboratively. Adaptability will be huge for 2021. We anticipate some will go back in-office once things start to open up again.

Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group, Perry Paden, shared, “Krista started in October of 2016 and is one of the most dedicated recruiters that I have had the pleasure of working with throughout my 35 years in the staffing industry. Krista’s thirst for knowledge, market savvy, and dedication to her clients and candidates go above and beyond what they expect. Krista has worked hard to balance home life with work life, and she has certainly achieved that. Congratulations, Krista, and I look forward to 2021 and beyond.”

Want more information on working with Krista or Johnson Search Group for your next critical hire? Contact us today, and let’s start a conversation about how we can help build your future.

A Few Words Of Encouragement From JSG’s CEO, Dale Slater

Dale Slater, Founder & CEO of Johnson Service Group, wanted to take a few moments to reflect his gratitude to our entire staff and share a message of support during this challenging time.

A Message From CEO Dale Slater

“I would like to thank all employees of the JSG family for what you have done and continue to do to weather this crisis and to help our company cope with this situation. Our IT staff worked diligently and continues to do so, to ensure each and every employee has the ability to work remotely in the safest manner possible. Each of our offices has shifted to working remotely seamlessly.

All of their efforts have enabled our employees hours to be transferred to the accounting department accurately and timely each week to make sure payroll and billing can be done as usual. Over the past month, our day-to-day business has continued. The sales staff has been proactive in keeping in touch with their clients, and the recruiters are actively staying in touch with their candidates. I commend each and every one of our employees for their dedication and hard work.

As always, JSG’s main concern is for the well being of all of its staff and their families. We encourage everyone to abide by the safeguards set in place by the State and local municipalities you live in. As States begin to open, each area will be handled on an individual basis, but be assured that the well-being and safety of all is paramount, and every company-wide decision will be made with that in mind.

The global coronavirus has had an enormous effect on every one of us. It has been life-changing, and we all have had to manage our work and private lives like never before. No one knows how long it will take to get back to what we considered normal, but if we continue to take the necessary steps that we are committed to, I am convinced that we will come out of this a stronger and better company.”

Dale W. Slater, Founder & CEO of Johnson Service Group, Inc.

The Team Behind The Talent - Introducing JSG's Newest Employees

The Team Behind The Talent


Dear Santa: Our 2019 Christmas List

Dear Santa,

Wow, can you believe it’s already that time of year again? It’s been almost a year since we last wrote to you, and we are so grateful for everything you brought us! We had great success in 2019 and celebrated several milestones, like our 35 anniversary and receiving three more SIA awards (thanks, Santa!). Our team is continuing to grow, and we are having a lot of fun filling our clients’ critical positions with talented candidates. This year, we have a few more requests for you. But don’t worry, we’ve been (mostly) good this year! So if you’re reading this, here is what’s on Johnson Search Group’s Christmas list for 2020.

Perry Paden – Senior Vice President

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas this year is the opportunity for our team to make a significant impact on our client’s organizations in 2020. We would all be grateful for the opportunity to help our clients fill their critical positions and for the labor market to remain strong in the New Year. If you could do that for us Santa, that would be fantastic!

Dana Belstler – Director of Sales

Dear Santa,

I have been waiting all year to write you another letter and am so excited that the time is finally here! I want to say thank you for making my wish from Christmas 2018 come true!

The relationships built, the successful “matchmaking” between clients and candidates, and the 10 pounds I lost have made me very happy! This year, I would like to ask for continued prosperity for all and a mild winter. Please.

Shahna Jacks – Administrative Assistant

Dear Santa,

What I really want for Christmas this year is for our hard-working contractors to remember to turn in their timesheets on time each week. I would also really enjoy the gift of patience during our home remodel next year. Thanks, Santa!

Jeremy Johnson – Mining & Heavy Industrial Recruiter

I really want the mining industry to experience more growth and success in 2020. We are very dependent on the resources and raw materials produced by mining. Without the men and women of mining, we would not be able to enjoy our current standard of living and technological advancements. Oh, and I would love to be able to spend more time on the lake with my friends and family. If you could do that Santa, I would greatly appreciate it!

Alex Price – Mining & Heavy Industrial Recruiter

Last year, I asked for a new client with a lightning-fast hiring process, and I received several (thanks, Santa!) This year, I am asking for a retained fee as fat as your belly. Oh, and for the Seahawks to win the Superbowl. If you can bring me this, I promise to be so good in 2020!

Tracy Isakson – Banking Recruiter

Last year, I asked for a strong U.S. banking market, and my wish came true! Thanks, Santa! This year, I wish for the ability to find all the right candidates for all my positions in 2020. 

Krista Portolesi – Banking Recruiter

Santa, I would love the opportunity to help more institutions with their contract/temp job openings. I’ve been given the opportunity to recruit so many great candidates on a contract basis and would really enjoy making an impact on another institution next year.

On a personal note, I would very much enjoy a spa day and a full night’s sleep. I’m thankful for all of the great people I’ve worked with this year and looking forward to working with new folks next year!

Stephanie Brown – Healthcare Recruiter

Dearest Santa,

As we approach this next year, where so many blessings have already been given in 2019, I don’t know what this girl could ask for other than a few simple things: First and foremost, I wish for happy and healthy children and to have much laughter in 2020 with those I love! I hope next year I can continue to build great relationships within the healthcare industry. I want the opportunity to return the favor of my daughter being cancer-free for 10 years now! Without every single one of them, who knows where we would be, and I shall forever feel gratitude. I also wish more than anything to bring top talent to Western Washington as my heart is in the water there with my grandparents.

Sending you much love and blessings. Cheers, Santa!

Christian Southerland – Healthcare Recruiter

Create great relationships with clients and to make 2020 a great year for myself, family, and Johnson Search Group.

Patrice MacMillan – Director of Marketing

Dear Santa,

All I want for Christmas is a viral blog post. That way, everyone can see how effective we are at placing incredible candidates at successful companies! Oh, and I wouldn’t mind a trip to a tropical location. Winters in the Northwest are COLD!

Matthew Bennett – Digital Marketing Manager

Hey Big Guy,

What I really want for Christmas is for the engagement of our monthly newsletters to keep growing. Is that so much to ask, Santa? After all, there’s some great stuff in there! Industry trends, exclusive job opportunities… the list goes on and on (much like your list!) If you could encourage our clients and candidates to open up our newsletter, I would be forever grateful! Also, I would enjoy a few more days at our family cabin this summer. Thank you, Santa!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from us to you!

Thank you to all of our clients and candidates for making 2019 such a year of success. We had a lot of fun this year, and we look forward to working with you all in 2020. Santa, we know some of these items won’t exactly fit in your bag, but since we’ve been so good this year, please see if you can squeeze them into your sleigh.

From all of us at Johnson Search Group, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

JSG Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from Johnson Search Group!

This year, everyone here at Johnson Search Group has a lot to be thankful for. Our clients, our candidates, our friends and family, and a strong labor market, just to name a few. 2019 was a fantastic year filled with milestones, such as celebrating our 35th anniversary and being named to three more Staffing Industry Analysts (SIA) awards.

Thank you for partnering with Johnson Search Group

All of these accomplishments couldn’t have been possible without the support of our clients across the United States. We thank you for partnering with Johnson Search Group and trusting us to fill your critical roles. The labor market is holding strong in the last quarter of the year, and 2020’s job market is going to pick up right where 2019’s left – tight. We look forward to continuing our partnerships and bringing you the best candidates on the market.

We would also like to express our gratitude to our talented candidates. Thank you for trusting Johnson Search Group and our recruiting team to help you find the next step in your career.

Our team wanted to take a few minutes out of their busy schedules to share what they are grateful for this year.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Johnson Search Group! We hope you have a fun and safe Thanksgiving and holiday season.

Dana Belstler

Introducing Johnson Search Group’s Director of Sales, Dana Belstler

While Dana Belstler may be a familiar face to those of you who have been following Johnson Search Group for a while, we are incredibly proud to announce that she will be taking on some additional responsibilities as our new Director of Sales! We sat down with Dana to learn more about her new role and what’s next for JSG.

How are you going to balance your time as Director of Sales and Executive Mining Recruiter?

That is a great question! I will be busy – incredibly busy – but I am so ready for the challenge. I have the best clients out there (in my humble opinion), and I also have the honor of leading the best Account Executives in the industry. My team just got larger – along with my responsibilities – but nothing else has changed. Focus, strategy, planning, and time management will be my best friends in this new chapter of my life! Did I mention that I am so ready?

What’s your vision for continuing growth for Johnson Search Group?

LOL! I laugh because if I give an answer, it will be considered a commitment to producing those results! I do have some thoughts, but they are currently evolving – and they are top secret! What I will say is that a significant portion of the secret lies in the answer to the first question! Stay tuned and continue to follow us on LinkedIn and our website as the secret vision unfolds… (cue in, the top-secret sinister laugh – heh, heh, heh)

What is the most exciting part of this new role and responsibilities?

Finally! An easy question! The answer is OUR TEAM! I couldn’t be prouder and happier to be leading such an incredible team and working with them to take Johnson Search Group to the next level. They make coming to work so much fun!

Congratulations Dana on your Promotion AND GRIT Award!

We Simply Get People Hired

We Simply Get People Hired

When we talk about what we do as recruiters, we simply get people hired. The same way your cell phone is simply purchased and used to make a phone call. It’s a straightforward concept, but there’s a reason why only a handful of firms continue to emerge as the best of the best. According to the American Staffing Association, there are 20,000 staffing companies in the U.S. with combined 39,000 offices.

A lot is going on behind the scenes. When you partner with a recruiter at Johnson Search Group, you’re getting the technical expertise and refined processes tailored to fit your specific needs. We design our process to get you the skillset, attributes, and candidate experience to help you meet your hiring goals.

Take a look at the numbers

Over the last 35 years, JSG has consistently been named to several prestigious industry lists, including SIA’s Fastest Growing, Largest Firms (in the U.S. and Canada), and notably this year, the 13th Largest Engineering Staffing Firm in the U.S.

I work with a very passionate group. We are committed to doing what it takes to bring the talent our clients need. Currently, JSG has over 4,000 hires in the last year. However, we represent only 0.1% of the offices in the country; operating only around 40 of the 39,0000 staffing offices here in the states. These numbers show our dedication to staffing and recruiting only the best for our candidates and clients.

We work to provide quality over quantity

If you don’t want a better and faster hiring process, we might not be the best recruiting firm for you. Or if you are looking to comb through 100s of resumes on one position, again, we might not be the best fit.

We work diligently to do the work behind the scenes. We thoroughly vet candidates to fit your requirements and present to you the best possible talent on the market. So as far as it pertains to your next hire, if you partner with JSG, all you need to know is we simply get people hired.

We want to do the hard work so that you can meet your hiring and production goals. Reach out to one of our experts in your industry today; let’s work together to get your team the talent you need to head into 2020 confidently.