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Merry Christmas

Dear Santa, Our Recruiters Have Some Requests

Merry Christmas

Dear Santa,

It’s been almost a year since we last sent you our Christmas list here at Johnson Search Group. And we were so pleased with what you brought us last year that we had to write another list this year!

This year, we were able to place tons of candidates with great companies and continue to grow Johnson Search Group. We broke records, started new marketing campaigns, and added a few new faces to our growing team. 2018 was filled with great ups and some downs, but as we get closer to the holiday’s, we’re getting very excited to see what you bring us. Because to be honest, we’ve been even better this year! So, if you’re able to bring us some Christmas cheer, here is our list.

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President of Johnson Search Group

Dear Santa,

There is one thing I would like you to bring to our office this Christmas. If you can bring everyone the realization that they can reach their full potential in 2019 that would be fantastic!

Mining’s Christmas List

Dana Belstler, Manager:

Dear Santa,

This year for Christmas I would like to ask for a prosperous year for all! Especially, all of us here at Johnson Search Group who I see every day working hard to hit their goals, and help their clients find the perfect candidates. I’d also like to continue meeting and working with the great people in the Mining industry!

Ken Heller, Account Executive:

Has it been a year already? Wow. First, let me thank you for kindly bringing me what I asked for last year. Over the last 12 months, I’ve been able to build some fantastic relationships with Mining industry leaders that I value greatly. This year, I’d simply ask to grow those relationships and add new ones.

Merry Christmas!

Alex Price, Team Lead – Mining:

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year I want a new client with a lightning fast hiring process and the Seahawks to win the Superbowl. If you can bring me this, I promise to be so good in 2019!

Thanks, Santa!

Nick Crider, Account Executive:

Dear Santa,

For Christmas this year, since I really was so good, I would like the perfect candidates for all my job orders in order to win an awesome trip for reaching my annual goal! Also, a great head coach for my Green Bay Packers would be ideal (because they need to start winning some games)!

Thanks, Buddy!

Jeremy Johnson, Account Executive:

A bigger toolbox for the garage. If they make one with a fingerprint so all my tools are always right where I left them, that would be great! I’m kind of leaning toward a framed in piece down the center aisle that the drawers can open to either side. So, if you can swing that Santa, I’d really appreciate it! From a work standpoint, I’d like to have the chance to make impacting hires. Seeing people I placed getting active online and enjoying their new career is always rewarding.

Banking’s Christmas List

Tracy Isakson, Manager

Dear Santa,

I would really like two things for Christmas: the US banking market to continue to do well and banks to continue to hire (especially my candidates). If you can do this for me, I would truly be filled with joy! Have a great Christmas, Santa.

Krista Portolesi, Account Executive

For Christmas this year, I would like to help a new financial institution by placing top talent in their organization, a full night sleep, rock-hard abs, and a new immune system that works. All jokes aside, I hope each and every person I’ve spoken to this year has a great Holiday with their loved ones. Cheers to 2019! And thanks for everything, Santa!

Healthcare’s Christmas List

Tracey Smith, Manager

Dear Santa,

If you could provide two more hours each day, my clients would be forever grateful! With the current employment market, our hiring managers keep telling me if they had two more hours in each day, they would be able to work in the time to interview more of my candidates. I always try to provide everything my clients want, even if it means working miracles. And I know you do that! Thanks for your help, Santa.

Michelle Smith, Account Executive

Dear Santa,

If you could send me new clients that would be happy to have great candidates I am currently working with, I would be ecstatic to help add to their teams! Oh, and if you could maybe fit a new horse in your Santa bag, I would greatly appreciate that! Thanks, Santa!

RaChelle Pederson, Account Executive

Dear Santa,

Since I have been a perfect angel all year, I would greatly appreciate it if everyone I contact would be excited to hear from me and realize the value I bring to their company. I also wish that each one had a job order they wanted me to fill immediately and understand the heart and dedication I put into placing quality candidates for their organization. I do not want to be greedy, but I would loooooooove when given job orders, that the perfect resume would pop up in my email instantly! However, what I wish for the most is everyone will have their best Christmas ever!

Merry Christmas from Johnson Search Group!

Santa, we know some of these may be hard to fit in your bag, (especially, the Seahawks winning the Superbowl…) But! You haven’t failed us yet, and with us all working so hard this year, we know you won’t leave us hanging. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and we can’t wait to see all the amazing goodies you bring us and everyone else this year!

Dear Santa Christmas Wish List From Our Recruiters

Dear Santa: A Christmas Wish List From Our Recruiters

Dear Santa,

We here at JSG have been very good this year. We’ve placed hundreds of candidates with dozens of great companies, and accomplished milestones and broke records along the way. We didn’t eat (too many) sweets, and we only teased each other during meetings a few times (a week.) There are a few things we want to ask for this Holiday season, and we so hope that you’ll deliver! (We’ll even save you some cookies from our Christmas party!)

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President:

Alex Price – A complete case of Rolling Rock (his favorite beer)

Jeremy Johnson – A frown so he does not smile so much

Dana Belstler – A new cooking set so that her husband will cook more food for the office!

Kenneth Heller – A 24 hour radio station that only plays Shakira

Krista Portolesi – A mini fridge for all her snacks

Mike Muglia – Another saying other than “alright, alright, alright”

Tracy Isakson – 11 lords a’ leaping (or kids in Tracy’s case)

Dallas Williams – An abundance of Halloween decorations to make his haunted house ever better

James Borders – More Filipino food from his mother so he can share!

Tracey Smith – A watch that yells “shut-up” 5 minutes into a conversation

Dana Belstler, Team Lead – Mining:

Dear Santa,

I have been so good this year and I would like to ask for the perfect candidate, also known as a “Unicorn.” I don’t need one with a horn, but rather the following: Must be degreed, have a P.E., EIT, have ITIL and MSHA certification (I would really like one with part 46, 47, 50, 56 and 57 certification) and have in-depth knowledge of ERP, VPN and HRIS systems. They need to be multilingual and have experience with pretty much every material, ever mined on planet Earth. I forgot to mention I would like an MBA with that PE and EIT. Santa, I know that this Unicorn is really, really expensive, but I have confidence that you and your team can find me one! Oh! One more thing! I need it to be programmed to say, “Yes, I will relocate anywhere,” “I have 5-10 years’ experience,” and “$52K?  Sign me up!.” Thank you, Santa! I can’t wait to unwrap my Unicorn.

Alex Price, Account Executive – Mining:

Dear Santa,

I want exactly what Dana wants, and a Red Ryder BB gun. 😊

Tracy Isakson, Team Lead – Banking:

My wish list is extensive. Can you please send me candidates that are a perfect fit for all the job orders I will receive in 2018?  That way, I only have to make 1 call and they will get hired. And world peace.

James Borders, Account Executive – Healthcare:

Dear Santa,

Other than diapers for my son that’s on his way in January, all I want for Christmas is to be connected with great clients in the Midwest, given endless job orders and bringing them the best of the best candidates, gaining some mutual success for 2018. I’ve been a good boy, for the most part.

Mike Muglia, Account Executive – Banking:

St. Nick, if you could fill my stocking with a list of Hiring Managers that will pick up the phone on the first call and give me a job order that needs to be filled immediately, because every other recruiter they have talked to is on the “Naughty List,” therefore they only want to work with me… It would be the best Christmas EVER!!!

Dallas Williams, Account Executive – Healthcare:

It has been many, many years since I wrote to you, I hope you remember me!

I am sitting at my desk thinking of things I would like for this Christmas (oops, wait a minute. I must break away, I have a Candidate calling me) okay, I’m back.

So, here are a couple things:

As a Recruiter in the Healthcare industry,  I wish that, when I leave a voicemail about a fantastic talented candidate with a Hiring Manager, or a fantastic opportunity with a fantastic facility on a possible candidate’s voicemail, I get a return phone call (no, I’m not selling timeshares).

I wish that I could thank the Doctor (again) who saved my Daughter’s life in 1992 when she was seven (okay, so I’m kind of old) for two beautiful grandchildren that I now have (because he was recruited from a facility in Colorado to Spokane) as he was the only Doctor in the area that had ever seen or treated what she was ill with (oops, wait a minute. I must break away again, I have a Client calling me).

Okay, I’m back again, (sorry, that was just another one of the 100+ calls I make or receive daily, between the 300+ emails) so my final wish is that everyone has a great Christmas and Holiday Season (yes, even those that miss spending it with their families because Health-care is a 24/7 industry), and that we all take a little time to spend with the ones we love and that we smile just a little bit more so we can pass that smile on to those that may just need to see one, to get them through the day.

Krista Portolesi, Account Executive – Banking:

Dear Santa,

This Christmas, I wish to be more engaged with my LinkedIn connections come 2018. I want to be effective in what I write, innovative with my words and bring value (and a little bit of humor!) to the folks in the Banking and Finance industry. Also, I want all my clients and/or potential clients to remember that as they think about their Christmas list this year… I don’t know what else you could possibly wish for when you have ME! 😊

Jeremy Johnson, Account Executive – Mining:

Dear Santa,

What I want for Christmas most is eggnog. I love this time of year. Of course, quick feedback would be great as well. I’m trying to help my companies out, help me refine my search, let me know what you thought about candidates, so I can do a better job for you, and then eggnog!

Youssef Alonzo, Account Executive – Banking:

Dear Santa,

My Christmas wish is to hire a Technical Helpdesk Specialist that is also ready to fix my home laptop almost each week! And on top of that, I’d like to wish all my family and friends a joyful holiday time!

Ken Heller, Account Executive – Mining:

Dear Santa,

My wish is for clients to know that recruiting is more than just a job of placing candidates. It’s about building relationships.

Tracey Smith, Manager – Healthcare:

Dear Santa,

I am a Manager for Johnson Search Group, but then again, you probably already knew that. I have been very blessed this year as I have been promoted twice, and am the “Account Executive Of The Year” for the second year in a row. I have tried to be really good, and I have helped make a huge impact into rural communities recruiting for hospitals, which is a gift all of its own for me; However, I do still have three items on my wish list this year. I know none of these are things you can bring down the chimney or put under the tree, but actually, that may be an advantage to you in the additional weight on the sleigh category.

The first is good health and happiness for my family, as we have had a number of unusual things come up this year. Although I must add that this has given me an even better insight and appreciation for the inner workings of a hospital, it has presented many challenges and we are looking for a happy and healthy 2018.

The second is giving my hospitals a better process to hire. Many take freaking forever to interview and make a decision! I sell the hell (sorry for the language) out of the hospital and the location, but then a candidate can lose heart and hope and take a job somewhere else instead.

The third and final thing, can you do something about HR departments or Administrators that do not return calls, please? I have great relationships with many hiring managers who want my help, but when I have to call HR to get agreements signed, get job orders, get feedback on interviews, get salary ranges etc., they often just ignore the call. I think they believe we are just ‘salespeople’ so they don’t want to talk to a salesperson, but it’s part of their job to get open positions filled. If they don’t have time or don’t have the network I do, they will have a ton less turnover and burnout if they just return a phone call! I can, and do, fill open jobs for my clients, maybe the gift would be give the hospital bottlenecks (whether it is HR or Administration), a clear vision of my abilities and the great work we do?

I know these are somewhat unusual requests but anything you can do would be most appreciated.

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

The Holidays Are The Best Time To Find a New Job – Here’s Why

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. There’s Christmas music wafting through the shops, tons of yummy comfort food crossing family tables, and busier schedules than most people can manage. It can be tempting to push your job search off until the new year, but trust us when we say that is a huge mistake! There are so many reasons November and December are actually the perfect time to find a new job, so read on to get a jump start and land that next step in your career.

  1. Companies are hiring.

Many departments have annual budgets that they need to use before the end of the year. That means they may be making a push to hire during November and December. For many companies and industries, this is also a slow time in production, allowing them to focus on the year ahead and growth.

  1. Competition is less intense.

Other job seekers who don’t follow JSG or read our awesome blogs lay off the job search this time. Lucky for you, because in this candidate-driven market, the competition for top positions can be fierce. Keeping up with your search during this busy time will give you a leg up when it comes to landing that dream job.

  1. Who wants to be unhappy during the holidays?

Why are you open to a new position in the first place? For most candidates, it’s because they’re unhappy in their current role. Maybe you’re overloaded with tasks, or you don’t get along with your boss, or you’re not feeling challenged enough. No matter the reason, you know that there are better opportunities out there, so go after them! If you land a new position during the holidays that is more closely aligned with your vision or values, it will be easier to actually relax and enjoy the season.

  1. It can be easier to take time off.

As mentioned before, for many industries, things slow down a bit this time of year. Many companies take a few extra days off to celebrate, and even if yours doesn’t, it’s a great time to use a couple personal days to hit the job search (and the Christmas cookies) extra hard.

  1. It’s the best way to start the new year off on the right foot.

“New year, new me!” Around 40% of Americans make New Years Resolutions, but only 8% of those people follow through on them. So instead of waiting until the new year to do something good for yourself, start now. That way, you can check off three resolutions: find a new job, be more productive, AND be happier all in one fell swoop, all before Christmas!

JSG Holiday Traditions

JSG Holiday Traditions

JSG Holiday Traditions

We love the holidays here at JSG. The extra cheer in our client’s voices, the promise of the new year, (and of course the pumpkin pie!) This year we are starting a few office traditions centered around giving back to our community. We plan to go caroling in local neighborhoods to spread some Christmas Cheer with our friends from the Arc of Spokane Community Center. We’ve also decided to start an office gift exchange with a charitable twist – buy a toy you think your coworker would have loved when they were a kid and we’ll donate them to Toys For Tots!

Now, we know that every office and family has Holiday traditions of their own (You can read some of our individual traditions below!) – and we encourage you to share some of yours! Tag us on social media or shoot us an email to join in the Holiday spirit!

Tracy Isakson, Banking Team Lead:

One of our favorite things to do during Christmas is going to the “Christmas Tree Elegance” at the Davenport hotel. My kids get to see some of the most beautiful tree’s and they get to see all the “stuff” that organizations put into their tree.  The kids like to dream and wish for their favorite tree and we get them each a few tickets to try to win the tree.  We put their name on it as well, so they would know if they won the tree.  And how could you not love the davenport.  One of the most beautiful old hotels in the nation as a backdrop to the amazing trees.  Just makes for a very fun day with the family downtown.

Tracey Smith, Healthcare Team Lead:

It is all about family. We plan everything around our family and who can be here for what. We also buy an ornament for our tree every year that is a memento of that year. This year it is a Starbucks Mini French coffee press ornament as it represents many long but enjoyable days!

Mike Muglia, Account Executive – Banking, Southwest:

So our family’s tradition is that starting 4 Sundays before Christmas we take out a little wooden crib that we built that looks like an animal feeding trough and put it somewhere in the front room with a bag of straw next to it.  Then as the days pass every time someone does something kind for each other, or kids listen the first time, or perhaps do extra chores without being asked, or helps a stranger……we put a piece of straw in the crib.  The goal is to make a nice comfortable bed for the Baby Jesus on His Birthday.  On Christmas Eve while the kids are asleep “The Angels” come and decorate the space and replaces the empty crib with a bigger and very real looking Baby Jesus Doll – and sometimes a special little gift for the family!

Jessica Sems, Account Executive – Healthcare, Southeast:

We never had traditions growing up, so I want to start making my own traditions. One tradition I want to start is having my brothers come to town and celebrate it with me every year because that is all we had growing up is each other. We will always give each other something we need never something on our want list. The essentials. I want them to know the importance of having stuff we need versus stuff we want.

Dana Belster, Team Lead – Mining:

In this busy world, seeing family is sometimes difficult.  Our house has always been the center point, where everyone comes for Christmas dinner. It is a lot of work, but it builds memories, creates bonds and is fun.  Clean up the next day, not so much!

Mary DuBoyce, Account Executive – Healthcare, Midatlantic:

We make an angel food cake and sing Happy Birthday to Jesus at midnight, and every Christmas Eve we open one gift. (It’s always new pajamas!)

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President:

Being the youngest of 5 kids rarely had its good side growing up on the farm. But at Christmas, it certainly had its advantages. Mom would spend 2 days cooking everything from scratch and because I was the youngest, I got to be the taste tester. Everything from the chocolate pudding for pie, the sugar cookies, and the leftover homemade pie crust baked in the oven with butter and cinnamon. My brothers and sisters never complained because there was always plenty to go around. Those are just some of the traditions I got to do growing up. I passed those rich traditions on to my children in hopes of keeping that little twinkle in our eye and the spirit of Christmas alive!

Patrice Sutton, Social Media Manager:

Every year, my family goes to Whitefish Lake Golf Course on Christmas Eve – and it is totally magical! There’s usually a ton of snow in Montana and the dimly lit lodge filled with Christmas Trees and fireplace warmth is the perfect thing to get me in the Christmas spirit!