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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!

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!

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

 

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!

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.

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.

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!