Balance: How Work-Life Balance is Crucial to Your Career’s Success

When it comes to your work-life balance it’s about juggling all your responsibilities in just 24 hours, every day. And it can be difficult trying to manage your time between family, work, friends, and of course, you. But balancing your work and life is a crucial part of you having a successful career.

Ways to instill work-life balance effectively

Something that is super important in becoming successful with your career and at home, is balancing your responsibilities. You can do this by making sure you’re doing things you enjoy. Whether that means enjoying your job or having fun outside of work. It can help balance you out when one of those two things are stressful or vice-versa.

Also, make sure you’re with a good company that respects you and your home life. This is key to any working relationship. When you feel appreciated and cared for, you come into work knowing what you have to do that day, as well as knowing it will not be coming home with you.

When you interview for a job, you’re also interviewing the employer to see if they are the right fit for you! You get to choose who you share your talents with (especially, with the candidate-driven market we are in). And you want to make sure it’s a company that respects and knows the difference between your family time and work time.

By taking initiative upfront, it will be easier to focus on your work-life balance and help you understand the importance of it. Without that balance, your work production and health could suffer due to unnecessary stress. Which no one wants to deal with when you’re just trying to enjoy your life and career.

How to ensure you have a good Work-Life Balance

With these simple steps, you can make sure you’re taking steps to de-stress and unplug from work and life stresses.

Workout and eat healthily – whether that is going for a walk 3-4 times a week or going to the gym. Make sure you’re taking care of your physical health. Giving yourself that time to work on improving your health will only help you feel better about yourself and accomplish more in your day to day duties.

Hobbies – Reminding yourself of the importance of doing things other than work and house chores keeps you happy and excited for what the next day brings. Having different hobbies helps you relax and take that time you need to debrief from life and work. Because de-stressing and doing the things you love to do ‘just because’ will help you stay healthy and happy. Which only keeps you more productive in the office and life.

Un-Plug from work and technology – With work and technology being so hand-in-hand nowadays, it makes it hard to truly leave work… at work. But it’s important to remember that work will always be there tomorrow. Your loved ones, friends, that age your child is today, is and will always be changing. Make sure you’re spending that time with them. Enjoying every stage of life, because one day you won’t be able to.

Your work-life balance will determine your career and life successes, so make sure you take the time to focus on each role and balance them accordingly.

“As far as I know, you only get one shot at this life. It only goes around once and time is precious. When (your) not working, you’d better spend that time with someone important.”Benjamin Bratt


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 One Degree Of Difference For JSG – Tracey Smith, BAS, MHS

At the beginning of this year, we chose our company theme to be “The One Degree Of Difference.” Originally inspired by a book by Sam Parker, we embraced this phrase and applied it to all aspects of our business. And as we rounded out our third quarter and started to reflect on this year, one employee exceptionally embodied this theme and demonstrated leadership, perseverance, and dedication. On top of numerous awards and an incredibly successful growth year, Tracey Smith has been promoted to the Manager of our Healthcare division. Tracey joined our company with virtually no experience in recruiting, but her Account Management experience, commitment to superior customer service, and outgoing personality allowed her to experience success early on and she hasn’t slowed down since. We wanted to share a little bit more about her journey with you, so we asked her a few questions about her work, passion, and drive.

Your career track has been pretty impressive. You’ve won numerous awards, been promoted to Team Lead and now you’ve been promoted to Manager. How do you think your reputation and drive have changed along the way?  

I have been able to increase the level of relationships with my co-workers, clients, and candidates. The trust that comes with that I take very seriously.

Leading up to your promotion what was the most challenging part of your job?

Trying to provide the ‘first place’ position to every client. That will always be the biggest challenge.

Now that you’ve been promoted, what do you think will be the most challenging part?

Trying to carve out a little more time each day to make certain that I am able to continue to mentor and train, while also getting to the next level of personal success with my own clients and region.

What is on your wish list for your future with JSG?

Seeing all the teams grow to serve the needs of each state.

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

Making sure I have downtime with family and scheduled date days with my husband.

What is your favorite part of working for JSG?

Definitely the people. The unique team-centered approach at Johnson Search Group is the most supportive and encouraging for any sales environment possible. Every win is celebrated.

Team member Mike Muglia shared the effect that Tracey has had on his career:

“Tracey has shown me that bringing yourself to the game, and inserting it into the process brings enormous success.  I have always allowed myself to be vulnerable by stepping outside the box and going the extra mile. I would have to say that Tracey has impacted my career by watching her go the extra mile without changing the process, but instead embracing the basics and then providing outstanding client and candidate service. She is smart, daring and genuine which is unique to our industry and priceless to me!”

From Softball To Storytelling, This Is Why We Love Our Leadership Team

Here at Johnson Search Group, we have three team leads (one for each team) that set the stage for our success. Not only are they great at their jobs, they are wonderful people who truly care about making a difference in your organization or in your career. Their dedication and commitment is truly inspiring – and their team members had a few things they wanted to share about Tracey Smith, Tracy Isakson, and Dana Belstler:

“My fondest memory of Tracy might have to be seeing him coach our office softball team. Not only are his leadership skills great in the workplace, but they’re great on the field. And it’s also given me the opportunity to see him biff it a few times.” – Krista Portolesi

“The most important thing Tracey has taught me is to just be yourself – it’s the best way to find success.” – Jessica Sems

“What I like most about working with Dana is that she is always willing to help, answer questions, and help edit documents before I send them out, she is a great writer and has great advice!” – Alex Price

Tracy’s responsiveness to his banking team is what inspires me to work at JSG with him. Anytime I need advice or start to question myself he always comes up with a solution. Sometimes I think he has more confidence in me than I have in myself.” – Krista Portolesi

Tracey brings a true heartfelt passion to the Healthcare team. She truly provides that added value and extra step whether it’s working with our clients, candidates, or fellow team members.” – Dallas Williams

“The most important thing that Tracy has taught me is to listen closely to people when they are talking, so we can pick up on what is really important to them.” – Mike Muglia

Tracey has truly set the path in following a proven process that is successful and is sincere in sharing that process to help make others successful as well.” – Dallas Williams

“What I like most about working with Tracy is that he knows the banking industry very well and he is great at qualifying candidates to know if it really is a fit for them and the client.” – Mike Muglia

“My favorite memory of Dana is when her ice pack broke open and spilled all over her pants. She laughed it off, didn’t complain, and got right back to work. What a champ!” – Alex Price

Tracey is known for her stories… she literally has a story for everything and anything. Every now and then we will give her a hard time and enforce a “storytelling time limit” because she loves to share so much. But that is one thing I genuinely love and admire about her. I listen to her share her stories with clients and candidates with a purpose that helps bridge the gap between being professional and still true to herself. She truly gives them a unique service built upon her life experiences and it has led to enormous success and lasting relationships.” – Jessica Sems

“In 2017, we decided to live by the mantra, be the one degree of difference. Our team leads have proven themselves to not only be great recruiters but outstanding mentors to their people. Their ability to manage their team through motivation and mentorship while simultaneously running their own desk and still make time for their families is something every leader should strive for.” – Perry Paden

“Anyone who is looking for a great leader should ensure their leaders know the overall purpose and goal of the company or organization. Make sure communication is transparent and you can trust your leader as well. It’s very important that the leader is aware of each individual’s goal and understanding that they play a big part as an effective leader in achieving those goals.” – Krista Portolesi

But don’t just take our word for it! Click below to get to know our 3 team leads and experience their dedication to their job, superb storytelling skills, and commitment to connecting talented people with great companies.

Connect with Tracey Smith, Healthcare Team Lead

Connect with Tracy Isakson, Banking Team Lead

Connect with Dana Belstler, Mining Team Lead

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!

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - In Memory of Many, In Honor of All

What Memorial Day Means to JSG

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - In Memory of Many, In Honor of All

Memorial Day means something different to everyone. Whether you have served, are close with someone who has served, or are simply grateful for those who have served to protect our country, Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember those who have put their lives on the line. To help honor America’s heroes, the staff at JSG is sharing what Memorial Days means to them:

“For me, Memorial Day is a time to remember those who I served with, and all of those who made the supreme sacrifice for our great nation. It is also a time to reflect on the friends and family of those who served, and the sacrifices they made supporting those who felt the call to service.”

Richard Baker, Senior Technical Recruiter – Philadelphia

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Ken Slater

“Memorial Day has always been a big part of my life as far back as I can remember. Before I ever thought of joining the Army, I remember as a child my family going to the cemeteries placing flowers and flags on the headstones of family members and friends that served our nation. This was not a day for BBQ’s and camping but a day of memory. As my life transitioned into that of a Soldier Memorial Day has always been a humbling day of remembrance for not just my family members that served but for all the service members that gave the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. As my service progressed into that of wartime service the sacrifices hit home even more for now I honor not just the past sacrifices but those of my battle buddies who paid the ultimate sacrifice not just for our nation but for my fellow battles and I so we can still be here today. Memorial Day is not a day to feel sorry for them for they gave freely, knowing the sacrifice that they may one day have to give but a day to celebrate the lives of Americas finest citizens, our service members, police, and first responders that paid the ultimate sacrifice for you and me. To all my Battles that went before me, save me a drink at the Fiddlers Green!”

SFC (Retired) Aaron Waseca, Account Executive – Spokane

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“So for me, it’s a day to remember and be grateful for all those who’s ‘check was cashed’ so that I can enjoy all the freedoms that come from living in America.”

Shahna Jacks, Administrative Assistant & Sourcing Specialist – Spokane

What Memorial Days Means to JSG - Tracey Smith

Tracey Smith, Healthcare Practice Lead – Spokane

“Thinking of all those who served our country to protect our freedom during this Memorial Day. Special shout outs to 2 of my boys, Shaun and Matt Eagan, who were deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan defending our freedom.”

Ed Zetusky, Senior Vice President – Philadelphia

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Rob Boyle

“Memorial Day means remembering the loved ones that I have lost over the years, and cherishing the happy memories we shared.”

Carrie Delehanty, Account Executive – Spokane

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Cathy Kennedy

“My dad passed last year and served in the Army. So Memorial Day means to me remembering my dad and those who have served and serve our country.”

Cathy Kennedy, Business Development Manager – San Jose

“Memorial Day reminds me of my grandpa, Daniel Padilla. He proudly served in the United States Army during World War II. Sadly, he passed away this past December at the age of 91. This Memorial Day, my family and I will continue to celebrate and honor him and all of those who served and sacrificed so much for all of us & of course those who continue to do so!”

-Elizabeth Wiss, HR Generalist – Chicago

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Perry Paden

“Memorial Day to my wife Jamie and myself is a day where we honor all military personnel that have died for this great country while serving. Jamie and I like to take some flowers and American Flags and drive around to different cemeteries locating headstones of fallen war hero’s (because we consider any person that gave their life for this country a hero). That hero’s grave site may not be in the best shape and may have been forgotten so we like to try to clean it up, clip the grass and leave either a flower or a flag. It is our hope that if anyone else happens by that this hero is recognized today and appreciated for their sacrifice. We have a family of service men and women and it is a flurry of calls and/or texts thanking each other for their service. Our daughter Taylor Merrion currently serves this great Nation at the National Medical Center in Bethesda Maryland along with her husband Nick Merrion. Taylor has recently received orders to Field Medical School which is a school to prepare her for assignment with the Marine’s as a Hospital Corpsman and the end of her training at Camp Lejeune North Carolina.”

Perry Paden, Senior Vice President – Spokane

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Margaret Kraemer

“…. It’s not only knowing those who passed, but rather what their actions have built….

Sometimes the memories come back: holding a screaming 6-year-old in a bomb shelter, unsure where her father out on reserves is, while pregnant. Then I breathe in the US air, and I remember I am home, and safe…thanks to those who served.

When I came back to the US after living nine years abroad I was scared. Having lived in the Middle East had given me a view of the world that I found few others able to understand. Yet despite my anxiety, our homecoming was a breath of fresh air that I hadn’t realized quite how much I thirsted for. For the first time in years the sight of US soldiers graced me with a sense of calm that I had forgotten existed. My daughter, who had no memories of growing up in the US, was a bit startled when a solider patrolling the airport commented that he liked her bow. Looking back now, I suppose this was the first time it dawned on her that a place can exist where a solider isn’t so paralyzed with trauma they have time to smile… and be nice.

In truth though, the biggest surprise for my daughter to come was not the soldiers themselves, but actually the lack of soldiers. Where we had lived soldiers were everywhere; they patrolled the malls, often the schools and any road. Still today, she often comments about how she hasn’t seen any more soldiers since the airport, and still I tell her “the reason you can’t see the soldiers is because of the soldiers.” To be honest, I can’t say for sure if this idea has really resonated with her yet, but she is learning not to listen for bomb sirens anymore.

Her healing process has begun, one based on constant calm and security protected by those “invisible” soldiers. Every moment I can leave her to sleep, allow her to play in the backyard without panic is due to each step taken by a US solider. Someday she will understand this, but for now it is me who appreciates a lifted weight of worry for my children’s future.

This is what Memorial Day means to me. While I do not know anyone who passed on defending our country, I do know a little girl who can sleep at night for the first time because of them.”

Sarah Grossman, Account/Marketing Coordinator – Armonk

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Jay Kerrigan

“Memorial Day reminds me to be thankful for all who sacrifice for my freedom and show my appreciation to my family, friends, and fellow American’s for their service.”

Melissa Culbert, Corporate Social Media Specialist – Spokane

What Memorial Day Means to JSG - Christopher Willis

And a special congratulations to Christopher Willis, an active service member who is being recognized by the Chris Kyle Frog Foundation for his devoted and unwavering duty to his country.

Leading by Example, Winning by Example

Leading by Example and Winning with Integrity

Leading by Example, Winning by Example

If you’ve ever received a message from me, you’ve seen that my signature carries the phrase, “Leading by Example and Winning with Integrity.” You might wonder, why? Is this a marketing ploy or does this have a place in the business world? Better yet, how can it affect me?

Much more than a marketing ploy, this phrase is an expression of who I am. In the world we live in, we tend to get caught up in “what’s in it for me and how do I get to the top of the heap.” I have always been competitive, and always found myself a natural leader. Early on in my career, I learned that there was a difference between talking a big game and showing up when it matters most. I learned there was a way to be competitive without stepping all over the competition. While many around me used the phrase, “fake it til you make it,” I found that telling the truth even when I didn’t know the answer, eventually taught me the answers I needed to know.

This phrase, which is as important to me as the air we breathe, has served to bring people into my life that share in my values. Home life, business life, friends, and family may not always share my style, but they know where I stand.

Winning is as easy as helping other people get what they want. When you work hard and do the right thing, even when no one is looking, it builds a respect and loyalty that not only lasts throughout your transaction, but also a lifetime and beyond.

Never before has this served me as well as in my current profession. I am in the business of matching people from different cultures, background, and skills with companies, ultimately creating life-altering relationships. Candidates put their trust and confidence in me to help them get more time with their families, more opportunities for their children, a better use of their skills, and more cushion in their bank accounts. Clients look for me to take the pressure off of them to find an employee that wants more than a job, fits in their culture, and is competent in their abilities. Every day as I make phone calls, I keep in mind to lead by example and win with integrity.

Now I ask you, how will you lead by example and win with integrity in your life?

Here’s What Will Be Important for Industrial in 2016

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2016 is on the horizon, and mining & heavy industrial companies are already starting to prioritize what will be most important in the coming months. While we know that security, technology, and hiring will be at the forefront, we wanted to dig a little deeper to find the motivations behind these top priorities. Our Account Executives reached out to their industry contacts to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing their companies in 2016.

Why will hiring process be an important focus for mining and heavy industrial in 2016?

Perry Paden: We understand that coal will remain flat in 2016. That does not mean that hiring will be non-existent. Currently, there are over 10,000 Plant Management positions, 26,000 Maintenance Manager positions, and 12,000 Safety Engineer positions open across the United States (And that’s just the tip of the ice berg). The message for 2016 is that companies are still seeking top talent, and it’s more important now than ever to secure qualified, experienced professionals. There will be two main components for hiring that contribute to competing for this top talent: a streamlined hiring process and what sets your company apart.

How will constant regulation changes affect the industry?

Dana Belstler: The constantly evolving regulations in the industrial market will require new certification from candidates, making it more difficult to find the right candidate for critical positions.

Why will effective Project Management be crucial for companies next year?

Dana Belstler: Project management will be key to maintaining budgets and completing projects on time. A Project Manager has to understand the industry and the technical details of the job being performed. They are responsible for the team members and making sure they have the skills, education, and experience to be a productive member on the project. With competition for projects increasing in 2016, great management will make all the difference in landing big projects and executing them successfully.

Here’s What Will Be Important for Healthcare in 2016

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2016 is on the horizon, and healthcare organizations are already starting to prioritize what will be most important in the coming months. While we know that security, technology, and hiring will be at the forefront, we wanted to dig a little deeper to find the motivations behind these top priorities. Our Account Executives reached out to their industry contacts to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing their companies in 2016.

Why will hiring process be an important focus for healthcare organizations in 2016?

Tracey Smith: Time kills all deals, and with a tightening job market (recent reports put the unemployment rate at 5%), this is truly a candidate-driven market. If your process is slow and full of obstacles, your competition will score the top talent and your organization will be left unable to fill critical needs.

How will information security continue to affect healthcare?

Rachel Young: Healthcare organizations hold a great amount of personal and financial data. HIPAA Security Rule requires providers to asses the security of their electronic health record systems. The rule sets technical safeguards for protecting health records, and it will become increasingly important for hospitals to comply with these regulations in 2016.

What role will Case Management have in 2016?

Tracey Smith: The interaction with patients from a managed care perspective will be vital in the New Year with the reimbursement model changes. Readmission rates and reinfection rates can be better controller with well-developed Case Managers through effective discharge planning and follow-through.

How important will Revenue Cycle Management be in the New Year?

Doug Rose: Revenue Cycle Management will become more important throughout next year as hospitals continue to grow, merge, and expand. This essential role plays a part in each department, ensuring a streamlined workflow and revenue stream.

With the recent implementation of ICD-10, how will hospitals continue to adjust in 2016?

Tracey Smith: The jury is still out on how the change has affected productivity in this arena. Initial results suggest that the wheels are still turning in fee coding and accurate billing. This could have a significant impact into 2016 if the needs for qualified coders continue to increase.

Quality Management was a hot-button topic in 2015, why is it essential to have top-quality professionals running this department?

Rachel Young: Increasing costs and demands from both dissatisfied patients and third-party payers have spurred a movement that holds great promise for improved health care quality and productivity. Quality Managers must work closely with both management and specialists and are a linchpin of the organization to improve overall patient satisfaction.

How will Contractors play into the hiring plans of hospitals in 2016?

Tracey Smith: Contractors will be a great solution for critical hiring needs next year. Your organization does not have to wait for full-time employee approval, the budget for this position can be stretched over multiple time periods, and being able to “try before you buy” creates a win/win scenario for hospitals.

Here’s What Will Be Important for Banks in 2016


2016 is on the horizon, and banks are already starting to prioritize what will be most important in the coming months. While we know that security, technology, and hiring will be at the forefront, we wanted to dig a little deeper to find the motivations behind those top priorities. Our Account Executives reached out to their banking industry contacts to discuss some of the most pressing issues facing their companies 2016.

Why will hiring process be an important focus for banks in 2016?

Tracy Isakson: With the economy driving the ship, we are but passengers to the candidate-driven market. Because the economy is growing, banks have more money to spend and that means competition for the best talent will rise. Banks must be at the forefront of the hiring curves in order to capture the best talent. That means streamlining their hiring process, or they will lose top talent to the competition.

How will information security affect banks in 2016?

Jana Green: Information security will become one of the most important focuses for banking in 2016. With the growing dependency on technology, customers are becoming increasingly concerned about data breaches. Banks that can ace the information security sector next year will win the respect and business from new and existing customers.

How will BSA/AML Compliance evolve next year?

Kimberley Fulcher: BSA/AML, compliance and quantitative analysis will continue to play off of the always evolving regulations in 2016. Additionally, as an election year, 2016 could bring about many changes to compliance and regulations that we cannot even foresee currently.

What part will contractors play in the hiring plan for banks?

Mike Muglia: Contract hiring helps the bank fill a position very quickly, allowing higher flexibility, cost savings, and easier accounting.

Why is the need for Quantitative Analysis rising in the banking industry?

Jana Green: Data, data, data! The need for sophisticated data analysis is ever increasing. With the capture technology that banks are utilizing on their websites, applications, and transactions, they can only help put themselves on the top of the market by utilizing quant analysis. There is so much information that can be derived from a simple ATM transaction, just imagine what can be derived from other platforms!