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

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!

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

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
Hiring Insights From Industry Experts

Hiring Insights From Industry Experts

Today’s hiring market is unlike any we’ve seen before. While some companies are feeling unstable and unsure of the future, others are thriving and ready to grow. No matter which mindset you are in currently, there is an opportunity to take advantage of the incredible talent on the market today. We sat down with two of our expert recruiters who have been successfully serving their clients during this uncertain time as well as partnering with new clients to help them develop an effective hiring strategy. Learn more from Krista Portolesi, Division Lead of our Banking and Finance team, and Beth Tensfeld, Mining and Heavy Industrial Recruiter for our Mountain West Region.

What are you hearing from clients about the current hiring landscape?

Krista: People are doing lots of virtual interviews and offering flexible working options like working remotely. As well as requiring proper social distancing protocols. This is allowing our clients to hire during this time while still being safe.

Can you describe some of the candidates you’re working with?

Beth: Due to recent layoffs, I am working with some amazing candidates. These workers span from entry-level Laborers to Safety Managers with decades of experience.

Krista: I also have extraordinary candidates with leadership skills due to downsizing or consolidating. I have noticed that candidates are open to contract work as they are more flexible with what they’re looking for.

How can companies take advantage of this incredible talent on the market right now?

Beth: Start recruiting immediately! Whether you’re in a hiring freeze or not, you need to start building your candidate bench now.

Krista: Companies can benefit from partnering with a recruiter to discover passive candidates that are currently working, as many people are open to changing positions right now!

What about companies who may be hesitant to hire but need to fill critical positions?

Beth: Utilize contract options! We can fill the role temporarily, and we can convert to permanent once the company is stable. At that time, your candidate will already be trained and easy to transition.

What is your #1 tip for companies in today’s market?

Beth: Don’t wait! These great candidates won’t wait for you to decide it’s time to go.

Krista: Absolutely. Companies must implement a quick hiring process because your competitors are looking for the same type of people!

Even if you are unsure of your current hiring needs, build a relationship with a recruiter today. We can evaluate your situation, assess your current team makeup, and build a custom strategy that works for you, when you need it.

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!

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.

Johnson Search Group

Johnson Search Group 2018 Divisional Meeting Awards

Johnson Search Group

At the end of each year, Johnson Search Group holds a divisional meeting to celebrate the year, review our growth, and celebrate the wins, both big and small. Every year, JSG presents awards to our staff members congratulating them on their successes throughout the year. Here are this year’s JSG award recipients.

Employee of the Year: Nicole Clements

Here at JSG, we honor our employee’s every year. Out of all the awards we give out, the Employee of the Year is the only award voted on by everyone in the Johnson Search Group office. Help us congratulate this year’s winner, Nicole Clements, our Marketing Specialist, as the 2018 JSG Employee of the Year!

AE of the Year: Dana Belstler

Please help us in congratulating our Mining Manager and AE of the Year, Dana Belstler! Her hard work this year has led her and her team to amazing success! And JSG cannot wait to see what 2019 has in store for them. Congratulations!

JSG Team of the Year: Mining Team

Please help us congratulate our Team of the Year here at Johnson Search Group: The Mining Team! Ken, Jeremy, Alex, and Dana have worked so hard this year for their clients and candidates and it did not go unnoticed. Congratulations on being JSG’s 2018 Team of the Year!

JSG managers

Movin’ on Up: Meet JSG’s Newest Managers!

JSG managers

Johnson Search Group is continuing to grow! The job market is hot and there are no signs of slowing down. To better accommodate the candidate-driven market we’re operating in, JSG is excited to announce the promotions of Dana Belstler (mining) and Tracy Isakson (banking) to divisional managers!

Let’s hear what they have to say about their new roles:

Dana Belstler – Mining Manager

I am the Manager of the Mining and Heavy Industrial team at JSG. I cover the Southeast and have been fortunate to have worked here for the past three years. My path at JSG has been a hard road, but I would not trade the time or experience for anything!

Why do you like working at Johnson Search Group?

This is hard work, and at times it can wear on you emotionally and physically. But the support and great people I work with make it all worth it… that includes JSG management; they are people, after all!

What challenges do you believe you’ll face in your new role as a manager?

That is a tough question and I really don’t know how to answer it, but let’s try. As a manager, I have been mentoring an incredibly talented bunch of people: Alex Price, Jeremy Johnson, Ken Heller, and our newest member, Jill Pittmann are incredible! I think to be able to be there for them when needed; continuing to help them grow, identifying their needs while balancing my own responsibilities, will take focus.

What are the goals for your team going forward?

To establish a reputation for honesty, industry knowledge and credibility, and to build lasting relationships. I never want our team to lose a client or candidate due to bad rapport or miscommunication. Building lasting relationships of trust is a very important goal for my team. If we have that, everything else will fall into place.

How do you see yourself growing as a recruiter?

Wow! I don’t think we ever stop growing in this industry. We deal with people and that is the greatest challenge. Honing “people skills” is really going to be an ongoing lesson and path of growth. We are dealing with Baby Boomers, Generation “X”, “Y”, “Z” and the infamous “Millennials.”  The movie “Sybil” comes to mind (The BB’s and X’s and maybe Y’s will get that joke).

Why do you think you will be a successful manager?

I can only hope that I will be. Everyone likes to think highly of themselves and our faults are often brushed aside. I have faults, but I know I have good attributes as well. I’ve had an interesting life with incredible adventures and experiences. I have dealt with so many different personalities, lived in different cultures, and am proud to have dual citizenship as an American and Canadian. My experiences have given me tools to help me succeed in life and understand people. This along with the incredible mentorship I am receiving at JSG can only stack the deck in my favor – I hope. (Okay- that was redundant; one of my faults!)

Connect with Dana on LinkedIn!

Tracy Isakson – Banking Manager

I manage the Banking/Credit Union Division for JSG. I work primarily in California, Utah, and Arizona.  I’ve been with JSG for 3 ½ years.

Why do you like working at Johnson Search Group?

We have the ability to truly change lives and impact communities throughout the country. The banks that we help are impacting communities, businesses, and individuals with growth. That really helps all people in the community, not just the banks.

What challenges do you believe you’ll face in your new role as a manager?

I think the only challenge is that of time. Time is always the most precious commodity and being able to allocate the right amount of time into my job and into the team that I lead will always be the hardest part.

What are the goals for your team going forward?

Our goals are pretty simple. We want to be the leader in recruiting for the banking industry. We want to be the top division within the company and see growth through tough times as well as great times.

How do you see yourself growing as a recruiter?

Being able to share with my team is the best growth. Watching my team grow from where they are to what they can be is going to be the best part of my new role.

Why do you think you will be a successful manager?

I’m a leader. I prefer to think about this new role as one of leadership, not just managing people. I’m looking forward to helping motivate and empower my team to do the best they can is where I see my strengths. I lead by example first and foremost and learn from my team how to help them grow.

Connect with Tracy on LinkedIn!

Ty Healthcare Recruiter

Meet The Newest JSG Team Members

As our reach throughout the United States expands, so do the needs of our clients and candidates. In order to accommodate these needs, our team continues to grow! Just in the past month, we’ve added 3 new people to our recruiting family. Please join us in welcoming these wonderful people to the JSG team!

Ty Lim, Healthcare Recruiter – Southwest Region

Ty Healthcare Recruiter

What made you decide to join the JSG team?

The recruiting system, technology, and leadership that is in place looked like a successful system that I know if I followed would garner the personal and financial goals that I have set for myself.

What are you most excited about this new career path?

The opportunity to work with an amazing team, learn from the best.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Recruiter?

A new and exciting adventure every hour.  You never know what that next phone call is going to bring.

What do you like to do away from the office?

Tennis, chasing waterfalls, family time.

What inspires you?

The simple good things in life.  Whether it be the kindness of a stranger, people that serve others just out of the goodness of their hearts with no expectations of any return, beautiful sunsets, gentle words that uplift and edify others…just goodness.

If you could learn one random skill, what would it be?

A toss up between jamming on the acoustic guitar or putting in the time to learn how to dance like the king of pop, Michael Jackson.

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I have to make time for myself, some good me time.  Hiking a good dirt path around the Palouse Falls or a good competitive tennis match usually does the trick.

Jill Pittmann, Mining Recruiter – South Midwest Region

Jill Pittmann mining recruiter

What made you decide to join the JSG team?

The passion of the team members and the opportunity to help place the right people in the right seats on the right bus. 😊

What are you most excited about this new career path?

The opportunity to learn about the mining industry and the possibility of uncapped earning potentials.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Recruiter?

Helping clients find the best person for a position and helping candidates find jobs they love that will provide for their family.

What do you like to do away from the office?

Go to Priest Lake, take road trips in my boyfriend’s Corvette, cook and try new restaurants.

What inspires you?

This team and my parents.

If you could learn one random skill, what would it be?

Eating with chopsticks and playing guitar.

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

When I’m at work, I’m fully present at work. Being new, I have set expectations at home so people understand that I will be dedicating some home time to learning more about my new job. I set the alarm for a set amount of time and when the alarm goes off, I put work away and am present at home for my family and friends. I make sure that I keep commitments and enjoy ME time (walking, reading, and journaling) to stay at the top of my game and make sure I don’t get burned out.

Michelle Smith, Healthcare Recruiter – Midwest Region

Michelle Smith healthcare recruiter

What made you decide to join the JSG team?

I was ready for a completely different career change and was told how challenging the job was and how supportive and great JSG is to work for!

What are you most excited about this new career path?

Being able to connect with people and learn about a different industry.

What’s your favorite thing about being a Recruiter?

Talking with people and listening to them talk about their careers.

What do you like to do away from the office?

Besides spending time with my grandkids, I enjoy riding horses, working out and anything involving the outdoors.

What inspires you?

Seeing others paying it forward!

If you could learn one random skill, what would it be?

Barrel Racing!

How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?

I head to the gym! It helps me to focus.

Follow along as Ty, Jill, and Michelle forge their path here at JSG by following our company on LinkedIn, subscribing to our YouTube channel, and checking the JSG Blog regularly!

A Little Luck Can Go A Long Way

A Little Luck Can Go A Long Way

A Little Luck Can Go A Long Way

As a member of the JSG team, I see the ups and the downs of recruiting. I see some planned successes and some lucky ones. I see the time and effort that our recruiters put in to help both clients and candidates fill and find the right spots for them.

I’ll be the first to admit that I got pretty lucky holding the position I do here at JSG. Speaking of my own experience, and those that I see on a weekly basis, finding a job or filling a position requires a bit of luck. Trust me when I say, a little bit of luck can go a very long way.

It starts with the job description

The job description may have one phrase or even one word that strikes a candidate a certain way. It makes them see themselves working at your company for a very long time. The more time you put into your job description, the better your chances are of getting lucky with a great candidate.

Partnering with JSG

Next comes your partnership with JSG. I don’t mean to brag, but we have some excellent recruiters who really know what they’re doing. Not only do they care about you as the client, but they care about the candidate. They would never fill a position for you with a candidate that doesn’t fully fit or want the position. They know what to ask, which means you don’t have to. Partner with JSG, and see your luck increase over the next few months.

Closing the deal

The last bit of luck comes once the deal has been done. Once the candidate starts with your company, watch them blossom. We pride ourselves in vetting our candidates to give you the best ones available. Our work will turn into luck for you, as you see the candidate succeed in their role. Don’t be surprised when they exceed your expectations.

As St. Patty’s Day approaches, expect a little bit of luck coming your way on behalf of the JSG team. We’ve got you covered for your next open position.

Now I just need a little bit of luck to stop slipping and falling on ice.