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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.