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So, A Recruiter Reached Out to You. Now What?

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A strange phone number comes across your phone, so you let it go to voicemail. It’s from a recruiter letting you know about an opportunity that could possibly be the next step in your career.

You decide to give them a call back as your curiosity is peaked and not sure what the next step might be.

They provide you with some information on the job and ask you a few questions and after further discussion, you come to a decision to proceed with the opportunity. It’s part of my job to ensure that you not only have the qualifications they’re looking for but also will be a good fit for both you and the client.

As a recruiter, it’s my responsibility to ensure you have information on the company and the location. If it is a relocation, we will help do a cost comparison for you so you can make an informed decision on if you want to proceed.

So, you submitted my resume. Now what?

Once we submit your resume to the client, we wait for feedback and if I am doing my job correctly, you’ll be getting a first round interview. Depending on the organization and if you are local, this first interview could either be a phone or an onsite interview. At Johnson Search Group, we will provide you with guidance on and walk you through the process of what to expect.

And depending on the type of job and the industry you’re in, you may have other interviews and additional steps throughout the hiring process. Don’t worry. We’ll be here every step of the way to guide you throughout the hiring process to ensure you make the best impression on your prospective employer.

Congratulations, they want to make you an offer!

You did great on your interviews and they want to hire you! If there is any salary negotiation, we will help to ensure you get what was originally discussed. Once we help you get the position, we don’t stop there! We walk you through everything from your potential relocation to you drafting your resignation letter.

Even after you’re hired, we value our commitment to you and we’ll follow up with you. We truly care about you and your career; we want to be certain you like your new position!

Communication

As a recruiter in the healthcare industry, communication is key for both my candidates and clients. If at any time during this process you decide to back out, please tell me. I work hard for you and also my clients to make sure that this position will be a great fit. I would never submit you for a job that wouldn’t be a great fit. At JSG, we’ll never try and put a square peg in a round hole.

The next time you get a call from a recruiter, take a moment and hear what they have to say. It could be the opportunity you have been waiting for!

Being A Professional is Not Always Easy

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As an executive recruiter, there are many aspects of my job I absolutely love. One of the things I love the most is knowing I have the privilege to deliver for a customer and change a candidate’s life with a new opportunity. However, with this job, there are certain responsibilities I have that are not very fun.

As a professional recruiter, it is part of my job to sometimes deliver bad news. It is important my customers and candidates know I am extremely invested in their success and that I am transparent in my communication.

Bad news is better than no news

In a dream world, I would fill every job order with a perfect candidate; every candidate would receive a job offer. But in reality, we all know this doesn’t happen. I’ve heard from customers and candidates on numerous occasions that it is common for recruiters to ‘ghost’ them instead of delivering the bad news. In my opinion, there is nothing worse than not knowing. I get it, nobody wants to make these calls, but as a professional, it has to be done.

On the customer side, it is all about building the relationship, sometimes through brutal honesty. Whether the job requirements or compensation needs to be reevaluated, or a candidate withdraws from the process, my purpose is always to reach the end goal: filling the position with the right candidate.

Regarding the candidates, I understand being notified you are not being considered for a role is never easy to hear. Before making this call, I do everything I can to get feedback to possibly help you in the future.

Communication is key

Whether you are a client or a candidate, my goal when making these calls is simply to continue the clear lines of communication. It’s my job to ensure I am delivering on my commitments. Although sometimes unpleasant, the bad news is better than no news.

If you’re looking for an honest recruiter with clear communication, let’s have a conversation.

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Why You’ll LOVE Working with a Recruiter

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The job market is tight, there’s simply no denying that. The unemployment rate is currently 4.0 percent. The Bureau of Labor Statistics just released a report that there were 1.2 million fewer hires than job openings. It’s a candidate-driven market and candidates are the ones in control.

If you’re passively looking for a job, you’ll love working with a recruiter. Many people are under the impression that working with a recruiter is only beneficial for employers. However, there are tons of perks to working with a recruiter to find your next career opportunity. Here’s why you’ll be head over heels with working with one.

Hiring managers are busy

Even though the market is tight and hiring managers are in need of talented candidates, they are busy. Many organizations are struggling to fill open positions because they are too busy picking up the slack of their understaffed departments. With this tight of a job market, employees are leaving without so much as a moment’s notice.

Hiring managers are forced to continue doing their jobs and pick up some of the responsibilities of missing team members. If you are simply applying for jobs on a company’s job board, your resume will likely go unnoticed for some time.

Recruiters have all the connections

Have you ever applied for a job and thought “will anyone even review my resume?” Sadly, it does happen. By working with a recruiter, you’ll have a professional working by your side to ensure your resume gets on the top of a hiring manager’s desk. And who doesn’t love the sound of that!?

Recruiters here at JSG have great relationships with our clients. We don’t just send a resume to our hiring managers and wait for them to call you. We have strong communication with each of our clients and can help you get your foot in the door instead of waiting helplessly for a response.

Recruiters are Match Makers for your next career opportunity

Speaking of matches… Recruiters act as a (professional) matchmaker. Recruiters, especially the ones at Johnson Search Group, don’t just try to pair you with a job that isn’t a great fit for you or our client. We care about your career and want to match you with a company and a position that’s right for you.

We take your background, skills, and experiences to find you a perfect opportunity that will make both you and your new employer happy. It’s a match made in heaven.

If you’re interested in taking your career in a different direction, check out our jobs board.

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And if you’re a hiring manager or in human resources, I am sure you are feeling the stress from the lack of candidates hitting your desk. In this market, employers have to shift their efforts to passive candidates to fill their critical roles. But attracting candidates that are already employed can be difficult.

What’s to LOVE about working with a recruiter?

By partnering with a JSG recruiter, “you get an industry specialist to comb the earth to find the talent you need for your open roles. You don’t have to be alone any longer, says Tracey Smith, our Healthcare Division Manager. “You have someone else doing all the legwork to make your new team members fall in love with your community and your organization.”

Dana Belstler, our Mining & Heavy Industrial Division Manager, says there’s a lot to love working with a trusted recruiting partner. “Having good communication, accessibility, and receiving great candidates compliments our process and helps fill positions quickly.”

Our recruiters at JSG are industry experts. We know our industries inside and out. When working with Johnson Search Group, you’re “working with a recruiter that completely understands the hurdles of recruiting in your industry,” says Tracy Isakson, our Banking Division Manager. “The roles we work on are hard enough to fill, you need someone who completely understands the nuances of the industry as well as how to attract the best talent to your job and to your community.”

If you need help finding candidates that you’ll fall in love with, let’s work together.

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The Perks of Working With A Young Healthcare Recruiter

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There are many misconceptions today of working with young professionals. Many believe that those in the millennial generation are to be avoided at all costs, primarily in the workforce. Our generation has been skewed as nothing but lazy, impatient, rude, narcissistic, and entitled people.

Why work with a Millennial?

So why would anyone in their right minds want to work with those people? Well, there is no getting around the fact that a large portion of millennials do struggle with those traits. However, no matter what generation you look at, there are both the negative characteristics as well as positive. So why don’t we look at the positive? One of the best assets my generation has mastered is coming up with fresh and creative solutions to complex problems and never giving up on the search for knowledge to continuously grow ourselves. Innovation is our identifier and when matched with drive, there is no one better to get a job done.

So, with all of that said, why would you choose me to fill your critical roles as the youngest recruiter at Johnson Search Group? Well, I’m glad you asked. What makes me the best option for your recruitment needs? My innate drive and tenacity to be the best at whatever I do. You can be confident that I will not only get the job done, but I will get it done efficiently. And I will show you the candidates that you WANT to see, not just the ones that fit the job description. Don’t just take my word for it either. Put me to the test and allow me to exceed your expectations.

Working with a recruiter in this tight market

The fact of the matter is we are in one of the largest candidate-driven market’s we have seen in decades. The Healthcare industry has added a total of 301,000 jobs this year and 33,000 of them were added in August alone. This is great news for candidates as they can be both competitive and selective about the offers they take. But it can also make it harder for employers to find their ideal candidates as their top choice may be whisked off by another offer. Especially, if they don’t move quickly enough. Luckily for our clients, all of us at JSG work exclusively with candidates who are passively looking, as those are the candidates that are almost always the best fit for the job. Reach out to me if your healthcare organization needs help securing (and retaining) talent in this challenging market.

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3 Reasons Why Banks and Financial Institutions Should Use Recruiters

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Okay, let’s just get this out of the way first. If you’re a hiring manager, a human resources director, or even a talent acquisition superstar, you cringe at the thought of asking a recruiter to help you find top talent for your organization. You’re probably thinking “that’s my job! I don’t need some outside recruiter who doesn’t even work for our institution coming in and making me feel like I don’t know how to find the right people for my department!”

Well, I have good news for you, that’s not what I do. That’s not even the reason recruiters exist. I wanted to share with you three reasons why it’s helpful to YOU to use someone like me.

Reason 1: YOU’RE BUSY!

You and I both know your world doesn’t revolve around sifting through hundreds of resumes. No matter what title you hold, you weren’t hired solely to find and place talent in your organization. Nope, that’s what I do. So, while you’re going through your day putting out fires and making things happen to excel your own career, leave it to me to weed out the people that simply do NOT check off the boxes of who you’re looking for to add to your team.

Why would you waste the perfectly good productive hours of your day reading about a background of someone who is only qualified for underwater basket weaving when you’re looking for a 20+ year banking executive? I know you’ve seen those people apply for that exact job… I don’t get it either but leave it to me to save you the time and agony of having to deal with that headache.

Reason 2: I talk to people in your market daily

As someone who recruits for only banks and financial institutions, I have the advantage of diving deep into the candidate pool daily. Why is that? I talk to many qualified candidates every day who are both actively and passively looking to make a move. I know, you can do the same thing, right? What’s so special about me? Well, let me tell you. Part of the advantage that I have is that I get to talk to people in your competition that are producing and helping their current organization have a fantastic year! We both know that even if you’re having a good year financially, that doesn’t outweigh a great work-life balance and an organization that makes you feel like more than just a number. Those people want to move, and it could be to the spot that helps you bring on your top producer.

Reason 3: Stuff still gets done your way

We have a process here, sure, but part of my process is making sure that I support your process. You have an established timeline of who, what, when, where, and how. I get that and I’m not here to try to fix something that isn’t even broken in the first place. Ain’t nobody got time for that. I’m not here to tell you how to do your job or to make you feel inadequate. I’m simply here to link arms with you and help add value to your organization.

I just read that 80% of turn-over is reported to be from impulsive hiring decisions. I’m here to help your turn-over stay low and to ensure that your people aren’t getting burned out by filling in for open positions. Let me, an Executive Recruiter, help take a little bit of stress off your plate. It’s a win-win for you because I take my job seriously. I am not in the business of sticking a round peg in a square hole. I’m on your side and I am eager to partner with you today!

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What to Do When the Smoke Clears In Your Career

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For notorious reasons, this time of year is known as ‘Fire Season.’ There have been over 5.1 million acres burned thus far in 2018. In my lovely state of Washington, 891 fires have raged thus far, burning over 113,00 acres. Where I live (Spokane), the air quality has been entering in and out of the “Very Unhealthy” range for several weeks. And it’s also reached “Hazardous” levels according to the Air Quality Index. Thankfully, a combination of wind and rain has cleaned our air, allowing us to finally glimpse the clean and beautiful blue sky.

When it comes to the job market, the Third Quarter is a notorious time of the year for organizations to start moving and shaking. Much like the fires that have ravaged the country, employees are busy putting out fires in the workplace. And as a result, leading many to be seeking new opportunities, whether it be passively or actively.

You are your greatest asset

Prior to joining Johnson Search Group, I experienced a layoff during the holiday season. It was devastating. Rightfully so. It’s always a shock to hear that a company is moving on, even if you’re lucky enough to see it coming. Finding yourself without any irons in the fire or next career steps can be daunting. Keep calm, stay indoors, and breath deep.

The greatest tool you have in your box post-position is YOU and your network. Realizing this will quickly get you back onboard with another company that deserves to have your passion, experience, and knowledge. Once you’ve realized your own self-worth, dig deeper into your toolbox and utilize the myriad of job boards, references, and literal production tools to secure your next opportunity. LinkedIn is a fantastic outlet to help secure the next step in your career path.

Many candidates I come across are fortunate enough to have employment but are incredibly unhappy in their current role/position. This unhappiness happens because of burnout. Whether it’s a result of being overworked, company re-alignment, or the lack of fulfillment from one’s current role.

Let a recruiter reignite your career

For many job seekers, getting back on track and realizing one’s goals can be a daunting task. Sometimes it takes a team to smother the blaze and a timely wind to clear the haze. Utilizing a recruiter typically isn’t something that crosses the minds of most seeking new employment; however, working with a recruiter has immense benefits.

As this job market continues to heat up, its just as important for candidates to find the right role for them as it is for employers to land the right candidate. Having someone who is deeply entrenched in your market and profession, representing you to companies you may not even know are looking, maybe the exact thing that gets you to the next great opportunity.

Plenty of things are burning these months, days, sometimes at both ends. Keeping your head up is the only way you can guarantee you’ll land the next opportunity once the smoke clears.

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What To Do When A Recruiter Contacts You

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The day has finally come – a recruiter found you contacted you on LinkedIn, sent you an email, or called you directly. They have a position that is a perfect match for your skill set. So what should you do now? We’re breaking down the first 5 things you should do once a recruiter contacts you.

Think about it

Before you respond, take a moment to think about where you are in your career. Yes, you may be perfectly happy where you are now, but what will that look like a year from now? Can you see yourself growing in your current position? No matter how comfortable you are right now, it’s always worth further conversation. In today’s candidate-driven market, it’s a great opportunity to explore your options and potentially take the next step in your career or secure yourself a raise.

Look up the company

Whether you were contacted by a recruiter that works directly for the company or a third-party recruiter, the first thing you need to do is research. If someone who works for the company itself contacted you, you need to do some due diligence! Visit the company’s website to get a feel for their culture and vision. While you’re there, see if you can find a description of the job you have been recruited for. It’s always a good idea to venture out and check out some of their social media as well – right off the bat, is this somewhere you could imagine yourself working?

If it was a third-party that reached out, you may not know the actual company’s name yet. Instead, check out the recruiter’s LinkedIn profile. Do they have good recommendations? Do they share relevant news to your industry? Quickly browse the recruiting company’s website – they may have even written some blogs that will help you prep for the next few steps.

Refresh your resume

It probably goes without saying, but the recruiter is going to want a copy of your updated resume. Whether you updated it a few months ago, a year ago, or you can’t remember the last time, you will need to look at it with a fresh set of eyes. Are all of your recent achievements listed? Is it tailored to highlight your experience most relevant to the position you’re being recruited for? If you need some help in this department, visit our resume archive for advice on everything from whether you should list your address or not to the most important things to include.

It can be really exciting to be recruited. The best thing you can do as a candidate is prepared!

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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

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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

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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

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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!

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

What To Do If Your Recruiter Won’t Call You Back

What To Do If A Recruiter Won't Call You Back

As a recruiter, I talk to hundreds of candidates on a weekly basis. Some of them have had great experiences and some not so great. One of the biggest complaints I get from candidates is that after they talk with a recruiter once or twice, they never get another call. A candidate is excited about the opportunity, important details have been hashed out, the resume was submitted, the recruiter has built up a relationship of trust (and sometimes even a friendship is beginning to form). All of a sudden 3 days go by, then 4 days with no word. Now the candidate calls to get an update or feedback and the recruiter won’t answer the phone.  Sound familiar? If your recruiter has gone dark, here are the steps you should take:

  1. Understand why it’s happening

There are a few different reasons that recruiters stop communicating with candidates. Sometimes, there’s a glitch in tracking or technology and it just slips through the cracks. This is usually an honest mistake. Unfortunately, it’s often because the recruiter gets too caught up in championing a more qualified candidate, or the deal with their client falls through, or they just decide they “don’t have time” to follow up.

  1. Know your value

I don’t know about you, but putting my career in the hands of someone is not something I do lightly, and neither should you. Once you understand that you deserve open and honest communication, it will be much easier to relay that attitude to the recruiter you’re working with.

  1. Communicate your frustrations

If a recruiter won’t communicate, respectfully share with them your frustration. Let them know that good or bad news is better than no news at all.  You may be the catalyst that changes a bad recruiter into a great recruiter.  It is all about the realization that we are affecting people’s lives every time we talk with them.

  1. Don’t assume all recruiters are the same

Just like with any profession, there are good and bad recruiters. It’s important for recruiters to see candidates as more than a means to an end.  Great recruiters not only understand how much a candidate is worth to them at the moment, but that more than a onetime payday, the relationship has value that is not always able to be quantified in numbers.  Great recruiters know that each phone call is how they survive and beyond professionalism, common courtesy sets them above the rest.

How do you know if you’re working with a great recruiter? Set communication standards upfront. Ask, “when should I expect to hear back from you?” “When is the best time to contact you?” “Do you prefer communicating by phone or email?”

Just remember great recruiters will expect the same courtesy and professionalism – relationships are built not entitled

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.