June Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Executive Partner David Brown, Joseph Chris Partners’ Employee of the Month for June!

David Brown

June Producer of the Month

Congratulations to Executive/Equity Partner Erica Lockwood, Joseph Chris Partners’ Producer of the Month for June!

Erica Lockwood

Just do it. Or not.

I wasted a whole evening watching Wife Swap last night.  I don’t know why or how I got sucked in, but I looked up and it was almost 9:00 p.m. and I had nothing to show for my night.

To be fair, I was recovering from a pretty bad bout of vertigo and hadn’t been able to lift my bowling ball of a head up to do much of anything for the past several days, but still, I could have at least watched a documentary or the news.

Who am I kidding though?  I actually like completely zoning out every so often with a good Netflix binge or, as of late, mindless reality T.V.  And I don’t feel bad about it.  Well, most of the time.

Until I see another Facebook post from one of my friends who seems to do it all.  I call her my Rockstar because that’s really what she is.  Amazing in every way, she manages to make her busy life look fun and easy.  She works full time as an attorney, raises two great boys, spends time with her husband, her family, her Sikh community, and her friends, travels, speaks at community events, appears on TV, radio and podcasts, lobbies civil rights issues to state and federal governments, volunteers with about a dozen worthwhile nonprofits and charities, and campaigns for political candidates in her community.

I bet she doesn’t watch a lot of Wife Swap.

Seriously though, I asked her how she does it all, and she said she just doesn’t think about it.  She said if she did, she might get overwhelmed by it all, but she follows her calendar religiously, and she goes where she’s needed.

I questioned whether she gives up sleep, and she confirmed that no, she actually gets at least 8 hours a night.

Interesting.

 

Much like Nike’s iconic slogan, Just Do It, she doesn’t think about whether she has time or energy.  She just does it.

And that got me thinking about all of the things I don’t “just do” and wondering how different my life would be if I “just did.”

Honestly, I don’t think I’d Life Swap, if given the chance.  Aside from working, I’m raising a wonderful daughter, and we have a pretty great life.  And I only have one more year until she leaves me for college, so I am glad to be in the slow lane, for now at least.

But I’m glad people like my Rockstar friend do what they do.  I am amazed by her, and I try to tell her that often, but that’s not why she does what she does.  She isn’t one of those annoying Facebook braggy types who just wants people to think she lives an amazing life.  She is driven to help as many people as she can.  She doesn’t think about how hard it might be, how long it might take.  She just does it.  And we’re all so lucky she does.  The world is better because of people like her.

And my world, small as it may be, is better because of me.  I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be right now.  Next year, I might be fighting the good fight right along side my Rockstar friend.  Or I might be on my own crusade.  Whatever I’m doing, it’ll be the right choice for me.

Unless I’m still watching reruns of Wife Swap.

If I am, it’s time for an intervention.

 

 

David Brown promoted to Executive Partner!

Congratulations to David Brown, our newest Executive Partner here at Joseph Chris Partners!  A phenomenal success story, David reached this incredible milestone in less than three years through hard work, determination, great relationship building with his clients and candidates, and pushing himself beyond his comfort zone.  David joined Joseph Chris Partners in October of 2016 with no prior recruiting experience, but he utilized his industry knowledge and his networking skill to build his own brand.  And simply put, he worked really hard.  David put in the hours, didn’t take shortcuts, and got it done.  His long nights and weekends paid off as he was the first partner in Joseph Chris Partners history to achieve this level of production in under three years!

On behalf of myself and the team here at Joseph Chris, we are incredibly proud of you, David, and can’t wait to see what’s next for you!

–Veronica Ramirez, President and CEO, Joseph Chris Partners

 

May Producer of the Month

Congratulations to David Brown, May’s Producer of the Month here at Joseph Chris Partners!  And more exciting news about David is on the way.  Stay tuned!

David Brown

May Employees of the Month

Congratulations to our amazing Administration Team for being chosen as Joseph Chris Partners’ Employees of the Month for their continuous hard work and dedication!  Thanks to Diana Scott, Gustavo Zapata, Andrea Waldrop, Deborah Fitzgerald, and Tiffany Kenton for all you do for us!

Breaking Bad…Habits

I’m a nail biter.  Well, a nail picker, actually.  And I can count on one stubby-nailed hand the times I’ve grown my fingernails out in my 47 years on this earth.  I keep my nail guy happy because I even pick off the nails he glues on.  But this month, a friend and I decided to give up our addictions.  Well, most of them.  No one is touching my addiction to Netflix.  I’m not ready for that yet.  She’s tackling smoking.  I’m tackling several, including nail biting.

And here we are, halfway through the month, and I have actually let the things grow.

It hasn’t even been hard.  All it required was my being conscious of the habit and not mindlessly engaging in it.  The first few days, I noticed I would start picking when I was in deep thought, or when I was bored.  My office buddies were prepared to shoot me with a water gun or make me do squats if they caught me, but honestly, I caught myself.  And chose not to do it.

I’m not suggesting abandoning every bad habit is that simple.  But it probably starts with the very same exercise in consciousness.  And as much as I hate those articles on the internet that give you “Three simple steps to change your life,” or “The eight things you never want to do in a job interview,” this really does lend itself to some simple steps.

  1.  Identify the bad habit, and why you want to stop doing it.  I have ugly hands with chewed on fingernails, unless I want to waste money at the nail salon to have pretty nails for a little while, until I pick those off, too.  But I’d like to have nicely manicured hands.
  2. Set a time goal for yourself to kick the habit.  “They” say if you keep something up for at least three weeks, you’ve created a habit.  Or in this case, kicked one.  We chose the whole month because keeping track of our success on a handy dandy monthly calendar was easy.  Each day we get through without reverting to bad habits, we get to mark off a day.  So far, all my days are marked off.
  3. Pay attention to what makes you engage in the bad habit.  For me, boredom mostly. Stress sometimes.  I’m definitely more of a stress eater, which is the reason I also gave up snacking between meals this month.  Write them down if that helps you to recognize them.  There are patterns to uncover if you’re being mindful.
  4. Understand that your triggers will still be there after you give in to the bad habit.  My girlfriend who is quitting smoking had an epiphany about cigarettes this month:  she has stress, as we all do, but she can survive her stress without her cigarettes.  Smoking didn’t eliminate the stress she felt.  It was still there when she finished the cigarette.  Using our bad habits as crutches doesn’t make life’s struggles any easier.  Instead, you still have whatever triggered your bad habit, plus the baggage the bad habit brings.  In my case, ugly hands or extra pounds.  In hers, potential health problems from smoking.
  5. The next step is just stop.  And that’s certainly easier said than done for some habits.  Some require professional help, and I’m not a professional trained to give that help.  But there are plenty of resources available to get that help, no matter the bad habit you’re trying to kick.  If you’re committed to quitting, you’ll find the help you need to do it, whether it’s a friend armed with a water gun, a self-help book, meditation, a professional counselor, group therapy, or some combination of the above.

It sounds simple.  And steps one through four really are.  You can do those on your own, today.  Step five is where the work is, but if you’ve committed to breaking a bad habit, don’t give up at the last step.  If you feel like giving up, go back and review steps one through four again.

Now, what does quitting nail biting have to do with recruiting, or work in general?  Nothing, really, but the formula can be used for any bad habit, like spending too much time at work daydreaming of swinging in a hammock on the beach, posting to your SnapChat story, avoiding a big project you know is going to be really tough, or fighting with a challenging coworker.

I’ve got two weeks left in my May Addiction Challenge, and after growing my nails out and quitting all my mindless snacking, I can’t wait to see what bad habits I can tackle in June.

April Producer of the Month

Congratulations to Executive Partner Claire Spence, Joseph Chris Partners Producer of the Month for April! 

April Employee of the Month

Congratulations to Senior Recruiter, Liz Powell, for being chosen as April’s Employee of the Month here at Joseph Chris Partners! Liz Powell

HOW TO WRITE A COMPELLING RESUME

When you ask Google “How to Write a Resume?”, within 0.50 seconds you will have 310,000,000 resources at your fingertips to confuse you even more. Over my almost 6 years with Joseph Chris Partners as a Senior Recruiter I have been able to narrow down the answer to one very simple question. “What are your bonuses, pay raises, and promotions based on?”

Think back to your last job performance review or evaluation.  Those successes are what you want to highlight in your resume. How do you compare to your peers and colleagues in similar roles? What makes you stand out?  If you were a cashier at your local grocery store would you describe your position as “I scan groceries for prices and collect payments from customers” or would you say “Compared to the average cashier, I have the fastest lines in the store, moving 50% more customers through the lines”?

 

This is an actual email I sent to a candidate who had all the experience my client was looking for in an employee, but his resume read like a boring job description.  Some information has been changed to protect the candidate’s identity.

[Candidate], I’m going to give you some constructive criticism.  Your resume does not serve you justice.  Remember all the specific numbers and projects you mentioned in our phone call?  Those should be mentioned in your resume. Hiring Managers like to see numbers and measurable data rather than an interpretation of your job description.  It’s common knowledge in the industry what a Production Manager does. They want to see what made you exceptional at your job. What did you do that was above and beyond what an average Production Manager would do? Numbers, volume, special assignments, etc. are the things that make the Hiring Manager say “I need to interview this candidate ASAP”.

Imagine if you ran into your favorite High School teacher today and was excited to tell them about all the things you have accomplished so far in your career.  Would you tell them that you “lead budget review meetings with clients” or would you tell them you worked for a large public home builder who was pushing out 3000 homes a year, and you were responsible for organizing all their processes during the buyout in a new major city?

Being able to paint a picture of your measurable successes in your job performance makes the hiring manager more excited to call you back and learn more about how you may benefit their company.

Now go rewrite your resume then send it to me so I can help you climb the corporate ladder and earn more money!