Joseph Chris Partners can help you or your company navigate job and workforce changes

  I was a baby lawyer, just one year out of law school, returning to my office after a hearing and there was a U-Haul trailer backed up to the entrance of my building.  Moving guys with banker boxes loaded onto dollies blocked my path into my office, and I stepped around them to get […]

Dad’s lesson: Do your homework.

I was thinking about my work as a recruiter and remembered a lesson my father taught me many years ago. I was a senior in college and asked him if he had any advice before going to a couple important job interviews. “Do your homework before you meet them, know something positive about the company […]

How do companies know which Executive Search Firm is best for them?

In today’s world, it is a candidate driven market.  Candidates are getting called repeatedly by recruiters and quite a large amount of them end up with multiple offers to choose from in the end.  As a company searching for talent, the decision to hire a firm to help can be a daunting one. The Solo […]

PCBC Ponderings

What an awesome week attending the PCBC conference! As I mull over the happenings, the main point of my discussions had a resounding theme – the talent shortage plaguing our industry. This is clearly not an earth shattering statement by any means but every now and then there is solace in knowing it’s not just […]

Reflections on 20 Years of Recruiting in Homebuilding

Yesterday marked my 20-year anniversary of recruiting in the Homebuilding industry for Joseph Chris Partners.  I always say I was taught by the best, my father, Joe Chris Ramirez. The recruiting industry has given me so much joy these last two decades for the following reasons: Learning from the future leaders, legends and consultants of […]

MILITARY APPRECIATION MONTH: The importance of Veterans’ Hiring Initiatives

I grew up in the military. My dad served for 23 years, and we moved around every 3 years throughout my childhood. It was a really good life, filled with amazing people and places, and I credit my outgoing nature to that life. We’d move to a new post, and I’d go knocking on our […]

Pay it Forward – Inspiring the Next Generation of Industry Talent

Originally posted by Erica Lockwood as a guest blogger on Meredith Consulting’s website, March 22, 2018. As we emerge from last week’s “Women In Construction Week” along with the observance of “International Women’s Day”, it seems quite fitting to address not only the lack of female talent present within the industry today but certainly the […]

JCP EARNS BACK-TO-BACK FORBES “BEST RECRUITING FIRMS” RANKING

I am excited to announce that for the second year in a row Joseph Chris Partners has been ranked by Forbes as one of AMERICA’S BEST RECRUITING FIRMS. Since my parents Joe and Victoria started our company back in 1977, we always strive for excellence in all areas of our business. It is, of course, […]

It’s not about placements; it’s about relationships and commitment.

I can’t believe in two months I will have been with Joseph Chris Partners Executive Search for 16 years. Wow, what a ride it has been! 16 of some of the best years of my life, and still going strong. Thinking back over those 16 years made me decide I might share what made all […]

A Portrait in Strength: A Tribute to Founder Victoria Ramirez

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s hard to miss with all the pink everywhere, and it’s amazing how many people and organizations have mobilized to work towards early detection and cure of this disease that women have a 1 in 8 chance of getting.   And in looking around at the people I know […]

The Importance of a Disaster Recovery Plan

Recently, our company and community experienced historic levels of rainfall from Hurricane Harvey. My office building was flooded and the community got lots of media attention. As the storm approached the decision was made to close our offices and relocate operations. We had a plan and were prepared for events that altered the daily activities […]

Harvey and Irma’s Impact will be felt by our industry for a long time

Sitting on the sidelines in a safe, dry, place was, believe it or not, no easy task for me during Hurricane Harvey. Our Corporate Offices in Kingwood, Texas, are out of order for months to come, and concern for family, friends and co-workers dominated my daily thoughts. Luckily, everyone at Team JCP was safe, and […]

America at its best

Americans are tough and resilient. The people launching boats from my front yard came from all over the country to search for and to rescue my stranded neighbors, friends, and even their pets from very dangerous flood waters.  In many cases, the rescuers were  not professionals but regular people, using their own watercraft, including kayaks […]

When is it okay to walk away?

I left the practice of law because of a movie (“The Help”) and a song (“I Dare You To Move”). After far too long in a profession that didn’t fill me up, I quit.  I walked away and I’ve never looked back. I’m firmly in the “life’s too short” camp, and over the last 6 […]

Chron.com, 40-year-old company in Kingwood among America’s top recruiting firms of 2017

By Melanie Feuk, mfeuk@hcnonline.com Published 3:13 pm, Thursday, July 20, 2017 http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/kingwood/news/article/40-year-old-company-in-Kingwood-among-America-s-11303285.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook “A few months ago, Angie Truitt, senior partner at Joseph Chris Partners in Kingwood was browsing LinkedIn when she saw Forbes had released its list of America’s top recruiting firms for 2017. “I’m looking through the list and seeing all of these powerhouses, these […]

Our House  

I had planned an industry-specific message for my blog this week, but tragedy struck the Joseph Chris Partners family this weekend, and I wanted to share my feelings about all of it At 5 a.m. Saturday morning, my phone rang.  I knew something was wrong, but nothing prepared me for what I would hear when […]

You Snooze, You Lose: How to streamline your hiring process so you don’t lose out on top talent

I am not a morning person.  My bed is really cozy, and I keep my house nice and cold at night, so when the first of my 4 alarms goes off at 5 a.m., I snooze so I can stay in my warm and cozy bed.  And each of my four alarms is set to […]

Technology has Changed, but Good Recruiters Still Focus on the Basics: Advice From My 15 Years in Executive Recruiting

When I started recruiting in 2002, you could call it a “whole other world” compared to recruiting today. And I honestly believe the skills that I learned back then made, and have kept, me successful all these years. Back then, there was no LinkedIn, no Google, no Social Media, etc., to speak of. We did […]

Backpacking with Mark

Many people struggle with what we perceive as failure at work and in our personal lives. I am no stranger to that feeling, and sometimes it can be overwhelming. As a diehard believer in achieving work-life balance, I look for activities outside of my career that refocus my energy from negative to positive. Backpacking definitely […]

BUILDING HOMES, CHANGING LIVES

There was a time not too, too long ago when I stayed awake at night, sometimes all night, worrying about how I was going to pay my mortgage. The stress was crippling, and almost all areas of my life suffered as a result: my health, my career, my relationships, and certainly, my happiness. Crushed under […]