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 […]

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 […]

The Value of Industry Mentors

Over the course of my executive recruiting career, I have heard countless stories related to the value of partnering with an industry mentor who provides insight, advice and feedback. I firmly believe high performing professionals in our industry have a key thing in common: there is zero tolerance for mediocrity and remaining in the safe […]

Combatting Stereotypes About Older Employees In The Job Interview Process

In the past and somewhat in today’s market, employees over 50 are subject to inhibiting stereotypes that can bring about frustration in their current positions, and cause difficulty in securing new job opportunities. The myths about employees over 50 are that they are tired, resistant to change, technologically limited, and are unwilling to work under […]

It’s that recruiter again; why you should answer the phone

Look, we get it: you get lots of calls from recruiters, and they call at inconvenient times, and they keep calling, and you hope if you don’t answer, they’ll eventually give up. And some do. And with them, possibly an opportunity that could have changed your life. Luckily, I work for a company that has […]

The Talent Struggles of Residential Home Builders Today Are Real

In 2006, the economic downturn that started for Home Building in 2006 and most other industries in 2008, greatly impacted production home builders in many ways, but the impact on hiring remains even today. Between 2006 and 2012, new talent did not enter the field of home building because companies were cutting back on employees, […]

Five keys to identifying committed partnerships in recruiting

So, why should we work with your company? Well maybe you can’t be that direct with a client, but you should be thinking it.  The companies you represent in the market are your brand, and as marketing experts will tell you, your brand is your most valuable asset.  So, if you are known in the […]

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

A valid question asked at one point in time in our professional or personal lives. Or in some cases, just singing along in the car with The Clash on the way to office will suffice, no air guitar performances though, please! Safety first! I enjoy music. All kinds of music. I grew up studying classical […]

Changes in Hiring Operations

Changes in Hiring Operations: We here at Joseph Chris Partners are consultants and recruiters for builders and developers working with human resource departments as well as hiring managers and corporate leaders. Through our work, we have noticed many changes to our clients’ hiring operations over the past few years. 1. RECRUITING Medium to large builders […]

Integrity and Recruiting

I practiced law for 13 years, and in that time, I heard a lot of lawyer jokes. And I get why: you only need them when something is wrong, and they usually cost you money you would rather spend on anything else. They rank just barely above politicians and debt collectors on the Top 10 […]

Best Way to Write Core Competencies in a Resume

The University of Victoria describes professional competencies as the skills, attributes and knowledge that “are specifically valued by the professional associations and bodies connected to your future profession”. Others also define it as your expertise and knowledge in a given area, which, in this case, refers to your job duties and responsibilities. Adding a list […]

List Of Good Buzzwords For Resume

Did you know that there are words recruiters hate to see on a resume? Words, phrases and jargons that are considered overused and abused would make your CV less desirable, resulting to your chances of getting the job being shot. Some of the words that are best avoided include go-getter, go-to person, strategic thinker, detail-oriented, […]