If you’re interviewing for jobs these days, you’ve no doubt experienced a video interview. Here are some tips from the team at Joseph Chris Partners to help you prepare for your next one!
Congratulations to Senior Partner Angie Truitt, December’s Employee and Producer of the Month!
February’s Producer of the Month at Joseph Chris Partners is Senior Partner Angie Truitt!
Senior Recruiter Dawn Bahan of Joseph Chris Partners was raised to Back the Blue. The daughter of a Louisiana police captain, Dawn landed her job as Turn Kings Harbor Blue organizer unassumingly. In a round-table discussion with our team about what community service event to host 4 years ago, Dawn and several others expressed their desire to do something to thank our local law enforcement officers for keeping us safe. With a few more brainstorming sessions, Turn Kings Harbor Blue was born.
Joseph Chris Partners is headquartered in Kingwood, Texas, a northern suburb of Houston. Our offices are literally on the banks of Lake Houston in a mixed-used development called Kings Harbor. The first Turn Kings Harbor Blue was a small affair, with blue lights in the trees, some representatives from the four separate law enforcement offices in our area and employees of JCP wearing blue and snapping blue chem-lights at dusk, listening to live music provided by a local music school, and raffling off some donated gift baskets. The second year was bigger, but the third year saw significant growth in the event.
Before August of 2017, the tree-lined sidewalks of Kings Harbor were filled with restaurant-goers and shoppers, but Hurricane Harvey changed all that. Office builders, shops, and restaurants filled with eight feet of floodwater, and while some have returned, many are still rebuilding. So last year’s Turn Kings Harbor Blue took on a whole new meaning: #KingwoodStrong. A community devastated by rapidly rising water rallied together and came out in force, happy to be back in Kings Harbor after floodwaters made the roads here impassible and shuttered beloved businesses. Area businesses and schools clamored to donate time, volunteers, and food and set up vendor tents for our Kingwood neighbors, local law enforcement and first responders enjoyed the evening with their families and friends, and last year’s event topped all expectations.
After such a monumental success, organizer Dawn Bahan knew she had to bring her “A”game and build on the momentum from the post-Harvey gathering. She and Project Assistant Tiffany Kenton started planning for Turn Kings Harbor Blue 2018 at the beginning of this year, and through their tireless efforts, our November 2nd event is slated to be our biggest ever in every way. Police agencies from across the Houston area will be on hand with their rescue vehicles, equipment, and available for meet-and-greets with the community supporters, with special things just for the kids! They’ve found 40+ local vendors offering deep discounts on their products and services to law enforcement officers and their families. The Kids’ Zone is new for 2018, and it’s got several inflatables, a track-less train, a collection of cool Jeeps, Mustangs, and show cars, as well as many other surprises! Live music right on Lake Houston will be provided by a local classic rock band, and as always, we’ll share a moving moment of silence for those we’ve lost along the way, with our signature blue lights adorning all the trees and blue chem-lights glowing at dusk. And the cost for this wonderful family festival: absolutely nothing.
The team at Joseph Chris Partners wanted to show law enforcement officers and their families how much their bravery means to the community, and how lucky we feel to know they have our backs. The event was never intended to cost a dime, and thanks to the overwhelming support of the community and the tireless efforts of Dawn, Tiffany, and the rest of the Turn Kings Harbor Blue team at Joseph Chris Partners, this year’s event promises to be the best one yet!
For more information, or to contact our organizers, check out our event page on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TurnKingsHarborBlue/
This event is a lot of work for our team, but it’s so worth it, and has managed to grow and become a community favorite year over year. It’s now one of the largest events in Kingwood, and we look forward to hosting it for years to come.
Check out the latest video blog from Senior Partner Angie Truitt!
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 in. I immediately noticed empty bookshelves, open file cabinets, and worried looks on the faces of my coworkers.
Something bad had happened.
I walked into my own office and surveyed my surroundings. Only one case file remained of the 35 files I managed during my first year of practicing law. I turned to see my boss standing in the doorway.
“Sorry about this, kiddo. I really am. We’re going to have to let you go. We’re letting just about everyone go.”
Stunned, I sat down, head swimming, thinking of car payments and rent and groceries, and how to begin the search for a new job. I barely heard his explanation that our biggest, pretty much only, client decided to hire a different firm and we lost all their business. I just zeroed in on the part where I just lost my job.
At 27 years old, that was the first time I would experience the unexpected loss of a job and be forced to look for a new one. Luckily, I had a good network of classmates and alums of my law school and was working within a week, but the prospect of finding something new was definitely a daunting one.
I’ve also been on the other side of that experience, having to tell someone they no longer have a job. I know it’s never an easy conversation, even when you’re dealing with an employee that isn’t a great fit for your company. Naturally, you don’t want them to stress or struggle even when parting ways is necessary.
Being on both sides of this coin gives me a unique perspective when helping professionals who’ve recently lost jobs, and with clients who want to help their severed employees transition into the job search market. At Joseph Chris Partners, we offer services for both in the form of Executive Coaching for those professionals looking to reenter the job market, and Career Transitions for those companies who want to help their former employees prepare for their own job search.
Both options offer several levels of service, tailored to the needs and budget of either the professional or the company, and we offer free consultations for you to determine which level is right for you.
If you want to learn more, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how we can help you or your company.
Things worked out for the best for me after that fateful day when the U-Haul blocked my office door. I went on to work at a litigation boutique with some amazing and talented people in a firm that was by far my favorite in my 13 years of practicing law. So even when news of a job change makes your next steps in your professional life uncertain, something incredible could be waiting for you just around the corner. Don’t be afraid to step around the things in your way and open the door to the new opportunities.