Miranda Jones

JSG Employee Spotlight: Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones

Miranda Jones is a Recruiting Manager for our North Charleston, SC office. She’s been with JSG for over seven years and specializes in direct hire placements. We sat down with Miranda to get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say about her role at JSG and her team.

You’ve been with JSG for seven years now. Tell us a little about your time with JSG and how you earned your way to becoming Recruiting Manager for your office?

I began my career at JSG as a Staffing Coordinator and after several months, I was promoted to a Technical Recruiter. At the time, I was responsible for both contract and direct hire placements. Through performance (and preference), I was given an opportunity to focus solely on direct hire.

After successfully performing as a DH Recruiter and showing an ability to mentor and train new recruiters on our team, I was offered an opportunity to build a new direct hire team in Charleston for the first time since our inception. Thus far, I’ve added two DH team members, Liana Presti and Taylor Graves. So far this year, JSG Charleston just hit their 12th direct hire placement for 2019. We’re off to a great start!

You seem to have a genuine passion for recruiting and the Staffing Industry. What do you enjoy the most about your job? What keeps you excited to come to work day after day?

It sounds cliché, but I truly enjoy positively impacting my candidate’s lives and helping their dreams come true. It’s also very rewarding to help my client’s find great candidates that can make an immediate impact on their organization.

I also like mentoring the recruiters on my team to strive to be the best in our industry. I’ve been truly blessed with attracting a solid team with unlimited potential. They’re a dream to work with and make leading fulfilling.

You’ve spent the majority of your career as a recruiter. What advice would you give someone who is just starting a career as a recruiter?

Never settle for being a good recruiter; find out who the best is and beat them by a mile. Also, stay ethical. No short-term win will ever beat the long-term benefits of a professional network that trusts you and colleagues that respect you.

Jeff Paarlberg

JSG Employee Spotlight: Jeff Paarlberg

Jeff Paarlberg

Jeff Paarlberg is the Branch Manager for Johnson Service Group’s Jacksonville, FL office. He’s been with JSG for over eight years now. We sat down with him and asked him a few questions about him, his team in Jacksonville, and his career. Check out what he had to say.

You have a very diverse work history. Tell us about your journey into the Staffing & Recruiting industry?

I was actually a student-athlete for the University of Illinois where I played baseball. After graduation, I wanted to go to dental school. After a while, I decided that being a dentist wasn’t the path for me and I moved back home to the Chicago area. Shortly after, my now wife and I decided to move to Florida to avoid the windy city and find a new home to settle down in. I met some guys working for JSG while playing on a softball team and I was eventually asked to join the JSG team in Florida.

At the time, the Florida office was in its infancy. They didn’t have a ton of business and they were just getting started. And there were just three of us on the team when I started.

You have been the Branch Manager for the Jacksonville office for nearly 5 years now. Tell us a little about your team and how it’s grown over the years?

It’s interesting to think how the Jacksonville office, as well as JSG as a company, has grown and changed over the years. When I first started at JSG, I was running a full desk. I was working as a Business Development Manager as well as doing some recruiting. We identified an opportunity sourcing for managed service provider (MSP) positions. At the time, it was really an untapped market for JSG. We started there and it really helped us grow our business. We eventually landed a big energy account and it remains one of JSG’s largest accounts to this day.

After we continued to grow through the years, our office needed a leader and I was gratefully given the opportunity to lead the team in Jacksonville. We started with three people and now we have 11 on our team and looking to keep growing.

What are the goals for the Jacksonville office in 2019?

Our goal is to continue becoming the most trusted partner for our clients and employer for our consultants. And as a leader, it’s always my goal to see everyone on my team achieve their personal goals. I always strive to do whatever I can to help them reach their goals because when they hit their personal goals, the Jacksonville office hits our goals.

Is there one piece of advice that you would like to give to all of your clients in this candidate-driven job market?

If I could tell all my clients one thing, it would be to trust in our partnership. We’re here to help guide them through this low supply/high demand market.  For certain skillsets, we face the dilemma of a price tag for the “perfect” candidate vs. the skills of a candidate that fits a certain budget. And these two things can sometimes be pretty far apart.  We understand your bottom line is important. However, sometimes a higher salary is necessary to get the best candidates to join your team!

Justin Taylor

JSG Employee Spotlight: Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor

Justin Taylor is a recruiter from our Haddon Heights, NJ office. He’s been with JSG since November 2018 and is off to a hot start. We sat down with him for a few minutes to learn more about him and his role at JSG.

This is your first role as a recruiter. How has the transition been over the past four months?

The transition from my role as a Recruiting Coordinator to a Recruiter has been pretty smooth. During my senior year of college, I had an internship as a Recruiting Coordinator for Bancroft where I was responsible for the back-end processes of recruiting. I was responsible for coordinating interviews, reaching out to candidates, and other behind the scenes tasks. After graduation, I worked as a temporary Recruiting Coordinator for a global healthcare company where I was more involved with the recruiting process.

In November of 2018, I started working for JSG out of our Haddon Heights office. With my back-end experience and the help of my team, the transition to recruiting has been great.

What do you enjoy about being a recruiter compared to the back-end support roles you’ve held in the past?

I love being a recruiter! I have the opportunity to communicate with a lot of different people and build lasting relationships. JSG allows me to grow and offers a lot of flexibility. I have the opportunity to recruit on a number of different roles in various industries, so every day is a little different.

My job is really rewarding. I get to help great candidates find new career opportunities, as well as help my clients find talented candidates for their organizations. It’s very fulfilling to help a candidate throughout the whole hiring process and watch them find a new job they love.

So far, you’re averaging 12 submittals per week and have 13 hires over the past two months. What are your goals for the rest of 2019 and how will you keep this momentum going?

I have to give credit to my team. They have been a big help over the last few months and made this transition easy. They are very supportive and have provided me the opportunity to grow.

My goal for the rest of 2019 is to continue the strong start I’ve had so far this year. I want to continue to increase my client submittals, and obviously, increase the number of hires. But overall, my goal is to keep building relationships and continue to help place great people with great companies.

Cathy Kennedy

JSG Employee Spotlight: Cathy Kennedy

Cathy Kennedy

Cathy Kennedy is a Director of Business Development at Johnson Service Group. She’s been with JSG for over five years in our San Jose office and has an extensive background in sales. We sat down with Cathy to get to know her better and learn a little more about her role at JSG.

You have an extensive background in sales. Tell us a little about your sales career.

I started my sales career at Better Office Systems (now known as Ikon) selling copiers. After about 10 years, I made the transition into the staffing industry as an area sales manager. After a few years, I ended up back in the copier business.

However, after some time, I realized I wasn’t passionate about the industry anymore. After selling thousands of copiers, I didn’t feel as satisfied each time I made a sale. As a result, I made the transition back to the staffing industry as a Director of Business Development for JSG and I’ve been here for over five years now. I have truly developed a passion for helping my clients find great candidates.

What’s different about working for JSG than the other organizations you’ve been a part of?

I love working for JSG. I have the opportunity to run my own business. My position is much more hands-on than the other sales jobs I had in the past. I fell in love with being able to help my clients find great candidates for their teams as well as help people make their next career move. It’s really rewarding helping people find new job opportunities.

At JSG, I have the opportunity to build partnerships with my clients and candidates. I personally know each of my contractors. Having these relationships helps me retain my business and keep them working. JSG offers tons of flexibility and the harder I work, the more successful I will be.

What’s an interesting part of your job that most people don’t know about?

At JSG, I have the opportunity to do a little of everything. I’m kind of a mixed bowl. I am the single point of contact for my clients and get to work directly with the hiring managers. We have great relationships and trust one another, which allows us to quickly fill their critical positions. Essentially, I am an extension of HR.

And with the unemployment rate being only 2.8 percent in the Silicon Valley, I also get the opportunity to help our team recruit when I have some spare time.

Marla Kilgore

JSG Employee Spotlight: Marla Kilgore

Marla Kilgore

Marla Kilgore is a Sr. Recruiter from our Knoxville, Birmingham, and Nashville offices. She has been with JSG for over 10 years and has a tremendous amount of industry experience. We sat down with her and learned a little more about her time with JSG and her impressive career as a recruiter.

You have nearly 24 years of experience in the Staffing and Recruiting industry. What has kept you working in this field for so long?

I’ve been in the Staffing industry since 1995. During the early years of my career, I specialized in perm staffing for engineering. I then moved to another recruiting firm after two years at JSG. After four years with that firm, I decided to return to JSG and have been working here for over 10 years collectively.

What do you enjoy about being a recruiter?

What I enjoy about staffing is the ever-changing environment. Helping candidates find new career opportunities is so rewarding. I love being able to follow the careers of the candidates I have placed. I have a story I reflect on often. I once placed a great candidate with one of our clients. Since I placed him, he has received five different promotions within the company. I have had the privilege of staying in touch with him and watching his career grow. Which again has solidified my passion for recruiting.

You worked for JSG for two years and moved on to another opportunity. What made you decide to return to the JSG family in 2011?

In 2011 after a brief departure, I decided to return to JSG. I love the flexibility that JSG offers to their employees. The company genuinely cares about your success and wants to watch you succeed. The people at JSG are incredible and our leadership team is great.

JSG is also a leader in recruiting for engineering roles which are my specialty. My brother is also a civil engineer, and it has helped strengthen my background in the industry. Engineering positions are also very fun to recruit on because they have so many different skill sets, depending on the type and role.

You’ve had a very successful career in the Staffing and Recruiting world. What are you hoping to accomplish in 2019?

My goal is to place as many people as I can. I want to help JSG as well as myself be successful throughout the year by placing hardworking candidates with our great clients. I work remotely but have the opportunity to work with several different offices throughout the company. It’s my goal to help each office source talented candidates and help them launch their careers.

Jamie Tran

JSG Employee Spotlight: Jamie Tran

Jamie Tran

Jamie Tran is a Regional Account Manager at JSG. She works out of our Bedford, TX office and has nearly 15 years of experience in the Staffing & Recruiting industry. We sat down with Jamie for a few minutes to get to know her a little better.

You’ve been with JSG for almost 10 years. Tell us a little about your time with the company.

I’ve been in the Staffing and Recruiting industry since 2005. In 2009, I started working for JSG as a Sr. Technical Recruiter. Several years later, I transitioned into my current position as a Regional Account Manager in 2013.

The transition was a little daunting at first, but I’ve grown to love my role here at JSG. I genuinely enjoy interacting with our clients and love fostering our relationships with them. Our office’s specialty is Aerospace; however, we service many different industries.

You have a ton of experience in the Staffing & Recruiting industry. How has the industry changed over the years and what are your thoughts on the tight market we are currently seeing?

In the world of recruiting, we currently have more resources than we have ever had before. New job boards and social media has really made a huge impact on our recruiting efforts over the years. We have more avenues to reach out to candidates which makes it easier to find that “purple squirrel.”

The candidate-driven market we are currently in forces us to be more creative with our recruiting methods. It has also helped us place an emphasis on retention of our current contractors and clients. Our office motto is “smile and dial.” We have to build great relationships with our clients and candidates and have strong, personal communication with them.

What are the goals for you and your team this year?

Every year, we strive to perform better. Our team continuously works to provide exceptional customer service to both our clients and our candidates. We want our candidates to be part of the JSG family for the long-term and continue to help them find their next assignment or position.

Lindsay Pate

JSG Employee Spotlight: Lindsay Pate


Lindsay Pate

Lindsay Pate is a Market Director here at Johnson Service Group and works out of our Charleston, SC office. She has been with JSG for over 13 years and offers a wealth of knowledge in the staffing and recruiting industry. We sat down with her to get to know her and her team a little bit better. Here’s what she had to say.

Tell us a little about your time here with JSG and your office in Charleston.

I started working for JSG in October of 2005 for the Charleston, SC office. The office opened up just six months prior to me being hired as a Staffing Coordinator. When this office was established, it was created to service our aviation efforts. Since then, it has evolved into specializing in the IT, Engineering, and Professional Services industries.

A few months after working at JSG, I became a recruiter, which is where I found my passion. Through the years, I have been promoted to a Senior Recruiter, a Branch Manager of our office, and I now serve as a Market Director.

You’ve been with JSG for over 13 years. How has the company changed through the years and what’s kept you here for so long?

It has been interesting to watch JSG and the Charleston office evolve through the years. When I first started working, we didn’t even have an IT or a Marketing department. Over the years, JSG has done a fantastic job streamlining processes and remaining competitive in the staffing & recruiting industry.

I worked for another staffing firm briefly before my tenure with JSG. I wasn’t sure I would enjoy a career in the industry, but JSG reignited my passion for recruiting; the company gave me the opportunity to grow as a recruiting professional. The leadership at JSG is fantastic. I have had the opportunity to work with great leaders throughout the years and Mike Measures, our Senior Vice President, is a tremendous asset to our team.

What are your goals for you and your team this year?

Our goal is to be the best. We take pride in the relationships we have developed over the years and it’s our goal to continue to foster partnerships with both our clients and candidates. We have the right people and if we continue to be faithful to our commitment of service excellence, we will have an incredible year.

Maribel Gomez

JSG Employee Spotlight – Maribel Gomez


Maribel Gomez

Maribel Gomez is an Account Manager for Johnson Service Group. She has been with JSG for nearly nine years and has over 20 years of experience in the Staffing & Recruiting industry. Maribel specializes in recruiting for the Aviation industry and works on-site with one of our clients in Florida. We sat down with her to get to know her a little better. Here’s what she had to say.

You’ve been with JSG for nine years this February. Congratulations! Tell us about your time here with JSG.

I started working for our JSG Atlanta team in 2010 as an On-site Coordinator. About three months later, I transitioned into a recruiting role in the Aviation industry and have been doing that ever since. I currently work on-site with one of our clients in Florida.

You’ve been with JSG for almost a decade. What do you like about working with JSG and what’s kept you here?

I love working for JSG. Johnson Service Group has allowed me to continue to grow and take on more responsibility throughout my time with the company. At my previous position, I was an on-site coordinator and wasn’t allowed to grow within the company. JSG and the Atlanta team instills trust in me and has allowed me to grow as a professional, which has allowed me to become an even better recruiter. The leadership is great, and I love coming to work every single day.

Why do you like working in the Aviation industry so much?

I’ve worked in the Aviation industry for nearly 22 years. My husband works in Aviation, as well as my son. Even my father-in-law and brother-in-law work in the industry, so you can say it’s a family affair. The Aviation industry fascinates me and has always just made sense to me. I enjoy being able to recruit in an industry that I understand well because it allows me to find the right candidates for my clients. My expertise in the field gives me the ability to source candidates who are going to make a tremendous impact for our clients.

What are your goals for you and your team in 2019?

We want to become the #1 staffing provider in maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) in the Aviation industry. My team and I want to continue to offer superior customer service to our clients and candidates. We want to continue to find talented candidates for our clients as well as ensure our candidates are part of the JSG family for life. It’s our goal to help our contractors find new job opportunities once their contract is finished. We want to keep our contractors working and partner with them throughout their careers, helping them and their families find great jobs throughout the country.

JSG Employee Spotlight: Steven Harwan

Steve Harwan is a Senior Technical Recruiter at Johnson Service Group. He has over 30 years of recruiting experience and works for our Blue Bell, PA office. We sat down with him and asked him a few questions about his impressive career in the staffing and recruiting industry. Read what Steve had to say!

After two long stints with other recruiting firms, what made you decide to join the JSG team last year?

I started as an engineering recruiter a “few” years ago. As a result, I have developed a strong background in recruiting for engineering roles. I have worked with both Ed Zetusky and Mike Adelman, Senior Vice Presidents of JSG, in the past. After having a conversation with Ed and Mike and after some organizational changes with the firm I was working for previously, I decided to make the transition to JSG.

It’s been an excellent leap so far! JSG’s expertise in the engineering industry is a great match for my background and skillsets.

You’ve been in the staffing and recruiting industry for over 30 years. How has it changed over time and what changes are you currently seeing in the industry?

Over the last couple of years, it’s become more difficult to find people interested in contract work. With the current state of the job market, workers have numerous job opportunities at their disposal. We have to be more creative when trying to attract contract workers.

And with technology changes throughout the years, the way we communicate with clients and candidates has drastically transformed. It’s easier to build relationships with both clients and candidates now that we have many different communication methods, such as texting and emailing.

What are some of the keys that have made your career as a recruiter successful over the years?

One thing that has helped me be successful in my career is having the mindset that you can get it done and that you can always find somebody. Whether it’s finding a talented candidate or partnering with a new client, if there is a will, there’s a way.

Another key to my success is always let people know that you are looking. You have to continue to reach out to people and if you consistently do that, you will eventually find the right people for the job.

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JSG Employee Spotlight: John Garcia

JSG Employee Spotlight

John Garcia is a Director of Business Development for JSG in our San Jose, CA office. Over the last few years (including 2018), John has been the #1 AVM producer for the Western Region at JSG. We sat down with him for a few minutes to ask him a couple questions.

You’ve been here at JSG for almost 10 years. Congratulations! What do you like about working for JSG?

The best part about working for Johnson Service Group is the people. I’ve had the opportunity of working for fantastic candidates and clients throughout the years. And for many of these clients, I have been working with them for close to 20 years. At this point in my career, some of these relationships with our clients have developed into friendships.

The management style has always been excellent. It’s been a pleasure to work with Jim Beckley for over 30 years.

You’ve been in the staffing industry for almost 30 years. How has the industry changed throughout the years?

The biggest change in the staffing industry over the years is the technology. When I first started working in the industry, we had file cabinets full of resumes. We used to have to go through each resume by hand and assign them a special code to organize them by skill sets. We either had to fax resumes to clients or in some cases, we even hand delivered them.

Once computers came around, it was actually a selling point that our entire team had a personal computer. Technology has really streamlined the recruiting process.

What’s a goal you and your team are hoping to accomplish this year?

Our goal is to obviously beat last year’s numbers, but most importantly, my team and I want to improve our communication with both our clients and our candidates. We have built great relationships through the years and we hope to continue to foster them as well as create new ones.

We also want to focus on building even better relationships with our candidates. Once one contract is up, we want to be able to quickly find our contractors another great opportunity; we want each of our candidates to be part of the JSG family for years to come.