Let JSG Make Your Thanksgiving Holiday Easier


During this time of year, we are often asked to reflect upon what we’re thankful for. Many of us are thankful for our careers, family, or our friends. Throughout the year, JSG has many things to be thankful for, including our latest SIA awards.

However, what we are truly grateful for is the scorching hot job market! Over the last two months, the unemployment rate hit a 49-year low of 3.7 percent. And throughout the last 12 months, the number of unemployed Americans has decreased by 449,000, or a rate of 0.4 percent.

Candidates are loving this job market

This is absolutely fantastic for candidates! Many Americans are happy to say they’re extremely thankful for a new career opportunity they secured earlier this year. But this is a completely different story for many employers out there.

With such a competitive job market, employers are battling to attract qualified, talented candidates to come and work for them. And even if they get a candidate to accept a job offer, many employers are faced with candidates failing to show up on the first day of work. The market is so hot that candidates have options (and lots of them!).

Employers are feeling the pain of this tight market

And if you are one of these struggling hiring managers, you are not alone. 60 percent of companies are experiencing longer fill times for vacant positions. What makes matters worse is that nearly 51 percent of candidates continue to search for other opportunities AFTER accepting a job offer.

So, while you are waiting for pre-employment screening and paperwork to get finished up, candidates are still looking for other opportunities. If something better shows up, many candidates don’t have a problem with jumping ship to the better opportunity. And many of which are doing it without so much as a heads-up email.

Let JSG work for you this Thanksgiving season

Workers around the country are thankful for the bountiful job opportunities. For hiring managers, not so much. The holidays can be the most stressful time of year. Go take a much-needed break, spend time with your loved ones this holiday season, and let JSG take some of that stress off your plate. That way you have more room to breathe (and for more of that delicious turkey on your plate!).

Happy Thanksgiving to all our wonderful clients and candidates. And if you need help filling your critical roles this holiday season, reach out to us. After all, that’s not just what we do, but it is also what we love to do.

Eat What Makes You Happy: A Collection Of JSG Family Favorite Recipes

eat what makes you happy

Here at JSG, we view our employees as family. Which is why, this Thanksgiving we wanted to share a little piece of our family with you and yours by sharing some of our favorite recipes. Some have been passed down from generation to generation, some signify family celebrations and holidays, and some just sound absolutely delicious. We hope that a few of these will inspire your holiday or every day menu and warm your family table.

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Grandma’s Garlic Dip
“My Grandma found this recipe on a Philadelphia cream cheese package many years ago and only served it at the holidays. It has been passed down to all the generations of our family and I haven’t met anyone that has heard of this recipe.”
From the kitchen of Pamela Rose, Collections Analyst – JSG Westmont

Knorr Spinach Dip
“This is the easiest and most in-demand recipe I make. My friends request it every time we get together and we make it as an appetizer for almost every family holiday!”
From the kitchen of Patrice MacMillan, JSG Marketing Manager

Lasagna Dip
From the kitchen of Mike Muglia, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Santa’s Belly Warmer
From the kitchen of Mike Muglia, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Spinach Stuffed Mushrooms
From the kitchen of Debra Silva, Cash Application Specialist – JSG Westmont

Eat What Makes You Happy: A Collection Of JSG Family Favorite Recipes

Main Courses

Bacon Wrapped Meatloaf
From the kitchen of Ken Heller, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Beer Brined Turkey
From the kitchen of Dallas Williams, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Breakfast Casserole
From the kitchen of Tracy Isakson, Banking Team Lead – JSG Spokane

Chicken & Gravy
“It’s so so simple and so delicious! It’s perfect for these chilly fall nights we are having in the Midwest.”
From the kitchen of Kaitlyn Gorman, HR Admin – JSG Westmont

Chicken & Rice Casserole
“My family adores this stuff and makes for great leftovers. Even works great as dip for tortilla chips when you’re running low!”
From the kitchen of Nick Mason, Technical Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Cornbread Stuffed & Fried Porkchops
“Save this for a Sunday because it’s a lot of work but it’s so worth it!”
From the kitchen of Patrice MacMillan, JSG Marketing Manager

Crescent Wrapped Chicken Parm
“I am not the best cook or anything, but this is something I love to make and it is very good!”
From the kitchen of Brent Davi, Technical Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Crockpot White Chicken Chili
“I just made this for Chili our Halloween PotLuck here at JSG Westmont Office. A friend of mine on my bowling team shared it with me saying it was super easy and super Delicious! It turned out fantastic!! I am definitely going to make this again! Maybe with a little more spice!”
From the kitchen of Jamie Nickos, Sr. Cash Application Specialist – JSG Westmont

Easy French Dip
From the kitchen of Jeremy Johnson, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Homemade Turkey BBQ
“A great turkey BBQ recipe we all use AFTER the holiday turkey dinner made with the fresh turkey leftovers. It’s been a hit for years and years and requested by many!”
From the kitchen of Patty Rhoads, JSG Safety/Risk Manager

One Pan Italian Sausage & Veggies
“We have always struggled to get the kids to eat “healthier” and everyone in my family loves this recipe and its convenient to make.”
From the kitchen of Andrew Lopez, Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Pumpkin Soup
From the kitchen of Jeff Paarlberg, Branch Manager – JSG Jacksonville

Ranch Crockpot Pork Chops
“A great easy wintertime recipe.”
From the kitchen of Chris Tankersley, Technical Recruiter – JSG Cameron

Sausage Butternut Squash Ravioli
From the kitchen of Donna Blodgett, Office Administrator – JSG Jacksonville

Slow Cooked Pork Carnitas
From the kitchen of Dave Wilson, Sr. Technical Recruiter – JSG Tampa

Stuffed Peppers
“This is my mom’s recipe and I don’t know where she got it but I absolutely love it.”
From the kitchen of Steve Sorenson, Business Development Manager – JSG Westmont

Swedish Meatballs
“My family is very Swedish so we have a traditional Swedish Christmas Eve dinner every year. One year my great aunt refused to make the meatballs when talking with my mom on the phone. She made the meatballs every year and if she didn’t make them we wouldn’t have them. When she told my mom that she didn’t want to make them my mom hung up on her. My aunt called back, thinking the line was just disconnected. She continued to talk about how she wasn’t going to make the meatballs; my mom hung up on her again. This continued for about 20 minutes before my aunt realized that my mom was purposely hanging up on her for not making the meatballs. Needless to say she made the meatballs that year. Last year was our first year without her so we all pitched into make the meatballs together; definitely a bittersweet moment.”
From the kitchen of Linnea Rummage, HR Generalist – JSG Westmont

Sweet Potato Sausage Casserole
From the kitchen of Ginger Nilsson, Sr. Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville

Thanksgiving In A Blanket
From the kitchen of Diane Lacson, Sr. Recruiter – JSG Irvine

Toad In The Hole
“This is a dish that my Mum makes for me every time I am back in England for the holidays. I don’t have her recipe, but I managed to find one which is very close. The dish is called Toad in the Hole, and it is good, old fashioned English comfort food. I’m not too sure how well it would go down in an American household, but we love it back at home.”
From the kitchen of Paul Hopkins, Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville

Eat What Makes You Happy: A Collection Of JSG Family Favorite Recipes

Side Dishes

Bacon & Brussels Sprouts Gratin
From the kitchen of Perry Paden, Senior Vice President – JSG Spokane

Balsamic Roasted Baby Carrots
From the kitchen of Shahna Jacks, Administrative Assistant – JSG Spokane

Broccoli Casserole
“My Mom always makes this delicious casserole for our whole family to enjoy.”
From the kitchen of Marla Kilgore, Senior Recruiter – JSG Knoxville

Cheesy Bacon Potatoes
From the kitchen of James Borders, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Cranberry Salad
“My sister makes this salad and everyone loves it.”
From the kitchen of Marla Kilgore, Senior Recruiter – JSG Knoxville

Creamed Pearl Onions
From the kitchen of Dennis White, Business Development Manager – JSG Huntsville

Fresh Corn Salad
“This is a popular dish we make in the summer for friend and family get-togethers.  It’s nice and fresh and doesn’t fill you up too much unless you eat the whole bowl.”
From the kitchen of Jim Halvorson, Branch Manager – JSG Westmont

Holiday Carrot Salad
From the kitchen of Jason Kennedy, Sr. Account Executive – JSG Jacksonville

Nonni’s Stuffing
From the kitchen of Dana Belstler – Mining Team Lead – JSG Spokane

Red Skinned Mashed Potatoes
“If you don’t have an Instant Pot – I highly recommend getting one! We use ours at least 3 times a week and it makes weeknight meals a breeze!”
From the kitchen of Patrice MacMillan, JSG Marketing Manager

Rice Pilaf
“This recipe for Pilaf has been handed down from my Grandmother: Rose Varthoui Arzumenian Farsakian Armenian cookbook.  They escaped Armenia to the US during the Genocide where at least 664,000 and possibly as many as 1.2 million died.”
From the kitchen of Cathy Kennedy, Director of Business Development – JSG San Jose

Spiced Sweet Potato Mash
From the kitchen of Terry Peak, Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville

“The vibrant and fresh “Toubleh” salad has always been an old time favorite of my family. As a child during the festive seasons, my taste buds would jingle when my mom would say, “Guess what we’re having this evening?….Tabouleh!” The good old memories still float in my mind as a married man today. I still visit my mom during festive seasons (as many times as possible) and can’t wait to savor her artistically made Tabouleh…made especially for me. I hope you can make and enjoy it too!”
From the kitchen of Youssef Alonzo, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Whole Roasted Cauliflower
From the kitchen of Zach Williams, Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville


Banana Cake
From the kitchen of Frank Pytel, Vice President Marketing – JSG Westmont

Cathedral Windows
“My Grandma used to make these every holiday season… my sisters still, from time to time, continue the tradition by making them.  They always remind me of the Holidays.”
From the kitchen of Ken Slater, JSG Executive Vice President

Charlotte Russe
“This dessert is pretty easy to make, but always makes an impressive presentation. My family doesn’t care what I serve for Christmas dinner as long as I serve Charlotte Russe!”
From the kitchen of Andrea Mores, Manager of Billing Operations – JSG Westmont

From the kitchen of Kathy Stevens, A/R Manager – JSG Westmont

Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cups
“Whenever I come home for the holidays my Mom always has a stack of these waiting for me!”
From the kitchen of Luc MacKenzie – JSG Marketing Intern

Cookie Dough Truffles
“Another holiday family favorite – perfect for a cookie exchange, gift basket, or hostess gift!”
From the kitchen of Patrice MacMillan – JSG Marketing Manager

Cowboy Cookies
“This is a recipe that my Mom and I have used to make cookies for our families holiday cookie exchange every Christmas.”
From the kitchen of Harry Snyder, Business Development Manager – JSG Westmont

Giant Ginger Snaps
From the kitchen of Danine Miller, Business Development Manager – JSG Monroeville

Kahlua Cake
“This is my mom’s go-to indulgent dessert for every special occasion. When I was in college, she even sent me Kahlua cakes by mail! It is the most rich and moist cake you will ever have – so insanely delicious!”
From the kitchen of Patrice MacMillan, JSG Marketing Manager

Oreo Truffles
From the kitchen of Nicole Shenberger, Technical Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Peanut Clusters
From the kitchen of Alex Price, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Peppermint Crunch Mix
From the kitchen of Anne Rezabek, Corporate Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars
“I haven’t tried the pumpkin Cheesecake Bars but they make me drool every time I see them on my Facebook wall. I can’t wait to try them.”
From the kitchen of Jamie Nickos, Sr. Cash Application Specialist – JSG Westmont

Pumpkin Pie Dip
From the kitchen of Renee Tuck, Employee Service Representative – JSG Jacksonville

Redneck Toffee
From the kitchen of Perry Paden, Senior Vice President – JSG Spokane

Salted Caramel Applesauce
From the kitchen of Derek Rix, Sr. Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville

Shaum Tortes
“My Grandma used to make these every holiday season… my sisters still, from time to time, continue the tradition by making them.  They always remind me of the Holidays.”
From the kitchen of Ken Slater, JSG Executive Vice President

S’mores Bars
From the kitchen of Frank D’Amico, Sr. Technical Recruiter – JSG Westmont

Sweet Tart Cinnamon Apples
“This was the first dessert I made for the first Thanksgiving dinner we had in our new house.”
From the kitchen of Rich Baker, Sr. Technical Recruiter – JSG Jacksonville

The Next Best Thing To Robert Redford
From the kitchen of Krista Portolesi, Account Executive – JSG Spokane

Upside Down Apple Pecan Pie
From the kitchen of Shahna Jacks, Administrative Assistant – JSG Spokane

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

Thanksgiving would not be the same without friends, family and a large meal!

Here are some tips to keep everyone safe during this special day. (please be sure to share our monthly safety email with your staff and contractors)

Stay in the kitchen – Remain in the kitchen while cooking, and keep a close eye out for food that is frying, grilling or broiling. Also, it’s a good idea to limit the number of people hanging out in the kitchen to limit distractions!

Keep fabrics away from the cooking area – Keep things that can easily catch on fire (wooden utensils, packaging, oven mitts, towels) away from the cooking area. It’s also a good thing to pay attention to what you are wearing.

Don’t mix drinking and cooking – Be alert when cooking, and don’t use the stovetop if you’ve been drinking or are sleepy.

Know how to put out small fires – For a small grease cooking fire, smother the flames by sliding a lid over the pan and turning off the burner. Leave it like this until it’s completely cooled. For an oven fire, turn off the heat and keep the oven door closed. Also, be sure to keep a small fire extinguisher nearby.
Any other kind of fire, GET OUT and all 9-1-1.

Leave the turkey frying to experts – The NFPA discourages the use of turkey fryers, which can lead to devastating burns and other injuries. This can also lead to property destruction because of the large amount and high temps of the oil used.

Test your smoke alarms before and keep them connected – Make sure they are installed and working!

Never thaw a turkey at room temperature – This promotes the growth of dangerous bacteria. The safest way to thaw a turkey is to thaw it in the refrigerator. You should do this with the turkey still in its’ own unopened wrapper breast facing up and placed on a tray. The accepted rule of thumb for time is 1 day refrigerator thawing for every four pounds of turkey.

Be careful with candles – Candles are often part of holiday decorations. Candles should be located where children will not be tempted to play with them, and where guests will not accidentally brush against them.

When it’s time to cut the turkey, be sure to utilize a sharp knife – Sharp knives cut easier than dull ones and you’re less likely to cut yourself accidently.

Watch those leftovers – With a large family gathering and a larger than usual meal, leftovers are on the table a little bit longer than usual. In general, if it has been left out over two hours you should not keep it. It should just be thrown out.

Have a safe Thanksgiving!