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Monday, October 20, 2014

Patience, Leadership & Life

In our current day of “First World Problems” and instant gratification, I have to believe that patience is one of our virtues that we need to focus on in our leadership style, lifestyle and work style.

Patience is defined as the capacity to accept or tolerate delay, trouble or suffering without getting angry. 

There you have it. How’s your patience holding up so far?

We have become an increasingly impatient society – think about it. Standing in the line at the grocery store you see other customers’ rolling their eyes when someone has coupons, a question or an issue with their payment.  So many issues arise from our inability to have patience!

Patience is a virtue that a strong leader must have in order to guide an organization through changes in staff, processes and overall structure. It is with patience that a leader gains respect of their team.

Patience can serve you well in your job search.  Stop looking for instant gratification and take the time to interview the company as well, know the gaps you’ll face coming into the job and make the decision with the entire picture in full focus.

Have a great week and make a good decision by checking out all of the opportunities here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine! 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


When you hear the word  Service what images are conjured up in your mind? 

A military member who serves our country?

A server bringing a meal you are waiting for?  
Serving your community? 

Providing customer service or having your car in for service?

My point is that the word Service means a lot of different things depending on the situation and whether you are the customer or the person that provides a service.

I think of Service from a perspective of deliberate intent. What do I mean by that?

If you work in the food service industry, your role can be to serve food from a cafeteria line; literally scooping mounds of mac n’ cheese on trays. You do that because you need to pay the bills, or keep a roof over your head – good stuff.

However, if you are serving that food with  “service-minded” intent, in other words, you want to serve that mac n’ cheese with pride, professionalism and with the intent to please the customer, you have a deliberate intent. That makes all the difference in how you feel you’ve performed at your job, and how the customer feels about the food and service they received.

This mindset is not reserved for those in food service.

Working with a deliberate intent and a service-minded attitude changes how you approach your work and how you work with others, no matter if you are flipping burgers or flipping charts.

It’s all in how you approach each day, So Work With Me, People!

Check out the opportunities to work with us here and join the amazing team who serve with excellence!

Have A Great Week! 

Carol McD

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Work With Me, People!


One of the best parts of working on team is collaboration. I have to believe each of us gains some sort of benefit from listening to our work colleagues share their ideas and really dig deep to either find a solution, resolve an issue, change a process or generate a new one.

The dynamic of that working group can be super productive and they can accomplish a tremendous amount and develop and generate ideas that make a difference in the workplace.

So what components make up a good working collaborative team?

Like-minded people? Shared vision?   People with similar skills or background?

No, not exactly.

Much like the team you work with daily, having a variance in thinking, skills and background helps to generate thoughtful ideas.

This is how you should hire! Avoid the Stepford Wives Syndrome and hire people that are NOT like you, but bring a variance of ideas and skills – I digress.

As an active participant in collaborative efforts, I thrive on the different opinions and suggestions that come from those who have had different experiences and come from a different background. Working towards a shared vision and goal is always going to be the task, it’s the discussion that happens on the way there is the best!

So bring your experiences, ideas and vision to us here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and check out all of the opportunities here!

Work With Me, People!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Work With Me People!

Part of the challenge for recruiters is ensuring the candidates they are recruiting are good a cultural fit as well as have the required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities. 

It’s a tough balance as you know because the innate behaviors of a good team player, collaborative coworker are critical to being a well-rounded employee. These are the gems that we want to retain and grow within our organizations – but you have to have skills, right?

I can pose an argument for each side if pushed to do so, but to be honest I adhere to the practice that if we are doing our job in recruiting the most qualified and interested candidates, those are the employees that will want to engage, be successful and support the organizations missions and values.

So with that being said…

I’m officially changing the name of our HR Blog from, Human Resources Blog to Work With Me People to support the very conversation about recruitment and retention. 

Sometimes you’ll hear me say, Work With Me People, or Work with me, People – I love that grammar changes everything.

Its going to be Work With Me People when I need the support of those I serve – let’s work together to bring in the best and brightest and keep them in our house; and it will be Work With Me, People when I’m looking to bring in the best and brightest - which is always. 

So check us out here and all of the opportunities here at All Children's Hospital!

Work With Me, People!

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Stop Wasting Time

I’m not one to be a quote freak, but this particular phrase stuck out for me on a few levels:

“Stop wasting your time looking for the key to happiness… the door is open and unlocked… just walk through it.” 
Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

As humans we spend a lot of time looking for the perfect life, spouse, job or whatever it is that we think will make us happy.

It’s a quest that has proven to frustrate some as they never really seem happy with their situation. Something is always “not quite right” with their current state.

In my line of business, Talent Acquisition, you see this in a lot in people who are looking for that perfect opportunity and you see it in employers who seek the perfectly skilled, culturally matched ideal hire. 

It’s a constant conversation about what we need to give up to get what we want.  Or, what do I have to sacrifice to get more of what I want?

Having a career that fulfills you in some capacity is a wonderful thing. Having a job that allows you some flexibility to do the things in life is a wonderful thing too. 

Try not to be too focused on one “key” to happiness – there are many ways to make it work for you and your life situation.

So much hesitation and so much overthinking can destroy our ability to be happy in our jobs!

How do you find the key to happiness? I don’t have the answer for everyone, but I will say that if you stop for a second and realize that the door has been open and unlocked all this time – your search for the elusive key was a waste of time.

Check out the many opportunities here at All Children's Hospital Johns Hopkins Medicine and speak to one of our recruiters for more details!

Who needs a key?

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

What's Your Story?

So here’s a quick confession: About 15 years ago I wrote a column for the Tampa Tribune called the “Job Network Connection”, and it ran in the employment classified section each Sunday.   It was a weekly regular column that focused on how to find your next job by networking. I talked about LinkedIn profiles, networking events, how to follow up from job interviews etc… 

I was on the leading edge folks! 

This column lead to many speaking engagements with the local workforce organizations as they worked to  get the recently unemployed back to work. There was tremendous interest by those displaced workers on how to use their networks to generate opportunities  for jobs. 

You know that story – keep your network current because you never know when you’ll need them.

One of the most popular presentations and columns that I wrote was about your elevator pitch. Remember that? If you were in an elevator with a top executive, what could you say about yourself in 30 seconds that would be memorable and generate an interest on their part to continue the conversation?

Fast forward to today – While the “pitch” is still relevant, the situation, timing and level of engagement has certainly changed.  With the 24/7 access to our social platforms, our “pitch” is being given all the time – sometimes within our control and sometimes not. Check out what story is being told about you by doing a quick Google search of yourself – hopefully you won’t be surprised!

Telling your story is so much easier today, and honestly with so much clutter out there, it’s important that you control the message.

So what is your story? Are you sharing it with the right people and in the right space?

Share your story with our recruiters here at All Children's Hospital and check out all of the opportunities available to continue your story here!

Have A Great Week!

Carol McD

Friday, July 25, 2014

Friends At Work

It is a well-documented fact that employees who have friends in the workplace are happier, feel more fulfilled and are more engaged in the work they are doing. Having a friend or buddy where we work really can help us assimilate to the environment and keep us motivated when we get frustrated, or be that someone who understands the challenges and can lend an empathetic ear.

I have met some of my very best friends at work and can’t imagine having gone through those years without them.

I’m a huge fan of having a friend at work especially when you are onboarding. I’ve seen organizations that actually assign a “buddy” or “onboarding friend” to every new hire to show  them things like where to eat lunch,  where the best restaurants in town are,  where to park … and keep them informed of specific events that happen at the office that shouldn’t be missed. Love that strategy a lot!

Let’s not forget what a great experience that can also be for the employee who is assigned to be the “buddy.”  Clearly they are respected and well-liked by the organization and have been trusted to show “the new guy” around the office – talk about an ego  boost that goes a long way in employee retention!

So if you are the assigned friend, or just want to be a great coworker – help your new co-worker out! And, please show him or her where the restrooms are – that’s always so awkward to have to ask…

Be sure to check out all of the opportunities here  at All Children's Hospital and make contact with our recruiters today – work friends are part of the package!

Have a great week!

Carol McD