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Thanksgiving Thoughts - 2013

Thanksgiving Thoughts

When I sat down to write this Thanksgiving greeting I considered writing the standard, "Thank you for your business" message followed by a polite "I'd like a second helping of it in the months to come" statement. Seemed like a good idea, quick, easy, and expected at this time of year. Unfortunately for me, it is not my nature to do anything quick and easy. I started thinking about my professional life, where it has brought me, and how I got here.

Being a recruiter is not the easiest job in the world but it's mine and I believe it is what I was meant to do with my career.  Although the job orders are sometimes challenging, the clients' "ideal" candidate doesn't actually exist, the candidates' personalities are "interesting", the process doesn't move as quickly as we would all like, I can still say I love what I do for a living. Think about it. How many people can actually say they love what they do and really mean it? I'm thankful for the simple fact that I can still say those words after being in this, often insane, business for so many years. 

I'm thankful for the WB Mason delivery man who promptly arrives with water and coffee just before the well runs dry. I'm thankful for our lovely Mail Lady who visits us every day bringing magazines, bills, and sometimes the best envelopes in the world, checks! I'm thankful for my clients who have become more like old friends over the years of working together. I'm thankful for my candidates who have been kind enough to tell me that I'm different than anyone else they have worked with because I seem to care about their well-being and that I'm really nice...for a recruiter. I'm even thankful for the occasional bizarre encounters I have because they remind me that it takes all types of personalities to make this world of ours work. 

Most of all, I'm thankful for the team of people I have the privilege of working with every day. Without them, there would be no Everett Kelley Associates. Being a business owner can be a thankless job but it was my choice and I am thankful for every moment of it. 

To sum it up, I am thankful for the people around me, the clients who need me, and the candidates I'm able to help. Without any of them, I would have no purpose in my professional life. Thank you to all.

Warm wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,

Lisa McDermott

Everett Kelley Associates, Inc.

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