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(The JJES Team with guest speaker Soledad O’Brien)It’s almost the end of the year: a time when we all take stock of the previous year and look ahead to the next. We evaluate what worked and how we can do more of it; if there were things that didn’t work we think about how to improve it. At J. Johnson Executive Search we’re no different. We have been busy building our team to serve your teams as you look toward future growth. We’ve also been honing our strategy of giving back in a way that aligns with our organization’s mission.

It’s a challenge for any company, whether professional services or another industry, to develop and then follow a corporate giving strategy. At JJES we are lucky: we not only found an organization near and dear to our hearts but it aligns perfectly with what we do.

Most of us are familiar with the organization Dress for Success as the organization to which we donate business  attire for women in transition. For donors it’s a chance to clean out the closet and get rid of good pieces that either don’t fit quite right, or are the wrong color or perhaps with which we got bored. For recipients it’s a chance to get a fresh look and arrive at those job interviews looking sharp. We’ve been supporting this organization since 2009, and I proudly served as President of the NYC Young Executives for Success in 2012. Last week our team, along with a few friends and clients, attended the Women Helping Women breakfast in New York City.

What most people don’t know is how far-reaching Dress For Success is. In addition to the “suits” the organization provides several other supportive services: mentoring, resume-building, interview coaching, networking and other services for women in life transitions. Once they land jobs successfully, DFS also runs a Professional Women’s Group in which newly re-employed women can share tips and tactics for navigating the road ahead. Women who reach DFS have faced significant obstacles, yet their perseverance and sheer will lands them at the DFS doorstep. DFS programs help them get the right jobs, and then take part in the right post-employment activities that support their continued growth and development.

We like to say that our team at JJES is expert at curation of candidates. In our placement process we really get to know the people who will be employees of our clients’ firms someday. We know how our clients and candidates are likely to react in certain situations and it allows us to pair them for maximum success. And once they’re in the jobs, we absolutely keep in touch. It’s a continuous, ongoing process of building and cultivating a great network of people who help each other over and over again. Like any network, sometimes people contribute and sometimes they’re in a position of need. At JJES we are honored to be part of this process for our clients and for the candidates we place, and help them both through their transitions on the way to growth and success.

We’re honored to count ourselves among the many DFS supporters and be there for those women in the same way.