December 2017

Hope everyone kicked off their holidays the right way last week!

2018 is right around the corner! 

What are you doing to prepare yourself for success in the new year?

Here are some ideas for both professional and personal growth:

START A MEDITATION PRACTICE: This isn't just OH-ming folks.  This about taking 5 to 20 minutes out of your day to rest your mind, to FORCE yourself to think about one thing and one thing only.  Preferably, that one thing in your mind is something that makes you warm and fuzzy through and through or calms your body.  LEARN SOMETHING NEW EACH DAY: Believe it or not, social media is a great way to learn new things on the daily basis - you just have to follow the right stuff.  Yes, cat videos and crotch bloopers are funny but maybe, on your LinkedIn feed you follow companies and groups that do things that you want to do or wonder about.  Follow Telsa to hear about their Gigafactory in Nevada, brew your own beer, raise some chickens, start your own side hustle or bring it back to AEC and keep it local in Chi-town with The Obama Presidential Center.  If you want to know more about the The Obama Presidential Center, click HERE to read what our very own Jonathan Baldwin dug up and put together for ya! Sensational! CHANGE HOW YOU FUEL YOUR BODY:  It's actually NOT about eating less.  It's about eating the right ratio of proteins, fats and carbs at each meal slash snack to fuel your body.  If you are properly fueled, you run more efficiently and if you run more efficiently - you get more stuff done.  Yeah! Do more stuff in 2018!  READ MORE BOOKS: And we're not talking spec books people, yuck.  We are talking stuff that makes your brain go "hmmmmmm".  In today's  age of smartphones, you don't even have to leave your house to pick up a good book with eBooks.  Some of those books will even tuck you in at night and read to you!  WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN: I like to say that this can also be what we call The Bucket List.  Make a list of the stuff you want to do in your life - those ideas become just a little more real when you put the down on paper and it holds you accountable!

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 Ogilvie Train Station | Chicago, IL

Ogilvie Train Station | Chicago, IL

SOCIAL RESPONSIBLY PROGRAM | Don't fret!  It continues!  There’s one thing for certain here at Talent Hitch, the giving does not end at Thanksgiving. Our company has made a commitment to giving back to our community on a monthly basis. The plan is simple, we choose a different charity every month and organize volunteer days throughout the month in which our team joins together to help a common cause. Last month we chose the Greater Chicago Food Depository. We participated in two volunteer days and organized one very successful food drive. In total last month we were able to help contribute roughly 15,462 meals to the hungry! In addition we helped to raise $1,342.97 of funds for the GCFD! Needless to say, we are incredibly proud of our accomplishments this past month. Feeling in the giving spirit after reading this? You’re in luck, our company’s virtual food drive is continuing throughout the entire month of December! So far, we have raised $429 through our individual drive, now lets make that number grow! Give it here!

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 The SQUAD from Left to Right | Sam; Jay; Robert; Gurbeer; Abbey; Michael; Ryan; Rob; Ro; Kyle; Tyler; Ronnie; Daniel

The SQUAD from Left to Right | Sam; Jay; Robert; Gurbeer; Abbey; Michael; Ryan; Rob; Ro; Kyle; Tyler; Ronnie; Daniel

11.19.17 HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO US | Looking back on the last two years, it’s incredible to think about how much our company has grown. What started as one man’s dream to work for himself as an AEC recruiter has quickly blossomed into an expert team of recruiters working for the fastest growing staffing firm in the AEC marketplace. This year alone we added 7 new recruiters to our team and several new positions within the company including a director of business development, a creative director, a market analyst and a four legged chief morale officer. So what’s next for Talent Hitch? Let’s just say we have big plans for the next two years! Oh yeah....and we are officially tweeting folks, follow us on Twitter (@AECTalentFinder)

Talent Hitch’s newest member and Creative Director, Tara Breinig is lending her lens and extensive AEC photography archive to add an artistic touch to our Instagram and creative campaigns. Keep an eye out for more of Tara’s photography in the upcoming months!

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SMALL BUSINESS WEEK | We have continued to make new friends both in the AEC industry and beyond.  Here are a few for web design, COFFEE (mmmmmmcofffeeeeeeee), personal/ corporate wellness and art of course.  Please help them out by liking and following them on social media!

 Pareidolia for Hospitality

Pareidolia for Hospitality

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------NETWORKING | Some of our other new friends who you may have heard of are SMPS and AGC!

Last event with SMPS was at our very own Thornton Thomasetti in Chicago to talk about Management from the Middle, presented with a ton of insight and hashtags by Jenifer Johnson. The next one, which sold out, is this coming Tuesday, 12/5/17 at WSP and will be covering "Relationships Matter: Build Enduring Client".

Oh and by the way...are YOU signed up for the convention in New Orleans for February 2018? No?  You should!

Then.....then.....then we will be at the BuiltWorlds Workforce Conference at UI Labs leading one of the panels next week.  Yup!  Contact Ro, (ro@talenthitchinc.com) to be one of our guest of honors!

 The built world has a major workforce dilemma. The demand for skilled men and women in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries continues to rise, while the number of people available to fill these positions is sharply declining.

The built world has a major workforce dilemma. The demand for skilled men and women in the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries continues to rise, while the number of people available to fill these positions is sharply declining.

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CLOSING AGRUMENT | ha.  There is none!  Props to all the small businesses out there - get it and get it good! Have a safe holiday folks!  Hug yer family and we will see you next year with our first entry into the INDUSTRY BLOG for 2018!