Happy Halloween!

In honor of Halloween, here are some of our staff’s and their family’s greatest costumes! Enjoy!

 

cowA Happy Cow! – Shawn Kinard

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An Artist Wannabe! – Rebecca Faulk

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A bumblebee and a very happy pumpkin! – Karen Truesdale’s dogs

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Ana Davis the Witch with her family!

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Elizabeth the Nerd! – Daughter of Catherine Culler

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Jacob the frog! – Son of Michael Bays

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Hamilton the Pirate! – Son of Chad Hardin

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Raggedy Ann! – Katherine Ericson

Do you have an embarrassing or funny costume to share?

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I Don’t Know How She Does It

Have you ever looked at a woman who works full time and has a family and thought, how does she do it? For me, someone who is in their early 20s, I envy moms who work and raise a family because they are doing what I hope to be able to do one day. I think for many women out there, we want to be able to raise a family but also work because it gives us a sense of accomplishment that you wouldn’t receive if you only raised a family. Below we have two amazing woman who are doing just that. They share their struggles, wisdom they’ve learned over the years, and the reasons they love what they are doing.

Catherine Culler is a Professional Recruiter here at Godshall. She has been with the company for over 10 years. She has three children, a son who is in seventh grade and twin daughters in sixth grade.

Cathy Boggs is also a Professional Recruiter that has been with Godshall for over 15 years! She has two children that are 6 and 4.

  1. What prompted you to continue to work after becoming a mom?

Culler:  “I have numerous reasons for continuing to work.  I needed the professional challenge and I enjoy engaging with other professionals.  It also eased the financial burden on my family to have that second income.  I get satisfaction out of being able to help others.”

Boggs:  “It was truly a financial decision. I reduced my schedule to 4 days per week to help with the work/family balance. It has been a blessing to my family and my sanity as well!  I chose to continue to work because I want to be able to pay for my children’s college education, have a healthy retirement nest egg to travel with my husband, and to be able to afford family vacations beyond the beaches of SC!”

  1. What is it like trying to work and raise a family at the same time?

Culler:  “It is challenging to balance work and family.  There is very little ‘down time’, so I try to streamline as much as possible.  I cannot keep my house as neat as I would like it, but the nice part is I am not in it very much anyway!  We rely on our family a lot for support.  We also have a great network of friends that we carpool with, which helps everyone.”

Boggs:  “Very difficult. I am so thankful for family support. My parents are retired and they play a BIG part in of our lives and pitch in on a weekly basis to help make my family run smoothly! Having a family and a career is a juggling act. It takes a lot of planning to make sure 2 kids are picked up from 2 different schools by 6pm and then rushed off to the baseball and/or soccer fields. Thanks goodness for carpools, good friends, good family, and a company that understands family needs!”

  1. What advice would you give to young/brand new moms that are trying to work and be a mom?  

Culler: “Young moms must understand that life is a jog, not a sprint. It is okay if everything in a weekend does not get checked off the list.  I still try to remain involved with my kids’ school and church.  I still attend almost all of their sporting events, because that matters to me.  Moms need to pick a few outlets outside of work and children and let the things go that are not important.  For me, I enjoy running and cycling.  I also really enjoy teaching younger kids at church; they keep me creative.   On the flip side, I rarely put much time into house decorating. I have pictures that have not been hung for three years!  My toilets get rings on them and there are dresser drawers without handles.  If a plant makes it in my house, it must be a cactus!”

Boggs: “Be organized. Use the time that your kids are napping or sleeping to get your chores done (laundry, paying bills, prepping dinner for the next day, etc). When you are home, enjoy every minute with your child and play with them! Being engaged with them during the time you are together is the most meaningful.”

  1. What is the biggest struggle you have had to overcome being a mom and working?

Culler: “The biggest struggle for a working mom is the attempt to balance it all–making sure homework is done, laundry is done, we have food in the pantry, errands are run, etc.  Time management is critical for survival.  I rarely watch TV, so sometimes I feel clueless about any pop culture.”

Boggs: “The feeling of guilt. It is hard to accept that school/daycare spends more time with your child than you do.  Initially, I felt like I was choosing a career over my children–then I realized I was choosing it FOR my children.  Other than a dog, there is nothing that my boys are missing in their life.  🙂  They are showered with love.  We are active parents and we are committed to being there for them.  I hate the word ‘Supermom’ because it is an impossible standard. I just do the best I can each day and am the best mom I can be while I am at home.”

  1. How do you manage the cooking, homework, sports, etc.?

Culler: “For cooking, we often grill several meals on Sunday and freeze.  I also let my daughter do some of the cooking.  Cooking is relaxing for me, but I have to get my kids and husband to help with the cleaning.  I also try to plan my list of meals for the week and shop all at once on Saturday.  I have ‘given in’ and often serve my kids frozen pizzas and corn dogs, which would not be my first choice if I had more time.  My husband is in charge of my son and his homework. We visit the teachers’ websites on Sundays and get his assignments for the week, so we can stay on top of what needs to be done. I also help my daughters with study reviews right before bed and quiz while they eat breakfast.”

Boggs: “Simply put…the best you can!  Utilizing friend and neighbors for carpools!  Cook when you can and Chic-Fil-A it when you can’t!

  1. What are the joys you get to experience that you wouldn’t see if you were a stay at home mom?

Culler: “Because I work, I’ve been exposed to so much about different industries and businesses.  I have taken plant tours, attended fun conventions, traveled to new cities, eaten a ton of good lunches, and made a new network of friends through professional business connections.  My work gives me a purpose, as well.  I feel independent and accomplished.”

Boggs: “The excitement on their face and all the hugs I receive when I get to pick them up early from school or have lunch with my son at school. You can’t take those little things for granted! I also really enjoy the experience of having a life outside of my children. There is certainly a sense of achievement you get from career success that is different from ‘mommy success’.”

“These are a few of our favorite things!”

Fall….a relief from the blistering summer sun, a mixture of red, orange, and yellow in the trees, and a new list of fun activities to do. Whether you go apple picking, carve a pumpkin, or drink the #PSL (Pumpkin Spice Latte) every day of the week, everyone can agree there are so many great things to list about Fall! Below are a few of our staff’s favorite things about Fall!


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My absolute favorite thing to do in the Fall is to go apple picking! I used to go as a young child with my grandparents and it’s been a tradition of mine to do ever since! There is nothing like driving up to the mountains as the leaves are starting to change and experiencing that crispness in the air as it starts getting cooler and cooler. My friends and I went up this past month to Sky Top Orchard. I was the only one that attempted to climb the trees to get the best of the crop! It was so much fun and I highly recommend it to anyone who has never gone!  – Shawn Kinard


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I grew up in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Staunton, VA – haven’t been there? You should plan a road trip in the Fall! Some of my favorite things are the smell of crisp air, gorgeous colors, UVA and WFU tailgating, sunshine, camping, fire pits and my birthday!! – Katherine Ericson


We love Fall festivals! This is “Aunt Het’s Day” in Fountain Inn. – Carol Tribby

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Fall is my absolute favorite season. I have five pumpkins on my front porch. Julie Andrews should’ve sung about pumpkins, football, sweaters, and leaves changing in The Sound of Music. I went to Fall for Greenville four times this weekend. Why? Because it’s my favorite thing.

– Hannah Barfield


My 5 favorite things about Fall:
1. Leaving the back porch door open to feel the breeze through the house
2. Pumpkins, pumpkins, pumpkins: pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin beer, pumpkin candles, basically pumpkin ANYTHING!
3. Watching Clemson football and all the new Fall TV shows
4. Decorating for Halloween
5. Bringing out the jeans and boots!

-Cathy Boggs


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Fall always signals football season, Clemson orange, watching the leaves change colors and the holidays are right around the corner. Fall is my favorite time of year for so many reasons but I have to say my most favorite part is the cooler weather with no humidity! – Rebecca Faulk


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I like everything about Fall: cooler weather, Pumpkin Spiced Lattes, pulling out my Fall/Halloween decorations, getting to wear boots, and having the pets inside to snuggle up with. I absolutely love Fall!  October is my birthday month so there is lots of celebrating in October that takes me right through to Thanksgiving and Christmas.  To the left is a picture of my cat Guillermo and my dog Maddie.  They are enjoying the jack-o-lantern in the background.  – Karen Truesdale


What are your favorite things about Fall?

Tips Recruiters Don’t Tell You – But You Need To Know

While none of these items on the list will preclude you from getting a position, you can greatly increase your odds by making a few changes to your job application strategy!

  1. Use a professional email address. If you are in the throes of applying for jobs, you’ll likely enter your email address anywhere from 20 to 1,000 times by the end of it. For this reason, consider using a professional email address that includes only your name or initials (e.g. hbarfield@fakeemail.com, hannahb@fakeemail.com, hannahbarfield123@fakeemail.com). It’s not that blueeyedbaby29601@fakeemail.com or ilovejasonaldean@fakeemail.com isn’t charming, but a simple email address is easier to remember, less likely to include typographical errors, and more demonstrative of the professionalism you will surely demonstrate once hired!
  2. Let your references know that you are using them as references. Imagine someone distributing your email address, workplace, personal cell phone, and work number to anywhere from 20 to 1,000 employers who are hiring. From a recruiter’s perspective, a reference who doesn’t know that they have been used as a reference can range from surprise and eagerness to shock and offense. Let’s just skip the jarring “How did you get my number?!” and give them a heads up.
  3. Always have a former supervisor (or two) listed as your references. Although I’m sure that your cubicle mate Brandy that worked next to you for six weeks is pretty impressed by your work ethic, it’s always nice to hear that from someone who has served in a supervisory role to you. Be prepared and bring their contact information and title to any interview you go to.
  4. Have a professional ringback tone. Recruiters are on the phone most of the day. Think of a headset as a sort of magical extension that sprouts from our ears and only comes off when we wash our hair. Only kidding – but truthfully, tiny orchestra music tickles my ear drums at least three times a day. It can be a nice break in the monotony of ringing lines until I’m bombarded with expletives from the newest hip hop track. Again, not a deal-breaker but do use some discretion.
  5. Treat your recruiter like you would treat a potential employer. We understand that the job search can be very frustrating. There’s a lot of “hurry up and wait”, various hoops to jump through, tests to take, etc. However, keep in mind that your recruiter is the person who is advocating on your behalf, keeping you abreast of new positions, and making the decisions on where to present your resume. If you are unprofessional and rude to your recruiter, it is not a far stretch to imagine that you may behave this way once under duress in a position they’ve placed you in. We have to make judgment calls on your professionalism and ability to communicate effectively and politely; give us evidence that you can.
  6. Do what we ask of you. Within reason, of course. If we ask you to take some online tests, provide us with essential paperwork, etc., then do it as quickly as you can. Recruiting and staffing is an industry that can move at lightning speed and if you have neglected to give us the information we’ve requested, the position may already be filled by the time you get around to it. Additionally, being prompt and conscientious demonstrates to your recruiter that you’re serious about getting a job and a dependable candidate.

Written by Hannah G. Barfield

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Hannah Barfield is Godshall’s newest Healthcare Recruiter. In her role, Hannah works to fulfill the open positions with Godshall’s healthcare clients. Hannah has extensive experience in the healthcare industry. She began her career as a therapist in a community mental health center. Hannah has been published in The Journal of Career Counseling, The Family Journal, and Counseling Theory: Guided and Reflexive Practice. Hannah is a graduate of the University of Georgia and graduated with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University. She is currently a member of the Junior League of Greenville.