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Facebook IconDecember 8, 2016 at 9:40 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day eight: The Wounded Warrior Project honors the brave men and women who have been injured serving our country. Its mission is to provide programs to help these soldiers and to help raise public awareness of their plight.

A dear young friend of Susan’s, Braydon Nichols, is a big supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. The teenage boy’s father was killed while serving in Afghanistan in 2011.

To learn more about the Wounded Warrior Project, visit http://www.woundedwarriorproject.org

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Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to honor and empower Wounded Warriors. WWP seeks to assist those men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations around the world.

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Facebook IconDecember 7, 2016 at 2:07 pm

As you've seen, we're working our way through our favorite charities this month. Do you have a suggestion for a charity we should feature? Please post your comments here and we'll look into them!

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Facebook IconDecember 7, 2016 at 9:49 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day seven: Cancer is the focus of another one of Susan’s favorite charities. Vickie’s Angel Foundation serves as a sort of fiscal guardian angel to families with a member who is fighting cancer. The group steps in to provide financial support, easing one of the many burdens families worry about after a cancer diagnosis.

Amazingly, all of the money raised by the group, more than $1 million to date, goes to the families and not to any administrative costs or research.

To learn more about Vickie’s Angels, visit http://www.vickiesangelfoundation.org

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Vickie's Angel Foundation provides a financial bridge for families fighting cancer where it can help the most - meeting the immediate needs of our families.

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Facebook IconDecember 6, 2016 at 10:03 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day six: At the age of 4, Caitlin Hornung was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. Over the next three and a half years, she bounced in and out of hospitals, as doctors tried to put her cancer in remission. Caitlin maintained a remarkable attitude through her ordeal, staying sunny and positive. She took great joy in art, always toting with her a bag with drawing and crafting supplies she could play with during her hospital stays.

After Caitlin passed away in 2000, her mother, Cheryl, honored her memory by creating Caitlin’s Smiles, an organization that creates goody bags full of crafts, books, Play-Doh and other fun ways to pass the time. The nonprofit distributes those “Bags of Smiles” to children undergoing lengthy stays in hospitals and clinics.

To learn more about Caitlin’s Smiles, visit http://www.caitlins-smiles.org

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Caitlin's Smiles is a program to help children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses by giving them hope, laughs and smiles.

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Facebook IconDecember 5, 2016 at 11:05 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day five: The Mechanicsburg Area School District looks out for kids who may need a little extra help at home through Operation Wildcat. School counselors identify kids within the district who need books, clothes, furniture, bikes and even holiday meals, and Operation Wildcat provides for those needs.

Hundreds of families have been assisted since OW’s founding in 2006. When there’s a fire in the community, such as the one that broke out last week, consuming the home of a family of six, people reach out to OW right away knowing donations can be taken to the devastated family.

To learn more about Operation Wildcat, visit http://www.mbgsd.org/pages/Mechanicsburg_ASD/Community_Alumni/Operation_Wildcat

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Facebook IconDecember 5, 2016 at 10:00 am

Gabby is bored at our team meeting. Or else that massage she's getting feels really good!

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Facebook IconDecember 4, 2016 at 10:09 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day four: Horseback riding has been shown to improve the emotional and cognitive development of children with special needs. CATRA provides a safe environment where trained volunteers can assist riders in weekly lessons. More than 100 riders per week come through the Grantville facility, which is run by Ben and Shirley Nolts.
The couple relies on volunteers to help with all their needs, and they even provide scholarships for some families to allow everyone access to this incredible form of therapy.
To learn more about CATRA, visit http://www.catra.net

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CATRA Events:A Night of Comedy, Arts & SweetsMiles for Smiles PhotoshootBowl-a-thonHighmark WalkKids Sing CountryCelebration DinnerMotorcycle Ride BenefitBenefit Pleasure RideCATRA-ThonExtraGiveSpecial Programs:EquicentreHorse Mastership Essentials

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Facebook IconDecember 3, 2016 at 3:35 pm

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day three: The tragic death of 8-year-old Owen Cole Brezitski sparked the creation of this charity, which aims to promote safety for drivers, pedestrians and children who are crossing roads. Owen was walking across a street with his family when a teenage driver became distracted and hit Owen, even though he was in a crosswalk.
Since Owen’s death in 2011, Orange 4 Owen has urged people to “slow down, be alert and save a life!”
To learn more about Orange 4 Owen, visit orange4owen.org

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Facebook IconDecember 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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Another great shot of Ali Weiand's 40 Under 40 award ceremony. Great night!

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Facebook IconDecember 2, 2016 at 6:40 am

Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we’re highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. We call it 25 Days of Giving.

Here’s day two: The Feel Your Boobies Foundation is a national non-profit breast cancer organization that is based right here in Central PA. The mission of the Foundation is to promote proactive breast health to young women through the strategic use of education and social media.
Feel Your Boobies was founded in 2004 by Leigh Hurst, a Middletown, PA, native, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 33 after finding a lump that went undetected by doctors. Based on her experience, she realized she never thought much about the disease prior to being diagnosed.
Since most messages that are out there about breast cancer target an older population, Leigh started the Feel Your Boobies outreach campaign and its educational programs with the goal of creatively targeting young women in a way that was a little more approachable. The Foundation is behind programs like Bras Across the Bridge.
To learn more about the Foundation, visit http://www.feelyourboobies.com

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Facebook IconDecember 1, 2016 at 8:46 am

Today we’re kicking off a Facebook series we’re calling 25 Days of Giving.
Giving back has been a central part of Susan Graham Consulting since its founding. This holiday season, we want to highlight some organizations we think are worthy of your time or money if you’re looking for somewhere to help out. Each day we’ll highlight a different group.
We begin, of course, with a place dear to our hearts where many an SGC employee has volunteered: The Ronald McDonald House.
Located in Hershey, the Ronald McDonald House is part of a national network sponsored by McDonald’s. It offers families whose children are being treated at Penn State Hershey
Children’s Hospital a place to live, free of charge, during the child’s hospital stay.
The RMH also has a room located within the hospital, meaning families do not have to leave at all when children are critically ill. Susan has been involved with the Hershey Ronald McDonald House for decades. She even served as its first volunteer coordinator.
To learn more about the Ronald McDonald House, visit http://www.rmhc-centralpa.org

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Facebook IconNovember 30, 2016 at 10:26 am

Already planning for the weekend? Here are family-friendly activities that don't cost a thing:

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Free Things To Do in Hershey, Harrisburg, & Central PA - Hershey-Harrisburg.com

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Budgets. Not always the most welcome word when planning a vacation. But just because your funds may be limited, doesn’t mean your fun has to be! The greater Hershey-Harrisburg area offers an abundance of activities at a price everyone can afford. Here are some picks for free! See St. Peter’s Basilic...

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Facebook IconNovember 28, 2016 at 2:26 pm

Is it OK to shop at work on Cyber Monday? The experts weigh in:

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Cyber Monday: Your boss is watching you shop and is probably OK with it

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It's Cyber Monday , and much of your workday has been spent clicking through 50-percent-off offers on winter sweaters. Is your boss watching?

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Facebook IconNovember 28, 2016 at 10:15 am

Did you go overboard on the sweets last week? So did we. It was totally worth it, but now it's time to get back on track. Here's an article we found motivational:

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Overindulged? Here's How to Get Back on Track in 24 Hours

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Whether you want to end the year on the right foot or just get rid of that gross, bloated feeling, the next 24 hours are critical. Here’s what to do.

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Facebook IconNovember 25, 2016 at 9:50 am

You're probably out shopping right now. Did you know how Black Friday came about? You can read about it while you wait in line:

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What’s the Real History of Black Friday? - History in the Headlines

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The retail bonanza known as Black Friday is now an integral part of many Thanksgiving celebrations, but this holiday tradition has darker roots than you might imagine.

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Facebook IconNovember 24, 2016 at 2:36 pm

All this week, we've been posting what our team here at SGC is thankful for. Today we finish up with Susan, our president and founder. Here's what she's thankful for (and we hope she knows how thankful we are for her!):

1. Always most thankful for my family, friends, employees, and good health. As I age I realize how important people are to me, both in my personal and professional life. I could not be more blessed as I’m surrounded with a healthy family and the most wonderful co-workers in the world.
2. I am very thankful for being at a place in life where I have the most spectacular team running my business which allows me to travel without worrying about what is going on at home. I’m so grateful to have celebrated my mothers’ 80th birthday on a Danube cruise this summer. There is nothing more special than mother/daughter time in a new place (with lots of shops)!
3. I am thankful for a few material things….my new Swell Bottle that keeps my drinks cold, the Trivia Crack app on my phone which allows me to think and play at the same time, and Blue Apron (www.blueapron.com) who sends me beautiful deliveries of hea.thy foods to cook at home.
4. Last but not least, I am thankful for having had the opportunity to know all four of my grandparents. While I miss them even more during the holidays their presence is felt in the traditions we keep, the foods we serve, and the love we all have for each other.

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Facebook IconNovember 24, 2016 at 8:30 am

This week, we've been sharing what everyone here at SGC is thankful for this holiday. This morning we have Ali, our Director of Recruiting │ Business Development (read more about her here: http://susangconsulting.com/about/ali)

1. I am thankful for my 2nd computer monitor, I have no idea how I functioned before. I used to open 20 windows at a time and wondered why my computer would time out. Now I love having the two screens and I believe in 2017, I may add another!!!
2. I am thankful for my cell phone! How did anyone know where any one was at years ago? We grew up not knowing and that was okay. As much as I would love to turn back time to what I believe to be a much simpler time, I love being able get in touch with my kids, my husband, my coworkers, and anyone who needs me very quickly. The games and social media can be fun too!
3. Coffee – I love it, I always have, and every morning I look forward to that first cup. Without it, I feel like I have lost control.
4. On a more serious note, I am so thankful for an amazing team who I truly love and who can make me laugh no matter how stressful the day has been.
5. And last but not least, I am so very thankful for my wonderful husband, my awesome three boys, my pups, and our family’s health! They are my daily reminder of how amazing life is and what is most important.

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Facebook IconNovember 23, 2016 at 5:26 pm

Now through Thanksgiving, our employees are sharing what they're thankful for this holiday season. Up next today we have Anita, our recruiting sourcer (read more about her here: http://susangconsulting.com/about/anita).

Anita is thankful for:

SGC – I am so thankful to have joined this team of amazing women. I love the very rewarding work we do each day and the work/life balance provided to us that encourages us to work hard to make SGC a success.

Family & Friends – A lot has happened with our family in 2016 and I am so thankful for the support of our family and friends, as well as the SGC family! I am truly blessed!

My Health – I am so thankful that I have remained relatively healthy in 2016, so that I can care for my nuclear and extended family. As we enter the busy holiday season, which coincides with “cold and flu” season, I will have to remain diligent to avoid succumbing to sickness!

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Facebook IconNovember 23, 2016 at 1:38 pm

Now through Thanksgiving, our employees are sharing what they're thankful for this holiday season. First today we have Eryn, one of our wonderful recruiters (read more about her here: http://susangconsulting.com/about/eryn-2/).

Eryn is thankful for:
My parents because no matter how old I am, they still give the best advice
My work family that also serves as the best support system
My dog, of course and my little sister :)
Health and happiness
Sunshine because it truly makes everything better
My best friends
Laughter

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Facebook IconNovember 22, 2016 at 10:09 am

Now through Thanksgiving, our employees are sharing what they're thankful for this holiday season. First up is Patti, one of our wonderful recruiters (read more about her here: http://susangconsulting.com/about/patti/)

She shares that she is thankful for:
Love of family
Freedom
Mercy

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Facebook IconNovember 21, 2016 at 9:33 pm

Congratulations to our Ali Weiand....top 40 Under 40!

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Facebook IconNovember 21, 2016 at 1:32 pm

#MotivationMonday: Keep this in mind as you strive for any goal, at work or home:

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Facebook IconNovember 18, 2016 at 12:44 pm

We do a lot of conference calls, and we bet you do, too. Here's how to make them run smoothly:

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How to Hold a Successful Conference Call

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Don't be like this funny video! When you do as many conference calls as we do, you have a lot of tips for how to make them better.

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Facebook IconNovember 17, 2016 at 10:42 am

Today is National Take a Hike Day. Luckily there are a lot of places to choose from in this area:

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South-Central Pennsylvania Hiking - Hikes

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Facebook IconNovember 17, 2016 at 7:40 am

Is anyone else a fan of smoothies? What do you put in them? Here's a great place to find ideas:

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Healthy Smoothie Recipes

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Find healthy, delicious smoothie recipes including strawberry, tropical and other fruit smoothies, green smoothies and protein smoothies. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

About Susan Graham Consulting

OUR MISSION

At Susan Graham Consulting, we’re a bit like treasure hunters.

We look for the hidden gems in the huge IT talent pool, and we connect them with the right jobs. Our goal is to make connections. Whichever side you’re on, we make the process easy. Whether you’re an employer with an urgent staffing need or someone considering a new career, we get to know you first and then find the best possible fit.

  • We’re selective.
  • We aren’t afraid to make tough choices.
  • And we educate and coach our clients through the entire process.

We help people uncover their career goals and guide them in their quest during this major life decision. Full-time managers, short-term contractors, project teams that need one more critical piece — we’ve aided them all.

Susan Graham Consulting is the premier IT recruiting firm in Central Pennsylvania, and we can walk you through any transition, no matter which side of the hunt you’re on.
SGC: Dedication, exceeding expectations, giving back. That’s our pledge.

What Makes Us Different From Other Recruiting Firms Near Harrisburg, PA?

SGC is a certified woman business enterprise. We deal directly with the biggest corporations, non-profits and businesses in the area. Our office in Hershey, PA, is conveniently located near Harrisburg, Lancaster and State College  to serve anyone looking for an IT recruiting agency in Central Pennsylvania.

Our culture is unique because that’s how Susan envisioned it. Her passion and enthusiasm for what she does is contagious!

We offer the attention to detail of a small firm and the results you’d expect from a big one. And we have fun getting things done along the way.

If that sounds like the type of firm you want to do business with, contact us today.

December 02, 2016

How to Prepare for a Performance Review

The words “performance review” can cause panic in employees. But we promise, there’s nothing to worry about as long as you’re well-prepared.

Performance reviews offer a chance for employees and employers to get on the same page. You go over your work from the past year and discuss both areas where you did well and areas where you can do better. They sound scary, but they’re actually designed to help …

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