Meet Jeslynn Puskar, Harmony Healthcare Account Executive
1. Tell us how you like to start your work day.
With a tall cup of black coffee and The Bobby Bones Show.
2. Who or what inspired you to pursue your career?
My career was inspired by a lot of people and a little bit of a situation. I have always been interested in working with healthcare and skilled labor professionals. We all rely on these professionals in many ways, and to me there is nothing more rewarding than working with people who serve our communities day in and day out.
Initially, I thought I would work in labor law, so I did what I thought I should: got a Master’s degree from Penn State. However, after I graduated and was working 3 jobs/7days a week, I started looking into staffing. Breaking into HR just wasn’t going to happen anytime soon, at least not in the location where I was living then.
The more I read and researched about firms like Harmony, the more I started to like the idea of working in the staffing industry. In my situation, I also wanted to relocate back to Florida where I’m from to be closer to family and friends. So the obvious next step was to start applying online to the various companies I was looking at.
Long story short, within 2 weeks I had spoken with 3 people at Harmony. You know when you have a gut feeling something is just going to work out? Well I had that, so I rented out my condo, packed my Jeep with whatever I could fit, drove through the night, and had an interview in Tampa the next morning. I believed in working here so much that I did not even go to the other interviews I lined up. Bold move, but here I am, and I couldn’t imagine working anywhere else.
I am humbled and grateful to work with the brightest and most talented consultants and clients throughout the country. And I consider myself lucky to sit next to some of the hardest working, most intelligent, goofy, and kindest people in this industry.
Side note: when I was younger I wanted to be a social worker.
3. Share a meaningful memory from your childhood.
I can’t narrow down just one meaningful memory, so I’ll say this: SUMMERTIME! ALL of them. Whether it was the neighbor’s house or mine, we practically lived in our pools. Their pool was heated, and ours was not, so we would run back and forth from back yard to back yard, jump in one, and then go jump in the other.
We had a lot of kids in the neighborhood, and my cousins would always come over. Our game of choice of course was hide and go seek! At one point, we also somehow got away with throwing water balloons in my neighbor’s house for a little while, and that memory will never die.
As a family, my dad would take us camping all throughout Florida, to the Keys, to theme parks, to NASCAR races, and to watch the shuttle launches over in Cape Canaveral. Summer nights were just as good: fully packed with movies, games, cookouts, and of course dinners at the table.
4. What are your pet peeves and why?
- Not cleaning up after your dog poo! Why? It’s nasty, and kids run around in parks the next thing you know – poo everywhere. If you don’t have bags, I will mail some to you!
- Following too closely in traffic. Why? We all know the rules of the road, and falling back some has got to be one of the easiest ways to avoid accidents. If you follow too closely, I will brake check you. If you are following too closely and I’m riding passenger, I will backseat driver you.
5. Create a soundtrack to your life with just 5 songs.
- “She Works Hard for the Money” by Donna Summer: This is me all day everyday!
- “On the Road Again” by Willie Nelson: I love country and driving and am known to travel!
- “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” by Cyndi Lauper: Because its true!
- “Delta Dawn” by Helen Reddy: This is actually my mom’s favorite song, but I like it too, so I felt it should be included.
- “Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe: Because everyone needs some rock and roll in their lives!
6. Share with us what type of leadership is most helpful to you.
This may be a bit of a selfish answer, but where I am at right now in my career I ask A LOT of questions all the time. That being said, servant leadership is most helpful to me, and I am most certain Robert Agger, our Director, Client Solutions, can attest to that!
Overall and within any organization, leaders must be moral and ethical. This needs to be consistent. It’s much more helpful to fulfill or exceed leadership’s expectations of you when you know what to expect from them.
7. Tell us about a lesson you learned from your first job.
I learned that I never want to work at a Super Bowl ever again.