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Light It Up Blue #LIUB

Written by:  Victoria Terrill, Account Manager Health Care

April 2nd was World Autism Awareness Day or Light It Up Blue Day. Annually observed, this year’s event was a huge success with supporters around the world celebrating the day together. LIUB TYGESMany wore a blue article of clothing (bright royal blue is the official color for the National Autism Awareness Month); others trended autism support on social media by posting about it using the hashtag #LIUB; some changed their social media profile picture to have a filter related to Light It Up Blue; and others joined in by decorating and brightening up their homes, businesses, and global landmarks with blue lights. President Trump and First Lady Melania lit the exterior of the White House blue during the evening. Many other celebrities got into the spirit, too, by posting about it on social media (Justin Trudeau, Danny Trejo, SIA, Katie Couric, Holly Robinson Peete, Carole King, Tony Dovolani, and Bryce Dallas Howard to name a few). As much fun as the day is to celebrate, it has an important, more substantive goal: to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder.  So I propose two questions:

“Why can’t every day be autism awareness day?

Why should “Light It Up Blue” for the whole month of April ONLY be in April?”

In my experience both with volunteering and recruiting for different organizations in the ABA Therapy field, I’ve found that individuals on the spectrum have the same needs, wants, and dreams as people who are not diagnosed with autism. By having an understanding of autism and intellectual disabilities in general, you can promote others’ understanding of it and aid those affected from it. liub2Instead of devoting our efforts to this goal one day a year, we need to educate others about autism every day.

While the hype of World Autism Awareness Day does raise awareness, the long term goal is to secure the inclusion and acceptance of individuals on the autism spectrum. These goals do not just begin and end in April.

We need to take an everyday approach, not a one day per year approach.

I personally love the enthusiasm that comes with dedicating April 2nd to educating people on Autism Spectrum Disorder but we need more autism advocates! So the next time that you put on the blue t-shirt you have laying around your closet, remember that you can and are being an advocate for someone with autism spectrum disorder regardless of what day of the year it is.

VICTORIAWorking as a recruiter in the ABA Therapy field is more than finding the best board certified behavior analysts in the country, it’s about being “all in” this movement to help others.  I welcome your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn and on Twitter. You can learn more about me HERE as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and or on Facebook.

Our mission is simple:

“We’re here to make good things happen to other people.”


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Achieve Your Goals with 3 Steps

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Commercial Growth

Why is it that some people just have goals and other’s obtain them?  What if their secret to success is simple?  It is…if you follow these 3 Steps.

Your goal is just a dream or vision if it isn’t written down.  A written goal is like a destination that you want to go to; but, you haven’t been there before.

The power of a writing down your goals is bigger than you think.  warningI read a great book by Tony J. Hughes called The Joshua Principle.  It cited a study from a graduation class that only 3% of students had specific written goals at graduation.  When these graduates were surveyed twenty years later, this minority (3%) made more money than the other 97% combined.

Step One is to write down your goals.  Once that is completed, two things usually happen.  One, the excitement will kick in and you will more than likely jump straight to Step Three and GO or two, you will do nothing at all.  Don’t make these mistakes. To use a driving analogy, let’s say you are in your car and you want to get to a destination that you haven’t been to before.  First, you would obtain a physical address and type it into your GPS or let Siri know where you wanted to go.  To take some words from the group Clash, “Should I STAY or should I GO now?”  What’s your answer:


So, your in your car, GPS set…what if you just sit there, engine running, with your car in park?

I realize that this doesn’t make any sense.  But seriously, have you ever had a goal that you didn’t start to do what was necessary to obtain it?  Today? 2017? 2016? 2015? 2014?   If we’re honest with ourselves, it is no different than sitting in a running car, GPS set, and our gear in park.

Everything you need, just no driver.


Why do so many people veer off the course at this point and fail to obtain their goals?

To keep with the driving analogy.  Now your car is in drive and you are making “progress” toward your destination (written goal).   Once the destination (goal) is set, your GPS or mobile device is ready to give you directions, step by step, to your set destination (goal).
car-shoulderPerhaps, your car is out of line or doesn’t have enough gas…meaning, even though you are trying to drive toward your goal, which is commendable, your car keeps wanting to veer off course or worse yet, run out of gas.  Your car needs a simple alignment and a full tank.  In our case, we might need some time to think things out, create a detailed plan, and get some help, guidance, knowledge, or other resources to keep us from veering off course and stay aligned to our goal(s).  Not only will it take less effort in the long run, it will get you there with less wear-and-tear on your car (you).

OK, so what is the Second Step?

failure-jordan2In my opinion, failure is not a bad thing, at least an effort is being made to get to your goal.  Failure is just one step towards your success.  On top of that, valuable things will be learned along the way.  I believe that we fall short of our goals because we leave out Step Two all to often.

Before you jump in the car and go, you need to do Step Two and ask yourself three questions:  #1 Why?  #2 When?  #3 How?

These three questions are vital as they fuel your passion providing motivation (WHY), set a timeline/deadline (WHEN), and create a well thought out plan and/or establish needs/resources (HOW).

Don’t miss this…Step Two is the hardest and most important step.  

Let’s keep with the driving analogy and set our destination(goal) for a new restaurant we have been wanting to try out.  How could we fail at such a simple goal?  Well…to keep things simple, perhaps you “really” aren’t hungry (WHY), or you missed your reservation time and they’re booked up when you arrive (WHEN), or you left the house without your wallet (HOW).  All three areas (questions) need to be aligned for your goal(s) to be obtained.

These tips will help you on your current journey to obtain your goals.  If you haven’t set your goals just yet, no worries.  The great thing about setting written goals, they can be set at any time.  It doesn’t have to be done when a new year arrives.  If you want to make something better or obtain something great, take these three simple steps:

Step One – Write down your goal(s).

Step Two – Ask yourself/team three questions: Why? When? How?

Step Three – Go!

One last thought…nothing great really happens by accident or is going to show up at your doorstep.  Extraordinary things, take extraordinary people, with extraordinary effort. We are all capable of being extraordinary, it’s a choice.  Bottom line…the secret to success is you.  Good luck!

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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The Trifecta – Make yourself more attractive to Hiring Managers

Written by:  Steve Sanders, VPGM Industrial Practice

Recruiters spend a lot of time working to find that perfect person who fits a very narrow set of criteria and has the intangibles that make them a good fit with the client. I’m constantly evaluating people based on their work experience, industry experience, location preferences and a host of other things that may or may not be evident by a simple resume perusal.

I remember seeing this chart in a presentation a while back and I even drew a little picture of it in my notebook that I have hanging on the wall in my office.  Many times when I am debating whether someone’s level of fit to a particular position I find myself using this criteria as a guide. I call it The Trifecta.

The Trifecta is a Venn Diagram that describes, in very simple terms, the level of fit that a particular person may or may not possess when it comes to a position I am recruiting.

Let me break it down for you.

There are 3 circles here that each represent some attributes for the particular candidate or job. Skills, Geography & Industry.

  • Skills represent the required experience or skillset that this person must have to be qualified for the role. This might be Education, Experiential or even Knowledge based skills. An example might be someone who has led a lean transformation from the corporate level.
  • Geography is pretty straightforward. It essentially means that the person or job where the role is located is a good fit. Ideally this would be local and within commuting distance but it could also be in a place that is highly desirable for some reason. Maybe it is a virtual role.
  • The final circle is Industry. In the ideal situation the individual or position fits well with the industry background.

Now comes the scoring part of the diagram. As you can see, there are numbers 1, 2, and 3 on the chart.

  • 3 represents a fit for both skills & geography but not industry. This is the least desirable situation as the person might be a good fit based on experience and they are in the right place but they lack experience in that industry. We can’t change this because the person either has it or they don’t.
  • 2 represents a fit for both skills and industry. This is better than 3 because we can do something to change this.  Ex – We can relocate the individual to the location where the job needs them to be.
  • 1 is The Trifecta. The individual has the skills, industry experience and is located in the right geography. This is what we are looking for in the perfect world.

What does this mean for you as a Job Seeker or Hiring Authority?

As a Job Seeker, try to find positions where you meet The Trifecta. This means that you are local, meet the skills requirements and also have experience in the industry. In the popular vernacular this is a “no brainer” for the person who receives your resume. You’ll get an interview, which is what you are after.

As a Hiring Authority, this means that you are screening for skills, industry & geography as you scan resumes and talk with potential candidates. Clearly those who bring The Trifecta are your ideal fit and you can focus on confirming that the cultural fit is there in the interview process.

I welcome your feedback, as well as, any questions/concerns that you may have about your career’s trajectory.  I would enjoy helping you as a Career Coach; who knows, perhaps our combined insight will unlock something better for you and your family.  You can find me on LinkedIn.  Also, you can learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter@TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our Mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Are you looking for…

A Rewarding Career with:

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  • Unlimited Earning Potential
  • Advancement
  • Work-Life Balance
  • Benefits
  • Professional Training
  • Growth Oriented Performance Company
  • Base + Commission


If you are a driven professional looking for unlimited earning potential, upward mobility, and work-life balance (No Weekends, No Evenings, & No Travel)…then TYGES could be the company for you.

TYGES International is currently accepting applications for our growing team with a potential start date during the month of June 2016.  If you have a driven & professional personality, strong time management skills, computer fluency, a 4 Year Degree, knowledge of Sales, Industrial, Manufacturing, and/or the Healthcare Industries, a strong desire to learn, and an undeniable passion to help others…then we look forward to hearing from you.

Click Here to get started.

You can learn more about TYGES on their website and stay connected with the latest industry news and resources through TYGES International’s LinkedIn group page, on Twitter, and here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Who Has The Loudest Voice At Your Company?

Written by:  Kraig Ware, VP of Operations

Think about that question for a second…every organization has an individual or two that seem to be the loudest.  Loud doesn’t necessarily mean volume; yet, someone who always has something to say.  As Merriam Webster states:

Loud – expressing ideas or opinions in a very open and forceful way

Today, we had some of those voices at the table discussing a “key topic” that has and will impact our future here at TYGES.  As we all shared our ideas, there was one voice that was LOUDER.

There is a voice that doesn’t use words. Listen. – Rumi

This voice, is the voice of our customer.  Our key topic, getting feedback from our customers…the good and the bad.  How do we best serve our customers?

The answer, a LOUD”Listen!”listen

Here at TYGES, we are listening.  Click Here to see what our customers are saying.

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can also follow me at twitter @SKraigWare as I focus on striving for excellence within the business world and within our personal lives. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Three Cheers!

Written by:  Victoria Terrill, Account Manager Healthcare Practice

The overall goal in sports is to provide athletes with an experience to get out on the field, court, or mat, and have success. This makes me question:

Why are there not more kids on the spectrum involved in sports? And are there opportunities in their local communities for children on the spectrum to participate in sports?

Click here for the top sports for children with Autism, “The Best Sports for Kids with Autism” identifies mostly individual sports such as swimming, horseback riding, track, bowling, martial arts, etc. During the weekends, I travel around the United States working cheerleading competitions. Though cheerleading is neither listed in the article nor an individual sport, it has the reputation to be cutthroat and judgmental, but when it comes to special needs teams, this isn’t the case at all. The entire audience is rooting for the group to hit a perfect routine on the mat.

While watching special needs teams compete, I have witnessed amazing cheerleading performances during competition in front of thousands of spectators.  It’s even more powerful to experience firsthand the positive reactions from the audience.  After seeing these teams succeed, I would encourage any family to get your child with autism involved in cheerleading or another sport.  Three cheers for getting your child on the spectrum involved with cheerleading or another sport.

Based on what I’ve witnessed during cheerleading competitions, sports can be beneficial by involving special needs individuals and teams, increasing awareness, and opening doors for others to be more accepting and understanding.

With a little bit of research, there ARE options for children on the spectrum to be active and learn life skills through sports.

One of my favorite resources for children on the spectrum is the “Sparkle Effect” which promotes cheer and dance teams with a mix of children with and without disabilities.

Working as a recruiter in the ABA Therapy field, I constantly learn from board certified behavior analysts about their success stories which has heightened my awareness about the success of sports participation for children on the spectrum. I welcome your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn and on Twitter. You can learn more about me HERE as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website, Twitter, LinkedIn, and or on Facebook.

Our mission is simple:

“We’re here to make good things happen to other people.”


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Should I use a Recruiter? (What do they do anyway?)

Written by:  Carol M. Zimmerman, Director of Healthcare Practice

You’ve probably received emails from companies, seen ads online, in print media, and/or on some sort of post on a social media platform. Perhaps you’ve thought about taking a Career Path2look around to see what other career opportunities are available to you – whether you’re looking to remain local or move cross-country. If so, what’s your first step? Do you send your resume through online portals at multiple companies? Post your resume or search on all the various job boards? Make calls? Do you even have time for all of that? What is the best route for you when searching for a new opportunity?

What about using a professional recruiter?

If you haven’t thought about this avenue before, here are just a few of the reasons using a reputable recruiter can make your job search more complete, professional, and just plain easier and more effective for you:

  • First (and maybe most importantly) there is NO charge to you.  That’s right – using a professional recruiter to represent you and introduce you to multiple job opportunities, in all the areas you may be interested in, doesn’t cost you anything. Ever. If you speak to a recruiter who asks you to pay anything, run away.
  • Privacy.  It’s daunting to throw your resume up onto online resume sites. Will your current employer find out? By using a recruiter at TYGES, you maintain control of your resume. You know you have shared it with your recruiting partner who will share it with prospective employers only with your prior approval.
  • Career Development.  At TYGES, we understand this and we take the timeNewsletter - Career Coach Button to learn about you and what you are looking for to make a change. Then, we present you with opportunities that match your skills and your needs. We genuinely want to help you get to the next step in your career plan; even if that means that you stay where you are currently employed.
  • Exclusivity.  Many times, recruiters know of positions that are not posted publicly and, even for those roles that are posted, your resume will go straight to the hiring authority (the person you will work for) along with a personal introduction from your recruiting partner. Without a recruiter, your resume will more than likely be lost in a pile on someone’s desk or within the data abyss of an applicant tracking system.
  • Insight, Resources, and Tips.  Here at TYGES, we’ll share what we can about the client and what they’re looking for before you ever have that first interview; that insight is priceless. We have many resources like resume and interviewing tips on our website that are yours to use at any time. Get Started.
  • Relocating? We can help there too by targeting companies (known or unknown to you) in your new location and professionally presenting your information. Interviews can be conducted and an offer accepted before you ever pack a box. In addition, TYGES offers free services to you such as a salary calculator (How much will I need to make in my new location?) as well as mortgage qualifiers, and even crime statistics in your new location! Check it out.

If you’re active in the job market, you’ve been thinking about taking a look around, or you just need some career coaching we can help guide you through the process. Check us out on our website at TYGES and then give us a call to answer any questions you may have about getting the most out of your career?

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can learn more about me HERE also you can follow me on twitter @CarolZTI as I focus on helping people just like you maximize their career within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES on our website TYGES, on Twitter @TYGESINT, or here on our blog.

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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Is Enough Being Done for the Growing Adult Population with Autism?

Written by: Kelly Rangel, Healthcare Practice

In the past decade, the prevalence of autism has increased to 1 in every 68 children – 1 in 42 boys and 1 in 189 girls, per the Center for Disease Control. The CDC brings up a good point:

“Is autism truly on the rise, or do the new statistics simply reflect the growing awareness of the condition, the expanded definition, and other factors?”

It is estimated that about 1.5 million people in the US have an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but the exact population count with autism is unknown. To generalize, the support services available include early
intervention, child programs, young adult programs, and adult programs. It makes sense that those in a child program will morautism adult2e than likely transition into an adult program. But there appears to be a limit on the adult services available. Imagine having services available for your child, and then, at a certain age, services are limited, or you get wait-listed, or programs do not exist in your community.
Over the past few years there has been a strong focus on establishing and advancing agendas for early intervention, and insurance coverage for children with ASD, but there has not been much focus on the adult population.

“We cannot wait any longer to take action on this concern.”

Per Angela Lello, Director of Housing and Community Living at Autism Speaks, “more than 50,000 individuals with autism transition into adulthood every year, the support services are already being outpaced by their demand.”
The Autism Collaboration, Accountability, Research, Education and Support Act of 2014, also known as the Autism Cares Act, dedicated $1.3 billion over five years to fund autism research and detect gaps in the support for children and adults with autism who are aging out of the childhood programs and transitioning into those designed for adults.

Chris SmithThis Act is a step in the right direction, but more needs to be done quickly. Per the bill’s early co-sponsor Rep. Chris Smith, “… In light of the severity of the aging-out crisis, we must do more – and fast – and ensure we are providing a comprehensive and thorough review of available services, and those we need to create.”
As a Recruiter in the ABA field, I find most Behavior Analyst prefer to work with children with autism and/or developmental disabilities rather than the adult population. There are a number of factors behind this preference, such as, some believe they have a stronger positive impact/outcome with children rather than those who have already reached adulthood, and others fear for personal safety while working with the adult population. I believe one main factor could be there are simply more career opportunities in the ABA field for those willing to work with children versus adults.
Fact is, the number of children being diagnosed with autism is growing at an alarming rate and, in the next 10-15 years, these children will become adults.

Do you believe enough is being done in a timely fashion to ensure we have adequate resources available for the increasing adult population with autism?

I encourage your feedback and would like to connect with you on LinkedIn. You can learn more about me at also you can follow me on twitter @kellyrangelTI as I focus on helping those within the world of Autism. Learn more about TYGES at, on Twitter @TYGESInt, or here on our blog at

Our mission is simple:

We’re here to make good things happen to other people.


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