Make Hiring Easier: Our Value, Our Culture

Clint Smith is the founder & president of CareerPlug.  This month we’ve asked him to share his thoughts about one of our core values.  

The CareerPlug team recently decided to make some important changes to our Core Values. While we were all pleased with the growth that CareerPlug has experienced as a company over the past few years, we also felt that we were not doing enough to incorporate these values into our everyday work. Many of our newer team members did not see our values as much more than a sign on the wall at our office. I wanted to change that.

One common theme among successful companies is that every team member has a clear sense of the organization’s goals and values – and they live and breathe them every day. I realized that we needed to update our values to more clearly define our mission and culture.

Our whole belief is that if you get the culture right, most of the other stuff like delivering great customer service or building a long-term enduring brand will just happen naturally on its own.

–         Tony Hseih, CEO of

Through conversations with our clients and team members, we were reminded of something special – our hiring software is really easy to use. Our clients come to us looking for an easier way to hire high-quality team members. Some of them are still stuck using emails or spreadsheets to recruit, while others are looking for relief from another applicant tracking system (ATS) that is too difficult for their managers to use. These clients consistently tell us that our system is easy to use:  a big compliment considering that some of these clients are, by their own admission, not exactly computer experts!

We decided that Make Hiring Easier should top our updated list of Core Values.  This process has given us a clear understanding of who we are and, perhaps more importantly, who we are not. We make hiring software for non-software people. This means that it needs to be easy enough to use for any owner, manager or team member – not just HR professionals. It also means that we may need to pass on implementing features that will add complexity to our system. Now whenever we have an important decision to make, we are asking ourselves: Will this make hiring easier?

“It’s not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.”

–         Roy E. Disney

I knew that we got the Make Hiring Easier core value right within about 15 minutes of formally introducing it to the entire team. After the meeting, I heard the phrase “Make Hiring Easier” used multiple times by our Dedicated Account Managers during calls with their clients. When I thanked one of them for including it in a conversation, he said “It just came naturally – that’s who we are.”

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Ashley Johnson

Senior Manager of Partner Services

Originally from small town in central Texas, Ashley Johnson graduated from Texas State University in 2013 with a degree in Business Administration. She was hired by CareerPlug as a Talent Specialist in 2014, and moved up to ultimately lead the Recruitment Services team. From there, she pivoted to Implementation, and is now the Implementation Manager.

As the Implementation Manager, Ashley and 3 direct reports function as a transition between Sales and Partner Success in helping our clients get set up and established in our software. She spends her free time raising her 2 dogs, playing cornhole, and perfecting the art of charcuterie.

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Chris Igou

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Chris accidentally started a 20-year career in franchising when he was 18 years old and took a job painting houses for College Pro Painters. That job turned into the ownership of his first franchise (a house painting franchise). While at Monmouth College in IL, he operated his business, played on the varsity football team, and studied to become a teacher.

The taste of entrepreneurship and desire to coach others led Chris deeper into franchising, working with a few franchise brands helping them grow their businesses. He lived in the Chicagoland area his entire life until recently moving his family to Austin, TX.

In his free time Chris coaches youth sports, especially youth football, and spends as much time as he can with his wife and 2 children.

Jenny Leman


Native to Texas, Jenny graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2004 and joined CareerPlug in 2017. She retired her first career path as a Registered Dietitian after 10 years, and has found her true belonging in business operations.

As CareerPlug’s President, Jenny leads all teams to an aligned effort toward achieving our vision. She works to build healthy and scalable internal systems to equip and empower the CareerPlug teams to bring their best for our clients. She loves contributing new ideas and rethinking the status quo. Jenny really connects with the company’s core values, but especially with our intent to “Keep Growing.”

In her non-work life, Jenny enjoys time with her family, playing drums and performing with the Austin Samba School, and finding excuses to be on the lake.

Clint Smith

Founder & CEO

Clint founded CareerPlug in 2007 with the simple idea that there was a better way to help employers connect with quality applicants. Today Clint works every day to fulfill CareerPlug’s mission: Make Hiring Easier. Leading by example, Clint loves spending his time developing new ideas and teaching others.

After graduating from the University of Florida, Clint worked in investment banking and strategic marketing; both experiences influenced the development of CareerPlug. He also spent a year away from the business world teaching 5th grade in Boulder.

Clint is passionate about helping others succeed and is involved in numerous mentoring programs. He and his wife, Sarah, are also foster parents. Clint enjoys family time, beach volleyball, and outdoor adventures.