Why Your Company Should Invest in Career Sculpting


At the heart of a successful Career Sculpting program is a team of Career Sculptors – high-performing representatives designated to tap into employees’ skills, goals, interests and passions.

Goodbye 2016 – And Thank You


I believe taking the opportunity to recognize the truly great things in our life is important. We live in a time and culture where it is easy to both consume and contribute to negative information.

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Customer Relationship Management Is Not Just Software


Speaking just from a business perspective, according to the book Marketing Metrics, businesses have a 60 to 70% chance of selling to an existing customer, while the probability of selling to a new prospect is only 5% to 20%.

Road Trips, Talent and Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs


As I was reflecting on these trips, I found myself drawing parallels to the work environment. As an organization, we work with thousands of employers throughout the country, and they are all trying to win the war on talent by prevailing in the smaller battles on the attraction and retention fronts.

Guide to Lean Hiring

It's undeniable, over the years; hiring processes have become more complex. In many ways, this shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, the work that most of us do has become more sophiscated. But does complexity really lead to better, faster hires? Of course not. In fact, many smart organizations have started a trend, a return to simplicity, that allows them to compete for talent more efficiently. This trend is called lean hiring. Download the Guide to Lean Hiring and develop a systematic approach to recruiting that increases productivity while eliminating waste.

Addressing the Skill Shortage


But for a minute, let’s imagine a scenario where, in order to become a new parent, you did have to pass an interview, just like in the business world.


Three Principles for Developing Talent


Understand People’s Strengths& Our goal is to understand each EDSI representative’s strengths, skills and future goals. Oftentimes, a person’s passion is not completely fulfilled by one job description. And that’s ok. Our goal is to give people opportunities to connect and build relationships across roles, projects and regions.


5 Tips for Keeping Your Top Talent


Engaged employees are happy employees Employees that are active participants in goal setting, projects and decision-making feel like a valued asset to the company.& & Ask for their input and encourage conversations whenever possible.

3 Leadership Lessons from Shackleton to Avoid Mutiny


1) Shackleton recruited people of passion.& & From the beginning he knew that he needed men of passion to have a remote chance of success.

The definitive guide to choosing the right applicant tracking system

Choosing an applicant tracking system should be exciting, not confusing. We've developed a quick guide to everything you should look for while going through your selection process, to free you from the stress often associated with choosing a new ATS.

3 Takeaways from Managing Thought by Mary Lore


Try replacing any “have” thoughts with “choose” thoughts How often do you think about how you HAVE to do something? I know I think about the Haves of life on a daily basis. Ever hear the saying “Life is a choice”? In this case, it is!

How to Develop a High-Impact Succession Plan


Let’s take a closer look at the steps involved in developing a succession plan below. The starting point for any succession plan begins with two important questions: What is the main goal or goals you hope to accomplish? What does success look like for your organization?

4 Reasons Most College Students Won’t Earn a Degree


2) High School graduates lack the “occupational maturity” their parents or grandparents had. In effect, they’ve usually had far less work experience than their predecessors upon graduation.


Career Sculpting


Members of the program are paired with a career sculptor who acts as a coach. The purpose of the relationship is to discuss the employee’s strengths, career aspirations and areas of personal learning and development.

Building your Learning Experience! What’s it all about?

Join Jesse Novak as he covers what building a Learning Experience is all about, how this should tie into your company culture and why building a foundation around fun, value and recognition is important to engagement. We’ll also discuss how this ties into Gamification and Badging programs to build a brand beyond your organization.

The Beauty of Hiring People with Disabilities


In addition, I have seen that people with disabilities bring unique perspectives to the table. Many of them have learned to think outside of the box to overcome architectural, attitudinal, and accessible technology barriers that are still a part of their daily lives.

Reflections on Dan and Chip Heath's Concept of Bright Spots


Anything jump out at you? Well, if you’re like most parents, all you really see is this. You’d hire a tutor, and your kid would be grounded, and they can kiss their Wii goodbye.

Message from Michigan: Bet on Talent


What are some ways that employers can build their internal talent? Here are a few of the key takeaways the EDSI team heard at the Michigan Works Conference: Own the Training: Employers must take ownership for developing their existing employees and future hires.

Three Tenants to Developing Talent


Understand People’s Strengths& Our goal is to understand each EDSI representative’s strengths, skills and future goals. Oftentimes, a person’s passion is not completely fulfilled by one job description. And that’s ok. Our goal is to give people opportunities to connect and build relationships across roles, projects and regions.


2017 Recruitment Media Benchmark Report

In this benchmark report, Appcast analyzed 2016 pay-for-performance recruitment media from over 750 companies across every major industry. Learn the trends and results that leading employers are getting from their recruitment media.

Making a Commitment to Action at the Clinton Global Initiative America


Written by Roe Falcone – Regional Director of Operations with EDSI rfalcone@edsisolutions.com In June, I had the opportunity to represent EDSI at the 5th annual Clinton Global Initiative America (CGI America) meeting in Denver, Colorado.

4 Basics When Assessing the Level of Stress in a Company


Written by Chuck Mouranie - Partner and Managing Director with EDSI& cmouranie@edsisolutions.com & What stresses a company? When a company is stressed, several variables, both external and internal, may be at play. Examples of external forces include governmental regulations, legal issues or market changes. These external issues are mostly beyond the control of the company’s leadership. However, our experience suggests the vast majority of reasons companies become distr

Demystifying Talent Development and Employee Retention


Written by Jennifer Giannosa - Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting jgiannosa@edsisolutions.com& & What do top HR execs, consultants and specialists say are the biggest challenges in retaining and motivating their talent heading into 2015?& & “Keeping critical employees engaged and challenged while competing with progressive employers and dealing with steadily shrinking HR budgets.” ” Sound familiar? & These HR issues represented some of th

Five Concerns of the 50+ Client


Concern #1 – I have worked 15 + years for the same company. What do I do now? Most folks identify themselves by their job titles; I was a Sleep Specialist; I was a Medical Billing Clerk. One of the keys to this concern is to identify skill sets rather than job titles.

Creating the Ideal Candidate Experience

Modern job seekers have high expectations when applying for jobs. Download Newton’s guide for creating the ideal candidate experience to learn how you can attract top candidates and drive them to apply to your positions.

WIOA - The Role of Local WIBs in Career Pathways Development


Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI tkaufman@edsisolutions.com & WIOA requires Local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) to work with representatives from secondary and postsecondary education providers to develop and implement Career Pathways. This occurs by aligning employment, training, education and supportive services to meet the needs of adults and youth, focusing on those with barriers to employment. What is a Career Pathway? The National

Using the Theory of Constraints as a Key Element in Your Growth Strategy


Written by Jim Bitterle - Managing Partner with EDSI& jbitterle@edsisolutions.com & As we work with clients to develop Growth and Diversification Plans (Strategic Plans), we consistently find constraints that limit a company’s ability to grow. Given this, it’s imperative that the Theory of Constraints (TOC) is integrated with your company’s strategy. If you don’t know what TOC is, here it is in a nutshell.

Reflections from the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Bus and Paratransit Conference


Written by Brian Lester – Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting blester@edsisolutions.com The Public Transit industry has been a major focus of EDSI’s Workforce Development consulting efforts for nearly 15 years. Throughout this time, our participation as a business member in the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) conferences has been a consistently enriching experience.

4 Ways to Increase Project Success with Planning


Written by Jennifer Giannosa - Senior Consultant with EDSI Consulting jgiannosa@edsisolutions.com & As a fresh graduate with ample energy and excitement, I was eager and ready to prove myself to the world.

The importance of your Learning Culture and Experience

Join Jesse Novak, Adobe eLearning Evangelist, in exploring thoughts on Learning Cultures inside organizations and how these are impacted by the learning experience. We'll talk about how learning can be made fun, and learners can be kept engaged for longer through the use of achievement, self-motivation and tools which are usable, simple, and reach the learner where they are.




What is Culture?


Written by Arlene Jones - Director of Talent Management with EDSI ajones@edsisolutions.com Currently, there is a lot of buzz around organizational CULTURE, and rightfully so.

6 Lessons Your Mother Taught You and How They Apply to Business


Written by Ray Eibel - Director of New Business Development with EDSI& reibel@edsisolutions.com & Recently, I read a sales article written by Dan Waldschmidt that really hit home. & In the article, Waldschmidt discussed the importance of focus, discipline and, most importantly, core values to guide you. We often get off course by the “latest and greatest” new strategies for business, hoping that one of these tactics will work. & When the “l

The Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act – Filling the Talent Pipeline


Written by Terri Kaufman - Workforce Development Specialist with EDSI& tkaufman@edsisolutions.com & & Congress and the President recognized the challenges and risks that employers face without a sufficient pipeline of workers to meet current and future needs. It is estimated that by 2022, the United States will be facing a shortfall of 11 million workers with postsecondary education.& & Working together, Congress and the President introduced bipartisan leg

Report: 4 Recruitment Benchmarks to Measure ROI

Appcast and Jobvite compiled data from their 2017 benchmark reports to identify metrics that talent acquisition professionals should track to measure success from their recruiting campaigns: click-to-apply rates, cost-per-quality-applicant, source of applicants and hires, and time-to-hire.