Career TEAM’s Values in Action – We are a team with family values.
Creating and Sustaining Person-to-Person Connections, Virtually

With the pivot to virtual, remote operations, most employees work with colleagues and customers via phone or email, and face-to-face interactions are via a Zoom box. Keeping the organizational culture thriving is an ongoing, worthwhile task in this new work environment.  Culture is the glue the binds, the power that transforms, and the engine to innovate.  Culture draws staff in and allows them to understand that they matter and the why to their work.  In fact, an employee who feels engaged and inspired is 125 percent more productive than the satisfied staffer (Bain & Company’s Time. Talent. Energy).

 

Career TEAM’s Pierce County office keeps those connections alive by finding ways to connect person-to-person, even virtually.  We let our hair down, have some fun, and remind each other that we are still here for each other even though we are not in the same room. These activities are our way of putting our value of “we are a team with family values” into action. Here are three examples that keep our connections strong:

  1. Friday dance parties via Zoom: 4:50 pm on Friday, the song is ready, staff with family, friends, and fur babies log-in. The song is played, and we dance, laugh, and then wish everyone well. It’s a wonderful way to end the work week and start the weekend.  It refreshes the mind and the heart.
  2. Celebrate important days such as birthdays with a zoom sing along. If you haven’t tried to sing as a group on zoom, it’s not easy. We have a new appreciation for the musical artists who do.  Remembering birthdays reminds staff that they are valued and appreciated, and we SEE them.  It’s easy for some team members to fade into the background in the virtual world, make sure you see all staff.
  3. Encourage breaktimes with virtual coffee breaks, use gchat function, or don’t end a zoom meeting to let people gather afterwards to talk. In the office, we all had those hallway chats and watercooler moments that don’t happen without effort in the virtual, remote world.  Creating opportunities for staff to learn about each other, such as favorite teams, foods, and hobbies, helps energize connections and support building professional rapport, which can come in handy later when staff needs to get a task done together.

 

Creating and nurturing connections with and amongst your staff is not time wasted – it is time well spent.  While leaders hold the responsibility for setting the stage for organizational culture, each staff can do their part to put culture into action. If you are a leader, how do you help your team connect?  If you are staff, what can you do to nurture connections?

BOWLING GREEN KY –- Career EDGE, a web-based platform to deliver virtual career services to job-seekers is set to be implemented statewide this month.  The South Central Workforce Development Board was the first workforce board in Kentucky to begin utilizing Career EDGE.

Dr. Robert Boone, President/CEO of the South Central Workforce Development Board explains, “Career EDGE has been utilized by our organization for almost two years as part of a vision to offer ‘beyond bricks and mortar’ career services.  That vision has enabled over 2,000 career seekers to better prepare for the job search utilizing technology.  I am thankful that we invested in Career EDGE well in advance of the COVID-19 pandemic, enabling us to provide uninterrupted services to our career seeker customers in absence of being able to offer in person services.  I am especially grateful that the Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development has made this investment in Career EDGE for the entire state.”

According to Kentucky Cabinet for Education and Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Josh Benton, “We are excited about expanding the virtual career services statewide through Career EDGE. South Central Workforce Development Board has had great success with these programs and we are looking forward to making it available to all Kentuckians.”

Career EDGE consists of 18 interactive modules with built-in virtual coaching including a job interview simulator, resume and job application builder, guidance in developing a personal brand, and essential life skills curriculum to support career seekers in preparation for finding a job or advance in employment. Career TEAM Founder/CEO, Chris Kuselias states, “We applaud the Kentucky Cabinet of Education and Workforce Development and Dr. Robert Boone for their innovation and forward thinking. Remote access learning including online candidate assessment and interviews and overall career management via smart device is the new reality. We are honored to be a partner and deliver enhanced outcomes for the state.”

Along with the introduction of Career EDGE in each of the state’s 10 workforce regions, is an outreach effort primarily led on the social media platforms, Facebook, Instragram, and Twitter @kycareeredge.  The social media presence of Kentucky Career EDGE will enhance the service delivery of Career EDGE content, provide additional resources to career seekers, and allow for a forum to share best practices in utilizing virtual tools for the job search.

Access to Kentucky Career EDGE is provided at www.kycareeredge.com.  New users simply register for an account by entering in basic contact information, along with their zip code to verify Kentucky residency.  Registration takes less than one minute, after which the user has immediate access to all modules and services within the Kentucky Career EDGE platform.

The South Central Workforce Development Board leads the development and implementation of a highly effective workforce development system in the ten counties of South Central Kentucky in collaboration with business, economic development, education and community organizations in the labor market area.

For more information on Career EDGE or the South Central Workforce Development Board, please call 270-935-0518

 

Career Centers are closed around the county, offering digital content and tools in today’s workforce world is essential to serving our job seekers and employers.

5 QUESTIONS TO MEASURE YOUR RESPONSE TO COVID-19:

1. Do you currently offer Online Orientation for WIOA, TANF, SNAP, Youth?
2. Can your customers upload their eligibility documents to a secure online portal?
3. Do you have a Learning Management System with Zoom integration?
4. Can your customer access online workshops or other career readiness tools (resume builder, interview simulator, etc.)?
5. How are you tracking customer participation benchmarks and time on task?

Join our next Career EDGE webinar to see the first and only workforce development Learning Management + Case Management combined software: On demand video training, tools for resume building, interview simulations, host your orientation, integrate with your video conferencing software, track customer participation, and allow your job seekers to upload their eligibility documents.

April 16th
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At this year’s Leader’s Summit, the first ever prestigious award was given. This award was named after one of Career TEAM’s most impactful leaders, Mr James L Johnson of Wilmington, DE. Throughout his time at Career TEAM Mr J has lead and inspired the next generation of workforce development professionals by showcasing his best quality: Integrity

Mr J has taken many Career TEAM employees under his wing to show them the ropes and leads with his famous motto of “Just do the gig.” Mr J was part of one of Career TEAM’s outreach programs years ago and traveled to Haiti to make sure a children’s orphanage was receiving the donated funds from Career TEAM. From these acts of kindness, to his many relationships with politicians and highly influential people, to always being the best dressed man in the room, Mr J will always be an example of what it means to be a Career TEAMer.

Career Team’s East Texas had record breaking attendance at their February 2020 job fair with over 700 job seekers and over 60 employers filling the Tyler Rose Garden!  East Texas employers were extremely pleased with both the quality and quantity of candidates.  There was a continuous and steady of flow of eager job seekers throughout the event.

We would like to offer a Congratulations to Korbin and Selina two of our jobseekers who received permanent job offers at UT Health following their pathway to successful healthcare careers!

Overall, the event was extremely successful for our employers and job seekers alike and as usual, our Business Services Team made it look easy.  The teamwork demonstrated by not only the Workforce Solutions frontline team, but by our community and funding source partners were second to none and truly demonstrates East Texas couldn’t have a finer group of professionals looking after their interests.

Every year Career TEAM Leaders gather together to learn, share best practices and celebrate. This year, Career TEAM took over Miami Florida, the home of one of their newest projects! Each leader presented on themselves and their project. Sharing with other leaders from around the country how their programs work, what challenges they face and what new ideas they are utilizing to help their customers, partners, and staff. This Leadership Summit also included team building exercises and games and also a lot of fun in beautiful Miami.
Where will CTL go next year and who will be added to the TEAM?

Career TEAM, a national workforce development leader, announced that it has been selected by CareerSource South Florida to become the Workforce Center Operator for the Miami Beach and Carol City locations.  Career Team’s initial team in the Sunshine State will run through June 2020 with optional renewals based on performance.

The new Miami based Career TEAM staff will focus on recruiting, training and placing residents in our service area.. Career TEAM. Chief Performance Officer, Anthony Terlizzi, commented, “Career Team is excited to bring its Business Services expertise to South Florida and continue to enhance the economic development of the local communities we serve.”

CareerSource Tampa Bay has partnered with Career TEAM for the second year in a row to create their online portal for their summer youth program. This program officially launched on January 8th with their online application developed on the Career EDGE platform. This online application collects all of the important information necessary to be accepted into the program and it also collects all of the supporting eligibility documentation. Applications are available to youth and employers and are then monitored and managed in the administrative backend by CareerSource staff.

Learn more about our partnership here:

Click here to apply as a youth or employer in the Tampa Bay area.

 

 

 

Kilgore, Texas, June 2019: 

Career TEAM, a national workforce development leader, announced today that it has been selected by the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board to become the Workforce Center Operator in the 14-county region of East Texas. The initial two year award is for $13M with three additional option years for a total of $32M.

According to Career TEAM, CEO, Christopher J. Kuselias, “this most recent expansion into Texas further supports our organizational objective to integrate our nationally recognized Career EDGE self-sufficiency model with state and federal workforce development funding sources nationwide”.

The new Texas based Career TEAM staff will focus on coaching adult and youth customers with an emphasis on long-term economic self-sufficiency. Career TEAM Chief Performance Officer, Anthony Terlizzi, commented, “our combined knowledge, expertise and application of technology will result in a holistic approach to workforce outcomes, previously unseen in Texas.”

As a result, per Chief Operations Office, Danielle Simone, “we are in the process of developing a local network of resources to deliver our integrated (affiliate model) system of training and placement services. Career TEAM will work closely with local based entities to provide the Workforce Solutions East Texas Board with optimal usage of state and federal funding”.

About Career TEAM, LLC

Career TEAM (CTL), founded in 1996, is a team of nationally renowned innovators assembled to develop solutions to the critical issue of unemployment and the nation’s growing opportunity divide. CTL acts as an early career warning system and provides education and government with technology-based career management solutions to the mounting challenge of adult and youth assessment, credential attainment, gainful employment and long-term retention. Recognized by INC Magazine as one of Untied States 500 fastest growing privately held companies, CTL was previously cited as one of the nation’s Top 10 welfare to work intermediaries by the National Welfare to Work Partnership, named a recipient of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Chip Enterprise Award and been profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes as well as CNN.

 

Career Team held an on-campus employer hiring event at Western Kentucky University on April 10, 2019.  The Part-Time and Summer Job Fair targeted current students seeking summer employment and internships with 24 employers from the Southcentral KY region.  The employers were excited to be able to reach out to the 38 students in attendance.  Logan Hatfield, the staff recruitment and outreach manager for the Center for Courageous Kids commented, “My experience with Career TEAM was wonderful. The team was welcoming and helpful throughout the entire event.  I felt I was valued as a member of my company and that this team cared about the success of obtaining staff for my company.”

We look forward to our continued partnership with WKU and our local employers.  We have a shared goal of assisting WKU students in taking their first steps towards a rewarding and successful career!

Christopher Jensen
WKU Assistant Vice President for Student Success

Career TEAM was easy to work with throughout the entire process of the job fair. Career TEAM was very professional in all interactions with our staff.