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Holiday Jobs Survey

by Megan Greydanus 23. December 2009 08:33

Steve Beebe from WSI Interviewed by WWMT Channel 3 on WSI’s survey of local West Michigan retailers.  Survey shows a decline of hiring for seasonal help.  Many retailers have seen a sales growth in the last 2 months but there still is a long way to go from a recovery stand point.  

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Announcing New Employee: Megan Yeckley

by Megan Greydanus 23. December 2009 08:31

Workforce Strategies, Incorporated (WSI), the area’s premier talent, contingent staffing, and recruiting firm announces the addition of Megan E. Yeckley as General Accountant to their Kalamazoo, Michigan office. Yeckley holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Degree with a major in Financial Information Systems from Indiana University and has held a variety of Accounting Positions. Megan’s educational background, relative accounting experience and attentive business acumen will strengthen the accounting team and lend a fresh perspective to the operational strategy of the company. She will be pursuing a Master’s in Accountancy degree from Western Michigan University in January 2010.

Founded in Kalamazoo, MI in 2001, Workforce Strategies, Inc. (WSI) has offices nationwide and is one of the nation’s fastest-growing privately-held research, recruiting and staffing companies. At WSI, our promise to our customers and associates is to be Vital — full of life, demonstrating remarkable energy and being indispensable.

Megan Yeckley

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WSI Launches New Website

by Megan Greydanus 20. March 2009 08:28

February 2009 sees the launch of the new WSI website which has been redesigned and rebranded.  The website has been re-launched with a vibrant new look, new content, significant layout updates and features new pages like the news & notes which features a blog that users can get updates by visiting frequently or by subscribing to the rss feed.  The new site covers many sectors and disciplines across the WSI community including who we are, what we do, how we do it, information for employers and job seekers, and much more.  As well as an enhanced user experience for job seekers, the new recruitment website will also provide employers information about WSI’s specialties in Research, Recruitment and Staffing.

New graphics and imagery can be seen throughout the site.  A certain energy and sense of movement with the pictures and graphics was sought out to tie into WSI’s mission to be Vital.  There is also a new url: and new email address.  The new site shows a fresh approach and shows off the information in a simple and interesting manner.  The main message to take away from the site is that WSI promises to be Vital not only to employers but also to job seekers.  Much thanks to all those involved in all the steps it took to get the new website launched.  Feel free to give feedback and tell us what you think.

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WSI Inc. 5000

by Megan Greydanus 20. March 2009 08:25

Click Here to View WSI Inc. 5000 Company Profile

America’s 5000 Fastest-Growing

Private Companies Revealed

5000 Fast-Growth Companies to

Quell Your Recession Fears –

List Reports Aggregate Revenue of $185 Billion

WSI Ranks No. 4668 on the 2008 Inc. 5,000

With Three-Year Sales Growth of 50.3%

NEW YORK, August 20, 2008 – Inc. today ranked WSI No. 4668 on its annual ranking of the 5000 fastest-growing private companies in the country. The list is the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy – America’s independent-minded entrepreneurs. Taken as a whole, these companies represent the backbone of the U.S. economy.

“Our second annual Inc. 5000 continues the most ambitious project in business journalism,” said Inc. 5000 Project Manager Jim Melloan. “The Inc. 5000 gives an unrivalled portrait of young, underreported companies across all industries doing fascinating things with cutting-edge business models, as well as older companies that are still showing impressive growth.”

Founded in Kalamazoo, Michigan in 2001, Workforce Strategies, Inc. (WSI) has offices nationwide and is one of the Nation’s fastest growing privately held Research, Recruitment, and Staffing company.

The 5000 companies that made the list reported aggregate revenue of $185 billion and median three-year growth of 147 percent. Most important, the 2008 Inc. 5000 companies were engines of job growth, having created more than 826,033 jobs since those companies were founded. Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and a list of the fastest-growing companies that can be sorted by industry and region can be found at

Hottest Regions for Fastest-Growing Companies

The New York metro area tops the Inc. 5000 list with the most companies of any city with 355. Washington, D.C. comes in a close second with 300 companies on the list; Los Angeles comes in third with 244 companies, and Atlanta (194 companies) and Chicago (189 companies) round out the top five. Interestingly, only 62 companies on the Inc. 5000 are not based in metropolitan areas.

Grand Rapids, Mich. leads the list with the highest median revenue of any metro area ($26.2 million, 16 companies), followed by San Antonio, Texas ($21.3 million, 25 companies), Baton Rouge, La. ($18.8 million, 14 companies), Houston ($17.1 million, 97 companies), and Kansas City, Mo.-Kan. ($16.5 million, 39 companies).

Hottest Industries for Fastest-Growing Businesses

The most notable median growth categories among the Inc. 5000 fastest-growing businesses are in the Energy category (which grew by 298%), followed by Government Services (which grew by 220%), Security (200% growth), IT Services and Software (both grew by 187%), and Consulting (which grew by 182% on average).

The largest business category is IT Services, with 579 Inc. 5000 companies. Business Services (532 companies), Construction (459), Manufacturing (405), and Advertising & Marketing (361) complete the top five industries ranked on the 2008 Inc. 5000.


Industries reporting the highest median revenue are Travel ($38.8 million), Financial Services ($16.3 million), Logistics ($15.4 million) Government Services ($14.2 million), and Energy ($14.2 million).


The 2008 Inc. 5000 list measures revenue growth from 2004 through 2007. To qualify, companies must be U.S.-based and privately held, independent – not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies – as of December 31, 2007, and have had at least $200,000 in revenue in 2004, and $2 million in 2007.

Companies can apply for next year’s Inc. 5000 by registering with “IncBizNet, Business Network for Private Companies”, at

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About Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference Each year, Inc. magazine and celebrate the remarkable achievements of today’s entrepreneurial superstars — the privately held small businesses that drive our economy. The Inc. 500|Inc. 5000 Conference brings together members of the Inc. 5000 community—both a new class of Inc. 5000 honorees and the list’s alumni—for three days of powerful networking, inspired learning, and momentous celebration. For the first time ever, this powerful networking event is open to all. Please join us September 18-20, 2008 at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in Washington, D.C. For more information or to register, visit or call us at 877-211-0489.

MEDIA CONTACT: WSI (Workforce Strategies Incorporated) | Please direct your questions to our Marketing Director:


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Interviewing Tips

by Joe Broghammer 11. December 2008 08:23

Deliver a Knock-Out Interview

1. Confirm the interview appointment.

Do this one day before your interview. Know the date, time, and location of the interview. Try to find out how long you’ll be there. And make sure you have your contact’s phone numbers in case you have to call.

2. Clear your calendar.

If possible, keep your schedule free of any other commitments. The interview might run over or you could be asked to stay longer. Explaining that you have to be somewhere else could create an awkward situation.

3. Say their names correctly.

If you know the names of interviewers in advance, confirm the pronunciation and spelling.

4. Be on time.

Don’t arrive more than 10 minutes early and, most important, don’t be late. Arriving late not only labels you as rude, it also makes you seem unreliable. If unforeseen circumstances arise and you must be late, do everything you can to call ahead of time.

5. Dress to impress.

How embarrassing to come to an interview and discover you’re underdressed. If possible, find out in advance what attire works. If you’re still not sure, wear a suit. There’s no such thing as overkill when dressing for an interview.

6. Let them know you’ve arrived.

Walk up to the receptionist, smile, shake hands, introduce yourself, and state that you have an appointment. Offer your résumé or business card and wait.

7. Shut off the cell phone.

Unless there’s a bona fide crisis, turn off your cell phone or pager.

8. Use your mouth for talking only.

Unless the interview is scheduled with a meal, nothing should be in your mouth but words. Drinking, eating, smoking, and chewing gum don’t work during an interview.

9. Prepare a short information statement.

Be ready to answer the dreaded question, “Tell me about yourself and your background.” Your statement should include some information on the types of companies and industries you have worked for, your strengths, your transferable skills, and some of your personal traits. Practice saying this statement until it feels natural.

10. Be prepared to talk about your successes and experiences.

The employer will want to find out about your past experience—successes and failures, your work ethic, and your track record. Be able to amplify every item on your résumé.

11. Be nice.

Everyone you meet during your interview—from the receptionist to the interviewer—should be treated with respect and courtesy. The receptionist might not be conducting the interview, but his or her opinion of you might be solicited.

12. Follow up.

Send a thank you letter within a day of the interview. Provide any documents that might have been requested, such as references, an employment application, or samples of your work. A few days later, call to express your continued interest and to see if you could offer more information.


Joe Broghammer Professional Recruiter WSI

Joe Broghammer Professional Recruiter WSI

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Tips for Job Seekers

Job Searching Advice

by Joe Broghammer 10. December 2008 08:21

Be prepared and get organized.

1.  Get a professional resume together.

You can find examples of resumes and how to make a good resume online in numerous locations. A good site, thou there are many, is

2. A cover letter

A cover letter isn’t always needed but it’s good to have one just in case. List what you are applying for, why you feel you are the best for that job (give examples or skills or experiences that fit the job requirements). List salary and give clear information on how to get a hold of you day and night. The cover letter doesn’t need to be long, just straight to the point.

3. Resume

At the top of the resume in larger type then the resume, list your contact information. List both home phone and cell phone (Make sure they are active phone numbers and not disconnected). DO NOT HAVE A CUTE OR FUNNY EMAIL ADDRESS. Have a professional email address that has just your name with a yahoo, hotmail or Gmail account. That way only job possibilities will go to that one site and won’t be lost or spammed and you can send emails from there with a professional return address.

4. Stand out from the crowd.

Instead of just listing your job skills, describe the benefits and results of your performance. For each permanent job or staffing assignment, develop a list of major accomplishments, placing the most emphasis on your recent achievements. What problems or challenges have you faced? What actions did you take to overcome them? How did your actions benefit the company? Keep in mind that most companies value workers who enhance profits and save time and money.

If you are applying for an Engineer positions, for example, make sure you pay more attention to your job history that relate to that job and less on jobs that don’t. Do not leave holes in your job history. If you took time off to take care of a family member or did a contract job, list them as well. If you have left your last job and are doing part-time work now, list it as well. (Companies don’t like to be surprised hearing differences from a resume and an interview).

Make your resume no more then 2 to 3 pages. Long resumes are may not be helpful if they are full of unimportant information or filler information. You DO NOT need to list personal information like age or family or religious affiliation. You DO NOT need to list hobbies or associations that are non-work related.

5. Never list the reasons for termination or leaving a job on the resume.

The reader can find negative connotations for even the best reason. You’re far better off explaining employment lapses in person.

Have a generic resume and then specific resumes for specific fields you are applying for. No company likes to get a very generic resume that they have to hunt through to find the skills sets they are looking for.

6. Load the resume using Microsoft Word format.

It’s the most common format that companies use.

7. Be realistic!

Do not just apply to jobs that you are not qualified for. No company will hire you if you are not qualified or have skills to do their job. If a company says you need 5 years experience, they will not consider you if you only have 1. Spend that time applying to jobs that you have skills or experience for.

8. Spellcheck

Spellcheck EVERYTHING before you send ANYTHING out to any company. Check for grammar errors and punctuation.


Joe Broghammer Professional Recruiter WSI

Joe Broghammer Professional Recruiter WSI

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Tips for Job Seekers

Career Counselors

by Megan Greydanus 23. September 2008 16:50

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Steve Beebe, of Kalamazoo-based research, recruiting and staffing firm Work Strategies Inc., speaks with a local woman who was recently placed for employment. Hiring a job coach or seeking other career counseling is something professionals say job hunters may consider even before they seek placement through companies like WSI.

Southwest Michigan First

by Megan Greydanus 1. April 2007 13:45

WSI is proud to be in Southwest Michigan First’s Council of 100.  The mission of Southwest Michigan First is to grow jobs and wealth across the Kalamazoo Region. As a private, not for profit economic development organization, Southwest Michigan First is in the unique position to bridge the gap between business and government but can only do so with the support of business, individuals and foundations. That is why we have created the Southwest Michigan First Council of 100.

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Under 40 winners: Business Review

by Megan Greydanus 8. March 2006 08:03

KALAMAZOO, March 8, 2006 – WSI’s Steve Beebe, Regional Director of Sales and Business Development has been honored by the Western Michigan Business Review in their March 2-8th, 2006 issue of the Top Business Leaders Under 40.  Mr. Beebe has helped develop Workforce  Strategies Incorporated and has managed to capture over $3 million in billings in WSI’s first year.

Many agencies in the staffing industry struggled in the rough economy of the past four years, but Beebe was able to steer WSI to more than 300 percent increased sales in the Kalamazoo office over a siz-month period and increased dales in the company’s southwest region by over $6 million in just two years.

In addition to his marketing and client service efforts, he worked to improve his own staff, developing employee handbooks, performance-improvement plans and problem/conflict resolution systems.

He has taken an active interest in community development in his hometown since his college days, when he managed the Vicksburg Felpausch grocery store.  He has served on the Vicksburg Planning Commission for seven years and presently is chairman.  He was elected to the Vickburg Village Council.  He is a member of the Downtown Development Authority and the Vicksburg Community Association.

Beebe plans to lead WSI  to a position of national leadership in the staffing industry.

“My greatest achievement has been my involvement in the growth of WSI.  This has been so fulfilling because of the number of lives this growth has impacted and the number of people that have grown as a result.”

-  Steve Beebe, WSI Regional Director of Sales and Business Development

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