Workforce Development News – April 11, 2011

By on April 11, 2011

RugDoctor and St. Louis Community College Are Partners in Progress

Like all advanced manufacturing companies in today’s economy, RugDoctor faces continuing pressures to increase the productivity and profitability of its manufacturing processes. For the past two years, St. Louis Community College’s Center for Business, Industry and Labor (CBIL), a department within the Workforce and Community Development division, has provided training and consulting services for RugDoctor’s manufacturing facility in Fenton, Mo. To aid in meeting this ongoing challenge, RugDoctor applied for and was approved for funding through the Missouri Customized Training program. The company, along with a group of other manufacturers throughout the St. Louis region, was selected because its continued corporate presence was considered vital to Missouri’s economic health. After receiving this funding, RugDoctor enlisted the services of CBIL’s Lean Manufacturing Business Unit to support its aggressive transition to Lean manufacturing.

Make Your Competition Irrelevant

“Stepping away from fighting brand preference battles (‘my brand is better than your brand’) and instead winning on brand relevance (‘create a category in which some or all competitor brands are not visible or credible’) requires more imagination. This is the route that breakthrough brands take, and is for most marketers the only route to growth and profitability.”

Stop Chasing the Wrong Priorities

What is the key to having a great life?

Making Your Post-Interview Follow-Up Call Work for You

“Have you just completed an interview and are eager to know how it went? You are not the only one. Most job seekers feel anxious about this critical moment in the application process and want to follow up with the interviewer as soon as possible. The good news is, following up by phone is a good idea. But, of course, you don’t want to come off as a stalker. So before checking in with the employer, take a look at these tips for making your post-interview follow up work for you.”

PowerPoint Slide School 101

Tips and tricks, helpful videos and resources, and a contest.

5 Things to STOP Doing in Your Job Search

“What are those things you do, perhaps daily, that are just not productive and take time away from the things that will make the most headway for you? What are those things that, if you stopped today, may actually improve your job search rather than hurt it?”

Massive Epsilon E-mail Breach Could Lead to E-mail Attacks, Spam

“A massive data breach at a third-party company that handles customer e-mail messaging for 150 major banks, retailers and other firms could lead to unwanted spam and phishing attacks. Epsilon Data Management LLC handles customer e-mail for a number of big-name banks and retailers including Best Buy, JPMorgan Chase, CitiGroup, LL Bean, Walgreens and the Home Shopping Network. It now will be easy to spoof a legitimate website because many people are already used to receiving e-mail messages from these companies using third-party domains.”,289142,sid14_gci1529593,00.html

Seven Tips to Avoid Post-Epsilon Phishing

“Unless you live in a cave your e-mail address was probably among the millions exposed in the recent Epsilon data breach. It’s true that no financial details were released along with the e-mail information, but that doesn’t mean you’re in the clear. Scammers who’ve obtained the exposed e-mail addresses now hope you will just give them your financial information.”,2817,2383134,00.asp

Any sufficiently advanced bureaucracy is indistinguishable from molasses.” – Unknown

About Richard Schumacher

Richard Schumacher is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He connects, designs, and applies technology to meet business user needs with eLearning, training, web content, instructional design, IT system, and performance improvement solutions. Richard has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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