Workforce Development News – August 1, 2011

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State of St. Louis Workforce: Moving Forward

Attend the third annual State of the St. Louis Workforce event ( and hear regional thought leaders as they respond to the latest workforce research & intelligence. This seminar is sponsored by St. Louis Community College and the Missouri Career Centers.
Wednesday, August 10, Missouri Botanical Garden, 4344 Shaw Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63110, Continental Breakfast at 7:30 a.m., Program at 8:00 a.m. Admission is free, but reservations are requested by August 5. To RSVP, fill in your contact info at the link below. For questions, contact the Business Journal at 314-421-6200.
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2010 State of the St. Louis Workforce Keynote Video

2010 State of the St. Louis Workforce keynote presentation “Economic Recovery by the Numbers” presented by Marty Romitti, Ph.D., Director of the Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC). Marty discusses the uncertainty of the economic outlook, the employment declines since the recession began, the possible modes of economic recovery, the direct impact on the St. Louis region, job and structural issues hindering the recovery, and the three key signals to watch. (YouTube 16:38).

7 Habits That Make Great Opportunities Happen

“People who enjoy consistent success know what it takes to make great opportunities happen. Change a few habits and people might be wondering how you get so many opportunities, too.”

Making a Team Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts

“While it seems that anyone who’s ever had a high-performing team has a formula for how to do it, replicating the process has proven elusive. But I can tell you one thing with great certainty. Creating a team that’s greater than the sum of its parts is, to some extent, a function of certain leadership behavior. Here are seven things that increase the odds of making your team great:”

Five Communication Mistakes That Are Holding You Back

“Of all the skills we develop as leaders and professionals, communicating is one that we’ve been practicing since birth. And yet it often gets in our way, causes stress, and leaves us at a loss. We too frequently miscommunicate, obfuscate the point, cause an unintended reaction, or avoid a messy discussion altogether. There are common communications pitfalls that affect your ability to execute, influence, be heard and understood. The good part is there are easy fixes to each of them.”

Bridging the Skills Gap in Today’s Economy

“The demands on America’s workforce are changing. In 1950, unskilled positions accounted for 80 percent of U.S. jobs, but today, 85 percent of our country’s professions require skilled workers who have critical-thinking capabilities combined with career and industry specific requirements. Here are four things we must do if we are determined to enhance the skills of the nation’s workforce:”

Common Mishaps in Writing

“Revision is absolutely a part of the writing process, and thanks to spell and grammar check, we seem to have a better grasp of the written language, at least. The only problem is that tools to check spelling and grammar are frequently wrong or not observant enough, making us look silly. While you can get away with a few grammar and spelling mistakes with the average reader, blatant errors in your copy can turn off your more educated and well-read visitors. Rest assured, at least, that you can keep a few of the trickiest areas straight – here are 10 of them:”

Chart: How the recovery in the United States compares with previous ones

“The great recession hit America even harder than previously thought. Latest data shows that output in America is still at a lower level than its peak before the recession, a point earlier numbers said had been passed at the end of last year. When compared to the three other slowest post-war recoveries, the current ‘jobless recovery’ has been thought unique in its lack of employment growth.”

Special Focus: Jobs and Job Search

Unemployed? 5 Reasons Companies Won’t Hire You
In-Person Networking: A Survival Guide
7 Great Ways to Get Your Resume Noticed
A Simple Strategy for Acing a Job Interview
“If you want to ace a job interview, you need to get inside the hiring manager’s mind. Here’s how.”
What You Should Never Say in a Job Interview
“Just as important as saying the right things during a job interview is making sure you don’t say the wrong things. Here are 10 things you never want to say in an interview:”
Why Are Manholes Round? The 10 Toughest Interview Questions
10 Most Asked Interview Questions: How to Tackle Them
Why You Got Rejected When You’re Perfect for the Job
Unemployed For a Long Time? Try This
Jobs Market Worst For Middle Class
“Recessions often narrow the income gap. This recession has done the opposite. The bulk of the jobs lost, 60%, were in the middle range of the income scale. That compares to 21.3% for workers in high income jobs, and 18.7% for low-wage workers. Given the job loss, you would expect middle-income jobs to have rebounded the most in the past two years. But that’s not the case. In fact, 73% of the jobs that have been added since the beginning of the recession have been in what the study calls low wage jobs. The middle class squeeze is still on.”
LinkedIn Launches Button That Lets You Apply for Jobs

Back to School Sales Tax Holiday

“In 2011, the three-day holiday begins at midnight on Friday, Aug. 5, and runs through Sunday, Aug. 7.”

Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” – William James

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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