Workforce Development News – Dec. 5, 2011

By on December 5, 2011
Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Imagine

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Don’t Let What You Know Limit What You Imagine

“One of the most perplexing features of these troubled times is that so many capable people in so many fields look so lost and ineffective. Whether it’s the stubborn inefficiencies of the health-care system, the ever-rising costs of the higher-education system, even the slow-motion collapse of the US postal system, leaders with unrivaled expertise and decades of experience can’t seem to develop creative solutions to dire problems.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2011/11/dont_let_what_you_know_limit_w.html

How To Be More Interesting (In 10 Simple Steps)

Explore. Discover. Create. Care. Live.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jessicahagy/2011/11/30/how-to-be-interesting/

9 Things That Motivate Employees More Than Money

“Don’t show ‘em the money (even if you have it). Here are nine better ways to boost morale.”
http://www.inc.com/ilya-pozin/9-things-that-motivate-employees-more-than-money.html

InfoGraphic: 8 Important Traits That A Resume Just Can’t Illustrate

“Make sure to give the interviewer a feel for your ‘flavor’ in your cover letter and in your interview. ‘Positive attitudes welcome success.’”
http://www.businessinsider.com/8-traits-that-trump-the-resume-infographic-2011-11

Nine Jobs of the (Near) Future

“By 2020 an additional 21 million jobs will be needed for the U.S. to return to full employment — and we know these jobs will be radically different from those of years past. Health care, business services, leisure and hospitality, construction, manufacturing and retail account for 66% of today’s employment. By the end of the decade, those industries will account for 85%.”
http://moneyland.time.com/2011/11/21/nine-jobs-of-the-near-future/#jobs

Report: Career Clusters 2008-2018, Forecasting demand for high school through college jobs

“There is no question that the best path to middle class employment and wages in America today runs through the nation’s college campuses.”
http://cew.georgetown.edu/Clusters/

InfoGraphic: Can Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin Really Get You a Job?

“Job seekers are reaching into unconventional and creative avenues to gain a competitive edge in the job jungle. And social media are increasingly becoming the new job fair for people to network, get new job leads or to promote and showcase resumes.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/infographic-facebook-twitter-and-linkedin-really-get-you-a-job-2011-12

Middle Class Jobs Gone Forever, But There’s Hope

“The number of jobs available for skilled workers without a college degree is declining fast.”
http://finance.fortune.cnn.com/2011/11/28/middle-class-jobs-decline/

Trying To Find a Job? Here Are The Top Entry-Level Resume Characteristics For Obtaining An Interview

“According to a recent study by researchers Emily Johnson and Joanna Lahey, ‘post-high school education and training, such as from a community college or a computer training program, are primary factors in determining whether a woman receives an interview.’ The purpose of this study was to discover which resume characteristics are considered important by potential employers of working-class women reentering the workforce.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lisaquast/2011/11/21/trying-to-find-a-job-here-are-the-top-entry-level-resume-characteristics-for-obtaining-an-interview/

InfoGraphic: Most States See Jobless Rates Fall as Gains Spread Out

“Select up to five states to compare their unemployment rates with the nation’s as a whole.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204443404577054480821271076.html#articleTabs%3Dinteractive

Instead Of Whining About The Skills Gap, Use Training To Close It

“It is a tragic irony that there are over 3 million open jobs in the U.S. economy today, while over 14 million Americans remain unemployed. Incredibly, a majority of U.S. companies recently surveyed complain that they can’t find qualified people to fill their open roles.”
http://www.fastcompany.com/1795506/instead-of-whining-about-the-skills-gap-use-training-to-close-it

When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do.” – Walt Disney

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 is a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and has held Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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