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Workforce Development News – July 11, 2011
A weekly collection of interesting, insightful, and innovative articles on workforce development, employment and training, business performance improvement, leadership, higher education, and the economy.
The Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College leverages education for growth in the knowledge economy by offering programs and services designed to advance people, businesses and communities. We are located at the Corporate College, a state of the art facility solely dedicated to corporate education and professional development.
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Three Steps to Handling the Unexpected
“We live and lead in a world of imperfect information, guaranteed surprises, and unpredictable occurrences. Trying to predict their arrival is futile. Trying to eradicate their risks is fantasy. And, even though we may have planned meticulously, believing that we’re prepared for whatever the future will bring is folly. The most successful people are able to navigate ambiguity. But if we can’t possibly know what will happen tomorrow, how can we be prepared? We need to be prepared to be unprepared. In the face of the unexpected:”
Problem Solvers Focus on the Problem, Not the Solution
“Here are five tips for making sure you’re solving the right problem:”
8 Practical Ways to Ace a Job Interview
“You landed an interview. Congratulations! Now don’t screw it up. I’ve interviewed thousands of people for jobs ranging from entry-level to executive, and easily three-fourths of the candidates made basic interviewing mistakes. Here are eight real world ways to shine in a job interview:”
The 7-Step Plan To Boost Daily Productivity
“What we can do around e-mail and other daily distractions to make sure we get the really important stuff done.”
9 Tips for Emailing Important People
“Here are 9 top-notch tips for writing emails that make it as easy as possible for the recipient to send you a response.”
A Recruiter’s Tips for Job-Hunting
“Job seekers receive a lot of conflicting messages about how to look for opportunities. Many focus on applying via job boards as a main strategy, while career coaches often encourage them to use networking (or social networking) in lieu of job boards. Don’t put all of your job hunting eggs in one basket if you want achieve your goals quickly and efficiently.”
A Practical Guide to Creating Learning Scenarios
Part 1: A learning scenario consists of a description of a realistic situation, accompanied by one or more questions that challenge the learner to respond to some aspect of that situation.
Part 2: How scenarios can be used to help learners to undertake principle-based tasks (everyday problem-solving and decision making).
Part 3: Using scenarios to help learners to practice rule-based tasks (activities that can be carried out repeatedly according to clearly laid-out instructions).
What Do Your Slides Say About You?
“Recently, InFocus held a ‘What Not to Present’ contest, looking for the worst PowerPoint slide ever created. After reviewing tons of horrific submissions, they came up with their top choices, and yep, are they bad. Here are seven of the worse. So the next time you create a presentation, ask yourself, ‘What does this slide say about me/my idea?’ If the answer conjures up unpleasant images of pocket protectors or big hair, take another pass at your slides, and remember Duarte’s Golden Rule: Never deliver a presentation you wouldn’t want to sit through.”
30 Facebook Dos and Don’ts for College Professors
“What’s acceptable to broadcast to each other and the world is constantly changing — and that’s especially the case in education.”
How to Use Facebook and Twitter for Education
“Society changes faster than rules and administration, so all educators and teachers should start reinventing their tasks and role in and out of the classrooms. It’s time to ask students, to listen to what they have to say about education, and if you really want to know how they think, what they think, what is important to them, and their language and spaces, you need Facebook and Twitter.”
28 Creative Ways Teachers Are Using Twitter
“Between the cat images and celebrity porn, the Internet actually manages to boast educational potential. Considerable educational potential, in fact. Even that Twitter thing the kids are into these days, with its 140-characters and its perpetual haze of pound signs, has its uses. More than 28, of course, but here’s a nice little starting point.”
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