Workforce Development News – July 18, 2011

By on July 18, 2011
Enchant Your Employees

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Ten Principles to Live by in Fiercely Complex Times

“What enduring principles can you rely on to make choices that reflect openness, integrity and authenticity?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2011/07/ten-principles-for-living-in-f.html

Interview Tip: You Gotta Ask!

“So many job seekers leave an interview and have no idea if it went well, if they are still in the process, if they were considered a fit for the position, how long it will take the employer to make a decision, whether there are more interviews in the process, or if they will get a call back. Do the one thing that can alleviate that frustration right from the start… ASK! Here’s how:”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/07/interview-tip-you-gotta-ask.html

Enchant Your Employees

“Enchantment defines a relationship with employees that is deep, delightful, and long-lasting. If you can enchant your employees, they will work harder, longer, and smarter for you — and, ideally, you for them too. Here are the ten best ways to enchant your employees.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/07/enchant_your_employees.html

The 5 Inviolable Rules for Effective Business Communications

“Most business communication — presentations, memos, and even conversations — is a boring waste of time. Here are five inviolable rules for being an effective business communicator.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/salesmachine/the-5-inviolable-rules-for-effective-business-communications/16585

Economic Freedom & Quality of Life

This short video presents the ideas of economic freedom and the societal benefits it produces. It also provides inspiration on how to prepare a great presentation using charts, text and background images. (YouTube 2:27).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1U1Jzdghjk

Blended Learning Toolkit

“The Blended Learning Toolkit is a free, open resource for educational institutions interested in developing or expanding their blended learning initiatives. It offers guidance, examples, professional development, and other resources to help you prepare your own blended learning courses and programs.”
http://blended.online.ucf.edu/

The Undereducated American

“The United States has been underproducing college-going workers since 1980. Supply has failed to keep pace with growing demand, and as a result, income inequality has grown precipitously. The Solution: we need to add 20 million postsecondary-educated workers to the workforce.” 1.96MB pdf report.
http://www9.georgetown.edu/grad/gppi/hpi/cew/pdfs/undereducatedamerican.pdf

Five Copywriting Errors That Can Ruin A Company’s Website

“No matter how brilliant a website’s design, no matter how elegant its navigation, sooner or later visitors will decide whether to take action because of something they read. In the end, the effectiveness with which a website converts visitors hinges on words.”
http://www.smashingmagazine.com/2011/06/29/five-copywriting-errors-that-can-ruin-a-company-website/

Special Focus: LinkedIn

5 Cool Tricks to Get More Out of LinkedIn
“The fact is, for many entrepreneurs, there are few spots online that offer more, or can do more for their business and careers, than LinkedIn.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/small-biz-expert/5-cool-tricks-to-get-more-out-of-linkedin/139
How to Find a Job Using LinkedIn
http://www.clickz.com/clickz/column/2076879/job-linkedin
How to Create a LinkedIn Profile That Really Connects
“LinkedIn is the social media platform of choice for many entrepreneurs and business owners. Too bad most of their LinkedIn profiles, and in particular their ‘summaries,’ do little to create those business connections.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/small-biz-advice/how-to-create-a-linkedin-profile-that-really-connects/3025
The Key Element Your LinkedIn Profile Is Probably Missing
http://www.bnet.com/blog/small-biz-advice/the-key-element-your-linkedin-profile-is-probably-missing/3151
16 Smarter Ways to Use LinkedIn to Build Your Business
“With a little bit of time and effort, the following guide can help you turn LinkedIn into a lead generation engine and give you the inside track to generating more business with LinkedIn.”
http://www.copyblogger.com/linkedin/

What we do during our working hours determines what we have; what we do in our leisure hours determines what we are.” – George Eastman

About Richard Schumacher

Richard is the technology manager for the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College. He has over 25 years experience in technology, instructional design, eLearning, training, web content, IT consulting, and business 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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