Workforce Development News – Oct. 10, 2011

By on October 10, 2011
How to Become a Great Finisher

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How to Become a Great Finisher

“The road to hell may or may not be paved with good intentions, but the road to failure surely is. Take a good look at the people you work with, and you’ll find lots of Good Starters — individuals who want to succeed, and have promising ideas for how to make that happen. They begin each new pursuit with enthusiasm. And then something happens. Somewhere along the way, they lose steam. They get bogged down with other projects. They start procrastinating and miss deadlines. Their projects take forever to finish, if they get finished at all.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/06/how_to_become_a_great_finisher.html

15 Stunning Statistics About the Jobs Market

“In August, the economy had essentially the same number of jobs as it had in January 2000.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2011/09/28/15-stunning-statistics-about-the-jobs-market

The 4 Keys to Becoming a Collaborative Leader

“Leaders today must be able to harness ideas, people and resources from across boundaries of all kinds. That requires reinventing their talent strategies and building strong connections both inside and outside their organizations.”
http://www.bnet.com/blog/harvard/the-4-keys-to-becoming-a-collaborative-leader/12656

Interactive Graphic: What’s Your Economic Outlook?

“How do you feel about your job status, the future of the economy and the prospects for the next generation?”
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/business/2011-economy-sentiment.html

College Grads Gain on MBAs

“For some companies, a bachelor’s degree means cheaper, more malleable workers. And that’s just what they need right now.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424053111904900904576554850808786960.html

The Top Ten Lessons Steve Jobs Taught Us

Anything is possible through hard work, determination, and a sense of vision. Bye Steve.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ericjackson/2011/10/05/the-top-ten-lessons-steve-jobs-taught-us/

Performance of High-Wage Jobs From 2007-11

“There are 40 jobs that pay over $40 per hour. General operations managers lost the most jobs from ’07-11. The job that declined by the highest percentage is industrial production managers, which lost 13% of its workforce. Industrial production managers, which pays $40 per hour, is the only occupation on the list that requires below a bachelor’s degree.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2011/10/04/performance-of-high-wage-jobs-from-2007-11/

Despite High Unemployment, Millions of Job Openings

“Job seekers with the right skillset can find job opportunities in this market.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2011/10/05/despite-high-unemployment-millions-of-job-openings

Special Focus: Job Interviews

Selling Yourself in the Job Interview
“Every job interview is different, but some general principles can guide you in just about any interview, for any job. When you’re talking about yourself and your experience, keep the following six points in mind.”
http://www.nydailynews.com/jobs/2011/10/05/2011-10-05_selling_yourself_in_the_job_interview.html
Do You Believe In UFOs? Creative Hiring Manager Questions
“Check out the questions that human resource managers and hiring managers said surprised job candidates the most.”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/career-advice/do-you-believe-in-ufos-the-hiring-manager-wants-to-know/
7 Ways to Instantly Make the Interviewer Reject You
“No one will argue that interviews are a nerve-racking experience. But there are certain things some candidates do that ruin their chances from the start – pretty much making it impossible to recover.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/09/7-ways-to-instantly-make-the-interviewer-reject-you.html
5 Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager
“Your qualifications and interviewing skills are the ultimate deciding factors in whether or not you are offered a position. While you must sell yourself to be considered a serious contender for the job, it’s just as important to find out if the position aligns with your long-term goals and your work style.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/09/01/5-questions-to-ask-the-hiring-manager
5 Things You Should Never Say in a Job Interview
“When you score a coveted interview, the single most important thing you can do is prepare and practice, by doing both a run-through with an industry-savvy friend, and recording yourself and then doing a self-review. This will help temper your nerves and help you work on weaknesses. Then, choose your words carefully once you’re in the room. Here are 5 things never to say to a hiring manager:”
http://moneywatch.bnet.com/career-advice/blog/on-job/5-things-you-should-never-say-in-a-job-interview/1752/
How to Answer Behavioral Interview Questions
“Let’s start at the beginning: What are behavioral interview questions and why are employers using them?”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2011/09/26/how-to-answer-behavorial-interview-questions
The Most Effective Way to Follow Up After An Interview
“You’ve made it through the interview! Congratulations. You have a real shot at getting hired. Today, you’re going to learn a strategy that will boost those chances even more. It is, simply, the single most effective way to follow up after an interview.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2011/09/the-most-effective-way-to-follow-up-after-an-interview.html

The future ain’t what it used to be.” – Yogi Berra

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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