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Workforce Development News – Oct. 31, 2011
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Ten Innovation Myths
Myth vs. reality for the ten most often encountered innovation myths.
Conquer Your Challenges: 12 Great Ways to Do Things Differently
“The only way to overcome a problem is to do something differently. But here’s an even better approach: Instead of waiting until you’re forced to make a bad situation better, why not turn a decent situation into a great one and tackle your challenges head on?”
InfoGraphic: Job Interviews – What You Wish You’d Known
“How many of you have come out of an interview thinking you wish you’d done something differently? Here’s what job seekers wished they had known before their job interview, based on a survey of 2,000 bosses:”
Missouri State of the Workforce Report 2011
“This report examines the nature of Missouri’s workforce and assesses both strengths and weaknesses. The main topics are economic indicators, workforce supply, emerging workforce and workforce demand.” (3.78MB pdf, MERIC)
Social Media versus Knowledge Management
“On the surface, social media and knowledge management (KM) seem very similar. Both involve people using technology to access information. Both require individuals to create information intended for sharing. Both profess to support collaboration. But there’s a big difference.”
Dealing with Skills Shortages in a Complex Economy
Do occupations with greater demand also experience a commensurate increase in qualified workers? And how do we accurately measure the supply side of this equation?
Report: U.S. Employment Outlook, October 2011
“Nationwide hiring remains steady. Job growth in most major metros. Hiring decline for personal care workers and farmers.” (571KB pdf, Simply Hired).
Demand, Pay for STEM Skills Skyrocket
“Workers with associate’s degrees in STEM fields out-earn 63 percent of people who have bachelor’s degrees in other fields. Almost half of workers with bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields out-earn workers with Ph.D.’s in other fields.”
US Consumer Spending – Hard times
How the economic slowdown has changed consumer spending in America.
Cities Where the Job Outlook Is Improving
St. Louis is #12 on list of cities with biggest decrease in unemployment from June 2010-June 2011.
6 Ways to Stand Out in a Tough Job Market
“Job seekers who seize control of their searches have a much better chance of landing opportunities than those who spend all of their time looking for open opportunities and applying.”
InfoGraphic: World Population in Graphics
The World’s population is now reaching 7 billion and it has doubled since 1960. View by population, age, environment, poverty, urbanization, gender and youth.
A Ghostly Past: Six Halloween Traditions, Explained
“Straddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.”
“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” – H P Lovecraft