Workforce Development News – April 16, 2012

By on April 16, 2012
Be Proactive and Turn Average Into Awesome

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12 Ways to Attack Any Challenge: Be Proactive and Turn Average Into Awesome

“Stuck in a rut? Need to accomplish the impossible? Step right up. Here’s how to get started.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/12-great-ways-to-turn-average-into-awesome.html

The 50 Most Common Interview Questions

“When it comes to the interview process, research and preparation for the interview can often times determine your chances of making it to the next step. One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions.”
http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/

Every Generation Struggles with Social Media

“Never fall into the trap of thinking that ‘those other people have an advantage over me.’ With social media, the playing field is level, and those millions of Americans winning their jobs with it are the ones willing to go through the stages of adoption and take their time to educate themselves on something new. Here are some of the struggles each generation must face when using social media in their job search.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2012/04/every-generation-struggles-with-social-media.html

The Manager’s Cheat Sheet: 101 Common-Sense Rules for Leaders

“Management is all about connecting with the people on your team. So how do you effectively manage a team? With common knowledge, of course. These are a few back-to-basics rules that will help you develop management skills that really matter.”
http://www.focus.com/fyi/managers-cheat-sheet-101-common-sense-rules-leaders/

Transparency is the New Leadership Imperative

“Whether it’s in person (through speeches, meetings, or one-on-one interactions) or leveraging social media, it’s more essential than ever for leaders to embrace transparency. Employees, customers, and shareholders need to understand your vision, your values, and your approach. The new leadership imperative is to make yourself known.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/04/transparency_is_the_new_leader.html

You Already Know The Right People To Land Your Dream Job: How To Get In Front Of The Decision-Makers

“It’s a common frustration of job seekers everywhere: you know you are the right person for the job if only you could get the attention of the person actually hiring. Submitting a resume to the company website falls into a black hole. Appeals to HR go unanswered. Somehow you need to bypass these gatekeepers and get to the decision-makers.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/work-in-progress/2012/04/10/you-already-know-the-right-people-to-land-your-dream-job-how-to-get-in-front-of-the-decision-makers/

Best and Worst Jobs of 2012

“CareerCast.com ranked 200 jobs from best to worst based on five criteria: physical demands, work environment, income, stress and hiring outlook. To compile its list, the firm primarily used data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other government agencies.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303772904577336230132805276.html

7 Examples of Fresh New Ways to Start Your Cover Letter

“Discover seven new examples of how you can catch the hiring manager’s attention with an attention-grabbing opening line.”
http://www.careerealism.com/examples-start-cover-letter/

How to Answer One of The Most Important Interview Questions

“This is understandably one of the most unnerving questions to be thrown at you; but consider why it’s being asked at most interviews, and understand how to answer it. If you break it down to three phases, formulating your answer will be easier than you think.”
http://www.recruitingblogs.com/profiles/blogs/how-to-answer-one-of-the-most-important-interview-questions

Illinois: Top Jobs for 2012

“Current labor market trends exploring the top jobs in Illinois for 2012. The jobs that pay the most, the jobs that show the greatest growth since 2007, and the jobs that have the greatest concentration in the state.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2012/04/12/illinois-top-jobs-for-2012/

Easily Create Timelines Using Microsoft Office PowerPoint

“Office Timeline a free timeline maker for Microsoft PowerPoint that allows you to easily create and share beautiful timelines, Gantt charts, and project schedules.”
http://www.officetimeline.com/

Do something worth remembering.” – Elvis Presley

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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