Workforce Development News – Aug. 13, 2012

By on August 13, 2012
2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Event

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2012 State of St. Louis Workforce Report Reveals Skills Gap, Ways to Overcome Challenges

At the 2012 State of St. Louis Workforce discussion – attended by more than 400 business, education and civic leaders – representatives from The Boeing Company, Gateway EDI, BJC Healthcare and Gallus BioPharmaceuticals shared some of their talent acquisition and development solutions, including:
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/state-of-st-louis-workforce-report-reveals-skills-gap-challenges/
Download the full report at: http://STLCC.edu/STLworkforce

How St. Louis Companies Are Closing the Skills Gap

Top employers in the St. Louis region continue to find new and creative ways to overcome the skills gap to fill open positions. The insights from the six case studies in the State of St. Louis Workforce report shows how companies can begin to overcome their challenges, and find qualified applicants with both technical skills and soft skills.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/how-st-louis-companies-are-closing-the-skills-gap/

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call ‘the clarity paradox,’ which can be summed up in four predictable phases:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/08/the_disciplined_pursuit_of_less.html

10 Tricks for a Fabulous Workday

“It takes just as much effort to have a wonderful day as it does to have a miserable one. Why not enjoy yourself?”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/have-a-fabulous-workday-10-tricks.html

Conversations with Local Employers: A Profile of the Ideal Employee

As part of our State of St. Louis Workforce study this year, we added a new element to help us understand what’s going on locally with unemployment – the rate is still hovering above 8 percent. We asked six employers to describe their “ideal employee.” This question may seem simple, but it gets right at the issue – does our region have the right type of workers with the skills they need to succeed in the current (and future) workforce? What qualities and skills do employers look for when they’re screening applicants?
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/conversations-with-local-employers-the-ideal-employee/

25 Ways to Screw Up Your Brand

“Here are some common mistakes that can disengage your audience and even send them into your competitors’ welcoming arms.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45312.aspx

5 Questions Great Job Candidates Ask

“Many of the questions potential new hires ask are throwaways. But not these.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-questions-great-job-candidates-ask-interviewers.html

Nine Phrases You Should Never Put on Your Resume

“Since most recruiters and hiring managers receive far more resumes than they have time to review carefully, they’re forced to find shortcuts that will allow them to quickly sort resumes into ‘Yes,’ ‘Maybe’ and ‘No’ piles.” Avoid these phrases that lead to the ‘No’ pile.
http://career-services.monster.com/yahooarticle/resume-killing-words-terms

Sharpening the Soft Skills (Which Aren’t Really Touchy-Feely)

“Why do so many of us neglect these skills and how we can stop getting in the way of our own success?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/07/business/smallbusiness/07shift.html

A strong economy begins with a strong, well-educated workforce.” – Bill Owens

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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