Workforce Development News – Feb. 13, 2012

By on February 13, 2012
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How Employers Can Help Solve the Skills Gap

“The talent shortage can sometimes be of a company’s own making and by tapping an arsenal of innovative and readily-available solutions, those same companies can help solve their own skills gap. That’s in their own interest, of course, but it will also help to put eager Americans back to work and improve the career paths of current employees.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/02/how_employers_can_help_solve_t.html

Top Executive Recruiters Agree There Are Only Three True Job Interview Questions

“Every question you’ve ever posed to others or had asked of you in a job interview is a subset of a deeper in-depth follow-up to one of these three key questions. Each question potentially may be asked using different words, but every question, however it is phrased, is just a variation on one of these topics:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgebradt/2011/04/27/top-executive-recruiters-agree-there-are-only-three-key-job-interview-questions/

InfoGraphic: How Higher Education Uses Social Media

“When it comes to higher-ed, there are not only opportunities for digital learning, but digital marketing too. Some schools have taken the reins on both sides, with mixed results. This infographic takes a look at how schools have fared with social media over the last few years — what platforms are best, where they’ve succeeded, and the challenges that lay ahead.”
http://mashable.com/2012/02/03/higher-education-social-media/

How to Fix Your Presentations

“Most business presentations are as boring as watching paint dry … in slow motion. If you want to persuade your audience to make a decision, you need to make it interesting–which means that you must tell a story.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-fix-your-presentations.html

Manufacturing Is Special: Why America Needs Its Makers

“Manufacturers are more innovative and pay better wages than other businesses. If we don’t support them, the United States could end up with a gaping hole in its economy.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2012/02/manufacturing-is-special-why-america-needs-its-makers/252796/

Make a Great First Impression: 9 New Rules

“Basic business truths keep coming back in new ways. One of those truths is that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Use these tips to make sure you’re getting it right.”
http://www.inc.com/tom-searcy/new-rules-for-great-first-impressions.html

9 Ways to Ensure Your Career Goes Nowhere

“As you go about life and interacting with people, you invariably encounter those whose behavior simply screams ‘I’ll never be going anywhere in my career.’ There are some things that will ensure you go nowhere in your career; and unless you’re OK with that, here is what you want to avoid:”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2012/02/9-ways-to-ensure-your-career-goes-nowhere.html

6 Mantras for Business Success

“These six mantras help keep me focused, and help keep my business sailing along, no matter what the day brings.”
http://www.inc.com/lauren-perkins/six-mantras-for-business-success.html

LinkedIn Mistakes: Top 5 Ways to Kill Your Credibility

“Any of these 5 mistakes could turn your LinkedIn profile into a major professional liability. Here’s how to identify them–and get them fixed”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/linkedin-mistakes-top-5-ways-to-kill-your-credibility.html

Are Successful People Nice?

“Emotional intelligence implies that successful leaders should be nice. And while being nice may have social benefits, does it pay?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/02/are_successful_people_nice.html

Community colleges play an important role in helping people transition between careers by providing the retooling they need to take on a new career.” – Barack Obama

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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