Workforce Development News – Feb. 27, 2012

By on February 27, 2012
Turn an Obstacle into an Asset

A weekly collection of interesting, insightful, and innovative articles on workforce development, employment and training, business performance improvement, leadership, higher education, and the economy.

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How to Turn an Obstacle into an Asset

“Successful people work with what they have at hand — whatever comes along — and try to use everything at their disposal in achieving their goals.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/02/how_to_turn_an_obstacle_into_a.html

8 Qualities of Remarkable Employees

“Forget good to great. Here’s what makes a great employee remarkable.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/the-8-qualities-of-remarkable-employees.html

Ten Interview Questions Designed To Trick You

“For the long-term unemployed or those workers looking for a change, getting an interview in today’s market may feel like a win in itself. But once you’re in the door, interviewers often put you through an obstacle course of deceptive questions with double meanings or hidden agendas. Do you know how to read the subtext?”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jennagoudreau/2012/02/23/watch-out-ten-interview-questions-designed-to-trick-you/

InfoGraphic: 22 Ways to Create Compelling Content When You Don’t Have a Clue

“This infographic demonstrates how to repurpose existing content in a different media format, get more bang from your archives, and reach new and different audiences in the process.”
http://www.copyblogger.com/create-content-infographic/

How to Write a Better Elevator Pitch

“What you think is an elevator pitch will actually alienate customers. Instead, have a conversation that creates a real sales opportunity.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-write-a-better-elevator-pitch.html

How Can I Make Sure My Resume Gets Past Resume Robots and into a Human’s Hand?

“Employers and hiring managers are turning more than ever to resume screening software, thanks to the overwhelming number of job applications they get. It pays to know how these systems work so you can make your resume more relevant to the job you’re applying for. Here’s a brief overview of how the software analyzes your resume and what you can do about it.”
http://lifehacker.com/5866630/how-can-i-make-sure-my-resume-gets-past-resume-robots-and-into-a-humans-hand

How To Spot Innovative Hires

“How do you weed out the innovators from the masses? And how can you distinguish the best ones at that? Here are six useful interview questions to ask to identify strong innovators:”
http://www.inc.com/geil-browning/how-to-identify-innovative-new-hires.html

9 Hot Facebook-Marketing Tips for Small Business

“Whether your brand is fully established or just starting out, launching a marketing campaign can seem overwhelming. But, several small and simple things give your brand a start on Facebook. Some of these marketing tactics are used by the biggest brands in the world.”
http://www.openforum.com/articles/social-media-for-business-2012-facebook-marketing-tips-a-small-business-guide

The Most Outrageous Job Interview Mistakes

“One job candidate brought a ‘How to interview’ book into the interview with him, and another talked about promptness as one of her strengths, after arriving 10 minutes late. Another woman told the interviewer she wasn’t sure if the job was even worth starting the car for.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/02/21/the-most-outrageous-job-interview-mistakes/

Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” – Niccolo Machiavelli

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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