Workforce Development News – Jan. 2, 2012

By on January 2, 2012
Average Is Over. What’s Your Extra?

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Looking for Professional, Affordable Space For Your 2012 Training, Conference or Meeting?

Hold your 2012 training sessions, meetings, event or conference in one of the upscale meeting rooms in the new Class A business facility now available at STLCC’s Corporate Center. Check out these photos. For more info, or to schedule an event, contact Judy Koenig at 314-539-5360.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2011/affordable-professional-space-for-training-conference-meeting/

Introducing The 2012 Project Management Series

CBIL, in partnership with The Quality Group of Atlanta Georgia, introduces a new hands-on blended learning course for individuals that want to improve their project management skills for business success and career growth. The online course, along with student guides and test, provide ten hours of project management training toward the 23 hours and 35 hours for Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) and Project Management Professional (PMP) testing eligibility for the designations. For more information or a demo, call Kathie Chambers at 314-539-5309.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2011/introducing-2012-project-management-series/

7 Things Highly Productive People Do

“You have more important things to focus on than, um, focusing. Get back on track with these tips.”
http://www.inc.com/ilya-pozin/7-things-highly-productive-people-do.html

Six Social Media Trends for 2012

“So what can we expect in 2012 in a world that seems to grow ever connected by the hour?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2011/12/six_social_media_trends_for_20.html

The Single Best Way to Build Customer Loyalty

“To create customers loyal enough to stand in line for you, start by earning the loyalty of your employees. And there’s only one way to do that.”
http://www.inc.com/harvey-mackay/best-way-to-build-customer-loyalty.html

Boost Your Career with Social Media: Tips for the Uninitiated

“There is a lot of advice out there about keeping your online activity from hurting your career. But there’s a flip side. When handled correctly, social media can help you professionally. You can use it to enhance your personal brand, establish yourself as an expert in a field, or demonstrate fluency with all things digital. The key is to be proactive about managing your activity and image.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/hmu/2011/12/boost-your-career-with-social.html

4 Megatrends In Social Media And Social Business

“2012 is primed to be the year of social. In particular we can anticipate a blitz of publicity around social business.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/haydnshaughnessy/2011/12/20/4-megatrends-in-social-media-and-social-business/

The Fastest-Growing Jobs During The Economic Downturn (2007-2011)

“Three tables that indicate jobs with: 1. The highest growth percentage, 2. The most new jobs created, and 3. The highest wages.”
http://www.economicmodeling.com/2011/12/15/the-fastest-growing-jobs-during-the-economic-downturn-2007-2011/

Are You Bad at Using LinkedIn? Unlock the Secrets of LinkedIn

“What do the 135 million people and more than seven million companies on LinkedIn know that you don’t?”
http://www.inc.com/marla-tabaka/make-linkedin-worth-your-networking-time.html

Average Is Over. What’s Your Extra?

“In a hyper-connected world where so many talented non-Americans and smart machines that can do above-average work are now easily available to virtually every employer, what was ‘average’ work ten years ago is below average today, and will be further below average ten years from now.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/taylor/2011/12/average_is_over_whats_your_ex.html

Windows 7 “Snowflakes and Frost” Theme

“Add the delicate symmetry of snowflakes and the ice-blue tracery of frost to your desktop. Download this free Windows 7 theme, and allow these exquisite snowflake and frost images to lead you into the chilly beauty of winter.” Plus links to four more.
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/downloads/snowflakes-and-frost-theme

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” – Beverly Sills

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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