Workforce Development News – March 19, 2012

By on March 19, 2012
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The Magic of Doing One Thing at a Time

“The best way for an organization to fuel higher productivity and more innovative thinking is to strongly encourage finite periods of absorbed focus, as well as shorter periods of real renewal. If you’re a manager, here are three policies worth promoting:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/schwartz/2012/03/the-magic-of-doing-one-thing-a.html

What’s Wrong With Interviews? The Top 50 Most Common Interview Problems

“Interviews are the second most used and ‘flawed’ tool in HR. They are used and relied on around the world for hiring, transfers, promotions, and for selecting leaders. Despite their many flaws, the purpose of this article is not to tell you to stop using interviews. Instead, the goal is to make you aware of the things that can negatively impact the results of an interview. If you encounter these problems and you understand their causes, you can take steps to avoid or minimize them.”
http://www.ere.net/2012/01/30/whats-wrong-with-interviews-the-top-50-most-common-interview-problems/

Is Going Back to School Your Best Path to Career Growth?

“In our environment, employers are no longer just looking for a degree. They are looking for specific expertise, specialization and depth of experience. Make sure you know what’s needed for your next career step.”
http://www.careerrocketeer.com/2012/03/is-going-back-to-school-your-best-path-to-career-growth.html

Where Will 2012 Jobs Growth Come From?

“The government reported broad-based gains in jobs for February, but which industries will be adding to payrolls over the coming year?”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2012/03/09/where-will-2012-jobs-growth-come-from/

What’s Wrong With Employee Engagement? The Top 20 Problems

“Employee engagement programs have a great deal of potential. However, their actual business impact is often lessened by the fact that those running them have not done their due diligence in identifying and solving the many potential problems. A superior approach is to apply lean HR tools to critically assess and improve every component of the program.”
http://www.ere.net/2012/02/23/what%E2%80%99s-wrong-with-employee-engagement-the-top-20-potential-problems/

How to Make a Successful Cold Call

“There’s a quick and easy way to get a potential customer interested. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the conversation.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-make-a-cold-call.html

Talent Management When the Old Outnumber the Young

“The population used to be shaped like a pyramid: lots of young people, a medium number of middle aged, and a few old folks. But the demographic geometry has changed radically in just the last few decades.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/erickson/2012/03/demographic_geometry_talent_ma.html

Looking for a Job When You’re No Longer Young

“We operate in a business landscape driven by an obsession with youth. During the last decade, the number of unemployed older workers has increased 300 percent. Workers over 45 are also unemployed longer than younger workers. And federal age discrimination actions filed annually increased 66% between 1999 and 2011. Here are a few suggestions to keep productively working as long as possible.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/03/looking_for_a_job_when_youre.html

6 Reasons Why You Didn’t Get The Job

“One of the biggest frustrations of the modern job hunt is ‘the black hole’ — that super-gravitational mass that sucks in resumes and applications and emits no feedback, no light, no rhyme or reason. But there are some things you can control: your resume, your interview, and your application, and here’s how.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/i-didnt-hire-you-for-a-reason-2012-3

InfoGraphic: Top 10 Scams of the Year

“Scams, much like viral cat videos, are a staple of the Internet. Even the savviest of Internet users can still get tangled in the web’s latest harmful trick.” InfoGraphic by the Better Business Bureau’s Scam Source.
http://mashable.com/2012/03/10/top-scams/

Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” – Albert Einstein

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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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