Workforce Development News – May 14, 2012

By on May 14, 2012
Most teleconferences are a special kind of hell. They don’t have to be.

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The 4-Question Meeting: You Can’t Be Brilliant Alone

“Well-organized meetings have real value. They stimulate dialogue, create fresh thinking and move the business forward. The discipline to conduct them effectively must be developed as a core competency of your team. The question is… given the resource impact and cost, how can you quickly improve the probability of having a successful, productive meeting?”

How to Engage Your Customers and Employees

“Without engagement, the influence of brands will continue to decline and big organizations will lose out on the best workers. Engaged customers are three times more likely to recommend or advocate a product or service to a friend. Improved engagement creates business value and strategic differentiation, and technology is enabling a shift from transactions to engagement.”

The Midwest’s Manufacturing Conundrum

“America’s manufacturing revival is being hailed by a growing chorus of voices. Manufacturing jobs increased at their fastest rate in almost a year. Between two and three million new manufacturing jobs is forecast by 2020, which will contribute an estimated $20 to $55 billion in added economic output per year. The Midwest had the fastest manufacturing job gains over the last two years. But a recent study suggests that the heavy concentration of manufacturing in Midwest metros may well have hindered their economic growth and development over the past several decades.”

Most teleconferences are a special kind of hell. They don’t have to be.

“Teleconferences can be a huge waste of time. But, when conducted properly, they can be both efficient and effective, even more so than face-to-face meetings. The obvious advantage of teleconferences is that they are a quick, easy, and relatively cheap means of getting people together. But virtual meetings are tricky to conduct. The primary challenge is keeping everyone engaged. Here are some guidelines:”

10 Ways to Motivate Anyone

“Understand the unique brain and personality types of your employees to keep them invested in their work.”

InfoGraphic: How Tech Is Changing College Life

“More than 90% use email to communicate with professors and 73% say they cannot study without technology. Seven in 10 take notes on keyboards instead of paper, virtually all students who own an ereader read textbooks on it and most use digital tools when preparing a presentation. All that tech has caused something of a dependency too — 38% of students can’t go more than 10 minutes without checking their smartphone or other device.”

2012’s Best-Performing Jobs for Associate Degrees

“A list of the associate’s-level occupations that grew by at least 8,000 jobs since 2008. Most of the occupations are related to healthcare.”

The 8 Things You Do Wrong On LinkedIn

“In today’s world, you need to have online professional presence out. And until someone rolls in with something better, the best place to go to build one is LinkedIn. This is about using your LinkedIn profile correctly — and to your advantage. Because in the corporate world, people read into things.”

10 Resume Mistakes You Must Avoid

“You are the product, and your resume is the brochure. To find your perfect job you must differentiate yourself from the others who are also vying for attention. Your resume must be specific, individualized, easy to skim to invite a closer reading, and focused on the accomplishments you’ve achieved with – and for – each previous employer. This tells the hiring company what you can do for them – and it is about the hiring company, not you. The resume is what gets you in the door. If it’s poorly written, looks sloppy, is difficult to read, is cryptic, or necessitates being slogged through, you’ll be tossed aside and forgotten. And how can you decide if you want the company, when they’ve already decided they don’t want you?”

When Choosing a Job, Culture Matters

“Some organizations will excite you. They’ll stimulate your success and growth. Others will be stressful. It’s not uncommon for job seekers to enter organizations without understanding the culture and come away disappointed. When considering a new job, be sure to investigate the institution’s culture. Consider these questions to guide you:”

People who enjoy meetings should not be in charge of anything.” – Thomas Sowell

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 has held various Microsoft Certifications since 1993. Learn more about Richard by following him: LinkedIn - Twitter - Articles - Email

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