Workforce Development News – Nov. 5, 2012

By on November 5, 2012
Signs Your Employees Love What They Do

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Attend the St. Louis IT Industry Seminar November 15, 2012

In the rapidly changing field of information technology, it takes insight and a deep understanding of the landscape to keep afloat. Examine the regional impact of information technology with Jim Brasunas, Executive Director of the Information Technology Entrepreneur Network, Laura Lester, Workforce Research Analyst for Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC), and Dianne Lee, Professor, Information Systems at St. Louis Community College, including an in depth discussion on the Information Technology Entrepreneurs Network (ITEN), companies involved in the ITEN as well as technologies being developed locally, and the talent needs of start-ups and large established IT companies. The morning will round out with a conversation on closing the IT Talent Gap and trends impacting the industry and an insights panel featuring Matthew Kulig, co-founder of Aisle411; Skip Foss, Chief Product Officer with Norse; and Vijay Chaudron, Entrepreneur in Residence at BioGenerator, speaking respectively about Big Data, Security, and Medical IT followed by an interactive Question & Answer. November 15, 2012, 8:30 a.m.-12:00 noon, STLCC Corporate College, 3221 McKelvey Road, Bridgeton, MO 63044, Breakfast included, $49. Call 314-984-7777 to register.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2012/st-louis-it-industry-seminar-november-15-2012/

5 Cheap Ways to Motivate Employees

“Sometimes the right kind of recognition works better than a higher salary.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/5-cheap-ways-to-motivate-employees.html

Stop Micromanaging and Learn to Delegate

“Managers prone to micromanagement fall prey to several misconceptions about delegating to staff. If you’d like to delegate and leverage your team more, your starting point lies in the answers to two fundamental questions:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/10/to_get_ahead_learn_to_delegate.html

10 Signs Your Employees Love What They Do

“If time flies during the workday, they don’t dread Mondays, and they seek solutions instead of just griping about problems, they might be contented, engaged associates.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45740.aspx

Infographic: Tips for Writing a Resume in an Online World

“While technology has transformed much of the job-application process over the past decade, the universal text-based staple has been slow to evolve.”
http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203922804578080543455774854.html

10 Easy Ways to Network in the Real World

“Offline networking doesn’t have to be hard. These tips are quick, easy and painless—and will benefit your network much more than a retweet.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45755.aspx

Personal SEO: 14-Point Checklist to Dominate Your Personal Brand on Google

“Google yourself. See that? It’s your personal brand. Unless you love everything about each listing on the first page, it’s time for some personal branding SEO.”
http://blog.kissmetrics.com/personal-branding-seo/

Real Reference Checks Require These 8 Steps

“These actions will help you conduct a real reference check instead of a quick cursory call:
http://www.ere.net/2012/10/30/real-reference-checks-require-these-8-steps/

Structure Your Presentation Like a Story

“I’ve found that the most effective presenters use the same techniques as great storytellers: By reminding people of the status quo and then revealing the path to a better way, they set up a conflict that needs to be resolved.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2012/10/structure_your_presentation_li.html

14 Things Every Social Media Policy Must Have

“Your company has an employee handbook so workers know how to act in the office, right? Make sure they know how to behave on the Web, too.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/45738.aspx

More Education is the Trend for Future Jobs

“More jobs now have specific technical requirements and need a higher level of education. In three to five years, the industries that will require higher education levels for most of their jobs include manufacturing, 59%; health care, 56%; high tech, 51%; state and local government, 51%; and professional services, 49%.”
http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/kay/2012/10/10/at-work-get-hired/1625625/

Innovation is Everyone’s Job

“Great organizations don’t depend on a small number of exclusive people to come up with innovations. Instead they create a culture in which every employee is encouraged and empowered to innovate. If you want to build a greater innovation culture in your company, here are a few ways to start:”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ronashkenas/2012/10/31/innovation-is-everyones-job/

I have always wished that my computer would be as easy to use as my telephone. My wish has come true. I no longer know how to use my telephone.” – Bjarne Stroustrup (inventor of the C++ language)

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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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