Workforce Development News – April 8, 2013

By on April 8, 2013
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The 12 Things That Successfully Convert a Great Idea Into a Reality

“Most great ideas remain dormant because people don’t have the courage, resources, time and/or money to take action. Today’s fiercely competitive marketplace requires us all to either convert our own ideas – or be a part of converting someone else’s ideas – into a reality.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/04/01/12-things-successfully-convert-a-great-idea-into-a-reality/

10 Things Really Amazing Bosses Do

“Are you truly an amazing boss or just a good one? See how many of these 10 traits are natural for you.”
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/10-things-really-amazing-bosses-do.html

12 High-impact Interview Questions for Top Candidates

“One of the weaknesses is that the interview questions that are typically used focus on historical situations that occurred at another firm. But what you need to know is how this individual will perform now at your firm. That requires getting them to demonstrate how they will solve the problems that they will face in your job.”
http://www.ere.net/2013/04/01/dr-john-sullivans-12-high-impact-interview-questions-for-top-candidates/

9 Habits of People Who Build Extraordinary Relationships

“The most extraordinary professional relationships are built by ordinary actions like these.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/9-habits-of-people-who-build-extraordinary-relationships.html

Chart: Who Works (and Who Doesn’t Work) in America Today

“The share of American adults who are either working or actively looking for work (the labor force participation rate) fell to its lowest point since 1979. If 37 percent of American adults aren’t in the labor force, what are they doing?”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/04/a-spectacular-colorful-chart-of-who-works-and-who-doesnt-work-in-america-today/274725/

Seven Rules for Managing Creative People

“Although every organization claims to care about innovation, very few are willing to do what it takes to keep their creative people happy, or at least, productive. So what are the keys to engaging and retaining creative employees?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/seven_rules_for_managing_creat.html

4 Ways to Get a New Employee Off to the Perfect Start

“That interview you had right before you made the job offer? It’s not enough. Here are four things you must do on a new hire’s first day.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/4-ways-to-get-a-new-employee-off-to-the-perfect-start.html

Infographic: Anatomy of an Attractive Résumé

“No matter what job you apply for, your resume will inevitably end up in a stack on someone’s desk. Here’s how to make yours the most appealing in the pile.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/46472.aspx

Don’t Let Your Strengths Become Your Weaknesses

“Toning down overused strengths requires a different approach from the skill development needed to improve upon a weakness, where the challenge is adding to a repertoire with basic skill building. Getting a strength under control is about refining a skill you already have. It requires learning to be more selective about what situations call for that strength and calibrating how much is enough, versus too much.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/dont_let_your_strengths_become.html

Missouri Real Time Labor Market Summary

“A summary of real time labor market analysis for the past 60 days across the state. The industry with the most job postings was Hospitals. The top three occupations with the highest number of job postings were Registered Nurses, Sales Representatives, and Retail Salespersons. More than two thirds (68%) of the job postings were permanent full-time positions. St. Louis included the most job postings of all Missouri Metropolitan areas.”
http://www.missourieconomy.org/pdfs/rt_lmi_state.pdf

At Tax Time, It’s Good To Be an American

“As April 15 nears, Americans can take consolation in the fact that, relative to the tax bite in other countries, we’ve got it good.”
http://www.businessweek.com/articles/2013-04-04/u-dot-s-dot-taxes-vs-dot-everywhere-else-a-graphic-guide

Handwritten Notes Are a Rare Commodity. They’re Also More Important Than Ever.

“While saying ‘thank you’ is important, the beauty of a well-crafted handwritten note is that it can show deeper investment and appreciation than a simple thank-you can. And in a world where so much communication is merely utilitarian, these simple acts of investment, remembrance, gratitude, and appreciation can show the people who matter to your life and business that they are important to you.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/04/handwritten_notes_are_a_rare_c.html

The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” – Mark Twain

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: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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