Workforce Development News – Aug. 12, 2013

By on August 12, 2013
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What Do Employers Value Most?

STLCC’s Latest Workforce Research Uncovers New Perceptions on Talent, Cautious Employment Growth. St. Louis Community College’s Workforce Solutions Group presented the fifth annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report, highlighting new employer perceptions on key talent development issues such as the value of online degrees, industry recognized certificates and experienced workers. The report also revealed a slight increase in the number of companies looking to expand employment levels and a corresponding decrease in companies expecting to reduce employment levels. Visit to download the full report and/or the four-page summary.

Infographic: State of St. Louis Workforce 2013

Creating an informative graphic representation of a 108-page report in just three and a half pages of the St. Louis Business Journal is an interesting challenge. There’s lots of great information and stories to share from the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce report. For the graphic summary, we concentrated on information from the Employer Survey (based on a telephone survey of 1,200 employers in the region and in depth interviews of selected employers) and highlights from the Community College Completer Survey (a combination of an on-line survey and focus groups to gauge students’ perceptions of their training experience and job readiness) sections of the report.

Photo Gallery From 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Event

Enjoy our assortment of photos from this year’s event. The State of St. Louis Workforce Report is brought to you each year by the Workforce Solutions Group of St. Louis Community College.

Student Engagement + Support System = Success

The 2013 survey results of 190 recent STLCC program completers and focus groups, a component of the annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report aligned with national studies of best practices of student engagement. When students are engaged and supported they succeed. For the second year, personal connections with advisors, faculty and other students were the key to keeping students retained and engaged.

8 Traits of Top Employees

“Are you resourceful, loyal and confident? If so, your skills are in demand. See if you possess all the traits on this list.”

5 Habits of Highly Effective Communicators

“Have you ever walked away from talking with someone that you’ve just met and thought to yourself ‘Wow, this was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had!’? Here are the five tips to help you have more successful conversations:”

Do You Need a Résumé in the LinkedIn Era?

“Your LinkedIn profile should be the most-viewed and most current version of your professional life. That has many people asking: ‘Do I even need an old-fashioned résumé anymore?’ The answer is a highly qualified …”

“Career Coach” Goes Live for Local Jobseekers

With one click, St. Louisans can now access real-time information about local employment, including how much jobs will pay, which industries have job openings and which jobs will be needed in the future. STLCC Career Coach is a free, easy-to-use online resource that allows both STLCC students and local residents to explore career opportunities and industry trends far beyond what’s currently available on existing job search websites.

8 Errors You Must Stop Making in Your Job Search

“Chances are good that if you’re looking for a job, you’re making some of these errors – and you might have an easier search if you resolve to change your ways.”

10 Millennial Myths Busted

“Today’s 20-somethings work differently from prior generations but get equal or even better results.”

Build a Career Worth Having

“As many as 70% of working Americans were unfulfilled with their jobs, 18% to such an extent that they are actively undermining their co-workers. Here’s what’s lacking in the traditional approach to career planning, and how professionals can create careers with an ongoing sense of purpose.”

The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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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