Workforce Development News – June 3, 2013

By on June 3, 2013
Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

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Attend the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce – August 7, 2013

Where are the jobs in our region? Why is there a skills gap in St. Louis? What’s the labor market value of degrees and certificates? How do online degrees compare with traditional degrees? Do employers prefer an experienced worker over a highly-skilled new graduate? How will the Affordable Care Act affect employment levels? All of these questions and more will be discussed at the 2013 State of St. Louis Workforce Seminar.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2013/attend-august-7-2013-state-st-louis-workforce-event/

Seven Strategies for Simplifying Your Organization

“In today’s global organizations, complexity is a growing drag on productivity and workplace satisfaction. Managers need to develop simplification as a core leadership capability and a critical component of the business strategy.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/ashkenas/2013/05/seven-strategies-for-simplifyi.html

6 Reasons Leaders Make Bad Decisions

“Employees want their leaders to have their backs and listen to their concerns; to provide clarity of purpose and performance expectations; and to chart a roadmap for the future. But instead many employees are finding themselves being led by people that lack focus and vision, mismanage resources, and get caught-up in corporate politics.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2013/05/28/6-reasons-leaders-make-bad-decisions/

How to Separate the Winners from the Spinners

“Gauging an applicant’s true colors and skill level in an hour is certainly tricky. But there are ways to take interviewees out of their comfort zones, snap them off their prepared script, and encourage the kind of candor that will enable you to find the best fits.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/cs/2013/05/separating_the_winners_from_th.html

Should You Go to College? The FAQ

“A click, print, and paste chart for young people on the fence about higher ed.”
http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2013/05/should-you-go-to-college-the-i-atlantic-i-faq/276392/

Hard Times: College Majors, Unemployment and Earnings

“It still pays to earn a college degree but not all college degrees are created equal” according to a new report from Georgetown University. “College graduates in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, and math have the best chance of getting a job and making a high salary compared with those with nontechnical degrees.”
http://cew.georgetown.edu/unemployment2013/

Infographic: Most Asked Job Interview Questions and How to Answer Them

Have your answers to these 35 questions at the ready for your next interview.
http://theundercoverrecruiter.com/top-interview-questions-infographic/

12 Easy Steps to a Perfect Pitch

“Whether you’re presenting to potential investors, clients or customers, ace your next pitch.”
https://www.openforum.com/articles/12-easy-steps-to-a-perfect-pitch/

How to Give a Killer Presentation

“The single most important thing to remember is that there is no one good way to do a talk. The most memorable talks offer something fresh, something no one has seen before. The worst ones are those that feel formulaic. You know what’s distinctive about you and your idea. Play to your strengths and give a talk that is truly authentic to you.”
http://hbr.org/2013/06/how-to-give-a-killer-presentation/ar/1

5 Things You Should Be Talking To Your Boss About

“There are several things you should be addressing with your boss on a regular basis. When you take the time to talk about these important issues, you’ll find that you’re happier with your career and better positioned in the eyes of your boss, your team, and the company as a whole.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2013/05/31/5-things-you-should-be-talking-to-your-boss-about/

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason so few engage in it.” – Henry Ford

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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