Workforce Development News – April 7, 2014

By on April 7, 2014
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Seven Things Great Employers Do (that Others Don’t)

“Workers who are actively disengaged outnumber their engaged colleagues by an overwhelming factor of 2:1. The good news is that there are companies out there bucking the trend, and we’ve discovered how.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/04/seven-things-great-employers-do-that-others-dont/

Is There Really a Skills Gap?

“10 million unemployed. Yet employers’ No. 1 problem is finding the right talent.”
http://www.inc.com/magazine/201404/cait-murphy/skills-gap-in-the-labor-force.html

Jobs and Skills and Zombies

“Multiple careful studies have found no support for claims that inadequate worker skills explain high unemployment. But the belief that America suffers from a severe ‘skills gap’ is one of those things that everyone important knows must be true, because everyone they know says it’s true. What do we actually know about skills and jobs?”
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/03/31/opinion/krugman-jobs-and-skills-and-zombies.html

The Best Leaders Make Unforgettable First Impressions

“Leaders that try too hard to win people over are the ones that end up losing the respect of their employees – especially when it’s not genuine. The most memorable leaders know how to naturally make a good first impression.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/glennllopis/2014/03/31/the-best-leaders-make-unforgettable-first-impressions/

5 Incredibly Effective Ways to Work Smarter, Not Harder

“Small changes. Big results.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/5-incredibly-effective-ways-to-work-smarter-not-harder.html

The 3-Strike Interview Rule

“If you want to appear knowledgeable or otherwise prepared in a job interview and not embarrass yourself, try to know at least three different facts about anything that you claim to have knowledge of—whether you are the one being interviewed or doing the interviewing.”
http://www.recruiter.com/i/the-3-strike-interview-rule-2/

6 Ways to Create a Happier Week

“Got the Monday Blahs? Here are six actions you can take to get the work week on the right track no matter what day it is.”
http://www.inc.com/kevin-daum/6-ways-to-create-a-happier-week.html

Older Adults and Technology Use

“Younger, higher-income, and more highly educated seniors use the internet and broadband at rates approaching—or even exceeding—the general population; internet use and broadband adoption each drop off dramatically around age 75. Older adults face a number of hurdles to adopting new technologies.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2014/04/03/older-adults-and-technology-use/

The Ultimate Guide to Repurposing Content: 12 Ways to Extend the Life of Every Article You Write

“Time is a precious Internet resource, which is why one huge benefit—maybe the hugest—of repurposing content is the time it can save you in the content creation process. Repurposing can also provide an SEO boost, reach a new audience, reinforce your message, and gain extra authority.”
http://blog.bufferapp.com/repurposing-content-guide

Starting Your First Entry-Level Job? Here Are 10 Things You Need to Know

“Much is different for new graduates when they start their first job.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/04/02/starting-your-first-entry-level-job-here-are-10-things-you-need-to-know

The 17 Equations That Changed the Course of History

“Mathematics is all around us, and it has shaped our understanding of the world in countless ways.”
http://www.slate.com/blogs/business_insider/2014/03/12/mathematical_equations_17_that_changed_the_world.html

7 Things Remarkably Happy People Do Often

“Happiness can be a choice – especially when you take the right actions.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/7-things-remarkably-happy-people-do-more.html

Happiness comes when we test our skills towards some meaningful purpose.” – John Stossel

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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