Workforce Development News – Dec. 8, 2014

By on December 8, 2014
Rebuilding America's Middle Skills

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Bridge the Gap: Rebuilding America’s Middle Skills

“The market for middle-skills jobs—those that require more education and training than a high school diploma but less than a four-year college degree—is consistently failing to clear. That failure is inflicting a grievous cost on the competitiveness of American firms and on the standard of living of American workers. How can business lead the charge to close the gap?”
http://www.hbs.edu/competitiveness/Documents/bridge-the-gap.pdf

4 Degrees That Are Better to Earn at a Community College

“An associate degree or technical certificate in a high-tech field can pay big dividends.”
http://www.usnews.com/education/community-colleges/articles/2014/12/03/4-degrees-that-are-better-to-earn-at-a-community-college

November’s Jobs Report Crushed It

“After years of tempered optimism, this economy is finally starting to look like one that Americans can feel good about.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/datalab/novembers-jobs-report-crushed-it/

35 Things You Should Do For Your Career By The Time You Turn 35

“When it comes to your career, some things are better started on sooner rather than later.”
http://mashable.com/2014/11/29/35-career-goals/

10 Elements Every Measurement Report Must Include

“If you want the higher-ups to read and respect your findings, make sure you have these components.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49063.aspx

What’s Lost When Experts Retire

“Managers often don’t know what they have lost until after the expert leaves — and by then, it may be difficult to recover. This includes critical losses in four areas in particular: relationships, reputation, re-work and regeneration.”
https://hbr.org/2014/12/whats-lost-when-experts-retire

What To Bring To The Job Interview

“Set these items aside the night before the interview so they’ll be close at hand when you’re ready to head out the door.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/lizryan/2014/12/06/what-to-bring-to-the-job-interview/

7 Simple Ways to Conduct Better Job Interviews

“A job opens up at your company, and you’re asked to run the interviews. How do you feel? Here’s how to lose the dread and conduct your interviews like a master.”
http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/12/01/7-simple-ways-to-conduct-better-job-interviews/

Speed Up Hiring Without Compromising Quality

“When it comes to hiring, talent acquisition professionals should follow the Goldilocks principle. The hiring process shouldn’t be too slow, and it shouldn’t be too fast.”
http://www.ere.net/2014/11/28/speed-up-hiring-without-compromising-quality/

Infographic: The Future of Internal Communications

“Does your organization invest enough in internal communications? Does it provide employees who aren’t desk-bound with ways to easily communicate with their co-workers? Are you satisfied with the way you measure your internal communications efforts?”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49033.aspx

The Ultimate List of 95 Blogpost Ideas for Creating Craveable Content to Share on Social

“The blank page must be conquered.”
https://blog.bufferapp.com/blogpost-ideas

Timelapse Video: Two Lands – Greenland | Iceland

Another amazing compilation of timelapse footage by Joe Capra. “Greenland locations include the Kangerlussuaq, Ilulissat, Ilimanaq, Ilulissat Ice Fjord, Russell Glacier, Greenland Icecap, and Disko Bay. Iceland locations include the South Coast, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufell, and Grundarfjörður.” (Vimeo, 2:32).
http://vimeo.com/112360788

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why 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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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