Workforce Development News – Jan. 21, 2014

By on January 21, 2014
Aging Workforce And Skill Shortages

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Is the Aging Workforce Really Creating Your Skill Shortages?

“Many executives today worry that skill shortages threaten their organization’s ability to grow and innovate. Leaders don’t necessarily see a connection between the aging workforce and the negative impacts of skill shortages.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/is-the-aging-workforce-really-creating-your-skill-shortages/

Corporate College Announces Spring 2014 Classes

St. Louis Community College’s Corporate College announces its open enrollment class schedule for Spring 2014. To register for these classes, contact us at 314-984-7777.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2014/corporate-college-announces-spring-2014-classes/

Top Issues Facing Higher Education In 2014

“Uncertain seas are still ahead.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/johnebersole/2014/01/13/top-issues-facing-higher-education-in-2014/

What STEM Shortage? Electrical Engineering Lost 35,000 Jobs Last Year

“Just like America’s manufacturing has been hollowed out by offshoring and globalization, it appears that electrical and electronics engineering is heading that way.”
http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9245494/What_STEM_shortage_Electrical_engineering_lost_35_000_jobs_last_year

Three Ways Leaders Can Listen with More Empathy

“Study after study has shown that listening is critical to leadership effectiveness. So, why are so few leaders good at it?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/three-ways-leaders-can-listen-with-more-empathy/

10 Habits of Expert Networkers

“We know, we know. You hate networking. But it isn’t so terrible when you see strangers as potential friends and try to make a genuine connection.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/47797.aspx

What Not To Do In The Interview

“Nearly half of employers know within the first five minutes of an interview whether a candidate is a good or bad fit for the position, and 87 percent know within the first 15 minutes. So what factors are influencing their decision?”
http://www.theworkbuzz.com/get-the-job/interviews/what-not-to-do-in-the-interview/

50 Most Common Interview Questions

“One of the best ways to get ready for a job interview is to practice your responses to any and all interview questions.”
http://www.glassdoor.com/blog/common-interview-questions/

The Right Way to Answer “What’s Your Greatest Weakness?”

“Even if you’ve only had just one professional interview in your life, then you’ve probably still been asked some version of this question. Most advise, ‘Turn your weakness into a positive.’ This is terrible advice. Responses like these tell me little about how a candidate faces challenges and immediately implies a lack of sincerity.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/01/the-right-way-to-answer-whats-your-greatest-weakness/

Writing a Cover Letter That Will Get Noticed

“There is definitely an art to summing up experience, skills and passion in an engaging letter that captures the reader’s attention.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/01/16/writing-a-cover-letter-that-will-get-noticed

13 Reasons Why People Won’t Share Your Content On Social Media

“It’s not that your content is bad. It might just be that your site doesn’t have the social-sharing buttons your readers want, or you need to write better headlines.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/47777.aspx

How To Perform At Your Peak Every Day: 10 Tips For Working Smarter

With email, meetings and constant interruptions, how do people ever get anything done nowadays?
http://www.forbes.com/sites/laurashin/2014/01/15/how-to-perform-at-your-peak-every-day-10-tips-for-working-smarter-in-2014/

Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you’d have preferred to talk.” – Doug Larson

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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