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Workforce Development News – July 7, 2014
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“Your employees must believe in each other. When they don’t, communication, teamwork and performance inevitably suffer. But how do you build trust in the workplace? Here are some principles to remember:”
“Not all jobs are equally easy to fill. It’s an obvious point, but one that sometimes gets missed in the debate over whether the American economy is suffering from a ‘skills gap.’ Job opening data argues persuasively that there are very real skills shortages in certain fields, namely computers and health care.”
“Asking the right questions can help business leaders to anticipate changes, seize opportunities, and move their organizations in new directions. But how you question is critical. These questions can have the unintended effect of leading people in the wrong direction.”
“Here’s a checklist to find out.”
“If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it?”
“The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that only 27 percent of jobs in the U.S. economy currently require a college degree. Studies show that the hardest segment of the workforce for employers to staff with skilled talent are the skilled trades. In manufacturing, as many as 600,000 U.S. manufacturing jobs remained vacant across the U.S. due to shortages of skilled workers.”
“Surveys show that employee referrals continue to produce the most hires overall, so it’s clear to see why dedicating a large portion of your job search to networking is so crucial.”
“Answer this question well, and it’s one of the best ways you can show off your skills and show that you stand out among other candidates.”
“Network broadly; chart your course by experiences, not paychecks; embrace challenging situations; stay mobile and lead with generosity.”
“To find new customers, learn to segue the right way not the wrong way.”
“Social networks are constantly adding up more features, visual elements, and it seems like every day when you wake up, you see a new element or iteration being made to the social networks you are active, making you go back and figure out the right size of cover images, post images and align your campaign according to the latest set of changes.” Here’s a detailed guide on the image specs and size on the seven most popular social networks.
“Life is composed of days, days of hours, hours of minutes. And you only get so many in a lifetime.”
“Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell