Workforce Development News – July 7, 2014

By on July 7, 2014
Proven Ways to Earn Your Employees' Trust

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Proven Ways to Earn Your Employees’ Trust

“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:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/proven-ways-to-earn-your-employees-trust/

The Hardest Roles to Hire For

“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.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/07/the-hardest-roles-to-hire-for/

5 Common Questions Leaders Should Never Ask

“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.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/07/5-common-questions-leaders-should-never-ask/

21 Ways to Know You’re Leading a Great Team

“Here’s a checklist to find out.”
http://www.inc.com/les-mckeown/21-ways-to-know-youre-leading-a-great-team.html

Everything You Need to Know About Giving Negative Feedback

“If you really need to criticize someone’s work, how should you do it?”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/everything-you-need-to-know-about-negative-feedback/

The Obsession with College Degrees: Are Too Many People Seeking a Degree for the Wrong Reasons?

“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.”
http://www.ere.net/2014/07/02/the-obsession-with-college-degrees-are-too-many-people-seeking-a-degree-for-the-wrong-reasons/

The Do’s and Don’ts of Networking

“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.”
http://www.recruiter.com/i/the-dos-and-donts-of-networking-part-1/
http://www.recruiter.com/i/the-dos-and-donts-of-networking-part-2/

3 Smart Strategies For Answering ‘What’s Your Greatest Strength?’

“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.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/dailymuse/2014/06/30/3-smart-strategies-for-answering-whats-your-greatest-strength/

5 Career Mistakes You Will Regret In 10 Years

“Network broadly; chart your course by experiences, not paychecks; embrace challenging situations; stay mobile and lead with generosity.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ricksmith/2014/07/02/5-career-mistakes-you-will-regret-in-10-years/

How To Give a Flawless Elevator Pitch

“To find new customers, learn to segue the right way not the wrong way.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-give-a-flawless-elevator-pitch.html

Infographic: The Essential Social Media Design & Sizing Cheat Sheet

“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.
http://www.omnicoreagency.com/essential-social-media-design-sizing-cheat-sheet/

17 Easy Habits To Start Today That Will Help You 5 Years From Now

“Life is composed of days, days of hours, hours of minutes. And you only get so many in a lifetime.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/habits-that-help-you-in-5-years-2014-6

Change is inevitable. Growth is optional.” – John C. Maxwell

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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