Workforce Development News – June 16, 2014

By on June 16, 2014
Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing

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The Rebirth of U.S. Manufacturing: Myth or Reality?

“A lack of detailed data has made it hard to assess what’s really going on within the U.S. manufacturing sector. The picture that emerges from this research is less clear than either the cheerleaders or the naysayers would suggest.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/the-rebirth-of-u-s-manufacturing-myth-or-reality/

How the Recession Reshaped the Economy

“Five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has finally regained the nine million jobs it lost. But not all industries recovered equally. Each line in this interactive chart shows how the number of jobs has changed for a particular industry over the past 10 years. See how the recession reshaped the nation’s job market, industry by industry.”
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/06/05/upshot/how-the-recession-reshaped-the-economy-in-255-charts.html

Data: The Core Competency To A Growing Set Of Occupations

“Occupations are evolving, and we are seeing data analysis in more job descriptions. This is a trend that grows stronger each year, which in turn is creating a deficit of workers who are proficient in analyzing data and extracting insights that companies need.”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/emsi/2014/06/10/data-the-core-competency-to-a-growing-set-of-occupations/

Don’t Hide When Your Boss Is Mad at You

“Bosses, like everyone, aren’t perfect, and sometimes it’s up to the employee to make amends. It’s hard to step up, especially given the difference in power, but if you want to recover from making your boss angry, it’s important to not be timid and take the lead. Here’s how.”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/dont-hide-when-your-boss-is-mad-at-you/

Phrases That Sabotage Your Career

“Vague and tentative phrases convey weakness and undermine your business dealings. Are you using any or all of these?”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48445.aspx

Yes, You Can Make Meetings More Productive

“High human capital productivity requires hiring the right people, teaming them effectively, and eliminating organizational barriers to high performance. At many companies, they’re spending way too much time answering emails and attending unproductive meetings. But meetings don’t have to get the best of you. You can manage them as closely as you manage every investment. There are four keys:”
http://blogs.hbr.org/2014/06/yes-you-can-make-meetings-more-productive/

7 Common Ways People Abuse Conference Calls

“Don’t set up a conference call when you could resolve the issue via email, and definitely don’t schedule a call for a Monday or Friday.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/48430.aspx

8 Bad Habits That Ruin Good Presentations

“Even the best presentation can flop if you indulge in any of these common but avoidable habits.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/8-bad-habits-that-ruin-good-presentations.html

8 Steps to Interview Anyone for Any Job

“Here’s how to conduct a job interview that allows you to hire the best people – versus just the best people you know.”
http://www.inc.com/lou-adler/8-steps-to-interview-anyone-for-any-job.html

How to Write the Perfect Thank You Letter After Your Job Interview

“Underestimating the value of a well-written thank you letter could jeopardize all the hard work you put into the resume, application and interview. Don’t make the mistake of sabotaging your interview by not following up with a polite thank you note.”
http://blog.brazencareerist.com/2014/06/12/write-perfect-thank-letter-job-interview/

7 Legitimate Reasons You Might Not Get the Job

“There are lots of reasons why people don’t get hired. Employers are entirely justified in rejecting you when:”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2014/06/10/7-legitimate-reasons-you-might-not-get-the-job

Infographic: What is a Creative Commons License?

How to understand, attribute, and use Creative Commons licenses.
http://webmag.co/creative-commons-license/

Smithsonian 11th Annual Photo Contest

“The winners and finalists. These beautiful images were selected from over 50,000 entries submitted by photographers in 132 different countries.”
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/photocontest/photo-contest-finalists-11th-annual-180950372/

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou

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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