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Workforce Development News – August 10, 2015
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“People associate their core skills with their old profession and assume that those skills are less valuable elsewhere. In fact, they might actually be worth more on the outside. The skills you take for granted just might be gold – make sure to position them the right way.”
St. Louis Community College presented the seventh annual State of St. Louis Workforce Report highlighting key talent development issues for the region. The report, compiled by the college’s Workforce Solutions Group, includes an employer survey that tracks trends in employment, highlights hiring practices, and gauges employers’ perceptions on a range of workforce issues. It also includes the results of a focus group of economically disadvantaged individuals participating in local training and education programs. The report outlines continued improvement in hiring but with a more challenging environment for employers in finding a qualified workforce.
“There continues to be evidence that the job market is not fully healed, despite its impressive improvement over the past three years. It’s worth paying particular attention to a handful of groups that were hard-hit by the recession and continue to struggle in the recovery: African-Americans, young people, the less-educated and the long-term unemployed.”
“A lot of employees feel there is a skills gap: a gap between the skills they have and the skills they would need to progress in their careers.”
“In a recession, employers can easily raise the bar – there’s lots of job seekers and few jobs. But in a strong job market like the one America has now, that strategy doesn’t work. Some employers are arguably raising the bar too high. They want employees who won’t require any job training.”
“The best managers hire smart people to work for them. How do you manage people who have more experience or more knowledge? How do you coach them if you don’t have the same level of expertise?”
“Human nature ensures interviewers return to these five questions time and again to find out if you’re someone they want to have down the hall. Your ability to wow the interviewer and land the job hinges on how well you answer these questions.”
Here are the 50 questions you’re most likely to be asked in your next interview based on a Glassdoor study of tens of thousands of interviews.
“Did you ever think to ask an interviewer why she wouldn’t want to hire you? Such a question could land you your dream job.”
“The predictor of misery is not in the message itself; it is in how safe people feel hearing the message.”
“Irresistible people aren’t constantly searching for validation, because they’re confident enough to find it in themselves. There are certain habits they pursue every day to maintain this healthy perspective.”
“The skills gap is a reflection of what we value. To close the gap, we need to change the way the country feels about work.” – Mike Rowe