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Workforce Development News – March 16, 2015
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“Meetings are really just a series of conversations — an opportunity to clarify issues, set direction, sharpen focus, and move objectives forward. To maximize their impact, you need to actively design and deliberately close the conversation. Each agenda item should be considered incomplete unless it is wrapped up in a thoughtful, deliberate way.”
“When employees do choose to speak up, research suggests that a host of positive things can happen, including higher employee engagement and job satisfaction, greater learning, enhanced innovation and creativity, fewer accidents and safer workplaces, and even better unit financial performance.”
“People who are skilled in the social side of emotional intelligence possess sincerity, transparency, and capacity for understanding (another person).”
“Our bodies have a language of their own, and their words aren’t always kind. Your body language has likely become an integral part of who you are, to the point where you might not even think about it.”
“Networking meetings can be the start of intensely fruitful relationships. They may lead to business deals, connections to other great people, job offers, and more. But those are side effects of relationship building, and your meetings will be far more successful if you don’t go in explicitly seeking them.”
“The increase in job openings doesn’t appear to be concentrated in low-wage sectors. Nearly 19 percent of the available jobs, for example, are in the professional and business services sector. While a wide range of companies may be posting new jobs, they remain slow to fill them.”
“Long gone are the days when you could simply write an objective and list your experience in chronological order and sit back and wait for the hiring manager to call you. These days you need to tell a story with your resume and be able to showcase how you can solve the problem you’re potential job is aiming to fix.”
“Show you’re more than qualified – you’re a pleasure to work with, too.”
“Your bio is a strategic play and should be treated as such. A bio can help you get hired, gain visibility, and win you serious respect.”
Mega Guide to Ideal Image Sizes for Your Social Media Posts: Guidelines for All 6 Major Social Networks
“The size and shape—the height, width, and orientation—are the elements that most influence how an image will appear in a social media stream.”
“With a lead-conversion rate roughly four times that of Twitter and Facebook, LinkedIn is an important channel for your online branding efforts.”
“Smithsonian.com is excited to announce the finalists of our 12th Annual Photo Contest. Selected from over 26,500 entries, taken by photographers from 93 different countries, these photos represent our favorite shots. Our photo editors selected ten finalists per category—Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, Altered Images and Mobile—and it is up to you to determine our Readers’ Choice winner.”
“If you want to make an easy job seem mighty hard, just keep putting off doing it.” – Olin Miller