Workforce Development News – March 2, 2015

By on March 2, 2015
Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs

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The Changing Nature of Middle-Class Jobs

“The types of jobs that pay middle-class wages — between $40,000 and $80,000 in 2014 dollars — have shifted since 1980. Fewer of these positions are in male-dominated production occupations, while a greater share are in workplaces more open to women.”
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2015/02/23/business/economy/the-changing-nature-of-middle-class-jobs.html

College Majors, Unemployment, and Earnings | From Hard Times to Better Times

“While there is wide variation by college majors, hard times have become better times for most college graduates, but the recovery is far from complete.”
https://cew.georgetown.edu/report/hardtimes2015/ https://cew.georgetown.edu/wp-content/uploads/HardTimes2015-Report.pdf

The Skills Americans Say Kids Need To Succeed In Life

“Regardless of whether or not you think these skills are good to have, which ones do you think are most important for children to get ahead in the world today?”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2015/02/19/skills-for-success/

PNC Financial St. Louis Market Outlook

First Quarter 2015 report by the PNC Financial Services Group.
https://www.pnc.com/content/dam/pnc-com/pdf/aboutpnc/EconomicReports/Regional%20Economic%20Reports/StLouis_2015Q1.pdf

Fueling a Culture of Engagement

“Six talent practices stand above the rest when it comes to maximizing engagement throughout employees’ tenure.”
http://www.talentmgt.com/articles/7100-fueling-a-culture-of-engagement

Why Businesses Have a Hard Time Fixing What’s Broken

“Change, whether in our personal lives or the organizations we work in, will always be difficult. Businesses, like humans, are works in progress. Reinventing old processes is often a high-effort, high-reward activity.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/fixing-the-broken/

How to Write a Compelling Executive Summary

“In most companies, decisions are made based on executive summaries. Here’s how to write one that will generate the right decision.”
http://www.inc.com/geoffrey-james/how-to-write-a-compelling-executive-summary.html

6 Lessons Job Seekers Can Learn From The Great Recession

“The reality of job searching in 2015.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/02/18/6-lessons-job-seekers-can-learn-from-the-great-recession

What Interviewers Want From Job Seekers

“An interview is, hopefully, the start of a longer relationship—and even the most professional relationships are based on genuine interactions.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49371.aspx

7 Reasons Your Employees Are ‘Just Not That Into You’

“People want to contribute to the success of their organization, but too often systemic roadblocks daunt those good intentions.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/49363.aspx

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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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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