Workforce Development News – Nov. 9, 2015

By on November 9, 2015
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The October Jobs Report in 12 Charts

“The economy added more jobs in October than any other month this year and the unemployment rate ticked down to 5%, the lowest reading since April 2008. The monthly jobs report provides a rich snapshot of the state of labor markets.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2015/11/06/the-october-jobs-report-in-12-charts/

The Jobs Report Is Even Better Than It Looks

“The October numbers are significant because they suggest that the previous two disappointing jobs reports were themselves outliers. The U.S. job market is in a state of steady, solid job growth.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-jobs-report-is-even-better-than-it-looks/

U.S. Job Creation Index Holds at Seven-Year High

“In October, 43% of workers said their employer was hiring workers and expanding the size of its workforce, and 11% said their employer was letting people go and reducing the size of its workforce. Forty percent of U.S. workers say their employer is ‘not changing’ the size of its workforce.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/186479/job-creation-index-holds-seven-year-high.aspx

15 Cold, Hard Truths About Genuine Employee Engagement

“If your management team is disregarding fundamental human behavior, all your surveys and incentive programs will do little more than adding a coat of paint to a sputtering jalopy.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50368.aspx

10 Secret Communication Skills of the Best Leaders

“Poor communication trickles down through organizations and costs a whopping $9.3 billion for large companies, or $26,000 per employee.”
http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/10-secret-communication-skills-of-top-leaders.html

The 4 Most Difficult Conversations You’ll Have in Your Career

“How to handle tough talks with grace.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/11/02/the-4-most-difficult-conversations-youll-have-in-your-career

So How’s the American Middle Class, Really?

“Living standards are actually rising in America. Here’s why the middle class feels so besieged.”
http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Society/2015/1101/So-how-s-the-American-middle-class-really

7 Questions Only the Smartest Job Candidates Ask

“And why do they ask these questions? Because they care – about their careers and about your company.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/7-insightful-questions-only-the-best-job-candidates-think-to-ask.html

15 Things That Make Your LinkedIn Profile and Resume Look Really Unprofessional

“Put your best foot forward on LinkedIn and with your resume. Remember: You have only one chance to make a great first impression.”
http://www.inc.com/peter-economy/15-things-that-make-your-linkedin-profile-and-resume-look-really-unprofessional.html

48 Questions That’ll Make Awkward Small Talk So Much Easier

“To combat incredibly boring conversations, I started asking people unexpected, thought-provoking questions that couldn’t be answered with a simple yes or no. The results were awesome.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/48-questions-thatll-make-awkward-small-talk-so-much-easier

Yesterday’s home runs don’t win today’s games.” – Babe Ruth

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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