Workforce Development News – Oct. 12, 2015

By on October 12, 2015
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3 Ways Managers Start Off On the Wrong Foot

“When you take your first leadership role, or find yourself at the helm of a new team, first impressions are essential to get right.”
https://hbr.org/2015/10/3-ways-managers-start-off-on-the-wrong-foot

Why We Need to Take the ‘Review’ Out of ‘Performance Reviews’

“It should be a conversation, an open, constructive, compassionate conversation about achieving together. When you put the word ‘review’ in, it makes for judgments instead of partnership. Great teams perform because of partnerships.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/why-we-need-to-take-the-review-out-of-performance-reviews/

The 7 Keys to Giving Constructive Criticism That’ll Actually Help the Person Improve

“Remaining polite and constructive will help those under you feel better about their work and themselves, and will make a better impression on those above you. So how do you give criticism honestly without sounding like a jerk?”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-7-keys-to-giving-constructive-criticism-thatll-actually-help-the-person-improve

Employees Who Use Their Strengths Outperform Those Who Don’t

“These are the five steps companies need to take to build a strengths-based culture.”
http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/186044/employees-strengths-outperform-don.aspx

It’s Getting Harder To Move Beyond A Minimum-Wage Job

“During the strong labor market of the mid-1990s, only 1 in 5 minimum-wage workers was still earning minimum wage a year later. Today, that number is nearly 1 in 3. And two-fifths of Americans earning the minimum wage in 2008 were still in near-minimum-wage jobs five years later.”
http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/its-getting-harder-to-move-beyond-a-minimum-wage-job/

The Top 4 Soft Skills That Candidates Need Right Now

“According to today’s leaders, the real skills shortage is in the realm of soft skills.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/the-top-4-soft-skills-that-candidates-need-right-now/

7 Basic Mistakes That’ll Slow Down Any Job Search—and How to Fix Them All Today

“If you’re not getting the response you want in your job search—but have no idea what you’re doing wrong—it’s time to go back to the basics and make sure you’re not making the following classic mistakes.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/7-basic-mistakes-thatll-slow-down-any-job-searchand-how-to-fix-them-all-today

7 Things You Should Know About Employee Referrals

“Boost your chances of getting hired for a job you love.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/2015/10/07/7-things-you-should-know-about-employee-referrals

The 31 Best LinkedIn Profile Tips for Job Seekers

“Everything you need to know about tricking out your LinkedIn profile — from crafting a stunning summary to selling your accomplishments, projects, and skills. Make your profile seriously shine — and start getting noticed by recruiters.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-31-best-linkedin-profile-tips-for-job-seekers

The 3-Letter Word That’ll Make Everything You Say More Compelling

“The difference between getting what you want and being passed over is often simply a matter of how you tell your story. Selling someone on your story is a pretty simple shift that involves one three-letter word:”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/the-3letter-word-thatll-make-everything-you-say-more-compelling

Social Media Usage: 2005-2015

“Social Networking Use Has Shot Up in Past Decade. Young Adults Still Are the Most Likely to Use Social Media. Women and Men Use Social Networking Sites at Comparable Rates. Those With Lower Levels of Education Are Less Likely to Use Social Media. And Racial Differences Not Very Evident as Social Media Usage Has Grown.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2015/10/08/social-networking-usage-2005-2015/

5 Economic Myths of 2015

“These common statements by politicians and the media aren’t true.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/on-retirement/2015/10/05/5-economic-myths-of-2015

The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” – Hans Hofmann

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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