Workforce Development News – Feb. 1, 2016

By on February 1, 2016
Making Better Decisions

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10 Steps to the Perfect Conversation

“The step-by-step guide to awesome conversations.”
http://www.scienceofpeople.com/2016/01/10-steps-to-the-perfect-conversation/

3 Steps to Making Better Decisions

“Smart, rational decision-making isn’t an innate gift; rather, it’s an art, a process of weighing inputs such as data and risk on one hand and emotions like fear and uncertainty on the other.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/decision-making-process/

Skills Learned in School Differ From Those Demanded at Work

“Employers are looking for particularly human qualities in future hires: Relationship building, dealing with complexity and ambiguity, balancing opposing views, teaming and collaboration, co-creativity, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to manage diverse employees.”
http://www.gallup.com/businessjournal/188828/skills-learned-school-differ-demanded-work.aspx

Millions of Young People Are Neither Working Nor Learning

“Without assistance, economically inactive young people won’t gain critical job skills and will never fully integrate into the wider economy or achieve their full earning potential.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/01/28/us-eu-neet-population/

Education Spending Gap Widens Between College Haves and Have-Nots

“Spending per student increases at major private and public universities, but declines at community colleges.”
http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2016-01-25/education-spending-gap-widens-between-college-haves-and-have-nots-since-recession

That All-Important First Step on the Lean Journey

Lean transformations involve many steps and the first step is the most important. That step determines whether or not your organization’s Lean transformation is sustainable. Far too many are not, resulting in wasted money, wasted time, and jaded employees. Discover the important criteria for your first Lean step, and find out what our clients say about our approach to Lean transformations.
http://workforcesolutions.stlcc.edu/2016/all-important-first-step-lean-journey/

10 Revealing Interview Questions to Help You Select the Best Virtual Workers

“A strategy focused on virtual workers will only succeed if you hire the right virtual workers. You need to know how to specifically screen candidates in ways that will reveal how dependable and effective they will be working remotely.”
Part 1: https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-revealing-interview-questions-to-help-you-select-the-best-virtual-workers-pt-1/
Part 2: https://www.recruiter.com/i/10-revealing-interview-questions-to-help-you-select-the-best-virtual-workers-pt-2/

How to Get Hired: 16 Steps to the Perfect Job Interview

“You landed the interview. Awesome! Now let’s seal the deal.”
http://www.inc.com/jeff-haden/how-to-get-hired-the-perfect-job-interview-in-16-steps.html

4 Tweaks to Perfect Your Resume – and Score an Interview

“After your resume has passed any screening software, it still needs to impress the hiring manager.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2016-01-28/4-tweaks-to-perfect-your-resume-and-score-an-interview

Write a Killer LinkedIn Summary in 3 Steps

“Few people feel comfortable talking about themselves. These three steps make sharing your accomplishments on the social network as easy as can be.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50675.aspx

The Hidden Social Media Dangers For All Businesses

“Everyone is telling you to use social media – but who’s telling you to be careful?”
https://searchenginewatch.com/2016/01/25/the-hidden-social-media-dangers-for-all-businesses/

Why a Visual Really is Worth 1,000 Words

“Visuals, graphics, and charts can concentrate and present information in a way that sticks. Skill in visual communication has become nearly as indispensable as clear, compelling writing.”
http://www.helpscout.net/blog/visual-communication/

Good stories always beat good spreadsheets.” – Chris Sacca

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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