Workforce Development News – Feb. 8, 2016

By on February 8, 2016
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How to Immediately Connect With Anyone

“Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that connecting with people is an innate skill that belongs only to the lucky few.”
http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/269990

The January Jobs Report in 12 Charts

“The headline unemployment rate fell to 4.9%, but broader gauges of unemployment and underemployment did not decline.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/economics/2016/02/05/the-january-jobs-report-in-12-charts/

How to Boost Your Team’s Productivity

“How do you keep people from taking on too much and burning out or continuously spinning their wheels?”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/how-to-boost-your-teams-productivity

What Americans Say It Takes to Be Middle Class

“Secure job, ability to save seen as top requirements to be middle class.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/02/04/what-americans-say-it-takes-to-be-middle-class/

How Your Employees Respond to Change: 15 Essential Factors

“Internal elements, such as a sense of self-efficacy and resilience, and external dynamics, including workplace and domestic relationships, play a major role in workers’ ability to adapt without stressing out.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50721.aspx

What to Do When a “Devil’s Advocate” Tries to Derail Your Project

“Six ways to counter unhelpful objections.”
https://hbr.org/2016/01/what-to-do-when-a-devils-advocate-tries-to-derail-your-project

4 Questions People Will Be More Excited to Answer Than “What Do You Do?”

“The easiest way to connect with new people is simple: Ask better questions.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/4-questions-people-will-be-more-excited-to-answer-than-what-do-you-do

The 29 Smartest Questions to Ask at The End of Every Job Interview

“When the interviewer asks, ‘Do you have any questions for me?’ take advantage of this opportunity. It’s the best way to determine if you’d be happy working for this employer, and whether your goals are aligned with theirs.”
http://www.businessinsider.com/questions-to-ask-in-a-job-interview-2016-1

6 Interview Mistakes That Will Cost You The Job

“You have an impressive resume, and you’re certain that you’re a great fit for the position. Unfortunately, that’s no guarantee that you’ll get the job.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/6-interview-mistakes-that-will-cost-you-the-job/

The Ultimate Guide to LinkedIn Profiles

“Take advantage of opportunities through the professional social networking platform. Follow this infographic to spruce up your profile.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50713.aspx

6 Things Employers Want to See in Your Resume

“Focus on the key selling points and what you can bring to the table, rather than on what you want.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/6-things-employers-want-to-see-in-your-resume/

12 Unspoken Rules of Successful Public Speaking

“We hear time and again: Don’t read your slides verbatim, make eye contact, and so on. Here are a dozen important presentation guidelines that tend to fly under the radar.”
http://www.ragan.com/Main/Articles/50702.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: LinkedIn - Twitter - Google+ - Articles - Email

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