Workforce Development News – February 6, 2017

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Great Teams Are About Personalities, Not Just Skills

“Having the right mix of people is critical.”
https://hbr.org/2017/01/great-teams-are-about-personalities-not-just-skills

Wanted: Factory Workers, Degree Required

“People on the plant floor need to be much more skilled than they were in the past. There are no jobs for high school graduates.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/30/education/edlife/factory-workers-college-degree-apprenticeships.html

The Ups and Downs of Made in the USA

“Manufacturers talk about why they decided to locate their production here, what worked and what didn’t—and whether the rewards were worth the travails.”
http://www.industryweek.com/competitiveness/ups-and-downs-made-usa

Diversity Doesn’t Stick Without Inclusion

“The latter is harder to measure but just as important.”
https://hbr.org/2017/02/diversity-doesnt-stick-without-inclusion

January Jobs Report: The Numbers

“The U.S. economy posted solid job growth as it kicked off the new year, but wage growth was weaker than expected.”
http://blogs.wsj.com/briefly/2017/02/03/january-jobs-report-the-numbers-3/

US Workers Report Strong Hiring Situation

“Many more workers believe their employer is bringing on new employees than letting people go. Workers in the East continue to report less robust hiring conditions than those in the West, Midwest and South.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/203240/workers-report-strong-hiring-situation.aspx

Women May Never Make Up Half of The U.S. Workforce

“After decades of strong gains, the share of women in the U.S. labor force has plateaued. The female share of the labor force will peak at 47.1% in 2025 and then taper off to 46.3% by 2060, meaning that women will remain a minority of the labor force.”
http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/01/31/women-may-never-make-up-half-of-the-u-s-workforce/

21 Words To Never Include In Your Resume

“You’ll never get a second chance to make a first impression. This is perhaps most true when it comes to a job resume.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/21-words-to-never-include-in-your-resume/

Preparing for an Interview? Here Are 4 Things to Do

“The more research you’ve done, the better the interview.”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-01-31/preparing-for-an-interview-here-are-4-things-to-do

3 Things to Consider When Answering the “Tell Me About Yourself” Question

“’Tell me about yourself’ strikes fear into the hearts of even the most confident candidates. That’s because they haven’t given serious consideration to how it should be answered. It’s also because they haven’t taken time to construct a persuasive elevator pitch, which is one of the most important tools in your job search toolbox.”
https://www.recruiter.com/i/3-things-to-consider-when-answering-the-tell-me-about-yourself-question/

Everything You Need to Know About Job References

“Who should be on your reference list and what will they be asked?”
http://money.usnews.com/money/blogs/outside-voices-careers/articles/2017-01-30/everything-you-need-to-know-about-job-references

What We Get Wrong About People With Disabilities

“Despite anti-discrimination laws, countless employers refuse to interview or hire disabled candidates because they, consciously or not, assume we’ll introduce certain complexities into their offices – that there will be a need for special treatment and expensive or inconvenient accommodations.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/what-we-get-wrong-about-people-with-disabilities/

Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” – Vince Lombardi

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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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