Workforce Development News – May 30, 2017

By on May 30, 2017
Manufacturing as Key to Job Creation

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Unemployment in the U.S. Is Falling, So Why Isn’t Pay Rising?

“Eight possible explanations.”
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-05-19/unemployment-in-the-u-s-is-falling-so-why-isn-t-pay-rising

8 Ways to Get a Difficult Conversation Back on Track

“Work conversations frequently veer into difficult territory. To prevent frustration, resentment, and wasted time and effort and increase your conversational agility, learn to use different tools and techniques that can bring even the most difficult conversations back on track.”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/8-ways-to-get-a-difficult-conversation-back-on-track

Americans Still See Manufacturing as Key to Job Creation

“‘Keeping manufacturing jobs from going overseas’ is the top recommendation Americans give as the best way to create more jobs in the U.S. Many also suggest reducing government regulation, lowering taxes, creating more infrastructure work and improving education.”
http://www.gallup.com/poll/211010/americans-manufacturing-key-job-creation.aspx

Disruptive Skills: Identifying Job Skills that Shake Up Industries

“A matrix of four different types of skill sets, based on how fast demand is growing and how much trouble employers have finding them.”
http://burning-glass.com/disruptive-skills-identifying-job-skills-that-shake-up-industries/

What Does It Mean to be ‘Customer Service Oriented?’

“Helping people. As simplistic as it sounds, this ethos is the key to making it work as an organization.”
https://www.helpscout.net/blog/customer-oriented/

How to Have Difficult Conversations When You Don’t Like Conflict

“Many people avoid hard talks because they fear the worse. If you expect the best, it will make it easier to keep the conversation constructive.”
https://hbr.org/2017/05/how-to-have-difficult-conversations-when-you-dont-like-conflict

The 30 Most Important Interview Questions to Ask

“Your interview cheat sheet to figuring out if a company is a right fit for you.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/the-30-most-important-interview-questions-to-ask-this-summer/

Let’s Stop Calling Them ‘Soft Skills’

“They might be skills, but they’re not soft.”
https://itsyourturnblog.com/lets-stop-calling-them-soft-skills-9cc27ec09ecb

All problems become smaller when you confront them instead of dodging them.” – William F. Halsey

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: LinkedInTwitterGoogle+ArticlesEmail

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