Workforce Development News – Sept. 25, 2017

By on September 25, 2017
Digital Skills in the Middle-Skill Job Market

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Demand for Digital Skills Increases in Middle-Skill Job Market

“Eight in ten middle-skill job postings now demand digital skills, a four-point increase over the last two years. Digitally intensive middle-skill jobs pay more than non-digital middle-skill jobs.”
http://burning-glass.com/research/digital-skills-gap/

Keeping Close Tabs on the Local Job Market

“St. Louis Community College’s annual employer study finds openings for middle-skilled employees but also concerns about applicants’ skills and training.”
https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/09/20/community-colleges-job-market-study-highlights-need-middle-skills-despite-low

Don’t Wing It with Team-Building Activities

“Shorter, intensive events can promote mutual support among team members.”
https://www.shrm.org/resourcesandtools/hr-topics/benefits/pages/successful-team-building.aspx

How People Approach Facts and Information

“People deal in varying ways with tensions about what information to trust and how much they want to learn. Some are interested and engaged with information; others are wary and stressed.”
http://www.pewinternet.org/2017/09/11/how-people-approach-facts-and-information/

Employment Trends by Typical Entry-Level Education Requirement

“Occupations that typically require a high school diploma or the equivalent for entry fell as a share of U.S. employment by nearly 2.6 percentage points from May 2007 to May 2016. Over the same period, the share of occupations that typically require postsecondary education for entry rose by 2.3 percentage points. BLS employment projections suggest that this trend will continue to 2024.”
https://www.bls.gov/opub/mlr/2017/article/employment-trends-by-typical-entry-level-education-requirement.htm

What Happened to the Tech Job Boom?

“When the manufacturing ecosystem moves elsewhere, more than just the lower-skill jobs move with it.”
https://www.extremetech.com/computing/256056-where-is-the-tech-job-boom

14 Essential Tips for Writing a Rockstar Resume

“Even if your work experience is perfect, a subpar resume could sink your chances of getting a job interview. But if you combine relevant experience with an effective resume, you’ll sail right into the interview stage.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/rockstar-resume-tips/

How to Prepare for an Interview

“The more you know about the company, its competitors and the overall market, the smarter you’ll appear. Too often people fail to do thorough research and find themselves in a role or company that isn’t what they expected.”
http://careersherpa.net/how-to-prepare-for-an-interview/

8 Habits Incredibly Interesting People All Have in Common

“Interesting people have a special magnetism. They tell incredible stories and lead unusual lives. But what exactly makes them so captivating?”
http://www.businessinsider.com/8-habits-incredibly-interesting-people-all-have-in-common-2017-9

Insufficient facts always invite danger.” — Spock

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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