Workforce Development News – January 7, 2019

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Blue-Collar Workers are Now Scarcer than White-Collar Workers

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Jobs Report Is Good News, But American Workers Still Need Skills Training

“The percentage of jobs that don’t require a bachelor’s degree ranges from 35 percent in Spokane, Washington, to 9 percent in Washington, D.C.”
https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/jobs-report-good-news-american-workers-still-need-skills-training-n954371

Opportunity Industries

“Exploring the industries that concentrate good and promising jobs in metropolitan America.”
https://www.brookings.edu/research/opportunity-industries/

Blue-Collar Workers are Now Scarcer than White-Collar Workers

“Part of the reason for the shortage is that blue-collar workers are now much more likely to have a job they are satisfied with and are experiencing rapid wage growth.”
https://www.industryweek.com/talent/blue-collar-workers-are-now-scarcer-white-collar-workers

Manufacturing’s Mixed Messages Aren’t Helping Close Skills Gap

“Even as the industry promotes itself as a bastion of career stability and good pay, negative news sells the opposite story.”
https://www.industryweek.com/talent/manufacturing-s-mixed-messages-arent-helping-close-skills-gap

Starting With an Agenda Is How You Have Effective Meetings

“No organization can function without meetings but most would function better if the meetings were more organized.”
https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/324978

Workforce Drug Use Rises by Double Digits

“In the manufacturing sector, both marijuana and methamphetamine use rose by more than 23% and 27%, respectively, between 2015 and 2017.”
https://www.industryweek.com/talent/workforce-drug-use-rises-double-digits

Why We’re Drawn to Leaders Who Emphasize the Negative

“We think they’re more powerful.”
https://hbr.org/2019/01/why-were-drawn-to-leaders-who-emphasize-the-negative

The Skills Companies Need Most in 2019 – And How to Learn Them

“Of those 50,000 skills you could potentially learn, which should you learn today to help you stand out all year?”
https://learning.linkedin.com/blog/top-skills/the-skills-companies-need-most-in-2019–and-how-to-learn-them

25 Interview Questions Everyone Should Be Prepared to Answer

“Formulate and rehearse your answers to these key questions.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/interview-questions-to-be-prepared/

The STAR Method: The Secret to Acing Your Next Job Interview

“The STAR interview technique offers a straightforward format you can use to answer behavioral interview questions—those prompts that ask you to provide a real-life example of how you handled a certain kind of situation at work in the past.”
https://www.themuse.com/advice/star-interview-method

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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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