Workforce Development News – January 13, 2020

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Low Unemployment Isn’t Worth Much If The Jobs Barely Pay

“53 million workers ages 18 to 64—or 44% of all workers—earn barely enough to live on.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/the-avenue/2020/01/08/low-unemployment-isnt-worth-much-if-the-jobs-barely-pay/

Here’s Where The Jobs Are

“Weakness in hiring is concentrated in manufacturing, which continues to suffer from the trade war, and retail, which continues to suffer from the transition to online shopping.”
https://www.cnbc.com/2020/01/10/heres-where-the-jobs-are-for-december-2019-in-one-chart.html

Taming Complexity

“Make sure the benefits of any addition to an organization’s systems outweigh its costs.”
https://hbr.org/2020/01/taming-complexity

Is College Still Worth It? The New Calculus of Falling Returns

“College still boosts graduates’ earnings, but it does little for their wealth.”
https://files.stlouisfed.org/files/htdocs/publications/review/2019/10/15/is-college-still-worth-it-the-new-calculus-of-falling-returns.pdf

The White Working Class: Declining Mostly Due to Rising College Attainment

“The national share of white working class has decreased every year since 1975 and fell from being a majority in 2004.”
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2020/january/white-working-class-declining-due-rising-college-attainment

Don’t Mistake Execution for Strategy

“Otherwise you’ll drown in a to-do list.”
https://hbr.org/2020/01/dont-mistake-execution-for-strategy

How to Upskill for 2020

“No longer are the hard skills, specific to current jobs in the market, the most valued skills. Instead, it is the more elusive soft skills that will be highly valued.”
http://3plusinternational.com/2020/01/how-to-upskill-for-2020/

When an Interviewer Thinks You’re Overqualified

“An expert explains what to do to neutralize these concerns.”
https://www.nextavenue.org/what-do-if-interviewer-thinks-youre-overqualified/

What It Takes to Give a Great Presentation

“Five tips to set yourself apart.”
https://hbr.org/2020/01/what-it-takes-to-give-a-great-presentation

The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is that little extra.” – Jimmy Johnson

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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