Workforce Development News – August 27, 2018

By on August 27, 2018
Careers in Construction

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Careers in Construction: Building Opportunity

“BLS expects continued expansion of employment in the construction industry, with more than 7.5 million jobs projected by 2026 as population growth spurs demand for new buildings and infrastructure.”
https://www.bls.gov/careeroutlook/2018/article/careers-in-construction.htm

The Top 10 Reasons Why Social Media Background Checks Are a Dumb Idea

“Unlike most background checks, they don’t verify positive job-related information. Instead, they are used almost exclusively to reject candidates based on a subjective reaction to things that the candidate did while off the job. Just Because Everyone Uses It Doesn’t Make It a Good Idea.”
https://www.ere.net/the-top-10-reasons-why-social-media-background-checks-are-a-dumb-idea/

Which College Majors Make The Most Money? The Answer May Surprise You

“There are four exceptions and complications that impact the value of college majors.”
https://www.edmit.me/blog/which-college-majors-make-the-most-money-the-answer-may-surprise-you

Highlights of Women’s Earnings

“Women who were full-time wage and salary workers had median usual weekly earnings that were 82 percent of those of male full-time wage and salary workers.”
https://www.bls.gov/opub/reports/womens-earnings/2017/home.htm

Fewer Americans are Making More Than Their Parents Did—Especially If They Grew Up in The Middle Class

“Only half of today’s 30-year-olds earn more than their parents.”
https://www.brookings.edu/blog/up-front/2018/07/25/fewer-americans-are-making-more-than-their-parents-did-especially-if-they-grew-up-in-the-middle-class/

3 Kinds of Jobs That Will Thrive as Automation Advances

“Are you a creator, a composer, or a coach?”
https://hbr.org/2018/08/3-kinds-of-jobs-that-will-thrive-as-automation-advances

There’s a Shortage of Welders. Will More Women Fill the Gap?

“Past efforts to attract women to welding have had underwhelming results. New programs aim to change that.”
https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2018/08/theres-a-shortage-of-welders-will-more-women-fill-the-gap/567434/

Pre-employment Training and Affordable Childcare Key to Broadening The Apprenticeship Pipeline

“For people who have historically had less access to apprenticeships, like women, pre-apprenticeship programs provide a valuable on-ramp that lays the foundation for success. Underrepresented workers without adequate industry experience often need the occupational skills training, exposure to job sites, and engagement with industry leaders that pre-employment programs provide before they reach the skill level necessary to enter work-based learning programs.”
https://www.nationalskillscoalition.org/news/blog/pre-employment-training-and-affordable-childcare-key-to-broadening-the-apprenticeship-pipeline

A Closer Look at How the Opioid Epidemic Affects Employment

“On average, 115 Americans die every day from a drug overdose involving an opioid. Amid this national crisis, one narrative suggests that addiction leads to job loss and lower labor force participation. And yet another suggests the opposite.”
https://hbr.org/2018/08/a-closer-look-at-how-the-opioid-epidemic-affects-employment

7 Situational Interview Questions to Prepare For

“Situational questions give you the opportunity to show off your quick-thinking skills, and show hiring managers how you respond to curveballs, which is critical information when they are deciding whether you are qualified for the role.”
https://www.glassdoor.com/blog/situational-interview-questions/

Infographic: 11 Common Job Interview Questions and Best Answers

“Once you know the most common job interview questions asked, the better you can predict, and prepare.”
https://www.youtern.com/thesavvyintern/index.php/2018/08/16/common-job-interview-questions-infographic/

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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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