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  • Taking a sabbatical from work
    Should I take a sabbatical from work?
    Even the lucky few among us who really, really love their jobs occasionally dream of taking a break from the hustle and bustle of working life. For those who aren’t so head over heels about their roles, thoughts of taking a sabbatical can...
  • Marketing yourself can lead you into your dream job
    Marketing yourself can lead you into your dream job
    How do you get a second look from your potential employer? How do you make yourself stand out from other candidates? How do you make social media work for you? In this day and age, social media is viewed for news more than the local news. It seems...
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    USDOL announces grant money of $53 million for creative workforce development
    The United States Department of Labor recently announced that grant money of approximately $53 million is available for growing and assessing distinctive approaches for developing the workforce. This investment is offered through the Workforce...
  • Running out of STEAM?
    Running out of STEAM?
    Our nation’s workforce is at a competitive crossroads. Some argue that we’re doing fine, we don’t need more college graduates, and the labor market is humming like a summer beehive. In fact, some make the point that we are up to...
  • How third party logistics shape the Lehigh Valley workforce
    How third party logistics shape the Lehigh Valley workforce
    Third Party Logistics (3PL) has changed the Lehigh Valley's landscape by adding warehouse buildings to the horizon, trucks and traffic to the roadways and Interstates that run across this region.3PL is also shaping the Valley's workforce....
  • Seasonally adjusted unemployment claims up 10,000 jobs
    Seasonally adjusted unemployment claims up 10,000 jobs
    In the week ending last Friday, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial unemployment claims increased to 379,000, according to the U.S. Department of Labor release today. Washington had an increase of 4,383 due to layoffs in agriculture...
  • Kids at school
    A new career readiness pilot program for WA State highschool students announced
    The Employment Security Department for Washington State and the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) issued a joint news release today regarding a pilot program called Career Readiness for a Working Washington, which is an...
  • labor participation rate 2013. nov 8.
    Down and opting out: labor force participation rate declining
    Whether it is an economic malaise or something else, the statistics from the Bureau of Labor show many Americans are vanishing from the workforce.Why has the participation rate been dropping in recent years?The "wonkblog" at the...
  • Older  workers
    Retirement at age 65 is now a lost dream
    If you're thinking of retiring at age 65, think again. According to an Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll released on Monday, a large percentage of older Americans are opting for holding off on retiring until they&...
  • Crowdsourcing your job search
    Should You Crowdsource Your Job Search?
    “Crowdsourcing” seems to be the new buzzword in everyone’s mouth these days. Inventors are using this social networking technique to raise funds to build a prototype. Famous authors are inviting audience participation in the...
  • Adults in a computer lab
    Washington State receives $45 million in federal funds for career support
    The Employment Security Department announced yesterday that $45 million in federal funds have been given to twelve local workforce development councils in Washington State. This funding stems from the federal branch of the Department of Labor and...
  • Office Sweety
    5 Sweetheart moves to get that promotion
    When people spend five days a week, sometimes more, together each person will begin to manifest specific personas. A leader will emerge, along with the clown and a sweetheart. Although most groups have more personas, we are only concerned with the...
  • now hiring
    By the numbers, unemployment
    Friday between calls for “yes we can” murder Syrians to save face for Obama the latest unemployment numbers were released. The new as yet unrevised numbers showed an exceptional growth in this Democratic run economy of holding at 7.3%....
  • Leaders share stories
    How Leaders Can Use Storytelling to Improve Employee Engagement
    Corporate storytelling has been used in business for a long time because people are naturally storytellers and businesses are made up of people. However, the time has come to integrate narrative communication into the corporate culture with clear...
  • Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service
    U. Va. releases projections showing uneven trends in future U.S. population
    The first projections to result from the 2010 census data were released yesterday by the Demographics & Workforce Group at UVa’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.These projections focus in greater detail the demographic that are...