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The US Manufacturing Industry Is Growing; Here's How to Keep It Strong

Keosha Varela | Posted 09.18.2014 | Business
Keosha Varela

While China and other countries face challenges to their once-burgeoning manufacturing sector, all signs in the US are pointing to a growing industry now seen as a "rising star" in the world market.

Rhythm and Bruise: How Cuts to Music and the Arts Hurt Kids and Communities

Yohuru Williams | Posted 09.17.2014 | Education
Yohuru Williams

Art and music convey important skills that often are overlooked. Researchers have long touted their positive effects on student brain growth and development, but the exercise of those skills in artistic pursuits like band and chorus adds a whole new dimension of teamwork, perseverance and commitment.

Getting Back to What Really Matters to the American People

Rep. Suzan DelBene | Posted 09.12.2014 | Politics
Rep. Suzan DelBene

We have seen that smart investments in workforce-development initiatives, backed by strong accountability measures, can deliver the kind of broad-based prosperity that Americans remember from the 1990s. It's time for Congress to get back to making those investments a priority.

Survey: America's 'Job Creators' Would Rather Do Anything But Create Jobs

The Huffington Post | Mark Gongloff | Posted 09.08.2014 | Business

America's capitalists take every chance they get to remind us that they are our "job creators," but it turns out that their least-favorite thing on ea...

Workforce Training: Not a "One and Done" Proposition

Emad Rizkalla | Posted 08.28.2014 | Small Business
Emad Rizkalla

In a world in which 50 percent of the skills people use to do their jobs change every three years, how can employees hope to stay relevant?

Average Is Over: Self-Motivation Key to Skills and Jobs

Ira Wolfe | Posted 08.24.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

From this day forward, someone or something will be pushing every worker to do a better job or be replaced. Unlike the last 50 years, this time the replacement might not be another worker who lives down the street but a robot or some other piece of technology.

Why Many Unemployed Workers Will Never Get Jobs

Ira Wolfe | Posted 07.07.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

The problem with traditional job skill training in many cases is that you can walk a horse to water but you can't make it drink. Far too many workers -- employed and unemployed -- don't seem interested in finding water on their own.

8 Ingredients For Job Search Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 06.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Anyone conducting a job search today knows that you'll need to be as visible as possible--both through your personal network and your online presence. Close to 100% of employers and recruiters are now turning to sites liked LinkedIn and Facebook to source candidates, check out their skills and vet them as to their suitability for the job.

Collaborating to Produce an American Workforce with In-Demand Skills

Sec. Penny Pritzker | Posted 06.18.2014 | Business
Sec. Penny Pritzker

With technology accelerating the pace of change in our economy, our long-term competitiveness is tied to our ability to produce a workforce with in-demand skills.

New Report Paints Bleak Future for Long-Term Unemployed

Ira Wolfe | Posted 05.24.2014 | Business
Ira Wolfe

For the unemployed, the road back to employment is littered with potholes and landmines. For many, the roads have simply collapsed or disappeared.

10 Ways to Winning in 2014: An Entrepreneurs' Guide to Startup Success

Melissa Thompson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Small Business
Melissa Thompson

2014 will be a formative year for new business owners and early-stage entrepreneurs. For those would-be entrepreneurs debating the startup leap? There is no time like the present.

How to Adapt for Tomorrow's Jobs: An Open Letter to My Niece and Nephew

Uri Dadush | Posted 03.09.2014 | Business
Uri Dadush

Where will tomorrow's good jobs be? Knowing where the jobs will be only takes you so far. What skills you will need to be marketable, able to adapt and happy?

Land Your Next Job Now! 3 Winning Resolutions to Position Yourself for Success

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Take pride in your skills, your unique personal strengths and qualities and your value as a potential employee.

Guess Who Has the Key to Washington's New 'College Report Cards' -- Before They Are Written?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 02.19.2014 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

As Washington plans a new program to issue 'report cards' on colleges and universities, they should probably know there's a group that is already sending CliffsNotes to every school in the country: employers.

Make a New Year's Resolution to Learn a New Professional Skill

Danny Groner | Posted 02.19.2014 | Technology
Danny Groner

ReadWrite's Lauren Orsini provides an excellent summary of how, in 2013, more people flocked to Web-based resources to learn the basics to coding. Not...

Getting Job-Ready With Autism

Shelley Hendrix Reynolds | Posted 02.08.2014 | Parents
Shelley Hendrix Reynolds

Recently, a friend of mine asked me how old her child should be before she starts working on job readiness. My answer? Now. Right now.

3 Powerful Keys For Moving Your Job Search Forward

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Want to find work fast? Even more, do you want to land a position that pays well and you will actually enjoy? You're likely thinking that achieving the above is next to impossible. After all, older job-seekers hear more than their share of discouraging news. But the statistics cited in these pieces are generalities. In truth, there's a lot you can do to maximize your own chances for success.

3 Keys To Crafting A Standout Resume

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

As a post-50 job-seeker, your best bet to land an interview -- and ultimately the job -- is through people you know, i.e. networking. Nevertheless, your resume still needs to be top-notch; your contacts will generally recommend you by providing perspective employers with a copy of this vital document.

The 3 Simple Words That Will Help You Land A Job

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 10.20.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

Mature job-seekers are well aware of the fact that they face a number of unflattering stereotypes due to their age alone. However, by keeping one simple phrase in mind, you absolutely can overcome a number of negative preconceptions younger employers may be holding against you. In fact, you'll be able to market yourself, your skills and experience from a position of strength.

10 Ways to Add Value to an Internship or Job

Carol J. Carter | Posted 08.13.2013 | College
Carol J. Carter

I've worked with interns for the last 20 years in corporate America and for the last decade as an entrepreneur. Here is how I've seen interns and staff add value.

Time for Another Round of Guilt-Induced LinkedIn Endorsements

James Napoli | Posted 08.10.2013 | Comedy
James Napoli

Last time this happened, I let it get up to about eleven or so endorsements from friends until I finally succumbed to massive guilt over my lack of reciprocity and endorsed them back.

3 Surefire Ways To Sell Yourself To A Potential Employer

Mary Eileen Williams | Posted 07.15.2013 | Fifty
Mary Eileen Williams

It goes without saying that the post 50 job-seeker has plenty of experience. Nevertheless, although you're an applicant of maturity, you won't want to market your experience level as the cornerstone of your job search. Employers have issues that need to be dealt with, projects to complete, and problems that have to be resolved now.

The 5 Skills Every Woman Needs To Succeed At Work

Posted 05.13.2013 | OWN

Hanna Rosin, author of The End of Men, a fascinating book about the 21st-century rise of woman, tells us what we need to know to thrive professionall...

New Grads: 10 Goals for Your First 5,000 Hours on the Job

Brazen Life | Posted 07.10.2013 | College
Brazen Life

If you're lucky enough to be starting a job -- a real, career-building job -- after you graduate, you probably aren't thinking of when it will end. But the reality is that few people keep their first jobs for long.

Don't Follow the Leader

Costa Michailidis | Posted 05.07.2013 | Business
Costa Michailidis

Our multinational banks are incredibly interconnected. As a result, if a few of the big ones make bad decisions, they take the rest down with them.