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Success at Work: UC San Diego Study Reveals Top Three Factors for Job Seekers

LA JOLLA, Calif., May 3, 2011 — Three key factors enable job applicants to get the edge in hiring and predict the success of the employee, according to a study published in a new book: Closing America’s Job Gap by Mary Walshok, Tapan Munroe and Henry DeVries (W Business Books, January 2011).

“Over the past 12 years, significant research has been conducted on employer preferences, also known as the Voice of the Employer studies,” says Walshok, a sociologist who has done research for the U.S. Department of Labor and the dean of continuing education at the University of California San Diego (http://extension.ucsd.edu). “Employers consistently look for evidence of three key factors in each applicant. Surprisingly, many job seekers are unable to produce direct evidence of these three factors.”


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Southern California Workforce Boards Celebrate Workforce Development Month

Job seekers and businesses get access to employment and job training resources

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LOS ANGELES, March 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- In the midst of proposed major cuts to federally-funded Workforce Investment Act (WIA) employment and job training programs, the L.A. County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) is launching the first Southern California Workforce Development Month in April 2011.  Joining in this inaugural effort are 15 other WIBs in the region, along with the Greater L.A. Chamber of Commerce. Together they will promote Southern California's workforce development system and One-Stop Career Centers through targeted job seeker and business events and resources. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors have been asked to proclaim April 2011 as Workforce Development Month and to urge all 88 cities in L.A. County, as well as local elected officials in all of Southern California, to join the cause. 


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Fund Awards Grant for WorkAdvance

April 6, 2011 6:30 a.m.
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CLEVELAND -- A regional jobs initiative, "Towards Employment," plans to launch a sector-focused work force development program with up to $860,000 from the Fund for Our Economic Future  to fund the first year of the new program, which has been named WorkAdvance.

"Towards Employment developed a work force program that is both innovative and collaborative -- two attributes central to northeast Ohio's economic revitalization," said Brad Whitehead, Fund president, in announcing the grant. "Training and retaining talent regionally and connecting talent with employers ultimately improve the economic future of our residents and region."