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  • The 10 Most In-Demand Software Skills

    07/02/2014 9:19:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 46 replies
    CIO Insight ^ | 07/02/2014 | By Karen A. Frenkel
    The current job market has been very good for software developers, especially those with experience in several programming languages. The unemployment rate for software developers was 2.8 percent in Q1 of 2014, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. This is a notable drop from the 5 percent unemployment rate in Q2 of 2009, the quarter when the economic recession ended, and 5.5 percent in Q1 2010. This quarter's report by Dice.com reveals the most-requested skills and platforms, and notes that those with expertise in clusters of language skills are in demand. Furthermore, the Dice report looks at what skills may...
  • The Decline of Small Business = Decline of Basic Skills

    05/20/2014 10:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Of Two Minds ^ | 05/20/2014 | Charles Hugh-Smith
    An economy where most people work for the state or a global corporation is an economy that has lost its knowledge of the key entrepreneurial building blocks.The decline of small business has numerous long-term consequences. One is the decline of the middle class, as entrepreneurial enterprise is a key pathway to generational wealth-building and prosperity. Another is the loss of employment opportunities. As U.S. businesses are being destroyed faster than they’re being created, there are fewer sources of employment. Since many people get their first job at small businesses, the decline of small business has an outsized effect on entry-level...
  • MAN STUFF: 100 Things A Real Man Doesn’t Do

    05/03/2014 4:18:38 PM PDT · by kingattax · 91 replies
    Clash Daily ^ | 2 May 2014 | Chad Howse Fitness
    What is a man? Biologically we know he has a braciole, balls, and hair under his arms. But what makes a real man? Our society is filled with men who aren’t real men. It’s also filled with guys like you and I, who aspire real men, but we don’t always know what that entails. To identify what a real man is, we’ll look at what he isn’t. 1.A real man doesn’t whine. 2.A real man doesn’t worry about that which he can’t control. 3.A real man doesn’t fear the loss of love. He’s secure in his relationships. 4.A real man...
  • Skills Every Man Should Know?

    05/02/2014 8:59:22 PM PDT · by MNDude · 172 replies
    Today a young guy at the office got a flat tire. A bunch of young guys gathered around in the parking lot and I was amazed how none knew how to change a flat. I commented this had to be one of the top things all men should know. What would be some of the things you would include on a list that all men should know how to do? (Like change oil, etc)
  • Futsal wizard shows off dizzying move

    12/21/2013 8:10:13 PM PST · by albasun · 15 replies
    albasun portal ^ | 21.12.2013 | albasun
    Futsal wizard shows off dizzying moves in Belgian match. His name is Ismael. Ismael Hamdaoui. Ismael "The Hitman" Hamdaoui can do things with the ball that human eyes can barely comprehend. The kind of stuff that requires repeat viewing in slow motion to fully appreciate what's happening. In a recent Belgian futsal match, he punished his opponents with these skills, giving them little chance to fight back. read more and video here
  • 10 IT Skills That Are Becoming Obsolete

    11/15/2013 7:52:02 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    Enterprise CIO ^ | 11/11/2013 | Esther Shein
    One of the givens of working in IT is that the pace of technology changes rapidly, and so too, do the skills that are needed to stay current. Here are 10 that John Hales, a VMware instructor at Global Knowledge says are going away:1. Windows XP/2003 and earlier. Why? Mainly because the operating systems are reaching their end of life and won’t be supported/updated by Microsoft any longer. Also, new applications no longer support them.2. Silverlight. This was Microsoft’s answer to Adobe Flash and it can’t be used with the new Windows Store (metro) apps or on a Windows phone.3....
  • Bob Funk: Where the Jobs Are—and How to Get One (From the man who matches companies with workers)

    09/21/2013 9:56:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 09/21/2013 | Stephen Moore
    Here's something you don't often see in Washington: a businessman trying to repeal a law that helps his company. That's Bob Funk's latest mission in life. He's the president and founder of Express Employment Services, the fifth-largest employment agency in America, with annual sales of $2.5 billion and more than 600 franchises across the country. This year he will place nearly half a million workers in jobs. "ObamaCare has been an absolute boon for my business," he says as we sit in his new office headquarters near downtown Oklahoma City. "I'm making a lot of money thanks to that law....
  • The Talent Gap: Finding Skilled Workers Isn't Easy

    07/25/2013 3:24:17 PM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 44 replies
    Grainger Newsletter ^ | 25 July 2013 | Grainger.Com
    The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics reports a current unemployment rate of around 9%. So how is it with roughly 12.8 million people out of work, there are still so many jobs going unfilled? A recent report by Deloitte for the Manufacturing Institute which was based on a survey of manufacturers, found that as many as 600,000 jobs are going unfilled. “High unemployment is not making it easier to fill positions, particularly in the areas of skilled production and production support,” the Deloitte report found. There is a growing talent gap between skilled jobs in the trades and trained...
  • There Are 4 Million U.S. Job Openings: Why Are The Positions Unfilled?

    06/01/2013 4:56:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 121 replies
    Forbes ^ | 06/01/2013 | Adam Lewis
    If you’re paying attention to the U.S.’s economic recovery, you’ll probably know that there are about 11 million unemployed citizens and strong disagreements about how to create more jobs. What you may not know is that there are actually four million open jobs waiting to be filled, and that American businesses could be filling more of those jobs – if they better utilized technology. When it comes to this mismatch between unemployment numbers and vacant jobs, blame is cast in all directions: Job seekers are unwilling to move cities or work in unfamiliar positions; Employers are holding out for the...
  • Forget About Family Reunification: Skilled immigrants should have priority over siblings and parents

    04/25/2013 6:44:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/25/2013 | Charles C.W. Cooke
    In Emma Lazarus’s 1883 poem The New Colossus, the United States offers a “world-wide welcome” to the “huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” One suspects that, were the poem written today, it would be rather more prosaic. “The golden door,” Lazarus might surmise, is open principally to those who happen to have a family member in the country or are fortunate at lotteries. When discussing any aspect of immigration policy, politicians shrewdly chatter on about “skills.” An immigrant “inventor” — of which there is an apparently unlimited supply — will create manufacturing jobs for the natives; a STEM graduate...
  • Dust Off Your Math Skills: Actuary Is Best Job of 2013

    04/23/2013 8:29:01 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 17 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 22, 2013, | Lauren Weber
    Pete Rossi can count on one hand the number of weeks out of the year that he works more than 50 hours. But the rest of the year, his job as an actuary with the Department of Defense, provides a good living with a minimum of stress. That partly explains why actuaries have the best job in the United States, according to a new survey by CareerCast.com that will be released Tuesday. Biomedical engineer was No. 2 and software engineer, the top job of 2012, came in at No.3. Careers that ranked the lowest included enlisted military personnel, lumberjack and...
  • Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need (companies deserve a lot of the blame too)

    03/14/2013 6:45:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 47 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 03/14/2013 | PETER CAPPELLI
    Everybody's heard the complaints about recruiting lately. Even with unemployment hovering around 9%, companies are grousing that they can't find skilled workers, and filling a job can take months of hunting. Employers are quick to lay blame. Schools aren't giving kids the right kind of training. The government isn't letting in enough high-skill immigrants. The list goes on and on. But I believe that the real culprits are the employers themselves. With an abundance of workers to choose from, employers are demanding more of job candidates than ever before. They want prospective workers to be able to fill a role...
  • College educations creating plenty of debt but not much skill

    02/24/2013 8:41:12 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 48 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/24/13 | Jerry Todd
    Our children’s opportunities to learn based on technological advances has been more than offset by the loss of appreciation of literature and the humanities – including history, theology, philosophy and even economics. Our old friend Jon T. Barton, a classical violinist wrote an 800 page 2 volume work called “The Bible in Western Literature.” He co-authored with attorney John Whitehead a 1981 book, “Schools on Fire” – a prophetic work warning of the now deplorable and unnecessarily expensive condition of American education. I met a young man recently with a degree in “Environmental Studies” from screwball UCal/Santa Cruz, home of...
  • A jobs crisis? No, it’s a skills crisis

    01/16/2013 7:10:51 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 01/16/2013 | Stanley Litow
    As each month’s unemployment figures show only modest declines, some may mistakenly believe that the United States has a “jobs crisis.” But a closer analysis of the data reveals that our fundamental challenge is a lack of skills, not jobs. I made this observation at the recent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summit convened by the Daily News. But don’t take my word for it. Look at the January 2013 New York City Real Time Jobs Report, which lists local employers that posted the most new ads in the past 90 days and the number of opportunities available. The...
  • The Great American Mismatch. Plenty of Manufacturing jobs, too few people with the necessary skills

    11/26/2012 7:12:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 88 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/26/2012 | Jillian Kay Melchior
    In September, 238,000 American jobs went unfilled, despite employers’ best efforts. At the same time, unemployment was at 7.8 percent nationally. And believe it or not, this was no statistical oddity. The manufacturing sector has long had trouble finding skilled applicants for its jobs. Around 48 percent of manufacturing companies are looking to hire, according to the most recent report from ThomasNet, a company that helps connect producers and suppliers. But 67 percent of manufacturing companies see a moderate to severe shortage of skilled workers, and last year, as many as 600,000 jobs went unfilled, according to a report from...
  • 600,000 manufacturing jobs go unfilled due to applicants lack of 'soft skills'

    10/01/2012 8:32:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 183 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 10/01/2012 | Rick Moran
    It isn't just high tech positions in American manufacturing that aren't being filled. The consultant company Deloitte surveyed the industry and found 600,000 perfectly good jobs going unfilled because of a lack of "soft skills." What are soft skills? Wall Street Journal: At a recent dinner in Washington, D.C., with representatives from major American manufacturing companies, I listened as the talk turned to how hard it is to find qualified applicants for jobs. "What exactly are the skills you can't find?" I asked, imagining that openings for high-tech positions went begging because, as we hear so often, the training of...
  • Skills gap is hampering labor market (ZERO job growth in small-business sector)

    09/09/2012 6:20:57 PM PDT · by Libloather · 42 replies
    The Hill ^ | 9/09/12 | Vicki Needham
    Skills gap is hampering labor marketBy Vicki Needham - 09/09/12 05:25 PM ET Two recent reports underscore the complexities of the flagging labor market and provide backing for more action by policymakers to help narrow the skills gap in the workforce. A survey from the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and a report by Deloitte show that employers are struggling to find workers with skills that fit their openings. With about 12.5 million unemployed workers and millions more underemployed or so discouraged they are leaving the workforce, job creation in the United States is hampered not only by supply...
  • The World Needs Another 95 Million Skilled Workers By 2020 (Yes, a labor shortage is looming!)

    06/21/2012 8:52:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 06/21/2012 | Michael Kelley
    Strains in the global labor market could lead to a surplus of up to 95 million low-skill workers and a shortage of up to 95 million high- and medium-skilled workers by 2020, according to a recent report by the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). MGI concluded that unless there is a immediate and massive global effort to improve worker skills, there will be "far too few workers with the advanced skills needed to drive a high-productivity economy and far too few job opportunities for low-skill workers." One paragraph is particularly foreboding: "For advanced economies, such imbalances would likely lead to more...
  • Long-Term Unemployment, and the Skills Erosion Myth

    05/31/2012 7:22:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    RCM ^ | 06/01/2012 | John Tamny
    Whatever the direction of Friday's jobless number, it can't be stressed enough that unemployment of the kind we're suffering at the moment is a wholly unnatural phenomenon wrought by government distortion of wages and benefits, and sagging investment that results from policies in favor of a weak dollar. It will be addressed further along in this article, but joblessness today remains high largely for those two reasons. But first, one aspect of Friday's report that is easy to predict concerns the long-term jobless. Whether coming from the left or the right, reportage on this subset of the unemployed will almost...
  • When good paying jobs go unfilled (Employers looking to fill these jobs are having little success)

    11/28/2011 9:40:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 130 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/28/2011 | Jazz Shaw
    We hear so much these days about the unemployment figures and the lack of good paying jobs for the disappearing middle class that it’s almost become the new normal. Combined with that, the plaintive cries from the OWS occupiers about the heavy burdens of oppressive college loans for graduates unable to find work have become a regular fixture in political discussions. Which is why it’s odd when we see the Wall Street Journal reporting on employers looking to fill relatively high wage jobs and having little to no success in finding takers. Ferrie Bailey’s job should be easy: hiring workers...
  • Who will survive? The country vs the city.

    07/09/2011 12:02:14 AM PDT · by Lowell1775 · 40 replies
    Open Source Survival ^ | July 8, 2011 | Open Source Survival
    The Country Mouse vs The City Mouse I have seen several debates on various websites and blogs as of late, sometimes quite heated. The topic of these opinions and debates were what is better urban or rural from a survival standpoint. Some are adamant that no one can survive a TEOTWAWKI event if they are East of the big muddy and in particular if they are not on a very remote retreat.. others are of the opinion that remote rural retreats invite gangs of home invading thugs, and that resources are easier found in a urban situation given any situation...
  • Illinois erases state's last writing exam

    07/06/2011 7:07:40 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 28 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Jul 6, 2011 | Tara Malone
    chicagotribune.com Illinois erases state's last writing exam 11th-graders will no longer take the test — saving state $2.4 million By Tara Malone, Tribune reporter July 6, 2011 Illinois high school juniors no longer will be tested on writing skills during the state's standardized tests every spring, eliminating the last Illinois writing exam and shaving about $2.4 million amid budgetary shortfalls. While students might welcome being spared the sweating over topic sentences and persuasive verbs, many educators worry the essential skill could get short shrift in Illinois classrooms as a result.
  • 50 Things Everyone Should Know How To Do

    03/14/2011 6:01:29 AM PDT · by Diana in Wisconsin · 71 replies
    Marc & Angel Hack Life ^ | March 14, 2011 | Marc & Angel
    Self-reliance is a vital key to living a healthy, productive life. To be self-reliant one must master a basic set of skills, more or less making them a jack of all trades. Contrary to what you may have learned in school, a jack of all trades is far more equipped to deal with life than a specialized master of only one. While not totally comprehensive, here is a list of 50 things everyone should know how to do. 1. Build a Fire – Fire produces heat and light, two basic necessities for living. At some point in your life this...
  • Sloth nation: America has taken laziness to new lows

    01/30/2011 6:21:25 AM PST · by lowbridge · 125 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 29, 2011 | Leslie Gornstein
    “I’m ready to offer my services for ur project. Contact me at ur earliest convenience 2 arrange for interview. Thanks in advance for ur consideration.” That’s a real cover letter from a real person claiming to be a real professional, who thinks she can get a real job. The letter was fielded by publicist and trend-spotter Richard Laermer, who gets so many of these he collects them and, when asked, forwards them to reporters for fun. The letter “just made me shake my head till it nearly fell off.” But it isn’t rare. In fact, Laermer says, it’s typical. “Lazy...
  • Niche Skills: The Best Way To Own Your Own Business

    12/03/2010 11:07:54 AM PST · by Niuhuru · 22 replies
    Mind of Niuhuru | December 3 2010 | Niuhuru
    I believe the best way to become a millionaire is to learn skills in a niche market, for example. get certified in Phlebotomy and start your own office and then offer your services to a variety of clinics. I'd like to hear other ideas from people on this forum who have ideas on how having certification skills can end up making you millions in the long run.
  • Retraining workers won't work (Our problem is lack of jobs, not lack of skills)

    10/06/2010 6:49:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    News N' Economics ^ | 10/05/2010 | Rebecca Wilder
    From the NY Times, White House Plans Job Training Partnership (bold by me): As part of efforts to address record-high levels of long-term unemployment, President Obama plans to announce a new national public-private partnership on Monday to help retrain workers for jobs that are in demand. The national program is a response to frustrations from both workers and employers who complain that public retraining programs frequently do not provide students with employable skills. This new initiative is intended to help better align community college curriculums with the demands of local companies. “The goal is to encourage community colleges and other...
  • Do it yourself? Not likely if you're under 35. More than half are DIY dunces...(more)

    08/27/2010 3:53:37 AM PDT · by Daisyjane69 · 84 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 8/23/10 | staff
    More than half of young people lack the skills they need to maintain their homes, with many relying on their parents to carry out basic tasks, a survey suggested today. Around 50 per cent of people aged under 35 admitted they did not know how to rewire a plug, while 54 per cent did not know how to bleed a radiator and 63 per cent said they would not attempt to put up wallpaper, according to Halifax Home Insurance. Other basic jobs, such as putting up shelves, were beyond 45 per cent of those questioned, while 36 per cent said...
  • Thunder Lab teaches future Afghan pilots vital skills

    07/08/2010 1:12:43 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies
    Air Force News ^ | Petty Officer First Class Elizabeth Burke, USN
    7/8/2010 - KABUL, AFGHANISTAN (AFNS) -- The Afghan air force base in Kabul is home to the Thunder Lab, an English immersion program designed to improve the English, aviation and professional skills of Afghan air force officers awaiting pilot training. The immersion lab was the idea Col. Creig Rice, the 438th Air Expeditionary Wing vice commander. "These guys had been told they were going to go to pilot training three or four different times. It hadn't happened and now we are delaying again because of our acquisition process. The looks on their faces showed that they were losing hope, and...
  • Could Low Educational Attainment Be Slowing the Recovery? (Mismatch in skills employers need)

    06/25/2010 7:29:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland ^ | 06/25/2010 | Daniel Hartley and Beth Mowry
    The employment numbers released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on June 4, 2010, showed a large increase in temporary government employment due to the hiring of workers for the 2010 Census, but showed only a slight increase in private sector employment. The consensus view is that improvements in the labor market will lag the overall recovery, and the fear is that we could experience relatively anemic job growth similar to the two previous recession-recovery cycles. Could a mismatch between the skills and education of employees and the needs of employers be a contributing factor to the slow speed of...
  • The case for the MI Ranger

    06/22/2010 7:41:35 PM PDT · by VeniVidiVici · 18 replies
    Military Intelligence Professional Bulletin ^ | Apr-Jun 2003 | Thomas W. Spahr
    The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the official position of the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and Fort Huachuca, U.S. Army, Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government. Few combat commanders will deny the importance of reconnaissance to the success of tactical operations. The opposing force (OPFOR) at the National Training Center (NTC) will attest that the success of any visiting unit operation depends largely on the success of the "Blue" force's (BLUFOR) division and regimental reconnaissance teams. Military Intelligence (MI) soldiers--in particular military occupational specialty 98G (Cryptologic Linguist) and MOS 96R...
  • Skills Everyone Should Have

    05/20/2010 1:53:25 PM PDT · by HungarianGypsy · 110 replies · 1,649+ views
    No, I am not going to tell you. But, I will ask. When it gets hotter than an oven in Arizona, it's time to think of ways to keep the mind occupied, since the body is likely to fry up like a prune if it steps outside. While I have seen lists all over of what skills everyone should have. Things from basic survivalism, shooting a gun (maybe that wasn't from a list and I just want to do that one), being able to discuss current events, changing s tire, etc. Which skills should every man and/or woman know?
  • MP, civilian police boost Iraqi CSI skills

    05/07/2010 4:43:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 127+ views
    BASRAH – U.S. Military Police and civilian law enforcement professionals held a two-week Evidence Collection Course at the Provincial Joint Coordination Center here in April designed to implement standardized evidence collection procedures for the Iraqi Police. The training, conducted by Soldiers from the 203rd Military Police Battalion, along with civilian specialists Donnie Weller and David Diaz, culminated with a final exercise at the Iraqi Police Training Center here, where the students were tasked with using the skills they learned to gather evidence correctly. The final training scenario focused on homicide investigation, with two identical containerized housing units serving as crime...
  • US, Iraqi Forces team to hone critical skills

    04/20/2010 6:53:48 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 195+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Pfc. Jared Eastman, USA
    BAGHDAD – U.S. Soldiers and Iraqi Security Forces conducted an exercise here at Contingency Operating Station Falcon, April 15, incorporating an array of techniques the ISF can utilize in future situations.The Soldiers, from 5th Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, and members of the 2nd Iraqi Federal Police Division, demonstrated their ability to assault an objective, perform first aid, evacuate casualties by either air or ground and perform riot control procedures. "Today we had a capabilities exercise demonstration where we brought together all the partners from 2nd [FP]," said Maj. Michael Sullivan, operations officer...
  • Veteran troops pass lifesaving skills to Iraqis

    04/05/2010 4:34:28 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 105+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Sgt. Samantha Beuterbaugh, USA
    BAGHDAD – U.S. Soldiers here gave Iraqi Army students a chance to apply their new combat lifesaver skills during a demonstration at Contingency Operating Location Constitution, March 31. The IA Soldiers engaged in the event as a culmination of their five-day combat lifesaver course administered by Soldiers from Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 41st Field Artillery, 1st Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division. "Combat lifesaver is a basic skill that is stressed upon enlisted Soldiers," said Pfc. Derek Miller, a combat medic with HHC. "I know when we went to basic, it consumed a majority of [basic combat...
  • Training helps Iraqis boost helo mobility skills

    03/02/2010 5:38:58 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 115+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Master Sgt. Duff McFadden, USA
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ – With the advent of the helicopter, airborne military operations became centered on the concept of strategic mobility, or getting the maximum number of Soldiers into an area of operations in the shortest amount of time.After statically unloading from a Black Hawk helicopter, an Iraqi Soldier simulates holding his AK-47 Rifle at the ready, posting security while his team unloads from the aircraft during a recent air mobile training class instructed by U.S. Soldiers from the 1st Armored Division, attached to the 3rd Infantry Division, at Joint Security Station India, near Al Kindi, Iraq. U.S. Army...
  • Airmen pass EOD skills to Iraqi Army, Police (EOD)

    02/25/2010 6:27:33 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 196+ views
    U.S. Forces Iraq ^ | Senior Airman Mindy Bloem, USAF
    KIRKUK – The 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team here conducts training with the Iraqi Army and Police three times a week to familiarize them in ordnance identification, detection procedures and robot operations. A U.S. Airman with the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron Explosive Ordnance Disposal team conducts Talon bomb disposal robot training with the Iraqi Army and Police aboard Kirkuk Regional Air Base, Iraq, Feb. 20, 2010. The training is conducted three times a week to familiarize the Iraqis in ordnance identification, detection and robot operations. U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Tabitha Kuykendall. "We...
  • Task Force Saber Hosts Joint ANA/ANP/U.S. Competition

    02/15/2010 12:42:04 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 109+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | SFC Matthew Chlosta, USA
    Story and Photo by U.S. Army SFC Matthew Chlosta, ISAF HQ PAO FOB Altimur, Afghanistan--Afghan National Army Soldiers and Afghan National Police officers from Logar and Wardak provinces got the chance to test their fighting and life-saving skills during an integrated competition with U.S. Soldier teammates at forward operating base Altimur on Feb. 13. Hosted by the 173rd Airborne Brigade “Sky Soldiers” the half-day contest, named Operation Common Goal, highlighted the different tasks commonly used in daily joint ANA, ANP, and U.S. patrols. “Three U.S. platoons each have a squad of ANA working together,” said U.S. Army Spc. Bryan...
  • Airmen teach Iraqi counterparts networking skills

    02/02/2010 5:52:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 98+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Senior Airman Mindy Bloem, USAF
    2/2/2010 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Airmen from the 506th Expeditionary Communications Squadron taught communication techniques to Iraqi air force members Jan. 30 at a command section at Kirkuk Air Base. The laptop training was another step in the nation building component of the Air Force's mission to foster Iraqi self sufficiency. "We think it's important because it's part of our mission here; to build nations and enable our Iraqi partners to be self sustaining," said Maj. John Tran, 506th ECS operations flight commander. "It's the old adage of instead of giving them a fish, we're teaching them...
  • 20 Occupations With The Fastest Growth And 20 Occupations With The Fastest Decline.

    01/20/2010 5:12:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies · 2,388+ views
    Linkedin ^ | 01/20/2010 | Tatiana Varenik
    In today’s economy many companies are forced to lay off employees in order to maintain profitability. Whether you suddenly find yourself unemployed, or you are no longer satisfied with your current job, a change in your career path may be just what you need to make a fresh start. It is a difficult decision which takes time and money. That is why when thinking about making a career change, it is important to consider career skills, job satisfaction, salary and some other points. It is also important to make sure the career you choose will be in demand a few...
  • Afghan Soldiers Demonstrate Artillery Skills

    01/19/2010 5:15:19 PM PST · by SandRat · 6 replies · 411+ views
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPERWAN GHAR, Afghanistan (Jan. 13) – An Afghan National Army soldier puts oil on a D-30 122 mm Howitzer after a completing a successful mission the previous night. The ANA have been taking classes from Canadian artillery mentors for the past four months and have fired the artillery several times since the classes started. (Photo by Pfc. David Hauk, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment) NEWS RELEASEISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan 2010-01-CA-089For Immediate Release KABUL, Afghanistan (Jan. 19) - Afghan National Army (ANA) soldiers from Combat Support Battalion, 2nd Kandak, have spent the last four months learning the...
  • Air Force nurses welcome Iraqi colleagues, share skills

    12/18/2009 5:34:26 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 279+ views
    Air Force ^ | Airman 1st Class Allison M. Boehm, USAF
    12/18/2009 - JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq (AFNS) -- Seventeen Iraqi medical care providers recently attended the December installment of the 332nd Expeditionary Medical Group's Iraqi Nursing Partnership Program here. As the responsible drawdown of U.S. forces from Iraq continues, the program is intended to further the medical capabilities of local care providers. "I really believe this program will improve the nursing care in Iraq," said Col. Vennessa Hagan, 332nd EMDG chief nurse. "Some of the nurses who have attended told me they've benefited from the program and have been sharing the knowledge with other nurses in their community." The nursing...
  • 100 Skills Every Man Should Know

    11/16/2009 11:19:58 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 82 replies · 2,818+ views
    Popular Mechanics ^ | October 2008 | The Editors
    Automotive 1 | Handle a blowout “Instead of hitting the brakes, maintain your speed,” says Eric Espinosa, executive director of the Maryland-based National Institute of Vehicle Dynamics. Sudden changes of speed can compromise what structural integrity the tire may still have. Steer gently for the same reason. With things fully under control, slow gradually and pull over to the shoulder.
  • Iraqi Army Engineers Improve Skills

    11/06/2009 3:18:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hann, USA
    CONTINGENCY OPERATING SITE GARRYOWEN, Iraq, Nov. 6, 2009 – Iraqi army engineers put their training to good use Oct. 18 on a reconnaissance mission to evaluate a local bridge. Army Sgt. Ryan Loseby, an Iraqi soldier and their interpreter review measurements as Army Pfc. Garrett Childress, far left, looks on during a reconnaissance mission to evaluate a bridge near Contingency Operating Base Garryowen, Iraq, Oct. 18, 2009. U.S. Army photo by 2nd Lt. Benjamin Hann  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Engineers from the 10th Iraqi Army Field Engineer Regiment Detachment joined their trainers from Company E, 4th Battalion, 6th...
  • Iraqi Army medics hone lifesaving skills

    11/01/2009 8:19:42 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 220+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Cpl. Triah Pendracki, USMC
    Hospital corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion 46 instruct the medical staff from the 7th Iraqi Army Division during a class at Camp Mejid, an Iraqi Army camp aboard Al Asad Air Base, Oct. 6. Photo by Cpl. Triah Pendracki, II Marine Expeditionary Force (Fwd). AL ASAD AIR BASE — U.S. Navy corpsmen continue to train Iraqi Army medics at Camp Mejid, the IA camp here, on combat lifesaving steps to include needle thoracentesis and emergency tracheotomies. Earlier this month, Navy corpsmen instructed the Iraqi medics "We're taking a look at the more clinical aspect of medical care," explained Petty Officer...
  • Australian skills shortage “a risk to recovery”

    10/21/2009 10:06:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies · 251+ views
    Linkedin ^ | 10/20/2009
    Industry leaders in Australia are urging the Australian federal government to overhaul its skilled immigration program to address a looming shortage of workers. Recent changes by DIAC to the skilled migration visa processing times have meant that many hundreds of applicants for visas have been told that they may have to wait up to 3 years and this is slated to impact on several massive projects announced for Western Australia, including the Gorgon gas development, expansion of the Pluto LNG plant and the development of the Mid-West iron ore region including the massive Gindalbie iron ore mine which will need...
  • EOD Airmen help Iraqi police enhance skills

    10/15/2009 5:16:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 210+ views
    Air Force Link ^ | Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez, USAF
    10/15/2009 - KIRKUK AIR BASE, Iraq (AFNS) -- Members of the 506th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron's explosive ordnance disposal team here and Iraqi police conducted joint training here Oct. 3, enhancing the Iraqi police's necessary skills detecting, safely approaching and disarming improvised explosive devices. An Iraqi police EOD team applied their knowledge in a simulated environment as they practiced maneuvering a robot to neutralize possible IED threats. "We use the robot because we always want to go as remote as possible, as does the Iraqi EOD team, so we don't jeopardize anybody's life," said Tech. Sgt. Bridget Crudden, the 506th...
  • Corpsmen boost IA medical capabilities

    09/07/2009 3:50:38 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 571+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, USMC
    Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Ybarra, a hospital corpsman with Combat Logistics Battalion 7, observes as a member of the 7th Iraqi Army Division's medical staff practices wrapping an ankle sprain aboard Camp Mejid, Aug. 24. Photo by Lance Cpl. Melissa Latty, 2nd Marine Logistic Group. AL ASAD AIR BASE — U.S. Navy corpsmen here have been conducting medical training with the Iraqi Army (IA) since their battalion arrived to this base in February. Once a week, Petty Officer 3rd Class Jennifer Ybarra and Petty Officer 3rd Class Vincent Hernandez, two hospital corpsmen with Combat Logistics Battalion-7’s Battalion Aid Station...
  • Iraqi Soldiers learn life saving skills

    08/21/2009 4:36:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 483+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Pfc. Justin Naylor, USA
    Allah Hallaf (left), a Soldier with the 3rd Battalion, 47th Iraqi Army Brigade, practices applying bandages on Hussam Nathum, also with the 3rd Bn., 47th IA Bde., during a training event at the brigade's headquarters in Kirkuk province, Aug. 15. This is the second time Soldiers from this battalion have received medical training from the U.S. Army in the last six months, and future training events are planned. Photo by Pfc. Justin Naylor. FORWARD OPERATING BASE WARRIOR — Iraqi Army Soldiers gathered around a simulated combat casualty as one of their own used newly acquired techniques to assist his breathing....
  • Skills Training Helps Iraqis Help Themselves

    08/15/2009 10:30:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 252+ views
    Multi-National Force - Iraq ^ | Spc. Darryl L. Montgomery, USA
    An Iraqi English teacher takes an evaluation exam at a Provincial Reconstruction Team training center in Dhi Qar province, Aug. 12. Photo by Spc. Darryl L. Montgomery, Multi-National Division – South. BASRAH — The Dhi Qar province Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) is putting a new specialized training facility here to good use by helping Iraq help itself through teaching fundamental skills to local citizens. These skills include teaching literacy to Iraqi Soldiers so they will be able to read and write their language, certifying English teachers and educating farmers to enhance the local economy through agriculture, according to the Dhi...
  • Where the tech jobs are now (For Techies : List of most in-demand IT skills)

    08/14/2009 2:53:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies · 1,074+ views
    Fortune ^ | July 2009 | Anne Fisher
    [...] Candidates don't necessarily need to be programmers or systems analysts, or have worked for a tech company to get hired, says Todd Thibodeaux, CompTIA's CEO. "Most IT jobs are in tech support in a wide range of businesses like hotels, hospitals, and factories, [...] "These days, employers are looking for people who can do hardware-and-software integration and data security," Thibodeaux adds. "One category in big demand now is basic computer skills, which will get you hired at the entry level. Then you can add certifications from specific vendors like Cisco (CSCO, Fortune 500) and HP (HPQ, Fortune 500), and...