In case you missed it (ICYMI), here’s the low down on the articles and stories that had everyone talking this week!
Last week a third grade teacher’s attempts to get to know her students better went viral. The students come from low-income families and their teacher, Kyle Schwarts, wanted to understand their struggles, aspirations and lives. So, she gave them a writing prompt “I wish my teacher knew…” where the students were asked to fill in the blank. The anonymous responses were heartwarming and gut wrenching.
HR Industry thought leader, Paul Herbert, saw the story and thought about this doesn’t just apply to kids, but humanity in general. In his blog, he notes that the workforce has the same issue. People don’t feel comfortable sharing personal stories about their everyday challenges. So, he encourages people to think about opening the lines of communication and start thinking about prompting the question, “I wish my manager knew…”
Putting a little creativity in your job search
Sick of submitting resumes online and never getting a response back? Nina Mufleh feels your pain. She really wanted a job at Airbnb, tried every method to get in touch with the HR department with no luck. Instead of feeling defeat, she put her creative hat on and developed an online resume identical to the Airbnb website. As a transplant from the Middle East, Nina focused on Airbnb’s slow growth in the Middle East and how she’s the right person to build their presence. She submitted the new resume and tweeted her report to the co-founders. They immediately saw the tweets, quickly set an interview and she landed the gig. Ingenius! Check out the article and see some of the tweets below!
@ninamufleh I am reviewing right now. Very impressive 🙂
— Brian Chesky (@bchesky) April 21, 2015
— Jonathan Mildenhall (@Mildenhall) April 21, 2015
#LDHangout: How to think like a marketer
The sad truth is, just because you have a learning management system in place, doesn’t mean people are using it. In fact, 67% of organizations struggle with learning technology user adoption. This week, Jeff Kristick, president of Meridian, and Chelsea Rowe and R.J. Morris from Fistful of Talent discussed what L&D can learn from marketing during the LD Hangout series. The lively discussion includes personal stories of training gone wrong, why L&D struggles to get users coming back for more, and how people can take a page out of marketing’s book and give their training program an identity and voice. Check out the video!
Every week has a weekend! I hope you enjoy yours!