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Here we share hiring best practices and insights into the workforce development ecosystem.

Why You Can't Find People to Hire: Unpacking the complexity of the U.S. Labor Market

Why you can’t find people to hire: unpacking the complexity of the labor market

By Erin Anacker | August 16, 2021

It’s mid-2021, and despite the challenges with the Covid-19 Delta variant, companies continue to add jobs. A good sign of economic stabilization. Unfortunately, we’re also facing the greatest disruption in the labor market in a century. Employers cannot find enough people to fill their open positions. One would think the math is easy when the…

A Free Soft Skills Communicator Course for Job Training Programs Nationwide

A Free Soft Skills Communicator Course for Job Training Programs Nationwide

By John Roach | May 10, 2021

Today, we are thrilled to announce that we are making our research-backed Soft Skills Communicator Course available to all public and private U.S.-based workforce development programs, FREE of charge. This kicks off the availability of a first-of-its-kind Soft Skills Communicator micro-credential.

One Small Change that Will Transform Your Hiring Success Rates

By Erin Anacker | January 25, 2021

As part of the work I do, I mentor young professionals. For nearly two years, I had the honor of mentoring a college student named Theo*. In June of 2021 he’ll graduate from a small, local university with a degree in communication, despite below average grades. He is kind, hard working, and level-headed. On paper,…

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Research with Year Up, TLG Learning Shows WholeStory Significantly Increases Job Seekers’ Confidence & Ability to Communicate Soft Skills in Interviews

By John Roach | January 8, 2021

In December 2020, WholeStory completed a year-long course of evaluation research designed to assess the platform’s impact on job seekers. The results of this research are clear and unambiguous: WholeStory significantly and measurably improves job seeker confidence and ability to talk about their soft skills in interview settings.


From Surviving to Thriving in the Year that Language Failed

By John Roach | December 22, 2020

2020. Wow. According to Google Trends, between March 1 and March 22 there was a seven-fold increase in use of the word “unprecedented”. It was used so often, as part of the first sentence for so many emails, that it soon lost its potency, and started showing up instead in self-aware pandemic comedy routines. By…

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Why Underrepresented People are Best Equipped to Rebuild Our Economy

By John Roach | December 3, 2020

We stand today on the cusp of the most transformative labor market evolution in a century.  Until recently, this shift has been primarily defined by what’s been called the “4th Industrial Revolution.” This is the confluence of robotics, automation, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, and related advances that have already massively disrupted many industries…

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Case Study: Bridging the Opportunity Divide with Year Up Puget Sound

By Erin Anacker | May 18, 2020

Introduction In September of 2019, we brought on our first strategic workforce development partner, Year Up. They were the first of several and have paved the way for our mission-aligned, community based partnerships to help differentiate underrepresented job seekers in the interview. WholeStory’s introduction into Year Up’s program added significant value. A 2020 study showed…

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Hiring the unemployed, a competitive edge?

By Erin Anacker | March 17, 2020

As of yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people have either been laid off or their jobs lay in the balance, here in Washington State. As the rest of the U.S. responds to slow the spread of COVID-19, we may see millions of people laid off from almost every industry. Does that mean those people are…

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3 Ways to Get the Most Critical Information Out of the Remote Interview

By Erin Anacker | March 10, 2020

With the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) introduced in the U.S., it is top of mind for all of us in the business community here in Seattle. We are seeing the global shift in how we do business on a local level. Several major companies have announced fundamental changes in how they operate. To name a few:…