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Holiday Hiring is Happening – Just Keep Looking

Posted on December 02, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search, networking

iPhone displayed on table decorated for ChristmasMost job seekers assume December is a bust for hiring, and stop looking for work during the holidays. That’s a terrible mistake. As a recruiter and manager, I’ve interviewed and hired people on Christmas Eve, New Year’s Eve and even on every Saturday in December. It’s true: Overall hiring does slow down, but not nearly as much as you’ve been led to believe.


When Interviewing, Better Keep These Things in Check

Posted on November 25, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Black woman shaking hands with employer at a job interviewBeing candid with an interviewer will usually increase your chances of being seen as a good fit and getting a job offer. But some statements can hurt your odds if you're honest about them with your interviewer. 

Avoid these eight statements

Red flag: Never criticize a former manager.


You’ve Been to the Job Fair – Now Don’t Forget the Thank-You Note

Posted on November 18, 2015 at 4:00 PM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Close-up of a hand holding a pen and underlining the words thank you on a notecardWhat is the purpose of a thank-you note? When should I send one?

When writing a thank-you note to a potential employer, remember there is more to the art form than just acknowledging the time spent with you. Take a more thoughtful approach.


How to Get the Most Out of Job Fairs

Posted on November 12, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tags: job fair, job search, networking

Tools to bring to a career fair -- smartphone, pen, notepaper -- arranged on a tableJob fairs offer job seekers a great opportunity to connect with employers. They could lead to a job interview, expand your network, or result in a job on-the-spot.

How can you make the most of the experience?  How do you persuade an employer to give you a job interview or make a contact that will get you closer to that new job? How do you find job fairs in your area?


How to Make Career Exploration Easy: Career Profile Tool

Posted on November 05, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: career planning, job search, jobs

Young woman working on a laptopDEED’s new Career Profile tool makes it easier than ever for people to gather specific career information on wages, job demand, educational requirements and more. 

Career Profile offers up a wide range of occupational information in an easy-to-use online tool.

Simply choose your region and occupation -- and go.


Job Seekers with Disabilities: Determining How to Disclose

Posted on October 28, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Four young employees with various disabilitiesIf you’re a job seeker with a disability and you’ve decided to tell a prospective employer about it, the question then becomes: How should I disclose this information?

Here are some steps you can take to help you prepare.

Step 1: Make an Assessment

Step 2: Plan What You'll Say

Step 3: Prepare Your Script (As Needed)

The goal is for both you and the employer to feel comfortable when you do disclose.


Job Seekers with Disabilities: Deciding When to Disclose

Posted on October 21, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Elizabeth Kumar in a wheelchairYou’re looking for a job and you have one or more disabilities. When you find a job posting that matches your skills, you may wonder: When and how should I tell a prospective employer about my disability?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) prohibits employment discrimination against “qualified individuals with disabilities.” That’s a person who meets skill, experience, education or other job requirements – and who can perform “essential functions” of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.


Fragrances in the Workplace

Posted on October 14, 2015 at 3:00 PM
Tags: workforce, interviewing

Bottle of perfumeHave you ever left a crowded elevator holding your breath because someone went a little crazy with a hair product?

Do you have a co-worker that uses plug-in or standalone air fresheners or scented candles in the workplace?

Does your employer take the time to research and purchase fragrance-free and/or environment-friendly cleaning products for staff or vendors who maintain the workplace? 


Pathways to Prosperity Grants and Manufacturing Training

Posted on October 07, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: manufacturing, workforce

GearsThis week is Manufacturing Week in Minnesota and it gives us the chance to brag a little about Minnesota’s trained workforce  and world-leading manufacturing businesses.

How does the state help fill the talent pipeline for manufacturing jobs?


Aspen Equipment Adds Job Fairs in Effort to Recruit

Posted on September 30, 2015 at 12:14 PM
Tags: job fair, manufacturing

Logo for Aspen Equipment

From jobs fairs to MinnesotaWorks.net, Aspen Equipment casts a wide net to recruit skilled employees, says Danette Smith, HR.


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