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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.


High Tech, High Touch: Technology Puts Emphasis on Social Skills

Posted on September 16, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search

Paper notebook next to a digital notebook

What jobs will be left for people, as machines increasingly perform tasks once thought to be reserved for humans?

A National Bureau of Economic Research paper by David Deming, Harvard Graduate School of Education, suggests it’ll be those that require strong social skills — something that is much more difficult to automate.


It's All Negotiable

Posted on August 26, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job search, interviewing

Nervous employeeIf you’re queasy just thinking about negotiating your salary, you aren't the only one.

A poll by the Society of Human Resource Management found that nearly 80 percent of those surveyed expressed that they didn't like to discuss money or negotiate employment terms. There’s a gender divide, too.

By not pushing for more, you might be leaving a lot of money on the table. Here are four strategies for successful salary negotiations.


Metro WorkForce Center Hosts Health Care Hiring Event

Posted on August 17, 2015 at 10:00 AM
Tags: job fair, job search

StethoscopeAre you interested in working in the health care industry? Maybe you’re already working in the field and looking for a different position.

Boost your job search by meeting with employers at a health care career exploration session and a Healthcare On-Site Hiring Event at the Minnesota WorkForce Center – Hennepin South, 4220 W. Old Shakopee Road (France Avenue and Old Shakopee Road), Suite 100, Bloomington.

The events will be held on Tuesday, August 18. Tim O’Neill, a regional analyst at DEED; Keisha Powell, Fairview Health Services; Erin Buie, Care Providers; and Deb Smith, Mayo Clinic will discuss health care employment opportunities and career paths.


MinnesotaWorks.net and Accessibility

Posted on August 12, 2015 at 9:14 AM
Tags: job search, workforce

Magnifying glassThe Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development requires its websites, including MinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, to be accessible. Websites are tested for JAWS (a program that reads back to the user) and other screen readers used by customers who have visual impairments.


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