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Veterans: How to Find Employment Matched to Your Skills Using MinnesotaWorks.net

Posted on April 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM
Tags: veterans, job search

Image of American flagMinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, uniquely helps military service members connect with good-fit employers:  The veteran-friendly job posting.

Employers that post their job openings on MinnesotaWorks.net have the option of designating their job ‘veteran-friendly’ to encourage veterans to apply.

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Online Armor: Protecting Yourself Against Fake Job “Opportunities”

Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:00 AM
Tags: job search

LockMaybe you’ve been searching for a job for a long time and in a moment of weakness you simply revealed too much information.

The disheartening news, according to some experts, is that for every one legitimate job that's available, there are at least 60 scams. Even very smart people get caught in scams that ultimately result in loss of identity, money or credit rating.

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How to Make a Splash at Job Fairs

Posted on March 30, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Tags: job search, job fair

Waves splashing on rocksIt’s the season of job fairs in Minnesota.

Job fairs offer 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.

Last year, we hosted a bundle – and in 2016 we're on track to hold even more. Here's how to make the most out of the job fair experience.

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A Monster List of LinkedIn Rules

Posted on March 10, 2016 at 3:00 PM
Tags: social media, job search

Pastel-colored reminder notesThere was a time when rules of etiquette were fairly simple. Send a thank-you card — always and without delay. Keep your elbows off of the table. Hold the door open for others.

However, social networks have turned matters upside down and made them much more complicated. Here’s a list of LinkedIn dos and don'ts.

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Wellness and Resiliency Training for Essentia Health Employees in Duluth

Posted on March 04, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Tags: job search, workforce

Lake Superior shoreIn case you missed it: Over 4,000 employees of Essentia Health, a nonprofit health system headquartered in Duluth, will receive wellness and resiliency training.

DEED recently awarded a $145,320 grant from the Minnesota Job Skills Partnership Program to the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) to develop the training.

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Resume Need a Recharge?

Posted on February 24, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Author: Irene Connors Tags: resumes, job search

Blackboard that reads Words Have PowerThere are many strategies for job seekers with long and varied work histories to build a resume.

Here’s an important piece of advice: Make sure you are networking. Show your resume to professionals in your field and network to attract advocates at companies you wish to work for.

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Five Things Employers Want to Know About You

Posted on January 20, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Catherine Byers Breet“If you were an animal, what kind of animal would you be?” a hiring manager asked Joe during a job interview.

Poor Joe. He almost blurted out “Are you kidding me?! What kind of ridiculous question is that?”

Instead, he took a deep breath and replied “Well, that’s an interesting question. Why do you ask?”

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Show Me the Money

Posted on January 12, 2016 at 9:00 AM
Tags: career planning, workforce, job search

Black-and-white photo of First National Bank

If you’re interested in a career in banking and finance, or just curious to find out if the industry is a good fit for your skills, get the Banking & Finance Informational Panel and Hiring Event on your smartphone for Tues., January 19, at the Hennepin South WorkForce Center in Bloomington.

The day begins at 8:30 a.m. with an expert panel representing Ally Financial, Wells Fargo Home Mortgage and others. In just one hour you’ll learn more about what it’s like to work in the banking and finance industries than you ever thought possible. Select this link to register, and don’t leave home without questions for the panelists.

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Discover Your Natural Talents and Genetic Skills on Jan. 12

Posted on January 05, 2016 at 12:00 PM
Tags: career planning, job search

Michael Kiefer Human potential research shows that top performers capitalize on their natural talents and genetic skills in their jobs.

"In over 25 years of research studying peak performers, one life characteristic was clear," said Michael Monroe Kiefer, author of POWERMIND SYSTEM: Life Guide to Success. "They all based their careers on their natural talents. This gave them a huge competitive advantage and allowed them to quickly rise to the top."

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A Seismic Shift Favors Mature Workers

Posted on December 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM
Tags: workforce, job search

Three older men walking in a streetAre you feeling a seismic shift? Could be a flood of retirements that will have a major effect on the economy. The aging of the workforce is very real, but flexible work arrangements may help aid retention and take advantage of the resources we have. And while the number and percentage of jobs filled by workers under 25 has fallen, the number and percent of jobs held by workers 55 years and over has risen quickly.

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Take Your Job Search Mobile with CareerOneStop

Posted on December 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search

Logo for CareerOneStopDuring all the holiday hurly-burly, don’t forget that CareerOneStop, an online source for career exploration, training and jobs, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor, is easier to use than ever on your smartphone or tablet.

Seven of CareerOneStop’s most popular career, training, and job search tools are now mobile-ready. They’ll automatically adjust for optimal use on any device. 

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IT Panel and Hiring Event Set For Dec. 15

Posted on December 08, 2015 at 12:00 PM
Tags: job search, networking

Minnesota WorkForce Center Hennepin South Have you considered working in a well-established, fast growing industry that pays high wages?

Information Technology occupations accounted for 3.2 percent of the state’s total employment. That's 88,170 jobs in the second quarter of 2014.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.


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Job Seekers with Disabilities: Deciding When to Disclose

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

You’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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Diversity Career Fair Set for August 6

Posted on July 29, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job fair, job search

St. Paul-Ramsey County WorkForce CenterThe Ramsey County St. Paul WorkForce Center and about 100 employers will welcome job seekers to the WorkForce Center, located in the Hamline Midway neighborhood at 540 N. Fairview Ave. The event is free to job seekers.

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25 Years of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on July 22, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search, workforce

Sign that reads rehabilitationThe Americans with Disabilities Act, the landmark legislation that extended civil rights protections and promoted greater opportunity, access and equality to millions of Americans with disabilities, was signed into law 25 years ago on July 26. Join State Services for the Blind and other groups in celebrating this milestone event at the Minnesota History Center on Sunday, July 26.

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Finding great employees through MinnesotaWorks.net

Posted on June 24, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search

Have you ever wondered if Minnesota employers use MinnesotaWorks.net, the state’s largest job bank, to recruit new employees – and not just browse resumes?

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For former offenders there's New Leaf

Posted on June 17, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Job interviews can make many job seekers nervous. For people with less than perfect job histories or former offenders the prospect of a job interview can be even more daunting. How should you answer questions about your spotty work record? How do you handle questions that home in on your past criminal activity?

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Construction industry booming – Attend industry hiring events

Posted on June 10, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: job search, interviewing, workforce

If you’re interested in a job in the construction industry or considering industries to target your job search, we urge you to attend the upcoming construction industry onsite hiring events in Bloomington and Rochester. This industry offers a range of career opportunities, everything from field to professional, that pay high wages. And you don’t need an expensive four-year college degree to land a job.

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Get ready for MN Vets Career Fair – July 15

Posted on June 03, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: veterans, job fair, job search

The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event of its kind in the state, is on deck for Wed., July 15. And if you’re a U.S. military veteran seeking a job or career, you won’t want to miss this opportunity to connect with employers and educational institutions and attend job search workshops.

But it’s not enough to just show up if you’re seriously looking for a new position.

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A word to teens entering the job market: Engage your support system

Posted on May 27, 2015 at 8:00 AM
Tags: job search

The summer labor market for teens has changed dramatically in recent years.

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What every employer wants

Posted on May 20, 2015 at 7:30 AM
Tags: job search, resumes

Preparing for a job interview can be time-consuming and nerve-wracking. Instead of spending all that energy preparing answers for every imaginable interview question, use a larger lens. Ask yourself: "If I were the hiring manager, what are the qualities I'd need to see in a person before I’d be willing to say, 'You're hired'?"

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Mature workers: How to get the most out of your network when looking for work

Posted on April 08, 2015 at 7:18 AM
Tags: networking, job search

Fact: More U.S. workers ages 55 and over are employed than ever before.

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Business Cards: Hello, It's Me

Posted on April 01, 2015 at 1:31 PM
Tags: job search, networking

The business card is a necessity of networking – even in the digital age.

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What is a Candidate-Driven Job Market?

Posted on March 04, 2015 at 2:44 PM
Tags: workforce, job search

What’s a candidate-driven job market? Matt Krumrie, jobs columnist for the Star Tribune, tackles this interesting question.

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6 Lessons Job Seekers Can learn From the Great Recession

Posted on February 25, 2015 at 2:13 PM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Whether you’ve been recently let go from a job or you’re thinking of changing career paths, a lot has changed in the job market in the last decade.

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Ways to Ace Your Phone Interview

Posted on February 18, 2015 at 10:32 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Some job seekers rarely have phone interviews. But it’s important to be prepared for one, since you could get a call from an employer at a moment’s notice.

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Body Language Mistakes at Job Interviews

Posted on February 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

Having a great job interview is important for landing a job. Some job seekers spend a lot of time practicing answers to questions they anticipate and preparing questions for the hiring manager. Yet they fail to fully prepare for the interview, making body language mistakes they could have avoided.

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Tips to Land a Work-from-Home Job

Posted on February 04, 2015 at 1:43 PM
Tags: job search

Having a flexible and work-from-home job can be a great option for some people. There’s no need to drive in bad weather to the office. And working hours when you want to be is another reason why. For some people working from home is essential. For example, it can make it possible for workers to continue earning a paycheck while caring for a family member at home.

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Things to Do to Get Ready for Career Fairs

Posted on January 28, 2015 at 9:16 AM
Tags: job fair, job search

Participating in career fairs may have been one of your resolutions for your job search in 2015. And if not, it probably should be. While meeting with employers at a career fair might not lead to an interview and job offer on the spot, it could get you into a company for further networking or interviewing. That could lead to your next good job.

Career fairs might serve different groups or industries or be for specific occupations. For example, Mining Industry Day in Chisholm on Friday will connect businesses and job seekers looking for positions within that industry. To help you choose which job fairs to attend, we offer a calendar of events for job seekers.

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What to Do If You Don’t Get Hired

Posted on January 21, 2015 at 9:57 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

It can be disappointing to hear that you weren’t selected for a job you were excited about, especially if this has happened repeatedly. But there are ways to address this situation, so that your job hunt can progress and you’ll ultimately be hired for that great position you’ve been seeking.

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Rules for a Successful Informational Interview

Posted on January 14, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Tags: interviewing, job search

An informational interview differs from a job interview. In a job interview the goal is to persuade the employer that you are the best candidate to be hired for the opening. That means promoting your skills, knowledge and overall fit for the job.

In an informational interview, a goal is to learn about the field and occupation you’re interested in. The person you interview with may be very knowledgeable and have good connections in the field or industry. Or the person may work at a company you’re particularly interested in.

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Job Search Tips for 2015

Posted on January 07, 2015 at 12:45 PM
Tags: job search

If finding a job is at the top of your wish list for 2015, learn about more techniques to land that dream job.

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