MinnesotaWorks.net blog | Department of Employment and Economic Development | State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed en-us Hundreds of Vets Connect with Employers at MN Vets Career Fair Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:02:53 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-136352
Former members of the U.S. military seeking jobs and employers connected at the 2014 Minnesota Veterans Career Fair last week in Brooklyn Center. Gov. Mark Dayton kicked off the event by thanking employers for hiring veterans and veterans for their service to Minnesota and the nation. The event, attended by 800 job and career seekers, had more than 140 employers participating, a record number. 

Employment Services for MN Military Veterans Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:14:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-135632 If you’re a veteran seeking a new job or career in Minnesota, you can benefit from specialized employment and training services offered through Minnesota WorkForce Centers. As a former or current member of the U.S. military, you’ll receive priority for services, no matter your era of service. Get Ready for MN Vets Career Fair – July 9 Wed, 02 Jul 2014 10:23:57 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-134870

The Minnesota Veterans Career Fair, the largest event of its kind in the state, is only one week away. 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, educational institutions and attend job search workshops. But showing up probably isn’t enough if you’re looking for a new position.

Become a Job Club Member Wed, 25 Jun 2014 10:00:11 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-133837

Joining a job club could help you land that perfect job, whether you’ve been looking for a while or have just launched your job search.

Minnesota Veterans Career Fair Set for July 9 Wed, 18 Jun 2014 09:43:46 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-132871

If you are a U.S. military veteran looking for a job, mark your calendar for the Minnesota Veterans Career Fair on July 9. The event, the largest of its kind in the state, will connect military veterans who are seeking work with employers who are hiring. 

Handling Career Gaps on Your Resume Wed, 11 Jun 2014 10:57:47 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-132076

Most job seekers realize that gaps in their employment history are viewed negatively by employers. That’s one reason why some people fail to apply for jobs which they are qualified for. But you can overcome obstacles posed by career gaps by explaining what you were doing during the times you weren’t employed. 

Tips for Using Pinterest for Job Search Wed, 04 Jun 2014 13:58:09 -0500 Sarah Rach-Sovich http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-131697

When you think about Pinterest you might think about puppy pictures, do-it-yourself projects or delicious recipes. It is unlikely that using Pinterest to enhance your job search is on your radar, but it should be!

Tips for Finding that Telework Job Wed, 28 May 2014 10:06:58 -0500 Rick Schara http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-131042

Telework or telecommuting is a popular work arrangement in which employees don't commute to a central place of work. But what if you find that dream job that could be done from home or a remote location and it isn't defined as a telework position? Here are a few tips to get the conversation started.

Job Search Tips for Working Mothers Wed, 21 May 2014 15:01:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-130161

Parenting and working take a lot of energy and multitasking. And if you’re a mom (or dad) with kids living at home, it’s a good bet that you don’t have much time left for starting a job search or restarting one that has stalled. That’s why you need to make the most of the little spare time you do have. 

Transportation Logistics Expo Job & Career Fair – May 20 Wed, 14 May 2014 10:43:27 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-129492

Have you considered a career in the logistics and transportation industry? If you’re interested in landing a job or thinking about starting a career in the field, meet with employers and exhibitors at a job and career fair on Tuesday, May 20 in Owatonna. About 30 employers and exhibitors and 200 job seekers and career explorers are expected to attend.

Hiring Our Heroes Event Set for May 13 Wed, 07 May 2014 09:43:39 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-128797

If you are a veteran looking for a good job, plan on attending the 2014 Hiring Our Heroes Veterans Event - Rochester, Minn. on Tuesday, May 13. Get the chance to connect with employers offering a diverse array of positions in several industries. 

Interview Tips for Former Offenders Wed, 30 Apr 2014 09:55:48 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-128233

If you’re like many job seekers, job interviews can get you nervous. You want to make your best impression and give the right answers to land a job. For people with less than perfect job histories or former offenders the prospect of a job interview can be more daunting. How should you answer questions about your spotty work record?  How do you handle questions that hone in on your past criminal activity?

You can overcome these obstacles by practicing answers to difficult questions and paying attention to your body language.

Interview Tips for Older Workers Wed, 23 Apr 2014 09:55:06 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-127180 Over 45 is far from over the hill. Still, some employers may quietly view older workers as technologically challenged, skeptical of the unknown and expensive. Of course, all of these attributes can be seen in younger workers as well, but they seem to be applied more often to workers beyond even 40 years old. The best approach to finding a job at any age is to face it head on and make changes as needed.  Tips for Effective Phone Calls to Employers Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:46:44 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-126568

The goal of any job search campaign is to meet face-to-face with employers in an interview. The more interviews you have, the greater your chances for success. Most job seekers, however, prefer a passive job search strategy in which they submit an application or resume and wait. Instead, we urge you to be more proactive by making direct contact with potential employers. 

Northland Job Fair Set for May 7 Wed, 09 Apr 2014 14:36:20 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-125604

Connect with employers at the 5th Annual Northland Job Fair on Wednesday, May 7. The event is one of the largest in northern Minnesota. Job fair organizers expect about 1,000 attendees at the event. More than 70 employers from northern Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin will speak with job seekers about current and future job vacancies. 

Refresh Your Job Search for Spring Wed, 02 Apr 2014 10:00:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-124189

Spring is a great time to start anew. With the birds singing, the plants sprouting and the temperatures rising, it’s the perfect time to refresh your job search.

Learn About Construction Careers at Duluth WFC Event Wed, 26 Mar 2014 09:55:00 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-121652

Do you want to explore a career in the construction and trades field?  Attend an event about prospects in that industry on Monday, March 31. You’ll learn from Lake Superior College reps about classes and educational programs to prepare you for construction and trades jobs.

Attend Construction/Trades Career Fair – March 26 Wed, 19 Mar 2014 09:54:31 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-120964

If you’re interested in learning about or landing a job in the construction and trades field, come to the 2014 Construction/Trades Career & Job Fair on Wednesday, March 26 in Rochester, Minn.  More than 30 businesses and organizations will talk to people looking for work about job openings, apprenticeships, career pathways and programs to become certified. Employers wish to hire workers for jobs in Rochester and southeastern Minnesota.  

Mark Your Calendar for Get Jobs Job Fair - March 27 Wed, 12 Mar 2014 09:51:36 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-117933

Polish your resume, put your best foot forward and join us at the Get Jobs Job Fair on Thursday, March 27, one of the largest events of its kind in the Twin Cities. Get the chance to meet with at least 100 employers who are expected to participate. And that connection can lead to your next new job. 

Tips for Finding a Job Fast With LinkedIn Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:59:29 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-116981

LinkedIn is the world's largest professional network on the Internet with more than 277 million members from around the world. It has become the place for employers and recruiters to find candidates for their job openings.

Recruiting Expert Shares Top Candidate Lies Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:15:13 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-116181

Some interview questions can be very difficult to answer because they may touch on past work difficulties or personally delicate or embarrassing matters. Maybe you've been fired, have long gaps in your work history or been in prison. How should you address these negatives? 

Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself Wed, 19 Feb 2014 09:55:53 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-115517

Have you been looking at job vacancies in your field, and finding that in most cases, you don’t have all (or nearly all) the skills the employer is seeking? It doesn’t make sense to apply for a job unless you’re well qualified because the job market is so competitive. If you don’t have the skills, even if you’re a great networker, resume writer and interviewee, you’re not going to get the job.

Dawn Rasmussen in Single Most Important Career Question to Ask Yourself focuses on the importance of keeping your skill set up-to-date and investing in yourself.

Tips for an Olympic Job Search Wed, 12 Feb 2014 14:25:28 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-114572

People from around the world are watching the Olympic Games in Sochi. Spectators admire these athletes for their talent, stamina and fortitude. And it’s exciting to watch top competitors excel in sports for which they have been training for years. 

Becoming an Olympic champion isn’t easy. Among those athletes that can attest to that is Scott Hamilton, former Olympic figure skating champion. He says that everything he’s ever been able to accomplish in skating and in life has come out of adversity and perseverance. And Andre Agassi, gold medalist in tennis in 1996, says that nothing can substitute for just plain hard work.

Just like these athletes, you will need to jump hurdles to reach your career goals.

Finding Jobs Online: Tools Keep Improving Wed, 05 Feb 2014 09:55:20 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-113745

Job hunting continues to be a longstanding challenge for job seekers. And job sourcing has been a long-term challenge for employers. Like most aspects of business, processes for recruiting skilled candidates have been transformed by technology. And so have techniques for job search. That means that job seekers can choose from an array of new and improving tools to use for their job search.

     

5 Job Search Tips Going Out of Style in 2014 Wed, 29 Jan 2014 10:04:46 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-113085

Job hunting techniques continue to evolve in response to the ongoing changes employers make to draw passive and active job seekers into their talent pool and find the best workers. And it’s a new year, so we’re urging job seekers to review advice they’ve received and based on that, update their job-hunting methods and tool kit.

Ways to Write a Targeted Resume Wed, 22 Jan 2014 09:55:21 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-111891

There are many resources about how to write a resume that’s not for a specific position. But how should you write your resume when you’re applying for a specific job vacancy? 

MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Fair Jan. 20 Wed, 15 Jan 2014 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-110380

If you’re looking for a job and seeking an event that gives diverse professionals a chance to network, socialize and meet with employers, plan to attend the MLK Jr. Holiday Diversity Networking Career Fair. The event will take place on Martin Luther King Day, Jan. 20, a federal holiday commemorating the life and achievements of the inspirational American civil rights leader.

 

Create Visual Resume to Get Noticed Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:17:01 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-108165

Increasingly, career experts are advising job seekers to produce a visual resume to complement (not replace) their traditional resume. This is particularly relevant if you’re looking for work in creative fields such as marketing, advertising and sales or graphic arts or high-tech roles, or client-facing roles such as training.

Check Out Counseling and Temporary Staffing Services Thu, 02 Jan 2014 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-105832

It’s a new year, and with it comes new opportunities. You’re probably beginning to take action on your new year’s resolutions, such as more networking, improving your elevator pitch, and developing a social media plan. 

But there are more things you can do to help boost your job search. Did you know that personnel staffing services and contract firms can be excellent job search resources?

Top 10 Job Seeker New Year’s Resolutions Thu, 26 Dec 2013 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-105712

It’s that time of year again: when we make resolutions for the New Year. And most everyone’s doing it too. Some common ones: Save money, manage stress, take a trip, get a better education and exercise. That’s why we weren’t surprised last January to find that the number of people at the gym had grown exponentially from just a few weeks before. 

 

If you’re a job seeker, you’re probably thinking about making resolutions that will help you land that great new job you’ve been looking for.

Tips for Holiday Party Networking Wed, 18 Dec 2013 10:08:58 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-100745

'Tis the season to be jolly … and to attend holiday parties. And you won’t want to miss them, no matter how introverted you are, if you’re job hunting.

Make the Most of Your Holiday Job Search Wed, 11 Dec 2013 09:55:00 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-99716

The holiday season presents great networking opportunities to boost your job search. Holiday parties and other events can help you connect with all kinds of people, increasing the likelihood you can link with the right professional contacts, and even your next employer. And contrary to what many job seekers believe, job hunting during the holiday season can be a great time, partly because there is less competition from other job seekers.

Holiday Job Search Myths Wed, 04 Dec 2013 09:51:26 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-98235

Many job seekers are getting ready for the holidays. True, you are probably cutting back on expenses if you're out of work. Still, cooking, baking, decorating and even maybe a little shopping might still be part of your plans. But what about your job search? Some job seekers think that employers don't hire workers in December, so they spend less time actively seeking work or take a break from it all together. And some job seekers trade in an active job search solely for job hunt planning.

 

In 5 Myths of Holiday Job Search , Rob Taub urges job seekers to continue actively seeking work during this period. He says that executives often make job offers during the holidays and tells why.

Consider Career in Animal Agriculture Wed, 27 Nov 2013 09:55:45 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-95152

Tomorrow most of us will be celebrating Thanksgiving, and enjoying the traditional meal – a turkey dinner. Did you know that Minnesota is the top turkey producing and processing state in the U.S? Two-hundred and fifty family farmers raise approximately 47 million turkeys annually, according to the Minnesota Turkey Growers Association . The poultry industry is ranked in the top 10 for egg production and top 20 for chicken production nationwide.

Living in a state with such an important poultry industry, career explorers and job seekers might want to consider working in this field.

Beat The Job Search Blues Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:46:41 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-94721

People who have lost their jobs potentially face significant emotional, financial and physical challenges. There’s no doubt, regardless of whether you loved or hated your job, you will feel its loss. And even if you were excited to begin a job search when you had first lost your job, your energy and motivation could be a lot different now. It’s easy to lose confidence in your own skills and abilities and become depressed during a lengthy period of unemployment.

And while many people enjoy the winter holiday season, others are prone to loneliness, anxiety and sadness. And that can make the situation even worse. But there are things you can do to help yourself and make it better. 

Tips to Broaden Your Job Search Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:26:39 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-93588

The right amount of preparation, planning and strategy is essential to a successful job search. Planning helps you clarify your goals, understand your skills, and target specific jobs. It also gives you more confidence and puts you a step ahead of competitors. Part of that plan includes researching employers to find the companies that best fit your skills, interests and experiences. It’s common for job seekers to research larger well-known companies with brands they know, and place them on the list to target. But, you could be selling yourself short if you don’t research smaller companies as well.

Trudy Steinfeld in Expand Your Job Search: Go Big By Thinking Small , points out that all large well-known companies started out small. While they generally hire fewer new workers and are generally more difficult to research, a start-up organization could be the perfect fit for you.

Services to Help Veterans Find Jobs Wed, 06 Nov 2013 11:08:33 -0600 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-93211

We salute you, Minnesota’s former members of the U.S. military!  Monday, Nov. 11 is Veterans Day, celebrated in Minnesota and across the United States in recognition and appreciation of the former members of our country’s military, who have protected our nation’s freedom and kept Americans safe. Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC, wrote in his poem, “It’s the Soldier,” this: 

“It’s the soldier, not the reporter who has given us freedom of the press. It’s the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech …”

Consider a Career in Manufacturing Wed, 23 Oct 2013 09:35:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-91364

A career in manufacturing might not seem glamorous or exciting. But things have changed. Today’s manufacturing workers use complex, advanced technology and automated, computer-controlled equipment, while earning an average salary that is $10,000 more than most jobs in Minnesota. And manufacturing facilities aren’t dirty and outdated as some job seekers may think. Today’s facilities are clean and modern with the latest equipment and safety standards.  

People with Disabilities Link to Employers at MPP Career Fair Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:59:52 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-90546

About 260 job seekers with disabilities linked with 31 employers at the 2nd annual Minneapolis Placement Partnership Career Fair.

“The event was highly successful and well attended,” said Ken Lundquist, Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS) manager at DEED. “The number of job seekers doubled, and the large number of qualified applicants pleased employers.”

Use Twitter for Your Job Search Wed, 09 Oct 2013 10:33:43 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-88321

Twitter is a great tool to use for job hunting. This micro-blogging social media platform allows members to follow one another and send messages no longer than 140 characters. These short, real time messages (called Tweets) provide a perfect electronic platform to let people know you are looking for a job — and to establish yourself as a valuable candidate for the jobs you seek.

Come to Roseau County Job Fair – Sept. 26 Wed, 18 Sep 2013 09:34:01 -0500 State of Minnesota http://mn.gov/deed/newscenter/social-media/blogs/mnw-blog/blog-entry.jsp?id=466-85993

Have you considered working in northwest Minnesota? Plan to attend the Roseau County Job Fair on Thursday, Sept. 26 and connect with employers offering great new jobs in the area.

“Jobs are plentiful, largely because there is a boom in manufacturing locally,” said Kathy Carney, workforce development field operations manager at DEED. “The labor market is so tight that companies have been hard-pressed to find new workers.”